March 7, 2014 Leave a comment
March 6, 2014 Leave a comment
Hi everyone! For me the week seems to have marked not only the end of summer, but the beginning of the descent into hayfevery, slobbery messes. May God have mercy on us all. Also, Monday is a public holiday. I would have thought it obvious except a workmate yesterday did not realise, and I had to face the moral decision of either telling her, or having a laugh on Tuesday.
MSO pops 2014
I’m going to give the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra props here: over the past one to two years they’ve really targeted our age bracket, and this year’s MSO Pops are no exception. It’s a series of three concerts focusing on Jazz and Broadway, and with tickets starting at $29 a piece it’s definitely affordable. It starts this Saturday night followed by a matinee show on Sunday, and if you buy a ticket now you can enter a competition to head to New Orleans. You can check out the repertoire and order tickets here.
Buy tickets – Melbourne Smart Bar
The next Melbourne Museum Smart Bar is on the 13 March. If you haven’t been, it’s basically the Melbourne Museum turned into a bar with a bunch of great guest speakers available throughout the night. You should already have your tickets. They have an early bird special until tomorrow for tickets so get in quick. Tickets available here.
Telstra Ballet in the Bowl
Free ballet under the stars held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. It’s on Friday with gates opening at 4 and the performance kicking off at 8. I went last year and it was a sneaky little preview into what they’re planning for the following season, plus who can complaint about free culture. Details here.
Fresh Air Festival.
My admiration and jealousy of the Pop Op Players is a well-documented fact and so it is with great pleasure and envy that I include their Fresh Air Festival in this week’s post. They’re basically games for grownups, its free, and it’s at Fed Square all weekend. You can check out the schedule and on their Facebook page right here.
Asi Suena Columbia
This weekend the traveling roadshow Asi Suena Columbia hits Melbourne at the Alexandra Gardens all weekend. There’ll be workshops as well as concerts on all weekend, and it looks like a stellar International lineup. Hosted with Multicultural Arts, you can check out the lineup here.
Dungeon Crawl – Joss Whedon Night
Live-action impro Dungeon-&-Dragons-esque show that’s currently going through their final season. This month’s show is all about Joss Whedon and it’s on this Tuesday from 8pm at Bella Union. Details here.
February 26, 2014 Leave a comment
Greetings everyone! Hope you had a good White Night. I didn't start till midnight and it was still crowded, so it seems like a few things were improved, but there's still room for improvement for next year. I'll write more about it in the next post.
The Cock & Bull storytelling night
Held at Grumpy's Green from 8pm tomorrow, the theme will be around “Never again”.You can track where all these story telling nights are held here.
Streat Vibes Music Festival
This guys got in touch with me directly. It's a local and free music festival running both Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 9pm. There'll also be carnival games and stalls for you all to check out. You can see the lineup here.
Thunder Road Brunswick's Better Community Day
From their Facebook page:
Brunswick Bitter hosts “Brunswick's Better” Community Day -showcasing the vibrancy and variety of Brunswick's local traders, food purveyors and craft manufactures. Brewery tours and beer tastings all day!
It's on this Saturday from 11am in Brunswick, details here.
Happy 10th Birthday ArtPlay
ArtPlay, that great free activity and art centre, turns 10 this week! They've got some enormous festivities planned, such as
- The MSO ArtPlay Ensemble Graduate performance, Come in Outside interactive play installation
- Roving performances by Pocketfool
- DJ set by Toot Whistle Crew
- Performance by Miss Wattle and Friends
- Circus Oz teach circus tricks
- Goof Booth clown about with fun family photos
- Bollywood dance lessons
Pushy Women South speaking event
Celebrate bikes and women with eight of Melbourne's most prominent writers, comedians, thinkers and performers will present their take on being a pushy woman. Featuring: Kate Miller Heidke, Chloe Shorten, Tracy Harvey, Monica Dux, Bev Killick, Sally Warhaft, Lally Katz, Nelly Thomas. If you use the code Pushy-VIP-10 you can save $10 off the ticket price when you check out, and it's on from 4pm this Sunday. Details here.
Melbourne Writers Club – Oscar's Night
Held at the Honey Bar on the first Monday of each month from 6pm, this month's chat will be about movies and book conversions. Come say hi!
February 21, 2014 Leave a comment
Hi! Here’s a quick rundown of the White Night Melbourne projects that I think look interesting for tomorrow night. Of course, it’s difficult to tell just from their outlines on the site so during the night itself I’ll be tweeting about any projects that I think are cool/noteworthy as I discover them. You can follow me here, and you can build your own schedule here.
Molecular Kaleidoscopt – “Virus one billion times”
Animations of various cells, viruses and bacteria projected onto the roof of the La Troe reading room of the State Library. Sounds way geeky! Link
Ian Potter Centre – NGV Melbourne
Art up late! Yes you can go to the NGV almost any other day of the year, but what I’m looking forward to seeing is everyone napping in between all the amazing art. Link.
The Secret Garden
The Testing Grounds is usually a hub for creative experimentation, so I’m really interested to see what they’re up to that night with short films, shadow puppets and chalk drawing up on offer. Link
Late-night synchronised swimming at the Melbourne Baths. No idea why this has piqued my interest, but it sounds fun. Link.
Made in Melbourne Film Festival
Come check out the local talent at the Fed Square Atrium all night long. Big range of films on repeat throughout the night. Link
The Book of the Night
12 authors will write 12 chapters over 12 hours throughout the night at the State Library. You can participate by suggesting plot points, characters and other elements. I’m saving this for last because I suspec that once I go I’ll be there yelling stuff for the rest of the night. Link.
