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WARM WINTER WORDS featuring David Hallett, Sunday 25th June

The Kurilpa Poets proudly present

“Warm Winter Words”

2pm, Sunday 25th June, 2017

featuring;

Byron Bay Beatnik Bard

DAVID HALLETT;

is Brisbane Bound!

Spangly Songstress

JEM SPARKLE:

to Sing Sweetly

Realtime Raconteur

Special Guest MC; CAM LOGAN

Rocks in as Ringmaster

And as Always

Open Mic Sessions*Free Food & Refreshments* Free Onsite Parking* Prizes* Artists Virtual Gallery*

Available to All

Friendly Folk

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane

in the shade of sacred Musgrave Park

Warming up for his Kurilpa Poets gig, David Hallett

The Winter Solstice loometh once again

and the Water Rats will be huddled in their lair,

sharing words of wit, warmth and wisdom

to keep the wicked winds of winter at bay.

Speaking of “bay”, that’s exactly where this month’s

fabulous Feature poet, the right esteemed

DAVID HALLETT,

will be coming from. Byron Bay that is.

This respected Elder from amongst our Poetic Cousins across the border, is a man with Poetry at the core of his being. A Poetic Fixture of the NSW North Coast scene, where he hosts, amongst other ventures, the long running “Writers at the Rails”, he has been writing, teaching and promoting poetry there for over twenty years.

His poems, it has been said, “are polished perfection like the smooth black pebbles washed up on the shores of Seven Mile Beach. His words a breath of fresh sea air with the tang of woodsmoke”.

He has performed his work worldwide.

A sampling of his poetry, and further information on his various activities, can be viewed at:

http://www.davidhallett.com/

Yes, it’s always a memorable occasion

when David comes to town, and it’s been far too long since he last appeared, in your humble narrators opinion. So be sure not to miss the opportunity of eye-witnessing this polished poetic performer in person.

The Sparkly geetars of Ms Jem

MID-WINTER MYSTERY MUSICIAN

for this Solstice gathering will be Kurilpa’s favourite

femme fatale

JEM SPARKLES

who will be sure to keep the midwinter Blues away with her vivacious vibes, infectious smile, and her toe-tapping, heart-warming mix of rockin’ originals and Juke Box classics. Come watch this crazy diamond shine on!

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Meanwhile, providing the requisite Eye-Candy up on the Virtual Gallery’s Big Screen this month,

our Visual Arts Director, the ever encyclopedic Shane K, will be bringing us the Art

of 20th Century American Modernist

Stuart Davis.

His work, described as “brash, bold and colourful”, was also deeply political in inspiration. Elements of his Art was also seen as influential in the development of the later Pop Art movement.

See More! Hear More! Sunday 25th!

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The Virtual Gallery presents; JOAN MIRO

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This Sunday 26th Feb, 2017

as the Kurilpa Poetry Cup rolls on

The

VIRTUAL GALLERY

will be presenting this months feature artist,

the firebrand Catalan Surrealist,

JOAN MIRO.

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An artist who never stopped experimenting, Miro’s hauntingly ambiguous work has been described as entering,” a sandbox for the subconscious”.

Kurilpa’s Visual Arts Director, the enigmatically encyclopaedic Shane K

has boldly entered that arena with bucket and spade in hand, this Sunday he will share the results of his excavations.

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Unsuspected Artist Lloyd Rees, Sun Nov 27th

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November’s Unsuspected Artist

Lloyd Rees

This months Virtual Gallery feature at the Kurilpa Poets end of year gig

is local landscape artist, Lloyd Rees.

Yeronga born Rees’s long life (1895 to 1988) was filled with his uniquely meticulous paintings and sketchings.

Receiving both acclaim and harsh criticism for his style, he was twice winner of the prestigious Wynne Prize.

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Despite losing his sight in later years, Rees continued painting, claiming that one of the benefits of going blind was that he was now able to look directly into the sun.

Come along this Sunday November 27th, 2pm, to the Old Croquet Club

and check out this virtual exhibition as Visual Arts Director Shane K

tells us more about this influential Australian artist.

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MYSTERY MUSO QPapaYandi

KURILPA POETS 30th OCTOBER GIG UPDATE;

Presenting this months Mystery Musician,

Q-PapaYandi

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Is QPapaYandi really the son of a preacher man?

The lab reports were inconclusive, but nonetheless, this months Mystery Musician proudly claims the Reverend Hellfire as his Spiritual Father and fondly recalls their musical collaboration together on his first recording project, over 16 years ago.

