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Peter Tyndall Retrospective
A retrospective solo exhibition covering 50 years of Peter Tyndall’s iconic career is set to open in Melbourne, starting December 9. The exhibition will be the most comprehensive to date, featuring more than 200 works, including over 130 unstretched paintings. Drawing from the University of Melbourne’s own collection and also including works on loan from national institutions and private collections, the show is set to display some never-before-seen pieces. Tyndall's preoccupation with perception of meaning and how art is comprehended is contrasted by an exacting, almost pop-art style of painting – a distinction that is front and centre in this exhibit. The university's contemporary art museum, Buxton Contemporary, will house the retrospective and also host a series of educational programs on the artist. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive publication on the artist that will include important essays by the curators, Doug Hall AM and Dr Claire Roberts. Samantha Comte, senior curator of Art Museums, says this exhibition continues Buxton's focus on the practices of artists and tendencies within contemporary art through its programs. "Attracting a cult following since his stellar rise in the 1970s, Tyndall is known by many in the art world as unique in his vision," she says. "This exhibition celebrates half a century of his constant, inventive permutations, looking at art, ourselves and the world, which we are eager to introduce to a new generation." The Peter Tynd
Rhys and Joel's Family Christmas
Dress the tree, pop the turkey in the oven and pour yourself a glass of eggnog, because Aussie comedians Rhys Nicholson and Joel Creasey are teaming up to host their very own, very flamboyant Christmas extravaganza. And we're all invited. The pair of comedy icons and self-described "drunk aunties" will be treating Melbourne audiences to two shows: one on December 1 at the Thornbury Theatre, and the other on December 8 at the National Theatre in St Kilda. Featuring a yet-to-be-revealed line-up of special guests, the cheeky shows are set to celebrate the end of a huge year for both comics. After winning the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Most Outstanding Show Award back in April, Nicholson also returned as a judge for RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under while also starring in Netflix’s sci-fi series The Imperfects. The other half of the duo, Creasey, continued to successfully co-host one of Australia’s favourite national drive shows with Kate Richie and Tim Blackwell, as well as Eurovision with Myf Warhurst. In preparation for the festive shows, Rhys exclaimed he’s excited to get back on stage with his best pal Joelene – Joel’s alter ego. “Having not spoken directly to each other for many years without our agents and a legal mediator present, it will be nice to catch up. Merry Christmas,” says Rhys. If that's not incentive enough to check out this outrageous Yuletide party, we don't know what is. Tickets are on sale now. Love a good live show? Here are the best theatre
Beating About The Bush
Beating About The Bush is a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat that combines the best of traditional Australian Impressionism with works from contemporary Australian female photographers. Since early colonisation, the Australian ‘bush’ as a subject has largely been portrayed in art and literature by men. This exhibition juxtaposes these traditional portrayals against a series of contrasting styles and feminist perspectives to challenge the rigid male-gaze that has endured for so long. Audiences can revel in the classic beauty of paintings by revered artists like Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Frederick McCubbin and Arthur Streeton. In contrast, contemporary images by photographers including Anne Zahalka, Leah King-Smith, Fiona Foley, Polixeni Papapetrou and Jacqui Stockdale will also be on display, taking up feminine space in a typically male-dominated scene. Louise Tegart, curator of the exhibition and director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, says the display explores what’s been left out of the Australian Impressionism discussion; both within the works and in the wider cultural conversation. "These artists don’t beat about the bush," she says. "They tell a more comprehensive story, addressing issues pertaining to immigration, First Nations people, gender and social status." Beating About The Bush officially kicks off November 5 with a tour of the exhibition by Tagert herself, followed by readings of Henry Lawson’s bush poems by local Ballarat performers on Novembe
Palm Tree Music Festival
If spending the day in the sun listening to electro tunes sounds like your idea of a good time, you're in luck. After phenomenal success in Mexico, Croatia, Cabo and New York, Palm Tree Music Festival is heading down under for the first time ever. The huge list of headliners includes globally renowned DJs Tiësto and Kygo, plus Lost Frequencies, Sam Feldt and Frank Walker, with more local acts to be announced. This epic event will hit Sydney on March 10, Brisbane on March 11 and finally Melbourne on March 12. Taking place at the Melbourne Showgrounds, audiences can expect a day of good vibes and even better music. Co-founder Myles Shear (who established the event with Kygo himself) says that bringing Palm Tree Music Festival to Australia has been on his bucket list. "We believe the fans in Australia are going to love what we are building and can't wait for this to become something people look forward to every year," he explains. Headliner and international producer Kygo says he can't wait to join Tiësto and the other great artists at the Australian dates. "Bringing the festival to new locations is always so exciting because we get to share this unique festival experience with new people," he says. To join the EDM party, you can get your tickets now from the website. Love rocking out at a festival? Here's our Melbourne summer festival guide.
