25 August

Stephen Fry announces ‘Telling Tales’ national tour in November

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This year alone, Stephen Fry has married his partner Elliott Spencer, quit Instagram after saying he’d been ‘hounded off’, courted controversy over the colourful language he used when hosting the BAFTAs, and continued to preside over comedy panel show QI. ‘National treasure’ is a term perpetually orbiting around the British actor, author journalist, comedian, presenter and director: at the very least, the man has been instrumental to some of television’s finest comedies, has created first-class documentaries, novels and films, and has been advocating for LGBTIQ rights for decades.

You may only know him as the ‘Fry’ in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, or as Melchett in Blackadder. You may have raced through his autobiographical trilogy: Moab is my Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and More Fool Me. Or, maybe he’s just the QI guy.

Any way you look at it, Fry’s Australian tour is worth getting excited about.… Read more

21 July

Meet the one true matriarch of day time TV in ‘An Evening With Oprah’

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That’s right, Mother Oprah Winfrey herself will be gracing us lowly humans with her royal presence.

Due to tour Australia this December, ‘An Evening With Oprah’ will see the former daytime television matriarch on stage to share her personal story and all-around wisdom. The intimate event will highlight her astounding achievements as one of the most powerful women in the media landscape.

This is a woman who took a low-rating daytime slot and turned it into a 25-season behemoth, before launching her own media empire and going on to grace the cover of every issue of her magazine. Expect insight into her years spent in the media spotlight. No guarantee that the ticket price includes a celebrity couch jump or a free car, but you never know with this media matron – just be sure to check under your seats when you get there!

An Evening With Oprah will be held at the Rod laver Arena on Wednesday December 2.Read more

24 May

Russell Brand announces Australian tour in October

Russell Brand joins Occupy Wall Street activists in New York City on 14 October 2014. Photograph: XP

“We’ve been told freedom is the freedom to fulfill our petty desires,” says British comedian, actor, author and political figure Russell Brand, in the announcement of his national tour. “but TREW freedom is freedom FROM our petty desires”.

Hitting our shores in October, Brand will come armed with biting political criticism and the dogged determination for truth that has earned him more than a million subscribers to his Youtube web series, The Trews.

Fans of Brand – who rose to fame as a stand-up comedian – can still expect his sharp observational humour and electric charisma. Whether he’ll pull out anything else in his attempt to give the power back to the people remains a mystery.

Asked by Time Out in a recent interview whether he’s concerned that fans of his comedy don’t like his political material (or his recent book, Revolution), he said that “I do have concerns, because I’m a comedian and I don’t want this to start being some dry, bureaucratic first pump – unless it’s an anal one.Read more

28 April

Joan Baez, the queen of folk returns to Melbourne

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Joan Baez was on the forefront of the civil rights movement and galvanised a generation with her songs of freedom. While her former lover Bob Dylan gave her some of her best known hits (eg. ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’), she’s probably even more famous for the iconic performance of ‘We Shall Overcome’ at Woodstock. After touring to rave reviews in 2013/2014, it’s a privilege to have her back so soon.

Joan Baez Hamer Hall, Thu Sep 24

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17 September

Want to get a table at the Fat Duck? Here’s how

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It’s 10am and there’s way more techno pumping and more Champagne doing the rounds than we’re used to on a Wednesday. But Heston Blumenthal doesn’t make announcements quietly.

Six months ago, the mad scientist chef-slash-genius behind the Fat Duck in Bray dropped the bomb that he was moving the entire operation (staff and all) to Melbourne for a six month pop-up at Crown Casino before turning it into an outpost for one of his other hatted restaurants, Dinner.

Australia understandably lost its collective mind,  and since the announcement, tens of thousands of people have registered interest in dining the Fat Duck. The problem? If you’re a maths fan, you’ll realise that with 45 seats and only a limited number of services in six months, you’ve got sod all chance of getting a seat.

Time Out suggested a cage match system for walk-ins whereby you could fight for a table while booked tables watch.… Read more