Newsletter | #117 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #117 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #117 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for March 30 - April 6 (Next Monday), 2009.

This week.. The laugh's on all of us as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival rolls into town with some of the best and funniest performers from here and afar. The Whittlesea Music Festival also makes a triumphant return this weekend with a special concert, while there's also the Collingwood Harvest Festival celebrating the best of their homegrown crop - veggies, that is...

There's also a rare chance to witness a re-enactment of The Man From Snowy River with a performance by our very own Jack Thompson at the, you guessed it, Man from Snowy River Bush Festival. There's also the Moonee Valley Youth Week Festival in, you got me again, Moonee Valley, while you can also enjoy the Castlemaine State Festival continuing until Sunday.


Starting this week, by moving to Tuesday's we will deliver an even better newsletter.


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

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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Special Reminder

Day Light Savings Ends | Sunday April 5 - Day Light Savings ends this week at 3am this Sunday, so remember to set your clocks, watches, mobile phones, etc ONE HOUR BACK and ready yourself to hide that look of surprise and pretend you're a diligent worker who planned to arrive to work an hour early.
This Sunday - One Hour Back at 3am (or when it suits ya!)

Special Giveaway | See Hugo's Launch!!

Hugo's Holographic Launch - Hugo, the Man of a Thousand Faces, a toy that originated in the '70s, will be relaunched in spectacular fashion this Wednesday at Fed Square with the world's first and largest holographic projection viewable only with special glasses supplied by the promoters.

As part of the event, OnlyMelbourne is one of several websites that have been given the chance to pass along 30 free kits that include the special viewing glasses needed on the day to witness the impressive display.

To enter the competition, simply tell us in 25 words or less what performance you'd most like to see if you couldn't see it, yet could watch others watching it while you weren't watching it and why.

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Major Events Guide

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival returns this year with a great program of performances by some of the best and greatest entertainers from every corner of Australia and from overseas. With shows for people of all ages at various venues in Melbourne, the festival offers comedy, circus, theatre and more.

The Eucalypt Festival, held at the Royal Botanic Garden in Cranbourne, celebrates the diverse beauty of our most symbolic tree with a range of fun walks, workshops, family programs, kids activities and more during Autumn. The official launch this week includes wine, cheese and a special discussion by botanists.

The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, held annually in Corryong, Victoria, is a unique bush gathering of mountain riders, poets, artists and lovers of the Australian High Country. This year the festival includes an exciting re-enactment of AB Banjo Paterson's famous poem, featuring Jack Thompson.

The Whittlesea Country Music Festival will make a triumphant comeback at Whittlesea Showgrounds, celebrating Australian country music with a host of talented performers and country style activities for people of all ages. The festival's comeback concert will also raise funds for those affected by recent fires.

The Collingwood Harvest Festival is an annual community festival held on the grounds of the Collingwood Housing Estate, celebrating the harvest of vegetables grown in the Community Gardens on the estate. Activities include cooking demonstrations, garden tours, art workshops and stage entertainment.

Moonee Valley Youth Week Festival, held at Queens Park in Moonee Ponds, returns this year with an exciting line up of performers across three stages. The all ages event includes skate demos, hip hop dancers, roaming performers, giveaways, market stalls, information stalls and more.

Art is...tasty is a festival held in Horsham that celebrates the diversity of 'taste' in our community with a program of performances and events for all ages. The festival provides an interpretation of what constitutes good or bad taste and how people feel about different genres of art, culture and ideas.

The Castlemaine State Festival is a biennial event that features a program for young and old of live theatre and performances of classical and contemporary music, held in Castlemaine's historic theatres and halls as well as in unique venues including mines, churches, parklands and public sites.

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..

View Future Events on any day of the week

School Holiday Guide

School Holiday Guide Check out our School Holiday Guide for a head start on what to do with the kids during the Autumn School Holidays beginning on Saturday, and running until April 19 this year. The guide is Updated Weekly, highlighting 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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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Free Radicals is a group exhibition by artists from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, who offere a satirical exploration of Australia's icon-laden, hedonistic, consumerist pop-culture. With work by artists Dave Bowers, Nick Morris, Numskull and others, it's showing at South Melbourne's Green-Wood Gallery.

The South - North Exchange, held at the Foyer Gallery of Gasworks Arts Park, features works by artists from opposite parts of the world in Northern Norway and Australia. The exhibition is held to raise funds for a cross-cultural exchange program for Indigenous youth from Australia and Norway.

I Don't Belong Here but There II, by Shiau-Peng Chen, is part of a special two-person exhibition at Northcote's Immersion Therapy, which examines the shifting political and social climate of North East Asia along with trends in mass commerce. The exhibition includes the show, Melting Down, by Meng-Shu You.

