One of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets… until now. Underground Melbourne are determined to make sure there’s not a spare seat in the house. Check out the spring season!
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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
Hawthorn art gallery/shop/curio haven Kustom Lane are having an Art sale this weekend. That seems as good a reason as any to profile this mighty unique location, which brings together hotrods, tikis, lounge and gorelesque art, 50s horror schlock and more under one roof. Kustom Lane is a paen to all things kitschtastic, with an emphasis on rockabilly, psychobilly, horror and burlesque motifs.
They display work by local artists centred around these themes, and sell tikis, have gigs and hotrod related exhibitions… and much more.
Why not make this weekend your excuse to get down to Kustom Lane in Hawthorn and find out more? Oh and they also have an online art store.
General Email Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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8 LUTON LANE
PHONE: (03) 9818 1307
Gallery is located near corner of Glenferrie Rd and Burwood Rd.
We are located directly behind The Glenferrie Hotel.
TRANSPORT AND PARKING
Plenty of parking near gallery on weekends.
Use Tram No. 16 or Train to Glenferrie Station.
It may not be often that you get a hankering for some Oompah … or for that matter a Falco fix… but if you do have those moments where you want to get your lederhosen on – this is the night for you. I personally have a weakness for Neue Deutsche Welle, and will be attending this night mit gusto (and bratwurst)…
In the words of the organisers of Schuss In Schwarze:
It’s a great night of tunes and dancing! Everything from Kraut rock, to Ska, Powerpop, Reggae, Punk, Neue Deutsche Welle, 60s Beat, Mod and plenty of the newest music from the German Speaking World! Drink, dance, be merry! Enjoy the best Gluehwein this side of the Yarra!
Schuss in Schwarze has been going for over a year now, and happens monthly at Willow Bar, 222 High Strasse, Northcote.
Join their Facebook Group to see upcoming dates as they’re announced…
and don’t forget – no matter what the weather – to say YES to the Gluhwein..
Better late than never, is every fiend’s cry as they hunt for that last brain/victim/rat/virgin before the dawn. And so say I, bumping into the spooky Melbourne Horror Film Society so late in 2010’s shadow.
But there are still films to be seen at 1000 pound bend before the year is out, and a perfectly meritorious idea to get ghoulish in long spring nights. They have membership details at their website, and a programme of films for 2010.
They also have a facebook page.
Goretastic times ahead!
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:
Too late to prime you for Joss Whedon’s flying visit to Melbourne for Writers’ Festival, I can only hope you were able to find that choice morsel on your own… but for Whedonverse devotees now feeling short of a Buffy Bonding session, fear not!
Melbourne has its own semi-official Whedon Fan Club in The Melbourne Browncoats.
Their website describes the following:
Welcome to the new home of the Melbourne Browncoats! This is a place for fans of Joss Whedon’s television series “Firefly” and movie “Serenity”, as well as other projects involving cast and crew of the Whedonverse.
For the past few years, we’ve been building a Browncoat community under the banner of Browncoats Downunder. And we’ve had a blast! Hosting pub nights, supporting the annual “Can’t Stop the Serenity” charity events and running a Browncoat Booth at local conventions.
And there’s more fun to come! We’re getting back to our roots and focusing on meeting local people at local events, hence the refinement in our group’s name.
We invite you to poke around the site, check out photos of our past activities and learn about what we’re up to next. And if you find you want more, why not join us? This is an all inclusive group, and there are no fees to join. Just come along to events which take your fancy, join us on Twitter and meet some of the wonderful folk that make up Melbourne’s Browncoat community.
As you can imagine, the Whedon Visitation was possibly the zenith of 2010’s Browncoat activities, but there will be plenty requiring a serious debrief and withdrawal-redressing any time soon, so check out their facebook/twitter/website and, if you find yourself amongst the saddened Serenity set – join on up!
