This month the Westender has been off to the Brisbane Festival and Brisbane International Film Festival and have some reviews to share.

Thanks for their contributions from, Dr Anne Monsour, Federica Caso, Charlton Lansley, Jen Basham and Crisa Constantine

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Jane Street Community Garden under threat

On Monday, Melissa Smrecnik, Jane Street Community Garden coordinator, was shocked when told that, with just four weeks’ notice, Brisbane City Council will be laying a storm-water tunnel through the centre of the garden.

Find out more at a meeting at the garden on Saturday 19 October, from 9.00am

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A couch is not a home - Brisbane Youth Service launches hotline to offer help

Do you know anyone who is couch surfing?

More than 4,500 young people face homelessness in Queensland every night and according to Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) a common form of homelessness is couch surfing. BYS wants to tackle this hidden form of homelessness with a new Couch Surfing Hotline.

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Unravelling and Reconnecting Threads: History of Lebanese presence in South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and West End

Historian Dr Anne Monsour talks about her new local history project, A Continuous Thread. It seeks to reveal the history of the #Lebanese presence in South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and #WestEnd.

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Shifting Climate-Shifting Places: A UQ Placemaking Summit

On 20 November, University of Queensland is holding a summit with a number of West End locals on placemaking and climate change adaptation with a focus on Kurilpa Peninsula

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Snapping roadkill for science with the “Roadkill Reporter” app

Snapping roadkill for science with the “Roadkill Reporter” app

Up to 10 million animals are killed on our roads each year. To help determine roadkill hotspots, Australian motorists are being urged to take part in a nationwide data collection project by downloading the "Roadkill Reporter" app, slowing down when they see roadkill and uploading an image.

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Queensland a world leader in Solar Energy

Queensland can now produce twice as much electricity as the state’s biggest power station. And with one in three Queensland households having solar, Queensland is now a world leader. Solar outstripping coal generated power.

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A Conversation about Medical Cannabis 

A Conversation about Medical Cannabis 

Last weekend, Brisbane hosted the Hemp & Cannabis Expo which showcased the latest developments in medical, culinary, beauty, textile, and construction products made from cannabis. Federica Caso spoke with medical cannabis expert, Dr John Teh.

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Drug testing welfare recipients opposed by QCCL

The QCCL opposes plans to test recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance for illicit drug use.

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I left my Heart in Highgate Hill - Review #BrisFest Spiegeltent

I left my Heart in Highgate Hill - Review #BrisFest Spiegeltent

I left my heart in Highgate Hill was a delightful showcase of Australian talent, that evoked a deep sense of place but left a lingering feeling of wanting.

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Pain and Glory make the story

In his latest film "Pain and Glory" (Dolor y Gloria) Pedro Almodóvar explores memory, ageing and creative crisis.

Crisia Constantine's review here.

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Quilty: Painting The Shadows

The new documentary by Catherine Hunter exploring the art of #BenQuilty screened at the Brisbane International Film Festival recently and will feature on ABC TV + iview, on 19 November at 9.30pm. Read Federica Caso's take here. …

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The Dead Don’t Die makes us appreciate the details

Love Zombie Movies with a difference?

See Crisia Constantine's review here.

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Memento Stella is a film about you

The title of Takashi Makino’s latest film is the original phrase he coined to remind himself of stars and to “never forget that we too reside among the stars”. 60′ minutes long, Memento Stella is a 100% digital production featuring self-shot imagery by the artist during his travels. The documentary language of photography is treacherous, though. Further footage editing, the …

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'Birds of Passage' the true (in the Hollywood sense) story of Colombian marijuana trade

“We’ve lost the soul, nothing protects us anymore.” From the director of Oscar nominated Embrace of the Serpent (2015) Ciro Guerra (now co-directing with producer Cristina Gallego), Birds of Passage tells the true (in the Hollywood sense) story of Colombian marijuana trade in the 60s-80s and its impact on the indigenous culture of the Wayuu people. Their previous work Embrace …

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MZAZA's music part of the evolution of song - #BrisFest #Spiegeltent

In the short hour available to them last Sunday evening at the Brisbane Festival’s Spiegeltent, award winning folk group, Mzaza, treated its fans to a joyous romp through some of their old favourites, a selection of pieces from their yet to be released new album, The Birth and Death of Stars, as well as covering songs by inimitable French performers, …

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Smash Parade and the underscene of cabaret in Brisbane

Real talent reveals itself in improvisation: past technique there are emotions. This is why everybody was so in love with jazz when it first became popular. On Saturday, 28 September 2019 Smash Parade brought some of that jazzy vibe into the streets of West End. Smash Parade is a cabaret show featuring circus and physical theatre performers and three talented …

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#BrisFest Review - Briefs: Close Encounters for a Better Future

Take a look into the future where gender is fluid, black men are empowered, and circus is valued as art and performed in theatres. Brought to you by the spaceship of the Briefs Boys, the future is one step closer. Briefs Close Encounters is hilarious, sexy, and political. It combines the sophistication of physical theatre, the superhuman skills of circus, …

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Brisbane Festival Review: Omar Musa's "Since Ali Died"

Omar Musa’s show “Since Ali died” is a clever combination of spoken word, storytelling, hip hop and audience asides, as he tells interweaving stories of a life as a suburban kid with Malaysian heritage, the travails of a desperately lost friend, of love gone awry, and struggle with his faith. Unlike some other theatre or performance work, it was not …

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