Newsletter | #141 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday September 15 to Monday September 21, 2009.
This week.. There's the ongoing Darebin Music Feast, along with the High Vibes Festival, which is essentially the closing ceremony of the Music Feast, which is also essentially a festival in its own right, making High Vibes a festival within a festival.
Anyhow, you'll find seven other events wedged between the two just to create the illusion that they're unrelated. Does make you wonder though if it's worth cordoning off a tram stop and playing the trumpet under the guise of being a festival within a festival within a festival. Who knows, if you kept it up long enough you'd maybe even get funding. Asthmatics might want to consider the bongos, however.
For film buffs, there's the Italian Film Festival offering a much-needed taste of what SBS was like before the commercial blitz, along with the reminder of how hard it is focusing on subtitles while holding a full bladder. It's a double-edged sword, it surely is.
The Spring School Holidays also kick off this week and they're off to a good start already with the Royal Melbourne Show, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival and many other goodies you'll find both here and in our School Holiday Guide.
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 Spring School Holidays beginning Saturday September 19. 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 High Vibes Festival, the grand finale of the Darebin Music Feast, has become a huge event in its own right, celebrating Northcote's vibrant character with much more than music alone. Held in Northcote's High Street, the festival features great food, performances, art and much more.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival, held an hour away from Melbourne in Silvan, is a vibrant festival that celebrates Spring in style with fields that feature more than half a million beautiful flowers. With specially themed weekends held throughout the festival, attractions include concerts, kids' days and more.
The Royal Melbourne Show, a highlight of School Holidays, provides entertainment for all ages. With something for everyone, from extreme rides and hundreds of showbags to choose from to food and rides, the Melbourne Show also has animal, woodchop contests and many more attractions.
The Living Awake Festival is a community gathering that celebrates the human spirit and spring with a day of activities and performances aimed to be both uplifting and entertaining. Held in Warranwood, the festive day includes workshops, a clothes swap, a community feast and kids' activities.
The Doveton Show, held annually, is a community-run festival that holds a day of fun for the whole family with music and dance performances, animals, amusements and rides, market stalls and more. Held at Myuna Farm, the show offers a low-cost alternative to a certain other much-hyped show.
The Guildford Banjo Jamboree, a String Band Festival held in Guildford near Daylesford and Castlemaine, promises to be a spectacular weekend of entertainment with an Old Time Bush Dance held on the Saturday night along with performances, workshops and instrument displays.
Melbourne Leather Pride, one of the newest events on Melbourne's queer calendar, is an adult only festival that offers a program for the more robust of Melbourne's gay community with visual arts and literary events, workshops, seminars and adult party nights at various venues. How much could a hairy bear?
The Ballarat Foto Biennale, the largest photographic event in the southern hemisphere, offers a program of special events that showcase the best photography from across Australia and the world with exhibitions of work by artists from China, Poland and other countries held in many venues of Ballarat.
Darebin Music Feast offers a huge program of events celebrating song writing and music in all its diverse forms. The festival features hundreds of events that celebrate the diversity of Darebin, one of Melbourne's most thriving music communities, including High Vibes, the festival's closing celebration.
The Melbourne Italian Film Festival returns for its 10th year with screenings held at selected Palace Cinemas. With new films selected from the recent Venice, Rome and Cannes International Film Festivals, the program also features a special retrospective of classic films from Rome's famous Cinecitta Studios.
Vino Bambino Wine Tasting Trade Day - Vino Bambino, distributors for avant-garde wineries and brands, will be holding a Tasting Day for members of the dining industry and media who'd like to learn more about what Vino Bambino has to offer with their wines sourced from some of the best regions.
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Flirt is an exhibition of nautical naughties, femmes fatale, sultry sirens and coy coquettes, captured in coloured pencil and vibrant ink. Held at Gallery 696 in Brunswick, the works by self taught artist, Kate Lightfoot, portray sassy women with a cheeky air and big, gorgeous doe-eyed charm.
The Yarra Valley Open Studios Weekend features a look into the workspaces of fifty-three artists working in a broad range of mediums including paintings, pottery, jewellery making, photography and more. The program includes an exhibition of all artists involved held at Sticks Winery in Yarra Glen.
Tiny Tunes for Wee Australians is an exhibition of small works on paper by Mexican artist Roberto Marquez. With a reputation for quirky visuals, normally incorporating images of himself with icons of Mexico's culture and literature, his works displayed at Forty Five Downstairs examine his Australian sojourns.
Diction, on display at Helen Gory Galerie in Prahran, is the first solo exhibition in Melbourne by West Australian based artist Stormie Mills. One of Australia's most collectable street artists, with a career spanning 25 years, his works use combine black, white and grey tones to examine the fragility of life.
The Leica/CCP Documentary Photography Award is an exhibition that showcases the work of Australia's contemporary documentary photographers. Appearing at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, award finalists featured in the show capture diverse views ranging from war photography to quiet observations.
Sketch City, a monthly event held in Northcote with music, art and live painting, will be holding an all-ages Culture Jam as part of the Darebin Music Feast's High Vibes day. Promoting a greater tolerance for street art, Sketch City features guest bands, a featured exhibition and art workshops.
