Newsletter | #133 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for the week running from Tuesday July 21 - Monday July 27, 2009.
This week.. The Melbourne International Film Festival begins, marking yet another year as one of Australia's best celebrations of cinema with special screenings and guests from both here and overseas. There's also a swag of expos this week with the Organic Expo offering some healthy tips to keep your organic tips healthy, the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair for all things crafty, and the Melbourne Lifestyle and Wellbeing Expo where you can pamper your inner everything with tarot readings, dance performances, massage and more.
The Hume Winter Music Festival also continues with its great program of entertainment and music, along with the State of Design Festival celebrating the best creative minds around with events in Melbourne and throughout Victoria.
And with just a taste further down, check here to view more of the following..
Major Events Guide
The Melbourne International Film Festival, one of Melbourne's signature events, offers an impressive program of cinematic features from over 50 countries with special screenings and events that include guest speakers, Q&A screenings, and the return this year of Next Gen with films for young audiences.
The Hume Winter Music Festival returns this year with an explosion of brilliant artists from the world of music, showcasing a multitude of musical genres and cultures. Celebrating the musical and cultural diversity of Hume City, the festival features a wide variety of performances featuring music, dance and more.
The State of Design Festival, presented by the Victorian State Government, offers a diverse program of over 80 interactive events, exhibitions, workshops and talks. Held in Melbourne and regional Victoria, this year's festival is themed, 'Sampling the Future', highlighting how design can lead towards a better future.
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Grand Wazoo, the Legendary Kings of Soul, will be performing at Queen Street's Blue Diamond Club. With four lead singers, six horns and four rhythm players, the band offers vibrant arrangements of Black Soul and R&B Classics, playing greats ranging from the 50's through to the 60's.
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Ex-Pats, an exhibition by Firza Liyana held at Northcote's Immersion Therapy, is a series of photographs drawing from the Middle East, Northern Africa and South East Asia. An emerging photographer, her work bridges commercial and documentary styles, offering an insight that defies stereotype.
Transplant is an exhibition of Transprints by Elizabeth Milsom, held at Forty Five Downstairs in Flinders Lane. Combining dye and plants by using their natural juice and heat, the work presents a mysterious garden on canvas conveying the notion that even the most annoying weed can be a source of marvel.
Charles Blackman: Australian Icon - Held as part of a major launch for one of South Melbourne's newest galleries, Art at Cyclone, this major exhibition celebrates the art of one of Australia's greatest living painters, Charles Blackman with works including paintings, drawings and limited edition prints.
Derinya Art & Craft Exhibition showcases the talents of emerging and established Victorian and local artists. Held at Frankston South's Derinya Primary School, the exhibition, which is now in its 34th year, will feature over 400 artworks that include paintings, jewellery, sculpture and more.
Break a Leg, held at City Museum, is a special exhibition that highlights Melbourne's rich theatre history. Charting the lives of some of the stars who gave birth to the rich legacy of Melbourne theatre, establishing it as a city for the arts, the exhibition features original material icons like from Dame Nellie Melba.
Len Lye, one of the most radical creative minds of the modern age, will be showcased at a special exhibition held at ACMI in Federation Square. Surveying his work across film, sculpture, painting, poetry and more, the exhibition is the largest survey of Len Lye's work ever presented.
SUB12 is a Hobsons Bay arts event that features over 40 artists and 34 exhibitions held across 12 weeks in one great space, The Substation, which is located in Newport. Presented in four distinct exhibition blocks, each with its own opening night, the shows feature a diverse mix of emerging and established artists.
Daisy and Lizzie (my only friend) is an exhibition by Rebecca Pierce, held at Richmond's Blacksphere Fine Art. Based on her impressions of Daisy Bates and her companion Lizzie the bicycle lizard, her colourful imagery presents a storybook feel that also holds a starkly surreal agenda beneath the surface.
Cloud 19, presented as part of the State of Design Festival, is an exhibition that creates a futuristic landscape with over 15 design disciplines that are fused with electronic music. Showcasing 40 emerging and established designers from Melbourne and Sydney, it's held at 1000 £ Bend in Little Lonsdale Street.
The Cancer Council's Arts Awards Exhibition will be held at 120 Collins Street with the theme of Celebrating Life and Hope Through Art. Providing a creative voice for Australians touched by cancer, the moving exhibition brings together diverse and outstanding works from entrants of all ages.
