You’ve heard of the 27 Club – Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Cobain, Winehouse – but there’s also a 47 Club. Tortured and tragic, its members gave much to the world, but cashed in their chips before they could truly live the fruit of their genius.
With the rarely-seen Mercury revealing itself to us tomorrow morning, we spoke with Sydney Observatory about this, as well as other recently-discovered celestial phenomena.
Donizetti’s opera tells the story of a military alpha jock who fights it out with a local derelict for the hand of a well-to-do lady who wants nothing to do with either. Add a mysterious potion and you have a story of love that is as beautiful as it is awkward. Bravo.
Orson Welles. Philanderer. Egotist. Auteur. With his long-dead project exhumed by Netflix, why not share your breakfast with Orson. Just mind your fingers. And your manners.
Listen up, kids. Mama is getting tired of all the Baby Boomer bashing and wants to say a few words.
International Jazz Day is upon us, so let the expertise of the local jazz scene explain why you should care about not just the day, but the art of arts.
Modern day Anzac celebrations are increasingly becoming a day of nationalist fervour, where we wear the flag, instead of honouring those we lost defending it.
Very few artists allow you to travel back in time, but the warm charm of Al Bowlly instantly drags you back to the optimistic sepia blur of the 1920s.
For many, Easter starts and ends with Jesus, but throughout history there are strangely similar holidays that predate it. So, it might behove one to climb down from your cross.
Today is an auspicious day in the calendar, as we’re to honour the original boy band concept – the barbershop quartet. Turns out it has nothing to do with having your hair cut. Scandal.
The incomparable Bette Davis is the focus of our “Happy birthday, you’re…” treatment today. Just because someone has passed, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Party?
Émile Zola was a man who escaped definition. A writer, activist, philosopher of some renown, he even ceased living in a memorable manner. Bloody overachievers.
To celebrate his birthday, we’ve invited master illusionist Harry Houdini to the office for tea and cake. Hey. Where’d he go?
The Aztecs were an ornate, forward-thinking and often brutal civilisation. Sadly, they’re all dead. But today is their birthday, so we’re honouring their sacrifice in the first of our “Happy birthday, you’re…” series.
Sappho has many labels: the muse of thousand poets, the godmother of feminism, the pioneer of sexual freedom. But who was she?
Long before Stephen King appropriated it, there was but one murderous clown. Si chiama Pagliacci. Welcome to the brutal embrace of Leoncavallo’s bloody masterpiece.
Social commentator, novelist, orator. With the doco based on him now in the Oscars discussion, why not get better acquainted with James Baldwin.
You may not know the name, but you’ve definitely heard of him: Ennio Morricone has scored the most iconic films of our time, and today he’s soundtracking your breakfast. Lucky you.
If there’s a day for the use of large words to impress people, surely Valentine’s Day is it. Time to hook bae with the length of your perspicacity, yeah?
With St Valentine’s day on the horizon, we’re wondering, who the fudge was he? Well, according to history, there are three claimants.
George Orwell has recently shot back into prominence after 1984 sold out on Amazon, but what of the man, and what lessons can we learn from him in 2017?
Achilles: a heroic figure muddied by thousandfold popular culture adaptations. Thus, The Big Smoke’s own Helen of Troy cuts through the ambiguity.