Newsletter | #303 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #303 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #303 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, October 23 to 29, 2012.

This week... It's truly a mixed bag of events with the return of Diwali celebrating Indian culture and the French Polynesian Festival at the historic Como House. If you visit the website of the latter, they invite all to come and 'vibrate' while watching a live dance show, and while I'm not sure what that entails, I'm game for it if you are.

There's a great many community festivals about including the Sacred Kingfisher Festival, Surrey Hills Music Festival and Activation in Chadstone. And for avid fans of good old fashioned rock and roll, there are two fine events to pick from with the Tallangatta Fifties Festival and Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Festival.

Finally, should you come across some pale chap with an awkward, stumbling gait this weekend, don't be alarmed. You've either walked headlong into the Melbourne Zombie Shuffle, or you've simply run into me.

The pale complexion's the shock of having committed to martial arts lessons - trust me, you'd understand how shocking that is if you knew me. It's akin to hell freezing over or A Current Affair going a week without plugging a weight loss fad.

The awkward, stumbling gait's from what I like to call Kendo-legs - an affliction my lovely partner doubts is real, probably because it often strikes when it's my turn to make a coffee.

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Save On Retail's Christmas Lights & Gifts Sale Save On Retail's Christmas Lights & Gifts Sale offers a great chance to get in early with gift ideas and decorations for Christmas. Along with fairy lights and cosmetics, you'll also find jewellery, household products and many other great items with a huge range to select from.
When: Sale Ends November 2

High Tea in Melbourne

High Tea in Melbourne High Tea in Melbourne has become ever more popular with numerous venues offering some old class charm to match the rich architecture of our fair city. With tasty cakes, finger sandwiches and scones, we've gathered together just some of the many High Tea events on offer.
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Major Events

French Polynesian Festival French Polynesian Festival, held at South Yarra's Como House & Garden, presents a grand showcase of attractions that include an exhibition of photography, live performances with musical entertainment and Polynesian dance shows, craft workshops, film screenings and more.
When: Thursday to Sunday, October 25 to 28

Sacred Kingfisher Festival Sacred Kingfisher Festival, held at CERES Community Environment Park in East Brunswick's, celebrates the Sacred Kingfisher's return to its traditional nesting grounds of Merri Creek with an Organic Market, special guests, a huge community parade, dancing and much more.
When: Saturday October 27

Surrey Hills Music Festival Surrey Hills Music Festival is an exciting event that offers a huge line-up of performers at venues that include Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre. Showcasing folk, jazz, country, blues, rock, classical and chorale, there's also great food stalls, buskers, workshops and more.
When: Saturday October 27 - Midday to 11pm

Activation! Activation! is a family friendly festival held at Chadstone's Batesford Reserve where people of all ages can enjoy a great range of attractions that include children's activities and performances, market and food stalls, community displays, workshops and live music.
When: Sunday October 28 - 11am to 3pm

Diwali Fair Diwali Fair, held at Springvale's Sandown Racecourse, has a wide range of Indian cuisine, dance shows and children's entertainment. Showcasing the rich diversity of Indian culture, the annual event includes market stalls, children's rides, a fireworks display and more.
When: Sunday October 28 - 11:30am to 9:30pm

Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Festival Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Festival, held in the historic tree lined main street of Camperdown, is a retro-fest extravaganza featuring great live rockabilly bands, a vintage fashion parade, a flea market with 50's collectables, dance competitions, art exhibitions and more.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 26 to 28

Tallangatta Fifties Festival Tallangatta Fifties Festival, on the shores of Lake Hume in North East Victoria, celebrates the rock and roll era with classic cars, motorcycles, dancing and entertainment with guests that include Frankie J Holden, along with a 50s fashion market and busking competition.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28

High Country Festival High Country Festival, held in Mansfield across various venues, celebrates innovative ideas and cultural activities with a diverse variety of events that include art exhibitions, unique community events, live music, horse shows, open garden tours and much more.
When: October 26 to November 6

