Newsletter | #145 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #145 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #145 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday October 13 to Monday October 19, 2009.

This week.. Saddle up and get the hell outta Dodge (that's Melbourne to all you laymen) or at least make your way a little out of Dodge because there's a fine smattering of Victorian festivals doing the rounds with events including Victoria's longest running sustainability shindig with the Stringybark Festival in Rowville, the fine wining and dining of the Rutherglen Agricultural Show and a day of celebrations with the Main Street Mornington Festival.

The last two are self explanatory so if you're not clear about where they're being held then I'm surprised you even found your keyboard - that's the plastic book on your desk that doesn't read well, by the way.

As for Melbourne, (that's Dodge to all you city-slicker scholarly types) there's still plenty to see and do with the Melbourne International Arts Festival and a series of events that kick off this week to help raise funds for next year's Spring Fling, North Melbourne's community street festival.

There's also OzKinkFest showcasing the naughtier side of Melbourne's nightlife where you can get in touch with your inner gimp once you get past your outer latex, buckles, straps, laces and possibly your inhibitions. In any case, you'll find me there... I'll be the gimp in the white latex mask being whipped by a bearded lady.

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

Major Events Guide

The Goulburn River & Ranges Spring Festival The Goulburn River & Ranges Spring Festival showcases the best of Seymour and its surrounds with three days of art and culture. Highlights of the festival include a celebration of local food and wine at Seymour's Old Post Office and The Seymour Cup, one of Victoria's major country races.

The Foodbowl Music Festival The Foodbowl Music Festival, held in Numurkah amidst the heart of Victoria's Foodbowl, offers something for all music lovers with the free opening celebrations featuring a bush dance and market, followed by a weekend with everything from folk and country to ambient, rock and more.

OzKinkFest OzKinkFest is a festival that celebrates the kinkier side of life, bringing excitement from the boudoir to various venues and nightclubs throughout Melbourne. With a program that caters to both the curious and experienced, the festival features special club nights, workshops and more.

The Stringybark Festival The Stringybark Festival, held in Rowville, is one of Victoria's longest running environmental festivals. With a focus on information and displays showcasing sustainable living, the festival includes children's theatre, cooking demonstrations, live music, roving performers and more.

The Main Street Mornington Festival The Main Street Mornington Festival celebrates the local region's food, wine and performing arts with the main street playing host to seventy exhibitors showcasing fresh produce and some of Australia's best wine makers along with two stages featuring live performances and a children's arcade.

The Rutherglen Agricultural Show The Rutherglen Agricultural Show offers a day of fun for people of all ages with displays of arts and crafts with needlework, photography and floral exhibitions. Held at Rutherglen Show Grounds the show features sideshow attractions and animals with performing ducks and dogs.

Melbourne International Arts Festival Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australia's premier celebration of performing arts, offers an enormous program that draws on the talents of some of the finest artists and performers from across the world. With dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and more, it's held at various venues.

The Swiss Italian Festa The Swiss Italian Festa, held in Hepburn Springs and Daylesford, celebrates the heritage of Swiss and Italian settlers who arrived more than 150 years ago. With over sixty events held in the two townships, the festival features sports tournaments, open studio tours, exhibitions and more.

The October Art Food Wine Festival The October Art Food Wine Festival on the Mornington Peninsula showcases the work of local artists, winemakers and chefs. With artwork shown in gardens and galleries, the program includes a Studio Trail with some of the region's great artists, literary lunches, artisan tours, gourmet trails and more.

Sort Of Festivals

Spring Fling's Fundraising Week Spring Fling's Fundraising Week is held to drum up support for one of the most unique community festivals when next year's biennial event will see North Melbourne's Errol Street hosting a huge all age's festival. Special events will be held at various venues in North and West Melbourne.

Upcoming Events

The Awakenings Festival The Awakenings Festival, held in Horsham, is a regional disability festival offering an extensive program of art exhibitions and theatre with performers from across the country. A highlight of the festival is a free community day in the street with stalls, wheelchair basketball and more.

To find out about future events in Melbourne, have a look at our new calendar, with details about many more events that lie ahead so you can jot them down on the to-do list , including Exhibitions, Live Gigs, Theatre, Markets, Expos and more..
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Ceramics Victoria Ceramics Victoria will be holding their 40th Anniversary Exhibition at Manningham Gallery in Doncaster. The exhibition, which includes a national award, celebrates past efforts in promoting a higher standard of craftsmanship while also showcasing current movements in the craft.

Salt and the Dress Salt and the Dress, the latest works by Lesley Dickman, will be exhibited at Collingwood's Cambridge Studio Gallery. With work held in collections that include the St Vincent Hospital Collection and private collections internationally, her depictions of empty gowns are hauntingly beautiful.

