Posts Tagged ‘melbourne’

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Shadows cinema: new Spring season

October 26, 2011

http://pj-shadow.blogspot.com/2011/10/shadows-spring-part-2-popular-control.html

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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Don’t forget Free Comic Book Day 2011

April 24, 2011

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

All around the world Comic Book shops give away comics and have extra specials on this day – and there’s no catch! Walk in to a local comic store and walk out with free comics from a wide range of publishers and writers!!! It seems like utter madness, and so it may be, but it’s madness in your favour!

Quite a few Melbourne stores participate every year, so use this handy locator to find the closest participating store to you

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/fcbd_global.asp

here’s a list of free comics! You really can’t go wrong, so get out there, grab some free schnizzle and get your comic on!

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.asp

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The Magic Lantern – a cache of curiousities on Brunswick St, Fitzroy

February 25, 2011

One of the most remarkable new establishments I’ve had the pleasure of setting both feet inside, the marvels of Melbourne’s Wunderkammer not withstanding, is The Magic Lantern.

Wall to wall oddities related to tricks and treats of an older age:  magic, optical illusions, cardboard theatres, puppets – imagine a time before TV, before DVDs, before gaming, where amusement was only to be found in the head, on paper and in actions… these are the imaginative tools used to build a sense of the surreal, the infinite, the stuff of dreams. A magic lantern was itself a pre-20th century optical trick, the first projector, perhaps it could be said, so that pretty much infers the interest and scope of this store.

The Magic Lantern is replete with such weapons against a rainy day and a drab room, so grab some candle-lamps, don a frilly frock and take your imagination away with fairies, gypsies, devils, conjurers and the wonders of the play….

Details:

155 Brunswick St

FitzroyMelbourneAustralia

Open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

http://www.magiclanternstudio.com

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Kustom Lane – kustom art sale, hotrods, tikis and more

November 22, 2010

 

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.

Details:

General Email Enquiries: info@kustomlane.com

Online Store Enquiries: orders@kustomlane.com

LOCATION

8 LUTON LANE
HAWTHORN 3122

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.

Glenferrie Station.

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Dine Out and Help out… a Christmas initiative with the blessings of Stephen Fry

November 11, 2010

http://www.streetsmartaustralia.org/home

Between now and Christmas 2010 Street Smart Australia are running a ‘Dine Out, Help Out’ campaign with hundreds of participating restaurants around Australia.  A small donation added on to your bill goes directly to projects to help combat homelessness in Australia, constructively.

It’s an easy way to spread some Christmas cheer to those least likely to have much of their own.

At the very least, check out the Streetsmart Australia website and see what you think of their campaigns and projects.  We are living in a time when we can’t expect our Government to assist the poor, and certainly not to effectively address the social and economic issues that leave people  homeless. As sad as that is.  This is one way of looking at solutions, and worth at least your consideration if not your support this Christmas.

**I would like to stress that this blog has no involvement with Streetsmart Australia, but certainly endorses conscious Christmas spending :)**

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Calling nerds, geeks and freaks! Be an extra for the ABC!!

November 10, 2010

Princess Pictures needs a volunteer crowd of fabulous people for the new ABC TV series Outland, to appear in crowd scenes of a Gay Pride event.

DATE: Friday 26 November 2010

PLACE: Catani Gardens between Beaconsfield Parade and Fitzroy Street, St Kilda tram 96 or 16

TIME: From 8 am (it’s an all day shoot and filming starts early) DRESS: Fabulous! But please NO recognisable science fiction costumes. You don’t need to dress up (or be gay) to come along, but you can be as awesome as you want.

BRING: Flags, banners and colourful stuff. As filming TV isn’t always as fun as watching TV, there will be some slow times when the fabulous crowd isn’t needed. So picnics, games and friends will make the non-filming times fun. You’ll also be able to do some star spotting and see how a TV show is made.

Outland is based on the only short film to play the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the World Science Fiction Convention. It stars Christine Anu, Ben Gerrard , Paul Ireland, Adam Richard, Toby Truslove, is written by John Richards (Boxcutters), directed by Kevin Carlin (Newstopia, BoyTown, The Extra) and produced by Princess Pictures (Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, John Safran’s Race Relations, I Love You Too). For further information or to register, email outlandpride@gmail.com

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Melbourne Horror Film Society

September 28, 2010

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!

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Sweet Streets Stencil Art Festival, 8 – 24 October 2010

September 28, 2010

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:

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The Melbourne Browncoats

August 30, 2010

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:

About Melbourne Browncoats

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.

Twitter: @MelbBrowncoats
Facebook: Melbourne Browncoats

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!

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Peril Underground – now on Facebook for your convenience…

August 16, 2010

It is pretty evident that many of you who would like to contact Peril Underground aren’t sure how to do so.  Obviously their phone number is in my post.  But if you prefer the Power Of Teh Interwebs they have a facebook page here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melbourne-Australia/Peril-Underground/86778481796

Please address any queries about stock, opening hours, consignments, clothes, music, tattoos…etc etc direct to Peril Underground via the Facebook page or phone number…

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