All posts tagged: what’s on

MICF Review: Nikki Britton is Romanticide

We recently head along to check out super face-paced, anti-romance comedy – Nikki Britton is Romanticide as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. From the moment we arrived, we were hit with hilarious, laugh out loud comedy from a lady that says everything we are all thinking as she shares her own true stories about dating, single life, getting older and the mysteries behind life. Every single girl within the room caught themselves out nodding along as her continuous comment “This doesn’t happen to normal people” reminds them of their your own cringe-worthy stories. Being that they are all her own true stories, it does get emotional at times as she describes a heart-break and unbroken hope for true love but always lifts the crowds moods quickly in her hysterical fashion even if that does involve acting out seeing her ex and then falling into a tower of Tim-tams, which quickly melted under her. Nikki tied her performance together with a continuous reference to the two characters that she is in life – a …

MICF Review: Burn the Witch

Last week we checked out Melbourne International Comedy Festival show Burn the Witch on it’s opening night at the Butterfly Club, a tale set in a small English Village in the 1650’s, a village which keeps experiencing the mysterious disappearance of their children. Witchhunter General Dunlop and his comical, cockney assistant, Jennifer are engaged to get to the bottom of the conundrum and take the audience on a whodunnit style journey to get there. Written by and starring Martin Dunlop and Bec Petraitis, Burn the Witch has a great story to tell, a story that unfolds naturally for the audience with intelligent jokes, ironic humor and energy in abundance. The acting was brilliant, both Martin and Bec really engaged with the audience, and continued to hit the mark with their constant, sometimes dark, humour. For us, the speed of the execution was the only let down, particularly at the 10pm timeslot, the narrative moved from scene to scene at lightening fast pace, which made it a little hard to follow. And did they end up …

MICF Review: Songs in the Key of Awesomesause

Matt Kilpa’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival show starts with an introduction song which instantly makes us think of the Mighty Boosh, and it’s a great way to describe Songs in the Key of Awesomesauce, sort of inspired by Flight of the Conchords, throw in a touch of the Boosh-style quirky delivery – and mix it with some cool, original material, for 45 minutes of laughs. One man, a guitar, and a bunch of funny songs. Matt’s debut solo show show is pretty fast paced, the songs are nice and short, just long enough to be punchy, but not too long that the audience drifts off, as he very easily moves to the next subject matter. Our personal favourites were the initial workings of his ‘Captain Planet the Musical’ project, where everyone knows that Planeteer Ma’Ti has the lamest power – the power of heart, a topic that any kid that grew up in the 90’s knows about, a parody set to the Dolly Parton classic, Jolene (about a certain red-haired politician), and a song about …

MICF Review: No Tips For Keith Cheng?

Guest reviewer: Shannon Murphy On Wednesday night, we were invited to check out Keith Cheng’s debut Melbourne International Comedy Festival show “No Tips For Keith Cheng?”. This culturally diverse show was MC’d by Melbourne’s own Damian Cosgriff, whose punny goodness and one liners warmed up the crowd, before support act, Singaporean import, Wei got the show rolling. Our introduction to our main act advises that Hong Kong born Keith, has been a regular on the Brisbane comedy scene and his talents have previously seen him as a Finalist (2012) and Runner Up (2013) in the Queensland division of Australian’s biggest open mic comedy competition, Triple J’s Raw Comedy.  Keith’s arrival to the stage was facilitated via a fist bump with the MC, with Cheng confessing it’ll be the only time he gets to successfully punch a white guy. Cheng pushes the envelope on taste with his self proclaimed “Terrible Jokes of The Night”, a title that says it all and garners gasps, chuckles and full out laughter from the audience.  A walk out at this …

Big Design Market

Australia’s much-loved and original design market, The  Big Design Market,  returns to Federation Square this December. The Melbourne Design Market The market will bring together the best of independent Australian and international design for 3 huge days of Christmas shopping! Discover a stellar line-up of over 230 stallholders across homewares, textiles, fashion, furniture, lighting, stationery, lifestyle & kids products. To keep you hydrated while shopping there’ll also be a cocktail bar with locally made drinks from Merricks General Wine Store, Sofi Spritz, Starward Whiskey plus specialty teas from Love Tea. As always, there’ll also be delicious food stalls from some of Melbourne’s finest including Earl Canteen, Misschu, Taco Truck and Beatbox Kitchen; craft beer from Moo Brew and Faire Ferments; coffee from Sensory Lab; and sweet treats from Gelato Messina, All Day Donuts and LuxBite. When: 2 December – 4 December Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton Visit the website here.

Mazda Opera in the Bowl

Sit back and enjoy an enchanting evening of opera music under the stars at Mazda Opera in the Bowl. This free concert is a fabulous way to start the summer and features some of the greatest arias and most beautiful overtures in a fantastic program of songs and duets. The line-up includes four leading soloists, the Opera Australia Chorus and Orchestra Victoria. Don’t forget the picnic blanket! When: 8pm-10pm 3 December Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl Visit the website here. 

recharge: A New Mindfulness Studio

In our hyperconnected world it’s getting harder and harder to just switch off. Whether it be switching off your phone, stopping email notifications at work or even just saying no to people, we are in a constant battle to  be in the moment and content with who and where are. Luckily for us Melbourne people, Dr Richard Chambers and Ray Good are bringing to Melbourne it’s first ever mindfulness pop-up studio. Located in a sleek, light-filled warehouse space in Fitzroy, recharge is a mindfulness pop-up studio that encourages people to take their eyes off their screens, leave their stress at the door, pull up a cushion and learn how to recharge. We chatted to Dr Richard Chambers ahead of the workshop to discuss how we can find our inner zen and why it’s so important. 1. In today’s world where are we constantly connected, how important do you think it is to practice mindfulness? Modern life is definitely getting busier. We work long hours, often juggling family duties and other responsibilities too. And technology means that we are constantly connected. …