This Week in St Kilda #310
Grand Prix can’t stop the music, theatre or hospitality
Local vocals from Joyce Prescher & Brooke Taylor
Zevon tribute from Henry Wagons
Closing shows @ Theatre Works & Red Stitch
The Big Kitty Australian Premier @ Classic Cinema
Childcare Centres Presidents speak out about being left out
West St Kilda traffic blues
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From 29 March until $30M is gone
Be quick to claim a rebate of 25 per cent when you spend $40 (including GST) or more on eligible entertainment experiences. This includes cinemas, live performances, museums, galleries, amusement parks, zoos and more, anywhere in Victoria on any day of the week. There is also a parallel program for dining experiences. Limit of $125 per person.
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Vote Gas Out @ Webinar (supported by PECAN)
Tuesday 5 April, 7 pm – 8.30 pm
Supported by the local PECAN group, this webinar aims to inspire and assist challenges to the Governments’ gas expansion schemes in local federal election campaigns.
Speakers include Freja Leonard, Saul Griffith and Bruce Robertson. Free
Register Grand Prix @ Albert Park
Thursday 7 April – Sunday 10 April
The homage to fast cars and petrol engines rolls into the ‘hood again. There are practice sessions and heats galore, plus a range of entertainments. Organiser are expecting 130,000 patrons on race day (down from a record 156,000 in 1996).
The Grand Prix race starts on Sunday 3 pm.
‘Open Studio’ afternoon @ Artist’s Studio 106
Thursday 7 April, 3 pm – 5 pm
Drop by one of the longest-running independent artist collectives in Melbourne to meet some of the resident artists while they work. Buy art direct. No tix or RSVP required.
106 Barkly Street
Joyce Prescher + Bec Sykes @ George Lane
Thursday 7 April, doors 6.30 PM
Classy local songstresses. YouTube
George Lane gigs
The Big Kitty Australian Premier @ Classic Cinema
Thursday 7 April, 6.30 pm
After making a splash at Cannes last year, this St Kilda made homage to film noir will premier in Hollywood glamour style at the Classic.
With a cast of over 50 local creative types, this is a comedy of Noir, hats, cats, and misunderstanding in the style of Hollywood’s golden era.
Trailer | 3CR interview | Tix
La soirée de l’étranger @ Stranger Gallery and Studio
Thursday 7 April, 6 – 8 pm
David Hunt, presenter of JOY FM Sundays Arts Magazine and The Art Hunter TV invites you to La soirée de l’étranger with artist/gallery owner Peter Berzanskis.
La Grande Bouffe @ Astor
Thursday 7 April, 7 pm
The Astor programming this week reminds me of distant undergrad sessions at the Valhalla in Richmond.
La Grande Bouffe takes gluttony to the next level with explosive consequences.
You’ll need more than pop corn after this.
Other programs include: Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom [R18+] & In The Realm Of The Senses [R18+]
Young Henrys @ Espy Basement
Thursday 7 April, 8.30 pm
Weekly free gig with local and emerging acts – this week Melbourne born garage rock n roll pests Electric Purrs. Free
The Collaborators + Paulie Stewart @ George Lane
Friday 8 April, doors 6.30 pm
The Collaborators with guest vocalist Paulie Stewart of legendary Melbourne icons, Painters and Dockers.
George Lane gigs
Henry Wagons: Zevon – Accidentally like a martyr @ Memo
Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April, 7.30 pm
Henry is the ideal performer to present a show about the enigmatic Warren Zevon.
Send lawyers, guns and money, the excitable boy will be howling like a werewolf. $65 / $45
The Hard-Ons @ Espy Gershwin
Friday 8 April, 8 pm
Trail-blazing Sydney punks the Hard-Ons have a new lead singer – Tim Rogers! $38
Brooke Taylor @ George Lane
Saturday 9 April, Doors 6.30 pm
Brooke Taylor and her band ‘The Poison Spitting Gin Queens’ launch her latest single ‘Good Man.’
Classy local vocal. YouTube
George Lane Tix
No Ball Games Allowed @ Theatre Works
Until Saturday 9 April, 7:30pm
No Ball Games Allowed explores the world near the bottom of a series of high rise towers, a world where a young woman disappears and her life is remembered, a life of moments and opportunities that were never fully grasped, that could have been different.
Heroes of the Fourth Turning @ Red Stitch
Until Sunday 10 April
A nuanced, intelligent and uncomfortable investigation of modern American conservatism.
Australian Premiere directed by Emily O’Brien-Brown; with performers Charlie Cousins, Darcy Kent, Margaret Mills, Mollie Mooney, and Annie Shapero. $57
Tix and info
Berta Brozgul- Solo Piano Recital @ All Saints’
Sunday 10 April, 3 pm
Berta will sooth and delight you despite the Grand Prix.
With music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Béla Bartók and Maurice Ravel.
$25 full / $20 concession. Students free
2 Chapel Street, East St Kilda (opp. Astor Theatre)
St Kilda Repair Cafe @ Cora Graves
Sunday 10 April, 2 pm – 5 pm
Bring your broken items to the Repair Cafe to reduce waste and learn new skills, all while having a cuppa.
