24 October

Melbourne is getting another escape room, and it’s also a bar

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You may have noticed that here at Time Out, we’re fully embracing the weird new trend of escape rooms. Really, what’s not to love? Getting trapped in dark rooms, racing against time, avoiding crazed murderers – leisure time well spent, we say.

Melbourne has six escape rooms now; some created by escape room fanatics from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Flemington, some with multiple themed rooms to choose from (we’re talking vampires, secret gardens and CSI labs). None of them (except Strike’s Escapism) offer post-escape beverages.

Until now. TRAPT Bar and Escape Rooms is just weeks away from opening. It makes so much sense: you can meet your team-mates for a pre-game pep-talk, then soothe the frayed nerves (or bolster wounded pride) after an hour of high-stakes puzzle-solving.

Stay tuned for our test-drive (and taste) of TRAPT.

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22 October

Cut Copy celebrates Melbourne’s dance culture with new Oceans Apart compilation

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What do you love most about Melbourne’s diverse club scene? Losing yourself to deep house at Brown Alley? Throwing shapes at a sweaty techno rave at New Guernica? Discovering your new favourite ’80s-revival electro duo at Boney? Debating the Melbourne Bounce movement?

Next month, Melbourne’s electro-pop titans Cut Copy will release Oceans Apart: a compilation of new music from 19 of our city’s most innovative dance artists, mixed into a continuous, 80-minute club set by the four-piece themselves.

The idea came to ‘Lights and Music’ frontman Dan Whitford in a local club. “We’ve always found deep inspiration in the music of our home city,” he says. “The dance scene in Melbourne has gotten so interesting over the past few years – someone should really document this!”

The result is a blissful, very danceable snapshot of Melbourne’s club culture. Somehow, the record feel cohesive, even while roaming from electro-pop to tribal funk and out into the far reaches of ambient house.… Read more

18 October

Dee Nolan book launch at Cutler & Co

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Dee Nolan is an award-winning journalist and editor who began her career in Melbourne. Not only is she passionate about writing, but farming and produce also. In her new culinary travel book, A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to France, Nolan is able to use her interviewing skills to investigate first-handedly about the food cultures of regional France.

Such is the effect of Earl Carter’s picturesque photography in this beautiful 400-page hardback book, that you’ll feel as though you are looking out a train window as it cuts through the golden French countryside and beyond. Along the way you’ll visit the slopes of Burgundy that are conservatively dressed in vines. It is here in the valleys and to the west of the Saône River where, Nolan will show you, the most famous wines are produced, the Burgundies.

Nolan didn’t just take in the breathtaking sights but immersed herself in the culture, visiting local markets with some of France’s greatest chefs, cooking timeless classic recipes in home kitchens and strolling beside farmers as they take their cattle to the high pasture.… Read more

17 October

Call for entries for The Setting Sun Short Film Festival

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The word is out for aspiring filmmakers, directors and screenwriters to submit their entries for next year’s Setting Sun Short Film Festival (SSSFF). Following a successful festival earlier this year, the SSSFF is back at the Sun Theatre in Yarraville, screening the finalist entries across four days in April 2015.

As for entry requirements, the film must be no longer than 12 minutes, and anyone is welcome to enter. However, applicants are encouraged to film in Melbourne’s Western suburbs and those who do will be judged across five categories; short feature, documentary, animation, screenwriting and directing, and student film.

Four other films will be awarded for; people’s choice, best film in the Western suburbs, best culturally diverse film, and best film in the Metropolitan (non-west) area. There are over $5,000 worth of prizes to be won, and every entrant gets a free 2015 Open Channel membership. On top of this, there is the opportunity to enter films into other competitions; some of the winning films from the 2014 festival went on to win awards in festivals around Australia and overseas.… Read more

15 October

Spandau Ballet on the screen, on the stage and in your face

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New wave icons Spandau Ballet remain a hallmark for Australian music tastes in the early ’80s, despite being resolutely Pommy. You can rarely rummage through the music collection of an erstwhile new romantic fan without finding at least a single from Spandau’s chart-topping 1983 album, True. Their penchant for blurring the lines between music and fashion is a huge part of their ongoing legacy.

For the first time, Spandau Ballet’s story and influence have been mapped on the silver screen in Soul Boys of the Western World. The expansive documentary looks at the human element of the group of friends who grew to become art icons, and their place within London’s then-thriving pop circuit. And for one night only, the band members themselves will be attending the screening on November 5, providing fans with a Q&A session and a 20-minute performance of some of their hits.

The film is the first time a movie has been dedicated to the band’s legacy and is an incredible rare opportunity to ask the members directly all the unanswered questions you might still have immediately after viewing the doco. With new material from the band in the pipeline, the short live performance is a rare opportunity to hear the band before the inevitable album tour commences next year.… Read more