Melbourne is the events capital of Australia, but sometimes it is easy to miss out on the gems because there are too many to choose from. Each week I want you to tell me where to go.
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THIS WEEK’S RECOMMENDATIONS:
Funny Tonne Competition
This one is for all of you comedy nuts. Applications for the Funny Tonne competition opened this week. Each year the Melbourne Comedy Festival selects a few comedy nuts to see just how many shows it is possible for one person to see.
With a unique comedy passport in hand, three lucky festival fans will compete in their own Amazing Race of comedy. Competitors will review each show they see on the Comedy Festival website.
There are over 450 shows at the Comedy Festival this year, so the Funny Tonne competitors will have to be strategic in order to survive the volume of jokes they will be subjected to over the 25 days.
The Funny Tonne record is held by a competitor from the 2011 Comedy Festival, who managed to make it through 145 shows.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of this year’s Funny Tonne competition then check out the Comedy Festival website and sign yourself up. Entries close on March 12.
Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar
The Melbourne Food and Wine FestivaL, will celebrate Melbourne's famed love affair with the coffee bean at the world's first Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar at Queensbridge Square, Southbank. Designed by internationally acclaimed design practice HASSELL, this reinterpretation of a terraced coffee farm will feature a 'mini jungle' of 125 Australian coffee trees and more than 2500 Victorian-grown tropical plants.
Wander through the farm to explore the coffee journey from tree, to bean, to cup; take part in workshops led by some of Melbourne's leading coffee industry figures including 5 Senses, Small Batch, Market Lane Coffee, St Ali and Seven Seeds; and discover the origins and varietals of coffee from the world's elusive coffee-growing regions.
In the evening, enjoy a coffee-inspired cocktail crafted by some of Melbourne's best bars.
Visit the website for full details on the cafe, workshop and bar schedule.
Family Foodie Weekend: Garden Pizzeria
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this weekend and hoping to turn them into the next Masterchef, then head down the Food and Wine festivals Family Foodie Weekend event.
On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March at Queensbridge square, there will be free patch-to pizza workshops.
Pluck fresh tomatoes and basil from the veggie patch then mill flour for pizza dough to create your very own piece of pizza heaven, cooked up in a wood fired oven.
Learn how mozzarella is made, how to grow tomatoes and herbs, and even pick up free seeds to start a veggie patch at home.
The Food and Wine festival is on until the 17th of March so make sure you check out all of the tasty events they have happening.
International Women's Day Breakfast
Women in Rotary would like to invite people to their International Women’s Day Breakfast, which will be held on International Women’s Day on March 8th. The breakfast will include a discussion by a number of interesting Australians including Virginia Trioli, Dr Feelgood, Stephen Mayne and Peter Hollingworth, who will look at and debate issues on gender diversity.
The breakfast will be held at Crown Palladium and all proceeds will be directed to Violence Free Families and the Kids Foundation.
Bookings close today so if you are interested visit www.rotarywomen.org.au
The Spiegeltent is one of my favourite venues and I love when it comes to Melbourne. The tent itself is 93 years old and gets transported around the world in shipping containers and constructed at each location. This year the tent will be next to the Arts Centre until the 21st of April. What I love about the tent is that when you go to see a show there, you don’t just feel like you’re seeing a show, you feel like you’re having an experience.
I will be honest the Spiegeltent is suited to the more open minded audiences. I went to an amazing performance there the other night, called the Trip, which is on until the 3rd of March. Direct from Berlin it is a cabaret, circus performance, which includes a contortionist inside a disco ball, two guys performing acrobatics in a giant fishbowl, and a drag queen on a grand piano.
The performers are all international acts, who, will blow you away with their skills and entertain you with the humorous way the show has been put together.
But if you are someone who is a little conservative in your views, this may not be the show for you.
What I will say is that if you haven’t been to the Spiegeltent before, it is definitely worth a look and there are heaps of shows to choose from. Kate Ceberano, Lior, Renee Geyer, Paris Blues Burlesque, Gospel hour, plus Katie Noonan will perform there with a collaboration of circus performers and there will even be some cooking masterclass performances.
