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The Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival

There had been a lot of grumbling about the weather last week and comments about winter coming and other apocalyptic Game of Thrones type statements. However, just to prove a point and fly in the face of the usual announce-a-barbecue-expect-the-rain…

‘At Last – The Etta James Story’ at Arts Centre Melbourne

Narrative concerts are a relative newcomer to Melbourne’s live music scene. A far more authentic experience then a tribute concert, the audience also get to learn the stirring — yet often tumultuous life stories — of revered artists. Starring the…

‘The Winners’ at The Owl and Cat Theatre

Last Sunday was Valentine’s Day and what better way to spend it than to grab a hot date and take them to a show at The Owl and Cat Theatre, a small independent stage tucked into the back of a…

VAMFF: The Dress Collective runway

A Saturday night quaffing bubbles with a gorgeous ladyfriend, watching lines of gorgeous people strut their stuff on the catwalk to showcase awesome Aussie independent labels – and all in the name of charity, no less – is my idea…

Cool Down Summer Series: gourmet picnicing at the Abbotsford Convent

The Abbotsford Convent: scene of lazy summer days after bicycle rides along the Yarra, catching up with friends at markets or at Lentils — and now, host to the Cool Down Summer Series. Running over four Sundays in the summer months, it pairs guest chefs…

Five surprising things we loved at Laneway Festival Melbourne

What started as a series of weekly shows at a tiny Melbourne bar (RIP St. Jerome’s) has bloomed into one of Australia’s most beloved festivals.  In a time when naysayers are predicting the death of live music, St. Jerome’s Laneway…

The Urquhart Cup polo match

I must admit I didn’t know what to expect when invited to attend the Urquhart Cup, a country polo tournament. (I put the emphasis on the word ‘country’ because that was what was stressed over the phone when I enquired…