Newsletter | #125 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #125 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #125 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for the week running from Tuesday May 26 - Monday June 1, 2009.

This week.. the St Kilda Film Festival kicks off with its big gala opening night at the Palais Theatre, but the grand soirees don't end there. You can also get along to Docklands for Ignite, the City of Melbourne's festive celebration of arts, music and pyrotechnics with its grand opening that will feature a spectacular fireworks display and parade.

The Emerging Writers' Festival continues this week with enough forums, performances and more to keep the literati entertained, while there's also the ongoing Melbourne Italian Festival, which celebrates food, music and cinema with a program that's richer than your Mama's bolognese. The Autumn Chamber Music Festival also continues with performances of opera and more by some of Australia's finest musicians.

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

Major Events Guide

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.

Ignite Ignite, a free event held along the Waterfront City Promenade of Docklands, is a celebration that draws together musicians, performance artists and lighting experts to create a blazing wonderland with highlights including the spectacular Pyrophone Juggernaut, a giant fire fuelled organ.

Fiesta of the People's VICTORY Fiesta of the People's VICTORY - A special fiesta will be held at Brunswick Town Hall to celebrate the election victory of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front in El Salvadore. The evening will include performances by La Gran Banda playing salsa and more, along with Cuatro Latinos performing folkloric songs.

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.

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 Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show The Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show, one of the biggest events on the culinary calendar, returns this year with new features and highlights to tempt your tastebuds, including special guest, Gordon Ramsay, who'll be appearing as part of LG's Celebrity Theatre along with other renowned chefs.

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

Totem City Totem City, showing at Steps Gallery in Carlton, is an exhibition of drypoints, etchings, drawings, paintings and sculptures by Marco Luccio, inspired by construction sites and monumental structures of Melbourne. The impressive exhibition also includes a special series of talks, workshops and presentations.

A Butterfly's Journey A Butterfly's Journey, held at Gasworks Arts Park, is a beautiful photographic exhibition that offers a rare and stunning glimpse into Southern Vietnam's scenery and portraits of Northern Vietnam's hill tribes. All proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated to an orphanage in Sapa, where photos were taken.

Creepy Cripple Creepy Cripple, showing at Brunswick's Gallery 696, is an exhibition of surreal paintings by Beau White, an artist whose paintings capture grotesque and potentially disturbing imagery, while offering a very tongue in cheek humour that will nonetheless make your flesh crawl.

Bare Your Teeth Bare Your Teeth, held for two days at Brunswick East's Irene Warehouse, is a grassroots art exhibition that includes live music and workshops. Celebrating the Melbourne punk scene and inspiring creativity, the event features work by amazing artists with painting, tattoo art, cut and paste, photography and more.

In The Black In The Black, held at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art Gallery in Caulfield North, is an exhibition of black and white imagery that showcases drawing, photography and prints from a variety of genres. The exhibition featuring work by many diverse artists, ranging from colonial to contemporary and aboriginal art.

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.

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.

Open Days, Tours & Expos

Historic Winton Historic Winton, held at Winton Motor Raceway near Benalla, is Australia's largest and most popular all-historic motor race event. Held across two days, the event presents action-packed racing and displays of over 400 historic and vintage racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s.

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

Melburnalia No.2 Melburnalia No.2, the follow-up to 2007's acclaimed production, is a series of five specially commissioned short plays that form a single theatrical journey that examines Melbourne through the decades. With a 6 person ensemble performing 25 roles, it's held at Flinder's Lane's Forty Five Downstairs.

Three Sisters Three Sisters, presented by PMD Productions, is Anton Chekhov's classic and beautiful story of the search for meaning in a time of hardship and social change. Regarded as one of the Russian Master's best works, the tragic and humorously touching play will be performed at Chapel Off Chapel.

