6 October

Jamie xx announces Melbourne sideshow in January

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Boundary-pushing electronic producer Jamie xx has announced a Melbourne show in January 2016. The British artist, who came to fame as one part of The xx, was already set to make stage appearances at the New Year’s festival Beyond the Valley in rural Victoria, as well as New South Wales’s Lost Paradise and Queensland’s FOMO festivals.

Jamie xx’s long-awaited debut record In Colour was released in June 2015 to critical acclaim, with his calypso-flecked single ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ becoming an instant summer hit, following on from the ’90s jungle throwback of the album opener ‘Gosh’. The musician, who has been compared to his electronic predecessors Four Tet, Nicholas Jaar and Nosaj Thing, has drawn critical acclaim for the patchwork of samples strewn throughout In Colour. Snippets of funk, jazz, RnB, dancehall and jungle made the cut in the eclectic record, leaving the overall impression that In Colour is a documentary of sorts, tracing the origins of 21st century dance music.… Read more

1 October

Sex hamburger mural: three words you never thought you’d see together


It’s no secret that here at Time Out, we’re all about the burgers: beef burgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers and… sexy burgers?

What you’re looking at here is ‘Kama-sutra burger’: a mural by Melbourne street artist Makatron that appeared this week on the back wall of Rathdowne Fabrics in Victoria Street, Brunswick. The building is owned by Dean Sunshine, who, when he’s not running a fabric business, documents street art and graffiti on his Land of Sunshine blog. He’s even self-published two books on the subject.

“Over the years I’ve had artists that I’m now friends with come and paint the building, and this is the first time I’ve had a controversy like this,” he explains. “I understand that it is a little bit risqué, and I would not like to upset any people or any kids.”

Makatron’s ‘Kama-sutra’ is, in Sunshine’s words, “about the sexualisation by the media of people for advertising.Read more

30 September

Catherines get free entry to the NGV’s Masterpieces from the Hermitage exhibition on Tuesday October 6

Catherine the Great

If there’s one thing to know about Catherine the Great – the Russian ruler who reigned from 1762 to 1796 – it’s that she had no time for backwardness. In her determination to drag Russia into the Enlightenment, Catherine opened the country up to Western art and ideas, established a pseudo parliament and opened schools for girls. Her astonishing collection of art is currently on display at the NGV, on loan from Saint Petersburg. It’s your chance to get up close to masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Velásquez and more – and to learn more about Catherine’s fascinating life.

For one day, all Catherines (and that include Katherines, Katies, or any other variation of the name) can enter the exhibition for free. Not only will you save up to $26, but you’ll also enjoy the unique pleasure of being surrounded by people with the same name as you, including Catherine Andrews, wife of premier Daniel Andrews, if you get there at 10.30am.… Read more

28 September

The Wheeler Centre launches The Interrobang Festival of Questions


Is there an unanswered question burning a hole in your brain? An uncertainty that you can’t seem to shake? A swirling storm of thoughts and ideas that aren’t quite taking shape? The Wheeler Centre wants to hear from you.

The Interrobang Festival of Questions, running over the last weekend in November, is Melbourne’s first-ever crowd-sourced festival where the topics of discussion are determined by the people. As of today, you’re invited to visit the website, submit any question, and vote on questions that need to be discussed. Every single one will help to shape the program of more than 25 live debates, lectures, workshops and shows. No question is too little, obscure, or broad. You can submit questions via the website, or via the @askinterrobang Twitter handle.

Read our full interview with Emily Sexton, head of programming at The Wheeler Centre. Read more

22 September

The East Brunswick Club has reopened as a slick local with amped-up pub favourites


Many a tear was shed when the East Brunswick Club closed down in 2012. The original venue was a well-loved live music venue with a grungy reputation for hosting Melbourne’s newest talent as well as serving damn great vegan parmas. Now, it’s back as The East Brunswick Hotel.

There was an uproar when it was announced that property developers were going to erect an apartment block at the site. The old bandroom and bottle-o will still be sacrificed for the new development, but new pub owner Ron O’Bryan, who previously owned Collingwood’s The Vine, has given the pub a completely new look. Gone are the sticky carpets and dark lighting, replaced with white tiles, neon light fixtures and plenty of blonde timber.

Fans of the original venue may be thrown off at the sight of chandeliers and Scandi-chic bar stools artfully arranged in the downstairs bar and dining area, but there are throwbacks to the original East Brunswick Club with a feature wall of music posters, and exposed bones and brickwork that has witnessed the old bandroom’s best shows.… Read more