Newsletter | #130 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for the week running from Tuesday June 30 - Monday July 6, 2009.
This week.. the Gertrude Street Projection Festival sees one of Fitzroy's most popular strips turned into a public gallery, while the Melbourne Recital Centre plays host to the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition, with some of the finest musicians from here and afar testing their melodic mettle. The Melbourne Boat Show sails into town, offering a great range of kids' activities this year so the parents can sneak away to don their Captain's hats and enjoy all things buoyant.
Meanwhile, the School Holidays continue with Warrnambool's Fun4Kids Festival offering a huge program of attractions and performances for kids, while in Northcote there's more fun for kids and the young at heart with the Melbourne Magic Festival.
And with just a taste further down, check here to view more of the following..
School Holiday Guide
Check out our School Holiday Guide for all the latest on what to do with the kids during the Winter School Holidays continuing until Sunday July 12 in 2009. The guide is Updated Weekly to highlight 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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Major Events Guide
The Gertrude Street Projection Festival is a program of projected media that spans along Gertrude Street, literally turning one of Fitzroy's main strips into an outdoor gallery with free projection art to view and special events held during the festival featuring animation, music and more.
The Fun4Kids Children's Festival, held in Warrnambool, is an extravaganza of fun with a huge program of children's performers and creative, energetic activities and workshops. This year's event features shows performed by the Scared Weird Little Guys, Playschool host, Justine Clarke, magicians, clowns and more.
The Melbourne Magic Festival, held at Northcote Town Hall, is the biggest gathering of magicians in Australia with a program that boasts 70 performances of 20 different shows. Presented by the Australian Institute of Magic, the festival features magic classes, workshops, auctions and even Magic Championships.
The Scarf Festival, held primarily at the National Wool Museum in Geelong and various venues in Melbourne, offers a program of workshops and events that includes The Transformation Showcase, an exhibition of original scarves created by entrants using this year's theme of Transformation.
The Light in Winter, a spectacular lighting display on show at Federation Square, returns this year with another bright offering to help make the winter a little warmer. Directed by Robyn Archer, the light-based festival brings together artists and designers to explore their ideas of light, enlightenment and hope.
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NAIDOC Week Family Day - Highlighting the unique culture and heritage of Aboriginal people, NAIDOC will be celebrated with a Family Day at Collingwood Children's Farm. The free event is fun and educational with damper making, boomerang painting and throwing, story telling and Indigenous plant tours.
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Thing of the Past, presented by Save the Children, is a free display held at Southern Cross Station for a limited time. Highlighting issues that will one day become a thing of the past, the exhibition features carefully selected items that represent the confronting issues still facing children in third world countries.
All About Birds is an exhibition presented by the Wildlife Art Society of Australia that features artwork by the group's many talented artists who've celebrated our feathered friends with works that include paintings and even sculptures using barbed wire and tin. It's held at the BOCA Gallery in Nunawading.
A Day in Pompeii, a special exhibit held at Melbourne Museum, depicts the daily life of one of the world's most extraordinary cities, Pompeii, which was destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. With over 250 objects, the exhibit includes an immersive 3D theatre.
One Tooth is an exhibition of the latest body of work by up and coming Brisbane artist Kitty Horton, whose work has created a buzz among collectors of work by emerging artists. With artwork that explores imagery and portraits holding hidden agendas and meanings, her work will be showing at Brunswick's 696 Gallery.
SCHMUCK, exhibiting at the RMIT Gallery in Swanston Street, is a collection of the world's most dynamic contemporary jewellery. Shown in Australia for the first time, it's also only fourth time the prestigious collection of jewellery from designers around the world has been seen outside of Munich in its 50-year history.
The Salvador Dali Deseo Liquido Exhibition, held at Artiq Galleries in South Yarra, is an intimate collection of paintings and sculptures by the celebrated master of surrealism. Exhibited for the first time in Australia, and exclusively at Artiq Galleries, the authenticated works are free to view and all are for sale.
James Makin Gallery will be holding an exhibition of works for its Winter Collection, marking the opening of the new gallery in Collingwood. The exhibition will feature select major works by each artist represented by James Makin Gallery, also showcasing the new inspiring light-filled venue.
The FUYU (WINTER) Exhibition, held at Northcote's Immersion Therapy gallery, marks the onset of winter with work by local photographers who were given the task of presenting imagery that captured the spirit of the change in seasons, offering unique interpretations of the theme.
Textiles in Winter is an exhibition that showcases an array of unique handcrafted gifts created by local artisans in Box Hill. Held annually at the Alcove Art Shop and Gallery, located within the Box Hill Community Arts Centre, the exhibition features handcrafted textiles, paintings, jewellery, ceramics and more.
