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Sunday, 18 February

23:25

White Night Melbourne 2018 Green Gourmet Giraffe

If you were an alien arriving last night in Melbourne to see how it functions, you would get a very different image of the city to its usual self.  White Night is an annual night when Melbourne is lit up to reveal wit, wonder and secrets that are hidden in the usual humdrum of everyday.  Streets are closed to traffic and filled with the curious, images are projected onto buildings, and everyone seems very convivial.

After missing last year, I summoned the energy to go along and was thrilled by the creative images on offer, despite the crowds and queues.  I managed to get along to the Exhibition Buildings and the State Library.  Here are some of my snaps of the video projections.

My first port of call was the Exhibition Gardens - an easy walk from the State Library.  I got there half through a cycle, watched another full one while taking photos and watched another while taking no photos.  So I sat through two pauses between cycles.  The countdown was helpful and the way the sections of the buildings moved about gave an indication the messing with our minds that was to come.

The actual cycle through the video was fast, moving along to pulsing insistent dance music with lots of colour and movement.   There is a dome behind the two towers but I guess logistically it was hard to include it.

10:28

Greek street food on the street consider the sauce

  Greek Gypsy, 545 Macaulay Road, Kensington. Phone: 0423 709 769 We are eating from yucky polystyrene and its all our fault. Well sort of. If wed made clear our eating intentions to have our dinner right there, beside the food truck that is Greek Gypsy wed have been provided proper crockery. []

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Saturday, 17 February

17:58

The big SLF healthy international students blog

We go here every year and every year its at the same place in Birrang Marr. So this year wed thought it would be more appropriate to have drinks there.

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15:43

Week three of the Priceline health tracker healthy international students blog

My results are the same ole 79% for health and my heart age has gone up to 25 years. I wonder why. My weight is excellent but my cholesterol and sleep pulls it down. This week I have been having about 3-4 times of week of eggs.

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This weeks theme was all about eating outside. By that we mean food court food. This week we had to pick a shopping centre and analyze its food court. I picked Highpoint because I have been there many times. Now Highpoint doesnt have the most nutritious food, but for lunch I picked sushi from Sushi Sushi. I know that they dont have the best of sushi but I had an Entertainment book voucher so I used that.

Highpoints offerings are often high carb and high in sugar. If I had to pick five healthy places, I would pick Sushi sushi in the fresh food area, T2, Saigon square, Soul Origin and Top juice for their salads. Ot...

13:51

Gardening Course "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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I wanted to let you all know that we are offering our first comprehensive gardening course at West Brunswick Community Garden.

Please share and spread the word with anyone you feel might be interested, we're feeling really excited about this and hope to help lots of people build confidence around growing their own food and we'll learn a lot that we can use to make future courses even better.

If you're on Facebook, here's the event which you can also share.
The course, starting in March, will run over 16 weeks, with 8 sessions of 2 hours. Each session will focus on a different part of creating good gardening practices. Our trainer Elspeth Brock (yay Elspeth!) is a well-known educator, horticulturalist and permaculture practitioner.

The sessions will cover:
  • soil prep, good planting practices and planning
  • seed raising and propagation
  • companion planting and layering
  • watering, weeding, layering, mulching, staking, liquid feeding and all the little things
  • compost and creating ongoing good soil
  • pest control and management
  • harvesting
  • cooking, rejuvenating beds, ongoing planting, rotation cropping 
Best of all as this is our introductory course we are offering the whole course, 8 sessions, for $80! Places are limited, we only have a few left and we want to fill them up to make the most of this. ...

13:34

Week 17 of the triathlon healthy international students blog

This Tuesday rode 34km in one hour and half and burnt 607 calories. My speed was somewhere between 20-31km per hour. My heart rate is somewhere between 100-172 in the time that I do the ride, but then afterwards it stays that way for about an hour and half. But by Friday it was much better. It went down to 70rpm.

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At North Melbourne I played with the blue bikes for a while whilst waiting for the train. I reckon I need to work on the balance. I sometimes lose my balance.

On Friday I rode 21.1km within 55mins and Wednesday I rode 22km. Fridays ride was a bit slow as I was pretty tired. But my run on Friday was 8km and it was ok. Had sore legs afterwards. Wednesdays stretching was fine.