Another Side of Me, held at the foyer of the Queen Victoria Women's Centre, is an exhibition of creative art by the women of WIRE, the Women's Information and Referral Exchange. The exhibition explores and embraces the theme of womanhood, reflecting the inspiration to women offered by the group.
Laneway Commissions turns Melbourne's already unique laneways into a network of hidden treasures with contemporary public artworks by different artists scattered throughout the city, including Cathy Busby's, We Are Sorry, a study of the 2008 apologies to Aboriginal peoples in Australia and Canada.
The Family Mould, showing at Hawthorn's Town Hall Gallery, is an exhibition that continues Ilona Nelson's exploration into her self-identity. Prompted by the birth of her first child, which created time to reflect on the history of her family tree, her hand coloured photographs pay homage to her family album.
Lucidia, held at Fitzroy's Unpretentiously Underground, is an exhibition by Nom, a London based artist whose drawings and paintings explore somethings old and somethings new with images that portray female characters teetering along between the real and imaginary, with clown grins and pheasant moons.
Does my Art Look Good? is an art exhibition held at the Chapel on Station Gallery in Box Hill, which features the work of more than 20 artists who are members of the Gifford Arts Project, a program run by UnitingCare for local artists with disabilities. Artworks at the exhibition will be for sale.
Fox in a Box is a photographic installation by Rebecca McIntosh that tells the tale of the facetious character Flying Fox Woman, an urban legend and home-made superhero suffering from domestication. The installation can be seen at The Dolls House, a unique miniature gallery held in a shop window in Preston.
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.
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.
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 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, Expos & Seminars
The Organic Expo, held at the Royal Exhibition Building, is Australia's premier organic and environmental show. Showcasing a range of exciting products and services that offer a healthier and more environmentally responsible lifestyle, the expo covers food, home decoration, personal care products and more.
The Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair, held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, offers the freshest ideas from remarkable artists with inspirational displays, hands-on fun in classes, workshops, demonstrations and more. Gusts include internationally acclaimed Felt Artist, Wendy Bailye.
The Melbourne Lifestyle & Wellbeing Expo is a one day event that offers entertainment and lectures and all day. Held at Collingwood Town Hall, the expo features a Wu Tao dancing demonstration and exhibitor stands for massage, reiki and more with a portion of Door Proceeds going to the Smith Family.
Performances & Theatre
Savage River, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, is a play that tells the warm, affectionate and moving story of a father and son who live by the edge of Savage River - now little more than a dam amidst a Tasmanian ghost town - whose lives are changed by the arrival of a beguiling woman.
Servant of the Revolution, performed at Brunswick's Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, is a dramatic work of creative non-fiction directed by Brenda Addie. Based on historical fact, the play tells the story of communist revolutionary Karl Marx and how he secretly fathered an illegitimate child.
Petrouchka's Nightmare, held at BMW Edge at Federation Square, is a ground-breaking performance that fuses elements of circus theatre and contemporary dance. Inspired by classic Russian fairytales, the story follows a Russian puppet, who comes to Australia after being purchased at a Parisian market.
The History Boys, the modern classic by Alan Bennet, which became a hit film, will be performed at Cromwell Road Theatre. The award winning play follows an unruly yet bright bunch of sixth-form grammar school boys as they come of age and discover life's foibles during the eighties in Thatcher's Britain.
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.
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.
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.
disagreeable object, presented by Chunky Move, is a thrilling redevelopment of a dance performance by one of Australia's most intriguing dancers and independent choreographers, Michelle Heaven. Reminiscent of an old silent film, the performance takes place at Chunky Moves' Southbank studios.
Mayumana, appearing for the first time in Australia at the Arts Centre, is a performance that features 10 performers from different nationalities, with each performer bringing a unique flavour to the show. Direct from Israel, the shows are a fantastic display of music and movement, humour and joy.
OM - A Dance Experience is a special presentation by Industry Dance, held at St Kilda's Theatre Works. Following on the success of his earlier performance, Skin, Robert Sturrock directs this impressive and exhilarating show. With a new cast, choreography and costumes, OM promises to rock your soul through dance.
Classical, Choral & Recitals
The Lunchtime Concert Series, presented by the School of Music-Conservatorium at Clayton's Monash University, provides staff, students and the community a chance to enjoy a musical lunch break. Performed each Thursday, this week's concert is Piano Fantasies with UK pianist William Fong.
