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TWiSK #389

Rain Room returns to The Prince
Classical gigs at Memo, National and Palais
Mi-Sex brings the music back
Beware the summer fine season
ABC Radio’s Raf Epstein investigates housing delay
Inkerman bike lanes face third option

Plus music, theatre and community events
Rain Room returns @ The Prince

From Wednesday 1 November
Wednesday & Thursday 12 pm – 5 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am – 9.30 pm
Sunday 10 am – 7.30 pm
Child friendly sessions 
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 11.30 am and 3 pm – 4 pm*.
The Rain Room experience is back for a third season.
“This immersive experience is a 100 square metre expanse of continuous rainfall. Visitors experience a downpour which responds to your presence and movement, an experience of being consumed by an intense rainstorm, while being completely protected from its forces.”
$29/$19 Family $89 (Fifteen minute sessions)
Jimmy Rees – Not That Kind of Viral @ Palais
Thursday 2 November, 6 pm
Affable charm and quick wit, from Giggle & Hoot to the world.
Author Talk: Ed Le Brocq @ St Kilda Library
Thursday 2 November 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
A talk from writer, musician and ABC Classic’s Weekend Breakfast presenter Ed Le Brocq about his new book, Sound Bites.
Ed invites you on a journey through a living tradition that spans millennia: the tradition of Western classical music.

Mick Daley’s Corporate Raiders + Penny Ikinger @ George Lane
Thursday 2 November, 7 pm – 10.30 pm
Reared on a steady diet of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Townes Van Zandt and Nick Cave, Mick Daley’s songs bear their lyrical and musical hallmarks, by turns tender and savage.
Penny Ikinger is a guitar ace, singer and songwriter, with an international reputation for her solo work.

Candlelight: Best of Fleetwood Mac and more @ National
Thursday 2 November, 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm
String quartet Eclective Strings presents the music of Fleetwood Mac under the gentle glow of candlelight. $43 +

Mi-Sex @ Memo
Friday 3 November, 7 pm
Mi-Sex returns to revive the soundtrack of a generation, with a massive live show that features all their greatest hits and more. 
Special guests Double Vanity. $50/40/35

Candlelight: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons @ National Theatre
Friday 3 November, 6.30pm
String quartet Eclective Strings presents selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. $43+

Grant Haua @ George Lane
Friday 3 November, 7 pm – 11 pm
Maori bluesman Grant Haua with Oscar LaDell in support.
Mini market with books, plants & much more @ Christ Church
Saturday, 4 November, 9.30 am – 2 pm
Relaxed market first Saturday of the month
14 Acland Street
Festival of Lights Henna Workshop @ Space2b
Saturday 4 November, 2 pm -3.30pm
Learn about the ‘Festival of Lights’ and have fun trying your hand at henna painting.
A very hands-on workshop suitable for both children and adults.
Taught by artist Anudeepa Kadiresan, you will be guided on how to create a beautiful ‘Mehndi’ on your hands or arms. Anudeepa will provide various designs and the stories behind them.
Materials provided. $30 pp
Bookings | More info 
144 Chapel St St Kilda

Jessica Luxx @ George Lane Matinee Sessions
Saturday 4 November, 3 pm – 6 pm
Adelaide-based country/folk singer-songwriter Jessica Luxx comes from a long lineage of artists who have their roots deep down in the good earth of gospel and folk music.

Candlelight: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake @ National Theatre
Saturday 4 November, 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and more for ballet under the gentle glow of candlelight. $43+

Mirusia: live in concert @ Memo
Saturday 4 November, 7 pm
Mirusia is a Classical/Crossover artist known to millions around the world as the ‘Angel of Australia’ – the name given to her by the famous Dutch violinist, André Rieu.
Mirusia will sing songs from her career including classical favourites, Broadway musical hits, new original music, songs from her ARIA #1 album ‘Songbird’, and songs she has performed together with André Rieu on his global spectaculars over the years. $55/50/40+bf
Faramarz Aslani @ Palais
Saturday 4 November, 8 pm
Faramarz Aslani’s stylish guitar playing and singing has made numerous fans. Through 35 years he has made, produced, and performed music in a variety of musical genres and styles from Middle Eastern pop to acoustic jazz.

