Stereo Stories Live, this Sunday at the Newport Bowls Club

Almanackers will feature prominently at this Sunday’s performance of Stereo Stories Live at the Newport Bowls Club. Rick Kane is making his Stereo Stories debut and Vin Maskell is MCing.

Gone Girl/Guy: What movies tell us about Essendon and ourselves

Peter Baulderstone saw a great movie on the weekend, and wonders who is the ‘Gone Girl’ in the Essendon saga? And what does each of these modern fables tell us about how we choose to understand our “truth”?

Almanac Music (Stereo Stories): Do you really want to hurt me? by Culture Club

Rick Kane is on top of the world with the Hawks win. He’s in music-writing form as well. Here’s his piece on the moment he first heard Boy George and Culture Club.

Almanac Book Cover 2014 Unveiled

Kate Birrell and Jim Pavlidis eat your heart out. [The work of P. Baulderstone, being amusing – JTH]

Music (Stereo Stories): Lili Marlene by Salvatore Romita/Marlene Dietrich

Another beaut story from our new sister site Stereo Stories. Almanacker Lucia Nardo recounts the tale of taking her father to record this all time classic on a worn Paolo Soprano piano accordian.

Who gets the new ball: Seasick Steve, Derek and The Dominos, Chad Morgan, or The Big Lebowski?

It is Grand Prix weekend in Singapore but family emergencies intervene so Mickey Randall is contemplating his musical education.

Music (Stereo Stories): Sarah Blasko’s Flame Trees

The Almanac’s partner site Stereo Stories has been launched. Almanac stalwart Vin Maskell has invited a number of Almanac writers to contribute, and extends the invitation to all.

Here is Mickey Randall’s piece on Sarah Blasko’s Flame Trees.

Brownlow Gownlow

An artist has sent his latest football work.

The Sporting Globe Sports Bar Phenomenon

Yvette Wroby hasn’t been getting out much lately, but meets another ‘mad’ Sainter and enjoys an evening at the Sporting Globe sports bar.

To all the Almanackers: RU OK?

Sean Curtain reflects on RU OK? Day, and the value of men sometimes getting beneath the beer and footy talk to share what is really going on inside.

The Footy Almanac Podcast: Episode 17 – Trevor Marmalade, Part Two

Our extended chat with Trevor Marmalade continues with part two of the podcast… Trev recalls some of the fun working on Hey Hey It’s Saturday and relates a cracking story involving Plucka Duck and the Australian Cricket team.

Last with Sport? – Give us footy…in print

Steve Alomes has read newspapers all of his life. When he buys the Melbourne Age he expects the Melbourne Age, not the Bendigo Age. What is going on?

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode 17 Part One

Trevor Marmalade is a household name thanks to his work as a stand-up comic and TV stints on Hey Hey Its Saturday and as the Man Behind the Bar on Channel 9s AFL Footy Show. We were fortunate enough to coax him onto the couch for this week’s podcast. Sit back, open a bottle of your favourite Murrindidni wine and enjoy part one of Trevor Marmalade on the Almanac couch.

The Famous Footy Art Show at The Artists’ Garden launched this Friday, Sep 5 – all welcome

Enjoy the traditional start to the finals by attending the launch (by John Von Goes of JVG Radio Method fame) of the famous Footy Art Show this Friday Sep 5 from 6pm at the Artists’ garden in Fitzroy. Details in this post. All welcome. [Great night – Ed]

Some Almanac artists feature.

AFL Round 23 – Sydney v Richmond: Finals Birth; the Agony

For those of who who didn’t watch Sydney v Richmond, here’s the next best thing: a spectator’s script with image of the crew at the pub.

Football enigmas

Steve Hodder looks at the artwork of the 1970’s South Melbourne players created by Chris Rees.

The Kindest Cut , courtesy of Bruno

Bruno of Bentleigh is a fine barber. Mark Schwerdt hops in the chair once again.

Charles Brooking Hannah – God’s footballer

Carlton’s Charles Brooking Hannah abandoned football for the perilous life of a Christian missionary in China at the turn of the 20th century. Tony De Bolfo reports.

2014 Basil Sellers Art Prize at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

Australia’s premier sport related art exhibition is now on in Melbourne. Check out the details.

Obituary: Wally Stubbings – wharfie, communist, athlete

Wally Stubbings, a great character of Australian life, passed away last month at the age of 101. Labour and rugby league historian Greg Mallory tells Wally’s story.