February 20, 2014 Leave a comment
I’ve been so distracted by the upcoming White Night Melbourne that there was a risk that this week’s post was going to be nothing but White Night Melbourne repeated over and over until you all understood how excited I am about White Night Melbourne. I’ll be posting a short(ish) list of White Night Melbourne events you can check out later today as well.
Before I start on this week’s events, I’d also like to put in a quick plug for my friend Kate Iselin’s Pozible campaign. She’s raising funds to create a comic book to counteract the government’s horrible comic that warns people not to seek asylum in Australia. It’s really worth supporting, and you can find out more here.
Projections of musicians playing while you wander through, with a remote control on stage for you to play with. It’s an amazing concept, and you can check it out FOR FREE this week. On daily from today till Sunday at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Details here.
PUBLIC FORUM: Global warming, Tony Abbott and the need for climate action
Given that, among other things this week, a climate change denier is now in charge of setting the renewable energy goals, you may want to join a forum about how to initiate change on the matter. It’s on tonight and more details are here.
Final playtest for Fresh Air 14
I’ve mentioned the Pop Up Playground a few times before, but if you’re aware basically they design and create games for adults. If you have even the smallest amount of childhood wonder left they’re worth watching. This Saturday they’re holding a playtest, where you can test and provide feedback on their latest games, at Fed Square. You can sign up here.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl with free pre-concert entertainment from 5pm: Russian favourites played by Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra followed by Rhachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 Pathétique starting at 7. Details here.
Sunday World BBQ
This Sunday from 10am there’s an international BBQ at the Queen Victoria market. On offer are longganisa from the Phillipines, anticucho from South America, sausages from Sicily and vegetable kothu from Sri Lanka. I only know what one of those are, but they all sound damn good. Details here.
Comedy @ the Imperial Hotel
Free comedy two nights a week every week at the Imperial Hotel, 2-8 Bouke Street on the corner of Spring. Every Tuesday from 8pm it’s Puggs in Space, the up-and-comers who can put together a great show and they’re only asking that you chuck some money into the beer jug at the end of the night. Then on Wednesdays it’s Open Mic Comedy, newbies having a crack and again, completely free. If you want to have a go yourself, sign-up is till 8pm.
February 17, 2014 Leave a comment
Last Saturday the 9th February I was invited to attend the Top Shelf Boutique Drinks Festival. Initially I was reluctant since I’m in the middle of FebFast and not drinking or eating meat at the moment, but once I read through the events involved I knew I had to pay for a day off. Read more of this post
February 12, 2014 Leave a comment
Hi. I’ll start this weeks post by repeating what everyone’s favourite superhero said about the heroism of firefighters this week:
I’d like to acknowledge the bravery and heroism of those fighting fires in Vic today. If you ever meet one, hug them for me please.
— Melbourne Man (@Supermelb) February 11, 2014
Give them a hug from me as well, and I hope you and yours are all safe and well. On to lighter stuff.
Apology – Heal Our Past, Build Our Future Together
A free concert on tomorrow from 6-9pm at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl celebrating the anniversary of the Apology to Australia’s Stolen Generations. It will feature both indigenous and non-indigenous talent and looks like a great celebration of the path to reconciliation we are still walking. Details here.
Movie festivals seem to have temporarily died down, however there are still a ton of other festivals on in and around the city for you all to enjoy.
- The Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival is continuing until the 16 February, with more details here.
- The Digital Writers Festival, an online festival for those looking to hone their craft, kicks off from tomorrow and you can see the whole lineup here.
- Pause Festival, a digital arts Festival, also starts tomorrow with events all over the city, program here.
- The Yarraville Festival is on on this Saturday and Sunday from 10am. Among their events include another Sounds of Silent screening of Charlie Chaplin. Details here, and you can see my interview with their Musical Director here.
- Supergraph is having it’s inaugural Exhibition this weekend. It’s a graphic design festival held at the Royal Exhibition Centre and some of the art that they’ve been previewing on social media looks amazing. Details here.
MSO Free concert
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra seems to be holding free concerts all the time now! The first in a series of free concerts to be held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this Saturday from 7pm. Bring a rug and enjoy the serenity. Future dates and the repertoire available here.
Testing Grounds – Free Outdoor Movies
Testing grounds is a fre outdoor art-space just behind the Arts Centre. It’s a bit tricky to get to, but basically if you go to the grassy space between the spire and the National Gallery there’s a set of steps right at the back left going down. Going down the steps you can’t miss this open air space. Grab a drink, enjoy some artsy films for free and say hi to Joe for me. Program here.
Meat Market Street Market #2
After our hugely successful showcasing event last year Street Market is back Sunday March 2nd from 12 – 4pm.
This year our demonstrations include fish filleting by Seafood Store, charcuterie from Game Keepers as well as demonstrations by our head chef Tony Moss and his favourite kitchen toys … the Sous Vide machine and the Thermomix.There will be wine tasting from Trinity Hill and Innocent Bystander, beer tasting by Stella Artois and James Squire brews.Add some live entertainment and some education about where your food comes from and everybody is in for a great day.
What’s up, Buttercup
This week I got a bunch of event recommendations from What’s up, Buttercup. Rather than passing them on, I’d suggest checking out her rather excellent blog for a complete rundown on foodie and drinkie style events here.