If you have any unwanted phones or laptops, please bring them along to donate.
Their IT experts will wipe all data to ensure your personal information is safely cleared.
Your donated device will be provided to refugees and asylum seekers via Deakin University’s Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE) program.
38 Blessington St.
(across from previous EcoCentre location)
Sunday Blues @ Espy Basement
Sunday 10 April, 6 pm
A weekly rotation of the best local blues, roots and r&b in The Espy Basement, this week with Steve Lucas and the Rising Tide. Free
BIG Sculpture @ South Melbourne Market
Wednesday 13 April – Wednesday 4 May (Market days only)
BIG Sculpture presents sculptures by four Melbourne artists in various locations around the South Melbourne Market. The works include wood carving and assemblages plus a new work that uses information technology.
Pictured: Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo by Mark Schaller.
Space and time for peace @ Call to Peace: Nina Sanadze Sculpture
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 – 6 pm
You’re invited to visit the sculpture to play music, jam, read poetry and dance in the name of peace on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October.
Corner of Clarendon and Coventry Streets, South Melbourne
When Women Speak of War @ National Theatre
Thursday 28 April, 8 pm
Coinciding with the close of this year’s Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM) brings together a world premiere of musicians, writers, performers and storytellers to share new work and reignite songs and stories of the past. $35
TixSeizing Justice @ Sisters in Crime
View on YouTube
Three debut crime authors – Jane Caro, Debra Oswald, and Nina D. Campbell spoke to Philomena Horsley on Friday 25 March about what can happen when women take justice into their own hands.
Artistic Director gig @ Rawcus
Applications close COB 8 April
Rawcus are looking for an Artistic Director to share organisational operational leadership with the General Manager.
For more info
Jacque Robinson Rawcus, General Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicknames for the Shakespeare Grove drain are flooding in!
As reported last week, possible nicknames have been flowing in to TWiSK.
“Shorty”, “The Stub”, ‘Stuby”, “Stubsy” and the very naughty “The Amputee”.
New additions to the list include “The Helipad”, “The Fry Pan” and “The Banjo’ or even “The Bard’s Banjo”, “The Tadpole”, “The Thermometer” or the “Coulda Shoulda Pier Thingy.”
Keep ’em flowing
TWiSK zoomed with the presidents of the three childcare centres facing closure.
They spoke frankly about their difficulties working collaboratively with Council.
Watch the zoom chat (9 minutes)
Pride awarded @ Council Design Awards
The Victorian Price Centre was announced as one of the winners in Council Design Awards last week.
Also awarded was the Stokehouse in the Sustainability Category.
More about the winners
Residents see red on traffic blues @ WSKRA AGM
West St Kilda Residents Association (WSKRA) have stepped up advocacy on local traffic issues.
Speaking at their recent AGM, Gary Edwards (long-time local resident and business owner) highlighted “the destruction of our community by traffic and CoPPs reluctance to tackle the problem in any meaningful way.”
“WSKRA has been actively engaging with Council for more than eight years to get something done about the problem.
“In that time, and despite their best efforts, very little progress has been made,” he concluded.
According to Gary, the lack of action had prompted “a small group of residents in Cowderoy Street” to try a more direct approach.
“One of the first successes of the group was to prompt Council to do a traffic count on Cowderoy Street.
“The figures from that count were shocking – they showed an 80% increase in the volume of traffic in Cowderoy Street in the past five years.
“More than 3000 vehicles a day are now using this street.”
“If the last year has taught us anything, it is this: Sustained local pressure from residents and ratepayers does get attention and it does get results.
“The aim is simple: get the traffic out of our local streets and back onto the main arterial roads where it belongs.”
Latest in our series of candidate profiles is the current member
Member for Macnamara
Here are his responses to our basic bio questions (with 30 words answers).
“I’m Josh Burns, the Member for Macnamara since 2019 and proudly Labor’s candidate for the 2022 election. I’ve been privileged to serve this community for the past three years.”
“I want to be a part of a Labor Government that leads the nation out of the pandemic and rebuilds our economy on better jobs, housing, climate action and more.”
“From my heritage to my working life, I’ve learn the importance and value of education in changing lives, of supporting our diverse multicultural society and looking after our precious environment.”
“I was born and raised locally in Caulfield and am lucky to still live here with my wife Zoe, our beautiful daughter, Tia, and our dog, Larry.”
Phone 9534 8126
Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @joshburnsmp
See other candidate profiles at TWiSK’s Mac Matters page
Greens call for kerbside organic and green waste collection
Greens candidate Steph Hodgins-May wants Council to speed up implementation of kerbside organic and green waste collection, as exists in other council areas.
She has launched a petition and met with the Mayor and Council Officers to spread the Green bins across all Port Phillip.
“At the meeting, the Council avoided committing to a timeline for the delivery of Green Bins, pointing to the ongoing pilot.
“However that pilot program was only delivered in Elwood, with residents in St Kilda and other areas still waiting patiently for Green bins collection,” she said
Steph Hodgins-May called on Council to roll-out Green Bins to all Port Phillip by December.
More info and petition
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