Newsletter | #124 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #124 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #124 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for the week running from Tuesday May 19 - Monday May 25, 2009.

This week.. another glorious chapter begins with the annual Emerging Writers' Festival with forums, performances and more for all of Melbourne's budding bards and bookworms. There's also the Melbourne Italian Festival celebrating everything from food and music to cinema and more.

Melbourne also gets to enjoy the soothing melodies of the Autumn Chamber Music Festival with performances of opera and more by some of Australia's finest musicians, while Stonnington Jazz continues to offer swinging tunes for those who like things a little more bold and brassy. The Spanish Film Festival also continues with more screenings to come, so catch it while you can.

And with just a taste further down, check here to view more of the following..

Major Events Guide

The Emerging Writers' Festival The Emerging Writers' Festival, held in various venues, offers a program packed with panels, performances, readings and workshops. Featuring special events, forums and guest speakers from many backgrounds in both writing and performance, the festival explores the art, craft and business of being a writer.

The Melbourne Italian Festival The Melbourne Italian Festival, now in its 5th year, is an event that embraces all aspects of performance to highlight the vibrant Italian culture throughout Melbourne. Held at various venues, the festival program includes everything from music and films to poetry, arts, and even Spaghetti Western screenings.

The Autumn Chamber Music Festival The Autumn Chamber Music Festival, in collaboration with Past Echoes, showcases Australia's finest musicians with performances in various venues throughout Melbourne. With a program of chamber music spanning the centuries, the festival features solo recitals, theatre, opera and much more.

Stonnington Jazz Stonnington Jazz, held at Chapel Off Chapel and Malvern Town Hall, is a festive program of over 20 performances by some of the finest jazz talent Australia has produced. Now in its 4th year, the festival features legendary performers like Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky, along with rising stars in Australia's Jazz scene.

Creative Gippsland Creative Gippsland is a month-long celebration held throughout May that showcases hundreds of events in Gippsland and its neighbouring shires. Highlighting the diverse talent within the area, the program features events that cater to many tastes with exhibitions, workshops, performances and tours.

Upcoming Events

The St Kilda Film Festival The St Kilda Film Festival, now in its 26th year, is an iconic event that screens more Australian short films than any other festival. With genres including drama, comedy, documentary and animation, the festival also features youth programs and Australian music video screenings with SoundKILDA.

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

Projections 09Projections 09, held at the Astor Cinema, is a presentation of photography held on the big screen. Featuring new works from 15 of Australia's top emerging photographers, it's presented by Trampoline, a non-profit organisation that promotes the development (no pun intended) of professional photography.

Stories To Tell Stories To Tell, an exhibition held at the Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery in Gasworks Arts Park, is a showcase of works by three Melbourne based illustrators who each offer a different view of stories you know, and some you don't, drawing inspiration from classic folklore, Shakespeare, myths and more.

Top Designs Top Designs, an exhibition held at Melbourne Museum, showcases work by Victoria's final year secondary school students. With artworks that span many styles such as furniture, clothing, short films and photography, the exhibition offers a glimpse of some of tomorrow's brightest talents.

Women and War Women and War, a photographic exhibition held at the Atrium of Federation Square, explores the many ways in which women are affected by war. Produced by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the exhibition honours the accomplishments of women during war, capturing their resilience and courage.

ARtECYCLE ARtECYCLE is an exhibition of temporary sculptures specially created to compliment the building and grounds of the Incinerator Arts Complex in Moonee Ponds. All the works featured are created from salvaged, recycled and found materials, used to transform the unwanted into impressive pieces of art.

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.

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.

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.

Open Days, Tours & Workshops

The Build it and Bake it Workshop The Build it and Bake it Workshop is an introduction to building a wood fired oven with Jason Goldingay, held on the Mornington Peninsula at Hickinbothams of Dromana. During the day long workshop, you'll learn the basics and then enjoy the fruits of your labour tasting the wood fired delights from the day.

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

Clickity Clack Don't Talk Back & Aoroi Clickity Clack Don't Talk Back & Aoroi are two productions presented as a double-bill at St Kilda's Theatre Works. Held as part of their Selected Works program this year, the performances contain a fabulous blend of Contemporary Dance, Physical theatre, Illusion, Circus and slightly strange puppetry.

Skriker Interrupted Skriker Interrupted, presented by La Trobe University at their Menzies Theatre in Bundoora, is a performance that combines two plays about dreams and reality, madness and the underworld, examining what happens when we cross the border dividing the unconscious world from our daily lives.

Big Sky Town Big Sky Town, performed at Warburton's Upper Yarra Arts Centre, is a play by Amelia Roper, one of Melbourne's most exciting new playwrights, that blends absurdity, wit and pathos in a tale of human behaviour that explores political and personal issues when a space shuttle crashes in a forest full of Boy Scouts.

