Newsletter | #294 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #294 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #294 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, August 21 to 27, 2012.

This week... Melbourne Writers Festival sharpens its pen for a program of literary treats that include a weekend of children's author talks at ArtPlay. EID Festival celebrates the end of Ramadan with an evening of attractions in Burwood, while Hurstbridge Wattle Festival offers a great day out for the family celebrating 100 years of rail.

For foodies, there's the Sunbury Region Wine Festival matched perfectly to the Melbourne Specialist Cheese Show. Musos can get their rhythm sticks out for the Australia's Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Preston and for film buffs, there's the return of the bad boy of film festivals, complete with dubious acronym, the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

Some readers might remember my bemoaning a broken washing machine several weeks ago, which I'm happy to say is now working perfectly fine, even if it does sound like an asthmatic Dalek.

After much tinkering it seems that what was required was, as the professionals might put it, 'kicking the living spin cycle out of it' having reached my wits' end.

Now, what with my son's laptop screen suddenly playing up also, any attempted repairs will be kept to the wee hours of the night. The last thing I need is to have him catch me searching Youtube for instructional videos - especially since they'll involve Chuck Norris.



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Melbourne's Underbelly Crime Tour Melbourne's Underbelly Crime Tour lets you discover the darker side of Melbourne as you walk in the footsteps of notorious criminals, exploring the scenes of some of the city's most infamous criminal events. The tour also includes 50% discount on entry to the Old Melbourne Gaol.
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Major Events


Melbourne Writers Festival Melbourne Writers Festival, one of Australia's key literary events, offers a broad range of literary ideas and events with over 300 writers from around the world featured in a program of talks, debates, literary banquets, readings and concerts held at venues throughout Melbourne.
When: August 23 to September 2


EID Festival EID Festival, held at Deakin University in Burwood, is a celebration of the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Also held to promote a greater understanding of Muslim culture, activities include traditional performances along with a showcase of art and food.
When: Thursday August 23 - 4pm to 6pm


Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Hurstbridge Wattle Festival, celebrating the unique heritage of the historic Hurstbridge township, features a wide range of activities with a Tongan Feast, local wines and artworks, market stalls, free activities for children, roving performers and much more.
When: Sunday August 26 - 10am to 4pm


Craft Cubed Craft Cubed, presented by Craft Victoria, celebrates skilled and idea-based experimental craft and design with a great program that offers events that include Open Studio Days, seminars, workshops, exhibitions and the Craft Hatch market held at Melbourne's 1000 Bend.
When: Until September 1


Victoria's Small Business Festival Victoria's Small Business Festival, held to encourage and support anyone looking to start or grow a business, offers events highlighting practical knowledge and skills with seminars, workshops, exhibitions and more held at various venues in Victoria and Melbourne.
When: Held throughout August


Words in Winter Words in Winter, held in the Shire of Hepburn with events in Clunes, Creswick and Trentham, presents a huge program of book launches, workshops, and poetry readings along with special guests in Author Talks, theatre, oral history discussions and much more.
When: Until August 31


Art Exhibitions


Auguste Clown Gallery Auguste Clown Gallery, a Brunswick underground gallery dedicated to pop surrealism art, will celebrate their Grand Opening with their art exhibition, Runaway Circus, presenting a showcase of the bizarre and unusual with works challenging the boundaries of common perception.
When: Friday August 24 - 6pm to 10:30pm


CCP Declares: On the Nature of Things CCP Declares: On the Nature of Things, held at Fitzroy's Centre for Contemporary Photography, is a major exhibition featuring works at the forefront of contemporary Australian photography and video by artists that include Jane Brown, Ross Coulter, Yavuz Erkan and others.
When: Until September 16 - Wednesdays to Sundays


Moon Lantern Festival Moon Lantern Festival, China's Mid-Autumn Festival which dates back to China's Song Dynasty over 1000 years ago, will be celebrated at Melbourne's Chinese Museum with their exhibition, Under One Moon, showcasing lanterns, photos and posters from past festivals.
When: Until October 7


