Batten down the hatches people, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Melbourne with tornadoes already sighted in Tullamarine. Reports of heavy rainfall, flash floods and damaging winds have come from all over the city, with the worst predicted to hit inner city areas as well as Port Phillip and northern, western, south eastern and inner east suburbs.
Punters at Oaks Day will certainly be struggling to keep their fascinators on and their feet dry, with heavy rain and winds reaching Flemington. Flash flooding across the city is also affecting traffic and public transport services, with tram services on route 59 towards Airport West and both ways on route 6 experiencing delays.
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It was busier than the Boxing Day sales this morning as 100 new stores opened for business as part of stage one of Eastland’s redevelopment.
On the retail front, big national and international names are set to make shopping in the ’burbs a thing of joy, with the likes of Uniqlo (which opened to the sound of Japanese percussionists, literally drumming up business) and Scanlan Theodore, Alpha60, David Jones, Gorman, Scotch & Soda, H&M Marimeko and Victoria’s Secret opening for trade.
On the food front, notable inclusions come in the guise of celebrity chef outings – George Calombaris has set up his fourth Jimmy Grants and Frank Camorra hots things up with Paco’s Tacos.
In total, the project will rack up an estimated $665m and stage two of the redevelopment is in the pipeline (due for completion in 2016).
Until the novelty dies down a tad, expect queueing and car park circling, but it’s worth it – shopping and food for the eastern suburbs is never going to look the same
Time Out commissioned Beastman to create the mural inspired by the company mission statement: ‘promoting those who drive positive cultural change; to inspire readers to lead a richer life, to know their city, and to have more fun.’ The artwork deploys simplified organic shapes: raindrops, triangular grids, leaves, eyes, pipes and rays.
“Everything that mission statement is about is what I’m about,” says Brad Eastman, better known as Beastman. “I’m about cultural change, I’m on a constant mission to evolve my artwork… There are futuristic themes of what nature could become. My paintings are about the future.”
Zombies! Film noir! Escape rooms! Call of Duty!
It’s a collision of pop culture phenomena that we never could have foreseen – and one that we’re pretty freaking excited about. If the idea of solving puzzles in a 1940s film noir setting to escape the threat of the zombie apocalypse makes your heart beat faster, then book your place quickly: the opportunity to immerse yourself in a real-life video game won’t last long.
To promote the upcoming instalment of the Call of Duty franchise (Black Ops III), video game publisher Activision has paired up with Secret Squirrel – the crew who bring you the inimitableUnderground Cinema – to put a zombie escape room right in the middle of Fed Square.
If you’re not familiar with escape rooms, here’s the deal: you’re locked in a room with some friends, and the only way to get out is to solve puzzles. This time, you’ll find yourself in Morg City, in the private chamber of Nero the Magician.… Read more
Continuing the Birdland tradition, Melbourne will soon play host to its sister club, Blue Basement – a gutsy 200 seater that will run in line with the Birdland model of two dinner shows per evening and share international and local jazz talent with its dead-cool older sibling.
While the closing of Bennett’s Lane left a bloody great hole in Melbourne’s jazz scene, Blue Basement promises to make up for its absence and then some. “Bennet’s Lane was a small club where people came on admission basis to stand or sit and have a little drink if they wanted to,” says Albert Dadon, Melbourne jazz scene stalwart and Blue Basement’s proud owner. “Blue Basement is not the same, though – it follows the Birdland model where people come and have dinner and have a restaurant experience, and at the same time enjoy sublime music. That doesn’t exist in Melbourne.”