Newsletter | #050 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #050 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #050 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for December 17 - December 23, 2007.

This week there's a special screening of Up For Grabs to support Animals Australia, special Christmas thrills with Walk Through Bethlehem, and Melbourne meets India in a stunning performance with Le Carnaval Spirituel! Federation Square presents its Advent Calendar with free performances every night! For the kids there's also Scuba Santa at Melbourne Aquarium!

With just one week to Christmas get a head start with guides to Christmas Party Planning and Christmas Light displays, and plan your summer fun with the School Holiday Guide, and what's happening on New Year's Eve!

There is 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

Up For GrabsUp For Grabs, directed by Tadhg Taylor, is a na´ve art gangster movie with digressions. It stars Pedros Coulloupas, Russell Gilbert, Josie Parrelli from Channel 31's The Shambles and nigh on eighty actors, comedians, singers, mates of the director and passers by! Shot on digital video in twelve days, it premiers at Treasury Theatre on Tuesday.

Walk Through BethlehemWalk Through Bethlehem, beginning Sunday and running till Christmas Eve in Thornbury, is a living display of life in a small town at the time of the birth of Jesus. Bethlehem, in Thornbury, is populated by spinners, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters, potters, bakers and people of other ancient crafts and trades. The focal point of the production is the stable, with Mary, Joseph and their baby, Jesus.

Advent Calendar @ Fed SquareAdvent Calendar @ Fed Square - Celebrate the spirit of Christmas as the East Shard at Federation Square is transformed into a magical Advent Calendar - 24 days, 25 windows, 25 performances! Talented aerialists will perform in front of a magical animation, unveiling each day's window on the side of a three-storey building. There will be a free performance at 9pm every night in December with a finale on Christmas Eve!

School Holiday Guide

School Holiday GuideCheck out our School Holiday Guide for a head start on things to do with the kids during the school holidays in December 2007 to January, 2008.

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The guide is updated weekly to highlight the best things to do over the holiday period for the young and young at heart, to help you find perfect ways to enjoy the holidays with events, tours and holiday care programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!

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Christmas Lights | Melbourne's BEST

Melbourne's Best Christmas LightsMelbourne's Christmas Lights - Wondering where the best Christmas light displays are in Melbourne?

Pack the kids into the car and head out for a fun nights entertainment. Many owners have been decorating their homes for years and produce fantastic moving displays that will thrill the whole family.

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

New Years Eve GuideNew Year's Eve - Everyone get outs for Melbourne's biggest night of the year, so here is our guide how to count down the New Year into 2008..

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

People, Places, AnimalsPeople, Places, Animals is a major survey of work by acclaimed British artist , whose real-life photos of his family became a notorious part of the 1997 Saatchi exhibition Sensation. It begins December 20 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Power and Beauty - Indigenous Art NowPower and Beauty - Indigenous Art Now, is showing at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. With works from contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in all areas of Australia, the exhibits attest to the artists' resilience in holding on to their culture.

Ink AdvanceInk Advance is an exhibition where three street artists and illustrators come together at the Green-Wood Gallery. Ghostpatrol, Miso and Acorn have created an installation of contemporary street art, including illustration and soft sculpture of a four-metre squid!

Once Upon a SpaceOnce Upon a Space, held at Brunswick Street Gallery, is an exhibition by Ben Howe that showcases paintings made while living in Hamburg, where he refined a critical vision of the modern city as a recent migrant, exploring Hamburg's forgotten cultural centre.

The Octopus & The RatThe Octopus & The Rat features new works by Samuel Tupou, who immigrated to Australia at the age of 10 and joined an artist cooperative in his teens where he learned street art and print based techniques. The exhibition will be at MARS Gallery until December 21.

Contemporary Silver & Metalwork Award 2007Contemporary Silver & Metalwork Award 2007
This exhibition features work by contemporary Australian artists as part of this year's Buda Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award, which attracts artists from across the nation.

ArtefactArtefact 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

Le Carnaval SpirituelLe Carnaval Spirituel is a vivid and colourful tapestry of artistic performances presented in a contemporary setting, bringing forth the timeless spiritual wisdom of ancient India's Vedic culture. It runs from December 21 to 23 at Lower Melbourne Town Hall.

Divas of AsiaDivas of Asia, beginning Saturday at the Opium Den in Abbotsford, is a one-hour drag show will showcase the fabulous costumes, movements and career highlights of Asia's leading songbirds, through the illusions of Chelsey Mikimoto and Aneeta Mooi.

A Very Woggy XmasA Very Woggy Xmas - For the 7th consecutive year, the Comic's Lounge goes ethnic again for the stand up comedy spectacular 'A Very Woggy Xmas'. The 2007 show stars Rob Shehadie from the popular SBS cult hit 'Fat Pizza' along with Gabriel Rossi (pictured).

