Newsletter | #172 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #172 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #172 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday April 20 to Monday April 26, 2010.

This week... Melbourne gets very vocal with the Melbourne Festival of Choirs singing loud and proud, while the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival gets ready to wet its spit valve with a great range of workshops and events celebrating our vibrant Jazz scene. There's also the chance to get good and Bardy with Stratford's Shakespeare on the River Festival, celebrates the great playwright's birthday with theatre, readings and a special community day.


ANZAC Day - Saturday April 25 He dreamt of his wife's garden, with its flowers in the sun,
but when a flower loudly screamed, the dream, it was undone.
He opened up his eyes and knew the battle had begun,
as it had the day before, and would, for many days to come.
He'd buttoned up his collar, when the soldier reached his tent,
he turned his face away and sighed, to hide that he was spent.
With thoughts of flowers in the sun still lingering in his head,
he regained his stone composure, General of the Regiment.

He looked across the field to where the rifles loudly roared,
where men, like broken sticks, lay scattered, twisted by the score.
And something seized the General, and it shook him to the core.
It wasn't fear or anger, it was something tired and worn.
And a soldier, looking pale, with a gash across his head,
reared up upon the General, "What's our orders, Sir?" he said.

The General said, "I don't quite know, but I would like some tea...
"Let's make us some Darjeeling and we'll sit beneath that tree.
"If history looks unfavourably upon the course we'd take,
"be thankful that it's not our book, in that, we have no stake,
"for history's written not today, but in the days to come,
"I'd rather be a footnote in the tragic things we've done.
"But if they would remember me as one who loved his tea,
"then let my name be known to all, for that is what I'll be.
"I'd rather spill the sugar than the blood when all is done...
"But none the less be careful, as you pass that sugar, son."

ANZAC Day - Saturday April 25

Major Events

Melbourne Festival of Choirs Melbourne Festival of Choirs, held at Southbank's Melbourne Recital Centre and other venues, brings together choirs and individual singers from across Melbourne and Victoria to share the joys, talents and skills of singing with performance, workshops, forums and social gatherings.
When: Friday to Monday, April 23 to 26

Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, held at various venues, features some of Australia's most celebrated improvisers in an inspiring program of creative and groundbreaking music making. Nurturing Melbourne's creative jazz scene, the festival showcases some of the best musicians in town.
When: April 23 to May 2

Bright Autumn Festival Bright Autumn Festival celebrates two weeks of Autumn's vibrant colours and produce in the valleys of the Victorian High Country with festival highlights in the township of Bright including a Gala Weekend with a street market and parade, winery tours, an art show and more.
When: April 24 to May 5
Gala Day Held Saturday May 1

The Mount Beauty Music Festival The Mount Beauty Music Festival offers another fantastic line-up this year with performers of blues, roots, rock, jazz, country, bush poetry and comedy. Along with fantastic entertainment the festival is also a chance to savour the local produce and wines of the North-East Alpine Valleys.
When: Friday to Sunday, April 23 to 25

Shakespeare on the River Festival Shakespeare on the River Festival celebrates William Shakespeare's birthday a program of events in Stratford that include theatre, musical performances, story telling, workshops and more along with the major highlight, the Avon Village Fair Day, held at Stratford's Village Green.
When: April 23 to May 7 | Village Fair Day held May 2

The St Kilda Busking Festival The St Kilda Busking Festival offers a fantastic look at the colourful entertainment on offer from Melbourne's hidden artists. With fun performances held on Sundays between 1pm and 4 pm, the free entertainment offers colourful, bizarre and hilarious entertainment for the whole family.
When: Sundays Until May 23 - St Kilda Village

Film Festivals

The Audi Festival of German Films The Audi Festival of German Films is an eclectic and versatile mix of German films screening at Kino Cinemas and Palace Cinema Como. This year's festival features the works of two eminent directors, Fatih Akin and Sönke Wortmann along with challenging new productions.
When: April 22 to May 2

