27 October

Melbourne is getting a Call of Duty zombie escape room – here’s how to get in

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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.

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26 October

Melbourne’s getting a brand new jazz club: sister to New York legend Birdland

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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.”

Read our full interview with Dadon and jazz impressario and Birdland’s owner, Gianni Valenti, here.… Read more

23 October

The Yarra gets a new buoyant hang-out spot: Arbory Afloat

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Starting Tuesday October 27, the Arbory Bar and Eatery will open Arbory Afloat, a floating bar that will bob along next to the main venue next to Flinders Walk on the Yarra River. The oasis-like bar will be decked out in an appropriately nautical fashion, with a completely differently food and beverage menus to its landlocked sibling.

Punters will get to sample Chef Nick Bennet’s seafood-heavy menu, which includes a raw bar (think caviar and oysters with some French bubbly) and charcoal grill menu featuring Japanese inspired numbers like miso marinated eggplant and tuna with bonito mayonnaise. Look out towards  the iconic Melbourne skyline and sip on the summery cocktail list which includes updated takes on summer classics like the blood orange Americano, the Nautical Rose (Lillet Rose with a dash of lemonade).

Tori Allen Events and interior design firm We Are Huntly collaborated on the pop-up project, which will run through the Melbourne Cup Day and feature tunes from Melbourne nightlife fixtures Chico G and Paul Jager (of Hugs and Kisses fame).Read more

22 October

One of last year’s hottest dance parties is returning in December

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Last year, Australian touring agency Fünf brought the likes of Hot Chip, Matthew Dear and Henry Saiz to the Docklands for one of the year’s hottest house and techno parties, complete with light installations and boats on the river.

That’s right: Holeandcorner is back. This time, it’s being held a week before Christmas, and with an equally impressive line-up. Topping the bill is Detroit producer Moodymann (pictured) AKA Kenny Dixon Jr. Joining him will be Berlin-based British luminary Scuba and experimental Croatian techno producer Petar Dundov. Local talent is also well-represented, with disco stalwart Late Nite Tuff Guy and Tornado Wallace, who is returning to his home town for a bit before returning to his second home, Berlin.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday October 27. We don’t yet know what the venue will be, but the organisers have promised that it will be “transformed into the type of visceral, otherworldly urban habitat that made last year’s party so special”.… Read more

22 October

It’s official: Matilda the Musical is coming to Melbourne next year; tickets are on sale now

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Six years. That’s how long Melbourne audiences will have had to wait for Matilda, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s story, when it opens in March next year.

‘Work of genius’ is an overused appraisal, but this time you can believe the hype. The show quickly became a blockbuster on London’s West End, then Broadway, picking up rave reviews along the way. Right now it’s showing in Sydney (and was dubbed “a freaking masterpiece” by Time Out Sydney in their five-star review). Matilda continues to make its way into all-time favourite lists for Minchin’s lyrical brilliance, writer Dennis Kelly’s innovative storytelling and excellent performances.

Predictably, Minchin’s show – which follows the journey of mistreated, extraordinarily intelligent Matilda – is packed with wonderfully revolting moments for kids (remember Bruce Bogtrotter and the chocolate cake scene?) and wistful childhood nostalgia for adults.

Tickets are on sale now – buy one soon, lest you end up in a chokey of despair when you miss out.

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