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Arts Features

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:00am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The holiday schedule has finally righted itself and we're back on track for some flippin' fun!

 

But look, there's really no contest this week. Aykroyd called it, man. AYKROYD. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE WAS IN THIS PICTURE. And yeah, he might...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 8:19pm

“I think if you can create something well enough, when someone views the work it does create this meditative experience for them, where they do question reality in different ways and sparks maybe a thought in their mind about what is the nature of space and spatial dimension and what's possible in the future in these different realms,” says Kit Webster.

 

Webster, described as a...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 8:16pm

As if it wasn’t already one of the most happening strips in inner Melbourne, Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street is set to get even more exciting when it lights up this month for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Now in its ninth year, the ten-night festival will see a slew of up-and-coming local artists exhibit their masterful projection works across iconic Gertrude Street buildings and...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 9:33am

Eternally curious, unabashedly forthright and driven by an unwavering dedication to the truth, Louis Theroux has spent his entire career diving into the ostracised fringes of society – ever determined to discover the humanity that exists behind the extreme.

 

He’s spent years exploring the world’s most deviant ideologies and believes the common thread that runs throughout them –...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:11pm

 

Located on iconic Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, since September 1995, American Vintage Clothing is run by husband and wife team John and Kerry Sartori. Now a staple amongst Melbourne vintage shoppers who flock to the area, the shop features a large and eclectic range of imported American vintage apparel. There's plenty of boots, homewares, toys and of course clothes, with over 5,000...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:09pm

 

Hunter Gatherer is the home to some pretty incredible vintage clothes, accessories and bric-a-brac, selling fantastic alternative styles at a very low price. Lacking in pretension, the store is welcoming to all who venture through its doors. The added bonus of shopping at Hunter Gatherer is that all proceeds of the sales go into helping to prevent and alleviate poverty across...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:07pm

 

Even if you are a person who can often be found walking down Smith Street, soaking in the sights and sounds of the busy heart of Collingwood, what might come as a surprise to some is that there's a truly unique vintage store sitting directly in the centre of the area. Say hello to Lagoon Vintage – offering a selection that leans towards funky prints, colours and styles over your...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:05pm

 

Sitting on the busy end of Smith Street, Monkey Jar is a rare style of retailer offering both style and substance. They love what they do and it shows in their involvement with seasonal events and local community happenings. Festive sweaters are abound as Christmas in July swings through, plus they're stocking plenty of Kate Bush style dresses so you can get your Wuthering Heights on...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:04pm

 

Established in 2002, RetroStar has evolved into easily one of the most recognised vintage stores within Melbourne, thanks to a great selection of vintage finds and knick knacks. Hidden within the heritage Nicholas Building in Swanston Street, Melbourne, the shop serves as one of the largest vintage focused shopping hubs in the CBD, if not the rest of the city. There's an extensive...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:02pm

 

Originally run as a facet of Emil’s Shoe Repairs on Chapel Street, Vintage Sole has evolved into one of Melbourne’s largest boutique vintage stores. Currently boasting three physical locations (Nicholas Building - Melbourne CBD, Brunswick Street - Fitzroy, and Chapel Street – Windsor), an Etsy store, and online store (vintagesole.com.au), Vintage Sole aims to bridge the gap between...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 8:32pm

For two nights only this month, Melbourne’s famed Hamer Hall will be home to the big-top spectacular that is Cirque de la Symphonie. Having enjoyed international success, this unique concept combines the magic and mystery of the circus with popular classical masterpieces performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  

 

Led by Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey, the world-...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 8:30pm

He’s the political comedy kingpin who is able to do it all. Film, television, books and stand-up; Maz Jobrani is the unapologetic Iranian American whose quick and clever wit is a favourite to many. It’s been a few years since he has graced our shores, but now, armed with his razor-sharp tongue and a jam packed new stand-up show, Maz is hitting up Australia for a hilarious Melbourne show.

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Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 4:57pm

It's never too late to learn something new, to expand your worldview and broaden your horizons. Whether you've always wanted to learn a crafty skill, or want to further your audio and production skills; chances are there's a course for you. With that in mind, here's some of the finest, coolest, and downright informative courses you can hit up. Go forth and learn, because you might just...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 3:00pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Now that the election has simmered into a compote of confusion, it's time to get back to the business of cinema. 