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Expos, Launches, Open Days & Lectures


Home Lifestyle Show Home Lifestyle Show offers the attractions of five shows in one, showcasing lifestyle, food and wine, garden, outdoor adventures and vehicles. Appearing at Shepparton Exhibition Centre, the show features a wide range of product displays, demonstrations and much more.
When: Friday to Sunday, August 24 to 26


NCAT Community Open Day NCAT Community Open Day at Preston's Northern College of the Arts & Technology presents activities for people of all ages with campus tours, live band performances, an electric car display and fun trades, technology and arts activities to explore turning your passion into a career.
When: Saturday August 25 - 10am to 3pm


Cruden Farm Open Garden Day Cruden Farm Open Garden Day sees Dame Elisabeth Murdoch once again open the gates and invite the public to picnic on the grounds of possibly the most famous garden in Australia with its thousands of lakeside daffodils and one of the most famous picturesque avenues today.
When: Sunday August 26 - Free Entry for Kids


Melbourne Tours


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Phillip Island Wildlife Day Tour Phillip Island Wildlife Day Tour lets you get up close to Australia's famous wildlife to see penguins, koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and seals on a full day tour from Melbourne that includes the famous Penguin Parade and a visit to Warrook Cattle Farm, the Koala Conservation Center.
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Performances & Theatre


Voice & This That Nothing Voice & This That Nothing will be performed as a double-bill at Northcote Town Hall. Both provocative and original works from Brisbane, Voice follows an otherwise insignificant night with a very important speech, while This That Nothing is an examination of youthful apathy.
When: Until Saturday August 25


Top Girls Top Girls, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, features an all-female cast as it follows the life of Marlene, a career minded woman who celebrates her success by opening her imagination to a remarkable dinner party with significant historical female figures.
When: August 25 to September 29


The Marvelous Wonderettes The Marvelous Wonderettes, performed at Melbourne's fortyfivedownstairs, is the successful Off-Broadway hit musical that takes place during a 1958 high school prom where four girls with hopes and dreams share their lives and loves amidst a score of classic songs.
When: August 22 to September 1 - Tuesday to Sunday


Classical, Choral & Recitals


A Garden of Money A Garden of Money, held at the Lithuanian Club in North Melbourne, is a new musical, written by Melbourne composer Noel Fidge. Combining the glory of the Lieder tradition with a biting and witty play, the performance is presented by beautiful voices and virtuoso piano.
When: August 23 to 29 - Various Dates


A Cantabile Collection A Cantabile Collection, a small a capella choral ensemble, will be holding their main performance for the year and to celebrate their new home of Northcote's Santa Maria College where they'll presents an afternoon of fine choral music served with a fine range of refreshments.
When: Sunday August 26 - 2:30pm to 4pm


Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance


Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty, presented by The Imperial Russian Ballet Company, brings to Her Majesty's Theatre the classic masterpiece performed in three acts. Sleeping Beauty follows the story of Princess Aurora, who is awakened 100 years later after being cursed on her 16th birthday.
When: Friday to Sunday, August 24 to 26


Bohemia Cabaret Club Bohemia Cabaret Club, located in South Melbourne, caters to every taste with weekly cabaret and burlesque shows presenting everything from the sublime to the ridiculous and the base to the refined with shows that celebrate laughter, horror, joy and tears, sin and sensuality.
When: Wednesdays to Sundays


Miss Pole Dance Victoria Miss Pole Dance Victoria, presented at Melbourne's Forum Theatre for one night only, recognises pole dancing as an art form and a sport all of its own with Victoria's Professional Pole Dancing Championship attracting elite level performers from Victoria and Tasmania.
When: Saturday August 25


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Entertainment & Nightlife


Australia's Ultimate Drummers Weekend Australia's Ultimate Drummers Weekend, presented by Drumtek, is a drum and percussion enthusiast's Heaven with workshops, performances and s special guests, drumming competitions and a drumming expo. It's held at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston.
When: Friday to Sunday, August 24 to 26


