All posts tagged: #featured

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 …

Verdi’s Rigoletto

 In an opera trifecta, the people’s baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat, award winning tenor Liparit Avetisyan and local rising star Stacey Alleaume come together to star in Elijah Moshinsky’s resplendent production of Verdi’s Rigoletto in Melbourne.  Making his Australian debut in the role of Rigoletto is booming Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat. Mongolia’s first ever entrant to the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2015 where he was crowned the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize Winner, Enkhbat was named the Honoured Artist of Mongolia in 2010 at the age of 24 and has since performed in cities around the world including Paris, New York, Seoul and Kiev.  Joining Enkhbat onstage will be arguably one of the most exciting young singers performing today, remarkable Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan, in the role of the Duke of Mantua singing the classic aria ‘La donna è mobile’. Recipient of the 2017 Golden Mask Award (Russia’s highest theatre award) for best opera actor, Avetisyan made his Australian debut with OA in 2017 performing the role of Alfredo Germont in Moshinsky’s production …

SET SAIL ON A CELTIC ODYSSEY WITH THE IRISH FILM FESTIVAL 2019

This May, The Irish Film Festival returns to Melbourne with an award-winning program, studded with gems all the way from the Emerald Isle. This year’s all-inclusive Festival is home to seven full length feature films, five documentaries and six shorts, ranging from compelling dramas, hilarious comedies and hard-hitting real-life stories. Feature Films:The official opening night film  is the internationally acclaimed Float like a Butterfly, an uplifting drama from the producers of Sing Street and the Oscar winning film Once. Set in 1972 when Muhammad Ali was set to fight in Dublin, the film follows Frances, a young Irish traveller girl, with big dreams of becoming a champion boxer. Comedy: No Party for Billy Burns follows a would-be cowboy Billy, an innocent farm hand about to leave his dreary life behind him for big dreams of excitement, adventure and romance on the open road. Another offering is Metal Heart, a poignant coming of age comedy that follows twin sisters Chantel and Emma who couldn’t be more different. One Goth and one beauty queen, the sisters’ sibling rivalry …

The Reading Nook takes over Highpoint Shopping Centre

Strengthening its position as the community’s heart in the west, Highpoint Shopping Centre will this month welcome The Reading Nook: its newest temporary pop-up space, devoted to free book exchange. Helping to promote the love of reading amongst little ones and locals, The Reading Nook will encourage customers to stop by, collect a book, and leave a pre-loved book of their own in its place. Forming as a mini library, The Reading Nook will be home to many gifted stories, providing customers the opportunity to read and unwind inside or take their discovered book to read in an oasis of their own. In addition to leisurely reading, The Reading Nook will host a program of activities throughout its time at Highpoint, including family-fun activities such as face painting, kid-friendly games and giveaways on launch day (Tuesday 23 April), weekly story-telling sessions in partnership with the Maribyrnong Library Service, and visits from local toy libraries. The Reading Nook will pop up at Highpoint’s IN: TRANSIT precinct: an outdoor retail and casual dining hub formed by three shipping containers, taking inspiration from food truck parks and capitalising on …

Game of Thrones

Game of Throne is returning this April, so get ready to raise a glass to the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection as it officially hits Australian shores this week. To celebrate the eighth and final season of the critically-acclaimed TV series, Game of Thrones, DIAGEO and HBO have released a limited-edition collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. The collection features seven Scotch whiskies paired with six of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the Night’s Watch, giving fans an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms. Diageo’s unparalleled diverse range of distilleries in Scotland, much like in Westeros, each have their own unique characteristics and produce a distinctive whisky representative of its local terroir. These similarities were the inspiration behind the collection, drawing an authentic storyline between each House and single malt pairing. Whether you want to collect them all or represent your chosen House, be sure to pick up a bottle before they leave the realm. For more information on The Game of Thrones Collection Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection, …

50/50 Melbourne Comedy Festival

Michael Shafar is a self-proclaimed Jewish atheist, who loves a bargain, hates hugs, and always likes to be right. All jokes aside though – Michael has a really interesting story to tell about his diagnosis and survival of testicular cancer in 2017 through his new Melbourne International Comedy Festival show – 50/50. Not one to appear to throw a pity party for himself, Michael’s jokes are dark, raw and very personal – however he has a warm, sweet style of humour which engages with his broadly diverse audience, despite the hilarious but sometimes R-rated content. His knack for finding the humour in every situation, however dark and unhappy has armed him with a lot of quality laughing material and allowed him to add a positive spin on what most of us would find a terrifying and painful experience. For example, as a male with only half of his, err… nuts to worry about – he now enjoys the comfort of skinny jeans, something many men could not attest to – a silver lining, and so …

Half Acre

BUFFET BRUNCH AND BLOODY MARYS: Half Acre Hosts Boozy Courtyard Brunch with Live Music for Melbourne Food  and Wine Festival All-day brunch has never looked better as Half Acre prepare to host an epic Melbourne Food and Wine Festival buffet brunch on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of March – the only brunch event on the festival’s calendar. To add to this never-ending feast of deliciousness, guests are encouraged to create their own Bloody Marys all day long at the eatery’s DIY Bloody Mary table, while enjoying live music and entertainment throughout the event. Expect the ultimate brunch menu including Vincotto Roasted Figs, Challah French Toast with Rosewater Berry Compote, Bacon Mushroom and Egg Pie and Roasted Pear with Saffron and Bay Leaf Custard, and Walnut Crumble. Also on offer is Potato, Silverbeet and Lemon Yoghurt, Pizza, Hot Smoked Salmon Dip with Dill and Pickled Green Chilli, and an assortment of fresh breads and bagels with whipped butter and preserves. Wash down brunch with unlimited Bloody Mary’s, or for those partial to a gin or spritz, Half Acre is also offering special Half …