12 March

So what’s the update on the Cat Café?

Cat caféCats and the internets. Best of friends, forever

London’s first café is now open. Portland in the US is about to get all feline friendly too. And here in Melbourne, we’re awaiting the opening of our own cat café with white-knuckled anticipation.

If this is the first you’ve heard of it, allow us to explain: it’s a café, with cats. You pet them and drink tea. And soon, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran will be opening one. But where are we at now? How long must we wait for our cats and coffees and the joy that they’ll bring for ever and ever?

Not long, apparently. For the past few months, the Loughrans have been raising money through crowd funding campaigns on indiegogo.com, and now that they’re done with their second campaign, it’s go time.

According to Anita, the physical site applications are in (they’ve applied for a few spots, all in the CBD) and the council has given them a big cat-loving thumbs up.

We’ve got a few months to go – all of the building and cat selecting is still ahead – but it is definitely a happening thing. In the meantime, this:

For the gentlemen

Also, this:

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23 February

Photos: White Night Melbourne 2014

Melburnians are divided on this year’s White Night, with many taking to the official Facebook page to share horror stories of being stuck in a CBD crush and others proclaiming it a spellbinding night out. Photographer Roberto Seba managed to get these fantastic pictures while in the thick of it.

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12 February

The Pom Pom Project at White Night Melbourne

Pom poms

The Centre for Adult Education is joining forces with Etsy in hopes of crafting over 1000 pom poms on White Night. The pom poms will be combined to create a giant pom pom sculpture and will also be filled with messages from participants. Over 80 kilos of white wool will be on hand and special guest instructors, local artist Sarah McNeil and Pony Anarchy editor Kristie Webster, will be guiding participants in their pom pom making adventures.

The Pom Pom Project, CAE, Sat 22 FebRead more

9 February

Top 10 selfie spots in Melbourne

Selfie spots in Melbourne

Make sure your next selfie is nothing less than 100% M.E.L.B.O.U.R.N.E.!

1. With the bagpipe busker
This dude wears either an Elmo or Mario Bros suit and plays the pipes around Bourke St Mall or Queensbridge Square some evenings. He’s just asking for some unannounced accompaniment, right? (NB: Always accompany responsibly)

2. With the taxidermied giraffe at the Carlton Club


Seriously, nobody will have thought of this. And if they have, try the ostrich instead. And anyway, it’s late, so who cares?

3. In front of the Kum Den restaurant sign
If you’re in Chinatown, this one’s a must. Also, the prices of dumplings inside are extremely reasonable.

4. Below the ‘Commit No Nuisance’ sign
Is it a coincidence this olde-worlde Heffernan Lane sign is within a stone’s throw of the Exford’s bottle shop? Possibly not.

5. Looking into the Souvlaki King mirror
Have you ever really, really looked into the black depths of your soul? There’s a mirror just outside this kebab house on Brunswick Street that bids you “have a good look at yourself”.

6. The Chin Chin rabbit
You came, you queued and you’re going to want a shot with the luminous pink bunny light sculpture to prove it.… Read more

31 January

Brolly Splash: Flipboard Café’s pool is back!

Brolly Splash

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.

Brolly Splash, Flipboard Café, Sat 1 Feb, 11am-6pmRead more

31 January

Enjoy some opera with your morning latte down at the Prahran Market

Popera

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

24 January

Play Me, I’m Yours

Play Me, I'm Yours

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

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23 January

Barbecue like a boss on Australia Day

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.

Stock up
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

17 January

Flipboard Café has a pool in the city!

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 sunSticking it to the sun

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14 January

Prix Fixe tickets are on sale now

Philippa Sibley

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!

Prix Fixe, Alfred Place, MelbourneRead more