TRAVELLING AROUND VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA PLACES AND EVENTS TO SEE
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘Young Romantics’ GIVEN AT HAWTHORN ARTS CENTRE, HAWTHORN on (21/5/2016) Conductor: Mark Shiell, Soloist: Kathryn Taylor (Violin) Following an informative pre - concert introduction by Mark Shiell that touched on the youthful brilliance of Mendelssohn and the serious exactness of Beethoven, the concert started with The Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn (sometimes referred to as Fingal’s Cave). The Orchestra glided into the piece with gentle confidence capturing the ebb and flow of the sea along the Scottish coastline followed by the thunderous blend of the trumpets and brass. Mark Shiell guided the orchestra with great energy along with the delicate key changes. Although only lasting about ten minutes, the delivery was fused with power and gentleness, giving the audience great delight, touching even the older romantics! Excitement and anticipation grew (rightly so), as the petite, beautiful and talented Kathryn Taylor approached the stage to present the exciting Violin Concerto Op.64 by Mendelssohn. With an expressive and sweet start to the First Movement her gut stringed Old Italian violin displayed great richness. The technically difficult passages were crowned by her masterly cadenza; later blending smoothly with the orchestra, especially the flutes and woodwind while finally linking the ending to the Second Movement with great ease. To develop the rich, mysterious and lyrical movement, the oboe played a significant part adding to the glorious sounds of Kathryn’s rich violin. Transcending directly into the Third Movement, the breezy energy continued with bouncing fun and flair by all the Orchestra, while the violin was notable in the interplay with the flutes. Moreover, the powerful finale produced a grand finish. And then a sweet surprise – an Encore! Meditation by Massenet, was sensitively and expressively interpreted with gentle nurturing by the Orchestra (in the Interval that followed, I had the pleasure of meeting Kathryn - a young and rising violinist). To finish off the evening the Orchestra presented the powerful Symphony No.7 by Beethoven – in four Movements. With a slow start to the First Movement, the momentum grew and maintained itself with command and confidence – a dynamic performance by the horns. The Second Movement that opened with solemnity and a slow pace soon developed into a shared experience throughout, well handled by the Orchestra and colourfully fashioned to lead into the Third Movement. Presto is fast and lively – thus we were drawn firstly into an energetic beginning to follow through with good driving interplay and a crisp ending. (Compliments to the flutes) With the audience stirred by the preceding movement, the Fourth Movement flew into the energetic driving themes in a positive manner and much to the delight of everyone. A terrific ending to a well attended concert! Full marks to Mark Shiell and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2016 and beyond. Footnote: It was noted that the HAC’s acoustics were inferior to the Eldon Centre and as the orchestra was not elevated, the view of the orchestra was very limited at the stalls. The conductor’s dais could also be upgraded (presentation is important). SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect). 24 May 2016
I should admit that this year Dog Lovers Show was amazing and much better than any other "human" shows and exhibitions that we attended this year. It was also better than previous year Dog Lovers Show Expo. It was better in so many ways: diversity of advertisers who put so much effort in this collective love and care about our four legged friends; it was also the variety of products offered; the samples that we were ocean-ed with and advises about own fluffy family member that we were in need to hear. There were cute puppies - yes! and smart grown-ups who walked around and along the exhibition stalls to show themselves and their owners. We also noticed that the exhibition is becoming more and more popular. We arrived at 0930am on Sunday - the last day bit closer to 1200pm we could not believe our eyes - so many guests and visitors weer visiting the exhibition. For those of you who plan to visit the exhibition next year - please get prepared to lots of information, new products and please arrive early. Best and most famous TV presenters, dogs' trainers and consultants were all there to educate, lecture and demonstrate their showcases. The well thought through entertainment included Royal Canin Arena, Free Doggy Face Painting For Kids and Adults, Doggy Lego, Funny Photo Wall and much more across the whole exhibition. There was also an opportunity for the visitors to buy their favorite products for a fraction of the price or get some very yummy offers and vouchers. There were also lots of show specials and new products offered to the visitors. I though: "apparently Vets, Dog Breeders, Dog Clubs, Pet Products Manufacturers and Us -we all love each other the same way we love our little and not so little friends - unconditionally... " I wanted this show to never end, but out Tosha was waiting at home and was very happy to try some samples. You will ask: what was his favourite? Oh, I think he is crazy about Milky Sticks by Vitapet and he does not hide it.
