Things to do in Melbourne this week
The Original Chai Co is the all about delivering an authentic and aromatic cup of chai – so no lattes, saccharine syrups or sticky mixes here – it's all about using a traditional blended masala spice mix. You can get a taste for this classic Indian pick-me-up at a colourful pop-up van that is pouring hot cuppas each Monday through Friday. You can choose from masala chai in the morning, and in the afternoon there are chocolate or turmeric blends starting at $4. Find the van parked at Melbourne Central's Knox Lane near Boost Juice from 7.30am-5.30pm.
The latest solo show from Nicola Gunn looks at the ethical minefield of using children in art. Gunn is one of Melbourne’s most adventurous theatre-makers and live artists. Working With Children is Gunn's new one-woman show, telling the story of an artist who works with children. It’s not based on Gunn’s own experiences – or really any individual’s experiences – but Gunn was inspired to make the show after seeing an explosion in the number of artists using children in their work.
This is one for the sweet tooths out there. Fitzroy café Grub Food Van is back with Sweet Set for 2018, a series of Sunday afternoon tea sessions. Melbourne's best makers of sweet things will take turns in the kitchen to come up with delicious treats at this weekly event. Next up they've got Anthony Hart and Michael Furness from Don't Lose Your Temper (Sun Sep 2), Hayley McKee from Sticky Fingers Bakery (Sun Sep 9), Matt Forbes from Cobb Lane (Sun Sep 16), Andrea Reiss from Bibelot (Sun Sep 23) as well as French pastry chef Pierrick Boyer on the final Sweet Set on Sunday September 30.
To put it lightly, this is huge. Melbourne is the (temporary) home of masterpieces by Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Mark Rothko... the list goes on. They're on loan from New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Many of these works have never been seen in Australia before, and the exhibition is exclusive to Melbourne, taking up the entire ground floor of NGV International.
Every weekend until September 23, the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre is offering visitors the chance to cuddle, pat, feed, play and take photos with their adorable dingo cubs and friendly dingo adults. Every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm, guests will have the chance to spend some quality time with these little fuzz-balls, and also learn about what makes the dingos so special from the sanctuary’s team of keepers.
If you’ve been pining for the fiery, political Spike Lee of Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X, good news: BlacKkKlansman has the director back to his energised best. Lee's police infiltration period piece is as a high-energy filleting of modern-day America and stars John David Washington and Adam Driver. Read our four-star review here.
Wonderland is a highly interactive and immersive journey through Alice in Wonderland's many incarnations in pop culture over the years, from Lewis Carroll's original texts to countless adaptations. The exhibition begins with the earliest moving image adaptations of Carroll’s three Alice stories, and moves chronologically through each major work. The result is an exploration of the evolution of film, as Alice graduates from silent film into animation, live-action cinema, CGI, 3D and video games.
What happens after you've found the one and settled down? That's the question asked in James Fritz's play, set ten years after a couple – who, for legal purposes are definitely not Ross and Rachel from Friends, but share a near identical back story – finally come together in the belief that they'll live happily ever after. The play is performed by one woman (Jessica Stanley in this production at Theatre Works), who takes on the role of a man and a woman in a relationship that isn't exactly all they'd imagined. Apparently she's his lobster, but what happens when his entitlement starts to get out of hand?
Tokyo Tina is entering Melbourne's overstuffed brunch scene, but it is doing things a little differently. Tokyo Tina has launched 'bingo academy' – a rather illustrious title for what is essentially a boozy, Japanese-style brunch with some bingo thrown in. Every Sunday the venue will run two bingo brunches complete with Bloody Marys, bottomless Aperol spritzes, bubbly and beer. The bingo itself will be hosted by the giggle-inducing Granny Bingo trio, who will give you a new appreciation of the age-old game. Plus you can win prizes like restaurant vouchers, temporary control of the jukebox and bragging rights.
Ruby chocolate, which is made from the ruby cocoa bean, is the newest type of chocolate to grace our tastebuds in more than 80 years, and churro chain San Churro is offering a ruby chocolate tasting. For $35 you can try ruby chocolate over the course of an hour while a voice in headphones guides you through a two-part chocolate tasting. The tasting finishes with San Churro's delicious Spanish churros which will be covered in this brand-new chocolate flavour and a scented berry mist.
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