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Rocky Horror Show: Her Majestys Theatre, 219 Exhibition St. Wed 18 July to Sun 26 August. The iconic rock and roll musical, seen around the world in over 30 countries in 20 different languages since 1973, returns to Melbourne.

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    Rocky Horror Show

    Her Majesty's Theatre, 219 Exhibition St. Wed 18 July to Sun 26 August. The iconic rock and roll musical, seen around the world in over 30 countries in 20 different languages since 1973, returns to Melbourne. A young couple with a flat tyre knock on the door of a remote old house and meet a colourful and bizarre group of transvestites from outer space. Information and bookings at www.rockyhorror.com.au.

    International Beer Day

    Sheraton, 443 Docklands Drive, Docklands. Friday 3 August 4 pm to 7.30 pm. Epic Beer Masters Tasting Event and Masterclass. The ultimate selection of the Best Brews from Mountain Goat Beer, and delicious canapes at four interactive food stations. Tickets only $20. Book via email at eduardo.jalijali@fourpoints.com.

    Blues in the Basement

    Beneath Driver Lane, Shop 3 Driver Lane, off Lt Bourke Street and cnr Elizabeth Street. Every Friday 9pm-midnight and Sunday 8pm-11pm. Melbourne's best underground blues artists playing live in a subterranean bar filled with whiskey, cocktails and French bar food. Free event - bookings not required. For details please visit www.driverlanebar.com.

    City Eat & Drinks

    Pinot & Cheese Masterclass

    Bohemian Wine Bar, 35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf. Saturday 4 August 2-5pm. Drop in for this casual and informative masterclass, presented by the bar's very own cheese master, as well as wine makers and wine industry professionals. Learn about Pinots Noir, Grigio, Gris, Muener and blanc, while enjoying the most delicious of matched cheeses. Tickets $49 at thebohemian.com.au/whats-on.

    Asian Street Food Tour

    Saturday 4 August 3-6 pm. Cost: $69. Meeting Point: Swanson Street, CBD. Guided tour around a variety of top quality Asian food venues, each with their own delicious samples to share. Book by Thursday 2 August at foodi.com.au/book/17741 or phone 1300 39 40 41.

    City Shopping


    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.

    Docklands Market

    Newquay Promenade, Docklands. Every Sunday 10am to 5pm. Stroll along the peaceful promenade and browse the sights, sounds and scents of stalls selling handmade clothing, jewellery, art, homewares and toys. Fresh coffee, juice and snacks available, and sometimes live music. For details visit www.melbmarkets.com.au/docklands-sunday-market.

    City Entertainment

    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.

    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 info@skatingat.com.au.

    Kino Cinema

    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.

    Editor's Pick

    Whisky, Fire & James Squire

    Common Man, 39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf. Thursday 9 August 7-10pm. A fun and interactive dinner with whisky and beer matching, including a demonstration of cooking with fire techniques by executive chef Malcolm Williams. Tickets $54, includes beer and whisky tastings, plus 4 courses of matched food items. All ticket purchasers go into the draw to win an all expenses paid trip for 4 to the Malt and Shovel Brewery in Sydney. Info and booking at www.thecommonman.com.au/fire-garden.

    Naxi Folk Yunnan Restaurant

    723 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. Open daily 7am to 10pm. Southwest Chinese cuisine from Yunnan Province, home of the Naxi minority population. The Yunnan flavour fuses influences from neighbouring Sichuan province, and countries such as Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Fully licensed. Phone 9818 4564 or visit the Naxi Folk Facebook page.

    Our Story Exhibition

    Lulu Cafe & Gallery, 506 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne. Free event 2-12 August, Wednesday to Sunday 8am-4pm, open until 10pm Fri-Sat. Artworks created by artists who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness. Come show your support and check out the amazing talent on display. Profits made from the sale of artworks go directly to the artists. For details phone 8327 2222 or email lenka@wombat.org.au.


    Finding Unusual Things To Do In Melbourne

    Melbourne is celebrated for its diversity of cultures, cuisine, arts and entertainments. If you're an international student, or a newcomer to Melbourne, one way to find out more is to seek out unusual local events.

    It's also an easy way to meet new people and make friends, because the event gives even strangers something to talk about. In some cases, the event may be as strange to the locals as it is to you.

    Lucie Towers of Insider Guides has some helpful advice about how to seek out events like this.

    Social Networks

    If you use online social networks, you will know there are groups devoted to every interest you can imagine, and many you have never heard of. This is a quick way to find people who share your interests, and learn from them about events taking place or planned for the future.

    One of the best sites for this is Meet Up, at meetup.com. It has a Melbourne based page called the Language Connection, which brings together people who are learning a language. They organise events frequently, some free, and some for a low charge like $5. This site has two advantages: you can find people who speak your language, or locals who are learning it as a second language.

    Council websites

    Every Council has its own website, regularly publishing information of value and interest to the community. Almost every week there is some small fair, festival, or other public event taking place around Melbourne. Most of the events are open to the public with no charge.

    Find out your local Council's name and check their website regularly. Also, join the libraries belonging to the Council area. Libraries often display notices of upcoming events in the community.

    Music Festivals

    If you are strongly interested in music, go to insiderguides.com.au/music-festivals-australia for their

    guide to some of the best major Australian festivals.

    However, there are also small local festivals, and you can be sure there is one happening at any time of the year, even in winter. This can give you the opportunity to visit places which are not “on the tourist map”, but still have plenty of features which make them worth visiting.

    Secret Bars

    It is a real adventure to walk around the side-streets and alleys of the Melbourne CBD. In recent years imaginative people have converted old factories and warehouses into fascinating bars, entertainment venues, art galleries and specialty shops. Often they have no outside advertising or obvious storefront.

    A useful guide is Broadsheet's list at www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/guides/best-hidden-bars. However, they change so often that no list can ever be complete. Besides, hunting for them yourself is half of the adventure.

    Yoon K




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