Yak Ales Barbecue Festival - Melbourne Today was the Yak Ales Barbecue Festival in Melbourne and it was held at the beautiful Flemington Racecourse. It was pretty easy to get there by tram although trains were also running and there was plenty of parking available for those that drove. The event was spread out over a large area and felt relaxed and that there was plenty of space to walk around and enjoy the sights and smells of various BBQ related food venues. We started with a pulled beef sandwich with pickles and mustard from Fancy Hanks which was extremely enjoyable and tasty. The staff were happy and friendly and this was something we experienced from all of the different places we visited. To get a feel for the event, we wondered around the entire site. We saw several Yak Ales bars, plenty of BBQ food vendors, BBQ sales companies and the competitors preparing their products for the judging competitions. The judging ranged from butchers preparing plates for three judges to the competitors preparing lamb, chicken, ribs, etc. The judging required that all judges be accredited and there were experienced judges from around Australia and from the USA. Some judges were at their first competition and they'd undertaken a day of training to prepare them. Never having seen this kind of judging, it was interesting to watch the process and listen to the experts provide guidance for the inexperienced judges. We didn't see any mad running to the judging area with those last minute entries although apparently that did occur in Sydney. Along with the different BBQ foods, there were options for dessert and drinks. There was a face painting and activity area for the little kids and for the older kids, a jumping castle and rides. The demonstration tent had a variety of demonstrations with questions and samples provided with the timetable clearly displayed to enable us to prepare a plan for anything demonstrations we wanted to see. The main stage was used for music acts to entertain the crowd while they sat at tables enjoying their food and drinks. I really enjoyed listening to Sunny Hawkins entertain the crowd with his singing. It was a fun day trying different food, talking to people selling BBQ equipment, cook books and watching the competitors preparing their entries for judging. Watching the judging of the competitors entries and the butchers being judged on their plates was very interesting as my only experience of this previously was watching the American competitions on TV. The judges provided commentary and explanation and answered questions so that we could get a better understanding of what was happening. The staff at the various food trucks, tents, trailers, bars were friendly and happy and entertaining so even though it was a very hot day in the sun, it was very enjoyable. The first aid tent was providing sunscreen and water was available from the bars and different locations spread through the venue. There were queues for food and drinks but it was run smoothly and didn't take long to be served. This was a very enjoyable day and something I'll definitely go to again. We enjoyed the atmosphere, venue, variety and friendly staff and a worthwhile day out in a great venue. Next time, we'll try more foods and maybe even purchase the sauces and wines for sale.
REVIEW OF JAZZ CONCERT BY CONNIE LANSBERG AND TRIO AT A SECRET PLACE IN CBD, MELBOURNE (4/2/2016)
The beautiful and lavish X**** Club hosted a warm and engaging jazz singer of brilliance. Connie connected with the audience even prior to her performance with great warmth and intensity. Starting with an original composition, (Twinkle Twinkle), she set the pace with “Whistling away the dark” – a haunting number encapsulating melodies of the deep. As we listened to “You hit the spot”, the brilliance of Tom Hanson on piano was overwhelmingly touching that was followed by the “Wave” (Jobin) – great lyricism and superb keyboard manifestation. The second half breezed in with “Everything happens with me” followed by “Ooh ooh ooh what moonlight can do do do” – the place was swinging! We were then treated with an original composition by Connie of “Ghost in the night” – a haunting and intricate piece of beauty. The audience was moved by the imagery of the the wonderful song “Lazy afternoon” – a standard Jerome Moross and John Latouche. “Call me back” and “No ordinary love” peppered the scene with delight as we swayed in appreciation. Yes, we could have danced all night, but a farewell was in the air. Top marks to the trio, namely Tom Hanson on piano, Paige Smith on base and Peter Hodges on drums. What a memorable evening of quality jazz music with the bonus of original and well constructed material from the beautiful Connie Lansberg. Sylvester Kroyherr (Singer/Musician). 4/2 20016
BOILERMAKER HOUSE BAR AND RESTAURANT NEW website review by Glen and Camilla Wilson from GW Photography and Onstage Pix One of the perks of being a Wedding Photographer is the chance to sample some of Melbourne`s finest restaurants and venues menus. Melbourne’s Boilermaker House rates among the best – dare I say the best food I’ve ever eaten.
