Newsletter | #149 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday November 10 to Monday November 16, 2009.
This week.. it's time to get your community buzz on with plenty of action in the 'burbs as the Bentleigh Festival celebrates Bentleigh, the Fawkner Festival celebrates Fawkner and the Broadmeadows Festival celebrates.. well, you get the idea, I'm sure. Glen Waverley also gets their groove on with their Food, Wine and Music Festival.
And a good thing it is, too, with one of the most popular and iconic of Melbourne's community festivals having taken a dive as the Lygon Street Festa enters a hiatus until next year when it will re-emerge under the new name of La Dolce Italia like a festive butterfly breaking free of its cocoon or a cheerful worm peeking out from the soil after a downpour of generous funding. Go for whichever metaphor suits you best... ;)
With just a taste further down, check here to view more of the following..
Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War by inviting all to observe one minute silence at 11am on 11 November, in memory of those who've suffered in all wars. Services are held at the Shrine of Remembrance with all welcome to attend.
Christmas Dining in Melbourne - We've received a lot of enquiries lately from readers asking where to dine out on Christmas Day this year. If you have a restaurant open on Christmas Day or are involved with any other Christmas related events, please contact us and let us know-ho-ho!
Major Events Guide
The Tarerer Festival, held in Killarney and Port Fairy, promotes harmony and exchange with a weekend of cultural activities with activities including a film night and a family day that features a concert and children's play activities. The festival also features environmental forums and walks.
The Polish Festival brings a taste of Poland to Melbourne's Federation Square with a day of delectable food, festive music and more. Free to attend, the festival showcases the various elements of Polish culture with dance performances, craft activities for children, market stalls and more.
The Bentleigh Festival, held in the main shopping strip of Centre Road, has something for everyone with free rides, show bands, food and special offers from traders and community groups for the whole family. Entertainment includes 60's look alike competitions, live music and more.
The Broadmeadows Community Festival, held at Broadmeadows Town Park, offers free entertainment with children's activities and shows, cultural celebrations, music and dancing. Along with the Great Billy Cart Derby, the day features a Fun Run and the Pearcedale Parade.
The Fawkner Community Festival, held at Fawkner's CB Smith Reserve, celebrates the diverse local community with a range of activities that include music performances, market stalls and food from many cultures. Children's activities on the day include indoor soccer and a sports clinic.
The Glen Waverley Food, Wine and Music Festival, held in the Kingsway shopping precinct, celebrates the best Glen Waverley Traders have to offer with marquees that showcase an extensive range of food and wine, entertainment with special guest performers, a children's are and much more.
MooraFest, held in Bacchus Marsh, is a Sustainable Living Festival that provides rural and urban residents with an opportunity to learn more about sustainable solutions within their homes and communities. The festival is a great day out for families with interactive experiences and displays.
New Years Eve at Young & Jackson's will be an all-out spectacular event with amazing views of the fireworks from the upstairs VIP Lounge where ticket entry includes a feast of delectable finger food, a fabulous drinks package, tarot readings, giveaways and even a soothing massage!
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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
We don't suffer fools gladly, held at Fitzroy North's red gallery, features works by Rebecca Power that explore the dark side of fairtyales with imagery used to address issues of power and sexuality. It coincides with exhibitions by Penny Parkinson, Romany Glover and Adam Douglass.
Mod Off, held at St Ignatius Community Hall in Richmond, is a single night art event that offers an alternative exhibition of modified objects, photographic documentation and working sketches that transform and utilise existing objects to experimentally create better or alternative devices.
Girt by Sea is an exhibition by Kevan Way that captures the beauty of Australia's coastline with a series of photographic prints and canvas murals. On display at Mario's Cafe in Fitzroy, the images reflect the journey in Kevan Way's life following his move from Melbourne to Torquay.
Record and Analysis, held at Melbourne Town Hall, is a free exhibition of engineering photographs taken by Melbourne City Council. Offering an offbeat look at Melbourne through the eyes of it's archive of practical photography, the photos reveal the small details of Melbourne life.
