Events

50 Shades! The Musical Parody

Friday 19 July-

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

” A high energy experience where Fifty Shades Of Grey (the best-selling novel of all time) is flipped, twisted, and tickled pink.”

“A fun, sexy and absolutely hilarious blend of music, dance, a touch of circus and hot eye candy.”

18+ with valid ID

$69+

Alex Theatre, 1/135 Fitzroy Street

Choiroke

Wednesday 24 July

“The ultimate fusion of choir and karaoke for all you 90’s R ‘n’ B lovers!”

It’s a participatory singing event where all comers can buy a ticket, grab a drink, be led through vocal warm ups and games and learn a 90s R n B hit in three part harmony, over a karaoke backing track – all in one night!

$25

Trinity, 2 Brighton Rd

Sorry for Existing

Friday 26 July-

Friday, Saturday

Besties since 1998, ride-or-die millenial mums with a lot of opinions & no time.

National tour hits the Alex on Fitzroy Street for two nights.

$89+

Alex Theatre, 1/135 Fitzroy Street

Sisters in Crime – High stakes, low morals

Friday 26 July

There are men who exploit women, men who beat women, men who abduct women, men who murder women . . . but there are also women – a lot of women – fighting back.

Sherryl Clark (Woman, Missing), Jane Sullivan (Murder in Punch Lane), and Jess Kitching (Lucky Number 11) will talk with host Janice Simpson about their gutsy characters and how women can fight back – even in the nineteenth century.

6.30 pm dinner, 8 pm show

$62/$12

The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road, South Melbourne

Billie EIlish hit party

Friday 26 July

The Espy are throwing the ultimate Billie EIlish party to celebrate the release of Hit Me Hard and Soft!

Expect to hear Superficial DJ’s playing all of HMHAS + your fav Billie tunes all night long and the best pop hits!

$22.95

The Espy, 11 The Esplanade

Big 3rd birthday party

Friday 26 July

The Victorian Pride Centre is turning three and inviting you to celebrate.

The party includes:
• performance by the all-girl trio – Harlow & Hart.
• a delicious sausage sizzle by our fantastic VPC volunteers.
• exciting birthday games!
• a range of treats and drinks to sweeten your evening.

$13

Victorian Pride Centre, 79-81 Fitzroy Street | Monday to Friday – 9am to 6pm | Saturday & Sunday – 10am to 6pm

Rolling Stones Revue’s homage to Sticky Fingers

Friday 26 July

The Rolling Stones Revue pays homage to the greatest rock n roll band of all time, and the greatest album of all time – Sticky Fingers

Fronted by four of Australias most electrifying performers – Adalita of Magic Dirt, Phil Jamieson of Grinspoon, Tex Perkins and self-professed Stones tragic – Tim Rogers of You Am I bring you a full blown rock n roll spectacle.

$99

Palais, Lower Esplanade

River Red Gum Ride with Bicycle Users Group

Saturday 27 July

Port Phillip BUG Group Ride leaving from Castlemaine Railway Station, venturing to the town of Guildford, 10km West of Castlemaine.

Guildford’s Big Tree Park is home to a gigantic River Red Gum 500 to 1,000 years old!

Free

The Transplants: Raising the roof for organ donation

Sunday 28 July

A special free public concert to mark the start of Donate Life Week.

The concert will feature performances by Indigenous & African musicians, (Elijah Augustine, Ajak Kwai and KANANI) husband and wife (donor/recipient) duo Fiona Lee Maynard and James Lomas and the band The Oz Transplants featuring members Paulie Stewart (Painters And Dockers), indigenous hiphop star Little G, and Rock Queen Jo Fraser who are all organ recipients.

Free but please register online

Free

Memo, 88 Acland Street

Benny & The Flybyniters

Sunday 28 July

Benny & the Flybyniters have been a stalwart of the Melbourne roots music scene since 1999.

George Lane, 1 George Lane

Anne Harvey-Nagl & Julia Maria Sliwa

Sunday 28 July

Beethoven, Sonata no. 4 in A minor for piano and violin
Clara Schumann, 3 Romances for violin and piano
Respighi, Sonata for violin and piano, P110

Anne Harvey-Nagl is Concertmaster of the Volksoper Vienna and Concertmaster of the Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, and a frequent soloist and Concertmaster of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra.
Born in Vienna, pianist Julia Maria Sliwa won first prize at the Valsesia Musica International Competition, second prize at the International Chopin Competition in Slovenia and was a finalist at the International Chopin Competition in Budapest.

