All posts tagged: Reviews

May Contain Traces of Reading

Mitchel E Roberts is not your average stand up comedian. His show, ‘May Contain Traces of Reading, is performed with uttering a single word and it’s back for another season at the Butterfly Club this Jane – June. We spoke to Mitch about what audiences can expect this time around, and what’s next for the young rising star. Mitch, you talk about the concept for this show as ‘coming to you in a golden moment’ – but is there a back story or inspiration behind the idea? The back story to this show is basically that I’ve been having silly ideas since I was 8 years old, and within a couple of weeks, I’d move on to the next grand plan, or huge scale scheme. This idea was different though. For one, I wasn’t actively trying to come up with something. I was just working in a job that didn’t require a lot of brain power or attention, and while my mind was wandering, this show walked into my head, with a fully formed premise. …

Nocturnal X Mick Harvey

You might be apprehensive if the live-music tickets you bought list the venue as a Museum. Are the musicians really that old? Or maybe you start to imagine something akin to the movie ‘Night at the Museum.’ Having been to the Melbourne Museum before, I pondered as to where they’d set up stage and whether I’d spend the night concerned about knocking over irreplaceable artefacts on display. Arriving, I found the venue to be very well thought-out. The main stage was front and centre in the foyer with the second stage and film screens in the galleries deeper into the Museum. What’s more, the stages didn’t seem out of place, but rather enhanced by the historic building. The area was grand, accessible and the lights from the main stage seemed to shimmer beautifully off every surface. On top of that, I learnt that walking around a world-class museum with a beer in hand and atmospheric beats through the air is a sensation not to be missed. The bands and setlist were curated by Mick Harvey, …

Oz Comic-Con

Oz Comic-Con is returning to Melbourne on June 8th – 9th , and Brisbane and Sydney in September, giving fans across all fandoms the ultimate event for all things pop culture. Assemble your super squad and get ready for a jam-packed weekend of entertainment. Oz Comic-Con was introduced to Australian shores in 2012 and has since cemented itself with pop culture fans, offering a little bit of everything for everyone interested in film, television, comics, anime, cosplay and much more. Convention goers can expect appearances from film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors, gaming tournaments and freeplay along with out-of-this-world activations, industry talks and panels, and exclusive merchandise that can’t be bought anywhere else. An event for all ages, kids can leave their mark on MARVEL’s colouring wall, spark their creative desires in a range of kids comic artist workshops and walk tall in the Kids Cosplay Parade. Comic enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the Comic District with opportunities to meet comic guests from major publications and enjoy the Comics Library. Gamers can head on over to the Gaming Zone and feed their …

Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular

GABS (Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular) is returning to Melbourne in 2019. Renowned as one of the world’s leading beer festivals, GABS brings together the best breweries from Australia and New Zealand to rethink and celebrate the way we drink craft beer and cider. The event offers 170 unique craft beers and ciders that are made specifically for GABS. Although Vietnamese pho, donuts, wine, hemp, popcorn, and green ants (yes you read that right) aren’t the first thing you think of when you think great craft beers and ciders, they are just a few of the ingredients mixed into this years brews. With brewers teaming up with teahouses, gin distilleries and even an American BBQ Smokehouse, GABS 2019 is set to be a wild and tasty year. There will also be a vast range of activities on offer, including: – Little Creatures House Of Fun, where attendees can tackle vintage card games, crazy mini golf and hay bale bowling. – The Balta Tiñata, a giant beer can piniata that will have punters swinging for glory. – BentSpoke’s Roller Racing Derby, elevating your heart …

TAKE YOUR MEDITATION PRACTICE UP A LEVEL THIS APRIL

Start your weekend the right way on Saturday 6 April with Moving Meditation , an unlikely pairing between King & Godfree’s Johnny’s Green Room and Universal Practice, the go-to Physiotherapy, Pilates and Yoga studio in Melbourne. Johnny’s Green Room, Melbourne’s hottest new sky-high bar will transform into its own rooftop yoga atelier for one morning, with guests treated to a 45-minute session at 8:30am. Universal Practice founder, Sammy Wilson, will lead Moving Mediation  which combines a blend of yoga and meditation, benefiting the body through movement and the mind through stillness. Throughout the morning, guests will give themselves a chance to relax and rejuvenate as Sammy brings her scientific and holistic knowledge approach to the practice. Johnny’s rooftop will be decked out with Lululemon mats, and following class attendees will be treated to a coffee of their choice. Founded in 2016, Universal Practice has become an integral part of the Melbourne wellness landscape, cementing its place as the go-to Physiotherapy, Pilates and yoga studio, with practices across Fitzroy, Richmond and soon-to-be Malvern which will open its doors in winter 2019. Whether it be a …

Badass

Badass is a new comedy cabaret creation from the mind of Tash York (Desperettes, Adulting, These Things Take Wine) – it’s loud, in your face and straight up fun. Through the power of parody and clever lyrical mash ups, Tash brings her audience on her own personal journey of being (or becoming) a badass – which turns out to be a sweet rollercoaster of emotions touching on real life mental health issues, bullying (and consequently standing up for yourself), love lost and found. Not too heavy and not too light.. as they say, just right. Like many good shows, Tash connects with her audience through ‘me too’ (not #metoo) moments, like feeling as though you’ve really got your life together when you’ve stocked up on organising-type stationary at your local Officeworks, or somehow racking up an unimaginable amount of unpaid parking fines. Like many great shows, Badass ends with a bang – a Rage Against the Machine (or the patriarchy.. am I right ladies…) singalong which everyone more than enthusiastically joined in with fervour. Tash …

Review: Oil Babies

Image: Lachlan Woods Harrowing. That’s how I would describe the powerful opening scene of Oil Babies when it debuted this week at Northcote Town Hall. Described as an ‘exploration of our relationship to climate change and the female body’ and brought to life by three, strong female leads, Oil Babies is an impactful, confronting and distinctly female performance piece which focussed on the not unknown concerns about real-life human anxieties, the health and future of planet earth. Dark, peppered with enough comedy to keep you from the pits of despair, and laced together with real-world issues and environmental disasters – the narrative rotates around three female characters; one couple, and a single friend with crippling anxiety as they navigate their own views on body image, social and environmental wellbeing and fears for the future. You’ll certainly walk away with a bleak awareness of one’s own impact on the planet – and that nagging constant reminder that just like the dinosaurs – we are not ourselves immune from ultimate extinction. A smartly designed set and terrific …