20 August

BREAKING NEWS: Melbourne is getting a Dachshund Race in September


Three words: Sausage dogs running.

Oktoberfest is still a while away but the team over at Hophaus Bier Bar is starting the festivities early this year with a Teckelrennen – that’s German for Dachshund Race. These wee wiener dogs will be pitted against each other in an adorably cut-throat race to the finish line.

In partnership with My Dachshund Online, the sausage dog run will raise money for Dachshund Rescue Australia and will take place at Southgate Melbourne.

Better hot foot it and train those stumpy little legs ahead of the big day, and be sure to get those sausage-y outfits on point if you want your wiener dog to take home the ‘Best Dressed Dachshund’ prize.

We’ll just leave you with this.

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17 August

The Northcote Social Club re-opens after weeks of refurbishment


After closing its doors for a few weeks in the name of a needed refurb for the front and bandroom bars, the Northcote Social Club’s open again for business today – all in time for its tenth birthday bash.

From old man pub to one of Melbourne’s finest live music venues, the NSC has come a long way in the past ten years. “You’re fixing things as you go, with these old building,” Andrew Mansfield, part owner and managing director of the NSC, says. “The bars and the spaces themselves never really had a proper going over. When we started, we installed a new beer system and tarted up the bars a little bit – but that was about it. It’s amazing what you can get used to in an operational way. Ten years along, it felt like the right time to refresh and put a bit of love back into the building a put a bit of love into the infrastructure.”

Aside from the bar refurbs, you can look forward to a new full service bar out on the deck, which means that you won’t need to head inside anymore for a beverage.… Read more

28 July

Shadow Electric brings ‘Visions’, a musical and visual mash-up, to Estonian House

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The Shadow Electric crew is temporarily relocating its atmospheric Abbotsford Convent screen to the Estonian House in Brunswick West, which is really completing a bit of a circle given that the joint used to be a cinema.

The move’s only happening for three days, but from August 28-30, Shadow Electric will move out of the Convent and into the Brunswick hub to present ‘Visions’: a cinematic journey combining music and visual arts.

As you’d expect, the line-up is killer. Each band is collaborating with a visual artist to bring to life the essence of their music. Melbourne-based indie dream rockers Teeth & Tongue kick off proceedings (7pm. Fri Aug 28 ) followed by electro/hip-hop outfit Rat & Co ( 7pm. Sat Aug 29). There’s also Juice Rap News, the crew that cleverly rap the news live, who’ll be joined by mates Nazeem Hussain and Dan Ilic (1pm. Sun Aug 30), as well as the mock-rock-Bollywood extravaganza Bombay Royale to bring down the house (7pm.Read more

24 July

Program announced for Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 (and it’s a beauty)


Melbourne Writers Festival 2015, our annual celebration for writers, readers and thinkers, kicks off Thursday August 20, and tickets for its biggest program to date go on sale noon today.

Each year the festival highlights the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a thought-provoking program of storytelling, conversation and debates, music and art events. In fact, this year brings together over whopping 530 events.

Celebrating its 30th birthday, this year’s festival takes us on a literary tour of Australia and all corners of the globe. Here are our highlights:

Opening night address by Louis de Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Thu Aug 20, 6.30pm).
Rob Thomas, creator of arse-kicking teen-detective series Veronica Mars and new show iZombie, talks about how pint the sized PI made it from tele to silver screen (Thu Aug 20, 9pm).… Read more

8 July

Get puttin’ at Howler’s pop-up Mini Golf-O-Rama


Limber up, channel your inner Tiger Woods and have a putt over a pint as Howler’s bandroom is transformed into Brunswick’s most laid-back country club for their Mini Golf-O-Rama. The performance space will turn into a custom-made nocturnal mini golf course with nine holes, each with its own theme. Complete with classic mini golf obstacles including windmills, sculptures and loops, punters will be able to putt through jungles, down volcanoes and to the beach.

This new little country club is free to enter with any purchase at Howler. So grab a drink, pick out a putter and practice your swing as guest DJs complete the experience with great tunes.

Howler’s Mini Golf-O-Rama runs from Sunday July 26 to Monday August 3. The course is open daily at 5pm and from 1pm on Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2. Read more