Art Exhibition of Amy Hynes @ Speakeasy HQ

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This Saturday night Speakeasy HQ will present a special event that we are extremely proud to host. As a part of our love for growing and unearthing local, independent artists our walls have began filling with the pictures of artists, as we exhibit their works to the cartel of Speakeasy fans each week. Tomorrow night Speakeasy HQ will present an exhibition of works by one of the most talented artists that we’ve come across yet – as Amy Hynes displays her latest collection – ‘Femme Fatal’. As you will see, from the intensity, depth and technique of her style, Amy’s artistic career may only just be beginning, but we tip HUGE things for her future!

We took the stunning young master aside as she readies her canvases for this weekend’s exhibition, and asked her a stack d questions to see why makes we tick!

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Amy Hynes, I live in a small costal town called Cape Patterson. Ironically, since I’m an artist and need to make a living somehow, I also work in the paint department at a local hardware shop. I’ve always been a very creative person, so therefore I spend a vast amount of time painting, re-furnishing old furniture, or redecorating my house.

How did you begin painting at a professional level?

I come from a very creative family that always allowed me to have artistic freedom. When I was in high school I shared my work with the public for the first time. That was a very positive and nurturing way to begin. I continued to produce art over the years and I now feel that this is my most serious, and expressive exhibition.

Can you talk us through your process from start to finish, from the idea, to mixing the paint to drawing out the preliminary picture to final framing?

As an artist and also a person I must be inspired by the colour and idea of my subject. Then I become motivated by a place or atmosphere that is in my life at that time. As my pieces indicate, I usually draw the female form. Through my art I express my emotions and tell my story so all the elements of my process are important in helping me tell this particular story. In this particular exhibition, each of these women represents an element of what I feel I am as a person to some extent. If you’re at the exhibition I will also be and I will be explaining the works to any who have questions.

On respect to my process; my own photography, as well as that of others, enables me to create my basic form and outline. As I mentioned, I’m very inspired by colour. So I work with bright, outrages tones. At the moment I’m drawing out the perimeters of tw notion that ‘the more colour the better’ to see how that affects my story. I use a range of paints including watercolour, acrylic and oil pastels. However I am very resourceful and have also been known to use house paint, nail polish and lipstick to give my work the tactile depth that my buyers tend to like the most. I really don’t limit myself with the materials I use. I finish off with a gloss or a resin and frame the piece.

Who were your inspirations?

Frida Kahlo is a major source of inspiration for me. I am not so much inspired by her artwork but more so by her her, her story and how I feel it affects me as my life’s story. She endured a wide range of hardship in her life. However, she continued to remain strong, unbroken, and I really admire strong women. Again I find the female figure a source of inspiration and her appearance is extremely beautiful, however in a lot of societies facial hair on women would not be considered attractive. Yet she makes it so through her overpowering confidence and self-esteem. In addition she was surrounded by and dressed in really amazing bold colour, which I find appealing.

As well as Frida Kahlo,Talouse Latrec, Vincent Van Gough and Andy Warhol would also be inspirations of mine.

What will we see at the exhibition on Saturday night at speak easy HQ?

You will see pieces from my Femme Fatal collection. These artworks are big, bold and bright!! Each tells a different story of the strength, power and beauty of women.

We can’t wait to present the exclusive exhibition of Femme Fatal at Speakeasy HQ this Saturday night. Viewings of the collection, with opportunity to ask questions of Amy from 7-8pm. Your entry ticket includes the 13 act vaudeville show, and the rooftop BBQ and bar from 6. Tickets are essential as available at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

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Miss VonDyke Will Trash HQ!!

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This Saturday night Speakeasy HQ will present an act in the 10-act vaudeville line-up that is, without question, one of the trashiest acts we will have that night!! As the stunning, elf-like, Miss VonDyke takes to the stage the popular member of the sensational TrashDolls will be performing a burlesque act like no other.

So we took Miss VonDyke aside to see what makes her tick as she prepares the pasties for this week’s show!!

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Miss VonDyke and I am a burlesque, and aerial performer as well as a fire dancer, alternative model and clothing designer.

How did you get into show bizz?

I got into show biz through my loving and supportive Trashdolls family. They gave me my first opportunity to be on stage check them out at http://www.trashdolls.com.

What has been the scariest performance you have ever given?

I find that they are all a little scary at first when the nerves set in. But I love what i do and as soon as i start the fear goes away. The scariest act I perform is probably my aerial hoop act or fire act as they both offer elements of danger.

What has been your career highlight so far?

I can’t name just one career highlight so far. I’ve had so many great experiences its just to hard to pick one!

What will you be performing on Saturday night?

On Saturday night i will be performing an enchanting Isis-wing dance, expect to see beautiful dazzling colors and sensual dancing.