Bendigo Agricultural Show Bendigo Agricultural Show, held at Bendigo's Prince of Wales Showgrounds, offers two great days of action and entertainment for the whole family with a fantastic range of attractions and entertainment that include live shows, food, animal displays and carnival rides.
When: Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27
Also See: Myrtleford Show - Saturday, October 27

Ararat Show Ararat Show, held at the R.T. White Raceway, showcases the best of Ararat's country life with a wide range of events and attractions including horses and a pet show, floral displays and exhibitions. The day also offers fun for the whole family with rides, tractor pulling and more.
When: Sunday October 28
Also See: Ararat Spring Antiques & Vintage Fair | October 26 to 28

Bright Spring Festival Bright Spring Festival showcases the vibrant sights, attractions and best of Bright with a series of events that include special talks, dinners and art exhibitions along with highlights such as the Grand Fireworks Spectacular and Concert, open gardens tours, workshops and more.
When: October 20 to November 6

Melbourne Festival Melbourne Festival, held at various venues, exclusively premieres some of the finest national and international artists and theatre companies. With a program rich in dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and more, the festival offers a diverse range of entertainment.
When: October 11 to 27

Art Exhibitions

Take A Bow Take A Bow, held at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute, is an exciting new prize for performance photography presented by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The exhibition highlights the significance of photography to performing arts such as circus, dance, theatre and more.
When: Until Sunday October 28
Photography Demonstrations: Saturdays & Sundays, October 27 & 28

Ourselves Ourselves, held at Southbank's Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, investigates the way artists seek to understand, empathise with, mirror and interpret their own persona, or the individuals they portray. It features works by notable artists that include Laurie Anderson.
When: Until November 25

Name Day Name Day, held at Melbourne's fortyfivedownstairs, draws on a Macedonian celebration that inspired Violeta Capovska's interest in naming and its strong cultural and political significance. Her botanical prints are interwoven with names of historic heroines from art and literature.
When: October 23 to November 3

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Expos, Launches, Open Days & Lectures

Presentations & Exhibitions: Flinders Street Station Presentations & Exhibitions: Flinders Street Station, held at RMIT, features a display of a 1:200 scale model of Melbourne's iconic station precinct created by RMIT Studio Pie along with special talks from author Jenny Davies, who'll also launch her new website about the station.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28

Melbourne Deaf Expo Melbourne Deaf Expo, held at Melbourne Showgrounds, brings together information that's relevant to those who are deaf and hard of hearing, along with their families and the general community with a showcase of education, services, employment, hearing aids, sports and more.
When: Saturday October 27 - 10am to 4pm

National Careers & Employment Expo National Careers & Employment Expo, held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, is Australia's largest career-focused event, providing an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn more about services from leading educational and training providers.
When: Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27

Melbourne Zombie Shuffle Melbourne Zombie Shuffle, bigger, bolder and bloodier each year, will see countless hordes of the undead overtake the Melbourne CBD with this year's event shuffling off from the meeting point of Carlton Gardens before ending at the Riverslide Skate Park of Alexandra Gardens.
When: Sunday October 28 - Starts 2:30pm
Also See: Oz Horror Con
Also See: Mr & Miss Voodoo Zombie Pageant

Car Shows

Motorclassica Motorclassica, celebrating classic motoring, features the Classic Motor Show at Carlton's Royal Exhibition Building. Bringing together the world's most beautiful cars from both Australia and abroad, there'll also be the popular free Picnic with the Classics on Museum Plaza.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 26 to 28
Picnic with the Classics: Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28

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

In A Forest, Dark and Deep In A Forest, Dark and Deep is the Australian premiere of a play by Neil LaBute, America's most controversial and provacative contemporary playwright. Held at The Theatre Husk in Northcote, the dark journey into sibling rivalry escalates into a riveting psychological thriller.
When: October 23 to November 11

Elling Elling, performed by Melbourne Theatre Company, is the hit comedy from Simon Bent, based on the Oscar-nominated film. The play follows Elling, a middle-aged man at a loss after his carer mother's death, who has to face the world with an equally hopeless flatmate.
When: October 27 to December 8 - Various Dates