The Mont De Lancey Art Show, held at the beautiful historic homestead in Wandin North, is an annual exhibition that showcases the work of artists in the Yarra Ranges. Established in 1996, the Art Show sees the winning artwork acquired by the homestead's gallery for the Mont De Lancey Collection.
Visions of Dreams & Life is an exhibition by Steven Sandner that depicts surrealist landscapes and spectacular flora that contrasts natural expanses with urban jungles. Held at Brunswick Arts Space, his expressive form of photography explores the themes of power, status, class and revelations.
Losing the Unique, an exhibition at Shifted Gallery in Richmond, combines the works of Jasmine Targett and Debbie Symons to explore the decline of our world's natural environment. Examining ecological identity, the works are portrayed as unique pieces, archived and documented.
I saw and heard of none like me is a group exhibition by six artists exploring identity with drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. Drawing its title from Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, the exhibition at Abbotsford Convent examines themes that include individuality and persona.
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 & Launches
ACMI Open Day sees Federation Square's cinema centre open its doors for a day of activities showcasing all that's on offer with special screenings of classic films from ACMI's collection, displays and the opening of their newest permanent exhibition, Screen Worlds. Entry and all screenings are free on the day.
The Holden Racing Team Family Day, held in Clayton, is a chance to look behind the scenes of HRT's V8 Supercar Championship and Bathurst winning racing operation. With kids' activities, workshops and tours, the day includes autograph sessions with Garth Tander, Will Davison and other guests.
The AFL Walk of Fame, appearing at Federation Square, is a Hollywood-style display that will feature the handprints of AFL stars with kids able to see how they measure up on the giant height chart! The event includes daily handball competitions with special guest AFL stars on hand to show their own skills.
The City of Yarra Business Expo is a free one day event that aims to raise the awareness of resources available to the business community. Held at Richmond Town Hall, the expo features a free business breakfast, a wide range of exhibitors, and a cocktail reception headlined by Kevin Sheedy.
The MBA & Postgrad Expo has the largest gathering of institutions offering postgrad courses under one roof at Melbourne Town Hall. Free to attend, the expo provides assistance with postgraduate study options all you bright young students or jaded old workhorses looking for a seachange.
L'Art et la mode - L'Art c'est la mode is an exhibition held at Melbourne's Madam Virtue & Co, showcasing their upcoming Haute Couture and Pret-à-Porter Collection alongside artwork by Archibald Prize Finalist Mike Chavez, Melbourne-based jeweller Katie Scott and fashion photographer Andrew Maccoll.
Melbourne City School, located on the corner of King and Little Collins Streets, will be holding a series of Open Days to showcase the school's educational vision with Drop-in Sessions during which the public can explore the campus, meet staff and learn more about their fresh approach to education.
Performances & Theatre
The Monash One Act Play Festival, hosted by Peridot Theatre, has a program offering a range of theatrical presentations along with social activities. Held at the Unicorn Theatre of Mount Waverley Secondary College, the festival features short performances by theatre groups from across Victoria.
Songs for a Changing Planet, held at Melba Hall, is a multimedia presentation of new compositions by Natalya Vagner and Johanna Selleck that compliment poetry by Michael Leunig, David Howard, and Graeme Ellis. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Australian Conservation Foundation.
The Cat's Paw, by Hoy Polloy, is a touching yet confronting play that examines the sex industry on the streets of St Kilda. With the night cats out on the streets, the play follows the path of one woman who encounters a man who struggles to connect with her. It's held at Carlton Courthouse Theatre.
Attract/Repel, presented by The Melbourne Town Players, is an uncompromising and raw look into racism in Australian culture. Created by Ming-Zhu Hii, the performance takes the form of interrogation to look beneath the surface of society. It's held at The Store Room above the Parkview Hotel in Fitzroy North.
Wild World, The Cat Stevens Story stars Paul Dillon and the Tillermen in a theatrical and musical tribute to the iconic folk singer. Performed at the Athenaeum Theatre, the show uses words and music to examine the life and career of one of music's most intriguing figures, asking what changed within both.
Once We Lived Here, performed at Flinders Lane's Forty Five Downstairs, is a new Australian musical by Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank. The play examines the passing of a way of life in rural Northern Victoria during a family gathering at a sheep station when hard truths are exposed.
Off the Hook, presented by Eltham Little Theatre, is a comedy of errors set in the lounge bar of Hook House, a quiet hotel in the English countryside where an assortment of guests, including an escaped prisoner, create mayhem that becomes classic farce. Performances are held at Eltham Performing Arts Centre.
God of Carnage, featuring Pamela Rabe and Hugo Weaving, is a play by Tony Award winner, Yasmina Reza, a French playwright whose corrosive wit examines the darker sides of human nature as a playground scuffle escalates when the parents of those involved enter the fray with good intentions.
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 songs they became famous for.
