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Shaun Tan’s Little Brunswick

Over the last few years, beloved visual storyteller Shaun Tan has produced dozens of small paintings depicting the inner Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. Best known for his beautiful illustrated storybooks (The Rabbits, The Lost Thing), Tan will show over 50 of these works at Tinning Street exhibition space from tomorrow. Here’s what Tan has to say about the exhibition: “I’ve been painting little oil sketches of local environments since the age of thirteen, when I saw a show of Arthur Streeton’s 9×5 landscapes painted on cigar box lids. These unassuming miniatures seemed to capture entire worlds, and I’ve always aspired to do the same. I rarely exhibit my own sketches, regarding them only as painting exercises, somewhat removed from my other work as an illustrator, writer and film-maker. Ironically, this actually makes them very good subjects for an exhibition! There is a freshness and honesty about them, and kind of loose purpose that is often hard to emulate in larger projects. Since moving to Melbourne in 2006, this work has also helped me build a …

‘Tanna’ film screening plus Q&A

It’s always nice to be able to get behind new Australian films, and this one sounds as though it may be really worth the effort. The Melbourne premiere of ‘Tanna’, the first feature film to be shot entirely in Vanuatu, will be held next Tuesday 20 October at Cinema Nova in Lygon Street. The event will include a post-screening Q&A with the directors Bentley Dean and Martin Butler and cultural director Jimmy Joseph Nako, plus a special Yakel dance performance by the cast, who are largely non-professional actors from local communities. ‘Tanna’ won the International Critics’ Week Audience Award for best film, and also scooped the critics prize for cinematography at the Venice Film Festival. Based on a true story, the film tells the story of forbidden love and tribal warfare on the tiny island of Tanna. Here’s the trailer: If you can’t make it to the premiere, keep your eyes peeled for screenings at Melbourne’s independent cinemas where it’s bound to make the rounds. ‘Tanna’ film screening plus Q&A Date: 20 October 2015 Time: …

Amnesty International free film screening

On July 23, Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network will host a free film screening event of the documentary ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’. This 52-minute doco explores the circumstances and reasons that many asylum seekers make the choice to step onto boats and make the dangerous journey to Australia. The filmmakers, Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi, met with 250 asylum seekers in gaols, detention centres and hostels across Indonesia to discover what drives refugees to become ‘boat people’. The refugee issue continues to be a controversial and desperately misunderstood subject in Australia, as it is in many other parts of the world. No matter your personal opinion on this issue, this event is sure to be thought-provoking. Catering will be provided by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Book your free tickets here.   AI film screening: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea   Date: 23 July Time: 7pm–9pm Venue: Hares and Hyenas Address: 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy Tel: 9412 0700

Peel Street Block Party 2015

Everyone loves a block party. This Saturday, the Peel Street Block Party will rock it with live music, a fashion show, food and market stalls, and live art. Presented by Three Thousand, Northside Records and The Social Studio — a fashion school-slash-label focussed on providing training and employment opportunities to youth migrants and refugees — this event will feature acts including Banoffee, Baro, Queen Magic and performance poet Abe Nouk. Check out the event’s Facebook page for all the juicy details. This is exactly the kind of event that Melbourne does well — casual, creative, multicultural. Get down to Collingwood to soak up the vibes from 12pm to 6pm.   Peel Street Block Party 2015 Date: 14 March 2015 Time: 12pm–6pm Address: Corner of Peel St and Oxford St, Collingwood Damage: Free

Sunset Series 2015

Melburnians don’t need much coaxing to get out and enjoy the city’s parks during summer, but in case you need some extra motivation, the Sunset Series in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens should give you a kick where you need it. For the next two weekends, there will be free entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings, including two dance workshops. The Saturday events — each featuring four music acts — will start at 5pm and last till 8.45pm, while the Sunday dance workshops will also begin at around 5pm. There will be food trucks on site if you can’t muster a picnic. Here’s the full line-up: Saturday 10 January: 5–5.45pm Beautiful Beasts 6–6.45pm Dash 7–7.45pm APES 8–8.45pm Echo Drama Sunday 11 January: 5pm Melbourne Salsa Dance Workshop with Live Latin Band Saturday 17 January: 5–5.45pm Dan Flynn and the State of Things 6–6.45pm The Tiger and Me 7–7.45pm Passerine 8–8.45pm Madre Monte Sunday 18 January: 5pm Rhythm and Spice Bollywood Dance Workshop A couple years back I saw the Bollywood dance workshop and it was a lot …

