In case you missed it, Ja’mie King is back with Ja’mie: Private School Girl, which will kick off tonight on ABC1. Which is exciting news in and of itself, but we’ve got some more exciting news: our sister mag Time Out Sydney roped in the famous Sydney school girl to guest-edit their November edition, which hits newsstands next Thursday October 31. Of course, Ja’mie doesn’t have much time for magazines (she’s more into blogs), and she let them know “I only did it to promote my new show and because I felt sorry for you”, but she did a bang-up job.
Meanwhile, here’s the full-length trailer for Ja’mie: Private School Girl, and be sure to tune in tonight to ABC1 at 9pm.
Melbourne is set to boast another Australian retail first with the arrival of Japanese homewares juggernaut, Muji. The brand announced they will open stores at Chadstone Shopping Centre next month and another at Emporium Melbourne, set for a March 2014 opening. Often referred to as the Japanese Ikea, Muji is renowned for its no-brands policy, resulting in an extensive range of slick, minimal accessories, stationery and furniture for the office and home. Head to the Muji online store to get a taste of the Japanese retailer and start scrawling down your wish list now.
Calling all independent musicians, Malthouse Theatre is offering an excellent opportunity to showcase your tunes. This theatre supports independent talent and continues to do so with its National Independent Music Call Out. It’s looking for original tracks from bands and solo performers. Submissions will then be curated and then played in the Malthouse Theatre foyers. A cool 220,000 people wander through these, so it’s a great platform to show off new music. The final playlist will also be advertised to theatre patrons, and Shazam-ing of songs will be encouraged.
George Revival Cinema screened the 2011 film The Triangle Wars last week, followed by a Q&A with City of Port Phillip CEO Tracey Slatter. It’s a fly-on-the wall documentary detailing the impassioned battle between residents group unChain, developers Citta Property Group and Port Phillip Council from 2007 to 2010. Director Rosie Jones, also a St Kilda resident, had access to soldiers from all warring parties, which makes for riveting but sometimes uncomfortable viewing. But why re-screen it two years on?
Visitors to St Kilda’s Esplanade share uninterrupted views of the beach and Port Phillip Bay with rainbow lorikeet laden palm trees. Sandwiched between the iconic Palais Theatre and the foreshore is a dirty great open air car park, known as the St Kilda Triangle. This primo spot still remains undeveloped.
The back story
In 2004 Port Phillip Council’s St Kilda Foreshore Urban Development Framework, largely developed with community input, was absorbed by the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. As part of the St Kilda Triangle Act, the State Government agreed to hand over management of the Crown land to the Council, as long as Council agreed to the removal of third party appeal rights. Council did and after a closed-door tendering process the then Council appointed the Citta Property Group to the project.… Read more
The pickle-loving, produce-driven restaurant formerly known as the Aylesbury has become a loud and rowdy Spanish tapas boozery where the vermouth and the good times flow free. Start with some Estrella beers at the rooftop bar then hit the red-hued dining room for plates of pickled things (namely the delicate strips of lemony pork belly, and mussels capped with a crunchy breadcrumb migas), tortilla on toast and the sherry-braised pork jowl.
Bomba, 103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne.
Lee Ho Fook
This mod-Chinese Smith Street restaurant and bar has come screaming out of the starting blocks. It’s still too new to review (chef Victor Liong is still tweaking some dishes and the absolute flogging they’ve had from day one means service is still getting on track), but we’re already nominating the candy-coated eggplant; soft-yolked tea-stained eggs and a delicate white-cut chicken salad to be some of the best dishes we’ve had this year. Watch out.
Lee Ho Fook, 92 Smith St, Collingwood.
