Newsletter | #122 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #122 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #122 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for the week running from Tuesday May 5 - Monday May 11, 2009.

This week.. Melbourne gets its groove on as one of the hottest cities in Australia with the Melbourne Fringe Jazz Festival celebrating our finest musicians. On the more subdued side of the sound stage, there's also the Quiet Music Festival, held in conjunction with Moonee Valley Arts Week offering a great program of performances, exhibitions and much more in Moonee Ponds.

There's also the Ballarat Heritage Weekend where you can celebrate the culture of Australia's oldest regional city, while the Bright Autumn Festival continues with a range of food and music events. There are also seminars, exhibitions and more with the annual Victorian Law Week offering a program of events held throughout the city and Victoria.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day Restaurant Offers Mother's Day Restaurant Offers - Mother's Day is one of the busiest times for restaurants, so be sure to book ahead to treat Mum to a great, big tasty thankyou for all she's done! Many restaurants in Melbourne offer special menus, complementary drinks and much more to make Mother's Day an occasion.

Mother's Day Gift Guide | May 10th Mother's Day Gift Guide | May 10th - Mother's Day is almost here now, so be sure to get a great gift for Mum! If you haven't bought a gift or planned something special for your mother yet then why not try some of our ideas to make it a perfect Mother's Day this year and show her you care.

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Major Events Guide

The Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival The Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, regarded as a leading event in Melbourne's cultural calendar, returns with a program of performances held at various venues by some of the finest musicians who have helped Melbourne's reputation as the cultural capital of creative music in the Southern Hemisphere.

Moonee Valley Arts Week Moonee Valley Arts Week, held at various venues in Moonee Ponds, offers a program of special events that include dance performances, concerts, public installations, exhibitions, workshops and much more. Highlighting the theme of Exploring Sustainability this year, it includes the aRtECYCLE exhibition.

The Ballarat Heritage Weekend The Ballarat Heritage Weekend is a chance to celebrate the past and present of what Australia's oldest regional city offers with its beautiful architecture, heritage listed homes, gardens, culture and history. With events held throughout Ballarat, most activities are free while some are entry by gold coin donation.

The Quiet Music Festival The Quiet Music Festival, held at the Incinerator Arts Complex in Moonee Ponds, celebrates its 3rd year as an escape from the cacophony of modern times with music that holds deeper, slower and softer tones. Performers this year include Victor Valdez, The Sweet Monas, Donna Coleman and many other fine musicians.

Shakespeare on the River Festival Shakespeare on the River Festival in Stratford celebrates William Shakespeare's 445th Birthday this year with a program of events that ends with performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's romantic comedy, staged by local youth as the yearly production of the Combined Primary Schools Play.

Law Week Law Week, held in the 3rd week of May, promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of our law and justice system by offering a chance for the community to come together with legal professionals and learn about the vital role law plays with many free events including exhibitions, seminars and more.

The Bright Autumn Festival The Bright Autumn Festival, held in the last week of April and the first week of May, celebrates two weeks of Autumn's vibrant colours and produce in the valleys of the Victorian High Country with festival highlights that include a Gala Weekend with a street market and parade, winery tours, an art show and more.

Upcoming Events

National Simultaneous Storytime National Simultaneous Storytime, held each year by the Australian Library and Information Association, promotes the value of reading and books with a special story session held in public libraries across Australia. With this year's chosen book of Jackie French's Pete The Sheep, find a library nearby and join in!

West Side Shorts West Side Shorts, presented by Angry Productions, is a monthly film night held at the Junction Hotel in Newport. Held every second Tuesday of the month, the film nights are a chance to see fantastic short films made by local talent and also to network with local filmmakers and actors.

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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

The Independent Type The Independent Type, held at the State Library of Victoria, is an exhibition that celebrates the history of Victoria's literary culture with displays and exhibits that mark the progression of writing by exploring traditional Indigenous storytelling through to colonial classics and today's vibrant writing scene.

Eric Henshall Eric Henshall will be holding an exhibition of his latest works at Melbourne's Guildford Lane Gallery. With artwork that captures the themes of love and beauty, his work explores emotions that were inspired by his surroundings in an attempt to separate the essence of what he sees from uncertainties and ambiguities.

Tender Things Tender Things, showing at the Hand Held Gallery in Bourke Street's Paramount Arcade, is an exhibition of work by Paul Compton that playfully explores the inherent fragility of objects, illusions and human lives with a collection of handmade books, objects and drawings that combine cynicism with nostalgia.

