Things to do in Melbourne today
There are few musical theatre songs that have attained the anthem status bestowed upon ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’. Most composers dream of creating just one tune so universally hummable – the kind that keeps the money rolling in in the form of royalty cheques long after the composer has passed on. Andrew Lloyd Webber, who penned that earworm for his 1978 musical-cum-rock opera, Evita, is responsible for a handful of them. So it’s quite a moment when, at the start of Evita’s second act, Australia’s own Tina Arena steps forward on the balcony of the Casa Rosada as Argentina’s controversial first lady, Eva Perón, to deliver the song. The clarity and warmth of her voice is astonishing as she, along with the Opera Australia orchestra, weaves a musical tale of triumph and yearning. And, of course, it’s glorious. Wrenching. The kind of singing that makes you hold your breath, anticipating the next phrase. The stuff that musical theatre dreams are made of. Eva is declaring her love to the working-class people of Argentina, who’ve just elected her husband to power. She appears to be pouring her heart out and seducing the nation. And then, something unexpected happens. She turns away from the crowd, her whole demeanour changes – the spell of seduction is broken – and she sings nefariously to her husband: “Just listen to that, the voice of Argentina. We are adored, we are loved.” That cynicism and winking eye is a large part of the appeal of Evita, which tracks the meteoric rise o
Grab a deckchair and make yourself comfortable – Melbourne's Rooftop Cinema at Rooftop Bar in the city hosts an impressive roster of cult classics and new releases each summer. The first part of the season a run of this year's biggest flicks including A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Blackkklansman, Avengers: Infinity War, Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Suspiria. Classics like Napoleon Dynamite, Heathers, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Crow, Casablanca, Clueless and more will bring up those retro feels. Fuel up from Rooftop Bar’s burger stand, where you can also get your choc-top and popcorn fix ahead of the screening. The venue is fully licenced, so you can sip on Rooftop Bar's wide selection of beers, wines, ciders and cocktails.
To celebrate the NGV’s major summer exhibition Between Two Worlds which will feature the endlessly fascinating works of Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins will be putting on a very special high tea experience. The Monochromatic High Tea will run for four weeks only at Sofitel’s first-floor café Sofi’s Lounge. Punters will be able to enjoy sweet treats inspired by MC Escher’s black and white works, including black sesame waffle cones with salted caramel, passionfruit and coconut chiboust, white chocolate opera slices with blackened coffee gel, and a special Escher’s Black Rose with raspberry sponge and blueberry jelly, rose and white chocolate mousse on hazelnut dacquoise. All dishes will be served on custom-made Escher-esque high tea stands, so you can tuck into lime meringues with ash choux profiteroles, charcoal scones and an assortment of finger sandwiches in true Escher style. Each dish has been crafted by Sofitel’s pastry chef David Hann to bring out some of Escher’s most daring works. Guests will also receive a glass of sparkling wine, Madame Flavour loose leaf teas and espresso coffee for $55 per person. You can also up the ante by signing up for free-flowing sparkling for $65, or replenished sweets and savoury dishes for $70, or high tea with Taittinger Champagne for $75 per person. Monochromatic High Tea is available on weekdays during the month of December, with two sessions at noon and 3pm.
Did you know that 2018 marks Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary? To celebrate this major milestone, Disney has announced a big art exhibition opening in Melbourne this summer that will honour the cartoon mouse’s legacy. The Mickey-inspired art exhibition will be unveiled at Melbourne Central’s Shot Tower on Saturday, November 17 and stick around all summer. The exhibition will include the work of 90 different artists who have created 90 original pieces all celebrating Mickey and his ongoing footprint (or should we say ear-print?) The exhibition has been produced by Radio Velvet and includes work from a host of local and international talent. For the super fans, there will also be a range of Mickey-inspired merchandise for sale at the Arthouse.
Screening 33 fresh new releases, golden oldies and critically acclaimed alternative films, American Express Openair Cinemas offers movie fanatics much more than the average cinematic experience. From November 29-December 21, St Kilda Foreshore will be taken over by a packed program of live entertainment, dining, music and dog dates. Yes, that’s right, dogs. Proud puppy parents can snuggle up to their own wonder dogs while they quote the cue cards in Love Actually, thrill to Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, or watch box office hits like Bohemian Rhapsody or Dirty Dancing. You’re sure to work up an appetite with all the excitement, so grab a slice of something covered in cheese from the Italian masters at Ladro. They're curating a menu for the evening, complemented by gourmet ice cream from Häagen-Dazs. Beer will come by way of 4 Pines, there’ll be fine drops from Giesen Wines, refreshing fruity brews from Black Devil Cider plus Pimms aperitifs. Your American Express Card membership is your golden ticket to the exclusive lounge area. You’ll receive the VIP treatment, complete with a comfortable bean bag chair, blanket, movie snacks and the best view in the house. There’s also a tidy 15 per cent off selected tickets for members, plus access to the American Express Garden for sunset tipples.
