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Melbourne Emirates Cup: Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington. Tues 7 Nov. Gates open at 8.30am, First race at 11am, Cup at 3pm. The annual “race that stops a nation” is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over...

    Kết quả hình ảnh cho Cirque du Soleil: Toruk

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    City Calendar           

    Melbourne Emirates Cup

    Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington. Tues 7 Nov. Gates open at 8.30am, First race at 11am, Cup at 3pm. The annual “race that stops a nation” is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over. Entertainment from live music, DJs, fashion and more at The Park. For tickets and information visit www.flemington.com.au/melbournecupcarnival.

    South Melbourne Market Tours

    Corner Dorcas St & Cecil St, South Melbourne, Wed 15 Nov, 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.

    House of Dior

    NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank. Open 10am-5pm daily until Tues 7 Nov. Friday nights open 6-10pm.  Exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of the one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses. More than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior Couture from 1947 to the present. Featuring works by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Bohan, Galliano, and others. Friday Nights program features live music, food and performances. Tickets up to $26, other options available. Phone 8662 1555 or book at www.ngv.vic.gov.au.

    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.

    City Eat & Drinks                

    Nobori Japanese Restaurant

    34 Jackson Street, Toorak. Popular Japanese cuisine of the highest quality, including sushi, noodles, hot and cold dishes, for lunch or dinner. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am-3pm & 6pm-10pm, Sunday 6pm-10pm, closed Mondays. Phone for boking 9826 2111.

    Osteria 20

    818 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. The whole range of Australian and Mediterranean cuisine. Great food, top service and perfect atmosphere. Open 7 days a wekk from noon until late. Phone 9818 3600 for bookings.

    Asian Street Food Tour

    Saturday 4 Nov 3-6 pm. Cost: $59. Meeting Point: Swanson Street, CBD. Guided tour around a variety of venues, each with their own delicious samples to share. Book at foodi.com.au/book/17741 or phone 1300 39 40 41 by Thursday 2 Nov.

    City Shopping

    HiFi & Audio Visual Show

    Pullman Mercure Hotel, 65 Queens Road, Albert Park. Friday 3 November to Sunday 5 November  10am- 5pm. Melbourne's second annual weekend festival of recorded music, sound, vision, vinyl and lifestyle technology. Hear and see everything that is new in current sound technology and an amazing amount of music from over 150 brands and 80 global exhibitors. Everything from a $1.00 record sleeve to $75,000 headphones. Phone 1300 789 539 or visit www.hifishow.com.au.

    Dinosaur Designs

    Shop T06, The Strand Melbourne, 250 Elizabeth Street. Open Mon-Thurs & Sat 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Also open Melbourne Cup Day 11am-4pm. Expert design jewellery, homewares and lifestyle pieces in striking, primary colours. Stores both nationwide and overseas.

    Phone 03 9650 8000 or visit dinosaurdesigns.com.au.

    City Entertainment

    Melbourne Music Week

    17-15 November. Free and Ticketed Events. Hundreds of musicians perform in over 40 venues. Exciting sets of contemporary dance, jazz, rock and pop music by local, national and overseas entertainers. See the program at mmw.melbourne.vic.gov.au.   

    Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra

    St George's Centre, 296 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern. Sunday 12 November 2.30pm. Tickets $25, Children under 12 free. Live music event featuring an exciting repertoire of contemporary and classical music. Enquiries 0438 023 944. Bookings and details at  www.melbournemandolinorchestra.com.

    Live @ The Toff

    The Toff in Town, Level 2, 252 Swanston St Walk,  Melbourne. Open every day. Live entertainment and club/bar area with late night dining. Australian performing arts including music, dance, comedy, and theatre, and touring international acts. Featuring live music most nights, the room turns into a nightclub later into the night. To see what's on at The Toff visit www.thetoffintown.com/stageside or phone 9639 8770. Tickets from Moshtix 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

    Editor's Pick

    Warehouse Music Festival

    Schoolhouse Studios, 81 Rupert St, Collingwood. Saturday Nov 4 12pm to 11pm & Sunday Nov 5 12pm to 5pm. Eight concerts of diverse music, rock, cabaret, opera and classical. Featuring award-winning concert pianist Hoang Pham, Celtic music quartet Bhan Tre, solo Cellist Blair Harris and others. Phone 0410 953 039 for enquiries or visit www.facebook.com/MelbWarehouseFest.

    Sidesault at The Melba

    Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood. Wed 8 Nov to Sat 18 Nov, various times. Tickets $27/$23. Experimental circus acts with five different shows from local and international artists throughout the season. For more information on what's on, session times and ticket prices, please visit www.circusoz.com.

    Cirque du Soleil: Toruk

    Rod Laver Arena, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne. Thurs 2 Nov to Wed 15 Nov. You have never seen anything like this stunning international acrobatic theatre group, returning for its 37th production, Toruk, based on the popular movie Avatar. Brilliant costumes, combined with visuals, puppetry and stagecraft, transport you to the distant plant Pandora. Bookings and information at www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.

    Editorial

    The Show Is Over For Ticket Resellers

    Fans of music, theatre and sporting events are often prepared to spend a little extra for events that sell out quickly, giving some cheats the chance to make them pay a lot more for tickets to nowhere.

    The practice of “scalping”, or buying tickets to resell at a much higher price to desperate fans, has been around for years, but has taken a turn for the worse with online sales methods.

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) received 473 complaints about Switzerland-based company Viagogo from Australian consumers this year, notified by consumer advocate Choice.

    In August, the ACCC found Viagogo breached Australian Consumer Law by making false and misleading representations, and by engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct. 

    In its own investigation, Choice found that tickets purchased from resale sites such as Viagogo, TicketMaster Resale and StubHub were sold higher than face value in 83% of cases, had hidden fees tacked on in 68% of cases, and were for the wrong seats in 8% of cases.

    The sites use “dark pattern” tactics to fool ticket buyers into parting with their money quickly. These include:

    • Presenting the company as an official ticket outlet
    • Paying to promote itself in Google searches
    • Using Facebook to create a seemingly genuine events page
    • Falsely suggesting the event is almost sold out, or the number of tickets is limited

    The ticket sales also include huge mark-up fees. Most often the fees are about $25 of the ticket's value, but there are some cases where a $7 AFL ticket sold for $90, or a $70 ticket was marked up to $650.

    Sometimes the tickets are not even valid. One fan spent $330 on a ticket, but was refused entry and had to pay $149 for a new ticket. More than 400 people were turned away at the Australian Open tennis tournament this year, and in January over 50 people had the same problem at a Fremantle concert.  

    If you are buying tickets online:

    • Don't assume the first Google result is the official ticket outlet.
    • Visit the sites of the producers, promoters, artists and venues, who have links to the authorised ticket outlet.
    • If the tickets you want have sold out and you decide to buy resold tickets, be aware of the risks.
    • Check the detailed consumer guide for the industry body Live Performance Australia, available at liveperformance.com.au/ticketing_code_practice. 

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