1 July

Today is your last chance to go into the draw to see the Flinders Street Ballroom at Open House Melbourne

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Open House Melbourne is the one weekend of the year when many of Melbourne’s most significant architectural gems – plus some well-kept secrets – invite you to come in and take a closer look.

The full list of buildings has just been announced. While you might be attracted to historical spaces like the Scots’ Church, Cairo Flats or Melbourne Town Hall, others are drawn to the dark secrets of Russell Place Substation or the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. Buildings like the innovative Melbourne School of Design and the verdant Medibank Docklands offer a glimpse into the future of design.

Every year, however, there’s one building that never fails to capture the imagination of Melburnians: the hallowed Flinders Street Ballroom.

Flinders Street Ballroom

Falling into decay on the third floor of the station, the ballroom – which closed in the ’80s – waits behind padlocked metal gates for the time when it will finally undergo renovations (possibly this year).Read more

28 May

Enrol into The School of Life’s Winter Term

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Even if you were an A student at school, we bet you’ve never taken notes on how to balance life and work, how to move on from a relationship, or how to have better conversations.

The School of Life – developed by philosopher Alain de Botton – offers classes designed to develop your emotional intelligence and enhance daily life; no rote learning or exams necessary. Each session is formatted to include a mix of lectures, group activities and discussions with fellow participants, and prices start from as little as $30 per class. Some even roam beyond the classroom; the Art as Therapy session (noon. Sat Jul 25)involves a guided tour through the NGV, in which students are encouraged to discuss their responses to works of art.

We’ve picked out a few of our favourite classes.

Wed Jul 1: How To Be Confident

Sat 4 Jul: Philosophy Breakfast: Truth and Reality

Fri Jul 10: Drawing As Therapy with Oslo Davis

Mon Jul 13: Damon Young: On Superheroes

Wed Jul 22: How Necessary Is A Relationship

Tue Aug 11: How To Communicate In Love

Wed Aug 15: Understanding Mindfulness

Tue Aug 18: How To Find Meaning Without Religion

Sat Aug 29: How To Make Sense Of Your Family

The School of Life Winter Term.Read more

26 May

First Glance at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival’s killer program

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This year marks the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival and we have a feeling it’s a going to be a doozy. The First Glance selection has just been released and included is an exciting program of eye-opening documentaries, tear-jerkers, slow-burning dramas and cinematic feats to keep you on the edge of your seat.

With the aftermath of recent earthquakes still a very difficult reality for many in Nepal, the documentary Sherpa will be an enlightening glimpse into the lives of sherpas who die every year whilst accompanying climbers up Mount Everest. Part of the Next Gen program, Being 14 is an unabashed look into the lives of girls at the cusp of womanhood.

Six Australian-made films will be screened as part of the MIFF Premiere Fund program. Putuparri and the Rainmakers tells the story of a man’s fight for his family’s native title and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture, while Downriver is a confronting debut film by director Grant Scicluna.… Read more

20 May

Supersense: legends and new worlds meet in new music, film and dance festival celebrating euphoria and frenzy

Supersense Sans any mind-bending substances, music and dance have long been honoured for their capacity to induce ecstatic states – Supersense celebrates and explores just that.

Supersense is also a union of old-school and new – the lineup’s super eclectic, covering dance, film and music and everything from performance art/punk matriarch Lydia Lunch, surreal psych-pop exponent Ariel Pink and sexy rock monsters The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion through to commissioned works by John Cale (founding member of the Velvet Underground), featuring the celestial vocals of Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard. Having seen the Blues Explosion on more than one occasion, we can vouch for the fact that Jon Spencer can move crowd. Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move) is also directing a ritual trance music and dance performance by the Mount Ukir people of Indonesia. Cool.

The festival’s curated by Sophia Brous (singer, composer, Art Centre Artistic Associate and collaborator with everyone from Belle and Sebastian through to Paul Kelly) and will be housed all over the Arts Centre, including in some of the kookier spaces at which we wouldn’t normally get a gander.… Read more

18 May

ACMI announces huge, two-day Bowie symposium as part of the David Bowie Is exhibition

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If you thought that the monumental David Bowie Is showcase– on loan to ACMI from London’s V&A Museum – could be contained to just the exhibition itself, then, like Major Tom, you’re just not grasping the gravity of this situation.

David Bowie Is opens on Thursday July 16. The next two days will see fans of the Thin White Duke unite for a Bowie bender, as the world’s top cultural commentators, academics and artists run panel discussions, presentations, performances and creative workshops. On the Friday night, kick on with your new Bowie buddies at the conference dinner at Bokchoy Tang in Fed Square.

Visit our symposium website for our program highlights, or check out our sneak peek photo gallery of some of the exhibition highlights.

Bowie Symposium: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie Jul 17-18. Book through the ACMI website now.Read more