Newsletter | #153 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #153 | What's On this Week

Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday December 8 to Monday December 14, 2009.

This week.. The calendar looks a little fatter than last week's meagre offerings as the Yule Time celebrations already begin kicking into gear with a special evening of family fun held in Docklands and Follow the Star, a special Christmas Lights presentation at Box Hill.

There's also some non-christmassy events for all those who side with Scrooge with Spectacle of the Mind showcasing the latest in entertainment technology at Fed Square and the Magic Of Mont Albert Annual Fair offering a festival day and Greek BBQ for the whole family.

We also mentioned last week that we'd be putting up our guides for Christmas, New Years and the upcoming School Holidays, and mark our longwinded, clumsily seguing words, we shall. Just not until tomorrow. We're making sure to grab hold of as much as we can so the rest of the month will be a smooth sleigh ride for one and all.

Major Events

 Spectacle of the Mind Spectacle of the Mind is a live screening and performance held at Federation Square to launch the Global Mind Project, a website for performance webcasts. The special presentation includes performance artists on stage with imagery captured on the Big Screen generated from their brainwaves.

 The Magic Of Mont Albert Annual Fair The Magic Of Mont Albert Annual Fair, held at Mont Albert Village, is a special family day with all proceeds going to the Rotary Club of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills. Presenting a Magic Spectacular and Greek BBQ, the day includes live music, fire shows, circus workshops for kids and much more.

 Fair@Square Fair@Square is a Fair Trade and Ethical Festival held at Federation Square that features displays from over 50 ethically minded businesses and services for young and old. Free to attend, the festival includes cultural and educational activities along with a Fashion and Lifestyle Show.

 Meredith Music Festival Meredith Music Festival, held halfway between Geelong and Ballarat, began as a private end of year party and has since become a standout music festival with its natural amphitheatre formed by cypress trees playing host this year to musicians like Jarvis Cocker, Kes Band and others.

 The Parliament of the World's Religions The Parliament of the World's Religions, held every five years in a major international city, comes to Melbourne with over 400 activities that include traditional observances, performances, open space dialogue, exhibits and much more for the public and delegates from a wide range of faiths.

 Le Carnaval Spirituel Le Carnaval Spirituel will appear at Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre in Hoppers Crossing with their colourful 'joie de vivre' performances that bring the stage to life with music, dance, tribal drum acts, yoga and martial arts that captures the charm of India's ancient spiritual culture.

Upcoming Events

 New Year in New York New Year in New York, held at 3 Station Pier in Port Melbourne, celebrates New Year's eve in New York style with sumptuous food and cocktails by the water, while swaying to the New York city beat with the smooth sounds of 3 piece jazz band, Dukes of Debonaire and DJ Jorj.

NYE h2oh! on Albert Park LakeNYE on Albert Park Lake is a unique and affordable New Years Eve event for people who enjoy Dance & Funky House music. An upscale, friendly, vibey event located on Albert Park Lake, the night features an abundance of space, excitement, bars 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

 New Collectables New Collectables is a chance for one exciting night for buyers to purchase unique artworks by RMIT students at remarkable prices. An auction of quality contemporary artwork from Melbourne's most promising new artists, works are available for viewing before the yearly auction.

 I Can't Believe It's Not 696I Can't Believe It's Not 696 is a special arts event held to mark the closure of Gallery 696 in Brunswick. With the organisers going on to start an Artist Representation Agency, the final celebration includes body painted models, live music and an exhibit of works by some of the best 696 artists.

 Emma de Clario Emma de Clario is currently exhibiting at MARS Gallery in Port Melbourne, showcasing her work over the last three years, during which she's taken photographs on her mobile phone as she's captured the background of her surroundings in an effort to find the quiet spirituality beyond domestic life.

 Unfasten Unfasten, held at the Owl and the Pussycat in Richmond, features a ten metre scroll that visually explores what it means to be an artist itself. Held in the ten days prior to the summer solstice, the exhibition is a ten-day ritual that uses movement, sound and play to explore the inner self.

 'til you drop 'til you drop, held at the State Library of Victoria, is a free exhibition that celebrates Melbourne's passion for shopping, from the Paris end of Collins Street to the local corner store. The exhibition features historic photographs and nostalgic items on display such as wartime ration cards and more.

 Wallpaper Wallpaper, the end of year show held at Trocadero Artspace in Footscray, returns with the walls transformed by the work of artists who were invited to have their way with the Gallery. Floor to ceiling, the show features murals of artworks, which are drawn, painted and created directly onto the walls.

 Mind the Gap Mind the Gap, showing at the unique arts space of Melbourne's Degraves Street Subway, is an exhibition that features the works of artists who live under Sacred Heart Mission's Rooming House Plus Project. The inspiring work reflects their reconnection with the community through art.

 OMFG! OMFG! is an exhibition curated by Sleep Club, the collaborative banner of artists Dell Stewart and Adam Cruickshank. An investigation into the subjective nature of offensiveness, the works shown at Abbotsford Convent explore the grey areas arising from censorship.