Hook, Line and Sinker Hook, Line and Sinker, an exhibition by Mona Ryder at Fitzroy's Alcaston Gallery, explores the social, cultural and religious influences that shape psyche and memory. Using unexpected objects such as crutches to form a crucifix, her work examines a diverse range of social and cultural issues.

New Paintings by Cathy Drummond New Paintings by Cathy Drummond will be shown at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane. A local artist whose paintings have featured in several publications, her work depicts the urban landscape of Melbourne, reflecting the changing landscape of this city and how we live amongst it.

Kathy Temin Kathy Temin, a highly acclaimed Melbourne-based artist, is being exhibited at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen. Reflecting her personal history and Jewish heritage, her work uses unconventional materials that playfully capture the trash and treasure aesthetics of global pop culture.

The House of Hallmarcos The House of Hallmarcos, held at Melbourne's Until Never, celebrates thirty years of practice by bespoke jeweller, Marcos Davidson. Featuring three major bodies of his work, Sonic Selectors, Head Takers and Lapidem, the exhibition includes an installation of paintings exploring his family tree.

Monster Zoo Monster Zoo, an exhibition by jeweller Justine Austen, will be held at Pieces of Eight in North Fitzroy. Consisting of strange and curious creatures, her menagerie is meticulously handcrafted from sterling silver and a diverse range of materials including gemstones, bone and coral.

Reflections Reflections, held at the gallery Chapel on Station in Box Hill, is an exhibition of photography by Andrew Follows. Legally blind with only tunnel vision in one eye, Andrew is an inspiring, and rapidly, established photographer whose work offers a unique way of seeing the world as he does.

Anatomy to Robots Anatomy to Robots, showing at Southbank's Queensbridge Square, is a remarkable exhibition that brings the designs of Leonardo da Vinci to life. One of the world's greatest and inventive minds, the exhibition shows his passion for nature, science and art with life size recreations of his works.

The Wildlife of Gondwana Exhibition The Wildlife of Gondwana Exhibition, held at Monash University in Clayton, is a collection of fauna, flora and dinosaurs that showcases the research of some of the worlds leading palaeontologists with fossil records that span changes from 3.8 billion years ago to the present.

All About Wildlife All About Wildlife, an exhibition by the Wildlife Art Society, showcases the wide range of artwork created by members with artwork capturing wildlife and flora from Australia and overseas. Held at the Barn Gallery of Montsalvat in Eltham with drawings, paintings and sculptures, all work is for sale.

Strike a Pose with Lee Lin Chin Strike a Pose with Lee Lin Chin is a photographic exhibition held at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne. Showcasing the Australian fashion scene of the 1960's and 70's, the show co-curated by Lee Lin Chin, host of Fashionista, explores the influences that shaped Australian fashion.

Shelter: On Kindness Shelter: On Kindness is an exhibition of work by artists, architects, writers and thinkers invited to reflect on what qualities of environment and circumstance afford us shelter in a physical and metaphorical sense. Inspired by the book, On Kindness, by Adam Phillips, it's at Melbourne's RMIT Gallery.

The Leica/CCP Documentary Photography Award The Leica/CCP Documentary Photography Award showcases the work of Australia's contemporary documentary photographers. Appearing at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, award finalists in the show capture diverse views ranging from war photography to quiet observations.

Open Days, Expos & Launches

A Seniors Healthy Ageing Expo A Seniors Healthy Ageing Expo will be held in Moonee Ponds at the Kellaway Avenue Neighbourhood Centre. With information stalls and the chance to listen to guest speakers, the day is free to attend and includes special activities with demonstrations such as bollywood dancing and tai chi.

The Pregnancy, Babies & Children's Expo The Pregnancy, Babies & Children's Expo features the latest parenting innovations along with free children's entertainment, all under one roof at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The expo also offers information from respected Government and support groups and health professionals.

The Timber & Working With Wood Expo The Timber & Working With Wood Expo is Australasia's largest showcase of products and services available to woodworking enthusiasts and professional tradesmen alike. Held at Melbourne Showgrounds, the expo features demonstrations from internationally acclaimed woodworkers.

The Cooks' Cottage 75th Anniversary Party The Cooks' Cottage 75th Anniversary Party, celebrating the time this historic building has spent at Fitzroy Gardens, will feature activities with period costumes, music, arts and crafts. The day will also have an interactive animal farm, a sausage sizzle and an informative Discovery Centre.

Armageddon Expo Armageddon Expo, held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, returns this year with even more exhibition space offering a huge range of attractions celebrating science fiction, fantasy, anime and gaming. The event includes panel discussions, film screenings, competitions and special guests.