Novel Vessels is an exhibition by Rosie Miller, held at the gallery of Lindbeg Contemporary Art in Collingwood. A Melbourne artist with a background in different mediums, the exhibition features sculptures that alter the concept of the printed page into beautiful forms that are organic and shell-like in structure.

Wildspace, a free exhibition held at Federation Square's Atrium, is the first exhibition of its kind in Australia. Set to become an annual event, the exhibition features depictions of depicting Australian Native Animals in their disappearing environments, with prizes awarded to emerging and established artists.

An End to Myth, an exhibition held at Flinders Lane Gallery, sees the work of Lizzie Buckmaster-Dove using the practices of natural science and museology to present a new way of examining our country's environmental beauty with paper sculptures that convey the delicate beauty of our wildlife.

John Lennon: Imagine! is an exhibition of never-before-seen and rare photos of the late musician on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the only gallery in Australia to host the exhibition. The exhibition features rare black and white images by world-class photographers such as Dixie Dean and Tom Hanley.

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 uses art to raise awareness of public mental health education.

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 with his touching works evoking the immigrant experience in Carlton.

Expos, Launches & Open Days

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, held at the Royal Exhibition Building and the beautiful surroundings of Carlton Gardens, is an inspiring showcase of the latest in garden design and floral arrangements along with delicious food and great entertainment offered.

Pets in the Park, held in Malvern East's Central Park, is an annual family fun day in the park where family pets can enjoy the fun and entertainment as much as their human companions with industry stalls, pet care demonstrations, dog shows, live music and special displays for kids.

The Melbourne International Beauty Expo, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, brings together buyers and suppliers of the Australian professional spa and beauty industry. With workshops and seminars, the event showcases the latest products for those in the beauty industry.

Performances & Theatre

The Divine Performing Arts World Tour is a performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts that features Chinese dance, drumming and exquisite costumes inspired by the traditions of Chinese culture before communist rule. Set against an impressive 3D backdrop, performances are held at Geelong's Costa Hall.

Bombshells, performed at Heidelberg West's Banksia Theatre, is based on the work of Joanna Murray. The play tells the story of six women ranging from a feisty teenager to a 64-year old widow, all of whom balance their inner and outer lives with humour and cunning in this play about women on the edge.

Rita, a performer known as Israel's Queen of Song, will be appearing in Australia for the first time with a Melbourne concert for one night only at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda this week. Performing in both Hebrew and English, her concert will include music and highlights from her recent 'Ramazim' tour.

Dinkum Assorted, performed at the West Essendon Community Centre, is a play set in 1942 in a rural town where 15 women are battling to save their livelihoods at a biscuit factory that faces closure. While the men are off at war, the women have their own call to arms in the humorous play.

The Wedding Singer, performed by Bayswater's Fab Nobs Theatre, is the musical version of the popular film, brought to the stage with a score (and hair) that pays homage to the 1980s. Set in 1985, the play captured the romance and comedy of the hit film as Robbie Hart, a jilted wedding singer tried to find love again.

Dance Performances

The Melbourne Latin Festival, held at Preston's Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, is a program of special social events, performances and intensive workshops showcasing the talents of some of the best Australian and International Latin Dance artists with styles ranging from Salsa to Urban street dance.

PULSE, a program of site-specific performances held throughout the year, will present two multimedia dance pieces by Yumi Umiumare and Tony Yap this week. Held on Bourke Street's City Village Rooftop, the performances are engaging ones that are influenced by Japanese Butoh theatre and modern Trance dance.

Entertainment & Nightlife

The Kamp Kagan Music Festival, held along the beautiful banks of the Murray River near Tocumwal, is an annual event that offers great music, camping, parties and fun. Running across three days, the festival features performances by the hottest up-and-coming bands and DJs from across Australia.

Cosmo Cosmolino, performing this week, are a Melbourne based quintet that combine double bass with the luscious sounds of strings and piano accordion. Appearing at the Upper Yarra Arts Centre in Warburton, their show features passionate and original arrangements of tango, gypsy and chamber music.

The Gabriel Lynch Band will be performing at Manchester Lane this week to launch their latest single, Paper Planes. They'll be joined by supporting artists Ben and his Friends and Kate Lucas on the night, and at just $5, entry on the night includes a free signed copy of the new single.


I'm Not Sure About The Music, performed at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, is the new cabaret show by Colin Lane, of Lano and Woodley fame, who proves that he's the man. Not the man, but the man... the man in this show. A show about the man who who's not sure about the music.

BITE ME! performed by Yana Alana and Tha Paranas at Forty-five Downstairs in Flinders Lane, is the award-winning comedy show that blends political poetry and divine singing in a spectacular and entertaining performance of kooky dancing, party tricks and the odd tantrum from cabaret star, Yana.