For anyone not familiar with a Boilermaker it’s a shot of whisky followed by a pint of Beer. Boilermaker house has 700 whiskies and over 70 crafted beers both on tap and bottled.
Our menu for the evening was a matched dinner – each course accompanied by a complimenting Boilermaker or cocktails.
Entrée Small Ploughman’s platter combining House made pickles, Mild & Spicy Salami`s Duck & Pistachio Rillet and one of the finest chicken liver pate`s I’ve ever tasted.
Main was a sampling of: Char grilled Duck breast with rhubarb puree – cooked to perfection. Lamb & Paprika sausages with romesco sauce. Heirloom tomatoes salad with PX dressing – simply amazing. Fried zucchini flowers with an olivade – these are delicious and also served as a bar snack.
Desert & Cheeses Neroni Marshmallo, Salted Caramel fudge and a chocolate lovers sensation – Chocolate truffle. Riverine Blue & Le Delice Des Cremiers cheeses.
My favorite selection of drinks: A sensational coffee cocktail: The Inherent Vice- Whisky Stout reduction, white chocolate & Pistachio liquer with fresh expresso. Newstead smoking swine ale – Beer filtered through Smoky Bacon.
The venue is has great atmosphere – soft lighting, rustic brickwork & exposed beams, decorated with books and a treasure trove of quirky ornaments ranging from Diving helmets to whisky bottles.
Blues music plays in the back ground to complete the mood. A centerpiece is a magnificent table present by the Balvenie Distillery Scotland.
Dine in intimate booths, sit at the bar or relax in 1 of 3 open dining areas.
Melbourne’s` Boilermaker House offers 5 star class dining in a relaxed environment and first class service.
The staff have exceptional knowledge of their product range and a genuine passion and enthusiasm for their work.
Our host for the evening, Stephanie was friendly, and helpful, guiding us through every aspect of the food and drinks menu.
Boilermaker house is a great place to enjoy fine food and drinks and totally lose yourself in the whole experience , our dinner lasted over 4 hours – time really does fly when you’re having fun.
Boilermaker house is open from 4 pm till 3amMonday to Friday and 3pm till 3amweekends.
Dinner is served until 10 pm weekdays and 11 pm weekends and bar food till 3 am.
The mix of single malt whisky, fine crafted beers and cocktails accompanied by exquisite food, makes Melbourne`s Boilermaker House a must visit for food, Beer & Whisky lovers.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA: ANDY WARHOL AND AN WEIWEI AND FRIDAY NIGHT JAN 22 WITH JENNY HVAL NEW website FRIDAY NIGHTS press release by Irina Ivanova photos: Ina Parakhina
Last Friday I was one of the lucky people visiting NGV after 6pm, as it was time for special evening viewings held every week. The spellbinding atmosphere of the night at the gallery was perfect for chillaxing after a workweek. There’s music, food, entertainment, beautiful gardens and plenty of room to catch up with friends or meet new ones. Everything that Melbourne loves is embodied at this world-famous destination.
This summer NGV presents the two cult personalities: Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, exposed in their undeniable similarities. Although these artists belong to different circles and time frames, there are plenty of things connecting their oeuvres. Both very loud in their self-expression, Warhol and Weiwei have left a generous footprint on the art history trail.
The Weiwei’s part of exhibition begins with a really impressive Map of China, finely carved from Tieli wood (oldest Chinese hardwood indigenous to China) by crafty carpenters directed by Ai Weiwei in 2008. The map was constructed of pieces rescued from the ruins of temples from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Thereby this sculpture is believed to incarnate the connection between China’s past and its present.
