Fitzroy Street is to get a $38 million Pride Centre styled on a similar concept in San Francisco. Located on the former Monroe’s site 79-81 Fitzroy Street, the LGTBIQ hub could house a range of community organisations like JOY FM, Victorian AIDS Council, Midsumma, Switchboard and -18. It could also have an important national gay and lesbian archive.
At the announcement last Friday, the State Government pledged $15 million for the centre, and the Council promised to pitch in $13 million (for the site). Works will begin within the next twelve months.
Victorian Pride Centre Board Chair Jude Munro AO, herself a former CEO of St Kilda Council, was pleased as punch. “We will own this site in perpetuity – and march by it every Pride March knowing it is ours,” she said.
Fashion & Death @ Readings
Thursday 23 March, 6.30 pm
Fashion designer Pia Interlandi (Garments for the Grave) and author Dr Leah Kaminsky (The Waiting Room, We’re All Going to Die) and Readings’ own Gerard Elson discussing the theme of ‘Fashion and Death’.
Exhibition and performance @ Brightspace
From Friday 24 March, 8 pm with performance 9 pm
Also 25, 26 and 31 March, 1 and 2 April
The Baby Farmer is a confronting ambitious work by The Laudanum Project. Presented in a variety of mediums, this story of a helpless child and her unbalanced mother forms an ever-shifting musical tapestry, a tale of destiny, lost innocence, and the nature of evil. Alongside the unsettling performance, Victorian artist Chloe Neath’s exquisite artwork from the book will be exhibited, $45 More info
M.A.D. Fashion Showcase @ Town Hall
Saturday 25 March, 6.30
Melbourne Alternative Designers presents an evening of alternative fashion featuring some of Australia’s most talented designers. $40/$35
Photography Workshops with James Voller @ Acland Plaza
Saturday 25 March 2 pm & Sunday 26 March 11 am
See your neighbourhood through a different lens in a free photo workshop with James Voller, the artist behind ‘Village in the Village’ artworks on bins in Acland Plaza.
Book now, places limited.
The Get Striped festival @ St Kilda Primary
Saturday 25 March, from 9 am
Farmers market plus hand made creations from newly arrived migrants, refugees and local creatives. Workshops from 10 am including Basket Weaving; African Beading and Cultural Dance ($15- $20) After noon, be inspired in a forum featuring life stories and entertaining anecdotes from refugee guest speakers including Sudanese man Abe Nouk and Mariam Issa (co-founder of Space2b).
Bookings for workshops and forum are recommended
Summerfolk @ Theatreworks
23 March – 26 March,
Huge 17 actor cast, Gorky Play, emerging independent theatre company. $28/$20
Info and bookings
Jimmy Dean double @ Astor
Sunday 26 March, 2 pm
Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden. A dynamic alternative to the GP!
More info and tix
Sporting cemetery tour @ St Kilda Cemetery
Sunday 26 March, 2 pm
Whether it be football, cricket, tennis or car racing, there is plenty of interest on this tour! Hear about the lives of some fascinating residents of the cemetery who loved sport of all kinds. $10; members free
Dandenong Road, St Kilda East
Bach Violin Sonatas @ All Saints
Sunday 26 March 4.00 pm
Lucinda Moon (baroque violin) and John O’Donnell (harpsichord) present an all Bach recital of works for solo violin and for violin and harpsichord, including nos. 5 and 6 of the BWV 1014-1019 set. . $25/$15/students free (with student card)
2 Chapel Street, East St Kilda
Rules for Living @ Red Stitch
Until 16 April
Drawing on theories of CBT, Rules for Living is a study of our perfectionist culture that exposes the neuroses beneath. Tix and info