Go Country! Go Country! held at the Pakenham Racecourse, is an outdoor living and farming expo that features over 200 exhibitors providing the best in farming expertise, products and equipment for farmers and fishing, boating, caravans, 4wd's, camping and more for the outdoor enthusiast.

The Point Cook Homestead Bridal Showcase The Point Cook Homestead Bridal Showcase breaks new ground in wedding industry events. Offering over 30 wedding businesses that can provide inspiration, the event also features an actual wedding with all attendees invited to join in the special day as Christi and Jon get hitched!

Fetish Expo Fetish Expo, held as part of OzKinkFest, offers a showcase of services and products for enthusiasts and newcomers to many alternative lifestyles. With the chance to socialise with people of similar interests, the expo held at Fitzroy Town Hall offers information on fashion, venues and much more.

The Gardivalia Festival of Gardens The Gardivalia Festival of Gardens features a program of events that brings together Gippsland Gourmet Country Tourism and local artists, offering an extravaganza of food and wine, arts, culture and entertainment. Held at various venues of West Gippsland, it includes gardens tours and workshops.

Performances & Theatre

It Came From Student Theatre It Came From Student Theatre, held at the University of Melbourne's Union Theatre, is a celebration of Melbourne's student theatre scene with excerpts taken from current student theatre works at four major universities. The evening includes a Culture Quiz, audience Q & A and more.

Apocalypse Bear Trilogy Apocalypse Bear Trilogy, presented at Southbank's Lawler Studio of Melbourne Theatre Company, is the latest work by Lally Katz. The quirky performance tells of two outcasts whose lives intertwine, brought together by the mysterious and strange actions of the even stranger Apocalypse Bear.

Picasso at The Lapin Agile Picasso at The Lapin Agile, the absurd comedy penned by Steve Martin, examines science, art and many other fine points of life when Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein meet in a small bar in France well before they become household names. Shows are held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran.

When the Rain Stops Falling When the Rain Stops Falling, performed by Melbourne Theatre Company at their Southbank theatre, is Andrew Bovell's award-winning play about the relationship between a father and son, and how a rain of fish from the sky could signal the end of a rift that began eighty years earlier.

Bitter, Sweet & Twisted Bitter, Sweet & Twisted, held at Chapel Off Chapel, is a performance by the acclaimed Noel Coward vocalist, John Michael Swinbank. Featuring some of the greatest songs by the witty Noel Coward, the performance includes songs from other greats like Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and others.


Down The Rabbit Hole Down The Rabbit Hole, a dance performance held at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is the latest production of Collaboration The Project, featuring talented and innovating new performers. The performance offers an interpretation of Lewis Carrol's classic with darkly comical twists.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Live Concerts & Gigs

Afro Mandinko Afro Mandinko, the most vibrant band performing African music, will be appearing at Northcote Social Club throughout October. Having returned from international touring, their performances offer a unique audio-visual journey with African cultural footage, giveaways and special guests.

Marcie Jones and the Cookies Marcie Jones and the Cookies will be appearing at Red Violin in Bourke Street, performing favourites from the 60's. The chance to see a true performance that captures the sounds of that era, Marcie and the Cookies have toured with many greats like The Seekers, Tom Jones and Gene Pitney.

The Bohemian Masquerade Ball The Bohemian Masquerade Ball, held at the Thornbury Theatre, is a night of debauchery and entertainment with of live music, extreme circus, art installations and theatre. Performers include The Space Cowboy, The Woohoo Revue, Barons of Tang and many other guests.

The Buddy Love Jazz Quartet The Buddy Love Jazz Quartet will be performing at Fitzroy's La Niche Cafe. Offering the perfect chance to catch 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.

Django's Gypsies Django's Gypsies, performing at North Melbourne's Czech House, brings together four talented and versatile musicians whose talents combined produce a lively and entertaining style of jazz. Paying tribute to Django's music, the group also blend folk, modern jazz and even classical music.

The Vaine The Vaine, appearing at Noise Bar in Brunswick, are a young, energetic five-piece band from Sydney's west who've earned a growing following with their energy and explosive music. They'll be supported on the night by Lust, The City In Motion, Nine Of Swords and They Move Like Wolves.

Burlesque & Cabaret

bijou Cabaret bijou Cabaret, held at Melbourne's prestigious bar, The Blue Diamond, sets new standards for cabaret. Pushing the boundaries of the medium toward high-end neo burlesque, bijou features dark, cutting edge performances by artists renowned for their talents both locally and internationally.

Friday Night Burlesque 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.


