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Arts Features

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 4:57pm

Anyone that's ever watched a film by Martin Scorsese knows that he loves to unite his love for both music and film. Pick up any title from his impressive directorial catalogue and you'll find a cornucopia of amazing tracks and scores. To celebrate both ACMI's SCORSESE exhibition their screening of Scorsese's Vinyl – his latest project about the music industry in the 1970s - we've chosen five...

Posted 22 May 2016 @ 7:05pm

The music video is a cherished art form, capable of captivating the imagination and enhancing the experience of your favourite tracks. In celebration of their creation, the St Kilda Film Festival presents SoundKILDA – a large and loud viewing of the best clips moulded by contemporary Australian creatives. Melbourne director and producer, Alex Badham is just one of the talents who’ll have their...

Posted 22 May 2016 @ 7:02pm

Martin Scorsese is a titan of American cinema, and the huge Scorsese exhibition opening at ACMI next week is a must-see for film lovers of all stripes. Alongside manifold archival curiosities, the exhibition contains an equally-appealing series of programs, such as the Essential Scorsese screenings and the Scorsese Film Club, which is hosted by ACMI's Head of Film Programs James Hewison.

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Posted 20 May 2016 @ 10:39am

Melbourne is one of the most prolific cities in the world when it comes to record stores. Each month, new eclectic vinyl outlets are opening up all over the city. April saw the opening of Special Request Vinyl Record Bar in Coburg while Rocksteady Records is expected to open sometime this month on Lonsdale Street. To everyone’s admission, searching for that rare Ty Segall Cents 7 inch or King...

Posted 18 May 2016 @ 6:36pm

A curious standout of this year’s Next Wave programme is Desert Body Creep,an experimental dance piece where the movement relates to a worm feasting on the remains of human values and cultural achievements. It sounds like a grotesque and dystopian premise, but via the decomposition process, the worm actually makes way for cultural transformation. OK, it’s a complex conceptual foundation, but...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:23pm

 

If your eye is regularly drawn to objects that are eclectic, distinctive and handmade with love, look no further than the Finders Keepers Market. A bi-annual three day market that features over 250 art and design stalls, the Finders Keepers Market is renowned across the country for selling a range of exquisite wares, spanning fashion, jewellery, accessories, art, textiles, stationary...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:20pm

 

Hi there. Who are we speaking to and what do you do for the Belgrave Big Dreams Market?
My name is Dee Appleton and I'm the Founder and Manager of The Big Dreams Market.
 
Can you tell us about some of the specialty wares you have on offer?
We have a very diverse range of stalls including bespoke timber furniture, handcrafted leather works, amazing jewellery,...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:18pm

 

 Hi there. Who are you and what do you do for the Fitzroy Market?
My name is Fiona and I am the creator of the Fitzroy Market. I also manage the market.
 
What speciality wares have you got on offer?
All the 75 stalls at the Fitzroy Market have to be pre-loved or handmade. Plus we have a bit of everything – loads of plants, vinyl, vintage cameras, Turkish towels...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:15pm

After seven years and a whopping 357 market days, the iconic Mulgrave Markets shall be celebrating their birthday with a massive Party Market on Sunday May 22. With over a hundred stalls of fresh food and handmade craft stalls, live music, kids entertainment and even a dog parade, it's set to be a day jam-packed with fun. For market manager Sue Brown, it's a passion and a delight.

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Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:12pm

 

The St Kilda Esplanade Market is set against the iconic backdrop of St Kilda Beach. It's a vibrant makers market that features over 150 unique stalls of hand crafted artwork, screen printed t-shirts, wood products, jewellery from gold and silver to pearls and opals, bags, hats and a delicious new foodie zone. An inspiring weekly destination for Melburnians and tourists alike. Open...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:11pm

The Dandenong Market has a longer history than most – having run for over 150 years, dating back to 1866. Beat had a chance to chat with the current General Manager of the Dandenong Market, Jennifer Hibbs, whose role is integral in the running of the community favourite.

 

“It’s a big job,” says Hibbs. “We have 200 market traders spread throughout 8,000 square metres – and 100,...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:00pm

Wednesdays through to Saturdays on Melbourne’s north are always a buzz thanks to one of Darebin's oldest and most revered hallmarks, the Preston Market. This multicultural hub has been offering the community top quality produce, meat, deli items, bakery goods, clothing and more on these days for nearly half a century, and as market receptionist and operations manager Aylin Aloski explains,...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:55pm

Hi there. Who are we speaking with and what can you tell us about your market?
Hello there. You are speaking with Dee of Wild About Melbourne Pop Up Makers Market.
 
Where does Wild About Melbourne usually appear?
We are a pop up Makers Market, but we do have our regular haunts. We favour the Darebin suburbs of Northcote, Thornbury, Preston and Reservoir. You'll find us...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:43pm

Hey there. What's your name and what do you do for A Plus Market?
My name is Erin. I am the founder, creator, organiser, marketer and everything in between for A Plus Market. Focusing on empowering women to make sustainable and ethical fashion decisions, through A Plus Market I aim to promote alternatives to mainstream throw away fashion. Reduce, reuse and be fashionable is my mantra....