Sure, there’s a large element of jokiness to this restaurant – it’s got army helmets for light shades; portraits of ladies with the faces of pigs and a disco ball/bomb ornamental feature – but the suckling pig, roasted every damn day (unless they’re doing a whole lamb) is as deadly serious as the potent vials of Balkan fruit liquor (rakija).… Read more
Sunday November 24 will see three trams transform into afro-tropical musical havens for Melbourne Music Week. Three radio jockeys will be hosting the mini moving music festivals. Trams will depart simultaneously from the Espy, Howler and Corner Hotel for a one-hour moving party around the city, with their final stop at MMW’s hub, the Residence.
Entry is free but registration is essential.
Dear The Internet,
The question remains, though: in Roxon’s legislative opinion, does Glen Coco REALLY go?
On Wednesday night our former attorney general Nicola Roxon delivered the John Button address in Melbourne, and immediately made headlines for declaring that Kevin Rudd, former PM and Labor leader, is a bastard that deserved what he got both in terms of his replacement by Julia Gillard and his kicking by the electorate in the recent federal election. And she makes a solid case – describing his “disorganisation and lack of strategy”, his “vicious tongue [and] temper” and lamenting “how terribly he treated some brilliant staff and public servants. Good people were burnt through like wildfire.”
And that has unsurprisingly captured the public attention, but it would have been even more revelatory had she delivered her first draft – which she revised after legal advice.
However, thanks to the good people at the Australian Defence Signals Directorate (slogan: “Handing your data to the US secret service since 1947”) we have accessed her original Google Doc, along with her holiday snaps, iTunes purchase history and a lot of great recipes – and, in the interests of the public good, we’ve reprinted edited highlights below.
Among Roxon’s accusations against Rudd are claims that he:
- Always parked in her spot
- Ended arguments over policy by insisting that Roxon was “the attorney-general of Shut Up Land”
- Exploded a puppy using only the power of his mind
- Put recyclables into the red general refuse bin, and refused to change the toner on the photocopier – despite being shown how on no less than four occasions.
What if Game of Thrones was, in fact, a surreal comedy set in a struggling theme park called ’MEDIEVAL LAND FUN-TIME WORLD’?
Here’s just a taste of what to expect:
“Bet your crack went out with your face.”
“Do you think there should be iPhones for babies? Because I do.”
“I got a Walkman.”
“Like a fancy Walkman?”
Good to see Joffrey’s still a total dick. No sign of Robb Stark, however.… Read more
It’s been pretty quiet on the new bars front lately, but there’s a lot of summer fun on its way. Here are the joints we’re getting ready to party at…
Hitting the southside in late October, Emerson is going to be a triple decker restaurant, club and bar with a floor of shadowy booths, a rooftop for howling at the moon and a lower level pushing a solid agenda of entertainment.
The Emerson, 143-145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra.
Fitzroy Beer Garden
Gertrude Street’s Sentido Funf has had a major overhaul and is now the Fitzroy Beer Garden. Thankfully the leafy beer garden is still there, but now so is a whole lot of absinthe, beers, DJs and a monthly market.
Fitzroy Beer Garden, 243-245 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.
Liver, brace yourself. The Balleau brothers have taken over the old Hell Towers Saloon site and come January, they’ll have turned it into a mini New Orleans. On the cards is a smoke house, an absinthe and oyster room and crab boils in the courtyard. They’re planning on using that 24-hour license too. Excited doesn’t cut it.
New Orleans, 51 Gipps St, Collingwood.
The Kelvin Club
Jerome Borazio, the man who brought you such institutions as St Jerome’s and Shit Town, is helping this institution come kicking into 2013 with live entertainment, cocktails and food.… Read more
Yesterday 60 fluoro-clad dancers descended on Fed-Square for a disco with a difference. They took the ol’ saying of ‘Dance to the beat of your own drum’, to a new level, with each dancer tuning into beats – courtesy of local DJ Mark John – via wireless headsets, making for a ‘silent’ disco. The quiet riot was staged in lieu of this weekend’s Australian Audio and AV Show, which will showcase the headsets used, alongside stacks of other brand new AV tech products.