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Fashion Week Music Shows: Town Hall forecourt, every day 1-8 Sep 5-10pm. Live performances and DJ sets from the city’s rising music stars. Includes Jennifer Loveless, Ying Li Hooi, Laila Sakini, Sui Zhen, Maya Hirasedo and many more. Full program and details at mfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au/program.

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    City Calendar

    Fashion Week Music Shows

    Town Hall forecourt, every day 1-8 Sep 5-10pm. Live performances and DJ sets from the city’s rising music stars. Includes Jennifer Loveless, Ying Li Hooi, Laila Sakini, Sui Zhen, Maya Hirasedo and many more. Full program and details at mfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au/program. 

    Chinese Fortunes

    Melbourne Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Until March 2018. Exhibition telling the incredible story of thousands of Chinese who made their way from South Australia to the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s to seek their fortune. Ticket Cost: Adults $14, Free for Members, Concession Holders and Children.

    Hokusai Art Exhibition

    National Gallery of Victoria, 21 July 21 until 15 October. Iconic artwork from influential Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Featuring 176 of the master painter and printmaker's works, including his views of Mt Fuji, waterfalls, Eight Views of the Ryūkyū Islands, birds and flowers, historical poetry, and rare prints and paintings from book illustrations. Voluntary Guide tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1.30pm. Booking not required but exhibition fees apply.

    City Eat & Drinks

    QT Kitchen

    Shop 2/10-12, High Street, Glen Iris. Open 7 days for Lunch 12-3pm and Dinner 5-10pm. Our mission is to provide you with an unforgettable modern Vietnamese dining experience for Dining In, Functions, and Take away. Fully licensed. See menu or book at qtkitchen.com.au.

    Dong Ting Restaurant

    295-297 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Authentic Hunan Cuisine - one of the Eight Great Chinese Cuisines, well known for hot and spicy flavour, fresh aroma and deep rich colours. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone  9041 3793 for bookings or more information.

    City Shopping

    MUJI                         

    Emporium Shopping Centre, 275-321 Lonsdale St. Open daily from 10am to 7pm or 9pm Thu-Fri.

    Originally founded in Japan in 1980, Mujirushi Ryohin (“no-brand quality goods”) offers a wide variety of good quality products, including household goods, clothing and food. Simple, well-designed practical products, from brushware to acrylic storage containers. Muji also has a store at Chadstone Shopping Centre. Phone 9671 4974 or visit www.muji.com.

    Aero Plus

    45 Collins Street, Melbourne. The best place to get all of your gifts and homewares, with a wide range of fun, unique and creative products to choose from. Products from all over the world, but a high preference for local products. Open seven days. Phone 9650 3466 or visit aeroplus.com.au.

    City Entertainment

    Absolutely Normal    

    Lithuanian Club - Son of Loft, 44 Errol Street, Melbourne. Tue-Sat 6.30pm, Sun 5.30pm. Japanese comedian, ventriloquist and professional Rakugo performer Showko Showfukutei gives you a glimpse into the craziness that exists just below the surface of Japan. Tickets $25.00.

    South Melbourne Market Tours

    Corner Dorcas St & Cecil St, South Melbourne, Wed 13 Sep, 10am to 12pm. Discover the history behind the 150-year-old South Melbourne Market and its surrounds. See the area has progressed and changed, old and new sights pointed out at every turn. Cost $10. Spaces limited, please book at southmelbournemarket.com.au/event/guided-historical-tours-3 or phone 9209 6295.

    Murder at the Zoo

    Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave, Parkville. Saturday 9 September, 6.20pm to 10.30pm. Enjoy a 2 course dinner and unlimited beverages for a 1970s disco-style theme night. Please dress to suit the theme. Solve the mystery of the murder on the dance-floor of the Bong Su disco. Tickets $149 per person or $141 for Zoo Members. Book at  www.melbournezooevents.com.au/upcoming-events. 

    Editor's Pick

    Oktoberfest Opening Day

    Hophaus Bier Bar Grill, Mid Level, Shop MR5, Southgate Precinct, Southbank. Sat 16 Sep 11.30am until late. Opening day party for this annual Festival of Beer. Special Imported German Festbiers, German Games, Sausage Eating Challenge, Strongman Competition at 4pm, and Live German Band “Black Forest” from 5pm. Book a table on 9682 5900. Other events throughout festival until Sunday 22 October. For more details visit hophaus.com.au/events/oktoberfest-melbourne-2017.

    Melbourne Fringe Festival              

    Many venues, 14 September to 1 October 2017. Free and Ticketed Events. Artists, musicians, comedians, circus performers, actors, dancers and exhibitions. Over 400 events, celebrating imagination and exploration. See the full program at www.melbournefringe.com.au/whats-on/.  

    Chinese Museum Mysteries

    Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne. Daily 11am-4pm. Entry $11 ($9 conc). An exhibition of “orphan collection objects” with uncertain origin. Masters of Art Curatorship students of the University of Melbourne uncover the stories of these fascinating objects and their meanings.

    Editorial

    Some Of The Weirder Restaurants In Melbourne

    Melbourne is famous for its reputation as a dining capital, and some people have had to come up with very strange ideas for their business to compete. s section. For instance, “Murder Mystery Dinners” (like the one at the Zoo mentioned in the Entertainment section) are held from time to time.

    Here are some restaurants, with an unusual personality, which are open regularly.

    Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant

    Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant, located at 100 Victoria Street, Carlton, combines a Gothic vampire theme with highly entertaining and “delightfully provocative” theatrical productions. The acts combine comedy, burlesque and novelty.

    Reviews praise the food as well as the performances. The food is a pre-set menu, with limited choice, but very high quality. Some of the dishes maintain the Gothic vampire theme, with desserts such us Coffin Cake and Spider Cake. One dish is served in a skull bowl. It's all in fun, but perhaps some people would feel uncomfortable.

    There are A and B tickets for $105 and $82 per person respectively. From Tuesday to Thursday the prices are lower. Dracula's is closed Mondays.

    For details and bookings, visit www.draculas.com.au/melbourne.  

    Titanic Theatre Restaurant

    Another restaurant combining food with theatre is the Titanic Theatre Restaurant, at 1 Nelson Place, Williamstown.

    The restaurant proudly calls itself “the only place in the world where your night is guaranteed to be a disaster”. However, it also guarantees you will not drown or get wet, unless you spill your drink.

    The stage show uses special effects such as strobe lights, water effects and explosions to recreate the experience of your “ship” colliding with an iceberg while you have dinner. The restaurant is not actually on a ship, but in a stationary building with a view of Hobson's Bay.

    The Titanic “sails” only on Saturday nights. To book your passage phone 9397 5101 or visit www.titanic.com.au.

    Zingara Cucina

    For a genuine dining out surprise, you could consider Zingara Cucina. The website says, “You have never eaten in a Restaurant like Zingara Cucina. As Zingara Cucina is not a Restaurant.

    “Zingara” is the Italian word for gypsy, the wandering European people with no homeland, living in wagons, always on the move. That is how this restaurant experience works.

    After registering on the website, you join a group of strangers to go to a mysterious location, “from carparks to laneways, bridges and galleries”. The cuisine is always Italian, but that is all you know until you get there.

    Zingara Cucina is a monthly experience, and only held “in the warmer months”. There can be a long waiting list for this one, but if you're interested go to www.zingaracucina.com. 

    Barry N

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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