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

28 September

The Wheeler Centre launches The Interrobang Festival of Questions


Is there an unanswered question burning a hole in your brain? An uncertainty that you can’t seem to shake? A swirling storm of thoughts and ideas that aren’t quite taking shape? The Wheeler Centre wants to hear from you.

The Interrobang Festival of Questions, running over the last weekend in November, is Melbourne’s first-ever crowd-sourced festival where the topics of discussion are determined by the people. As of today, you’re invited to visit the website, submit any question, and vote on questions that need to be discussed. Every single one will help to shape the program of more than 25 live debates, lectures, workshops and shows. No question is too little, obscure, or broad. You can submit questions via the website, or via the @askinterrobang Twitter handle.

Read our full interview with Emily Sexton, head of programming at The Wheeler Centre. Read more

24 September

The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo launches a series of live music events

Jess Ribeiro

The 24-hour chapel out the back of 1000 Pound Bend is about to welcome a short run of intimate gigs into the fold.

Once a farrier’s premises and later a storage space, the Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo was boarded up and derelict until Jerome Borzario (patron saint of distressed spaces, cool bars and musical laneways) peeled back the boards and discovered a gem. Subsequently converted into the coolest alt-ceremony space in town, the Church is about to throw open the doors for cosy Sunday night sessions, known as Holy Days, presented by Parlour Gigs, the cats who are bringing the best in Melbourne music to lounge rooms and workplaces all over town.

Get ready to settle in – these are not going to be wild shoulder-to-shoulder sweaty affairs. Rather, expect twinkly lights, blankies, pillows and mellow voices, featuring electro-dream pop from Playwrite (Sun Oct 11), a seamless blend of alt-country, pop and soul from Big Smoke (Sun Oct 18) and Jess Ribeiro’s sparse and splendid indie stylings (Sun Oct 25).… Read more

18 September

Forget about cat cafés. A rabbit café is coming to Melbourne’s north


That’s it, we don’t need any more cafés. A rabbit café is coming to Melbourne’s north

Cat cafés are so last year. There’s a bunny café coming to Melbourne’s northern suburbs courtesy of rabbit-lovers David Johnson and Helen Hu and the only thing coming between you and a coffee date with a bunny is $20,000.

Johnson and Hu already have a crowdfunding campaign underway via IndieGoGo. While they’ve raised almost $11,000 in donations so far, there’s still a way to go before they can make your soft, furry dreams come true. The buns will come courtesy of the Runaway Rabbit Orphanage in Olinda – the only shelter in Victoria that doesn’t put neglected rabbits to sleep.

The plan is to set up a space that will be half-café, half-home for abandoned bunnies. And yes, you’ll have the opportunity to adopt the bunnies you meet (and will no doubt fall in love with), so you can give a rabbit a home.

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