3 July

Friday night knock offs and live music at the NGV

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Friday Nights at the NGV returns this winter as part of the 2015 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition.

Friday Nights gives visitors exclusive after-hours access to the Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great, live performances from a line-up of Australian and international performers, DJs, pop-up talks and great food and drinks.

Fri Oct 2: Paul Grabowsky Trio

Leaders in contemporary Australian jazz, the critically-acclaimed Paul Grabowsky Trio will be performing innovative originals as well as classics of the jazz era.

Fri Oct 9: Jaakko Eino Kalevi

This Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist artist and former tram driver will be bringing his disco-inspired beats to the NGV’s multi-hued hall.

Fri Oct 16: Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards, the frontman and singer-songwriter for award-winning band Augie March, will be performing a solo set.

Fri Oct 23: Gareth Liddiard

The Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard will be performing solo at the NGV International with an acoustic guitar that is exactly the same age as him.… Read more

3 July

Arts House Melbourne announces second 2015 season

Arts House

North Melbourne’s Arts House champions bold, experimental works that provide an alternative to the work on Melbourne’s Southbank main stages – now more than ever.

Over the course of ten years, Arts House has marked its place in Melbourne’s artistic community by presenting imaginative works, running highly regarded programs like the biennial Dance Massive and last year’s debut of the Festival of Live Art, and fostering new talent through programs like CultureLAB and artist residencies.

Given the quality and originality of Arts House’s first program (Dance Massive and the wildly funny Oedipus Schmoedipus being two shining examples), it’s no surprise that the second season – running from July to December – looks very promising indeed. The season kicks off with a Melbourne premiere of Ahilan Ratnamohan’s piece SDS1 (pictured. Aug 19-22), where soccer is brought to the stage as dynamic, abstracted dance theatre. Following that is local choreographer Jo Lloyd’s dance performance, Confusion for Three (Aug 26-30).Read more

2 July

Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei double bill coming to NGV in December

Warhol Weiwei

Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei are big names in their own right – putting them on the same bill makes this the summer blockbuster worth booking well in advance.

Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei – announced this morning – is a joint venture between the NGV and Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Wei (as he’s known to his fans), and will cover the scope of both artists’ careers over more than 300 works – including major new commissions. In other words: this will be a significant event in the international art world – and Melbourne gets it first, with the show opening there on December 11, and heading to Pittsburgh in June.

Although it might initially seem like an odd double-bill, Weiwei and his antecedent are a good match, in practice and philosophy – and the Chinese provocateur would be the first to admit he owes the American pop artist a huge debt.Read more

1 July

Today is your last chance to go into the draw to see the Flinders Street Ballroom at Open House Melbourne

Flinders Street Station

Open House Melbourne is the one weekend of the year when many of Melbourne’s most significant architectural gems – plus some well-kept secrets – invite you to come in and take a closer look.

The full list of buildings has just been announced. While you might be attracted to historical spaces like the Scots’ Church, Cairo Flats or Melbourne Town Hall, others are drawn to the dark secrets of Russell Place Substation or the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. Buildings like the innovative Melbourne School of Design and the verdant Medibank Docklands offer a glimpse into the future of design.

Every year, however, there’s one building that never fails to capture the imagination of Melburnians: the hallowed Flinders Street Ballroom.

Flinders Street Ballroom

Falling into decay on the third floor of the station, the ballroom – which closed in the ’80s – waits behind padlocked metal gates for the time when it will finally undergo renovations (possibly this year).Read more

29 June

Shopping with a social conscience at Melbourne Central’s newest pop-up, HoMie


It’s estimated that over 100,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness at any given point in time. That’s a saddening figure, but there are practical ways we can all help – including by shopping.

In August last year, two mates with a social conscience, Nick Pearce and Marcus Crook, started a Facebook page called Homeless of Melbourne, the aim of which was to give a face and a voice to an often ignored sector of our community. Inspired by the folks they met and the level of interest generated (Homeless of Melbourne now has over 23,000 likes), Crook and Pearce ran Australia’s first Street Store in December last year (an initiative that started in South Africa in 2014). Basically, they converted Fed Square into a giant outdoor wardrobe, where people could go and hang clothes and folks experiencing homelessness could pick up gear that grabbed them.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Pearce and Crook ran a Pozible campaign soon after to fund another social enterprise – a not-for-profit pop-up store called HoMie.… Read more