Newsletter | #295 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, August 28 to September 3, 2012.
This week... Melbourne Day celebrates our fair city with a range of festivities that include free entertainment when the flag's lifted high at Enterprize Park. The Yartz gets a nod or two with the return of Melton's ArtBeat Festival along with Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival.
Cinephiles score a hat-trick with the Melbourne Underground Film Festival joined by the AICE Israeli Film Festival and the Singapore Film Festival.
It's also a week that's jam-packed with other weeks with the return of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and Melbourne Market Week... this week and next week, that is.
Should you see anyone looking like Carmen Miranda, it's a good bet they've attended both.
Deborah Sharkey, Vice President of eBay in Australia, will be a guest speaker at the Outstanding Women's Series. Presented by The Australian Institute of Management and held at Melbourne's RACV City Club, Deborah will share her career highlights, challenges and inspirations.
When: Friday September 21 - Bookings Advised
Father's Day Gift Guide - Father's Day is almost here, so don't be late and be sure to get a great gift for Dad! If you haven't bought a gift or planned something special yet then why not try some of our ideas to make it a perfect Father's Day this year to show how great he is.
Father's Day: Sunday September 2
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Melbourne Day, marking the first European settlement here, honours Melbourne as one of the world's most liveable cities with a range of events that include the official Flag Raising Ceremony at Enterprize Park, performances and special offers from Melbourne's many great attractions.
When: Thursday August 30
ArtBeat Festival, presented by Melton Shire, offers a diverse range of events that showcase local talents in various venues within Melton with a program that explores many art forms with free author talks, art workshops, art exhibitions, live music and dance performances and more.
When: August 31 to September 9
Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival is a celebration of Spring, offering fun for people of all ages with events including arts and photography exhibitions, concerts, open garden days featuring awards and garden tours and a grand parade day with plenty of fun at the town fair.
When: August 30 to September 9
Also See: Kyneton Antique Fair - August 31 to September 2
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
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, 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, 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
Lines and Light, one of three exhibitions at Obscura Gallery in St Kilda East, is a series of works by Genevieve Engelhardt. With an interest in capturing both the beauty and ugliness found within urban landscapes, her photographic works use long exposure night photography.
When: August 30 to September 30 - Tues to Sat
Official Opening: Thursday August 30 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Excerpt Magazine, a free, quarterly, online-based magazine that's dedicated to photography and the moving image, will be launching their latest issue at Melbourne's Horse Bazaar where images from the magazine will be presented as projections followed by live music.
When: Thursday August 30 - 6pm to 9pm
STILL. LIFE, presented at the Student Gallery of Victorian College of the Arts in Southbank, is a collaborative exhibition of photographs, installations, and sculptural works by Second Year students who have explored the diverse possibilities of photography as an art form.
When: Until September 2
Expos, Launches, Open Days & Lectures
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, held at its festival hub of Melbourne Town hall and other venues, showcases all the hottest designers, labels, styles and retailers Melbourne offers with events that include fashion parades, films, workshops, parties, markets and exhibitions.
When: September 3 to 9
Australian Teenage Expo, held at Melbourne Showgrounds, features stalls that showcase education options from TAFES, Universities and Training Organisations, along with offering entertainment with dance competitions, giveaways, guest appearances, special activities and more.
When: Thursday to Saturday, Aug 30 to Sept 1
Melbourne Paperific Craft Expo, held at Melbourne Showgrounds, draws a wide range of exhibitors from across Australia to showcase scrapbooking, card making, rubber-stamping and more with demonstrations in a range of paper crafts and other workshop classes.
When: Friday to Sunday, Aug 31 to Sept 2
Melbourne Tours & Activities are a great way to take Dad out on the town to discover some of the hidden treasures in your own city. With guided tours, winery excursions, sports events and more, there's no end of great attractions throughout Melbourne and Victoria.
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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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Performances & Theatre
The Shrink and Swell of Knots is an energetic, optimistic show about struggle, filled with music and ideas, practical information and poetry, transformation and grunt as a man turns his coffin into a raft. Created and performed by Ben Grant, it's held at The Substation in Newport.
