HOT Alert: Week of 26 October 2009

Can you believe it’s the end of October and they’re erecting the Christmas tree at City Square already? Events this week: preview of The Brothers Bloom with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; preview of Jane Campion’s latest film Bright Star, starring the gorgeous Abbie Cornish; glamming it up for homeless shelter charity Many Rooms […]

HOT: Valhalla, Arts Centre Forecourt, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a majestic, enormous martial hall housing the chosen dead. I didn’t know this fact when I entered Valhalla, Callum Morton’s new work for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. I knew that the desolate, pock-marked, concrete crumble was a three-quarter scale replica of Morton’s childhood home and I knew that some […]

HOT: Art v Smart Casual, Trades Hall, Cnr Victoria and Lygon Sts, Carlton

Music. Comedy. Musical Comedy. The greatest art form of all. That was the premise of the two man singing and dancing extravaganza, Art v Smart Casual. Actually, it was brothers Roger David and Fletcher Jones (the latter hilariously nicknamed ‘Ginger Claus’ by the former) donning checked shirts and jeans and cracking jokes, impersonating animal noises […]

HOT: Leonardo’s Last Supper, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

The beginning of Peter Greenaway’s multimedia interpretation of Leonardo’s Last Supper certainly replicated my experience in Milan. Lining up, waiting, herded inside, more waiting… When we entered the dark room of the North Melbourne Town Hall the famous painting was projected onto one end, and the other painting in the refectory of Santa Maria delle […]

HOT: Songs from the 86 Tram, Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North Melbourne

Docklands and Bundoora. That’s a pretty big contrast. And perfect comedy material for a fringe festival hit from The Bedroom Philosopher, Songs from the 86 Tram. The 86 is my home tram and I can tell you it’s a carriage of character compared to my former tram (No 8 to Toorak – homogenous and perfectly […]

HOT: Metrosketchuals, Glasshouse Hotel, 51 Gipps St, Collingwood

Metrosketchual‘s write-up described them as ‘the best live sketch show of the festival’ -The Pun. And despite my initial misgivings (out-of-the-way venue, never heard of them, offering me free tickets), the two guys (one of whom had an uncanny resemblance to comedian Jack Black, which gave them a head start already) delivered a hilarious show. […]

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