Natural History, on display at Cyclone in South Melbourne, is a series of works by Jason Moad that present images of contradiction by featuring museum subjects in abnormal settings. Inspired by his first childhood sighting of Phar Lap, the works capture the stillness and illusion of museums.
Tangent Man Turns ... Left is an exhibition of graphic works by Julian Chapple, showing at Hand Held Gallery in Bourke Street. With pictographic travel journals from Chapple's recent travels, the works are cartoons and black and white line art showcasing his haphazard imagination.
AC/DC Family Jewels, held at the Melbourne Art Centre, collects memorabilia from Australia's most iconic band and their record company. Free to the public, it covers the 35-year career of AC/DC, one of the greatest rock bands, with original material revealed publicly for the first time.
Super Human: Revolution of the Species is an exhibition of collaborations between artists and scientists, investigating what it means to be human both now and in the future. Held at the RMIT Gallery on Swanston Street, the exhibition exposes our aspirations and fears about our bodies.
Nightmare on Swan Street is the first exhibition of Melbourne's newest Gallery, The Owl and the Pussycat in Richmond. The exhibition of haunting works by Nicholas Ives evoke a strange sense of missing persons with his portraits seeming more like shadows caught between worlds.
China Daily, held at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders lane, features artwork by Deng Ying, Cui Qiang and Chen Yu that offers a mixed view of China with work by Deng and Cui celebrating the country's everyday life, while Chen's artwork presents a very jaded view of China's incessant queues.
The Satirist & the Social Realist, held at Melbourne's Adam Galleries, is an exhibition of works by Noel Counihan and Eric Thake. Featuring prints of street scenes and social demonstrations, social commentary and portraits, the exhibition includes a selection of Australian Protest Posters.
The Arts with Flair Exhibition, held at the galleries of Mont De Lancey in Wandin North, is a collection of works by gifted artists from the Yarra Valley surrounds. Presented by the Two09 Group, the exhibition features diverse subjects from the abstract to the realistic and other styles.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Open Days, Expos & Launches
The Brimbank Youth Fashion Festival, held at Deer Park's Brimbank Central, promotes positive body images and encourages young people to live a healthy lifestyle by showcasing the amazing work undertaken by local high school students who've designed clothing for the show.
The Watsonia Motor Show is a free family day out with fun and surprises for people of all ages. Held at the Watsonia Library Car Park, the Motorshow features an eclectic array of fantastic vehicles, children's entertainment, live music with guest MC Wilbur Wilde and prizes on the day.
Performances & Theatre
Free the Mimes! performed at Northcote Town Hall, is the presentation of the SPX Waterdale Players' fourth annual series of original short plays. Written, developed and performed by young people, the performances playfully cover a wide range of issues and emotions.
I Hope I Get It! presented by PEP Productions, is a showcase of songs that are commonly used in musical theatre auditions but rarely seen on the stage. Held at Doncaster Playhouse, the show sees twelve performers on a musical journey through the gruelling process of auditioning.
Sir Jasper's Revenge, performed at Eltham Performing Arts Centre, is a return to classic theatre where audiences can boo and hiss at the villain, cheer at the hero, and whistle at the heroine as they find out whether right can triumph over wrong amidst the comic melodrama.
Assassins - A Musical, performed at Williamstown Mechanics Institute, is Stephen Sondheim's boldly original play by that bends history and time with political assassins such as Lee Harvey Oswald meeting likeminded villains who inspire each other to darker acts than they're known for.
Vincent Lyce's Final Curtain, held at the Queens Loft in Southbank, is an evening of interactive entertainment with guests having the option to participate in the show and be part of the drama, playing a character themselves in the macabre mix of comedy and mystery served with dinner.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas, performed at Elwood's Phoenix Theatre, is an adaptation of the classic 1954 film. Presented by MLOC, the performance features seven additional songs that were omitted from the film about four entertainers who revive an inn that's left without snow.