After a long creative hiatus QPY has again picked up his sword and shield (and of course, his guitar) to fight the good fight for Love and Music!

Accordingly, this Musical Vagabond of the Heart can be found performing with the fabulous Whoopee-Do Crew, who appear regularly at West Ends’ Peoples Park and at West End and Gailes Community House events.

Q-Papa-Yandi has also been a regular reader this year at the Kurilpa Poets’ Open Mic sessions, where he has often impressed the crowd with his free flowing improvisational rap/poems. Now he makes his first solo musical appearance for the Water Rats. So come listen to his licks, tap your toes to his tunes and celebrate the musical return of this prodigal son to the fold.

In the meantime, here’s a sample of his stuff. Check it out.

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcNs5kold-ce4zjZHmVLBLA

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FEELTHY PICTURES??

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In breaking news Kurilpa’s Visual Arts Director, Shane K, has announced that the theme of this months VIRTUAL GALLERY will be the gorgeous world of traditional

JAPANESE PRINTS

“Erotic Japanese prints?” we asked hopefully.

Our enigmatic and erudite Arts Director merely sniffed.

“It will all be very tasteful,” he assured us.

We look forward eagerly to this aesthetic experience.

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SUBVERSIFY UPDATE, Jem Sparkles and Beatrix Potter to appear!

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SUBVERSIFY UPDATE

The tension builds with less than 24 hours until the Kurilpa Poets SUBVERSIFY event takes place on Sunday 25th September at 2 pm, with Feature Poet Jonothan Sri

leading the vanguard of our highly trained cadre of subversive Poets.

Government forces are already erecting barricades around the compound as supporters gather in the nearby safety of Musgrave Park. Several on the spot fines have already been slapped on poet protesters for attempting to declaim Haiku in a public space and one man was led away on suspicion of speaking in Blank Verse. Meanwhile, a break-away faction of bush-poets have set up camp by the Billabong..sorry, I meant the Rotunda, from which they are flying the Eureka Flag.

JEM SPARKLE Steps Up

Jem Sparkles Solo Shock!

Jem Sparkles in action!

Meanwhile in news just to hand, we learn that there are dramatic events occuring on the Musical Front. After the chaos following the mysterious dissappearance of Mystery Musician, Dawn Daylight, several days ago, Kurilpa apparatchiks were relieved to be able to announce that Kurilpa Poet favourite, Jem Sparkle, would be stepping up to provide the days soundtrack.

Jem always lifts the mood with her charming presence and charged performances, so we look forward to seeing her return on this occasion.

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Meanwhile, marching as always to the beat of his very own samba band, Visual Arts Director and known refusnik,

Shane K will be showing the Works of the Greats!

Great Early Illustrators of Childrens Books, that is.

Judicious selections from the illustrations of John Tenniel, Beatrix Potter and Sheppard, amongst others, will be presented for your delectation, and as always, expect our erudite Arts Director to deliver an informal but illuminating dissertation on the subject.

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Virtual Gallery Artist for June- RB KITAJ

VIRTUAL GALLERY ARTIST ANNOUNCED

FOR KURILPA POETS SUNDAY, JUNE 26th Event

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This month our eclectic and encyclopedic Visual Arts Director,

Shane K ,

will be showing the Artistic Visions of

Mr J B Kitaj

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on the Virtual Gallery’s big-screen

and, we hope, at some stage in the afternoon learnedly lecturing on said Artists’ career and accomplishments.

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MARTIN SHARP, Virtual Gallery feature, Sun 27 March

Virtual Gallery features

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MARTIN SHARP

Kurilpa Poets, Sun 27th March

Kurilpa Poets Visual Arts Director, the reclusive Shane K,

has announced that The Virtual Gallery‘s Feature Artist for the Kurilpa Poets 27th March Event,

will be none other than Tiny-Tim-obsessed, Luna-Park-loving, iconoclastic, 60’s Flower Child,

MARTIN SHARP.

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Get ready for some old-school visual fireworks!

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March 27th Pascalle flower handbill

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Virtual Gallery feature Artist FERDINAND LEGER

Presenting the VIRTUAL GALLERY’s first Feature artist for 2016 at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup

BAL26122 #260 The Mechanic, 1920 by Leger, Fernand (1881-1955) National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada French, in copyright until 2026 PLEASE NOTE: This image is protected by the artist's copyright which needs to be cleared by you. If you require assistance in clearing permission we will be pleased to help you.