Avenue Q Avenue Q is a new breed of musical, performed by a weird and wonderful mix of humans and puppets. Winner of three Broadway Tony Awards, the tasteless yet hilarious production is a cross between Sesame Street, the Muppet Show and any adult comedy you could shake a puppet at. Note: This is NOT a Kid's Show.

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.

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.

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.


Project 5 - BELIEVE Project 5 - BELIEVE, a presentation by Melbourne Ballet Company, is a program of four works by individual choreographers, including MBC's resident choreographer Simon Hoy with his dance piece, 'Submerged'. Performances are held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran.

Classical, Choral & Recitals

The Jazz and World Music Concert The Jazz and World Music Concert, presented by Monash University School of Music, is a special performance held at BMW Edge in Federation Square that features John Taylor, one of Europe's most celebrated jazz pianists and esteemed professor of Jazz Piano at the Cologne College of Music.

The Robert Salzer Vocal Championship Award The Robert Salzer Vocal Championships, held at Hawthorn Town Hall as part of the Boroondara Eisteddfod, is a chance to enjoy an evening with Melbourne's best up and coming classical singers vying for the title of Vocal Champion. The concert features special guest, Opera Australia's Sally-Anne Russell (pictured).

Melbourne University Choral Society Melbourne University Choral Society will perform Mozart's Requiem at Melbourne's beautiful and historic St Paul's Cathedral. With work also by Gordon Kerry and Brahms, the concert conducted by Andrew Wailes features the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Australian Children's Choir.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Whitelion's Gaol House Rock Cocktail Party Whitelion's Gaol House Rock Cocktail Party will be held again at the historic Old Melbourne Gaol, raising funds that will go toward programs that help to give young people with troubled backgrounds a new chance at life. The event features a charity auction, roving entertainers, live music, comedy and more.

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 Richard Perso and Coral, whose melodic songs are well worth catching.

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

Mz Josephine's Cabaret Fantastique Mz Josephine's Cabaret Fantastique is an ebullient evening of burlesque, comedy, music, dance, performance and variety cabaret. A special performance for one night only at The Toff in Town, Mz Josephine's ensemble of artful entertainers will offer a funky evening of very low brow and high brow acts.

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.


Last Drinks Last Drinks, a comedy written and performed by the award winning Damien Callinan, sees the performer artfully transform himself into a cast of hilarious regulars at 'The Criterion', a pub that survives the wowsers, the yuppies & the health inspectors. It's held at Healesville Memorial Hall.

Comedy@Spleen Comedy@Spleen 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.

Melbourne For Kids

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!

Yo Gabba Gabba! | Live on Stage Yo Gabba Gabba! | Live on Stage - One of the hottest children's shows in recent times, the ground-breaking and musically inspiring Yo Gabba Gabba, will be hitting St Kilda's Palais Theatre in live performances that feature all the favourite characters such as Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and DJ Lance Rock.

Street Science Hip Hop Workshop The Street Science Hip Hop Workshop is a free monthly workshop where kids and teens can learn the art of legal aerosol art with the Street Science team, some of the most talented, experienced and friendliest of the Australian hip-hop community. The workshop takes place at The Venue in Noble Park.

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.

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.

Puzzles & Competitions

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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.

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!


Next week, we'll be exclusively announcing details about Melbourne's hottest new market. Stay tuned.

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Ahead On The Shopping Block..

'Doing the Block' - that's the, as opposed to your (or one's as they might have once said, and excuse the lengthy digression) - was once a common expression bandied about Melbourne, used to describe the act of strolling through Melbourne's shopping arcades, The Block and Royal Arcade.

Coined in the late 1800's, the phrase came about when it was a favourite pastime of Melburnians to stroll up and down this section of Collins Street in the late afternoon or on Saturday mornings, making the area a place that offered not only the most elegant shopping experience of its time, but also a hub where it was fashionable to be seen.

Many, many decades later, with the advent of BMX Bikes and wayward youths, the phrase was surpassed by that of the much less elegant, 'Wanna go hang at the Milk Bar?'

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