Depending on the show you go to, ticket prices start at around $25 and obviously the more popular the show the more expensive they get but even the really popular shows have tickets starting at about $60. Treat yourself, make a night of it and enjoy the experience of The Spiegeltent.
The world-wide smash hit production of Jersey Boys – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons has returned to Melbourne's Princess Theatre.
Jersey Boys – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons is the story of how four blue collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop sensations of all time. Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi joined forces to become The Four Seasons, writing their own hits and developing their unique sound to sell over 175 million records before they were 30!
Cirque du Soleil
January 17 – March 24
If you are going to see one show this year, make it Cirque du Soleil. With a mix of the world’s best circus performers, musicians and eye catching costumes, it is a night you won’t forget. This year they have brought their performance Ovo to the big top based in Docklands. Tickets prices start at $84 but it is worth every cent.
OVO features many acrobatic acts including a stunning flying trapeze act: Six flyers fly as high as 14 m, making this act the biggest of its kind ever presented under a Grand Chapiteau by Cirque du Soleil. This act is the most difficult in the world to execute in terms of the distance between stations. It combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair.The finale features 20 artists running, jumping and leaping straight up an 8-meter vertical wall.
Morning Melodies Concert Series
The Morning Melodies concert series returns in 2013 to Hamer Hall and celebrates 29 years of popular daytime entertainment. The 2013 program promises to thrill and delight audiences with 10 concerts by some of Australia’s favourite musicians, which this year include songstress Katie Noonan, star of the new production Chitty Chitty Bang Bang David Hobson, and trumpeter extraordinaire James Morrison.
The concerts are held once a month at 11am and 1.30pm and tickets cost $20. If you buy a pass that gives you entry to all ten shows the tickets work out to be $14.50.
The first concert of the series will be on Monday, February 4. It will feature James Morrison in concert with Hetty Kate. James Morrison has played with all-time greats including Dizzy Gillespie, B.B.King, and Wynton Marsalis and his stellar career spans several decades. Hetty Kate, one of Melbourne’s most popular jazz singers will share her charming vocals with the multi-instrumental talent of James Morrison in a concert that celebrates jazz and musical theatre greats such as George Gershwin, Col Porter and Peggy Lee.
Melbourne Zoo Twilight Concert
January 25 – March 9 2013
Melbourne Zoo are set for another great summer of music with the 2013 Melbourne Zoo Twilights series back again, offering an abundance of award-winning artists performing in the magical setting of the Melbourne Zoo.
Starting off the 2013 Twilights series will be none other than ARIA Award winner Missy Higgins on Friday, January 25th.
This season’s Zoo Twilights will feature a variety of amazing acts including Clare Bowditch, Leo Sayer, Lisa Mitchell, Stonefield, Husky, Justice Crew, and The Bamboos with Tim Rogers, so there’ll be something for everyone this summer
War Horse and The Breath of Life Exhibition
Saturday 10 November 2012 to Sunday 17 March 2013
Horse puppets from Arts Centre Melbourne’s upcoming War Horse production and a five-metre long Raptor dinosaur puppet and are among the highlights of the upcoming exhibition War Horse and the Breath of Life celebrating the art of puppetry. Developed in collaboration with The National Theatre of Great Britain to support the Arts Centre Melbourne’s season of War Horse, the exhibition will be staged in Arts Centre Melbourne Gallery from Saturday 10 November 2012 to Sunday 17 March 2013.
War Horse and the Breath of Life features all kinds of puppets, animatronic creatures, costumes, films, photographs, original designs and purpose-built interactives. The exhibition brings together the best elements of the National Theatre’s exhibition Staging War Horse, which will be displayed alongside examples of contemporary Australian puppetry from Art Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection, which is the largest in Australia and is home to more than 500,000 items, relating to the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre.