Newsletter | #073 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #073 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #073 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for May 26 - June 1, 2008.

This week, there's a celebration of chamber music with the Autumn Music Festival, the premier screening of 15/15 Film Festival finalists, and the Kind 2 Mind Community Mental Health Expo. Foodies can also rejoice with the Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show and then burn off those calories with the MS Walk & Fun Run on Sunday. The Melbourne Italian Festival and the Next Wave Festival also continue this week.

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 Melbourne Good Food & Wine ShowThe Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show is back, with 2008 bringing new features and highlights including hands-on cooking and coffee classes. Running from Friday to Sunday at the Melbourne Convention Centre, the food event includes a regional producers market, exquisite wines to taste and celebrity chefs offering cooking demonstrations, wine seminars and beverage workshops and much more.

The 15/15 Film FestivalThe 15/15 Film Festival will be launched this year with the international premiere screenings held at the RMIT Capitol Theatre this Saturday, featuring finalists from the festival competition that was held earlier this year. Following the screenings there is the Gala Night opening that includes the awards ceremony, food and beverages and an opportunity to chat with the winners and network with other filmmakers.

Past Echoes Autumn Music FestivalPast Echoes Autumn Music Festival showcases Australia's finest musicians performing a program of chamber music that spans the centuries.

Running from Friday till Sunday, the festival features performances that range from solo recitals to orchestras, celebrating chamber music in all its forms at numerous venues throughout Melbourne.

MS Walk & Fun RunMS Walk & Fun Run - This Sunday at Albert Park Lake you can take part in MS Awareness Week and support people living with Multiple Sclerosis by getting involved in the annual MS Walk and Fun Run. A perfect way to help a good cause and get together with friends and family, there will also be entertainment and food provided on the day. All funds raised go towards providing care for people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

The Melbourne Italian FestivalThe Melbourne Italian Festival, continuing this week, is an event that embraces all aspects of the performing arts to highlight the vibrant Italian culture throughout Melbourne. Running until June 8, this year's festival will see a wide range of activities and attractions taking place throughout Melbourne, including everything from music and films to poetry, arts and theatre, celebrating Italian culture and the arts.

Next Wave FestivalNext Wave Festival, this year carrying the theme 'Closer Together,' presents a wide variety of genre-busting new works across Melbourne, featuring work from over 400 young and emerging artists from around Australia. With many events free to the public, the festival sees art and performance projects appearing throughout Melbourne's galleries, theatres and bars, and even footpaths, billboards, and more.

Upcoming Events

EastLink Road Show | Open Day on June 15EastLink Road Show | Open Day on June 15
ConnectEast has revealed plans to host a community open day, named EastLink Road Show, on Sunday 15 June to give you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk, run or cycle on EastLink before it opens to traffic. With a festival featuring a vintage vehicle parade, there will also be running and cycling events, one of which will help raise funds for Cancer Council Victoria.

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Darwin with TearsDarwin with Tears celebrates Lyndal Jones' successful career at the forefront of Australian video and performance art. Showing at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, it includes work that represented Australia at the 2001 Venice Biennale.

A Mosquito Net Once Told Me...A Mosquito Net Once Told Me... is an evening of weird and wonderful tales and photos from southern Sudan. Held at Richmond Town Hall proceeds from the event will help establish a community education centre and a community health centre in southern Sudan.

Graeme AltmannGraeme Altmann is currently exhibiting a collection of recent paintings and sculptures at Axia Modern Art in Armadale. Dark and mysterious, his work borders on the surreal with isolated figures that often seem to be caught up in a struggle against the elements.

Around Australia in a 4x4Around Australia in a 4x4 is an exhibition of work by John Waldron Taylor, raising money for Chances for Children to help socially disadvantaged youths in the Mallee region. On display at Stefano's Gallery in Mildura, Taylor's work can also be viewed online.

Black in Fashion: Mourning to NightBlack 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 StoryThe 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 DesignsTop 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!

The Fitzgibbons DynastyThe 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.


Kind 2 Mind Community Mental Health ExpoKind 2 Mind Community Mental Health Expo
Presented by MC and facilitator, Dr Sally 'Feelgood' Cockburn, Kind 2 Mind promotes awareness and wellbeing through workshops, art, theatre and creative activities. Featuring panel discussions about community mental health issues, the expo includes a children's village, street performers, and an information market. It takes place Saturday in Moorabbin.

The Snow Travel ExpoThe Snow Travel Expo, held Sunday at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, is a free event featuring displays about the latest equipment, the world's best resorts and ski operators. Entertainment includes a film screening, fashion parades and climbing walls for kids.

Arts & Theatre

The Chaser's Age of Terror Variety HourThe Chaser's Age of Terror Variety Hour sees the infamous comedy troupe take to the stage with a diverse range of sketches, songs, presentations and interactive audience segments. Performances will be held Thursday and Friday at Geelong's Costa Hall.

UrgentUrgent, presented by the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative at La Mama's Carlton Courthouse, is a powerful story of loss and rediscovery when three young women discover that they're sisters, exploring the many questions about the Stolen Generations.

Frost/NixonFrost/Nixon, playing at The Arts Centre, tells of one of the most curious events in media history when Richard Nixon left the political stage and it fell to TV personality David Frost, who was no journalist, to ask the many lingering questions about Watergate.

Richard III - UnhingedRichard III - Unhinged will see the Australian Shakespeare Company performing indoors for the first time with the bard's well-known play about the abuse of power when one of Shakespeare's most infamous characters schemes his way to the throne.

