20 August

Legoland Discovery Centre coming to Chadstone in 2017

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It’s a bit o’ time to wait, but Lego has foreshadowed that it’s opening the first Legoland Discovery Centre in the Southern Hemisphere in 2017 at Chadstone Shopping Centre. Promising to occupy a whopping space (2800 sqm) it’ll include a bunch of family attractions, including Lego sculptures and play zones, party rooms, a 4D cinema (a sensory cinematic adventure: the wind will actually blow in your hair) and a Miniland, setting out Melbourne’s cityscape and landmark highlights.

Intended for kids and families, it’s also a cool development for grown-ups. Have you played with Lego in recent years? It’s as much fun now as when you were a kid, except for the fact that your skills are probably better and you’re more likely to acquit a feat of engineering genius.

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20 August

It looks like Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical is coming to Melbourne next year

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Jealousy is an ugly thing, but thankfully we’ll no longer be eyeing off Sydney’s production of Tim Minchin’s smash hit Matilda the Musical as it looks like the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl adaptation is making its way to Melbourne in March next year.

Perth-born comedian Tim Minchin wrote the music and lyrics for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production back in 2010. Quickly, the show became a blockbuster hit on London’s West End, then Broadway, picking up rave reviews and major awards along the way (Time Out London gave the show five stars).

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 peaks of childhood nostalgia for adults.

The show opened in Sydney last week, and while no Melbourne venue or date has been announced as yet, the casting call for children on the Matilda the Musical website says that “Performances will take place at a theatre located in Melbourne CBD commending (on or about) March 2016”.Read more

20 August

BREAKING NEWS: Melbourne is getting a Dachshund Race in September

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Three words: Sausage dogs running.

Oktoberfest is still a while away but the team over at Hophaus Bier Bar is starting the festivities early this year with a Teckelrennen – that’s German for Dachshund Race. These wee wiener dogs will be pitted against each other in an adorably cut-throat race to the finish line.

In partnership with My Dachshund Online, the sausage dog run will raise money for Dachshund Rescue Australia and will take place at Southgate Melbourne.

Better hot foot it and train those stumpy little legs ahead of the big day, and be sure to get those sausage-y outfits on point if you want your wiener dog to take home the ‘Best Dressed Dachshund’ prize.

We’ll just leave you with this.

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19 August

ACMI launches world premiere of Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood

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Orry-Kelly (born 1897 and known as Orry George Kelly to his folks) was a knockabout lad from NSW beach town Kiama, who somehow ended up living with Cary Grant and went on to become a three-time Academy Award-winning costume designer and Bette Davis’s wardrobe go-to.

With a career spanning Hollywood’s golden years, Orry-Kelly designed costumes for 295 movies (including as Warner Bros. chief designer between 1932 and 1944) and worked on movies that went down in film legend, including Casablanca, Some Like It Hot, The Maltese Falcon and Gypsy.

When he passed away at 64 (he was sober when he died, but had liver cancer as a result of years of active alcoholism) Jack Warner (one of the Warner Brothers) read his eulogy and Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Billy Wilder and George Cukor carried his coffin.

Despite all of this, Orry-Kelly somehow receded into obscurity. Happily, the release of Aussie director Gillian Armstrong’s documentary about him, Women He’s Undressed, and the new ACMI-curated exhibition, Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood, look to set things right.Read more

18 August

Time Out Melbourne crowns the city’s best restaurants at the annual Food Awards

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Eating and drinking our way around Melbourne is what our team of food reviewers do best, and our annual Food Awards is the one night each year when we recognise the champions of the restaurant scene (and throw one hell of a party).

Over 220 industry heavyweights, professional eaters and Time Out readers gathered under the terracotta-covered ceiling at Gazi to find out which eateries would take home accolades across ten categories. Andrew McClelland (who you might have seen spinning tunes at Finishing School and Yeh Yeh) hosted the awards, and while guests crunched soft shell crab souvas and sipped cocktails, the nominees crossed their fingers.

Here’s who won the third annual Time Out Food Awards:

Hot Talent Award
Blayne, Chayse and Tyson Bertoncello, O.My

Best New Restaurant
Lûmé

Best Casual Dining Restaurant
Tipo 00

Best Bang for Buck
Hakata Gensuke (Melbourne)

Best Fine Dining Restaurant
Minamishima

Best Café
Piggery Café

People’s Choice
HuTong Dumpling Bar

Chef of the Year
Scott Pickett, Estelle, ESP, St Crispin

Restaurant of the Year
Kappo

Legend Award
Hana Assafiri, Moroccan Soup Bar

Scroll through our photo gallery for a glimpse of the action, and read more about why we chose these venues as this year’s winners.Read more