Newsletter | #102 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for December 15 - December 21, 2008.
This week.. there are three days of free carols at Federation Square, featuring over 1,000 school students from across Melbourne - lucky it's not a Halloween-do, because that's a lot of lollies.. There's also more Christmas cheer with a free day of entertainment at Queen Vic Market, and Christmas aside, we finally have some events that have nothing to do with tinsel. It was nearing the point where I thought I'd pad things out with a picture of some kittens - Agnostic kittens, mind you, but not the pushy, argumentative kind.
So, for those who'd like a breather from all things crammed down your chimney, there's the Epic Music Festival in Camberwell kicking the School Holidays off with an all ages band extravaganza, there's the return of the Koori Night market with live entertainment, and at ACMI there's the Hola Mexico Film Festival starting this Monday with its Opening Night Fiesta. For the kids there are also two Family Fun Days by the pool in Northcote and East Keilor.
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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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School Holiday Guide
Check out our School Holiday Guide for a head start on what to do with the kids during the Summer School Holidays beginning on December 20, and running until January 27 in 2009. The guide is Updated Weekly to highlight the best things to do over the holiday period for the young and young at heart, with events, tours and holiday care programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!
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Christmas Events in Melbourne - Christmas is on its way, but why wait when there's plenty of fun to be had all through December? With a wide range of events and activities held in Melbourne and Victoria, get in early and treat the kids to some of the fabulous events on offer. There are many events that are free and you'll find them in jolly old Melbourne. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Carols for the Future - This week, running from Monday to Wednesday, Federation Square will see over 1,000 students from more than thirty Victorian school choirs and bands performing Christmas carols with a difference. Promoting the personal target for children and family members to save water, the free carolling performances are held at 11am.
Queen Vic Market | Christmas for Kids! It's Christmas time at the Market and this Saturday there'll be plenty of fun for the kids with a visit from Santa and his helper in the Christmas marquee, the Carol Kings live on stage and the special Christmas show 'Rudolph's Recruits,' a comical and entertaining musical extravaganza that kids will love.
Advent Calendar @ Fed Square - Celebrate the spirit of Christmas as the East Shard at Federation Square is transformed into a magical Advent Calendar - 24 days, 25 windows, 25 performances! Talented aerialists will perform before a magical animation, unveiling each day's window on the side of a three-storey building with a free performance at 9pm every night.
Christmas Lights | Melbourne's BEST - With Christmas all but here, find the best Christmas light displays are in Melbourne. Our list continues on from last year, with a handy little asterisk marking confirmed displays for 2008. To confirm your Christmas Light display (yes, its free) you can also tell us through the Contact Us button on the Christmas Lights Guide.
Monkami Christmas Trees - Monkami Centre will be selling their homegrown Christmas trees until December 22nd, available daily from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on weekends. All proceeds will help the organisation to support adults with an intellectual disability. The Monkami Shop, located in Croydon, also sells homemade preserves and craft goods.
Major Events Guide
Grogger, a variation of the Arcade classic, Grogger, is a free online game that highlights the need for responsible drinking by challenging players must get themselves and their friends home safely. Play the game now online, or better yet, come along to Fed Square this Friday at 5pm to see gamers battle it out on the big screen! With music, giveaways and more the event is free.
Epic Music Festival - This Saturday the School Holidays kick off with a big day of music at the Camberwell Civic Centre. An all ages event, the Epic Music Festival is an alcohol free event that features British India, The Quarters and eight high-school based bands. Beginning at 1pm, entry to the event includes a free sausage sizzle, activities and more.
The Hola Mexico Film Festival, now in its third year, returns with its new venue of ACMI Cinemas. With its biggest program yet, the festival begins this Monday with an opening night fiesta flowing with food, drinks and music. Running until Sunday, the festival program includes feature films, documentaries, shorts, and even a children's Christmas Fiesta held Saturday.
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(Arguments with Agnostic cats notwithstanding!)
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve - The year's almost been and gone already, and hasn't it snuck up quickly! With New years on the way, everyone get outs for Melbourne's biggest night of the year, so here is our guide how to count down the New Year into 2009..
New Year's Eve Planning Guide
What's On in Melbourne - New Year's Eve
h2oh! Lakeside Summer Party - h2oh! is a unique, affordable New Year's event that's tailor made for all you party people who enjoy Dance and Funky House music. Upscale, friendly and vibey, the event will be located on the prime location of Albert Park Lake with an abundance of space, excitement and bars with an electrifying party atmosphere.
