Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 11:05am

It's no surprise that The Art of Banksy has been a hit with Melbourne audiences. Due to popular demand, the exhibition will now enjoy an extended season. 


Known as one of the leading contemporary artists of his generation, The Art of Banksy showcases a vast amalgamation of his work with more than 80 original pieces on display, making it the largest collection of Banksy artwork...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 5:29pm

Yarra Council want you to have a good time this January 26. They just want you to do it in the right way. 


Melbourne has some beautiful parks, and we all want to keep them that way. Here's five tips to keep you in the good books while enjoying Yarra's parks.
Leave your glass at home. Just bring plastic containers or cans. No one wants to end up with a foot full of...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:08pm


Tell us about your show.
Frankie Valentine: Baby Got Back is a collective of female performers driven to explore concepts of the body in a live, multimedia space. We use dance, puppetry, burlesque, circus, film and stripping to entertain and to shine light on the female experience. Vesper White: It’s a real wildcard of a show. We do the weird, sexy, bizarre shit you don’t see...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:06pm


Tell us about your event.  Queer and Alternative Life Drawing is inspired by events I run at Confest alternative living festival. A variety of models will be posing outside the normal life drawing roles for example in same sex couples or in tableaux of three or more. I can provide informal coaching for new artists so the event is suitable for anyone over 18 with a broad mind and an...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:45pm


Tell us about your show. I play a character called Rhonda Butchmore – an homage to stage legend Rhonda Burchmore – and in this show I am giving the audience backstage tours of Arts Centre Melbourne as Rhonda with my comedy partner Kyle Minall. Whilst you get to see real backstage locations and learn real facts about the building, Rhonda also throws in a few of her own stories for a...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:45pm


Tell us about your show. Born and bred in Melbourne, it’s not a global love affair. Four-hundred-thousand audience members across five continents, someone told me recently (in Paris) that it’s the longest lasting and the most awarded provocative variety of our times. True? We just won our 16th award, the International Theatre Institute’s International Presentation of the Year across...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:40pm


Tell us about your show. The key theme works around the notion that our identities are expressions of the same female essence and that we each express different aspects of this fundamental nature. Considering ourselves and others in this way can dissolve the idea of difference, inspire curiosity and make it possible to wonder at the breadth and beauty of what being female is.

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:37pm


Where did the inspiration for your show come from?
Playing to Win is inspired by my search to attain even the slightest level of success,  only to reach my thirties and realise I have no idea what success means. It's stand-up comedy, live music and storytelling blended together as only I can, with rage, humour and a lot of critical thinking behind even the stupidest of jokes....

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:01pm

It must be a frightening realisation for a comedian, to learn they’re fresh out of killer anecdotes. It’s something that’s crossed Nick Cody’s mind before. “I worry about that stuff, thinking, 'Oh shit, I did all this fun stuff in the past and now I don’t know if I’m going to get any stories,'” he explains. “I always forget that I will most definitely make mistakes.”


“I just...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 6:00pm

Melbourne's got more cinemas than it knows what to do with. Fresh from getting a drive-in rooftop cinema, we're now getting our first ever 'ride-in' cinema. 


Jump on your bike and cruise into the Coburg Velodrome for some cinema under the stars in Melbourne's new favourite event...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 4:07pm

National treasure and comedian Aaron Gocs has outdone himself. 


Gocsy has gone ahead and recreated the magic of '90s Australiana TV show Ocean Girl, complete with panoramic montage intro sequence, an attempt at dating his crush David, a quick bout of chasey, and an altercation with those vile ecosystem-hating Russians.


If you watch anything today, just make it...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 3:34pm

Returning in March with the best and latest in LGBTIQ cinema from around the globe, Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) has just lifted the lid on its first instalment for 2017.


The first eight features have been uncovered highlighted by the captivating drama Tomcat. It shocked audiences at the Berlin International Film Festival where it took out the Teddy Award for Best Film...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 3:29pm

The outsider musician, actor and painter known for his goof and folly on stage will appease his Australian fans for the first time since 2015.


Known for his roles on Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, Liebe Hart combines devine puppetry with nerdy interests to produce a guilefully unpredictable show.


With electronic...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 2:32pm

The free exhilarating musical extraordinaire fusing heartbeat-animated symphonies with ethereal soundscapes and contemporary art installations is returning to MPavilion in 2017 laced with the flavour of love.


The evening will be highlighted by the Australian debut of LA-based electronic group Tropic of Cancer, looking to divulge into ulterior consciousness as they play live to...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:48am

To say that Cirque du Soleil’s shows are elaborate production numbers understates their magnitude.


For every show, the Quebecoise-based circus phenomenon builds an elaborate microcosmos beneath the big top, transporting patrons to fantastic realms where gasps are guaranteed.
While Kooza, the company’s latest show to hit Oz, returns to the meat and...

