Newsletter | #068 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for April 21 - April 27, 2008.
This week, Wilin Week keeps the fire burning with VCA's annual indigenous festival, while Sunday sees a celebration of Dutch culture with the KLM Orange Day! There's also the Mount Beauty Music Festival, the Festival of German Films, and this year's Antenna Awards, celebrating the best and brightest of Australian Community TV! The weekend also gets the green thumbs up with a huge Gardeners Workshop Weekend in the City of Alexandra!
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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Lest We Forget
And we'll look upon that field
of the soil they did tread
to nurture groves of silken grass
where we might lay our heads.
And each life lost was a gift,
each courageous deed, a flower...
Their hearts were given in the hopes
that we would see this hour.
In their deaths, our lives bloom full.
ANZAC Day - April 25
Major Events Guide
Wilin Week, an annual Indigenous festival hosted by the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, runs this week from Monday to Thursday at the Victorian College of the Arts. Featuring music, dance, food, film, language and debate, this festival honours Indigenous students and artists on campus. A free event, Wilin Week includes lunchtime concerts held daily from 1pm at VCA's Bryan Brown Stage.
KLM Dutch Orange Day marks its fourth edition in 2008 from with a day of festivities on Sunday at Melbourne's Queensbridge Square, beginning at 11am.
The festival is named after the Dutch national colour, celebrating Dutch culture with live performances, displays of Dutch folklore such as clog dancers, crafts, children's activities, food and much more!
Mount Beauty Music Festival, now in its 9th year, promises another fantastic line-up of blues, roots, rock, jazz, country, bush poetry and comedy.
Along with fantastic entertainment the festival is also a chance to savour the local produce and wines of the North-East Alpine Valleys. Opening with a dinner dance on Thursday, the festival runs until Sunday.
The Antenna Awards, Australia's annual community television awards, will be held this Thursday evening at BMW Edge in Federation Square. Showcasing the future of Australian broadcast media, Corinne Grant will be presenting the awards for Best Male and Female Presenter, with other prominent media and entertainment figures being finalised as presenters in the lead up to the event. Tickets are on sale now.
Mother's Day | Only 3 Weeks Away!!
Mother's Day Gift Guide | May 11th
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Bid 4 Freedom is a charity art auction that features more than 100 artists, with money raised from the art sales helping the Brigidine Nuns, a group that offers aid to refugees. With works on exhibit now in Caulfield, the auction is held this Sunday.
Cityscapes of New York is an exhibition of Marco Luccio's work from his 10 weeks in New York City featuring over 30 works on paper. Showing at Steps Gallery, his works capture the intense energy of New York's monumental buildings.
Audi Festival of German Films, running until Sunday, is an eclectic and versatile mix of German films screening at Palace Cinema Como and Palace Cinema Brighton Bay. The festival also includes question and answer sessions with special guests from Germany.
Black in Fashion: Mourning to Night, an exhibition running at both NGV International and NGV Australia, explores the impact and influences that black has had within many facets of clothing, tracing the changing significance of black in Western fashion.
The Melbourne Story lets you explore Melbourne's history, learning about the unique evolvement in this latest exhibition at Melbourne Museum. With evocative stories, icons and personalities that have shaped Melbourne, the exhibition features over 1200 objects.
Top Designs, on display at Melbourne Museum, is an exhibition that showcases some of last year's outstanding VCE student designs including an electric rockabilly guitar, decadent denim inspired by Marie Antoinette, and even a remote-controlled helicopter!
NEW08 | Emerging Artists Exhibition - Held at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, NEW reveals the latest in artistic practice from the freshest crop of young Australian artists. Showcasing works of surprise and invention, the exhibition runs until May 11th.
The Fitzgibbons Dynasty is an exhibition that honours the Fitzgibbons, one of Australia's most prominent families in entertainment. On show at the Victorian Jazz Archive, the exhibition features three generations including late jazz icon, Graham "Smacka" Fitzgibbon.
Justice & Hope is a photographic exhibition of Jenn Dobson's visual documentation of children throughout India and South East Asia. Profits from photograph sales will go to Jacob's Well, providing fresh water wells and other assistance for impoverished villages.
Arts & Theatre
Water Under Snow is a performance of choral music Eltham East Primary School Choir along with special guests the Cantus Michaelis Youth Choir from Finland in what will be their only Melbourne appearance. It takes place on Sunday at Auburn Uniting Church.
AIDA, the timeless love story with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, is currently playing at Gasworks Arts Park. Playing in Melbourne for the first time, the popular musical is a passionate story of love and destiny amidst the turmoil of war.
Over The River & Through The Woods, playing at Heidelberg Theatre Company, tells the hilarious and touching story of Nick, a single Italian-American whose grandparents, desperate to keep "la famiglia" together, scheme to keep him at home.
Il re pastore - The Shepherd King is currently being performed at Chapel Off Chapel by Lyric Opera Of Melbourne as part of their 2008 season. Written by Mozart at the age of 19, the opera tells the story of a pair of lovers who are swept up in royal intrigue..
