The party you have after the main event is the After Party of course but to have to get to that After Party can have a deleterious impact on the adrenalin levels of partying people. The Molonglo Group with Palace Electric and NewActon as major partners of the National Gallery of Australia for the James Turrell Retrospective bunged on a bus for partying people to continue partying on in the eclectic surrounds of the NewActon precinct where style is the essence and setting the standard a worthy competitive sport decreed by invitation that brought out the ‘monochromes’ of invention determined by those creating the scene. The red white and blue of monochrome just a tad unusual especially as blue looked like the ‘only gay in the village’ in a lycra fat suit, but at least he didn’t have to worry about drinking because he couldn’t.
The glam girls encircled the circular gas fire in the almost but not quite opened up market dining space that’s evolved off the foyer space. It is another of those Hotel Hotel and Monster Kitchen and Bar spaces that will delight and defy description because it sets its own benchmark, but it could be in the snowfields or the seaside just as happily as in our oh so on trend Canberra.
The NGA crowd drifted in wearing their Turrell identity bracelets in a ‘timed’ collection of colours, the music played, the bar was flat chat, the saxophonist blinded us by his light, and Clarence Clements would have loved it, and Jonathan Efkarpidis was once again playing the hands on dad with his two tinies Calypso and Anasti who will know this NewActon business better than anyone by the time they want to get pocket money.