Posted 9 Jan 2017 @ 10:37pm

Sit back and enjoy some top-notch movies on the hallowed grounds of the MCG with the return of Cinema at the 'G. 


Instead of kicking a footy, you'll be catching the likes of Lion and Sully at one of the world's most spectacular open-air cinemas. Arrive early to enjoy dinner and a drink at the 'G's selected food outlets. 
You’ll be able to set foot on the hallowed...

Posted 9 Jan 2017 @ 2:58pm

Spoken word artist and rapper OVEOUS (Oveous Maximus) will make his first ever Australian performance in Melbourne. 


A man of many talents, his words in poems and music have made him one of the most highly sought after artists in the spoken word scene.    Having worked with great artists like Roy Ayers and Louie Vega, he's also featured on the cult slam poetry show, Def Poetry Jam...
Posted 29 Dec 2016 @ 1:54pm

For media hounds, 2016 was a whirlwind year, with a ton of great music and film accompanying the loss of so very many of our artistic heroes. It was also a year of grand heights in cinema – especially for animated film – and crushing lows, mostly delivered on hype wagons whose wheels came off on opening night. Naturally, these picks are but my humble opinion, and don’t include some of the year...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 3:15pm

Drawn from the NGV’s exclusive collection, Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s provides an in-depth look at a period characterised by dramatic change.


Between 1990 and 2000, artists began incorporating new technologies and increasingly heterogeneous approaches to making art and Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s looks to celebrate that movement....

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 3:11pm

Morphing a meteoric screen-space with first-release movie showings and a panoramic view of Melbourne from above – a cinematic experience has never been so romantic.


Featuring blockbusters Allied, Red Dog: True Blue, Trolls, Why Him?, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Monster Trucks and XXX: Return of Xander Cage over its first few weeks, The Backlot Rooftop Drive-in accommodates 60...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 10:55am

Twenty-three new photographic works will be unveiled at NGV as part of a new solo exhibition from Australian artist Bill Henson. 


The exhibition - simply titled Bill Henson - is slated to explore key theme's in the artist's oeuvre, including sublime landscapes, portraiture, and classical sculpture captured in museum settings.
Ambiguous, dark and open-ended, Henson...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 3:22pm

Now in its 28th year, the Alliance Française French Film Festival is back with a stellar program. 


Brimming with highlights, the 2017 event will present 45 films, unveiling the artistry of renowned directors ranging from Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, to Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle,...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 3:16pm

We Love Life is returning for 2017 with live music, DJs and more.


Find inner peace by joining in on some yoga or become more environmentally conscious through painting workshops about health and nutrition. If you're not in the learning mood, drop by to chill out to some live music, meander in the markets or grab a tasty vegan bite. 

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 3:12pm

Urban contemporary artist Unwell Bunny will bring his new exhibition to Melbourne next year.


A study into the American physce, Super Psychology arrives as a body of work taking part over two time periods from six weeks travelling through New York, LA, and San Francisco with observations of American fast food psychology before arriving in Melbourne, exploring the figurative edge...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 12:52pm

It's a busy time of year for most, but for talented Shimmerlands' Film Programmer Lauren Valmadre, a lot of hard work is about to come together in an amazing way.


Taking over the University of Melbourne in Parkville for two months, Shimmerlands is a mammoth summer festival set to celebrate music, cinema and the best food our city has to offer.
"It's really nice to...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 12:40pm

Conservation icon and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall will come to Melbourne for a one-off lecture and conversation. 


Throughout her groundbreaking career, Goodall has brought the world closer to our nearest relatives through her scientific discoveries and studies on chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. 


Through her research, Goodall has...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 12:03pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. After Disney's surprisingly divisive Star Wars effort (which I dug), the Boxing Day Onslaught has finally arrived: the cinematic equivalent of...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 4:00pm

ACMI are bringing movie buffs the chance to watch and dive deep into the films of legendary American director, Jim Jarmusch, as part of their Jim Jarmusch: Rock'n'Roll film season. 


Jarmusch has been a major component of the independent cinema scene since the 1980s, directing films such as Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law, Mystery Train, Dead Man, Coffee And Cigarettes and...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 3:18pm

Carnevale Australia is bringing a taste of Venetian tradition to Melbourne to raise money for the victims of the 2016 earthquake in Italy. 


Earlier this year, a 6.0 earthquake hit central Italy, destroying homes and killing over 300 residents of the town of Amartice. Carnevale Australia is asking Melburnians to party with a conscience to aid the victims of this natural disaster...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 2:07pm

Could Days of Our Lives get any more dramatic? The folks behind Midsumma Festival most certainly think it can. 


Midsumma Festival has announced a new performance as part of their 2017 program. 
Gays of Our Lives will see four of Australia's best gay improvisers take to the stage in a completely improvised episode of a soap opera you have never seen before. ...