$25 full / $20 concession

All Saints, All Saints Anglican Church, opposite Astor Theatre, near Cnr Chapel St and Dandenond Rd

The State

Wednesday 31 July-

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The State is a visually arresting, scathing commentary on the state of Australian politics.

Phallic puppetry, glorious drag, and biting comedy sees the state of our nation dissected like never before.

Accessible only by a flight of stairs

$35

Theatre Works (Explosives Factory), 67 Inkerman St

Getting Words on the Page with Elise Esther Hearst

Wednesday 31 July

Join award-winning playwright, author and performer Elise Esther Hearst for a fun and practical writing workshop.

Observing objects can be a great way to make discoveries, develop ideas and collect details that will enrich your writing enormously.
Using objects on display throughout the JMA’s galleries as prompts, you will write in short bursts without judgement or critique. You will get words on the page and have fresh material to work with for new or existing projects.

Open to all genres at all levels. Beginners welcome.

$30/$27 JMA members

Jewish Museum, 26 Alma Rd; Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

The Posh and the Riff Raff – film about the history of St Kilda

Wednesday 31 July

Marianne Latham’s film about the history of St Kilda is screening at Cinema Nova as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.
Hurry, first session sold out.

“St Kilda was once home to the richest, most influential people in Australia before greed and arrogance turned it into a depraved and destitute slum.”

Trailer: https://filmfreeway.com/ThePoshandtheRiffRaff

$23.50/$18

Cinema Nova (Carlton), Northside somewhere

Ulcerate ‘Cutting The Throat of God’

Thursday 1 August

New Zealand unorthodox Death Metal legends Ulcerate present their mind-bending 7th album “Cutting the Throat of God”.

Plus guests Pestilential Shadows and Altars

$41.35

The Espy, 11 The Esplanade

Trifecta of new works

Thursday 1 August-

BODY PARTS
by Melynda von Wayward
22 LEVELS OF ZOMBO
by Mark Zombo
THE LITTLE RECORD THAT WISHED IT COULD
by Scotti FMR

Opening Friday 2 August, 6 pm – 9 pm
Drinks $5 each

Warning: Some of these images contain nudity

Free

Brightspace, 8 Martin Street. Wed – Fri 11 am – 5 pm

Viva Elvis: A Celebration of Everything Elvis

Friday 2 August-

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Five big shows over one weekend:

Friday 2 August 8 pm
The Legend Lives On: 55 to 77
Saturday 3 August 2 pm
From Hollywood to Vegas
Saturday 3 August 8 pm
Jumpsuit Heaven
Sunday 4 August 2 pm
Elvis: From the Vaults
Sunday 4 August 7 pm
Viva Elvis: A Celebration of Everything Elvis

“Five International Elvis Tribute Artists are converging on the iconic National Theatre in St Kilda, transforming it into an Elvis wonderland over one massive weekend.
Direct from the USA; the electrifying Jay Dupuis, the mesmerizing David Lee, the soul-stirring Moses Snow, and the charismatic Ted Torres.
But that’s not all – for the very first time ever, Canada’s Ultimate Elvis Champion, Bruno Nesci, is crossing international borders to set the stage on fire in Melbourne.”

$59+

National, 20 Carlisle Street

Shake

Sunday 4 August

The name says it all

Free

St Kilda Sports Club, 66 Fitzroy St

Kintsugi Workshop: Healing Through Repair

Tuesday 6 August

Discover the mindful practice of mending broken objects, while finding beauty in imperfection.

Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese craft where broken ceramic objects are pieced back together using lacquer (tree sap) & gold dust. This ancient Japanese craft embodies the essence of repair and renewal, mirroring the Jewish principle of mending the world – Tikkun Olam.

You must be over 18 years old.
Not recommended for pregnant person.
No food/alcohol allowed during the workshop.

$200/$180 JMA members

Jewish Museum, 26 Alma Rd; Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

JENNIE! Rebel. Radical. Revolutionary

Friday 9 August-

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Driven by her desire for a fairer society, and passionate about improving conditions for women and children, Jennie Baines arrived in Port Melbourne in 1926 and made her mark in no uncertain terms! She also left behind a powerful legacy.