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:27pm

Melbourne Independent theatre company, The DIG Collective, want to have a chat. They don’t care if the subject matter is difficult, all they care about is that the chat happens, and it happens right. The company’s latest work, DoubleSpeak, is a play surrounding the art of conversation, and challenging ones at that. DoubleSpeak hones in on the mode of language and how using...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:24pm

From Shutter Island to Goodfellas and Taxi Driver to Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese is the man behind some of the most seminal films of recent times, seemingly permanently branded into pop culture consciousness. With ACMI's forthcoming comprehensive exhibition,  the life's work of the celebrated auteur will be delved into and explored. Curator Kristina Jasper takes us into the world of...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:20pm

Acclaimed artist and composer Dylan Sheridan has been praised for his sonically arresting and visually surreal live performances. Reigning from across the Bass Strait, the Tasmanian talent is returning to Melbourne for this year's Next Wave Festival and is bringing his brand new piece, The Horse, along for the ride.

 

“It’s a real sort of concerto for saxophone,” says Sheridan on...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 10:21pm

Australia’s longest running publicly owned short film festival is back for it’s 33rd year and is set to start rolling next Thursday night. The St Kilda Film Festival offers up a ten-day program including Australia’s Top 100 Short Films, the music videos of SoundKILDA, a filmmaker development program and various free events in between. According to the festival’s director, Paul Harris,...

Posted 10 May 2016 @ 11:51am

Conceptual artist Elizabeth Surtees launches her debut exhibition, Perceptions, this week. Over the past five years, the Melbourne-based Surtees has gained renown as a freelance make-up artist, but in 2014 she began to experiment with more overtly expressive art forms. OK look, we’d like to say we discovered Surtees’ work thanks to our on-the-ground surveillance of Melbourne’s visual arts...

Posted 6 May 2016 @ 11:51am

If you’re hanging for a different kind of night out, karaoke is definitely the way to go. Melbourne is a hot-spot for karaoke bars, with plenty dotted all over the city. So if you’re up for something a a little adventurous and potentially (read: most definitely) embarrassing, why don’t you and your mates pour out a glass and pick up the mic? It's all here with Beat's Guide to Melbourne's Best...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:24pm

All India Bakchod are the most famous name in Indian comedy, but this week’s Melbourne performance marks their debut Australian outing. Two members of the four-man collective, Rohan Joshi and Tanmay Bat, have been to Australia previously. Though, it wasn’t for the purpose of performing subversive, politically potent comedy.

 

“Two years ago Tanmay and I came down and we did some...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:22pm

Curators are the new black. At least, that's how it seems of late. The voice of the curator has rarely been more recognised than in today's cultural climate. As a result, it's pretty neat having Next Wave's Georgie Meagher sit down and discuss the shape of the 2016 festival, and what people can expect from this celebration of the unexpected.

 

“I think the whole idea of the...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:20pm

Australian video artists Xanthe Dobbie and Tiyan Baker have launched themselves into the cyber-galaxy of YouTube to reveal the on and offline lives of six of the country’s biggest YouTube celebrities, crafting installations to run as part of the Next Wave Festival. We caught up with co-creator Xanthe Dobbie, for an insight into her process and creativity.

 

Q: How did you come up...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:14pm

While Daniel Tobias isn't exactly talking penis jokes, he is talking balls. The twist, however, is that this is comedy springing from near tragedy, after Tobias was diagnosed with stage four testicular cancer. Stage five is death. Spoiler: he lives! And thus was born the hilarious one-man show, The Orchard and the Crow.

 

“I'm finding there are new things all the time,” Tobias...

Posted 3 May 2016 @ 3:11pm

All trailers must go! Dear readers, your beloved TL;DR will be taking a month-long sabbatical over the course of May, but fret not! Do you really think I'd leave you bereft of any access to trailers, release info and snappily-worded if unsolicited opinions for a whole month? I'm not a monster, you guys.

 

So here for your delectation and delight is every flipping movie coming out...

Posted 2 May 2016 @ 4:21pm

La Bohème is soon to arrive on the southern shores after years of fairly outrageous success at the Sydney Opera House, and Melbourne will at last get to see why Puccini's masterpiece has become such a celebrated production. To lead us into the tragic opera (first performed in 1896), Opera Australia's artistic director Lyndon Terracini delves deep into what makes Bohème tick, and in the process...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 2:53pm

For four years, Bella de Jac has been perfecting the art of burlesque, with her hard work and talent gaining her the coveted Miss Burlesque Australia in 2015. Now, with a group of Australia's finest, she's bringing the wonder to Melbourne with Crowned and Dangerous: the Miss Burlesque & Mr. Boylesque Australia 2016 Victory Lap Tour.

 

"It was always unexpected, because...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 1:12pm

It’s a simple pleasure to us all. Whether you’re pit-stopping midway through an elongated road-trip or you have half-an-hour to kill before meeting up with a friend or beginning work, stumbling across a hidden thrifty surprise never fails to enthuse. They are often tucked away in the most unbeknownst locations that not even the most clued in of locals would be aware of. That's why we've put...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 12:18pm

For four years, Bella de Jac has been perfecting the art of burlesque, with her hard work and talent gaining her the coveted Miss Burlesque Australia in 2015. Now, with a group of Australia's finest, she's bringing the wonder to Melbourne with Crowned and Dangerous: the Miss Burlesque & Mr. Boylesque Australia 2016 Victory Lap Tour.

 

"It was always unexpected, because...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 11:47am

Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan is commonly noted as the writer of To This Day, a self-reflection piece that strips away an emotional veneer, revealing his personal experiences as a child. However, his profound ideals often land in his wider-scoped surroundings, allowing audiences to experience an emotional journey and to accept it as the norm. Drawing inspiration from a range of sources,...

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