Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for August 4 – August 10, 2008.
This week, there’s a chance to indulge your sweet tooth with the Chocolate Rush Festival at Abbotsford Convent, the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony hit the big screen at Fed Square, while the Melbourne Stencil Festival continues to paint the town. The Overload Poetry Festival also continues this week, while the International Film Festival ends on Sunday so be sure to catch it while you can. And for those game enough to brave the cold for a good cause, there’s also Melbourne Citymission’s Winter Sleep Out.
There are sport details, special dining offers and info on upcoming events and highlights in beautiful Melbourne, so read on and enjoy!
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Major Events Guide
The 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony will be screened at Federation Square this Friday night offering a chance to see the biggest fireworks event of the year on the biggest public screen in Melbourne. The screening starts at 10pm and runs until 1am, so those in for the long haul would want to rug up.
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Chocolate Rush Festival, held this weekend at Abbotsford Convent, is a tasty indulgence that will enlighten you about all things chocolate. The special event features everything from hands on workshops to chefs sharing their favourite chocolate recipes and industry competitions. The weekend also includes live entertainment, local food, wine and best of all… more chocolate than you could poke a Wonka’d Willy at!
PJ Day & Winter Sleep Out
This Friday is your chance to help Melbourne Citymission by participating in PJ Day and the annual Winter Sleep Out. Wearing your PJs to work or a Sleep Out is fun, but also a reminder of the safe, cosy bed you left at home. Melbourne Citymission is a charity organisation that assists the homeless community through volunteer support programs.
Melbourne Stencil Festival continues this week, showcasing the street art of both local and international artists, the festival is a chance for those interested in stencil street art to network, celebrate, collaborate and learn. Running until Sunday, the festival at Yarra Sculpture Gallery includes children’s workshops, free guided tours of Melbourne’s street art, discussions, exhibitions and much more.
Overload Poetry Festival, Australia’s premier poetry festival celebrates Melbourne’s vibrant poetry scene with special events that will run until Sunday. Offering a broad range of entertainment, the festival’s program of events features slammers, hip-hop artists, purveyors of form and more, along with embracing new technology such as Skype, which will be used in a live international poetry reading.
Melbourne International Film Festival, one of Melbourne’s most iconic events, continues this week.
Celebrating its 57th year in 2008, MIFF ends this Sunday and offers an enormous program of cinema that includes films from around fifty countries, while also showcasing the best of Australia’s emerging and established local filmmaking talent.
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Hue Dares? is the annual exhibition of the Nell Street Painters, a group of exhibiting artists who are tutored by Nell Frysteen at the Diamond Valley Art Society. Held at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre, the exhibition begins this Saturday with their Opening Night Function.
David Roberts, known for Large Format Photography, will be exhibiting works at Melbourne’s Michael’s camera store. Defying digital trends, his photos hold a look seldom seen these days. On August 28, he’ll also be providing a free seminar, but bookings are required.
Sport and War is an exhibition that highlights the controversies faced by many Australian sportspersons during wartime in decades past. With original artworks, documents, photos and film, the wartime relics include a 'Brownlow' medal presented in a Changi POW camp.
Night Stills is a series of pen and ink drawings by Matt Coyle, whose incredibly detailed work holds sinister snap-shots that blend memories and dreams. Combining dark images of fantasy and reality, the exhibition is currently running at St Kilda’s Über Gallery.
Project8, an exhibition of work by students at Deakin University, features a broad survey of talents including painting, photography, animation and multi-media works. A testimony to the commitment of the students, it is showing at Deakin’s gallery in Burwood.
The Likher Pussy Portraits, which started as a joke about the resident cat at Gallery 696, features work from over 50 local, national and international artists in this now annual event. With purrrlenty of emphasis on the pun, the exhibition runs until August 13.
Silent Ruptures, showing at Fitzroy’s Centre for Contemporary Photography, coincides with three other exhibitions. The exhibition features images from three photographers in different parts of the world, whose works explore humanity’s relation with their surrounds.
The Humanity of Abstract Painting is a major survey exhibition of Diena Georgetti’s artworks from the last two decades. Held at the Monash University Museum of Art in Clayton, the exhibition features enigmatic work such as Georgetti’s early blackboard paintings.
