Newsletter | #137 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for the week running from Tuesday August 18 - Monday August 24, 2009.
This week.. It's time to bookmark The Melbourne Writers Festival in your diary with one of Australia's key lit-fests offering an enormous program of events for all the blessed bookworms. The Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Festival takes place in Darebin with a parade and ceremony in honour of the elephant headed god, while at Melbourne Showgrounds you might find some with just as striking an appearance at the Melbourne Anime Festival as the punters enjoy 3 days of costumes, games and more.
There's also a celebration at Young and Jackson's marking 100 years of one of Melbourne's fairest maidens, our beloved Chloe, while further afield in Kyneton there's the Troubadour Weekend Music Festival, which also waxes nostalgic in honour of what were once two of Melbourne's most vibrant folk venues back in the day.
Asia Week continues at Melbourne University offering a range of special events, while there's also plenty more to see and do with the ongoing Indonesian Film Festival, West Gippsland Slow Food Winter Festival, and the arts programs of Mudfest11 and Craft Cubed.
And with just a taste further down, check here to view more of the following..
Major Events Guide
The Melbourne Writers Festival, one of Australia's key literary events, explores a broad range of literary ideas for people of all backgrounds with more than 250 events that include guest speakers, author signings, music, debates, and much more with Federation Square's Atrium being the Festival hub this year.
The Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Festival, celebrates of the birth of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god of wisdom and prosperity, who'll be honoured with a ceremony and parade at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre which ends at Bundoora Park Lake where a statue of Ganesh will be immersed in the lake.
The Troubadour Weekend Music Festival, held at the Campaspe Downs Country Resort in Kyneton, recaptures the spirit and heyday of two of Melbourne's greatest folk venues, Brunswick Street's Troubadour and Greville Street 's Continental, with three nights of comedy, music, discussions and even trivia.
Chloe's 100 Years - Young & Jackson will be celebrating 100 years of Chloe, the iconic beauty and resident maiden of one of Melbourne's most historic hotels. To mark her centenary celebrations, there'll be a special Birthday Party with live music, entertainment and food indicative of the 1900 era.
Manifest, the Melbourne Anime Festival, moves to its bigger and better venue this year at Melbourne Showgrounds with an epic program to match. An event that allows fans of anime to celebrate the popular medium, the festival features cosplay competitions, trade stalls, video games and many special guests.
Asia Week, presented by the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne, offers a program of events and special activities to allow the public to experience the languages, music, and cultures of the Asian continent. The program includes concerts, seminars, public lectures and films.
The Indonesian Film Festival showcases the best of Indonesian cinema with a range of special events that will feature the casts and directors of the featured films. Held at RMIT Capitol Theatre and ACMI Cinemas in Federation Square, the festival features screenings, guest talks and more.
The West Gippsland Slow Food Winter Festival offers a program of events that showcase the superb local produce grown in Cardinia Shire, one of Victoria's most picturesque regions. Highlights during the festival include a wide range of cooking classes, demonstrations and food tastings.
The ArtBeat Festival, presented by Melton Shire, offers a diverse range of events that showcase the talents of local residents. Held in various venues within Melton, the program explores many art forms with free author talks, art workshops, art exhibitions, films and music and dance performances.
MUDfest11, once a drama festival and now the largest student arts and culture festival in Australia, takes place at the University of Melbourne where it plays host to a vibrant program that features Hidden Spaces with installations and artworks, and also Muddy Shorts with a one night extravaganza of theatre.
Craft Cubed, presented by Craft Victoria, is a new festival of experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design. With its very first theme of CITY|COUNTRY, looking at local geographical boundaries, the festival features a wide range of events including Open Studio days, seminars, exhibitions and markets.
Words in Winter is an annual festival held in the Shire of Hepburn with events also held in Clunes, Creswick and Trentham. With a huge program that includes book launches, workshops, and poetry readings, the festival also features special guests in Author Talks, theatre, oral history discussions and much more.
The I Do Wedding Expo, held at the picturesque venue of Sails on the Bay on Elwood Beach, offers advice and information on how to plan your wedding day without fuss or stress with wedding service providers at one convenient location. Entry fees will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Fabrication, presented at the Pieces of Eight Gallery in North Fitzroy, is an exhibition of jewellery by Tessa Blazey, whose wearable works create intimate sci-fi worlds that are held in geometric sculptures that are inspired by her fascination with mineral specimens, their formal geometries and structures.
The Revolution in Colour is an exhibition by Brendan Parkes, held at the gallery 69 Smith Street in Collingwood. Named after a misread book cover, works in the exhibition capture as much of a statement within their titles as they do with the artwork itself captured in shades of shocking pink and fluorescent green.
The Darkroom Printmakers Exhibition, held at Melbourne Camera Club located in South Melbourne, showcases the current works of the club's very active darkroom workers group. Now in its 9th year, the exhibition has grown to become a popular and prestigious show for fans of traditional darkroom printing.
Planktos - Made to wander, showing at Seventh Gallery in Fitzroy, is an exhibition of new artworks by emerging Melbourne artist, Laureen Lansdown. A survey of hidden and transcendental beauty, the exhibition explores light and the bioluminescent qualities of deep-sea life and microscopic algae.