“Ai’s reinvention of historical forms serves to enliven traditional crafts and skills, while his disavowal of modern industrial production processes also acts as a counterpoint to contemporary models of productivity and efficiency in Chinese industrial production.”
The two artists Warhol and Weiwei amazingly had a lot in common. They both shared strong personal beliefs of individual freedom and resistance against state power. Their lives and creations were drenched with ideas of gay liberation and patriotism. Both artists used the same objects of exploration like flowers with their subtle and abundant meanings, historical objects and, off course, human nature.
To many of us Andy Warhol equals Pop Art, but there were many other less known directions of his creativity. While the majority of Warhol’s famous works were produced with sophisticated and then innovative media such as printmaking, photography and silk screening, the beginning to it was set in classical hand drawing and painting.
Warhol started as a talented graphic with his early drawings (1950s) featuring intricate city landscapes and human portraits. In 1960s with a boom of advertising industry he had a successful career of a fashion illustrator with a particular interest in lady’s shoes. I guess this fact has something to do with his passion to transform into a woman himself, as well as his admiration of Hollywood divas, princesses and drug queens abundantly illustrated by the numerous photographs taken by Andy.
“It was during the 1960s that Warhol began to make paintings of iconic American objects such as dollar bills, mushroom clouds, electric chairs, Campbell's Soup Cans, Coca-Cola bottles, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Troy Donahue, Muhammad Ali, and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as newspaper headlines or photographs of police dogs attacking civil rights protesters. During these years, he founded his studio, "The Factory" and gathered about him a wide range of artists, writers, musicians, and underground celebrities.“ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Warhol
The artist was surrounded by Bohemians and devoted himself to representing this delicate society lovingly in all their controversial beauty. I was curious to look at Warhol’s photos of immutable celebrities like Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mick and Bianca Jagger, John Lennon and many more in their young years. Their faces are full of optimism and youthful purity. Now, about half a century later, their skin grew thicker, faces became stern, eyes faded, and some of them alas even closed forever, however the memory still lives, and youngsters still get excited over their talents.
The Friday Night at NGV was a great experience for me and my friend, and this exhibition was a must-see for sure. What I took home was not only a wonderful aftertaste but also a pop-art photo of my own which everyone can make in a photo booth right next to the mesmerizing velo-sculpture. Highly recommended!. The Friday night was decorated by a remarkable performance of Jenny Hval and her band who made the audience feel even more welcome.
CAPE SCHANCK NEW
curious echidna at Cape Schanck made Tosha go completely wild - exactly like herself - his hunting instincts did not calm down on the 3km way to the ocean and back as he suddenly spotted big grey and red kangaroo troops scattered all over the bush - those saw Tosha for the first time too but he was hard to be introduced to due to his way too "sparkly" behavior (and his leash of course). I bet Tosha had very interesting dreams the night after:
SO FRENCHY SO CHIC NEW review and photos by Alex Black
Famous and ever so popular So Frenchy So Chic event was held at the well known Werribee Mansion Park near Melbourne , The entertainment included a fabulous concert at the grand mansion grounds, terrific food and mouthwatering drinks to satisfy all most gourmet tastes. People had come from all over Melbourne and the crowd was very impressive. You could feel the New Year joy and happiness in the air. You could spot people dancing , playing with their children and taking photos. There were some remarkable singers among the stage performers, who were really excellent and talented: two French girls Brigitte(actually a duo, Aurélie Saada and Sylvie Hoarau) Th event was sponsored by Renault . There were assorted fun booths at the event: for make-up , face painting for children and a big sign at the front to write your comment - like a terrific ideas for a signature wall . The whole celebration ended at the dark hour We totally enjoyed the whole day out with the family and our kid. Very grateful for the opportunity the event marketing team organised for our media crew,
Sand Sculpting Australia Presents: A Day At The Zoo
I have never seen sand sculpting before and let me tell you, it is like no other kind of artistic expression I have ever seen before.
