Newsletter | #069 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for April 28 - May 4, 2008.
This week, the Melbourne Jazz Festival swings into town with some of the world's hottest acts! Head to Gippsland where a festival by any other name smells just as sweet with the Shakespeare on the River Festival! Or you can travel further afield Back to Booktown for an enormous weekend book fair! There's also the Autumn Festival in Bright, a celebration of World Laughter Day at Fed Square with the Leukaemia Foundation, and the Grape Escape in the Grampians to tempt your tastebuds!
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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Major Events Guide
Melbourne Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an action-packed six-day program running from April 29 to May 4. Featuring legendary jazz performers playing in some of Melbourne's finest venues, jazz lovers are set to experience a breathtaking line up of artists from across the globe with most of the international acts playing exclusively in Melbourne!
Shakespeare on the River Festival commemorates William Shakespeare's 444th Birthday this year with the festival running until May 8th in Stratford.
Packed with theatre, music events, story telling, writing workshops and more, one of the major festival highlights, the Avon Village Fair Day, takes place this Sunday at Stratford's Village Green.
Laugh for the Leukaemia Foundation celebrates World Laughter Day this Sunday with a fun day for the family that will also help raise funds for this important organisation. Held at Federation Square, the special event features a free half-hour laughter session along with face paining, hair colouring, a laughter competition and prizes & giveaways. A free-event, you can help by making a $5 donation on the day.
Back to Booktown is a huge two-day book fair held in the town of Clunes, the site of Victoria's first gold strike, located an hour and a half's drive from Melbourne. During the weekend fair, buildings all across Clunes become temporary bookstores with booksellers from all over Australia. The weekend also features talks by award-winning writers, food, wine and more in this must-see event for every bookworm!
The Bright Autumn Festival celebrates two weeks of Autumn's vibrant colours and produce in the valleys of the Victorian High Country.
Taking place in Bright over the last week of April and the first week of May, the highlight is the Gala Day held this Saturday when the main streets are closed off for bands, Street Stalls, displays and the Festival Parade!
Mother's Day | Only 2 Weeks Away!!
Mother's Day Gift Guide | May 11th
Mother's Day, held May 11th this year, is only several weeks away... So why not get in early and be sure to get a great gift for Mum! If you haven't bought a gift or planned something special for your mother yet then why not try some of our ideas to make it a perfect Mother's Day this year and show her you care!
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
The Bonsai Exhibition & Sale Weekend, hosted by Bonsai Northwest Incorporated will be held this weekend at The Yarraville Club. The Exhibition will feature over 100 Bonsai on display, demonstrations, and a huge range of bonsai items for sale.
Drawn From The Desert, currently showing at MARS Gallery, is an exhibition of Jo Bertini's latest work, charting her intimate journey with sketches and works on paper that allude to actual sites and places from the Simpson Desert landscape.
The Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School will be holding their annual Art Exhibition from Friday till Sunday with works by local artists and past students available for sale. On Sunday children can experience art with story in the 'Fable to Felt' storytelling.
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
The Wedding Singer - A New Musical is the latest production of Williamstown Musical Theatre Company. Based on the popular film, and with an all-new score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 80's, the play runs at Williamstown Mechanics Institute.
Classical Vibes - This Thursday, Nick Parnell presents Australia's first national tour of classical favourites on vibraphone with concert piano. Showcasing classical works by Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin, Parnell's beguiling performance will take place at Melba Hall.
Emerging Playwright Forums allows writers to showcase work with rehearsed readings, and gain audience feedback. With a reading this week of Gaylene Carbis' work Audrey Hepburn and I consider Our Assets, entry is by donation with food and drink later.
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.
Melba Conservatorium will be holding a performance on Wednesday with the Odeon Guitar Trio, featuring three of Australia's foremost guitarists, performing 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
The Da Capo Singers are holding a tasty afternoon of 'Soup and Song' at the Balla Balla Centre in Cranbourne this Saturday. Beginning at 1pm, the choral group will perform traditional songs from China, South Africa, Romania, Britain and Canada.
Old Friends is a performance by Derek Taylor and Anna-Lee Robertson featuring the music of Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin and more. Held as a fundraiser for St Mary's House of Welcome it takes place at Chapel Off Chapel on Friday.
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
Grampians Grape Escape - Set in the Grampians, this food and wine festival showcases the best of Western Victoria's wineries with more than 80 vendors, live music and children's entertainment all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Grampians National Park. Held this weekend, this year celebrity chef 'Fast' Eddy Halmagyi from Better Homes and Gardens will offer cooking demonstrations during the festival.
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AFL - Round 7
This week, Round 7 sees 4 AFL matches held in Melbourne...
- Saturday at The MCG
Hawthorn v Collingwood at 2.10pm
Saturday at Telstra Dome
Richmond v St Kilda at 7.10pm
Sunday at The MCG
Melbourne v Fremantle at 2.10pm
Sunday at Telstra Dome
Essendon v Port Adelaide 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
Batman Park Kindergarten Fete - This Sunday, Northcote's Batman Park Kindergarten are holding a fun day of colour, creativity and community! Beginning at 10am, there will be live entertainment, a dino slide, cakes, crafts, jumping castle, mini golf and more!
Croydon Toy Library's Toddler Treasure Market
Come along for some great bargains including preloved toys, nursery items, books and clothing this Saturday, beginning 10am at Croydon South's Cheong Park Hall. All funds raised go toward new toys for the library.
Willmott Park Primary School are holding their 3rd Annual Show Day on Sunday. The special day plenty of attractions for the family including Dodgem Cars, a Giant Jumping Castle, Monster BBQ and "Kids on Stage". There will also be a market held on the day.
Veg Out Garden Market, held on the first Saturday of each month, offers organic, chemical free produce, grown in St Kilda's 140-plot community garden. The Market is located behind Veg Out at the Peanut Farm Reserve in Chaucer Street.
Melbourne Market Guide
1st 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
- Bundoora RMIT Netball Centre - Saturday, 9am
- Bendigo YMCA - Sunday, 9am
- Victoria University, Footscray - Sunday, 9am
- Malvern Town Hall - Sunday 9am
- Belles Warehouse, Geelong - Sunday, 9am
Melbourne For Kids
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
Come & Try Rowing Day - The Y Rowing Centre, located in beautiful Albert Park Lake, invites you to try your hand at rowing. Held on the first Sunday of each month, these sessions are open to participants of all ages. Just turn up and have fun!
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 the Enterprize Landing Memorial... See if you can spot them!
Read More about the Enterprize Landing Memorial | Learn More about Melbourne!
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Can You Con A Gunzel With Marmalade?
A recent poll on Channel 7 news in April of this year asked if the public would like to see the return of Tram Conductors - bringing in a resounding YES with 79% of those who took part in favour of the Connies tripping the tram fantastic once again.
The results of the poll contradict the belief held by many that the return of Conductors was most sought after by Gunzels - an Australian term for any enthusiast of railway and light rail such as Trains and Trams. Otherwise known as a Train Spotter to our friends in the UK.
The words Connie, meaning Tram Conductor, and Marmalade, meaning Tram Conductor / Driver are among other old slang terms - excluding the general expletives now heard from folks caught without a ticket!
More about Tram Conductors.. | Read Melbourne Trivia...
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