Melba Conservatorium will be holding a performance on Wednesday with Brigid Burke and David McNicol offering a contemporary clarinet and piano performance at 1:10pm. Held as part of the Lunchtime Concert series in Richmond, admission is free.
Guys And Dolls, playing at Princess Theatre, features a sensational cast that includes Lisa McCune, Garry McDonald, Shane Jacobson and Magda Szubanski. Set during 1940's New York, the must-see musical is one of Broadway's greatest shows!
Entertainment & Nightlife
Sonu Nigaam, one of the most celebrated male vocalists in Bollywood music, will be performing along with a 15-member band from India at Melbourne Town Hall this Saturday, raising funds raised for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre Appeal.
Latin 24/7, Melbourne's hottest new monthly venue for Salsa dancers, is celebrating the opening with a dance party on Saturday. The first of several special events over the next 3 months, it features DJ's, a huge dance floor and a free dance class!
WrestleRock X presents the biggest names in Australian Wrestling on Friday with bigger action at a bigger location at the HiFi Bar! A night of high-octane athleticism, drama, comedy, and all set to booming rock n roll, WrestleRock's champion, Chris Knight defends his title against South Australia's Jag.
Be the first to ride the Wheel - a ride to remember!
Win a ride to remember on Waterfront City's stunning 120m high Southern Star Observation Wheel.
Scheduled for completion in late 2008, the winners will also receive two guided tours throughout 2008 to see the construction progress, a commemorative gift and invitations to the official VIP launch!
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Dining & Drink
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AFL - Round 6
This week, Round 6 sees 5 AFL matches held in Melbourne...
- Friday at The MCG
Collingwood v Essendon at 2.40pm
Saturday at The MCG
Carlton v Adelaide at 2.10pm
Saturday at Telstra Dome
Western Bulldogs v West Coast at 7.10pm
Sunday at Telstra Dome
Kangaroos v Sydney at 2.10pm
Sunday at The MCG
Hawthorn v Richmond at 4.40pm
AFL Tour Package
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!
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Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Australian Model Railway Association are holding their Open Weekend this week in Glen Iris. With a children's U-drive and model train displays, the weekend features second hand stalls along with a jumping castle, face painting and more for the kids!
Gardeners Workshop Weekend, held in Alexandra, the heart of Victoria's hill country, offers a weekend of gardening information from experts, a gardener's market and the chance to visit six of Alexandra's gardens that will be made open to the public.
Nunawading Market - Come to Nunawading Market, where you'll find almost 100 stalls of high quality craft & produce! Held this Sunday from 9am, proceeds support the cultural, performing and visual arts throughout the City of Whitehorse.
Slow Food Farmers' Market, held this Saturday at Abbotsford Convent, offers farm fresh and organic food, flowers, herbs, juices, breads, olive oil, eggs, meat and more... Entry is $2 entry for adults, with proceeds going to Abbotsford Convent's restoration.
Melbourne Market Guide
4th Weekend of Month
Make the most of the 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!
Computer Swap Meets
- Moorabbin Town Hall - Sunday, 9am
- Box Hill Town Hall - Sunday, 9am
- Belles Warehouse, Geelong - Sunday, 9am
Melbourne For Kids
Baby Disco is a family oriented dance party that will be held in a real nightclub this Sunday Afternoon. A daytime dance party for parents, toddlers and children, the event is a chance for the whole family to have fun and dance to retro hits in a clean, fun club!
Game On, a special exhibition held at ACMI, almost literally features the A-Z of video and computer gaming history with an extensive collection of artwork, playable games, footage and more! With gaming consoles on display from the earliest era of arcade games through to modern consoles like the Playstation 3 and WII, the exhibition also shows the future of games and where the next adrenaline rush lies!
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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!
What's On for March
Learn to Knit at Prahran Library - Every Wednesday at Prahran Library there is a free one-hour knitting class for people of all ages and experience. A great way to make friends and be creative, the classes begin at 1:30pm - needles and wool can be provided.
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..
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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!
Spot The Difference
There are 5 Differences between these two pictures of Geelong's Adventure Park, Victoria's first water park... See if you can spot them!
Read More about Geelong's Adventure Park | Learn More about Melbourne!
Answers in Next Week's Newsletter
Last Week's Answers
- Blame Our Rent - Art Melbourne
What Bad Hen Thorn - The Hawthorn Band
Benign Weary Ale - Bengali New Year
Spot The Difference
Here are the 5 Differences in last week's picture of the Boneo Maze & Wetlands Centre, located near Rosebud...
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Arsenic, an Old Race
The latest speculation surrounding the death of Australia's most infamous racing horse, Phar Lap, is that he was poisoned accidentally, and not intentionally taken from the game as part of a sinister plot.
Although previous tests had found that Phar Lap's remains contained high levels of arsenic, it has recently been found in a diary kept by his trainer, Harry Telford, that the horse's death may have been by accidental poisoning by his strapper Tommy Woodcock.
It's said that in Phar Lap's time, the early 30's, arsenic was quite a common tonic, usually given in the form of a solution known as Fowler's Solution.
The solution was so common that it's estimated 90 per cent of the horses back then would have had arsenic in their systems.
More about Phar Lap.. | Read Melbourne Trivia...
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