Expos & Open Days
The Australian Academy of Design is holding an Open Day this Sunday. A specialist in higher education with studies including Advertising, Photo Media, Fashion Design and more, the day is a chance to see what their creative learning environment offers.
The William Angliss Institute, a leader in hospitality and tourism training, are holding their Open Day this Sunday. Located on La Trobe Street, the day features interactive displays and demonstrations along with a flambé demonstration, a cocktail competition and more.
The Home & Giving Fair is a gift and homewares trade exhibition that will be across two venues continuing this week, running until Wednesday. Taking place at Melbourne Showgrounds and Melbourne Convention Centre, it features over 600 exhibitors.
Reed Gift Fairs, known as the major pre-Christmas product expo, are one of the most anticipated events on the Gift industry calendar. Coinciding with the Home & Giving Fair, it ends Wednesday at Melbourne Convention Centre and Melbourne Showgrounds.
Performances & Theatre
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the sultry classic by Tennessee Williams, will be performed at the Arts Centre with music by Paul Grabowsky. Presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, and simmering with the sexual tension the play is famed for, it begins this Saturday.
Altar Boyz, the critically acclaimed off Broadway sensation, is currently playing at the Athenaeum Theatre. The musical parody is about a fictitious Christian boy-band who begin to question their faith and each other on the last night of their tour.
Orpheus in the Underworld, performed by Monash University School of Music, is Offenbach's irreverent take on mythology with a high fashion twist that echoes Pret-a-porter and The Devil wears Prada. The musical satire plays Friday and Saturday at Gasworks.
The Massacre At Paris is the bloody tragedy about political and religious scheming in 16th Century Paris. Written by Christopher Marlowe, writer of the equally grim Doctor Faustus, the story of greed, murder and intrigue begins Thursday at St Kilda’s TheatreWorks.
Last Night of the Proms, a gala concert held at the historic Williamstown Town Hall on Saturday, combines the talents of the Western Region Concert Choir and the Altona Community Choir. Special guest, Denis Walter, will be performing at the annually held concert.
Be a Little Less Stupid is a fast-paced and musically comic revue of songs that features sketches and cautionary tales about the stupid things we all say and do on public transport. A cabaret of human foibles, shows begin this Friday at Chapel Off Chapel.
1984 Uplate, presented by Eagle's Nest Theatre, is an adaptation of Orwell’s classic, written by James Adler. The probing play about power and how we perhaps embrace it now, runs until Saturday along with their production of Macbeth at The Open Stage theatre.
Blackbird is an uncompromising but important play that addresses child sexual abuse. Playing at the CUB Malthouse’s Beckett Theatre, the play tells the story of Ray, a man who thought he had escaped his past only to find he was very wrong. It runs until August 16.
Wicked, based on Gregory Maguire’s novel, is the hit musical that tells the untold story of the legendary witches from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Now playing at the Regent Theatre, the show reveals the surprising past of the supposedly Wicked Witch.
Entertainment & Nightlife
The Two Tourists Tour features James Edgar Francis and Leroy Lee, two songwriters from Sydney who have made their way to Melbourne to play a few shows and entertain the masses. They’ll be performing at various venues this week including the Espy on Tuesday.
The Burlesque Hour… She’s Back! Following their world tour, the Burlesque Hour returns to Melbourne with a mix of new acts, all time favourites and fabulous new guest stars. The internationally renowned shows beginning Thursday at fortyfivedownstairs.
Rock In The City organise Live Concerts in Melbourne that raise the profile of independent artists and also raise funds for charity. This Saturday they’re holding an Underages Gig at The Castle in Dandenong, featuring the bands, Director, The Deep End and Crisis.
Riff Raff are an AC/DC tribute band that capture the true sound and energy of both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras in a full on show from start to finish. They’ll be playing at The Club Caroline Springs this Saturday, along with support band, Tattoo Rose.
Focus on Ozploitation, a special program of films at ACMI, celebrates guilty pleasures from the 70s and 80s era of Aussie exploitation films. Coinciding with Melbourne International Film Festival, films include the ocker classic, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own on Friday.
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Melbourne For Kids
I Love My Babycinos | Book Launch - I Love My Babycinos, a children’s book being launched in Northcote this Friday, is aimed at encouraging toddlers to drink more milk. Starting 10am, the launch includes a kids’ story time, free babycinos and prize giveaways.
