Newsletter | #155 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #155 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #155 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday December 22 to Monday December 28, 2009.

This week.. All is well and truly quiet on the Victorian front as Christmas finally rears its eggnog, with New Year's Eve just around the corner, coming in by a red nose. There is one grand, big old shindig this week, however, so look no further than the Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival with a free day of festivities celebrating Christmas Eve.

And wipe that sneer from your face, Scrooge... It doesn't really count as a Christmas festival because it runs well and truly into January, long after you've picked up all those little scraps of tinsel that seem to linger for weeks after the tree's packed away. Much like that Christmas Lay-By receipt you find in February, the one you completely forgot about.

Have a very merry Christmas from the team @ OnlyMelbourne

School Holiday Guide

School Holiday Guide Check out our School Holiday Guide for all the latest on what to do with the kids during the Summer School Holidays beginning Saturday December 19. The holiday guide offers some of 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!

Christmas Events

Walk Through Bethlehem Walk Through Bethlehem, held each year in Thornbury, is a living display of life in a small town at the time of the birth of Jesus. With weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters, potters and people of other ancient crafts and trades, the focal point of the production is the stable, with Mary, Joseph and Jesus.

Christmas Events in MelbourneChristmas Events in Melbourne - Christmas is on its way, but why wait when there's plenty of fun to be had right now? With a wide range of events and activities held in Melbourne and Victoria, get in early and treat the kids to some of the fabulous events on offer. There are many events that are free and you'll find them in jolly old Melbourne. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Melbourne's Best Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights | Melbourne's BESTChristmas Lights | Melbourne's BEST - With Christmas all but here, find the best Christmas light displays are in Melbourne. Our list continues on from last year, with a handy little asterisk marking confirmed displays for 2009. To confirm your Christmas Light display (yes, it's free) you can also tell us through the Contact Us button on the Christmas Lights Guide.

New Year's Eve

New Year's EveNew Year's Eve - The year's almost been and gone and hasn't it snuck up quickly! With New years on the way, everyone's gearing up for Melbourne's biggest night of the year, so get ready to count down the New Year into 2010!

Major Events

The Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival The Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival, Victoria's longest running festival, is a community event that offers fun for the whole family with daily entertainment that includes historic tours, concerts and film screenings, camel rides, workshops and much more with many attractions free.

Upcoming Events

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

Porcelain Vessels Porcelain Vessels, held at Axia Modern Art in Armadale, is an exhibition of ceramic art by Les Blakebrough with works that capture delicate forms of ethereal beauty. With a career spanning over five decades, Les Blakebrough has become one of Australia's most influential ceramic artists.

Transition Transition is an exhibition at Bourke House of paintings and drawings by Rousselclo, a Franco-Australian artist who chose the relaxed pace of Melbourne over his homeland of France and has since become a fixture of Melbourne's art scene with a style that has gradually taken on local influences.

Art Break Art Break, presented by Joint Councils Access for All Abilities, is an exhibition featuring self-portraits, installation, paintings, prints and painted silk. Showing in both Malvern and Prahran, the exhibition is a showcase of visual art created during JCAAA's Holiday Arts for Adults program.

'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.

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.

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.

Performances & Theatre

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.

Classical & Choral

Carols in the Cathedral Carols in the Cathedral, held at St Paul's Cathedral, is one of the biggest Christmas Carol events with performances by the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir, The Australian Children's Choir, RMP Brass and guest soloists that include Jonathan Bradley who'll be playing the organ.

Christmas Concerts & Carols

Community Carols in the Gardens Community Carols in the Gardens, presented by St Michael's Church in Kalorama, is an enjoyable night out on Christmas Eve when you can bring the whole family along to gather for an evening of great community spirit and fun. In the event of bad weather the carols will move into the hall.

Livingstones Presbyterian Church Livingstones Presbyterian Church in Box Hill will present their very first annual Carols by Candlelight with a special performance by young musicians. With a free sausage sizzle held before the concert, carols will include favourites such as Joy to the world and Oh come all ye faithful.

Community Outdoor Christmas Carols Community Outdoor Christmas Carols, presented by Truth and Liberation Concern, a Christian community that respects diversity, will be held in Bayswater North. The event is free to attend and you're invited to bring along a picnic, rugs and candles to join in the Christmas cheer.

Carols by Candlelight Carols by Candlelight held at Sidney Myer Music Bowl is one of Melbourne's most celebrated events with performers and guests to delight and entertain the whole family. With all proceeds going to Vision Australia, the event will also be screened live on the Big Screen at Federation Square.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Live Concerts & Gigs

Julie Stewart Julie Stewart will be performing at Cristal Lounge in the heart of busy South Yarra. Delivering a truly unforgettable after-dark experience at the stylish cocktail bar, Julie Stewart performs passionate ballads and songs of love, loss, pleasure and pain, with support from H.A.T.S.

The John Montesante Quintet The John Montesante Quintet, performing at The Commune Cafe Bar, brings a hint of New York Be-Bop to Melbourne with performances that include timeless Jazz standards and improvisations by John Montesante and some of the finest, hottest Jazz players in town.

