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TWiSK #381

Council proposes rock’n’roll triangle
Plus music, theatre and more
Slutnik™ 2 @ Theatre Works
Sand Pebbles @ St Kilda Bowlo
David Williamson’s The Perfectionist @ National Theatre
Melba Big Band Swing Into Spring Ball @ Memo

2001: A Space Odyssey – 70mm @ Astor
Monday 4 September- Saturday September 7. 30pm (not Tuesday)
Fantastic on the big screen. Open the pod bay doors Hal!

Thelma & Louise @ Astor
Tuesday 5 September, 7.30 pm
Ridley Scott’s 1991 buddy movie with a gender twist, staring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis and Harvey Keitel.
What Of It @ Theatre Works Explosive Factory
Tuesday 5 September – Saturday 9 September, 7:30 pm
“Written by Rebecca Fingher, this is a gender-swap, chav-filled, explosive and energetic comedy drama that follows the lives of three females as they venture out to make sure that none of them die without first getting another shag.
Filled with energetic pussy-popping dances, wash-your-mouth-out-with-soap trash-talking and just general big clit energy, this poetical theatre piece is sure to have you saying ‘mansnot hot’. It’s toxic femininity at it’s finest, innit.” $35/$25
No wheelchair access

Blake Freeman – live special taping @ George Lane
Wednesday 6 September, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM AEST
Blake is moving to the US and is shooting a best of special before he heads off! $10
Caroline de Costa in conversation @ Readings
Thursday 7 September, 6 pm
Carmel Shute, Secretary of Sisters in Crime, and Caroline de Costa will be in conversation to launch Buried Secrets, the fourth novel in Caroline’s Cass Diamond police procedural series set in Cairns. Cass is once again in search of a ruthless killer. Free
Bookings are essential 
112 Acland Street

Volunteer Induction Evening @ EcoCentre
Thursday 7 September, 6 pm – 7 pm
Do you have a passion for looking after our local environment and want to use your skills to help create an empowered, active community?
If so, the EcoCentre wants you.
All EcoCentre volunteers are required to attend an induction session every twelve months. This session is suitable for existing volunteers who are due to renew their induction, as well as new volunteers. Free
Sign Up 
38 Blessington St
(across from previous EcoCentre location)

David Williamson’s The Perfectionist @ National Theatre
Thursday 7 September, Friday 8 September and Saturday 9 September, 7:30 pm, Saturday also 1 pm
David Williamson’s “The Perfectionist” is another fast-paced and witty play written by Australia’s best-known playwright.
Having brought up her three sons, with her career taking the sidelines, Barbara wants to finish her thesis. The only thing standing in her way is her husband, Stuart, who has taken the better part of a decade trying to finish his thesis. As a tug-of-war ensues between husband and wife, we see what the consequences of actually ‘having it all’ could be. $49/ $44
Slutnik™ 2: Planet of the Incels @ Theatre Works
Thursday 7 September – Saturday 16 September 7.30 pm (Sat matinee 1 pm)
Get ready for touchdown. Queer darling SLUTNIK™ (created by Flick) returns with its highly anticipated sequel, premiering at Theatre Works.
More than a century ago, a legendary crew of lesbian space cannibals triumphantly left Earth and all of its problems behind. Today, their descendants (and Motherboard) are forced to emergency land their battered star-ship onto a foreign planet and come face-to-face with all the problems they thought they had left behind: Men.
Prepare for an intergalactic battle of slutty proportions.

Stars @ Memo
Friday 8 September, 7 pm
Stars return with a six piece line up featuring new guitarist the legendary blues master Geoff Achison and pedal steel wizard Ed Bates. Original members Mick Pealing and Roger McLachlan will be joined by Nick Charles and Erik Chess to perform a full blooded version of the classic Stars repertoire. $65/60/55+bf
Little Georgia @ George Lane
Friday 8 September, 7:00 PM 11:00 PM
Little Georgia with a special stripped-back duo performance.
Sand Pebbles Plus Cold Irons Bound @ St Kilda Bowlo
Friday 8 September
Previewing songs from their forthcoming album, The Antagonist, Sand Pebbles play for the first time in 3 years at St Kilda Bowls Club.$30/$25
Paw signing @ Gasworks Café
Saturday 9 September, 8 am -10:30 am
Dog owners who purchase a copy of The Nosy Detectives, the third mystery in the fun dog-tective series by Louisa Bennet, will be offered a paw-signing for the book and a home-baked dog biscuit and a puppycino for their furry friend. There is a $100 café voucher as a prize for the best photo of a dog reading the book.
21 Graham St, Albert Park

BABBA Returns @ Memo
Saturday 9 September, 7 pm
“A BABBA show is an electrifying experience that transports audiences back to the glory days of ABBA. With stunning costumes, captivating choreography, and pitch-perfect renditions of the band’s greatest hits.” $50/45/35+bf Online

Delaney Davidson @ George Lane
Saturday 9 September, 7:30 PM 11:00 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’.”
Open Day @ St Kilda Sports Club
Sunday 10 September, Noon – 4 pm
Try bowling, win raffles, drink at club prices. Dogs on leash welcome.
All ages inclusive event. Free

Melba Big Band presents – Swing Into Spring Ball @ Memo
Sunday 10 September, 2 pm
Melba Big Band will swing into spring and step back in time with the 17 piece All Girl Big Band featuring vocalist Katrina Buttigieg. $35/25+bf

