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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.

 

WIN: 1 x double pass to Wine & Cheese Fest – 9 March

The Wine & Cheese Fest will return to Williamstown this year, Saturday 9 March, as part of the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival program of events. Located at the newly renovated Seaworks, the day promises a feast for all the senses beautifully situated along the Williamstown foreshore.

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Competition closes on 25th February 2019.

Read more about Wine and Cheese Fest  here.

Melbourne International Flower and Garden show

March may mark the start of autumn, but at the Royal Exhibition Building activity is blossoming with the return of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) Presented by Lawn Solutions Australia, March 27 – 31, 2019.

The event is predicted to attract over 100, 000 visitors from across the nation and overseas. The annual convergence of the most talented landscape designers, progressive florists, emerging design talent, DIY specialists, well over 200 exhibitors and thousands of flowers provides evergreen inspiration for the year to come.

With new charity partner Beyond Blue aligned with the Show, visitors can expect gardens that are not only visually arresting, but are emotionally stirring as they tap the sense of tranquillity and wellbeing that comes from connecting with nature.

The annual Landscape Design Show Gardens welcome an impressive line-up of local and international talent with confirmed designers including: NZFGS Gold Medallist Bayley LuuTomes, a collaboration between Candeo Design, Jason Hodges for Lawn Solutions and Semken Landscaping, MUSA Landscapes in partnership with Beyond Blue, Inge Jabara, Christian Jenkins, Waddell Landscapes, Ben Hutchinson and TRACT.

City dwellers can enjoy after-work drinks with gourmet foods and live music while getting their floral fix at Gardens by Twilight until 9:00pm on Friday 29 March.

Tickets are now on sale to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show via melbflowershow.com.au

Dates: Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 March 2019

Times: Open 9am – 5pm daily

Gardens by Twilight: Friday March 29 until 9pm

Venue: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Carlton

Early Bird ticket prices: Price Type
Adult
From $27.00
Concession
From $23.00
Adult Groups (10+) per person
$24.00
Child (0 to 14 years inclusive) Free

It’s Single’s Night to Shine

Single this year? Do not worry, we have your cover. No need to sit at home and swipe left and right this Valentine’s dAy as all single girls and guys  you have been watingin to connect with will be in one and only room for the one night, Following it last year success, Australia’s favourite social network application BUMBLE are hooking up again this year  and playing matchmaker with their “Single Mingle” party.

Don’t be jealous of all those couples on boring dates with their set menu and roses; Hawker Hall will be the place to be this Valentine’s Day with epic food and drinks on offer, speed dating, and if that doesn’t make you buzz already DJ CC Babcock taking love song dedications and getting the dance floor started.

The event kicks off at 6:30pm with a one-way ticket to love just $55, which includes entry and food, drinks are available to purchase from the bar. Single minglers can look forward to some of Hawker Hall’s most popular dishes including, popcorn chicken, tofu fries, sticky pork, nasi goreng, and if love isn’t what you find on the night milo brownie’s will be served for dessert which is sure to make the heart melt, literally.

Bumble is a social network rooted in promoting kindness, respect and empowerment through providing opportunities for you to make genuine connections across all facets of your life. At Bumble, women make the first move. In heterosexual matches, the woman has 24 hours to make the first move and the man has 24 hours to respond. In same-sex matches, either person has 24 hours to make the first move. The other individual has 24 hours to respond or the connection expires.

Housed in an historic turn-of-the-century horse stable, Hawker Hall is a representation of a food and beer hall that takes its inspiration from the vibrant hawker centres of Singapore & Malaysia.

Be sure to book your ticket or you may miss your chance to find “the one”, or just a really awesome party.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Thursday 14 February 2019

Location: Hawker Hall, 98 Chapel Street, Windsor 3181

Time: 6:30pm – 10pm

Price: $55.00

Link to book: http://bit.ly/singlehawkermingle

The Wine & Cheese Fest will return to Williamstown 

The Wine and Cheese fest are back this year in the newly renovated Seaworks. Get ready to enjoy fine quality wine and cheese on Saturday 9thMarch as artisan food vendors will be showcasing their gourmet products, plus hot food and specialty arts & crafts stalls.

From wheels of fine cheeses and savoury sauces, pickled preserves and home-style pastries, to smoked and cured meats, luscious desserts and a wide variety of craft beers, ciders and refreshments, the Wine & Cheese Fest will have something on offer for everyone’s taste buds.

Wine masterclasses with top local vintners will be on offer including” Proseccowith Dal Zotto Wines, “Sparkling & Cabernet Sauvignon” with Blue Pyrenees, and “Taste 100 years of Wines” with Mount Avoca winemaker, Matthew Barry in the VIP marquee. For the cheese enthusiasts, French cheesemaker Matthieu Megard from L’Artisan Cheese Organic and Gowen Irlen from Melbourne and Cheese will be offering delicious tips of the trade. Plus, the “Maestro of Mozzarella” and one of Australia’s best makers of Italian cheese, George Linguanti of That’s Amore Cheese, will perform a live demonstration of “Mozzarella Making”.” A mouth-watering experience not to be missed!