Haunting August Haunting August will perform at Melbourne's Cherry Bar to launch their Debut EP along with their Oscar's Song Single, which will be on sale for one dollar with all proceeds going to Oscar's Law, a movement to ban puppy factories. They'll be supported by Arcane Saints and Falconio.
When: Friday August 24 - 9pm


Obits Obits, performing at Northcote Social Club, are a Brooklyn-based garage, punk-rock four piece. Relatively new as a band, individually they have an outstanding pedigree, fronted by singer/writer/guitarist Rick Froberg, formerly of bands that include Hot Snakes and Pitchfork
When: Friday August 24 - 8pm


Comedy & Magic


A Hip Hikers Guide to The Galaxy A Hip Hikers Guide to The Galaxy raises the question of what aliens would think if they landed in Melbourne today. Performed by Vincent Milesi of 'Keep it Positive' and Michelle Brasier of 'The Divine Miss Bette', the intergalactic comedy is held at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club.
When: Until Sunday August 26


The Big HOO-HAA! The Big HOO-HAA! is one of Melbourne's most successful improvised comedy shows held at Melbourne's Portland Hotel where each week two teams, the Hearts and the Bones, battle it out against each other armed with only the suggestions that the audience gives them.
When: Thursday August 23 - Doors Open 7:30pm


Dave Hughes Dave Hughes, perhaps one of the most significant talents to have emerged from the Australian comedy scene in the last 10 years with his laid back and laconic delivery belying one of the sharpest wits, will be performing at the Wonderland Spiegeltent in Docklands.
When: Friday August 24 - 7:30pm to 11pm


Cinema


Melbourne Underground Film Festival Melbourne Underground Film Festival, a festival proudly far from the norm, presents screenings at Revolt ArtSpace in Kensington. Celebrating uncompromising genre films, the program includes guest speakers, awards and a selection of shorts drawn from over 500 submissions.
When: August 24 to September 1


Comfortable Shorts Comfortable Shorts, held each month at Melbourne's Loop Bar, presents an evening of laidback fun with screenings of short films. The film nights are also the perfect chance to meet passionate, fellow cinephiles, enjoy Q&A sessions with filmmakers and do a bit of friendly networking.
When: Tuesday August 21 - 7pm


Croydon Film Society Croydon Film Society hold regular screenings at Chirnside Park's Reading Cinema, showcasing quality films with annual membership including all screenings and attendance of their end of year party. The next film screening will be the Australian film by Kriv Stenders, Red Dog.
When: Monday August 27 - 7:15pm


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Melbourne For Kids


ArtPlay ArtPlay will be presenting a great program of author talks and workshops for children as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival with special guests that include Anna Walker, Elizabeth Honey and Asphyxia, the puppeteer and performer who created the very popular Grimstones.
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26


Knight at the Museum Knight at the Museum, this year's Whitehorse Showtime, is a theatrical experience presented by the Scouts and Guides of the Mt Dandenong Region, which includes Whitehorse, Maroondah, Doncaster and Yarra Ranges. It's held at the Whitehorse Centre in Nunawading.
When: Until September 1 - Various Dates


Premier Model Train Exhibition Premier Model Train Exhibition offers enthusiasts the chance to showcase their talents at one of Victoria's largest model railway events. Held at Caulfield Racecourse, the event will showcase 30 impressive model layouts along with over 30 retail stands and 7 displays.
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26


Circus


Lennon Bros Circus Lennon Bros Circus, appearing in Cranbourne, is Australia's oldest touring circus, having started as a Buckjump show. With big cats and other animals, audiences are captivated by the antics of the clowns and enthralled by jugglers, aerialists and the daring wheel of death.
Cranbourne: Until August 26 - Various Dates & Times