Jewish International Film Festival
The impact of Jewish creativity on cinema is undeniable, and JIFF 2022 is all about celebrating that and the continuation of Jewish talent. And this year’s long-awaited Jewish International Film Festival program is full to the brim with fantastic new films supported by star-studded casts. Produced all across the world, the exciting line-up of 52 premiere films will be playing for Melbourne audiences until November 27. See some of your favourite actors on the big screen, including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Dustin Hoffman, Candice Bergen, Judd Hirsch, Rotem Sela, Sasson Gabay and Lior Ashkenazi. Get ready to experience the sheer scale of JIFF’s 2022 program, which features everything from arthouse and popular feature films to extraordinary documentaries and side-splitting comedies. One of the many highlights of the program is a series of documentaries depicting the life stories of several literary giants such as A.B. Yehoshua, David Grossman and Joyce Carol Oates, with one even featuring local Melbourne partisan hero Maurie Hoffman. JIFF screens at Elsternwick's Classic Cinemas and Hawthorn's Lido Cinemas until November 27. To view the entire program or secure a ticket online, head to the website or purchase a ticket at the theatre’s box office. Consider yourself a cinema buff? Here’s where to get cheap movies tickets in Melbourne.
Layers of Blak
Transforming a brutal history into contemporary beauty is the central aim of eleven talented Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers showcased in the Layers of Blak exhibition. Opening October 1 at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Fed Square, the exhibit speaks to notions of healing, resilience and empowerment through the artistic form of jewellery making. This latest exhibition is a result of the Blak Design Program, which cultivates First Nations design innovation and sustainable practices. Boasting an impressive line-up of First Nations artists, the exhibit showcases works from Thelma Austin, Mandi Barton, Nikki Browne, Lorraine Brigdale, Deanne and Tammy Gilson, Elijah Money, Yasmin Silveira, Sammy Trist, Dominic White and Tracy Wise. In preparation for the exhibit, each artist undertook intensive workshops to develop their jewellery making skills under the guise of acclaimed jewellers Blanche Tilden and Laura Deakin. Award-winning Yorta Yorta artist Lorraine Brigdale said the experience of being mentored by such experienced jewellers was liberating: “The processes I learned have added greatly to my handwork skills and will be a big part in creating a new direction in any art that I can build on in the future.” “My work for the exhibition is centred around remembering our ancestors and the strength and determination it took for them to get us to this point where we can hold our heads high at last, and we will never forget them.” A fascinating lo
As a first for Australia, the Heide Museum of Modern Art are set to showcase over 40 artworks by acclaimed British artist Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE within its main gallery. The exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: In Equilibrium, is a rare opportunity for Australian audiences to see the sheer genius of one of the world’s greatest sculptors – up close and personal. On display at the Heide from November 5, 2022, to March 13, 2023, works from both noteworthy international and national collections are set to be included, each telling part of the remarkable story of the creative talent that was Barbara Hepworth. Designed by the award-winning architects from Studio Bright, the exhibition notes the trajectory of her artistic career – from early marble carvings to large-scale abstract works. Drawing from the sculptures' love and admiration for nature in all its forms, the exhibition will exist in conversation with the surrounding natural landscape. As a figurehead for the modernist movement in sculpture in 20th century Britain, Hepworth is widely known and recognised for her abstract sculptures. The method of ‘piercing’ the form has also been attributed to her innovation and is seen throughout many of her works. In preparation for the exhibition, “Barbara Hepworth’s contribution to the evolution of modern art cannot be overestimated," says the museum’s head curator Kendrah Morgan. "Hepworth’s combination of modernist reductive form and timeless materials produces its own particular magic.