When: Thursday to Saturday, Aug 30 to Sept 1
Chaim's Love Song, performed at Elwood's Phoenix Theatre, is a poignant, heart-warming comedy about laughter, tragedy, the power of memory and our search for love and meaning when an elderly Jewish man forma an unlikely friendship with a young Gentile woman.
When: September 1 to 9 - Various Dates
The Trial, adapted from Franz Kafka's novel, draws further inspiration from the plight of refugees indefinitely detained in Australian immigration centres because ASIO has assessed them to be national security risks. Directed by Charles Slucki, it's held at the Bella Union in Carlton
When: Friday to Sunday, Aug 31 to Sept 2
Classical, Choral & Recitals
Scintillation, presented by The Melbourne Musicians as part of their Mozart Plus series, will be held at Melba Hall in Parkville. Directed by Frank U. Pam, the program features three brilliant soloists with guests, Stefan Cassomenos, Tristram Williams and Claire Edwardes.
When: Wednesday August 29 - 8pm
Carmina Burana, Carl Orrf's epic work, will be presented in a stunning arrangement for wind ensemble, two pianos and percussion by soloists of Victoria Chorale who will be joined by the Ballarat Wind Orchestra. Performances are held respectively in Ballarat and South Yarra.
When: Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2
Lunchtime Organ Recitals, held at St Michael's Uniting Church on Collins Street, feature organists from across the Globe. Free to attend, resident organist Rhys Boak, often joined by special guests, performs music from some of the greatest composers in human history.
When: Thursdays - 1pm to 1:30pm
Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance
Eifman Ballet, held at Melbourne's Regent Theatre, brings to the stage one of the world's finest contemporary ballet companies as they present a visual feast of passion and drama with a program that includes a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Anna Karenina.
When: August 29 to September 9
Icons, performed by The Australian Ballet, presents the best productions of the sixties, the seventies and the eighties with a triple bill that features The Display, Sir Robert Helpmann's first work on the fledgling Australian Ballet, along with 1973's Gemini and Beyond Twelve from 1980.
When: August 30 to September 8
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
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Entertainment & Nightlife
The Beach Boys, one of the worlds' most legendary and influential bands of all time, will be performing at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena for one night only as part of their Historic 50th Anniversary Tour, which brings together original members for the first time in over two decades.
When: Friday August 31 | Book Now
Lisa Hunt, a performer whose background in the African American tradition of Gospel Singing laid the foundation of her soulful singing style, will be performing at Thornbury Theatre where she'll present a retrospective of the very best of Motown, Soul and Disco.
When: Friday August 31 - Doors Open 8pm
Chance Waters, touring in celebration of the success of his single 'Maybe Tomorrow', which attracted great acclaim online as the trailer song for National Geographic's series 'Doomsday Preppers', will perform at First Floor in Fitzroy along with Kryptic and Morning Of The Earth.
When: Friday August 31 - 8pm
Comedy & Magic
Mandaddy, a solo show performed by Yon of Tripod, draws on personal experiences for a dark, electronic, cabaret excursion that rages though the 7 stages of love, marriage, depression, and wishing children were returnable. It's held at Prahran's Chapel Off Chapel.
When: Until September 16 - Wednesdays to Sundays
Magic of the Mind, held at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club, is a night of entertainment as Charles Gauci presents six entertaining and amazing demonstrations which will baffle the most astute minds with unbelievable demonstrations of intuition, telepathy, premonition and more.
When: Until September 22 - Various Dates
Comedy at Spleen presents an eclectic mix of comedy with some of the best of Melbourne's comedy scene taking to the stage each week. With free entry, the ever changing line-up features established personalities and legends along with the hottest new performers.
When: Mondays - 8:30pm
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
AICE Israeli Film Festival brings contemporary Israeli cinema to Melbourne's screens with featured films showing at Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra and Palace Brighton Bay with a program that features prize winning films with many screening here for the first time.
