Newsletter | #082 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for July 28 - August 3, 2008.
This week, the Melbourne Stencil Festival brings some colour to the streets, and you can also wax lyrical with the Overload Poetry Festival, beginning Friday. Meanwhile the International Film Festival continues with more films than you could poke a critic at, and the Hume Winter Music Festival also continues this week. And for the charitable at heart, there's also the Connex for Cancer Day, while this Friday offers a footy match with a difference that helps those with Cancer.
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 Stencil Festival returns in 2008 with a new look for the festival. Featuring both local and international artists, the festival is a chance for those interested in stencil street art to network, celebrate, collaborate and learn. Held over the first 10 days of August, the festival at Yarra Sculpture Gallery includes children's workshops, free guided tours of Melbourne's street art, discussions, exhibitions and much more.
Overload Poetry Festival, Australia's premier poetry festival celebrates Melbourne's vibrant poetry scene with special events beginning this Friday and running until August 10th. Offering a broad program of entertainment, he festival will feature slammers, hip-hop artists, purveyors of form and more along with embracing new technology such as Skype, which will be used in a live international poetry reading.
Melbourne International Film Festival, one of Melbourne's most iconic events, continues this week.
Celebrating its 57th year in 2008, MIFF runs until August 10 and offers an enormous program of cinema that includes films from around fifty countries, while also showcasing the best of Australia's emerging and established local filmmaking talent.
Hume 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 runs until this Sunday. Bringing together different cultures with performances and special attractions, including smooth wining and dining with the Shannon Ebeling Quintet playing Jazz this Sunday at Wildwood Vineyard Cafe.
Connex For Cancer Day - Leave the car at home this Thursday when $1 from every ticket sold at a Connex Ticket Office will be donated to the Peter Mac Cancer Centre, with every dollar raised helping Peter Mac undertake essential cancer research. If you'd like to help you can do also leave an online message at the Connex For Cancer website. $1 for each message will also be contributed to the charity.
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Night Stills is a series of pen and ink drawings by Matt Coyle, whose incredibly detailed work holds sinister snap-shots that blend memories and dreams. Combining fantasy and reality in his first solo show at St Kilda's Über Gallery, the exhibition opens Friday.
Project8, an exhibition of work by students at Deakin University, features a broad survey of talents including painting, photography, animation and multi-media works. A testimony to the commitment of the students, it opens Wednesday at Deakin's gallery in Burwood.
The Likher Pussy Portraits, which started as a joke about the resident cat at Gallery 696, will see works from over 50 local, national and international artists taking part in this now annual event. With purrrlenty of emphasis on the pun, the exhibition opens Friday.
Silent Ruptures, showing at Fitzroy's Centre for Contemporary Photography, coincides with three other exhibitions. The exhibition features images from three photographers in different parts of the world, whose works explore humanity's relation with their surrounds.
The 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 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.
Melbourne-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.
The Home & Giving Fair is a gift and homewares trade exhibition that will be across two venues, beginning this Saturday and running till Next Wednesday. Taking place at Melbourne Showgrounds and Melbourne Convention Centre, it features over 600 exhibitors.
Reed Gift Fairs are known as the major pre-Christmas product expo and one of the most anticipated events on the Gift industry calendar. Coinciding with the Home & Giving Fair, it begins Saturday at Melbourne Convention Centre and Melbourne Showgrounds.
Arts & Theatre
1984 Uplate, presented by Eagle's Nest Theatre, is an adaptation of Orwell's classic, written by James Adler. The probing play about power and how we perhaps embrace it now, opens Thursday along with their production of Macbeth at The Open Stage theatre.
By Chance features Trevor Jones, who after two years of performing in piano bars around the world, now brings his unique cabaret to Prahran's Chapel Off Chapel. With a repertoire of pop, rock, musical theatre and jazz, he'll perform from Friday to Sunday.
Threshhold is the renowned magician, Cosentino's brand new thrilling production that holds the art of illusion in a show that leaves audiences on the edge of their seats. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at Moonee Ponds' Clocktower Centre.
