Newsletter | #118 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #118 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #118 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for April 7 - April 13, 2009.

This week.. The Easter Weekend brings a bag of festivities along with all its chocolatey goodness (it has something to do with religion, too, doesn't it?) as the long weekend offers plenty of fun with the Bendigo Easter Festival and Beechworth's Golden Horseshoes Festival.

Don't get your paws in a twist just yet though if you're not one for travelling afar, there's also plenty to do in Melbourne with the PAVE Festival beginning on Easter Monday with a program of arts, theatre and music, while Good Friday offers the Chill Out festival in Alexandra Gardens. There's also the Cambodian New Year festival held in Springvale, while Frankston will be holding their Children's Day with free activities for the kids. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival also continues this week.


Please note that we have now moved our Newsletter to Tuesday's to help us deliver an even better newsletter. Events are listed for the week running from Tuesday April 7 to Monday April 13.


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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Major Events Guide

Chill City, held on Good Friday, is a special one-day event with performances by some of the finest musicians such as John Butler Trio, Paul Kelly, Dan Sultan and others. Held at Alexandra Gardens, one of Melbourne's most beautiful gardens, local food and wines will also be available on the day.

PAVE Festival, held annually in the township of Emerald in the scenic Dandenong Ranges, offers a program that celebrates music and arts with free and low priced events for people of all ages with concerts, art exhibitions, children's performances and activities, live theatre and much more.

The Bendigo Easter Festival is a celebration of our Chinese heritage with the event offering fun, excitement and interactive activities with events for the whole community. Highlights of the popular festival include the Torchlight Procession, the Gala Parade, carnival rides and other great attractions.

Frankston Children's Day - The city of Frankston will be holding a special Children's Day at George Pentland Botanic Gardens when the ever popular Music Man Paul Jamieson will be back with his entertaining show Rhythm Island. The day includes performances, workshops and more.

The Cambodian New Year Festival celebrates the year of the Ox with festivities held at Wat Buddhrangsi Melbourne, located in Springvale South. Over 5,000 Cambodians are expected to come and celebrate this traditional and cultural event that includes music, food, traditional New Year ceremonies, games and more.

The Beechworth Golden Horseshoes Festival is a popular annual event in regional Victoria, held from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. With this year's theme of One Family, the festival offers events for all ages with a Grand Parade, live performances, an Easter market and even a $2000 Golden Egg treasure hunt!

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.

Upcoming Events

Art Melbourne, presented by the Weekend Australian, returns in April to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. Bringing together Melbourne's vibrant art scene with an extensive range of art to buy, Art Melbourne caters to both first-time buyers and seasoned collectors of work by exciting new artists.

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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School Holiday Guide

School Holiday Guide Check out our School Holiday Guide for ideas on how keeping the kids entertained during the Autumn School Holidays which run until April 19. The guide is Updated Weekly, highlighting great events over the holiday period with festivals, workshops, tours and holiday care programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Do You See What I See is a solo exhibition by Neil F Wyatt, held at the Kingston Arts Centre Gallery in Moorabbin. The recent winner of last year's 'He' exhibition at Walker Street Gallery, Wyatt's powerful and confronting surrealistic paintings will challenge and engage the imagination.

Friends and Seasons, showing at Melbourne's Guildford Lane Gallery, is a solo exhibition by Margreet Dubbelaar. Exploring the dynamic relationship between emotions and colour, friends and seasons, her work conveys the duality of humankind and the diverse complexity of people and nature.

Free Radicals is a group exhibition by artists from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, who offers 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.

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.

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.

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, Tours & Open Days

Shaping Elegance, held at Como Historic House and Garden in South Yarra, is a fashion exhibition that showcases the work and designs of Robert Fritzlaff, a master craftsman who stood out and established his reputation in the late 1960s. The designer himself will be part of special tours on selected dates.

The Australian Van Nationals, now in its 34th year, will be held at Geelong Showgrounds with a special show'n'shine day for the public on Easter Sunday. The event features impressive displays of vanners, hot rodders, special interest cars and more with car games, cruises party nights, kids biz and more.

The Eucalypt Festival at Royal Botanic Garden in Cranbourne includes special tours that offer a chance to learn the history of our most iconic tree and learn about its traditional uses, cultural significance and scientific importance. The tours finish with Australian damper, Eucalyptus honey and traditional Billy-tea.

Performances & Theatre

Dralion is the latest show by Cirque du Soleil. With performances held under their trademark blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau in Docklands, the show is a fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil which has made them the world's most renowned circus performers.