RENT The Musical, presented by Fab Nobs Theatre in Bayswater, brings to the stage the hit rock musical that tells the story of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City.
Lost in Yonkers, Neil Simon's popular coming of age tale, will be performed by Epping's Chester Street Theatre. Part of Simon's trilogy which includes Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, the inspiring play focuses on two brothers left in the care of their Grandma in Yonkers, New York in 1942.
Saturday Afternoon Soap Opera, presented by SNAFU Theatre, is a serialized performance with an ongoing plot developing each week. Held at Mirrors Lounge Bar in Fitzroy, audiences are invited to experience the comic dizzying highs and despicable lows of Soap Opera like never before.
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.
Classical, Choral & Recitals
The Melbourne Musicians will present a program of music with soprano Tania de Jong AM and popular mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell performing Pergolesi's beautiful Stabat Mater. Held at St Johns in Southgate and conducted by Frank Pam, the concert includes works by Haydn and Mozart.
Last Night of the Proms, performed by Kew Band at Hawthorn Town Hall, is the final concert for this year by one of Australia's top brass bands. Showcasing the talents of Kew Band, the concert celebrates "all things British"with guests invited to bring their own food and drink.
The Sunbury Music Festival, held at St Andrew's Uniting Church, features the finest choral performers with guests including the Sunbury Divas who appeared on Channel 7's Battle of The Choirs, Sons of Sunbury and Sunbury Sound with Afternoon Tea provided following the performances.
The Camberwell Chorale together with the Camerata Orchestra will present a twilight performance of Handel's Messiah. Established in 1944 and formed by local people, the community choir will perform with Sun Aria finalist Lauren Oldham at Camberwell's St John's Anglican Church.
Beethoven 4, held at the Arts Centre, sees the Australian Chamber Orchestra, renowned for their performances of Beethoven, raise the bar with guest performer Dejan Lazic accompanying them on piano as he demonstrates his impassioned renditions of the great composer's works.
The Marriner Festival, held at Southbank's Melbourne Recital Centre, features two programs of sumptuous music played with precision and mastery with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra conducted by special guest, Sir Neville Marriner, the most-recorded living classical musician.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Live Concerts & Gigs
The November Diva's Series, presented by Melbourne's Paris Cat Jazz Club, features an outstanding list of female artists who'll be performing each week with the hottest jazz venue in town playing host to some of the smoothest female vocalists and groups performing classics and originals.
A Dead Forest Index, comprised of brothers Sam and Adam Sherry, will be appearing at The Workers Club in Fitzroy. With a sound described as haunting and subterranean, they'll be performing throughout November, supported each week by an array of unique and interesting artists.
The Gemma Turvey Trio, appearing at The Kelvin Club in Melbourne's CBD, blends classical and jazz with a strong Celtic underpinning. With Australian pianist Gemma Turvey joined by Nick Haywood on bass and Phil Collings on drums, her compositions are infused with grace and simplicity.
Bronwyn Calcutt will be performing at Northcote Uniting Church Hall to celebrate the launch of her new album, Songs of Six Realms. Based on the Tibetan Wheel of Life and its six realms of existence, her music features poetic cabaret vocals that delve into desire and explore spiritual freedom.
Angie Hart will be performing at The Toff in Town in Swanston Street. With the winsome vocals that she's widely loved for, she'll perform songs from her album, 'Eat My Shadow', which includes the single, 'I'm Afraid of Fridays', written by Mark Seymour from Hunters and Collectors.
Hawkstowe Jazz features a celebration of cultural diversity in jazz with lively music playing throughout the afternoon. Held each year in South Morang's Hawkstowe Park, the day features kids' activities and performances by young local talent and some of the finest jazz musicians.
East Meets West, performed at Glen Eira Town Hall, is a concert by Krzysztof and Selepak, a duo from Western Australia. Renowned for their eclectic repertoire of Spanish Classical tunes and Russian Gypsy arrangements, Krzysztof is Australia's only performer of Russian 7-string guitar.