Ferdinand Leger

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Ferdinand Leger (1881-1955) was a French painter sculptor and film-maker whose personal take on Cubism was strongly infused with a sense of Classical monumentality and balance.

Leger came from a farming family in Normandy and originally trained as an architectural drafstman. He subsequently studied fine art and on moving to Montmartre in 1909 was soon heavily influenced by the work of leading Cubist artists that he saw there.

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Drafted into the army in 1914 Leger spent two years at the front before becoming the victim of a German mustard gas attack at Verdun.

.During a period of convalescence in Villepinte he painted The Card Players (1917), a canvas whose robot-like, monstrous figures reflect the ambivalence of his experience of war. As he explained:

...I was stunned by the sight of the breech of a 75 millimeter

in the sunlight.

It was the magic of light on the white metal. That’s all it took for me to forget the abstract art of 1912–1913. The crudeness, variety, humor, and down-right perfection of certain men around me, their precise sense of utilitarian reality and its application in the midst of the life-and-death drama we were in …made me want to paint in slang with all its color and mobility.

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This work marked the beginning of his “mechanical period”, during which the figures and objects he painted were characterized by sleekly rendered tubular and machine-like forms.

Starting in 1918, he also produced the first paintings in the Disk series, in which disks suggestive of traffic lights figure prominently. In December 1919 he married Jeanne-Augustine Lohy, and in 1920 he met Le Corbusier, who would remain a lifelong friend.

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Like many modernists of the era Leger was a strong believer in the positive aspects of mechanisation and his works reflects this. His war-time experiences in the trenches also madehim a fervent believer in the concept of working class solidarity which culminated in his joining the French Communist Party in 1945.

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During this period his work became less abstract, and he produced many monumental figure compositions depicting scenes of popular life featuring acrobats, builders, divers, and countryoutings. Art historian Charlotta Kotik has written that Léger’s

“determination to depict the common man, as well as to create for him, was a result of socialist theories widespread among the avant-garde both before and after World War II. However, Léger’s social conscience was not that of a fierce Marxist, but of a passionate humanist”

His varied projects included book illustrations, murals, stained-glass windows, mosaics, polychrome ceramic sculptures, and set and costume designs.

-Shane Kneipp

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See more of Ferdinand Leger’s work at

the Kurilpa Poetry Cup,

Sunday 28th February, 2pm

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WORD BOMBS TO ROCK KURILPA, Sunday 29th Nov!

Kurilpa Poets Ends Year with a Blast!

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WORD BOMBS!!

2pm, Sunday 29th November, 2015

the artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. he must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art.”

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This month at Kurilpa Poets

we celebrate the the Poet as Anarchist, the Eternal Revolutionary whose poems are acts of Cultural Terrorism, exploding in the Collective Unconscious and undermining the Foundations of the Dominant Paradigm. Yes, we Poets sneer at the crude and clumsy attempts of bombers and assassins to try and change the World

with their vulgar and ineffectual violence!

We Poets have a clearer Vision and better Weapons,

and it is WE who shall make the World anew

through the Power of the Word!

As old Walt Whitman declared, the Age of Priests is Over!

The Poets shall be the new Prophets!

Who better then to have as our lead Feature Poet this month than

the Reverend Hellfire’s old comrade-in-arms,

Doctor John Jiggens.

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Doctor John’s Bohemian CV really is too long to list in full.

Not only has he been writing and publishing his verse for decades, he is also the author of a number of works, ranging from gonzo-style journalism

to in-depth, scholarly research.

The good Doctor has also been a long standing Social Activist

in the Brisbane scene since the early seventies,

playing an active role in many an epic social struggle,

generally manifesting as part of the Anarchist faction

in whichever struggle was then being waged.

In Particular Dr John has been a leading light in the crusade to end Drug Prohibition for many years, in particular the struggle to legalise Cannabis, and was a founder member of HEMP.

In this role he changed his name to John FreeMarijuana and became the eldest of the notorious “FreeMarijuana Brothers“,

along side Kurilpa’s very own Reverend Hellfire,

or Guy FreeMarijuana, as he was known

in the days before he found religion.

Today Dr John still continues the fight to legalise the use of medicinal marijuana, and happily, it seems that there is at last some light dawning at the end of tunnel, for this particular issue.

Now we look forward to Dr JJ detonating some of

his classic Word Bombs in our brain at the old Croquet Club.

