Archive for April, 2006


jungle boogie by xero

the big news in art in melbourne this week is of course the artmelbourne06 show. in previous years it has been called the affordable art show, and it still is, in the sense that 75% of the work is under 5 grand, but maybe they thought “affordable” implied low quality or something, so this year it’s artmelbourne. it’s basically the royal melbourne show of art, where over 100 galleries from around australia and the world each have a stall at the royal exhibition buildings.

tomorrow night is the VIP opening, and thursday night is the general opening. it runs until sunday, general admittance is $20, $15 concession or prebooked. you’ll find all the details here.

if you look carefully at stall 320, you might see something a bit like the work pictured above (jungle boogie, by your humble narrator). come & buy it and receive a complimentary beaming grin from me and feeling of profound satisfaction from the universe at large. ; )

A white Easter

Australia will never celebrate Christmas with the traditional stereotype of a white Christmas but it might be possible to hope that parts of Victoria might have been able to celebrate Easter unusually with some snow.

Early reports states that there are snow in the upper regions of the ski resorts but I sneaked a peep on all the webcams and all I have seen are brown soil. I think we need to get more colder before we can get some decent snow.

Laughing out loud

As squirt previously mentioned, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on now until the 7th of May. I must say, this one looks to be one of the biggest yet with the likes of Ross Noble, Tripod, Adam Hills, Demetri Martin and perhaps the most talked about, Lano & Woodley’s Goodbye show, their last ever!

I tried booking for Demetri Martin and Ross Noble but they were both booked out on the nights I could see them, luckily I grabbed a few for Tripod.

But, if comedy isn’t on your mind, or (like me) you just couldn’t get tickets, there’s still plenty of free stuff at Fed Square and NGV International. Special mention to the “father of Impressionism”, Camille Pissarro, which is on until the 28th of May.

Has anyone been down to the Docklands recently? I’ve been past it a few times and I’ve seen tons of sculptures and new buildings.

Give a little, for the good friday appeal

Today is good friday, and the start of the extremely long weekend. Today, is also the good friday appeal whereby donations are made to help support the Royal Children Hospital. I was driving around this morning and only realised its the good friday appeal when I saw the collectors standing at most traffic lights. Channel 7 is telecasting the show from the Telstra dome. Sad me, I enjoy watching the numbers!

It is for a great cause. So, please donate, every little bit counts.

The current total at 10:30 pm was around 8 million dollars!

The Comedy Festival is in town.

WooYoo! The comedy festival is in town again. I was browsing their website and never knew there are so many shows per night.
I am looking forward to watching whatever they have on television this year. I hope it will be great.

Hello Metblogs!

Hi there, I’d be the newest blogger for the Melbourne Metroblogging team. Like all good newbies, I might as well post a little introduction. I am a world traveller, photographer, journalist, and open source software hacker, occasionally rambling on at Lenify!

That aside, here’s something interesting for folk to do next week: A Night With Cory Doctorow. He’s the same guy from BoingBoing, and is a popular science fiction author, and he’s now gracing Melbourne shores. We have to pay to see him, but I think it’s well worthwhile, so consider going.

Feed my curiosity

I was driving in Carlton yesterday and encountered crowds of people gathering towards the Royal Exhibition building. It took a while for me to work out it was the venue of the Melbourne International Flower Show.

I wonder what it was like …

Beautiful Melbourne

Photo taken at Green Point, Brighton Beach in Melbourne, when the sun set around 6pm Melbourne time (GMT+10).

The FFF is in town! French Film Festival

What with all the sporting events of the past few weeks, I have completely forgotten about the annually occuring french film festival. I saw it in Sydney a month ago but the film wagon arrived in Melbourne on the 29th March and will stay til the 12th April.

Check out their website.Most of the films are R-rated except for one called “The Plane” or “L’avion”.

Autumn Rain

I suppose the farewell of F1 Grand Prix marked the beginning of Autumn and the end of Summer. And what better way of starting autumn but with some wintery rain?

To me, the change was sudden. One day it was summery sunshine and the next, we are confronted with grey wintery sky. What happened? Have to get used to waking up to cold feet, cold chilly mornings etc.

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