Newsletter | #107 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #107 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #107 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for January 19 - January 25, 2009.

This week.. Melbourne is back on the world map with all eyes on the Australian Tennis Open as well as many other events to keep our visitors entertained.

Australia Day [next Monday] is all but here with many events celebrating the big day across the long weekend, including New Gold Mountain at the Arts Centre this Sunday. There's also more festivals than you could shake a flag at this week with Skandia Geelong Week, the Eltham Heritage Jazz and Blues Festival, and the City of Kingston's multicultural event Globe to Globe.

There's the Box Hill Chinese New Year celebrations, and Le Carnaval Spirituel will also offer yet another two days of free performances this week in St Kilda, while Port Fairy continues to offer a range of events with their ongoing Moyneyana Festival, which runs until next Wednesday.

There are sport details, special dining offers and info on upcoming events and highlights in beautiful Melbourne, so read on and enjoy!

What's On this Week is an overview of the (too many to mention) events happening this week in Melbourne. To see everything that is happening on any given day this week, view our What's On MELBOURNE Calendar


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Major Events Guide

New Gold Mountain New Gold Mountain is a special two-day event, presented by The Arts Centre and Australia Day Victoria. Held this Sunday and on Australia Day on Monday, the free event is a celebration of Chinese Australian heritage, arts and culture with performances, a mini-hawkers market, a Chinese tea house, a noodle making demonstration, acrobats and more.

The Eltham Town Jazz and Blues Heritage Festival The Eltham Town Jazz and Blues Heritage Festival, now in its 10th year, is a free festival that transforms Eltham Town as the place comes alive with locals and visitors bringing their families to mingle and enjoy the music, food, wine, art and shopping in its vibrant cafe society and diverse shopping precinct. It's held this Saturday and Sunday.

Skandia Geelong Week Skandia Geelong Week, Australia's largest sailing event, begins this Friday with special events taking place in Geelong until Australia Day, next Monday. First held in 1844, Skandia Geelong Week features entertainment for the entire family, with shoreside activities, art and craft markets, street theatre and talented musical acts across two stages.

Australian Open Live Site Australian Open Live Site - From Thursday to Sunday, you can watch the Australian Open on Fed Square's big screen and also test your skills with great activities that include the Slalom Sprint and Hit the Target. There's also the thrill of beating the Totem Tennis World Record set last year with the official attempt being held on Saturday 24 January. Anyone can enter!

The Globe to Globe World Music Festival The Globe to Globe World Music Festival, held this weekend, is the City of Kingston's annual celebration of our multi-cultural community. Cultures from around the world will come together at Namatjira Park in Clayton South with African drumming workshops, Salsa lessons and dancing demonstrations. There will also be kids' attractions with rides and fireworks on Saturday.

The Murray River International Music Festival The Murray River International Music Festival opens on Tuesday with a concert in Ampelon Gardens in NSW, just a stone's throw from Mildura. The concert will feature Interpreti Veneziano from Venice, one of the finest Vivaldi players in the world. With more special events held in various venues along the Murray in Victoria, the festival runs until February 1st.

The Box Hill Chinese New Year Festival The Box Hill Chinese New Year Festival, held Saturday and Sunday, offers a huge weekend of fun, food and music that celebrates the new lunar year. The festival will welcome in the Year of the Ox with performances on two entertainment stages, rides and up to a 100 food and handcraft stalls throughout the Box Hill Mall and also lion and dragon dancers.

Springvale Lunar New Year Festival Springvale Lunar New Year Festival - Melbourne's largest Asian shopping precinct will be abuzz with Asian New Year's celebrations. Presented by the Springvale Asian Business Association, it takes place Sunday at Springvale Shopping Centre and festivities will include great entertainment such as cultural performances, delicious food and traditional firecrackers.

Midsumma Festival Midsumma Festival continues this week, celebrating 21 years as Melbourne's premier Gay and Lesbian festival. With queer centric and queer friendly performances and entertainment, the festival offers includes special performances, cabaret, art exhibitions, community events and much more with an extensive program that runs until February 18.

Le Carnaval Spirituel Le Carnaval Spirituel is a free show that will take place this Thursday and Friday at St Kilda Town Hall. Formed in 1979, the French performance troupe are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year with a festive show filled with music, dance, yoga, martial arts and theatre, showcasing the cultural heritage and talents of India's ancient Vedic culture.

The Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival The Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival, Victoria's longest running festival, is a community event that offers fun for the whole family while assisting community groups raise significant funds. Running until January 28, the festival features daily entertainment that includes historic tours, concerts and film screenings, camel rides, workshops and much more with many attractions free.

