27 May

Bodycrash is a new doco on Melbourne’s club scene

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Several attempts have been made to define Melbourne’s underground club scene lately, with mixed results. First there was Melbourne’s high-school-dropout-cum-bedroom-DJ Will Sparks touting the somewhat controversial ‘Melbourne Bounce’. Then there was the Ministry of Sound’s two-disc ‘Bounce Sessions’ released in March this year, created in homage of the genre.

And then there was Bodycrash: a short documentary that appeared online earlier this month.

Written, directed and produced by club videographer/doco novice Adrian Ortega, Bodycrash bills itself as a look into ‘Melbourne’s unique club scene’, interjecting club footage with an investigation into real-life concerns regarding the problems that, either directly or indirectly, taint the scene or the sound.

At its best, the documentary provides a visceral dive into the dizzying and lurid underground club landscape, tingling even your most insatiable taste for morbid fascination. At its worst, it’s a self-congratulatory effort to sensationalise the city’s club scene into something bigger and more dynamic – an underground cultural force akin to that of Berlin or New York.… Read more

26 May

Melbourne still rocking some of the world’s best bars

Posted by in Food & Drink, News

Time Out Melbourne

The Tales of the Cocktail, if you’re not familiar with the happenings of the booze world, is a weeklong festival celebrating all things liquor which takes over New Orleans each July.

We wouldn’t usually rub it in your face, friends, but at the heart of the week of parties and seminars is the Spirited Awards – the international Oscars of the bar world, only with more po’ boys and humidity – and this year, three Melbourne venues have made the shortlist.

Whisky-loving speakeasy Eau De Vie has been nominated in three categories, for Best International Cocktail Bar, Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Drinks Selection. Brunswick Street’s Black Pearl is up for Best International Bar Team and the Attic at The Black Pearl (upstairs) is nominated for Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar while the Lui Bar at Vue De Monde is nominated for Best International Restaurant and Bar.

They may not make it through to the actual awards – the top ten are whittled down to a final four in the next couple of weeks, but given that from January to March of this year, hundreds of bars, bartenders, writers and experts from Tel Aviv to London and Dublin were evaluated by a panel of judges, it still says a lot about the alive-and-arse-kicking nature of Melbourne’s bar scene.… Read more

23 May

Ten minutes with Peter Dinklage

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Having been chugging along on the ‘X-Men, X-Perience’ worldwide publicity train for days already, you’d think that Peter Dinklage would be at least slightly less forthcoming when I meet him at the Melbourne press junket.

Dinklage lesson one: never underestimate the man’s ability to turn on the charm. Flanked by clipboard-wielding staff and looming cameras, the actor smiles warmly at yet another batch of journalists filing into the bright hotel room. He greets us in an American accent that takes a moment to adjust to, if (like me), you’ve been following his precarious journey as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones with white-knuckled concern.

But we’re not here to discuss the Iron Throne, dragons and trials by combat. Today is all about X-Men: Days of Future Past, and our allotted slice of junket time is already ticking away.

Read the full interview with Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage

X-Men: Days of Future Past, released Thursday May 22.Read more

22 May

Shane Warne wants to buy you a beer

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Shane Warne

Shane Warne has gotten pretty enthusiastic about beer of late. If you go down to GABS tomorrow, you’ll even be able to see him clanging the bell to signify the opening of the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular. He’s also going to be pouring a few token samples of his own brand of beer at the beerfest, produced in conjunction with Moa Brewery in New Zealand. He’s that committed.

But in case you’re not ready to get that close to the man himself, for fear it would be like gazing directly into the sun, you can also just head into a BWS store and get one of his 99 Not Out pale ales for free. Tomorrow, all BWS stores will be giving away one beer with every purchase of other craft brews.  Onya, Warnie.

Great Australasian Beer Spectapular, Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens, May 23-25.Read more

14 May

Melbourne campaigner heads to the Zoo of Death

This week, representatives from My Green World and Cee4Life arrive at Indonesia’s ‘Zoo of Death’, to administer medication and provide free training. Says Melbourne’s My Green World director Natalie Kyriacou, “Earlier this year, an 18-month old lion was found hanged in his tiny cage. A few months later, a Komodo dragon died of unknown causes – and these were just the high-profile deaths.” Time Out spoke to Natalie about her mission before she boarded the plane to Juanda.

Natalie, can you tell us more about My Green World?
My Green World supports 15 environmental and wildlife charities around the world, and one of our functions is a mobile application allowing users to assist in real-life conservation efforts. By travelling to areas such as Surabaya, we are personally involving ourselves in the rescue of animals, and able to work alongside one of our partner charities, Cee4Life.