Fiona Boyes @ George Lane
Saturday 4 November, 7.30 pm 11.00 pm
With 8 USA Blues Music Award nominations and her recent induction into the Blues Victoria Hall of Fame, Fiona is a relentless and curious musical explorer!

Kristin Hersh (USA) @ Memo
Sunday 5 November, 3 pm
Kristin Hersh is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter known for her solo work and with her rock bands Throwing Muses and 50FootWave. She has released eleven solo albums.
Special guest Love Outside Andromeda $55/50/45
The Peptides @ St Kilda Sports Club
Sunday 5 November, 5pm
Yundi Li @ Palais
Sunday 5 November, 7.30 pm
Internationally acclaimed pianist Yundi Li has released fifteen CDs worldwide on Deutsche Grammophon and EMI Classics.
Flake @ Red Stitch
Until 5 November
Set in Hanoi, Dan Lee’s wry new play draws us deep into the mess and chaos of old friendships, fragmented families and the inevitable blur of aging. Great cast: Joe Petruzzi, Robert Menzies and Phoebe Phuoc Nguyen
Tix and info

Next week
Monday 6 November – Sunday 12 November

You Am I @ Prince Band Room
Monday 6 November, 7.30 PM
Cup holiday eve. Rare outing with You Am I with Glenn Richards (Augie March), Bananagun & Step Mother $62

James Blundell – Lost Highway Tour @ Memo
Monday 6 November, 7 pm
Cup eve. Live, intimate and unplugged. Special guest Jarred Wrigley. … $40/35/30
Melbourne Cup @ St Kilda Sports Club
Tuesday 7 November, 11 am – 3 pm
Get a little bit fancy with great local wine and beautiful food. Enjoy the sweeps, games and win a prize for yourself on the day. $40/$30
Bookings required 
Wall Arms & Table Legs @ Alta Forma
From Wednesday 8 November
Opening celebration on Saturday 11 November, 2 pm – 4 pm
Wall Arms & Table Legs is a group exhibition featuring five Naarm based experimental artists:
Belle Bassin, Allona Goren, Minhi Park, Meredith Turnbull and Manon van Kouswijk.
Suite G07/620, St Kilda Road
Wed–Fri 11 am–3 pm, Sat noon – 3 pm
‘Beguiling’ new exhibition @ Victorian Pride Centre
From Wednesday 8 November until January 2024
Beguiling’ is an evocative, multimedia exploration of changing landscapes and environmental collapse by acclaimed artist Professor Dr. Lisa Anderson. Prof. Anderson is the current Rupert Bunny Fellow, administered by City of Port Phillip.
More info
50th AGM Meeting and Celebration @ Port Phillip Community Group
Thursday 9 November, 5.30 pm
An AGM and celebration together at the St Kilda Town Hall with some interesting guests.
The AGM Guest Speaker is Associate Professor Simon Stafrace, Program Director, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health.
Following the AGM there will be a 50 year anniversary celebration with MC Jo Stanley, Radio and TV host.
Please RSVP Ruth Krawat agm@ppcg.org.au Ph: 8598 6600

Motor City Sounds – Soul Music Revue @ Memo
Saturday 11 November, 7 pm
Honouring the original sound of classic Motown and Soul music, Motor City Sounds will play two big sets of your favourites. Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Supremes, Sam & Dave and many more… $40/30/20

Legends Of Sunbury @ Memo
Sunday 12 November, 3 pm
None other than Madder Lake, Spectrum & Phil Manning. $40/35/25

Plan aheadBalaclava 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

Affordable Art Show Submissions closing soon @ Space2b
Applications close Sunday 12 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 St Kilda
Love The Nash @ National Theatre
Wednesday 1 November, 8 am – 8 pm
The National will be hosting their first ever Giving Day and they want your support.
All funds raised on the day will be matched by a pool of generous private donors. This means that for every dollar you give, it will be matched with another dollar – doubling your support for The National.
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
Love The Nash

