Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 09/05/2021

Thought 2021 was dystopic? We envy your optimism.


10) Funny Bunny

13th May

What: Experience a night of free comedy at Bunny!

Why: ‘You get what you pay for’ is an overused adage, but we don’t want to accept any responsibility for promoting this.


9) Freedance: Waaking

12th May

What: Put your dancing shoes on, grab a friend (or three), and head down to the Atrium for an energetic dance class in the open air, led by local artists, curated by Dancehouse. Move your arms dramatically to the disco beat. Waacking is a queer expression founded by Black and Latinx people in 1970s Los Angeles. Burn City Waack co-founder Marnie Newton will show you the ropes to get your poses, character and performance down so you can waack just like the pioneers on the iconic American television show Soul Train.

Why: It’s so refreshing to find something to legitimately hate about the LGBTQIA+ community.


8) Americana Carnival

9th May

What: The Americana Carnival is an immersive mini festival that not only offers patrons some of the best acts the genre has to offer but a full cultural experience including: A pop-up market featuring vintage and bespoke fashion, an exclusively curated record stall, food specials, a VIP post show guitar round plus a DAINTON BEER TAP TAKEOVER!

Why: Because what the world needs right now is more America.


7) Shadowlands

15th May

What: Join artist Aylsa McHugh and curator Jake Treacy as they discuss the ideas underpinning the exhibition Shadowlands, including collaging techniques, photogravure, the uncanny, pariedolia and new ways of seeing.

Why: Learn words to pepper throughout your next conversation in order to make yourself feel superior. Make sure your conversation is held in one of those no-phone bars, in case you only half-remember the definition of the word.


6) No Document by Anwen Crawford

14th May

What: Please join Giramondo Publishing and Paperback Bookshop for the launch of Anwen Crawford’s new book No Document. The book will be launched by writer and editor Elena Gomez, and Anwen will be in conversation with Dion Kagan.

Why: Something to offset the months of Rick and Morty repeat binges.


5) Elaheh Mohamed at SHOPFRONT-342.

13th May

What: SHOPFRONT-342 is proud to host one of Melbourne’s emerging artists, Elaheh Mohamed. She will be exhibiting a series entitled “Tile Series” and a number of landscapes. Melbourne architect Bruce Katsipidis will be a guest artist presenting some of his latest works.

Why: Tiles, but functionless.


4) Richard Narroway: Solo Cello Recital

13th May

What: An unaccompanied cello recital featuring a diverse selection of works, including two exciting premieres by electroacoustic Australian composers Tilman Robinson and Stephen Stelios Adam.

Why: Enjoy the talents of someone far more accomplished than you with the knowledge that criticising him is far more delicious than actually accomplishing anything could possibly be.


3) Nat Bartsch: Hope

14th May

What: Pianist/composer and ARIA nominee Nat Bartsch brings to life her new ABC Classic album, Hope, in a special concert with string quartet and electronics. This concert will feature the world premiere of her first String Quartet, ‘Over the River’. Hope, in this instance, is an abbreviation of hopefulness and hopelessness, and Nat’s music a suite of meditations exploring the Black Summer bushfires, Covid-19 Pandemic and polarised socio-political debate.

Why: “Hope, in this instance, is an abbreviation of hopefulness and hopelessness” – if there’s any phrase that could sum up the nature of contemporary art better, we haven’t yet had the displeasure of knowing it.


2) 000 The Play

14th May

What: As the pandemic changes the nature of relationships, has it exacerbated certain relationship dynamics more than others? Or has it remained constant? Based on true events, “000” explores how love evolves, and where the line between love and self-love gets blurred.

Why: We’ll be sorely disappointed if it’s not just some guy covered in milky coco pops, wanking himself to death on the stage.


1) Poona

14th May

What: Welcome to 2050. The country is witnessing one of the tightest presidential runs in history, with one-time underdog, independent party candidate Poona Li Hung, now an unlikely frontrunner. In 1997, the controversial book, Pauline Hanson: The Truth imagined Australia in the year 2050, run by Poona, a “lesbian… of Indian and Chinese background” and… a cyborg. Roshelle Fong and Keziah Warner bring Poona to life in this necessary and timely interactive theatre work.

Why: This genuinely seems interesting.

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