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Artz Blitz, held by Kingston Arts Centre is a 24-hour competition where entrants get the opportunity to create an artwork to a specific theme, exhibit in a dynamic exhibition and go into the running for over $3000 worth of prizes. With 180 places available for artists to pre-register, registrations close February 6 with the theme announced on 3RRR on later in February.
Digital Eye is an exhibition of photographs taken by young people who've experienced social, economic or cultural adversity and have a higher chance of developing depression, mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse. Organised by the Inspire Foundation, an online-based support network, the show can be seen at the building foyer of Telstra in Exhibition Street.
Group Therapy is an exhibition that brings together nine of Australia's most interesting established and emerging artists in a show which explores the push and pull between cultures and times that are now so prevalent in modern life. The exhibition can be seen at the Immersion Therapy gallery in Northcote, which is open from Friday to Sunday or by appointment.
Hocus Pocus - Science and physics become mere playthings as the world of magic, with all its baroque, buoyant charm, comes to City Museum. Proving that magic is in Melbourne's blood, the exhibition shows how our city has radiated with wonder and possibility since its streets were first paved with gold, featuring souvenirs, tools, artworks and more dating back to the 1850s.
Greyscales is an exhibition that culminates 10 months extensive work, blunting over 400 blades through the hand cutting of each stencilled piece by the artist, Kirpy. The black and white artworks possess a distinct Melburnian undertone, carrying a strong graffiti influence with depictions of crowds, lanes and other settings. It's showing at Gallery 696 in Brunswick.
Manipulate: Construct is an exhibition that features the work of artists who specialise in woven tapestry as well as other mediums. The exhibition showcases contemporary tapestry with many artists moving away from its decorative nature to use it as a tool to highlight innovative and provocative ideas. It runs from Wednesdays to Saturdays at Hawthorn Town Hall.
Difference - Source for Growth is a mixed-media exhibition by artists with and without disability that explores the theme of Difference by learning to look at ourselves and our world in new ways. Running until this Sunday at the Foyer Gallery of Gasworks Arts Park, the exhibition features varied styles and mediums, including painting, print-making, photography, collage and more.
Views from a Speeding Train features new paintings by Amanda van Gils including paintings recently selected for the Fluerieu Art Prize, The Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, The John Leslie Art Prize and The Mosman Art Prize. Running until this Sunday, the exhibition of work can be seen at the Jenny Port Gallery, located in Richmond.
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, Joost's Greenhouse will run until January and will be open daily as a gallery, cafe and social hub, while at night the unique venue will transform to become a vibrant hub to entertain the public.
Expos, Launches & Open Days
The Melbourne School of Fashion will present a cocktail and catwalk event this Wednesday night, showcasing the best fashion creations from the graduates of 2008. Held at the Palladium at Crown, the night is a chance to rub shoulders with Melbourne's top designers, retailers and celebrities while also being first to see the work of Melbourne's future top designers.
V-Ball Tour! - Australia's first inflatable beach volleyball court, is about to tour Victoria, beginning with an appearance this Friday and Saturday at the Main Beach of Torquay. A fun summer experience, (or a slippery one if it rains!) there'll be more V-Ball stops in the new year with appearances scheduled at Fed Square, Lorne and 2009's St Kilda Festival.
Performances & Theatre
Camp as Christmas, held this Sunday at the Butterfly Club, is a festive cabaret by Sally Bourne offering all that carols by candlelight isn't. Held along with the Butterfly Club's closing night party, the loud, brash and definitely adults only show will have Sally cracking nuts, decking balls with holly and stuffing some stockings before everyone gets into the festive spirits.
Dances with Eternity is a special performance held at Malvern Town Hall this Wednesday as part of the Australian Intercultural Society's annual Sema ceremony, celebrating Hazreti Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi's 'Sheb-i Arus' or 'Wedding Night'. Presented by the the Mevlevi Order of Australia, the night features traditional dancing by the whirling dervishes.
Spectrum Dance will present their special performance this Monday of The Odyssey Begins. Performing at the Palms at Crown, this amazing young cast of performers will showcase the talents they've developed during the year in Spectrum Dance's Performing Arts Course with pieces created by the Principle Faculty and choreographer Ross Coleman.