Your plan is to provide worming medication to the animals at Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo, and run an education program.Read more

4 May

Employ the Grey Army

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The digitalised era is moving at such a rate that whole groups of people now risk being marginalised if they simply can’t keep up with the latest internet jargon or using 10 social networking apps at one time (read: our lovely, grey-haired, baby-boomer retirees). And while most young, hip net moguls are too busy helping us date, buy, and turn our rooms into hotels, two Aussie web entrepreneurs are turning the overlooked ‘grey army’ into a commodity.

Airtasker, the brainchild of Tim Fung and Jonathan Lui, is a community marketplace designed for people to find both jobs and job-seekers. Not only has it helped create over 25,000 Australian jobs since its inception, it is also proving to be a much-needed assistance for what Fung calls “the $10.8 billion hole being caused by discrimination against older workers”.

Thirty percent of Airtasker’s 100,000 users are over 55. The new but growing platform has come to represent a kind of safety net for this generation of older, job-hungry Australians who wish to remain in the labour force but are undesirable to more traditional and intolerant workplaces – now being able to access a range of odd jobs including but not limited to gardening, mystery-shopping and furniture-assembling.… Read more

2 May

First look at the new Stokehouse

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Meet your new Stokehouse, Melbourne

The decision is in! Frank Van Haandel and co have plucked the winning design for the all new Stokehouse, due to be completed by the time summer rolls back in.

It was Robert Simeoni architects who took out the competition and their design is a peach. For starters, you enter though a tunnel in a sand dune. From the looks of it, its’ a bit of an LA-style floating pod giving you raunchy, raunchy full frontal views of the beach, the bay and beyond. From up here, we’re told  you’ll be able to behold a mixed bag of the Stokehouse and Stokehouse café offerings. We’ve also been told there’s an idea afloat to have a window where takeaways will be available during summer. Breakfast through to late night boozing will be on the cards.

Meanwhile, the temporary pop-up is still there, but your last chance to get in is Mother’s Day. After that, you can take yourself over to the CBD, where the transformation of Comme into Stokehouse: city edition, is well under way.… Read more

29 April

Attica: the best restaurant in Australasia

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The ultimate food fight that is the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards went down in London last night, and Ben Shewry has yet again made humble, humble Ripponlea the best place to get dinner in Australasia. Attica has moved a few spots, going from 21 to 32, but in a field of, oh, a billion restaurants, that matters approximately bugger all.

In other good news for adventurous diners who can’t/won’t take their mouths offshore, London’s Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has jumped up to the number five spot, and that’s the restaurant we’re getting a carbon copy of once the Fat Duck residency at Crown Casino is done next year.

The great/terrible thing about the awards is that in most cases, the recognition of the brilliance of these restaurants is directly proportional to the impossibility of ever getting a booking there. So even if you do happen to be heading to Copenhagen in the next five years, your chances of eating at Rene Redzepi’s jewel Noma just became excitingly slimmer than ever, with the forage-friendly restaurant yet again taking out the number one place.… Read more

25 April

Dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance

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ANZAC Day

A shooting star streaks over the Shrine of Remembrance just moments before the Dawn Service begins. The sky is clear, the crescent moon is still bright, and tens of thousands of people rub their hands and bounce on their feet to fight the chill. Wrapping their children in scarves and beanies, parents gesture in whispers toward the Eternal Flame, lit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. An aging woman carries a framed sepia photo of a man in army uniform. Stone-faced bikies with long beards stand side by side. There is hardly any wind up on the hill overlooking the city, and despite the density of the crowd spilling down toward St Kilda Road, it’s uncannily quiet.

The service begins at 6am. Stepping out from a line of war veterans and guest speakers, MC Peter Meehan opens by welcoming us to the Shrine ­ – Melbourne’s “cathedral of ANZAC spirit”. He contemplates that as long as we continue to honour the men and women involved in Australia’s wars, the sacrifices of our heroes in conflict will never be forgotten.… Read more

17 April

Chrissy Amphlett and the I Touch Myself Project

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Many years after ‘I Touch Myself’ became an international hit for the Divinyls, their inimitable frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett was stricken with breast cancer and wryly observed that the song could be a call to arms for women to check themselves for lumps. Almost a year after her death, her idea has been realised. Kate Ceberano, Olivia Newton John, Megan Washington, Sarah McLeod, Katie Noonan, Sarah Blasko, Suze DeMarchi, Deborah Conway, Chrissy’s cousin Little Pattie and Connie Mitchell have bared their souls to film a stunning black and white video of themselves singing ‘I Touch Myself’ straight to camera, largely unaccompanied. It’s powerful stuff and a timely reminder for all women to do the same. You can buy the song on iTunes, with proceeds going to the Cancer Council NSW.

Read the Time Out Melbourne interview with Chrissy.… Read more