This month Melways launches Melways Mini – perfect for slinging in your bicycle basket or shoving in the glove box. We’re going to make sure we always have us for those trips in which we’ve burned out our phone battery playing the Boss or for those times you just feel like flicking through it and choosing your own adventure.… Read more
Itself inspired by Nuit Blanche – the dusk to dawn festival that began in France and spread to Berlin, Havana, Barcelona, St Petersburg, Naples, Cairo, Buenos Aires and other cities – White Night premiered in Melbourne in February 2013, drawing crowds of over 300,000 to the CBD.It’s expected to attract half a million in February 2014 and has stretched to a larger area to accommodate this.
A little influence may also have crept in from Hobart’s phenomenally well acclaimed Dark Mofo festival, particularly with the addition of a crepuscular beam that will be visible from all over Melbourne. It’s constructed so that you can walk under it. Then there’s the pedestrian bridge across the Yarra, which will have a sci-fi style vortex to walk through. Illuminations and installations will once again be a key factor of White Night.
We’re gathered today in what’s been dubbed the Northern Lights district, being the northern end of Swanston Street that’s been added to ease congestion on the night. There will be a big stage here, as well as one in Bourke Street Mall dedicated to music.… Read more
Rifle through your guilty pleasures and we’re pretty sure showy dance will be in there somewhere, whether it date back to Flashdance, Fame, Strictly Ballroom or something as recent as Dancing With the Stars. Well, this one’s for you. It’s the 68th DanceSport Championship this weekend, if you love a bit of a glam spectacle, this one’s for you. Unwitting passersby got a sneak peak at Queensbridge Square last week as some of the contestants went through their routines – and got us dancing the cha cha cha with them. One game young chap had his whole class cheering him on from the sidelines (and taking videos to post on YouTube – he may have lived to regret it).
Here’s Cameron Barri and Siobhan Power, above, showing us how it’s really done. Apparently, a DanceSports routine is the equivalent to running 800m in the Olympics when it comes to effort, yet the idea is to look completely effort-less. Phew. For more info on this weekend’s event, head to our website.
Photo Roberto Seba… Read more
One of the bright sparks behind Jafflechutes – the service that allows you to purchase a jaffle by Paypal and then get it airdropped to you by parachute from atop a tall building, has launched SelfieSketchup.
Send Adam a selfie and you’ll get a sketch back for free – it’s his effort to inject some magic into our narcissism, as the addition of a flying cat to this writer’s selfie illustrates.
“I intend to keep the site going in its current form until: a) I get sick of it, or b) it gets completely out of hand,” says Adam, who also has a blog and the rather excellent project Giftidear, in which he reads an email you send him that’s been sent to you (confidentially, of course), and dreams up the perfect gift for that person.
While Adam is currently the ‘artist in residence’ of SelfieSketchup, he’s interested in creating a seven-day roster of artists from different timezones, “kind of like a virtual sketch sweat shop… but a happy one.”
In the spirit of the project, the artists would need to work for free, but Adam took approximately three minutes out of his day job to knock this sketch up, so it needn’t be time consuming.… Read more
Melbourne Music Week went out with a 12-hour bang on Sunday, wrapping up one hell of a (nine day) week of live music and events.
Red Bull Music Academy proves it still knows how to party, loading up three trams with music fans from Howler, the Corner Hotel and the Espy for an hour of DJs and dancing as the trams bee-lined through the city before the final stop off at the Residence.
For 12 solid hours, the Music Week hub was taken over by the ultimate wrap up party, Discolypse, with afro-beats and funk from international acts Awesome Tapes From Africa, Tako, Invisible City Soundsystem and homegrown locals Andras Fox, Jamie Bennett, Kano Hollamby, Ennio Styles and Elvix Aljus.… Read more
The talented ladies behind Lonely Hunter Markets will be making your Christmas a little more crafty. Alongside a selection of handmade gifts available at the Lonely Hunter markets, the ladies will also be connecting folks via a fun gift exchange. This isn’t you’re ordinary office Kris Kringle though… The gift will be given to a stranger and can be whatever you like, with one requirement – that it’s handmade. You don’t have to be a craft-queen, and there are no rules so great your creative juices flowing and register. Once you have, you will receive the name and address of your Secret Santa, to which you will send your gift off by December 14 and be ready to receive your own! Why not check out the Lonely Hunter DIY blog for some crafty inspiration?
By Jordan Kretchmer… Read more
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Nope, it’s a whale, with boobs?
Patricia Piccinini’s grand SKYWHALE will be floating into the forecourt of the ACCA. The kooky yet majestic hot air creature will be in Melbourne for just two hours from 7-9am and its creator Piccinini will be hanging around for a special open-conversation with impresario, Robyn Archer. Archer, is also the creative director for the Centenary of Canberra and commisioned the SKYWHALE for the celebrations.
Patricia Piccinini In Conversation, ACCA, Mon Dec 2, 8-9am.
Photo: Nick-D… Read more
If you’re a resident of Collingwood you’ve always known you’re living the dream, but Melbourne band High Tension have felt moved to immortalise that fact. Check out this animated video that takes in all the sights: the 86 tram, Woolies, the Tote (admittedly we’re just assuming it’s the Tote), and a Chopper angel – very topical.
Now you’re wanting to know where High Tension have been all your life. They’ve been around the block, is where: vocalist Karina Utomo and guitarist Ash Pegram were formerly in Young and Restless, while Matt Weston and Dan McKay are from the Nation Blue.… Read more
So yesterday we saw the unveiling of marquees in the Birdcage – the gilded and jewel crusted enclosure from which the city’s most long-legged, best hatted, and most influential will watch the Spring Racing Carnival. We weren’t going to write it up, because unless you’re invited by the deities on high, you can’t even buy your way in, and so it just seemed strange and jerky to rub it in.
But, fellow mortals, we’ve just had news that this year, you don’t have to have a golden ticket to the ‘cage to feel like a feudal lord or socialite. The folks at Yellowglen are bravely trudging into the peasant pit and hosting a marquee in General Admissions.
It’s still exclusive, mind – Australian jewellery god Samantha Wills is hosting and scouts will be roaming the lawn, handing out keys only to those who are “exuding style”. So that’s a big fat no to rocking up to the door with your shoes and a pie in your hands.
And sure, we feel a bit wrong promoting elitism, but just consider the canapes, entertainment and finish line views an extra incentive to keep your ties tied, your eyes uncrossed and knickers out of sight.… Read more
Happy Halloween! Planning a gory get-together? Here’s some handy tips for making your own fake blood and wounds…
How to: make fake blood
Warning: food colouring can stain. Replace the fruit punch cordial with a cup of black coffee to make it darker and more zombie-like.
How to: make a fake wound