Is There Life after High School? So what do you remember from high school? How many names, school songs and useless facts and disasters with the opposite sex are stuck in your head? These are the questions asked in Craig Carnelia's Broadway hit musical, proving that no matter how long ago it was, some things you never forget. It opens Wednesday at Chapel Off Chapel.
The Santaland Diaries, starring Melbourne's own improv, comedy legend Russell Fletcher, is a stage adaptation of David Sedaris' hilarious and bizarre account of the year he took a temp job as an elf at Macy's in New York. Already an 'anti-holiday' cult-classic overseas, it's currently playing at the Auspicious Arts Incubator in Southbank, running until Sunday.
Billy Elliot the Musical is now playing at Her Majesty's Theatre. Based on the cult film, the stage production features music by Elton John and follows the journey of a young boy in a small mining town who stumbles across a ballet class while on his way to a boxing lesson, and realises that his future lies not in the boxing ring, as his father hoped, but on stage as a dancer.
Daniel Kahans will be performing new works at La Mama Theatre, from Wednesday to Sunday. A performance for woman's spoken voice and cello, the complex chamber-music-like work received a glowing review when first performed at the Adelaide Festival. More than just spoken word, the acting develops a deep relationship between the voice and the cello.
Careless, now playing at the Carlton Courthouse Theatre, is a play by Russell Rigby that sees Paul, a man who has everything he could wish for, faced with difficulty when too much of a good thing proves troublesome. With a beautiful wife, successful friends and a rich new client, his life takes a turn when they all get into the same room unexpectedly.
Shane Warne the Musical is a leg-spun yarn about what it means to fall arse-backwards into the Australian Dream and emerge a champion. With a sizzling live band and an exceptional cast, including Eddie Perfect as the man himself, the show brings to life a brilliant score fusing soul, gospel, rock, and even a touch of Bollywood. It's currently playing at the Athenaeum Theatre.
The Rocky Horror Show brings Richard O'Brien's classic musical to the stage with the outrageous role of Dr Frank N Furter played by ARIA-nominated singer iota, who last gave a remarkable performance in Melbourne in the rock musical of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Bursting at the seams with timeless classics, the long time cult hit is now playing 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. When Dorothy famously triumphed in Oz, we only ever heard one side of the story. Now playing at the Regent Theatre, the creative team that brings the story to life includes many of Broadway's most celebrated talent.
Classical & Choral Performances
The Melbourne University Choral Society will be performing compositions by Gounod and Saint SaŽns, two of France's most influential Romantic composers. Held this Saturday at Wesley Uniting Church in Lonsdale Street, the 100-voice choral group, widely regarded as one of Victoria's finest choirs, will be joined by the acclaimed Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra.
Baroque Guitar Concertos - Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, two of Australia's most versatile and talented musicians, will be preforming popular guitar concertos by Vivaldi, Handel and Weiss with The Melbourne Musicians at BMW Edge this Wednesday. The concertos feature on their recent ABC Classics release, named Best Classical Recording of 2008 by Limelight magazine.
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 Thursday at Richmond Uniting Church, entry is by Gold Coin donation. Music for children will be performed live on the day by a variety of local classical musicians.
Entertainment & Nightlife
James and the Jewellery Store - James Marples, one of London's hottest young Cabaret folk acts, will be performing with the Jewellery Store this Friday and Saturday only at the Butterfly Club. Twisting together 1950s love ballads, dark folk, and motifs from Vaudeville and French and German Cabaret, their songs tell tales of high society toffs and card-sharking cads.
Howlin' Time, considered to be one of the best blues band in Australia, will be performing this Friday at Nighthawk Blues in Mentone. Consisting of band members who are some of the most experienced blues musicians in Melbourne, Howlin' Time will be playing house rockin' funky blues that have their roots in the southside of Chicago. The performance starts at 9:30pm.
The Rooftop Cinema flickers into action with film screenings held each week from Tuesday to Sunday. Screening everything from cult favourites to new releases and documentaries, it's the height of entertainment with screenings held on the rooftop of Curtin House, located in Swanston Street, offering night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar.
Moonlight Cinema is back, held at the Royal Botanic Gardens. With screenings running until March 15th, the open air cinema features a program that includes latest releases, contemporary films and cult classic movies. A great way to spend a night out with friends and family, you can bring your own picnic or purchase dinner and drinks at the cinema.
Ding Dong - Sammy J and Randy, the puppet who's rumoured to also go by the name of Heath McIvor, will be performing their new show from Thursday to Sunday at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club. A sell-out hit in Edinburgh and London's West End, the pair will be offering a raucous festive celebration with songs, nativity scenes, trivia and yuletide silliness.
