The Road Ahead : February 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2013 16 LIFESTYLE | TIME OUT DVD: The Wedding Party* is not your average romantic comedy. Yes, there are elements of romance and laugh-out-loud moments, but this film is more a dramatic satire about relationships and their complexity. In a bid to save himself from financial ruin, Steve Thompson (Josh Lawson) agrees to marry Ana (Isabel Lucas), a Russian woman seeking residency in exchange for a huge sum of cash. Interestingly, this storyline is merely one thread that binds an intriguing tapestry of characters. (RRP $29.95). madman.com.au APP: No overseas traveller should plan a trip or leave Australia without consulting Smarttraveller, the free app from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Smarttraveller gives up-to- date travel information about the risks you might face overseas, helping you to make well-informed decisions about whether, when and where to travel. Travel Registration allows you to be contacted in an emergency or receive updates. There are also contact details for Australian embassies and consulates, travel tips, and a travel checklist. smarttraveller.gov.au BOOK: The Great Race is a lively history of the two centuries of piecemeal exploration that finally produced a map of the Australian continent. From the first probings of the Dutch and Spanish in 1606, Dampier in 1688, Captain James Cook and others, it becomes a race between Englishman Matthew Flinders and Frenchman Nicolas Baudin to produce the first map of Terra Australis. Author David Hill takes the reader on absorbing adventures to reveal who won. (RRP $34.95). randomhouse.com.au OUR FAVOURITE ... SMOOTH BLEND OF FOLK AND JAZZ CD: Honesty is a strong feature of the music of Queensland singer-songwriter Ange Takats, and this shines through in the lyrics of her new album, Arva. The album's tone has been described as a blend of folk music and 1930s' jazz. That jazz vibe certainly shines through, particularly on the excellent Fine & Dandy and Old Fashioned Man. Arva weaves intriguing tales of love found and lost, hope and drawing inspiration and happiness from the everyday happenings of the world around us. The album carries influences of American 1930s' jazz singers Billie Holiday and the Boswell sisters, combined with Takats' own strong folk background and tinges of alternate country music. There's plenty to like about Takats' captivating new album (her second), which has been produced by Melbourne multi-instrumentalist J. Walker. Takats' 'syrupy' voice and poignant lyrics, tinges of humour and nostalgia, great string arrangements and nicely layered vocal harmonies combine to make the 11-track Arva a musical journey worth travelling. The album is available through iTunes and Ange Takats' website, which also lists upcoming live performances. angetakats.com.au GAME: Pick your favourite SEGA character and buckle up as this Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed karting game takes you over land, water and in the air as your vehicle transforms during the race to suit the conditions. Watch out as other racers pick up items such as a blowfish to puncture your tyres, a whirlwind that reverses the controls of the driver, or even fireworks to spin out the target. Compete in World Tour mode and earn stars to unlock new stages. (SEGA, Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, 3DS RRP $49.95, Wii-U RRP $69.95). sonicthehedgehog.com *READ THE FULL VERSION OF THIS REVIEW AT ROADAHEAD.COM.AU.