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TWiSK #384

30th Annual Blessing of the Animals
VCAT spat over RMYS redesign
Insight into Little Penguins
Loud Mouth opens on Acland
Seniors Festival launch and program
Long weekend gigs

Earthcare AGM and Little Penguin research @ EcoCentre
Monday 25 September, 7 pm – 9 pm
Hear Sonia Sanchez to speak about her Little Penguin research as a prelude to the Earthcare AGM. Sonia spent four years studying the behaviour and diet of Little Penguins in Victoria for a PhD. What do those little fellas eat? Free

Ben Ottewell & Ian Ball playing the songs of Gomez @ Espy
Tuesday 26 September, 8 pm
“As a duo, Ben and Ian’s joyful and harmonious performance brings together a bit of blues, indie-pop and folk-rock into a music-lovers feast fit for all ears.” $48
Phil Rosenthal @ Palais
Thursday 28 September
Phil Rosenthal, creator, writer and producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, and Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil is bringing his live tour: An Evening with Phil Rosenthal. He’ll be talking about his travels, the food along the way, as well as his 2022 release ‘Somebody Feed Phil The Book’. $81

Gold Chisel @ Ziggy Pops
Thursday 28 September, 8 pm – 11 pm
“Fronted by stalwart lead vocalist Andy Lutze, 23 year old Gold Chisel are a hand-picked group of the some of the finest rock/blues musicians in the country, reproducing what has been described as the closest thing to the real deal that one could imagine.” $29.50
34 Inkerman St
Sofar Sounds @ Loud Mouth
Thursday 28 September, 7.30 pm
Not so secret location for this pop up gig. $30
Tix Miss Lizzy & The Night Owls @ Loud Mouth
Thursday 28 September, 11 pm
A booty-shaking powerhouse inspired by vintage Rock, Blues and Soul with a serving of Pop on the side and are here for Part 2 of their opening night! Free

The Nutcracker @ National
Friday 29 September – Saturday 30 September, various times
Australian National Youth Ballet presents a delightful and affordable way to entertain the family, experience the charm of this much-loved ballet. $140/$80

Jack Howard & The Long Lost Brothers And Sisters @ George Lane
Friday 29 September, 7 pm – 11 pm
Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) will be joined on stage by his brothers Nicky Del Ray (guitar), Ed Bates (pedal steel), Rob Walker (bass) and Cal McAlpine (drums) and sisters Fiona Lee Maynard (backing vocals, percussion) and Tracey McAlpine for this prodigious show.

Easy Rider @ Astor
Friday 29 September, 7 pm (Double feature with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson in a tale about two motorcycle riders (bikers) on their way to Mardis Gras, and encounter hitchhikers, a drunken lawyer, a jail cell, a whorehouse and the death of a friend.
TixGrand Final @ St Kilda Bowlo
Saturday 30 September, from noon
Footy loud and live, raffle, prizes, Steam Ale Pints $8, after match gig with The 64 Falcon.

Grand Final Day @ George Lane
Saturday 30 September, 1 pm – 9 pm
The footy on the MASSIVE projector screen followed by two ripping bands: The Werewolves are playing on the day followed by Blues rock band Bag O’ Nails.
Australian Doors Tribute @ Loud Mouth
Saturday 30 September, 9 pm
“Free entry but come early”
168 Acland St
Sunday Sizzle @ Pride
Sunday 1 October, from 12 pm
An afternoon of music, drinks, sausage sizzle and Gay Stuff Markets. Free entry and all ages are welcome.

Seniors Festival Launch – The I Love Elvis Show @ Middle Park Bowls Club

Sunday 1 October, 1 pm – 3 pm,
Rohan Hammit sings and shakes through the fabulous Elvis era paying homage to the King with songs including Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds, Polk Salad Annie and many more!
Come dressed in your best rock and roll look.
Bookings essential: ASSIST 03 9209 6777 or Cathy 0481 053 536 or SF2023@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Canterbury Road, Middle Park
Full Seniors Festival Program program now available 
Annual Blessing of the Animals @ St. James the Great
Sunday 1 October, 2 pm
The 30th anniversary of The Blessing of the Animals – a cherished annual tradition that coincides with the feast of St.
Francis of Assisi. This event is a wonderful opportunity to have your beloved pets blessed and to commemorate the
special connection between humans and animals.
435 Inkerman Street, St Kilda East
Peptides @ St Kilda Bowlo
Sunday 1 October, 5 pm
Free with money back guarantee
Biographica @ Theatre Works
Until 1 October, 7.30 pm
Music by Mary Finsterer, Libretto by Tom Wright.
Biographica is a new production created by the multi-award-winning team of Heather Fairbairn (Director), Nathan Burmeister (Designer), Niklas Pajanti (Lighting Designer), Savanna Wegmann (Set & Costume Design) and Lyric’s Artistic Director, Patrick Burns (Conductor). $45/$20

