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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 …

Review: Good Food Month

Just when you were ready to hibernate through Melbourne’s winter months, Good Food Month is here to pull us out of our winter induced slumbers and fill our bellies with food from some of Australia and the world’s best chefs. Under a wet and windy Melbourne winter night sky, Good Food Month was launched at the Palm Springs inspired, pop-up Melbourne Palms marque. The evening provided an opportunity to sample just some of the delights that this heavenly foodie program has waiting for attendees this month. The evening’s food was created by the fabulously talented Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co, Cumulus Inc and Supernormal) and Alla Wolf-Tasker (Lake House) and sent attendees into a frenzy, trying to wrap their lips around the evening’s stunning canapés.  Stand outs on the specially curated menu included cured kangaroo on flaxseed crisps and brioche buns with winter mushrooms from Wolf-Tasker and La Luna Holy Goat cheese topped semolina crackers and to die for duck waffle with foie gras and quince from McConnell. The hum of conversation and excitement in …

Review: Bring It On The Musical

Time to get your dance moves ready and be prepared to #bringitonau Melbourne! Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical, BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL takes audiences on a high-flying journey that touches on themes of friendship and acceptance. We think seeing the musical is a fantastic way to spend a cold Melbourne Winter night with your best pals or with your fam bam. BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL is suitable for all ages and all diversities. The musical will undoubtedly bring you laughter and take you down the memory lane to those nostalgic high school moments. The story follows two squads with one mission: to claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. Through this, the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through extreme competition are explored. A musical which everyone can relate. The competitive and determine self right now in school. The person back in high school who was popular, and now have supportive and life-long friends. Or maybe you merely love cheerleading and street dances. We think no matter what age you are …

When Pizza Meets Bagel

Just when you thought you couldn’t have any more carbs, there’s Five and Dime Pizza. Owned by Zev Forman, the owner of Five and Dime Bagel; where everything is made in a traditional-ish way. Zev said “There’s Australia style of pizza, or there’s real pizza… The Italian style.” As a man of traditions, and loves sharing his love of food; he has not only brought delicious bagels to Melbourne, also some big and thinly sliced pizzas made in the traditional Italian way. We weren’t surprised how Five and Dime Pizzas came in giant slices. So big that you have to eat it in the New Jerseyan (or is it New Yorker?) style – folded it in half. Five and Dime Pizza opened its door just a few weeks ago. This new kid in town is on UberEats and Deliveroo, but we think you should visit them at the store and watch the pizza making in action. Five and Dime Pizzas’ are made with love and care by Alex, the owner of HazelBark Patisserie. With many trial and …

The Glen Food Gallery, the newest dining destination on the East side.

Since its opening on the 28 of March 2018, The Glen’s Food Gallery has been buzzing non-stop with local foot traffic. Just a short 40 min train ride from Melbourne CBD, this refurbished shopping centre is packed with numerous delicious cuisines at its Food Gallery. Let’s start with the presentation of The Glen Shopping Centre. It is full of greenery, open space, natural sunlight and modern design. You can see plants on every corner you turn, an amazing incorporation to bring the outside in. The Food Gallery is a 2,200 square metres open dining space, catering for over 850 seating space. This unique space is on the ground level of the shopping centre with floor to ceiling windows where you can look out to the beautiful Dandenongs and Yarra Valley. You can find 16 casual dining eateries including HuxtaGo by Huxtaburger, Capricho, D’elephant Thai and so much more; one of our favourites would be Omi Wagyu, the Japanese fusion restaurant. Omi Wagyu is where you get a chance to taste premium wagyu for a reasonable …

MICF Review: Perri Cassie “Secondhand Bubblegum”

Melbourne local Perri Cassie is a twenty something man wrapped in a blush pink “Leisure” sweater, all tied up in black dungarees and ready to make you laugh. Cassie has been honing his material in Melbourne’s local comedy scene, in rooms around Australia and has recently returned from entertaining audiences in the USA, bringing all his best material to MICF with his show, “Secondhand Bubblegum”. Cassie’s show is a complete joke free-for-all, with an upbeat story telling style mixed with self-deprecating quips, shock value and topical observational humour. Stand outs were his hilarious observations on the changes to the order of bases when dating in adult life (why go to home base last?), testing flat earthers, Afterpay for property and the joys of having high school classmates as Facebook friends. Cassie closes his show with a re-write of your typical men’s body spray ad (where better to start addressing the levels of toxic masculinity in our society) bringing the audience to near tears and joyous rounds of applause. 4 Stars Reviewed and written by our …

MICF Review: Tash York “Adulting”

At 30 years young, Tash York is essentially a veteran of the Australian Festival and Fringe scenes, having toured solo shows including “These Things Take Wine” and with troupes The Desperettes and Impromptunes, she now delights audiences with her new show “Adulting”. If you’ve ever tried to adult and failed, York’s show could be the soundtrack to your life!  York weaves a tapestry of anecdotes into hilarious rewritten cover songs, including hits from Destiny’s Child, Ace of Base, Bruno Mars and Whitesnake. Her stories and songs delve into York’s own adventures in adulting, from being engaged at 19 to racking up serious parking fine debt but also commentary on modern life, always being connected but that we should also be okay with being alone and having some solo self-love time (hilariously sung whilst in a sleeping bag).  York also gives her thoughts on why modern generations are failing at adulting, placing at least some of the blame on Walt Disney’s shoulders, through a medley of Disney princesses greatest hits! York rounds out the absolute hilarity …