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Craig Silvey’s hugely popular novel Jasper Jones, about a teenage boy’s awakening to love, death, racism and family secrets in smalltown WA, has been very successfully adapted to the stage, and now it takes its big screen bow under the direction of Rachel Perkins.
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Pets in the Park
Parade your prized pet, be it furry, feathered or scaled, with other proud owners down at Pets in the Park. There will be the chance to enter your loyal four-legged companion 'best dressed' and 'best trick' competitions, plus lots of stalls with the latest in pet innovations and products. Some seriously talented animals will also be making an appearance, including That Dancing Guy and his pupstars Cynder, Sprocket and Bonnie, who will all be showing off their dancing skills. You can also see agility, stunt and skill demonstrations from the Kong 4 Paws Disc Dogs by Goochy’s Behavioural Training, Melbourne Canine Freestyle and the Flipping Disc Dogz. The Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs Australia will also be on the ground to answer questions and offer demonstrations and information, while the Roo Keepers' Mobile Zoo will introduce kids to local wildlife, including snakes, dingoes and crocs. Channel Ten’s Mike Larkan will return as host and animal expert and celebrity vet Dr Jack Ayerbe with be on hand for a special Q and A panel. All pets are welcome, but you need to keep them secure.
Mr Macellaio's Meat Shop
As a New York-style purveyor of delicious meatballs, ball jokes and Italian wines, Meatball & Wine Bar was a pretty easy sell to the masses. It comes as no surprise then that this expanding brand (which already has outposts in the CBD, Collingwood, Richmond and Chapel St) is building on their meat mastery with a butcher specialising in traditional Italian produce. Mr Macellaio’s Meat Shop specialises in – you guessed it – meat. They serve organic, free range and preservative free cuts, along with dry aged beef, burger patties and gourmet Italian sausages. They’ll be selling ready-to-eat meals, with a subscription service on its way. Ticks for authenticity come via the name, ‘macellaio’, which is Italian for butcher.
Spend happy hour at Saké Jr
Saké Jr, the more casual younger sibling to contemporary Japanese restaurant Saké Restaurant and Bar, is about to become your go-to after work hang out. From 5 to 7pm weekdays, Saké Jr are serving up $5 drink specials alongside their seriously delicious Japanese feeds. Take your tastebuds on a tour of neo-Tokyo inspired snacks including Japanese fried chicken, bao buns and ramen bowls inspired by Neil Perry. Add in $5 Japanese craft beers and $5 local wines and you’ve got your own Japan-inspired dinner adventure. Saké Jr’s new after work happy hour specials are now available at both CBD stores in Bourke Street and St Collins Lane on Collins Street.
Have your pre and post AFL match drinks at the Duke
Melbourne’s oldest pub has you covered for all your pre- and post-game needs. Featuring a contemporary menu and extensive beverage list, the Duke is the ideal place to kick on after the final footy siren blares. Enjoy pan fried potato gnocchi, parmesan and lemon crumbed veal schnitzel and a whopper 300g Darling Downs scotch fillet, or opt for something sweet from the dessert menu like mini lamington doughnuts and chocolate and orange waffles. Up for a pre-game? The Duke run Happy Hour from 4 to 6pm daily, with all schooners, house wines and house spirits at $7.50 a pop. Didn’t get tickets to a match? Never fear. The Duke will be playing games live and loud in their public bar.