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Posted 14 Nov 2016 @ 7:20pm

To commemorate the life and times of Leonard Cohen, The Astor will be screening the 2005 film Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man in stunning 35mm. 

 

The documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter features interviews with Cohen, along with live performances by those musicians he has influenced including Nick Cave, Beth Orton and Rufus Wainwright. 

Posted 14 Nov 2016 @ 5:18pm

Strap yourself in Melbourne, a big ol' moon is rising - and if those pesky clouds stay out of our way - we'll be in for a serious treat. 

 

If you're at all keen on catching the supermoon, you best get out and do it tonight. Otherwise, you'll be waiting around until 2034. Besides, if we continue to carry on the way we're doing now, we'll probably all be extinct by then. Best pop...

Posted 14 Nov 2016 @ 1:40pm

Off the back of their last hugely successful season, QV's Outdoor Summer Cinema is back for another run of live entertainment, free cocktails, charity screenings, a film festival - and of course - dogs. 

 

A special event for dogs (and their owners) will go down on December 10, screening Lady and the Tramp as dogs are given a chance to walk the red carpet. All proceeds will go to...

Posted 14 Nov 2016 @ 12:43pm

Rooftop Cinema has revealed a cracking summer program for 2016 and 2017. 

 

Leading the charge, Rooftop will be paying tribute to dearly departed icons with a screening of Labyrinth featuring David Bowie and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory featuring Gene Wilder.  
 
A run of Christmas-themed films are also on the cards, with Bad Santa, Love Actually and Home...

Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 4:01pm

The acclaimed television programme is bringing its stories to Australia in a live show specially created to celebrate its 40th anniversary on British television.

 

Three of Antiques Roadshow's most familiar faces - Hilary Kay, Paul Atterbury and Ronnie Archer-Morgan - will take to the stage to tell some of the tales which have made the programme so notorious since its...

Posted 10 Nov 2016 @ 4:30pm

The Superhero Identities Symposium will remind you how superheroes mean much more than just quirky folklore or amusing costumes in today's pop culture. 

 

The two-day event will feature industry interviews, panels, and presentations from over fifty experts, where superhero scholars will unmask the mysteries behind the most familiar comic book faces as well as the lesser-known...

Posted 10 Nov 2016 @ 4:14pm

Say hello to Melbourne's new Elaineway. 

 

The laneway has been taken over by some swift-thinking Melburnians, who printed larger-than-life Elaine Benes cutouts and pasted them up early this week. 

 

 

 

"We realised there’s been a lot of talk about the men of Seinfeld around...

Posted 10 Nov 2016 @ 3:36pm

The hotly anticipated David Hockney exhibition is set to open at NGV. 

 

David Hockney: Current showcases many of Hockney's recent works, in which he has embraced the introduction of technology like iPhones and iPads into the art world. 
 
Some of these digital drawings are animated, presented in print, or shown onscreen, and the National Gallery of Victoria has also...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 4:14pm

Weird day, huh? Luckily, the beautiful sights of this local exhibition should ease the US Election Day anxiety for you. 

 

Over 70 works by 50 contemporary and modern Australian artists will be brought together for this exhibition on the bird, titled Birds: Flight Paths in Australian art. 
 
Encompassing works from painting to sculpture, decorative arts,...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:39pm

Brunswick is set to receive a brand new open-air cinema. 

 

Nestled into Barkly Square’s quaint laneway precinct, the silent cinema offers a diverse mix of arthouse, modern and family-friendly films, kicking off with the all-time classic Home Alone. 
 
Being a silent cinema, punters will be kitted out with state-of-the-art headphones, as well as enjoying films on a...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 3:41pm

Six leading Australian artists have joined forces to create a huge, 50-metre-long mural. 

 

Rone, Adnate, Sofles, Dvate, Cam Scale, and Jason Parker have teamed up to create an epic, large-scale mural on the streets of Fitzroy.

 

Each artist, all unique in style, were given creative license to paint a dedicated section of the wall, with the only limitation being...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 12:24pm

The golden-voiced David Attenburgh will appear in Melbourne for one night only. 

 

The Sir David Attenborough – A Quest for Life tour will cover a career dedicated to the natural world, the changes he has witnessed since first filming Zoo Quest in the 1950’s right up to today and the environmental challenges the natural world now faces.

 

The show will see him...

Posted 7 Nov 2016 @ 4:30pm

Heide Museum will be showcasing the abstract movement of Constructivism and Australian art, as well as works from Charles Blackman.

 

As part of their Autumn/Winter 2017 season, Heide will survey Charles Blackman's compelling schoolgirl series, the first public showing since production in the early 1950s.
 
The Constructivism and Australian Art exhibition is the first...

Posted 7 Nov 2016 @ 1:00pm

Melbourne is set to receive a skateboard-friendly makeover, with the Skate Melbourne Plan being unveiled - aiming to transform underused spaces into skateboard destinations. 

 

The plan - which is set to be fully revealed in early 2017 - takes inspiration from cities including Paris and Portland, which have integrated skating spaces into underutilised areas. 

 

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Posted 4 Nov 2016 @ 12:34pm

By summer next year, four laneways within Melbourne's CBD will be transformed into lush public gardens - complete with hanging vines and flowers, perfect to score a spot of shade and killing time when the weather heats up. 