The Collectors' Exhibition The Collectors' Exhibition, held at Carlton's Steps Gallery, is an exhibition organised by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria. Featuring 132 artworks from 86 artists, the exhibition is a showcase of diverse work that includes affordable paintings, sculpture, digital, mixed media and more.

Stocked Stocked , showing at Northcote's Immersion Therapy, is an exhibition of photography from four artists who set out to recapture the true essence of the camera as a means of defining moments in life and setting them apart from all other moments in time, as opposed to the daily plaything cameras have become.

The Camberwell Rotary Art Show The Camberwell Rotary Art Show, now in its fifth year and held at its traditional venue the Camberwell Centre, is ranked among the largest traditional competitions, displays and sales of paintings in the Southern Hemisphere, raising funds for community needs serviced by the Rotary Club of Camberwell.

Pretty as a Picture Pretty as a Picture, held at Fad Gallery in Melbourne's Corrs Lane, is an exhibition of stencil art by Tal Brott. The exhibition comprises spray enamel works using a unique stencilling technique with subject matter as diverse as Arnold Shwartzeneggar in bathers to Darth Vader in fetish gear.

Central Periphery Central Periphery, showing at the RMIT Gallery in Swanston Street, brings together the work of six Northern European artists. Curated by Scottish artist Alan Johnston, whose drawings are featured, the exhibition explores ideas of landscape and spaces through minimal abstraction, alternative drawing and installation.

Expos, Launches & Open Days

agIdeas International Design Week agIdeas International Design Week, held at the Arts Centre, is a celebration of the best in design and creativity, allowing the public to come together with the design and business community to explore inspiration, careers and more with a series of events that includes this year's discourse and after party held May 7.

Flinch Flinch, a graphic novel that collects interpretations of the title by different artists, will be launched at Dymocks bookstore in Collins Street. With the work of graphic novelists that include Shaun Tan and Colin Wilson, who'll be present at the launch, the event will also celebrate the release of the graphic novel, The Example.

Donkey Shelter Open Day Donkey Shelter Open Day - The Donkey Shelter in Eltham, a non-profit organisation that helps orphaned and mistreated donkeys, will be holding an open day where you can enjoy a Mother's Day Lunch, a special Storytime for the kids, and have your photo taken with their wonderful donkeys.

The Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow The Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow, held at Caulfield Racecourse, showcases a wide range of displays and vehicles for travellers and adventurers. Held annually, this year's event has much more to offer with campers and motorhomes, tents, camping equipment, free activities and seminars.

HealthBeyond HealthBeyond is a special expo held at Marvel Stadium (Telstra Dome for those out of the loop) where you can meet health and technology experts who'll be showcasing the latest innovations in fitness training and general wellbeing with training games, interactive media, home health technologies and more.

Shaping Elegance 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.

Performances & Theatre

Into the Woods Into the Woods, presented by University of Melbourne Music Theatre Association, is Stephen Sondheim's musical adaptation of James Lapine`s book. Blending classic tales such as Cinderella into a darkly witty exploration of what happens beyond the 'happily ever after', it plays at the university's Union Theatre.

Teuila Postcards Teuila Postcards, a performance that fuses traditional dance with contemporary theatre, is a tongue in cheek look at the oppression and evolution of Polynesia that uses historic elements such as missionary diaries and even a hilarious Elvis inspired advert. It begins its Victorian tour at The Paramount in Echuca.

Chat et Souris Chat et Souris, presented by Melbourne French Theatre, is the hilarious sequel to Run For Your Wife. Performed with English subtitles at Collingwood College Theatre, the comedy of errors follows a taxi driver and bigamist, whose juggling of two families comes undone when his children learn of their similarities.

Garden of Delights Garden of Delights, performed at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is a surrealist play of dark sexuality by Ferando Arrabal, who penned the play in 1960's. The story of an actress who escapes reality by withdrawing into am imagined garden, the play was last performed 30 years ago at the Jam Factory.

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, a Broadway hit based on true events, tells the story of three men kidnapped in broad daylight on the streets of Beirut and held together in a small cell. Performed at Fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane, the play is inspired by conversations shared by the abductees.

Tom Fool Tom Fool, presented by Hoy Polloy theatre, is a daring and compelling drama that focuses on the everyday lives of ordinary working-class people and takes us back to the moment when women changed the rules of the game. Performances will be held at the Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre in Brunswick.

Secret Bridesmaids' Business Secret Bridesmaids' Business is Elizabeth Coleman's play that takes a humorous look at some serious pre-wedding issues including truth, denial, sex, love and friendship. Written by Elizabeth Coleman who gave us SeaChange, and featuring Jacki Weaver, performances are held at the Arts Centre's Playhouse.

Dralion 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.