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.
The International Next Big Thing Award, held at Melbourne Museum, features the designs of finalists' innovations. This year's entries reflecting the challenges of our time in the medical, environmental and ICT fields with designs including a paper water bottle, a musical robot and many more amazing creations.
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.
Launches, Expos & Seminars
The Melbourne Boat Show, held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, features fantastic displays of Wake/Ski and fishing boats, luxury cruisers, marine accessories and much more. This year's event also includes a great range of kids' activities with the Giant Titanic slide, a live show and indoor rock climbing.
The National Model Engineering Exhibition, presented by the Bendigo Society of Model Engineers and held at the Kangaroo Flat Leisure Centre, features an impressive range of displays that showcase the talents and enthusiasm of the club's members who create model cars, Miniature Locomotives and even handcrafts.
Planning For A Secure Future is a series of free public seminars presented by the Law Institute of Victoria. Held at various venues, the seminars provide people with information on legal issues that they, or members of their family, or friends may need to take into account as we all live longer.
The Forever Barbie Exhibition, held at Federation Square, is the largest collection of Barbie Dolls ever assembled in Southern Hemisphere. One of the most prominent characters in pop culture, the exhibition celebrates Barbie's 50th Anniversary with some of the quirkiest dolls released in her long history.
Performances & Theatre
Jersey Boys, performed at the Princess Theatre, is the Broadway hit that charts the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons as the play takes a nostalgic look at how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history while showcasing the great songs they became famous for.
West Side Story, one of the classic plays in musical theatre history, will be performed by the Amateur Repertory Company at Banyule Theatre. Combining breathtaking dance sequences with some of Broadway's most memorable songs, West Side Story is sure to appeal to all generations of theatre-goers.
Cold Comfort, directed by Brendan Rock and starring David Rock, is the story of Kevin Toner who returns to Belfast after an absence of 15 years to have a last 'conversation' with his recently deceased father. A play that inspires laughter and tears, performances are held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran.
Art Revue, held at The Flying Duck in Prahran, is a weekly evening of entertainment that presents performances that that feature belly dancing and Indian dancers, mime, theatre artists and the exotic, along with the chance to be inspired and capture the night with drawing materials included with entry on the night.
Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story returns to Melbourne with a brand new production held at the Palms at Crown. The live music extravaganza, which has become one of the biggest hits on the stage, presents the story of the iconic singer with two hours of his greatest hits that inspired many other performers.
The Birthday Party, the classic play by Harold Pinter, will be performed by Melbourne Theatre Company at the Arts Centre's Fairfax Studio. Now regarded as a classic post-war drama, the play tells of how one man's life in a seaside boarding house is unsettled when two new lodgers arrive.
Lobby Hero, a production by Red Stitch Actors Theatre in St Kilda, is a play from the writer of This is Our Youth and the screenplays You Can Count on Me and Gangs of New York. In the lobby of a city high-rise, Jeff, a luckless young security guard, is drawn into a murder investigation that stretch his loyalties.
The Man from Mukinupin, written by one of Australia's greats of playwriting, Dorothy Hewett, will be performed by Melbourne Theatre Company at their Sumner Theatre in Southbank. The play, set in Mukinupin, east of the rabbit-proof fence, is a tale of forbidden love and the secrets within the community there.
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.
Classical, Choral & Recitals
The Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition, held at the Melbourne Recital Centre, allows audiences to follow the exciting and invigorating musical interpretations of the chamber masters as musical twelve teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and China compete for prestigious prizes.
Rumor, performed at the Italian Institute of Culture in South Yarra, is a memorable and beautiful performance that recaptures the history of Italian theatre in the thirties as Rome's tradition of 'penne all'arrabbiata' is relived and 'danced' with a modern slant in this rare performance that comes with a glass of vino.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Mark McOnie & The Tall Trees will be appearing at St Kilda's Espy and The Retreat in Brunswick where the experienced quartet will performing their music that's earned them a reputation for having live shows with influences that range from alternative country groups like Wilco to early Radiohead.
The James Annesley Quartet will be holding a performance at the Uptown Jazz Cafe in Brunswick to launch their brand new album, Idle Hands do the Devils Work. With a unique style of jazz influenced by earthy folk music and rock, Annesley's compositions are rich with an emphasis on strong melodic themes.
The Tealeaves will be launching their new single with a live performance at Melbourne's Manchester Lane. With folk music that overflows with melody, harmony and lyrical honesty, the fun night of music, food and wine will feature support by Alex Hallahan and Young Werther.