 

Part of the $1.3 million Green Your Laneway project implemented by City of Melbourne, the transformation will see growing vertical gardens, trees and pocket...

Posted 4 Nov 2016 @ 11:05am

Australia's first ever female-only ride-sharing service is set to launch in Melbourne in an attempt to create a safer environment for women traveling home. 

 

SheSafe Taxi is driven exclusively by women and caters exclusively to women, developed in response to complaints from female ride-sharing passengers. 
 
"We really felt this was a much-needed service for women...

Posted 4 Nov 2016 @ 9:36am

In news that proves dreams really do come true, Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures are returning to our TV screens in 2017. 

 

“The thing about Russell Coight is it really is timeless, it is classic Aussie comedy and it is very physical comedy," said Network Ten chief content officer Beverly McGarvey, confirming the series' return.

 

“To be able to tap into...

Posted 3 Nov 2016 @ 7:14am

Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be heading to Australia for a stand-up tour. 

 

The tour will be his first national appearances since 1998.
 
“I love the Australian attitude and personality," he told...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 3:16pm

Fans of legends like INXS and Jimmy Barnes have the chance to watch a one-night-only screening of the film Australian Made, which turns 30 this year.

 

It was the first festival of its kind that the country had ever seen, an Australian-only event that filled stadiums in six capital cities.

 

Australian Made was a box-office hit when it was first released in 1987,...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 2:37pm

Featuring a virtual reality freeplay area and an interactive show floor full of the biggest game publishers, gaming convention PAX Australia is going down in Melbourne this weekend. 

 

Hailed as the biggest and best gaming convention in Australia, PAX Australia will feature hundreds of freeplay console, PC and tabletop games, an eSports Arena on the show floor, three days...

Posted 31 Oct 2016 @ 10:50am

As well as offering a killer music lineup, Pleasure Garden is proving that it's so much more than just a day of sweet tunes. 

 

Adding to the festivities comes mind-blowing roving performers, artists, and purveyors of wonder and awe - as well as some tasty food...

Posted 28 Oct 2016 @ 3:35pm

This twisted circus noir spectacle will debut featuring some of the nation's best physical entertainers. 

 

With Victorian gothic and Steampunk influenced production, The Carnival of Lost Souls' tale of unrequited love and loss is coming to the renowned Melba Spiegeltent on the international festival circuit.
 
There'll be acrobats, jugglers, magicians, aerial and...

Posted 28 Oct 2016 @ 3:15pm

Fresh from a sell-out run over in Edinburgh, Sydney and London, Dough Anthony All Stars - Paul McDermott, Paul “Flacco” Livingston and Tim Ferguson - are bringing their new show to Melbourne. 

 

Since their rebirth in 2013, DAAS have broken box-office records, with their musical comedy being toted as more wicked and dangerous than ever before. 

Posted 28 Oct 2016 @ 10:29am

Bringing 13 hours of blood spattered delight, The Great Astor Spooktacular is the ultimate horror movie marathon, returning by popular demand for Halloween. 

 

Get ready for a creepy selection of horror classics including supernatural slasher film Child's Play, the 1988 American comedy horror Brain Damage, the post-apocalyptic science fiction classics Hardware and Robot Jox,...

Posted 28 Oct 2016 @ 9:45am

A new night market will showcase the best of Footscray's diverse cuisine over four delicious weeks, set inside Footscray station. 

 

A mish-mash of international cultures will transform Footscray station into a bustling hub of street food, live entertainment, and local stalls.
 
Victoria University students will provide music and performance while market-goers can...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 5:21pm

This new Matthias Schack-Arnott and Speak Percussion work will captivate viewers in early November.

 

Anicca, defined as 'impermanence', is inspired by the idea of cycles within Hindu and Buddhist cultures while Schack-Arnott was visiting Indian temples.
 
By dragging a mallet over a enormous spinning sound wheel, the artwork creates tones that sound almost electronic...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 1:28pm

The multi-artform performance will have its world premiere right here in Melbourne.

 

Featuring huge collaborations with the likes of Nigel Brown's sound score and dancers Kristy Ayre, Nat Cursio, and Jo White, Tremor is the third work in a dance-portrait series.
 
The piece explores the concept of movement, vibration, and pressure in relation to the body and planet...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 3:25pm

The New Zealand singer/songwriter and member of Crowded House is set to perform his nostalgic memoir, White Cloud, this January.

 

Combining narrative and music, White Cloud is a meditative performance about family, identity and home.
 
Song and stories will combine in this experience, with accompanying imagery and film to enhance the intimate encounter.
 
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Posted 25 Oct 2016 @ 4:06pm

The annual exhibition celebrating all things tattoo art and culture will return to Melbourne over three days in November.

 

Over 10,000 tattoo enthusiasts are expected to attend the iconic event jam-packed with daily tattoo contests, live music, vintage car displays and more.
 
The 2016 lineup will feature over 250 international and home-grown artists including Corey...

Posted 25 Oct 2016 @ 4:04pm

The 18 day spectacular of art, dance and interactive performance has drawn to a close for the year, but not without national international acclaim.

 

Federation Square lit up this year with the five clans of the Kulin Nation, who performed a glorious welcome to country and paid respect to the land and elders both past and present.
 
As a new initiative in 2016, ...

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