Off the Grid
Before Hozier Lane had the tourist pull it does now, over 20 years ago the legendary street artist, Invader, created a Space Invaders-styled mosaic in secret location in Melbourne. Now, after saving the work from being destroyed in the Arts Centre’s 2010 renovations, the iconic piece is the standout of City Gallery’s latest exhibition, Off the Grid. Displayed in and around Melbourne’s Town Hall, the exhibition is helping to establish the works of Invader and five other street artists from this period as legitimate in a historical context. Looking back at the rich history of Melbourne’s street art scene, Invader's works reference both popular culture – specifically early video games – and the history of the city itself, as well as its gridded layout. The driver for the exhibition is curator Lachlan MacDowall, who is a scholar of graffiti, street art and digital culture, and draws the comparison between Melbourne’s streets with the grids of Invaders work and early video gaming. “Invader activated a longer history that draws together Melbourne’s colonial streetscapes and the pixelated screens of digital culture," says MacDowall. "A reminder, via art and games, of the fused histories of technological experimentation, aerial warfare and frontier violence,” Although Invader’s disruptive presence in Melbourne’s early street art scene was possibly the best known, he wasn’t the only one creating art inspired by the city and early 2000s digital culture. Within the exhibition, audience
All You Need is Love
Jump in your 'Yellow Submarine' and get excited because Melbourne audiences are set to snap up a taste of a live Beatles concert for one night only. Performed by a huge lineup of over 40 musicians, Beatles fans can excite in the splendour that is the return of Australia’s own hugely successful Beatles show: All You Need is Love. Since its inception in 2015, All You Need is Love has continued as a much loved live music experience that revives the songs of the Beatles through four esteemed singers backed by a full orchestra and rock band. This year, the performers bringing the magic of The Beatles back to life include Jack Jones from Southern Sons and Ciaran Gribbin of INXS, along with Jackson Thomas and Sarah McLeod. Produced by Australia’s leading producers of Beatles shows, Phil Bathols and Tim Woods, the vocal powerhouses will be accompanied by The Day Tripper Band and The Strawberry Fields Rock Orchestra. Audiences can expect all of the classics, with over 30 Beatles tracks on the setlist for the night including ‘Yesterday’, ‘A Day In The Life’, 'Something', and of course, 'Yellow Submarine'. Pick up your tickets ASAP to sing and dance the night away to some of The Beatles greatest hits performed live at Melbourne's Hamer Hall – seats are disappearing fast. Are you a live music fan? Here's where to find live music every night of the week.
Great news for lovers of alternative popstar Aurora: she’s preparing her Australian return to tour her new album, The Gods We Can Touch. The Norwegian born singer, songwriter and producer is set to bring an ethereal live performance to venues along the east coast early next year. Gracing Melbourne’s Palais Theatre in March 2023, audiences can expect an immersive and entertaining night of music including Aurora’s classics like 'Runaway', and tracks from the new album like 'The Woman I Am' and 'The Devil Is Human'. Since releasing her debut album in 2015, Aurora has amassed a dedicated following due to the unique nature of her sound and the messages behind her songs. Though her previous albums focused on issues like capitalism and the climate crisis, this time around, her latest record looks inwards as she shares a little more of herself. In the wake of playing international festivals and receiving the Spellemann Award for International Success Of The Year, Aurora is set to stun Australian audiences with her other-worldly stage presence. Before they sell out, grab tickets to The Gods We Can Touch Tour at Secret Sounds. Love live music? Here's the live shows on sale now in Melbourne.
Alice in Wonderland
The timeless story of Alice in Wonderland is a classic that offers something for everyone – and come January, Melbourne audiences will be treated to six brand new must-see theatrical performances of Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole. Playing live at the Athenaeum Theatre, Alice in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll’s Timeless Classic will bring to life much-loved characters from the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts, led by a cast of talented actors. Audiences can expect bright costuming, ingenious stagecraft techniques and imaginative puppetry that will excite the entire family. Directed and adapted by Penny Farrow and produced by Ethan Walker, the production stays true in many ways to the original book. With plenty of wordplay and humour for the adults, and colourful scenes and physical comedy for the kids, it’s sure to be an easy crowd pleaser. Alice in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll’s Timeless Classic arrives at the Athenaeum Theatre on January 6. Grab your tickets at Ticketmaster to join Alice on her adventures. Into theatre? Here's the best of Melbourne theatre this month. Time Out's 100 Days of Summer calendar is here to help you plan your entire summer in Melbourne.
Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical
While we wait patiently for release of the final season of Stranger Things, there’s a new musical coming to town to satisfy our craving. Hot off the presses and direct from Off-Broadway, the seven times award-winning musical Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical hits Melbourne this November. This hilarious and musical take on the hit TV show is set to transport Melbourne’s Meat Market back in time to Hawkins, Indiana, 1983, for an adventure with Eleven, Dustin, Mike, Lucas and the whole gang. For lovers of the original and theatre parody enthusiasts alike, prepare for an evening full of thrilling adventure, quirky pop culture references, 80s synth and dancing Demogorgons. Brought to Australia by Salty Theatre, the show was created by industry veterans New York based Jonathan Hogue and produced Off-Broadway by Jonathan Hogue and Nick Flatto. Salty Theatre's co-founder and director of the Australian premiere, Ashley Taylor Tickell, says they’re beyond excited to introduce this ridiculous comedic sci-fi spoof to new audiences. “As massive fans of the franchise it truly is a rip-roaring and ludicrous love letter to the global phenomenon that is Stranger Things,” she said. Catch the humorously campy show before it jets off again for its London premiere. Lover of the theatrics? Here’s the must-see shows coming to Melbourne this month.