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The best things to do this week

Voice for Change
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Voice for Change

Watch a music documentary series narrating the stories of people from diverse backgrounds at this CBD exhibition

Cultural Diversity Week
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Cultural Diversity Week

Celebrate cultural diversity at this free festival filled with dance, music, entertainment and food

Skeleton Tree review
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Skeleton Tree review

One of Australia's most acclaimed choreographers is premiering a brand new work for Dance Massive

Cherry Bar Farewell Party
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Cherry Bar Farewell Party

Rock out one last time at Cherry Bar’s ACDC Lane digs with an all-day street party

Planetarium Nights
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Planetarium Nights

The Melbourne Planetarium is offering after-hours and adults-only access for a series of full-dome film screenings

Arbory Silent Comedy
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Arbory Silent Comedy

Laugh yourself silly with headphones on as the Arbory goes quiet during the Comedy Festival

Tiny House Festival Australia
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Tiny House Festival Australia

Save the date for Australia's first festival dedicated to tiny houses

A View from the Bridge review
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A View from the Bridge review

Arthur Miller's great American classic is returning to Melbourne thanks to MTC

Italian Sausage Masterclass
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Italian Sausage Masterclass

Make sausages and celebrate your hard work with a degustation lunch and wine at this sausage-making masterclass

We're All Going to Die
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We're All Going to Die

This mini-festival wants you to stop worrying and embrace life – because you’re going to die anyway

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The latest news

A direct Melbourne to Geelong ferry service is launching later this year

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A direct Melbourne to Geelong ferry service is launching later this year
This post-9/11 musical is coming to Melbourne at the perfect time

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This post-9/11 musical is coming to Melbourne at the perfect time
Moonee Ponds Creek could be getting a major revitalisation

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Moonee Ponds Creek could be getting a major revitalisation
An all-inclusive gin and cheese tour is coming to the Yarra Valley

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An all-inclusive gin and cheese tour is coming to the Yarra Valley
Melbourne is now home to an inner-city park on a rooftop

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Melbourne is now home to an inner-city park on a rooftop
Queen Victoria Market has announced a plastic bag and straw ban

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Queen Victoria Market has announced a plastic bag and straw ban
Melbourne's latest pop-up is dedicated to Indomie instant noodles

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Melbourne's latest pop-up is dedicated to Indomie instant noodles
Cloudstreet and Così are returning to Melbourne theatres

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Cloudstreet and Così are returning to Melbourne theatres
A CBD hotel has transformed one of its rooms into a (Pot)terrific magical chamber

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A CBD hotel has transformed one of its rooms into a (Pot)terrific magical chamber
This CBD rooftop is serving bottomless pizza by the slice for just $25

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This CBD rooftop is serving bottomless pizza by the slice for just $25
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Competitions and announcements

Win the ultimate day and night out at The Other Art Fair
Things to do Win the ultimate day and night out at The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair returns for the weekend of May 2-5

Win a Bar Schweppes cocktail experience at Garden State Hotel for you and three mates
Things to do Win a Bar Schweppes cocktail experience at Garden State Hotel for you and three mates

Schweppes Signature Series cocktails plus a $150 dining voucher equals a ripper of a night

Kick back at Melbourne Public's Sounds like Sunday
Things to do Kick back at Melbourne Public's Sounds like Sunday

Extend your weekend at this fresh new waterside Sunday sesh

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The best of Melbourne

50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
Things to do 50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

Wondering what to do in Melbourne? Take a look at our ultimate bucket list: 50 fun things to do in Melbourne, plus what makes the city great, from the food to the festivals and everything in between.

The best day trips from Melbourne
Travel The best day trips from Melbourne

If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne.

The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne
Restaurants The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to Melbourne's best restaurants, from fine dining to cheap eats

The best free things to do in Melbourne
Things to do The best free things to do in Melbourne

Expert tips for exploring the city's best attractions for zero dollars

The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows
Theatre The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows

Book in for the best Melbourne shows with our guide to new and upcoming theatre in Melbourne. Our theatre critics recommend the best shows to see right now, as well as the most exciting upcoming shows in Melbourne. For more Melbourne theatre information, check out our latest reviews and our guide to scoring cheap theatre tickets.

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
Bars The 50 best bars in Melbourne

From world-beating cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne

Where to find Melbourne's best street art
Art Where to find Melbourne's best street art

When you think Melbourne, some of the words that come to mind surely must be 'coffee', 'laneways' and 'street art'. Street art covers almost every nook and cranny of our creative, colourful city, but there are more highly concentrated clusters than others. These are the street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping: the city's ten best street mural hotspots, in all their spray-painted laneway glory. Continue your art journey through Melbourne at these free galleries, or purchase your very own piece of art at one of these weird and wonderful shops.