A Stretch of the Imagination, performed by John Wood at Ringwood East's Karralyka Centre, is an absurd and darkly humorous play that's regarded as a true classic of Australian theatre with the character, Monk O' Neill biding his time by reliving past glories while waiting for his inevitable end.

Cristal Burlesque, held each week at the Chapel Street bar, Cristal, showcases some of Australia's finest Burlesque performers with circus and vaudeville acts, regular international guests and DJs playing sultry blues at one of Melbourne's most luxurious venues and decadent events.

Attack of the B-Grade Movie, by improv group the Baby Seals, is an inventive comedy playing at Fad Gallery that features terrifying monsters, swooning heroes, the obligatory 5-foot femme fatale and much more as the audience helps screenwriter Donald Mayer churn out his latest B-grade movie script.

Guys and Dolls, performed by Panorama Theatre Company at Frankston Arts Centre, sees the much-loved musical brought to the stage with an amazingly talented young cast. The shows offer a full production that even features live music that accompanies each performance.

Classical & Acoustic

The Lunchtime Concert Series, presented by the School of Music-Conservatorium at Clayton's Monash University, provides staff, students and anyone in the community a chance to enjoy a musical lunch break. Performed each Thursday, this week's concert is Jazz in the MA with Tony Gould and Rob Burke.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Stonehenge, held for one night at The Tote in Collingwood, one of Melbourne's most iconic rock venues, is a night that showcases the best of Melbourne's independent musicians. The monumental 'Ritual of Rock' features a line-up of four bands that includes Silver Stakes and The Rawhides.

Leticia Maher will be launching Behind Your Smile, the first single of her new album 'Fallen Angels,' at the Wesley Anne in Northcote. With support acts, Damon Smith and Eddie Cole performing on the night, a free copy of her new single will be included with entry to the performance.

Alpha Blondy and The Solar System will be performing at Billboard this week for one night only. One of the world's most popular reggae artists and also a UN Peace Ambassador, Alpha Blondy will also be joined by local performers including Blak Roots and King Marong and Afro Mandinko.


Am I Strange? is the latest show by rising stand up comic, Celia Pacquola, who stepped into the limelight in 2006's Raw Comedy, winning the prize for Best First Time Entrant after only a handful of gigs. Inviting you inside her mind to question how strange she is, she's performing at Melbourne Town Hall.

Hypnolarious is the all-new one man Las Vegas Show by Pip, Australia's funniest, cleverest and at times scariest magician cum hypnotist. Performing at Fix in Docklands, the show is a unique blend of comedy, magic and hypnosis as audience members do the unthinkable and become the stars of the night.

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

Kid Disco is at the Chelsea Heights Hotel where kids can enjoy all the fun of a primary school disco kicked up a notch! With two sessions held every Saturday afternoon, Kid Disco features professional DJ's, a disco light show and dance instructors who perform and offer dancing tips. Entry includes a meal on the day.

Scooby Doo Live in Stagefright is a live production of one of cartoon's most endearing and long-lasting characters in a show that kids will love as Scooby-Doo and the gang set about solving the mystery of a ghost wreaking havoc at the old Clawhammer Movie Studio. It will be performed at The Princess Theatre.

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

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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..

Save Gorillas With Zoos Victoria - In April this year you can help protect the habitat of gorillas in Africa and also win a behind the scenes visit with Melbourne Zoo's gorilla family! All you have to do is bring your old mobile phone when you visit Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary or Werribee Open Range Zoo.

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.

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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Sporting Events


The Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival, held at Bells Beach in Torquay, celebrates its 37th year by bringing the world's best male and female surfers to Victoria for Stop 2 of the ASP World Tour. With parties and activities as part of the event, it includes a two-day music festival held on the Easter Weekend.

Go Karting

Junior Quarter Midgets Victoria will be hosting a Family Fun Day in conjunction with the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal, offering plenty of entertainment including all the Karting action of their 2008 and 2009 Victorian Title along with a carnival that features rides, exhibitions raffles, giveaways and more.

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Melbourne Tours

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Melbourne Trivia

Never Look A Guest Horse In The Mouth...

When the Olympics were first held in Australia, hosted by Melbourne in 1956, there were several world firsts that occurred that year and entered Olympic History. One of the more peculiar of these was that for the first time in the Games' hundred year existence, the unity of time and place, which is stipulated by the Olympic Charter, could not been observed.

Due to quarantine issues that caused problems with horses entering Australia, the Equestrian sports of that year's Olympics saw the Games take place in two different cities (Stockholm and Melbourne), in two different countries (Sweden and Australia), on two different continents (Europe and Oceania) and also in two different seasons (June and November).

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