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MICF Review: Cameron James “Chilled Out/Fired Up”

We all have those little voices in our heads, those ones that tell you what to do, Cameron James calls his “chilled out” and “fired up” and his new show takes his audience on a little journey through adult life and listening to these voices.

Covering a lot of ground effortlessly, with anecdotes, observational and self deprecating humour including being in 30s and witnessing that loosest of loose friend who appears to become the most adulting adult that you know almost overnight (we’ve all been there, right?), observations of men on the dance floor and what it could possibly mean for their ability to dance between the sheets, being part of the last generation where the wooden spoon was an acceptable form of punishment, having that one high school friend that you can’t bear to delete from facebook because every post offers huge potential for trolling, zoology and panda porn, alpha and beta male roles within the friendship group and his budding friendship with a chilled out heart surgeon with life advice for us all.   

Language warning, chill out but James drops a couple of “c bombs” and if he weren’t so comfortable with the word, might see like a grab at the shock factor but they fall from his lips much more easily than his attempt at the word “booty”.

James is comfortable and confident on stage, a fantastic story teller (almost too good, enabling the audience to conjure imagery of the result of a night of 15 espresso martinis whilst snorkelling in Bali), that makes the hour slip away so quickly.  If you recognise his face from somewhere, check your Comedy Central and ABC’s Comedy Next Gen views and what this space, as we have no doubt that he’ll be popping up on your television more often.

Head along to see Cameron James at the Greek Centre for the hilarity that is “Chilled Out/Fired Up”.

4 1/2 stars
Reviewed and written by our guest writer –  Shannon Murphy
Where: The Greek Centre, Zeus, 168 Lonsdale Street
When: 6 or 7pm, selected nights until 22 April.
For more information and tickets check out the MICF website.

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 just $10 – so it’s an awesome, low-cost way to support up and coming artists who offer a unique foreign perspective on Australian life.

3 ½ stars.

Reviewed and written by our guest writer –  Kerstyn Dance
: The Imperial Hotel, 2 Bourke Street | The Vault Theatre, 522 Flinders Street, CBD
When: Various times, until 1 April
For more information and tickets check out the MICF website.


WIN: 1 x double pass to the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest Pool and Spa Expo

The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest Pool and Spa Expo  is around the corner. As Aussies sink into summer here is your chance to win  1 x double pass on us! The event runs Feb 1 – 3 and has features by award winning landscape designers, heaps of aspirational pools and spas, free seminars and consultations with industry experts and a custom designed Show Garden by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist. It’s perfect for anyone looking to renovate their backyard, or get some poolside inspiration to quench the heat in the warmer months.

Win a double pass on us, simply share this post on Facebook and tag us @weknowmelbourne (your profile must be public so we can see the share!). Get a bigger chance to win by filling the form below. Competition closes on 28thDecember 2018




Get your Summer Skates On

For the first three weeks of December, the Queen Victoria Market will play host to the Air Canada Ice Rink – Melbourne’s first ever summer outdoor ice skating rink.

Those who crave a small taste of a white Christmas experience can hit the ice and show off their moves in a 45-minute session for the small price of $15 (adults), $10 (kids under 14) or a family of four for just $45. Sessions run every hour and can be purchased rink side – though we recommend pre-purchasing tickets online to avoid disappointment.

Canadian-themed treats like maple syrup ice cream and poutine (a delicious concoction of french fries, gravy and cheese curds for the uninitiated) are also available for purchase aside the ice rink as well as popcorn and fairy floss for the kids (and young at heart).

If you are thinking of taking the team from work for a little bit of skating fun, why not pair it with the Wednesday Summer Night markets for a spectacular feed for the perfect work Christmas party with a difference. Groups of ten or more who pre-book via the website get a saving of 10% off skate tickets.

Get your skates on and don’t miss out on this fun twist on Christmas tradition.

Where: Queen Victoria Markets, C Shed (take the #57 in the free tram zone)

When: Market Days 1-24 December & Wednesday Nights during Summer Night Market

More information / book tickets: Check out their website.

Image credit: Queen Victoria Market



Summer Nights – the Night Markets Return for 2019

The Summer Night Markets kicked off last week again and despite being a somewhat miserable night, the event proved to be as popular as ever with crowds turning up to get a taste of their favourite food stalls and check out some new flavours for the 2018/19 season.

