Newsletter | #307 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #307 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #307 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, November 20 to 26, 2012.

This week... Amidst the many and varied cultural festivals that abound right now, there's a grand soiree for those partial to the way le Francais with the Paris to Province Festival at South Yarra's Como House.

If the warm turn of weather has you flustered you can also fan yourself no doubt at the Japan Culture and Art Festival, while on the Mediterranean side of things there's the Greek Glendi Festival celebrating Melbourne's sister-city of Thessaloniki.

And with Frankston getting in early with the Yule time cheer, there's the first sign of Christmas on the horizon, which inevitably brings with it the Grinch-like school holidays to steal the precious free-time of those larger kids known as parents.

So be sure to check in next week when we'll have the School Holiday Guide up, along with a guide to upcoming carols, for those keen to burn their candles at both ends.

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Magnolia Square Magnolia Square, a boutique fair with women's and children's attire, jewellery and more, will be holding their popular fair at Malvern Town Hall where you can get a head start on your Christmas shopping with stalls offering great gifts from 80 independent designer makers.
When: Thursday to Saturday, December 6 to 8

Boogie Nights New Year's Eve at Longroom Boogie Nights New Year's Eve at Longroom takes you back to the 70's for a celebration of dancin' fun in the spirit of Boogie Nights, Saturday Night Fever and Studio 54. All tickets include basic spirits, house wines, tap beer and soft drinks plus delicious tapas and sushi.
When: Monday December 31 - Bookings Advised

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Click Frenzy Click Frenzy is Australia's first national online-only mega-sale when for 24 hours only you can grab unbelievably great bargains from hundreds of retailers on fashion, consumer electronics, homewares, books, toys and much more from some of Australia's biggest retail names.
When: Starts Tuesday November 20 - 7pm

New Year's Eve Hot Spots

New Year's Eve New Year's Eve is already looming large, so to help plan ahead, check out just some of the many and varied New Year's events that we have listed. With music events, themed parties, concerts and more, New Year's Eve is set to be a big one when we show those uppity Aztecs what for!
New Year's Eve Hot Spots

Major Events

Paris to Provence Paris to Provence, the Melbourne French Festival held in South Yarra, transforms the historic Como House and grounds into a traditional French village with decorative stalls, fun activities for children, cooking demonstrations, live music, roaming characters and more.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 23 to 25

Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights offers Yule time entertainment for the whole family with activities that include Carols by Candlelight and music on stage, Santa, rides, fireworks and the stunning lighting up of Frankston's over 100-year-old Norfolk Pine.
When: Saturday November 24 - 5pm to 10pm

Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair celebrates Diamond Creek's community with local groups raising funds and promoting activities with a great range of attractions that include carnival rides, live entertainment, crafts and food stalls, competitions and spectacular fireworks.
When: Saturday November 24 - 10am to 9:30pm

Greek Glendi Festival Greek Glendi Festival, celebrates of the relations between Melbourne and our Greek Sister-City of Thessaloniki. Held at Federation Square, the free festival features a wide variety of entertainment that embraces the Greek culture with performances, food and craft stalls.
When: Sunday November 25 - Midday to 9:30pm

EMG Community Fiesta EMG Community Fiesta, presented by the East Melbourne Group and held at Powlett Reserve, is a day of entertaining fun for the family with live music from The Killjoys and the Plan B Big Band, rides, workshops, sporting games, market stalls and even an antiques roadshow.
When: Sunday November 25 - 10am to 4pm

Japan Culture & Art Festival Japan Culture & Art Festival, held at North Melbourne Town Hall, offers a great day of fun for people of all ages with live music and choir performances, dancing, craft workshops, tasty food, market stalls, and art displays along with sake and tea tastings and more.
When: Sunday November 25 - 11am to 4pm

Anatolian Alevi Festival Anatolian Alevi Festival, celebrating Turkish culture, is a festival dedicated to Abdal Musa, one of the founders of ancient philosophical ideologies that embrace unity and peace. With music, dance, art, children's games and food, the event is held at Coburg Lake Reserve.
When: Sunday November 25 - 10am to 6pm

