Newsletter | #096 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for November 3 - November 9, 2008.
This week.. the biggest race of the year hits town on Melbourne Cup Day, while the rest of the week comes in by a nose with many other festivities. There's the Northern Notes Writer's Festival with many activities for bookworms, the Village Festival in Edinburgh Gardens, while Sunday offers a day of fun with The White Tower Sister City Festival, celebrating Melbourne's union with Thessaloniki.
There's also the Buddhist Spring Festival, Melton's Djerriwarrh Festival with plenty of fun for the kids, and for those with a spring in their step there's the Terrain Multicultural Dance Festival in Carlton North. If you're quick enough, you can also catch the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and Maldon Folk Festival, which finish this Monday.
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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Melbourne Cup Day
Melbourne Cup Day, the highlight of Australian racing takes place this Tuesday at Flemington Racecourse, with the Cup also screening at Fed Square on the big screen with an after-party also held in Federation Square with live entertainment! And if that's not enough for you, there's Crown Oaks Day on Thursday, and Emirates Stakes Day finishing up the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Saturday.
Major Events Guide
The Northern Notes Writers Festival, now in its 5th year, celebrates creative writing by local people with 10 days of workshops, author talks, script readings, competitions, panel discussions, book launches, poetry, prose and more. With events held at cafes, libraries, parks and other venues in the City of Darebin, the festival begins this Friday with a special opening held in Northcote Civic Square.
The White Tower is the 24th anniversary celebration of the Sister-City relations between Melbourne and Thessaloniki. Held this Sunday at Federation Square, the festival is free to attend and will feature a wide variety of entertainment that embraces the Greek culture of our Sister-City. On the day there will be dance performances, food tastings, traditional costumes on display and much more.
The Village Festival, held at North Fitzroy's Edinburgh Gardens, begins this Wednesday and runs till Sunday, offering a fabulous smorgasbord of performances and an utterly unique vibe for all!
This extraordinary festival creates a village space that includes portable theatres, tents, puppet booths, food, games, live music and much more.
Terrain, the Multicultural Contemporary Dance Festival, is a biennial festival that profiles the work of dance artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. Presented by Ausdance, this year's festival runs for 3 days, offering a curated performance program by experienced and emerging artists. With a community dance day and a discussion forum, the festival begins this Thursday at Carlton North's Dancehouse.
The Buddhist Spring Festival, takes place this weekend, held in the beautiful settings of the Tibetan Buddhist Society's centre in Yuroke. During this years festival, Buddhist teachers will explain the benefits of meditation and insights of the rich traditions of Buddhism. The weekend also includes a Cosmopolitan market with hundreds of items including Tibetan handicrafts, garden tours and more.
The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, finishing this Monday, features many of the best musicians and bands from both Australia and around the world in what's become one of the most highly regarded Jazz festivals the world over. The popular festival program boasts more than 100 performances by local, national and international acts playing at a wide range of venues throughout the town.
The Maldon Folk Festival winds down this Monday, having run across the Melbourne Cup weekend. Now in its 35th year, the festival offers quality entertainment for people of all ages with a program that features music, dance, theatre, poetry and more. Located in the historic township of Maldon, the festival also offers workshops, kids' activities, plus an Instrument Makers Exhibition.
The Bright Spring Festival continues until this Tuesday, highlighting the vibrant sights and attractions found during Spring in Bright.
This year's festival program has a varied line up of events on offer with Open Garden Days, and even a Film Festival within the festival, with special screenings held this Sunday at Bright Community Centre.
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
NEXT, by Michael Portley, is an exhibition of landscape paintings with a Victorian flavour, featuring works that vary in approach from abstract to representative. Opening this Friday at Northcote's Kick Gallery, the exhibition will tun until November 22.
The Kew Cottages Project Media Experience is a media art installation that explores the lives of the residents of the former Kew Children's Cottages. Using image, video and text, the interactive exhibition begins Wednesday at Hawthorn Town Hall.
Betwixt, the latest exhibition by Heather Shimmen, features extraordinary detailed lino-cut prints that deal with themes of migration and land. Now showing at Gallery 101 in Collins Street, there'll also be an artist talk held on November 15.