Light & Shade, held at Collingwood's Catherine Asquith Gallery, is an exhibition by Marcella Kaspar. With a creative process that echoes the techniques of tapestry artisans and Renaissance painters, her paintings reference the numerous metaphors in literature, music, painting, choreography and philosophy.
Galada Tamboore, held at Northcote's Synergy Gallery, is an exhibition by fine art photographer David Tatnall, capturing the landscape of a small gorge on the Merri Creek near Campbellfield. Presented by Merri Creek Management Committee, the show celebrates their twentieth anniversary of caring for Merri Creek.
Between the Lines is the 5th Annual Artist Books Exhibition by Artisan Books in Fitzroy. With a given theme inspiring works for each exhibition, this year's theme of 'Between the Lines' has attracted an amazing collection of works exploring the boundaries of how book are defined, raising them to sculptural form.
From East to West by Liu Xiao Xian, a contemporary Chinese Australian artist, is an exhibition at Melbourne's RMIT Gallery that explores the nuances between East and West. Using playfulness and wit, his photographs and sculptures explore his experiences since leaving China following the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Clandestine Wishes Photography - a photographic collection of works from local artist, Shauna Phoon of Clandestine Wishes Photography is being exhibited at Visage 'n' Vice, a Boutique alternative clothing store in Brunswick East. Shauna's work is a whimsical and unique exploration of emotion.
The Bald Archy Prize Exhibition, Australia's most popular comic portrait competition and an alternative to the prestigious Archibald, celebrates its 16th year at Chapel Off Chapel. Judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, this year's subjects include Bill Henson, Nicole Kidman and Bart Cummings.
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.
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.
Open Days, Expos & Lectures
The Milky Way is a free public lecture held as part of the International Year of Astronomy. Presented Monash University's Clayton campus, the lecture will discuss the debate surrounding how our galaxy grew within the Milky Way over the eons. Weather permitting, it's followed by a telescope viewing session.
The Home Show & Garden Expo, held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, is an event that offers the latest in home renovation products and landscaping services with many stalls offering information and hands on demonstrations of everything from kitchen products to water storage systems.
The Australian Business & IT Expo brings together the single largest gathering of business owners, managers and entrepreneurs actively seeking products, services and education to further business growth. Held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, it examines Web Technology, Marketing, Advertising and more.
The Wedding Expo, held at Overnewton Castle in Keilor, offers the chance to learn about the stunning venue of this prominent heritage building, which features tranquil English gardens that make the perfect backdrop to a special wedding day. The day features a wide variety of exhibitors, a fashion show and more.
Headmasters Open Day - Melbourne's Headmasters Advanced Academy Training College will be holding a free information day where those interested in pursuing a career in the beauty and fashion industry can learn about courses on off with live demonstrations, in-house displays and tours of the campus.
Deakin University will be holding their Open Days when you can get all the information you need for becoming a Deakin student. Offering the chance to learn more about Deakin's range of courses, scholarships, accommodation and more, attendees even have a chance to win an iPhone.
The Camellia Festival, held at Mount Waverley Community Centre, is a winter flower festival showcasing the vibrant Camellias blooming profusely now. Presented by Camellias Victoria, the show features floral art and the efforts of members who'll be competing in the Victorian Camellia Championships.
The OSCOV Show & Melbourne Orchid Spectacular is the largest orchid show in Australia with stands from many Victorian and Interstate Societies of orchid growing, along with leading commercial growers. Catering to orchid enthusiasts and professional sellers, it's held in Keysborough.
Performances & Theatre
The 7 Fingers, Montreal's famous circus theatre group, will be appearing at Melbourne Comedy Theatre with their new show, Traces. The skilled performers speak openly about their lives as they perform stunning acrobatics, blending monologues with a musical score ranging from Broadway classics to Radiohead.
Rebecca, presented by STAG Theatre and performed at the Strathmore Community Hall, is a special performance that commemorates the 70th Anniversary of Daphne DuMaurier's gothic romance, a haunting tale of mystery as a woman unravels the mystery behind her husband's former wife's death.
La Belle Helene, presented by Lyric Opera Of Melbourne, is Offenbach's operetta masterpiece, known as one of his most beautiful pieces that also boldly mocks convention and the establishment. Performed by talented emerging artists, this new production at Chapel Off Chapel offers a new English adaptation.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy that introduces six quirky kids who must grapple with puberty, equally quirky adults, and the lesson that winning isn't everything. Presented by Williamstown Musical Theatre Company, shows are held at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute.
The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Marion Potts and featuring Jeanette Cronin and, Rebecca Massey in an all-female cast, is a production of Shakespeare's controversial comedy that turns the politics of marriage on its head with Shakespeare's trademark wit. It's held at Nunawading's Whitehorse Centre.
Slava's Snowshow is a special chance to see the extraordinary talents of Slava Polunin, Russia's famous clown. Performing in Melbourne for a limited season at the Athenaeum Theatre, the show features an impressive climax that engulfs the entire audience in the illusion of a snowstorm.
