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.
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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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.
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
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 sun
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After many engineering difficulties – and nearly five years after it was shut down – the Southern Star Observation Wheel today reopened as the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. As well as offering a bird’s-eye view of the city, there’s a new educational aspect: through displays and audio you’ll hear all about the history, culture and eccentricities of Melbourne.
There are some special Christmas activities planned, so get the family down to Docklands to be entertained by music, face painters and “other surprises” between the following hours:
Monday, December 23: 11.45am – 4.45pm
Tuesday, December 24: 10am – 3pm
Thursday, December 26: 11am – 4pm
Melbourne gets a twinkle in its eye (and on its lawns and walls) about this time of year, and we’ve been out and about taking some splendid pics of what the bulb fiends have been up to in the suburbs. Check out our gallery and our pick of the best suburbs and streets to see Christmas lights in Melbourne.
Want more festive things? Right this way…
Earlier this month Melburnians got a look at Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhale as it was tethered to the forecourt of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, but due to Melbourne’s ever-changing crazy weather the giant hot-air balloon has been tucked away. Finally, this Wednesday 18th December between 6-7am, the Skywhale will fly directly over Melbourne’s city skyline. Make sure you’re looking up!
Update: Due to some low-hanging clouds (thanks, Melbourne!) the Skywhale won’t be flying anywhere tomorrow (I know, we’re disappointed too). We’ll let you know when the lift-off is rescheduled.
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After the success of the first two runs, the Color Run is back and rolling into Albert Park Raceway in 2014. By now, you probably would have either posted, or seen a kooky rainbow-powder-coated portrait on your Instagram feed, or been inadvertently smudged with powdered paint on the tram by revellers on C’Run afternoon. Here are some of the results from the Time Out team’s Color Run own adventures. If you want to join in the fun run, registration is now open…
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Nope, it’s a whale, with boobs?
Patricia Piccinini’s grand SKYWHALE will be floating into the forecourt of the ACCA. The kooky yet majestic hot air creature will be in Melbourne for just two hours from 7-9am and its creator Piccinini will be hanging around for a special open-conversation with impresario, Robyn Archer. Archer, is also the creative director for the Centenary of Canberra and commisioned the SKYWHALE for the celebrations.
Patricia Piccinini In Conversation, ACCA, Mon Dec 2, 8-9am.
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George Revival Cinema screened the 2011 film The Triangle Wars last week, followed by a Q&A with City of Port Phillip CEO Tracey Slatter. It’s a fly-on-the wall documentary detailing the impassioned battle between residents group unChain, developers Citta Property Group and Port Phillip Council from 2007 to 2010. Director Rosie Jones, also a St Kilda resident, had access to soldiers from all warring parties, which makes for riveting but sometimes uncomfortable viewing. But why re-screen it two years on?
Visitors to St Kilda’s Esplanade share uninterrupted views of the beach and Port Phillip Bay with rainbow lorikeet laden palm trees. Sandwiched between the iconic Palais Theatre and the foreshore is a dirty great open air car park, known as the St Kilda Triangle. This primo spot still remains undeveloped.
The back story
In 2004 Port Phillip Council’s St Kilda Foreshore Urban Development Framework, largely developed with community input, was absorbed by the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. As part of the St Kilda Triangle Act, the State Government agreed to hand over management of the Crown land to the Council, as long as Council agreed to the removal of third party appeal rights. Council did and after a closed-door tendering process the then Council appointed the Citta Property Group to the project.… Read more