When: Until September 9
Singapore Film Festival features three specially selected films directed by Singapore's homegrown veteran filmmakers. Held at Melbourne's Greater Union and Carlton's Cinema Nova, the festival showcases a nostalgic period piece, an art house drama and a light hearted comedy.
When: Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2
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Melbourne For Kids
Free Glow in the Dark Mini Golf will be offered in Docklands when Black Light Mini Golf, the only attraction of its kind in Victoria with a unique and quirky indoor course, will celebrate Melbourne Day by giving all visitors a free day of fun with exciting mini golf sessions.
When: Thursday August 30 - Midday to 8pm
Note: Last Tee-Off at 6:30pm
The Way We Were, held at Le Page Homestead in South Morang, offers free attractions presented by Plenty Valley Arts and Whittlesea Historical Society. With children's games, demonstrations and more, families can experience homestead life as it was in the olden days.
When: Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2
Family Day at Collingwood Children's Farm is a special children's event held each month with each family day featuring a particular theme with activities provided for kids. Activities include hayrides, a BBQ and much more to make it a great day out for the kids and family.
When: Sunday September 2
Eroni's Circus, appearing in Tarneit with shows held under the Big Top, are a new Australian circus. Owned and operated by the 5th and 6th generations of the Maynard circus dynasty, they pride themselves as a glamorous, professional and entertaining circus experience.
Tarneit: Until September 16 - Various Dates
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Markets, Fetes and Fairs
Melbourne Market Week, celebrating 400 collective years of Melbourne's major municipal markets, presents special events held at Prahran Market, Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market and other venues with tastings, giveaways, cooking demonstrations, tours and more.
When: August 31 to September 9
400 Fest @ Federation Square: Friday August 31
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!
A growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are springing up around the suburbs.
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Art & Craft Markets
Food & Produce Markets
Wining & Dining
Flavours of Greece, presented by the Barbaresso Oyzo, showcases the best in Greek cuisine, celebrating its relevance in Australia's food scene with ticketed events at various restaurants and highlights that include Barbaresso Oyzo Triva Night at Melbourne's Kri Kri.
When: August 28 to September 27
Barbaresso Oyzo Triva Night: Friday September 14 - 6:30pm
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Australian Rules Football
So sad, this is the final round of home and away games for 2012. At least the mighty Tigers haven't finished 9th but showed incredible promise for the future.. well done Tiges. Cotchy for the Brownlow and hopefully a Victorian team for premiers out of Hawthorn, Collingwood, Geelong and North Melbourne.
AFL Premiership | Round 23
Hawthorn v West Coast Eagles
Friday August 31, 7:50pm - MCG
Geelong v Sydney
Saturday September 1, 1:45pm - Simonds Stadium
Essendon v Collingwood
Saturday September 1, 7:40pm - MCG
Carlton v St Kilda
Sunday September 2, 1:10pm - Marvel Stadium
Richmond v Port Adelaide
Sunday September 2, 3:15pm - MCG
Victorian Roller Derby | Vic vs QLD
VRDL Queen Bees v Northern Brisbane Rollers
VRDL ALL-Stars v Sun State Roller Girls
When: Saturday September 1 - Doors Open 4:45pm
WWE Raw will hit Melbourne as part of their World Tour, bringing WWE's unique brand of action packed entertainment to at Rod Laver Arena where fans will be able to see all their favourite WWE Superstars including John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, The Miz and many more.
When: Saturday September 1
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Fitzroy was Melbourne's first suburb, created when the area between Melbourne and Alexandra Parade (originally named Newtown) was subdivided into vacant lots and offered for sale.
Newtown was later renamed Collingwood, and the area now called Fitzroy (west of Smith Street) was made a ward of the Melbourne City Council. On 10 September 1858, Fitzroy became a municipality in its own right, separate from the City of Melbourne.
Fitzroy is also infamous for being home to the 1920's gangster figure, Squizzy Taylor, who frequented the area around the junction of Napier Street and Gertrude Street.
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