May 16, 2016


DSC08977 (1)Premiering in Sydney after an award winning Off-Broadway season is the classic coming of age story, “My Name Is Asher Lev”, written by Aaron Posner and based on the novel by Chaim Potok.

Under the direction of Moira Blumenthal and starring Annie Byron, Tim McGarry and John O’Hare, this award winning play explores the tensions people often feel between tradition, art, family and self.

DSC08971Asher Lev is a young Hasidic Jew growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1940s. His considerable artistic talent draws opposition from not only his own strict sect, which believes art is a waste of time, but also from his parents.

Asher is willing to challenge the expectations of his community and the unhappiness of his family, but will have to pay a terrible price for the right to use his gift.

“My Name Is Asher Lev” won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the prestigious John Gassner Award. Described by Huffington Post as “One of the best plays of the year” and New York Magazine advised “You should see it, your children should see it, everyone should see it”.

John O’Hare is excellent in the title role of Asher Lev and both Annie Byron and Tim McGarry each put in splendid performances playing multiple roles.

Performed without an interval, this play is one not to be missed.

The exclusive season of “My Name Is Asher Lev” is now at the Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst until 29 May 2016. Evening performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7.30pm with matinees on Wednesday and Thursday at 11.00am and Sunday at 2.00pm.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond


May 16, 2016

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The programme for the 63rd Sydney Film Festival has been officially launched by Troy Grant, the New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts.

Nashen Moodley, Sydney Film Festival Director said “Sydney Film Festival has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with attendances increasing by over 59% to 176,000 since 2011. In 2016 the Festival will present 244 films from 60 countries including 25 World Premieres, representing hundreds of fresh perspectives and new stories from across Australia and around the world.”

DSC08964 (1)The 2016 Festival will open with the world premiere of ‘Goldstone’, from acclaimed Indigenous writer-director Ivan Sen, whose stellar Australian cast includes Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham and David Gulpilil. The film sees Pedersen reprise his role as Indigenous detective Jay Swan, who audiences first met in Sen’s ‘Mystery Road’, which opened the Festival in 2013.

Whit Stillman’s ‘Love & Friendship’, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s comical early novella Lady Susan, starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Australian actor Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry will close the Festival.

The Festival will screen at a wide selection of venues across Sydney from the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Skyline Drive-In Blacktown, Art Gallery of NSW, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, Casula Powerhouse, SFF Outdoor Screen at Pitt Street Mall, the Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall to the Apple Store Sydney. Newly added locations at the University of New South Wales and Carriageworks, expand on the Festival Hub’s program of new immersive screen experiences.

The Festival Hub will return to Sydney’s Town Hall for a fourth year. Open to the public all nights, and select days from 9-19 June, The Hub is a multi-disciplinary pop up complete with a contemporary screen-based gallery, a sophisticated bar, a designer lounge and is now a home for the Festival’s extraordinary virtual reality film collection.

Words & Photos: Sandra Tiltman


May 16, 2016
Max Markson, Morris Iemma, Executive Chef, John Lanzafame

Max Markson, Morris Iemma, Executive Chef, John Lanzafame

Morris Iemma, the 40th Premier of New South Wales and freshly appointed by NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes as one of six district commissioners on the Greater Sydney Commission, the powerful new agency with the potential to shape the future structure of the city, recently hosted a special dinner to welcome Executive Chef, John Lanzafame, to MaZi Restaurant at the Lantern Club.

Foodies were excited to meet the multiple award winning Chef and taste his spectacular new menu. The alfresco Mediterranean inspired dinner matched with fabulous wines provided the first taste of John Lanzafame’s brand new menu for MaZi Restaurant. “Being an Italian-Australian you can expect modern Australian food with a strong Italian influence, perhaps visiting Greece along the way!” said John Lanzafame.

Known as the “pizza champion of the world”, thanks to his Sicilian heritage, master chef and cookbook king, John Lanzafame is an expert on all things Italian – food, drink and lifestyle. He has appeared on Masterchef Junior and cooked for a wide range of celebrities such as Bono, Princess Mary, The Rolling Stones, Pat Rafter and many more.


MaZi Restaurant provides a contemporary, warm, welcoming atmosphere, where one can enjoy an intimate dinner or gather family and friends for a memorable feast or celebration at Lantern Club. The Mediterranean inspired, modern Australian menu features delicious combinations of the freshest seasonal ingredients, balanced flavours and taste. An extensive beer and wine list has been designed to complement the menu.

Open for lunch and dinner, seven days, MaZi Restaurant at the Lantern Club brings friends and family together in the luxurious and beautifully styled club facilities at 21 Roseland Avenue, Roselands. www.lanternclub.com.au

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond