Things to do in Melbourne today
A historical exhibition commemorating the life of South African leader and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela has arrived in Melbourne. Mandela My Life: The Exhibition will chronicle Mandela’s ongoing fight for freedom and human rights amidst apartheid in South Africa with a collection of original artifacts, memorabilia as well as film and audio archives. The exhibition is endorsed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, an organisation set up in 1999 by Mandela as a vehicle for his charitable, rural development and diplomatic work. It will be the first time such a comprehensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia associated with the former president has ever left South Africa. Coming to the Melbourne Museum in September 2018, the exhibition’s premiere coincides with what would have been Mandela’s 100th birthday.
The Jewish International Film Festival hits town this October and November, showcasing more than 60 films from 23 countries. This year’s festival will include 31 feature films and 28 documentaries, including Love, Gilda, a film dedicated to comedy legend and original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner. JIFF's opening night film will be comedy-tragedy The Interpreter, which tells the tale of a Holocaust survivor who wishes to seek revenge on the former SS officer who killed his parents but instead ends up on a road trip with the officer’s son. Other highlights of the program include Russian historical movie Sobibor and Seder Masochism, an animated musical comedy film featuring animation by American artist Nina Paley. The Jewish International Film Festival will screen at Elsternwick’s Classic Cinemas, Hawthorn’s Lido Cinemas and Belgrave’s Cameo Cinemas. Check out the full program here.
Mornington Peninsula’s Vinehop festival returns this year to once again celebrate beer, wine and cider. Hop-on-hop-off shuttles will take you to over 10 venues in the region. Each bus stop will provide beverage tastings, live music and food trucks along the way. The event is split over two days called Vinehop Saturday and Posthop Sunday. The Saturday is more like a pub-crawl and the Sunday is the recovery day. Sunday there is only one venue, a band and degustation picnic. Vinehop is on Saturday November 17 and Sunday November 18. Bring some cash to purchase food and extra drinks. Ticket options will be announced soon.
As the mercury in Melbourne continues to drop, we're always on the hunt to find the best ways to warm up in the city. Thankfully we can add Australia's first chai van to our list. 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. The founders are husband and wife team Apoorv and Gauri, who grew up in India before moving to Melbourne. They looked but were unable to find a true cup of chai in the city, so the pair set out to recreate the comforting taste of home from their mother's recipes. The result is a naturally sweet mix of black tea leaves, ginger, cardamom and milk, which is brewed like a traditional tea. So you can get a taste for this classic Indian pick-me-up, they've opened 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. They also do cute take-home tins for $15 and sell traditional clay cups. You'll find the van parked at Melbourne Central's Knox Lane near Boost Juice from 7.30am-5.30pm.
Lido Cinema’s rooftop makes a triumphant return this summer for its fourth year under the stars. Lido on the Roof will screen critically acclaimed summer releases including Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Claire Foy's turn as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider's Web, Joel Edgerton's powerful story about gay conversion camps Boy Erased and the newest Fantastic Beasts film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Other screenings include Disney's new film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Suspiria, I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story and The Old Man and the Gun. Press rewind and get stuck into Lido's '90s film offering with 1996's Romeo + Juliet and 1997's Romy and Michele's High School Reunion screenings. No need to BYO snacks: Lido's food and drink counter serves up great movie treats, from choctops and vegan-friendly popcorn to edamame and craft beers. Check out the full program to see what's showing and hit the Book Now button to buy your tickets. The full summer program will be released in the coming months – watch this space!
What’s better than gorging yourself on scones, finger sandwiches and Champagne at a regular high tea? Gorging yourself on piles and piles of cheese at the Westin’s un-brie-lievable High Cheese event. Westin executive chef Michael Greenlaw has teamed up with Anthony Demia from Maker and Monger for the event, which will bring a series of cheeses together in both sweet and savoury dishes. Running until the end of the year, High Cheese will swap out the traditional scones and cream for scones with creamed Giorgio Cravero reggiano (which, no big deal, is the best reggiano affineur, or cheese ager, in the world). There will also be tiramisu with a cheesy twist, cannoli with a ricotta filling, fresh figs stuffed with gorgonzola and drizzled with honeycomb, the rare Carles Roquefort with cognac and pain d’épices and even a Holy Goat organic strawberry and thyme mille-feuille. The coup de gras (pun intended) will be a whole baked Normandy camembert served with mini baguettes that you can rip apart and dip into the cheese, like your very own cheese fondue. Holy cheesus. The Westin's High Cheese is priced at $70 per person and is available every day from 4pm. Guests can also match their cheese with wine by the glass, with varieties available from the likes of Ten Minutes by Tractor, Shaw and Smith and Penfolds.
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