So You Think You Can COW, held at La Mama's Carlton Courthouse Theatre, is a unique and daring (possibly for you!) show where a raffle draw will decide which member of the audience dons a cow suit and performs for the evening, aided by Margaret Cameron and composer David Young.

Danny Bhoy will be performing this week with his brand new show, which has seen him cement his place as one of the biggest acts on the international comedy scene and voted by The Scotsman as one of the top comedians to come out of Scotland. He'll be performing as part of his ongoing Victorian tour.

Melbourne For Kids

Ice Skating Family Fun Day - The Olympic Figure Skating Club will be holding a Skating Family Fun Day during School Holidays at the Olympic Ice Skating Centre in Oakleigh South. At just $10 for a family of four and $2 for each additional member, the day includes games, demonstrations and lots of fun.

Potted Potter, performed at Melbourne Town Hall, is a hilarious presentation of all seven Harry Potter books in seventy minutes! Double act Dan and Jeff cheekily take on the ultimate challenge, with the help of endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props, and lots of Hogwarts magic.

Bubblewrap and Boxes is a special performance as part of Melbourne Comedy Festival and La Mama for Kids, a regular program of performances for children. Featuring clowning and acrobatics, the play is set in the lost mail room where its odd inhabitant's existence is thrown upside down by a new package.

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.

Circus Shows

Circus Sunrise encompasses all of the traditional circus skills with a programme that includes fantastic aerial acts, graceful hand balancing, juggling, wild west cowboys, daring trapeze and the funniest clowns that you will ever see. Their Easter Spectacular begins this week in Rowville.

Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be appearing in Geelong with performances held at Belmont Common. Established in 1976, Silvers Grand Magic Circus offers a great show for the whole family, with everything from jugglers and clowns to acrobats, international performers and much more.

Puzzles & Competitions

Spot The Difference

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National Youth Tobacco Free Day, held March 27 this year, is holding a competition to ask young people for their support for introducing plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia to end the targeting of young smokers. With prizes thast include JB Hi Fi Vouchers, the competition is for those aged 10 to 25.

My Picturetown is a special offer to OnlyMelbourne readers from NIKON, the worlds recognised leader in photography. Register as a member (FREE!) and enter the draw for a chance to win great prizes while also enjoying 20 GB of free storage for your prized and precious photographs!

The Great Transport Race, presented by Metlink, is a series of races held during second term for students in years 7 to 10. Free to enter, there will be four races held at different locations across Melbourne, leading to a major CBD race held on May 27 when student teams battle it out for the GTR champion's trophy.


The Summerhill Dance Group hold a social event for people of all ages and backgrounds each week at the Oakhill Community Centre in Reservoir. Supported by Darebin Council, the dance evenings feature music from a professional D.J. playing strict tempo music for people of all dance level skills.

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, the classes suit many age groups and levels of experience with lessons held in various public parks around Melbourne.

Speakers Forum | Soapbox Oratory Speakers Forum | Soapbox Oratory - Soapbox orators (that means you if you've something to say) can take turns speaking on various topics and viewpoints on the State Library Lawns. Questions, comments, heckling and interjections are welcome from all, simply turn up on the day to participate or listen.

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..

Swear Stop | Give It Up for Schizophrenia - If you or others you know have a tendency to let a naughty word slip, why not put that habit to the test by giving up swearing for a week or encouraging them to do the same and help the Schizophrenia Research Institute raise money for important research.

Fundraiser Events

Chill Out Session, held at Northcote Town Hall, is an official Pink Ribbon event that offers the chance to reduce stress in your life and learn relaxation skills with relaxation therapist Elaine Doyle from Relaxed Approach. At just $30 per person, the evening includes a delicious light supper, giveaways and more.

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Peek A Boo Market offers huge bargain prices on quality pre loved items related from newborn, baby to preschool kids. You can find just about everything from furniture, clothing, toys, prams, books, high chairs to car seats and many more. All markets are held indoors and stallholders are always wanted.


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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Last Week's Puzzle Answers

Spot The Difference
Here are the 4 Differences in last week's picture of Abbotsford Convent... Just the 4, remember, due to a stubbornly jumpy and very smashable mouse!


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Melbourne Trivia

Is That An Overturned Tram In Your Pocket..?

When Victorian Police went on strike in 1923, many of the volunteer "Special Constables"who were appointed to maintain order during the riots which took place had ironically been involved in an earlier riot of 1919 when they had invaded the offices of the Victorian Premier, using an inkstand to assault the very same man who would later appoint them as officers of the law, clearly under duress.

Looting and rioting was so severe that trams were even overturned, and while much of the chaos and theft was attributed by many of Australia's newspapers to Melbourne's criminal element, with Squizzy Taylor bearing a lot of that brunt, court records would later show that most offenders who were apprehended during the riots were in fact young men and boys who had no previous histories of crime.

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