Gandhi Exhibition: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street. Opens Thursday 5 April and runs until July. Museum is open daily 10am to 5pm. Entry $15...
Alice in Wonderland
ACMI, Federation Square. Open daily 10am-5pm. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a popular children’s story since 1865, has been produced many times for screen, TV and stage. ACMI’s new exhibition takes you though more than a century of props, costumes, artwork and films. With a map in hand, journey through a maze of imaginative and surprising scenes. Sit at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, with empty plates turned into an audiovisual feast by digital projections. Entry $25, Concession $21, Member $20, Child $16, Family $65. For more details or bookings visit acmi.net.au.
Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street. Opens Thursday 5 April and runs until July. Museum is open daily 10am to 5pm. Entry $15. A digital interactive exhibition celebrating the life and achievements of India's inspirational leader Mahatma Gandhi. Curated from more than 1,000 archival photographs, 130 minutes of footage, 60 minutes of film clips and 20 voice recordings of Gandhi’s speeches. For details please visit /museumsvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum.
Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival
Fish Creek, Wilsons Promontory. FINISHES Sunday 27 May. Now in its fourth year, this unique festival celebrating the art of making teapot cosies offers a fun trip for all. This year the theme focuses on cultures where tea making is a symbol of hospitality. For more details check teacosyfestival.com.au.
City Eat & Drinks
Street Wrap - Co Thu Quan
536 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Vietnamese eatery with both fusion and authentic flavours. Rolls and wraps, many different fillings to choose from, all spiced up for a modern twist but true to the flavours of Vietnam. Phone 9670 3108 for bookings or email from Streetwrap536@gmail.com for all catering needs, from office lunches to parties.
Nong Tang Noodle House
Shop 16-17, 200 Bourke Street. Open from 11.30am every day except Monday. The only restaurant in Australia offering the full range of genuine Shanghai cuisine. Includes Yangchun Noodles, panfried dumplings, “Eight Treasures” Chilli, Shanghai-style Duck in Sauce, “Old Pork Chop” and more. For enquiries or bookings, phone 9639 9258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
37A The Walk Arcade, 309-325 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne. Open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. The delicate, intricate and well-made jewellery of India is among the best in the world, with centuries of tradition behind it. The Shree Jewellers family, from Rajasthan in India, has worked in silver jewellery for many generations. All your questions about jewellery and precious stones can be answered here. Phone 9042 9077 or visit www.facebook.com/shreejewelers.
Korea Town Mart
527 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Open daily 8.30am-midnight. KT Mart specialises in all things Korean. There’s a great variety of pickles, including fresh kimchi. The wide range of chilli pastes and sauces is hard to find anywhere else. The store also has one of the largest ranges of dumplings and gyoza, with seafood, vegetable and pork packages ready to cook, and specialty rice from all over Asia. Phone 9329 8242.
MariCAR Mushroom Racing
Secret Location, Melbourne CBD. Sunday 27 May & Tuesday 26 June. Race real-life Nintendo style gokarts, dressed in superhero or manga cosplay outfits. Tickets cost $100 for 20 laps minimum, and include character costume hire, pick up and drop off. There is also an After party with DJ, Games room activities “and more”. Prizes to be won include $1000 cash. Last chance for tickets. Go to www.mushroomracing.com.
Wizard of Oz
Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne. Strictly limited season for this timeless fantasy adventure tale, performed live on stage with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. A tornado carries Dorothy and her dog Toto to the magical land of Oz. She meets the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, and they journey together to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, seeking a way back home for Dorothy. But they also have to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and her evil winged monkeys. For details and bookings visit www.wizardofozthemusical.com.
Queen of Spades Board Game Cafe
189 Smith St, Fitzroy. Open 7 days from 8am, until late from Thursday to Sunday. Melbourne's first board game cafe. Enjoy coffee, craft beers, and quality food, and a variety of board games from $5 per person. Choose from clas games like Chess or Monopoly, or less well known board games including A Game of Thrones, Cards Against Humanity and Trouble. Phone 9042 5777 or browse the list at www.queenofspadesbar.com/board-games.
Good Food & Wine Show
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Friday 1 June to Sunday 3 June. It's on again, an exciting line-up of foods, wines and pop-up dining to discover, taste, share and enjoy. Here is your chance to become immersed in all things food and wine. Heston Blumenthal’s Everdure barbeques, wines from the Barossa Valley and Maclaren Vale, and masterclasses with renowned chefs are only a few of the experiences on offer. Information and bookings at goodfoodshow.com.au.
Gin Night Market
The Craft & Co, 390 Smith St, Collingwood. Thursday 7 June, 6pm to 9pm. Free Event showcasing some of Australia's and New Zealand's best gins. Come down and sample a vast array of celebrated gin distilleries in one inviting location. Stallholder highlights include Balcombe Gin, Island Gin, Four Pillars, Poor Toms and many more. For more information, please visit www.thecraftandco.com.au/market/gin-night-market.
Hidden Bar and Cocktail Walking Tour
Bourke Street Mall, Thursday-Saturday, 7pm. Let an experienced guide show you the secret bars many people often walk past. Up to 10-15 bars visited in approximately 4 hours. Ideal for small groups or couples seeking a romantic night out. Your guide can customise the bars visited to suit the interests of your group, and fill you in on other great food or entertainment spots. Prices from $109. Bookings at www.partner.viator.com/en/1744/tours/Melbourne/Melbourne-Hidden-Bar-and-Cocktail-Walking-Tour/d384-26803P3
Spirit Of Jazz In the Halls And Streets
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival was first held in 1998 and has been presented at several different times of year. It now occurs over the first two weekends of June, including the Queens Birthday long weekend.
Now in its 21st year, each 10-day Festival now typically sees more than 40,000 people attend over 100 public events, with over 500 international and Australian artists performing and collaborating at over 20 of Melbourne’s iconic venues.
In addition to performances by headline Australian and international artists, the wide-ranging program also includes free concerts, family events, late night art parties, artist workshops, film screenings, in conversations, club sessions and more.
Melbourne comes alive with the spirit of jazz in concert halls, arts venues, jazz clubs, and even in the streets. Each festival program aims to appeal to young and old, to enthusiasts and the uninitiated, to encourage as many people as possible to experience the impact of the music.
No one can claim the festival lacks diversity. This year features American Terri Lyne Carrington, slightly unusual as a bandleader, as she is a drummer. After the festival, she will stay on as an artist in residence at Monash University.
Also from the US, the festival welcomes the Sun Ra Solar Arkestra. The Arkestra's founder, Sun Ra, passed away in 1993, but the community of musicians he brought together and nurtured from the 1950s on still keeps the torch alight.
From Norway Kim Myhr brings his own experimentalist music, not tied down to any particular style or instrument. It is said that his work expands our expectation of what music can look like in the 21st century. He will perform with Peter Knight and the Australian Art Orchestra.
The festival will also include accomplished local musicians like trumpeter James Morrison and pianist Paul Grabowsky. There are of course many more, and choice will be difficult for the really devoted fan.
The full program and booking details are available at melbournejazz.com.
However, this year the festival organisers have offered an extra treat for the undecided, an online quiz to suggest what type of show suits you best.
To take the quiz, go to www.melbournejazz.com/blog/2018/05/jazz-quiz-find-your-show.