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Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Fiona Joy personally for this opportunity to cover her concert and for kindly inviting so many of our VIP guests and for Glen and Camilla for their hard work on covering this event together with many more this weekend!
To write a review about Fiona Joy`s music, song writing and vocal talents is extremely challenging – words cannot describe the emotions and feelings her music embraces – you really do have to listen to her recordings or better still attend one of her performances. Fiona`s music style is unique, combining classical melodies & beautiful vocals. From the hauntingly beautiful “Grace” to the uplifting and complex rhythmic “Ceremony” (one track I can’t stop listening to), Fiona’s Music is pure inspiration.
We were privileged to attend an exclusive preview of Fiona`s latest video and album preview Signature - Synchronicity at the Burwood Music Centre. The evening began with Fiona showing her latest videos and a walk through each track including instruments used and the video production. One track “Earth Calling” set to video footage from Nassa`s International Space Station shows incredible footage of the earth from space – a humbling reminder of the unique and fragile planet we call home. Fiona records using Stuart & Sons handcrafted Grand Pianos – Built in Australia. We were treated to first hearing the studio versions of her songs then off to the Studio to hear Fiona perform live on a magnificent Steinway.
Fiona Joy is a world class musician and song writer she has won Grammy Awards and is world renown Artist, one which Australia should be proud of.
Burwood Music Centre. Fiona’s performance was hosted by Burwood Music Centre. In an age of home digital recordings, Music Studio`s like Burwood music centre are becoming a rarity. The centre hosts a magnificent mini theatre for private movie screenings and performance. The theatre showcases the incredible Brodmann Acoustic speakers – Hand crafted by Brodmann pianos Vienna these speakers will surpass the most discerning audiophiles. Their main studio features a beautiful Steinway concert Grand which we were privileged to hear Fiona Play. https://www.burwoodmusiccentre.com.au
Carol King – The Songbook of her Life is a brilliant 2 hour show featuring many of Carol`s hits intertwined with the story of her musical achievements & personal life.
The girls, Michelle, Erin & Jessica backed by a 4 piece band perform 32 of Carols.
Each of the girls bring their own unique singing styles and stage performances together in a combination of solos, duets and trios with great leads and fantastic harmonies. We saw the second show in their lead up to a national tour, which showed an already polished performance. The first set was great, and by the second set the girls and the band were on fire with some awesome power ballads being performed.
The venue – The Flying Saucer Club is a fairly small venue giving a real intermit feel to the show, it would be great to see the girls on a big stage where they can really “Strut their stuff”.
The show is a huge credit to the show’s creators and management.
Make sure you go along to one of the shows – you will not be disappointed. Glen & Camilla GW Photography.
SPEAKEASY HQ NEW website review and photos by Kieran McNamara
Roy provides a great show involving singing, humour and some unexpected laughs during his “Mack the Knife” show. It was entertaining as he sang a variety of Bobby Darin songs and provided interesting background information. I also enjoyed Roy sharing some of his personal stories of how he was introduced to this kind of music. I didn’t have much exposure to Bobby Darin’s work and found it an enjoyable evening listening to Roy sing. Speakeasy HQ is a beautiful venue with a happy staff making it a fun experience and I really enjoyed Roy’s performance and show and recommend it for a fun and entertaining night out.
Bohemian Rhapsody Club and BRC Indenedent Online Pubicity and Media Channel is very grateful to National Gallery of Victoria PR and Marketing Management teams and personally to #SallyGlam for this opportunity and to Kieran McNamara for this gorgeous photo set.
Tonight we attended the Melbourne Art Book Fair 2016 at NGV and it was very interesting. I'd never attended anything like that before so had no real idea of what to expect. What I found was a collection of publishers from all around the world showing their books.
We saw books from Italy, Japan, USA, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and probably a few other countries as well. Some of the books were created by the people manning the stands as pieces of art and others were printed by the companies showcasing other peoples work.
The variety of different styles and finishing provided a large enough range to suit all tastes. Books were on sale from around $10 all the way up to hundreds so there is an opportunity for people to purchase items in their price range.
The books included printed artwork, illustration, photography, cooking and other art related content.
