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.

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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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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

13 February

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has launched its biggest program ever!

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Ribs still hurting from last year’s Comedy Festival? Yep, ours too. Believe it or not, Melbourne’s funniest festival is upon us once again, and the organisers have just revealed a record-breaking number of acts. We’re talking more than 559 in 145 venues, by over 3,000 funny people. The MICF website is now live, and all tickets are now on sale.

It can feel overwhelming, but remember, comedy’s supposed to be fun, not scary. We’ve given you a mere taste of the lineup: go forth and get booking!

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015. Mar 25-Apr 19.Read more

12 February

Australia’s first Zara Home lands in Highpoint

Zara Home

It’s been a while since we’ve visited Highpoint and it’s totally high end. It makes sense then that Zara decided to expand the empire by opening its first Aussie Zara Home store today a wee bit west of the city.

Tucked in beside Apple and Armani, we were welcomed at the early-morning launch party with a green juice and an incredibly ritzy-looking gluten free muesli.

We’re not too proud to admit that we have some homeware fetishes (specifically, aprons and tea towels). So, the grand plan for this morning was to hunt those out immediately, but we were distracted by a whole world of other home-based goodies that we didn’t even know we needed – like coat hangers in those anodised steel cup colours our folks had in the ’70s.

Basically, the store covers every home base – manchester, tableware, bath and body – everything from luxury lounge wares and slippers that are way too good to wear to the supermarket, to hyacinth-shaped candles, green faux-cowhide notepads and gilt crabs that double as tiny, secret storage spaces.… Read more

18 December

Mr Burger opens new permanent store in Fitzroy, gives out free burgers this Saturday

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No doubt you’ve spotted the bright orange trucks rolling around Melbourne, bringing smiles at every stop with their fresh, tasty, no-frills burgers.There are permanent Mr Burger stores in Chapel Street, the Queen Vic Market and the CBD, but this time, the guys are coming to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

This Saturday, you’ll find cheery guys and gals flipping patties at the brand new store, where you can nab free burgers from 11.30am to 3pm. Just like the truck, the store design allows you to watch your beef or veg patty sizzling right in front of you.

Aside from the comfort of knowing that this Mr Burger joint can’t suddenly take off, the other major benefit is the beer on tap. Plus, all your favourite sides are here. Their famous Trucker Fries come with bacon, cheese and special sauce. So necessary. So delicious.

Mr Burger: Fitzroy, opens Saturday December 20.Read more