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Things are about to get adults only hot at the Canberra Glassworks

Its going to get hot at the Canberra Glassworks on Saturday night and it has nothing to do with what..

Its going to get hot at the Canberra Glassworks on Saturday night and it has nothing to do with whats being put in the gloryholes.

Actually it has everything to do with gloryholes, and blowing, and nudes being bent over flames, as the glassworks stages its Winter Glass event, this year with a special adults only session from 8-10pm.

Emma-Kate Hart, who is the Winter Glass artist-in-residence, working on her piece, a neon sculpture entitled Electric Bell Jar.

Photo: Karleen Minney

Its the fourth year of the popular event and while there will still be a full program for families between 4-8pm, this year things are going to get a little risque after dark.

“For the past three years, when we'd close at eight, we'd get a different crowd coming through about 7.30 and wed have to kick them out,” says Wendy Dawes, the glassworks marketing manager.

“Were trying to engage with a different audience.”

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Therell be food trucks from Mr Papa, Fricken Fried Chicken, Le Petit Breton and The Italian Traveller and limited edition Aurora gin from Canberra Distillery Gin, Bentspoke beers and Summerhill Road wines. There will also be a DJ and a wine bar set up in the Engine Room.

Dawes said “the naughty bits” will be tasteful.

Artist Jacqueline Knight works on some limited-edition tumblers for Winter Glass.

Photo: Karleen Minney

“You can join the Tile High Club by making glass tiles inspired by the idea of nudes and rudes, think Matisse or Picasso, or its easy enough to use your imagination,” she said.

“And Steve Ciezki, whos our creative fellow here, his Dirty Demo in the Hotshop will be fun, hell be making something quite risque, quite phallic.”

Emma-Kate Hart, who is the Winter Glass artist-in-residence, will be making, in collaboration with Mexican artist Fernando Melendez, a neon sculpture entitled Electric Bell Jar. Its a human form made out of about 70 individual neon pieces. A human figure was cut into contours on a 3D-modelling program and then each section was converted to paper layouts which were then used as a reference for each individual section of neon.

“But the piece-de-resistance is Southern Lights, which is an installation of about 100 pendant lights which will hang outside the entrance off the glassworks,” Dawes says.

Artist Jacqueline Knight, left, and her assistant Beth Lick at work.

Photo: Karleen Minney

“In previous years weve had a glow garden, where weve had forms with glow sticks in them installed on the ground but this year weve mixed it up a bit.

“All the lights have been made in the past six months, 90 per cent here at the glassworks … and most of them are new designs. They showcase the depth of talent we have in glassmaking and design in Canberra.

“There's such a diverse range of colours and shapes hanging outside on two rows, most of them are for sale.”

Dawes said the idea of Southern Lights has been the theme for 2018.

“The last few years we've looked at European winters and we went, you know Canberra's got a pretty awesome winter so we've tailored it more to home.”

One experience not to be missed is the Hotshop Moshpit where, for $20, you can get close to the action, sitting in the Hotshop.

Despite the AO rating late in the day, theres still a good range of family friendly activities throughout the day. Children can make wonder jars in the activity tent, make emoji tiles in the Engine Room, or listen to Celestial Stories in the Fitters Workshop.

Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy is a reporter at The Canberra Times.

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‘Extended run’ of heat set to last all week

The heat that has plagued Australia’s south and west is set to linger. But when the mercury does finally drop, it looks like rain will replace the warmth – at least in the country’s south east.

Both Perth and Melbourne have both been solidly in heatwaves.

On Sunday, Perth recorded an extraordinary six days in a row surpassing 40C. That’s a heat feat not seen since a string of scorching days in Adelaide in 2009.

Some blessed relief from the unbearable heat in Perth is due for the coming days – it’s now just going to be moderately baking. But another 40C day is expected soon enough.

Melbourne hit 32.6C on Sunday following a 32.3C high on Saturday. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has said the city is set for an “extended run” of heat this week.

Most of Victoria and Tasmania will be in low intensity heatwave week with highs in Melbourne of 34C on multiple days.

But the monsoon is getting stronger in the country’s north and that’s sending rain towards the south and east as the week progresses.

Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe said a low pressure system forming around northern Australia could deliver 100mm or more of rain over the Top End and had the potential to form into a cyclone.

“Tropical moisture is well and truly in the mix and is aiding the heavy falls we’ve been seeing in many parts of the country.

“That wet weather is generally edging slightly eastwards. So there’s potential for south eastern Australia to see a lot of rainfall towards the back end of the week, with heavy falls a threat,” he said.

But that’s not for a few days yet. Up until at least Thursday, Melbourne should be dry with 33-34C maximums most days and nights only dipping down to 21C or so.

The BOM has warned it will be humid and there is the chance of storms.

Temperatures could come down from Thursday with the possibility of some substantial rain leading into the weekend.

Across the Bass Strait and Tasmania is in the same heatwave, but the maximums will be far lower than Victoria.

