Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 09/06/2019

It’s time to make a deal with the Devil. Again. And just like last time, tequila will be involved.


10) Artists’ Talks: Lauren Bamford and Lydia Wegner

15th June

What: Join exhibiting artists Lauren Bamford, and Lydia Wegner as they discuss the concept and process behind the commission Robin Boyd, a portrait of an Australian house. The commission invited Bamford and Wegner to respond to the Wright House in Warrandyte, one of Boyd’s iconic family homes. The resulting new work is presented with a unique architectural intervention in the gallery.

Why: Think of it like your rich hipster acquaintance that stalks historically noteworthy buildings for inspiration for their new kitchen, but, you know, this time it’s legitimate artistic expression and not just a supercilious hipster trend because…uh…because…’-Talks:-Lauren-Bamford-and-Lydia-Wegner/d497fd60-865a-11e9-b14f-a713526e5192


9) Viti Biti

15th June

What: David Moyle (chef) & Jordy Kay (winemaker) are coming together to share their passion for sustainability, organics, biodynamics and the natural over a fun dinner. Wild foods and natural wines will be served in the barn with a fire roaring in harmony with exciting conversations.

Why: Nothing whets the appetite for a gluttonous gourmet degustation like an extended discussion about sustainability.


8) Doctors, Danger and Death: New Medical Thrillers

14th June

What: Authors Susan Hurley, Sue Ingleton and L M Ardor talk to Maggie Baron, former forensic scientist and inaugural President of Sisters in Crime, about the blood-tingling scenarios and scenes of crime they have encountered in the divergent worlds of science and medicine.

Why: A chance for you to hear the true stories behind gripping works of fiction you’ve never heard of.


7) Dr Faustus Lights the Lights

15th June

What: Gertrude Stein, one of the giants of modernist formalism, takes the Faust myth for what could be seen as an eco-feminist spin: selling your soul for electric light. This production, DFLTLX, asks how we might think about that now, in terms of the pact we have each made with technology, and explores the impact of her brilliant, sparkling text in performance.

Why: We’d always ruminated on the devil as a concept rather than a sublime corporeal form. Turns out we were wrong. The devil is real. Contemporary experimental theatre still exists.


6) Yu Kitchen Fresh Truffle Discovery & Wine Dinner

11th June

What: Yu Kitchen and Truffle Melbourne are proud to present a special one night only Truffle Discovery and Wine Pairing Degustation Dinner. Created by Executive Chef Bernard Kong, you will enjoy 6 exclusive courses of fresh Australian truffle dishes with the optional pairing of 4 superb Cape Mentelle Wines from Margaret River.

Why: Taste a fungus that is worth more to the world than you, a sentient human being, will ever be.


5) Halliday Sip Series: Spotlight on Cellaring

13th June

What: An unforgettable evening of wine tasting and more. You will have the opportunity to meet winemakers from highly-rated wineries and taste highly-rated wines across vintages along with free-flowing canapes with grazing tables.

Why: A night so defined by use of the word ‘high’ you’ll likely be disappointed with the range of intoxicants on offer.


4) The Carnival of the Impossible

11th June

What: The Carnival of the Impossible wends its merry way into Bar 303 this June offering you a night of opulent ridiculousness, impossible possibilities and the opportunity for you to experiment in any realm of performance. Bring along your very own theatrical, musical, spoken word, performance art, comedy or physical act and be prepared for some of the Carnie’s very own bizarre performances.

Why: A chance for you to stand on your drunken soapbox solicited.


3) Do It Like An Italian: Italian Wine Tasting Event

15th June

What: Traverse Italy in a metaphorical Fiat Bambino, drinking old favourites (ciao sangiovese & pinot grigio) and making new friends (benvenuto negroamaro and cataratto) all in a single afternoon. This event will showcase Italy in all her glory – from north to south and red to white (with a couple of sparklers in there to keep things bubbling along).

Why: Do it like an Italian. Understand that screaming into the abyss of a recession marred by corruption can only relieve your emotional tumult for so long. Then drink.


2) Boilermaker Session: Brooklyn Brewery x Patron Tequila

9th June

What: Mesa Verde are excited to host the giants of Brooklyn Brewery and Patron Tequila who have come together to provide the tastiest of beer cocktails and boilermakers, complimented with some delicious treats from Mesa’s kitchen and a couple hours of deep insights into the worlds of brewing beer and distilling agave!

Why: Experience a gastric combination of alcohols that usually occurs over a period of six hours in one hit in a glass.


1) The Melbourne Martini Film Awards

11th June

What: Join the red carpet for a night of intrigue, wonder and elegance at Melbourne’s 11th annual Martini Film Awards. This special awards night celebrates the hard work and dedication of JMC film students throughout the year. During the evening, you will view a selection of the very best films in multiple categories including short film, documentary and graduating student films.

Why: Get a taste of the works of students who aspire to be filmmakers. Do it now. This is your only chance. Because some member of the Kardashian family is about to post some six-second video about butt lifting and the video is already getting Oscar buzz.

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