30 November

Museum Victoria unveils Jurassic World: The Exhibition to open in March 2016

Jurassic World The Exhibition_1The Melbourne Museum’s blockbuster exhibition is the closest you’ll ever come to seeing a real-life dinosaur

Hear that faint rumbling? Make no mistake: that’s the sound of dinosaurs stomping their way to the Melbourne Museum for the world premiere of Jurassic World: The Exhibition, set to open in March next year. If the mega-reptiles hold a special place in your heart, then this is the immersive experience of your dreams.

Imagine Exhibition Inc has teamed up with Melbourne-based Creature Technology Company (the animatronic wizards behind Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular and King Kong) to place highly realistic life-size dinosaurs into sophisticated environments based on scenes from Jurassic World; one of the highest grossing films in cinema history.

When we say realistic, we mean it. Take a look at old mate T-Rex, unveiled at the exhibition preview:

Yes, the exhibition is family friendly. No, that does not mean parents shouldn’t use discretion when deciding whether to introduce littlies to the big-toothed beasts.… Read more

25 November

Think you’re funny? Entries for Australia’s largest open mic comedy comp are now open


What do Josh Thomas, Ronny Chieng (pictured), Celia Pacquola, Matt Okine and Hannah Gadsby have in common? Aside from all being household names in comedy, each of them have taken out the RAW Comedy title.

Now, it’s your turn. The search is back on for the RAW Comedy National Champion. Registrations are now open, with heats being held across the country between January and March in preparation for the grand final at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April next year.

So if you’re an aspiring master of LOLs, what have you got to lose? This competition is seriously life-changing: the winner will be sent to Edinburgh Fringe next year and nab a spot in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition.

Keen? Here’s what you need to do:

  • Check your eligibility. If you’ve earned less than $500 from performing comedy this year, read on…
  • Dig deep and write the best damn five minutes of comedy you can manage.
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18 November

NGV announces major 2016 Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas: A New Vision


Even if the name doesn’t instantly inspire excitement, you’ve no doubt encountered the work of Edgar Degas. The French painter, who lived from 1834 to 1917, is best known for his kinetic, beautifully composed paintings of ballerinas: paintings like ‘The Arabesque’ (1877) and ‘Rehearsal Hall at the Opera, Rue Le Peletier’ (1872) are among the most recognisable paintings from the 19th century.

These works, along with more than 200 others, will make their way to Melbourne in June 2016 for the NGV’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas: A New Vision. In collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the NGV has gathered works by Degas from 41 cities in 13 different countries all over the world, making this the most complex Winter Masterpieces ever. If this wasn’t a big enough coup for the NGV, the exhibition was curated by renowned Degas expert, Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre.

Degas: A New Vision will present the artist’s work thematically, exploring Degas’ preferred subjects: ballet scenes, horse-racing, the nude, women at work and leisure and Parisian nightlife.… Read more

16 November

Volunteers needed to line up 7000 giant dominoes across Melbourne


The Arts Centre Melbourne is putting the call out for 300 volunteers to help set up their Dominoes installation art project, in which a chain of giant dominoes will tumble in a two-kilometre stretch across Melbourne on Saturday, February 6. The eye-catching stunt by internationally renowned performance company Station House Opera will see more than 7000 dominoes snake in and out of buildings, over and under bridges and along laneways and promenades in the city, linking the city’s diverse areas in a very literal demonstration of cause-and-effect.

Volunteers are needed to help place the row of dominoes (really lightweight concrete breezeblocks) across Melbourne, and also guard said row from the hundreds of jokers who will no doubt try to sneakily give it a nudge.

First created as a celebration linking five London boroughs, Dominoes has since been performed in more than 10 European cities, including Copenhagen, Marseille, Helsinki and Ljubljana. February’s performance will mark the first time it has been presented outside of Europe.… Read more

29 October

After a radical facelift, Eastland is open for business


It was busier than the Boxing Day sales this morning as 100 new stores opened for business as part of stage one of Eastland’s redevelopment.

On the retail front, big national and international names are set to make shopping in the ’burbs a thing of joy, with the likes of Uniqlo (which opened to the sound of Japanese percussionists, literally drumming up business) and Scanlan Theodore, Alpha60, David Jones, Gorman, Scotch & Soda, H&M Marimeko and Victoria’s Secret opening for trade.

On the food front, notable inclusions come in the guise of celebrity chef outings – George Calombaris has set up his fourth Jimmy Grants and Frank Camorra hots things up with Paco’s Tacos.

In total, the project will rack up an estimated $665m and stage two of the redevelopment is in the pipeline (due for completion in 2016).

Until the novelty dies down a tad, expect queueing and car park circling, but it’s worth it – shopping and food for the eastern suburbs is never going to look the same

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