Spectacular Christmas Spectacular

If you’re keen to get down and Christmassy this festive season, why not kick things off with the Spectacular Christmas Spectacular. This concert, to be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday, is presented by The School of Hard Knocks, an organisation that aims to empower disadvantaged people through the arts. The show will feature a whole bunch of local choirs, including the Choir of Hope and Inspiration, formally known as the Choir of Hard Knocks (made famous by the popular five-part ABC documentary a few years ago). Here’s a short (heavily edited) clip from the documentary: If this video is anything to judge by, you’re in for a weepy evening of spine tingly goodness. Spectacular Christmas Spectacular! Date: 13 December 2014 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Melbourne Town Hall Address: 90–120 Swanston Street, Melbourne Damage: $35 full / $25 conc / $16 under 12s

Free Opera in the Bowl 2014

Ooh! Free opera! This Opera in the Bowl event at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on the 13th will feature five singers performing a selection of chorus pieces and arias from popular operas including Madame Butterfly, Carmen and The Pearl Fishers.     These free events are always incredibly popular so turn up early if you want a spot on the grass. Gates open at 4pm so I’d recommend taking a picnic and a good book and arriving as early as possible. As we all know, opera tickets are far too expensive in this country so if you enjoy classical music it’s really worth taking advantage of this rare free event under the stars.   Mazda Opera in the Bowl Date: 13 December 2014 Time: 8pm start (doors open at 4pm) Venue: Sidney Myer Music Bowl  

West Writers Our Stories Forum

There’s something special about the Footscray Community Arts Centre. I have only recently been introduced to this organisation, but its reputation as one of the country’s leading community-based contemporary arts centres precedes it by a mile. When I finally made it there for the centre’s recent 40th birthday celebration, I found an inclusive, unpretentious gathering place for west Melbourne’s multicultural arts community — the sort of place where everyone seemed to know everyone. Its lovely riverside location is just an added sweetener. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit the FCAC, this Saturday is the perfect opportunity. The West Writers Our Stories Forum will feature panel discussions, presentations, launches, workshops and story walks, including a 1.5-hour workshop with award-winning author Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Loaded), a panel chaired by The Lifted Brow‘s editor-in-chief Sam Cooney, live performances by Still Nomads and the launch of Ascension Magazine. The event aims to examine the significance of stories in Australia’s diverse communities, and how this diversity is represented in the country’s literary scene. The forum runs …

Melbourne Zombie Shuffle

Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not get some fresh air and join the undead for a touch of spring marauding at the Melbourne Zombie Shuffle? Sure, you could saunter through an art gallery, relax at a pretty picnic or just generally enjoy being alive, but what’s that compared with limping, drooling and rotting your way down Collins Street whilst terrifying small children? Yes, people, the Melbourne Zombie Shuffle is actually a thing. Whether you’re keen to join the walking dead or just run from them screaming, this Saturday is the time to do it. The Shufflers will gather at 11am at the Treasury Gardens, then stagger their way down towards the Queen Victoria Gardens (opposite the NGV). See the MZS Facebook page for full details. If you’re wondering about the dress code, check out this photo gallery for some inspiration. You may also want to consult the MZS’s five rules of participation (the general idea being ‘no dickheads’). Happy ravaging!   Melbourne Zombie Shuffle 2014 Date: 11 October 2014 Time: 11am Meeting …

Free MSO performance at The Astor Theatre

Psst, some exciting news hot off the presses, folks. Next Tuesday, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will hold a free, one-off performance of classic film scores at The Astor Theatre in St Kilda. Described as a ‘mini concert’, the gig will include works by Albinoni, Beethoven, Jonny Greenwood, Strauss and Nigel Westlake, and is designed to be a taster for the 2015 season. There are only 1000 seats up for grabs and there is no RSVP for this event, so if you’re keen you might want to turn up early. We all know how rare it is to see the MSO for free, let alone at the iconic Astor Theatre, which, as we recently heard, will sadly close its doors in April next year. Grab the chance while it lasts.   Free MSO performance at The Astore Date: 14 October 2014 Time: 7.30pm Venue: The Astor Theatre Address: 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda Damage: Free (seats limited to 1000)