18 March

Melbourne is getting a toast café


Breakfast purists, this one’s for you: Richmond’s Crompton Coffee, which opens in early April, will offer hungry pilgrims an indecision-free menu of delicious artisanal bread, topped with the kind of fancy slathers that you won’t find in your own fridge or cupboards (hazelnut cacao butter, for example). The café’s approach to caffeine is equally minimalist: pick from black, white or filter. Start your day the easy way.

Stay tuned for the opening date and hours.

Crompton Coffee 380 Victoria St, Richmond 3121.Read more

16 March

Melbourne Monopoly is coming and you’re invited to choose properties on the board

Melbourne Monopoly

Melburnians will soon be able to buy properties on Collins Street, go to jail and hit bankruptcy all whilst sipping a single origin, as Melbourne is set to be saluted with its own official Monopoly edition.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle made the announcement, stating that Melbourne’s draw-card as the world’s most liveable city “deserves to be recognised in the world’s most famous game”.

You’re invited to vote for which properties you want to see on the board, as the game designers open their community chest for input from those who know the laneways best. The Lord Mayor nominated major players such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Royal Exhibition Building in his address, hoping that he too would have the chance to lay down a house at the Queen Victoria Market. Collins Street has been primped and primed to take the coveted navy stripe of Mayfair but the final decision remains to be seen.… Read more

23 February

Have you always wanted to see 159 comedy shows in 26 days? This is your chance!

Posted by in Comedy, News


How much comedy is too much comedy?

You could be about to find out.

The evil geniuses in charge of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are seeking three brave souls to put their lives on hold and their love of laughter on the line for the Funny Tonne, billed as the ultimate test of comedy endurance.

Participants will race each other, the clock and the slow decay of their own personal hygiene to see as many shows as they can over the 26 festival days.  It’s a crazy-fun way to spend a month, especially since you’ll be flashing a super-exclusive passport everywhere you go and filing reviews to the festival’s website in whatever free time you can scrounge.

The comedy gauntlet has been run each year since 2005, and the bar has been set very high. Last year, Funny Tonne winner Chris Menezies saw a gut-busting 158 shows in 26 days, blowing the previous record of 147 out of the water. That’s around six shows per day for the better part of four weeks.… Read more

20 February

The Melbourne Fringe Festival puts call out for Uncommon Places II: Instructions

Melbourne Fringe

As the Melbourne Fringe Festival expands every year, we’re relishing the chance to celebrate what makes our city different (and to use it as further proof of our status as the country’s art capital).

Last year, the festival exploded from the theatres into the streets, putting art in unusual places with its keynote project Uncommon Places. This time, it’s widening its borders out to the City of Stonnington, too.

The concept is simple: 18 emerging artists will create and exhibit installations at various public locations.

“The return of an expanded Uncommon Places is great for artists and venues involved, and for the audiences in Melbourne to come and engage with the work during the festival,” says creative director Jayne Lovelock. “Last year’s program produced beautiful work in spaces that people don’t usually associate with art. It allowed regular visitors to see the places in a new light, while giving visitors an insight they wouldn’t have normally had.”

The theme this year will be ‘instructions’, and artists will be encouraged to explore it any way they choose using text, audio, visual art, sculpture, film, or any other non-performance medium.Read more

18 February

Chrissy Amphlett – in our hearts and laneways

Posted by in Music, News

Amphlett Lane1

Charley Drayton, Cold Chisel drummer and late rock goddess Chrissy Amphlett’s husband, misses his wife – but the opening of Amphlett Lane solidifies her place in Melbourne’s hearts and minds.

Two years ago, Drayton and Little Pattie (sassy ’60s icon and Amphlett’s cousin) bailed up Councillor Rohan Leppert on the steps of Town Hall. They were pissed off, grieving and on a mission. They brought a petition of over 6,000 signatures with them (including high-profile support from Molly Meldrum, Suze De Marchi and Noah Taylor). It was a no-brainer though: even the councillors voted unanimously in favour of it last year.

This arvo, if you’d been looking in on Amphlett Lane from the street you would’ve seen an eclectic mix of folk: suits, rock dogs and families. It made sense when you knew what was going on.

Naturally, Divinyls tunes blasted down the lane before and after the formal bits. I had one of them on cassingle as a kid (I Touch Myself). I had no idea what the hell it was about, I just knew that Amphlett was downright exotic in her difference.… Read more