Eureka Festival Eureka Festival commemorates the anniversary of 1854's Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat with a program of informative and fun events that include special dinners, historical tours, art exhibitions and the highlight of horseracing action with the Eureka Pacing Cup.
When: November 24 to December 3

Daylesford Agricultural Show Daylesford Agricultural Show celebrates its 141st year with the show offering a great day out for the whole family with attractions that include a wide range of animals on display, horse show events, craft competitions, amusement rides, show bags, food and exhibitions.
When: Saturday November 24 - 9am to 3:30pm

Draught Horse & Machinery Festival Draught Horse & Machinery Festival, presented by Yarra Valley Machinery Preservation Society, is a chance to see magnificent draught horses in action along with engine displays, ferret racing, stalls and more. With free entry for kids, it's held at Mont De Lancey in Wandin.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25

Queenscliff Music Festival Queenscliff Music Festival, one of Victoria's best music events, presents performances in unique venues throughout the town of Queenscliff with a superb program of performers featuring You Am I, Missy Higgins, Gurrumul, Owl Eyes, The Beards and many other guests.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 23 to 25

Melbourne Music Week Melbourne Music Week, celebrating our city's thriving live music scene, is more than just a music festival with a great program of imaginative events that include industry events, concerts in unconventional spaces, artistic collaborations, workshops, film screenings and more.
When: November 14 to 24


Movember Movember returns for another year to celebrate soup-strainers and raise money for men's health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and beyondblue. By simply growing a moustache and finding sponsors, Gala Parties are held at month's end to thank all involved.
When: Held Throughout November

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Art Exhibitions

That which lies beneath That which lies beneath, one of several exhibitions held at The Substation in Newport, is a group show of multimedia, photography, sculpture and installation works by artists that include Michaela Brunton, Martina Copley, Anna Ng, Helen Pallikaros, Hannah Smith and Marcus Encel.
When: Nov 22 to Dec 16 - Thursdays to Sundays
Official Opening: Thursday November 22 - 6pm

Creating an Impression Creating an Impression, held at Melbourne Fine Art Gallery, is an exhibition of new artworks by Judy Drew. With pastels that have been described as romantic, bold, and powerful, her main inspirations drawn on post-impressionists and Japanese art circa 1800's-1900s.
When: November 22 to December 14

A Natural Curiosity A Natural Curiosity, held at East Melbourne's Tasma Terrace Gallery, is a special presentation of unusual crafts and strange curiosities from drawn from the National Trust Collections to explore the 19th century's fascination with the Natural World and the often bizarre results.
When: Until February 22

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Expos, Launches, Open Days & Lectures

Mind Body Spirit Festival Mind Body Spirit Festival, held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, offers everything you could need for health and well-being with more than 200 stalls, live performances and a great range of products and services to try including yoga, crystals, psychic readings and more.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 23 to 25

Australian Quilt Market Australian Quilt Market, held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, showcases the latest in patchwork, fabrics, quilting machines, threads, sewing machines, beading accessories and much more along with offering workshops and talks from special guest Robyn Pandolph.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25

Bendigo RV & Camping Leisurefest Bendigo RV & Camping Leisurefest, a huge showcase of RV, Camping, Boating and Off Road vehicles, takes place at Bendigo Racecourse. Offering the chance to find all the latest outdoor gear and a wide range of equipment, it includes free entertainment for children.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 23 to 25

Melbourne Tours

Melbourne Tours & Activities 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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Performances & Theatre

Glimpse Glimpse, performed by The Kin Collective at Melbourne's fortyfivedownstairs, brings together some of theatre and television's most interesting and engaging performers in a tale that follows the lives of eight strangers whose worlds are not as far apart as they seem.
When: Until December 2 - Except Mondays

Midsummer Midsummer, presented by Red Stitch Theatre in St Kilda, is a charmingly quirky musical and romantic comedy about two mismatched lovers who meet at a classy wine bar and soon find themselves on a wild weekend, burning a hole through someone else's fifteen thousand pounds.
When: Until December 15 - Wednesdays to Sundays