The Market boasts 60 global street food stalls and this year the delicious dining options are better than ever with all the usual favourites like Mussel Pot, Running Bull Sangria and Wonderbao returning again with their popular offering, as well as donut balls of every possible flavour including Nutella, salted caramel and melted marshmallow from Taki’s Balls – you’ll find these quite addictive, but they are perfect to share.

If you like your dinner with a side of Instagrammable flair, be sure to check out Flying Noodles for their servings of noodles that float in mid air over the plate, over chopsticks held by seemingly invisible hands.

Beer, wine and cider is also on offer from local breweries, Brick Lane, Coldstream and Mitchelton Wines.

The Summer Night Market is also a great option for Christmas present shopping with a plethora of handmade goods from it’s 100 speciality shopping stalls peddling essential oils, art, handcrafted vegan soaps, leather goods, hats and even puppets, all on offer for very affordable prices.

As an added bonus this year, located between the two main food halls is an awesome chillout area with games like Jenga, chess, checkers and totem tennis, perfect for the kids to take a short time out or challenge your mates to a quick little hustle.

The Summer Night Market is on every Wednesday, rain or shine from now until 20 March (excluding boxing day) and from 5-24 December will also boast Melbourne’s first outdoor summer ice-skating rink, brought to market-goers by Air Canada – so you can show off your mad skating skills. (You’ll need to pre-purchase your tickets via the Summer Night Market website).

Where: Queen Victoria Market (cnr Queen and Therry Streets, CBD) – jump on the 19, 57 or 59 tram to Stop 7, Elizabeth St or Tram 58 to Stop 9, Peel St (BONUS it’s within the free tram zone).

When: Wednesdays, 5-10pm, weekly until 20 March, 2019.

More information: Check out their website.

WIN x1 double Pass for Performance Management – Every Office is a Circus!

WIN x1 double Pass for Performance Management – Every Office is a Circus!

Because Every Office is a Circus!

Forget waiting for the circus to come to town… it all plays out in every office every day and everywhere from 9-5! From the two-faced antics of corporate clowns and frenetic multi-tasking jugglers to water cooler wankers and a cavalcade of cubicle crazies, take a ringside seat for Performance Management at Chapel off Chapel 12-16 December.

Here is your chance to win 1 x double pass on us! All you need to do is tag a friend who you’d like to go with below (make sure your friend follows us too).

Competition closes on 07thDecember 2018.  *Get a bigger chance to win by filling out the form on our Win Page, link in bio*

For more information:

Simple Gestures Exhibition by Melbourne’s Creative Community – Raising Money for Youth Cancer

SIMPLE GESTURES: An exhibition of gestures (BIG or small) by Melbourne’s  creative communnity, raising money for youth cancer.

They say a simple gesture can go a long way, but what if you took it further?

The team behind the SIMPLE GESTURES Exhibition are doing just that, with a collection ofthoughtfully curated works of art produced by Melbourne’s creative community, with an aim to raise over $200,000 for Youth with Cancer via The Alfred Hospital (specifically The Alfred Foundation, Melanoma Ward).

Opening Wednesday 28th November and running through to Sunday 2nd December at The Compound Interest, 15-25 Keele St, Collingwood, SIMPLE GESTURES will showcase contributors from all corners of the creative spectrum who are donating a work each including designers, illustrators, photographers and fine artists. All sharing a conceptual approach to their practice and ensuring a rich curatorial diversity for the exhibition.

This is the third exhibition of its kind, following the successes of ‘Wakes Me Into’ (2007) and ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ (2008), taking inspiration from a close friend Kristen Royce, who sadly passed away from cancer at only 23.

After a 10-year hiatus, the team are back with some of the best creatives in this city including works from Anthony Lister, Caroline Walls, Jon Doubleday (UK), Kat Macleod, Tom Blachford, Bec Parsons, Max Doyle and Sean Fennessy, to name a few.

Works range from $200 to $2,000 with the fine art giclée printing of editions and framing for the show by Format Framing, an online platform helping artists print and frame their work.

The opening launch evening is on Wednesday 28th November from 6-9pm, with drinks from Sample, Everleigh Bottling Co & Blackhearts & Sparrows, and is open to the public.

SIMPLE GESTURES is also supported by other Melbourne creatives including Studio Hi Ho (Design), Masanao Hirayama (Illustrations) and Fabiano Procopio (Typeface: Durango Kid).

When: Wednesday 28 November  to Sunday 2 December 2018
Where:The Compound Interest in Collingwood
More information: here.

