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Royal Melbourne Show: Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Friday 22 Sep to Tuesday 2 Oct, 9.30am-9pm. The top family event in Melbourne every year. Stock and agriculture displays, wood-chopping, Monster Trucks, rides, showbags and all the classic features...

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    Royal Melbourne Show

    Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Friday 22 Sep to Tuesday 2 Oct, 9.30am-9pm. The top family event in Melbourne every year. Stock and agriculture displays, wood-chopping, Monster Trucks, rides, showbags and all the classic features. Music by Jimmy Barnes and Damien Leith. Tickets $40 adults, $20 children over 4, Family tickets also available. Online bookings before 22 September get a 20% discount. To book or view the program visit royalshow.com.au.

    Sunny Kim in Concert

    Playhouse Rehearsal Room, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road. Sunday 23 September 5pm. One of Korea’s most sought after jazz vocalists, Sunny Kim joins Australian Art Orchestra for the world-premiere of Hand to Earth. Supported by percussionist Myung Jin Ko, Didgeridoo player David Wilfrednand vocalist Daniel Wilfred (Arnhem Land), with Maria Sappho on keyboards, trumpeter Peter Knight and bassist Christopher Hale. Tickets $28 from www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/Festival-and-Series/Meeting-Points-Series.

    Spring Fashion Runway Show

    Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, 27 Little Collins Street, Sunday 23 September 2pm-4.30pm. Mr Diamond Australia hosts this exciting Spring Fashion Charity Fundraiser, showcasing designs by talented local designers. Come along with your friends for a fabulous Paris-themed afternoon tea of sweet and savoury delicacies, complemented with a glass of Champagne, tea and coffee. All proceeds raised will go to LGBTIQ support group Minus18. Tickets $79 at www.trybooking.com/WPNF. Please note bookings close 16th September. Tickets will not be available at the door.

    City Eat & Drinks

    TT Hotpot Buffet

    Shop 7, 4 Main Road West, St Albans. Open every day 12pm-11pm. The fun way to dine in company! Five hotpot soups to choose from, Gyoza dumplings, Soju drinks, Thai milk tea and other delicious delights. Ideal for birthdays, office gatherings, all special occasions. Booking strongly recommended. Phone 0474 461 800.

    Asian Street Food Tour

    Saturday 15 September 3-6 pm. Cost: $69. 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 13 September.

    City Shopping

    Touch of Japan

    Shop 13, Port Phillip Arcade (between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane). Small ornaments, cards (including 3D), tiny people and animals for your windowsill, jewellery, phone danglers, bags and shoes, much more. Phone 9662 4485.

    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.

    City Entertainment

    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.

    Lizzy and the Night Owls

    Oakleigh Carnegie RSL, 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh. Sunday 16 September 2pm-3.30pm. Melbourne-based 1960s Soul and Rock n' Roll band. Powerful vocals and original material. The concert is free but must book at www.monash.vic.gov.au/Leisure/Upcoming-Events/Winter-Concerts-2018. Bookings close Friday 14 September.

    St Kilda Film Festival on Tour

    Drum Theatre, Corner Lonsdale and Walker streets Dandenong. Friday 21 Sep, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Celebrate 35 years of storytelling with St Kilda Film Festival as we hit the road with highlights from the 2018 program. Tickets $18, $15 Concession. Program information at stkildafilmfestival.com.au/event/dandenong. For more information contact the Drum Theatre on 8571 1666.

    Editor's Pick

    Sunshine Lantern Festival

    301 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine. Sunday 23 September 10am-9pm. Free event. Plenty of community and family-friendly fun with entertainment, amusement and carnival rides, street performers, live music entertainment, food and drink stalls, magical lion and dragon dancing, lantern parade, firework displays, and more. Information at www.sunshinebusiness.com.au/events/sunshine-lantern-festival.

    Colorfest Melbourne

    Moonee Valley Racing Club, 1 McPherson St, Moonee Ponds. Sun 16 Sep 11am-4pm. One Massive Festival with Non Stop Music and Dance.All the elements of EDM, Commercial with touch of Rhythm 'n' Blues, Pop, House. Live performances from the City’s Best DJ’s. More info and tickets at www.colorfest.com.au. Phone 1300 338 368.

    Asian/Oriental Speed Dating

    The Bank on Collins Restaurant, Collins Street. Saturday 22 September 3pm-5.30pm. This event is for Asian/Orientals aged 25-35 years. Non-Participating/Spectator tickets have no restrictions with cultural background but cannot take part in the dating event. Tickets $62 Participating or $40 Spectator at www.tickettailor.com/events/theperfectpuzzledatingservices/183736.


    Fringe Acts Take You To The Edge

    Those who like their entertainment a little different, or even extreme, are sure to find plenty to interest them in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, two weeks of unconventional acts beginning on Thursday 13 September, and finishing Sunday 30 September.

    Celebrating freedom of artistic expression, the Fringe encourages creative artists who want to take risks and push boundaries. Simon Abraham, Creative Director and CEO, calls it “the Olympics of art”, with 3,320 artists performing 443 shows in 152 venues across the city, from theatres to cafes, art galleries to alleyways, both free and ticketed.

    There will be comedy, film, music, theatre, circus acts, art exhibitions, displays, discussions, workshops and events which don't fit clearly into any particular category. Some of the events are definitely “adults only”, but there are also many whose main audience is the kids.

    The Fringe usually attracts many comedy acts, and this year, the 38th, is no exception. A number of comedians will probably begin their careers at this year's Fringe, and this is the chance to see them at the beginning of their journey. Themes range from politics to relationships, or just the plain absurdity of human life and personality.

    In the North Melbourne Comedy Competition, an annual event, Melbourne's comedy champions compete for a chance to feature in next year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Held on three afternoons at the Courthouse Hotel, with tickets economically priced at $12-$20, this show sold out quickly last year.

    This year there are more local acts and fewer international acts, with the international acts mainly African, like musician Prince Wendemi of Burkina Faso. There is also not much showing from Asian performers, even among the local talent.

    The Fudan Drama Troupe, from Fudan University in Shanghai, will perform “Journey to the West prequel”. This unusual drama by Tao Zhou and Yijun Zhu combines “Journey to the West”, the much-loved classic of Chinese literature familiar to many as “Monkey”, with Shakespeare's last play, “The Tempest”. It is performed in Mandarin Chinese with English surtitles.

    From Indonesia, but filmed in the Aradale Asylum in Ararat, Victoria, comes the world premiere of “7 Bidadari (7 Angels)”. In this horror thriller, a famous 7-girl band from Indonesia visits Australia only to be caught up in a deadly curse at Aradale, known as one of the most haunted places in Australia. If you see it, dress up in your best horror movie costume to be in the running to win a major prize.

    For the best introduction to this colourful annual event, view the program at the Melbourne Fringe website melbournefringe.com.au.

    Span Hanna






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