Monty Python's SPAMALOTMonty 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.

Priscilla Queen of the DesertPriscilla, 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

Sixties Christmas SpectacularSixties Christmas Spectacular is a once-off opportunity to hear two great '60s inspired bands, Dollsquad (pictured) and The Substitutes. Performing this Sunday, their show celebrates the explosive sounds of the period like you've never heard before!

Spensers LiveSpensers Live presents superb entertainment and quality food in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Every Tuesday night you'll find Jazz with the Michael Jordan Trio, featuring Steve Magnussen.

Nissan Moonlight CinemaNissan Moonlight Cinema is Australia's favourite summer outdoor cinema screening latest release, classic and contemporary films in the Royal Botanic Gardens' stunning parklands! This Saturday they'll be screening the musical hit, Hairspray.

Rooftop CinemaThe 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 cult teen film Breakfast Club, screening Friday.


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Dining & Drink

Special New Year's Dining Offers

DiningMenulog 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!

Visit here for BOOKING DETAILS @ Menulog

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Perfect for all lovers of wine, their impressive range of wines and service were recommended on Channel 7's Today Tonight and Channel 9's A Current Affair.


Seamstress Restaurant & BarSeamstress Restaurant & Bar is one of Melbourne's newest and most anticipated venues. Seamstress provides the ultimate dining experience where patrons can enjoy Cantonese cuisine, before finishing off with a cocktail upstairs, overlooking Chinatown.

Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..
DiningFor more restaurants...
Check out onlyMelbourne's Restaurant Directory
Or you can View & Book a Table @ MenuLog

Dining In

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.

Sporting Events


Cycling RevolutionCycling Revolution has sent a buzz within Melbourne's track cycling aficionados because Track really is Back! This Wednesday, Vodafone Arena hosts Revolution 2, the latest in a series of cycling events that includes the 77th Melbourne Cup on Wheels!


Cricket Victoria

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Waterfront City MarketWaterfront City Market, taking place Friday December 21, features live entertainment and over 100 stalls offering top quality Australian designed and owned products. Savour the original and unique while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the harbour!

Markets, Fetes & FairsMelbourne Market Guide - 4th Week of this Month
Make the most of the sunny days and hop 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 MarketThe Suzuki Night Market has returned for summer at Queen Victoria Market, running Wednesday nights weekly through to February. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere!

Queen Victoria Market this week:

Melbourne For Kids

Masks of ChinaMasks 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!

Scuba SantaScuba Santa - From 1 to 25 December, Melbourne Aquarium's very own Scuba Santa will be making special visits in the world famous Fish Bowl, spreading Christmas cheer for all - even the sharks! Scuba Santa will dive into the Oceanarium each day at 11.15am.

Independent Games Festival ExhibitionThe 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).

Family Tours

Puffing BillyPuffing 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!

What's On for December


Yoga at the ParkYoga 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.

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..

Charity Greeting CardsCharity Greeting Cards is a wholesale publisher of Greetings Cards which support Australian Charities. In the Calendar year of 2006, they were able to donate in excess of $192,000 to charity, and are now offering a new service where from as little as 50 cards, you can personalise your cards online in full colour, and support 1 of the 40 available charities! They can even arrange help to support your favourite charity if unlisted!

The Kmart Wishing Tree AppealThe 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.

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We've rearranged the letters of three of the attractions featured in this week's newsletter.. See if you can figure them out!

Answers in Next Week's Newsletter...

Spot The Difference

There are 5 Differences between these two pictures of the Emu Bottom Homestead in Sunbury... See if you can spot them!

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Last Week's Answers

    Pace Up No Oceans - Once Upon A Space
    Hot Wafer Tolls - Follow The Star
    Goggle Pesto Whip - Pop Go The Wiggles

Spot The Difference
Here are the 5 Differences in last week's picture of McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park in Langwarrin...

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Melbourne Trivia

Shedding Candlelight on the Matter..

Carols by Candlelight was begun in Melbourne in 1938 by Norman Banks, a radio announcer then with Melbourne radio station 3KZ. Whilst walking home from his night-time radio shift on Christmas Eve in 1937, he passed a window and saw inside an elderly woman sitting up in bed, listening to Away in a Manger being played on the radio and singing along, with her face being lit by candlelight.

Wondering how many others spent Christmas alone, he had the idea to gather a large group of people to all sing Christmas carols together by candlelight, and the first such event was held in the Alexandra Gardens the following Christmas. This first event had 10,000 people attend.

Read more about Carols By Candlelight | Read Melbourne Trivia...

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