There was several bars and kebab venue to buy some drinks and food with lots of people walking around enjoying a bottle or glass while looking at the books.
We found the staff at the stands friendly, happy and interesting as they explained what they provided or what publishing services they offered. It was very busy but extremely interesting and enjoyable and I'd recommend going along over the weekend to see. Some places only accepted cash so be aware that may need to be considered although there is an AM inside.
Get along and see some beautiful books from around the world on art including some of which are art pieces in their own right.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA: ANDY WARHOL AND AI WEI WEI EXHIBITION CLOSING! NEW
Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to the orgasers, PR and marketing managers of the event and to Brad Galloway personally for this opportunity and for accepting so many of our guests. BRC Media Channel would also like to thank Irina Ivanova and Ina Parakhina for this superb press release.
Squizzy Taylor's Ball 2016 – Feathers on the dance floor
Oh golly, what a whoopee! Squizzy Taylor's Ball is an annual event of gangster drama and Gatsby-esque reminiscence not to be missed. Why would you let go a chance to join a massive dress-up party with unusual entertainment and a retro flair in it?! The hired actors brilliantly spread out amongst the “normal” folk (common, everybody gets a little bit mad with their 1920's - 1930's style outfits) will keep you wondering whether you are really time-travelling or having a funny dream. They seem so natural in their roles of the famous gangsters Squizzy Taylor and Harry Stokes, the legendary Two-Up King of 1920's Melbourne; Squizzy's girlfriend and brothel Madame Dolly with her pretty feathered-up blondes; his young protégé 'Shorty' and many more extras who make you hold on to your pockets and giggle nervously when approached with the compliments for your taste in jewelry.
Set up in a beautiful building of Fitzroy Cathedral Hall, the event went on from 7pm till very late at night. It was full of surprises and special guests. Honestly I believe everyone felt special and welcomed there. We saw so many happy faces – people were genuinely having fun, dancing and drinking and taking pictures in the huge luxurious bed with burlesque beauties. There was a dining room full of the lucky people who managed to snatch a bite. And for those left hungry, there were two beautiful gramophones pleasing the audience with the sounds of vintage music. Speak Easy, the vinyl’s collector and DJ, graciously swapped the discs filling the air with the ambience of the early XXs century.
Meanwhile another sort of magic was happening on stage with performances by stunning Marilyn Monroe’s double; strong Italian man balancing with his head on the turned upside down wine bottle settled on top of a boxes’ tower; suspender pants-clad songstress who managed to dance vigorously while singing, thus charging the crowd with immense energy. There were acrobats and aerial artistes, doing their risky tricks under the high ceilings of the cathedral. And of course, the Ball would not be this great without the fantastic dancers swinging and foxtroting to the tunes of sensational Dixieland Band all night long.
The dance room was full of hotsy-totsy flappers, lounge lizards and ritzy bimbos, some of them acting like a really big cheese; and altogether the party went on bee's knee's (could not resist some of the era’s slang – just hope I’m using it right )!
DAMIEN VOSk: THE AVERAGE website review by Bryanna Reynolds.
It was refreshing to see someone like Damien perform in front of such an intimate crowd.
If you are one to visit the International comedy festival in Melbourne frequently you would be familiar with the wonderful places, artist and comedians have the chance to perform in. Damien’s performance was held at the Improv Conspiracy Theatre and it was the perfect place for the show. Although I hope in the future, more people can see Damien in a live performance or even maybe one day in films and TV shows because he has talent just waiting to be discovered.
The setting for Damien’s performance was cute and held the audience together close-knit. If you are looking for one of the next big refreshing acts to come out of this years comedy festival over the next couple of years I am certain that Damien will continue to please crowds and entertain around the clock.
I would recommend the show to anyone looking for a good night out with friends and family over 18 years of age. It is the perfect opportunity to get together, have a drink and sit back and be entertained.
Without giving too much away, Damien makes the audience question themselves and the world around them in a comedic, laidback fashion. I loved hearing about his observations the most and his analysis of the world that we live in.
Good luck to Damien in the future, I am sure he will be entertaining us for years to come.
