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

1 October

Pet tracker initiative smashes crowdfunding records

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Many of us know the heartbreak of losing a pet and Sebastian Langton is on a global mission to prevent it. Last year, after losing his best mate, Rango (the cat), Sebastian decided that he had to do something to stop this happening.

“If nobody else had found a way of tracking cats and dogs, then I was certainly going to,” he said.

Teaming up with his friend Damien Cantelo, he’s developed the smallest and lightest pet GPS tracker in the world. The working prototype, Pod Live, is waterproof with an interchangeable battery and is designed to attach onto your pet’s collar. Pod works by syncing with your phone and through the app you can locate your pet anywhere and any time. The Pod app also has some other pretty nifty features like being able to set a virtual perimetre for your pet, and being alerted when they wander further.

After securing some of the largest pet retailers in the world to stock Pod, Sebastian and Damien have now turned to crowdfunding to get their product up and running.… Read more

29 September

Schoolhouse folk

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Schoolhouse Studios, a not-for-profit group in Melbourne focused on helping emerging artists find affordable workspaces, is announcing a full month ahead with both musical and visual shows to tempt you through its Collingwood doors this Thursday, October 2.

The night opens with an exhibition featuring the works of emerging Melbourne-based artists Elizabeth Barnett and Heidi Barrett from 6-8pm, showcasing their respective explorations of solitude and the abstract.

Following the exhibition opening, Schoolhouse and Two Bright Lakes put their heads together to present Schoolhouse Folk; an intimate, stripped-back night of music featuring four of Melbourne’s biggest folk entities: Brendan Welch, Hello Satellites, Nick Huggins and Seagull. Entry is just $10.

The night promises to be a heterogenous exploration of medium, expression and statement, embodying the mission statement of what the relatively new Schoolhouse Studios aims to provide. The folk is for one night only but Barrett and Barnett’s work will be on display at Schoolhouse Studio’s Long Division Gallery until October 17 so head down to support Melbourne’s thriving artistic support network and get a potent dose of good music and stirring art along the way.… Read more