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TWiSK #391

Big changes to Council home help services?
Mayor Cunsolo re-elected
Deputy is Cr Louise Crawford

Plus many music, theatre and community events

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense @ Astor

Various day and times until 26 November
The greatest concert film of all time? STOP MAKING SENSE brings to the screen Talking Heads at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison, alongside an ecstatic ensemble of supporting musicians. Renowned filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captures the band at their exhilarating best, in this new and complete 4K restoration for the film’s 40th anniversary.
Tix Trailer 
The Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) @ Pride (rooftop)
Until Sunday 19 November, 7 pm door, sunset screening
The Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) has returned with a spectacular Rooftop Cinema Program.
Wed 15 Nov – Isla’s Way (2023)
Thurs 16 Nov – Before I Change My Mind (2022)
Fri 17 Nov – Who’s Queen? – Shorts Package
Sat 18 Nov – Sunflower (2023)
Sun 19 Nov – Summer Qamp (2023)St Kilda City revival: Kick off for footballers @ Peanut Farm
Monday 13 November, 6 pm
Pre-season for all footballers is kicking off and new faces are welcome for the start of a new era for the Club – and if you are keen on helping St Kilda City FNC build a strong foundation and culture both on and off field – join in!
No boots – runners only!
Contact Hammer 0406 424 247 or Mel 0459 988 206
Coming soon: A new era for St Kilda City FNC.

John Otway (UK) @ Memo
Wednesday 15 November, 7 pm
Ever humble, John says “I’ve had more UK hit singles than Led Zeppelin, performed more than five times the number of gigs the Beatles managed, appeared at Glastonbury more times than Beyonce, and starred in more lemonade commercials than Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift put together. And now I’ll be performing at MEMO Music Hall.” $85/65 At The Door

Bromley: Light After Dark Q&A Gala Event @ Astor
Wednesday 15 November, 7 pm
This  event includes a film screening, Q&A with David Bromley, his wife Yuge and director Sean McDonald, and an after party. There will be music performances by Bonnie Anderson and Xani, complimentary catering by Sushi Sushi and drinks, and a Bromley gift on arrival.
Actor David Genat will be the MC of the evening and author and mental health advocate Olivia Molly Rogers will host the Q&A.
Three paintings by David Bromley with a combined valued $50,000 will be given away in a raffle on the night. $90

Live In The Lane @ George Lane
Thursday 16 November, 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm
A free celebration of the refurbished lane showcasing a new garden and street mural ‘Queen’. The amazing Brooke Taylor & Delsinki will perform from 6.15 pm – 7.30 pm.

Book launch: Nick Cave’s Songs Reimagined @ Readings
Thursday 16 November, 6.30 pm
Join several of the contributing authors to celebrate the launch of Into Your Arms: Nick Cave’s Songs Reimagined, edited by Kirsten Krauth.
This is a short story collection inspired by a Nick Cave lyric. These 21 stories, from some of Australia’s favourite creators, respond to Cave’s visionary genius with their own original and unsettling tales of death, faith, violence and love. Free
Bookings essential 
112 Acland St

British Film Festival 2023: Tommy – 4k Remaster @ Astor
Thursday 16 November, 7 pm (single feature)
This classic rock opera is brought energetically to life by an outstanding cast including many stars of the rock music industry.
Broadway Bar returns @ Alex
Friday 17 November, 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Immerse yourself in the ambiance as the talented Mark Bradley takes the stage at the piano. The spotlight beckons both performers and spectators, uniting them in a shared celebration of their passion for timeless Broadway classics. Will you seize the spotlight and grace us with your voice?
No sheet music required—just bring your voice, enthusiasm, and dreams of being a Broadway star.
Admission is just $5 with an option to donate more if you wish.

The Luke Sinclair Set + Sean McMahon (duo) @ George Lane
Friday 17November, 7 pm – 11 pm
Luke’s debut solo release is ablaze with country, soul, pop and rock n’roll. Luke Sinclair (Raised By Eagles) writes instantly relatable music, exquisite melodies underpinned by emotionally charged lyrics.

Ramble Tamble – The Australian Creedence Show @ Memo
Friday 17 November, 7 pm
Ramble Tamble is a classy five-piece Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band based in Melbourne. $40/35 At The Door
Kitty Flanagan Live @ Palais
Friday 17 November, 8 pm
Kitty Flanagan Live is her new show full of hard laughs, good times, handy hints and a catchy little tune about underpants. $62+
Tix Discover Sailing Days @ Royal Melbourne Yacht Club
Saturday 18 November & Sunday 19 November, 10 am – 5 pm
Royal Melbourne Yacht Club (Pier Rd St Kilda next to the pier) invites you to visit their Club
for dinghy rides, tours of our facilities and a BBQ. Free
Register members@rmys.com.au

Pinkerton Pendlebury @ George Lane Matinee Sessions
Saturday 18 November, 3 PM – 6 PM
Andrew Pendlebury (The Sports, Stephen Cummings etc) and Steve Pinkerton (Dallas Crane, The Ronson Hangup, The Anyones,) share musical experience from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s through to now in new musical partnership Pinkerton Pendlebury.