Chicago, appearing at Her Majesty's Theatre, is one of the true greats in Broadway history that tells the tale of Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer with dreams of stardom who kills her lover and goes to prison. Featuring Sharon Millerchip as Roxie, other stars include Caroline O'Connor, Craig McLaughlin and Gina Riley.
The Merchant of Venice, presented by PMD Productions and directed by Paul Knox, is a performance of one of William Shakespeare's challenging play that sees the classic play set in modern-day Italy. Held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran, the play confronts its deeply anti-Semitic themes head on.
Rockabye, performed by Melbourne Theatre Company at their Sumner Theatre in Southbank, is a play that examines our self-involved, celebrity-obsessed culture. Written by Joanna Murray-Smith, the play follows Sidney, a pop star who struggles to find success with her career and life after turning forty.
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.
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.
Concord, presented by The Australian Ballet, is a performance that combines the talents of three of the most exciting choreographers in ballet today from Russia, England and Spain. With dance works by Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, and Nacho Duato, performances are held at the Arts Centre.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Live Concerts & Gigs
Jazz Hands will be appearing at Collingwood's Ilk Bar, where the band will present their 60's hard-bop composed by pianist, John Thorn. With original songs inspired by legends such as Miles, Monk and Blakey. Jazz Hands includes consummate performers like Julien Wilson, 2008's Australian Jazz Artist Of The Year.
Luvland will be performing at The SPOT in Brunswick, launching their latest album with all their usual heady mix of funk, dance, reggae and experimental jazz. Chris Harold will be joined by Paul Van Ross, Tony Mazziotta and Michael Evans-Barker for a wild night of music sure to get you on the dancefloor.
Jesters Lane, a six piece original band from Melbourne, will be performing at Brunswick's Noise Bar in. Fronted by lead singer, Kimba, the band plays a unique fusion of funk, pop, jazz, blues, reggae and rock. They'll be supported by the bands RPG Radio, Jakk's Asimuth and The Young Have Secrets.
Georgia Fields will be performing at The Toff on Swanston Street, celebrating the launch of 'One Finger', the first single from her forthcoming album. With the proverbial 'house of cards' featured in the single's artwork, each limited-edition single comes with a unique collectable vintage playing card.
Filthy Lucre is Melbourne's newest alternative night out, held every Saturday at Melbourne's CBD Nightclub in Mackillop Street. Held on the venue's 3rd floor, the night features Rock, Punk, Grunge, Britpop, Glam, Goth and Darkwave tunes, with two other floors offering metal and alternative mayhem.
Burlesque & Cabaret
Curly Girl Burlesque at North Melbourne's Cabaret Voltaire 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.
Friday Night Burlesque, held at Fitzroy's Burlesque Bar, is a scintillating night of live performance, capturing the long and varied history of Burlesque entertainment in all its cheeky, saucy glory featuring established acts as well as some of the hottest up and coming performers in the Burlesque scene.
The Blues, performed at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, is the latest comedy show by Michael Connell, who blends his acclaimed talents of comedy and harmonica playing for the first time on stage as he performs the blues inspired by life as a white middle-class twenty-something.
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
Como House Family Fun Day - The beautiful Como Historic House and Garden will celebrate 50 years of National Trust custodianship with a day that offers a range of fantastic activities for the whole family to enjoy including tours, market stalls, kids' games and more. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Dora & Diego at Hoyts - Dora and Diego will be appearing on the big screen as you've never seen them before with special sessions at Hoyts Cinemas during August held at Chadstone, Melbourne Central and Eastland. Sessions are held every Saturday and Sunday with all tickets costing just $7.
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.
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.
Cabaret Vertigo, presented by the National Institute of Circus Arts, is an opportunity to see the newest generation of circus artists alongside industry professionals performing their freshest acts. Offering fast-paced entertainment at a very friendly price, shows will be held at NICA's Prahran centre.
Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing in Wantirna South, located at Melton's Woodgrove Shopping Centre. 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 opposite Bundoora RMIT on Plenty Road. 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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SoFiA, the Sea of Faith Network, will present a public lecture at the Meeting Room of Carlton Library. Promoting an open exploration of religion, spirituality and meaning, this month's lecture features Rev. Dr. Paul Tonson discussing Biblical affirmation of pluralism.
An Antiques Appraisal Session will be held at Moonee Valley Libraries' Niddrie Branch. Free to attend, antiques expert, Lester DeVere from Auction Central present on the day to talk about antiques and then undertake an appraisal and valuation session. Appraisals are $5 per item on the day.
African Drumming Classes - Ray Pereira, one of Australia's best performers and teachers in African Drumming, offers classes that teach great hand technique and how to hear and play inspiring West African rhythms on a variety of drums and percussion instruments that include djembe, bells and shakers.
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
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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.
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
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!
A growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!
Dining & Drink
The Opera Challenge, held at La Camera in Southgate, is a special dinner evening that offers the chance to watch five fine talents compete for prizes and vouchers. With each singer performing two of their favourite songs accompanied with live music, a 3 course meal will compliment the superb night.
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