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TWiSK #397

Back with more in 24
St Kilda awakens after the holiday break
Music and theatre awaits

Announcing the TWiSK Local Stories Initiative

Suggest local stories for TWiSK in 24

All The Rest @ Theatre Works

Tuesday 16 January – Saturday 20 January, 7.30 pm
Theatre Works Sooo Fresh Summer Fest concludes
James is a painter whose rose-tinted view of the world is quickly brought to reality once she realises nothing is truly original – including her own work. And so, she does what any sensible person would do. try to get drunk and forget about it.
“All the Rest” is a dramedy all about the search for individuality, embracing imperfections, and finding human connection amidst a world filled with conformity and replication. $35/$28
Dickens Street – The Other @ Latvian House in Dickens Street
Tuesday 16 January – Saturday 20 January, 7.30 pm
A unique story in a unique location that you probably didn’t know existed.
It’s the premiere of a Latvian classic and the star of the show has gone missing. As audience you’ll join this immersive production of Dickens Street – The Other to follow the trail through the Latvian House as the ensemble struggles to make the show go on.
This is a bilingual show is performed by a mix of theatre artists from Melbourne, Riga and Toronto.
After the carnage of war and forced migration, Latvians in St Kilda harnessed the endorphin-releasing powers of song, dance, and drama to cure their PTSD. They guarantee everyone will learn the best way of sticking your anxiety under a rock. $45 / $35
DICE @ The Espy
Friday 19 January, 7.30 pm
“Likened to early 2000s New York bands such as The Strokes, DICE have quickly become the country’s most exciting up-and-coming groups.” $39
Broadway Bar @ Alex
19 January, 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Step into the allure of a bygone era at the speakeasy-inspired Broadway Bar, where an enchanting evening of showtune melodies and nostalgic vibes awaits you. The spotlight beckons both performers and spectators, uniting them in a shared celebration of their passion for timeless Broadway classics. $5
Delaney Davidson (NZ) @ George Lane
Friday 19 January, 7 pm – 10.30 pm
Well known for his hypnotic and original One man and his Ghost Orchestra show, enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Delaney Davidson both defines and commands his own unique realm in the shadowy musical world some call ‘Country-Noir’ or ‘Gothic Americana’.

Paul Di’Anno (ex Iron Maiden) @ Prince Band Room
Friday 19 January, 7 pm
Paul Di’Anno Ex Iron Maiden Vocalist plays all the classics from the first two classic Iron Maiden records.$67+

A Neil Young Tribute by J.D. Delves (solo) @ George Lane Matinee Sessions
Saturday 20 January, 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm
J.D has dedicated his musical life to an immaculate recitation of Young’s rich body of work.

PBS Blues Rendezvous – A Juke Joint Session @ George Lane
Saturday 20 January, 7 pm – 11 pm
PBS & George Lane presents Blues Rendezvous – A Juke Joint Session – featuring three to acts. Jarrod Shaw, Laurel & The Painkillers and Checkerboard Lounge. Almost sold out.

Relax with Max @ Memo
Saturday 20 January, 7 pm
Back on the Southside, band leader Max Vella brings you a unique blend of funk, soul and afro-beat, with some R&B and gospel tossed in. Supported by CJ Commerford & The Supertones. $40/$28
Sunday Sessions: art + play + music + bar @ Linden
Sundays 21 and 28 January, 4 and 11 February, 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Linden New Art welcomes you to a series of Sunday Sessions, transforming their front yard into a dynamic space where music, art, and community converge. Join them for live DJ sets and engaging family workshops!
Grab a drink, soak up the summer vibes, and revel in the fusion of sun, art and music.
 26 Acland Street
Sunday Sessions > Making Mobiles Workshop @ Linden Workshop Space,
Sunday 21 January, 1 pm – 3 pm, drop-in activity
Hang with the beauty of the natural world as participants create stunning mobiles adorned with leaves, flowers, and other garden treasures. The mobiles crafted by our young artists will find a home among the trees and gardens of Linden New Art, transforming the space into a vibrant display of imagination and creativity.
Suitable for age 5 and over. Free
Rear 26 Acland Street
Jack Jones & Peter Cupples – Uncorked @ Memo
Sunday 21 January, 3 pm
Two blokes from Gippsland who found musical careers, Peter with Stylus and Jack with the Southern Sons, now come together with all their experience and talent to bring you an intimate show of songs and stories. $55/$45

