Newsletter | #109 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #109 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #109 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for February 2 - February 8, 2009.

This week.. Melbourne's newest music venue, the acoustically gorgeous Melbourne Recital Centre, opens it's doors with a weeklong program of conerts beginning Sunday, but you can get in early for a looksee with their Open Day on Saturday that features attractions for all the family. There's also more fun for the family with the Whittlesea Country Music Festival and Warnambool's Wunta Fiesta where kids (or penguins) can take part in the filming of a music video.

There's also a day of skills and thrills with Freestyling at Federation Square, showcasing the cream of Australia's Hiphop Crop, while Uniting Care's Pancake Day also holds their deliciously official launch this week. The St Kilda Festival also continues this week, as does Midsumma with its program of arts and theatre.

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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Special Announcement

 Public Transport Rally | This Tuesday Public Transport Rally | This Tuesday - There will be a public rally held this Tuesday at Parliament House to address the public transport crisis and hold the State Government to account. With an address by speakers held at Midday, people are invited to gather on the steps of Parliament House at 11:30am - or whenever their train or tram manages to get them there!

Major Events Guide

 The Melbourne Recital Centre The Melbourne Recital Centre will celebrate its opening as Melbourne's most exciting and newest music venue with a week-long festival of concerts that begins this Sunday, the 100th Birthday of the venue's patron, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. There will also be an Open Day held on Saturday with family activities, offering interaction between performers and the public.

 Freestyle @ Fed Square Freestyle @ Fed Square is a rare opportunity to catch the Australian Hiphop scene at its finest at this free event that sees Hiphop Champions battling it out for the bragging rites to claim the crown in a series of contests that include Emcee Battles, DJ'ing and dance-offs in Locking, Popping and Krumping. Beginning at 1pm, it includes graffiti exhibitions and more.

 The Whittlesea Country Music Festival The Whittlesea Country Music Festival, running from Friday to Sunday at Whittlesea Showgrounds, is a chance to come and celebrate Australian country music with a host of talented performers and country style activities. With the Victorian and National Country Music Awards held Friday night, the festival includes a street party held Saturday, bush poetry and more.

 Wunta Fiesta Wunta Fiesta, southwest Victoria's largest community festival, begins Friday to showcase Warnambool outstanding locations such as Lake Pertobe, Botanic Gardens and the foreshore. With three days of music, food, wine and activities, a highlight is the Friday Family Night at Flagstaff Hill when kids can come dressed as penguins to take part in the filming of a musical film clip.

 UnitingCare Pancake Day UnitingCare Pancake Day will hold their public launch on Tuesday at Melbourne City Square, offering a taste of how you can help UnitingCare by holding an event yourself. Pancake Day lets local people help local people with money raised at your event used by a UnitingCare agency in your area. Pancake Day events can be held any time during the month of February.

 St Kilda Festival St Kilda Festival, now a nine day event that's bigger than ever before, continues this week with the Live N Local program showcasing artists, performers, comedians and more in St Kilda's many vibrant venues. The festival ends with Festival Sunday, a street celebration like no other with free live music, extreme sports, dance, children's activities and more.

 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.

 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.

Upcoming Events

 Cry Baby Classical Concerts 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 next Monday at Malvern Town Hall, entry is by Gold Coin donation. Music for children will be performed live on the day by a variety of local classical musicians.

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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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

 Daintree Our History, Our Future Daintree Our History, Our Future is an exhibition by Caspar Brace that conveys his love and awe of nature and life, reminding to us all that all life, and all ecosystems, have intrinsic value. Opening Thursday at Brightspace in St Kilda, 50% of all sales will go to Rainforest Rescue and his artwork will also feature in an auction to benefit the organisation next Saturday.

 Sketchel vs 696Sketchel vs 696 is an exhibition that celebrates the Launch of second series of Sketchel, customised art satchels, which has teamed up with Brunswick's Gallery 696 to introduce over 50 new designs of the satchel bags. With designs by local, national and international artists, the exhibition begins Wednesday with the official opening held on Saturday with Djs, giveaways and more.

 The Chinese Museum The Chinese Museum will be celebrating the Chinese New Year in February with a special exhibition of a photo series that documents the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Domestic Torch Relay's impact on a nation of 1.3 billion Chinese. The photos by Katrina de Jersey, the only Australian to accompany the Flame to 112 cities in China, will be on display until February 27.

