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Finally! we have the date for the 2011 Melbourne Zombie Shuffle. And what better day to make like the undead than Halloween 2011.
Here are the announced details:
Melbourne’s biggest annual gathering of the undead. What do we want? BRAINS!When do we want it? BRAINS!
Ready your finest gore, the Melbourne Zombie Shuffle 2011 is GO! Check back regularly for updated information, but for now, mark Sunday 30th October – aka Halloween Eve – from 1:00pm – 4:30pm in your zombie diary!
We will be meeting in Carlton Gardens at 1pm, then leaving at 2pm heading along La Trobe St, Exhibition St, Bourke St Mall, Swanston St, across the bridge at Fed Square and finishing in Alexandra Gardens.
More information via their FACEBOOK
It’s always interesting when the underground somehow makes the establishment… and you wonder what is lost and what is gained in that transaction. That’s certainly the case when it comes to street art. I remember a conversation on a train, a couple of years ago, between two stencil friends, one of whom was a stencil artist. Another friend was currently serving time for his public defacement of buldings – ie stencilling. However, this same friend’s work had just appeared in a new Melbourne City Council approved book on Melbourne’s stencil art. There’s the rub, don’t you think? Especially with this medium – people can endorse the product, legitimised and comodified, made respectable, but not the method, or the medium. It’s an interesting tension.
And where better to ponder the issue than at a Stencil Art Festival like Sweet Streets.
From their website:
Welcome to Sweet Streets 2010, proudly presented by Melbourne Stencil Festival in conjunction with the City of Yarra & 3RRR. Our festival celebrates & embraces the diversity of street art. Discover why Melbourne has a global reputation for these art forms through our extensive list of events, and happenings which will take you on an unforgettable journey that you will want to share with all of your friends. Our sponsor partners & wonderful team of dedicated volunteers, artists & supporters are proud to present a dynamic and diverse 16 day festival (8 – 24 October 2010) which showcases the very best of contemporary urban and street art culture.
The calendar of events is here:
With the opening and awards show happening at 1000 pound bend on October 8th. More info here:
Tired of trawling the Op Shops only to find that some lightening-fast Vintage Shop has got their jammy digits in there first, taking the 1950s two piece mohair suits and sixties smart mod dresses, leaving you to rifle through the late eighties stained shell-suit collection? Yeah, me too. Well this could be the answer – one big glorious clothing Swap Meet! No money changes hands, meet other fans of vintage shopping and all in DIY community style. Brilliant!
The Swap Meet crew supplied information as follows:
It’s time to bring the Swap Land community together, and cut out the middle man. Swap Land presents the first (we hope, of many) clothes swap picnic.
What happens? Bring clothes or accessories you don’t want any more (clean and in wearable condition, please…if tattiness is actually part of their charm, fine, but please bring stuff you think other people would actually want). They’ll go into a central “pool”, and if you bring stuff, you can take home other stuff. It’s that simple. If you want to bring fancier/more expensive stuff, and barter for it one-on-one, that’s fine, but we do ask that you bring something for the central bank.
What to bring: Clothes, of course, but we’d love to make a day of it, so bring picnic food/drinks, and a blanket. We’d absolutely love it if (in the spirit of the day) you could bring something communal, so we can share treats as well as clothes, but it’s not mandatory. If you have a spare picnic blanket we could use to put the clothes on (we may need a few!), that would be wonderful – you’ll get it back when you go!
Clothing will range from alternative through to the usual stuff and possibly some baby clothes for the new families out there. We may try to ‘file’ it into rough categories if there’s enough.
Where is it? In the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, in King’s Domain. If you haven’t already discovered this little gem, it’s just near the Myer Music Bowl. There’s a link with directions, here: http://www.melbourneplaces.com/melbourne/the-pioneer-women%E2%80%99s-memorial-garden-in-the-royal-domain-is-an-area-of-peace-and-charm/
And a map, here: http://thatsmelbourne.com.au/Documents/Maps/DomainGardensNewMap.pdf
Easy access by public transport, nice and secluded. If it looks like the weather’s going to be disgusting, we will send a message to all attendees and arrange an alternative venue or date.
When is it? Sunday, August 1st, from 2pm onwards.
From coffee science to cocktail science: Matthew Bax’s extraordinary boundary-pushing cocktail den needs very little introduction. Still sporting the same dark, haphazard look, the same massive Absinthe list, and the same gung-ho approach to pushing the definition and rituals of what we call ‘drinking’, the Winter 2010 cocktail menu looks just delicious. And intriguing. From bunsen burners, smoke machines, dry ice, jam jars, beakers, freeze dried liqueurs, wood smoke: you really never know what will greet you when you order a cocktail at Der Raum! And that is part of the excitment: not just ‘will it taste amazing’ but ‘what visual treat am I in for?’ or ‘what odd implement will I need to utilise?’
Read all about Der Raum on their site here, but in the meantime, take a look at what is in store for Winter!
Der Raum Winter Collection
Following a brief dalliance with Autumn, the Der Raum teams attention has now turned to Winter with owner/executive bartender Matthew Bax recently hosting a month of creative sessions filled with flavour profiles from the darker, more warming end of the cocktail spectrum.
For your consideration…
BIG IN JAPAN
Saffron Sake. Dubonet. Pressed Citrus. Palm Syrup.
Artisanal Winter Aromatics.