Next week
22 January – 28 January plus

Next week we will feature the Midsumma Festival (21 January – 11 February) and Midsumma Pride March Sunday 4 February.Victorian Beach Tennis Open 2024 @ St Kilda West Beach
Monday 22 January – Tuesday 23 January, 7 am – 9 pm
This Beach Tennis competition blends both professional and amateur matches on St Kilda’s beachside. Apparently, a growing sport overseas, this looks like a fun beach sport cousin to volleyball or badminton.
Fountain Lakes in Lockdown – A drag parody @ Alex
Tuesday 23 January – Sunday 28 January, 7.30 pm (1.30 pm Sunday)
Relive the uniquely Melbourne pandemic experience through the eyes of these uniquely Melbourne characters hilariously parodied by Art Simone, Thomas Jaspers, Leasa Mann and Scott Brennan. With quick wit and camp tunes, Fountain Lakes in Lockdown will be a fabulous night! $55/$49
Hot Summer Nights! – Adults Only circus @ Gasworks
Tuesday 23 January – Saturday 27 January. 7 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday 30 January – Saturday 3 February. 9 pm – 10 pm
Saturday 3 February. 6.30 pm – 7.30pm
This outrageous adults-only circus cabaret show features a new, hand-picked cast of Australia’s top circus performers and hosted by the multi award winning cabaret star Tash York. “A non-stop steamy celebration of the cheeky, the awe-inspiring and the downright sexy.” $40/$30
James Reyne “Crawl File”- the hits of Australian Crawl @ Prince Band Room
Thursday 25 January & Saturday 27 January
Sold out – wait list only
We-Akon Dilinja @ Alfred Square
Friday 26 January, 5.45 am – 7.30 am
For We-Akon Dilinja’s fifth year, the Boonwurrung People invite you to join a dawn gathering that honors respect, remembrance, and revival. No bookings are required.
Livestream and info 

Richie Weed (Tumbleweed) + Tropical Strength @ George Lane
Friday 26 January, 7.00 pm- 10.45 pm
“Spirit Songs & Stories is about the songs that naturally form, direct from some other place, without intellect getting in the way, its about keeping it as authentic to the original transmission as possible.”
New Prahran Priority Primary Care Centre @ Opposite The Alfred
Seven days, 8 am – 10 pm
Just opened last week, the Prahran Priority Primary Care Centre is one of 27 primary care clinics funded by the state government to supplement GP services and relieve pressure on Emergency Departments.
Free, without the need for a Medicare card, and operating out-of-hours too, the Prahran Priority Primary Care Centre will be available for anyone who needs urgent care for non-life-threatening conditions, including mild to moderate infections, fever, pain when urinating, suspected fractures and sprains, back and muscle pain, minor cuts, burns, and insect or animal bites, heartburn, vomiting, nausea, headaches, migraines and brief fainting or fitting, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, allergies and rashes, mild to moderate asthma attacks.
Info and appointments
Suite 4, 20 Commercial Rd, Prahran (opposite The Alfred)
03 9119 1055

Announcing the …
TWiSK Local Story Initiative

Seeking funds from the Google News Initiative to fund local content in TWiSK
Play your part by suggesting local stories

St Kilda has many stories to tell and too few places to share them. With the extinction of local newspapers and the rise of algorithm fed social media, we are paradoxically overwhelmed by masses of information and images yet starved of real news that helps us feel more connected to what’s happening locally.
Next steps for TWiSK: It’s all about local talent
TWiSK started in 2016 to make it easier for locals to participate in local events by listing things to do. Since then, we have published a weekly list of local events almost every Sunday, with the 400th edition scheduled for February this year. We also expanded the editorial to include independent coverage of local government and politics.
Now we invite you to participate in the TWiSK Local Story Initiative.
Local knowledge + journalistic ethics = quality local content
Having worked in the media and lived in St Kilda for over 30 year, the publisher of TWiSK is convinced that locals are a treasure trove of expert knowledge on an encyclopaedic range of topics. Also living locally are great story tellers, some working or former journalists, others in related fields like the arts, film, music and marketing where they too tell stories.
The TWiSK Local Story Initiative aims to bring together these two threads of local talent to create original content of a high standard.
Reader inspired topic list
The first step is a reader generated list of story topics for selection.
TWiSK will collate your suggestions, share them with the readers and conduct a poll to select a short list of say six ideas.
We’ll then invite people to nominate as experts or story tellers before ‘marrying’ the experts and story tellers to create the content.
We anticipate that the topic list wont take shape until February or March.
Start suggesting topics now
Think local; think about questions that can be answered in less than 1000 words; think an interesting read that you’d like to share with others; think stories that are rarely told but ‘worthy’; and think more fact and less opinion.
Suggest a topic now.
Nominate as a subject expert or story teller.

Suggestions so far

Container deposit scheme: is it making a difference on local litter, especially on beaches?
Bulk billing doctors: What’s happening to access to GPs in St Kilda? Why do I sometimes have to wait weeks for an appointment?
Street prostitution: There are fewer street sex workers in St Kilda but does that mean there a fewer vulnerable sex workers and or clients?
Is St Kilda artist friendly? Was it ever a mecca for painters and artists? Have paints been exchanged for computers?
Fitzroy Street construction plans: What works are planned and permitted on the street? What impact might they have?
Restaurant revival: Not a week seems to pass without media reference to a St Kilda restaurant revival. Is it true and what’s on the menu?
Local sporting clubs: who’s growing, who’s shrinking, who’s changing and who’s resisting?
Suggest a topic now.

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