All posts tagged: events

Two on the Night Train

We’re on the train to nowhere “Two strangers wake up on a mysterious train one morning. They have no idea how they got there, no sense of their ultimate destination, and can only tell one thing for sure – day is turning  to night, and the train is not stopping.” The description sounds like a metaphor for life,  and Two on the Night Train is just that. A play about nothing, but yet also so much at the same time. Two-person cast Katherine Pearson and Frazer Lee lead a never-ending train journey, time and time again switching and changing situations and possibilities as each part of the story runs parallel with the other. The ‘who’ and the ‘where’ remaining steadfastly consistent, yet the ‘why’ never seeming to become clear to either. They are tortured in by the notion that simply ‘existing,’ being neither good nor bad, travelling closer to, other further away from one’s final destination, being uncertain, vague and not knowing what you want, who you are or what your purpose is, is in fact …

Nocturnal

Following a string of successful past events, I was excited to attend the Melbourne Museum’s monthly live music event, Nocturnal.This month, as is fitting for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Nocturnalput on an all jazz setlist. Entering the spacious atrium, my friends and I found the occasion to be in full-swing. Melodic echoes of beat boxing and vocal reproductions rang out as we wove through the colourful crowd. As with the previous events, there was a whimsical array of lights projected onto the ceiling and bouncing off every shined surface. What impressed me wasn’t merely the talent of the acts but also their adaptability. The entrance of the Melbourne Museum is (undeniably) a peculiar space for live music, with its mezzanine floor, and glassy, modern architecture. However, the performers and sound crew seemed to have made a deliberate effort to play to the venue, and they pulled it off spectacularly. There were no acoustic knockbacks or audio mishaps, but instead a chorus of perfected sound and colour bringing another unique set of experiences to life. …

Travesties

The word ‘travesties’ – meaning false, absurd or distorted representations of somethings – is a concerning name for a theatrical production. Knowing little about the play and its themes, I showed up to opening night hopeful that a degree in history wouldn’t be required to understand it. The immersion began as soon as I entered the theatre; the set had been arranged so that I had to walk through the furniture and props to get to my seat. This was a pleasant stunt. However, what was truly impressive was the cast. The actors were already on scene and embodying their characters, equipped with fastidiously picked costumes and props. Patrons were left to walk amongst the cast while getting drinks and finding seats. The moment the play began, I found myself in a state of utter confusion. Hit with a flurry of dialects and thick accents, I couldn’t understand the characters much. Thankfully, after a few moments everything became clear and made sense. The story was told through flashes of memory as the main character wrote …

TGI FRIDAYS: We all need comfort food in winter

TGI FRIDAYS is dishing up American-inspired delights with a twist, launching a new oozing Mac & Cheese range and $15 ‘Ultimate’ oversized cocktails at Happy Hour. Treat yourself with TGI FRIDAYS famous potato skins loaded with creamy Mac & Cheese, opt for Baked Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni with field mushrooms, parmesan panko crumb, drizzled with truffle oil, and more cheesy goodness than your heart could ever desire. If cocktails are more your thing, TGI FRIDAYS, the OG of the Long Island Iced Tea, who created the drink way back in the 60’s has you covered – this time just bigger than ever. Launching a new Ultimates range nationwide, you’ll find signature extra-large cocktails on the drinks list including TGI FRIDAYS iconic Long Island Iced Tea. Why? Because bigger is always better. And for only $15 at Happy Hour, you’ll think it’s Friday every day.  

THE EUROPEAN NIGHT MARKET RETURNS BIGGER THAN EVER WITH A NOD TO DISCO

 After welcoming more than 20,000 visitors in 2018, The European Night Market returns to Madame Brussels Lane every Friday night this July with a 30% bigger footprint, more stalls than ever before, and neon-drenched entertainment.  Running every Friday 5pm – 10pm, the Euro disco inspired market will stamp your culinary passport with bites from Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey and Greece, as well as looping performances from Tanya George and retro beats by Fleiss. Dating back to 1853, the infamous Oddfellows Hotel will reopen its doors for four weeks only to peddle custom-made Hot Toddies and Mulled Wine.  Taste buds will be transported to Europe’s hotspots – a stop to Italy with Café Babbo’s Nutella-stuffed doughnuts, crisp pastries from Eat Cannoli, panzerotti from Il Panzerotto Taste of Puglia and delicious riffs on the classics from Tiramisu Lift Me Up. Sweet French favourites will be served up by Pop Up Crepe, The Brulee Cart, and Degani, while Frencheese will sling bowls of oozing, melted raclette. The Eurotrip continues with German sausages smothered in cheese, sauerkraut …

DON’T BRIE SAD, HIGH CHEESE RETURNS TO THE WESTIN MELBOURNE

The Westin’s ever-popular High Cheese has returned for winter, dishing up its cheesy take on High Tea in collaboration with Maker & Monger.Launching for the first time in June last year, High Cheese was originally set to leave The Westin Melbourne at the end of August but after a stampede of Melbournians and tourists alike, it was extended to Christmas and saw more than 5,000 people try the high cheese delight. High Cheese returns in 2019 running from the 24th May until the end of August with new and exciting dishes to refresh the much-loved favourites from last year. The Westin Melbourne Executive Chef, Michael Greenlaw has worked alongside Anthony Femia, the acclaimed cheese monger and owner of Maker & Monger at the Prahran Market, to create a menu worthy of the high expectations, sourcing only the best cheeses from across the world. The menu includes a deliciously gooey Baked Normandy Camembert aux Calvados, served with lavosh, guaranteed to tempt the most extreme cheese lovers out there. Other dishes on the menu include Black Truffle, porcini and walnut layered Brie Fermier la Tremblaye; Swiss Gruyere …

Halliday Sip Series

 After last year’s sold out Sip Series event, Halliday Wine Companion again invites wine lovers to join them for an evening of intimate wine tasting and education, with free-flowing canapés. The next installment in the Halliday Sip Series is ‘A Spotlight on Cellaring’ which will focus on how to create and curate a wine cellar and will be an unforgettable evening of wine tasting and more. Attendees will experience an array of wines featured in the upcoming Halliday mini mag, while also having one-on-one discussions with highlyrated winemakers. On the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to meet winemakers from highlyrated wineries, taste exceptional wines across vintages, and buy glasses, bottles or cases of any new favourites. All ticket holders have the opportunity to add on an exclusive masterclass, to extend wine knowledge and delve deeper into the wines tasted. All tickets include tastings, free-flowing canapes and grazing tables and goodie bags. WHEN:  Thursday June 13th from 6.30-9.30pm WHERE: Mercedes me Store, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne TICKETS:  $99.95 + booking fee Halliday Members save $20. Find out more about becoming a member at https://www.winecompanion.com.au/become-a-member BOOK NOW:  …