We can’t wait to see Miss VonDyke live at Speakeasy HQ this Saturday night!! Get your tickets at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

Renee Clue-Logan – Gymnastics Contortion, Dance and Brilliance!!

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On Saturday night Speakeasy HQ will present one of the brightest rising stars in Australian gymnastics, choreography and circus as Renee Clue-Logan hits the stage!!

Having performed alongside and choreographed some of the biggest names in contemporary performance art across several genres, Rene is not just an outstanding performance artist but a business and artistic genius on many levels.

So we decided to take the contortionist, gymnast, circus starlet aside and ask her what makes her tick, as she limbers up in preparation for this Saturday night’s show!!

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Renee Clue-Logan and I am a contemporary dance/circus artist and choreographer. My specialties in dance are contact and improvisation whereas in circus my specialty is handstand contortion and arial dance trapeze.

What was your introduction to performing and how far have you come since?
Its hard to say, I was a gymnast at the Victorian Institute of sport by 8 years old and always loved and got comments on my floor routine. This I think began a natural progression through dance schools to my Bachelor of Contemporary Arts and then to the National Institute of Circus. To begin with I was more focused on choreography and had my routines performed at festivals including Rainbow Serpent Festival and Mornington Moonfaced Street Performers Festival. I now take on both choreography and performance knowing that I have come to a time where I have the tools I need to begin the next part of my journey

If you could perform a 3 minute vaudeville show with any person alive or dead who would it be and what would you perform with them?
Can I pick one band…? I’d love to work with Tool, and be another creative layer of circus arts arial dance trapeze, handstand contortion and adagio with an edgy contemporary dance flowing through. To add and become a part of their already amazing sound, light and art scape.

What’s the worst performance experience you’ve ever had?
Thats a hard one as I only try hold onto the good experiences. One that springs to mind though was onstage when another performer’s head piece got caught in my skirt. Unknown to me I danced of halfway across the stage until her head piece and wig flung off hitting me in the butt and revealing her bald head as she had just shaved all her hair of to support raising money for cancer.

What is your performing highlight so far?
I think I’ve had small highlights that all became building blocks for something more. When I told my dancers to imagine the wind and the trees and then after performing at Rainbow when they came to me telling me they they now understood and loved evry minute of it. Being put on the spot at my first club gig by Pauly from fatt pizza who came onstage to begin a bull fight with the Maltese flag. Performing my first arial dance trapeze act at NICA a tribute to my brother who died from cancer at 4years old. And Ill never forget having Dj Yoji come off stage and tell me he loved my work during his set and I loved that he made me feel a valued part of his set that night. My small highlight so far have always been the unexpected.

What will you be performing on Saturday night at Speakeasy HQ?
When no themes are going on I love to draw on how Im feeling when I perform. As a current project is coming alive with so many elements coming together which I was told couldnt be done Im feeling a bit tenacious, empowered and connected with both the lightness and the heaviness of life….so add that to handstand contortion, dance and maybe a hint of acrobatics and theres my act for saturday night.

We can’t wait to see Renee live at Speakeasy HQ this Saturday night!! Tickets available at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

Burlesque Hoops & Vespa Magenta at Speakeasy HQ!!

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When you have good looks, charm and more grace than Grace Kelly had, it seems almost a bit unfair to also be an extremely talented circus artist too.  But Vespa Magenta is one of the very few individuals who can claim all that was just mentioned along with an ability to tightrope walk, hula hoop and dance!

This Saturday night the stunning Vespa Magenta will be performing hoops extravaganza at Speakeasy HQ for our adoring fan cartel!  So we took the Speakeasy Starlet aside and asked her a bunch of questions to see what makes her tick as she prepares for this week’s show!!

What was your first show ever and how did it go?

I think my first proper show was a high school talent show. It went really well! But all the judges were music teachers and picked the singers to win. At school the next day all my teachers said it was biased and I should have won…

When you perform do you have any preparation rituals?

I will often run through the entire act really quickly in my head before I go on stage. I’m a very visual person and I can see all my tricks before I go out and do them.

If you did a duo act with one other person from history, who would it be and what would you perform?

I couldn’t go past tap dancing with Gene Kelly – what a charmer. I love to tap dance and anyone who can make tapping look that strong yet graceful can happily sweep me off my feet.

What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you while performing?

It would have to be a hoop not slipping off your hand or down from your knees. It might not look that bad to the audience but it feels like the worst thing in the world to a performer!

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ on Saturday night?

A burlesque hoop act – Shirley Bassey’s involved. We’re going to have a great time.

Don’t miss your chance to see Vespa Magenta live at Speakeasy HQ this Saturday night!!  Tickets available at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

Coburg’s Funniest Daughter Live at HQ!!

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This Saturday night a comedian who has gained a cult following around Melbourne will be taking to the stage at Speakeasy HQ.  After leaving the Speakeasy HQ audience in fits of laughter Nicky’s presence could be felt long after she left the stage as her fans cheered and clapped even once she was gone!