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Providing a suitably Post Apocalyptic soundscape for the event

will be a special performance to close the day and finish the year, by those lovable masters of audio-mayhem,

Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys

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Doctor Gerald Keaney makes a house call this Nov 29th..

featuring, of course, the iconoclastic linguistix

and on-stage antics

of the Wild Man of the Brisbane Poetry scene himself,

Doctor Gerald Keaney.

(So many Doctors on call and do you think I can get one of them

to write me a script?!)

The GK’s have been compared to such Old School punkesque audio experimentalists as Pere Ubu and the Fall,

or, closer to home, Brisbane’s Tapeloops .

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GK and the GK’s at the recent “Traffic Island” event

Meanwhile, up on the Virtual Gallery’s big screen, we will have two featured artists to disrupt and derange your visual senses;

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First up, a retrospective of the old subversive/surrealist Master himself, Rene Magritte. Magritte is one of our Visual Arts Director’s personal favourites, so Shane will be sure to dredge up some lesser known gems, as well as the classic images.

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Surrealist Great, Rene Magritte

Later in the afternoon, the unique world/view of the Loaded Dog, Brisbane Poetry scene’s favourite Mad Uncle, will be featured with a series of his Visual Poetic creations.

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The Loaded Dog..neighbours said he seemed like a quiet man..

As alway there will be Open Mic sessions, Free Food and Refreshments, Prizes, an informal atmosphere as well as

 the friendliest subversives you could hope to meet.

And of course Master of Ceremonies,

the Reverend Hellfire

The blue-bearded Reverend Hellfire

The blue-bearded Reverend Hellfire

will keep things crackling along in his own inimitable fashion.

Yes, all this and more for a mere $5!

Close to Public transport, the Croquet Club Hall

at 91 Cordelia Street has ample onsite parking

and a wheel chair access ramp.

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And don’t forget, it’s a Kurilpa tradition for the Community-minded

to bring a plate or a packet or a bottle of something nice

to contribute to the feast.

Kurilpa Kitchen Magicians in action!

Kurilpa Kitchen Magicians in action!

This is our last event for 2015, we’ll be back though

in February 2016 with the fabulous Kurilpa Cup.

We hope to see you there.

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Virtual Gallery feature artist SAUL STEINBERG

Shane K discusses this month’s Virtual Gallery Feature Artist..

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Saul Steinberg

Dear folks,

among my crimes against humanity,

I am the Visual Arts Director for the Kurilpa Poets.

. One of my duties is organising a visual display each month

to accompany the poetic flights of our performers.

This month the Virtual Gallery‘s feature artist is Saul Steinberg.

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Saul Steinberg was born to a Jewish family

in Râmnicu Sărat, Buzău, Romania in 1914.

He studied architecture in Milan, graduating in 1940.

Shortly after his graduation the introduction of anti-

Semitic laws by the Fascist government led him to leave Italy.

He spent a year in the Dominican Republic

whilst awaiting a visa to the United States.

Steinberg’s entry to the USA was sponsored by the New Yorkera magazine he was to be intimately involved with,

creating 87 covers and over 1200 drawings.

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Steinberg brought a European sensibility to his work and an outsider’s sense of the foibles and follies of American life

as well as a genuine affection for his subjects. His Art blurred the line between

cartooning and “fine” art and his work was often shown in galleries.

As well as drawing, he enjoyed creating crude, vital masks out of such materials

 as cardboard and paper bags.

His work was wide-ranging and hard to easily define.

Many were reminiscent of MC Escher and explored the links and gaps

 between perception and reproduction, leading his work

to be highly praised by the great Art theorist EH Gombrich.

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He was also one of the finest political cartoonists of the 20th century,

 mocking the post-war American cult of the “Organisational Man

and showing a USA whose deities included Sigmund Freud,

Santa Claus and Uncle Tom.

In the 1970s he did a series of drawings of Mousketeer terrorists,

those cute young kids from the 50’s have acquired Armalites

and seem keen to fuck things up.

Steinberg died in 1999, but his work remains influential.

The New Yorker still continues to occasionally re-print his covers.

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Don’t forget, he next meeting of the Kurilpa Poets is on Sunday 27 September,

at the South Brisbane Croquet Club, Musgrave Park, West End at 2pm.

Local Visual Artists who are interested having their work shown 

on the Virtual Gallery should contact Shane K or Rev Hellfire at Kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au

Meantime come along this month and check out the eclectic weirdness

of Saul Steinberg.

Kurilpa Poets- Where a good time is always had.

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