Newsletter | #075 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for June 9 - June 15, 2008.
This week, the Emerge Festival celebrates Refugee Week with a free concert, the Melborn Short Play Festival takes a test drive with readings of its top 30 manuscripts, Eastlink opens to the public with a day of festivities, and the Australian Dance Awards come to Melbourne with free events on Sunday. There's also a premier display at Fed Square's Light in Winter, a celebration of music with the Piano festival, and for the kids it's a wrap with the Little Big Shot film festival ending this Monday at ACMI.
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
Emerge Festival begins this week, celebrating Refugee Week in Victoria. As part of the festival, this Sunday there will be a free celebration at Fitzroy Town Hall. With the street closed off there will be two stages offering world music, a vibrant cultural marketplace, authentic international foods, workshops and more. Featured artists will include Tabura from West Papua, Laloran from East Timor, and many other guests.
Melborn, the Short Play Festival organised by the Melbourne Writers' Theatre, takes place in September as part of Melbourne Fringe. But you can have a taste of what's to come this week when the top 30 manuscripts that were submitted for the festival will be read at the Australian Centre of Performing Arts in North Melbourne. Readings will take place this Monday and Tuesday, with a third instalment on June 17.
The Australian Dance Awards will be held in Melbourne for the first time this Sunday at the Arts Centre's State Theatre. With performances by Australia's finest dancers from a broad range of forms, to celebrate the first presentation of the awards in Melbourne, Ausdance Victoria will also be hosting special activities through the day in the Arts Centre precinct leading up to the evening's gala ceremony.
The Light in Winter, the lighting display currently held at Federation Square, will be featuring the special premier on the big screen this Thursday of 'When Gods Came Down To Earth.' Created by international artist and filmmaker, Srinivas Krishna, the public display features images of Hindu Gods, exploring the mystic beauty of the deities. Running continuously 24 hours a day, the film work will screen for four weeks.
EastLink 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.
Little Big Shots, Australia's major annual and travelling children's film festival is perfect for families and kids aged 2 to 18. Inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled, the films screening in Little Big Shots inspire discussion of world cultures, language, cultural diversity, emotional intelligence and human values. The festival continues at ACMI Cinema with special screenings ending on the long weekend this Monday.
Piano! is the Australian National Academy of Music's celebration of the piano and of great piano playing. With recitalists and teachers including Emanuel Ax, Boris Berman, Pascal Roge, Geoffrey Lancaster, Roy Howat and Michael Kieran Harvey playing, teaching and talking about the literature of the piano. Running until June 11, all events take place at the Academy, located in the east wing of the South Melbourne Town Hall.
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Lens Flair, held on Thursday night at Melbourne's at Loop Bar, is a special one-off event that will showcase a collection of motion pictures and visual arts from local and international artists. The night will also feature live music and DJs, a silent auction and raffle prizes.
People Like Us | Love and Loss - Off the kerb gallery in Collingwood are hosting two series of work by Adam Brozinski and Elizabeth Nigol. The combined works capture a moment of the subject's lives, exploring the human condition in parallel representations.
Darwin 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... is an exhibition of weird and wonderful photos from southern Sudan. Presented by the Tomorrow Foundation, which helps Sudanese refugees in resettling in Australia, the photos will be on display at APTE Cafe in Alphington.
Graeme 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 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 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!
Expos & Open Days
Labassa, the historic mansion, will be open to the public this Sunday with the National Trust holding informative tours of the house and surrounds on the day along with a special presentation of late Victorian era women's fashion and refreshments on offer.
Waverly Model Railway Club Exhibition, held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, takes place at Glen Waverley's Brandon Park Community Centre. This year's exhibition is even bigger than last year with some impressive displays and trade stands.
The Mind Body Spirit Festival, continuing over the long weekend at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, is Australia's longest running and most respected of new age events, bringing together everything you need for health and well-being.
Arts & Theatre
The Melbourne Sinfonia, one of Melbourne's best non-professional symphony orchestras and the resident orchestra of the Royal Children's Hospital, will be performing this Friday at Melba Hall. The orchestra will be performing Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Proceeds from the concert will go towards supporting the Music Therapy Department of the Royal Children's Hospital.
Songs My Mother Taught Me is Lorna Luft's loving tribute to her mother, Judy Garland. With private photos and footage, the show offers personal insights into her upbringing along with Garland's much loved songs on Sunday at Her Majesty's Theatre.
The Heidelberg Choral Society will be holding a performance of Cathedral music featuring European sacred songs in a capella on Sunday. Formed in 1920, the Heidelberg Choral Society will be at the St Silas Church in Albert Park.
