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Marvel Journey of Heroes

Marvel will celebrate the 80th-year milestone of Marvel Comics this year with a free exhibition of iconic superhero artwork at Melbourne Central next to the iconic Shot Tower. The exhibition will honour the iconic characters and stories across every decade of Marvel’s rich history, from the early years as Timely Comics, to the latest adventures in the Marvel Universe fans know today. Launching as a small comic book brand (called Timely Comics) in 1939 with the publication of issue #1 that included the first-ever appearance of the Human Torch, the growth in popularity of Marvel Comics flourished under the guidance of legends such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Romita, Don Heck and countless other industry titans. Marvel Comics and the Marvel brand is now one of the most exciting and recognisable brands shaping pop culture, modern mythology and entertainment around the world. New York Times best-selling comic book author Tom Taylor is the official spokesperson for the exhibition. Taylor’s pedigree in comics makes him perfectly positioned to talk to the relevance and impact of Marvel’s comics in Australian culture, having written Spider-Man, …

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. …

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.  

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:  …

RUN MELBOURNE WINTER RUNNING FESTIVAL

Melbourne’s most anticipated running festival, Run Melbourne, is back with something for friends, families and fitness fanatics. Run Melbourne will once again fill the streets with more than 20,000 participants expected to hit the pavement across four events: the 4K Friendship Dash (a free event suitable for families and friends – including the furry ones!), the Half-Marathon, the 10K run and the 5K run. This year Run Melbourne is celebrating 12 years of growing into a movement that has changed the culture of running through the streets of Melbourne. With cheer zones, more training support and fundraising resources, participants are set to enjoy an unforgettable race weekend. Over the past 11 years, participants have raised more than $16.5 million for over 400 charities and this year’s target is $2 million. SATURDAY 27 JULY NAME: Run Melbourne Friendship Dash LOCATION: Birrarung Marr DISTANCES: 4K run/walk COST: Free WEBSITE: https://events.solemotive.com/run-melbourne/ SUNDAY 28 JULY NAME: Run Melbourne LOCATION: Federation Square DISTANCES: 5K run, 10K run, Half-Marathon COST: Varies, visit website for entry costs WEBSITE: https://events.solemotive.com/run-melbourne/  

FREE Easter Putt Putt @ Eastland School Holidays

Eastland’s April school holidays FREE “Easter Putt Putt” mini-golf pop-up happening from April 8 – April 18, where kids aged 4-12 years can make their way around six stylised, Easter inspired holes featuring bubbles, moving wheels and obstacles. Eastland April School Holidays information: What:                  FREE Easter Putt Putt pop-up mini-golf Date:                   Monday, April 8 – Thursday, April 18 Time:                   10:00am – 4:00pm Where:                Level One, Central Mall outside Commonwealth Bank Cost:                    Free Entry – No Bookings Required Website:             https://www.eastland.com.au/schoolholidays Charity:                Eastland will again be partnering with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation through optional donations upon entry to the activation.

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, …

NEON PLAYGROUND – Light and Art for Wildlife Conservation

Lions and tigers and neon lights, oh my! For two weeks only this April, the city’s vibrant arts scene will come to life inside the lush grounds of Melbourne Zoo for its inaugural Neon Playground spectacular. Experience the zoo after dark as it is transformed by lights, projections, art installations and interactive performances. Large-scale projections will adorn the historic Melbourne Zoo mate gate façade, with the work of Kit Websterlighting up the art deco features. Journey through Awareness Alley along the historic Main Drive, where you will be engulfed in dynamic laser art by internationally renowned artist Robin Fox. Along the way, learn about Zoos Victoria’s fighting extinction species through the colourful neon artwork of Carla O’Brien. Transport yourself into the world of Graeme Base’s Waterhole, where giant illuminated puppets from the beloved book magically come to life. Explore the giant neon maze, inspired by the distinctive yellow and black pattern of the Southern Corroboree Frog, with 600 metres of LED neon suspended from the ground to create a labyrinth of light … and a …