All posts tagged: #melbourne

Get your Summer Skates On

For the first three weeks of December, the Queen Victoria Market will play host to the Air Canada Ice Rink – Melbourne’s first ever summer outdoor ice skating rink. Those who crave a small taste of a white Christmas experience can hit the ice and show off their moves in a 45-minute session for the small price of $15 (adults), $10 (kids under 14) or a family of four for just $45. Sessions run every hour and can be purchased rink side – though we recommend pre-purchasing tickets online to avoid disappointment. Canadian-themed treats like maple syrup ice cream and poutine (a delicious concoction of french fries, gravy and cheese curds for the uninitiated) are also available for purchase aside the ice rink as well as popcorn and fairy floss for the kids (and young at heart). If you are thinking of taking the team from work for a little bit of skating fun, why not pair it with the Wednesday Summer Night markets for a spectacular feed for the perfect work Christmas party with …

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 …

Melbourne Music Week

Clear your calendar for a week of parties, performances and one-off gigs across the city. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will be the official Hub for Melbourne Music Week (MMW) 2018. The iconic space, located in the heart of Melbourne’s most highly visited location (Fed Square), will host a slew of free and ticketed events from November 16 – 24. ACMI’s Gallery One will be the event’s main hub and bar, along with the Lightwell, providing a unique music space that delivers high quality audio and video production and some of the most immersive performances Melburnians have ever seen. Beloved Aussie rock band You Am I will be making their MMW debut, headlining Melbourne Town Hall for a legendary set incorporating The Grand Organ. A crowd favourite over the years, The Grand Organ can produce anything from the slightest whisper to a booming thunder, pushing 90,000 cubic feet of air a minute through its 10,000 pipes. Support will come from post-punk cult rockers New War in what promises to be an intensely …

Fish… not just another 4-letter word

We were lucky enough to be invited along to check out Fish, on it’s sold out opening night at the popular Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood, and despite what the name may imply, this latest piece from the team at the Rollercoaster Theatre Company actually had little to do with, well… fish. Instead the theme focused on another four-letter word – fear. Not the kind of ‘clown under the bed’, ‘monsters in the closet fear’, – the real, everyday, average person fears. Things like spiders, car horns, terrorists, overzealous romantic pursuits from management, getting sick again… etc. All of these topics were tackled by the talented cast in a slightly quirky, off beat performance which was a mix of sketch, song and dance – and included a hilarious yet humanising parody of Donald Trump. All in all, the show was quite magical, with lots of laughs despite the heavy content covered. A little political, a little wonderful – and real shame it wraps up after only 3 nights. A little about Rollercoaster Theatre Company Rollercoaster is made …

WKM Review: Fully Made Up

We were recently invited to the fabulous Butterfly Club to check out opening night of Fully Made Up – An Improvised Cabaret, starring multi-award winning comedian Jenny Wynter. Combining cabaret, comedy and improv, this performance brings to life a veteran cabaret starlet, who’s entertaining evening soiree is entirely comprised of stories, songs, memories and monologues – inspired (in true improv style) by the suggestions of the audience. Improv alone is hard enough, but throw in the added challenge of creating an on-the-spot, rhyming, reasonably relevant show tune to random suggestions like ‘squid’, ‘grapes’ and ‘eat the frog’ and you’ve got yourself a pretty darn entertaining premise. Slipping just once, with real class and a super quick redirection, Jenny absolutely nails her latest show in a satin draped display of raw, fabulous singing, silly monologues and general awesomeness. We would have loved a few more songs and less monologue in the first half of the show, as this woman sure can sing, but overall we loved the show, and laughed the whole way through. An enviously …

Review: RENT

Last night I climbed the stairs to the Athenaeum 2 theatre to check out the Federation University student performance of RENT. Don’t judge, but for someone who adores musical theatre, I’d never seen this iconic show, so it was fairly safe to say that, I was pretty excited to be seeing it for the first time. Most people are familiar with the premise of RENT. Set in the late 1980’s, in the colorful Alphabet City precinct of New York’s bohemian East Village, a group of struggling, penniless artists live, love and try to survive. Ahead of its time, RENT looks at the fear, horror and loss associated with the AIDS epidemic of the time, and lightheartedly tackles topics like sexuality, drug addiction, homelessness and corporate greed. Performed in a relatively intimate space, the set was super funky, with the audience members sitting right up close to the action, allowing the cast to interact with them on a more personal level. The cast was nothing short of brilliant, each performer perfectly matched to their character, and …