West Side Shorts West Side Shorts, presented by Angry Productions, is a monthly film night held at the Junction Hotel in Newport. Held every second Tuesday of the month, the film nights are a chance to see fantastic short films made by local talent and also to network with local filmmakers and actors.

The EnhanceTV ATOM Awards The EnhanceTV ATOM Awards, which recognises the best work in over thirty categories of media including animation, television and film, will showcase the work of finalists from Australian and New Zealand with free screenings of packaged programs held on the Big Screen at Federation Square.

Comedy & Spoken Word

That Time Of The Month That Time Of The Month, held at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, is the newest monthly comedy room. Far from the norm of stand-up comedy, the night offers entertainment with a difference, specialising in comedic cabaret and musical comedy from the rising stars of the cabaret scene.

Comedy@Spleen [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.

Theatresports 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 wit to the stage each week.

Melbourne For Kids

The Poppykettle Children's Festival The Poppykettle Children's Festival, held at Geelong Performing Arts Centre, celebrates performing arts for children, young people and families. A three-day event with the first two days held for kinder and school students, the final day is open to families and the general public.

Disney's High School Musical Disney's High School Musical, performed by Whitehorse Musical Theatre, brings the smash hit movie to the stage. Held at the Besen Centre in Burwood, the performance follows the social upheaval that ensues when members of different cliques break rank by performing together.

Circus Shows

Stardust Circus Stardust Circus, Australia's largest circus with animals, will be performing at Gateway Island, a unique arts venue located on the Murray River of Albury. The performance features African lions, monkeys, Liberty horses and trick ponies, acrobats, Aerialists, the sensational flying trapeze, clowns and more.

Circus Sunrise Holiday Spectacular Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing in Caroline Springs, with performances held at Caroline Springs Boulevarde. A true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, the performances od Circus Sunrise feature juggling, acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!

Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances at Furntree Gully Hotel. 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.

Puzzles & Competitions

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National Ride to Work Day National Ride to Work Day lets cyclists from all states and territories join in to make a difference by highlighting the benefits of ditching the car in favour of the pedals. This year's event offers the chance for all registrants go in the draw to win a Trek 7.6 FX bike valued at $1,999.

African Drumming Classes 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 instruments that include djembe, bells and shakers.

Dynamic Drawing Classes 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.

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 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..

Ocsober Ocsober is an invitation for people to put away the bevvies and go dry to raise money for Life Education Australia's drug and health education programs. You can participate as an individual or team, with family, friends and colleagues sponsoring you for 31 days from when you begin on October

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

The Melbourne Car Fair The Melbourne Car Fair, held every week at Docklands, revolutionises the car market by allowing buyers to trade directly with private sellers. Free to attend for those buying, the fair features sellers of cars, motorbikes, scooters, vans and more with all sales cutting out the middle man costs.

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!

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!

Dining & Drink

An October Food Festival An October Food Festival will be held at Northland when the shopping centre in Preston will transform into a food lovers paradise with food, music and roving entertainment that includes the clumsy and very vocal Singing Waiters, Chinese Lion Dance Troupes, Belly Dancers and more.

Open Cellars of Nillumbik Open Cellars of Nillumbik offers a rare chance to enjoy some of Victoria's finest boutique wines with two days of tastings held at seventeen wineries. With excellent food complementing the wine, the festival features live music at many venues along with work from local artists. sell premium Australian wines direct to the public at up to 50% off retail prices, offering Free Home Delivery and a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Perfect for wine lovers, their impressive range was recommended on Channel 7's Today Tonight and Channel 9's A Current Affair.

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Sporting Events


The Melbourne Cycling Festival & GO Bike Expo The Melbourne Cycling Festival & GO Bike Expo, held at Alexandra Gardens, showcases the latest in cycling products, accessories, events and destinations. Highlighting Melbourne's passion for cycling, the event includes festivities that celebrate the end of Around the Bay in a Day.

Around the Bay in a Day Around the Bay in a Day, one of the biggest public cycling events, begins and ends at Alexandra Gardens with bike riders meeting the challenge of riding around Port Phillip Bay. Now in its 17th year, money raised from the event will go towards the official charity partner, The Smith Family.

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour The Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Australia's oldest stage race, also features the 'Go for your life' Tour Villages, which will be set up at the start and finish locations of the Race Stages. With entertainment, giveaways, activities and more, the Tour Village will make its last appearance on Lygon Street.

The Trots

Victoria's Spring Racing Carnival Victoria's Spring Racing Carnival showcases 50 days of premier world-class thoroughbred racing with 85 race meetings across the Victoria, including 20 Country Cups at venues such as Ararat. More than just a racing festival, the event highlights the finest fashion, luxury dinners and more.

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