The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival continues with special events taking place every Saturday and Sunday until April 13th. Held at the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park in Toorak, which is accessible by boat with a punt service, this weekend you can see an exhibition by the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia along with special artists demonstrations.

Australia Day

Australia Day Australia Day is coming up, held on Monday January 26. With a wide range of special events held to celebrate the day, our guide can help you find something to do with plenty of free events and activities that you'll find in Melbourne and throughout the suburbs with many local councils offering events such as BBQ days, Ceremonies and more.

Great Australia Day Duck Race Great Australia Day Duck Race - It will be all ducks for themselves on Monday January 26th, when thousands of rubber ducks race along a section of the Yarra River in Melbourne's Great Australia Day Duck Race! Watch a flotilla of numbered rubber ducks (with Lifesaver caps!) race in the middle of the Yarra River, located between the Engineers Lawn and the boatsheds.

Upcoming Events

To find out about future events in Melbourne, have a look at our new calendar, with details about many more events that lie ahead, including Exhibitions, Gigs, Markets, Expos and more..
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Special Ticket Giveaway

Circus Sunrise SpectacularCircus Sunrise Spectacular is an action-packed show for all the family, currently showing at Water Front City, located under the Southern Star Ferris Wheel. With shows during School Holidays, the circus will be offering a stunning show by presenting a special Holiday Spectacular that will run until February 1. Circus Sunrise is a family circus with lineage going back to 1648!

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School Holiday Guide

School Holiday Guide Check out our School Holiday Guide for all the latest on what to do with the kids during the Summer School Holidays continuing through December 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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Angelina Ballerina Angelina Ballerina has been given the honour of putting on her very own performance of The Sleeping Beauty for the Queen in her splendid palace. It's Angelina's biggest challenge yet! With eight English National Ballet dancers performing to Tchaikovsky's music, the show offers a unique experience. Performances begin this Tuesday.

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Problematic Translators Problematic Translators, now showing at Northcote's Immersion Therapy, is an exhibition by Sydney artist, Clara Chow. In what's her first show in Melbourne, Clara Chow uses Karaoke style videos, pseudo polling booths, and even Peking Operas to explore notions of identity by translating the original content from English to Cantonese and back to English again.

Max Dupain on Assignment Max Dupain on Assignment is an exhibition that features many never seen before works by the late and legendary Australian photographer, Max Dupain, whose government work from the National Archives and Noel Butlin Archives Centre collections will be showcased with over 60 examples of Dupain's work. It runs until May at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne.

Slight Slight, the first solo exhibition by Corinne Bates, is a photographic installation that is currently showing at Brunswick Street Gallery. Comprised of images that capture transient light projected onto interior architecture, the images recede to the point where they verge upon non-existence, evoking quiet contemplation. The exhibition will run until next Thursday.

Affinity Affinity, showing at 69 Smith Street in Fitzroy as part of Midsumma Festival's art program, is a provocative photographic exhibition by Victorian photographer Rick Connors. The exhibition features a series of eleven untitled photographs that explore intimacy and the human form. Running until February 9, his work appears with four other artists at the gallery.

Kisuguchi and Trouble in Toyland Kisuguchi and Trouble in Toyland are two exhibitions that are now running at the Counihan Gallery in Brunswick. Kizuguchi, a Japanese word meaning 'wound or cut to the body', is explored by Keiko Murakami's exhibition of paintings featuring haunting doll-like figures, while Trouble in Toyland offers some bizarre and surreal takes on toys.

New York City Dancers New York City Dancers, showing at Steps Gallery in Carlton, is Debra Luccio's latest work which continues to explore the beauty she captured during ten weeks in New York in 2007. Using drawing, painting and printmaking, she explores the figures of dancers at performances and rehearsals. Featuring new work yet been seen in Melbourne, it runs until this Tuesday.

The Cunningham Dax Collection The Cunningham Dax Collection is currently showcasing two exhibitions, Beyond the Three Trees and Healing Childhood Trauma. With over 12,000 works by people who've experienced mental illness or psychological trauma, the Collection in Parkville is dedicated to the ethical exhibition of these works, using art to raise awareness of public mental health education.

Speaking for the Ordinary Man Speaking for the Ordinary Man, now showing at St Kilda's Jewish Museum of Australia, is an exhibition of sculptures by Charles Aisen, a tinsmith whose sculptures trace not only his own life journey but that of many Jews who settled in Australia. His touching works evoke the traditional world of pre-war Poland and the immigrant experience in Carlton.

The Water Hole The Water Hole is an exhibition by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, who have created a stunning ecological fantasy-world in the main gallery of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Bringing together made and found objects to create extravagant, magical installations that are full of allegory and beauty, the exhibition will run until March 1st, 2009.

