Newsletter | #070 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for May 5 - May 11, 2008.
This week, the Emerging Writers' Festival begins, The St Kilda Film Festival offers a big week of cinema and forums, the Kingston Harvest Festival celebrates Autumn on the weekend, and Moonee Valley Arts Week begins with a huge program of entertainment including the Quiet Music Festival... There's also the Ballarat Heritage Weekend, Pangea Day at Cinema Nova with a globally shared screening, while the Shakespeare on the River Festival and the Autumn Festival in Bright also continue.
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
The Emerging Writers' Festival, now in its fifth year, begins this Friday with a weekend of panels, performances, readings and workshops.
Featuring special events, forums and guest speakers from many backgrounds in both writing and performance, the festival explores the art, the craft and the business of being a writer.
Moonee Valley Arts Week, beginning Saturday and running till May 22, explores the four elements of earth, fire, wind and water with a program of performances featuring dance, song, installations, exhibitions and workshops. Highlights include the Words on Wheels Project using vehicles to display words as art, and aRtECYCLE, an outdoor exhibition of sculptures made of or inspired by recycled materials.
The St Kilda Film Festival celebrates its 25th birthday in style this week with the Opening Night at the iconic Palais Theatre on Tuesday. Running until Sunday with a diverse range of films screening, this years festival is a popular event for both filmgoers and filmmakers alike with special events that include industry forums, networking opportunities and the ever-popular Industry Open Day, held on Saturday.
Kingston Harvest Festival, held this Saturday in Carrum, is a one-day, family oriented, active and diverse musical event. The festival features a stellar line-up of country and bluegrass music, as well as celebrity chefs, workshops and many other activities - this will be an event for the whole family. Taking place at the Roy Dore Reserve, the festival features many highlights including fire dancing and circus acrobats.
Ballarat Heritage Weekend, held this Saturday and Sunday, is a chance to enjoy Ballarat's rich history, heritage and culture.
The perfect opportunity to sample the city's historic past, many of its grand institutional buildings and historic private homes will open their doors for the weekend, with enchanting gardens also on show.
Shakespeare on the River Festival commemorates William Shakespeare's 444th Birthday this year with the festival running until May 8th in Stratford.
Packed with music events, story telling, writing workshops and more, the festival celebrates the Bard with performances this week of The Tempest by local primary school children.
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 until Sunday, the festival includes Apple Orchards and Deer Farms Tours, an Autumn Art Show, and the Bright Singers performing their concert "Movie Moments"this Wednesday.
RSPCA Million Paws Walk | May 18
The Annual Million Paws Walk will be held on Sunday 18 May at Albert Park Lake, along with 13 locations around regional Victoria. Raising funds for the RSPCA, The Million Paws Walk is gaining momentum each year, with record crowds of dogs and owners joining the event. Online registrations close this week on May 9, but you can also come along and register on the day.
Mother's Day | May 11th
Mother's Day Gift Guide
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 World Pinhole Photography Day Exhibition, presented by PhotoSpace Gallery in Collingwood, features images that provide a different perspective. With images that offer an almost infinite depth-of-field, the exhibition runs until May 24.
Fashion Fights Fair, presented by Fair Trade Australia And New Zealand, is a parade and night market that will showcase Fair Trade, sustainable, and ethical fashion. With singer Clare Bowditch as the MC of the event it takes place Friday at Fed Square's BMW Edge.
5X5, now showing at East Melbourne's Chrysalis Gallery, is an exhibition that presents five recent works each by five artists. A vibrant collection, the works demonstrate each artists strong engagement with their chosen mediums.
The Mirboo North Arts Show, now in its 27th year, is one of South Gippsland's most highly respected Art Shows. Held over the Mother's Day weekend, the show features the work of artists from the Gippsland region and includes a special market offering local goods.
The International Trailer, Truck & Equipment Show will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds this week, running from Thursday till Saturday. Organised by the industry for the industry, the event features extensive displays of trucks, giveaways and more.
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.
Arts & Theatre
Thoroughly Modern Millie, based on the popular 1967 movie, is the latest production of the Catchment Players. Set in the roaring twenties the zany musical that took Broadway by storm begins Friday at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston.
Scarce Resources is the third project by the Melbourne Ballet Company that pays tribute to our current drought. With original new work by choreographers Simon Hoy, Robert Kelly and Sharon Fernandez it runs this week only at Chapel Off Chapel.
