18 June

Road to Refuge Coffee Cup Initiative

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Road to Refuge is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at personalising the issue of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. While their plight is far removed from many Australians’ everyday lives, Road to Refuge aims at generating conversation to bridge this divide.

Throughout Refugee Week 2015, Road to Refuge will be working alongside popular Melbourne cafés to encourage coffee lovers to think about the untold stories of asylum seekers. Usual branding will be removed from almost 40,000 coffee cups and replaced by an image of Layla, a Road for Refuge character, whose fictional story of struggle and courage can be seen in an interactive journey on an online choose-your-own-adventure program.

Visit the Road to Refuge to explore the real life stories of hardship and bravery of asylum seekers and refugee through interactive activities that put you in the shoes of an asylum seeker and articles on real stories.

Cafes involved across Melbourne include the following below.Read more

17 June

Smith & Deli opens

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Vegan food carnivores will want to get in on… if the vegans don’t mind sharing

Smith & Deli – the latest venture from Smith & Daughters’ Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse – has finally opened its doors in Fitzroy. Following a few weeks delay due to a hold up from the city water supply, the vegan Jewish deli opened yesterday to a line of eager vegans and fans of the original Latin American-inspired restaurant. Such is the popularity of Martinez and Wyse’s brainchild, a few early birds did a little dance upon receiving their takeaway pack of breakfast goods.

It’s refreshing to see a vegan shop with nary an açai superfood bowl in sight. Breakfast offerings at the takeaway-only business are heavy on the sandwiches: the Friend Zone is Smith & Deli’s take on the classic ham, cheese and tomato toastie that’s so buttery and cheesy, you’ll forget it’s vegan.

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16 June

Footscray gallery runs exhibition of George Brandis-ruined artworks to fight arts cuts

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There are viral memes that burn through their fame on your newsfeed in a flash, only to be forgotten; and then are the few viral memes that live on in our hearts. And in our galleries, apparently.

From Friday June 19 to Sunday June 21, Footscray’s Ruffian Gallery will display a selection of images created by pissed-off individuals in response to Australia’s Arts Minister George Brandis’s decision to cut over $100 million from independent arts funding.

In case you missed it, the pictures all depict Brandis’s face photoshopped onto classic pieces of art, under the assumption that the minister has – in the artists’ words – “seized $100m+ independent arts funding to play with himself. So here we are”.

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Simple, hilarious, powerful: the arts community immediately rallied by the campaign, and now, Ruffian will be displaying a selection of these photoshopped delights to raise money to fight the arts cuts.

The exhibition is free, but donations are very welcome.… Read more

11 June

Stoke Bar and Kitchen opens below Stokehouse City

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Feel like Stokehouse City’s modern fine dining fare but need to stay on budget? See what Stoke Bar and Kitchen has in store for you.

Just off the Parliament end of Collins St, Stoke Bar and Kitchen is located downstairs from the dining room and is geared towards a more casual experience. Diners are welcome to pop in for a few nibbles and aperitifs before a more substantial dinner upstairs, or stay awhile longer to eat through the bar’s menu of familiar yet well-done dishes.

The menu is ideal for the post-work crowd with a range of smaller items such as the beef tartare, fried chicken wings with tonkatsu sauce and speck croquettes. Like the classics? Go for the eponymous Stoke burger, Rangers Valley steak frites or the potato gnocchi with mushrooms and pecorino. If you’re a fan of the original Stokehouse venue in St Kilda, order the prawn and crab linguine or Ollie’s Fish Pie by Stokehouse City executive chef Ollie Gould.… Read more

9 June

It’s game on at Smith St’s Pixel Alley

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Get your game on at this venue that’s part-bar, part-arcade

Few of us would remember the old arcades of the ’80s and ’90s, in the days before Dance Dance Revolution and karaoke games. According to the team behind Mr Wow’s Emporium, however, there’s a resurgence of the arcade in the USA except this time they’re setting up shop in bars.

Enter Pixel Alley. The part-bar, part-arcade takes over the location where Los Barbudos, a Cuban-themed watering hole, used to be. Framed photos of Cuban baseball legends has been replaced by an 8-bit mural of ’80s retro icons including Pac-Man, Nike Air Jordans, and a boombox. Those familiar with old-school arcade classics can expect tipsy rounds of Daytona, Street Fighter II, Pac-Man and Buck Hunter.

Rounds of beer while you wait your turn at the games are encouraged – a pot or pint of the Bastard Son Pale Ale will also come with a game token.Read more