Hocus Pocus 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.

Greenhouse by JoostGreenhouse 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 & Open Days

The 44th Victorian Hot Rod Show The 44th Victorian Hot Rod Show, held from Friday to Australia Day at the Royal Exhibition Building, offers something for everyone at the show with displays of classical and converted automobiles. Held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, the show features the finest hot rods, customs, street machines and classic vehicles from all over Australia.

Living Legends Living Legends, a Historic Homestead for retired race horses in Greenvale, will be open every day through January with tea and coffee available daily and kids' activities each weekday including miniature model horse painting. The homestead will also be holding a special family picnic day on Australia Day with crafts, competitions, a treasure hunt and local produce stalls.

Performances & Theatre

Poor Boy Poor Boy, opening this Wednesday at Melbourne Theatre Company's Sumner Theatre in Southbank, is a play that features songs by Matt Cameron and Tim Finn. With an impressive cast that includes Guy Pearce, the thoughtful play tells the story of Jeremy Glass, a boy who on his seventh birthday announces that he is really a deceased man called Danny.

I Can't Believe It's Not Countdown, It's A Musical Comedy I Can't Believe It's Not Countdown, It's A Musical Comedy is a show that takes us back to a time when the hair was big and the pants were tight. A hilarious send-up of Countdown, featuring the hits of the '70s and '80s, Michael Veitch plays the iconic Molly, while the voice of Countdown, Gavin Wood plays, well, Gavin Wood. It opens Tuesday at the Palms at Crown.

Frankston Lights Frankston Lights, beginning Tuesday at Cube 37 at Frankston Arts Centre, is a dance inspired, rock musical about one boy's quest to face his fears and realise his dreams. Presented by The Little Theatre Company, the contemporary rock musical is loaded with original sounds and dynamic dance routines, celebrating Frankston's unique spirit. It will run until Sunday.

Jerker Jerker, first performed in 1985, is a play that caused controversy with its bold take on homosexuality, censorship and sex. The play tells the story of Bert and J.R, two men in San Francisco who communicate through high-tech devices yet never actually meet in the flesh, sharing sex, love, everyday life and ultimately death. It runs Wednesday to Saturday at Gasworks.

The 39 Steps The 39 Steps, beginning this Thursday at the Arts Centre's Playhouse, is a theatrical comedy based on Alfred Hitchcock's classic spy thriller that has been brilliantly recreated for the stage. A smash hit on the West End and Broadway, The 39 Steps features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.

Four Faces Four Faces, beginning this Wednesday at Gasworks Arts Park in Albert Park, is a play that puts four characters under a microscope offering a personal peepshow with an exploration of love, desperation, gratification and the gay human condition presented through four solos. Performed by Jay Robinson, it will be playing this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

In Camera (Huis Clos)In Camera (Huis Clos) is the psychological thriller by Jean-Paul Sartre, one of France's most prolific philosophers. Presented by Play Right Theatre Productions and translated by Stuart Gilbert, the play tells of three strangers who find themselves locked in a small room and must try to figure out why they have been brought together. It's playing at Chapel Off Chapel.

The Dream Children The Dream Children tells the story of a couple who've been trying to adopt a baby through legitimate means, but meet with no success until a chance post on the internet leads them to a pregnant street girl who is more than able to help them, or so they think. Held as part of 2009's Midsumma Festival, shows are at Carlton Courthouse Theatre.

This Is Our Youth This Is Our Youth, now playing at Fortyfivedownstairs in the city, is a play by Inside Job Productions that tells the story of three kids approaching adulthood who find themselves in a world where they have no moral centre. Set in America during 1982 and the beginning of Reagan's era, it features Nicole da Silva of All Saints.

James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach, presented by RMIT Union Arts, is an energetic production of Roald Dahl's classic tale, adapted for the stage by David Wood. Bringing to life the crazy characters of the much-loved story, the play involves the audience in every step of the adventure. Loud, hilarious and inspiring, it runs Monday to Friday at RMIT's Kaleide Theatre.

Grace Grace, a collaboration between philosopher AC Grayling and theatre director Mick Gordon. Combining a powerful debate about faith with heartrending drama, the play sees scientist Grace Friedman become the country's most vocal advocate for atheism, while her own son becomes an Anglican priest. Performances are held at the Arts Centre.

The Taming of the Shrew The Taming of the Shrew is a fun night of Shakespeare Under The Stars with Glenn Elston's wildly entertaining production of the Bard's classic play. A story of a relationship that starts with fire and brimstone but leads to deep love and admiration, performances are being held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, with shows running from Tuesday to Sunday.