But this Saturday night, the funniest daughter of Coburg will be again discussing all things body hair, GPS and giving out some free battle plans and survival tips for all who are intending on taking the number 1 tram in that direction! So we too the hilarious lady aside and asked her a bunch of questions to see what makes her tick, as she prepares for this week’s show!

What was your first show ever and how did it go?

I took part in a heat of Raw Comedy and it went quite well – I made it into the next round AND the stains came out in the wash!

When you perform do you have any preparation rituals?

I like to panic for at least 2 solid minutes whilst clutching a glass.

If you did a duo act with one other person from history, who would it be and what would you perform?

Bonnie Tyler. We’d perform “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. Bonnie would be on backing vocals of course………….

What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you while performing?

Seeing someone in the audience pass out into their parma and chips.

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ on Saturday night?

I will be sharing my secrets for a hot summer bod.

We can’t wait to see the Nicky Barry performing live at Speakeasy HQ this Saturday night!!!  Get your tickets online at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

Gamze’s Standing Up with Bacon!!

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Performing stand-up comedy is HARD!  It takes a certain kind of commitment and emotional steel to be able to stand in front of a room of strangers and tell original jokes, but also to make them laugh!

On Saturday night Speakeasy HQ will be presenting a hilarious young comedian who is cutting her own path in life, religion and in comedy as she performs a unique set of stand up based on her own life!  Being a Muslim in Australia can be tough, but when you stop believing in Islam but your family still do – then you talk to Gamze Kirik who knows all too well what that’s like!  After bringing the house down with laughter several months ago at Speakeasy HQ and also Speakeasy Nuevo, Gamze is a hot favorite to split the sides of our audience at this Saturday night’s 10-act vaudeville show!!

So we took Gamze aside and asked her a bunch of questions to see what makes her tick as she prepares her shtick for this Saturday night’s show.

What was your first show ever and how did it go?

20 March 2013, I did a stand-up gig at an open mic place and it was surprisingly good. I was preparing myself for a bad gig but I did well and shocked myself.

When you perform do you have any preparation rituals?

I do a nervous pee at least 3 times. Drink lots of water because my mouth feels dry when I speak for a full 5 min.

If you did a duo act with one other person from history, who would it be and what would you perform?

I’m going to say… Shirley Temple. Although she isn’t necessarily a comedian I can imagine us having loads of fun together!

What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you while performing?

I was performing at improv game for comedian’s and although I wasn’t very good I was trying. And I was proud of myself for saying things when it was my turn. At the end of the night it was my go again and a lady at the back of the room said “oh no not her again” me and everyone else laughed. Then I did my joke no-one laughed.

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ on Saturday night?

COMEDY! Hopefully

We can’t wait to see the comedy of Gamze Kirik this Saturday night!! Get your tickets online ASAP at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968

Return of the Man in the Jacket!

Sam Brew 1Every now and then Speakeasy HQ presents an artist in the 10-act vaudeville show that blows the room away!  Like all artists on the program, they are highly talented in what they do, and have a great deal of training behind them.  But every so often one act will leave the stage three minutes after they began and the audience will be in an uproar with cheering, clapping, whistling and hollering because of the act that they have just witnessed.

Such was  the case when Sam Brew made his debut at Speakeasy HQ only a month ago!  As a juggler, escapologist and magician, Sam is an all round circus talent.  But then, in a seemingly impromptu act of talent he responded to the goading of an audience member by not only performing an escape from a straight jacket, but also escaping whilst balancing on top of an enormous perspex ball, and dancing the Macarena!  The result was the stuff of legend, and the entire audience lost their minds!

This Saturday night Sam will be performing at Speakeasy HQ once more, and is anticipated to be an equally huge attraction! So we took the man with more skill in his straight jacket than most have in their little finger aside and asked him a bunch of questions to see what makes him tick.

What was your first show ever and how did it go?

I have been performing with Circus RUCCIS for several years, but my first time performing solo was actually at Speakeasy HQ. I’ve performed and trained heaps with others, but that was my first solo experience. By all accounts it went awesome! The audience was full of excitement.

When you perform do you have any preparation rituals?

Sort of.  I just, kinda, you know, freak out backstage for a few minutes, then walk on stage as if nothing happened.

If you did a duo act with one other person from history, who would it be and what would you perform?

I would perform a magic/escape act with either Harry Houdini or Cosentino. (I know he’s not from history but he is just too awesome!)

What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you while performing?

It was at Knox festival this year, and I just couldn’t get my best and favourite trick to work! I had to give up on it and move on in the act.

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ on Saturday night?

I will be performing a classic magic act, The cups and balls.

We can’t wait to see Sam Brew performing magic at Speakeasy HQ this Saturday night!! Tickets available at: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=87968