Things to do in Melbourne this weekend
Watching all eight Harry Potter films in one feverish marathon is a bit like taking a road trip across the entire country or starting a vegetable patch: it's a feat often talked about, but rarely acted upon. Potter fans, now is the time to make the dream a reality. The Astor Theatre is again putting on the entire Harry Potter saga from 11am onwards on Saturday, October 20. For anyone still awake, the marathon also includes a screening of the 70mm version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is an emotional rollercoaster lasting almost 24 hours; casual fans need not apply. For those hardcore enough to settle in for the entire journey, make sure you accio tickets ASAP, because tickets will sell out faster than the time it takes for Neville Longbottom to lose Trevor, his pet toad.
A huge, immersive Halloween festival is coming to Melbourne for the first time this October. Hauntville is a festival celebrating all things spooky, scary and macabre, and it's popping up at Burnley Circus Park in the lead-up to Halloween. Scaredy cats are advised not to come – Hauntville isn’t for the faint-hearted. At the festival you’ll find two hair-raising haunted houses, creepy performers, carnival games, food trucks, the ‘Fright Night’ bar and a haunted graveyard (tread lightly lest you wake the dead). Scared of clowns? You will be. Hauntville’s Cirque du Slay haunted house is crawling with demonic clowns and creatures summoned by dark forces. Make it through alive and you’re ready for the Yarra River Coffinworks, a dank and musty haunted house infested with snakes, spiders, rats and the screams of the undead. If you need a breather after that, drop into the haunted food festival, where you can grab a bite from food trucks like Bavarian Bangers, Poke Time and 196 Below.
[Sponsored] Australia’s longest running indie design and art fair is returning to the Royal Exhibition Building for three days. As always the Finders Keepers is about giving designers, makers, artists and crafters a platform to showcase their wares. A line-up of both established and up-and-coming designers will descend on Melbourne to show off their handcrafted and meticulously designed goods. It's the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping done early, particularly for those people who are impossible to buy for.
The Melbourne Festival is a world-renowned celebration of the finest art from across the country and the globe. Melburnians have come to expect some serious talent headlining their festival, and this year is no exception. If you're after something spectacular, the Royal Botanic Gardens are being taken over by some epic fire sculptures. On the complete opposite end of the scale is a magical miniature theatre work experienced in a private booth. See our highlights from the 2018 line-up.
Need some greenery in your life? Make a beeline for the Royal Botanic Gardens over the weekend of October 20 and 21 for a bonza spring plant sale. The sale will take place on the Acmena Bed Lawn, opposite the Tropical Glasshouse, which you can reach via Gate E. Throughout the weekend you’ll be able to choose from a variety of plants including Australian natives, herbs, succulents and shrubs. The sale will run on Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sunday, 10am to 3pm. All proceeds from the plant sales will go to support the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.
1000 Doors a maze of doors, some locked, some open, some leading to corridors and rooms, and some leading to cupboards and dead ends. Visitors will be able to walk through the installation, opening whatever doors they fancy and discovering new and interesting pathways through the maze. The work is designed by Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, who were also behind House of Mirrors. 1000 Doors appears as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival line-up.
It’s unlikely that any photographer boasts a portfolio like Australian artist Polly Borland’s. It’s as chock full with celebrities as it is with fetishists – Borland spent five years documenting the surreal lives of adults who get their kicks by dressing up as infants. But it’s the wild diversity of her work that is perhaps its most distinctive quality. In Polyverse, the showcase of her new and recent work at the NGV, another facet of Borland’s photography will be on display. These otherworldly images feature human subjects distorted with stockings, gags and lumps of padding; smeared with make-up; bodies straining and restrained in poses that are both sexually charged and monstrous. It’s a collection that toes a fine yet powerful line between shock and awe.
In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers – and falls in love with – struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer, until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Particle/Wave, a new audiovisual work presented in the Melbourne Planetarium as part of Melbourne Festival, brings artists and scientists together to create a 60-minute experience about the first ever detection of gravitational waves, on September 14, 2015. According to one of the scientists involved in this project, directed by Alicia Sometimes, that detection marks the world’s most significant scientific discovery in several decades. Not only does Particle/Wave make all of this easily digestible (although please don’t ask us non-science folk to explain gravitational waves to you without the aide of a program), it’s a surprisingly moving experience that inspires wonder in its audience.
The Crap Music Rave Party returns this October to enable all your terrible music choices. If you missed it last time around, Tomás Ford – Australia's alt-cabaret prince – will play any tune so long as it's shit. Seriously, all those songs that your average party DJ refuses to spin are fair game, so prepare for an eve of pop, dance and disco at its trashiest. Previously the party has taken place at the Gaso and at (the now closed) Bella Union, but it's now found a slightly more permanent home with a residency at Evie's Disco Diner in Fitzroy. You can now find Ford spinning so-bad-they're-good beats at the '80s-inspired venue. Expect everything from Hanson, Britney and the Backstreet Boys to John Farnham, Alanis Morissette and "that smooth jazz song from Community".
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