VCA Dance are celebrating their 30th Anniversary with special performances that will run at VCA's Space 28. Featuring students both past and present, the performances explore and also honour the significant influence that VCA has had in the past three decades.
Boeing-Boeing, starring Shaun Micallef, is one of the most enjoyable and mischievously funny shows to hit Melbourne in years. Offering a seriously sexy and funny twist on classic comedy, performances begin Saturday at the Comedy Theatre and run until June 22.
Scarlett O'Hara at the Crimson Parrot, written by David Williamson, tells the story of Scarlett, a woman whose imagination helps her escape a job that is all too dull. Starring Caroline O'Connor in the title role, the whimsical fantasy begins Saturday at the Arts Centre.
Audacious - The Australian Chamber Orchestra will be presenting special performances with Guest Director, John Storgårds. With a program of unusual works from around the world, a performance will be held this Monday at the Arts Centre.
The 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 run until Saturday at The Athenaeum theatre.
Frost/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.
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
Sail the 7 Seas is a charity fundraiser for brave buccaneers, held this Friday night. Presented by the Goya Foundation, the boat cruise cocktail party will sail through Victoria Harbour and will feature pirate poetry, raffles, roving entertainment, music and more.
The Victorian Salsa State Titles will be held on Saturday at Northcote Town Hall. Featuring five times Salsa world champions Oliver and Luda Kroiter from Dancing With The Stars, there will also be salsa workshops and a pre-event party on Friday night.
West Side Shorts, presented by Angry Productions, is a monthly film night held at the Junction Hotel in Newport. Held every second Tuesday of the month, the film nights are a chance to see short films and also network with local filmmakers. Entry is only $2.
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The Midas 400 - Round 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship has a new look this year when the Midas 400 continues this Monday at the Sandown International Raceway, ending three exciting days of action for V8 racing fans.
AFL - Round 11 & Round 12
Round 11 wraps up this Monday while Round 12 sees 4 AFL matches held in Melbourne this week.
- Monday at The MCG
Melbourne v Collingwood at 2.10pm
Friday at Telstra Dome
Essendon v West Coast at 7.40pm
Saturday at The MCG
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions at 2.10pm
Sunday at The MCG
Collingwood v Carlton at 2.10pm
Sunday at Telstra Dome
Richmond v Melbourne at 4.40pm
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Way We Wear Fair, a highlight for collectors of vintage clothing and accessories will be held this week at Williamstown Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday. With over thirty dealers from all over Australia, the fair features antique, retro and designer label fashion.
The Shirt and Skirt Markets, held on Sunday at Abbotsford Convent, is the perfect place for emerging fashion designers to showcase their talents and sell beautiful creations to the general public, with men's, women's and children's fashion, jewellery and more.
The Bulla Hill Country Market, held this Sunday, has everything for the whole family. For the Mums, Dads and Grandparents there are craft stalls, homemade foods and more, while there's plenty for the kids including the Miniature Railway, Pony Rides, and more.
Melbourne Market Guide
3rd 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!
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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!
Luna Freeze - Luna Park will be making the most of the winter months with Melbourne's newest ice skating venue, held in the middle of Luna Park's Winter Wonderland. With ice-skating set to cool tunes and all under dazzling lights, Luna Freeze runs until October.
Hatching 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.
Do Not Pass Go is the latest performance from the National Institute of Circus Arts. Performed by NICA's talented first and second year students, the show will see acrobats and contortionists performing amazing escapes amidst riotous slapstick routines.
The circus spectacular runs from Tuesday to Saturday at the NICA National Circus Centre in Prahran.
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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!
Men's Health & Wellbeing Evening - Men's Wellbeing Matters will be holding a major function on Wednesday at the Peninsula Community Theatre. Free to attend, the event aims to encourage men to take greater responsibility for their general health.
Gasworks 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.
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 or to benefit others. This week we ask you to consider the following..
Your 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.
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.
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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 stunning Pyrophone which features in our School Holiday Guide... See if you can spot them!
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A Toast To The Hostess With The Mostest
Following Graham Kennedy's departure from In Melbourne Tonight, Toni Lamond took over as host of the show and became the first ever female television host of an entertainment show in the world.
Affectionately nicknamed 'Lolly-Legs Lamond' by Noel Ferrier, she and her husband, Frank Sheldon, had been regular guests on In Melbourne Tonight before she took her place as the host of one of Australian television history's most fondly regarded shows.
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