Newsletter | #157 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #157 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #157 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday January 5 to Monday January 11, 2010.

This week.. The festival calendar has truly popped a Berocca and shaken off its New Year's fatigue as a good spread of festivals rear up. Granted they're on the fringe of Melbourne, but we can forgive the big smoke for that one night when it has a big drink.

If you hedge your bets (and designated drivers) just right, you'll find quite a buffet on offer with festivals that celebrate strawberries in Dromana, mussels in Portarlington, jazz in the town of Somers and a good dose of all things arty at Churchill Island.

There's also the ongoing Peninsula Summer Music Festival along with the Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival, making it the perfect weekend to take a break from the city if you rang in the New Year with a bit too much gusto, beer, wine and scotch in whichever order took your fancy.

School Holiday Guide

Eaten Alive, The World of Predators Eaten Alive, The World of Predators is an exhibition full of hands-on activities held at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. From well-known carnivores like sharks, lions and crocodiles through to predatory insects, it explores fearsome jaws and claws along with the softer side of predators.

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 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!

Major Events

The Art & Soul Festival The Art & Soul Festival, presented by Art on the Cape, is a must see for adults and children alike. Held at Churchill Island, just off Phillip Island, the festival features local food, a great program of music, art workshops, face painting, theatre performance and jumping castles for the small folk.

The Lavender Harvest Festival The Lavender Harvest Festival, held at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm in Shepherds Flat, celebrates the bringing in of the crops and the history of the beautiful farm with local foods, joyful acoustic music, the chance to play petanque and also hear family stories about the farm's settlers.

The Dromana Strawberry Festival The Dromana Strawberry Festival is a fun filled event for families offering lots of different strawberry products and entertainment. Held at Dromana Recreational Reserve the festival features market stalls, children's rides, an animal nursery, live entertainment and vintage car displays.

The Portarlington Mussel Festival The Portarlington Mussel Festival, held in the coastal town's beautiful bayside beach, showcases local food and its mussel farming with a range of events that include mussel farm tours, live music and many other activities for all the family such as model boat displays, animals and more.

The Coolart Jazz Festival The Coolart Jazz Festival, Mornington Peninsula's No 1 Jazz event at Coolart Homestead in Somers, is a family friendly festival that offers a great program of jazz music for adults along with entertainment for kids with facepainting, roving performers and much more.

The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 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.

The Peninsula Summer Music Festival 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 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

The Centenary of Flinders Street Station 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.

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.

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

A Midsummer Night's Dream 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.

Jersey Boys 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 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 Sandcastles Music Festival The Sandcastles Music Festival, presented by Summer Kick and, is a day of games on the beach and live music held on the grass of St Kilda's Foreshore. With a Beach Soccer competition held on the day, performers at the festival include Miami Horror, Neon Indian and other guests.

Jeudi Jazzy Jeudi Jazzy, held at the cellar of Alliance Franšaise in St Kilda, is a live performance by the New Impromptu Quartet. Featuring Alexander Nettelbeck, Khari Cabral Simmons and Ben Kosi Karsay, the band performs Jazz, Latin and Soul standards alongside their own original compositions.

The Paris Cat The Paris Cat, one of Melbourne's Premier Jazz Clubs and voted one of the best World music venues in Australia, reopens its doors with a program of intimate and unique performances from the vibrant underground Jazz scene beginning with a performance by the Cam McAllister Quintet.

The Red Hot Summer Tour 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.


The Rooftop Cinema The Rooftop Cinema flickers into action with film screenings of everything from cult favourites to new releases and documentaries, literally offering the height of entertainment with screenings held on the rooftop of Swanston Street's Curtin House along with the rooftop bar.

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

The BFG The BFG, Roald Dahl's classic children's story, is brought to the stage by Melbourne's RMIT students with a fantaculous adaptation of the spine-tingling tale of a young girl's encounter with real life giants! With novel puppetry, the charming production is sure to delight children of all ages.

Angelina Ballerina's Big Audition Angelina Ballerina's Big Audition is a performance that sees everyone's favourite mouse returning to the Arts Centre with a brand new show. Performed by the acclaimed English National Ballet, the show follows Angelina as she takes her next step (en pointe!) towards becoming a Prima Ballerina.

The Wind in the Willows 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 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.


Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances in Mornington. Established in 1976, Silvers Grand Magic Circus offers a great show for people of all ages with performers including everything from jugglers and clowns to acrobats, international performers and more.

Perry Bros Circus Perry Bros Circus, Australia's oldest circus, will be appearing in Torquay offering quality entertainment to please the entire family. With wire walkers, Jugglers, Whip crackers, balancing acts and more the circus also features performing ponies and camels along with their very funny clowns.

Circus Sunrise Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing with performances held at Epping Plaza Shopping Centre. A true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, the performances of Circus Sunrise feature juggling, acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!

Puzzles & Competitions

Spot The Difference

There are 5 Differences between these two pictures of Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne's iconic haven for knock-off jeans and tasty donuts... See if you can spot them! Sign up for answers revealed in Next Week's Newsletter

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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 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 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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Republica Republica at the St Kilda Sea Baths Complex has regular drink specials and exquisite dining with great views of Port Phillip Bay.
Book Through Menulog and enjoy $5 Pizzas Every Monday from 5pm to 7pm when you dine at Republica!
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Dining in Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..

DiningModern Australian Cuisine

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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.

This week we suggest the following:

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Sporting Events

NBL Championship

NBL Championship | Round 14NBL Championship | Round 15

Melbourne Tigers Home Game

Friday January 8 - 7:30pm
State Netball and Hockey Centre, Parkville

Fun Runs & Swims

The Sorrento Bay Swim The Sorrento Bay Swim is a chance to join in one of Victoria's best bay swims and soak up the picturesque coastline of the Mornington Peninsula. Offering a great family day, competitors of all ages can get involved with proceeds raised going towards the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club.

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

Smartvisit Card is the best way to see the sights of Melbourne, whether you're visiting Melbourne for business, a vacation, or even if you're a local wanting to find Melbourne's hidden treasures!

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!

See Melbourne & Beyond - Smartvisit Card

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Last Week's Puzzle Answers

Spot The Difference
Here are the 5 Differences in last week's picture of Captain Cook's Cottage...
Spot The Difference No.131 Answer

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Melbourne Trivia

How High... ICI?

Melbourne's first skyscraper was the ICI Building on Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, which now stands as the Orica Building. Until 1958, buildings had to be under 132 feet - the highest that fire ladders could reach at this time.

From November 1958 to 1961, after the law had subsided, the ICI Building was the tallest building in Australia.

Read more about Melbourne's Buildings History | Read Melbourne Trivia...


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