 AC/DC Family Jewels 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.

 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.

Open Days, Expos & Launches

 The Centenary The Centenary, a book by Jenny Davies, which tells of the unique history of Melbourne's iconic Flinders Street Station, will be launched as part of the Federation Square Book Market. The Launch includes a visual presentation on the Big Screen and a talk and book signing session by the author.

Pet Shows

 The Big Dog Day Out The Big Dog Day Out, presented by DOGS Victoria at KCC Park in Cranbourne, is a fun day for families and their lovable canines to come and try many of the dog sports available at the purpose-built dog park. The day is free to attend and includes a Canine Christmas Market, competitions and more.

Performances & Theatre

 A Dinner to Die For A Dinner to Die For, held at the Retreat Hotel in Abbotsford, is a wickedly funny Murder Mystery Dinner set in 1928 as Lord Quinten Daventry hosts his party bash. Dinner guests are allocated a role and encouraged to indulge their inner artiste by dressing and behaving in character.

 Godzone Godzone, performed at Melbourne Theatre Company in Southbank, is the new political satire by Guy Rundle and Max Gillies where Reverend Kevin of Rudd Ministries, in a sermon from the German translated via Mandarin, tells his congregation that religion is the new politics and vice versa.

 Circus Works Circus Works, presented by Theatre Works in St Kilda, is their latest artist support program offering an exciting and thrill-filled season showcasing four emerging and highly talented Independent Circus and Physical Theatre companies as they push the boundaries of theatrical storytelling.

 One is Warm in Winter, the Other Has a Better View One is Warm in Winter, the Other Has a Better View is a beautiful, profoundly moving new play by Adam J A Cass, which explores the core of this rich topic, and the essence of what it is to be human. It's performed by Platform Youth Theatre Ensemble at Forty Five Downstairs in Flinders Lane.

 The Wild Party The Wild Party, a performance based on a racy poem penned in 1928 by Joseph Moncure March, transforms the Bella Union on Carlton into the New York club from the 1920s tale of a booze soaked party thrown by a pair of small-time vaudeville performers whose love affair is sputtering out.

Classical & Choral

 Free Opera at the Bowl Free Opera at the Bowl, held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and presented by Australia Post, is a chance to experience a night of opera with a performance of Puccini's romantic tale of young love, La bohème. Free to attend, guests are able to bring their own food and drinks.

 The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society will appear at Melbourne Town Hall where they'll perform their 230th performance of Handel's Messiah, continuing the recorded-breaking dedication to the popular oratorio with guest soloists including Tiffany Speight and Sally-Anne Russell.

 The New Music Concert The New Music Concert, presented by the young composers studying at Monash University's School of Music in Clayton, is a special musical event that features a collection of works written by these up and coming composers and performed by students of all levels and staff.

 The Theotokos Children Choir The Theotokos Children Choir, a group from Transylvania who have toured 20 countries in their 22 years, will be performing Romanian Christmas Carols at Carlton's Romanian Orthodox Cathedral. The blend of traditional and modern choral pieces is a show that's sure to impress.

Christmas Concerts

 The Ashton Smith Singers The Ashton Smith Singers will be holding Christmas concerts at the Sacred Heart Church in Kew where they'll perform a wide range of music for the festive season. Uplifting and beautiful, guest soloists include Roy Best, Eleanor Kerr, Kirsten McMillan, Emily Ulrich and VoiceBox.

 Hallelujah - It's Christmas Hallelujah - It's Christmas is a special concert that will held at Melbourne Grammar to celebrate Christmas with four choirs performing individually before finishing the concert with a joyous combined performance that includes the Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah by G.F. Handel.

 Pasko sa Nayon Pasko sa Nayon, held at BMW Edge in Federation Square, is a Filipino Christmas celebration concert that showcases the culture of the Filipino community with folk dancing, bamboo music, choir hymns and community carols. Traditional sweets and cakes will be available for sale following the concert.

 The Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir The Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir will be performing at the Church of All Nations in Carlton when they'll appear with the Gospel Queen of Melbourne, Tracey Miller along with the amazing Apostles of Accapella offering a show filled with the high octane energy of true Christmas gospel music.

 Carolling with Elation Carolling with Elation is a special performance by the Elation Women's Choir as they sing a range of old and modern carols by Bach and Britten, Rutter and Berlioz and international favourites. Held at St Aidan's Uniting Church in North Balwyn, complimentary afternoon tea is provided.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Live Concerts & Gigs

 Katie Noonan and The Captains Katie Noonan and The Captains will be appearing at various venues in Melbourne and Belgrave as part of their Listening Party Tour where they'll present a vessel of exciting new songs that hold Katie Noonan's lush and organic sound with her trademark inspired personal stories.

 Cultural Exposition #4 Cultural Exposition #4, held at Melbourne's Miss Libertine with the theme of 'Bright Night' is set to be the biggest party night of the year with door prizes on the night and performances by the talented Mr Ben Smith, Saskwatch and performers of bright pop, Swing Set Green (pictured, sort of).