Blackrock Blackrock, performed by Purely Pensive Productions, is a classic Australian drama which explores identity, loss and the relationships between young men and women. An intimate drama that examines the social forces behind violence, it's held at Brunswick's Mechanics Institute.
When: Thursday to Saturday, October 2 5to 27

Classical, Choral & Recitals

Opera Scholars Australia Opera Scholars Australia will perform at Melbourne Recital Centre with a special concert of works by Mozart and Verdi. Held to celebrate their 15th year, former scholar Daniel Brinsmead's award winning composition, Come Sleep, will also be given its Australian Premiere.
When: Monday October 29 - 7:30pm

Lunchtime Organ Recitals 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

The Mikado The Mikado, skilfully performed by Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria, brings to life the most beloved musical from the famed duo. Directed by Diana Burleigh and with musical direction by Christopher Stock, performances are held at the Alexander Theatre in Clayton.
When: October 20, 26 & 27

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Riverside Live Riverside Live, a series of lunchtime performances held outdoors at Melbourne's Arts Centre, will present Asanti Dance Theatre with their captivating drumming and energetic dance movements in a performance that fuses African culture with the contemporary influences of Australia.
When: Thursday October 25 - 12:30pm

An Act of Now An Act of Now, held at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl, is a new dance performance by Chunky Move from visionary new artistic director, Anouk van Dijk. An examination of human behaviour in response to environment, Van Dijk's work is daring, innovative and unpredictable.
When: October 17 to 27 - Except Sundays

La Soiree La Soiree, held at Melbourne's Forum Theatre, presents jaw-dropping acrobats, mind-bending contortionists and thrilling chanteuses in an extravaganza of circus vaudeville and stunning burlesque that has left audiences around the world spellbound, titillated and amazed.
When: Until November 18 - Various Dates

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Entertainment & Nightlife

Alana Porter Alana Porter, a 20 year old singer-songwriter with a highly engaging stage presence and a captivating vocal ability well beyond her years, will be performing at The Espy in St Kilda to launch her new EP. Joining Alana will be guests, James Gowans, The Winter Suns and Carly Scerri.
When: Thursday October 25 - Doors Open 8pm

Sup Brew? Sup Brew? features a great line-up of talented musicians that include Davy Simony, The Paper Street Soap Company, Sophia Blackburn and Daniel Jenkin. Held to help raise funds for CERES, entry is free with donations welcome, and there'll be $10 jugs all afternoon along with a raffle.
When: Sunday October 28

Cuban Jazz Festival Cuban Jazz Festival, held at Coldstream's Rochford Winery, combines live vineyard jazz with salsa, bongos, conga and D.J's spread over two main arenas. Set before the lake on the vineyard stage, exciting salsa dance lessons will take place before each performance.
When: Sunday October 28

Comedy & Magic

Checkpoint Charlie Comedy Checkpoint Charlie Comedy, one of Melbourne's best comedy rooms held at Eurotrash Bar, presents some of Melbourne's boldest and most exciting new up-and-comers before testing your continence with some of Australia's best known established comedians.
When: Wednesday October 24 - 7:30pm

A Dinner to Die For A Dinner to Die For, appearing at Melbourne's Imperial Hotel, is a wickedly funny Murder Mystery Dinner set in 1928 as Lord Quinten Daventry hosts his party bash. Dinner guests are allocated a role and encouraged to indulge their inner artiste by dressing and behaving in character.
When: Saturday October 27

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


Social Action Film Night Social Action Film Night, presented by Arts in Action at Carlton's Bella Union, will this month feature an exciting program of short films with Lighter or Darer, a soul shaking black and white film series, along with Just Be Frank, a short documentary about a blind Jazz musician.
When: Thursday October 25 - 7:30pm

Greek Film Festival Greek Film Festival, held at Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra, presents a selection of contemporary films direct from Greece with this year's event again offering a great program with over twenty films that include short films, comedies , documentaries and classics.
When: October 17 to November 4