The best rooftop bars in Melbourne
Bars The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

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Melbourne area guides

Melbourne CBD
Things to do Melbourne CBD

The heart of the city, home to Chinatown and some of Melbourne's best restaurants and arts institutions. 

Fitzroy
Things to do Fitzroy

Arty shops, funky restaurants and bars and hipsters galore.

Windsor
Things to do Windsor

Great vintage stores, and don't miss the famous Art Deco Astor Theatre.

Collingwood
Things to do Collingwood

Inventive bars, geek girl boutiques and envelope-pushing eateries. Plus live music institutions. 

Elsternwick
Things to do Elsternwick

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.

Williamstown
Things to do Williamstown

We should err on the side of caution when describing Williamstown as “greater Melbourne”. Not only will the locals love to tell you it’s only 20 minutes to the city (and no tolls!), but there’s a beach that’s accessible via public transport, a gorgeous pier to stroll down and stunning views towards the city and across Port Phillip Bay. As Melbourne's first seaport, Williamstown has swiftly developed into a trendy seaside suburb with a village feel. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants, you can hop on a bike and circle the water’s edge, or just find a quiet spot to sit and think about all the things you still have left to do. Looking for more fun in the west? Check out our guides to Footscray and Yarraville while you're here.

Carlton
Things to do Carlton

Exceptional Italian food, gelato and coffee, plus an excellent museum and theatre.

St Kilda
Things to do St Kilda

Seaside retreat with plenty of cool bars and restaurants. 

Kensington
Things to do Kensington

Kensington has northwest charm in spades: there are wide, tree-lined streets, plenty of public transport and green spaces aplenty.

Footscray
Things to do Footscray

Multicultural hub, with dining options from all over the world and a thriving food scene.

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Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day
Things to do Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day

Get your best racewear ready for the Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day on Saturday, March 23. The event is one of the biggest race days on the autumn racing calendar, so you won't want to miss this.  On the day, there will be nine races on the card and the winner of the feature race, the Ladbrokes Mornington Cup, will receive free entry into the 2019 Caulfield Cup. There's plenty going on trackside too including live music, food trucks and bars with a view of the races. While you're there, check out the Beach Club, a new addition to Mornington Racecourse this year. Punters will be able to kick back and relax on lounge chairs in this race day haven that will still have views of the day's nine races. If you're bringing kids along, the kids and family area offers entertainment, activities and family-friendly food options.  Spend the day at the Steller Garden Bar where you’ll be able to take advantage of a prime position by the tracks and enjoy the races against a backdrop of live music and a shaded garden enclosure. Tickets to the Steller Garden Bar ($160 per person) also includes an all-inclusive food and drinks package featuring hawker-themed food stalls plus beer, wine and sparkling. Meanwhile, the Crittenden Estate Marquee will be hosting a luxe three-course luncheon with an all-inclusive beverage package ($220) that will showcase the best drops from one of Mornington Peninsula's oldest wineries. This will take place in a private garden enclosure adorned with stunning floral

Time Out Bar Awards 2019: recap
Bars Time Out Bar Awards 2019: recap

More than 500 people packed into Transport Public Bar in Federation Square on a Sunday afternoon to toast the best in the hospitality business.  Hosted by the very funny Rhys Nicholson (who doesn’t love a free comedy show thrown in with an awards ceremony?), the event saw ten awards given out across a range of categories. Guests were treated to delicious drinks, great food, sweet tunes from DJ Coco Brown, with a copy of the new Time Out Bar Awards issue to take home at the end of the night. Attendees were also in the running to take home their very own crystal glassware from Waterford simply by taking a snap with the Mobsta crew in the Waterford area. The snack game was strong, with Southern fried chicken, pizzas, charcuterie and cheese platters courtesy of Transport Public Bar doing the rounds. People were sipping on free-flowing Espresso Martinis on tap, Malibu Piña Coladas, Altos Tequila cocktails, Urban Alley beers, and a bespoke cocktail from Perrier. As if that wasn't enough they also got to sample Riot Wines’ wine in a can from McLaren Vale, and ciders from Hills Cider Co. So who emerged victorious in the 2019 Time Out Bar Awards? Fitzroy cocktail bar the Everleigh was named Bar of the Year. The Everleigh is where you get the exacting standards, beautiful surrounds and whip-smart service of a high-end bar in London, but right here in the heart of Melbourne. The Everleigh is the very definition of putting our best drink forward.As well as the top gong, the Best C

