16 September

Someone’s invented stain-proof clothing

Fabricor Workwear Chef Jacket  - Chilli SauceGood news, chefs. Adrian Li has invented the kitchen equivalent to Post-it Notes: the stain resistant chef’s jacket. “The nanotechnology application that we apply modifies the fabric at a molecular level by permanently attaching hydrophobic ‘whiskers’ to individual fibers which elevate liquids, causing them to bead up and turn into spheres that roll off the fabric surface,” says Li, on his Kickstarter page. Sounds like magical science to us. Li also says most stains come out with a little cold water, and the material also breathes. No word on whether it’s stink-proof, though.… Read more

16 September

New book Dialect gives a voice to refugee and migrant writers

Posted by in Books, News

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Refugee and migrant writers make up the team behind Dialect, a collection of stories published by Express Media that give insight and perspective into the lives and experiences of its writers.

Edited by Kat Muscat (Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow) and designed by Elwyn Murray, Dialect was born from Global Express, a year-long writing program held by Alia Gabres from the Footscray Community Arts Centre to give minority members of society a chance to be heard.

The 134-page book contains a diverse assortment of writing styles ranging from poetry to micro-fiction to articles, which mirror the diversity of the stories and writers themselves. The dynamic collection weaves through stories with different themes, tones and forms that all contain one unifying similarity; an honest voice with a story to tell.

With titles such as ‘How to be a More Confident Immigrant’ and ‘A Fear of Metamorphosis’, a few from the collection, as well as a series of printed artworks, Dialect allows you to walk a mile in another’s shoes in this very unique and visual work.… Read more

15 September

Melbourne Bike Cabs introduced

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Green cabs have hit the streets of Melbourne’s inner city suburbs this week. What do we mean by green cabs? We mean bike taxis, cycle cabs or rickshaws. Whatever term you prefer to use, Melbourne Bike Cabs are now pedalling around the city’s inner velodrome.

The brains (or gears) behind Bike Cabs are Tim Collins and Stephen Mushin. Tim is a high profile industrial designer and Stephen is an eminent Melbourne artist, who explores ecologically sustainable options for a more viable future. These boys clearly have an understanding of all things design and environmental, so it makes sense that they tandem up for Melbourne Bike Cabs.

The premise behind Bike Cabs is to reduce CBD congestion and provide a fun, clean and green approach to inner city commuting. In addition, it has the potential to be a quicker alternative to catching a cab, tram or train. This start-up is in its infancy, but the boys hope to use crowd funding via Pozible to build the business up from two to four bike cabs.… Read more

11 September

Megan Washington announces free pop-up show in Melbourne

Everybody loves a free concert, and Megan Washington – whose long-awaited second album There There will be released tomorrow – knows it. So she’s going to be celebrating her new music with a series of free pop-up shows in three Australian cities, starting tomorrow in Brisbane. She’ll hit Melbourne on Saturday and finish up in Sydney on Sunday afternoon. Head to Fed Square to hear the ARIA winner sing from 1pm. And while you’re at it, read what she had to say about making the album in her interview with us.

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11 September

1860s venue reborn as Forester’s Beer and Music Hall

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So long A Bar Called Barry, we’ll miss your supernaturally themed shindigs. But hello Forester’s Beer and Music Hall, housed in the historical venue along Smith Street in Collingwood. Once a theatre then converted into a bar and nightclub, now renovated and rebranded into a live music venue. Forester’s has pizzas, free gigs every Friday and Saturday night, 50 taps and a crew that know how to use them, serving up the full beery rainbow of lagers, sours porters and IPAs – right up until 4am. It is Melbourne’s answer to Sydney’s much-loved beery gig bar Frankie’s Pizza.

We’ve long-lamented the fact that great music and good drinks are often mutually exclusive concepts in Melbourne, but now the team from Clifton Hill’s Terminus (Time Out’s Pub of the Year) and Melbourne’s original all-craft beer venue the Royston are bringing a live music venue with delicious local and international craft beers to Smith Street.… Read more