Gentle reassurance for those who got the cards, but not the luck
FIVE BOROUGHS SOUR
Elijah Craig. Lemon. Bittermens Mole Bitters. Cabernet & Sweet Port Fog.
A progressive interpretation of the famed New York Sour
PUMPKIN PIE BLAZER
Roast Butternut Pumpkin Rum. Spiced Ginger Gel. Maple Syrup. Port. Angostura Orange Bitters.
Roasted savoury aromas paired to sweetly spiced highlights.
Compass Box Asyla. Thyme. Palm Sugar. Almond & Dark Chocolate
Earthen aromas conjuring the winter soil
NITRO XOCOLATL FLIP
El Senorio Joven. Luxardo. Spiced Dark Chocolate. Chilli. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Hot White Chocolate & Tequila Foam.
A nitro whisked tribute to the Oaxaca desert chocolateatole
They also run Degustations:
July Cocktail Degustation.
Monday 26th July, 8:00pm onwards. MTS members $65, Guests $90.
With our degustation evenings acting as an invaluable tool in our development process, we are delighted to announce our upcoming July event.
Displaying our constantly progressive techniques and presentations, the evening aims to allow guests an intimate insight into our award winning bar teams’ ongoing evolution.
With tickets always in high demand, pre-bookings are essential. Please call (03) 9428 0055 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact details: 438 Church St, Richmond, VIC ph. (03) 94280055
Open Mon -Sun 5pm – 1am
Liquid Architecture Festival is once more nearly upon us, with its usual diverse range of artists, spaces, media and performance. This year, the focus seems to be on Australian artists, rather than importing a bunch of intriguing internationals, with just a smattering of imports including Japan’s KK Null. The festival doesn’t suffer a whit from being more localised, though: we have an astonishing amount of talent here in our own front, back and side yards. What better way to get yourself acquainted with some of our most intriguing sonic ambassadors like Robin Fox, Snawklor, Matt Tierney and many more.
This year’s line up is available at the Liquid Architecture website:
and includes the following events:
|01.07.2010 – 17.07.2010||Exhibition @ West Space||West Space Gallery||Melbourne|
|01.07.2010 – 17.07.2010||‘constellation’ exhibition with performance interruptions @ Red Gallery, Melbourne||Red Gallery||Fitzroy North, Melbourne|
|01.07.2010||Concert One @ 3RRR Melbourne||3RRR Performance Space||Brunswick East|
|02.07.2010||Artist talk by Lionel Marchetti @ West Space||West Space Gallery||Melbourne|
|02.07.2010||Concert Two @ 3RRR Melbourne||3RRR Performance Space||Brunswick East|
|06.07.2010 – 17.07.2010||The Sound Playground Exhibition @ fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne||fortyfivedownstairs||Melbourne|
|09.07.2010 – 11.07.2010||Chronox installation @ Tape Projects, Melbourne||Tape Projects Space||Melbourne|
Another Melbourne Open House scheme… for the curious and the architecturally interested. Word has it there are some limited places left in the Robin Boyd Open Houses 2010 programme for houses designed by Boyd and colleagues including:
Recent Award Winning Houses Sunday August 15
Each year the Australian Institute of Architects recognise and celebrate the best designed buildings of the preceding year. The Robin Boyd Foundation will host a public open day of 5 award winning and shortlisted houses from the Institute’s Victorian Chapter Residential Buildings award category.
Full details to be advised in July
Harold Desbrowe Annear Sunday November 14
In his first book Victorian Modern published in 1949 Boyd wrote ‘Harold Desbrowe Annear was the first Australian-born to produce original architecture, a big bluff, hearty architect, who knew what he wanted, and saw that his clients got it.’
This open day will include 5 houses designed by Annear including ‘Chadwick House’ recently restored by Peter and Jane Crone.
Full details to be advised in October
Some detail on Robin Boyd here:
Robin Boyd CBE (1919-1971) was a renowned Victorian architect, author, critic, and public educator in the 50s and 60s, a leader in Melbourne’s Modern Architecture movement, a visionary in urban design and outspoken on the ‘Australian Identity’.
He was a member of the talented Boyd family which, among others, included the novelist Martin Boyd and the painter Arthur Boyd.
Robin Boyd was not only a great architect who was passionate about good design and whose influence extended internationally – but he also ardently shared his ideas with the wider public, not just within the design community. Above all Boyd was committed to an educated nation, to the establishment of innovative ideas as a way of living in an informed Australia.
Boyd is arguably the most influential architect there has been in Australia. Through his writings Boyd inspired the general community and through his architecture he has become an acknowledged leader in the design and architectural professions.
“The best way to learn about design and to appreciate design – is to experience good design for yourself”
The Robin Boyd Foundation hosts a regular series of public open days in privately owned homes.These open days will provide a unique opportunity for people to view and experience the design qualities of some outstanding buildings.
The Open days include buildings designed by Robin Boyd together with the work of Boyd’s colleagues and contemporaries, the work of Architects whose work Boyd admired; and the work of recent and currently practicing Architects whose work continues to demonstrate the benefits of good design.
Check out their website for the full programme and current available places.
Every year, some of Melbourne’s most amazing buildings open their secret recesses for the public, but just for one day! It’s easy to miss out on seeing some of the most intriguing architecture and subterranean design our city has to offer. I, myself, often miss my coveted building due to being behind-the-times and johnny-come-too-lately. Not this year! and nor should you.
Definitely a unique and fascinating point in Melbourne’s annual calendar of way-too-much-cool-stuff. So, this year, get into it.