Burlesque & Cabaret
Showqueen, Sydney's most successful cabaret show, returns to Prahran's Chapel Off Chapel. Presented by Trevor Ashley, who appeared in Priscilla, The Musical, Showqueen features an impressive cast, showcasing the incredible talents of some of Australia's best cabaret music performers.
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.
Comedy & Magic
Comedy Thursdays, held at Dogs Bar in St Kilda, is a night of stand-up comedy held each week with guest appearances this week featuring Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Harley Breen and the brilliantly droll Elliot Goblet.
Sam Angelico, a magician whose performances are mind-bendingly original, laughter filled and spectacular, will be performing at Melbourne's Hotel Windsor. Once crowned the World Champion of Comedy Magic, he'll take audiences on a journey into the twilight zone of the imagination.
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.
West Side Shorts, presented by Angry Productions, is a monthly film night held at Williamstown' Customs House Hotel. 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.
Melbourne For Kids
The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, an event that lights up Melbourne's City Square and marks the beginning of Christmas celebrations, sees the iconic giant tree burst into life. With music, lights and magic, the celebration includes celebrity guests and a visit from Santa Claus!
The VIVA Youth Festival, held at Princes Gardens in Prahran, celebrates Stonnington's younger community with special attractions that include the VIVA Prahran Skateboard Competition, Bollywood dance lessons and performances from the Melodics, Junk Funk, Zenith and other guests.
The Fabulous Fairy and Friends Day, presented by the Australian Ballet School, is a magical day full of fun fairy activities for all the family. Held to raise funds for the school, the special day is held at South Yarra's Como Historic House and features attractions grownups will enjoy also.
Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing in Cambellfield, with performances held at Pipeworks Markets. A true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, the performances od Circus Sunrise feature juggling, acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!
Stardust Circus, Australia's largest circus with animals, will be performing at Deer Park's Brimbank Shopping Centre. The performance features African lions, monkeys, Liberty horses and trick ponies, acrobats, Aerialists, the sensational flying trapeze, clowns and more for the whole family.
Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances in Bayswater North. 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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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.
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Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Bendigo National Swap Meet, held at Bendigo's Prince of Wales Showground, is the largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere. With over 1600 trading sites, the auto event features special auto displays, stalls with motoring collectibles and an extensive model car show.
The Sarcochilus Festival, presented by the Maribyrnong Orchid Society, is a standout event for any orchid lover with displays of the spectacular Sarcochilus species. Held at Maribyrnong Community Centre, the show also includes other exotic species, potting demos and floral art displays.
The Cactus and Succulent Plant Show, held in Mount Waverley, will showcase cacti and succulents with many plants for sale. Presented by the Cactus and Succulent Plant Society of Australia, there'll also be displays of bromeliads, rare bulbs and other unusual plants along with books for sale.
St Peter's Fete, held in East Bentleigh, has been an annual event for over 50 years and continues to still offer a great day out for the family with rides, amusements and live entertainment. The fete also features international food stalls, a beer and wine marquee, pre-loved goods and more.
The Trinity Grammar Founders Day Fair celebrates the Kew school's history with a fantastic range of events for all to enjoy. One of Melbourne's best fetes, the day includes great children's rides, a Sideshow Alley, craft and book stalls, a Vintage Fire Truck display, live music and more.
The Mini Christmas Fair Exhibition, presented by the Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria at their guild rooms in Carlton North, offers many great gift ideas in one location. The exhibition features a wide range of items including Christmas ornaments, cards, stockings and toys.
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Dining & Drink
The Budburst Wine & Food Festival, named after the emerging buds that signal the new grape growing season of the Macedon Ranges and Kyneton, celebrates the local flacours and produce with events that include special dinners, a street festival and an open wineries weekend.
The Brown Brothers Wine & Food Festival, held at their Milawa Vineyard offers the chance to sample treats from the region's finest restaurants matched to Brown Brothers' wine. Along with live music and seminars, the festival includes kids' activities, a farmers market, winery tours and more.
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