Author Archives: melbourne

Land Rover’s Polo in the City

‘Polo could be my new favourite thing,’ my plus one said at the end of our day at Polo in the City. I have to agree. It has all the ingredients for the perfect outing: a day in the open air…

‘The One’ at fortyfivedownstairs

Dark, humorous, and vicious. The One closes out the inaugural Poppy Seed Festival and this ‘one’ you don’t want to miss. The 65 minute show packs a punch. The dark comedy features Harry and Jo, an intelligent, engaging, attractive, and…

Underground Cinema: Hope 2.0

The Underground Cinema experience is gathering a grand following in Melbourne, despite its reputation for secrecy and surprise. The setup is simple: ticket holders are shown an undisclosed film at the end of an evening of live interaction and participation….

‘Miss Universal’ at Chunky Move

‘Miss Universal’ proposes a new vocabulary of dance – love. In an immersive dance piece, audience members watch performers Annabelle Ballharry, Chloe Chignell, Atlanta Eke, Angela Goh wrestle, swing from the ceiling, discuss politics of love, and sweat profusely in…

Schmucks Bagels, worth schlepping to the CBD for

Any bagel place that calls itself ‘Schmucks’ knows what’s up. The tongue-in-cheek use of Yiddish – the word means something akin to ‘jerk’ – made me smile before I even arrived at Schmucks Bagels. Schmucks is tucked down a laneway…

Bordello Blues

The Bordello Blues cabaret features enough lingerie for patrons to feel like they are having a saucy night out with their spouse while still keeping things safe enough that it could be a unique alternative to Friday night drinks with…

Tequila and Tacos at Los Hermanos

Holy Mole. I can’t think of a better way to spend a spring evening than sipping a margarita under the shade of Los Hermanos’ lemon tree. The Mexican style bar and restaurant teamed up with Tromba to launch their first…

The Pierce Brothers come home to Melbourne

It’s the ultimate success story: Melbourne buskers make the bigtime, going from Swanston Street to touring the world. The Pierce Brothers returned to their hometown to perform at 170 Russell midway through their first world tour. They’re billed as a ‘folk duo’, and…

Christ Almighty! at Bella Union

If feelgood laughter about the birth of the Saviour is what you seek at this time of Yule, pop in to see ‘Christ Almighty!’. These eight twisted Nativity tales have it in spades. Think Monty Python but with a very Antipodean…

Interrobang: the Wheeler Centre’s Festival of Questions

Does the universe have memory? Yes. Do you know how I know that? Because I got to attend the Interrobang Festival of Questions, and the marvellous Dr. Alan Duffy told me. Essentially, if you are looking at the planet from…