Shibori Japanese Textile Exhibition: Kimono House, 37 Swanston Street, Level 2 Nicholas Building, Melbourne. Tuesday 3 July to Friday 20 July. Open 10am-5pm from Tuesday to Saturday.
Shibori Japanese Textile Exhibition
Kimono House, 37 Swanston Street, Level 2 Nicholas Building, Melbourne. Tuesday 3 July to Friday 20 July. Open 10am-5pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Free exhibition of the Shibori textile dyeing technique, dating back to the 8th Century. Discover this beautiful art and how it is produced. Includes Shibori cloth from the centuries-old cotton dyeing houses of Arimatsu and the exotic silks from the artisans of Kyoto.
MoMA at NGV
National Gallery of Victoria, 100 St Kilda Road. ENDS IN AUGUST. New York's Museum of Modern Art comes to Melbourne, with a world premiere exhibition of 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. Over 200 works from art legends such as Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe, Roy Lichtenstein and more. The biggest collection of MoMA works to ever leave New York. For full details, visit melnyc.com.
Wizard of Oz
Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne. FINISHES 29 July. The timeless fantasy adventure tale is 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.
City Eat & Drinks
209 Commercial Road, South Yarra. Named after the Thai word for “happiness”, with a menu to match. Pad Thai, Laksa, Thai Style Boat Noodles, Spicy Catfish, green and red curries, and plenty more to delight your taste buds. Open every day except Monday, 11am to 3.30pm and 5pm to 10pm. Phone 9827 9086.
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.
South Melbourne Night Market
Coventry and Cecil Streets, South Melbourne. Every Thursday from 5.30pm, now in its 10th year. Balmy, summer city nights come to life with a feast of street food, market stalls and entertainment. Bring your friends and family and enjoy dinner and drinks, shopping and music under the stars. Quality food, excellent drinks, and live music and entertainment. Get the latest news at southmelbournenightmarket.com.au.
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.
Skating At Festival
Crown Riverwalk, Yarra Promenade, Southbank. Open daily. Open-air skating rink with a great line-up of food, drinks and family-friendly entertainment. Enjoy skating under fairy lights to cill music. Equipment for hire, including “kanga” skate aids and knee and elbow pads for kids. Check out the special events, such as the 90s disco session. Warm up with drinks at the Alpine Bar, or enjoy dinner and dessert from the Winter Night Market stalls. Session cost $28 adults, $20 children, family tickets also available. Visit melbourne.skatingat.com.au or email email@example.com.
MariCAR Mushroom Racing
Secret Location, Melbourne CBD. Friday 27 July. 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.
Thornbury Picture House
802 High Street, Thornbury. Open Wed-Sun 2pm-11pm, Fridays from 10am. The new home for independent film, housed in a converted 1919 automotive garage, 57 large seats, 6-metre screen, Krix 5.1 sound system. Beers, cocktails, coffee, popcorn and choctop ice cream available. New relases coming up include Ocean's 8, Hereditary, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Tickets $18.50, concession & Breakfast Club members $15, seniors and children $12, all tickets $12 on Wednesdays. For details visit thornburypicturehouse.com.au.
Melbourne International Film Festival
Various venues, 2-19 August. New local films, international film premieres, talks and party events. Includes films from Japan (Tampopo, Mirai), Korea (The Spy Gone North), China (Angels Wear White, The People's Republic of Desire), Taiwan, Indonesia and India. See the full program at miff.com.au.
Whisky, Wine & Fire
Caulfield Racecourse, via the Main Gate (Gate 23), Station Street, Caulfield East. Thursday 19 July to Sunday 22 July. Tickets $15 online or $20 at the gate. A tasting festival of fine whisky and wine products, and fire-cooked food by a variety of high class restauranteurs. Features talks by leading wine and whisky makers. For details or bookings visit www.whiskywineandfire.com.au.
45 Collins St, Melbourne. Tickets at the reduced price of $8.50 on Mondays. Local and international features and documentaries, as well as retrospectives, special film events, and festival programs. Kino's licensed bar has treats such as cheese platters, cakes and gourmet ice creams, a good wine list and cocktails, and happy hour on Mondays. Phone 9650 2100 or visit www.palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/kino.
Film Festival Brings The World To Melbourne
It is not widely known, but the first feature film ever made was created in Melbourne, in 1906.
Of course it was an Australian story: “The Story of the Kelly Gang”, based on the short career of legendary Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. At a time when most films were less than 20 minutes long, “The Kelly Gang” ran for nearly an hour.
It was very popular in Australia, and was eventually released in England. Australia continued to lead the world in feature film making, producing sixteen by 1911, when other countries began producing them as well.
It is hardly surprising that Melbourne continues to be at the fore when it comes to showcasing movies. Since 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has been held every year, usually in early August. It is one of the world’s oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin.
The festival, running from 2 August to 19 August, includes local and international films, new and some old or remade, feature length and short, fiction and documentary, as well as talks by visiting directors and party events.
As well as movies from Australia, the US and Europe, MIFF includes a large helping of movies by Asian directors.
Chinese director Hao Wu's most recent film, “The People’s Republic of Desire”, takes us to a China in the grip of a digital revolution, where live-streamers seek fame and fortune via virtual relationships.
“Angels Wear White”, a joint Chinese and French production by Vivian Qu set on tourist paradise Hainan Island, examines crime and corruption control in modern-day China.
A very unusual movie is Hu Bo's “An Elephant Sitting Still”. The story follows four northern Chinese residents during the course of a day, and runs for an astonishing four hours.
Japan is always well represented at MIFF. This year features a restored version of Juzo Itami's 1985 comedy classic, “Tampopo”. The story follows the pattern of a Western, but instead of brave gunfighters protecting a widow from outlaws, we have two dedicated truckies helping a young woman improve her noodle shop.
Mamoru Hosoda gives us “Mirai”, an animated movie in which a young boy learns how his new baby sister fits into the family by travelling through a magic doorway into different times of his life.
In “The Spy Gone North” South Korean director Yoon Jong-bin delivers the fascinating true story of Black Venus, a South Korean spy who infiltrated the very highest reaches of North Korea’s government in 1993.
There is of course much more, including movies from Taiwan, Indonesia and India. To see the whole program and explore what is coming up, go to miff.com.au.