Billy Elliot the Musical 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.

Shane Warne the Musical 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 ShowThe 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.

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. 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.

Entertainment & Nightlife

The MoBrays The MoBrays will be playing live this week with performances held on Friday at Richmond's Town Hall Hotel and at Pugg Mahones Irish Pub in Carlton on Saturday. The MoBrays started as an idea for a group of five professional musicians to 'band' their talents together and have fun, with each member having a background with bands such as Spectrum and Blackfeather.

By Chance By Chance, playing as part of the Midsumma Festival, features Trevor Jones performing any of 84 songs in this festival performance of his successful cabaret. With a huge repertoire including pop and rock favourites, musical theatre and jazz standards, the songs performed are determined by a simple roll of the dice. It plays Wednesday to Friday at Chapel Off Chapel.

Bon Iver Bon Iver, a band led by Justin Vernon that has been hailed as 'irresistible"by the New York Times, will be performing at the Forum Theatre this Monday night. Performing songs from their debut album, 'For Emma, Forever Ago', the album was initially released independently, but was quickly picked up by labels here and in the US and UK, praised by critics and fans alike.

Melbourne Zoo Twilights Melbourne Zoo Twilights is a chance to enjoy music performed live at Melbourne Zoo. With performances held each Saturday and Sunday evening, the program runs until March 15, with this year's season boasting one of their best musical line-ups ever. Held on the zoo's concert lawn areas, each evening also includes selected species on display until 7.30pm.

South Side FunkSouth Side Funk features the funkiest DJ's from both Melbourne and interstate playing true old-school funk like you'll never find at any other venue. Held every Friday night at Big Mouth, located in St Kilda, South Side Funk is the hottest place in Melbourne for all you money-maker shakers. If you like to get down with groovy basslines then South Side Funk on Fridays is for you.

Comedy & Burlesque

The Australia Day Eve Comedy Debate The Australia Day Eve Comedy Debate, held this Saturday at Waterfront City in Docklands, kicks off the Australia Day weekend with music, laughter and a lively bit of comic sparring from Dave Grant, Claire Hooper, Dave O'Neil and other comedians. With Corinne Grant as MC, there'll also be a musical performance by the percussion group Tumbarumba.

I did it HER way I did it HER way is a light hearted view of a boy who lives in a woman's world with women's rules. A show that's all a joke until someone stands up and argues back, JC La Fontaine's production explores the feminist agenda and where he stands in the midst of it, using experiences he's had over the years with women in different environments such as the workplace.

Red Door Burlesque Red Door Burlesque has returned to Melbourne with new shows held on the last Sunday of every month, offering the finest in burlesque, vaudeville and circus at the elegant Order of Melbourne in Swanston Street. This Sunday they'll have their grand opening to celebrate the long weekend in style with special guest Samantha Diamond from Sydney's Kiss Kill Cabaret.


The St Kilda Openair Cinema The St Kilda Openair Cinema, beginning this Thursday, offers an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment provided by local and national artists. Running until February 19, the cinema is held on the rooftop of St Kilda Sea Baths and features a diverse program that includes retro classics, family films, and even documentaries and shorts from film festivals.

The Rooftop Cinema 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 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.

Melbourne For Kids

Australia Day Pool Party Australia Day Pool Party - Celebrate Australia Day this Sunday at Queens Park Swimming Pool. On the special day the pool festivities will include a free BBQ, a jumping castle, lots of pool inflatables and even a live DJ performing. Located in Moonee Ponds, the Queens Park Outdoor Pool features a learners pool and a toddlers pool with frog slide and fully catered kiosk.

DinoStory | Sand Sculpting Exhibition DinoStory | Sand Sculpting Exhibition - Sand Sculpting Australia will again present a special display at the Frankston Waterfront with their newest theme, DinoStory. Featuring the work of sculptors from Australia and overseas, the sand carvings will take the form of dinosaurs in stunning detail. The exhibition runs throughout the holidays.

The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows - Melbourne's favourite family entertainment is currently running, continuing its well-loved tradition of bringing the animals home to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic, pack the kids... and join Rat, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad, as they bring to life Kenneth Grahame's immortal story of life on the riverbank.

Amazing Antarctica Amazing Antarctica - Melbourne Aquarium's amazing new Antarctica exhibit is open during the summer school holidays, offering a completely unique experience as Australia's only venue to feature sub-Antarctic penguins. Don't miss the daily penguin feeds where the keepers will help you discover more about the daily life of the Aquarium's newest residents!

