Newsletter | #034 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's OnlyMelbourne newsletter guide to Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community - August 27 - September 2, 2007.
This Week.. Celebrate Melbourne Day, The Melbourne Writers' Festival wraps up, Experimenta Playground continues, Melba Spiegeltent's La Soireea and who could forget Father's Day?
We also have AFL and Rugby match details and much more info on many upcoming events and highlights in beautiful Melbourne, so read on and enjoy!
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Major Events Guide
Melbourne Day takes place this Thursday, August 30, marking 172 years since the first European settlement here. To honour one of the world's most liveable cities the day will see a huge range of events, beginning the Lord Mayor hosting an official Flag Raising Ceremony at Enterprize Park at 10am. The public festivities also include live entertainment, along with special offers from many of Melbourne's attractions.
The Age Melbourne Writers' Festival continues this week, featuring many talks from some of the world's top writers.
Running until September 2, the festival is a highlight for lovers of the written word with more than 250 events including music, debates, fun and games, and Jane Clifton's late-night literary cabaret 'The Shallow End.'
Melbourne On Show, takes place this week, showcasing everything you need to host a successful corporate event, be it a Fundraiser, Christmas Party, Special Function, or even to entertain clients or reward staff. A must for business owners, personal assistants and any event organisers, this fabulous expo also highlights popular team building programs at the Challenge Laser Skirmish and Paintball Circuit!
Experimenta Playground is an interactive exhibition that mixes art and creative technology.
Featuring innovative displays and playful artworks by Australian and international artists, these exhibitions demystify often complex technology. Experimenta Playground will run until 23 September at BlackBox, the Arts Centre.
The Melba Spiegeltent presents La Soiree - a live event with a gypsy soul and a hungry heart! A spiegeltent is a hand-hewn pavilion used as travelling dance hall and wine tasting marquee since the early 20th century. A theatre, a salon, a portal to another time and more, La Soiree is a must-see attraction, running for a limited season until November 18 at Northcote Town Hall Civic Square.
Energise Enterprise 07 is Victoria's premier Small Business Festival, taking place throughout August with a huge range of events, workshops and information sessions and forums.
With over 400 events in metropolitan and regional Victoria to choose from Energise Enterprise 07 has something to offer everyone.
Father's Day - September 2
The Fathers Day 5, held this weekend at Albert Park, is not only a fun-run & walk that's a great day out for the family, but it's also your chance to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. So get your trainers on - enlist your family, friends and colleagues - and step up to support the fight against prostate cancer!
Father's Day Gift Ideas
Father's Day is this Sunday, so this week's your last chance to make plans and get pressies! Here's just one of the gift ideas that might help you surprise Dad this weekend..
Cleanskins.com sell premium Australian wines direct to the public at up to 50% Off retail prices, offering Free Home Delivery and a 100% Money Back Guarantee.
If your father's a lover of wine, surprise him with a gift from their impressive range of wines, which were recommended on Channel 7's Today Tonight and Channel 9's A Current Affair. Visit Cleanskins.com
Also on this Week..
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Artists for Kids Culture will be holding their annual exhibition beginning August 28, which will lead to their upcoming auction. Raising funds for Melbourne's underprivileged children, the exhibition features work from over 80 leading Australian Artists.
Dollypop & Seduce opens August 24 at Monash Gallery of Art. Dollypop is Renato Grome's series of large photographs of Barbie and Ken dolls in various playfully ironic poses. Seduced, also the work of Grome, features boldly captured exotic flora.
Collective Memory is the new solo exhibition of Jennyfer Stratman. Opening August 15 at Über Gallery, Stratman's sculptures investigate the landscapes of the psyche and how these resonate with the landscapes of the natural environment.
Artefact is an exhibition in which thirteen contemporary artists have woven small-scale works through historical artefacts, putting a new twist on the traditional forms of display at City Museum's Making Melbourne Galleries.
Arts & Theatre
Dogs Barking, created by the acclaimed writer of British drama, This Life, is a modern love story that brutally yet comically examines jealousy, passion and emotional violence. Directed by award winning emerging director Sam Strong, it opens August 30.
Mudfest 10, the largest student arts festival in Australia, begins August 20. Based on the theme of the indigenous concept of 6 seasons this year, the festival brings student art and theatre to the community with a wide and varied program.
La Traviata - en miniature, is a shortened version of the popular Opera which tells the tragic story of love between a young nobleman and a courtesan, Violetta. La Traviata features Katia Pronin as Violetta, and Angus Wood, recipient of the German-Australian Opera Grant.
