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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
Where
: 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.

 

Night Noodle Markets 2018

The eagerly awaited Night Noodle Markets  will once again transform Birrarung Marr  into a bustling Asian street food festival, this Spring . Over eighteen balmy nights from 8-25 November , Melburnians can embark on a vibrant flavour journey through Asia with more than twenty sizzling hawker-style stalls, served alongside DJs, live music and the city’s stunning nightscape.

Night Noodle Markets will return for its second year as a stand-alone spring culinary event, as Good Food Month presented by Citi enjoys its new appearance in June. Sampling signature dishes and innovative tastes from the likes of Puffle, Red Spice Road and Son In Law, guests will discover the best traditional and contemporary cuisines and flavours from across the continent in one vibrant, open-air experience.

Guests can explore the Asian market stalls along the riverside, and then find a coveted spot on the grassy hillside overlooking the markets, taking in the strong scents of aromatic smoke and exotic spices as the sun sets. As the evening darkens, the spice and smoke will be matched by the lights of the city scape, entertainment, live music by some of Melbourne’s best local artists, and a host of interactive spaces to complete the experience.

Food-lovers can tick destinations off their culinary bucket list and indulge in unique dishes inspired by street food from all corners of Asia including sizzling Filipino skewers from Hoy Pinoy, Puffle’s Hong Kong-inspired egg waffles, Korean tacos by POKLOL, and Taiwanese style steamed buns by Wonderbao. This year will also see the return of crowd favourites such as Waffleland, Teppanyaki Noodles, Donburi Station, N2 Extreme Gelato, The Original Korean Twistto Potato, Black Star Pastry, Mr Miyagi, Sambal Kampung, Shallot Thai, Wonderbao, Bangkok Street Food, The Wagyu, Nem N Nem, and Chinese Dim Sum King. There will also be exciting new additions to the Night Noodle Markets family including Miso Fresh Food Truck, Bao Brothers, Red Spice Road, Apples + Pears, Son In Law, David’s and Oriental Tea House.

South Australian winery Brand’s Laira will bring the best of Coonawarra to Melbourne with a pop-up Cellar Door, allowing guests to navigate their way through the markets cuisine while enjoying a glass of delicious Brand’s Laira wine. For an experience with a more creative twist, Brand’s Laira will host a series of exclusive Paint and Sip sessions, where people will be able to pick up a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of Brand’s Laira in the other and create their very own masterpiece, inspired by the vineyards of Coonawarra. Brand’s Laira Paint and Sip session dates and booking details will be announced in coming weeks.

The James Squire Night Terrace will showcase the character-full range of one of the best craft beers in the country on tap the perfect match to any of your noodle cravings, while Spring’s favourite drink Pimm’s can be enjoyed in the beautiful Pimm’s Garden bar and at general bars for just $10. For the first time in Melbourne, the Amplify KOMBUCHA BAR is offering festival goers bottomless tasty, brewed Kombucha on the house.

Citi is once again treating their customers to the best seats in Birrarung Marr during Night Noodle Markets, with the return of Citi VIP. Citi customers will have the opportunity to pre-book a table in the Citi VIP space via an online booking system. Table bookings will be available for Citi customers 72 hours in advance of each night of the Night Noodle Markets, with walk-ups available on the night. The popular Citi concierge service is also back this year enabling Citi customers to avoid the queues and enjoy food delivered right to their table.

When: 8 ~ 25 November 2018
Where: Birrarung Marr
More information: here.

Peninsula Vine Hop Festival 2018

Get ready for your taste buds to dance, at the Peninsula VineHop Festival

With most ticket options to the VineHop Saturday selling out quickly, attention is turning to the Peninsula VineHop Festival’s foodie-focused event, the PostHop Sunday Session on Sunday 18 November.

With a relaxed ‘Sunday Session’ feel, the PostHop Sunday will be a five-course food and drink pairing event held at Hickinbotham of Dromana, with a focus upon maximising flavour in a relaxed environment.

