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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

the reading room :: e-newsletter #89

Before I jet overseas for nearly 3 months I thought I'd update you all with a bumper e-news. Watch out, this is big.
Visual Arts
Currently showing is Haneen Martin's stunning sculpture and print work. Up until the 20th April, with some works still available, make sure you drop by and have a peek. Details below.
Opening on 24th April is Gemma Mickan's solo exhibition of portrait work - all welcome, from 6pm. More below.
Our monthly exhibition program continues with dates to be announced via out facebook page so keep an eye out.

Coming up on the 4th may we have a special event - Anthonie Tonnon & Banjo Jackson - more details below.
Over 3 nights in Winter, the Jam Room returns to the reading room. Keep an eye on their facbook page for details and how to get tickets - more info below.
We're really happy to be involved this year with in presenting The Reading Sessions for 2 solid weeks in July/August. Stay tuned for more info, or check out their website here.

Don't forget about our membership program. As a member there are a bunch of great benefits from us, and also from our neighbours the Mercury Cinema and Imprints Booksellers. Check the Membership Page for more info.
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Here's what's coming up at the reading room...
:: April ::
Haneen Martin :: This Isn't What I Wanted
20 March :: 20 April 
“This isn’t what I wanted” is a collection of sculptures and intaglio prints born from a moment of absolute certainty that the path I was on was totally and utterly wrong.
Over the course of an exploration spurred on by an encouraging subject, my own ideas and building designs became an abstract concept that did not need to abide by any technicalities or rules, bar my own. The process of taking a concept from my studies, extracting and extrapolating the line work and shadows cast by my sculptures provided a sense of freedom and sent me on another path, far far away.
- Haneen Martin
Image :: "Insides" print, 2013
:: May ::
Gemma Mickan :: Portraits
24 April :: 19 May
“He would like, as far as he can, to get away from the body and turn to the soul.”
- Socrates

The human figure is a beautiful topic of art. Though to some it can seem confronting, i think that's what art is really all about.

During the last few months I have started to look at the way artistic style can effect the overall feel and meaning of an artwork. With simple changes in media and style, the body can take on so many different connotations and metaphors, be it positive or negative.

This series of charcoal and pastel portraits have come from my stylistic experimentation.
Image :: untitled, pastel, acrylic paint 2013
See more of Gemma's work here.

May Meeting of the Feminist Reading Group
1 May :: 6:30pm
Well, feminist readers, get ready to dive into a bathtub of crazysauce, because this month, we're reading Going Rogue, the political memoir of Sarah Palin. Who is she (or at least, who does her ghost writer say she is) and what does her success say about women in modern political life?
* The Adelaide Feminist Reading Group meets every month, on the first Wednesday of the month. Join their facebook group here for more updates.

Anthonie Tonnon (NZ) & Banjo Jackson
Saturday 4 MayDoors open 7:30pmAnthonie Tonnon plays a one-off show in Adelaide at The Reading Room on Saturday, May 4, with Banjo Jackson.
After releasing two EPs and an album with the band Tono and the Finance Company, being handpicked by Beirut to open their New Zealand shows, and touring 2012's Up Here For Dancing through the US as a solo act, the Dunedin raised, Auckland based songwriter started work on an album under his own name.
In his new shows, Anthonie Tonnon enlists the dramatic, the dreamlike, and the surreal alongside everyday characters: would-be local politicians, depressed surgeons, respected cocaine dealers. His solo set puts his narratives, and the melodies that carry and divert them, to the front of minimal arrangements on guitar and keyboard.

:: June ::
The Jam Room presents the Reading Room Sessions
Saturday 8th June
Fresh from last year's sell-out events, and many more successes since, the Jam Room returns for 3 nights of beautiful music in a beautiful place. Keep your eyes on their facebook page for details and how to get tickets. The other dates for 2013's winter sessions are Saturday 13th July and Saturday 10th August. Mark these dates in your diary!

:: July ::
The Reading Sessions ::
Saturday 27th July to Friday 9th August
Doors and bar open 7:30pm, readings start at 8pm
After its success in 2012, are proud to announce that The Reading Sessions will return in 2013. Housed in a new venue, the much-loved Reading Room on Hindley Street, The Reading Sessions will present rehearsed readings of 14 new Australian plays over 14 nights.
TICKETS: $10 for one night, $20 for 3 nights, or $50 for a season pass. Available at the door, or contact

Weekly events

Mondays :: Happiness Sessions at the reading room
Monday afternoon, 12:30 - 1:15pm - Monday lunch destress session
Take 30 minutes of your lunch hour to completely let go with a guided deep relaxation. Bring your workmates and friends.
Monday evening, 6pm - 7:30 - Laughing Room
Could your life be any more awesome? An hour a week of serious laughter would almost certainly make it so. Laughter warm ups, laughing hard, and rolling around on the floor laughing are all guaranteed. Come along, even if you've never laughed before, we will make it easy for you. Mental training is like any other form of training - do it once, and it will be fun and have some benefits in your life. Do it often and you become fit, healthy and skillful. Do it often, and you wont be able to stop laughing.
Contact Frazer for more info: or 0413700718.

Tuesdays :: Dancing Room!
If you feel like dancing but can't wait for the weekend, try Dancing Room! Tuesday nights, with the location announced Guerilla style on their facebook page. Please note it is not an event that is facilitated by the Reading Room, but a separate commitee. The best way to find out where it is held each week is via their facebook page


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