The National Boys Choir of Australia will present the world premiere of a new children's opera 'Lost to the Music' by Calvin Bowman to a libretto by acclaimed author John Marsden. Based on the true story of the Vienna Mozart Boys Choir who were stranded in Australia, it's held at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
The Camberwell Chorale together with the Camerata Orchestra will present the rarely performed Child of Our Time by Michael Tippett's, together with Faure's Requiem. Established in 1944 and formed by local people, the community choir will be holding the special performance at Hawthorn Town Hall.
Entertainment & Nightlife
The Kids Under Cover Umbrella Ball, held at Crown Palladium, celebrates the organisation's 20th year of preventing youth homelessness with the theme of 'The Masked Crusaders.' The benefit gala will feature entertainers that include Daryl Braithwaite and Ross Wilson with surprise guest acts.
Live Concerts & Gigs
Visible Concert, held at the Arts Centre's Hamer Hall, is musical revolution that fuses contemporary and traditional African cultures. Brought together in a massive showcase, the event is held to launch the annual Visible CD and will include live performances and cultural displays held beforehand.
Geoff Achison, one of Australia's best Blues musicians who won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis during his first visit to the US, will be appearing at Dizzy's Jazz Club in Richmond. A musician of remarkable ability, the night's a chance to learn why the accomplished performer has fans all over the world.
The Kandy Apples will be appearing at Brunswick's Noise Bar to launch their debut EP 'Don't Fall Far', mixed and mastered by Noisegate Studios who've produced platinum selling albums with other artists. The Sydney based band will be joined by The Bon Scotts, Tin Alley and other guests.
Extended Family will be appearing at various venues to launch their new single, 'Yesterday Morning', a punchy song that's more hard hitting than the band's other songs, while retaining the sense of fun, vibrancy and energy the band is known for. Something they also bring to the stage with each performance.
Donna & The Aspinauts - Donna Williams will perform with Victoria's first autism-spectrum band The Aspinauts with a performance at Fitzroy's Glitch Bar. With Donna's vocal delivery reminiscent of Laurie Anderson, the band offers a unique performance with their music accompanied by gestural signing.
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 who'll perform being PotnKettle and Rickertty Bridge.
Escapade Events, a new social events business that provides women with a range of interesting and inspiring events that offer the most out of Melbourne, will be holding their Launch Party at Tony Starr's Kitten Club in Little Collins Street. The night features cocktails, canapes, Nailene demonstrations and door prizes.
The Single in the City Party, held at The Precinct in Little Lonsdale Street, offers a fun night where singles can meet others with all guests given a match up card as a fun way to break the ice and also have a chance to go in the draw to win fantastic prizes every time they find a match.
A Melbourne Xmas in July Party, presented by Fun, Food and Friendship, Melbourne's best social group, will be held Chill On Ice Bar. For an added Xmas treat, guests can attend at member prices and enjoy a great evening where they can meet new friends and see the spectacular Ice Lounge.
Burlesque & Cabaret
The Burlesque Hour LEGENDS! is a series of performances held at Flinders Lane's fortyfivedownstairs that presents the best of Burlesque with an international line up of legendary performers. With a special guest performer heading the bill each fortnight, shows currently feature the renowned vocalist, Paul Capsis.
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.
A Mini Movie Marathon will be held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran, offering four classic films with screenings of The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, E.T and The Lost Boys. With prizes for costumes on the day, all proceeds help the Scaffidi Foundation support children with cancer.
French and Saunders will be appearing in Melbourne for the first time ever with live shows held at the Palais Theatre. Britain's most celebrated and iconic female comedians will be dishing up a show that features the best of characters and sketches from across three successful decades along with new material.
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.
[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.
Melbourne For Kids
Frozen in Time - Get set to discover a Winter Wonderland at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat these school holidays. Now a signature event, Winter Wonderland this year offers an interactive exhibit with walk-in zone complete with huge ice sculptures depicting the gold-rush era along with some great holiday activities.
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.
Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances at Sandown Park Hotel in Noble Park. 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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An Antiques Appraisal Session will be held in Croydon Hills at the Yarrunga Community Centre. Held in conjunction with Eastern Regional Libraries, antiques expert, Lester DeVere from Auction Central will be present on the day to talk about antiques and then undertake an appraisal and valuation session.
Dynamic Drawing Classes, held by Ron Curran, help you discover your creative identity and find your power through drawing. Classes are held weekly in Fitzroy and Brunswick. Classes cost $18, with no need to book, and each class includes a model, music and facilitation provided on the day.
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 - 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.
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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.
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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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