Marli van der Bijl (Hamlet, Les Miserables, Hairspray) brings Jennie Baines to life.

Matinee 17 August 2 pm

$45/$40

Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park

Book Launch – Fox & Wolf

Sunday 11 August

With SCROOK

Free

St Kilda Sports Club, 66 Fitzroy St

Reclaim the Crone

Wednesday 17 July-

Reclaim the Crone is a bold and haunting new performance that uses contemporary Butoh Dance Theatre, Projection, Poetry and Song, to take you on a wild adventure to reclaim the archetype of the Wise Old Woman.

The Crones bust out of convention and herald in a new age of eco-feminism being championed by older women.

Explosives Factory is accessed via a flight of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.

Tuesday 23 July – 2:00pm matinee with Audio Description/Captioned Performance

$45/$35/$20

Theatre Works (Explosives Factory), 67 Inkerman St

Romeo and Julie

Saturday 20 July-

The Australian premiere of Romeo and Julie, a modern and comedic love story by renowned Welsh playwright Gary Owen. Directed by Kamarra Bell-Wykes.
Previews 20 – 23 July
Season 24 July – 18 August

 

Despite being raised only a few streets apart, the two teens come from entirely different worlds.
Romeo and Julie is a sweet and savage love story about the push and pull between sacrifice and the pursuit of personal dreams.

$68

Red Stitch, Rear 2 Chapel Street (opposite the Astor)

ALI TAYAHORI > After Everything Has Been Said

Thursday 18 July-

After Everything Has Been Said consists of a series of photographs and a video installation depicting a traditional grief ceremony in various stages performed by Ali Tahayori.

Opening event
Thursday 18 July 2024
6 pm to 8 pm

No wheelchair access

Free

Linden Projects Space, 26 Acland Street. Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, Closed Mondays & Public Holidays

Street artists group exhibition

Saturday 6 July-

Discover the vibrant world of street artists who have transformed Space2b with their stunning murals.

Free

Space2b Social Design, 144 Chapel Street. Tue – Fri 10 am – 5 pm; Sat 10 am – 2 pm; closed Sun & Mon

Maree Clarke – In The Flicker Of Light

Wednesday 26 June-

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

“The artist’s most ambitious glass project to date – the culmination of residencies across the State of Washington, USA and Canberra, Australia – this unparalleled exhibition is an in-depth exploration of the river reed through the medium of glass.”

Opening event: Wednesday, 26 June, 6 – 8pm.  Maree Clarke will be in attendance

Free

Vivien Anderson Gallery, 284–290 St Kilda Road; Tue – Fri 1 1 am — 5 pm; Sat 12 pm 4 pm

Andrew Rogers: Where We Are

Friday 10 May-

An exhibition featuring the  internationally acclaimed artist Andrew Rogers, known for his large-scale contemporary sculptures and land art, including the globe-spanning Rhythms of Life, a connected set of drawings on the earth visible from space.

The retrospective exhibition, will delve into the artistic process behind Andrew’s masterpieces and ongoing practice. It will portray his personal journey and evolution as an artist through figurative sculptures, abstract forms and his renowned land art; all together reflecting on the human experience, issues of identity, community, and the passage of time.

Family (2 Adults & 2 Students): $51
Children under 10: Free

$20/$16

Jewish Museum, 26 Alma Rd; Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Michelle Hamer > I’m A Believer

Friday 31 May-

I’m a Believer confronts dismissive language surrounding chronic health issues through a darkly humorous lens. The exhibition features Hamer’s first series of silkscreen prints and monoprints crafted from redacted letters and medical scans, alongside five new hand stitched works, exploring gendered language, access, and erasure.

Free

Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street. Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, Closed Mondays & Public Holidays

Vittoria Di Stefano > Pears on a Willow

Friday 31 May-

Vittoria Di Stefano primarily works in sculpture and installation. Pears on a Willow is a site-specific sculptural installation for Linden New Art that explores the poetics of domestic spaces and their embedded histories.

Free

Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street. Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, Closed Mondays & Public Holidays

Shivanjani Lal > Mere Porvaj [I Am Remembering]

Friday 31 May-

Shivanjani Lal is a Fijian-Australian artist and curator whose work uses personal grief to account for ancestral loss. Mere Porvaj (I Am Remembering) speaks to the history that has been forgotten, the labour of women, and the love of a land that continues to hold them.

Free

Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street. Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, Closed Mondays & Public Holidays