Justin Townes Earle played a brilliant show at The Gov last night. Stripped back to just himself and fiddle player/vocalist Josh Hedley, it was a show that moved between raw and harsh east Texas blues to beautiful laid back ballads. The beautiful “One more night in Brooklyn” a highlight for me. His version of Springsteen’s “Racing in the Street” during the encore was also a thing to behold.
One of the great Gov gigs.
News this morning that a charity art exhibition at Sydney Children’s Hospital has “collapsed” after hospital officials viewed the photo below and pulled their support.
The image by Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton is an image of her son not wearing a top.
This is in the same vein as the Subiaco Public Library refusing to exhibit the image below by Nicole Boenig-McGrade.
This time there’s two kids without tops on.
What’s particularly troubling in both these cases is that an official in officialdom has decided not that the images are offensive, but that some member of the public may find them offensive and the official has therefore decided to remove the offending image before anyone is, er, actually offended.
No, it doesn’t to me either. Welcome to the New Puritanism.
I remember reading somewhere that one of the iN-PUBLiC photographers (and I thought it was either Jesse Marlow or Matt Stuart but can’t find anything at the moment) will often make images with heart shapes contained in them.
This is how my son squirted sauce onto his chicken and chips the other night.