4 September

Pint-sized stand-up comedian Kevin Hart announces Australian tour in 2016

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Stand-up comedian Kevin Hart is going to tour Australia for the very first time in early 2016 as he brings his ‘What Now?’ tour around the country.

Best known for his dynamic and observational delivery style (and er… petite size), Hart has recently made an appearance as ‘Roast Master’ on Comedy Central’s hilarious roast of Justin Bieber which left audiences reeling as a panel including Hart, Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg and Shaquille O’Neal took turns giving the Canadian pop heartthrob a comedic dressing down.

Influenced by stand-up masters the likes of Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy and Dave Chapelle, Hart built a reputation of being an impressive arena performer, no mean feat for a former shoe salesman who found his calling after an amateur stand-up night in a Philadelphia comedy club. In 2014, Hart was cast in Top Five, a comedy feature film directed and starred by

Hart’s former mentor Chris Rock, while this year he cemented his reputation as comic actor in Get Hard starring Will Ferrell.Read more

4 September

Creators of BBC series Sherlock to host exclusive fan event in November

Picture shows: Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS)

If you’re a Sherlock fan, then you know how to wait. The first season of the award-winning BBC series premiered in 2010, and the two seasons that followed were released in two-year intervals. Given that each season is made up of three 90-minute episodes, we’re given a lot of time to speculate on the cliffhangers we’re inevitably left with – and to wonder just how creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat so deftly adapt the hallowed Arthur Conan Doyle story into modern-day London (it helps that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman make a matchless Holmes and Watson). The show has won 12 BAFTAs, seven Emmys and has been sold to 240 territories around the world.

For the first time ever, Gatiss (who also plays Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, pictured), Moffat and series producer Sue Vertue will make their way to the Regent Theatre on Monday, November 23 for Sherlock: From Script to Screen. The creators will share insights into the conception of the show, and into how the plots and characters are developed.… Read more

3 September

Don’t wait for summer to get your outdoor drinking on – check out Arbory’s new espresso martini tap

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Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to reconsider the outdoor drinking session, and what better location to kick back in the sunshine than at Melbourne’s longest outdoor bar?

As it happens, Arbory just amped up their outdoor drinking situation for this summer with the recent installation of their nitro espresso martini tap. That’s right, an espresso martini on tap. This is the stuff caffeine fiends’ dreams are made of. Nitro coffee is basically a cold drip coffee (Arbory gets theirs from Melbourne company Little Dripper) that’s been pumped with nitrogen under high pressure and chilled in the keg. What comes out the other end of the tap is a cold, very slightly carbonated and almost creamy iced coffee – not unlike a good stout.

Venue manager Tom Byrne says the actual nitro process is very hush hush. “People have been asking about the measurements of nitrogen that we pump into the cold drip, but we’re keeping that a secret.”

“We can tell you, however, that the ingredients are just like any good espresso martini: we use Ketel One vodka, Kahlua, and less sugar syrup than you’d normally use, because we found that you don’t need that much sugar when you’ve got the creaminess from the tap.”

There’s another cocktail tap set up on Arbory’s 150 meter-long bar.Read more

2 September

Clear your calendar – The City Lane is hosting a Nutella pop-up

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Online publication The City Lane totally get the Melbourne obsession with Nutella. We love the chocolate hazelnut spread – we put it in milkshakes, pump it into doughnuts, mix it through gelato, and it really wouldn’t be all that surprising if someone owned up to bathing the stuff.

Which is why it’s almost surprising that no one’s done a Nutella pop-up yet; this is where The City Lane come in. Founders Paul and Lauren Kristoff are setting up shop at The Alehouse Project on Lygon Street and for $10, Nutella fans can get their hands on a box of three treats: a Nutella peanut butter S’more, Nutella salted caramel chocolate truffle, and a Nutella and maple syrup tart with smoked hickory Italian meringue.

The Kristoffs are guns in the kitchen and will be making the treats themselves – although in a cruel twist of fate, Lauren can’t even eat her own treats due to her serve nut allergy despite coming up with the recipes.… Read more

2 September

Cult podcast Welcome to Night Vale announces live Australian tour this summer

Welcome to Night Vale

It’s hard to put your finger on just what is so intoxicating about the American series Welcome to Night Vale: one of the world’s most successful podcasts, which launched in June 2012. Is it the fact that nightmarish, extraterrestrial subject matter – often so bizarre that it would make Stephen King balk – is communicated through the medium of a community radio station, broadcasted from the fictional desert town of Night Vale? Is it the fact that, as the twice-monthly series continues, characters and plot threads become as nuanced and complex as Twin Peaks? Certainly, the show’s three creators – Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor and narrator Cecil Baldwin – never expected that a show as darkly funny and as surreal as this could command a fan base that now extends to cosplay events, tumblr fan art and fanfiction.

Following on from their tour of the UK in September, the team will make their way Down Under for a stage show, written specifically to be performed live.… Read more