Hedda GablerHedda Gabler, currently running at Chapel Off Chapel, is a play that sees newlyweds Hedda and Jorgen return from their honeymoon only to find their happiness threatened by financial pressures and the fact that Hedda isn't the blushing bride she seems.

The Australia Pro Arte Chamber OrchestraThe Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra will be performing this Monday as part of this year's concert series, The Range of Light. Celebrating 18th century musical ideals, the concert will be performed at BMW Edge in Federation Square.

The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray is a performance of Oscar Wilde's much loved tale of debauchery and moral corruption. Monash University's latest production, the gothic masterpiece features talented emerging artists at the Clayton Campus' Student Theatre.

How To Disappear Completely And Never Be FoundHow To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found
Hoy Polloy's latest performance is the award-winning story of a young executive, stripped of all that defined him. The darkly funny play is performed at Brunswick's Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre.

Guys And DollsGuys 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

Whitelion's Gaol House Rock Cocktail PartyWhitelion's Gaol House Rock Cocktail Party will be held this Friday at the historic Old Melbourne Gaol, raising funds that will go toward programs that help to give young people with troubled backgrounds a new chance at life. Featuring performances by Lior, The Currency, Bad Boys Batucada and Bridget Pross, the event includes roving entertainment, street buskers, celebrity guests, fire dancers and much more.

Melbourne Locked OutMelbourne Locked Out, taking place Friday, is the official protest against the proposed 2am lockout. The protest will be held outside Parliament House at 5pm. A peaceful alcohol and drug-free demonstration, the protest will also feature live music from Australian artists. There is also a proposed Protest After-Party with free entry for protesters, and entertainment provided by top Melbourne and Australian musicians.

Jazz Matinee MoodsJazz Matinee Moods, an afternoon of music to raise funds for The Prostate Cancer Foundation, takes place Friday at Brighton Town Hall. With a live performance by Kate Vigo (pictured) there will also be free food, wine tasting and a raffle with fantastic prizes.

Sneak Peek PartySneak Peek Party, held one Thursday a month at Fitzroy's Evelyn Hotel, highlights a different genre each time. Showcasing Blues, Roots and Folk this month, performers on Thursday night include Michelle Meehan, The Fred Smith Band and other hot acts.


Southern Star Observation Wheel CompetitionBe 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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Sporting Events

AFL - Round 10

Round 10 and it's already looking sparse on the home front with only 3 AFL matches held in Melbourne this week...
    AFLSaturday at The MCG
    Collingwood v West Coast at 2.10pm

    Saturday at Telstra Dome
    Geelong v Carlton at 7.10pm

    Sunday at Telstra Dome
    St Kilda v Melbourne at 2.10pm

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Magnolia SquareMagnolia Square is a boutique fair that showcases women's and children's attire, homewares, jewellery and more. Running this Thursday and Friday at Malvern Town Hall, Magnolia Square reveals the work of some of Melbourne's most talented designers.

Swap My StyleSwap My Style, held Wednesday at the Long Room within the Georges building, is a unique way for women to live up their wardrobe and trade clothing with others using tokens provided that denote price-range. It starts at 6pm and registration is required.

Markets, Fetes & FairsMelbourne Market Guide
1st Weekend (Last Saturday & 1st Sunday) 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
Computer Swap Meets- Bendigo YMCA - Sunday, 9am
- Victoria University, Footscray - Sunday, 9am
- Malvern Town Hall - Sunday 9am
- Belles Warehouse, Geelong - Sunday, 9am

Melbourne For Kids

Game OnGame 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!

Seussical: The MusicalSeussical: The Musical is an exciting musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, beginning Saturday at the Besen Centre in Burwood. Weaving together his most famous tales and characters, the musical incorporates many of his best-loved and most familiar characters.

Hatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs & BabiesHatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs & Babies is a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. The exhibition will be at Melbourne Museum with life-like models of hatchlings, illustrations of dinosaur life and stunning photographs.

Melbourne Tours

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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!


Your Water Your SayYour Water Your Say gives a voice to the Victorian community of concerned citizens who oppose the construction of a desalination plant in anyone's backyard, to solve Melbourne's water management issues. With the aim of making all future water provision environmentally sustainable, their website offers information on the repercussions of the development of the Bass Coast desalination plant.

Gasworks Art for the Heart Workshop SeriesGasworks Art for the Heart Workshop Series
With the theme of Art, Design and Wellbeing, Gasworks will be offering weekend workshops in a diverse range of art forms with classes taught by some of Melbourne's most creative tutors.

Knitting at Prahran LibraryLearn 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.

Come & Try Rowing DayCome & 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!

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 MayDrawtism | 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.

rippleripple 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.

OnlyMelbourne Welcomes..

Each week we highlight five of the latest additions to OnlyMelbourne's ever growing guide to services, businesses and information sites for your community.

This week we suggest the following:
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Answers in Next Week's Newsletter...

Spot The Difference

There are 5 Differences between these two pictures of one of the world's greatest coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road... See if you can spot them!

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Spot The Difference
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Melbourne Trivia

Alas, Poor Yorick Club.. Too Many Knew You Well

The very first literary club to be formed in Australia began in Melbourne in 1868. Formed by a group of journalists, some of which wrote for The Age and The Argus - a major paper back at this time - the group called themselves the Yorick Club, named after one of the characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

The club began as an informal gathering at a cafe, but due to the stolid nature of the regular patrons there the founders of the club, which was considered rather avant-garde and bohemian at the time, decided to rent a room next door to the Argus office.

Originally intended as an exclusive club for members of the press, the group had to broaden their criteria for membership as there were not enough people who qualified to make up sufficient numbers.

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