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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Arte on Yarra Arte on Yarra, showing at the gallery of Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead, is an exhibition that celebrates a mother's journey, exploring colour and the beauty of nature as the river flows towards the sea. With silk paintings, enhanced and mixed media, works presented are for sale.
When: Until May 9 - Wednesday to Sunday

Highway Drawings Highway Drawings, an exhibition by Lea Ward, displays the beauty found by the artist in smashed cars with works on paper that cleverly engage the audience once the folds and shadows of crumpled metal start bouncing off the paper. It's held at Abbotsford's Chapman & Bailey Gallery.
When: Until May 1 - Monday to Saturday

Imaging the Spiritual Imaging the Spiritual, held at St Kilda's Obscura Gallery, is a photo exhibition by Joyce Evans that spanning her 30-year photographic career. With poignant imagery captured by the artist, the works documents her enduring commitment to finding the spiritual in the everyday.
When: Until May 7

Selections Selections, featured at Steps Gallery, a purpose built art exhibition space in Carlton South, is a showcase of sculptures by the artist, Beatrice Magalotti. The exhibition also includes works on paper by Sharyn Madder, a professional illustrator whose art is both haunting and touching.
When: Until May 2

Out of My Head Out of My Head, an exhibition by Margaret Gold, uses her abstract/expressionist technique to explore autobiographical components of her subjects. With a style that blurs the boundaries between painting and drawing, her works are on display at Forty Five Downstairs in Flinders Lane.
When: April 13 to 24 - Tuesday to Saturday

The Star The Star, an illustrative book by Felicity Marshall which examines the phenomenon of celebrity culture, will be exhibited with original artwork on display at Port Melbourne Prints and Framing. The Star follows the adventures of a wooden doll who learns about the trappings of fame.
When: April 13 to 27

Twenty One Twenty One, an exhibition by Jack Douglas, explores coming-of-age in a society that's not quite right. Held at Per Square Metre Gallery in Collingwood, the works use influences that include pop surrealism, tattoo art, skateboard graphics and more to portray the hardships in daily life.
When: April 14 to 25 - Wednesday to Saturday

I Am I Am, an exhibition held at The Atrium of Federation Square, celebrates the many talents of artists associated with Mind and Doutta Galla Community Health. The artworks promote the significance of creative expression in the recovery process of people experiencing mental health challenges.
When: April 15 to 26 - Open 24 hours

Independent Type Independent Type, showing at Altona Meadows Library, is an exhibition that celebrates the history of Victoria's literary culture with displays that mark the progression of writing by exploring traditional Indigenous storytelling through to colonial classics and today's vibrant writing scene.
When: April 17 to May 16

In The Kitchen Sink In The Kitchen Sink, showing at Melbourne Art Rooms in Port Melbourne, is a group show featuring works by artists that include Emma de Clario, Stuart Spence and Nicholas Jones. The exhibition examines the role of our domestic goddess today and what suburban domesticity really means.
When: Until May 2

Constellations: A Large Number of Small Drawings Constellations: A Large Number of Small Drawings explores the role of drawing in a wide range of professions. Bringing together a large number of drawings from disciplines such as Art, Architecture, Cartography and more, the exhibition is held at Swanston Street's RMIT Gallery.
When: Until June 26 - Monday to Saturday

Surface Play Surface Play, featured at Red Gallery in Fitzroy North as one of three exhibitions, displays works that use stripes that project into the third-dimension to draw attention to painting as surface. Created by Susanne Pearce, the new series of acrylics on canvas present colourful shifting perspectives.
When: Until April 24 - Wednesday to Saturday

Studies of the Natural World Studies of the Natural World, held at Forty Five Downstairs in Flinders Lane, is an exhibition of oil paintings by Peta Cross. Exploring the artist's relationship with animals and the natural world, the works are drawn from the artist's observations of the taxidermy profession.
When: Until April 24 - Tuesday to Saturday

The Arthur Rylah Institute The Arthur Rylah Institute, Victoria's leading centre for applied ecological research, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary during April by presenting a free exhibition of rare flora and fauna prints from the Arthur and Caroline Howard Collection, which includes settlement era artworks.
When: Throughout April - Various Venues