Josh Pyke – Revisions Tour @ Memo
Saturday 18 November, 7 pm
For these intimate performances, Pyke will be joined on stage by Elana Stone and Freya Schack-Arnott, who both appeared on the recorded album. $65 At The Door

The Australian Van Morrison Show @ George Lane
Saturday 18 November, 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Australian Van Morrison show emerged from the Irish pub scene in Melbourne in the early 2000s, fronted by Scottish born singer songwriter Steve Boyd.

British Film Festival 2023: The Great Escaper @ Astor
Sunday 19 November, 11 am (single feature)
Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, John Standing.
A veteran escapes from his care home to attend the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in France.

Tracey Miller – Double Single Launch @ George Lane
Sunday 19 November, 2.30 PM – 6 PM
Melbourne’s own Mother of soul is working with a new band.
InfoThe Puckerups with Stella + Tim @ St Kilda Sports Club
Sunday 19 November, 5 pm

Soul Sacrifice – The Music Of Santana @ Memo
Sunday 19 November, 6 pm
Australia’s Premier Santana tribute band ‘Soul Sacrifice – The Music of Santana’ – A Latin Rock extravaganza awaits! $50/40 At The Door
Bassem Youssef @ Palais
Sunday 19 November, 7 pm
Bassem Youssef, famously known as the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” is a highly acclaimed Egyptian comedian and former doctor.

The Johnnys – 40 years of original cowpunk @ St Kilda Sports Club
Sunday 19 November, 7pm
Mystery MC and lucky door prize for the best dressed cowperson!!
Supported by Burn in Hell & Murrays Bay Country Club. $40/30

Next week
Monday 20 November – Sunday 26 November

Friends of Suai/Covalima annual community meeting @ Town Hall
Tuesday 21 November, 6.00 to 7.00pm
Join the Friends of Suai/Covalima to celebrate another year of friendship with the seaside community in Timor Leste. Hear guest speaker Grant Wyeth, Editor at the Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy and Defence Dialogue (AP4D). Free with light refreshments.
Please RSVP by email friendsofsuai@portphillip.vic.gov.auWhat’s it like Renting in Port Phillip @ Betty Day Centre
Tuesday 21 November, 6.45 pm – 9 pm
Half the residents of Port Phillip rent their homes, and it is not easy to get one nor keep one. There are moves afoot to set up a group to represent renters in Port Phillip. You’re invited to tell your story and hear about what can be done. Find out what agencies and groups are doing to help renters. Discuss what our local Council could be doing. Discuss ways forward and help form a new group to represent the renters of Port Phillip. Free
67 Argyle StClimate Café @ EcoCentre
Thursday 23 November, 6.30 pm -8.00 pm
The EcoCentre is inviting members of our community to participate in free, in-person Climate Cafes – a small group gathering where supportive connections are made through sharing our feelings about the Climate Crisis, facilitated by Carol Ann Allen, a local climate cafe group facilitator. Limited spaces only, so please register early to secure your spot.
38 Blessington StElise Cakebread > Gathering Dust @ Linden Project Space
Friday 24 November – Friday 22 December
A new body of work created by textile-based artist Elise Cakebread using rescued domestic waste materials. By harnessing the most abject of material categories – waste – and elevating it into aesthetic tableaux worth keeping, Cakebread reconsiders the value systems we live by, challenging our concept of waste and the industries that profit from producing it.
Rear 26 Acland Street
No wheelchair access

