HOT: Next Wave Breakfast Club, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

It’s 2 degrees and dark. I drag myself out of bed and hop on my bike, hands chapped and  breathing frigid air fumes. What for? To warm up my intellectual muscle at Next Wave’s Breakfast Club. Next Wave is a biennial arts festival which celebrates independent, local artists and the Breakfast Club is a free event that’s happening over four weeks […]

HOT: Books Illustrated Gallery & Showroom, 300 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park

On Beaconsfield Parade, facing the beach and the bay, is an unprepossessing little house which is the location of Books Illustrated. Books Illustrated is an independent bookstore and gallery which promotes Australian children’s literature and book illustrations. Their focus and specialty is Australian hardback picture books and in two small rooms (and online) they sell books for babies right up to young adults, original […]

HOT: Persimmon, Ground Level NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

I have to admit that I am a bit skeptical when it comes to gallery or concert hall restaurants. I feel that when a building’s main purpose is not to be a restaurant then there’s no real incentive to serve good food. Add to that the fact that they are  catering for a captive audience of hungry […]

HOT: Hollywood Costume, ACMI, Federation Square

If you like fashion, design, movies or movie stars, do not miss ACMI’s Winter Masterpiece exhibition this year, Hollywood Costume which explores the role costume design plays in cinema. It comes to Melbourne via the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and it’s one of the best curated exhibitions I’ve visited recently. It doesn’t just consist of a […]

HOT: Lisa Tomasetti “Behind the Scenes: The Australian Ballet on the International Stage”, James Makin Gallery, 67 Cambridge St, Collingwood

Dancers have provided inspiration for artists for centuries. I think it’s a dancer’s constant search for the perfect line and form and the potential expressiveness and passion of the human body which fascinates photographers, painters and sculptors. Sydney based artist Lisa Tomasetti currently has a free exhibition of photographs she took for the Australian Ballet […]

HOT: Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Carlton Gardens & Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

Join the busloads of grannies this weekend and check out the 18th Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which has taken over Carlton Gardens until Sunday 24 March. I have a habit of regularly killing potted herbs (the extent of my gardening) and I enjoyed wondering around the beautiful displays and exhibits of Australia’s biggest flower […]

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