Normie Normie is an exciting new musical about the successful and controversial 1960's experiences of Australia's King of Pop, Normie Rowe. Starring Normie Rowe himself as Harold Holt, and featuring a string of his hits, 60s classics and original songs, it's held at Scotch College in Hawthorn.
When: November 23 to December 1

Classical, Choral & Recitals

Poetic Visions Poetic Visions, held at Melbourne Recital Centre, is a performance by Benaud Trio as they present a program of works by Johannes Brahms and Dmitry Shostakovich, along with Paul Stanhope's new work for soprano and piano trio on poems by Garcia Lorca.
When: Saturday November 24 - 3pm & 6pm

Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly, presented by Opera Australia at the Arts Centre, is Puccini's moving tale of love and loss in the city of Nagasaki. Performed in Italian with subtitles, this production blends exquisite costumes and stylish sets with some of the most moving music written.
When: November 14 to December 14

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Short+Sweet Cabaret Short+Sweet Cabaret, the world's biggest little arts festival, returns to Prahran's Chapel Off Chapel with a lively program of 10 minute works packaged into nightly shows to showcase the best theatrical and dance works performed by established and emerging artists.
When: Until December 9

Boon-esque Boon-esque, held at The 86 in Fitzroy, brings together the two dynamic forces of Le Tableaux Burlesque and Bobby and the Pins to create a cabaret interpretation of the Mills and Boon romance novel series that merges the traditional arts of burlesque and barbershop singing.
When: Thursday November 22 - Doors Open 7pm

Atrocity Atrocity, performed at South Melbourne's Bohemia Cabaret Club, combines shock performance with music, song, dance and black comedy to present a show that pushes the boundaries of burlesque with the revival of Grand Guignol theatre's grim, dark undertones.
When: Sundays Until November 25

More Performances & Theatre | More Dance & Ballet

Entertainment & Nightlife

ReMastered Myths ReMastered Myths brings together musicians from different musical and cultural backgrounds to collaborate and explore foreign sounds and styles. Free to attend as part of Arts Centre Melbourne's Riverside Live program, the first guest performers are Unified Gecko with Choi.
When: Friday November 23 - 6pm

Hoodoo Gurus Hoodoo Gurus, one of Australia's most iconic bands, will be performing at Rochford Wines in Yarra Valley as part of the concert series, A Day On The Green, where they'll be joined by The Angels with Dave Gleeson, Baby Animals, James Reyne and Boom Crash Opera.
When: Saturday November 24

Diana May Clark Diana May Clark will perform at Melbourne's Paris Cat Jazz Club with her new set of Brazilian groove infused Pop Songs as she previews her new single, 'Sunny Daze', while joined by guitarist Doug de Vries, Al Kerr on drums and special guest, RocKwiz Orkestra's James Black on keys.
When: Saturday November 24 - 7:30pm

Comedy & Magic

Softbelly Comedy Softbelly Comedy, held at Melbourne's Pop Restaurant & Bar, presents some of Melbourne and Australia's best loved talent with an awesome line-up of comedians. With Hannah Gadsby as this week's MC, she's joined by Michael Williams, Sonia Di Iorio and other guests.
When: Thursday November 22 - 8:30pm

White Trash White Trash, held at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club, is Xavier Toby's quirky examination of what it means to be a racist in today's society as he talks of the finer points of being diplomatic by way of talking of the finer points of having an accountant that's also a penguin.
When: Thursday to Sunday, November 22 to 25

Comedy at Spleen 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


The Month of the Documentary The Month of the Documentary, held at St Kilda's Alliance Franšaise de Melbourne, offers a program of rarely seen documentaries with this year's program 'Living Youth' featuring 4 documentaries that explore the conflicts, desires and relationship to the world of youth today.
When: November 20 to 28 - Various Dates

Jewish International Film Festival Jewish International Film Festival, held at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, presents a program of 34 feature films and documentaries that have been drawn from 14 nations, including the film, The Law in These Parts, the Grand Jury Prize Winner at this year's Sundance.
When: Until November 25