Balaclava Boogie free music festival 

Friday 24 November – Sunday 26 November
A three day festival of free music for your ears.
Delsinki & Brooke Taylor @ The Balaclava Hotel 7 pm – 8 pm
The McNaMarr Project @Pause Bar 8 pm – 10 pm
Little Wise @ The Local Taphouse 8 pm – 10 pm
Eugean Hamilton @ Ms Carlisle 8 pm – 10 pm
Lyra @ Voodoo Lovechild Speakeasy 8 pm – 10 pm
Vinyl Record Market @ Coles Arcade 10 am – 3pm
Sunday Session Rear of 202 Carlisle Street 2 pm – 7 pm
The Bornstein Ultimatimatum @ Pause Bar 4 pm – 7 pm
Ash Gaudion @ Portone Bar 7 pm – 9 pm
Julian Steel @ Voodoo Lovechild Speakeasy 8 pm – 10 pm
Info30th Scarlet Stiletto Awards @ The Rising Sun Hotel
Saturday 25 November, 6.30 pm
Go wild in scarlet and pearls, as Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox, the creators of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and much more, will present the Awards after discussing their life in crime with Sue Turnbull, Sisters in Crime’s Ambassador and crime fiction expert.
Cate Kennedy, the doyen of Australian short story writing, will launch Scarlet Stiletto: The Fifteenth Cut, along with a paperback of the winning stories over the past 30 years.
Book individually or in groups of up to 10 
More info 
2 Raglan Street, South Melbourne.

Dave Warner From The Suburbs @ Newmarket Hotel
Saturday 25 November, 8 pm – 11 pm
John Dennison (keyboards), Tony Durant (guitar) Howie Johnstone (drums) and Paul Noonan (bass) join Dave Warner in performing all the original Mugs Game tracks plus some of the other most popular songs from the band. $49
Tix St Kilda Primary Flea Market
Sunday 26 November, 9:00am- 3:00pm
St Kilda Park Primary is hosting a sustainability-driven, fundraising flea market at the school. There will be 30 market stalls, entirely operated by SKPS family members. There will be DJ Emma Peel (3PBSFM), food trucks, and organisations who promote reusing, repurposing and recycling as their philosophy. Gold coin donation
68 Fitzroy Street

Plan ahead

Launch of Boris Frankel’s memoir @ Readings
Tuesday 28 November, 6 for 6.30 pm
Join Boris in conversation with Jeff Sparrow as he launches his memoir, No Country for Idealists: The Making of a Family of Subversives.
With opening remarks from St Kilda’s favourite subversive, Carmel Shute.
Free but please bookMerchant of Venice @ St Kilda Botanical Gardens
Friday 1 December 2023 – Saturday 23 December, 7 pm
(Thursday – Sunday) Melbourne Shakespeare Company presents a family friendly show combining live music, larger than life characters and lots of laughs. This action-packed show will run for 90 minutes without an interval. $33/$30 Children $20
The Rose Garden, enter via Cnr Tennyson and Blessington StreetsMorrissey @ Palais
Monday 4 December and Tuesday 5 December, 8 pm
“Each night on this tour will highlight the fan-favourite songs that made you cry and the songs that saved your life, spanning from the early days of The Smiths through to today.” $81+
Tix DEVO The Farewell Tour Celebrating 50 Years @ Palais
Wednesday 6 December, 8 pm
Produced by Brian Eno, 1978’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!” ignited underground fame with its call-to-arms sound. $109+
Community Christmas Tree Festival @ Holy Trinity Balaclava and Elwood
Friday 8 December – Sunday 10 December
A display of Christmas trees creatively decorated by a variety of community groups and individuals
Friday 10.30 am – 6.00 pm, Saturday 10.30 am – 4.00 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4.00 pm
Adults by donation, Children under 15 free
Elwood Community Choir Concert
Friday Night 7.00 pm
Adults by Donation
Carols around the Christmas Trees
Sunday 4.00 pm
All Welcome
Cnr Brighton Road & Chapel StreetCHAGALL closes soon @ Jewish Museum
Ends Sunday 10 December
CHAGALL offers visitors the opportunity to engage with the beauty of printmaking, the intimacy of illustrated poetry, and the grandness of public art installations created by twentieth century master Marc Chagall (1887-1985). $25/$20/$10
View CHAGALL before time runs out.
Postcard Show @ Linden
Exhibition Sunday 10 December to Sunday 11 February
Opening Saturday 9 December, 1 PM to 5 PM
Its on again for the 33rd year, with a 1000 works, but now with more variety of sizes. The days of 8 x 10 are over, with larger 2D works, 3D works, and most forms of A/V now accepted. 2D artworks can be as big as 600(h) x 600(w) x 100(d)mm, and 3D pieces can be 600m(h) x 400(w) x 400(d)mm.
Expect diverse, expect the unexpected – hence the whacky-do logo