The Boy from Oz, presented by CLOC Musical Theatre, tells the funny and heart-breaking story of the extraordinary life of Peter Allen. The show features lavish costumes, high-kicking dance routines and many of the much-loved songs Peter Allen was famous for.
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.
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 Sonya Lifschitz on Piano performing Theme and Variations - Bridging the Centuries 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 Quiet Music Festival, a highlight of Moonee Valley Arts Week, takes place on Sunday at the Incinerator Arts Complex. With performances featuring a broad range of music and instrumentation, the festival encourages immersion and interaction within a variety of music styles and sound-making approaches, encouraging an intimate experience for both audience and artist alike with workshops and more.
Pangea Day, presented by Cinema Nova, is a 4-hour broadcast originating live in Kigali, Mumbai, London and around the world. Screening at 4am, the event is free, featuring films, speakers, and music that will be shared by millions around the world at once.
Dancing In The Ayre is a spectacular Celtic show performed by the Christine Ayres Irish Dancers. Taking place Saturday at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds, the performance features Irish Dancing, Traditional Irish Musicians, Vocalists and much more.
Hug Night - Melbourne's original Hug Night returns this Tuesday at Brunswick's Imbibe Bar. A fun night for single people, Hug Night lets you meet new people in a safe and fun environment with Hug Coupons for any wallflowers to break the ice!
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 Hall of Fame Tribute Match
This week, only one game will be played in Melbourne, but it's bound to be a big one when Victoria takes on the Dream Team in Melbourne...
- AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match
Saturday at the MCG
Victoria v The Dream Team
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
St John's Autumn Fete, held this Saturday in East Malvern, features great last minute Mother's Day gifts, books, plants, cakes and more. With proceeds aiding community outreach and the church's restoration the day includes face painting, kids' games and prizes.
Avenel Produce & Craft Market is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Only an hour's drive from Melbourne, the market offers fresh produce and wine, plants, jewellery, crafts and much more. While there you can even squeeze in a shiatsu massage.
The 9 x 5 Quality Makers Market features hand crafted and painted object's d'art to tantalise and tempt your eye. The market takes place this Sunday at 10am in Ivanhoe, offering original wares, hand-made gifts and artist made home-ware.
Melbourne Market Guide
2nd 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
- Ballarat Secondary College - Saturday, 9am
- Belles Warehouse, Geelong - Sunday, 9am
- Collingwood Town Hall - Sunday, 9am
- Springvale Town Hall - 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
Dore will be hosting an information evening this Tuesday at Auburn Primary School. Offering advice on how to improve symptoms commonly associated with AD/HD, Dyslexia, and other learning difficulties, Dore is an exercise-based program for children and adults.
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..
Drawtism | Play Pictionary for Autism in May
Alpha Autism has teamed up with Pictionary and we want you to Play a game of Pictionary during Autism Spectrum Month in May. The great thing about Drawtism is that you can host your Pictionary game at any time during May. You can play with friends at home or with colleagues at work, raising much-needed funds.
ripple is an online system that easily allows you to make a difference while online by generating money for charity in two unique ways. By clicking a link or using their search engine, you can help fight poverty by simply taking a moment to view internet advertising, with the advertisers payment to ripple going toward charities that include Oxfam and Oaktree.
Each week we highlight five of the latest additions to OnlyMelbourne's ever growing guide to services, businesses and information sites for your community.
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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 Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary... See if you can spot them!
Read More about Healesville Sanctuary | Learn More about Melbourne!
Answers in Next Week's Newsletter
Last Week's Answers
- Knock Boot At Bow - Back To Booktown
Water Them Red Fronds - Drawn From The Desert
Heading Sorts Pace - The Da Capo Singers
Spot The Difference
Here are the 5 Differences in last week's picture of the Enterprize Landing Memorial...
Newsletter | #069 | What's On this Week [Last Week]
Number Five... Number Five... Number Five...
For one time ever in 1964, there were five Beatles and it happened in Melbourne.
Ringo flew into Melbourne on 14th June, 1964 having recovered from a tonsillectomy and his replacement drummer, Jimmy Nicol, flew back to England the following morning, raising the famous band's number by one for just that night.
More about the Five Beatles.. | Read Melbourne Trivia...
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