Circus Shows

The Horseman From Snowy River The Horseman From Snowy River is a show that brings Australia's love of horses to life with live performances held in Burnley Oval. A production of international horse master, Rene Gasser, his new show features some of the most beautiful horses in the world offering a stunning showcase of animal talent that also includes sheep and dogs. Shows are held Friday to Sunday.

Circus Sunrise SpectacularCircus 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 held throughout the School Holidays, the circus will be presenting their Holiday Spectacular until February 1. Circus Sunrise is a true family circus with lineage going back to 1648!

Circus Oz Circus Oz has returned to Australia, following their successful tour of Italy, with limited shows during the Summer School Holidays. The Circus Oz show is a high-energy animal free spectacular, bursting with colour, comedy and breathtaking feats! They'll be appearing this Thursday, Friday and Saturday with special performances held at Frankston Arts Centre.

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Artz Blitz 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.

The Aussie Millions Poker Championship The Aussie Millions Poker Championship will be hitting Crown Casino next year in January, beginning 23 days of competition as poker players from the world over and across Australia try their hand (pun intended) at winning one of the world's biggest poker prizes. To play in an Aussie Millions event you must be a Crown Club member, so register soon if you plan to buy in.


The Westgate Punt Service The Westgate Punt Service is a service that ferries people across the Yarra River, cyclists included. There grew a widespread belief that the punt was no longer operating, but this is simply not true, with the service still running today on weekends, Public Holidays and special days, making a fun link between the Bay Trail West bike trail to the Bay Trail.

Yoga at the Park Yoga at the Park is an initiative of The Health and Yoga Council of Australia, presenting Yoga classes in some of Victoria's most beautiful parks and gardens. Set in a relaxed environment, classes are designed to suit many age groups and levels of experience with lessons held each Sunday morning at 10am in various public parks around Melbourne.

Speakers Forum | Soapbox Oratory Speakers Forum | Soapbox Oratory - Every Sunday afternoon, soapbox orators (that means you if you have something to say) take turns speaking on various topics from differing viewpoints on the State Library Lawns. Questions, comments, heckling and interjections are welcome from all, simply turn up on the day to participate or hear what others have to say.

Dynamic Drawing ClassesDynamic 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 Great Australian Sunny Sizzle The Great Australian Sunny Sizzle, presented by Interchange and held at Federation Square on 27th March, is a celebration to raise awareness of the needs of young people with a disability and their families. You can also hold a Sunny Sizzle BBQ at your workplace, school, sports club, or anywhere else, and help Interchange raise awareness of volunteering opportunities.

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

The Suzuki Night MarketThe 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!


View MARKETS on any day of the week to make the most of the rare sunny days (it's a coin toss lately, isn't it!) and head to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs for a bargain!

Markets, Fetes & FairsA growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!

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Sporting Events


The Australian Open The Australian Open begins this week, with Melbourne Park playing host to the hottest event on the Tennis calendar. Running for two weeks until February 1st, the Australian Open will see the world's finest tennis pros hitting the courts with matches held at Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and the Margaret Court Arena. Match details are updated each evening.

National Basketball League

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Hyundai A League Soccer | 2008/09 Season Hyundai A League Soccer | 2008/09 Season

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Melbourne Victory FC vs Wellington Phoenix FC
Friday 23 January - 8pm
Telstra Dome, Docklands

Dining & Drink

Barney's Bistro Barney's Bistro in Northcote is a great venue with a family friendly environment and fabulous food at very reasonable prices, open for lunch and dinner every day. Barney and the team present a menu to suit every taste plus there are nightly specials and kids meals, all in air-conditioned comfort so you can cool down after a hot day with a great meal!

Silver Exposed Silver Exposed - This Saturday, five famous Melbourne chefs will celebrate the Australia Day Weekend by putting their international spins on classic Aussie dishes for the Silver Exposed Australia Day Gala Dinner, held in Docklands. With entertainment and a silent auction on the night, all proceeds will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

The Hills to the Bay Picnic Train The Hills to the Bay Picnic Train, a special event run by the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre will be operating this Sunday when their first Picnic Train for the year will run with two services on the day, travelling between Geelong and Seymour via Melbourne. The Picnic Train offers an enjoyable day out in the compartments of classic wooden bodied train carriages.

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Special Dining Offers

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Sun Wah Celebrate Chinese New Year at Sun Wah in Mordialloc. Sun Wah will be offering an 8 Course Menu with Succulent Seafood, Specially Created New Year Dishes, Deakin Estate Champagne and much more. Held on January 30th and 31st, each night includes live entertainment, Karaoke, Traditional Lion Dance, Games, Prizes and Horoscopes, all for just $48.80 Per Head!

Dining in Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..