The Houses & The Refunds will be appearing together for one night only at Neverwhere in Fitzroy, one of the newest venues in town. The Houses (pictured) will perform their psychedelic mish-mash genre, with The Refunds, who wear capes, performing songs about shoes, crime and jeans. That's where it's at... Really.
Howlin' Time, one of Australia's best blues bands, will be performing at Nighthawk Blues in Mentone. Consisting of band members who are some of the most experienced blues musicians in Melbourne, Howlin' Time play true blues songs that have their roots in the Southside of Chicago.
Renee Geyer, Australia's greatest soul singer, will be performing at Bendigo's Capitol Theatre. Recently inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, Rene Geyer and her band will be holding three performances that showcase her talents along with those of accompanying musicians, Bruce Haymes and Jeff Burstin.
Donna & The Aspinauts - Donna Williams will perform with Victoria's first autism-spectrum band The Aspinauts with a free concert at Federation Square. With Donna's vocal delivery reminiscent of Laurie Anderson, the band offers a unique performance with their music accompanied by gestural signing.
Burlesque & Cabaret
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.
MS Australia's Comedy Night is a fundraiser held to raise much-needed support by offering a night of fun and laughs that features some of Melbourne's finest comedians performing at The Comics Lounge in North Melbourne. Guests on the night include Pommy Johnson, Brad Oakes and more.
In Stitches for Kids Comedy Night, held at St Kilda's National Theatre, is a comedy gala that will raise money for children's support programs, Edmund Rice Camps and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The night of laughs features seven great comedians performing on the night, including Elliot Goblet and Dave O'Neill.
Willow Tales, held at Northcote's Willow Bar each month, offers a night of pure storytelling with performers taking to the stage to share stories, tales and fables from some of Melbourne's top comedians, writers and yarn spinners with performances that offer far more than the usual stand-up shtick.
The Impro Cave returns for another great run of entertainment to help beat the winter chills with a toasty warm venue at The Penny Black in Brunswick and the hottest improvised entertainment. This year's series of improvised shows are ones of exploration and adventure with a new show each time.
Melbourne For Kids
Family Day at Collingwood Children's Farm operates on the first Sunday of each month with each special day featuring a theme that matches activities provided for kids. With the Family Day held during School Holidays running to the theme of Rat Day, activities include free pony rides, hayrides, a BBQ and more.
Cath Jamison, Australia's leading female magician, will perform at Gasworks Theatre in Albert Park where she'll entertain and enthral the audience with her dynamic and hilarious magic show. With new surprises in the show, her performance includes her classics with Dove whispering, swords and all things magical.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be making special appearances at Melbourne Aquarium to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic characters. Live performances will be held everyday throughout the winter school holidays from 11am, offering a fun show with an environmental message.
The Gallery Ark, a touring exhibition designed for children, aims to encourage a sense of curiosity by presenting some of the treasures of the NGV collection. Telling the story of Noah's Ark as seen through the different religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It's now showing at Langwarrin's McClelend Gallery.
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is a special exhibit at Scienceworks where you can discover the science behind the Star Wars films. The exhibition features authentic costumes and props from the entire Star Wars saga, including the iconic Darth Vader's menacing attire.
Circus Oz has returned to Australia, following their recent tour of Europe, USA and New Zealand. The Circus Oz show is a high-energy animal free spectacular, bursting with colour, comedy and breathtaking feats! They'll be appearing under the Big Top, located at Birrarung Marr near Federation Square.
Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing in Wantirna South, located at the O-zone car park of Knox City. A true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, the performances od Circus Sunrise feature juggling, daring acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!
Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances at Burvale Hotel's Car Park in Nunawading. 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 more.
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AUSOM, Australia's largest Apple User Group, will be holding a special presentation at Melbourne PC User Group, located in Chadstone Shopping Centre where AUSOM's July meeting will feature the guest speaker, Jox Cox, an Apple Systems Engineer, will share his knowledge with other Apple enthusiasts.
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.
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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..
The Smith Family Winter Appeal is a chance to help change the story for disadvantaged Aussie kids by helping The Smith Family raise money for their Winter Appeal. By making a donation you can support The Smith Family in offering disadvantaged kids educational support to break the poverty cycle.
Call To Arms is the Cancer Council's annual national event to raise funds and awareness of cancer, a disease that effects 1 in 2 men by the age of 85. Sporting clubs across Victoria are invited to take part by nominating a day in July when they can hold a Call To Arms match to help raise money for the Cancer Council.
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
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A growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!
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Zone Two Was A Tram Route, Zone One Once Was Two
Given Melbourne's love of trams, one could be forgiven for thinking the first electric tram route would have originated out Melbourne's CBD but no.. it ran between Doncaster and Box Hill.
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