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	Image: Marcia Hines

Celebrity events: America

Talks and performances

Is American politics a soap opera? What do vegetarians eat on Thanksgiving? Celebrities reflect on American music, politics, history and culture.

Image: Marcia Hines

Wednesdays 6.30pm
13 November, 27 November - 11 December 2013
8 January - 29 January & 5 February 2014


Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court

Related exhibition: America

Chris McAuliffe in conversation with Margaret Throsby

Curatorial consultant for America: painting a nation and former director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, Chris McAuliffe joins ABC Classic FM presenter Margaret Throsby to discuss what is 'American’ about American painting.


Wednesday 13 November 2013 6:30pm – 7pm


Comedian Flacco has been leaving his indelible stain on Australian culture for over two decades now. Although these days Flacco spends much of his time in suspended hibernation, his alter ego Paul Livingston has been preoccupied writing nine radio plays for Radio National’s Airplay, co-writing Happy feet 2 and most recently writing a non-fiction biography of his father’s wartime experiences titled Absent without leave. In a very special event Flacco returns to Art After Hours to present The carnivore is over: a vegan Thanksgiving.

Image: Paul Jackson Flacco’s chariot 2009 (detail)


Wednesday 27 November 2013 6:30pm – 7pm

Toby Creswell

Toby Creswell is an Australian music journalist and writer. The former editor of Australia’s Rolling Stone magazine, he has also published numerous books including, Too much ain’t enough (the biography of pub rocker and Cold Chisel vocalist Jimmy Barnes), The real thing: adventures in Australian rock and roll, Love is in the air: stories of Australian pop music and 1001 Australians you should know. In recent years Toby has worked on documentaries for the ABC and SBS. Tonight, he joins us to consider the birth of American rock and roll.


Wednesday 4 December 2013 6:30pm – 7pm

Marcia Hines in conversation with Emma Ayres

Marcia Hines has been a successful stage performer and recording artist since she arrived in Sydney at age 16. At this time she was the youngest person in the world to play a feature role in the musical Hair and she went on to become the world’s first African American singer to play Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Marcia went on to a hugely successful solo career, was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 and received an AM in the 2009 Australia Day Honours. ABC Classic FM presenter Emma Ayres joins Marcia to reflect on her successful career, the decision to relocate to Australia and on staying true to her soul-singing roots.


Wednesday 11 December 2013 6:30pm – 7pm

Jill Dupleix, Andrew Levins and Michael Shafran

In a special panel discussion titled America: eating a nation, one of Australia’s best known food writers, Jill Dupleix, is joined by an American restaurant owner and a fascinating entrepreneur to consider Sydney’s growing demand for American food. Andrew Levins is head chef and co-owner of The Dip, the first club/kitchen to serve American diner food in Sydney and author of the cookbook Diner, while Michael Shafran is a New York expat and food writer who has recently launched Brooklyn Boy Bagels. Jill is known for her reviews, reports and recipe columns in The Sydney Morning Herald. She is editor of the Good Café Guide and in 2013 was food curator for TEDxSydney.


Wednesday 8 January 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most popular political commentators. A regular columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, she is also chief online political writer for ABC Online and host of the recent ABC TV series Kitchen cabinet, where she invades the kitchens of Australian politicians in search of food and light psychoanalysis. Drawing on her wealth of political knowledge, Annabel joins us to consider the state of American politics and those infamous American presidential campaigns.

This talk will be Auslan interpreted


Wednesday 15 January 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Morris Robinson in conversation with Jonathan Biggins

Former American footballer turned opera singer Morris Robinson is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting and sought-after basses performing today. Currently in Australia as a principal artist performing the role of Sarastro in Opera Australia’s production of The magic flute, Morris recently completed seasons with the Washington National Opera and Metropolitan Opera in New York. Morris first started singing at church where he grew up in Atlanta. He recently released his first album, Going home, a collection of his unique interpretations of this spiritual music. Morris joins writer and performer Jonathan Biggins to talk about his career and his love of American gospel music.

Image: Morris Robinson by Ron Cadiz


Wednesday 22 January 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Paige Walker in conversation with Richard Glover

American expat and accent coach to the stars Paige Walker joins writer and broadcaster Richard Glover to discuss her fascinating career, working in film, television and theatre in the US and Australia, and teaching actors to perfect their American twang. A master of clichéd American characters (including the ‘yankee’, the ‘Southern belle’ and the ‘Valley girl’), Paige will demonstrate with Richard before providing a few pointers to help you pull off an authentic American accent!


Wednesday 29 January 2014 6:30pm – 7pm

Tommy Dean

American stand-up comedian Tommy Dean has been an Australian resident for 16 years. In this time his television career has included appearances on Spicks and specks, Good news week and Rove live. He can often be heard on radio on ABC 702 Sydney, where he is a regular contributor to Richard Glover’s ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ program on Drive. Tommy’s hilarious comedic routines interweave the foibles of his adopted home with the dark realities of his home country. He joins us to present the humorous tales of an American living in Australia.


Wednesday 5 February 2014 6:30pm – 7pm