Australia's Muslim Cameleers Australia's Muslim Cameleers, a special exhibition on loan from the South Australian Museum at the Immigration Museum, showcases the Pioneers of the Inland during the 1860s to 1930s when the cameleers' small Muslim community were a feature of Australian outback towns.
When: Until September 19 - Open Daily

'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.
When: Until October 31

Expos, Launches & Lectures

Save Water, Save Energy Expo Save Water, Save Energy Expo, held at the One Community Centre in Blackburn, offers everything you need to know about saving water, saving energy and therefore saving money. The expo features practical, informative advice from special guest speakers and industry experts.
When: Wednesday April 21 - Bookings Required

Pet Shows

Meet the Dogs of Melbourne Meet the Dogs of Melbourne, presented by Dogs Victoria, is a special event held at Federation Square that show the public what really goes on at a dog show. The free, family event will take you behind the scenes of the judging process with agility tests, obedience trials and more.
When: Monday April 26 - Midday to 3pm

Performances & Theatre

Distant Bodies Distant Bodies, a black comedy about hope, innocence and how we communicate, is a tale of five people who meet in the desert, revisiting past experiences that have shaped them. Honest, moving and often hilarious, the play by Barnaby Chiverton is held at Northcote Town Hall.
When: April 21 to May 8, Wednesday to Saturday

Footsteps of a Nobody Footsteps of a Nobody, performed at J Studios in North Fitzroy, is the rock-musical by Donna Williams and The Aspinauts that's half play, half musical, tracing the developmental milestones portrayed in Donna's bestselling book, Nobody Nowhere; Autobiography of an Autistic Girl.
When: Saturday April 24 - 8pm

Parkland Avenue Parkland Avenue, performed at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is a tale of the emotions found as three friends watch their perfect relationship unravel violently around them. Presented by Collaboration The Project's, it's performed along with Project Y's It Sounds Silly, featuring 28 young dancers.
When: April 21 to 24

The Grenade The Grenade, performed by Melbourne Theatre Company at the Arts Centre, follows the plight of major advisor and lobbyist, Busby McTavish. Finding a live grenade in his living room, he's forced to question the meaning and who may have done such a thing, inspiring paranoia.
When: Until May 15

MAMA MIA! MAMA MIA! the hit musical that's inspired by the songs of ABBA, returns to Melbourne for a limited time with performances held at Her Majesty's Theatre. The romantic comedy follows a young girl whose efforts to meet her father reunite her mother with three lovers from the past.
When: Until May 30

Classical, Choral & Recitals

Baroque & Beyond Baroque & Beyond, presented by the Melbourne Musicians with soloists Karen Columbine and Frank Pam, is the Australian Premiere of a newly restored concerto by J.S.Bach for Violin and Viola. Held at St Johns in Southgate, the concert includes sinfonias by Bach's four musical sons.
When: Wednesday April 21

Cabaret & Burlesque

Red Door Burlesque Red Door Burlesque will be performing at the stylish Order of Melbourne in Swanston Street. Offering the finest in burlesque, vaudeville and circus, the night includes seductive tunes from DJ Emma Peel, saucy pinup girls, and death-defying aerial acts performed right above your table.
When: Sunday April 25 - Doors Open 6pm

Convent Cornucopia Convent Cornucopia, held at Abbotsford Convent as a celebration of the unique venue's 6th birthday, features a dazzling array of performers. The entertaining annual party highlights the revival of the arts, cultural and learning precinct with the theme this year of ruffling your feathers.
When: Saturday April 24 - Bookings Required

Entertainment & Nightlife

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.
When: Every Thursday - 5:45pm to 8:45pm

Uptown Jazz Cafe Uptown Jazz Cafe, the newest jazz joint in Fitzroy's Brunswick Street, will present a performance by the Eugene Ball Quartet, featuring Australia's most active and versatile trumpet player. A seasoned performer, Eugene Ball has played with Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes and other greats.
When: Friday April 23