Hobart is looking at a week of temperatures in the mid-twenties and dawn lows of 16C. Just like Victoria, the Apple Isle will be dry until the end of the week when some showers are likely.

Perth set to cool down … finally

On the tail end of the systems that’s caused so much rain in the centre of South Australia, Adelaide has seen some decent falls this weekend with 23mm of rain falling on Saturday and almost another 20mm on Sunday.

There will be some warmth and humidity to begin the week in Adelaide with a high of 29C on Monday rising to 31C by Wednesday before a few days in the mid-twenties. Minimums will be around 20C.

There could be some showers on Tuesday.

Monday could still a storm or two and some rain in areas most affected by the rain this weekend including Whyalla, Port August and Port Lincoln. Floods remain a risk in the mod north, Flinders Ranges, west coast and Eyre and Yorke peninsulas.

There is the possibility of up to 120mm of rain falling into Monday n some areas.

Across the Nullarbor and the low intensity heatwave should move away from Perth on Monday but could continue around the Gascoyne.

Monday to Thursday should see highs of between 31C and 33C in Perth with mid teen minimums. That’s far cooler than the last week. But come Friday and the mercury is set to rise once again with a possibility of 40C on Sunday.

Summery and settled in east

Wet in Darwin to begin the week with 10-35mm falling on Monday and a further 8-20mm on Tuesday. Thunderstorms could crop up most days. Warm with highs of 31-33C this week and 25C lows.

The east coast should be relatively settled and summery. This week will see a run of 30C plus days in Brisbane with 31C the norm. Overnight, it should dip down to 20C. Some showers are possible on Wednesday.

A possible shower or two in Sydney on Monday but nothing too heavy. The rest of the week is looking dry.

Maximum temperatures on the Harbour City of 26C on Monday rising to 28C on Wednesday and then as much as 30C on Friday. Lows overnight of around 19C.

Dry in Canberra with highs of 27-29C but potentially up to 31C on Friday. Temperatures should fall to the mid-teens after dark.

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So, we guess this means Beyonce and Jay-Z are OK then

The first couple of pop music took the world by surprise by dropping their first album together last..

The first couple of pop music took the world by surprise by dropping their first album together last weekend. As you'd expect, it's a statement.

There is arguably no couple better at controlling their own press than Beyonce and Jay-Z. When a video surfaced in 2014 showing Bey's younger sister Solange attacking her brother-in-law in an elevator, rumours of a strained marriage proliferated.

Rather than battle the tabloids, the spouses used the gossip to fuel the creation of two critically beloved, commercially successful records: Beyonce's Lemonade and Jay-Z's 4:44. And, in them, they offered just as many details about their private lives as they chose.

Beyonce and Jay-Z on stage in France for the 2014 On the Run tour.

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Now the couple have continued their domination of pop music, surprising the world last Saturday by releasing their joint album Everything Is Love, which is something of a sequel to those two solo records. Though they have collaborated for at least 15 years, this marks their first joint album, which they dropped under the name The Carters.

The record is a victory lap from a couple who have mined their relationship for universal truths and then presented them as art. It's a fierce love letter to success, to family, to blackness – but, most of all, to each other.

Artwork for the album Everything is Love by The Carters, aka Beyonce and Jay-Z.

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Lyrically, it primarily focuses on two aspects of the Carters' lives: their marriage and their success. (more…)

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Rachel Griffiths: female characters are finally getting real on screen

Almost a year into the #MeToo era, Rachel Griffiths believes the likes of Mystery Road, Wentworth, P..

Almost a year into the #MeToo era, Rachel Griffiths believes the likes of Mystery Road, Wentworth, Picnic at Hanging Rock and Top of the Lake show that female characters are finally coming of age on Australian screens.

In a spirited speech at the launch of a new state government scheme to support more women directors in television, the actor-turned-director said it was exciting to see female characters move beyond "the typical tropes of 'likable, f—able, adorable'" to "more complex depictions of female experience" recently.

Happy to see "more complex depictions of female experience": Rachel Griffiths (left) with Leah Purcell at the launch of #SheDirects.

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While she acknowledged there were male directors who created fresh and compelling women characters, Griffiths said the "male gaze" often reduced them to colouring the characters of their male counterparts.

"[They are created to] make him hot, make him authentic, make him empathetic, make him fatherly, make him conflicted, make him grieve," she said. "In the male gaze, we are so often not the gatekeepers; we're not the ferryman. Sometimes the mentor but usually only ironically, like Judi Dench's M…

"Under-written and under-observed, brought into our sexual awareness precociously and prepubescent in order to accommodate the male libido.

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"Often in television we're used by lazy writers and producers who can think of nothing more interesting this week than 'let's have her have sex with X' or 'discover she's a lesbian – for an episode'."

Griffiths, who is about to begin editing the Melbourne Cup drama Ride Like A Girl after finishing the shoot, endorsed Hollywood star Sandra Bullock's recent comment that it was time for women to "stop being polite" about gender equality. (more…)

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