UNITED WE DANCE BY ALISA photos are review by Glen and Camilla Wilson at GW Photography and Onstage Pix website
United We dance
United we dance – a spectacular dance event held at `The Space` Dance & Arts Center Prahran. United We Dance featured a spectacular display of, Hip Hop,Bellydance, Bollywood, Ballet, Classical Indian and Colombian Dance! The event was organized by Alisa Nikitina and Anjali Sengupta, with stunning dance routines performed by students and teachers. The audience was treated to an amazing display of dance and color. The evening wrapped up with a mass Bollywood lesson where all the audience were encouraged onto the stage to strut their stuff – a finale unlike any I’ve ever seen at a dance performance before. This made for an unforgettable highlight.
The event was a fund raiser for ASHA Her Space, a charity supporting women who are abused in the sex workers industry, helping them out of exploitation. http://asha.space/her-space
I’ve been a dance photographer for 8 years and United We dance has been a highlight – Bollywood is just so much fun, it brings a huge sense of joy to the viewer – and I’ve never seen dancers smile so much.
WINE AND CHEESE FESTIVAL website photos ad review by Glen Wilson
Wine & Cheese Festival 2016
This year’s wine & Cheese festival was held at the Meat Market heritage building North Melbourne. The overall atmosphere and layout of the new venue is a vast improvement over last year’s event held at the Williamstown maritime museum. As well as a great selection of Victoria’s finest wine and cheese makers, this year’s festival featured a much larger presence of food and condiment manufacturers. Products included cured meats, Handmade Chocolates, spices, dips & sauces, pastries – all perfect accompaniments for fine wine. Along with over 40 vendors the festival featured live jazz music and a kid’s area with plenty to keep the young ones amused. Pricing for the event is $24.00 for early ticket purchases or $30.00 at the door. Tastings are by the glass, purchased by tokens @$2.00 each. The Melbourne Wine and Cheese Festival is a great event for all lovers of fine wine & foods. If you haven’t been, make sure you add it to next year’s Calender.
If you want a great entertaining night out! Speakeasy HQ is the place to go. The new venue in Flinders St is amazing, and as soon as you walk in you have the feeling you are in for something special.
The cabaret/vaudeville feel is terrific and the various acts on show is diverse and interesting. Comedy, music, burlesque and magic are just some of the acts that are part of Speakeasy HQ. So authentic is the atmosphere, that anyone who has researched history or seen films about cabaret, is immediately transported back in time to the early 1930s berlin before the second world war broke out.
Berlin in the early 1930s was incredibly diverse and progressive and thrived with art and culture, especially vaudeville and cabaret.
Well done Roy Maloy for creating this sense of magic again in Melbourne!
I believe Joshua is a very talented artist with very pleasant personality who - no doubt - is extremely hard working considering the amount of paintings he has created being still such a young man . I loved his art set called Dark Phoenix which keeps audience's attention for quite a while. There is another amazing and quite promising set called Methamorphosis. Joshua uses his art works as prints for T-shirts, iPhone covers etc. His Methamorphosis series work perfectly well for this purpose and I believe will have its fans among younger and open minded audience who appreciate striking art-house style designs. Having said this his fans are mainly the younger people and he had a sensational young age and genuine crowd at the exhibition opening. The exhibition atmosphere was very relaxing and cozy with all the people who came to support Joshua's works. It is a great opportunity to have fun time and see Joshua's works at the same time. I highly recommend our readers to go to Club Voltaire Gallery and see Joshua's works.
NIKKI NOUVEAU: NO REGRETS website photos and review: Kieran McNamara
Nikki Nouveau - "No Regrets - The Edith Piaf Story"
Last night we attended the Nikki Nouveau show "No Regrets - The Edith Piaf Story". It was a wonderful evening of beautiful music and singing mixed with Nikki providing some background stories about Edith Piaf in between the songs. The performance was beautiful and emotional with Nikki singing some songs in French and some in English. The stories were interesting and provided a glimpse into Edith Piaf's life and highlighted the challenges she had in her life growing up and in love. Nikki also provided some personal insights into her love of the music and French.
There was a nice moment with Nikki calling a member of the audience on to the stage for a quick dance and she also walked through the audience singing one of the songs. She also performed a tribute song to Marlene Dietrich who was great friends with Edith. It was beautiful listening to Nikki sing La Vie en Rose. Nikki kept the costumes simple and elegant with two different outfits. It was nice to see a performance of gentle, smooth, elegant and languid movement as Nikki performed, drawing the attention of the audience to her in a beautiful way.
