Newsletter | #047 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for November 26 - December 2, 2007.
This week the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival begins, ABC 774 presents Day of Love at Fed Square, Maribyrnong's biennial Big West Festival continues, and help support the Royal Children's Hospital with a concert by Melbourne Sinfonia. There's a taste of Mexico with the Hola Mexico Film Festival and cinema fans are also treated to the ongoing Festival of Jewish Cinema.
And get a head start on Christmas and the new year celebrations with a New Year's Eve Guide!
There is NBL and 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 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, running from November 29 to December 15, features 4 days of award-winning films and discussion salons exploring the weird and wonderful world of human rights, as well as a 2-week art exhibition. Inspired by similar festivals held in New York, London and Johannesburg, the first-ever Australian Human Rights Arts and Film Festival is about to take off in Melbourne!
Day Of Love - Come and hug Juan Mann from the 'Free Hugs' campaign and join 774 ABC on Friday, November 30th at Federation Square for a whole Day Of Love! Presented by 774 ABC, The Day of Love is all about giving - but it's not about money. Sometimes the smallest act of kindness can make the biggest difference to someone else. Come down to Federation Square to find out what you can do to share the love!
The Melbourne Sinfonia, one of Melbourne's best non-professional symphony orchestras and the resident orchestra of the Royal Children's Hospital, will be performing this Friday at Melba Hall. The orchestra will be performing Rossini Thieving Magpie Overture, Nielsen Flute Concerto and Dvorak Symphony No.5, by booking tickets for the concert you will be supporting the Royal Children's Hospital.
The Big West Festival is a biennial arts and cultural festival that runs over 10 days with special attractions and performances taking place throughout the West Melbourne suburbs of Maribyrnong. The Festival runs until December 2, with highlights including a series of contemporary art, multicultural and community events designed to reflect, engage, energise and excite those participating in or attending the Festival.
The Hola Mexico Film Festival is currently running for it's second year at the Palace Westgarth in Northcote, offering special screenings until November 28. With something for everyone, the festival features everything from comedies to documentaries, with all films selected from this years Guadalajara Film Festival and the Mexico City Film Festival to ensure you see the newest and best films.
The 2007 Festival of Jewish Cinema is now running at ACMI, showcasing contemporary films from around the world on Jewish themes. Featuring a stunning collection of films, the festival includes screenings of newly restored archive prints, once thought lost to cinema audiences. These little-known Yiddish classics represent a hitherto forgotten chapter in world cinema. The Festival runs until November 28.
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Art at Burnley Harbour, held this weekend on the North Bank of Yarra River, is Melbourne's unique outdoor and undercover art exhibition. Organised by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria this year's exhibition will feature over 450 artworks and a cafe!
Culture Future Light is the the inaugural external exhibition of the Chisholm Institute's Indigenous Programs & Services. Held at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong Town Hall from November 27 to December 6, it includes work by 2007's Lin Onus Award winner.
Dollars & Dumps, presented by Coinworks, is your chance to see Australia's first coin, the 1788 Holey Dollar, and the famous Proof 1930 Penny, now valued at one million dollars! They will be will be on display with other rare coins for four days only from November 27.
Seventh Floor is an exhibition of major works by Council of Adult Education Diploma students. Featuring paintings, prints, sculpture and works on paper.
It begins November 27 at Abbotsford Convent.
Drawings And Such By Pierre is an exhibition held at Brunswick's 696 gallery. An amazingly talented illustrator, Pierre will transform 696's second room into a world of sketches and imagination. The exhibition will be open until December 5.
The Nuclear Poster Exhibition invites you to step up and celebrate creative dissent with an exhibition of provocative and affecting political posters, all of which were chosen for Breakdown Press' 3rd Poster Series, debating Australia's role in the nuclear cycle.
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
A Large Attendance in the Antechamber
Take the stairs to the Tower Theatre and step inside the cultured and cluttered study of Sir Francis Galton.
The play runs until December 9 at Malthouse Theatre.
The Hard Lines Reading Program, held on November 27 & 28, will present selections of four plays showcasing the work of four Melbourne Theatre Company affiliate writers. This year's program will be performed at VCA's Grant Street theatre.
Glengarry Glen Ross, the award-winning comedy by David Mamet, will be performed at Chapel Off Chapel from November 29 to December 16. Presented by Human Sacrifice Theatre, the play is renowned for its colourful language as much for its compelling drama.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago is another play by David Mamet which begins this week at The Toff In Town, with performances running until December 5. One of American theatre's most provocative and controversial comedies, centres around '70's swinging singles scene.
Monty Python's SPAMALOT, the smash hit Broadway and West End musical, has finally hit Melbourne, playing at Her Majesty's Theatre. Directed by Mike Nichols, the play is based on one of the Pythons' best-loved films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Sentido Funf offer two entertaining performances in November with Both Sides of the Bar - a comical love triangle with a twist, and The Fellatio Monologues - a performance that is both amusing and confronting as it explores the differences between men and woman.
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!
Entertainment & Nightlife
The Rooftop Cinema at Curtin House flickers into action during Summer, with films screening Tuesday to Sunday. Enjoy the night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar! This week's program includes the hit film Lost in Translation, screening this Saturday.
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!
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.
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Dining & Drink
Special New Year's Dining Offers
Menulog is the easiest way to avoid the New Year's Rush & book a table at one of Melbourne's many splendid restaurants! There are many Melbourne restaurants that are currently offering special deals for New Year's Eve so you can save money and have a great night out in Melbourne! Restaurants found at Menulog offer everything from New Year's special menus, a la carte banquets, and more!
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Wed November 28 - MCG
Tickets available at gate on match day.
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Fri November 30 - MCG
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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!
The Suzuki Night Market returns this week at Queen Victoria Market, beginning Wednesday night and running weekly through to February. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere!
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Masks of China at the Immigration Museum features handmade masks from China, some which are over 200 years old. With free entry for children the exhibition includes fun kids activity trail with the chance to sketch and colour-in their own mask!
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!
Circus Royale is a totally professional traditional circus staged in a luxury tent featuring International circus stars.
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Yoga at the Park is an initiative of The Health and Yoga Council of Australia, presenting Yoga classes in some of Victoria's most beautiful parks and gardens. Set in a relaxed environment, classes are designed to suit many age groups and levels of experience.
The Partnerships for World Graduates Conference, beginning November 28 at Sofitel Melbourne, aims to bring together academia, industry and community to look at how the demands of our globalising society can be met preparing world graduates for the future.
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 Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is Australia's largest Christmas gift appeal. The Wishing Tree supports some of Australia's largest welfare organisations and Trees can be found nationally in Kmart stores, with gifts collected up until Christmas Eve.
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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Melbourne was the home of the Australian parliament for 26 years. The opening of the parliament was held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens in May 1901.
After the opening, the federal parliament met in Spring Street and the Victorian State Parliament moved into the Exhibition Building. This continued until the parliament moved to its new home in Canberra in 1927.
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