10 December

Tickets to Quentin Tarantino Q&A sell out, furious film fans rip into Village Cinemas

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Disappointed Melburnians have taken to social media to blast Village Cinemas after their website failed to cope with high demand for tickets to next month’s The Hateful Eight Q&A with Quentin Tarantino.

Tickets to the one-off screening sold out within minutes of their release at 9am Thursday morning. Despite high levels of interest in the event, Village’s website was apparently unprepared for the rush that greeted online ticket sales, with many film fans (the Time Out Melbourne team included) greeted by long load times and site maintenance messages:

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As word spread that tickets had sold out, fans took to the event’s official Facebook page to vent their frustration. Some were critical of the decision to allow customers to purchase up to ten tickets per transaction, while others blasted the organisers for failing to communicate that tickets could also be bought over the phone and in person at Village Cinemas Rivoli.

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Fewer than 500 tickets, priced at $50 each, were released for the Tarantino Q&A.… Read more

30 November

Museum Victoria unveils Jurassic World: The Exhibition to open in March 2016

Jurassic World The Exhibition_1The Melbourne Museum’s blockbuster exhibition is the closest you’ll ever come to seeing a real-life dinosaur

Hear that faint rumbling? Make no mistake: that’s the sound of dinosaurs stomping their way to the Melbourne Museum for the world premiere of Jurassic World: The Exhibition, set to open in March next year. If the mega-reptiles hold a special place in your heart, then this is the immersive experience of your dreams.

Imagine Exhibition Inc has teamed up with Melbourne-based Creature Technology Company (the animatronic wizards behind Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular and King Kong) to place highly realistic life-size dinosaurs into sophisticated environments based on scenes from Jurassic World; one of the highest grossing films in cinema history.

When we say realistic, we mean it. Take a look at old mate T-Rex, unveiled at the exhibition preview:

Yes, the exhibition is family friendly. No, that does not mean parents shouldn’t use discretion when deciding whether to introduce littlies to the big-toothed beasts.… Read more

27 November

Melbourne Art Trams to take a spin around the City Circle for Community Day

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You won’t have to touch on to see Melbourne’s iconic trams in a whole new, more colourful light

This year’s Melbourne Art Trams will be taking a glory lap around the City Circle route this Sunday from 10am to 2pm to celebrate the third year of the collaboration between Melbourne Festival, Yarra Trams and Creative Victoria. Eight trams have been decorated by Australian visual artists and the public is welcome to ride the moving artworks to see as musical acts including Playwrite, Whitaker, The Mae Trio and The Senegambian Jazz Band perform live around the City Circle.

Photographers, illustrators, painters, graphic designers and installation artists have been enlisted this year to draw inspiration from Melbourne’s architectural landscape and decorate the eight Art Trams. They’ve gone on to paste up prints on the trams’ exteriors that reflects how architecture has defined and influenced the city we all know and love.

Pick your favourite Art Tram by 2pm on Sunday November 29 via Melbourne Festival’s website, before the winner of the People’s Choice Award is announced at 2.30pm on Melbourne Festival’s social media channels.… Read more

25 November

Think you’re funny? Entries for Australia’s largest open mic comedy comp are now open

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What do Josh Thomas, Ronny Chieng (pictured), Celia Pacquola, Matt Okine and Hannah Gadsby have in common? Aside from all being household names in comedy, each of them have taken out the RAW Comedy title.

Now, it’s your turn. The search is back on for the RAW Comedy National Champion. Registrations are now open, with heats being held across the country between January and March in preparation for the grand final at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April next year.

So if you’re an aspiring master of LOLs, what have you got to lose? This competition is seriously life-changing: the winner will be sent to Edinburgh Fringe next year and nab a spot in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition.

Keen? Here’s what you need to do:

  • Check your eligibility. If you’ve earned less than $500 from performing comedy this year, read on…
  • Dig deep and write the best damn five minutes of comedy you can manage.
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18 November

NGV announces major 2016 Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas: A New Vision

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Even if the name doesn’t instantly inspire excitement, you’ve no doubt encountered the work of Edgar Degas. The French painter, who lived from 1834 to 1917, is best known for his kinetic, beautifully composed paintings of ballerinas: paintings like ‘The Arabesque’ (1877) and ‘Rehearsal Hall at the Opera, Rue Le Peletier’ (1872) are among the most recognisable paintings from the 19th century.

These works, along with more than 200 others, will make their way to Melbourne in June 2016 for the NGV’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas: A New Vision. In collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the NGV has gathered works by Degas from 41 cities in 13 different countries all over the world, making this the most complex Winter Masterpieces ever. If this wasn’t a big enough coup for the NGV, the exhibition was curated by renowned Degas expert, Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre.

Degas: A New Vision will present the artist’s work thematically, exploring Degas’ preferred subjects: ballet scenes, horse-racing, the nude, women at work and leisure and Parisian nightlife.… Read more