What a great show in a beautiful and intimate venue at Speakeasy HQ on Flinders St, Melbourne. The Speakeasy HQ is a beautiful venue with an ornate curved ceiling and clean and crisp white ceiling decorations with a friendly and warm staff who also perform at the venue. We sat down at our table with the tables arranged in a semi circle around the stage.
The next show is on the 14th April and worth going to for a night of beautiful singing and entertainment so I recommend you purchase tickets for an emotional night of spectacular music and performance by Nikki.
BUGLE BOYS website review: Irina Ivanova photos: Ina Parakhina
Bugle Boys – A Salute to the Andrews Sisters
Brilliant actors, warm atmosphere, rather kind jokes and endless positive energy – that’s how I would describe the performance of Bugle Boys in a few words.
The beauty of the cross-dressed singers was so striking, no legs were walked unnoticed. And my friend’s memory brought up the famous Ukranian pop-scene character Verka Serduchka, loved by many, who’s also a big fan of sparkly uniforms and large breasts, and also the proud owner of two fabulous pins (being a man off course)! There’s only one thing Verka’s missing that was the key in the Bugle Boys performance – fantastic voice! And I mean really fantastic female voice demonstrated splendidly by Maxene, performed by the fabulous Jon Jackson, who has an opera singer background. I was so impressed – I could not believe it’s possible for a guy (even cross-dressed) to have such a great soprano, especially considering his manly appearance and the personage’s drinking problem. The other “girls”, Patty and La Verne, played by Michael Dalton and Andrew Dessmann were accordingly the soul and the body of the trio. All three of them were so fabulous and cute, that even their sibling rivalry’s puns and squabble could not stop the adoring “awh”s.
Everybody in the audience was definitely having lots of fun and one guy at the back row could not stop laughing for a second (even when it wasn’t quite appropriate)! People were singing along with the Andrews Sisters’ best hits like “Drinking Rum and Coca-Cola”, “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” And the famous song “I Wanna Be Loved” melted the coolest hearts.
It was a great pleasure to be a part of such a fun time shared with comedy-lovers of all ages. We truly enjoyed the stunning performance of the Bugle Boys trio, and promptly enrolled into their fan list, taking a picture with the boys-girls for the nice memories.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL: Improvolicious website review by Blue-Jayd Saffire
Improvolicious review. Ahhh, improv. Quite possibly the most difficult comedy to perform. Cassie and Ben devilered a high energy, fast moving and witty performance on the traps and trimmings of the internet and social media. Directed mostly at teens the show included plenty of audience participation with a few laughs for the older audience members. Ben and Cassie are very talented at what they do and i recommend seeing them in action as no two shows are the same.
MYSTIQUE - MAGIC AND ILLUSION SPECTACULAR SHOW WITH MICHAEL BOYD website
photos and brief: Kieran McNamara
Mystique - Magic and Illusion Spectacular
Tonight was the first night in Melbourne of the Mystique magic and illusion spectacular featuring Michael Boyd. The show was excellent with a mix of magic, illusions, dance and audience participation. Several audience members were called on stage to help out during the show and there were some parts for a couple of kids from the audience to get up on stage. I enjoyed the story telling and the magic portions of the show. The dancing parts were interesting with either one or two female dancers and the two male dancers in various costumes that were bright and colourful.
There were some great illusions including levitation and my favourite was a table that floated off the floor and around the stage with the help of one of the children from the audience. There were plenty of laughs throughout the show and Michael had a lot of energy on stage and wondered into the audience a couple of times. The lighting and music was interesting and varied to add to the show.
The show also had Lawson Reeves and Cat Law perform with Lawson performing a few tricks which was entertaining. After the show, Michael, Lawson, Cat and the dancers were available for photos with the fans. Fun merchandise was available including magic kits and DVDs for those kids and adults that are interested and want to learn magic. It was nice to be able to enjoy a drink and some treats during the show and an intermission provided everyone with an opportunity to step out to the bar.
It is a family friendly show so take the kids along for some family fun and thoroughly entertaining. There is one more show in Melbourne at The Palms in Crown on Tues 29th March before the show travels to Jupiters Gold Coast on Sat 2nd April for two shows.
