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Red Stitch continues its relationship with Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker, presenting the Australian premiere of her latest play
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Cheese: we love it between bread, melted over a bubbling hob and simply crumbled on crackers to be paired with a fine drop of wine. The loudest cheese of them all – that squeaker halloumi – can often be forgotten on the average cheeseboard, but this versatile cheese can make its home fresh or fried on plates of all kinds, especially when paired with chicken marinated in a flavourtastic mix of spices. This winter at Nando's, you can find the semi-hard dairy delight in a new burger, wrap and pita they have aptly named The Halloumi. We’re drooling louder than a Homer Simpson meme just thinking about the killer combination of PERi-PERi chicken, grilled halloumi, caramelised onion relish, creamy aioli and fresh cos lettuce. The Halloumi comes with any of Nando’s regular sides for only 12 bucks, so you can feast on a garden salad, coleslaw, spicy rice, garlic bread, corn on the cob or Nando’s famous PERi-PERi chips twice over and still not break the bank. The Halloumi is available in restaurants nationally but get in quick – the delicious combo is only available June 26 to July 22. Just make sure you pack tissues for the inevitable tears of joy and get down to Nando’s, the home of PERi-PERi chicken – and now, halloumi too.
This is it: the definitive list of the people, the places and the things that make our city so great
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The heart of the city, home to Chinatown and some of Melbourne's best restaurants and arts institutions.
Arty shops, funky restaurants and bars and hipsters galore.
Seaside retreat with plenty of cool bars and restaurants.
Exceptional Italian food, gelato and coffee, plus an excellent museum and theatre.
Great vintage stores, and don't miss the famous Art Deco Astor Theatre.
Kensington has northwest charm in spades: there are wide, tree-lined streets, plenty of public transport and green spaces aplenty.
Inventive bars, geek girl boutiques and envelope-pushing eateries. Plus live music institutions.
Multicultural hub, with dining options from all over the world and a thriving food scene.
Whether you are after great eats, a night out or a film at a Victorian-era cinema, Elsternwick is a great place to find yourself.
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When Melbourne playwright Declan Greene first saw the 2011 film Melancholia by controversial Danish auteur Lars von Trier, he knew he had to bring it to the stage. “I walked out of the cinema knowing there was a version of it that’s definitely a play, particularly in the second act when the planet is approaching,” Greene says. “It’s all this tight, chamber, fourth-wall version of theatre; it’s a pressurised location and an emotionally rich drama with a cast of four characters.” That kind of conventional dramatic set-up mightn’t be what most people remember from the sci-fi art film, which has depression at its heart. The planet Greene is referring to? It’s called ‘Melancholia’ – a term that has been used to refer to clinical depression throughout history – and it’s on a collision course with Earth. Greene’s adaptation will be directed by Malthouse Theatre’s artistic director, Matthew Lutton, who is tasked with bringing the surreal landscape of the film and its global concerns to life on stage. Their version sticks pretty closely to the film’s arc, but the dialogue has had to be reshaped and innovative theatrical solutions have been found. “Von Trier’s films are very fragmented because of the way they’re edited,” Greene says. “It makes perfect sense when you watch it in the film, but when you write it down and put in the mouth of an actor, it really doesn’t.” The first part of the film has no sci-fi element: it takes place at a luxurious estate where a rich but deeply un
You might have noticed some changes going on in Melbourne. There's a giant hole where City Square used to be. There's a lot of heavy machinery around the West Gate. And you might have to get a replacement bus instead of a train home. It's all part of Victoria's Big Build, a $30 billion suite of projects that will improve the way we get around the city. Yes, there will be some initial pain, but when you're flying into work through the new tunnel instead of stuck in traffic on the West Gate, or getting through the City Loop in a flash, it will be worth the inconvenience. The government has made sure that during construction, if your plan A travel plans are disrupted, there will be a plan B to make sure you get where you are going. Victoria's Big Build comprises a whopping 35 major transport projects currently underway to improve our state. To give you a sense of the scale, some projects include: The Metro Tunnel, which will untangle the City Loop, allow for way more trains to go through the city to and from the suburbs across Melbourne; Removing 50 level crossings – with 25 already gone - which will make crossing the road so much safer and improve traffic flow; a massive Regional Rail Revival package to upgrade every regional passenger train line in Victoria; The West Gate Tunnel, which will provide an alternative route into the city; Victoria’s biggest road tunnel and project, the North East Link; Major upgrades to roads like the M80, CityLink, Tullamarine and Mon
Whether you're participating in Dry July or you're just looking to lower your alcohol intake, MONIN has a mocktail for you. The naturally flavoured, alcohol-free alternatives will be showcased at a bunch of different bars around Melbourne, so you can head in and grab a drink with your mates, sans alcohol. Fancy garden party bar Madame Brussels will be joining in on the fun, alongside South Yarra's Katuk, Plenty Valley's Martini + Co and Geelong's excellent Frankie Bar and Eatery. If you pop into any of these venues throughout Dry July, you can taste a MONIN mocktail, which will all feature MONIN's Orange Spritz syrup, which is a great solution for those looking for a non-alcoholic take on the classic Spritz. The syrup perfectly marries the juicy sour-taste of orange with delicate notes of white wine and the right amount of bitterness. Just add tonic water, sparkling water or some non-alcoholic wine and you've got a seriously refreshing, booze-free gem. Find out more about MONIN.