According to event organiser Lisa MacGregor, everyone who attends the PostHop Sunday event will be given a ‘Degustation Passport’ entitling them to a five-course picnic style lunch, to enjoy at their own leisure throughout the day.

“Each course has been specifically matched with a premium Peninsula beer, wine or cider, which can be purchased on the day,” said Lisa.

Passport holders can opt for vegetarian options, or indulge on the following degustation menu:

  • A selection of three Boatshed cheeses, served with crackers (can be GF)
    Matched with Hickinbotham Estate Merlot or a Mornington Peninsula Brewery VinAle
  • Grilled fish taco, corn tortilla with shredded cabbage, lime marinated corn, spring onion, pineapple, salsa and chilli mayo (GF)
    Matched with Hickinbotham Estate Pinot Gris or a Red Hill Brewery Wheat Beer
  • Chicken and chorizo paella (GF)
    Matched with Hickinbotham Estate Tempranillo Joven or a Hix Pale Ale
  • Asian style pork belly skewers served with slaw (GF)
    Matched with Hickinbotham Estate Pinot Rose or a Ten Sixty One Cider
  • Chocolate brownie, served with caramel sauces and cream (can be GF)
    Matched with Hickinbotham Estate Noble Sauvignon Blanc or a Hix Barley Wine

Set in the stunning surrounds of Hickinbotham Estate, the PostHop Sunday Session will feature live performances from Kylie Auldist, the lead lady from the Bamboos.

A mix of 22 Mornington Peninsula-based beer, wine spirit and cider brands will feature across 11 venues at the VineHop Saturday event. And every venue taking part on Saturday will feature live music and food trucks.

When: 17 + 18 November 2018
Where: Mornington Peninsula
Ticket: secure your spot here.
More information: here.

Join in the spook-tacular fun at ‘Luna Dark’ if you dare!

HAVE YOURSELF A HAUNTED HALLOWEEN AT LUNA PARK AND YOU’LL BE GUARANTEED A DARK CASE OF THE HAIR-RAISING HEEBIE-JEEBIES!

As Luna Park transforms into the ghoulishly delightful Luna Dark you’ll be a sad spook to miss out on Melbourne’s biggest costume party this Halloween!

So what’s in store for the brave guests willing to plunge into the world of Luna Dark and experience the scariest two-days and four-nights in town (26-28th and 31st October).

The House of Horrors – For the fearless punters ONLY! Enter into the darkness to witness the zombie doctor inflict blood-curdling terror on his deathly patients. Menacing monsters everywhere – Make sure to look around every corner and behind shoulders because you never know when a staggering zombie, ghostly ghoul or creepy cadaver will reach and grab you! Fresh from the local tombstones in the area, this terrifying troupe will not stop until they sniff you out. And while you are checking behind you don’t forget to look up at nine-metre long ‘Giant Web’ housing a set of slinky spiders spectacularly suspended above the Park.

Freaky face painting –Turn the kiddies into real life goblins or ghosts during the day at the ‘Freaky Faces’ face painting parlour, or for the big kids among you, the talented face painters will also be making adult guests over with bloodcurdling themes.

Wizz Fizz is back – The kids are sure to get screaming with delight once they get stuck into playing the Wizz Fizz ‘Monster Bash’ game in the Luna Games Hut. With plenty of sherbet treats to be won, the young spooksters are bound to be fizzing with energy all ready to meet the Wizz Fizz Monsters who will be monstering around the Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (1 to 4pm). And for those who get thirsty for a spidery drink, there will be a special zone set-up to make the best tasting ‘Spooky Spiders’ on the planet.

Fangtastic photo studio presented by Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – Gather all of your mates and step inside the ‘Haunted Halloween’ photo booth. Grab a prop or two; pose in front of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween-themed backdrops and get your freakiest poses on. All guests get a pic souvenir and are entered into the best-dressed competition for a chance to win cash prizes as well as 20 consolation prize packs containing movie merchandise.

