If you’re the type to take a Sharpie into a toilet to scrawl something philosophical, this one’s not for you. Darebin City Council want their toilet block decorated and they’re thinking of something more stylish.
The block in question is on the corner of Westgarth and High Sts in Northcote, and at present is a rather unlovely, squat brick building. The council wants artists to submit designs to spruce it up. Themes might include:
* The Westgarth view of city skyline from Ruckers Hill
* Significant features of High Street Northcote
The two walls to be decorated are north and west facing, and around 33m2. Submissions should include a colour sketch, examples of previous work and a breakdown of expenses (which should include artist wages).
We’re not going to pretend: we love Megan Washington around these parts, and we’re pretty damn in love with her first new release since 2011′s heartbreaking Insomnia mini-album: the single ‘Who Are You’.
It heralds the arrival of album #2 later this year, which we’re very much looking forward to, and so we asked her if she’d like to write us something – an open letter, say? And this is what we received:
Sometimes Nothing’s The Worst Thing You Can Say (An Open Letter To Silence)
Some people tell me that you’re golden, but frankly, I’ve got some concerns.
I know we aren’t close – It’s not like I spend long hours with you, staring at my phone, willing it to ring… And I’m not naturally attracted to you, I don’t enjoy taciturn deliberation over things – I’m definitely an ‘out-loud’ thinker. I mean, we don’t even sleep together. (I’ve fallen sleep listening to Stars Of The Lid on my iPod since 2006.)
Perhaps you’re welcome when you turn up in other people’s lives, but you’re not welcome when you turn up in mine. You are Unwelcome, Silence. Unwelcome.
I mean I understand your power, Silence. Sometimes the loudest way to win an argument is to be silent.
We interrupt this week of Food and Wine Festival-focused mayhem to alert you to an even bigger food-based happening. This afternoon, the folks from Jafflechutes will be taking their sandwich orders from 3pm for a scheduled drop date of Sunday. If you’re late on that cursor, you’ll have a snowball’s chance in hell of having a sandwich fall from the sky with your name on it, so get ready to get someone to cover you while you do it during work time.
Fire it up!
Melbourne bartender Fred Siggins (Black Pearl) is on his way to Russia thanks to his winning cocktail, the Empire of Dreams. Thirty-two-year-old Siggins impressed the panel of judges with his coffee-flavoured daiquiri at the site of Sydney’s very own rum hospital the Mint on Tuesday March 4.
His winning combination of Bacardi Superior rum, pineapple and lime, apricot brandy and Orgeat syrup shaken with espresso beans – “organic and fair trade,” said Siggins in a cheeky reference to its Fitzroy origins – made Siggins Australia’s first ever Bacardi Legacy Cocktail winner. And the barman will go on to represent Australia at the international final in Moscow on May 8.
Competitors were given ten minutes to tell the story behind their creation, share the success of their individual marketing campaigns and to prepare their drink for the panel of judges – including Mark “Dr Rum” Wyatt (from Rum Bar, Airlie Beach), former contestant Hayden Lambert (head barman at Melbourne’s Bar Americano) and Simon Difford, of Diffordsguide Cocktails fame.
Difford, who flew in from the UK to judge on the night, said the winning cocktail should be “a true legacy cocktail… one that tastes great and is easily replicated by both bartenders and consumers around the world.” The drink had to satisfy judges that it could become a future classic and sit alongside mixes like the mojito or Cuba Libre.… Read more
We’re not told what the NGV’s big 2014/2015 summer show will be when we turn up – the only clues are the blue- and white-striped sweaters the staff are wearing.
The media are herded into a darkened room in which a thumping ‘Love Train’ soundtrack is blaring. There’s an introduction by the NGV’s director, Tony Elwood – in which he’s rightfully proud that the 2013/2014 summer smash, Melbourne Now, has drawn over 600,000 visitors – and then it’s time for the big reveal.
Curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot steps up to preview The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. This blockbuster exhibition will feature over 140 of Gaultier’s most iconic fashion designs, which Loriot (a former model himself) spent two years whittling down from the 15,000-piece archive. It will find its home at the National Gallery of Victoria between October 17 2014 and February 8 2015.
Melbourne will be the only city in the Asia-Pacific region to host the show, which will use innovative manequins with superimposed faces and voices from Gaultier’s real-life muses. The exhibition is curated by Loriot and organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris.… Read more
Adalita has shared with Time Out a new live video of last year’s heartbreaking single ‘Trust Is Rust’, taken from her second solo album, All Day Venus.
She says of the shoot, “We were set up on the street level of a huge double-storey share house / shop front on a main street in Thornbury. During the recording there were little old Greek men from the café next door peering in through the window, smoking their cigars and having a good ol’ chinwag about what was going on.”
The song itself details the turmoil of witnessing another woman coming on the scene – “and you know it’s trouble”. As the evidence literally starts piling up – ‘it could not be more obvious / it ain’t your shoes, it’s not my dress’ – the protagonist starts to almost relish the anguish.
