16 July

Amy Schumer’s doing a Melbourne-only show – get your mitts on tickets pronto

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Hold the phone. Amy Schumer’s coming to town!

One the funniest ladies to come out of America’s stand-up circuit in recent years has announced a surprise headline show for one night only at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Coming to international attention after the 2013 debut of her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian has become known for her no-holds-barred sense of humour.

With Schumer’s first major feature film Trainwreck due out in Australia on August 6, this stand-up show will no doubt be an uncensored taster to the funny lady’s comedic prowess.

If you’ve not familiar with Schumer’s stand-up style, expect comedic critiques of topics ranging from sexting, relationships, to celebrity culture. See what we mean below:

Amy Schumer Live is a one night only event on Wednesday July 22. Tickets go out Friday July 17 from 10am. Read more

15 July

David Bowie Is launched to media this morning, opens to public tomorrow

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It’s been too many sleeps since David Bowie Is came on our radar, but the wait’s over – ACMI launched the V&A curated exhibition this morning for the media (hereafter, we will refer to July 15 as Bowie Day) and it opens to the public tomorrow.

Proving again that gingers are rightly taking over the world, songstress and dyed-in-the-wool Bowie fan Geraldine Quinn put us in the mood, while giving us a glimpse of what we can expect during the Late Nights Program with her dramatic and powerful rendition of ‘Let’s Dance’. Suitably fabulous in a red and blue sequinned gown (slashed to the waist and with a sequinned horn on one shoulder) Quinn went full throttle on the chorus, making more than flowers tremble.

ACMI’s new CEO Katrina Sedgwick ran us through some of the exhibition’s stats – apparently, it’s broken attendance records worldwide (Australia’s the seventh stop on its global tour to date) and the pre-sales have exceeded any other ACMI exhibition to date, including Hollywood Costume.… Read more

15 July

Jamie Oliver’s Mobile Kitchen gets into gear at Princes Park

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Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food revolution has taken meals on wheels to a whole new level, bringing a 15-metre long mobile kitchen down under.

Continuing his campaign to make healthy eating more accessible for those of us who spend most days sitting on office chairs and resorting to the old faithful takeaway joint after work, Oliver’s Mobile Kitchen will present interactive cooking classes and demonstrations as part of the Ministry of Food initiative.

The City of Melbourne is partnering up with the Good Food Foundation to deliver Jamie’s Ministry of Food program, which will be stationed at Princes Park for 10 weeks. The program will equip more than 550 Melbournians by offering two cycles of five-week cooking courses. The first round of classes is sold out, but the second cycle starting August 17 is open for bookings now.

Our favourite British import has been quite the vigilante when it comes to providing a practical solution to issues of obesity and diet-related disease brought on by a lack of cooking skills (#Mac’N’Cheese) and the plethora of fast food options.… Read more

15 July

Taylor Swift adds third Melbourne show to Australian tour (and we’re officially her favourite)

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Pop queen Taylor Swift has added a third Melbourne date to the Australian leg of her 1989 World Tour. The 25-year-old megastar will occupy AAMI Park for three straight nights in December (a new record at the 30,000-seat venue), bringing chart-ruining hits like ‘Bad Blood’, ‘Blank Space’ and ‘Shake It Off’ to Australian audiences for the first time.

The addition of a third Melbourne show proves, conclusively, that we are her favourite. That’s two more shows than Sydney and Brisbane get, one more than Adelaide and three more than Perth. Nyah nyah. Aussie warbler Vance Joy will open for Swift on all her Australian dates.

Now, real talk: Swift’s first two shows sold out in moments and the third will be no exception. Tickets go on sale 10am, Thursday July 23 after the usual pre-sales. Get online early. Have a backup credit card. A backup laptop. Hell, have a backup internet connection. You can’t take any chances when it comes to Tay-tay.… Read more

14 July

The second annual MPavilion design is revealed, and it’s a high-tech forest canopy

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Remember last year’s inaugural MPavilion: the highly versatile stainless steel box with folding panels, designed by Sean Godsell, that appeared in the city’s Queen Victoria Gardens last year? That was the first in a series of four temporary pavilions that will be built and removed each year, playing host to talks, performances and events for four months. Each is commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation that supports innovative public design – and each is designed by a new architect.

The MPavilion has announced its second annual architecture event to open in the Queen Victoria Gardens on Monday October 5. This year’s instalment will feature a high-tech outdoor forest canopy designed by Amanda Levete, an award winning British architect and founder of AL_A studio.

AL_A’s MPavilion will feature carbon fibre poles that bend and sway in the wind, supporting ‘petals’ which also function as speakers, recording and re-playing the surrounding soundscape.… Read more