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

28 May

Gelato Messina is offering gelato-making classes and degustations


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