The best cold beer is a free beer, or even better a beer you get paid to drink. If getting paid to drink beer sounds like your idea of a good time, then register now to participate in a blind beer taste test happening on July 11-12, 14-15 and 21-22 in the Melbourne CBD. There's also a packaging study happening on July 14-15 in St Kilda. A world-class brewery is looking for volunteers to give consumer feedback on new and existing beers that are already on the market. It’s a pretty cushy gig: all you have to do is taste beer and/or look at the packaging, and tell researchers what you think of it. And because your time and opinions are valuable, you’ll even get between $40 and $130 for participating, depending on which study you attend and whether you attend one or two sessions. The taste test is for men and women aged 19-39, with 70-minute and/or 40-minute sessions throughout the afternoons on weekdays July 11-12 and two weekends, July 14-15 and July 21-22. The packaging evaluation sessions in St Kilda are for punters aged 18-55 and go for 30 minutes throughout each day on July 14-15. Photo ID is required. Don’t miss this golden (h)opportunity: head over to the research website to register. They will send you a survey link to either study, depending on your age and session availability. If your answers match what they’re looking for, they’ll send you further details.
It's Christmas in July every day down at Fed Square because Beer Deluxe is transforming its beer garden into a European inspired market. Beneath huge warming marquees, there will be plenty of festive cheer, European beers and street food snacks. On the taps, you find brews from Boon, 3 Fointeinen, Duvel, Omnipollo and Weihenstephaner, and there will also be $8 mugs of mulled wine and cider. You'll need to fill your belly as well, and to this end, they'll be frying up pierogis (little Eastern European dumplings) with bacon, spring onion and burnt butter; smoked Andouille sausages; and warm twisty pretzels. They'll also be screening major games of the World Cup and you can reserve a table for you and your mates to ensure you get a sweet spot.
