out back by gary gross : a pop up photography exhibition

If I wasn’t headed out of town on a road trip this week, I’d be here on Saturday afternoon.’Out Back’ will showcase the work of photographer Gary Gross, but not in the usual white walled gallery space. Instead, his prints will be pasted to a corrugated iron fence in the laneway between Mountfield and Howard Streets, Brunswick. Hosted by Brunswick Laneway Gallery, this show opens on 16 May at 3pm. On until the rain washes it away…Find out more about the artist here .

I’ll freely admit to being mostly unaware of what Joss Whedon is up to, but when someone who I watch a lot of films with tells me this will be good, I pay attention. So…Much Ado About Nothing, by Joss Whedon.

Let’s begin by saying this is nothing like the 1993 Kenneth Branagh version. No megastars, no period costumes, no vivid colours, no Tuscan locations. It is black and white, filmed in Whedon’s own house, and feels quite glamorous, in a Mad Men meets 30s Hollywood kind of way. A tough dame (Amy Acker as Beatrice), a funny, awkward guy (Alexis Denisof as Benedick), an over the top, swaggeringly incompetent cop (Nathan Fillion as Dogberry) and a lot of plotting, scheming and alcohol. It is beautifully shot, made me laugh, and well worth watching if you haven’t already. I have no idea why Claudio was in the pool with a scuba mask and a martini, but am so fine with that. Thanks M for another great loungeroom screening, and the Lapsang Souchong cocktail…

How did I manage to miss this gig in January? I hope La Mauvaise Reputation play at Northcote Social Club again soon – loving their gypsy jazz, Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg covers…Look out for March shows in Nth Fitzroy, Coburg and Brunswick. Details on their website

suzanne phoenix : suburban autos @ arts centre warburton

If you love cars and the northside, you must check out ‘Suburban Autos’ at Warburton’s Upper Yarra Art Centre. Suzanne Phoenix has taken some swell photos around Northcote, Thornbury, Coburg, Fitzroy, Pascoe Vale and Brunswick for this great show. Driveways, streetscapes, and sweet, sweet cars. Find it at 3409 Warburton Hwy, Warburton until March 3. Take a look at the image gallery on Suzanne’s website – the light in the gallery was not ideal when I visited, so all my photos turned out rubbish.

suburban auto : suzanne phoenix -pascoe vale