Need to work on the nutrition side of things as I am always hungry and tired. I cant work out how to sleep well in the humidity and I am a heavy sweater. Therefore I n...

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Thursday, 15 February

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Tuesday, 07 March

22:11

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #532 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Read Online Newsletter | #532 | What's On this WeekTuesday 7th March 2017 to Monday 13th March 2017 The busiest weekend of the year... Labour Day Long Weekend | Moomba Newsletter | #532 | What's On this Week Labour Day Weekend Celebrate with a public holiday on Monday 13th March 2017. Bacchus Marsh Harvest Festival, Ballarat Begonia Festival, Balnarring Picnic Race Day, Bayside Food Truck Fiesta, Donut Fest, Inverloch Jazz Festival, Lost Trades Fair, Monday Labour Day Races, Moomba Festival, Myrtleford Festival, Peninsula Piers and Pinots, Red Hill Show, Redesdale Bush Market, San Remo Rotary Art & Photography Show, Scoresby Steamfest, Somerville Family Day, St Leonards Market, Sandown Train & Hobby Show and Turkish Pazar Festival Labour Day Weekend Event Guide Scoresby Steamfest .nobrtable br { display: none } Vintage machinery relives its glory days when it comes alive over the Steamfest weekend | 11-13 March 2017 Scoresby Steamfest 2017 Moomba .nobrtable br { display: none } Australias largest community festival (10 13 March) with free events for all ages along the banks of Melbournes Yarra River + Parade (Monday) + King Guy Grossi and Queen Karen Martini + Fireworks (Every night) + Birdman Rally (Sunday) + Waterskiing (every day). Moomba Festival 2017 Magic Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Discover Melbourne's best kept secret! Witness the impossible only inches from your eyes at Impossible Occurrences, Melbournes Exclusive Magic Show. Magician Luke Hocking intrigues and amazes with astounding displays of magic, illusion and mind reading. Performed at Melbourne's 5 star Marriott Hotel, each performance is limited to 60 people to create a special close-up entertainment experience. Impossible Occurrences is 70 minutes of astonishment, set in lavish and intimate surrounds this one of a kind Melbourne experience is not to be missed! The show is best suited for ages 10 and over this intimate show experience is like no other. Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show | Book Now What's On This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } International Women's Day, Peninsula Piers and Pinots, Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Red Hill Show, Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, Somerville Family Day, Train & Hobby Show 2017 at Sandown, Ventana Street Fiesta, Wyndham Holi - Festival of Colors, Bacchus Marsh Harvest Festival, Ballarat Begonia Festival, Donut Fest Melbourne, Gourmet Cinema @ Caulfield, Heronswood Harvest Festival, Loch Rock Festival, Lost Trades Fair, Moomba Birdman Rally, Myrtleford Festival, View Week's Events Art & Craft Markets .nobrtable br { display: none } See art & craft markets open this weekend View Market Guide Coming Soon The Eagles Story - Live .nobrtable br { display: none } The story of The Eagles lives on through The Eagles Story at Loch Rock Festival, Musicland (Fawkner) and Satellite Lounge (Wheelers Hil...

15:57

King Gizz are about to sell out their 8th night in a row in the same venue "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Not content with being incredibly prolific in the recording studio, Melbournes favourite sons King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are clearly just as energetic when it comes to the live stage too, having booked their hometown venue of The Night Cat for pretty much an entire week straight to launch their new LP Flying Microtonal Banana and selling out every single time.

Kicking off on Saturday March 18 and wrapping up the following Saturday, the only interruption to their packed schedule is the Monday night, presumably because venue staff need to take a bloody day off (unlike King Gizz, it seems).

And while you might think that eight nights means eight sets, well, youd be wrong. Each night will actually bring with it two complete sets one a run-through of the new record, and the other an assortment of earlier faves. Sheesh.

The band had even hoped to give the Night Cat nine lives with one more show, but it sadly wasnt to be. Selling out as soon as theyve been announced, the run was apparently cut short simply because the band have to jet off overseas to, yes, play more gigs.

