3 July

Arts House Melbourne announces second 2015 season

Arts House

North Melbourne’s Arts House champions bold, experimental works that provide an alternative to the work on Melbourne’s Southbank main stages – now more than ever.

Over the course of ten years, Arts House has marked its place in Melbourne’s artistic community by presenting imaginative works, running highly regarded programs like the biennial Dance Massive and last year’s debut of the Festival of Live Art, and fostering new talent through programs like CultureLAB and artist residencies.

Given the quality and originality of Arts House’s first program (Dance Massive and the wildly funny Oedipus Schmoedipus being two shining examples), it’s no surprise that the second season – running from July to December – looks very promising indeed. The season kicks off with a Melbourne premiere of Ahilan Ratnamohan’s piece SDS1 (pictured. Aug 19-22), where soccer is brought to the stage as dynamic, abstracted dance theatre. Following that is local choreographer Jo Lloyd’s dance performance, Confusion for Three (Aug 26-30).Read more

2 July

Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei double bill coming to NGV in December

Warhol Weiwei

Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei are big names in their own right – putting them on the same bill makes this the summer blockbuster worth booking well in advance.

Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei – announced this morning – is a joint venture between the NGV and Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Wei (as he’s known to his fans), and will cover the scope of both artists’ careers over more than 300 works – including major new commissions. In other words: this will be a significant event in the international art world – and Melbourne gets it first, with the show opening there on December 11, and heading to Pittsburgh in June.

Although it might initially seem like an odd double-bill, Weiwei and his antecedent are a good match, in practice and philosophy – and the Chinese provocateur would be the first to admit he owes the American pop artist a huge debt.Read more

1 July

Today is your last chance to go into the draw to see the Flinders Street Ballroom at Open House Melbourne

Flinders Street Station

Open House Melbourne is the one weekend of the year when many of Melbourne’s most significant architectural gems – plus some well-kept secrets – invite you to come in and take a closer look.

The full list of buildings has just been announced. While you might be attracted to historical spaces like the Scots’ Church, Cairo Flats or Melbourne Town Hall, others are drawn to the dark secrets of Russell Place Substation or the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. Buildings like the innovative Melbourne School of Design and the verdant Medibank Docklands offer a glimpse into the future of design.

Every year, however, there’s one building that never fails to capture the imagination of Melburnians: the hallowed Flinders Street Ballroom.

Flinders Street Ballroom

Falling into decay on the third floor of the station, the ballroom – which closed in the ’80s – waits behind padlocked metal gates for the time when it will finally undergo renovations (possibly this year).Read more

17 June

Smith & Deli opens

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smith & deli

Vegan food carnivores will want to get in on… if the vegans don’t mind sharing

Smith & Deli – the latest venture from Smith & Daughters’ Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse – has finally opened its doors in Fitzroy. Following a few weeks delay due to a hold up from the city water supply, the vegan Jewish deli opened yesterday to a line of eager vegans and fans of the original Latin American-inspired restaurant. Such is the popularity of Martinez and Wyse’s brainchild, a few early birds did a little dance upon receiving their takeaway pack of breakfast goods.

It’s refreshing to see a vegan shop with nary an açai superfood bowl in sight. Breakfast offerings at the takeaway-only business are heavy on the sandwiches: the Friend Zone is Smith & Deli’s take on the classic ham, cheese and tomato toastie that’s so buttery and cheesy, you’ll forget it’s vegan.

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16 June

Footscray gallery runs exhibition of George Brandis-ruined artworks to fight arts cuts

Skywhale_Robert Hague

There are viral memes that burn through their fame on your newsfeed in a flash, only to be forgotten; and then are the few viral memes that live on in our hearts. And in our galleries, apparently.

From Friday June 19 to Sunday June 21, Footscray’s Ruffian Gallery will display a selection of images created by pissed-off individuals in response to Australia’s Arts Minister George Brandis’s decision to cut over $100 million from independent arts funding.

In case you missed it, the pictures all depict Brandis’s face photoshopped onto classic pieces of art, under the assumption that the minister has – in the artists’ words – “seized $100m+ independent arts funding to play with himself. So here we are”.

Sound of Music_Mary Elizabreast

Simple, hilarious, powerful: the arts community immediately rallied by the campaign, and now, Ruffian will be displaying a selection of these photoshopped delights to raise money to fight the arts cuts.

The exhibition is free, but donations are very welcome.… Read more