first_imgToowoomba Firefighter Mike Johnson checking for embers from the second storey of the Mill Street Tavern in Toowoomba. 14th November 2016, pic David MartinelliThe fire was spotted by patrolling police officers, and was fuelled by alcohol onsite.The pub, which was unoccupied at the time, was gutted, but has been made structurally sound and remains fenced off.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago Jason Smith, former Maroons star at his Toowoomba pub Photo Mark Cranitch.It is listed with Raine & Horne Commercial agent Nick Koenig, and is being marketed as an opportunity to renovate or redevelop a “piece of Toowoomba’s history.The sale includes the fire damaged two story building on a 1113sq m block and a liquor licence that is current until June. Also included are the engineers plans and reports. Awning rests on the sidewalk outside the Mill Street Tavern. Fire engulfed the premises around 11:30pm Sunday night. pic 14th November 2016, pic David MartinelliMr Koenig said there are had been “solid” inquiry, mostly from locals.“Most of that interest has been from developer, builder and tradie types,” he said. “It sits in the Railway Parklands Priority Development Area so that location has created a lot of interest.”Mr Koenig said the hotel was over 100 years old and started its life as the Engineers Arms Hotel and was renamed the Country Club Hotel before taking the name Mill Street Tavern in 2005.It will go under the hammer at 11am on May 3.center_img The Mill Street Tavern before the fire Pic Darren England.THE fire damaged pub owned by a former NRL player will go under the hammer in early May. Mill Street Tavern is owned and was operated by Queensland State of Origin representative Jason Smith and his wife Janelle, but it was gutted by fire in November 2016.last_img read more

first_imgAs a story, “Sonrisa de Tiburón” isn’t all that complicated: An explorer flies a plane to a distant island, then scuba-dives into the surrounding waters. Fish and oysters emerge, each interacting with the explorer in a different way. Halfway through the show, we see evil anglers catching sharks and mutilating them in order to prepare shark fin soup.Translated as “Shark Smile,” the touring show is a family-friendly celebration of marine wildlife with a social message in its middle. The theater company Ex-Ánima wants its audience to think critically about commercial fishing and to embrace underwater life forms. While there is no text or dialogue to say so, the island in the piece is supposed to represent Isla del Coco, a Costa Rican territory and one of the most famous shark habitats in the world.But Ex-Ánima’s real triumph is its technical sophistication: “Shark Smile” is a “black light” show, a genre that started in Europe in the 1960s and has wowed audiences ever since. Like moving Lava Lamps, the actors and props are painted in colors sensitive to ultraviolet light. The dark room, black background, and colorless costumes make everything invisible except for deliberately glowing colors and forms. Related posts:Christmas-themed theater warms hearts this month Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson files human rights lawsuit against Costa Rica ‘Virus’ is solo performance at its finest Valentine’s Day, lyrical boleros, and other happenings around Costa Rica While these special effects could represent anything, Ex-Ánima uses the black light to illustrate the darkest depths of the ocean. Schools of fish swim in collaborative patterns. Sharks stalk in slow circles. Sea turtles float along in formation. The actors have clearly studied the movements of marine animals, and they believably mimic that physicality. Even the explorer swims like an actual scuba diver, and it takes long minutes to guess how his entire body levitates above the dark stage.The shark-finning section is staged as shadow-puppetry, and given the long history of shadow puppets as tools of protest, this part of the show is particularly powerful. We see fisherman hooking sharks and slicing off their fins, collecting them at the docks in buckets, then selling them to restaurants.The scene isn’t exactly tactful: The soup is ultimately set before a figure in a sedge hat, who slurps up the soup with a large spoon. By using the iconic East Asian headgear, “Shark Smile” unambiguously blames such poaching on the Chinese. While demand for shark fins is highest in China, the costume could be construed as unnecessary race baiting (so to speak). Remember, this is a show for kids.Political correctness quibbles aside, “Shark Smile” is a wondrous production, and when the lights come up and the performers take their bow, it’s astonishing to realize that there are only six of them. Lasting less than an hour, “Shark Smile” packs a lot of images into a short period, making it a perfect family excursion.Then again, the show will appeal equally – and maybe more so – to adults. When I attended a special noon performance at the National Theater (this weekend’s shows will take place at the National Cultural Center or CENAC), the auditorium was packed, and the mean age was probably 40. While kids will enjoy the animals, adults will appreciate the inventive staging. It’s hard to imagine pantomiming oceanic movement and synchronizing with five other people in complete darkness. Black light theater requires a physical self-awareness and attention to rhythm that most of us couldn’t imagine. If you’ve never seen this kind of live performance before, “Shark Smile” is a worthy maiden voyage.“Sonrisa de Tiburón” plays Sept. 12-14 at CENAC, downtown San José. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 2,000-4,000 ($4-8). Info: RedCultura. Facebook Commentslast_img read more