10 April

Dark Mofo announces 2015 program

Dark Mofo 2015
Dark Mofo is the Museum of Old and New Art’s festival of music, performance, food and art, celebrating the winter solstice with a nod to pagan notions of staving off the darkness and bringing back the light.

This year’s Dark Mofo (Jun 12-22) will be only the third, but the event has already built up a reputation by dint of its strong theme and its even stronger programming choices, which include exclusives for cult artists such as Diamanda Galas and Sunn O))); they also balance out big ticket items with free art and their Winter Feast festivities down on the water front – an outdoor market that serves up street food (with a strong focus on local produce) alongside performance and music – and lots of outdoor fire.

This year, the festival will expand its scope, creeping up beyond the confines of the harbour city all the way to Cradle Mountain.… Read more

28 March

Tickets are now on sale for the School of Life’s autumn program

School of Life

The School of Life, or as we like call it, The School of Life Hacks, has just released its 2015 autumn program and it’s packed with lessons dedicated to living a fulfilling and prosperous existence.

Drawing from the works of great thinkers past and present, the School’s program includes classes, intensive workshops, tours, talks by guest philosophers and writers, and even philosophy breakfasts.

Many sessions cover things we struggle with on a daily basis: How To Spend Time Alone, How To Have Better Conversations and How to Find A Job You Love. We know we’re in sore need of some training on How To Make Up Your Mind (which class to start with?!), and everyone can admit to needing a little advice on How To Make Sense Of Your Family.

Perhaps you’d prefer to just get to know your favourite philosophers a little better over a drink in the Philosophy Salon, or to try one of the workshops dedicated to improving mindfulness.… Read more

16 March

Melbourne Monopoly is coming and you’re invited to choose properties on the board

Melbourne Monopoly

Melburnians will soon be able to buy properties on Collins Street, go to jail and hit bankruptcy all whilst sipping a single origin, as Melbourne is set to be saluted with its own official Monopoly edition.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle made the announcement, stating that Melbourne’s draw-card as the world’s most liveable city “deserves to be recognised in the world’s most famous game”.

You’re invited to vote for which properties you want to see on the board, as the game designers open their community chest for input from those who know the laneways best. The Lord Mayor nominated major players such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Royal Exhibition Building in his address, hoping that he too would have the chance to lay down a house at the Queen Victoria Market. Collins Street has been primped and primed to take the coveted navy stripe of Mayfair but the final decision remains to be seen.… Read more

6 November

Grrl Fest 2015

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Inspired by similar Grrl Fests overseas, sideshow performer and self-confessed loud laugher Amy Broomstick launched the Melbourne bash in 2013, a riot of lady talent (or, more specifically, women-identifying talent, because trans-women are equally celebrated). Since its inception, the event’s grown exponentially, celebrating femme musos, cabaret and spoken word.

Grrl Fest makes it clear that everyone’s welcome (including dudes), but only women-identifying talent is showcased. For anyone pondering the necessity for such an event, just check out the women to men ratio on the forthcoming festival line-ups. Not to drop anyone in it, but when Broomstick contacted a major summer festival and encouraged them to include some more female artists, the response was that said festival was “interested in new ideas”. What the? Since when has the inclusion of ladies on a bill been a new idea? We reel.

Grrl Fest also provides a safe festival space and none of us need a reminder that it’s not entirely risk free out there, especially if you’re not a fella.… Read more

10 September

Dame Nellie Melba’s Coombe Estate opens to the public

Coombe Estate blog

If there’s one thing to know about Dame Nellie Melba – arguably Australia’s most famous opera singer – it’s that the lady had style. Rising to prominence in the late 19th century, Melba also became known for her refined taste in art, fashion and décor, and for her lush, seven-acre gardens surrounding her home in Coldstream, just adjacent to the Yarra Valley.

Tomorrow, Coombe: the Melba Estate opens to the public as a gallery, providore and suitably high-class restaurant. The grounds are free to explore – as is the gallery – and for $20, you can take a guided historical tour (Wed-Sun, 11am & 2pm), which includes a morning or afternoon tea.

Our tip: put on your best party hat, grab some buddies and make a fancy day out of it. After you’re finished roaming the grounds, stroll into the home and admire the gallery. The collection includes Melba’s 14-piece Louis Vuitton luggage set, Hermes riding boots and Cartier handbags from Paris (we told you she had style). Inside the providore, you can pick up exclusive Melba memorabilia and jams, and in the adjacent restaurant, you better believe Peach Melba will make an appearance on the menu.… Read more