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The stars of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2017

For fans of the fun, frivolity and straight out pure talent enjoyment that comes with quality cabaret, this years’ Melbourne Cabaret Festival, now in its eighth year promises to be one that fans of the genre will love. We recently caught up with one of our besties, the fabulous Dolly Diamond, who is this year’s Artistic Director, Jon Jackson from “Queen of Broadway – The Ethel Merman Story” and Danielle O’Malley, star of “You’re my world – the Cilla Black Story” But first, darling Dolly: Dolly, how did you feel when you were appointed artistic director of the 2017 Melbourne Cabaret Festival? When they first mentioned (it) I think a little bit of wee left me… (It happens) and normally I jump in where angels fear to tread, but this time I actually took a bit of time to think about it. I wanted to be sure I could commit to it and do a good job… but once I said yes I was thrilled. How are you going to make your mark on this …

What you’re doing this weekend

If you’ve already binged watched the new season of OITNB and House of Cards, it’s time to get out of the house – here are our top picks for this weekend: Italian Food and Wine Festival: If the weather is getting you down, heat up with a festival devoted to the world’s favourite cuisine. The Italian Food and Wine festival will tempt you with over 200 wine makers, importers and chefs, ready to stuff you full of carb loaded love. Where: The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton More:   Ru Paul’s Drag Race VAC-stravaganza trivia night: If you’re up for a sickening night and want to show off your Ru Paul’s Drag Race knowledge while supporting the Victorian Aids Council, lend your gag worthy smarts to an incredibly outrageous trivia night at Meat Market. Half price tickets if you show up in your best drag – but please, no kimonos. Where: Meat Market, 185 Blackwood Street Melbourne More: Tickets here   Melbourne Design Market: This Melbourne event staple returns this weekend to offer Fed Square a taste …

Turn the car around: There’s a Dachshund race this weekend at Port Fairy

We’re dog obsessed at WKM – a road trip to Port Fairy for the annual Dachshund Dash? Nothing to it. Enjoy a day full of small long dogs ready to compete in all their sausage-like glory as they scurry across the finish line. Starting with a “Dogs breakfast” the day promises sausage sizzles, coffee carts and a parade down Sackville street followed by the namesake race. This year also brings an obstacle course and owner lookalike competition. Once you’re feted on as many short legged dogs as you can fit, be sure to check out Port Fairy itself, home to a bevvy of art galleries, wine bars and antique stores, as well as their famous beach and stunning lighthouse on Griffith’s Island. All of this excitement kicks off on Sunday the 11th. Register your saus or find out more details here  

Review: 1984

Where are you now, Winston? An audience of a certain age will have been introduced to 1984 by the way of a forced Year 10 curriculum reading – not the most inspiring start, and definitely ironic given the themes of a story about dissent and questioning a system. For me, 1984 was a novel that made you consider the Powers That Be, contemplate dystopia as a far off concept, and get an A- on your essay about it. Over a decade later, sitting in the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (irony, once more) Dystopia was made front and centre. Produced by UK theatrical innovators Headlong along with Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, this retelling of the story of Winston Smith does not for one moment let the audience catch a breath, and fully captures the sense of unease that George Orwell attempts to express, as we watch Winston fight, struggle and question everything – including his own sanity. While the use of set and props was fantastic, the experience, in my opinion, has to be completely …

Send a Raven: The GoT Inspired Wine festival hath returned

WINE IS COMING: Game of Rhones festival celebrates the grapes of the Rhone Valley (think Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Viognier and Marsanne) and is making its way to Melbourne June 10th. Don your best Game of Thrones inspired outfit and make like Cersei Lannister by sampling a mix of Australia and New Zealand’s best wines. Every ticket includes a free PLUMM glass, but if you haven’t brought your own golden chalice to drink from, what’s the point? If you’re feeling especially worthy of the throne, a Royal Pass gives you pre event access, food vouchers, and an important date with a sommelier who will curate an experience exactly to your taste. Early raven tickets are currently available here Even if one can’t make it due to ones regal callings elsewhere, we strongly suggest you check out their facebook page for some cracking GoT/wine memes and pictures of previous year’s event. Valar Mourvedre Morghulis What: Game of Rhones Wine Festival When: June 10th, 2017 Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, Melbourne, VIC 3051 Tickets: Get em here

You know you want it: Shop The City Melbourne

Get ready for Melbourne’s biggest night of shopping. Shop the City Melbourne is here, Wednesday May 17th, to rock your world with a range of fashion focused free events, activities and discounts across Melb’s favourite shopping precincts, including QV, the Strand, Emporium and Melbourne Central. Enjoy a free butterbing cookie, wander through the night garden, then apologise to your roommate for not paying rent because you spent your entire pay on over 300 deals available for one day only. Freebies include: Oyster Magazine AW17 edit for all the new seasons lewks St Kilda’s famous Matcha Mylk bar pops up, giving away their free famous lattes Butterbing cookie sandwiches are also on the fly for free (so good we had to mention them twice!) Try Grill’d’s new wagyu beef menu Early birds can enjoy a free gift treasure hunt Most importantly – free parking from 5pm till midnight. More info:

Win: Tickets to the Italian Food Festival

Thank you for your entries! This competition is now closed. More wine! More food! More Italians! More Fun! Everything that’s good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof in June with the second Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival. Just as the appeal of Italian food runs from street-style pizza-fun for the whole family to fresh-pasta finery for the connoisseur, the festival has food and drink, entertainment and information to suit everyone from spaghetti-loving kids to the most engaged Italian-speaking wine lover. Melbourne’s top Italian chefs are turning out in force to make it a day to remember, with much-loved locals Rosa Mitchell (Rosa’s Canteen) and Johnny di Francesco (400 Gradi) leading the charge. The teams from Melbourne’s favourite Italian restaurants (400 Gradi, Caterina’s Cucina e Bar, Trattoria Emilia, Bar Idda, Pasta Classica, La Bonta, Small Axe and Pasta Adagio among them) will be cooking up a storm in our pop-up restaurants, and there’ll be cooking demonstrations with chefs and providores on the Main Stage. Guests can taste over 200 Italian …