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The Big HOO-HAA!

Fast, furious and funny, The Big HOO-HAA! is the show that began the burgeoning careers of Tim Minchin and Claire Hooper.Flying by the seat of their pants there’s no script and no stopping them as The Big HOO-HAA!ensemble fuses quick-witted improvisation with live music to create an original comedy show based entirely on your suggestions. Hosted by The Butterfly Club in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, two teams, The Hearts and The Bones, battle for comedic supremacy before your very eyes. Armed with only a handful of props, they leave no song unsung, no joke undelivered and no pun unpunished in their mad dash for the punch line. Running in Perth since its creation by impro guru Sam Longley back in 2002, The Big HOO HAA! arrived in Melbourne in July 2010 where it quickly became the go-to for audiences seeking a riotous alternative to traditional comedy nights. Now in its eighth year and firmly established as a prime-time, city-centre fixture, The Big HOO HAA! is on a sell-out streak with packed houses laughing it up every Friday night. Come …

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 …

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 …

High Cheese at The Westin Melbourne Menu

The Scone Giorgio Cravero Reggiano scones Savoury Temptations Basil crème fraiche layered brie Marcel Petite Comté gourgeres Roquefort & Cognac served with Pain d’Épices Beaufort d’Alpage & leek tart Baked Normandy Camembert with garlic and thyme Sweet Delights Tiramisu with Kahlua coffee syrup soaked chocolate cake Cannoli with whipped vanilla bean ricotta and honey Holy goat organic skyla strawberry and thyme Mille-Feuille Gorgonzola dolce stuffed fresh figs with fresh peninsula honeycomb Matched wines are available by the glass and include: 2016 10X Pinot Noir – Ten Minutes By Tractor $21 This is a Pinot that punches above its weight. Surprisingly restrained and elegant for what was a warm ripening season. There are layers upon layers of complexity here. Lifted aromatics of tart cherry, fresh tobacco leaves and candied ginger, the palate is supported by a fine acidity, gentle tannins & alluring savoury characteristics of dried red earth, leather and pencil shavings. Quintessential, on point, game Pinot Noir. 2015 Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay $24 2015 was a remarkable vintage in the Adelaide Hills resulting in …

Italian Wine + Food Festival 2018 Program

MARKETPLACE Floridia Cheese Italian-style cheese, sweet ricotta tarts, cheese tasting plate and bocconcini skewers Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano Sampling of Pamigiano Reggiano from the wheel Prosciutto di Parma Prosciutto tasting cone with grissini Pane e Pizzico Hand-made Italian bread, focaccia, pizza coni, crostate, biscotti and flour Melbourne Arancini Selection of fresh hand-made rice balls cooked on the day to enjoy at the festival or take home Tipo 00 Pasta Making Showcase By Andreas Papadakis + Alberto Fava, Discover how to make different shapes of pasta at home – 1.00pm-1.45pm and 2.45pm-3.30pm Abruzzo Lab Selection of cucina Abruzzese, featuring arrosticini, fiadone and pizzelle Il Panzerotto – Taste of Puglia Serving a traditional food from Puglia called Panzerotto Arancini Art Selection of fresh hand-made rice balls Nonna’s Meatballs by The Purple Emerald Kitchen Traditional meatballs made by chef Nonna Maria to enjoy at the festival or take home Truffle Traders Range of truffle products including paste, oil, honey, salt, balsamic vinegar, ketchup, gluten-free pasta, whole truffles and more Chef Luca Ciano Chef Luca Ciano’s range of …

THE AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL 2018

The third American Essentials Film Festival will screen in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra from 8 May exclusively at Palace Cinemas. Presenting twenty-two of the best contemporary American independent films and a strong retrospective program to honour the spirit of L.A., the Festival is presented by Discover Los Angeles and American Airlines. Opening nationally with Sophie Brooks’s directorial debut THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS  featuring Girls  star Zosia Mamet as Diana, an ambitious, aspiring writer who finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment only to discover that her new downstairs neighbour is her ex-boyfriend. Join us at the opening night for a New York style bite and live music. The strong program features hard hitting dramas including: 55 STEPS  – based on the true story of the friendship between lawyer Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank) and psychiatric patient Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter) and their 1987 San Francisco case for patients’ rights; Lynn Shelton’s new drama OUTSIDE IN  which sees an ex-con (Jay Duplass) struggling to readjust to life in his small town (also co-starring Eddie Falco); in MY DAYS …

G’DAY COMRADE

A Russian bride, a nerdy scientist and a failed rock star walk into a bar…. Join three Russian comedians now calling Australia home as they debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018 with their show, G’DAY COMRADE! at the Imperial Hotel and Speakeasy HQ’s The Vault 28 March – 1 April. Join in their entertaining quest to figure out Australian lifestyle, laidback attitudes and a ubiquitous love for Tim Tams. Random dancing, vodka fumes and Dostoyevsky references included. Featuring Gosha Bodryi (QLD RAW semi-finalist), Gleb Tugushev (Moscow comedy stage regular) Kaychu (QLD RAW finalist) and special guest Kirill Sietlov (uncrowned king of Moscow’s surreal and post modern comedy scene and TV show host). Rock up with your rubles and experience making sense of the Aussie chilled out nature as deciphered in thick Russian accents. When: 28 March @8:30pm / 29-31 March @4:45pm Where: The Imperial Hotel, 2-8 Bourke St., Melbourne CBD Purchase your tickets: here