Linda Barcan mezzo-soprano and & Coady Green pianist @ All Saints
Sunday 10 September, 3 pm
“Songs & Solo Piano” will feature:
Pauline Viardot: Aime-moi; Plainte d’amour
Frédéric Chopin: Trois Mazurkas, Opus 59 (1845)
Pauline Viardot: La Danse; La Fête; Berceuse
Robert Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben (1840)
Linda Barcan has enjoyed a varied career as a concert and recital performer, educator and academic. Coady Green is a brilliant pianist and major talent on the international concert circuit.
Tickets at the door (No EFTPOS) or Trybooking 
$25 / $20 Students free entry with a valid student card.
See their Sunday concert program

Next week
Monday 11 September – Sunday 17 September

Elegy for an Elephant Exhibition @ Brightspace
Monday 11 – Sunday 23 September
Timed to coincide with Suicide Prevention Month, St Kilda local author-illustrator Ryan Abramowitz is releasing his debut picture book, Elegy for an Elephant.
The story is inspired by his family’s journey to process, repair and heal from the loss of their father to suicide.
The exhibition will display the creative process that underscored the making of the picture book through drawings, paintings and filmic works. The art is also offered as a beacon of hope and warm hug for those navigating grief of all types.
At its heart, this story honours ways we connect with loved ones we have lost and the timeless nature of love.
Gallery details and pre-orders are available at www.narrativesofnature.com
Content warning – please note themes include suicide and its impacts, although no artwork is graphic in nature.
18% of book sales will be donated to Lifeline, Movember and Support after Suicide.
Blues double shot @ Ziggy Pops
Friday 15 September, 8 pm
Here’s something very special – a dynamic blues band starring the one and only blues hit-maker, Continental Robert Susz on vocals and harmonica, Matt “The Rumble” Morrison guitar and vocals, “Skinny Junior” Antero Ceschin drums and vocals & Rowan “Express” Lane bass and vocals. Backed by locals The Blow Out. $29.50
Meal options available in this classy cabaret style venue.
Newmarket Hotel, 34 Inkerman St

Looking ahead

Learn about the Voice Referendum @ St Kilda Town Hall
Thursday 21 September, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation invite you to their free public event to learn about the upcoming Voice to Parliament Referendum.
Speakers include Ian Hamm, Yorta Yorta man and Chair of the Board of Directors of the First Nations Foundation;
Nerita Waight, Yorta Yorta and Narrandjeri Taungurung woman and CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service;
Amanda Young – Executive Director First Nations at climate advisory Pollination.
Questions are invited in the Q&A to end the evening. Free

Musical triangle mooted by Council

The St Kilda Triangle is set for another round of discussion, debate and dreaming as Council considers it’s own proposal to use part of the carpark for a 5000 capacity music venue.
But so far this triangle only has one side, our Council.
The other two vital sides, the State Government and Investors are yet to be invited or convinced.
Music, parking and open space
Last week, armed with some artists impressions, Council presented their ideas at an invitation only gig at The Prince.
This week Councillors will discuss the plans which were drawn up by Council for about $500K.
If approved, the next step is community engagement.
In a homage to the entertainment history of the site, the indicative design includes:
Space for 5000 standing capacity with a mezzanine or balcony carrying 1000 of this capacity.
Additional multi-purpose/additional venue space for 350 capacity, and other activation uses (bars/café and possible rehearsal spaces).
An area of lawn or a park, terraced steps to the level of the lawn creating an amphitheatre and opportunities for outdoor performances and events, possibilities for a pavilion for public use, and native landscape zones
200 car parks located under the venue, 8: 40 additional at grade car parks behind the Palais Theatre.
State Government ‘buy in’ crucial
In classic under statement, the Council media release concludes with this:
Given the civic nature and the scale of a potential new live music/performance venue on Crown Land, progressing the project from an idea to implementation would rely heavily on strong engagement and buy in from the Victorian Government.
Read the key documents
St Kilda Triangle Market Sounding Report (PDF 1.27MB) 
St Kilda Triangle Design Feasibility for a Live Music and Final Design and Spatial Feasibility Report (PDF 14.8MB)

PS for PS Media: Post script for Paradigm Shift

PS Media has launched a do or die appeal to the local community to save their local news initiative.
Funded by philanthropic sources, last year PS Media launched three trial local online ‘newspapers’.
All of the trials ceased to publish earlier this year.
Last week the backers of PS Media convened a trio of community events in St Kilda. They held a workshop with ‘community leaders’, a feedback and funding appeal to previous supporters and a public panel discussion with local MP Josh Burns and Mayor Heather Cunsolo.
Central to their pitch was recruiting 1000 local ‘co-owners’ to contribute $125 per year for four years to employ a journalist to write local news.
PS Media advocates believe that sufficient local people are prepared to pay for quality local news content and their co-ownership model could create a network of local outlets that could fill the vacuum left by the closure of hundreds of local newspapers.
Panel discussion was well attended
The evening panel discussion was well attended with about 80 locals, mostly from St Kilda in attendance. The panel session chaired by prominent backer and journalist Margaret Simons ranged positively over the need for reliable local news.
However, things got a little frosty when Mayor Cunsolo spoke about local advocacy groups RoPP and Progressive Port Phillip.
The Mayor suggested that RoPP’s online magazine Port Phillip Matters was a counterpoint to the perception that PS Media leaned toward the Progressive cause.
Simons and PPP advocates took umbrage and strenuously denied any alignment or bias. Simons said PS Media had a rigorous charter of independence.
But the appeal of PS Media to ‘progressives’ in the community was clear when a show of hands revealed that only one RoPP member (a councillor) was in the room.
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