TRAVELLING WA: PERTH
20TH ANNUAL WA FASHION REWARDS CEREMONY website brief and photos: Manish Bolla
FREMANTLE label Morrison was named WA’s Designer of the Year at the 20th anniversary WA Fashion Awards at the State Theatre on Tuesday night.
Kylie Radford and Richard Poulson, the husband-and-wife team behind WA’s most successful label, also took out the $5000 Stephanie Quinlan Award.
Morrison, established in Fremantle in 2002, has 15 stores across Australia. “It’s not easy at times,” Ms Radford said. “At times it’s pretty bloody hard. But when our two boys put their little hands on me and say they are proud of me, it makes it all worthwhile”.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi presented the award in front of a crowd of more than 500 of WA’s fashion elite, media, bloggers and personalities.
Christine Fox, head of Vivien’s WA modelling agency, was recognised for her contribution to the local industry.
A plaque in her honour will be placed on the King Street Walk of Fame, near the site of the agency she opened in 1997 with Vivien’s founder Vivien Smith.
Fox has kickstarted the career of many household names, including Gemma Ward, Nicole Trunfio and Courtney Eaton. The last person to be inducted into the King Street Fashion Walk of Fame was Wheels & Dollbaby designer Melanie Greensmith in 2008.
Claudia Todman took out the STM Model of the Year award. The Chadwick model has walked for more than 20 shows at the New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks over the past year. “It’s been a huge change from last year,” Todman said. “I especially loved walking for the men’s New York fashion week and experiencing a totally different scene”. Other winners included Teagan Sewell, STM’s former fashion editor, who was named Stylist of the Year, and regular STM fashion photographer Chantel Concei, who won Photographer of the Year.
Stephanie Caulier was awarded the Emerging Designer of the Year award for her label I Love Mr Mittens, while Varga Girl won Retailer of the Year.
Periscope was the winner of the inaugural Perth City Shoppers’ Choice Award. This year’s winners were selected by an industry judging panel that included stylist and PR consultant Zara Bryson, retailer Jessica Chisari, designers Megan Salmon and Sarah Watanabe and Telstra Perth Fashion Festival co-founder/FCWA Creative Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan.
WINNERS OF THE 20TH ANNUAL WESTERN AUSTRALIAN FASHION AWARDS: WA Designer of the Year: Morrison (Kylie Radford and Richard Poulson) Emerging Designer of the Year: I Love Mr Mittens (Stephanie Caulier) Retailer of the Year: Varga Girl (Leith Groves) Photographer of the Year: Chantel Concei Stylist of the Year: Teagan Sewell King St Fashion Walk of Fame: Christine Fox STM People’s Choice Model of the Year: Claudia Todman of Chadwick Models Perth City Shoppers’ Choice Award: Periscope (Shantha Cokis)
TRAVELING MELBOURNE AND VICTORIA
COMEDY FESTIVAL MELBOURNE: QUIZ IN MY PANTS website review by Irina Ivanova
Quiz in My Pants: Hardcore Trivia
30th Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne is heading towards winter, and the weather’s getting colder, but the Comedy Festival will keep you warm with blankets of fiery pranks and fuzzy mischief.
This Wednesday night Melbourne’s hidden treasure The Butterfly Club welcomed its guests with an Adult-Only Trivia, red-head-mastered by popular Melbourne quiz host Cassie Vagliviello. Accompanied by a hot-blooded brunet
Rusty, the night mistress ruled out the gaps in SEX education of the amused audience. There were naked torsos and dirty talks, informative videos and sultry challenges – everything that a playful heart could wish for.
The Trivia winners get free drinks at the club’s bar, and all the rest enjoy their paid-up cocktails and lots of sparkly giggles. Quizzy might get lost in the frills of her fascinating costumes [by burlesque costumier Cherie Hewson – whoo-hoo for her!], but make sure to stay afloat on the streams of the saucy current. http://alwaysworkingartists.com.au
ROSIE WATERLAND SHOW: MY LIFE ON THE COUCH WITH VODKA website photos and brief: Kieran mcNamara
Rosie Waterland - My Life On The Couch (With Vodka)
Tonight was the opening night of Rosie Waterland's My Life On The Couch (With Vodka) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and also her first ever live show. The show was at the Yarraville Club and had Rosie sitting on a couch on the stage drinking an overly strong vodka while describing interesting, funny and sometimes awkward stories of her life.