Liminal, opening Thursday at RMIT Gallery, is an exhibition of wearable technologies by Melbourne artist, Leah Heiss, whose work has been developed at the threshold of art and science. The impressive exhibition will run until November 22.
I'll Burn That Bridge When I Come To It, the latest exhibition by Locust Jones, features kinetic ink drawings that capture social and political turmoil in our world today. It runs until November 15 at the Melbourne gallery, Until Never, in Hosier Lane.
Don't Even Write, an exhibition by Adam Cruickshank, consists of a built environment of pop-architecture made from cardboard. Utilising elements of sound and light with buildings shaped like letterforms it Runs until November 15 at Melbourne's TCB Art Inc.
Inner Relections Beyond The Conscious is an exhibition of paintings by Visnja Rasic. Exploring themes of truth, forgiveness, conviction and also personal acceptance, it begins Thursday at Collingwood's Ochre Gallery.
Bye tommorow is an exhibition about saying goodbye to childhood and the past while simultaneously living with that past into adulthood and the future. Currently running at The Dolls House in Preston, the installation exhibition will run until November 29.
Greenhouse by Joost is an Australian first in self-sustaining planning with this temporary event venue, currently open at Federation Square. Made entirely from recycled materials, Greenhouse will run until January, open daily as a gallery, cafe and social hub.
Jamaju: First Impressions is an exhibition of glass art, soft sculpture, mosaic, jewellery and photography by Jan Bell, Marina Villani and Julia Dunn. Drawing inspiration from Australian life and colour, it ends November 15 at Altona's Louis Joel Gallery.
Dreams from Loom and Needle, now showing at RMIT Gallery, is an exhibition of the innovative work of Hannah Pang. Featuring fabrics and designs that use the ancient Chinese silk weaving technique of Kesi and Shibori, the exhibition runs until November 22.
A Brush With Love, now showing at Immersion Therapy in Northcote, is an exhibition of work by calligraphic artist Yun Zhang, who has studied the art since he was 4. Running until Sunday, the gallery is open Fridays to Sundays and also by appointment.
Yvonne Audette Exhibition - Mossgreen Gallery presents a selling retrospective from the acclaimed painter, Yvonne Audette. Covering 50 years of abstract expressionism, the show displays work from the 1950s to her most recent work. It ends Wednesday.
Expos, Launches & Open Days
The Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens
Beginning this Saturday, 20 gardens will be made open to the public during this garden festival showcases Castlemaine's renowned roses and irises. Continuing this week until Sunday, the festival offers a wide variety of garden styles and includes the Castlemaine & District Garden Club Plant Market, held on Sunday at the Duke Street parkland.
Poketo, an international design label that has catapulted the careers of hundreds of unknown artists, is releasing an Australian wallet series. Featuring 15 of the nation's finest artists a launch will be held this Friday at Fitzroy store, Robio, with an after party later.
The Surrey Hills Sustainability Expo will be held this Sunday with Vox Bandicoot and Rod Quantok as guests. Demystifying and making sustainable living accessible, it features special food demonstrations and more, held at the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre.
MooraFest is a Sustainable Living Festival that takes place this Sunday in Bacchus Marsh, providing rural and urban residents with an opportunity to learn more about sustainable solutions within their homes and communities. Entry is by gold coin donation.
Performances & Theatre
A Costumier's Manuscript, presented by Swinburne University, is a performance that showcases work by Performance Costume graduating students. The spectacular theatrical show is held Thursday to Saturday at Swinburne's David Williamson Theatre.
The Women of Troy, presented Sydney Theatre Company, is a stark play about the fates of the women of Troy during the epic and historic fall of city. Based on Euripides' classic tragedy, it begins Thursday at the Malthouse's Merlyn Theatre.
The Hypocrite, performed by Melbourne Theatre Company, is a variation of Moliere's classic play, Tartuffe. Written By Justin Fleming and featuring Sara Gleeson and Kim Gyngell, it opens this Saturday at The Arts Centre's Playhouse.
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, the latest production of Human Sacrifice Theatre, is a play about Danny and Roberta, who meet in a deserted Bronx bar, running from their separate demons. It begins this Thursday at Chapel Off Chapel and runs until November 23.
Play:ground is a VCA Masters of Theatre Practice performance that is an arresting, frighteningly real play about the imaginary world of a child. Performances are free and held each evening from Wednesday to Saturday at Carlton Gardens Playground.
