‘Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey’ at Melbourne Festival

‘Mother…’ Cate Blanchett calls out softly into the dark. The screen is black and empty, when suddenly, it is illuminated by a flash. Light is blasted onto the screen. The Big Bang has occurred – the universe has been created….

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Phillip Adams BalletLab stuns with Ever

As with all BalletLab works, it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before, and so it was at the world premiere of dance work Ever, held inside the Victorian company home, The Temperance Hall. Inside this building clad wholly in puritan white, we gathered…

‘Under Siege’ at Melbourne Festival

The epic masterpiece Under Siege is the perfect introduction to this year’s Melbourne Festival. Yang Liping’s operatic retelling of Farewell My Concubine is the culmination of a millennia of Chinese culture. A total of twenty-two dancers, musicians, and a paper…

Cathedral Ranges Wilderness Yoga

Have you ever thought of combining yoga, meditation, and hiking in the Victorian wilderness? The beautiful Dr Belinda Christie did, and hence Wilderness Yoga was born. Dr Belinda, an environmental scientist and yoga teacher, runs Wilderness Yoga once a month…

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Welcome Spring with Hay Fever!

There’s no better way to welcome in spring than via MTC’s lush new production of famed quipster Noel Coward’s 1925 farce about silly society in comic romp, Hay Fever. Almost 100 years old, this knockout version offers top-class cast, crystalline…

Lello Pasta Bar Formerly Known As Yak

I have very fond memories of the old Yak Italian Kitchen on Flinders Lane. It was the scene of one of my first ever The Plus Ones events, an incredible six course pizza and beer matched extravaganza. The venue became…

Best Brews Around the World – Melbourne Edition

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands hosted the Melbourne edition of the International Best Brews Around the World tour. The tour kicked off in early August at Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West in New York City as part…

The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez at Melbourne Fringe

Glamorous and boldly unconventional, Lola Martinez was the 19th centuries wildest showgirl.  The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez  is a reimagining of a life rich in adventure and controversy. Courtesan and countess, dancer and actress.  Lola lived a life of…