28 March

Tickets are now on sale for the School of Life’s autumn program

School of Life

The School of Life, or as we like call it, The School of Life Hacks, has just released its 2015 autumn program and it’s packed with lessons dedicated to living a fulfilling and prosperous existence.

Drawing from the works of great thinkers past and present, the School’s program includes classes, intensive workshops, tours, talks by guest philosophers and writers, and even philosophy breakfasts. 

Many sessions cover things we struggle with on a daily basis: How To Spend Time Alone, How To Have Better Conversations and How to Find A Job You Love. We know we’re in sore need of some training on How To Make Up Your Mind (which class to start with?!), and everyone can admit to needing a little advice on How To Make Sense Of Your Family.

Perhaps you’d prefer to just get to know your favourite philosophers a little better over a drink in the Philosophy Salon, or to try one of the workshops dedicated to improving mindfulness.Read more

24 March

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is here

L-R: Geraldine Quinn, Bob Downe, Em Rusciano, Denise Scott, Dolly Diamond

Here’s a secret: we’re actually a bit scared by the sheer number of shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (which begins tomorrow morning). Seriously – with a record-breaking 599 shows, we’re wondering whether our social calendars (and core muscles) can cope.

A fair whack of the festival’s funnymen and women turned up today to The Greek Centre (the newest MICF venue in the heart of Melbourne’s Greek precinct) for the festival’s media launch. A quick scan of the room revealed Sammy J, Ronny Chieng, Lawrence Leung, Dolly Diamond and Paul Foot, for a start. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Victoria’s Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley attended too; Foley later remarking that politics is “show business for ugly people”. Huh. PLEASE CREDIT 2015 JIM LEE PHOTO

Sammy J and Randy.

Melbourne’s favourite Hellenic comedy goddess Effie kicked off proceedings, only to be pouted off stage by Puddles: the sad, seven-foot clown who launched into an absurdly melancholy rendition of ‘I Started a Joke’.Read more

20 March

Fleetwood Mac announces national tour with all five original band members

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Fleetwood Mac

There’d been whispers, but it’s true! After having to flag their 2013 tour, Fleetwood Mac are heading back to Australia with all five original band members in tow (Christine McVie rejoins Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks after a 16-year absence).

Unless you have an Amex, tix on sale noon Thu Mar 26. Final Vic show’s at the Mt Duneed Estate down in Geelong as part of the Day on the Green series.

Fleetwood Mac November 2 & 4Read more

19 March

Dessert bar set to make Richmond a sweeter place

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Noir Bar

If you’d rather gain calories via posh puddings than lose calories (and sleep) on the dance floor, Noir Bar is for you. Occupying what was once Swan Street Social, in the space above Noir restaurant, this sleek little dessert bar – open from Wednesday April 8 – will be turning out nifty French treats from 5pm until 1am, Tuesday-Sunday. Chef Peter Roddy will be assisted in the kitchen by head pastry chef Jerome Soubeyrand (ex. Dinner by Heston, Hélène Darroze, Daniel Boulud). Expect pretty plates featuring more pink than a bunch of ballerinas on a hen party: raspberry parfait with crisp meringue and rose cream, for example. Noir Bar’s philosophy is ‘reworked classics’, and this extends to the cocktail list, which champions sweeter digestif styles to match the sugar-hit confections. If all this sweet talk is giving you toothache, fear not – there will also be craft beers and wine.

Noir Bar Opens Wednesday April 8.Read more

18 March

Din Tai Fung is coming to Emporium Melbourne

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Dina Tai Fung There are few problems that dumplings cannot fix. Which is why we’re delighted to hear that Din Tai Fung is opening its first non-NSW outpost in Melbourne’s Emporium in June this year. This will be the Taiwanese brand’s biggest Australian restaurant, with space for 235 lucky bottoms.

You can expect Din Tai Fung’s signature crowd-pleasers: the glass-enclosed dumpling kitchen, xiao long bao, rainbow-bright Dumpling Gems in seven flavours (pictured above) and chefs who operate with a Heston-like fanaticism for detail. The pastry for each xiao long bao dumpling must measure between 4.8 and 5.2 grams; when stuffed, it must weigh between 20.8 and 21.2 grams; the cooking time for each dumpling is precisely three minutes, not a second less or more.

In addition to micromanaged dumplings, diners can enjoy more hearty offerings, such as braised beef soup and crispy crumbed chicken with egg-fried rice. There’ll be fruity cocktails, there’ll be a mango slushy tower dessert and plenty of wine options to match the Asian flavours.… Read more