Eerie tunes by The Strays – Yes they are back to belt out the very best in thrilling hits to get your feet stomping and shivers rolling up and down your spine all at the same time!

Make sure to visit Melbourne’s Luna Park to witness the wicked transformation into Luna Dark and get prepared to join in all this hocus pocus hullabaloo and so much more this Halloween.

Your chance to win 1 x family pass on us this October. Find out more here.

When: 26 ~ 28 October and 31 October
Where: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182
Ticket: All unlimited ride tickets at kids’ prices: $39.95; 4 years and over. Guests 3 years and under may enter free of charge with a paying adult (18+) | Family Pass – day sessions only – $135. Admits 2 adults 13+ & 2 children 4-12 years or 1 adult 13+ & 3 children 4-12 years.
More information: here.

WIN: 1 x family pass to Luna Dark

Competition now closed

HAVE YOURSELF A HAUNTED HALLOWEEN AT LUNA PARK AND YOU’LL BE GUARANTEED A DARK CASE OF THE HAIR-RAISING HEEBIE-JEEBIES!

As Luna Park transforms into the ghoulishly delightful Luna Dark you’ll be a sad spook to miss out on Melbourne’s biggest costume party this Halloween!

Join the fun this Halloween with us at Luna Dark because we have 1 x family pass (valued at $135, admits 2 adults 13+ & 2 children 4-12 years or 1 adult 13+ & 3 children 4-12 years) to giveaway!

Enter the competition by filling the form below.  Share the news on your social platforms (the post must be in public mode) and tag us @weknowmelbourne for a bigger chance to win.

Competition closes on 19 October 2018

Read more about the event here.

 

 

INTERVIEW: Hook Turn Orchestra

Hook Turn Orchestra is an eclectic nine piece ensemble of Melbourne’s most accomplished jazz musicians featuring an exquisite string quartet with members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

We had a chance to have a chat with Remco Keijzer, the Dutch-born jazz saxophonist/arranger and multi-instrumentalists to find out more about the band. So go grab your cuppa and read on!

Tell us about you – Hook Turn Orchestra. How did you all meet; what’s the story behind the name; what inspired you; tell us all!
Hook Turn Orchestra is collaboration between musicians, which was conceived at St Kilda’s Local Taphouse, a craft beer institute where locals gather to enjoy interesting brews from all over the world. Unlike most grand plans dreamed up at late night gatherings involving fermented beverages, this idea actually came to fruition.

Like a well-crafted beer, our orchestra was conceived of three key ingredients; Musical theatre star, Alinta Chidzey (West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hugh Jackman Tour); Violinist/arranger, Roger Young (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and Dutch-born jazz saxophonist/arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Remco Keijzer (Alinta and the Jazz Emperors, You Am I, Michael Bublé, Metropole Orchestra).

Tell us more about the name behind Hook Turn Orchestra.
I’ve have been living in Melbourne for 9 years now. Originally I’m from Amsterdam, Holland. A miniature version of Melbourne with it’s trams and many bars and music venues.

I love living in Melbourne for many reasons but the main three would have to be 1. the coffee, Dutch coffee is more similar to the water that runs through the canals in Amsterdam so I was never to inspired to give it a go. 2. The space, Holland has around 20 million people living together in a space as big as Tasmania so for me Melbourne and Australia are very spacious and lastly Hook Turns.

We have a lot of trams and bicycles in Amsterdam but nothing is original and complicated as a Hook Turn. It is a unique Melbourne icon that resembles our orchestra. Unique, Melbourne based and a little different.

You mentioned Michael Bublé just before, do you perform with him?
I’m about the leave for Sydney to perform with him and his band. The musicians in his band are good friends of mine through my studies in New York at the Manhattan School of Music. The concert is next Friday (5 October 2018) so by the time this is published I will have performed with him.

