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

4 September

Creators of BBC series Sherlock to host exclusive fan event in November

Picture shows: Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS)

If you’re a Sherlock fan, then you know how to wait. The first season of the award-winning BBC series premiered in 2010, and the two seasons that followed were released in two-year intervals. Given that each season is made up of three 90-minute episodes, we’re given a lot of time to speculate on the cliffhangers we’re inevitably left with – and to wonder just how creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat so deftly adapt the hallowed Arthur Conan Doyle story into modern-day London (it helps that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman make a matchless Holmes and Watson). The show has won 12 BAFTAs, seven Emmys and has been sold to 240 territories around the world.

For the first time ever, Gatiss (who also plays Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, pictured), Moffat and series producer Sue Vertue will make their way to the Regent Theatre on Monday, November 23 for Sherlock: From Script to Screen. The creators will share insights into the conception of the show, and into how the plots and characters are developed.… Read more

2 September

Cult podcast Welcome to Night Vale announces live Australian tour this summer

Welcome to Night Vale

It’s hard to put your finger on just what is so intoxicating about the American series Welcome to Night Vale: one of the world’s most successful podcasts, which launched in June 2012. Is it the fact that nightmarish, extraterrestrial subject matter – often so bizarre that it would make Stephen King balk – is communicated through the medium of a community radio station, broadcasted from the fictional desert town of Night Vale? Is it the fact that, as the twice-monthly series continues, characters and plot threads become as nuanced and complex as Twin Peaks? Certainly, the show’s three creators – Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor and narrator Cecil Baldwin – never expected that a show as darkly funny and as surreal as this could command a fan base that now extends to cosplay events, tumblr fan art and fanfiction.

Following on from their tour of the UK in September, the team will make their way Down Under for a stage show, written specifically to be performed live.… Read more

20 August

Victorian Opera launches 2016 season

Posted by in Arts, News, Theatre

Fondazione Teatro La Fenice - Lucia do Lammermoor - © Michele Crosera

This year marks Victorian Opera’s tenth anniversary, and so far, the company has offered highly successful, innovative productions alongside more traditional pieces featuring world-class performers. The VO’s 2016 season – launched today by artistic director Richard Mills – branches even further out into unfamiliar territory, and opera enthusiasts and lovers of the performing arts have plenty of reasons to get excited.

‘Different dreams’ was the theme of the launch, for good reason: the first production of the year will beVoyage to the Moon (Feb 15-19) which will see director Michael Gow blend Baroque operas into an entertaining pastiche, featuring respected Australian soprano Emma Matthews and leading mezzo Sally-Anne Russell.

A highlight is sure to be Banquet of Secrets (March 1-5), created by Australian author, screenwriter, comedian and producer Steve Vizard and celebrated composer Paul Grabowsky in tune with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The show – starring the brilliant Antoinette Halloran, who stole the show in the VO’s recent production of Sweeney Todd – will see four friends sharing a meal live on stage (created by chef Philippe Mouchel) and swapping secrets.… Read more