All in all, 4000 hometown punters will make it through the doors by the time the massive week comes to a close; to put that into perspective, thats the equivalent of 5 sold-out shows at Melbourne stalwart the Corner Hotel, while the iconic Festival Hall manages about 5,500 for a show. Not a bad turnout, then.

If you get in quick, you can probably still snag a ticket to the 8th and final show here and get to see them at possibly their most exhausted and sleep-deprived.

 

14:50

Ecca Vandal explains why we desperately need more all-ages gigs "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

It may be something that slips out of our minds as soon as we get our first ID card fake or otherwise but its important to remember just how vital a role underage and all-ages gigs have to play in the lives of our youth, and the frankly brilliant Melbourne artist Ecca Vandal has taken a moment to speak up on why she feels that fostering more of these shows are so vital.

In a new video interview, filmed for the Voice For Change project, she explains the moves that need to be made to bring communities together going forward, drawing on her upbringing to give her thoughts on what we can do to help young people feel more a part of their local community, rather than alienated by it.

Among other initiatives, shed like to see more underage gigs made available, reminiscing on a host of all-ages punk rock shows in the late 90s that she feels brought people together and blurred the lines that divided them.

While shes happy to reach out to people through videos like these, its through that artist to audience connection that the real inspiration happens, and its something that has gradually been denied anyone under the age of 18 in many cases although many bands do make an effort to look after their underage fans where possible.

She talks about a range of other issues and solutions too, including youth and gang violence, the difficulty she faced in adapting to Australian culture, and the huge leap it took to view music as a career one were very glad she took.

The Voice For Change project is a community-minded effort by the Mushroom Group and Music Victoria intended to inspire the next generation of young people through music, instilling in them a greater positivity and helping them overcome adversity.

As well as Ecca Vandal, the project has brought together a range of other rising stars in our thriving urban scene, including poetic wonder Sampa The Great, young rap talent B-Wise and hip hop duo Diafrix. Aus-rap shamp Urthboy has also weighed in, and footballers Majak Daw and Archie Thompson have brought their non-musical perspectives to the project too.

The series of videos has featured each of them sharing their journeys in an effort to help young people overcome challenges including racism, as well as broader feelings of disenfranchisement and social exclusion.

You can watch the latest interview below, and find the rest of them on the Voice For Change website all up, they make for a very enlightening watch.

Putting her money where her mouth is, Ecca Vandal is playing the all-ages festival Field Trip in Adelaide on March 31. You can....

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Thursday, 02 March

17:24

Volunteer Profile Nafeu Aungshu "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Star SLF volunteer, Nafeu Aungshu, burst into action during the Festivals Big Weekend. Check out our latest volunteer in conversation with Nafeu.

Where did you grow up?
I was born on the banks of Bay of Bengal beside Sunderbans, the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world and my birth place is known as Bagerhat. In Bengali, the word Bagerhat means land of tigers and it is famous as Royal Bengal Tigers territory. At the age of 4, I moved to Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh with my parents and my schooling started there. At the age of 22, I moved to Melbourne, known as the most liveable city, for my double masters at Monash University.

What are the projected impacts from climate change on your place of birth?
Perhaps, it is enormously difficult to believe that my birth place Bagerhat will be vanished from the world map within next decade during my lifetime. Due to climate change, the rising sea level threatens the persistence of my birth place and this could inundate 17 per cent of Bangladeshs land area by 2050, reducing cultivatable land and displacing 35 million people. Within next 10 years, Dhaka will be affected by Climate change and expected to cause significant changes in river salinity. This will lead to shortage of drinking water in the urban areas. Bagerhat is famous as the territory of Royal Bengal Tiger but unfortunately, the remaining tiger habitat in Bangladesh would be declined by 96 per cent due the sea level rise. Experts predicted that, due to climate change, Bagerhat will suffer with temperature rise, tropical cyclones, saline water invasion, land inundation, ocean acidification, invasive species and so on, which eventually may pose threat of extinction to biodiversity of Bagerhat. Currently, 16% of mangrove species which are critically endangered, 10% are near-threatened and more than 40% of the mangrove-endemic vertebrates are now also at risk of extinction due to habitat loss. The river erosion from flooding claims 20,000 acres of land and leaves up to 200,000 people homeless each year. Above all, the main challenge involves increasing rice production without using groundwater unsustainable, especially with an increase in population and sea level rise will pose significant challenges to agricultural productivity in the future.