Zombie Prom, presented by Fab Nob's Theatre, is a story as old as time itself where Boy meets Girl, and it somehow all ends up with zombies after a nuclear waste silo mishap - we've all been there! It begins this Friday at Bayswater's New Fab Factory theatre.
Dimboola, presented by BATS Theatre Company, is Jack Hibberd's cabaret style play about an unruly wedding in a rural town. With he drama taking place around you, whilst you eat and drink, it runs this Friday and Saturday at Narre Warren North Hall.
Yibiyung is a play by Dallas Winmar that is inspired by her grandmother's experience in Western Australia as one of the stolen generation. A striking piece of storytelling, it's playing at Southbank's Malthouse Theatre, running until November 13.
Spinning Straw, a new play by Kate Herbert, examines the impact of substance abuse on Annie, a pregnant 19 year old, and also the woman who tries to help her. A modern take on the fairytale of Rumpelstiltskin, it is playing at the Carlton Courthouse Theatre.
The Rocky Horror Show has finally hit Melbourne, bringing Richard O'Brien's classic musical to the stage with ARIA-nominated singer iOta as the outrageous Dr Frank N Furter. The iconic play and long time cult favourite is on at the Comedy Theatre.
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.
Classical & Choral Performances
In Harmony Choral Festival is an afternoon of song, music and community spirit that will be held on Saturday at the historic Hawthorn Town Hall. Bringing together some of Boroondara's most talented vocal ensembles, the festival will feature special guests, the Australian Boys Choir, a group local to Boroondara. The concert will end with a massed performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.
From East to West is a performance by the Melbourne Chamber Choir, presented by Faye Dumont Singers. Featuring choral music of Mongolia, China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea, the performance will be held on Saturday at Kew's Methodist Ladies College.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra will be performing this Sunday and next Monday as part of their Euphoric Tour. Appearing at the Arts Centre's Hamer Hall, the performance features lead violinist Richard Tognetti and principal cellist Timo-Veikko Valve.
The Diamond Valley Vocal Eisteddfod, held this Tuesday at Greensborough's All Saints Church, will see singers from all over Melbourne competing in several categories, with highlight of the John Dingle Memorial Aria held in the evening.
Cry Baby Classical Concerts, organised by 3MBS 103.5FM Classically Melbourne and the City of Yarra, offer parents and children the chance to enjoy classical music. With a performance held this Wednesday at Fitzroy Town Hall, entry is by Gold Coin donation.
The Maroondah Symphony Orchestra will be holding a concert this Sunday at the Luther College Chapel in Croydon. Beginning at 2.30pm, the concert will feature performances of works by Berlioz, Offenbach, Dvorak and other great composers.
Brahms and Schoenberg Focus, continuing at the Australian National Academy in South Melbourne Town Hall, is a special series of concerts honouring the two Romantic composers. Running until November 14, several concerts offer entry by Gold Coin Donation.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Zingara's Gypsy Street Party is a festive day with plenty of live entertainment and fun to help a good cause. Held this Sunday on Thornbury's Blythe Street, special guests on the day include the performers Redarmwar and there'll also be DJ's, amusements, rides and games for the kids and much more. All proceeds from the day will help the Mirabel Foundation in assisting children who have been orphaned.
One Day Event at The Pines is a special music festival held this Sunday to raise money for the Williamstown Pony Club, which provides community services to the Williamstown district. With a line up of fantastic performers that includes Paul Kelly, Deborah Conway and The Thoroughbreds, the festival offers great entertainment in a family friendly atmosphere. It's held at the Pines Scout Camp in Altona.
The Rock The Boat Concert, held this Friday in East Bentleigh, is a huge school fundraiser for East Bentleigh Primary School. Featuring performers like Nick Barker, Phil Para and others, the night includes stalls, food, and much more entertainment.
Shelley Harland, whose music career began in a tiny Brooklyn apartment and has since earned her glowing reviews, will make her first appearance at Manchester Lane this Tuesday night as part of her tour for her forthcoming album 'Red Leaf'.
This Is Your Captain Speaking will be launching their new album 'Eternal Return' this Saturday. With support guests, Because of Ghosts & Seagull, and live visuals by RiverRiver, the launch will be held at the East Brunswick Club on Lygon Street.