 

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Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 8:31pm

 

Billy Blue is an iconic, inspirational space where ideas flourish. They've earned a reputation for creating graduates who push boundaries and challenge conventions. As a leading design college for almost thirty years and purpose built design facilities in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Billy Blue takes pride in providing a learning environment where students can experiment and...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 8:24pm

 

Cosmopoli’French immersion courses are designed in an innovative way to promote French culture while helping Francophiles develop excellent communication skills. Each week, their students are exposed to new cultural experiences such as French film classics, food and dining, French television, music and art through to fashion, styling and meeting with French native speakers - all...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 7:00pm

 

InLanguage is Melbourne’s boutique language school, specialising in teaching Italian, Spanish and French. Located in the historic fire station in Abbotsford, the school not only offers a range of trained and experienced native speaking teachers, but is also quick to reach from the city. Focusing on the student's needs, the classes at inLanguage Boutique are personal, engaging and fun...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 6:53pm

The Lido Cinema in Hawthorn recently celebrated its first birthday in style, with cheap tickets, flowing beer and pumping jazz. For cinema owner Eddie Tamir, it's been a passion and a pleasure. What started as a pet project two years ago to revitalise a "crazy, old building" has turned into one of the coolest attractions in town.

 

Despite Tamir's enthusiasm, it hasn't been easy...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 5:30pm

The phrase “run down by drunken taxicabs of Absolute Reality” is one of the many instances of stream of consciousness genius located within Allen Ginsberg’s 1955 poem, Howl. It’s also the birthplace of the name for pianist Darrin Archer’s jazz accompaniment to the poem. Drunken Taxicabs of Absolute Reality: Howl to Music was commissioned for the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival in 2013. In late...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 4:15pm

People of Melbourne, our resident astrologists have dug out their moonstones and looked into the future once more. Only this time, something bizarre happened. Thom spilled a bit of his Friday arvo pie onto it, and the destiny of millions was subsequently altered. Regardless, they have some grave insights to share regarding your weekend. Spoiler alert: it's not pretty. All will be revealed...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 11:45am

I don’t think it’s any secret that professional wrestling isn’t ‘real’ per se, but it doesn’t try to be, and I’m pretty sure that’s why it’s so misunderstood. 

 

Wrestling is like a television show, with overarching plots and recurring characters, good guys, and bad guys. But instead of being carefully edited and then downloaded to view on a laptop screen, it...

Posted 30 Jun 2016 @ 2:44pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's a big week for European cinema, further compounding the #Bregret of more than half of England as they realise the BBC can't do everything.

 

It's election week -...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 9:22pm

Lately, there’s been no escaping the all-conquering sketch comedy troupe Aunty Donna. The infamously energetic jesters have enjoyed a busy 2016, boasting multiple web series and a sold out Melbourne International Comedy Festival season.

 

“There were some periods there where it just didn’t stop,” explains Mark Bonanno of their hectic schedule. “We try to write a new hour, a new...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 12:49pm

Well, here we are again.  It’s election time and that means if you’re over 18, and registered on the electoral roll, you have to bloody well vote or else you can be fined.  By most accounts, the general public lost interest early in the eight-year election campaign.  In the last week or so we’ve seen the return of the time-honoured scare campaign: the ALP’s ‘Medicare will be privatised’ and...

Posted 25 Jun 2016 @ 5:20pm

The masterful Pierre Ulric will be packing mystery, mirth and mayhem when he arrives for a slew of dates to this year's Melbourne Magic Festival. The Québécois-born illusionist has 25 years of passion, 20 years of stage experience, three passports, a thousand skills, countless acclaim and one beautifully enigmatic extravaganza.

 

"I try and get that little moment," Ulric says. "...

Posted 25 Jun 2016 @ 5:18pm

Over eight seasons, RuPaul's Drag Race has grown from a relatively low budget, niche reality show to quite possibly the biggest influence on the current world of drag culture. It has been responsible for discovering talents that (at least in the LGBT world) are now household names. Battle of the Seasons brings together some of the fiercest queens, the tightest tucks and the largest wigs the...

Posted 24 Jun 2016 @ 12:45pm

Let’s hope your fly is not undone, your body odour is not too strong, or your garlic-breath doesn’t prolong, because you’re going on a date and the last thing you need is to make a poor first impression. That’s why Beat has put together a guide to Melbourne’s best dating ideas – and it's not the usual schmaltzy crap. 

 

 
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Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 7:44pm

Sri Lankan-born comedic powerhouse Dilruk Jayasinha will be performing this week at the Emerge In Yarra Festival, a week-long celebration of the rich cultural diversity the Yarra area has to offer. "It's awesome," Jayasinha says. "I did it last year and it was an absolute blast. It's just a really, really cool thing that they've put together, and I'm so excited that they asked me to come back...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 7:41pm

It began as a humble side project. But ten years and an incredible amount of talent and creativity later, musical comedy act The Axis Of Awesome are continuing to kick goals worldwide. While the group Jordan Raskopoulos, Benny Davis and Lee Naimo – can’t quite believe it’s been a decade of songs and laughs already, they’re stoked to be holding down a ten year celebration show in Melbourne this...

Posted 17 Jun 2016 @ 1:24pm

People of Melbourne, our resident astrologists have dug out their moonstones and looked into the future. They have some grave insights to share regarding your weekend. Spoiler alert: it's not pretty. All will be revealed below...  

 

 

 

BY THOM PARRY AND ERIN McCONCH 

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