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Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 2:58pm

The Book of Mormon knows they're in high demand and their tickets aren't the cheapest. So they're doing something about it.

 

They're starting a ticket lottery, where you can go into the ballot to buy a limited amount of tickets to the hit musical for just $40, compared to their usual exorbitant prices.
 
All you need to do is fill out a form at the box office two and...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:34pm

Whatever you do, don't fall off. 

 

The World Naked Bike Ride is returning to Melbourne for another year- all for a good cause. 

 

Punters will be putting their naked bodies on the line, hopping on the treadley, and going for a leisurely cruise.

 

The ride aims to raise awareness for the environmental impact of automobiles, championing the humble bike...

Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 10:43pm

Fresh from announcing their jam-packed international selection, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back for a huge 2017 - busting at the seams with local legends, up-and-coming talent, and world-renowned names. 

 

While there...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 4:41pm

Kicking off the venue’s seventh year is a stellar lineup of world-leading writers, comedians, activists and storytellers.

 

Coinciding with Asia TOPA, the Wheeler Centre Gala and resulting launch of the program will welcome a host of talented writers to respond to a provocative theme – Stories for the Dead.
 
The likes of Clementine Ford, Eko Supriyanto, Candy Bowers...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 3:12pm

The largest display of Van Gogh works to ever travel to Australia will come to the National Gallery of Victoria as pat of their 2017 Winter Masterpiece series. 

 

Van Gogh and the Seasons will explore Van Gogh’s profound connection to the seasons of nature through nearly 50 paintings and drawings.
 
Works will reveal Van Gogh’s vibrant impressions of springtime, with...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 1:35pm

A slew of some of the biggest and funniest names in comedy are making the trek over to Melbourne for the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

 

Highlights include the brilliant Ruby Wax (USA) who'll be bringing a tour of the mind, armed with her acclaimed one-woman show based on her best-selling book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. 
 
From the UK,...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 1:15pm

The acclaimed Helen Morse (The Aunt’s Story) and Ursula Mills (Peter Pan) come together for this chilling stage-play from the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

Directed by MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes, John investigates the tale of a young couple, Jenny and Elias, who arrive at a haunted bed and breakfast run by the psychologically debilitated Mertis Graven....

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 1:00pm

The JIFF’s Short Film Fund is offering a total grant pool of $10,000 for the development of two short films.

 

The films must incorporate a Jewish theme, character or story arc and must be under ten minutes in length. They need to be universally engaging and entertaining and able to resonate with audiences from all backgrounds.
 
Looking for submissions of either a...

Posted 27 Jan 2017 @ 2:12pm

Woody Allen fans, rejoice.  

 

From February through to October this year, Lido and Classic Cinemas are bringing 36 films from the oeuvre of one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, Woody Allen, back to the big screen. 

 

Expect to catch old favourites and all-time classics like Manhattan, Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters, as well as some of Allen's lesser...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 2:58pm

One of Melbourne's most popular spots to jump off a cliff and land awkwardly into the ocean will close, following community backlash towards punters who have swarmed and decimated the area. 

 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will install fencing around the site to prevent both locals and visitors alike from launching off the cliffs, which have become dangerously eroded. ...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 3:19pm

Divided into a three-part series of Opera, Broadway and Symphony, audience members are privy to a fantastic selection for an evening in the sun.

 

Kicking off the series with Opera on February 4 at Victoria Gardens, renowned artistic director Suzanne Chaundy brings together the likes of some of Australia’s most highly awarded sopranos – Emma Matthews in her Stonnington debut,...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 3:11pm

In ‘Bunny’, Luke George and Daniel Kok are well and truly stretching the sexual boundaries.

 

According to the pairing’s artist statement, they were match-made by Campbelltown Arts Centre through a two-week artistic exchange program in Sydney in August 2014.
 
Discovering a good working chemistry, they agreed to work towards a collaborative dance creation involving...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 2:35pm

‘The Messenger’ pushes the boundaries of confidentiality presenting a captivating soundscape no one thought available.

 

Topically genial, the piece is based on thousands of voice messages sent by Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a refugee from Darfur, Sudan, from inside the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

 

Since March 2016, Aziz has been...

Posted 23 Jan 2017 @ 3:04pm

The internet phenomenon who made his name as a Minecraft and Roblox inquisitor has amassed more than 15.5 million subscribers.

 

Dan said in regards to the announcement: “I am super excited to be returning to Australia in September, tour across Australia and meet fans in other parts of the country. After announcing the Sydney shows I received so many messages from fans across...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 11:57am

Melbourne's tram network is slated to switch to solar power. 

 

Melbourne's tram network is the largest in the world, and will be powered by Victoria's first large-scale solar plant. Construction of the plant is expected to be completed by 2019.  
 
Environment minister Lily D'Ambrosio said the announcement is a key step towards growing renewable energy,  as well as...

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 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 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 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...

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