The Alternative Designers Market
Harajuku meets Camden Markets -
Next Melbourne Date:
Sunday 5th September 2010
Cost: $5.00 entry
Venue: Mercat Cross Hotel
456 Queen St Melbourne, Victoria Australia
(opp Queen Vic Markets)
Worn Wild is a bi-annual event held in March the weekend after the long weekend & as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week the first weekend of September. Showcasing the best of Melbourne’s underground & alternative designers with select interstate guests. Fashion, jewelry, hair artistry, accessories & body art for rockers, ravers, queers, punks, cyberpunks, goths, hippies, metalheads, emos, lolitas, clubbers, fans of corsetry & burlesque & general street-stylin’.
For customers & industry buyers “Worn Wild” is the one-stop shop for all styles alternative. It’s a chance to see the full range of products on offer from each designer, try on items you have only ever seen on the net or order a custom-made design. You’ll be amazed at the huge diversity and volume of products on show.
If it’s jewellery you’re after Worn Wild will be showcasing a stunning variety adorned with feathers, flowers, cameos, beads, ribbons & steel from the romanticly elegant to the more chunky, industrial & masculine in design. There are hair accessories too in the form of cyber lox & hair additions, rockabilly & skull clips, voodoo combs, lolita headpieces & fascinators to name a few.
You’ll find plenty of individualistic & unique couture – corsets, street wear, occasion wear & club styles that can be custom ordered or off the rack, one offs and standard stock. Our unique designers are less likely to be influenced by the latest season’s looks, hemlines, celebrities or new blacks!
But it’s not just about clothing and accessories, Worn Wild is committed to bringing to its audience products and services which influence every aspect of alternative lifestyle. There’s artwork, bags, manchester or perhaps you’d fancy a new hairdo?
Worn Wild is the first show of its kind in Australia. It’s a hotspot for all genres of alternative design and portfolios some of the most innovative wearable art forms as well as the most exciting ‘niches’ in the underground of fashion.
Finally there is a captivating and high energy event that does more than just put fashion on show.
Presented by GeoMythik / Starseeded Productions with fashion shows, performance, discounts, music, food service & full bar! Be there early to plot your course and take advantage of our specials.
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A flying visit for the Banksy street-art film ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’. Especially in the light of MCC’s recent daft erasing of one of our last public Banksy pieces, this is as close as many fans will get to his work for a while. The film has shown across the world in a number of exotic locations, with the premiere in London being shown in an underground disused bunker. ACMI, although far more normalised a venue, has screens and sound which should do the film justice. See it if you can!
More information from ACMI below:
Street art goes celluloid
What exactly are we looking at here?
Exit Through the Gift Shop is a Banksy film – Bansky being the elusive street artist who has tattooed walls from London to Hosier Lane, marking up public space with his satirical stencils and blurring the line between vandalism and invaluable cultural commentary. He has spray-painted British coppers embracing and rats under parachutes; he has written sky-high messages for downtrodden commuters; he has glued idyllic pictures to the West Bank barrier. No doubt about it, the man is a legend, and no less for his anonymity than his art. In almost twenty years of street art activism, Banksy’s true identity has remained a mystery (a much easier way to break the law). He has carefully guarded his personal particulars while encouraging speculation with bold, highly visible gestures, like hanging his own work in the Louvre and distributing counterfeit bank notes featuring Princess Diana instead of Queen Elizabeth (issued by the ‘Banksy of England’). As his stunts have gotten bigger, the evasive Banksy has become more and more fascinating, and Exit Through the Gift Shop could be his biggest stunt yet. It’s a film by Banksy, but it’s not really about Banksy. It’s about a crazy guy called Thierry Guetta, who became obsessed with Banksy. And it’s about the art world, which became obsessed with Thierry Guetta. The thing is, some people think Banksy IS Thierry Guetta. In which case, Exit Through the Gift Shop really is a film about Banksy. This is pure speculation, but he is one crafty mother duckster. I wouldn’t put it past him.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is screening exclusively at ACMI from Thursday 3 to Friday 18 June. Click here for session times.
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. :)