 Minuscule/Massive/En Masse Minuscule/Massive/En Masse is an exhibition at Hand Held, a gallery in Bourke Street specialising in artist made books and items. Running all month, the exhibition is a playful display based on the experimental text 'Alley Cat Nomad', an unpublished novel by Adrian Lawson, using different formats, sizes and techniques to present the one book.

 Lily Mae Martin Lily Mae Martin is currently showing her self-titled exhibition, held at the Fitzroy gallery, Unpretentiously Underground. Running throughout February, her exhibition explores the tension of personal relationships between families, friends and partners with portraits drawing inspiration from everything from cartoons and contemporary comics to pre-renaissance fine art.

 A Brief Encounter A Brief Encounter, an art exhibition of the latest collection by Jeff Rowland, features work that displays the cinematic style of work he's know for, while also showing a natural progression from both his style and subject matter with work that's inspired by the universal theme of romance and the bond that love can bring. It's now showing South Yarra's Artiq Galleries.

 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.

 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 untitled photographs that explore intimacy and the human form. Running until next Monday, his work appears with four other artists at the gallery.

 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.

Expos & Seminars

 Evolution - The Experience Evolution - The Experience is a special series of lectures, theatre, film and more that commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. Beginning Sunday, the program of events explores Darwin's ongoing and far-reaching impact with events that use a broad range of media.

 Mercy Health Jobs Expo Mercy Health Jobs Expo - This Saturday at Collingwood Town Hall, Mercy Health will be holding a free expo day where you can find out about the upcoming jobs at their newest Aged Care facility in East Melbourne, which will be opening in April. With over 100 jobs to be filled at the facility, the informative day will also feature fantastic prizes up for grabs.

 The CCUSA Victorian Job Fair The CCUSA Victorian Job Fair is an opportunity to learn more about summer camp jobs in USA. The unrivalled event gives you the chance to get hired on the spot by one of thirty five of the USA's top summer camps that offer literally hundreds of jobs in a wide variety of activity areas, all available on the day. The free event takes place this Saturday at the Grand Hyatt.

 Reed Gift Fairs Reed Gift Fairs, known as the major gift product expo, are one of the most anticipated events on the Gift industry calendar. The largest trade fair brand in Australia, Reed Gift Fairs will be exhibiting gift products including kitchenware, homewares, jewellery, fashion and more at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre until Tuesday.

Performances & Theatre

 Regenerations Regenerations is a special performance that will be held this Sunday at the Alexander Theatre, at Monash University's Clayton campus. A stunning display of Classical Indian Dance, the performance is presented by Chandrabhanu, an artistic director who has choreographed and appeared in almost 50 major performances here and overseas.

 Little Black Bastard Little Black Bastard is Noel Tovey's one-man performance that tells his own inspiring, true story of how a passion for art saved his life and helped him overcome the worst of circumstances. A masterpiece of storytelling, the performance uses words and image to tell his is story. Performances will be held from Thursday to Saturday at Gasworks Theatre.

 InHarmony InHarmony, presented by SLAMS Music Theatre, is a show inspired by some of the great ensemble numbers rarely performed in concert format, including music from Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Spring Awakening, The Lion King, and more. With tabled seating and with food and drink available, it begins Friday at Knox Community Arts Centre.

 Camping Out Camping Out is an intimate cabaret revue with drag personality, Kaye Sera that celebrates the camp social scene of Melbourne, offering an insight into our city's gay scene during the 1960's. With songs by Dusty Springfield, Nancy Sinatra and Eartha Kitt, the show includes interviews and photos from the era. It plays Thursday to Sunday on Melbourne City Village's rooftop.

 Zanna, Don't! Zanna, Don't! is the award-winning Off-Broadway musical set in a topsy-turvy world where everyone grows up gay. Dancing to a score full of catchy tunes, the show by Quirky Productions offers hearty dollops of humour and a dab of magic amidst a message of embracing diversity set to challenge the way you view love. It plays until next Sunday at Chapel Off Chapel.