Unfortunately on the day we decided to go and check out the exhibition on the Frankston foreshore, fate and the weather had a different idea of what season it currently was in Melbourne. It was dark and drizzling rain on and off but we didn’t let this put us off one little bit. Because who needs sunshine when your heart is taken by the artistic talent on show.
From the moment we laid eyes on the little closed off area we knew we were in for a treat. The tops of the sculptures could be seen from the outside fence and my heart pumped a little quicker, eager to get inside and take a look.
As soon as we walked in through the entrance from the ticket office a kind gentleman greeted us and we were provided a little tour book. The book is amazing and talks about all the behind the scenes happenings that go into creating all the sculptures. It even has little bios on all the people who made the artwork with their own two hands. A very interesting read, but maybe read it after you have visited because there is so much to see and do whilst you are there.
The theme of all the sand sculpters was animals you would find at the zoo. From all things big and small you will find animals from across all continents. One of my favourites was the out of Africa wall. We kept finding ourselves heading back to it for one last look. But there are also some surprise zoo animals in the addition of intergalactic animals and unicorns. Some other stand out sculpters was the Yeti and the Australian animals section where you could find a beautiful Platypus and Koala Bear. Without spoiling too many of the surprises no matter your age you will find the artwork awe inspiring and so delicately intricate that you just cant help but stare and admire the craftsmanship that went into creating the exhibition.
Make sure to bring a camera as there are plenty opportunities for photos with the sculptures around the winding and hidden pathways. You are encouraged to take pictures and share on social media. Don’t worry if you don’t have a camera though because a phone used to take a selfie is always fun to do, no matter your age. Little signposts around the artworks provide links to social media where you can upload your own picture’s to win.
But wait there is more!
There is also a sand pit and deck chairs to sit down in and have a little break from your adventure walking through the pathways. If you have worked up an appetite and are a little peckish after your exploring, there is a Café with hot and cold food and beverages to keep you happy. It is also undercover and lots of area’s to sit down and relax.
There is also an undercover area where you can create your own sand art and various arts and craft activity’s starting from $6. It is hand’s on and perfect for all ages.
So no matter the weather, The Sand Sculpting on Frankston Foreshore is the perfect opportunity for the family to go on an adventure together and see something truly unique and beautiful. It is a place to go and dream and use your imagination. It really caters for all ages. Make sure you get in and see it soon!
For more information you can visit SAND SCULPTURES.au or check out the social media pages under the same name.
BOUNCEinc are trampoline theme parks located at Glen Iris, Blackburn North & Essendon Fields.
BOUNCEinc takes the good old backyard trampoline to a whole new level with:
Free Jumping areas featuring interconnection trampolines and wall trampolines to launch yourself off. Slam Dunk – trampolines & Basket ball hoops give the perfect combination for shooting goals like a pro. Dodgeball – A whole new twist on the classic game Free Run Terrain Park – The ultimate obstacle course including rock climbing wall & Flying fox. Big Bag – run along the trampolines and launch yourself into a giant bag.
Bounce sessions run for 1 hour and start on the hour. General admission is $16.00 general admission $11.00 Student and Juniors are $10.00.
There is no charge for non jumpers – parents can relax up stairs with a cuppa and view the entire jumping area.
Bounceinc is fantastic fun for all ages and fitness levels – some jumping areas do have a minimum height restriction but there is plenty to keep the little ones amused. The glen Waverly venue is staffed by friendly staff, who add to the fun. Bounceinc host birthday parties and events and is a great way to entertain the kids.
