Newsletter | #043 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's guide to Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community - October 29 - November 4, 2007.
This week there is fun for the whole family with Whittlesea Show, a weekend of kids' entertainment with Chookahs, Melbourne Cup Rally offers entertainment on the water, and don't miss the Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival! There's also the Origami Convention - Folding Australia and the Spring Racing Carnival continues, while the Melbourne Cup Carnival begins on Saturday!
We also have NBL and sport details, special dining offers 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
The Whittlesea Show takes place this weekend, offering free entertainment and roving entertainers that will appeal to all ages.
Familiar favourites will be at the Show this year to satisfy both young and old with attractions such as Latin Dancers, Piano accordionists, Humphrey Bear, Ronald McDonald, Show Girl Competitions and more!
Chookahs Kids' Festival, inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the underwater world, offers children heaps of fun, free activities and two great paid shows, Rabbit and Songs of the Sea! Taking place at the Arts Centre this weekend, this year's festival has been themed around a story which has been written especially for Chookahs. You can pick up a copy of the story at the festival in return for a gold coin donation.
The Melbourne Cup Rally, presented by Boating Victoria, takes place over the Melbourne Cup weekend, running until November 6th. Festivities will include on and off water events with picnics aboard boats, waterfront entertainment, visiting celebrities and more!
Giant Sky Wheel
The Giant Sky Wheel has extended its stay at Birrarung Marr until Christmas.
The Giant Sky Wheel offers stunning panoramic views of Melbourne's city that are simply breathtaking! It's a view that just shouldn't be missed. And here's your chance to see it!
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Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival begins this Thursday at ACMI, offering 3 days of free films, including the festival highlight, Crocodile Dreaming, (pictured) a supernatural tale about two estranged brothers, played by David Gulpilil and Tom E. Lewis.
Folding Australia, held this weekend at the Community Centre in South Melbourne, is an Origami Convention that features folding demonstrations and classes for people of all ages, given by experienced folders for those wishing to participate.
Masks of China - Exclusive to the Immigration Museum, this exhibition features handmade masks of wood, paper, copper, bronze and fabric. Including masks which are over 200 years old, the exhibition explores the significance of masks in Chinese culture.
Home Furnishings - To Dye For! - Held at Carlton's Steps Galley, this exhibition, showcasing the work of members of the Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria, features beautiful handwoven, handspun and handcrafted textiles for the home.
History Begins at Home is the current exhibition on show at the Royal Historic Society of Victoria. Illustrating the history of the area around the Society's building in A'Beckett Street, the exhibition is drawn from the Society's rich collection of maps, photos and drawings.
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.
See what's on @ Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this week!
Arts & Theatre
Grainger Quartet - The Grainger Quartet, known for their distinctive, robust sound, will perform their final concert for this year on Tuesday, mixing gypsy rhythms with a special appearance by clarinettist Paul Dean at Collins Street Baptist Church.
Queens of the Disco - Join Jackie Stevens, Jillette Jones and DJ Claire with the Hair every Friday night at Collingwood's Temple Bar Precinct for The Jack and Jill Drag Show as the girls take to the stage as only drag queens can!
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the popular Oscar-winning film, the play is fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable! Experience the beauty of the outback on stage with over 20 full-scale production numbers that will take your breath away!
Theatresports is back in 2007, presented by Impro Melbourne. In a thrilling mix of both theatre and sport, 5 teams will compete for a chance to play in the Grand Final, creating scenes out of audience suggestions with skill and daring every Sunday at Theatreworks.
Entertainment & Nightlife
The Melbourne Nintendo Wii Championship is your chance to show your skills, have fun and win great prizes at the British Crown Hotel in Collingwood. With four different Wii games featured each week, entrants can make up a team of four or compete on their own.
The John Montesante Quintet brings a hint of New York Be-Bop to town, offering timeless Jazz Standards and improvisations by some of Melbourne's finest Jazz players. They perform every Thursday at The Commune Cafe Bar and every Friday at Commuters Cafe Bar.
Darrell Lea 80th Celebrations - Darrell Lea is celebrating its 80th Birthday with over $250,000 in instant prizes to be won. All you have to do is spend $8.00 or more in-store for an instant scratch card, giving you 1 in 5 chances to instantly win!
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Dining & Drink
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.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Melbourne Cup Carnival - The AAMI Victoria Derby Day takes plat at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday, lifting the curtain on the Victoria Racing Club's world-renowned four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival!
Traditionally a day for racing purists, Derby Day is one of the most prestigious single days of racing in Australasia, featuring a card of ten group races.
Spring Racing Carnival
Victoria's Spring Racing Carnival showcases 50 days of premier world-class thoroughbred racing and a party atmosphere unmatched at any other Australian sporting event! Each year, the Spring Racing Carnival puts Victoria on the international map with its high-quality horse racing that incorporates 79 race meetings across the state, with more than 770,000 people attending! It runs until November 21st.
National Basketball League
South Dragons Home Game
Sun 4 November - 4:00pm
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.
Shake off those winter blues and Spring along to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs this weekend 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!
Queen Victoria Market this week:
Melbourne For Kids
Halloween in the Library - For this year's Halloween dare to be scared at the Milleara and Flemington libraries and join in the spooky fun! Both are free events but participants must be over 6 years old. Limited numbers available - bookings are essential.
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
What's On for October
The Peninsula Small Business EXPO, held this Saturday in Mornington, has assembled health industry experts and lifestyle facilitators, allowing you to meet a wide range of exhibitors across all sectors providing quality products and business services.
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..
Tassie Devil Bluegrass Ball - This Friday, Melbourne Bluegrass music fans and Tasmanian Devil lovers alike can celebrate both at the San Remo Ballroom. With a fantastic line up of acts, money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the Tasmanian Devil Appeal.
The Heart of Melbourne Appeal is the annual Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund appeal to support charities providing essentials such as accommodation, food and clothing for people who are homeless.
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Let There Be Light.. And Coffee
The Victoria Hotel in Little Collins Street was the first in Melbourne to have electric lights in its rooms - a press notice at the time said, 'with the object of having bedrooms cool in the summer, the electric light is fitted in each room with taps to turn on and off the light as in gas jets'.
The Victoria Hotel was also originally known as the Victoria Coffee Palace, founded by a Temperance League as an alternative to the rowdy, bawdy pub accommodation on offer during the late 19th century.
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