What can audiences expect from Hook Turn Orchestra?
We value creativity and dreaming big. Our vibrant collective of devoted classical and jazz musicians is a feast of thoughtful, sensitive and colourful sounds. Our Debut album ‘Jazz and the Silver Screen’ will be launched on Sunday the 21st of October 2018. It is an eclectic collection of cinematic soundtracks. The reinventions of these works are the brainchild of Remco and Roger. Together, these musicians have combined to create arrangements that cross the divide between the genres of jazz and the classical stage. Each song is arranged to showcase the ensemble’s diversity and capture the distinct Hook Turn Orchestra We will be performing music from the album live including some new work and special guest performances.

What is the fondest memory as a band since your first performance?
There has been quite a few but one of the fondest memories was our trip up to Mackay (QLD) as a 9 piece. We were booked to play a Sunday morning concert for the closing of the Mackay festival. We arrived the day before and had a great time hanging out. As all our musicians are highly sought after in their scenes we hardly get time to hang out and enjoy each other’s company. These guys are very funny individuals.

What has been the biggest challenge as a band?
Our string players work full time with the MSO and Orchestra Victoria so to get them in the same room at the same time to work on our music is very challenging.

Roger, Alinta and I meet on weekly basis to discuss music. Roger Young was part of Australia’s Master Chef and made it to the last 20. This means that during our meetings there is often great food involved. Whenever we do end up rehearsing it is a great joy to hear the full ensemble and work on music at this level.

If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
Listening to our music is much less stressful then doing a Hook Turn in Melbourne CBD! We would like to thank the fans for supporting our music and coming to our live shows. In this day and age it’s all about the live concerts. This is where we can connect with our fans and sell our music. There is no label behind our music so we do all our production and publicity ourselves and to actually meet the people that like our music is a great reward for the work.

Lastly, if the band were to perform in another country; where would it be and why?
That would have to be at the Rufollo Villa in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, Italy. Alinta and I went there for a holiday and there is a small town on top of the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. They built an outdoor stage overhanging the cliff resulting in breath taking views. Richard Wagner lived here for a while whilst working on his opera Parsifal.

Album Launch: 21 October 2018
Where: Alex Theatre
More information: here.

Jazz and The Silver Screen: 7 November 2018
Where: Cardinia Cultural Centre
More information: here.

WIN: 1 x double pass to MINI British Film Festival

Presented by Palace, the MINI British Film Festival is thrilled to announce the full 2018 program which boasts a sensational selection of the most eagerly awaited films of the year from the British Isles. Featuring a roll call of British cinema royalty as well a host of exciting new talent, this year’s British Film Festival program promises to delight and engage audiences.

Read more about the event here.

Here is your chance to win 1 x 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 23 October 2018

MINI British Film Festival

Presented by Palace, the MINI British Film Festival is thrilled to announce the full 2018 program which boasts a sensational selection of the most eagerly awaited films of the year from the British Isles. Featuring a roll call of British cinema royalty as well a host of exciting new talent, this year’s British Film Festival program promises to delight and engage audiences.

The Australian premiere of COLETTE will open the festival. Keira Knightley stars as trailblazing French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, whose provocative debut – falsely credited to her husband – becomes the toast of Paris in this mesmerising biopic, one of several films screening that depict the lives of literary figures.

Closing the festival this year is STAN & OLLIE, coming straight from its world premiere at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. From BAFTA-winning screenwriter Jeff Pope (Philomena) and starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, this is the truly funny and touching story of one of Hollywood’s greatest double acts: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

This year we pay tribute to British cinema titan Michael Caine with a suite of new and classic films starring the prolific actor who shows no sign of slowing down!

Read more about the event here.

We also have 10 x double passes to giveaway this year. Find out how to win here.

When: 25 Oct ~ 14 Nov 2018
Where: Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, The Astor Theatre
More information: here.