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Erths Prehistoric Aquarium: Arts Centre Melbourne, Sat-Sun 8-9 September 11am, 2pm, 4pm. An action packed performance that takes kids on a quest to the bottom of the ocean to meet some of the world’s most amazing marine reptiles...

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    City Calendar

    Melbourne Day

    Enterprize Park, Flinders & William Street, Melbourne. Thursday 30 August from 10.30am. Celebrating 183 years since the first settlement of Melbourne. Meet “early settlers” in traditional costumes wandering the crowds. Flag raising ceremony, Junior Lord Mayor selection, Ferguson Plarre cupcakes, showbag giveaways, and entertainment by the Victoria Police Pipe Band, Young Australian Broadway Chorus and the Creativity Australia Choir. For details please visit www.melbourneday.com.au.

    Fire Garden - The Common Man

    39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf. Open 7.30am-4pm Monday & Sunday, 7.30am to late Tuesday to Saturday. This riverside space hosts live music, craft beer sessions, unique dinners and speciality tastings, complete with cosy blankets, open fires, comfy pockets, mulled cider and wine. The perfect place for meetings, events and functions this winter. Trivia nights every Tuesday from 6.30pm. Phone 9696 3774 or email events@southwharfrestaurants.com.au.

    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.

    City Eat & Drinks

    Curry Festival

    Dandenong Market, Clow Street, Dandenong. Sunday 2 September 10am-4pm. Free entry. Indulge your love of spicy food at Melbourne's home of multicultural street food, the Dandenong Market. The Curry Festival feature food trucks as well as stalls selling Melbourne's best curries. Live performances by Tiya Sri Lankan Dance Group, African drumming, stilt walkers and Mauritian dancers. More information at dandenongmarket.com.au/event/curry-festival.

    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.

    City Shopping

    Hometown Asian Supermarket

    Shop 2, 440 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Mon to Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-11.30pm. Wide range of goods from all over the Asian region, specialising in Japanese and Malaysian cuisine. Huge range of sake and umeshu (plum wine), hand-rolled udon noodles, Kurobata pork, many varieties of miso. Also a great variety of well presented sweets. Phone 9663 2603 for queries or drop in for a browse.

    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.

    City Entertainment

    Escape Hunt Experience

    Shop 3, 190 Queen Street, Melbourne. Open from 10am until 10pm, 7 days a week. Live-action adventure game experience, ideal for all ages. Teams of up to five players work together to find the clues and solve the challenging puzzles and riddles before time runs out. Duplicate rooms allow other teams to go head to head. Four fully immersive and interactive adventures available. Cost from $34 per person. Ideal for birthdays, special events, and corporate functions. For details and bookings please visit melbourne.escapehunt.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 Crazy Rich Asians, Whitney, Darebin Music Feast . Tickets $18.50, concession & Breakfast Club members $15, seniors and children $12, all tickets $12 on Wednesdays. For details visit thornburypicturehouse.com.au.

    Jankara Karaoke

    300 Russell Street, Melbourne. Open every day 7am-1am, Sat-Sun until 5am. Free karaoke – just pay for your food and drinks. Over 5,000 karaoke songs in English, Japanese, Chinese and Filipino. Enjoy Japanese bar snacks and hot dogs & pizza. Breakfast available in the morning, and coffee is served during the day. Phone 9662 4042 or visit jankara.com.au.

    Editor's Pick

    Korean Film Festival

    ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Fed Square, Thurs 6 Sep to Thurs 13 Sep. Now in its 9th year, the Korean Film Festival brings the wonder of Korea through 22 blockbusters, rom-coms, strange pop culture and more. In Taxi Driver, based on a true story, a Seoul taxi driver picks up an easy fare that becomes a life or death struggle in the Gwangju Uprising. I Can Speak details the unlikely friendship between “goblin granny” Ok-boon and an ambitious young civil servant. Stand by Me is a heart-wrenching tale of a grandfather left to raise his grandchildren. Details and bookings at www.koffia.com.au.

    Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium

    Arts Centre Melbourne, Sat-Sun 8-9 September 11am, 2pm, 4pm. An action packed performance that takes kids on a quest to the bottom of the ocean to meet some of the world’s most amazing marine reptiles. What does a Plesiosaur's skin feel like? How big are Kronosaurus teeth? Do Kimberella wear shoes? Swim with some of the world’s most amazing prehistoric marine reptiles, and unlock some of nature’s greatest mysteries. Book at artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183.

    Body Worlds Vital

    Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, daily until 18 November. A journey through the human body, showing individual organs to give a complete picture of how the body works and how to fight life-threatening diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart ailments. An interactive Anatomical Mirror shows how organs are positioned in your own body. Tickets $30 for adults and $15 for children aged 5-15, who must be accompanied by an adult. Family passes and student and senior concessions are also available. To book online or learn more about Body Worlds Vital, visit www.bodyworldsvital.com.


    City Puts On Its Best For Fashion Week

    As Spring arrives, Melbourne's annual Spring Fashion Week gives retailers, designers and models a chance to put their work on show before the public and the fashion industry.

    In 2018 Fashion Week runs from Friday 31 August to Friday 7 September. With 150 events, featuring 300 local and international designers, this fantastic event has something for everyone. You can take your pick of runway parades, exhibitions, workshops and more.

    The hub is the Melbourne Town Hall forecourt, with daily activities, music, DJs and pop-up runways. Nearby Collins Street is traditionally the fashion centre of Melbourne, but many of the events take place in a variety of alleys and sidestreets.

    The first major event of the week is Street Runway One, in Union Lane between Bourke Street and Little Collins Street, near Elizabeth Street, at 1pm and 4pm on Friday 31 August.

    Among the many workshops offered, you can see behind the scenes of producing a runway show, discover the ways to transform a sea of plastic into luxury materials, or explore the fashion design possibilities of 3D printing.

    Six “Fashion Capsules”, presented by Creative Victoria, are scattered across the city, from the Arts Centre to Collins Street. Each capsule houses innovative creations by Victorian-based fashion installation, digital and video artists, designers, jewellers, artisans and film makers.

    In Capsule 2, for example, twelve designers, artists and makers each visually communicate their individualist approach to design practices in the exhibition windows of Campbell Arcade, the underpass connecting Degraves Street with Flinders Street Station.

    Capsule 3, in Collins Square, is a giant balloon sculpture of modern gargoyles, guarding over precious works by jewellers and accessory makers. Also in Collins Street is the Capsule 4 display of paper and light-weight custom made clothing and accessories, floating above ponds in a dream like display of romance and luxury.

    You can be among the first to witness original thoughts expressed in self decoration by fashion graduates from RMIT University, Box Hill Institute, The Masters Institute of Creative Education, Holmesglen Institute, Kangan Institute and Whitehouse Institute of Design.

    For a very special treat, visit Capsule 6 in the Emporium. This is an interactive botanical sculpture that you can stand in to create the illusion of a magical fancy dress, and take a photograph of yourself.

    Many events are free, while others are ticketed. For full details of the wonders on offer, see the full program at mfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au.

    Yoon K



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