The Needle And The Damage Done, beginning this Wednesday at Chapel Off Chapel, is a joyous romp through a top ten of the worst records ever released in the history of the world. In the show, comedian, DJ and satirist Fiona Scott-Norman will lead you through a minefield of releases from football players, John Laws, Bernard King, Leonard Nimoy and other dubious 'singers'.
The Christmas Standup Spectacular, presented by The Last Laugh at The Comedy Club, is a night of Yule-time laughs that features comedians Chris Franklin, Lawrence Mooney and Fox Klein, with exclusive special guests. Sit back with dinner and drinks and laugh all the way to Xmas. Shows are held Thursday to Saturday at their new venue of the Athenaeum Theatre.
Melbourne For Kids
The Mudcakes will be performing at Footscray Community Arts Centre this Saturday, playing songs from the new CD 'Cave Baby' as well as all the favourites like Monkey Boy, Poo Party and maybe even a Christmas song. Their first CD was voted one of the Top 10 kids' CDs by the New York Post in 2005, and both CD's will be available at the show.
Northcote Pool's Family Fun Day - To celebrate their newly refurbished pool, the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre will be holding a special Family Fun Day this Sunday beginning at midday. Dive in for a fun day of activities that include Traditional Indigenous games, plenty of pool inflatables, Cafe specials, Live music, raffles and prizes and much more.
The Muppets Christmas Carol will be screening this Thursday at 6pm on the Big Screen at Federation Square. A free event, the holiday classic gets a fuzzy overhaul with Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the entire cast of the Muppet universe re-telling Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in a world full of muppet comedy.
Family Fun Day & Christmas Party - East Keilor Leisure Centre will be holding their first Family Fun Day of the summer this Saturday, and the day will be combined with the Aquatic Education Christmas Party. Held in the outdoor aquatic area the event includes a BBQ, jumping castle, pool inflatables and special guests Philbert the Frog and Santa Clause!
The Myer Christmas Windows, which have delighted families and kids for more than 50 years now, are displayed outside the Bourke Street store where you can now find this year's offering, inspired by Alan Snow's children's book, How Santa Really Works. A tradition that began in 1956, the marvellous Myer Christmas Windows display will be running until January 4.
Circus Sunrise Holiday Spectacular is an action-packed show for all the family, currently showing at Water Front City, located under the Southern Star Ferris Wheel. With special holiday shows beginning Wednesday, the circus will be presenting the Holiday Spectacular until January 26. Circus Sunrise is a true family circus with lineage going back to 1648!
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Dynamic Drawing Classes, held by Ron Curran, can help you discover your creative identity and find your power through drawing. Classes take place every week on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, held at Brunswick Street Gallery. Classes cost $18, with no need to book, and each class includes a model, music and facilitation provided on the day.
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..
The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is Australia's largest Christmas gift appeal. The Wishing Tree supports some of Australia's largest welfare organisations and Trees can be found nationally in Kmart stores, with gifts collected up until Christmas Eve. The Kmart Wishing Tree has given more than 4.14 million gifts over the past 20 years and supports some of the nations largest charities.
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Koorie Night Market returns this Wednesday, held at Northcote Town Hall. Running from 6pm to 9:30pm, the event is much more that a market, holding a festival atmosphere with performances by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and musicians. Stalls at the market include locally made crafts, aromatherapy, traditional artefacts and more.
The Suzuki Night Market has returned to Queen Victoria Market, held weekly and running Wednesday nights through to February. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere. The Suzuki Night Market offers a stunning mix of world food, eclectic wares, bars and even two stages showcasing the best live music!
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South Dragons Home Game
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Hisense Arena (Formerly Vodafone Arena)
Melbourne Tigers Home Game
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State Netball & Hockey Centre, Parkville
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Last Week's Puzzle Answers
Spot The Difference
Here are the 5 Differences in last week's picture of the City Museum...
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As Much Class As Glass
The National Gallery of Victoria has the world's largest stained glass ceiling, measuring 51 metres long by 15 metres wide.
The famous ceiling was created by Leonard French, who is also known for the equally beautiful stained glass circular window in Monash University's Robert Blackwood Concert Hall.
An accomplished Melbourne artist, since 1949 French has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia and was honoured with an OBE in 1969.
More World Firsts for Melbourne.. | Read Melbourne Trivia...
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