Next Week
Monday 2 October – Sunday 8 October

Seniors Fest: Memoir Writing @ St Kilda Library
Thursday 5 October, 10 am to 11 am,
Susan-Gaye Anderson, who worked as a presenter in the early pioneering days of television, will share her skills and tips on writing to help and motivate you to create your own lasting memoir or personal fiction.
150 Carlisle Street
Seniors Fest: Getting Your Writing Out There @ St Kilda Library
Thursday 5 October, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm
Join established authors Elizabeth Quinn and Graeme Simsion (author of the Rosie Project) in exploring the avenues available for older emerging writers in getting their voices heard.
Get advice on working with blogs, to newsletters, to news outlets, publishing companies and more.
150 Carlisle Street

History is Calling – Supporting a First Nations Voice to Parliament @ St Kilda Town Hall
Thursday 5 October, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Organised by Josh Burns MP, this is a rally to say YES to a First Nations Voice to Parliament.
There will be a keynote address from Thomas Mayo, contributions from N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs and Josh Burns MP, plus a live performance from Paul Kelly.
Seats are limited
Tex Perkins – The Man in Black @ Palais
Thursday 5 October
Tex Perkins returns to the stage with a brand new show playing the songs of Johnny Cash. $80
Lie With Me – exclusive screening @ Pride
Friday 6 October, 6.30 pm – 9.30pm
The Pride Fund is proudly presenting a preview of Lie With Me, based on the acclaimed novel by Philippe Besson.
Upon agreeing to be the brand ambassador for a famous cognac celebrating their bicentennial, novelist Stéphane Belcourt returns to his hometown for the first time in many years. Once there, he meets his first love’s son, Lucas. Memories come rushing back to him: irrepressible attraction, bodies becoming one in the heat of desire, a passion that can never be revealed… His first love’s name was Thomas. They were 17.
All profits going towards the Rooftop Terrace Pavilion campaign. $30/$20
Drinks available at the bar with free pizza from i Carusi II. Film commences at 7.15pm
79-81 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Mini Market @ Christ Church
Saturday 7 October, 9.30 am – 2 pm (WEATHER PERMITTING)
Books and lots of goodies!
14 Acland Street
Safe and Sound Port Phillip @ O’Donnell Gardens
Saturday 7 October, 10 am – 1 pm
Safe and Sound Port Phillip is a chance to meet local emergency services and Council teams, while enjoying a range of activities, including:
emergency services and Council vehicles on display
emergency preparedness information stalls and sessions
interactive CPR demonstrations
a live mural painting, with free graffiti removal kit samples
animal management showbags
live music by local musician Ernest Aines.
Everyone is welcome. Bring your family, friends, and neighbours.
More info 

Madame Brussels: Death, sex and archaeology @ Betty Day Centre
Saturday 7 October, 2 pm
The highlight of the Friends of St Kilda Cemetery AGM will be a talk by historian Barbara Minchinton about Caroline Hodgson AKA Madame Brussels, Melbourne’s most famous brothel madam.
Hodgson lived and worked in Lonsdale Street, so why was she buried in the St Kilda Cemetery?
Barbara is about to publish a biography of Madame Brussels with Philip Bentley.
RSVP essential to Gabriel Hermes on 0451 831 102 by 2 October
67 Argyle Street

The Dolly Show @ Memo
Saturday 7 October, 7 pm
As seen on BBC ONE and voted the UK’s Best Dolly Parton Impersonator, West End star – Kelly O’Brien is country legend Dolly Parton.
Australian born Kelly is a world-class entertainer with stunning vocal and flawless comic timing. She brilliantly captures the voice, verve and voluptuousness of the little lady from Tennessee. $55/50/40
Sammy Owen Blues Band @ St Kilda Bowlo
Saturday 7 October, 8 pm

Plan ahead

Seniors Fest: Friends with a Firie and Coffee with a Cop @ St Kilda Library
Wednesday 11 October, 2 pm – 4 pm,
Join us for a session with representatives from Victoria Police and Fire Rescue Victoria who discuss feeling safe in public spaces and other tips for older people to be prepared for emergencies and home security.
150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Seniors Festival Writing Awards @ St Kilda Library
Friday 13 October, 3.30 pm – 5 pm
Join us for this enjoyable session of literature including the announcement of the of the Judges Awards. Special guests will read selections of writers’ entries.
Light refreshments included.
99a Carlisle Street St Kilda
Killing Time: Mysteries with History @ The Rising Sun Hotel
Friday 13 October, 6:00 pm for dinner. Show at 7.30 pm
Authors Alison Goodman (The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies), Nilima Rao (A Disappearance in Fiji), and Margaret Hickey (Broken Bay) will dissect their mysteries with host Dr Kelly Gardiner and detail what light they shed on contemporary concerns as well as those of earlier times, from the Regency era in England to Fiji in 1914, and to more recent skulduggery on South Australia’s limestone coast..,. A short AGM follows.
2 Raglan St., South Melbourne

