If you don’t travel in neat units of two it can be something of a challenge getting into openings at the national institutions and Nick Cave: The Exhibition at the National Library last Friday night was no exception. But the gate keepers were accommodating and we were temporarily split up into groups of one and sent to separate tables where everyone was signed in, sealed, and delivered into the grand hall. The Audreys sang a song and then mistress of ceremonies Genevieve Jacobs from ABC Radio 666 shrieked into the mic that she needed a “bit of shoosh” (classy) before a lyrical waxing re the legend of Mr Cave who sent a message claiming he was no longer a “dark lord” … but once you get a reputation … There were a few words from the curator, Janine Barrand, and then in Cave’s absence go between Robert Forster did the honours. (A very appropriate stand in for an ex Queenslander where the Go Betweens were considered significantly superior to the Victorian Birthday Party!) Then croquettes with quince aoli arrived … beats the hell out of loaves and fishes. The National Library hosts and produces some of the most interesting exhibitions in the land and Nick Cave : The Exhibition of course is right up there. Until 29 November.