Holy refreshment! The good folks at Melbourne’s favourite cubby-house/café Flipboard have brought back their makeshift pool. If you missed the first one and not sure what this is all about, they rigged up a nifty public pool using plastic and a skip. It’s genius, and it’s free to use for one and all. Go cool your heels.
A pop-up opera or popera will be hitting Prahran Market this morning with fully suited-up performers singing Verdi, among the fruit and veggies in the main hall. The flash-mob-style performance will see soloist Michael Lapina, brothers, Simon, Steven and Andrew Alesi, Kristian Gregory, Jeff McCracken-Hewson and Sung Sun Hong performing ‘Anvil Chorus’ and ‘Du Quella Pira’. If you can’t make it this morning, Opera in the Park will be taking place at Victoria Gardens this Saturday night.
Popera, Prahran Market, Fri 31 Jan, 11.30am.… Read more
So by now you should have noticed all the pianos that mysteriously appeared two weeks ago. More than 20 ‘street pianos’ popped up around Arts Centre Melbourne and the CBD surrounds to encourage people to play, interact and explore their creativity, knocking down conventions of ownership and public space. The pianos will only be around for a few more days (Jan 27), so prepare for an impromptu concerto from a fellow commuter or flex those fingers and jam out yourself and unleash your inner Mozart.
Need some inspiration? Check out Gillian Cosgriff (winner of Best Cabaret, Melbourne Fringe 2013), showing us how it’s done like a pro.
Play Me, I’m Yours, around Melbourne, Jan 9-27
Photo: Roberto Seba… Read more
While we’re not what you’d call a hard out nationalist bunch at Time Out, we do believe that serving anything less on Australia Day than all of the beasts/vegetables, basted for days, blasted for hours, and served with enough sides to feed a football team is a flat out insult to our great nation.
We love a barbecue. And so here, we’ve compiled our top tips on the best butchers and barbecue spots so that you may celebrate in style.
Don’t mess around. Get serious about your supplies. Head straight to Donati’s Fine Meats where they play classical music to relax the house-made hams; Skinner and Hackett for cuts usually only made available to restaurants, or newcomer Hudson Meats, the Sydney import where they go to town making their own sausages, and sourcing only the best ducks, pigs (whole pigs – even baby ones!) and hunks of cow possible to get in Victoria.
Stake your claim
Melbourne has a lot of free public barbecues for your snags and steaks, and they just happen to be surrounded by some pretty nice real estate. Now the problem here is that on Australia day, you’re likely to be sharing that hot plate with a lot of other hungry punters.… Read more
Holy refreshment! The good folks at Melbourne’s favourite cubby-house/café Flipboard have rigged themselves up a nifty public pool using plastic and a skip! It’s genius, and it’s free to use for one and all. Go cool your heels.
Sticking it to the sun
Photo source: Flipboard Facebook… Read more
The legends are true. Philippa Sibley (pictured), flour dominatrix, has left Albert Street Food and Wine and teamed up with café king Jason Jones to create a whimsical, theatrical restaurant in Melbourne’s playhouse ‘hood. And while the words ‘theatre restaurant’ usually fill us with a very special kind of dread, we know for a fact that Pip Sibley has too much good taste to do anything naff.
The idea behind Prix Fixe to introduce a large element of theatre to the dining experience – the menu will change monthly and be themed around people, historical events, plays and books.
First thematic cab off the rank will be Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,so we’re expecting plenty of sparkle and bottom-themed delights. Want in? Tickets (yes, you book tickets rather than book in) are on sale as of today for the first month of dinners starting February 21. Go, go, go!
New Years Eve is, let’s not beat around the bush, a nightmare. There’s nothing more grim than enforced fun and NYE is basically a giant public office party: everyone knows they’re meant to be enjoying themselves and dammit, they’re ready to drink until everything gets fun. Except it never gets fun enough.
Thus the temptation is to stay in and sidestep the whole sorry mess – but you don’t want to miss out on the NYE Experience, surely? So here are some handy tips on how to recreate the excitement of hitting the CBD on new years without leaving your postcode.
1. Convince yourself that this has to be the most fun night you’ve ever had and that NYE is basically a portent for how the rest of the year is going to pan out. Continually monitor your own level of enjoyment: are you having enough fun? How about now? Or now?
2. Withdraw $380 from the nearest ATM. Throw it in the air. Walk away.
3. Go into your kitchen counter. Stand there for 40 minutes attempting to order a drink. Then get five beers out of the fridge, justifying it by saying you want to skip the ridiculous queue.… Read more
Melbourne, as you’re ramping up to Christmas and giving thanks to your colleagues, friends and total strangers in random acts of chardonnay-fueled goodwill, make sure you spare a thought for sand. It turns out we owe our grainy friend a lot. If you have ever voyaged on the good ship Public Transport in Melbourne, you may have at times noticed that sand fills sections of the walls of our trams. Being the edgy city this is, we’ve long thought those clear panels were some kind of art installation. But a quick Google reveals two things:
1) We are wrong
2) Melbourne has one of the most surprisingly joy-giving blogs dedicated to tramlife you’ve ever seen.
melbournetramdriver.blogspot.com.au enthusiastically explains all the things about trams (and douchebags with umbrellas and the horror of working on New Year’s Eve) that you never knew you really want to know about.
It’s mesmerising. That sand, for example, turns out to be a delightfully antiquated mechanism for helping trams not kill us all in wet weather. When the trams lose traction, the drivers deploy the sand button (a sand button!) and our grippy savour comes to the rescue.
Better yet are the site’s fans. Let’s be honest. The internet is rife with trolls and Melbourne’s first love is bitching about public transport.… Read more