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Arts Review: All This Living

As the intro to this piece states, ‘age comes to us all you know,’ we’re reminded of this in the opening act, a recollection of a bathroom encounter, when some young pretty things, applying lipstick in the mirror, label the character, Jay, portrayed beautifully by Camilla Blunden, ‘just an old woman.’ This comment, makes it real for her, and thus launches the rest of the performance where she digs deeply into the phenomenon of getting old, and how over time, older women somehow lose their voice, become invisible, and incorrectly feel they have become a burden to society. As the piece progresses, she attempts to turn these beliefs on their head, re-empowering women, as wise, important, highly visible beings with stories to tell, all the while batting off the inner voices that creep up, and try to convince her otherwise. This show was difficult to follow in parts, as the narrative jumped from whimsical inner thought to thought, from real life to fantasy through paint stores, pots and pans, to magical woods filled with fiery …

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Win tickets to The Dog Lovers Show

Can you think of anything that is better than Disneyland? We can! No need to spend big bucks on your plane tickets, because The Dog Lovers Show is here again! Celebrate, interact with and learn about man’s best friend this May at the Royal Exhibition Building. Visitors to the show will get to learn about over 600 beautiful dogs, browse over 250 exhibitors and see celebrity vets do their thing. What can you expect at the show: Australia’s most talented canines in action in the Royal Canin Arena DockDogs, Australia’s most exciting dog sport and competition with a wide range of breeds launching themselves off a dock into a massive pool of water! Meet and learn more about more than 100 popular breeds Expert tips for a healthier and happier dog Discover all you need to know about providing a loving home for a Dog in need Information & experts on hand to help you find the right Dog for your lifestyle Tribute to Australian Hero Dogs including Military, Guide, Therapy, Customs, Working and Assistance Dogs showcasing the skills and abilities of our canines and how they …

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Eat, drink, make & learn

Are you passionate about coffee making? Is it pasta you crave at the end of your long day? Ever wanted to master your home made coffee brewing skills? Or is indulging in cheese one of your daily routines? The Craft & Co, a collective leaning centre in Collingwood offers classes in all of these areas and more for those with an interest in the culinary and arts. The Craft & Co works with local producers in Melbourne and offers classes ranging from salami making, pasta making, coffee cupping, brewing for beginners, cheese making,  learning why bees matter so much or exploring the magic behind craft distillation. All classes are $75, 3-hours long and including a tasting, one in-house brewing beverage, questionnaires and hands-on experience. If you are unsure what class you should take, you can even try out their free pasta or wine making demo class on Sundays to get a feel for the courses. Here is a sneak peak of what you get from the classes: Pasta Making: All attendees enjoy freshly made pasta, …

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Free Asia Pop Courtyard

Be a part of Asia TOPA (Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts) this February at the Immigration Museum. Every Friday evenings this February from 5pm – 9pm, the courtyard area will come to life with free Asia Pop, food, drinks and general fun. The event will feature DJ Japandaman and Sihouette d’Amore, The Pink Tiles, K-pop Melbourne dancers, a karaoke lounge and Kung Fu motion installation. The bonus, you can enter all of these exhibitions for free! Definitely a fun way to explore cultures from over 200 countries and be inspired by their stories at the Immigration Museum, and a great alternative to the usual Friday night drinks.             Where: 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000 When: Friday evenings, this February from 5pm – 9pm More information: Check their website.

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Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese new year is all about gathering with family, eating lots of delicious food, playing with firecrackers, buying new clothes and the giving and receiving of red envelopes. It is a time for families to be together. Melbourne offers you a 17 day Chinese New Year festival with activities located from Queensbridge Square, Queen Victoria Market, Chinatown, the Chinese Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck and Southgate, through to Docklands and DFO South Wharf. Things you can do while staying with us at The Swanston Grand Mercure and Mercure Welcome – Experience “God of Prosperity’s visit” at Emporium Melbourne Enjoy a Chinese New Year’s Eve Feast sponsored by Secret Kitchen, located at the corners of Exhibition and Little Bourke Street. Be memorized by the dragons at the Dragon Parade Day throughout Chinatown on 29th of Jan, Sunday. Buy a lantern and hang it on The Lantern Wishing Tree at Cohen Place Watch Asian short films, also at Cohen Place For more activities and festival info visit http://www.cnymelbourne.com.au/home/ http://melbournechinesenewyear.com

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Midsumma Review: The Happy Prince

Many are already familiar with the sweet but sad story of Oscar Wilde’s Happy Prince. A beautifully adorned statue stands high over a city, eyes of sapphires, skin of gold leaf and a ruby in his dagger, saddened by the injustice of life as a poor citizen in a Victorian era. A young swallow, bound for the warmer climate to avoid the impending winter chill is separated from his flock and takes temporary shelter within the golden folds of the Prince’s cloak. The two become inseparable companions and over several nights the Prince teaches the Swallow the meaning of true happiness, all the while the two slowly make the ultimate sacrifice, and join each other in eternity through death. Heavy right? Originally penned as a children’s tale, Little Ones Theatre reimagines this classic tale for the adult audience, turning the traditional male roles into strong female characters who take companionship further into the realms of love between two women. The fresh approach to the original story aligns perfectly with the theatre company’s dedication to pushing …

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Melbourne Comedy Festival – 2017

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is returning in 2017 with a spectacular line up of local and international performers in over 500 shows – running for four, hilariously entertaining weeks. With ticket prices averaging at $28 each, you’ll be able to see all of your favorites, plus maybe try a few new shows to broaden your comedy experience. Larger name Comedy Festival favourite likes Arj Barker, Jason Byrne, Ruby Wax, Jimeoin, Bob Franklin, Cal Wilson, Claire Hooper, Frank Woodley, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott and Rove McManus headline, but for a full experience – we recommend checking out some of the independent shows in and around Melbourne’s smaller venues. For Harry Potter fans, you can watch a performance of ‘Completely Improvised Potter’, or for all the single ladies (or those with a  wicked sense of humor) we recommend ‘Desperettes – A Guide to being a Wingman’ and for some awkward but fun humor try Barry Morgan (remember Barry Morgan from the World of Organs on Spicks and Specks…. check out this sweet medley to refresh …