Part of the Yalingwa visual arts initiative, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art's new exhibition features new works by ten leading Aboriginal artists about everyday, contemporary Indigenous life. Expect an up-to-the-minute exploration of life across Australia, drawing in humour, family, community all drawn together with connections to the artists' Indigenous ancestors. The exhibition is curated by Hannah Presley. The artists involved are: Benita Clements, a Western Arrernte artist from Hermannsburg, based in Alice Springs. Clements will present a new suite of watercolours in the form of autobiographical tableau, narrating her daily life, family, hunting and painting. Vicki Couzens, a Gunditjmara and Keerray Woorroong artist from the western districts of Victoria. Couzens’ new commission will incorporate a soundscape sharing a nostalgia for home, family and a nice cup of tea. Robert Fielding, a Western Aranda and Yankunytjatjara artist from Mimili community on the Anangu Pitjatjantjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Fielding has created a new photographic essay for the exhibition which re-contextualises everyday objects. Jonathan Jones, a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, based in Sydney. Jones is best known for his site-specific installations, but his new commission subtly acknowledges 60,000 years of connection by evoking a sense of nostalgia and celebrating a commonly known, native, seed-eating parrot. Vincent Namatjira, a W
Thought your partying days were over? Think again. The award-winning Big Fish Little Fish (BFLF) Family Rave has been throwing kid-friendly dance events in London to increasingly large crowds since 2013, and hit Melbourne last winter with sell-out events. The first thing to know about BFLF is that it's a real-deal rave, with grown-up music like house, techno and rave classics, and this time around the event will be held at Chasers Nightclub on the party central Chapel Street in South Yarra. Don't worry though this matinée rave will be strictly age-appropriate, with the BFLF team transforming the club into a circus-themed extravaganza for kids aged zero to eight and their parents. Headlining the rave is Anthony Pappa, who will be dropping serious club bangers (albeit at a much lower volume). The environment is designed to give big and little party animals an equally good time: there will be mesmerising performers, bubbles, balloons, face painting stalls, a play area with tents and tunnels to explore and a chillout zone for any babies who need some downtime. All that raving is sure to work up an appetite so BFLF is running a circus-themed cake stall to refuel at, while parents can order from the fully licensed bar. Crafty kids are catered for as well, with a dedicated crafts corner where tots can add to a giant mural, make themed crafts or get busy with some Playdoh. For the rave's grand finale there will be a parachute dance on the multi-sensory dancefloor so stick arou
Hear that noise? That’s the blustery winds of winter blowing into Melbourne, and with it comes a whole lot of sport. Summer is great, but there’s no doubt that winter is the best time to enjoy a match, whether that be on the field or on the television. And since there’s no better time to enjoy sport, College Lawn Hotel in Prahran is making sure their beer garden is one of the best places in town to enjoy it. Head into College Lawn and chill out in their Winter Warmer Beer Garden. The team at College Lawn are passionate about their sports, both at home and at the international level. It’s the sort of place you can expect to catch the best of the international rugby season, starting on Saturday June 9 when Japan and Italy, New Zealand and France, and Australia and Ireland face off. They’ll also be screening matches on June 16 and June 23. For those who prefer their footy homegrown the College Lawn beer garden will also be screening their pick of matches starting from round 12, Geelong Cats versus North Melbourne. To get punters in the mood the bar will be serving free pots of Furphy beer between the first bounce and the first goal for selected matches (you can check out the list of selected matches on their website). The beer garden is dog-friendly so you can even bring your footy-loving canine. Then on Sunday you can round out your weekend with one of Melbourne very first Sunday sessions, Unplugged Sundays, with live music from 3pm to 10pm. Perk yourself up with a $15 Espr
Untold Rum was born of a passionate collaboration between leading Australian bartenders and spirits experts. A range of subtle spices is added to a unique blend of smooth, two- and three-year aged golden rums; the result is a distinctive, full-bodied spiced rum that is made to mix. Untold Rum’s makers believe that our experiences are what enrich and define us. So we at Time Out invited three Melbourne bartenders to tell us a story about the life of their bar and to invent an Untold Rum cocktail that conveys the essence of that story. Melbourne’s bartenders are restless spirits who understand that life is a journey. Inspired by Untold Rum, here’s what they came up with. You can enjoy their Untold cocktails and share stories with their makers from July 10 to August 21, 2018. To hear more about the stories and watch filmed interviews with the bartenders, check out @UntoldRum. THE COCKTAILS Eau de Vie | The Rooks Return | Black Pearl
Hate being stuck in traffic stopped behind a level crossing? So does everyone. And now there are significantly fewer of them. One of the most visible projects that make up Victoria's Big Build is the removal of 50 of Melbourne's most congested and dangerous level crossings. Removing level crossings will make crossing the road and rail line safer and will improve traffic flow. You might have noticed it's already got much better – 25 level crossings have already been removed, with the train lines put under or above ground. The project started in 2015 and by 2022 the whole 50 level crossings will be history. Over the life of the project there will be 4,500 jobs. You can be one of the team – there is still a lot of work to be done. While this work is underway, buses replacing trains and other alternative methods of getting around will be the norm. If your plan A travel plans are disrupted, Victoria's Big Build has provided you with a plan B. To find out whether you need to use a plan B (and what that plan B will be), see Victoria's Big Build interactive map. Noble Park Station Clayton Station St Albans Station