A Little Night Music A Little Night Music, presented by Opera Australia, features Sigrid Thornton in her Opera Australia debut along with Nancye Hayes and Robert Grubb, who are reunited in this new production that includes Stephen Sondheim's classic and whimsical song, 'Send in the Clowns' in this show held at the Arts Centre.

Speed-the-Plow Speed-the-Plow, performed at Chapel Off Chapel, is David Mamet's play about what happens when artistic integrity falls foul of greed as Hollywood producers Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox question how faithful the adaptation of a novel should be, a debate the office temp joins after reading the book.

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.

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

Chorus by Chorus Chorus by Chorus is a special performance by two of Melbourne's most outstanding choirs, the Choral Institute of Melbourne's CHIME choir and the Ashton-Smith Singers. Held at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, the performance features choral favourites and includes soloists Roy Best and Kirsten McMillan.

Love And War Love And War is a presentation by Melbourne Rainbow Band that will showcase the talents of the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus, an award-winning choir that aims to challenge stereotypes. Featuring special guests, the concert held at Chapel Off Chapel will be conducted by Mark Lyall.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, recipient of three Australian Independent Record Awards, will be performing at The Palais in St Kilda. Regarded as one of the best recorded voices in Australia, he'll be backed by the Erkki string quartet and the night will feature a solo set by East Timorese artist, Ego Lemos.

Kew Band Kew Band, one of Victoria's leading brass ensembles and also considered one of Australia's premiere 'A' Grade bands, will be performing at Hawthorn Town Hall. Accompanied by talented musicians, they'll be performing concertos by Langford, Hummel and others as part of the final of the Brass Concerto Award.

Jazz n Shiraz Jazz n Shiraz, featuring Los Angeles jazz singer Connie Lansberg, is a performance held at Darebin's RSL in Preston that offers a great evening out with a family friendly atmosphere, set in a venue large enough for children to play and dance in while parents relax with some great Jazz and Blues tunes.

Easy Easy, the latest wunderkind in the nightclub crèche held at Melbourne's Word Bar, will be celebrating their opening with a night of old school beats and funk with DJ's Snowie, Obliveus, and special guests. Entry to the opening night includes select VIP copies of the Easy @ Word mix CD for earlybirds.

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 guest performers being Australian folk music icon, Judy Small along with The Hannafords.

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.


Comedy@Spleen [email protected] is a comedy night at Spleen Bar in Bourke Street, where you can step out to enjoy a great night out with an eclectic mix of Melbourne's comedy scene featuring established personalities and comedy legends from radio and television with guests such as Glenn Robbins, Corinne Grant and others.


The Spanish Film Festival The Spanish Film Festival, now celebrating 12 years, offers a fantastic program that features entertaining and beautiful films screening at Palace Cinema Como and Kino Cinema. This year's selection also includes the largest retrospective of the irreverent Luis Buñuel's work ever screened in Australia.

Melbourne For Kids

The Goal Kick Program The Goal Kick Program, held by East Bentleigh Soccer Club, is a great development program to introduce young boys and girls aged 5 to 7 to the game of soccer in a non-competitive and fun environment. With weekly sessions of skill drills and game play, kids can learn the sport while having fun and making new friends.

Jason and the Argonauts Jason and the Argonauts is a rare chance to see this charming performance by Visible Fictions, Scotland's acclaimed children's theatre company. Performed by two hugely likeable young actors, the classic tale is told in a quirky, funny and exciting show that will enchant all children. It's held at the Arts Centre.

The Fish that Wanted to Fly The Fish that Wanted to Fly, a play about pursuing your dreams, will be performed along with The Mermaid's Daughter, an enchanting tale told with shadow puppetry and music. Held as part of the monthly program, La Mama for Kids, performances are held at the historic Carlton home of Australian theatre, La Mama.

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 Altona with performances at Doug Grant Reserve. 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.

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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

Magnolia Square Magnolia Square is a boutique fair that showcases women's and children's attire, homewares, jewellery and more. They'll be holding their popular fair at Brighton Town Hall where you can explore and purchase the work of some of Melbourne's best and most talented designers with a wide variety of crafts and more.

Giant Garage Sale Giant Garage Sale - Seaford Kindergarten will be holding their Giant Garage Sale at their kindergarten located in McRae Street, Seaford. The day offers a great chance to grab a bargain with lots of stalls selling new and second-hand items. A sausage sizzle will also be held on the day. Entry is by gold coin donation.


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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Hoddle What Now?

One of Melbourne's busiest stretches of road, notoriously busy some might say, is in fact more crowded than you'd think, what with it actually holding three names and not the two it's most commonly referred to. Known commonly as Hoddle Street and Punt Road, both are actually constituent parts of the greater, but lesser known, Hoddle Highway.

So named after Robert Hoddle, who designed Melbourne's Hoddle Grid, the highway is known as Hoddle Street north of Bridge Road, and Punt Road south of Bridge Road, named after the punt that was once used to cross the Yarra River before a bridge was built.

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