Hola Mexico Film Festival Hola Mexico Film Festival, held at Melbourne's ACMI Cinema, presents the best films that have emerged from Mexico. With action films, dramas, comedies and poignant documentaries, the theme this year of Adios Cliches aims to reveal a realistic portrayal of daily Mexican life.
When: October 19 to 28

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Melbourne For Kids

Children's Week Children's Week, held to recognise the talents, rights and achievements of young people, will be celebrated with more than 350 free events taking place across Melbourne and Victoria. With workshops, performances and much more, the program has something for all.
When: October 20 to 28

Halloween at Coal Creek Halloween at Coal Creek, one of South Gippsland's most popular events, is a wonderful community celebration held at Korumburra's Coal Creek with entertainment that includes a children's disco, roving performers, apple bobbing, ghost train, trick or treating and more.
When: Saturday October 27 - 5:30pm to 10pm

High School Musical High School Musical brings the smash hit Disney movie to the stage with the production by South Yarra's St Martins Youth Theatre show following the social upheaval that ensues when members of different cliques break rank by performing together.
When: Wednesday to Sunday, October 24 to 28


Women's Circus Women's Circus will be presenting free performances in the windows of various Sacred Heart Mission op shops as part of Buy Nothing New Month as they tell the story of a little girl's toy room coming alive through contortion, stilting, tumbling, acrobalance and clowning.
When: October 6 & 27

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Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Markets & Fetes | This Weekend Markets & Fetes | This Weekend
With spring bringing out the best of Melbourne's market and fetes, why not check out some of the many events on offer this weekend. You'll find just some of the many markets and fetes that you might otherwise overlook!
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Old Fashioned Spring Fair Old Fashioned Spring Fair, presented by the Anglican Parish of Box Hill, features cakes, sweets, jams and pickles at great value at old-fashioned prices. With plants, crafts, books, collectibles and toys for sale, there'll also be face painting, lucky dips and live music performances.
When: Saturday October 27 - 9am to 2pm

Caulfield South Primary School Art Fest Caulfield South Primary School Art Fest has something for everyone with a day filled with creative activities, rides, entertainment and delicious food to compliment an art exhibition that will showcase the enormous talent within their school community with pieces up for auction.
When: Saturday October 27, 10am to 4pm

Moonee Ponds Central School Spring Fete Moonee Ponds Central School Spring Fete offers a great day out for the whole family with live music, amusement rides, homemade cakes and preserves, plants, toys and books for sale, crafts, tattoos, face painting, silent auctions, a side show alley and much more.
When: Sunday October 28, 10am to 4pm

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

Microbreweries Showcase Microbreweries Showcase, held at the Atrium of Federation Square, is a chance to meet brewers from Melbourne and regional Victoria. Ticket-holders to the event receive twenty tastings from select breweries along with treats from participating Fed Square restaurants.
When: Wednesday & Thursday, October 24 & 25

Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree, held at Rose Bar and Diner in Port Melbourne, is part of a series of events presented by the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society. Bringing together wine, women, food, and frocks at one great venue, the evening will compare wines from Yarra Valley and France.
When: Thursday October 25

Royal Melbourne Wine Show Royal Melbourne Wine Show offers the chance to sample this year's best of the best from around the country with up to 3,000 wines entered into this year's event. Held at Melbourne Showgrounds, there are also tastings, an exclusive Uncorked MasterClass and award winning foods.
When: Saturday October 27 - 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 4 Hyundai A-League | Round 4

Melbourne Heart v Central Coast Mariners
Sunday October 28 - 3pm
AAMI Park, Melbourne


WNBL | Round 4 WNBL | Round 4
Dandenong v TSV
Friday October 26 - 7pm - Dandenong Stadium
Bulleen v TSV
Saturday October 27 - 7:30pm - Veneto Club
Bendigo v Dandenong
Saturday October 27 - 7:30pm - Bendigo Stadium

Motor Sports

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix held at Phillip Island, brings Victorians the opportunity to enjoy world-class entertainment. This year marks the 18th running of motorcycle racing at Phillip Island circuit with a host of entertainment and activities around the circuit.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 26 to 28

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