Femmes fatales, assisted suicide, crime, mirth and a near-future Melbourne dystopia… it’s all good fodder for Tokyo-based Melbourne writer/artist Andrez Bergen and the rest of the team behind the comic anthology BLACK/WHITE.
While he hasn’t put in any identifying landmarks, Bergen pictures the action unfolding in the grimier corners of Collingwood and Clifton Hill. His contributions are matched by artwork from international artists: Drezz Rodriguez, Michael Grills, Nathan St John, Andrew Chiy, Matt Kyme and Marcos Vergara.
In 2013, Bergen and Matt Kyme set up an indie comic-book publisher, Commix, which is the natural extension to the IF? Records label he ran in Melbourne in the 1990s. Commix has the finished, print-ready version of the BLACK/WHITE anthology, which will be published in Australia on April 1. It’s also available from this week online as a pre-order digital download for just $1.
Written by Jenny Valentish… Read more
The word is out – experimental electronic artist Flying Lotus will play a hushed gig at Howler under his rap moniker Captain Murphy tomorrow night. Even if you experienced his stunning audio-visual Layer 3 show at the Forum last Friday, there’s no telling which side of Steven Ellison to expect this time around. Tickets are only available at the door.
For those gearing up for Golden Plains, don’t miss FlyLo take to the Supernatural Amphitheatre this weekend.
We Melburnians love to boast about our shopping. But for all our laneway boutiques, vintage treasure troves and cute pop-ups, there’s nothing quite like the excitement of seeing one of the world’s biggest brands open its doors in our city.
UNIQLO, welcome to Melbourne. This morning, we visited the Japanese brand’s pop-up shop for the launch of Australia’s first UNIQLO store, opening Wednesday April 16. UNIQLO’s Emporium Melbourne store will spread its new Autumn/Winter range over four floors, spanning over 3000 square metres.
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, chances are you’ve at least seen UNIQLO apparel on tennis star Novak Djokovic and Aussie golf champion Adam Scott, both global ambassadors. Not simply sporting attire, the brand’s core concept is ‘LifeWear’ – clothes that feel like a second skin. Think quality basics, fine wool, soft cashmere and cotton flannels. We can’t wait to get our hands on UNIQLO’s famous Ultra Light Down vests and jackets. Not only are they said to be unbelievably warm, they also look like an almost unfeasibly stylish version of your regular puffy coat.
Also announced today were the five Australian brand ambassadors, chosen to represent the diverse lifestyles and talent within our city. There’s The Slap actress Sophie Lowe, young sailor Jessica Watson, Cumulus Inc.… Read more
Written by Andrew P Street | Art by Robert Polmear
Dear the Internet,
The Guardian recently published an interactive map showing how one’s life expectancy changes depending on where in the world one lives. It’s a fascinating tool unambiguously showing that people in big cities tend to live significantly longer than those in rural and remote deathtraps.
However, looking at our wide brown land that’s so controversially girt by sea, it’s notable that those who live over in Sydney apparently die six weeks earlier than the national average… which got us to wondering how Melburnians fare.
To investigate this, we’ve elucidated the elements that extend and diminish life for Sydney residents, alongside those of the nation’s cultural capital, Melbourne.
|Tantalising anticipation of eventually doing the BridgeClimb, definitely this year, definitely||+4 mo||Sense of unfettered awe and wonder when beholding the majestic beauty of Federation Square||+3 mo|
|Exhaustion from life being constant whirlwind of Baz Luhrmann production numbers||-4 mo||Injuries sustained falling off footpath because of intrusive public art||-6 mo|
|Bondi Beach over-flexing||-8 mo||The weather: oh dear god, the weather||-8 mo|
|Relaxing snoozes in Parramatta Road traffic||+1 mo||Post-Jet grief||-4 mo|
|Delight at easy access to the electrifying nightlife of Canberra||+1 mo||Disappointment at not being Berlin/Tokyo/New York||-3 mo|
|Rugby||-3 mo||AFL||+3 mo|
|Proximity to Kyle Sandilands||-9.5 mo||Knife fights over which Fitzroy café has the worst coffee||-3 mo|
|Citywide safety, respect and happiness manifested by 1.30am pub lockouts||TBC||Enduring hope that Harold Holt will return any minute now||+2 mo|
|Mysterious Shire vanishings||-4 mo||St Kilda foreshore despair||-4 mo|
|Tram envy||-3 mo||Yarra poisoning||-8 mo|
|Mardi Gras float collisions||-2 mo||Seeing that blonde one from Neighbours at the supermarket||+7 mo|
|Sense of freedom from never having to endure the burdens of home ownership||+12 mo||Hearing loss from embarrassing overabundance of live venues||-1 mo|
|Restaurant queue ennui||-6 mo||Comedian infestations||-3 mo|
|Relief at not being Brisbane||+3 mo||Relief at not being Adelaide||+3 mo|
|Smug sense of superiority||+6 mo||Sense of superior smugness||+6 mo|
So which city is better?… Read more