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Markets, Fetes and Fairs


Polish Marian Shrine Fete Polish Marian Shrine Fete, an annual event that's been held in Essendon for over 30 years, offers traditional Polish food and cakes along with a great range of entertainment and attractions for the whole family with a sausage sizzle, various market stalls, a jumping castle and more.
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26


Melbourne Orchid Spectacular & OSCOV Show Melbourne Orchid Spectacular & OSCOV Show, held in Keysborough, is Australia's largest orchid show with stands from many Victorian and Interstate Societies of orchid growing, along with leading commercial growers catering to orchid enthusiasts and professional sellers.
When: Friday to Sunday, August 24 to 26


Great Collectors Heaven Fair Great Collectors Heaven Fair, held at Malvern Town Hall, is a chance for collectors of many different passions to pick up a bargain or find rare items with traders from Melbourne, country Victoria and other states at the fair offering Comics, Memorabilia, Records, Stamps and more.
When: Sunday August 26 - 9am to 3pm


Melbourne Market Guide


View MARKETS calendar 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 for a bargain!

Markets, Fetes & FairsA growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are springing up around the suburbs.

Fetes Fairs & Shows
Art & Craft Markets
Food & Produce Markets
Swap Meets
Garage Sales


Wining & Dining


Melbourne Specialist Cheese Show Melbourne Specialist Cheese Show, held at St Kilda's Ormond Hall, is a chance for cheese lovers to tantalise and finesse their cheese tasting skills with Australia's greatest cheeses and cheesemakers at hand, mozzarella stretching demonstrations and more.
When: Saturday August 25 - 11am to 4pm


Sunbury Region Wine Festival Sunbury Region Wine Festival is a chance to taste the best of Sunbury's wineries with delicious food, wine and entertainment on offer at Craiglee Winery where you can also sample the wines of Longview Creek Estate, Galli Estate, Rose Creek Estate and other wineries.
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26


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Sporting Events


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Australian Rules Football


AFL Premiership | Round 22 AFL Premiership | Round 22
Richmond V Essendon
Friday August 24, 7:50pm - MCG
St Kilda V Greater Western Sydney
Saturday August 25, 1:45pm - Marvel Stadium
Carlton V Western Bulldogs
Sunday August 26, 1:10pm - Simonds Stadium
North Melbourne V Freemantle
Sunday August 26, 3:15pm - Marvel Stadium
Melbourne V Adelaide
Sunday August 26, 4:40pm - MCG


Snow Sports


Kangaroo Hoppet Kangaroo Hoppet, hosted by Falls Creek, draws over 1,000 competitors from over 20 countries in Australia's premier long distance cross country ski race with the event holding the elite 42km Kangaroo Hoppet, a shorter 21km course and the 'fun run' course , the 7km Joey Hoppet.
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26


Horse Racing


Mildura Cup Carnival Mildura Cup Carnival is a perfect chance to unwind on the Murray River and enjoy great racing action on the track of Mildura Racecourse along with the stunning fashions on the field, fun activities for children and a selection of gourmet foods and wines on offer.
When: Sunday August 26


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A Great Stage in History


John Hennings, an immigrant from Bremmen in Germany, established a succesful career over 40 years as one of the finest theatrical artists, painting scenic stage sets for opera, drama and pantomime. It was this remarkable talent that made him the obvious choice for enlarging a panoramic sketch by Samuel Jackson, which shows a 360-degree view of Melbourne in the 1840s.

Commissioned in 1892 by the Victorian colonial government, Hennings painting took five months to complete and he was paid 500 guineas for the work. Measuring 100 feet, the panorama is one of the earliest known views of Melbourne, depicting the people, buildings and streets of the fledgling colony.

Hennings's cyclorama was displayed in the eastern annexe of the Exhibition Building for almost 30 years, but in 1918 the cyclorama was rolled up, stored and forgotten until March 1953 when it was damaged in a fire that destroyed a section of the Exhibition Building. Three years later, the Exhibition Trustees donated the painting to the State Library of Victoria where it remains today.

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