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This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
26th Mar 2015

Melbourne is mixing it up for you this weekend, Listers! From comedy, to films, to flowers. Go vegetarian for Meat Free Week, and switch off the lights for Earth Hour (dancing optional). 

If you’re looking for things to do in Melbourne, you can’t get much more diverse than this ripper list of what’s on this weekend!

Go forth and absorb like the sponges you are (you can absorb food, right?).

Thursday 26th

Shake it like Beyonce at the LuWOW with some ripper dance classes suitable for beginners—running every Thursday! Each week a new Bey song is focused on, with this week being the feisty Flawless. So get your cossie lookin’ flawless, and kick out with some new smooth moves! No snobs, just fun.

Bey Party | The LuWOW in Fitzroy | $15 cash only | Thursdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show opened its doors yesterday, and will be running for all those that fancy florals until this Sunday the 29th of March. While you’re there, check out the initiative supporting Kids Under Cover with the Cubby House Challenge. Showcasing six distinctive cubbies to be auctioned, proceeds will go towards relocatable studio accommodation, scholarship and mentor programs for underprivileged kids. So stop to smell the roses, Listers, and help make a difference for the better!

International Flower and Garden Show, Cubby House Challenge | Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
Prices Vary | Wednesday 25th - Sunday 29th March

Meat lovers, did you know that two out of every three farm animals worldwide are factory farmed? It’s the number one cause of animal cruelty, with animals undergoing inhumane conditions in order to increase production and profitability. Not only that, but livestock and meat production have been identified as major climate change contributors. So what are you going to do about it? It’s okay, we’re not asking you to turn vegan overnight. What we are suggesting is to join the Meat Free Week initiative running nationwide until Sunday the 29th of March. It’s not too late to sign up and fundraise for one of the many charities on board. Or support a friend who’s going meat free! On the website you’ll find loads of recipes and tools to help you with the challenge. And if you need any extra help, here are our guides to where to eat Meat Free this week! From vegan friendly desserts, to Melbourne’s 11 best restaurants for vegetarians. And if vegie burgers or pasta are your thing, we’ve got you covered!

Meat Free Week | Around Town | Monday 23rd March to Sunday 29th March 

Darebin Arts brings you Dirtsong, music of the Australian Indigenous experience from Black Arm Band. This musical performance will play tonight only, so don’t miss out on this memorable experience. Featuring a line up of artists including new generation Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal, songs will be performed in eleven different Aboriginal languages. Come along and celebrate some great Australian Aboriginal music and explore the identity of this talented collective.

Dirtsong | Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Preston
$35 Adult, $30 Concession | 7:30pm 


Friday 27th

The 25th Melbourne Queer Film Festival is flying by, Listers, with the final date taking place on Monday the 30th March. Don’t miss your chance to get in some quality flicks this weekend. Tonight sees The Queen of Amsterdam screening at ACMI Cinema 2—a Dutch with English subtitles touching comedy, followed by the Australian premiere of Eat With Me—a heartwarming story that was awarded Winner of Best Comedy Feature Out on Film Atlanta 2014, and Best Feature Film at Florence Queer Film Festival. Plus, don’t miss the closing night party on Sunday March 29th, after the screening of German comedy, I Feel Like Disco.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival Screenings | ACMI in Melbourne | Prices Vary | Times Vary - See Program Here

Hawkeye Vintage is a local couture company, who are great at getting their hands on some super high-quality designer brands. So how can YOU get your paws on some vintage Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and more? By popping down to their pop-up store of course! Running for three days only in South Yarra, over 1200 pieces will be available to peruse, and 10% of the profits will be donated to charity. Get that winter wardrobe looking classy with Hawkeye, Listers.

Hawkeye Vintage Pop-Up | Hazeldon Place in South Yarra
Friday 27th March - Sunday 29th March, 10:00am - 6:00pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival kicked off on Thursday, and is running until Sunday the 19th of April for all your belly laughing needs. Our pick is Avenue Q, a Tony-Award winning musical that’s part puppet show, part Broadway, but ALL parts adults only! This crew of musical maestros includes Stephen Wheat, Jordan Pollard, Leah Lim and Michael Ralph. Get your giggle on at the opening tonight!

