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Mercedes me X Design: The Plant Society
Mercedes me is welcoming botany maestros The Plant Society for its very own venue residency this month, which will be complemented by both a custom installation and a super fun DIY workshop. The Plant Society is made up of some of Melbourne's coolest green-thumbed, interior-focused legends, spearheaded by founder Jason Chongue. First up, the greenery collective will be flexing their skills, installing a custom piece of greenery in Mercedes me's CBD café which will be the focal point of the weeklong residency. You'll also get the chance to learn from Melbourne’s coolest interior horticulturalists when The Plant Society host a hands-on workshop on Monday October 15 at 6pm. Tickets are $30 and you'll learn all about all the ins and outs of taking care of indoor plants. Founder Jason Chongue will also be back in on Wednesday October 17 for an in-depth in conversation at 6pm. If you want to take a piece of the plant action home, the Plant Society will also have a pop-up shop so you can browse through a selection of succulents, ferns and indoor plants. Whether you're a proud plant mum or a professional fern killer, the Plant Society's pop-up at Mercedes Me will have tips and tricks, plus take-home fun that'll no doubt enhance your knowledge of plants. Grab your tickets to Jason Chongue's in conversation here and find out more about Mercedes Me x Design featuring the Plant Society here.
Go on an adventurous meander through regional Victoria this November
As the weather warms up, regional Victoria also heats up with plenty of adventures. Planning an itinerary is the best way to ensure you make the most of your time, so you can see beautiful natural landmarks, historic towns and national parklands. There are also art galleries, regional cultural events, bustling food markets and historic precincts to explore. We’ve planned out the perfect three-day itinerary to ensure you can take in all that regional Victoria has to offer during November. Friday November 16First up head to the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, where you can spy native wildlife and flora. You can also seek out the Goldfields Track – a point-to-point 210km track – that takes you through both historic towns and tranquil forests; or the 60-kilometre Bendigo Bushland Trail. You can also visit Castlemaine’s Botanical Gardens, which has trust-listed trees, a sprawling playground and plenty of bushland. After all this exploring you’ll be hungry so head to Barker Street for noodles, or if you feel like getting a little fancy try Bistro Lola. You can also try a local craft beer at Shedshaker Brewing Company before heading to a show at the Theatre Royal or Phee Broadway Theatre. Saturday November 17Start out with a fresh water swim at the Golden Point Reservoir before getting breakfast at an excellent local café, like Fig, Saffs or Togs. Make sure you save some room so you can graze on pastries and cakes at the Wesley Hill Market, then head from Castlemai
This Hamlet will lip-sync for his life (and death) at Melbourne Festival
Following the yellow brick road led performance artist, actor and lip-sync master Dickie Beau past Judy Garland and on to a murder of Hamlets in Melbourne Festival highlight Re-Member Me. Beau’s interest in lip-sync was sparked by a chance meeting with the impeccably-named San Francisco drag queen Suppositori Spelling. He says he was, “quite blown away by the virtuosity of what she was doing,” expanding on the traditional lip sync territory of power ballads and torch songs with spoken word performance. At the time, Beau had been wrestling with how to use the witty, and infamously cranky, tapes made by Garland in preparation for a memoir she never wrote. “It seemed inconceivable to do that and not use her voice, so [Blackout] was the first lip sync show that I did,” he says, chuckling. “Since then I’ve developed quite a heady artistic rationale as I’ve carried on for about ten years now.” Blackout shows featuring the vocals of Marilyn Monroe and Amy Winehouse followed before Re-Member Me, which is haunted by the ghosts of tragic princes past. Beau inhabits the dulcet tones of Sirs Ian McKellen, Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Day-Lewis and others as he explores the irresistible – occasionally egotistical – pull of Shakespeare’s most-sought after male role. “There’s this academic called Andy Lavender who talks about how behind every production trails this army of ghosts,” Beau says. “Actors do it because then you know you’ve really made it. Directors do it because of the gravit
Win a San Telmo feast and Argentinian wine tasting for you and seven friends
Oh boy, this is a fantastic prize for anyone who loves grilled meats and South American wines. Time Out and San Telmo are giving away a lunch at the restaurant for eight (!) guests featuring all the San Telmo best-selling menu items – empanadas, vacío (flank steak), chorizo, morcilla, and other traditional dishes and dulce de leche desserts. This lunch comes with a wine tasting of four Argentinian wines and an information session hosted by Emilia Flotts – an Argentinian-born Melbourne wine expert. If you win, the lunch can be redeemed any day from January to March 2019 (Saturday to Tuesday only), bookings subject to availability. Winning is simple: just sign up below before October 25, 2018. Want to increase your chances of winning? Why not share this link with seven friends and you can all enter? Good luck! ENTER HERE