Celebrate the life of Gerry Tickell @ St Kilda Sports Club
Teacher, unionist, bookshop owner and local advocate

Sunday 15 October, 1 pm – 3 pm
Family, friends and trade union colleagues are joining together for an informal celebration of the life of Gerry Tickell. There will be a few speeches, some food, and a BBQ plus drinks at bar prices.
Gerry, who died on 22 July, was an outstanding educator and president of the Australian Teachers Federation from 1980-82. He lived locally and managed Chronicle Bookshop for many years. He was also president of Fitzroy & Acland Street Residents Association
RSVP to Rosi Tovey rosi.tovey@gmail.com by Saturday 7 October.
66 Fitzroy Street

Loud Mouth and Veludo operators
have positive vision for Acland revival

Following our reports on the Liquor Licence hearings for Loud Mouth, the new operators contacted TWiSK to present their plans for that venue and Veludo in Acland Street.
Adam Wison told TWiSK that he and Ashley have recently become co owners of Veludo and part owners of Loud Mouth with the majority shareholder of Loud Mouth, Mickey Taffe.
Both Adam and Ashley have been living in St Kilda for the past decade and been heavily involved the hospitality scene during that time, working at numerous local venues.
Most recently Ashley has been connected with Shabby in Fitzroy Street and Adam with YHA in a management position.
“After the pandemic and the demise of Acland Street, we were keen to get involved and help get the area back on its feet,” Adam said.
“We plan to open Loud Mouth on grand Final weekend as a live music venue, which is what we felt the area needed now it has become Victoria’s first ever live music precinct.
“Veludo will be renovated, rebranded and relaunched, taking the venue in a different direction with the hope of driving more people to Acland Street, the plaza in particular.
“The addition of our outdoor seating at both venues will bring some atmosphere back to the area and negate any anti-social behaviour in the area.
“Our aim is to bring live music to the masses by offering free access to all parts of the venue on Friday and Saturdays. With the potential for ticketed events upstairs only on weekdays and Sundays.
“We’re really excited to see what the summer brings for both venues, Acland Street and the plaza. We believe with the right push we can begin to get Acland Street back to being it’s great former self and we look forward to welcoming all local residents to both venues.”

VCAT spat over RMYS design drags on until December

12 months after proposing designs for a redevelopment of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) adjacent to St Kilda Pier, the matter was heard in VCAT last week only to be delayed for further hearings in December.
As reported last September in TWiSK (see below), elements of the design upset local architect and former Port Phillip Councillor David Brand. It’s found it’s way to VCAT with Brand and a group of locals challenging the permit granted by Council.
RMYS was granted a provisional permit for the upgrades by the City of Port Phillip and given the go-ahead from Heritage Victoria.
TWiSK 2022 story

RMYS sails into controversy

[September 2022] Redevelopment plans for the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron building near St Kilda Pier have sailed into a storm of controversy.
Local architect and former councillor, David Brand told TWiSK that RMYS HQ is one of our City’s most prominent heritage buildings. “Yet some of the most basic principles of heritage conservation seem to have been forgotten,” he said.
Meanwhile the RMYS is adamant that their plans are right for the club, the amenity and the heritage values.
RMYS General Manager Matt Solly told TWiSK that the plans were a much needed update to a 95 year old building. ‘We’re trying to create a family friendly space, with better access and more modern facilities,” he said.
In their application, the RMYS said a refresh for this iconic St Kilda building was long overdue, and the Yacht Club have used the opportunity to explore how the internal layout could better suit the club’s operations.
They say the club wants to expand its membership to a more family-orientated demographic.
“This is a Yacht Club not a night club,” he said.
But David Brand is sceptical about the values of the plans. “The applicants seem to have little idea of what’s charming, important or valuable about its own building. It’s architectural character and its cultural identity are in real danger of being jettisoned.
“It’s a sad situation, and the club needs to act to save itself – by withdrawing and reviewing its proposal,” he concludes.
With major works on the pier and previous upgrades to the Stokehouse and Lifesaving Club, the RMYS is definitely in line for an upgrade.
But as its located on Crown Land, locals are forthright in their desire to influence the design. 
At stake here is a design that speaks to the location and values the marine / sailing / water front connections of the location.
What would Carlo Catani have wanted? 
Something more exciting than a brick box, no doubt. 
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