Avenue Q for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 
Chapel off Chapel in Prahran | $43.50 Full, $38.50 Concession
Friday 27th March to Saturday 11th April, Tuesday-Sunday 8:00pm, Saturday Matinee 2:00pm 


Saturday 28th

A citywide scavenger hunt requiring cunning wits, a smart phone and tequila, The Great Burroteca Donkey Hunt is set to be one heck of an adventure this Saturday! Participants have the task of locating the kidnapped Burroteca donkey via a series of clues released on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, visiting Melbourne’s most iconic locations along the way. Once the Mexican mammal has been found, Burroteca invites you back for the after party to end all after parties! Oh and don’t forget to don your Mexican themed finest—there’s an awesome ‘best dressed’ prize on offer too! Now where’s our tequila…

The Great Burroteca Donkey Hunt | Burroteca in Melbourne CBD
Hunt from 2:00pm, after party from 6:30pm
Teams of 4-6 people with tickets $25 per head 
(includes entry to the hunt plus drinks and nibbles on arrival at the after party)

Melbourne Vintage are doing what they do best, a warehouse sale! This weekend (Sat & Sun), stock up on records, clothing, accessories, cameras, furniture and decor. Grab a unique piece while you browse in Brunswick!

Melbourne Vintage Warehouse Sale | 20 Hardy Street in Brunswick
Saturday 28th March to Sunday 29th March, 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Dumbo Feather and Victorian Opera are collaborating to present Opera for the Earth. Yep, it’s Earth Hour today, Listers. During the evening, guests will be serenaded by Victorian Opera’s emerging artists and youth chorus… in the dark! Bringing the conversation back to environmental sustainability, this event is designed to be interactive, with discussions surrounding ideas for sustainability in the future of art, opera and beyond. 

Opera for the Earth | Dumbo Feather HQ in St Kilda | Pay with ideas, not money | 7pm

Dance in the dark initiative No Lights No Lycra has teamed up with Earth Hour to organise a global dance event! Switch off and Dance involves turning off the lights and dancing in the dark to the same playlist. Either gather your friends and host your own Switch off and Dance party, or find one near you via their website. It’s all about no judgement, just dancing the way you want! And as long as no one can see us, we’re totally on board!

Switch off and Dance by No Lights No Lycra | Around Town or at a No Light No Lycra Event Near You 

Sunday 29th

TEDx St Kilda held at the St Kilda Town Hall is on today, featuring some great discussions around the theme, When Dark Meets Light. With a range of presenters and speakers, the topics covered will span from researching the bionic eye, to architecture, to violence in society and the power of music in cultural exchange. Prepare to immerse yourself and to be overwhelmed (but in the best kinda way).

TEDx St Kilda | St Kilda Town Hall in St Kilda
$100 (Tickets currently sold out but join the waiting list here) | 10:30am - 3:30pm

The Peninsula Picnic is set to be an awesome outdoor event with food, wine, and live music to boot. Bring your friends and family while you feast on a range of gourmet platters designed by the likes of Matt Wilkinson (Pope Joan) Max Paganoni (Max’s Restaurant, Red Hill Estate) and the team at DOC. Chat to winemaker, sample some great drops, and shimmy along to some sweet live tunes! Don’t miss out, as tickets are selling fast. 

The Peninsula Picnic | Mornington Racecourse
$74 Adults, $12 Children (5-17), $54 MRC Members | 12:00pm - 7:30pm

From Estelle in Northcote, Head Chef Josh Pelham is showing us how it’s done at Milk The Cow. The first of the Chefs at the Cow series in 2015, Pelham will supply guests with a scrumptious cheese-inspired menu matched with wines. This Age Good Food Guide Young Chef of the Year is set to impress, with evenings at both the Carlton and St Kilda locations.

A Night with Josh Pelham | Milk the Cow in Carlton and St Kilda | $120
Sunday 29th March (Carlton) & Monday 30th March (St Kilda), 7:00pm

Done your bit for the environment, had a sneaky slice of cheese (or three), and learnt something inspirational? Great! You’re all set for next weekend then! Keep tuned, Listers.

Image Credit: Pana Chocolate.

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