Newsletter | #080 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #080 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #080 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for July 14 - July 20, 2008.

This week, there are two design festivals with the Melbourne International Design Festival and State of Design, while Liquid Architecture showcases the best in Australia's experimental music scene. There is also the Crime and Justice Festival for fans of gritty fiction, the Bayside Film Festival, and for a good cause and fun there's also the Big Issue's Street Soccer Championships in Docklands this Saturday.

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 International Design FestivalMelbourne International Design Festival returns this year with a bigger program a bigger name to highlight the global influences that have shaped the popular festival. Beginning this Thursday and running until July 27th, the festival features exhibitions, forums, events and public displays. A highlight of the festival is the Melbourne Design Market, which takes place on Sunday at Federation Square's underground car park.

The Crime & Justice FestivalThe Crime & Justice Festival, held at Abbotsford Convent this Friday and Saturday, will be an annual event that allows the public, social commentators, writers and those in the legal profession to celebrate and discuss contemporary writings in the fields of justice and human rights. Presented by Reader's Feast Bookstore, as part of the festival there will also be special talks by guest writers in the crime fiction genre.

Liquid ArchitectureLiquid Architecture, now in its 9th year, is Australia's premier sound-arts festival. The festival program offers events that explore methods and theories of sound with performances, installations and exhibitions by some of Australia's most imaginative musicians, composers, and media artists. Beginning Tuesday and running until Sunday, the festival takes place in various venues in Bendigo, Melbourne and Castlemaine.

The Bayside Film FestivalThe Bayside Film Festival, held this week between Wednesday and Saturday, offers four days of special screenings including inspiring documentaries along with a program of award winning short films. Taking place at the Palace Cinema in Brighton Bay, the festival celebrates the diversity of filmmaking and also features a series of workshops and forums that offer an insight into the work of those in the Australian film industry.

The State of Design FestivalThe State of Design Festival, beginning Wednesday, offers both local and international conversations that focus on the work of designers across Victoria. During the festival, the best local designers will be honoured through the Premier's Design Awards, while other will be showcased at Design Made Trade, the trade fair of the festival. Award winning designs will also be exhibited at Melbourne Museum.

Hume Winter Music FestivalHume Winter Music Festival, now in its 5th year, is bigger than ever with a diverse program of events that are suited for people of all tastes. A mixture of food, culture and music, the festival will run until Sunday 3 August. Bringing together different cultures with performances and special attractions, the festival features the Dinicu Chamber Orchestra playing on Friday at the historic Westmeadows Hall.

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

The Humanity of Abstract PaintingThe Humanity of Abstract Painting is a major survey exhibition of Diena Georgetti's artworks from the last two decades. Held at the Monash University Museum of Art in Clayton, the exhibition features enigmatic work such as Georgetti's early blackboard paintings.

On the BoweryOn the Bowery is an exhibition of installation, photography and paintings that reflect the impressions of three artists who shared a loft on The Bowery, a culturally diverse area of New York. The group show is held at St Kilda's Alliance Francaise Gallery.

RMIT GalleryRMIT Gallery is exhibiting recent drawings by Klaus Rinke, a German artist whose work explores themes of space, time and water as metaphors for mortality. An artist of high regard, his organic forms were inspired by his first Australian visit in the late '70s.

I Don't Belong Here But ThereI Don't Belong Here But There is the first solo exhibition of Shiau-Peng Chen, commemorating the artist's first year in Melbourne. With paintings and text based artworks that relate her experiences, the show runs at Melbourne gallery, Apartment until July 27.

Melbourne-SCAPESMelbourne-SCAPES, an exhibition currently running at Obscura Gallery in St Kilda, combines the work of five photographers and their unique visions of Melbourne. Photos included feature iconic lane-ways, the Docklands precinct and other aspects of Melbourne.

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.

Expos & Open Days

Furnitex and Decoration + DesignFurnitex & Decoration + Design will be co-located at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from Thursday to Sunday. Offering Australasia's most comprehensive soft furnishings, fabric and interior products Trade Fair. Furnitex is Australasia's largest furniture and furnishings Trade Fair, while Decoration + Design is an exclusive Trade Fair for the Australian soft furnishing and interior products industries.

LabassaLabassa, 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.

Pierres au Soleil Lifestyle and Property ShowcasePierres au Soleil Lifestyle and Property Showcase
If you fancy the Parisian life, this special showcase will be held from Friday to Sunday at Bayview on the Park, offering guest speakers who will offer information on buying investment property in the South of France.

Arts & Theatre

HamletHamlet, the latest production by Bell Shakespeare, is a contemporary and poignant interpretation of the infamous tragedy. Featuring Brendan Cowell in the lead role, performances begin this week and run until July 22nd at the Arts Centre.

FolliesFollies will be playing this week as part of The Production Company's 10th anniversary season. Running from Wednesday to Sunday at the Arts Centre, Stephen Sondheim's well- known musical score will be performed by Orchestra Victoria.

Thoroughly Modern MillieThoroughly Modern Millie, the show stopping Broadway musical, begins playing this Saturday at Frankston Arts Centre. Based on the award winning film, the stage version includes a full score of new songs and tap numbers in the popular comedy.

