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Review: Holy Cow! James Joyce slaughters the Scared Cows of English Literature

Photography: Bernard Peasley Each year on 16 June, Dubliners and Joyce enthusiasts around the world gather together to commemorate and celebrate the life of Irish author, James Joyce for Bloomsday – aligning to recreate the tale told in the day of the life protagonist, Leopold Bloom in Ulysses, Joyce’s most celebrated novel. Bloomsday in Melbourne, now in it’s 25th year of Joycean fiction celebration again took up it’s annual challenge to dramatise an element of Ulysses with a fresh perspective for the masses. In 2018, writers and committee appointed Director, Jennifer Sarah Dean – Artistic Director for the Melbourne Shakespeare Company to take on this challenge and apply her own unique style. Holy Cow!, this years’ interpretation is a theatrical adaptation of ‘Oxen of the Sun’ – the 14th chapter of Ulysses, and takes the audience on a satirical journey through over 30 literary periods starting out prim and proper with Medieval Morality plays and continues through ever-increasing levels of debauchery and english language degradation, reaching a somewhat modern day finale knee deep in Dickens, Ruskin …

MICF Review: G’Day Comrade

G’Day Comrade answers that age-old(?) question.. ‘what do you get when a Russian bride, a nerdy scientist and a failed rock star walk into a bar?’ The result, a fun evening of Russian stereotype puns, Dostoyevsky references, random dancing and the stand up talent of three Russian comedians with some pretty impressive street cred. Comedians Kaychu Symon, Gosha Bodryi, Gleb Tugushev and special guest Kirill Sietlov all bring their own unique style of observational humour to Comedy Festival goers, applying a quirky, adorably confused Russian perspective to classic Australianisms, and the legal limit of only two Vladimir Putin based jokes. Aside from a couple of jokes that went a little beyond dark humour, the crowd loved this sweetly hilarious show, which offered a nice balance of performance, and audience interaction. On its debut season, G’day Comrade is not a perfectly polished or sophisticated comedy show, but it’s a must-see for those who love simple, self-deprecating humour – with enough sweet warmth to thaw an icy Russian heart on a bitter winters day. Tickets start from …

Melbourne Music Week

Launched in 2010, this relatively new festival was designed to celebrate Melbourne’s thriving music scene, support up and coming local talent and foster partnerships to ensure the industry continues to grow. Not just about music alone, it has been described as an ‘imaginative line-up that spans music, film, art, design and hospitality – on at various locations in and around the CBD. When: 17 – 25 Nov 2017 Where: check out their program here.

Fringe Review: “After Hours Cabaret Club”

Last night we were invited to check out the Fringe Festival edition of the After Hours Cabaret Club at the newly-relocated Wonderland Speigeltent – now located adjacent to Channel 7 Studios off Harbour Esplanade. You’d be excused for thinking you were in a twentieth-century underground cabaret club as you step into the intimate, slightly hazy confines of the Speigeltent, the jazz music cranks up, you take you seat and slip into their old-world style of classic ‘anything goes’ entertainment.  Hosted by a very talented Tash York (Desperettes, These Things Take Wine) – who also MC’s the club’s regular evenings at the Melba Speigeltent (in Collingwood) – the After Hours Cabaret Club mixes the best of old-world entertainment with a modern twist – offering a superb collection of talented, unique individuals for a top-value, highly entertaining Fringe collaboration.  The club features bite-size snippets of talent from some of the nations best burlesque, cabaret, vaudeville and old world sideshow, backed up by a fabulous five-piece band – it’s a little bit charming, a little bit naughty – …

Art n’ Absinthe in Fitzroy

Shrouded in a veil of mystery and myth since its 18th century Swiss origins and often (incorrectly) labeled as a hallucinogenic, Absinthe, la fée verte, the Green Fairy, has long been the popular choice of beverage for artists, writers and bohemians. Much like the spirit itself, Fitzroy’s relatively new Absinthesalon is a little mysterious. Hidden behind a heavy, unassuming wooden door off Fitzroy’s Rose Street, guests are admitted only after they ring a doorbell. Once inside, they are transported down the rabbit hole to a soft, elegant and dreamlike 19th century French salon with close to 40 varieties of the spirit available. Dark period art adorns the walls inside, the ceiling is accented with a garden of reverse tulips (inspired by Oscar Wilde’s famous quote), and the indoor / outdoor garden area is enclosed by glowing green walls. An Absinthe-lovers dream. We caught up with Paddy Hutchinson, from Absinthesalon, where we hoped to clear up once and for all, if Absinthe really drove people mad? How long have you been working in the Absinthesalon? I’ve been working …

Romantic Melbourne Winter Dates

Got a cozy winter date coming up and no idea where to go? Swipe right on these awesome options, and nail the possibility of a follow up date. The Town Mouse | 312 Drummond Street, Carlton. A super cozy neighborhood nook that specializes in good food, wine and conversation. It offers larger plates and a tasty-cute small plate menu designed for sharing, and so you can “accidently touch hands” across the table. Il Solito Posto | 113 Collins Street, Melbourne Be sure to book in the restaurant (not the bistro), for a romantic, underground Italian dining experience with soft lighting, an excellent wine list and next level, non-intrusive service. This place is just beautiful, the perfect gem to keep up your sleeve for dates and such. Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar | 66 Bourke Street, Melbourne Pure, honest and upfront, Pellegrini’s hasn’t changed since the fifties, because it’s basically perfect. Walk in, grab a seat at the communal bar with your date and not have that awkward ‘what should we eat moment’ – just order what’s available …

WKM Review: Fully Made Up

We were recently invited to the fabulous Butterfly Club to check out opening night of Fully Made Up – An Improvised Cabaret, starring multi-award winning comedian Jenny Wynter. Combining cabaret, comedy and improv, this performance brings to life a veteran cabaret starlet, who’s entertaining evening soiree is entirely comprised of stories, songs, memories and monologues – inspired (in true improv style) by the suggestions of the audience. Improv alone is hard enough, but throw in the added challenge of creating an on-the-spot, rhyming, reasonably relevant show tune to random suggestions like ‘squid’, ‘grapes’ and ‘eat the frog’ and you’ve got yourself a pretty darn entertaining premise. Slipping just once, with real class and a super quick redirection, Jenny absolutely nails her latest show in a satin draped display of raw, fabulous singing, silly monologues and general awesomeness. We would have loved a few more songs and less monologue in the first half of the show, as this woman sure can sing, but overall we loved the show, and laughed the whole way through. An enviously …