28 July

Shadow Electric brings ‘Visions’, a musical and visual mash-up, to Estonian House

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The Shadow Electric crew is temporarily relocating its atmospheric Abbotsford Convent screen to the Estonian House in Brunswick West, which is really completing a bit of a circle given that the joint used to be a cinema.

The move’s only happening for three days, but from August 28-30, Shadow Electric will move out of the Convent and into the Brunswick hub to present ‘Visions’: a cinematic journey combining music and visual arts.

As you’d expect, the line-up is killer. Each band is collaborating with a visual artist to bring to life the essence of their music. Melbourne-based indie dream rockers Teeth & Tongue kick off proceedings (7pm. Fri Aug 28 ) followed by electro/hip-hop outfit Rat & Co ( 7pm. Sat Aug 29). There’s also Juice Rap News, the crew that cleverly rap the news live, who’ll be joined by mates Nazeem Hussain and Dan Ilic (1pm. Sun Aug 30), as well as the mock-rock-Bollywood extravaganza Bombay Royale to bring down the house (7pm.Read more

27 July

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

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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

24 July

Program announced for Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 (and it’s a beauty)

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Melbourne Writers Festival 2015, our annual celebration for writers, readers and thinkers, kicks off Thursday August 20, and tickets for its biggest program to date go on sale noon today.

Each year the festival highlights the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a thought-provoking program of storytelling, conversation and debates, music and art events. In fact, this year brings together over whopping 530 events.

Celebrating its 30th birthday, this year’s festival takes us on a literary tour of Australia and all corners of the globe. Here are our highlights:

Opening night address by Louis de Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Thu Aug 20, 6.30pm).
Rob Thomas, creator of arse-kicking teen-detective series Veronica Mars and new show iZombie, talks about how pint the sized PI made it from tele to silver screen (Thu Aug 20, 9pm).… Read more

15 July

David Bowie Is launched to media this morning, opens to public tomorrow

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It’s been too many sleeps since David Bowie Is came on our radar, but the wait’s over – ACMI launched the V&A curated exhibition this morning for the media (hereafter, we will refer to July 15 as Bowie Day) and it opens to the public tomorrow.

Proving again that gingers are rightly taking over the world, songstress and dyed-in-the-wool Bowie fan Geraldine Quinn put us in the mood, while giving us a glimpse of what we can expect during the Late Nights Program with her dramatic and powerful rendition of ‘Let’s Dance’. Suitably fabulous in a red and blue sequinned gown (slashed to the waist and with a sequinned horn on one shoulder) Quinn went full throttle on the chorus, making more than flowers tremble.

ACMI’s new CEO Katrina Sedgwick ran us through some of the exhibition’s stats – apparently, it’s broken attendance records worldwide (Australia’s the seventh stop on its global tour to date) and the pre-sales have exceeded any other ACMI exhibition to date, including Hollywood Costume.… Read more

14 July

The second annual MPavilion design is revealed, and it’s a high-tech forest canopy

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Remember last year’s inaugural MPavilion: the highly versatile stainless steel box with folding panels, designed by Sean Godsell, that appeared in the city’s Queen Victoria Gardens last year? That was the first in a series of four temporary pavilions that will be built and removed each year, playing host to talks, performances and events for four months. Each is commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation that supports innovative public design – and each is designed by a new architect.

The MPavilion has announced its second annual architecture event to open in the Queen Victoria Gardens on Monday October 5. This year’s instalment will feature a high-tech outdoor forest canopy designed by Amanda Levete, an award winning British architect and founder of AL_A studio.

AL_A’s MPavilion will feature carbon fibre poles that bend and sway in the wind, supporting ‘petals’ which also function as speakers, recording and re-playing the surrounding soundscape.… Read more