What level of awareness is there about these impacts in your home town?
Bangladesh is fully aware of the fact that two-thirds of Bangladesh is less than five metres above sea level, making it one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to rising sea levels. Bangladesh has taken wide range of strategic policies. For instances, Bangladesh became the first country in developing nations who made its own climate fund known as Bangladesh Climate Change Trust (BCCT) and every year 7 per cent of the budget is alloca...

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Wednesday, 01 March

13:52

Bluesfest announces a slew of Aussie acts to support Bluesfest touring artists "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Bluesfest have a number of amazing acts this year, and if you cannot get to Byron to check out the actual festival, youll have the chance to catch a lot of them in various sideshows across the country.

Organisers have today unleashed a mighty list of Australian acts who will be supporting these touring artists.

Below are all the supports, in alphabetical order. More info about ticketing and dates, here.

BLUESFEST 2017 SUPPORTING ARTISTS

Karen Lee Andrews supports Gregory Porter in Sydney
Danielle Deckhard supports Joan Osborne in Sydney
James Franklin supports Joan Osborne in Melbourne
Marcus Whale supports Laura Mvula in Sydney
Miss Eileen & King Lear support The Lumineers in Melbourne
The Money War and The Hunting Birds support The Lumineers in Perth
Hamish Anderson supports Mud Morganfield in Melbourne
Luka Lesson supports Nahko and Medicine for the People in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
Frank Sultana supports Nikki Hill in Sydney
Eric Avery supports Rhiannon Giddens in Sydney
Manalion supports Slightly Stoopid in Sydney
Caravana Sun supports Slightly Stoopid in Melbourne
Hat Fitz & Cara support St. Paul and the Broken Bones in Brisbane
All Our Exes Live in Texas supports St. Paul and the Broken Bones in Sydney
Andy Golledge supports The Record Company in Sydney
Little Georgia supports The Record Company in Melbourne
Winterbourne supports The Strumbellas in Sydney and Melbourne
nyck supports Trevor Hall in Melbourne
ILUKA supports Trevor Hall in Sydney
D-Analogues supports Trombone Shorty in Melbourne
This Way North supports Turin Brakes in Sydney
Lee Rosser supports Turin Brakes in Melbourne
Hamish Anderson supports Vintage Trouble in Sydney and Melbourne

10:00

Perth Writers Festival 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

"I read a book once"
I just returned from Perth Writers Festival, where I had three gigs: two panels for The Art of Reading, and a performance for My Brother is a Beast.

I arrived on Thursday, and heard the opening speech by Ben Rawlence: tales from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, from his City of Thorns.

Having spent a full two months with kids -- six weeks of school holidays then two weeks with them sick at home -- I then threw myself into writing: my next picture book, and my adult novel.

Scribbling at Milktooth cafe, Barrack St (tasty coffee, for the record)
I took an hour off to visit Cottesloe beach with my old mate, AAP bureau chief Greg Roberts.

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Tuesday, 28 February

23:17

ACLAND ST, ST KILDA "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

St Kilda is an inner suburb of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Port Phillip. At the 2011 Census, St Kilda had a population of 17,795. St Kilda was named after a schooner, Lady of St Kilda (which moored at the main beach for much of 1841) by Charles La Trobe, and the ship's master and early settler Lieutenant James Ross Lawrence.

During the Victorian and Edwardian eras, St Kilda became a favoured suburb of Melbourne's elite, and many palatial mansions were constructed along its hills and waterfront. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, St Kilda served a similar function for Melburnians as did Coney Island to the residents of New York City and its history draws an interesting parallel.

Densely populated postwar St Kilda became Melbourne's red-light district, home to low-cost rooming houses. Since the late 1960s, St Kilda has become known for its culture of bohemianism and as home to many prominent artists, musicians and subcultures, including punk and LGBT. While some of these groups still maintain a presence in St Kilda, in recent years the district has experienced rapid gentrification pushing many lower socio-economic groups out to other areas.

St Kilda is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. It is home to St Kilda Beach, Melbourne's most famous beach, several renowned theatres and several of Melbourne's big events and festivals.

