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Christ Portrayed As “Looney Tunes” Character At Art Contest

Jul 9 2024 Share

The 2023 oil painting “Jesus Speaks to the Daughters of Jerusalem,” created by the Australian artist Philjames, faces backlash as it was submitted to the Blake Art Prize exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The artist adds a hysterical twist to the sorrowful biblical tale of when Jesus comforted the weeping daughters of Jerusalem, as the melancholy on the faces of his subjects is masked by those of “Looney Tunes” characters.

 

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The piece received heaps of online criticism, with Christian protestors threatening violence, resulting in the removal of the painting from the contest by the mayor of Sydney’s Liverpool district, Ned Mannoun.

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Though Philjames is no stranger to his work sparking controversy—being the creator of the piece depicting The Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples eating KFC—he admits that the reaction received “was actually frightening.”

The artist, however, did not fail to show his disapproval towards the mayor’s decision, “putting politicking before freedom of expression,” he said. “Where does it end?”

 

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1930 Secret Cocktail Bar Takes Over Tora and Manta This Weekend!

1930 Secret Cocktail Bar Takes Over Tora and Manta This Weekend!
Jul 9 2024 Share

Get ready for a weekend of unparalleled mixology as the 1930 Secret Cocktail Bar takes over Malta’s Tora and Manta! Ranked #42 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, the Milan-based 1930 Secret Cocktail Bar will be collaborating with Lifestyle Group for an exclusive Mixology MasterClass and Bar Takeover.

On Friday, July 12th, the festivities kick off at Tora with a Mixology MasterClass from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This hands-on session, led by globally acclaimed mixologists Benjamin and Matias, will delve into the history and philosophy of cocktail craft, followed by a live demonstration of world-class cocktails that earned 1930 its top ranking. Attendees will also enjoy a tasting and a Q&A session.

Following the masterclass, Tora will host a Bar Takeover from 8:00 pm onwards. Guests can savour a curated selection of signature cocktails crafted by the expert bartenders from 1930. The excitement continues on Saturday, July 13th, with another Bar Takeover at Manta starting at 7:00 pm. Both takeovers offer free entry, making it an unmissable opportunity to experience top-tier mixology.

Sponsored by Malfy Gin, Campari, Olmeca Tequila, and London Essence, this event is perfect for cocktail enthusiasts and anyone looking to enjoy an evening of exceptional drinks and expertise. Don’t miss out on this unique mixology event at Tora and Manta!

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Abandoned ‘Mr Frenchie’ Healing ‘Slowly But Surely’

Abandoned 'Mr Frenchie' Healing 'Slowly But Surely'
Jul 9 2024 Share

Back in June of this year, a French bulldog was rescued and taken to the Association for Abandoned Animals.

Appropriately named Mr Frenchie, the rescue was found to have contracted sandfly (leishmania) and a severe skin infection.

‘Thankfully, his blood test was not that bad’ and was put on medication and medicated washes for further improvement.

He had to quarantined due to the infection, but recent updates show him having improved significantly and being cared for with lots of love.

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Man Reportedly Trapped In Crashed Car In L-Aħrax

Man Reportedly Trapped In Crashed Car In L-Aħrax
Jul 9 2024 Share

Police and Civil Protection Department rescuers are working to free a man trapped in a car wreck that crashed down a cliff at l-Aħrax, near Mellieħa, on Tuesday morning.

The accident occurred around 8 a.m. when the vehicle plummeted onto the rocks by the sea.

The man inside is believed to be alive, but no further details are currently available.

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Source: Times of Malta