 Jimmy Fong Jimmy Fong, a performer who draws his music inspiration from a deep Malaysian culture, will be appearing at the Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy. His unique vocal style is accompanied by his intricate finger picking style and his own arrangements on the acoustic guitar.

 Oh Nina! Oh Nina! a Mini Music Festival held at Grumpy's Green, returns to the Collingwood venue to put a sustainable twist on Christmas with Green Christmas Card Making, a MEGA Christmas Raffle and performers that include The Bon Scotts, Big Scary, Paint Me a Phoenix and Andrew Shepherd.

 Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir will appearing at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne. Capturing the atmosphere of a 1930's French Salon, their performances are laden with flair, elegance and sauciness, taking the audience on a journey into the thrilling musical world of the tango.


 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.

Comedy & Magic

 My Magic Christmas My Magic Christmas, held at the Comedy Club of Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre, sees three of Australia's best magicians take to the stage as they showcase the coolest illusions in a Christmas spectacular starring Alex de la Rambelje, Kamal Bhushan and Simon Taylor.

Melbourne For Kids

 Christmas Fun at Victoria Green Christmas Fun at Victoria Green is a special family day held in Docklands where you're invited to enjoy Christmas activities that include live music by Contemporary Gospel band 'Gospel Sunday', a sausage sizzle and a special outdoor screening of A Muppet Christmas Carol at sundown.

 Twilight With The Donkeys Twilight With The Donkeys sees Eltham's Donkey Shelter, a non-profit organisation that helps orphaned and mistreated donkeys, offer a special Christmas celebration. During the evening there's the chance to have your photo taken with their wonderful donkeys, shop at their stalls and more.

 Melbourne Djembe Family Day Melbourne Djembe Family Day, held at the Fairfield boat house amphitheatre, is a chance to see a performance by Wassawumba ensemble, students of the Melbourne Djembe African Drum and Dance school. With entry donated to World Vision, the day includes children's games and activities.

 Follow the Star Follow the Star is a free indoor sparkling Christmas light display held at the Revival Centre Hall in Box Hill. Featuring a Nativity Scene and Christmas Light Display, the presentation is a combination of the story of the birth of Christ with Christmas lights offering a wonderful Christmas experience.

 Crown's Christmas Spectacular Crown's Christmas Spectacular transforms the grand Atrium into a magical Christmas carnival. Presented each year to entertain children, a cavalcade of Christmas characters perform and dance under the enormous brand new Christmas Carousel each time the giant clock chimes.

Circus Shows

 Circus Sunrise 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!

Puzzles & Competitions

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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..

 The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, Australia's largest Christmas gift appeal, supports some of the largest welfare organisations and has given more than 4.14 million gifts over the past 20 years. Trees can be found nationally in Kmart stores, with gifts collected up until Christmas Eve.

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

 The Meat Market Christmas Market The Meat Market Christmas Market, found at the Arts House in North Melbourne, celebrates all things Christmas by transforming into a fun Christmas-themed market with presents, food and entertainment on offer for all the family along with toys, handmade crafts, fashion and more.

 The Suzuki Night Market The Suzuki Night Market, held weekly at Queen Victoria Market, has become a summer tradition that offers a great mix of unique products and a great atmosphere with a stunning mix of world food, eclectic wares, bars and even two stages showcasing the best live music!

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

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Sporting Events

Naughty Gal Sports (I wish!)

 The ISAF Sailing World Cup The ISAF Sailing World Cup, hosted this year in Melbourne, is a showcase of world class sailing with Australia's own Beijing Olympic gold medalist Malcolm Page and his new 470 partner Mathew Belcher taking part as they go up against the world's best on Port Phillip Bay.

Fun Runs & Walks

 Emma and Tom's Christmas Run Emma and Tom's Christmas Run is a festive community sports event held at Palms Lawns in Albert. Catering for both serious runners and those participating for fun, the 5/10km run or walk around Albert Park Lake includes a group fitness warm-up and post event activities.

Community Sports

 South Sea Roller Derby South Sea Roller Derby hold a Recruitment Day and Learn to skate session each week at Frankston Skateworld, located in Carrum Downs. The sessions are a chance to learn more about the Roller Derby and learn the basic skills required to begin training for one of the hottest sports in town.

 Soccer Melbourne's Sunday Night League Soccer Melbourne's Sunday Night League, held at South Yarra Sports Centre, is a chance for keen soccer players to band together and enter a team for an 8 team round robin weekly league. Held once a week each Sunday night, teams are 8-a-side with games lasting 60 minutes.

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Although the Hook Turn is common in many other cities, such as Adelaide in Australia and overseas cities that include Northeastern Illinois, Beijing and Germany, Melbourne has its own special affinity (for good or bad) with the Hook Turn due to the abundance of trams we have, which make Hook Turns a much slighted necessity.

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