The Late Henry MossThe Late Henry Moss, written by the celebrated American playwright Sam Shepherd, is currently playing at Chapel Off Chapel. The play is set in New Mexico where two brothers learn more than they'd expected about their deceased and estranged father.

Adventures Of Butt Boy & TiggerAdventures Of Butt Boy & Tigger is a raunchy tale of two boys in the world of online chatting, where lines between fantasy and reality between become blurred. Presented by Australia's ongoing gay theatre company, Out Cast Theatre, performances begin Tuesday.

Interviews with Famous PeopleInterviews with Famous People sees actors Melanie Sharp and Darren Lever use various theatrical methods to recreate celebrity interviews. Blurring the lines between the lives and thoughts of the famous and the ordinary, the show runs at Carlton's La Mama.

WickedWicked, based on Gregory Maguire's novel, is the hit musical that tells the untold story of the legendary witches from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Now playing at the Regent Theatre, the show reveals the surprising past of the supposedly Wicked Witch.

Concert Performances

The Red TreeThe Red Tree, an atmospheric performance by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, is inspired by the work of author and artist Shaun Tan. Featuring Tan's imagery to accompany music by the ACO and Gondwana Voices, it will be performed this Monday.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Greg Stewart, Rod Wilson & Martin ZakharovGreg Stewart, Rod Wilson & Martin Zakharov, a popular jazz trio, will be performing at Sofi's Bar at the Hotel Sofitel on Saturday. Beginning at 9pm, their diverse arrangements include works by artists such as Sinatra, Snow Patrol and Leonard Cohen.

Lavalife's Traffic Light PartyLavalife's Traffic Light Party | EVENT CANCELLED
Lavalife's Traffic Light has been cancelled and will not be held this Saturday. But don't despair! It's Green Light Go when the event will return to take place on September 20 at South Yarra's Imperial Hotel.


Reel Anime 2008Reel Anime 2008, presented by Madman Cinema, showcases 4 of the freshest and most exciting anime feature films this side of Tokyo. The program includes the stunning Batman: Gotham Knight, and the beautiful storytelling of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Melbourne For Kids

Luna FreezeLuna 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 & 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.

Puzzles & Competitions


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Science Issues CafeScience Issues Cafe is a monthly discussion group that allows lay people to get together and discuss the big issues in science today. Held at Princes Hill Community Centre, this Monday Linden Gillbank talks about the History of Australian Plants

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.

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..

Skipping Girl Restoration AppealSkipping Girl Restoration Appeal - One of Melbourne's most well known icons, the Skipping Girl Vinegar sign, is in need of repair so the National Trust is holding a public appeal to restore the famed sign to its former, colourful glory. Officially declared a Victorian Heritage Icon last year, the sign has been sadly out of commission for over 10 years now. Donations over $2 to the restoration fund are tax deductible.

2012 Beyond What We Know></a><a href=2012 Beyond What We Know - The Young Members of the Royal Children's Hospital will be holding a special cocktail fundraiser to raise funds and awareness. Taking place on July 26th at Eureka Tower, the charity event is aimed at people aged between 20 and 45 years, with guests receiving a special signature cocktail on arrival along with silver tray service through the night and an eclectic line up of live entertainment.

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Shirt and Skirt MarketsThe 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.

Bulla Hill Country MarketThe 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.

Markets, Fetes & FairsMelbourne Market Guide
3rd Weekend of Month
Make the most of the rare 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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Sporting Events


Big Issue's Street Soccer National ChampionshipsBig Issue's Street Soccer National Championships
This Sunday in Docklands the Big Issue will be presenting the Street Soccer National Championships. Beginning at 9am with a school tournament and corporate cup, the Championships will be held at 1pm with players from Australia-wide playing for a chance to represent Australia at the 2008 Homeless World Cup taking place in Melbourne in December.

AFL - Round 16

Round 16 sees 4 AFL matches held in Melbourne this week.
    Friday at The MCG
    Kangaroos v Collingwood at 7.40pm

    AFLSaturday at The MCG
    Richmond v Essendon at 2.10pm

    Saturday at Telstra Dome
    St Kilda v Hawthorn at 7.10pm

    Sunday at Telstra Dome
    Carlton v Sydney at 1.10pm

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Last Week's Puzzle Answers

    Other New Boy - On the Bowery
    I Do See Dainty Chess - Days in the Dioceses
    Amman Relic - Miracleman

Spot The Difference
Here are the 5 Differences in last week's picture of the Palais Theatre in St Kilda...

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Melbourne Trivia

Was The Hills Hoist Heisted?

A photograph taken in 1872-73 has been found to feature a rotary clothesline, not at all unlike the Hills Hoist which appeared 73 years later after being developed by Lance Hill in 1946.

Part of the Heritage Collection of the city of Port Phillip, the photograph clearly shows a rotary clothes line in use in a Rouse Street backyard. It's also estimated that this much earlier ancestor of our famed Hills Hoist could very well have been installed there as early as 1860.

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