Coburg Night Market get better every year and it's little wonder, considering that it was founded by the team behind the Queen Victoria Night Market in 2010. Every Friday night from November 30 to December 21, Coburg Night Market will come alive with more than 85 food and artisan stalls, as well as live music and interactive entertainment. Melbourne’s diverse community is truly on show with the versatile dishes served up by the street food vendors. Run by Moreland City Council, over 30 food vendors will be dishing up delicious street food at the weekly night market. There will be vegan, vegetarian and halal-friendly options available too. Much like the food available, music and entertainment have also been sourced from Melbourne's global communities. Each Friday, the night market will have two stages: one showcasing local independent record labels, and the other will have Hope St Radio on DJ duty. The market will take place right before Christmas, giving shoppers a great chance to pick up some artisanal gifts too.
Everyone who grew up in Melbourne understands the magic of the Myer Christmas windows. Every year the display is different, and every year the scenes make the children of Melbourne squeal with delight. Melbourne Museum is creating a very special exhibition to celebrate the Myer Christmas windows of years gone by. The museum wants help in creating the exhibition, putting a call out for Melburnians to share their memories of the Myer Christmas windows. The exhibition itself will include more than 250 quirky and interesting characters from windows in past years. There will also be sketches, prototypes, props and animatronics. Many of these creations are based on children's storybooks, and they're sure to delight young visitors – and perhaps create pangs of nostalgia for those with their own memories of Christmas as children.
Oh buoy! The team behind massive outdoor eatery and beer garden Arbory Bar and Eatery have brought back their famed floating bar and restaurant Arbory Afloat for summer. The giant, nautical-themed floating pontoon has moored itself alongside Arbory’s permanent fixture beside platform 13 of Flinders Street Station. This year Arbory Afloat has teamed up with Parks Victoria to create a barge that's 19 metres bigger than last year’s (it now sits at over 69 metres in length). As well as boasting 360-degree views of the Yarra River and the CBD skyline, Arbory Afloat has an extensive cocktail list (think fruit-driven cocktails like Pomegranate Daquiris and Watermelon Sangria) and a Mediterranean-inspired wine list. Hungry? You can dig into fresh seafood including grilled southern calamari and eight different wood-fired pizzas. Entertainment has been curated by Sky Lab and will feature some of the country's buzziest DJs who will be soundtracking your balmy evenings all throughout summer. A curated session called Arbory.Live will happen every weekend and feature music acts, DJs and theatrical performances. Look out for Supple Fox who will be bringing their roving theatrical performance 'Aviary at Arbory' to Arbory Afloat. Expect a flock of avian creatures flocking to the barge at sunset with a series of song and dance performances. Arbory Afloat will be open from 11am to 1am, seven days a week, including Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. If last summer is anything to go by, Ar
Think you can’t see the Moon indoors? Think again. Scienceworks has announced an exciting new exhibition for December, which lets visitors take in a replica of the Moon close up. Museum of the Moon is essentially a seven-metre diameter spherical sculpture that features large-scale NASA imagery of the lunar surface. It’s shown at a scale of 1:500,000, which means each centimetre of the sculpture represents five kilometres of the Moon’s actual surface. Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon has travelled over the world in recent years. What’s cool about the installation is that it blends detailed lunar imagery, internally illuminated “moonlight” and a specially designed soundtrack created by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones. Virtual reality experience and game Opaque Space: Earthlight – Lunar Hub will illuminate the way you experience the moon, as well. This 40-minute experience will feature 20 minutes in-game and uses headsets and backpack PCs to allow players to move freely around the play space. Entrance to Opaque Space will have an additional charge. There will also be an exciting range of public programs during the Museum of the Moon's residency. Entrance into the exhibition is included with museum entry (free for children and concession and $15 for adults).
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 upcoming 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. You could be forgiven for assuming the various phases of her output – spanning mainstream fashion editorials to avant garde tapestries – were created by different artists. And yet there is a unifying thread that binds her canon together. Borland’s images often hide a dual personality, albeit on a sometimes inscrutable level. Emotional extremes are superimposed, challenging the viewer to make sense of an underlying contradiction. “I think that’s partly the success of my work, but it’s also partly its downfall too,” Borland says of the duality found her shots. “When you’re conveying insights or ideas or other ways of seeing things, you’re giving the viewer another way of looking at the world. But I think what y
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