For the latest updates in masterclasses, visit wineandcheesefest.com.au/ 

The always popular Grape Stomp Comp returns to lay down the gauntlet for punters to produce as much juice as possible the old-world way…and look good doing it! For families, a dedicated Kids Zone offers fun activities to keep youngsters entertained and live music and DJs will be performing amidst the backdrop of stunning city and seascape views.

The day doesn’t have to end with the setting sun with an After Party on at Pirates Tavern from 6pm.

Free entry included as part of the WCF festival ticket.

General entry includes a signature Festival glass and all exhibitor tastings. A variety of packages are also on offer to make for a premium experience. Book online for discounted ticket prices.

Your cup will runneth over! Don’t miss out on this springtime culinary delight! 

To Book: wineandcheesefest.com.au/ 

Win x1 double pass to the Amazon Prime Lounge for AMERICAN EXPRESS OPEN-AIR CINEMAS

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Following another sterling season at St Kilda in November 2018American Express Open-air Cinemas has announced 25 events at its brand-new location for summer 2019; Yarra Park. The venue is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, boasting stunning Melbourne skyline views.

Here is your chance to Win x1 double pass to the Amazon Prime Lounge

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Competition closes on 15thFebruary 2019.

BECOME THE ONE

Become the One is a story we have never seen or even heard of but which would, surely, exist.

The play develops around the couple’s budding romance and ongoing partnership by focusing on their shared domestic life. Following a flirtatious first meeting when Noah is contracted as Tom’s cleaner, the two soon start cohabiting and indulging in teasing pillow talk, bubbling sexual energy, and happy moments, like knitting, together. The outside world peeps into their sanctuary through references to the media surrounding Tom’s athletic status, a point of tension resulting in climatic moments.

Become the One is a tragedy representative not only of queer athletes and their partners but of the Australian Football League’s persistence in modelling a repressive narrative of masculinity and heteronormativity to a nation. 

Venue: Main Theatre – Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park

Duration: (70 mins)

Date: 6th to 9th February 2019

More info here

The Classics are back across Stonnington this summer

Music lovers will be able to enjoy free performances from some of Australia’s best loved singers when The Classics concert series returns to Stonnington’s parks and gardens this summer.

Performers at The Classics concert series include Rob Mills, Vika and Linda Bull, Bobby Fox and Olivia Cranwell with the concerts set to cover the genres of Opera – 2 February, Broadway – 9 February and Symphony – 23 February. City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos, congratulated the series’ artistic directors for bringing together an exciting range of talent from across the musical landscape.

“Thanks to the commitment and vision of The Classics’ artistic directors, our community will enjoy some fantastic music and performances,” said Cr Stefanopoulos.

“I encourage everyone to get along to these performances, which will take place outdoors in Stonnington’s historic parks and gardens,” added Cr Stefanopoulos.

The Classics: Opera, Saturday 2 February, 7.30pm at Victoria Gardens, High Street, Prahran.

Award winning Australian director, Cameron Menzies will bring Puccini’s La Boheme to the stage with an abridged version of this classic opera, performed in the round.

You can look forward to performances by Olivia Cranwell as Mimi and Matthew Reardon as Rudolfo, as the two lovers deal with the harshness of winter and pains of jealousy.

It will also feature conductor Simon Bruckard with a live eleven-piece orchestra, and Mairi Nicolson as the evening’s host.

The Classics: Broadway, Saturday 9 February, 7.30pm at Ardrie Park, Ardrie Road, Malvern East.

This will be a joyous celebration of some of the best new contemporary music, including songs from Hamilton, The Greatest Showman, Wicked, and Beauty and the Beast to name just a few.

Hosted by stage and screen star, Rob Mills, the night will include performances by Bobby Fox; Lisa-Marie Parker; Simon Gleeson; Zahra Newman and emerging artist Imogen Spendlove.

Resident Director Christopher Parker, The Bodyguard The Musical, will direct the performance, which will feature Musical direction by Jack Earle with a seven-piece band.

The Classics: Symphony, Saturday 23 February, 7.30pm at Malvern Gardens, High Street, Malvern.

Vocal powerhouses Vika and Linda Bull will perform songs with the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra.

The night will be hosted by Sian Prior with Artistic Director and conductor Roy Theaker, the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra and orchestral arrangement by Nicholas Buc.

The Classics: Opera

Saturday 2 February, 7.30pm

Victoria Gardens, High Street, Prahran

The Classics: Broadway

Saturday 9 February, 7.30pm

Ardrie Park, Ardrie Road, Malvern East

The Classics: Symphony

Saturday 23 February, 7.30pm

Malvern Gardens, High Street, Malvern

For more information, visit stonnington.vic.gov.au/classics