Briefs: Close Encounters
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Briefs: Close Encounters

If you've never seen the all-male burlesque sensation Briefs, this intergalactic fusion of circus, comedy and cabaret is the perfect starting point. The show has just been a big hit on London's West End and is coming to Arts Centre Melbourne for a limited season. Our friends up at Time Out Sydney absolutely loved the show when it played Sydney Festival last year, giving it a glowing five-star review. They wrote: "It’s been ten years since Briefs first strutted onto a Brisbane stage. In the last decade the group has become an international indie cabaret phenomenon. "Close Encounters sees them take a bold and optimistic leap, while refining what they do. That’s not to say this dirty and dangerous variety show has a strong emphasis on ‘refinement’, simply that it requires real intelligence and creativity to craft a party this wild. The result is perfectly paced, keeping its audience screaming in delight from start to finish. It stands head and shoulders above its cohort of 2010s alt-cabaret. "The company has been blending striptease, dance, acrobatics, comedy and aerial work for several years, but this year’s mix is particularly potent. The technical prowess of these performers is impressive, but the show stands out for its ability to reach out to the audience (sometimes literally) and subvert every expectation. "The entire show looks spectacular and feels coherent: the acts are drawn together by retro-futuristic costuming from Dallas Delaforce (think The Jetsons, Lost in

Billionaire Boy
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Billionaire Boy

What would it be like to have a billion dollars? It seems like winning life's lottery (perhaps literally!) would mean an end to any and all problems, but for 12-year-old Joe, mo money does mean mo problems.  Joe has everything a kid could want, including a golden underwater Ferrari (we assume just for show; he is 12, after all) and his very own cinema. But that does not mean his life is gilded. He has altercations with the school bully and has to make his peace with his dad's new girlfriend (no mean feat), as well as facing the scariest thing of all for a kid: the world's worst school canteen. There is an Auslan-interpreted performance at noon on April 6 and a relaxed performance for those with stimulus sensitivities on April 10 at 11am.  Based on the heartwarming book by David Walliams, Billionaire Boy has been adapted for the stage by Maryam Master, who also wrote the play based on Walliams' Mr Stink. The show is appropriate for kids six and up.

Win a trip to Jamaica with Red Stripe
Bars Win a trip to Jamaica with Red Stripe

Red Stripe is a smooth, full bodied amber lager from the sandy beaches of Jamaica where it was first brewed, over 90 years ago. Named after the red stripe that used to run down Jamaican police uniforms, Red Stripe is an unpretentious drop that goes down nice’n’easy. Fans of the beer have the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Jamaica in July 2019. The prize includes return economy flights, hotel accommodation in Montego Bay, and daily activities. To win one of two trips for two people, simply purchase a Red Stripe from a participating venue, take a creative photo with the Red Stripe promotional coaster that you’ll receive with your purchase, and post it to Instagram, tagging #RedStripeAus and the venue where you bought your Red Stripe. Remember to have your Instagram set to public. The two most creative posts will win. The competition is open from February 1 to May 19, 2019. The prize trip must be taken on July 17-21, 2019, and cannot be changed, transferred or redeemed for cash. Go here for more information and terms and conditions. So, where can you enjoy Red Stripe and get that promotional coaster? Here's the list:  Jack and Bones Island BarJack and Bones Island Bar prides itself on being Melbourne’s “only Hawaiian bar”, but that's not its exclusive focus. Among the tiki drinks you can get yourself a taste of Jamaica’s famous brew. The Barkly HotelTucked in the corner of Barkly and Grey Street, this is a locals’ bar down on street level that does a hango

Peninsula Picnic
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Peninsula Picnic

Roll out your picnic rug and don't bother with the food: The Peninsula Picnic is back. On March 30, Mornington Racecourse will be transformed as the region's biggest food, wine and music event brings the Mornington Peninsula's restaurants, wineries and producers together. Enjoy musical entertainment by the Rubens, Sarah Blasko, Tia Gostelow, Latin band San Lazaro and folk artist Fraser A. Gordon. Make the most of the country harvest atmosphere and see what the local chefs, restaurants and wineries have brought along with them by way of nibbles and tipples. Some of the region's best producers, including Jackalope’s Rare Hare, Montalto, Green Olive at Red Hill, Max’s Restaurant, Tuck’s Ridge and many more. There will be wines from T’Gallant, Prancing Horse, Quealy and Kerri Greens, beers from Wild Yak and cocktails from Pimm's (what would a summer picnic be without them?).  Pack a few shopping bags before you go, as there will be a marketplace selling fresh local produce, wines, and homemade and artisan wares. The Peninsula Picnic is a family-friendly event. Tickets: $89 available from www.peninsulapicnic.com.au.

