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

Sanctuary

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

29 September

Let Them Eat Cake line-up: tickets on sale this week

Alexander Nut

Back for round three, Let Them Eat Cake is quickly becoming the right way to kick off a new year. Held on the pristine lawns of the Werribee Mansion, this festival fuses together a garden-party vibe with an electronic sound.

And a garden party must have food. In fact, there’s a food rave arena where you’ll be served everything from providores, street food and boutique cuisine. We presume there’s cake too.

A garden party must have music: check. Werribee Mansion will be surrounded by five stages, each filled with a line-up of electronic maestros.

First release tickets $145, on sale 9am Thursday, October 2.

Line-up:
Alexander Nut (UK – pictured), Axel Boman (Sweden), Ben Pearce (UK), Bob Moses (Canada), Carl Craig (USA), Cashmere Cat (Norway), DJ Sneak (USA), DJ Vadim (Russia), Dov1 (USA), Fatima (UK) and Goldie (UK).… Read more

26 September

10 amazing food adventures that cost less than the Fat Duck

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Heston Blumenthal

The ticketing ballot for the Fat Duck opens in just a few short weeks, granting those lucky punters a chance to experience Heston Blumenthal’s cooking for themselves. The restaurant, transported from Bray, will offering a facsimile of the famous British restaurant. It will cost $525 per person, not including beverages (just shy of $125 more than it costs to eat in situ, only here you’ll be eating in a casino). We’ve been reading plenty of press over the past few weeks on why the experience will be worth it, so we though we’d weigh in with a little exercise in comparison. You could spend $525 at the Fat Duck, or you could buy…

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19 September

MURDER: 1920s Gangster Rules is a real-life murder mystery game

MURDER 1920s Gangster Rules

Pause that Miss Marple re-run, people: it’s time to step into the real world. Secret Squirrel, who also run immersive, interactive film night Underground Cinema, have just launched a real-life murder mystery night that’s less Colonel Mustard, more Gatsby-era pearls and prohibition. You’re invited to come and unravel the plot.

Gangland kingpins, slimy henchmen, gamblers, blackmailers: the Black Pearl’s Attic will be transformed into a dark Chicago speakeasy, filled with professional actors bringing the story to life. Tensions in the criminal underworld are high, and someone has just been murdered. The police are closing in, but it’s up to those in the club to pin down the murderer.

Your role? Dress up, for a start. When you book a ticket, you’ll be assigned a special character, along with secret information that you’ll need to play the game. During the game, you’re free to bribe, blackmail and sleuth your way to the truth: unless of course, you’re the one with something to hide.… Read more