All posts tagged: winter

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, …

6th annual Hot Dog Eating Competition

 If you think you can stomach this gutsy competition–presented by Cleaver’s Organic Beef Hot Dogs –grab your friends and get ready to indulge in all things hot-diggety-hotdog at Luna Park  on Saturday 20 July from 11am.   If you are just a spectator of this crazy hot dog gobbling action, make sure to take advantage of the Hot Dog Special Offer of 3 rides + 1 Cleaver’s Organic Beef Hot Dog for just $27.50. These special tickets can be pre-purchased online, or at the ticket box on the day.  We are also so lucky to have Billy Boyd, founder of Competitive Eating Australia, as our MC for the day working the crowd into a pre-kick-off frenzy for both the men’s and women’s eating competitions encouraging spectators to choose their favourite ‘chompetitor’ and cheer them on as they battle it out.  The ‘weiners’ announced and crowned ‘2019 Hot Dog Eating Champions’ by Billy will not only bask in the glory of eating the most hotdogs in 10 minutes, they will also each be taking home a prize of …

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 …

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. …

WHEN THE LIGHT LEAVES

All I knew about When The Light Leaves before seeing it was that it was a play, based on a true story, about euthanasia. Specifically, it’s a story put on by Citizen Theatre with the release coinciding with the implementation of Victoria’s new Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws set to come into effect on June 19. The story is fictional but based on the real experiences of playwright Rory Godbold. Godbold’s father publicly acquired Nembutal, the drug used to euthanise pets and animals, before dying in 2015. Arriving at La Mama Courthouse, I sat in the quaint waiting area before the doors opened and the patrons migrated into the theatre. What was immediately noticeable was that every prop was suspended in the air. Apples, books and lights hung as though in space. A sense of distance from reality took hold before the play even began. As the play started, I saw the props used to great effect despite never touching the ground. Telephone calls, gift exchanges and arguments were expressed beautifully as they swung like …

Travesties

The word ‘travesties’ – meaning false, absurd or distorted representations of somethings – is a concerning name for a theatrical production. Knowing little about the play and its themes, I showed up to opening night hopeful that a degree in history wouldn’t be required to understand it. The immersion began as soon as I entered the theatre; the set had been arranged so that I had to walk through the furniture and props to get to my seat. This was a pleasant stunt. However, what was truly impressive was the cast. The actors were already on scene and embodying their characters, equipped with fastidiously picked costumes and props. Patrons were left to walk amongst the cast while getting drinks and finding seats. The moment the play began, I found myself in a state of utter confusion. Hit with a flurry of dialects and thick accents, I couldn’t understand the characters much. Thankfully, after a few moments everything became clear and made sense. The story was told through flashes of memory as the main character wrote …

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TWICE THIS YEAR

FANCY CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS TWICE THIS YEAR? WELL LUNA PARK WILL MAKE SNOWY DREAMS COME TRUE WITH A HO, HO, HO WHOLE LOT OF CHRISTMAS CHEER THESE JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!  Santa is still guaranteed to be in the Luna Park’s house again this winter school holidays. So wrap-up warm and head to Luna Park from 29 June to 14 July  and enter the magical Christmas Wonderland.  Walk through iconic Mr Moon and feel the merriment all around with magical lights, festive decorations galore and of course our beautiful and gigantic Christmas tree. Play amongst the hourly snowfalls and feel that huge rush of excitement that only Christmas can bring, but so much sooner that you ever thought! Santa’s Elves are also coming over and will be very busy sharing yummy Christmas bells from Chocolatier with all the good boys and girls. At 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the elves will be gathering all the kids around for Santa’s special ‘Storytelling Sessions’ to hear what he gets up to when it’s not Christmas time! Also make sure …

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 …

May Contain Traces of Reading

Mitchel E Roberts is not your average stand up comedian. His show, ‘May Contain Traces of Reading, is performed without 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. …