17 September

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

"It's going to be this delicious" *not a quote

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

16 September

The Adventures of Margaret and David – 5 stars

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Richard Linklater, step aside. Your cinematic experiment has been usurped. And it took a little under a fortnight.

Sure it was impressive in Boyhood to see young Ellar Coltrane grow over 12 years from 6 to 18, but that Oscar-tipped effort pales in comparison to the 28 years in which Australian cinema, television and audiences have grown up with Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton.

As the makers of this generation spanning epic have finally unveiled the first plans for the twist ending in which our heroes hand over their mantle of quality arbiters to the comments section of YouTube and a particularly artistic emoji, it is time to take stock of the genuine masterpiece that has stood the test of time and popcorn.

The pair of critics were cast in 1986 at an age … well, roughly that of Coltrane. Since that day, their performance in this epic meta-feature film has been nothing short of outstanding.… Read more

11 September

Megan Washington announces free pop-up show in Melbourne

Everybody loves a free concert, and Megan Washington – whose long-awaited second album There There will be released tomorrow – knows it. So she’s going to be celebrating her new music with a series of free pop-up shows in three Australian cities, starting tomorrow in Brisbane. She’ll hit Melbourne on Saturday and finish up in Sydney on Sunday afternoon. Head to Fed Square to hear the ARIA winner sing from 1pm. And while you’re at it, read what she had to say about making the album in her interview with us.

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7 September

Shirley MacLaine unveils plans for a Melbourne show in December

Legendary actress Shirley MacLaine will mark six decades in show business with a special trip to Australia. In her just-announced stage show If They Could See Me Now – Shirley MacLaine, the Academy Award winner will treat audiences in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide to an evening of stories from her many years in the trenches of Hollywood. Producers John Frost and Phil Bathols are promising “an intimate evening” that will take guests on “a head-spinning journey from the golden age of Hollywood to the modern celebrity era, spiced with the fearless outlook that has [also] made MacLaine a best-selling author.” Steel Magnolias fans, Christmas just came early.

Tickets for the show go on sale from Mon Sep 15.

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4 September

Chrissy Amphlett’s lane: the story behind it

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Note: the author of this article is involved in Amphlett Lane.

On Tuesday night, the usually stuffy Council Meeting Room at Town Hall rang out with Divinyls puns as councillors unanimously voted in favour of Amphlett Lane taking the place of Corporation Lane 1639. It was a moment we – the campaigners – had been waiting for since July last year.

I read a statement from Chrissy’s husband, Charley Drayton, and her cousin, Patricia ‘Little Pattie’ Amphlett. Sally Bruen read another statement on behalf of Jessica Adams, who began the laneway petition that gathered over 7,000 signatures, but who is currently in the UK. When we finished, the councillors were all smiles. A cheer went up when the laneway was approved.

“Well done… It must have been a real Pleasure and Pain,” noted Councillor Richard Foster. He was quickly admonished by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle for bad punning, but Doyle then left his chair to offer us his congratulations and support. Councillor Rohan Leppart, who had been supportive of the campaign from day one, made a moving speech.… Read more