The Family Fishing Festival, held by Go Fishing In Victoria, is a free event held this Sunday at Bendigo’s Kennington Reservoir. There will be activities for the whole family along with children’s fishing workshops, stalls, entertainment, prizes and giveaways.
Luna Freeze - Luna Park will be making the most of the winter months with Melbourne’s newest ice skating venue, held in the middle of Luna Park’s Winter Wonderland. With ice-skating set to cool tunes and all under dazzling lights, Luna Freeze runs until October.
Hatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs & Babies is a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. The exhibition will be at Melbourne Museum with life-like models of hatchlings, illustrations of dinosaur life and stunning photographs.
Puzzles & Competitions
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Melbourne City Romp returns on October 19 this year, but you can have fun before then and even win great prizes with their online 'Virtual Romp' competition each week where you can have a try at guessing the weekly riddle about an iconic Melbourne venue. Prizes include the Melbourne icons package, a $100 myer voucher, a pair of $220 keen shoes or Go For Your Life backpack jampacked with $79 worth of healthy goodies.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital Home Lottery offers thousands of fantastic prizes and also helps the hospital in providing the best care for possible for those in need of their many services. This year, for the first time ever, the much-anticipated grand prize is a fully furnished $2.1 million Englehart Grand Prize Showhome that comes complete with a brand new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C200 Classic in the driveway...
The Seaside Singles Dance is an over 45`s singles party with a difference where no one’s a wallflower as hosts will introducing guests to one another at Mt Eliza’s Norwood House this Friday. The night features a live band, free 1st drink, finger food and door prizes.
Science Issues Café is a monthly discussion group that allows lay people to get together and discuss the big issues in science today. Held at Princes Hill Community Centre, this Monday Prof. Geoff McFadden discusses the evolution of life on Earth.
The Existentialist Society host free public lectures, held, that cover diverse and often conflicting schools of thought followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Held monthly at the Unitarian Church Hall, this Tuesday Prof. Graham Priest discusses Heidegger and Zen.
You Can Help
There are many social causes that are relevant to people from all walks of life, many of which rely on public support to better the community or assist those who are less fortunate or to benefit others. This week we ask you to consider the following…
National Missing Persons Week - With approximately 35,000 people reported missing in Australia each year, 20,000 are under the age of 18. National Missing Persons Week is held annually to raise community awareness regarding this issue.
Skipping Girl Restoration Appeal - One of Melbourne’s most well known icons, the Skipping Girl Vinegar sign, is in need of repair so the National Trust is holding a public appeal to restore the famed sign to its former, colourful glory. Officially declared a Victorian Heritage Icon last year, the sign has been sadly out of commission for over 10 years now. Donations over $2 to the restoration fund are tax deductible.
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Arts Centre Sunday Market, located over two levels along St Kilda Road, brings together over 150 stalls of the finest arts, crafts, organic teas, silks, ceramics and more. Stallholders are individually selected for the quality and diversity of their work.
Avenel Produce & Craft Market is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the market offers fresh produce and wine, plants, jewellery, crafts and much more. While there you can even squeeze in a shiatsu massage.
Melbourne Market Guide
2nd Weekend of Month
Make the most of the rare sunny days and head to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs for a bargain! An increasing number of food and produce markets including wine are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!
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AFL - Round 19
Round 19 sees 4 AFL matches held in Melbourne this week.
Friday at The MCG
Melbourne v Geelong at 7.05pm
Saturday at Telstra Dome
Carlton v Port Adelaide at 2.10pm
Saturday at The MCG
Collingwood v St Kilda at 7.10pm
Sunday at Telstra Dome
Kangaroos v Western Bulldogs at 1.10pm
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AFL Premiership Season 2008 - Round 19
Friday August 8th - 7pm to 9:50pm
Melbourne vs Geelong, at the MCG
Sunday August 10th - 3pm to 6pm
Richmond vs Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Dining & Drink
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These Rolls Were Made For Walkin’...
One of Victoria’s most iconic creations, the Chiko Roll, was developed in the 1940s by Francis McEnroe from Bendigo.
In line with that other of Victoria’s much-loved icons, AFL Football, the Chiko Roll was based on the Chinese egg roll and spring roll, but given a much more robust and thicker deep-fried wrapping so that it would survive transport to Football matches.
The fact that it can be held in one hand while the other hand’s occupied by a beer was also a winning sales point.
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