ABC Radio Melbourne’s Raf Epstein
investigates Marlborough Street

On his way to work on a chilly morning last week, the ABC Morning presenter meet people sleeping rough under the Balaclava Railway bridge just a stone’s throw from the vacant Marlborough Street Social Housing Project.
Armed with information from the TWiSK coverage of the issue, Raf Epstein made the seven-month delay in housing people the issue of the day on Friday.
He interviewed Mayor Heather Cunsolo and two rough sleepers.
He asks why the building was finished in March and lay vacant until now?
Listen now (15 mins edited highlights from ABC Melbourne)
Background: Ready but empty for 7 months
The 46-unit social housing project adjacent to Balaclava Station was launched in March with the promise that people would move in from April. The project was jointly funded by Council, State and Federal grants with the building to be managed by not-for-profit Housing First.
Promised for April in photo opportunity by Housing First
Read the Housing First media release from March.
Housing First now promises that people will start moving in from 30 October – we’ll definitely follow that up!

Bike lanes on Inkerman Street
“No” option emerges

Bike lanes have become a hot topic in Port Phillip of late.
The fumbled, some say bumbled, installation of pop-up infrastructure by the Department of Transport and Planning (AKA VicRoads) prompted a hasty and expensive retreat earlier this year.
Now residents and road users around Inkerman Street are being asked to consider proposals to “improve safety on Inkerman Street for all road users between St Kilda Road and Hotham Street, Balaclava.”
Accordingly Council has set out two options for community consultation.
Ambitious, courageous even
Option A proposes separated bike lanes by removing parking on one side of the street (a net loss of 116 parking bays). It also adds more trees and planted areas. This is considered the safest option for bike riders,
Option B proposes so-called buffered lanes (painted not separated lanes) both sides of the street with some parking removed (net loss of 20 bays).
TWiSK is aware of a ‘third option’ best described as the ‘not along Inkerman” option that has some support amongst Councillors. Supporters of this option argue that Inkerman plan doesn’t connect well  to other cycling paths and that paths through quieter streets would be better.
Community feedback will be vigorous
There is no doubt that many will want to have their say – so don’t hold back.
You can join one of the pop-up listening posts listed below or complete and online survey here or do both.
Pop-up locations
Thursday 9 November, 12pm – 2pm
Corner of Chapel St & Inkerman St
Thursday 9 November, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Corner of Hotham St & Inkerman St
Saturday 11 November, 10am – 12pm
Corner of Carlisle St & Hotham St
Tuesday 14 November, 7am – 9am
Corner of St Kilda Rd & Inkerman St
Tuesday 14 November, 12pm – 2pm
Corner of Henryville St & Inkerman St
Have your say page

Summertime and the living is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the fines are high

Be alert, there a more ways over summer to cop a hefty fine up to $385 from the Police, Local Law and Animal Management officers for breaking summer season rules from 1 November to 31 March.
The summer restrictions 
Alcohol bans – There is a complete ban on alcohol on the St Kilda foreshore (1 November to 31 March), plus public holiday and event-specific bans. This is in addition to the every day, year-round alcohol ban that says you cannot drink or hold an unsealed container of alcohol in public spaces from 8 pm to 12 midday every day throughout the year.
There is also a 24-hour alcohol ban on all streets and roads (including footpaths) and at St Kilda Skate Park.
Please note, these bans do not apply to licensed events or permitted outdoor venues.
Glass ban – a year-round glass ban, which means glass of any kind is not allowed along the entire Port Phillip foreshore from Elwood to Port Melbourne, including the St Kilda foreshore.
Dog restrictions – Dog off-leash areas change between 1 November and 31 March, especially on beaches.
No camping – Camping is not allowed on any Council land or public space, in any vehicle, tent, caravan or any other form of temporary accommodation.
Council website: Summer time bans 
Council website: Alcohol bans 
And to make matters even more confusing, public drunkenness will be decriminalised from 7 November. 

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