25 November

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


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


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

27 October

Melbourne is getting a Call of Duty zombie escape room – here’s how to get in


Zombies! Film noir! Escape rooms! Call of Duty!

It’s a collision of pop culture phenomena that we never could have foreseen – and one that we’re pretty freaking excited about. If the idea of solving puzzles in a 1940s film noir setting to escape the threat of the zombie apocalypse makes your heart beat faster, then book your place quickly: the opportunity to immerse yourself in a real-life video game won’t last long.

To promote the upcoming instalment of the Call of Duty franchise (Black Ops III), video game publisher Activision has paired up with Secret Squirrel – the crew who bring you the inimitableUnderground Cinema – to put a zombie escape room right in the middle of Fed Square.

If you’re not familiar with escape rooms, here’s the deal: you’re locked in a room with some friends, and the only way to get out is to solve puzzles. This time, you’ll find yourself in Morg City, in the private chamber of Nero the Magician.

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22 October

One of last year’s hottest dance parties is returning in December

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Last year, Australian touring agency Fünf brought the likes of Hot Chip, Matthew Dear and Henry Saiz to the Docklands for one of the year’s hottest house and techno parties, complete with light installations and boats on the river.

That’s right: Holeandcorner is back. This time, it’s being held a week before Christmas, and with an equally impressive line-up. Topping the bill is Detroit producer Moodymann (pictured) AKA Kenny Dixon Jr. Joining him will be Berlin-based British luminary Scuba and experimental Croatian techno producer Petar Dundov. Local talent is also well-represented, with disco stalwart Late Nite Tuff Guy and Tornado Wallace, who is returning to his home town for a bit before returning to his second home, Berlin.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday October 27. We don’t yet know what the venue will be, but the organisers have promised that it will be “transformed into the type of visceral, otherworldly urban habitat that made last year’s party so special”.… Read more

22 October

It’s official: Matilda the Musical is coming to Melbourne next year; tickets are on sale now

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Six years. That’s how long Melbourne audiences will have had to wait for Matilda, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s story, when it opens in March next year.

‘Work of genius’ is an overused appraisal, but this time you can believe the hype. The show quickly became a blockbuster on London’s West End, then Broadway, picking up rave reviews along the way. Right now it’s showing in Sydney (and was dubbed “a freaking masterpiece” by Time Out Sydney in their five-star review). Matilda continues to make its way into all-time favourite lists for Minchin’s lyrical brilliance, writer Dennis Kelly’s innovative storytelling and excellent performances.

Predictably, Minchin’s show – which follows the journey of mistreated, extraordinarily intelligent Matilda – is packed with wonderfully revolting moments for kids (remember Bruce Bogtrotter and the chocolate cake scene?) and wistful childhood nostalgia for adults.

Tickets are on sale now – buy one soon, lest you end up in a chokey of despair when you miss out.

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