Classical, Choral & Recitals

The Australian String Quartet The Australian String Quartet will hold a performance with special guest, Konstantin Shamray, winner of 2008's Sydney International Piano Competition. Held at the Melbourne Recital Hall, the concert will feature Schumann's virtuosic Piano Quintet along with Variations by Australian composer Gordon Kerry.

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 music for children performed live by a variety of local classical musicians, performances are held monthly at Malvern Town Hall.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Dion Read & The Afterthoughts Dion Read & The Afterthoughts will be launching their anticipated album, Be Here Right Now with a performance at The Toff In Town in Swanston Street. Having gained a following and featured by Triple J Unearthed, they'll be supported by special guest, Yeo, performing his inspiring nerd-pop.

The Melbourne Folk Club The Melbourne Folk Club meet each weekend to enjoy live acoustic music, offering a great afternoon with CDs available by local performers. Performances are held at the Grandview Hotel in West Brunswick with the next guests being talented twin sister duo, Alana and Alicia Egan Band and performer, Tom Bolton.

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 at Big Mouth, located in St Kilda, South Side Funk is the hottest place in Melbourne for all you money-maker shakers to get down with groovy basslines.

Burlesque & Cabaret

Curly Girl Burlesque Curly Girl Burlesque, held at Fitzroy's Burlesque Bar each week, is a fun, cheeky and risque show, which began as an Hours Level research project by Claire Haywood, and has since gone on to become a hit that celebrates the burlesque of yesteryear with a contemporary touch that challenges perceptions of women.

Cristal Burlesque 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.


The Needle And The Damage Done The Needle And The Damage Done, performed at Warburton's Upper Yarra Arts Centre, is a playful look at the top ten of the worst records ever released as comedian, DJ and satirist Fiona Scott-Norman lead you through a minefield of releases from football players, John Laws and other dubious 'singers'.

Melbourne For Kids

Diabolica Jones Diabolica Jones, an entertaining kids' show, follows the dreams of Diabolica who sings of the many jobs he attempts including Lion tamer, football star and more. Held as part of the popular monthly program, La Mama for Kids, performances are held at the historic Carlton home of Australian theatre, La Mama.

Be Good to Your Mama | Mother's Day Concert Be Good to Your Mama | Mother's Day Concert - The Mudcakes, whose first CD was voted one of the Top 10 kids' CDs by the New York Post in 2005, will be holding a special concert for Mother's Day at The Union Hotel in Brunswick. The concert is free for Mums and babes under 12 months.

Kid Disco 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.

Circus Shows

Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be appearing in Melton with performances at Woodgrove Shopping Centre. 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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The Great Transport Race 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, four races are 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.


Candle Day Candle Day, Amnesty International's major awareness raising campaign, features events held in Victoria when hundreds of volunteers from across the state get involved each year to celebrate Amnesty International's successes and also raise awareness about the challenges that still need to be overcome.

The Mums' Tennis Program The Mums' Tennis Program, one of Tennis Victoria's most popular programs for mums, will be appearing at various local tennis clubs, offering an affordable series of lessons at just $15 for five weeks of qualified tennis coaching. Participating parents can also enrol the kids in the Tiny Tots Tennis Program.

The Summerhill Dance Group 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.

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..

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Australia's Biggest Morning Tea will see more than one million Australians once again stir themselves into action for Cancer Council's popular fundraiser. Now in its 16th year, Cancer Council Victoria is urging all Victorians to take time for to attend a tea event or better yet, host their own.

Swear Stop | Give It Up for Schizophrenia 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


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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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AFL Premiership

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The State Of Origin for International Rodeo The State Of Origin for International Rodeo, now in its 5th year, will be held at Rod Laver Arena where cowboys from as far as USA, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand and Mexico will take on our own elite stockmen, riding Australia's best and wildest bucking bulls and horses.

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Last Week's Puzzle Answers

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Here are the 5 Differences in last week's picture of Sovereign Hill Village...

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Melbourne Trivia

Can You Con A Gunzel With Marmalade?

A poll on Channel 7 news in April of last year asked if the public would like to see the return of Tram Conductors - bringing in a resounding YES with 79% of those who took part in favour of the Connies tripping the tram fantastic once again.

The results of the poll contradict the belief held by many that the return of Conductors was most sought after by Gunzels - an Australian term for any enthusiast of railway and light rail such as Trains and Trams. Otherwise known as a Train Spotter to our friends in the UK.

The words Connie, meaning Tram Conductor, and Marmalade, meaning Tram Conductor / Driver are among other old slang terms - excluding the general expletives now heard from folks caught without a ticket!

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