 Thy Will Be Done Thy Will Be Done is part of a Double Bill, presented with As You Do as part of the Midsumma Festival. Held Tuesday to Saturday at St Kilda's Theatre Works, Thy Will Be Done is the new play by Kevin McGreal, which explores the lives of a young Catholic Priest and a local musician who unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection when the priest is posted to Apollo Bay.

 Shakespeare in the Vines Shakespeare in the Vines, by Essential Theatre, is a theatre series that sees Shakespeare's classic plays brought to the outdoors with performances held at various wineries and estates across Victoria. Their theatrical tour this year presents the romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, with a performance on Saturday at Warragul's Wild Dog Winery.

 Poor Boy Poor Boy, currently playing 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.

 The 39 Steps The 39 Steps, now playing 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.

 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, it's now showing at the Carlton Courthouse 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 each week from Tuesday to Saturday.

 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.

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.

Classical Performances

 The Australian Youth Orchestra The Australian Youth Orchestra will perform live at the Melbourne Town Hall this Thursday in a concert conducted by twenty-eight year old Alexander Shelley, who is establishing himself as one of the most creative musical talents of his generation. Recognised as one of Australia's finest, the Australian Youth Orchestra is made up of musicians aged 25 and under.

 Dawn Upshaw Dawn Upshaw, the internationally renowned Soprano, will be performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Monday evening at The Arts Centre's Hamer Hall. Performing a repertoire that includes Mozart's 29th symphony, Upshaw will demonstrate the warmth, range and dramatic flair, which has seen her earn numerous awards.

Entertainment & Nightlife

 Leticia Leticia will be performing every Thursday night throughout February at Bar Nancy in High Street, Northcote. Appearing along with special guests each week, Leticia's performances will include her new single 'Behind your smile' from her forthcoming album "Fallen Angels" a genre-defying collection that showcases her crystal-clear voice and songs that can inspire and uplift.

 Be My Valentine Be My Valentine, held Saturday at The Observation Deck of the Rialto, is a Silent Bachelor Auction and cocktail party that will raise funds for the Brotherhood of St Laurence and assist Brooke Findlay on her upcoming Charity Challenge to Nepal. A fun night for singles and even couples, the event includes fine wine, canapes and a celebrity MC and live DJ.

 Italian Jazz Evening Italian Jazz Evening - This Thursday there will be a special jazz evening held at the Italian Institute of Culture in South Yarra. The first in a series of performances, it features the Rob Severini Trio, with the cost of admission including a glass of wine. The night is a chance to relax with fine music and meet with Melbourne's artists and other lovers of Italian Jazz.

 Donna & The Aspinauts Donna & The Aspinauts - Renowned Australian performer, Donna Williams, will perform with Victoria's first autism-spectrum band The Aspinauts this Tuesday at Ruby's Lounge in Belgrave. With a vocal delivery reminiscent of Laurie Anderson, the band performs a blend of styles with video backdrops and gestural signing that truly sets them apart from other bands.

 The Tarantella Ball The Tarantella Ball, held this Thursday at Yah Yah's in Collingwood, is a burlesque extravaganza that features an electric mix of rock and electro by DJ Drella, while an array of musicians and performers take to the stage. With performers that include Rainbow Junk and Kitty Bang Bang with her amorous fan dance, the night will continue until 5am.

 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.


 Thank God It's Funny Thank God It's Funny, held this Saturday at Brunswick's Don't Tell Tom bar, is a rollicking fundraiser that will help raise money for the Royal Talbot Creative Rehabilitation Centre, a specialist provider of support services for a wide range of disabilities. Hosted by Mick Neven the night features comedians that include Dave O'Neil, Nick Stevens and other guests.

 It All Points North It All Points North is the new show by UK comedian, Terry North, which tells of his hilarious life stories from life in a London council estate and his time as a writer for 'Hale and Pace' to married life with kids and how he ended up in Australia where the beer's sensibly cold. Regarded as one of Australia's best imported comic hosts, Terry's show play until Friday in St Kilda.

 Danny Bhoy Danny Bhoy returns to Australia this year with a brand new show developed during a phenomenal year, which has seen him cement his place as one of the biggest acts on the international comedy scene. Voted by The Scotsman as one of the top comedians to come out of Scotland, he'll begin his tour in Victoria this week with appearances that include Bendigo and Ballarat.