Affordable Art Show Submissions closing extended @ Space2b
Applications now close Monday 20 November
Open to both emerging and established artists, the St Kilda Affordable Art Show celebrates the power of creativity and expression of joy. The show is open to creatives of all kinds, exhibiting a wide array of artistic styles and mediums, and will run from 28 November 2023 until 27 January 2024.
Submit Your Artwork | More info 
144 Chapel St Local emerging artist program gives musos a kickstart
Council has got behind a great initiative that puts emerging musical acts in front of large audiences by funding support acts.
‘Garage 2 Gig’ fosters emerging talent in and around the St Kilda Live Music Precinct.
At least a dozen emerging artists from across the music spectrum not only get to play in front of large audiences at our best and most prestigious venues but also benefit from the free promotion that accompanies their performance.
Thus far emerging and independent acts Rosario De Marco, Kaiyah Mercedes with Seetali Mack, Miss Lizzy and the Night Owls, Mareya and Younique and JHM have all participated in the program as will Hanky Panky Social Club in support of 80s cult act Dave Warner’s from the Suburbs.
Participating venues thus far include the Palais Theatre, Memo Music Hall, Loudmouth Bar and Newmarket Hotel.
Producer/curator Craig Reardon says the results have often exceeded expectations.
“Participating acts have been thrilled with the results of their performances. Apart from playing large audiences in prestigious venues, participants like Kaiyah Mercedes got to meet and chat with the headline acts, in her case established stars Leo Sayer and Joe Camilleri.”
The next Garage 2 Gig performance is with Hanky Panky Social Club in support of Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs at Newmarket Hotel Cellar. Picture: Kaiyah Mercedes with Leo Sayer (Credit Lauren Ridgway)

Big changes proposed for Council aged care services

Have your say until 10 December
Big list of community feedback events

About 650 current clients of Council provided aged care in-home help will need to find new service providers if proposed changes are approved by Council in February next year.
Prompted by Federal Government changes to aged care funding that take effect from July next year, Council has determined that its “no longer possible” to provide in-home services such as cleaning assistance, assistance with personal care and showering, individual shopping assistance, respite care, property maintenance and home modifications.
Council will continue to provide community-based services such as meals, transport, social connection programs and our hop-on-hop-off bus program.
Council will establish a new community connector service that will assist people to find new service providers.
Final decision in February 2024
Council will consider community feedback before making a decision next year ahead of the July rule changes.
If the proposal is accepted, Port Phillip will join a long list of councils that have exited in-home help services.
According to media reports, older residents have faced difficulties finding new service providers as skilled labour shortages plague the new service suppliers.
Unions representing existing staff have also expressed concerns about lower rates of pay for the same work with new service providers.
But we’ve been here before
Some years ago, Council opted not to provide NDIS funded services and abandoned a range of programs supporting disabled in the community.
Inevitably, the services follow the money, but there is no guarantee of value or quality in the brave new world of market provided support.
There’s merit in choosing your own provider, but with labour shortages it could mean no service rather than choice of service.
Not fun if you need help to shower or get out of bed.

Feedback opportunities

Chat about Aged Care sessions
Drop in hear more and chat to Council staff members.
St Kilda Library
Monday 13 November, anytime from 10 am to 12 noon
Port Melbourne Library
Tuesday 21 November, anytime from 12.30 – 2.30 pm

Or attend a general Have your Say Pop-Up Conversation nearby
Elwood- Ormond Road – outside Baker’s Delight
Friday 10 November 2023 3 pm – 5 pm
Balaclava – St Kilda East – Carlisle St corner Woodstock Street
Saturday 11 November 2023 10 am – 12 noon
St Kilda / St Kilda West- Veg Out St Kilda Farmers Market
Saturday 11 November 2023 2 pm – 4 pm
South Melbourne- South Melbourne Central – Market Street entrance
Wednesday 15 November 2023 10 am – 12 noon
Ripponlea- Glen Eira Road & Corner Quat Quatta Avenue
Friday 17 November 2023 10 am – 12 noon
See website for full list 
Council have set up a dedicated email address positiveageinginportphillip@portphillip.vic.gov.au and phone number (03) 9209 6882; you can contact if you have any further questions or concerns.
Read the full pitch at the Have your Say website

Cr Heather Cunsolo returned as Port Phillip Mayor

Cr Cunsolo’s bid for a second term was successful as she was re-elected un-opposed at a Special Council meeting last week.
She will be assisted by Cr Louise Crawford as Deputy Mayor, who was also elected unopposed.
Both will serve for 12 month until the Council elections next year in October.
TWiSK says congratulations to both women and we will present an interview with the Mayor in coming weeks.
Local Government Minister sits on ward change announcement
All wards will be single councillor wards from the next election.

Ward boundaries for the next council election are set to fundamentally change as the government imposes new rules requiring single councillor wards for all Councils.
In all 39 Councils are getting new ward boundaries though an independent review being completed in three sets – with the last set to completed in January next year.
TWiSK sought an ETA from Minister Horne’s office without success. Its probable that the Minister will sign off and release all the reviews together in the new year. Don’t hold your breath.

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