Maria Bamford: The Irrelevant Redundancy
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Maria Bamford: The Irrelevant Redundancy

Maria Bamford is a veteran of stand-up comedy, having released a whole bunch of albums and DVDs in between film and TV appearances. But she's returning to Melbourne for the first time since 2011 with an even bigger following thanks to her acclaimed Netflix series Lady Dynamite, a dark and quirky semi-autobiographical comedy about a woman trying to rebuild her life after a difficult bout of bipolar disorder. She's doing just five performances of her show, The Irrelevant Redundancy, at the Forum. 

Tang Xianzu the Playwright in Concert
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Tang Xianzu the Playwright in Concert

Tang Xianzu was a 16th-century Chinese dramatist who gained notoriety for his four interconnected plays known as The Four Dreams of Linchuan. He’s now affectionately known as the Shakespeare of the East, and his personal history and public work are being given new life in Tang Xianzu the Playwright in Concert. More than 100 talented musicians from the Symphony Orchestra and Opera of Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) will perform in this reimagined Chinese opera exploring different stages of Xianzu’s life, with inspiration from his four great works. The four plays, Zi chai ji (The Purple Hairpin), Nan ke ji (A Dream Under a Southern Bough), Handan Meng (Dream of Handan), and Mu Dan Ting (The Peony Pavilion), were all originally performed as traditional Chinese operas (known as Kunqu) , so this reinterpretation should provide an exciting angle for modern audiences. The first three plays are often compared to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with their surreal representation of human desires, ambition and motivations delivered through a dream-like narrative. The fourth and most famous play, The Peony Pavilion, is rooted in the reality of tragic romantic comedies and is intricately developed across 55 scenes. This enthralling story will make its way in operatic form to Melbourne for one night only at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday, April 5. The two-hour concert will be performed in Chinese language, with English subtitles. If you’re ready to get inside the

Single Asian Female
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Single Asian Female

This is a review of the 2018 Sydney season of Single Asian Female. The play is having its Melbourne premiere as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with most of the original cast returning. Jing Xuan Chan is replacing Alex Lee as Zoe and Tatum Mottin is playing Lana. Read our interview about the play's Sydney debut with playwright Michelle Law. It’s rare to see a playwriting debut that comes with a fully-defined, genuinely funny and self-assured voice, but writer Michelle Law has leapt into the world of theatre without so much as a tremble. Single Asian Female is a gem: an essential new play about the contemporary Australian experience through the eyes of restaurant-owner Pearl Wong and her daughters Zoe and Mei. Pearl (Hsiao-Ling Tang) runs the Golden Phoenix, a Chinese restaurant, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. She’s been doing it alone since her husband left and it’s clear from the beginning that the separation was far from amicable – Pearl tells us so herself, breaking the fourth wall in the middle of a triumphant karaoke rendition of ‘I Will Survive’, a signifier of her finally-settled divorce. But there’s something troubling Pearl even now in her newfound freedom, and she just wants to talk to her daughters about it – if they can all find the time to just sit and be together. It’s hard, because life, as always, gets in the way. For Zoe (Alex Lee), that means her auditions to become the professional violinist she’s always dreamed of being – not to me

New Order
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New Order

This Melbourne International Comedy Festival show shares one thing in common with the English rock band of the same name – you’re going to see someone up on stage from the motherland. New Order is a comedy show where you get to see the freshest young talent from the UK and Ireland on stage for 15 minutes a pop. Previously hosting talents like Ivo Graham and Emma Sidi, this is the show you go when you want to smugly tell your friends in a year’s time that you saw the most popular new comedian before they were famous. This year’s fantastic four is looking like a particularly strong line-up. Irish superstar Catherine Bohart is fresh off her Edinburgh debut in 2018 and she’s previously written for BBC Radio 4. She’s joined by Chris Washington, who was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Awards in 2017 thanks to his relatable and heart-warming humour. Man in a sparkly tracksuit Mawaan Rizwan combines skilful physicality and confessional stand-up to charm his audiences. Last on the bill is high energy Rosie Jones, who sold out her Edinburgh debut in 2018 and has appeared on the Last Leg and 8 Out of 10 Cats, bringing a highly anticipated set to Melbourne Town Hall. Tickets range from $27-34 with all shows at the Melbourne Town Hall, making it a really accessible gateway into the world of stand-up, or a great excuse to get bang for your buck during the Comedy Festival.

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