Destiny comprises two works, Les Prčsages and Symphonie Fantastique, beginning August 30 at the Arts Centre. With music by Tchaikovsky and Berlioz, Destiny pays tribute to Leonide Massine, one of ballet's most creative stars during the 20th century.
Dining & Drink
The Homemade Wine & Beer Festival, held in Preston this Saturday, showcases the skills and customs of local amateur wine and beer brewers, many of whom use the traditional brewing methods of their grandparents. The Homemade Wine & Beer Festival is a free, multicultural event that gives wine and beer makers the chance to share the fruits of their labours with other enthusiasts and also the community.
Zia Teresa are known for their generous home styled traditional Italian meals and commitment to quality. The special's menu is continually updated, offering you classic gourmet dishes from all regions of Italy, in addition to Zia originals.
Special Dining Offer
Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..
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Menulog Home Delivery is a great chance to eat fine cuisine at home! With over 300 of the best restaurants on offer, you're sure to find something to suit any taste or occasion. To find fast and easy delivery in your area, Visit Here.
AFL - Round 22
This week sees 4 matches playing in Melbourne, with only 1 more week till the Finals begin!
- Friday at Telstra Dome
Collingwood v Adelaide at 7:40 PM
Saturday at The MCG
Richmond v St Kilda at 2:10 PM
Sunday at Telstra Dome
Western Bulldogs v Kangaroos at 2:10 PM
Sunday at The MCG
Melbourne v Carlton at 5:10 PM
Australian Rugby Championship
Melbourne Rebels Home Games
Friday August 31st - 7:30pm
Aussie Rules Football - Live with a Local Host! Experience the unique Australian game of football with a local host to explain the rules, bumps and brawls. Your package includes meeting your host near the ground before the match, for a welcome drink.
Your host will explain the rules and involve you in the game using competitions and awarding prizes. You will also receive a show bag of Aussie Rules goodies!
Entertainment & Nightlife
Wigfest, the funkiest of fundraisers, will be held this Saturday at Room680. Raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation, Wigfest is a night of big hair, big tunes and even bigger prizes that are up for grabs when you Register Online
Countdown Spectacular 2 will see a brilliant line-up of
performers from the 70's and 80's taking to the stage at Rod Laver Arena this Thursday with performers including Ozzie Countdown favourites such as Richard Clapton, Kate Ceberano, John Schumann of Redgum.
Art & Craft Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Kingston Farmers Market is held on the first Saturday of each month at Sir William Fry Reserve. With stalls offering breads, cheeses, meats, dips, vegies, pasta and more, the $2 entrance donation goes towards Chelsea Rotary community charities.
With winter and that 'much-needed rain' already here, make the most of those rare sunny days at one of Melbourne's excellent markets, fetes and fairs.
An increasing number of food and produce markets including wine are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!
Queen Victoria Market this week:
For Melbourne Kids
Amazing Human Body Exhibition is an educational exhibition that provides audiences with a unique, educational view of the human body. Using a unique preservation method called plastination, the exhibition features approximately 400 human specimens.
Pixar - 20 Years of Animation takes you behind the scenes of the studio that created Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles. Pixar's fascinating processes are revealed through concept sketches, drawings and sculptures.
The Independent Games Festival Exhibition is an interactive showcase of selected winners and nominees of the Independent Games Festival. The exhibition features a stunning selection of work such as Samarost 2 (pictured).
Puffing Billy Tour - take a tour the whole family can enjoy with a ride on Puffing Billy, Australia's best-loved steam train! Winding its way through lush ferns and towering timbers, this fantastic tour offers may treats, including wine tasting for the adults and also a trip to Healesville Sanctuary that kids will love!
Silvers Grand Magic Circus proudly present an ever-changing program that features artists from all parts of the world.
Performances are held Wednesday to Sunday.
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Keep Australia Beautiful Week coincides with the first week of spring and is time for all Australians to think about how they can contribute to positive changes for the environment. For more information on events and how you can help, Visit Here
Transported, taking place this Saturday, is a public forum and workshop that will examine collective modes of transport in relation to climate change. Organised by Architects for Peace the forum will focus on the effect transport has in our environment and every day life.
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. This week we ask you to consider the following..
The Heart Foundation will be holding their annual Doorknock Appeal throughout September to help fight Australia's leading cause of death - cardiovascular disease. With your support, they aim to continue funding groundbreaking work into the future, providing Australians with the very best heart health information and funds for cutting edge research.
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Have You Heard..
The bionic ear was invented in Melbourne by a team at Melbourne University led by Professor Graeme Clark in 1978.
Research for the invention was funded by the Victorian public through a series of 'telethons' on the then TV Channel 0. Because scientists didn't believe the bionic ear was possible, research funds couldn't be obtained from government granting bodies.
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