Paracinema Fest


Paracinema Fest is the latest festival to claim space in Melbourne’s thriving cinema scene, and it’s here to open the city’s film lovers’ eyes to new boundary-pushing genre films from Thursday 29 November to Wednesday 5 December.

Embracing all forms of transgressive visual media culture, Paracinema Fest is the mutation of high and low art, conjoining cinema academia with (not) guilty pleasure films and everything in between.

Highlights of the festival program include the Melbourne premiere of An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn starring Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, and Craig Robinson. Directed by Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler), the film tells the story of Lulu Danger, whose dissatisfying marriage is shaken up when a mysterious man comes through her town to perform an event called “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only.”

The zombie apocalypse hits World War II in the high-powered, pulse-pounding thriller Overlord. Following a team of American paratroopers in Nazi-occupied France with only hours until D-Day, Overlord has been described as Saving Private Ryan meets 28 Days Later after its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin. It was produced by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and directed by up-and-coming Australian filmmaker, Julius Avery (Son of a Gun).

An unmissable title in the program is Luz, a German film that was director Tilman Singer’s thesis piece, and currently holds a 100% fresh rate on Rotten Tomatoes. An audacious feature debut, it tells the story of a young woman named Luz who works as a cab driver in a small town. Unfortunately for Luz, she has a demonic entity following her, determined to possess her. It won the Jury Award for Best Horror Feature at Fantastic Fest this year, and Paracinema Fest is its Melbourne premiere.

Paracinema spotlights the works of two very special underground filmmakers in two repertory double feature screenings. The first is The Films of Sarah Jacobson, which includes I Was a Teenage Serial Killer and Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore. A respected figure of the riot grrrl movement in 1990s New York, Jacobson wrote, produced and created her own films, which were praised by critic Roger Ebert as well as Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Featuring songs by seminal 90s punk bands including Heavens to Betsy, Mudhoney, Babes in Toyland, The Cosmic Psychos, and more, Jacobson’s films have been lovingly restored into 2K by the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). This double feature is an international premiere.

The second double feature transports audiences to Wakaliga, a slum in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, affectionately known as Wakaliwood, and the birthplace of Uganda’s first action movie studio! The man at the heart of it all is filmmaker Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (I.G.G), Uganda’s very own Quentin Tarantino. An action film fanatic, Nabwana has directed dozens of films with the help of his community, his DIY computing genius, and using materials from the local scrapyard. Screening at Paracinema Fest are his first film Who Killed Captain Alex? (reportedly made with a budget of $200), and Bad Black, which won the Audience Award for Best Feature at Fantastic Fest in 2016.

To kick off the festival on Thursday 29 November, the screening of Quentin Dupieux’s Keep an Eye Out will be accompanied by complimentary champagne and oysters (audiences will understand the reference when they see the film!).

Boiling with energy, individuality, and fun, Paracinema Fest is ready to launch headlong into the abyss with the purest cinematic joy. Let’s get weird.

 Thursday 29 November – Wednesday 5 December, 2018
Locations: Lido Cinemas Hawthorn, Classic Cinemas Elsternwick, Cameo Cinemas Belgrave.
Tickets: Standard: $21.50 / Concession: $17.50 / Pension: $13.50
Three film pass – $55 standard / $50 concession
Ten film pass – $160 standard / $145 concession
Full festival pass – $240 standard / $225 concession

Melbourne Music Week

Clear your calendar for a week of parties, performances and one-off gigs across the city.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will be the official Hub for Melbourne Music Week (MMW) 2018.

The iconic space, located in the heart of Melbourne’s most highly visited location (Fed Square), will host a slew of free and ticketed events from November 16 – 24.

ACMI’s Gallery One will be the event’s main hub and bar, along with the Lightwell, providing a unique music space that delivers high quality audio and video production and some of the most immersive performances Melburnians have ever seen.

Beloved Aussie rock band You Am I will be making their MMW debut, headlining Melbourne Town Hall for a legendary set incorporating The Grand Organ. A crowd favourite over the years, The Grand Organ can produce anything from the slightest whisper to a booming thunder, pushing 90,000 cubic feet of air a minute through its 10,000 pipes. Support will come from post-punk cult rockers New War in what promises to be an intensely memorable performance.

Enthusiasm continues to mount for LEON VYNEHALL’s Melbourne performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The iconic British DJ will perform tracks from his critically acclaimed catalogue, accompanied by a 10-piece string ensemble.

Don’t miss out Melbourne