 Attack of the B-Grade Movie Attack of the B-Grade Movie, by improv performance group The Baby Seals, features as part of the St Kilda Festival's Laughs Fest. The comedy features terrifying monsters, swooning heroes, the obligatory 5-foot femme fatale and more as the audience helps screenwriter Donald Mayer churn out his latest B-grade movie script. It plays until Friday at Pure Pop Records.


 The St Kilda Openair Cinema The St Kilda Openair Cinema offers an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment provided by local and national artists. Held on the rooftop of St Kilda Sea Baths, the cinema will be running until February 19, and features a very diverse program that includes retro classics, family films, and even documentaries and the best shorts from selected 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

 Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet? - La Mama for Kids is a popular monthly program of performances held especially for children at the historic Carlton home of Australian theatre, La Mama. This Saturday there'll be a performance of Are We There Yet? by folk legend Bruce Watson, offering fun for young and old with all-original songs about pirates, pet elephants, vampires and more.

 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.

 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 take the form of dinosaurs in stunning detail. The popular exhibition will be running until April 26.

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.

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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 this Friday with the theme announced on 3RRR on later in February.


 Melbourne Sustainability Drinks Melbourne Sustainability Drinks, held the first Wednesday of every month at Melbourne Central's 100 Mile Cafe, provides a forum for professionals and anyone interested in sustainability to exchange ideas and meet other passionate people who are interested in making a positive difference. Due to the increasing popularity of this event, bookings are required.

 The Existentialist Society The Existentialist Society host free public lectures that cover diverse and often conflicting schools of thought followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Held monthly at the Unitarian Church Hall, this Tuesday evening Brent McAuslan (Former Facilitator, Rajneesh USA) will discuss "Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence: Prediction or Prophecy?"

 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.

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..

 Knitting Wool Appeal Knitting Wool Appeal - The Inner Wheel Club of Bundoora is currently appealing for donations of wool to help them supply nursing homes, hospitals and the needy in the Diamond Valley with knitted patchwork knee rugs. After a particularly bitter winter, their supply of rugs has completely gone, as has their wool to produce more. To find how you can help Visit Here

 FebFast FebFast is a community awareness campaign held to help others and yourself by sacrificing alcohol intake in February. Sponsored by friends and family, you can help raise funds that can help to support young people struggling with substance use. You can even purchase a Time Out Certificate allowing you to drink on special occasions and raise more funds!

 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!


 Movie Memorabilia Collectables Auction Movie Memorabilia Collectables Auction - This Sunday there will be an auction of Movie Memorabilia from the collection of Geoff Close. With over 200 lots of items up for auction, including Movie Posters, Lobby Cards, Toys, Star Wars and Marx Brothers items and more, registration and viewing begins at 10:30am with the auction held at 1pm at Ashburton Bowls Club.


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!

Dining & Drink

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Special Dining Offers

 La Francesca La Francesca in Surrey Hills is a family owned restaurant that serves Italian and Modern cuisine of the highest standard with specialties that include pasta, risotto, and seafood dishes. They'll be offering a Special Valentine's Day deal with dinner from a set menu that can include Two Courses for $30 per person or Three Courses for $40. Confirmed Reservation is essential.

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Valentine's Day

 Valentine's Day Valentine's Day, February 14th, is fast approaching... Get the jump on Cupid with our Valentine's Day Guide, with gifts, romantic dinners suggestions and more. Remind your loved one why you love them so much on that one special day when you can say, 'Thankyou, just for being you!' with a special gift, or even flowers to say, 'I'm sorry I ____ with your ___ and ____!'

 Petals Network Petals Network - Valentines Day's the perfect time to spoil your loved one rotten and not get asked, "What's this for?" Stay in the good books and send flowers to your loved one, be they here or anywhere in the world - even that "woman" you've met in World of Warcraft! Petals Network offer quality flowers and gifts in over 70 countries, delivered fresh by a Local Florist.

 Valentine's Day Restaurant Offers Valentine's Day Restaurant Offers - Valentine's Day is one of the busiest times for restaurants with food lovers, lovers of food, and also lovers with food at Melbourne's many fantastic and romantic restaurants. Avoid the last minute rush by making a booking today for you and your special pumpkin!

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