From the beginning of her father being on the run from bikie drug dealers, her parents drug, alcohol and mental health issues to her experience on Tinder, the stories are interesting and we experience the range of emotions from the happy, sad and tragic to her observations of her life so far. Her stories can be quite emotional as she is open and honest about some experiences that are quite painful. It was refreshing to see someone open and sharing but also providing some very funny insights with plenty of good laughs as well.
Rosie is also a writer and has a book called "the anti cool girl" which can be purchased and autographed by her after the show during the fans meet and greet. Rosie was great with her fans and happily posed for photos and chatted with them after the show. The show has two sessions on Saturday 26th March so be quick to see the show.
For Melbournians coffee is an important part of the daily routine. We can’t talk we can’t breathe without the morning coffee. That’s why The Melbourne International Coffee Expo makes a lot of sense. Café owners and baristas, distributors or independent roasters, equipment manufacturers, big or small, domestic or from overseas, they all had a meeting point: MICE 2016 Wandering around in the expo is hard not to notice everybody’s passion. I was really impressed with small roasters talking so proudly about their beans or with baristas offering you a freshly made coffee. Initially I thought that my main interest at the expo is the coffee itself, either brewed, grinded or roasted beans. After a short talk with one equipment distributor I realized the importance of the machines in achieving the best taste. Even though I politely explained my purpose there and that I might never be a customer for that type of equipment they were talking so passionately so it was impossible to refuse the chat. But it worth every second. I generally drink just one coffee a day but here I tried about 5 types of coffee (and 2 of tea) and was surprised how quickly time goes by. I was late afternoon just like that! I left the expo happy and alert (from 5 coffees) and promised myself that next year I should dedicate more than one day for this event. Eugene Pitulice, 18th March 2016
YOUNG AND HARDY: POLICE COPS! review and photos by Kieran McNamara website
Tonight was the first performance of Police Cops outside the UK with a three man cast at the Kelvin Club in Melbourne. It is a part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was a high energy show. The story is about a guy avenging the death of his brother. The story was entertaining and fun and there were a lot of pop culture references from the 1970s and 1980s cop shows.
It was fun seeing the physical comedy, tossing props across the stage to each other and the quick changes at the side of the stage. Quite a physical work out as they jumped, danced and ran across the stage while delivering witty and clever lines. Plenty of action with dancing and fight scenes with interesting use of props adding plenty of laughs and enjoyment for the audience.
I was lucky enough to be able to take photos during the performance so I hope you can see how dynamic and action packed the show was. A great show and I highly recommend purchasing tickets and going along for a very entertaining and well performed show. The show runs from 23 March - 16 April. COMEDY FESTIVAL WEBSITE FOR DETAILS AND TICKETS
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW 2016 website
Dates: March 16-20
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is considered one of the biggest and the most spectacular in the world. For the last 21 years flower and garden lovers from all over the world were sharing the experiences with Melbournians and city international guests. This year as usual it takes place at Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens and offers so much to see and do. There is a Great Hall of Flowers full of breathtaking floral designs. You can also buy flowers direct from growers in this section. There is a Children’s Garden for those of you who visit the show with the whole family. There is a RMIT Floral Fashion Competition where most of the photographers snap, snap and snap. There are also design workshops, ikebana exhibitions, bonsai gardens, beds of tulips, roses and chrysanthemums. One of my fav are begonias - the flowers of so many hues and so happy looking ones. There is an exhibition of green arches where girls stop and enjoy the past memories or the future to come. But my most favourite of all is landscape designs aka Show Gardens:
with each year this display ground gets better and better. More and more sophisticated, sensational designs complimented by water-fountains, smaller and bigger ponds, waterfalls, sculpture-features, exotic plants and flowers and so on and so on are exposed to the pleasantly surprised public. One can see many photographers next to these boutique and lovely mini-gardens. This is the art of the landscaping in its ultimate shape. Australian nature and climate are so rich and rewarding for the masters of this art to create and show off their skills. The designers are also very lucky to have a wonderful choice of plants and flowers to supplement the rolling mini-hills and to color the hidden garden corners. Some yards on the show are so lush and enormous it will require photographers to take several snaps of its parts in order to capture these green mini-estates in all their lavish beauty.