I highly recommend a visit to one of their venues. Our kids loved it and can’t wait to come back. Glen & Camilla Wwww.ggwphotography.net.au
Queenscliff - Sorrento Ferry was an ultimate journey for Tosha Marchev he has ever had in his 20 months life; spooky at the beginning with all that "sea bumpiness" it was an endmost excitement observing the glissading Mr Bond-like jet skis who followed us taking advantage of the waves made by our ferry to show their skills
crossbones pirates are coming to you, Sea King Brigantine:
OPRAH WINFREY SHOW website review by Julia Mironova. Bohemian Rhapsody Club immensely grateful to Nikki Nouveau for this opportunity to see the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Oprah Winfrey live in Melbourne.. It’s been five years since we last welcomed her to our shores, but Oprah Winfrey finally returned to Australia this December for her exclusive new tour “An Evening With Oprah”. Big thanks to Nikki Nouveau and Natasha Marchev, for giving me this amazing opportunity to go see Oprah Winfrey live in Melbourne. The worlds’ best loved talk show host took to the stage to talk about her personal journey, sharing stories and secrets from her long and illustrious career. I must say i didn’t even realize how much i would enjoy this experience. Oprah, the “poor little black girl from Mississippi” as she told us more than once, is now at 61, has managed to turn her life around and now is a self-help preacher woman, a spiritual guru who has found the answers to living and is here to share them with us. We were there to hang on her every word. She interspersed her homilies with her own incredible story of poverty, teenage pregnancy, rape, huge success and wealth. She walked across the stage trying to engage with everyone that was there, her only prop a video screen behind her and occasional music. I found Oprah very inspiring, strong woman, that is really trying to help others by telling her personal story and her personal story is always worth hearing.
“I am reminded that I have been given another chance, another chance to live my best life. I think that part of the reason I am here is to share what that means and to pass it on to as many people as I can.’’ Oprah Winfrey.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GIVEN AT XAVIER COLLEGE on (5/12/2015) – Conductor: Mark Shiell, Soloist: Sally Walker (Flute) Venue: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre.
Following an informative pre concert introduction, the programme began with the fabulous “Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky. The breezy mini overture led the way to the flavourful six dances notably the March, displaying the tuneful energy of the trumpets. Tasty and sweet morsels followed as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies enchanted all, displaying the delicate talent of Marie Saito on the Celeste. Melancholic and exotic taste of the clarinets depicting the Arabian Dance was preceded by the powerful and fiery Russian Dance (Trepak) – handled with great precision by the orchestra. Though short, the Chinese Dance combined the piccolo and strings melodiously to follow a well balanced segment presented by the flutes in The Dance of the Reed Pipes. A fitting finale came with the beautiful Waltz of the Flowers, led expertly by the orchestra’s concertmaster, Mary Johnstone. Excitement grew as the packed house awaited the flautist Sally Walker in Elana Kats-Chernin’s Flute Concerto titled Night and Now (Victorian Premiere) – specifically written for Sally Walker. The haunting melodies embodying the first movement featured the cellos in tremolo mode embellished by the flute’s sweet purity, expressed masterfully by Sally while evoking powerful visual emotions. Movement two followed, which exploded in playful and rhythmical segments, reminiscent of good and bad feelings (tight orchestration and well controlled). Sally’s presence was well established as she began the last movement with a glorious cadenza solo start - Japanese flavour? The drama grew as the excitement accelerated despite the technical difficulty of the movement. A wonderful ending to a well written and selected composition – but the audience demanded more, thus endearing us to the composer Elena to join Sally for a duet (piano and flute) called Wild Swans; Green Leaf Prelude -what a beautiful masterpiece! (Joyfully sensitive piano work Elana!) Following the interval, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances led us to the first movement – a treat of rich strings, bouncy bows and joyous interplay of harmonies with the woodwinds. In the second movement the flowing solo of Mary Johnston on violin was a treat as the waltz tempo embellished the harmonies of the flutes and clarinets. To conclude the Rachmaninov experience, the apparent ‘life and death’ motif of the composer’s intention was fully realised in a dramatic, full bodied, engaging and interesting musical interpretation. Full marks to Mark Shiell and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra as we look forward to future events in 2016 and beyond. A very enjoyable concert to end the year – congratulations to everyone, including all the volunteers! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 8 December 2015