Newsletter | #156 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday December 29 to Monday January 4, 2010.
This week.. There's a range of music festivals to mark the brand spanking 2010 that we're boldly walking into with The Peninsula Summer Music Festival and the Red Hill Counrty Music Festival offering some fanfare that doesn't require a glowstick and sturdy ear-drums.
That's right, things are going to get loud and proud as the year comes to a close with no end of shindigs held across Melbourne as nightclubs, bars, theatres and more come to life to ring in the New Year. With a great number of events on New Year's Eve - too many to mention here - you'll find a party-popper's worth of attractions by visiting our New Year's Eve Events.
There's a huge range of happenings this year, including that guy on the porch who plays a lonely trumpet at midnight. True story, stand on my porch and you'll hear him - and don't ask what I was doing alone on my own porch one New Year's Eve listening to a mournful trumpet, I won't go there. I'm just happy to say that this New Year's is looking much brighter with a swell, beautiful gal to lock lips with when the bell tolls! ;)
Have a very safe, happy and hopefully smoochy New Year's from the team @ OnlyMelbourne
School Holiday Guide
Drama Workshops | Drama Camp & Glee Camp - Treat the kids to Drama! Music! Dance! A series of drama camps will be held at various locations during the School Holidays in summer, with activities and classes held in Croydon and Templestowe offering creative fun for kids and teens.
Check out our School Holiday Guide for all the latest on what to do with the kids during the Summer School Holidays ending Sunday January 31. 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!
New Year's Eve
New 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!
The Peninsula Summer Music Festival, held at various venues in the Peninsula including Mornington, Red Hill South and Sorrento, features the glorious sounds of classical and contemporary music with this year's festival offering one of the most diverse and entertaining programs yet.
The Red Hill Country Music Festival, held at the Red Hill Showgrounds on Arthurs Seat Road, promises to be a great event in 2010 with the festival including fabulous entertainers, line dancing demos, a Classic Car Show and much more in a great family atmosphere.
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.
The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival offers special exhibitions every Saturday and Sunday at the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park in Toorak. Accessible by boat with a punt service, the arts festival includes special artists demonstrations, talks and activities.
NEW LIVE CALENDAR
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
The Centenary of Flinders Street Station will be celebrated by an exhibition depicting the station's history. Held at the Degraves Street Subway, the exhibition, entitled The Station Turns 100, features illustrations and photography that honour Melbourne's iconic landmark.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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
A Midsummer Night's Dream, held as this summer's production of Shakespeare Under The Stars in the Royal Botanic Gardens, features a young, vibrant and comical cast that brings the playful tale of love, mischief and magic to life, you can bring your own picnic or order a gourmet hamper.
A New Year's Eve Spectacular, held at the Arts Centre, stars Australia's favourite leading lady Marina Prior and the magnificent 60 piece Australian Pops Orchestra in a gala concert to honour the year's end with songs including 'Amazing Grace' and many other widely loved musical pieces.
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 great music successes while showcasing the songs they became famous for.
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.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Live Concerts & Gigs
The Saints & Sinners Ball, one of the most decadent events on the clubbing calendar, will celebrates New Year's in true decadent style. With guests invited to attend as any erotic theme they choose, venue details are only revealed several days before the event for those with tickets.
The Falls Festival, held each year in the Otway rainforest above Lorne and Victoria's Great Ocean Road, features a spectacular natural amphitheatre playing host to some of the best musicians performing across three nights along with an Arts Village offering Body Painting, food and more.
The Pyramid Rock Festival, now in its sixth year, is a huge event held on Phillip Island that celebrates the New Year with a line up of performers that includes the internationally successful band, Empire of the Sun, Cat Power, Grinspoon, and the welcome return of Regurgitator.
Summadayze, a Melbourne institution since 1999 that has since become a national event, kicks off the New Year with a 12-hour dance music party held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Attracted bigger international DJs and performers each year, 2010's effort features Carl Cox and Riton.
The Solar Music Festival, held at Mornington Racecourse, is the Mornington Peninsula's beloved summer music festival with a stellar line-up of international artists along with blue chip Australian bands and DJs including the Dirty South recently added to the already impressive line up.
The Garden Party, held at Melbourne's Belgian Beer Cafe Bluestone, is a chance to celebrate New Year's Day in the sunshine with this family friendly event, and presented by JOY FM, who'll be broadcasting live from the party. Free to attend, the day features music from DJ's and a barbeque.
The Red Hot Summer Tour, featuring Jimmy Barnes, Shannon Noll and Adam Brand performing live, will be appearing at selected venues across Victoria, bringing a very special series of concerts with three of Australia's greatest and most loved entertainers on the one bill.
Comedy & Magic
Comedy@Spleen 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
The Wind in the Willows, Melbourne's favourite family entertainment, returns with its well-loved tradition of bringing the animals to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic, pack the kids and join Rat, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad, as they bring to life Kenneth Grahame's classic tale.
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, 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 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
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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..
Fat-Loss-A-Thon is an on-line competition where you can lose weight, win prizes and help raise $250,000 for charity. For only a $10 donation to The Sports Rewards Foundation, entrants can help a good cause while losing weight with a proven 12-week program called The Real Body Plan.
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
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!
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
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Republica at the St Kilda Sea Baths Complex has regular drink specials and exquisite dining with great views of Port Phillip Bay.
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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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Fun Runs & Walks
The Infolio Portsea Twilight is a 6.7km or 3km run and walk through Point Nepean National Park. Boasting one of Australia's most scenic and challenging courses, with spectacular Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay views, the first 2,000 entrants will receive a 2XU cap worth $25.
Boxing 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 29 & 30 - 10:30am
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
NBL Championship | Round 14 - Split Round
Melbourne Tigers Home Game
Saturday January 2 - 7:30pm
State Netball and Hockey Centre, Parkville
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 - Leader Kids Day Out
Tuesday December 29
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.
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Last Week's Puzzle Answers
Spot The Difference
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These Rolls Were Made For Walkin'...
One of Victoria's most iconic creations, the Chiko Roll, was developed in the 1940s by Francis McEnroe from Bendigo.
In line with that other of Victoria's much-loved icons, AFL Football, the Chiko Roll was based on the Chinese egg roll and spring roll, but given a much more robust and thicker deep-fried wrapping so that it would survive transport to Football matches.
The fact that it can be held in one hand while the other hand's occupied by a beer was also a winning sales point.
Read more about the Chiko Roll | Read Melbourne Trivia...
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