Home' LOTL : October 2004 Contents CATHY CHAN
Cathy Chan is an up and coming member of that rare group
-- female orchestra conductors. The petite Anglo-Chinese
29-year old tuba player has conducted the Sydney Homotones
since 1998 and teaches at a number of schools and music
camps. She is currently doing her Masters in conducting at the
prestigious NSW Conservatorium of Music, and you may have
caught her during the Gay Games conducting the 200-piece
international Team Band.
Although petite, Cathy, a born performer, has found a
home on the conductor's podium. "It can still be a boys' club,
especially at an elite level. There's always politics, and some
member of the orchestra who thinks you shouldn't be there.
You've just got to prove your competency," says Cathy.
No such problems with the wonderfully relaxed Sydney
Homotones, however. "We're a fun-loving, very social band,"
says Cathy. If you want to see Cathy in action she will be
conducting the female members of the Sydney Homotones at
the LINC (Lesbians Incorporated) Launch on October 9. She
will also conduct the Conser vatorium Orchestra in Prokofiev's
'Peter and the Wolf ' on October 22. "It's a wonderfully playful
piece and I'm looking at being playful with it." For more info
on Cathy visit www.sydneyhomotones.com
Ovarian cancer is a common and deadly disease. 1200
Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer
every year and 780 women die as a result of the disease.
"To be serious for once, one of my best and closest friend's
has been effected by ovarian cancer," says popular lesbian comic
Shelly Silberman. "Seeing what she went the through, her
courage and spirit to sur vive inspired me. The only way I could
make a positive impact is to make people laugh, so that's why
we are putting on Comedy For Cancer." Shelly is looking
for ward to performing with Jackie Loeb and Sue Lewis. "Jackie
is the only person I know that can do a South African accent as
well as I can. I've seen her perform hundreds of times and still
wet myself. Sue is dryer than a tampon commercial and just as
funny. Because it's such a serious subject, I'll be doing my
funniest routine," says Shelly. "Laughter is the best cure."
THIS SPRING SOME VERY TALENTED
WOMEN ARE SHARING THEIR PASSIONS
WITH THE COMMUNITY. A LOTL OVERVIEW.
Chris Manfield, formerly of Paramount restaurant, has been
running East @ West in London for a year now. An
inspiration to female chefs everywhere, Chris arrived in London
with the attitude that she "had nothing whatsoever to lose and
an awful lot to gain." Her positive attitude worked and Chris
has received raves amongst all the hard work. She still finds
time to lend her expertise to Sydney's 2004 Food & Wine Fair
for the AIDS Trust of Australia where she will donate time and
resources for the public to enjoy in a big day out that has
become a celebration of life.
"I will offer my support in whatever way I can, and
encourage everyone to contribute, whether cooking for the day
or coming along to taste, to seriously think about the
importance and meaning of this fund raising event. There are far
too many people dying today in the world from this disease; it is
one of the greatest human tragedies we are facing and we have
to do everything we can, no matter how small, to make the
powers that be sit up and listen and prevent further devastation.
The Sydney Food and Wine Fair offers generous support to the
Aids Trust of Australia and this what we need to remember
when we flock to Hyde Park. It is so much more than a picnic."
Chris has contributed her signature chilli eggplant recipe,
which lesbians will adore because "it's hot and it's spicy." She is
known as the spice queen not just because of her favourite
ingredients, but also because of her approach to life. "Life
would be ever so dull if we didn't take risks -- never die
wondering! Grab every opportunity as it comes your way,
other wise you get left behind! Life is too short for regret."
Food and wine stallholders operate from 12noon--2pm and
entertainment including celebrity chef demonstrations feature
till 6pm. Entry to the park is free. Food & wine vouchers can
be purchased on the day, with all proceeds to the AIDS Trust
of Australia. The Sydney Food and Wine Fair, Saturday
October 30, Hyde Park. Visit www.aidstrust.com.au
Mob 0400 694907
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