The Sleeping Beauty, performed by The Australian Ballet at the Arts Centre, features the much-loved score by Tchaikovsky with choreography by Stanton Welch. The performance depicts the classic tale of a princess cursed to a hundred-year sleep unless she can be awoken by a kiss of true love.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Live Concerts & Gigs
Sell Out, the Independent Music Auction held at the Northcote Social Club, celebrates the indie music scene while raising funds for Wildlife Victoria and the Australian Conservation Foundation. With bands performing in between auction lots, items up for bidding include autographed albums, festival passes and more.
The Blueprint Festival, held in Ararat, sets a new standard for music festivals with some bang for your buck across three days and nights. With an enormous line up of bands that includes Jebediah, Tim Rogers, Ash Grunwald and The Fauves, the festival has camping facilities and buses running from the Arts Centre.
Music In The Round is a chance to indulge in a world of music when the Academy of Performing Arts presents this one-day festival at Clayton's Monash University. Offering 26 fantastic music events with performances of classical, jazz, world and contemporary, the festival also features music for children.
Liam Finn will be performing at Richmond's Corner Hotel, with songs from his new EP, Champagne in Seashells, due for release soon. His songs are inspired by his busy schedule in the last two years, performing sell-out shows overseas in support of big names like Eddie Vedder. And yep, they are related.
Chris Isaak will be performing at St Kilda's Palais Theatre for his only Melbourne appearance during his return tour with his band, Silvertone. Performing classic hits along with songs from his recent album, Mr. Lucky, he'll also be donating proceeds from the tour to the charity, Challenge. He's a good egg, ain't he?
Gypsy Fire, held at Chapel Off Chapel, is a performance by Antal Szalai and his Hungarian Gypsy Band. Having performed to sell-out crowds last year, the band has made a welcome return to perform their infectious Gypsy rhythms, playing Roma and Hungarian Folk music as it was meant to be.
The Buddy Love Jazz Quartet will be performing at South Yarra's Cristal Lounge. Offering the perfect chance to relax to some laidback jazz, the evening will see the Melbourne jazz vocalist, Buddy Love, performing an eclectic blend of soulful tunes and jazz standards with his formidable band.
The SanMichele Quintet will be appearing at Dizzy's Jazz Club in Richmond, performing their repertoire of fantastic tunes that includes swing, latin jazz and emotional ballads. SanMichele, a performer who inspires with a voice like smooth warm port, has blessed the music scene for 15 years.
Burlesque & Cabaret
Theatrical Mayhem, held each week at the Australian Centre Of Performing Arts' Cabaret Voltaire in North Melbourne, is a live entertainment phenomenon that captures the passionate revival of burlesque with performances by emerging talents that are sensual, sexy, confronting and often totally mesmerizing.
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.
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.
Peace Documentaries will be shown at Federation Square's Big Screen to celebrate The United Nations Day of Peace. With two films running nightly for a limited time, screenings include the film, Soldiers of Peace, which examines the lives and stories from fourteen countries with narration by Michael Douglas.
Theatresports, Melbourne's longest running improvisation comedy show, returns with performances held at St Kilda's Theatre Works. Featuring a cast of mighty thespians, teams go head to head in ever-increasing degrees of improvised difficulty, bringing new feats of do-or-die wit to the stage each week.
[email protected] is a comedy night at Spleen Bar in Bourke Street, where you can 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.
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The Youth Decide Concert, a free event held at Federation Square, is held to promote a national youth vote for upcoming United Nations climate change negotiations. With performances from major Australian artists, the concert features the bands Cat Empire and KissChasey, comedian Jimeoin and other guests.
Treasure Island, performed by Bats Theatre Company at the Cranbourne Community Theatre, is a humorous take on the classic tale as Jim Hawkins receives a map from a mysterious stranger and sets off on the good ship Hispaniola with a pantomime parrot, a female crew and an excess of wooden legs!
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.
The Big Show, presented by the Melbourne Juggling Convention (yes, they do have one!) is the largest circus event you'll find with performers from around the world coming together to show off their amazing skills. With young and upcoming performers and veterans alike, it's held at Collingwood College Theatre.
Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing in Sunshine, with performances held at Sunshine Marketplace. 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 Burnley Oval in Richmond on Swan Street. 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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Exchange for Change is a fun way to update your wardrobe while also helping Oxfam Australia raise funds to combat global poverty. By hosting an Exchange for Change party at your home, guests are invited to swap unwanted clothes with one another and make donations at the event to aid Oxfam.
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Victorian Doll Show, held at Dorset Gardens in Croydon, is an event that features a wide ranged of displays and stalls from doll makers across the state. With attractions for lovers of dolls and doll making, the show has a wide arrangement of bears and miniatures, workshops and a doll maker's competition.
The Mornington Collectables & Memorabilia Fair, held at Mornington Racecourse, is a great chance for collectors and enthusiasts of many passions to pick up a bargain and find rare items with traders offering vintage, retro and modern collectables with sports memorabilia, model toys and more.
View MARKETS on any day of the week to make the most of the rare sunny days (it's a coin toss, 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
Rutherglen Wine Show is a chance to make good on all those tipples you've had and test your tasting skills against expert judges, sampling some of the best wines from Australia's top wine growing regions. Held at Rutherglen Show Grounds it includes a Gourmet Dinner and the Wine Show Seminar.
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