The Retronome Lounge The Retronome Lounge, located opposite the beach in bewdiful downtown Rye, will be holding a Boxing Day Party with a performance by Groovadelic playing funky pop, dance and great disco covers. The live music will be followed by music from Retronome Lounge's resident DJ.

Jaspora Jaspora, a 6 piece band that performs sweet Reggae with Soca beats and a Mauritian Creole twist will appear at the Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy and Kelly's Bar & Kitchen in Olinda. Their heartfelt performances have earned them a reputation as Melbourne's most sought after Reggae and Soca band.

Grand Wazoo Grand Wazoo, the Legendary Kings of Soul, will be performing at Queen Street's Blue Diamond Club. With four lead singers, six horns and four rhythm players, the band offers vibrant arrangements of Black Soul and R&B Classics, playing greats ranging from the 50's through to the 60's.

Howlin' Time Howlin' Time, one of Australia's best blues bands, will be performing at Ringwood's Manhattan Hotel. Consisting of band members who are some of the most experienced blues musicians in Melbourne, Howlin' Time play true blues songs that have their roots in the Southside of Chicago.

The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra will perform at The Apartment in Little Bourke Street where you can enjoy one of the best shows in town. With an 18-piece orchestra, Daryl McKenzie proves why he's one of Australia's best musicians with legends like Tom Jones using his arrangements.


Theatrical Mayhem Theatrical Mayhem, held each week at the Australian Centre Of Performing Arts' 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 mesmerizing.

Comedy & Magic

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.

Melbourne For Kids

Sand Sculpting Australia Sand Sculpting Australia will again present a special display as part of the Frankston Waterfront Festival with their newest theme 'Great Moments In History' featuring 3,500 tonnes of sand carved into spectacular sculptures depicting people, places and events that have shaped our world.

The Myer Christmas Windows The Myer Christmas Windows, which have delighted families and kids for more than 50 years now, are displayed outside the Bourke Street store where you can now find this year's offering, 'Olivia Helps with Christmas', featuring the popular children's character and adorable pig, Olivia.

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.

Puzzles & Competitions

Spot The Difference

There are 5 Differences between these two pictures of the iconic Palais Theatre in St Kilda... See if you can spot them! Sign up for answers revealed in Next Week's Newsletter

Spot The Difference 130

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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 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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Dining Gift Vouchers

Menulog Gift Vouchers Menulog Gift Vouchers are the perfect way to treat someone special to a great dinner with vouchers available for a wide range of participating restaurants in Melbourne and across Australia. There's even the option to buy a voucher and let the lucky recipient decide which restaurant they'd like to dine at!
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OnlyMelbourne Welcomes..

Each week we highlight some of the latest additions to OnlyMelbourne's ever growing guide to services, businesses and information sites for your community.

PreLoved Boutique PreLoved Boutique is the place to find unique and individual pieces of jewellery at a fraction of the retail price. With fabulous jewellery, including items sourced from estate and antique stores, not only does this jewellery have a history behind it, they are always so well made and continue to increase in value over the years.

Partyhelp Partyhelp have over 100 party venues and function rooms in Melbourne so we take the guesswork and leg work out of organising a great party. With party venues and function rooms to suit any party or occasion, just leave your party details on their party details page and we will recommend the most suitable party venues for your party.

This week we suggest the following:

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Property Rentals

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Sporting Events


Boxing Day Test 2009Boxing Day Test 2009 - The biggest event on Australia's cricketing calendar begins this week when the Boxing Day Test match sees Australia takes on Pakistan.
Australia vs Pakistan
December 26 to December 30 - 10:30am
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

NBL Championship

NBL Championship | Round 14NBL Championship | Round 14

Melbourne Tigers Home Game

Saturday December 26 - 7:30pm
State Netball and Hockey Centre, Parkville

The Trots

Yarra Valley Racing Yarra Valley Racing, located at Yarra Glen, offers a great day out with the finest in racing entertainment along with great venues with regional food and wine.

Harness Racing
Monday December 28

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.

Melbourne Tours

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The Smartvisit Card includes entry to attractions such as Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, Old Melbourne Gaol, Telstra Dome, Cook's Cottage, Melbourne River Cruises, and many more of Melbourne's TOP venues!

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Last Week's Puzzle Answers

Spot The Difference
Here are the 5 Differences in last week's picture of Dromana Drive-In...
Spot The Difference No.129 Answer

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Melbourne Trivia

While My Picasso Gently Weeps...

One of Melbourne's most infamous and mysterious crimes was the theft of a $7 million painting by Picasso from the National Gallery of Victoria - now known as NGV International.

Stolen in 1986, one of Picasso's most well-known paintings, Weeping Woman, was taken from its display in the National Gallery of Victoria by a group calling itself the Australian Cultural Terrorists who demanded a ten per cent increase in arts funding and an annual prize for painting "open to artists under thirty'.

The painting was recovered several weeks later from a luggage locker at Spencer Street railway station - now known as Southern Cross Station.

Although never caught, it's assumed that unlike the NGV or Southern Cross Station, the Australian Cultural Terrorists were happy with their moniker as it was.

More about NGV International.. | Read Melbourne Trivia...


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