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It’s hard to know what to call Scottish performer Alan Cumming. At

times he has been described as a renaissance man, style icon, social

activist, bon viveur and mischief-maker but he describes himself as

a storyteller and provocateur for hire. He has won Tony, Emmy and

Golden Globe awards for performances in the stage musical


and the TV series

The Good Wife

, written several books and articles for

The New York Times

and magazines, directed and starred in a musical

condom commercial and recorded an award-winning album of songs

(plus a dance remix) among other things. He has also won more than 30

awards for humanitarianism and social activism. Cumming makes his first

appearance at the Queensland Cabaret Festival on 15 June at Brisbane

Powerhouse, New Farm. Tickets from $79.90 plus fees. To book and to

see the full festival program see



We’re in the age of the comic book blockbuster and films of the

superhero characters created decades ago are not only reaping

billions of dollars at the box office they are making superstars of

actors including our own Chris Hemsworth.

It will be October before we see Hemsworth on screen

again as the mighty Thor (and can try to identify which scenes

were shot on the streets of Brisbane) but before that fans

can pour over artifacts ranging from Thor’s hammer to Iron

Man’s armour and Tony Stark’s race car (from

Iron Man 2

) in

the exhibition

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe

at the

Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

The exhibition is the first major Marvel exhibition in

Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum

worldwide, featuring more than 500 pieces, including

costumes, props – some from the yet-to-be-released



– posters and art works that profile legendary

characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and

the Avengers, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Guardians of

the Galaxy.

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe


from 27 May to 3 September. Tickets from $25 (adult) at the

door or online, see


| BNE May/June 2017


Master of the


It’s not hard to see why Chris (aka Orochi X,

pictured right

), an operations

manager from Melbourne, is in high demand to be a special guest at anime

festivals – he is a master of his own universe in the art of costume creation,

fashioned after his favourite characters, particularly from the Final Fantasy

game series.

Orochi X, as he likes to be known, is an avid anime cosplayer in his

own time and spends weeks and occasionally months making costumes

(his Bahamut from FFXV is an extravaganza three metres wide and two

metres high equal to any Marvel creation) for appearances at festivals and

competitions he attends with his cosplay team, Endiru.

Orochi is just one of the cosplay stars appearing at the Madman Anime

Festival where a preliminary round of the national cosplay championships

will be held. The Brisbane winner will go on to compete in championship

finals in November.

Tokyo Ghoul, Sword Art Online and a One Punch Man experience will

be special features of the festival. At Brisbane Convention and Exhibition

Centre, 10 and 11 June. Tickets from $40 plus fees, for more information