Edward Scissorhands, the hit dance show based on Tim Burton's magical and atmospheric film, will begin playing this week at the Arts Centre. Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, who had great success with Swan Lake, shows run until Sunday.
Blackbird is an uncompromising but important play that addresses child sexual abuse. Playing at the CUB Malthouse's Beckett Theatre, the play tells the story of Ray, a man who thought he had escaped his past only to find he was very wrong. It runs until August 16.
Wicked, 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.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Eadie King, a talented young vocalist from Tasmania, will be performing this Thursday at Dizzy's Jazz Club in Richmond. Her unique voice and musical stylings have earned her a reputation as one of Australia's finest up and coming jazz performers.
Females on Fire 3 is the Australian launch of the latest in this series of compilations by International female artists. The CD features the song, 'U Deserve' by local musician Danica Lani, who performs at the launch on Friday at the Glasshouse in Collingwood.
Stephen Taberner Trio will be performing this Saturday at Northcote Uniting Church, supported by Fildenstar, the alter-ego of songwriter Kate Rowe who performs extraterrestrial love songs featuring original science fiction stories set to music.
Focus on Ozploitation, a special program of films at ACMI, celebrates guilty cinematic pleasures from the 70s and 80s era of Aussie exploitation films. Coinciding with Melbourne International Film Festival, the program includes Dead End Drive-In screening on Saturday.
Melbourne For Kids
Trick Circus invites kids to their special workshop this Friday to Be a Circus Star! Australia's premier youth-run circus offers high-flying fun in the workshops where young people aged 5 to 15 can unleash their inner circus star with two sessions held in East Ivanhoe.
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.
Puzzles & Competitions
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One Just World is a new, free national series of after-work public forums on global poverty and development will be launched this Wednesday with its first discussion held at Fed Square's BMW Edge. Beginning at 6pm, the first forum tackles climate change.
Hip-Hop Krumping & DJ Music Workshop - Four-time Australian DMC champ, DJ Dexter and fellow members of the hot new act Grrilla Step wil be holding a krumping dance workshop with a lesson on turntable scratching. It takes place Sunday in Footscray.
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..
SIDS and Kids Pyjama Day, held this Friday, the first day of August, invites are inviting people to take part in this special day by letting the little ones attend Kinder in their pyjamas, while also making a gold coin donation on the day to help their worthy cause.
Skipping 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.
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
Knox Toy Library will be holding their 3rd Annual Baby, Kids & Toy Bazaar this Sunday at Rowville's St Simons Parish Hall. With good quality preloved items including clothes, toys, cots, prams, manchester, books and more, funds raised will assist the Toy Library.
Elwood Community Market, held this Saturday at Elwood Primary School, features goods such as clothing, plants, hand made crafts, jewellery and more. The market offers farm-grown food along with a BBQ, a sausage sizzle and a jumping castle for the kids.
Cherished Once More, a local business run by parents of the Wattleview playgroup, are holding a Baby and Children's Market this Saturday to raise money for the playgroup. With new and preloved clothing, toys, and more, there will also be a sausage sizzle and prizes.
Diamond Valley Toy Library will be having a fundraising sale this Saturday, with proceeds assisting the Toy Library in continuing its service to local families. Held at Bundoora Community Hall the sale features pre-loved toys, nursery items, books and clothing.
Melbourne Market Guide
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Special AFL Event
The Biggest Aussie Pie Night is a fundraising campaign that celebrates a true Aussie icon. During August, Victorians can set aside one night or day to "eat pies"and raise money for Challenge, who support kids with cancer. Kicking the event off this week at the MCG, during Round 18 when Collingwood take on Hawthorn on Friday, Four N' Twenty will donate $1 for every pie sold at the match towards helping Challenge.
AFL - Round 18
Round 18 sees 4 AFL matches held in Melbourne this week.
- Friday at The MCG
Collingwood v Hawthorn at 7.40pm
Saturday at The MCG
Essendon v Melbourne at 2.10pm
Saturday at Telstra Dome
Geelong v Richmond at 7.10pm
Sunday at Telstra Dome
St Kilda v Port Adelaide at 2.10pm
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