It is a long day out so be prepared to walk walk and explore for three or four hours Please also check: Gardens by Twilight.
IMPALA AND PEACOCK TEA HOUSE website press release by Camilla Wilson
Impala and Peacock tea house Impala and peacock Tea house is located at 558 Sydney rd, Opening hours Sunday – Monday 10 -6 Tuesday- Friday 1pm -6 pm. Saturday Private high tea showers only
I was privileged to be asked to photograph and review this little gem of a place, looking forward with great anticipation for the long awaited day to arrive. The Impala and peacock as expected did not disappoint. It has been open over a year now and the owner Sarah who though young, has an impressive knowledge of all things tea. She takes great pride in both her gorgeous tea house and sharing her knowledge and passion with interested cliental. Tea drinking has a culture all of its own, which is obvious from even just a glance around this unique place, with its impressive array of teas and equipment which you can purchase to continue the dining experience at home. As a new convert to the world of tea drinking, I was in awe and intrigued at the variety of teas, tisares and the ceremony of tea drinking. I particularly loved that the tea came in glass pots, so that the beautiful colors were on display, and were presented upon glass warmers which both added to the classy presentation and the experience of keeping the tea at a perfect temperature. We were greeted by Amy, who was lovely, helpful, attentative and very approachable. She was very accommodating, and professional with an extensive knowledge, which she was more than happy to share. I usually associate high tea with fancy restaurants and a stuffy atmosphere however I was delighted with the relaxed and inviting atmosphere, coupled with simple but stylish decor. The most note worthy of which is a giant breathtaking vintage chandelier encased in a metal orb which is stunning and quite a sight to behold. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming and the highly trained staff were always on hand to answer any questions or to be of assistance. On the day we went we were treated to high tea, a scrumptious selection of sweet and savory offerings, and fresh fruit complimented by delicious tea matching. We started off our afternoon’s adventure with Golden bud and Brunswick breakfast tea to enjoy with the savory tier. Golden bud was delightfully rich and light, delicately refreshing with hints of malt, caramel and honey overtones. It’s comforting, moorish flavor was complimented perfectly with the rich tangy mushroom, stuffed with Quinoa and salsa verde. The homemade frittata was perfectly cooked, smooth, and flavorsome with a light texture, perfectly moist yet firm. The Brunswick breakfast tea was a great choice to match with both the beetroot, pumpkin and feta sandwiches which in and of themselves I found had perfectly complimenting flavors and also with the traditional cucumber sandwiches which were light, with the addition of a delicate cream cheese, with ribbons of cucumber mixed well with the subtle flavor of dill as a accompaniment. Next we moved on to my favorite part of any meal, the desserts, and I was in for a real treat. First off we tried the Passion fruit, lemon and coconut slice which I can only describe as to die for! This is a definite attraction all on its own and the only down side is that it is very moorish, and a potential addiction, so dieters beware! This delightful, tangy, sweet, smooth, creamy dessert encompassed multi flavors and textures all in one, I strongly suggest you try it for yourself. The flourless orange cake was delicate, light in texture, had a full zesty flavor and was a fantastic match with Invigorate a recharging tisane, this warming, soothing drink with definite mango, orange and peppercorn overtones was a match made in heaven. The Aromatherapy tea we enjoyed was a good match with the more subtle flavors of traditional scones with jam and cream. Aromatherapy is a blend of peppermint, spearmint and lemon grass amongst other refreshing, invigorating, flavors. The scones were light, paired with delicious sharp, tangy, mouth watering raspberry jam and fluffy whipped cream. Very satisfying indeed. Our incredible afternoon was completed by a fresh array of seasonal fruit which I enjoyed immensely whilst sipping the piece de resistance ‘Blooming tea’. For anyone who has not yet tried this incredible, beautiful to behold, delightfully light, comforting , white tea and jasmine flower which definitely does hit the flowery notes, is certainly missing out. So without spoiling the excitement I will not disclose any more, but take my word for it, popping down to the Impala and Peacock is a definite must to try this tea and many other delights. They have absolutely won me over. I will be revisiting this gorgeous, tea house many more times in the near future. Thank you Impala and Peacock for an amazing and memorable afternoon. Camilla Wilson photos and breief: Camilla Wilson at GW Photography & onstage pix http://gwphotography.pixieset.com/