28 May

Gelato Messina is offering gelato-making classes and degustations

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We’ve been waiting a long time for this day. For too long now we’ve been watching our Sydney counterparts raving on about Gelato Messina’s sell-out gelato degustations, wondering when we’d get the chance to learn how these ice-wizards work their magic.

Finally, it’s official: Gelato Messina will be hosting monthly appreciation classes from their Fitzroy store. Get in quick, because tickets won’t last. Your group will meet at the store at 9am for a coffee, learn a little bit about the company itself, and then get stuck into the secrets of how Messina make their incredibly popular gelato. What’s more, you’ll be served a gelato degustation, made of (typically bonkers) specially created flavours.

Ignore that icecream headache and soldier on: you’ve still got a gelato cake to eat. Then, it’s a free-for-all tasting session. Think you can handle 40 flavours? Good luck, pilgrim.

You’ll be sent home with a tub of gelato to take home to share, or to save for later, when the withdrawals hit.… 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

19 May

The Melbourne Edit – Melbourne’s shopping giants collaborate for day long retail party

The Melbourne Edit

The CBD’s shopping icons are banding together for The Shopping Edit – a one-day retail extravaganza of ripper sales and extended trading hours

When you add together Melbourne Central, Emporium Melbourne, QV Melbourne, The Strand Melbourne, Melbourne’s GPO, David Jones and Myer you get a golden mile of shopping. Collectively, they make up the retail spine of the city and they’ve generated a buying buzz in town again. In fact, since Emporium’s opened, there’s been over a ½ bill spent across the retail hub.

Basically, we’re loving to shop in the city again and to celebrate over 1000 shops in a three-block radius are staying open longer and offering discounts that’d loosen the purse strings of a even the most dedicated spendthrift.

Check out these beauties:

Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central’s gone all out and declared a One Day Shopping Festival complete with mega sales and special events:

Country Road – 25 per cent off storewide
Kiehl’s – 15 per cent off storewide
Bonds – 40 per cent off everything
Vans – 40 per cent off clothing, 20 per cent off footwear

The Strand

Funkis – SNAP, TAG, WIN!… 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

7 January

Wait – ANOTHER slip’n’slide is coming to Melbourne, and it’s this month!

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For those excited by the pending arrival of Slide Melbourne in February, the fun’s set to start earlier than you thought. Rival event Slidestreet will be setting up – also in Lansdowne Street – on Saturday, January 24, and have all the permits in place. It premiered in Perth back last month and was a hit.

Then length of two AFL ovals, this will be next-level fun, operating between 9am and 7pm. Fitzroy Gardens will also be turned into a hub of live entertainment, with Nova 100’s Deano broadcasting live, DJs, food trucks, a pop-up bar and water-based activities.

You can buy tickets from 9am on Monday 12 January.

The race to slide has been won, it seems…

Slidestreet, Lansdowne St, Melbourne. Sat Jan 24.Read more