Steve Earle, one of the most highly regarded musicians, will be appearing this Thursday night only at the Forum Theatre, performing his latest studio masterpiece 'Washington Square Serenade' with his wife Allison Moorer opening for him on the night.
An Evening with Sam Cutler is the first in a series of events that celebrate film and conversation. Presented by the Celluloid Lounge, Sam Cutler, who accompanied the Rolling Stones on their 1969 Tour of America appears Saturday at St Kilda's Theatreworks.
St Kilda's Tuesday Flicks, held on Tuesday evenings, is a special film program that will raise funds for the organisation, unChain St Kilda. This Tuesday at the George Palace Cinemas they'll be screening short films by Harvey Krumpet's Adam Elliott.
The Russian Resurrection Film Festival, held at South Yarra's Palace Cinema Como, continues until this Wednesday, offering a program of the finest selection of Russian cinema. The festival includes an animated film for children.
Il Dago, a comedy show featuring a star-studded line-up with Simon Palomares, George Kapinaris Nish and hosted by Joe Avati, has returned due to popular demand and will be playing this Thursday night for one show only at the Alexander Theatre in Clayton.
Walking Down the Street, the latest show by comedian, Carl Barron, is now playing at the Atheneum Theatre. With performances running until November 23, the show offers the quirky insights of Carl's observations with thoughts inspired on the street.
Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams, a sell-out show of Melbourne Fringe, has returned with performances running until Sunday at North Melbourne's Lithuanian Club. Featuring toe-tapping songs and a cast of 14 puppets, the show is a musical for adults.
Theatresports returns this year with a cast of mighty thespians battling onstage every Sunday at St Kilda's Theatreworks. Pitting teams against each other in ever-increasing degrees of improvised difficulty, each night brings hilarious feats of do-or-die wit!
Melbourne For Kids
The Djerriwarrh Festival is Melton Township's biggest community festival, a weekend jam-packed with fun for the whole family. Held this weekend, the carnival atmosphere of the festival offers fun for people of all ages with events across the Shire that include the Genesis Street Parade, Live Entertainment on 3 stages, a market, fireworks and also a live concert that will be held on Sunday.
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Multicultural Day will be celebrated this Saturday with a Yarra Yarra Kooroboree at Burnley Gardens, offering a chance for people to unite and grow for Multicultural peace, harmony and holistic sustainability. Highlighting a need for more awareness of legal, constituted and sustainable issues, the day also celebrates the 5th anniversary of the passing of Australia's First Treaty by planting a Multicultural garden at the site.
Shenpen Australia will present a public talk on 'Resting the Mind' by His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche, Jigme Losel Wangpo, one of the foremost Tibetan Lamas. The special talk will be held this Thursday at Prahran's Grattan Gardens Centre.
The Existentialist Society host free public lectures, held, that cover diverse and conflicting schools of thought followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Held at the Unitarian Church Hall, this Tuesday Dr David Rathbone discusses Hegel, Kafka and Nietzsche.
Melbourne Sustainability Drinks, held the first Wednesday of every month at Melbourne Central's 100 Mile Cafe, provides a forum for professionals and those interested in the 'sustainability industry' to meet and exchange ideas. Bookings are required.
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Markets, Fetes and Fairs
This weekend has three great fetes where you'll find kids' entertainment, stalls, food & more...
Bonbeach Primary School - Twilight fete with trash & treasure and more on Friday.
St Peter's, Bundoora - Plants, Books, Clothing, Kids activities & more this Saturday.
Wahroonga Pre School - Car Boot & Market Day in Greensborough, held this Saturday.
A Mini Christmas Fair Exhibition will begin this Thursday, presented by the Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria. Running until December 13 in Carlton North, the exhibition features handmade ornaments, cards, stockings, toys and more.
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South Dragons Home Game
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Dining & Drink
The Sawpit Gully Food and Wine Festival will be held this Sunday in Elphinstone, near Castlemaine. With entry by gold coin donation, the festival features local wineries and a huge variety of foods from the area along with free family entertainment for children.
The Budburst Wine & Food Festival, continuing this week with a regional dinner program, is named after the emerging buds that signal the new grape growing season in Macedon and Kyneton. The festival will continue until this Sunday.
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