27 July

Arts Centre Melbourne brings the MTC’s North by Northwest back to the stage in early 2016


The MTC’s world premiere production of North by Northwest was, to the surprise of no one, a huge success. Compelling, outrageous, hilarious and clever, the adaptation of the Cold War classic drew sell-out crowds. In a rare move for Melbourne’s theatre scene, the Arts Centre will take over producing the show from the MTC for this reprisal, in association with original co-producers Kay + McLean Productions.

The play will return in late January for just two weeks, with the same brilliant cast stepping into their roles (including Matt Day as Cary Grant’s ad exec Roger O. Thornhill). “We are truly delighted to be now working with Arts Centre Melbourne and to see the play have the future life it so thoroughly deserves,” says Liza McLean of Kay + McLean Productions.

Tickets are on sale now. This will be your last chance to catch this thrilling show (and to find out how the director brought the famous crop-duster scene to life).… Read more

23 July

Meet the Astor Theatre’s fluffiest new tenant, Duke


One of the best parts of seeing a film at the Astor Theatre was Marzipan. You’d notice the tortoiseshell cat curled up in the corner of one the Astor’s couches; or sometimes, softly purring through one of the sessions. Two years ago, Marzipan – aged 21 – passed away, leaving reams of Facebook RIP messages in her wake and plenty of sad glances at the couches.

Now, the newly re-opened Astor – which has recently passed into the hands of Palace Cinemas – welcomes Marzipan’s successor: the dashing Duke, named after Oscar-winning film legend John Wayne (whose nickname was Duke).

The grey and white cat’s cowboy swagger earned him the name, which general manager Zak Hepburn chose as soon as he met Duke at the Lost Dogs’ Home. “Since Palace took over the Astor, there have been so many enquiries as to whether we’d get another cat and while Marzipan is irreplaceable, we thought as this year has marked a new chapter for the Astor, why not give Duke a new chapter in his life?”

Duke, you’ve struck gold, buddy.… Read more

22 July

Uber is delivering ice cream all day this Friday – here’s how to get it

Uber Gelato

Last year, something delicious happened. Uber announced that it would deliver ice cream on demand, to your door, for one day only. Finally, it’s back.

Start stretching your texting thumb, Melbourne: from Friday morning Uber will deliver frosty treats courtesy of Gelato Messina (you know, that place on Smith Street that is always packed) to wherever you are. #UberIceCream madness will take over 254 cities across 58 countries, including 17 in Australia. Hell, they’ll even deliver to your tent at Splendour in the Grass.

Gelato Messina has worked with Uber to create uberX Scoop; a special flavour blending hazelnut gelato with white chocolate, hazelnut fudge, milk choc chips and wafers. Yes.

To get on board, enter ICECREAMOZ in the promotions section of the Uber app, then open the app on Friday July 24 between 11am and 5pm, set your location and request ICE CREAM.

Never used Uber before? Even better: sign up to Uber and you’ll get $20 off your first ride, or one whole, tasty tub of uberX Scoop.Read more

21 July

Black Pearl wins prestigious international cocktail award in New Orleans


Fitzroy’s Black Pearl is home to vintage glassware, good vibes, great tunes and faultless, carefully constructed cocktails made by liquor masters like Evan Stanley (Time Out’s Bartender of the Year in 2014). We know that, and so do you – and now, so does the world. Black Pearl has claimed the title of Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar at the ninth annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, held in New Orleans.

Considering the speed at which the Pearl’s bartenders pump out high-quality cocktails, it’s no shock that the Brunswick Street bar has taken out the top prize. That said, this is no mean feat: contestants compete against over hundreds of nominees and are judged by a panel of 100 industry professionals.

The award ceremony is part of the greater event, Tales of the Cocktail, which hits up New Orleans every July, pulling industry heavyweights, spirits ambassadors and drinking enthusiasts from all over the world to rub shoulders with the best in the business (and get amongst the open bar).Read more

7 July

The 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival program is out, with films to break your heart, change your life and make you mad as hell

Donut Time

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, people went to the movies to be challenged, thrilled and see things they’d never seen before. Not anymore: glance down the multiplex movie times and it’s all same-same, sequel-sequel, high-concept romcoms, rogue agents and alien invasion

So thank heavens for the Melbourne International Film Festival. Their 2015 program is here and it’s got more to be excited about across 18 days than you’ll find in a year’s worth of regular cinema viewing.  The festival will held at various venues across Melbourne (Comedy Theatre is a new addition). Opening night will be held at Hamer Hall. Tickets go on sale July 10.

To help you narrow down your selection, Time Out has surveyed the field and chosen this year’s must-sees – plus the one film that we’re calling compulsory viewing. (Forget sleep, film lover!)

Melbourne International Film Festival. Jul 30 – Aug 16.Read more