24 May

Russell Brand announces Australian tour in October

Russell Brand joins Occupy Wall Street activists in New York City on 14 October 2014. Photograph: XP

“We’ve been told freedom is the freedom to fulfill our petty desires,” says British comedian, actor, author and political figure Russell Brand, in the announcement of his national tour. “but TREW freedom is freedom FROM our petty desires”.

Hitting our shores in October, Brand will come armed with biting political criticism and the dogged determination for truth that has earned him more than a million subscribers to his Youtube web series, The Trews.

Fans of Brand – who rose to fame as a stand-up comedian – can still expect his sharp observational humour and electric charisma. Whether he’ll pull out anything else in his attempt to give the power back to the people remains a mystery.

Asked by Time Out in a recent interview whether he’s concerned that fans of his comedy don’t like his political material (or his recent book, Revolution), he said that “I do have concerns, because I’m a comedian and I don’t want this to start being some dry, bureaucratic first pump – unless it’s an anal one.Read more

22 May

The Astor Theatre reveals new calendar ahead of June re-opening

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If you needed one final bit of proof that the Astor’s triumphant revival is going ahead, then behold: the famed Astor calendar is back.

Double features, marathons, 35 and 70mm screenings: it looks like the Astor’s new custodians (Palace Cinemas) will be worthy custodians of the St Kilda institution. Award-winning director Gillian Armstrong will premiere her new documentary Women He’s Undressed in a red carpet gala re-opening event on Thursday June 25. Films like Blade Runner, Taxi Driver and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas screen during the first month, in addition to Gone with the Wind, The Big Lebowski and a four-film Woody Allen marathon in later months.

Tickets are on sale now, so download the calendar on the Astor website and get planning. Blu-tack it on your bathroom wall, sticky-tape it to your face – we don’t care what you do with the thing –  just get back in that beautiful cinema in June.… Read more

21 May

Cadbury has released that Vegemite chocolate block – and we tried it

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Turns out Cadbury wasn’t really fooling everyone with pictures of a Vegemite-flavoured chocolate after all.

The chocolate/Vegemite mashup is most definitely a real thing, as confirmed by Cadbury on social media last week. It’s a limited-edition flavour, as part of the company’s campaign to encourage social media users to share their own dream chocolate pairings.

While it’s set to “officially” hit the shelves from June, Cadbury is teasing that you may be able to track it down sooner. And because we’re up for all sorts of adventures here at Time Out HQ, we took our sleuthing skills to (a lot) of local supermarkets so we could road test the new flavour.

So, is it oozing with a Vegemite centre? Is it too sweet? Or is it just a massively hyped variation on salted caramel? Read our staffers’ verdicts below:

It’s got that nice, salty umami flavour to it, but really, it just tastes like somebody gave me chocolate right after I had some toast.Read more

20 May

Supersense: legends and new worlds meet in new music, film and dance festival celebrating euphoria and frenzy

Supersense Sans any mind-bending substances, music and dance have long been honoured for their capacity to induce ecstatic states – Supersense celebrates and explores just that.

Supersense is also a union of old-school and new – the lineup’s super eclectic, covering dance, film and music and everything from performance art/punk matriarch Lydia Lunch, surreal psych-pop exponent Ariel Pink and sexy rock monsters The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion through to commissioned works by John Cale (founding member of the Velvet Underground), featuring the celestial vocals of Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard. Having seen the Blues Explosion on more than one occasion, we can vouch for the fact that Jon Spencer can move crowd. Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move) is also directing a ritual trance music and dance performance by the Mount Ukir people of Indonesia. Cool.

The festival’s curated by Sophia Brous (singer, composer, Art Centre Artistic Associate and collaborator with everyone from Belle and Sebastian through to Paul Kelly) and will be housed all over the Arts Centre, including in some of the kookier spaces at which we wouldn’t normally get a gander.… Read more

19 May

The Melbourne Edit – Melbourne’s shopping giants collaborate for day long retail party

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The CBD’s shopping icons are banding together for The Shopping Edit – a one-day retail extravaganza of ripper sales and extended trading hours

When you add together Melbourne Central, Emporium Melbourne, QV Melbourne, The Strand Melbourne, Melbourne’s GPO, David Jones and Myer you get a golden mile of shopping. Collectively, they make up the retail spine of the city and they’ve generated a buying buzz in town again. In fact, since Emporium’s opened, there’s been over a ½ bill spent across the retail hub.

Basically, we’re loving to shop in the city again and to celebrate over 1000 shops in a three-block radius are staying open longer and offering discounts that’d loosen the purse strings of a even the most dedicated spendthrift.

Check out these beauties:

Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central’s gone all out and declared a One Day Shopping Festival complete with mega sales and special events:

Country Road – 25 per cent off storewide
Kiehl’s – 15 per cent off storewide
Bonds – 40 per cent off everything
Vans – 40 per cent off clothing, 20 per cent off footwear

The Strand

Funkis – SNAP, TAG, WIN!… Read more