Acland Street runs on a north-west to south-east axis between Fitzroy and Barkly Streets. It was one of the first streets laid out when St Kilda was surveyed in 1842. The north-west end of the street is largely residential, and features many fine houses from the late 19th century, some of them converted to flats or other uses, such as the Linden Gallery. The south-east end of the street, between Carlisle and Barkly Streets, is a commercial strip. The section of Acland Street between Barkly Street and Carlisle Street is a tram zone where route 96 terminates. Today Acland St has many restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, including Vietnamese, Indian, Italian and Malaysian. Cake shops and pastry shops abound as do cafs and bars.
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16:43

SHOW HOW FUNNY YOU CAN BE AT DEADLY FUNNY HEAT "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Deadly Funny Adelaide heat will be happening at Tandanya on Sunday 12 March.

Workshops led by acclaimed comedian Kevin Kropinyeri start at 1.30 with performances at 4.30.

The heat winner gets expenses paid to perform at the national Deadly Funny in Melbourne during the International Comedy Festival.

Stevie Goldsmith spoke with local comedian Josh Warrior. Josh is a previous heat winner and wants to encourage people to sign up for the workshops. The workshops and performances are free. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Tandanya are hosting this Fringe event.

For more information and to register go to

www.deadlyfunny.com

 

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Monday, 27 February

22:41

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

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Hi,

I'm doing a renovation at my Newlands house and will be pulling out the original kitchen. If anyone is restoring or renovating their original kitchen and wants anything (a door, a hinge, a whole cabinet etc) let me know. Seems a waste to just throw it away so Im happy to give it away if anyone wants it.

Also have plenty of concrete garden edging going free to anyone who wants to pick it up.

Stella  0432-904-480.



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Saturday, 25 February

00:00

NESTING TIME "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

A $75,000 public art sculpture installed in Darebin Parklands had initially divided residents, with some saying the egg-shaped work looks out of place in bushland. Darebin councils art and culture department commissioned the artwork, "The Nest"  which was made by artists David Bell and Gary Tippett from recycled materials. The artwork itself has been praised by residents, but some have  criticised the location chosen. Darebin Parklands Association president Ingrid Svendsen said there was no community desire for artwork in the park and said the push came from council bureaucrats.

Councils acting director of city design and environment, David Shepard, said the council had received positive feedback from parklands users. He said the councils Public Art Strategy involved a very detailed community consultation process. Love it or hate it, it is a very imposing structure and it commands attention from several key viewpoints. Most people I have talked to seem to think it's cool. Besides, it's quite photogenic...

This post is part of the Weekend Green meme,
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and also part of the Photo Friday meme.



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Thursday, 23 February

17:22

Meltin down age barriers in Melton: The intergenerational street band supporting family music making. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

What I really get out of the band and the practice is simply the fun. says Melton resident Amy McDonald who for the past year has played with The Fabulous Meltones, one of the bands to have emerged with support from Community Music Victorias StreetSounds project.

There are three generations of Amys family in the band: Amy, her 67 year old father, Martin, and her three kids, Nina, Tenzin and Kohana who range in age from 23-6 years old.

To have the sort of fun that say, Havana Palava have, wouldve been undreamed of for me before, and even though Im not there yet, I live in hope!

The experience of being in The Fabulous Meltones has extended the opportunity Amy and her family has to make music together, and brought unexpected and hidden talents to light.

My father who has done orchard work most of his life learnt to make feathered headdresses for the Dream Big festival, last year. Local artist Krissy Tee, who is currently specialising in the creation of amazing headdresses came to give us all a lesson. Dad made his in record time and was then able to help everyone else. Hes also getting to grips with the finer points of picking out loud shirts (The Fabulous Meltones signature colours are red, orange, pink and yellow because we are Meltonmeltin hot..

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15:20

All Gold Class "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Described as alternative, rock and post-punk, Melbourne band Gold Class is finally coming to Perth supporting Jambinai at the Perth Festival Gardens tonight.

After releasing their first critically-acclaimed album in 2015, the performance is expected to be a guitar-driven experience both full of energy and captivating.

 

Play Gold Class

 

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