La Mirada Film Festival La Mirada Film Festival, held at Melbourne's ACMI Cinema and Cinema Nova, showcases a diverse mix of the finest cinema from Spain and Latin America. With screenings of films ranging from classics to recent releases, the program also includes many other special events.
When: November 15 to 26

More Live Gigs | More Comedy & Magic | More Cinema

Melbourne For Kids

Young & Kicking! Young & Kicking! is a youth event held by Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club where girls aged 12 to 18 years old can learn more about playing soccer in 2013. With a BBQ lunch, workshops, fun games, prizes and refreshments, the free event takes place in West Footscray.
When: Saturday November 24 - 10am to 1pm

Santa Special on Puffing Billy Santa Special on Puffing Billy presents a delightfully decorated steam-hauled train that allows Santa to meet as many families as possible with the jolly fellow himself at Emerald to hand a present to each child whilst Santa's helpers provide adults with tasty refreshments.
When: Saturdays Until December 15

Wonderland Fun Park Christmas Spectacular Wonderland Fun Park Christmas Spectacular celebrates the Christmas season with the fun park in Docklands hosting a great range of attractions for the family. Along with the chance for kids to meet Santa and receive a gift, there's also the Christmas village, rides and more.
When: Until December 24

More Children's Events | More Circus

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Balnarring Community Sustainability Fair Balnarring Community Sustainability Fair is a fun family friendly day that will inspire people to work towards a more sustainable future. Held at Balnarring Racecourse, there'll be a showcase of sustainable products, food, fair trade children's clothing, crafts and much more.
When: Saturday November 24 - 9am to 4pm

Pascoe Vale Car Boot & Market Day Pascoe Vale Car Boot & Market Day, held to raise funds for Pascoe Vale Primary School, offers a huge variety of new and used goods for sale with a wide range of stalls along with hot food available on the day, craft activities for children, entertainment, a silent auction and more.
When: Saturday November 24 - 10am to 2pm

Australian Animal Protection Society Bazaar Australian Animal Protection Society Bazaar, held in Keysborough, raises much-needed funds for the shelter with a fantastic day of entertainment that includes a jumping castle, face painting, retro stalls, food and live music, photos with Father Christmas and much more.
When: Sunday November 25 - 10am to 2pm

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

Picnic in the West Picnic in the West, a food and wine festival taking place at Witchmount Estate in Plumpton, offers a great day out for family and friends with a showcase of Victoria's finest wine, beer and produce, live music, wine master classes, kids' activities and Western Bulldogs signings.
When: Sunday November 25 - 10am to 4pm is the easiest way to book a restaurant online. With the choice to search by cuisine and location, you can find great dining offers with some of Melbourne's finest restaurants. Bookings are free and can be made online at any time of the day.
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Sporting Events

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Hyundai A-League | Round 8 Hyundai A-League | Round 8

Melbourne Heart v Newcastle Jets
Saturday November 24 - 5:30pm
AAMI Park, Melbourne


WNBL | Round 8 WNBL | Round 8
Bulleen v WCW
Friday November 23 - 7:30pm - Veneto Club
Dandenong v WCW
Saturday November 24 - 7pm - Dandenong Stadium
Bendigo v Adelaide
Saturday November 24 - 7:30pm -Bendigo Stadium

Roller Derby

Roller Derby Xtreme Roller Derby Xtreme, held at Hisense Arena, sees the explosive return to Melbourne of banked track roller derby after a wait of almost 30 years. Featuring the very best roller girls from the US, fierce rivals LA Derby Dolls will be going up against New York Gotham Girls.
When: Friday November 23 - 7pm

Victorian Roller Derby League | Grand Final Victorian Roller Derby League | Grand Final
3rd Place Battle - Toxic Avengers v Dead Ringer Rosies
Grand Final - Rock Mobsters v The Dolls of Hazard
Melbourne Showgrounds
When: Saturday November 24 - Doors Open 4:45pm

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