Melbourne Jazz Jammers Melbourne Jazz Jammers, held at Collingwood's Leinster Arms Hotel, offers a great opportunity for musicians of any background to drop in, join in, listen in, meet other musicians and relax over a drink as the evening unfolds with anything from bebop to swing, blues, Latin and more.
When: Fridays - 6pm to Late & Sundays - 3pm to 6pm

Kym Campbell Kym Campbell, whose music spans genres that include acoustic reggae, folk, roots and surf-rock, will be performing it The Edinburgh Castle in Brunswick. Celebrating the release of her new EP titled 'Preview', her tunes reflect a lifestyle of travel, sun, ocean, surf and song.
When: Sunday April 25 - 9pm

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.
When: Monday April 26

Comedy & Spoken Word

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow will be making an appearance at Upper Yarra Arts Centre in Warburton for one night only when international and local comedians will take to the stage for a gala evening of laughs with some of the festival's finest acts.
When: Saturday April 24

Earth Day Cabaret Earth Day Cabaret, held at Solidarity Salon in Brunswick, is a fundraising night of poetry and song featuring performances by Paul Karp, a passionate cycling environmentalist, a musician, poet and a workplace delegate. Proceeds will assist the Freedom Socialist Party travel fund.
When: Saturday April 24 - Doors Open 6:30pm

Melbourne For Kids

Baloomba-wop Baloomba-wop, held J Studios in North Fitzroy, is a musical adventure for kids. Performed by Donna and the Aspinauts, the show is an interactive, off the wall, musical adventure for kids and kids at heart, appealing to fans of Dr Seuss, Lewis Carroll and Roald Dahl.
When: Saturday April 24

The Maize Maze Carnival The Maize Maze Carnival, held at the Enchanted Maze Garden in Arthurs Seat, is a chance to discover the amazing Maize Maze - the largest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere. With fun twists and turns, the impressive Maize Maze is made from more than 100,000 stalks of corn.
When: Until May 2 - Open Daily


Circus Sunrise Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing with performances held in Hastings. A true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, the performances of Circus Sunrise feature juggling, acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!
When: Until May 16 - Hastings

Perry Bros Circus Perry Bros Circus, Australia's oldest circus, will be appearing in Pakenham, 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.

Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances in Airport West. 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.

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

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Sporting Events

AFL Premiership

AFL Premiership | Round 5 AFL Premiership | Round 5

Bulldogs v Adelaide - April 23 - Marvel Stadium
Melbourne v Brisbane Lions - April 24 - MCG
Collingwood v Essendon - April 25 - MCG
Carlton v Geelong - April 26 - MCG

NRL - National Rugby League

NRL Premiership | Round 7NRL Premiership | Round 7

Melbourne Storm v Warriors

Sunday April 25
Marvel Stadium, Docklands

The Trots

Kilmore Racing Club Kilmore Racing Club - April Race Dates

Harness Racing

Friday April 23rd

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.
Next Race Dates

Thoroughbred Racing - Sunday April 25

Community Sports & Fun Runs

Republica Beach Volleyball Republica Beach Volleyball, held at St Kilda Sea Baths, invites mixed teams of 4 to compete in a fun, entertaining atmosphere smack bang in front of one of the world's greatest DJ's. With a first in best dressed policy, each participant will receive a free refreshment from Republica.
When: Every Wednesday - 6:30pm (Fees Apply)

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The Big Screen Seldom Now Seen

Melbourne's first Drive-In theatre, the Skyline in Burwood, which opened on February 18th in 1954, was also the very first Drive-In to open in Australia. The first of more than 330 drive-ins that were built across Australia, the Drive-In was one of the most popular pastimes and dating rituals during the 50's and indeed the 60's when their popularity peaked with 19 Drive-In cinemas found in greater Melbourne in 1966 and a total of 60 throughout Victoria.

With the growing popularity of independent cinemas and large chain cinemas flourishing in Melbourne, many of the Drive-In cinemas sadly fell by the wayside, and today there are only 3 that still operate today, located in Coburb, Dromana and the Lunar Drive-in Theatre in Dandenong, which is also the largest drive-in theatre in the Southern Hemisphere.

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