18 October

Dee Nolan book launch at Cutler & Co

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Dee Nolan is an award-winning journalist and editor who began her career in Melbourne. Not only is she passionate about writing, but farming and produce also. In her new culinary travel book, A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to France, Nolan is able to use her interviewing skills to investigate first-handedly about the food cultures of regional France.

Such is the effect of Earl Carter’s picturesque photography in this beautiful 400-page hardback book, that you’ll feel as though you are looking out a train window as it cuts through the golden French countryside and beyond. Along the way you’ll visit the slopes of Burgundy that are conservatively dressed in vines. It is here in the valleys and to the west of the Saône River where, Nolan will show you, the most famous wines are produced, the Burgundies.

Nolan didn’t just take in the breathtaking sights but immersed herself in the culture, visiting local markets with some of France’s greatest chefs, cooking timeless classic recipes in home kitchens and strolling beside farmers as they take their cattle to the high pasture.… Read more

15 October

Spandau Ballet on the screen, on the stage and in your face

Posted by in Movies, Music, News

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New wave icons Spandau Ballet remain a hallmark for Australian music tastes in the early ’80s, despite being resolutely Pommy. You can rarely rummage through the music collection of an erstwhile new romantic fan without finding at least a single from Spandau’s chart-topping 1983 album, True. Their penchant for blurring the lines between music and fashion is a huge part of their ongoing legacy.

For the first time, Spandau Ballet’s story and influence have been mapped on the silver screen in Soul Boys of the Western World. The expansive documentary looks at the human element of the group of friends who grew to become art icons, and their place within London’s then-thriving pop circuit. And for one night only, the band members themselves will be attending the screening on November 5, providing fans with a Q&A session and a 20-minute performance of some of their hits.

The film is the first time a movie has been dedicated to the band’s legacy and is an incredible rare opportunity to ask the members directly all the unanswered questions you might still have immediately after viewing the doco. With new material from the band in the pipeline, the short live performance is a rare opportunity to hear the band before the inevitable album tour commences next year.… Read more

8 October

Have some food news, Melbourne

Posted by in Food & Drink, News

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Here’s some snack size news to get you through the afternoon, Melbourne.

Out of the Woods
We heard some time ago that changes were afoot at the Woods of Windsor – the whisky and taxidermy focused venue on Chapel Street. When they first opened, chef Nick Stanton was straddling the fine dining-bar snack divide like a champion. When he left, owners Clint Hyndman and Dean Bowden made things a little more casual. And now, they’ve sold the business entirely, to focus on doling out the $5 beers and good times at their other venue, Yellow Bird, just down the road.

The Lincoln is becoming the Lingcon (sort of)
Iain Ling, long time Movida Group veteran, is taking over Carlton’s Hotel Lincoln. He’s bringing chef Lachlan Cameron with him to bash the pans and give some pub classics a doing over. Emma Ramos (Le Bon Ton’s tiny and mighty floor boss) will be steering the bar, and gun sommelier Lachie Barber will be working out their wine list.… Read more

7 October

Campaign to boycott Haider, a film now showing in Melbourne

Posted by in Movies, News

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They say all publicity is good publicity, and however you feel about Vishal Bhardwaj’s new movie, Haider, there’s no doubt that the controversy surrounding it has pushed it into the global spotlight.

The movie, set in Kashmir in 1995, is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and is the third in a series of such adaptations by Bhardwaj after he turned Macbeth into Maqbool (2003) and Othello into Omkara (2006). It follows the journey of a young man who returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father’s disappearance and seeks to avenge his father’s death.

Critics have commended Haider as one of, if not the best movie of 2014. The Guardian called it “a palpable hit, in any language”. FirstPost wrote “if we get a movie better than Haider in the remainder of 2014, let’s count this as a really good year. At this point, the chances of that happening don’t seem likely.”

However, despite its critical acclaim, many oppose the message of the movie – and there’s a campaign for audiences to boycott it.… Read more

2 October

Introducing a fitness centre aimed at pro-athletes (and you)

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Josh Piterman (pictured) is known for his impressive musical theatre career, which includes  An Officer and a Gentleman and West Side Story, but he’s also an Ambassador for the Australian Institute of Fitness. Now he’s combined his two loves of performing and fitness to create PITFIT; Australia’s first fitness centre tailored for hardworking entertainers; dancers, actors, and everyone in between.

“We often hear people comparing dancers to athletes,” Josh explains, “but unlike athletes, performers like myself have never had access to completely tailored strength and conditioning programs designed to help them move more dynamically and powerfully.”

On top of improving fitness levels, PITFIT is about specific strength and conditioning training to improve mind-muscle connections and avoid injuries.

PITFIT’s current clientele list reads like the program of a play, so don’t be surprised if you recognise a few faces when you walk in the door. Cast members from Wicked, Grease, King Kong and Les Misérables are already signing up to get in on the fitness action.… Read more