Archive for April, 2007

Monday Nights in Melbourne

For most people, Monday nights are just another weeknight with the dread of work the next morning. There are actually some great deals on entertainment to be had on Mondays around the city.

Pugg Mahones (an all time favourite) Hardware Lane, CBD, link

International and backpackers night
A foundation for the past few years among international students, Aussie students and backpackers. Live band plays from 10:30PM.
8-10PM $3 pints and basic spirits
10PM-12AM $4 pints and basic spirits
12AM-2AM $5 pints and basic spirits

Young & Jacksons, Flinders & Swanston St, CBD, link

Free Comedy after 9PM

Just because the Comedy Festival is over doesn’t mean there’s a lack of comedy shows. There are some small names and some big names, all free.

Strike Bowling Bar, Little Lonsdale & Swanston St., CBD, link

LOCK-IN MONDAYS
For $25,
You get:
Unlimited Bowling
Unlimited Pool
Unlimited Karaoke
Free Drink
(Corona or vodka drink)

Elephant & Wheelbarrow, Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda, Link

Neighbours Night
Ok, well this isn’t cheap but for $35, you can meet some of the cast of Neighbours. Apparently, Harold does a funny stand up act where he swears a lot.

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Conversation.

Buskers are all over town on Saturdays. This busker-audience pair looked nearly perfect.

History Boys

12888a.jpgThe History Boys is on at the Arts Centre Playhouse. It’s a great play, though the review in The Age says this production drags on a bit. It was made into a film as well (not sure if it made it across the overly large pond), but it’s such an intimate play that it’s best to see it live.

Here’s the blurb:

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (or senior) boys in a British boys’ school are in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university, generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.

The best bit is that if you’re under 28 tickets are only 27.50 instead of 68.90. There must be some confusion because the rate for under 26, pensioners, and unemployed is $60, which makes no sense. Anyway, if you’re in the ever-expanding definition of ‘youth’ (30 is the new 20!) then you should definitely go see it. The cheap tickets are only on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

I don’t know what the AU cast is going to be like, but the writing of the play makes it worth the ticket price. Cheap theatre is great!

The History Boys runs through 12 May.

Ticketmaster (though you may be able to buy tickets at the venue)

Rain!

Rain, beautiful rain.

This morning, I awoke to drenching sheets of rain outside my window, continuing for some time. I absolutely love it when it rains, and we certainly haven’t had enough of it this year. Walking through the city in the wet is a gorgeous experience… I’m sure there’ll be some disagreement on that mark, but i just love the wet, reflective sidewalks, jumping over puddles, the colour of the buildings in the CBD when their sides are all covered in water.

And the clouds! No featureless blue skies, but painted, detailed, varied ones. Gorgeous brooding clouds, with whites and greys and dark greys… well, it’s not a traditional panoply of colour, but the variety! And no squinting in glaring sunlight; the ability to just look around yourself and take it all in, for as long as you like.

As adrock2xander said, it seems a few months late, but it feels like summer is finally behind us.

Queen Vic Market goes Mercado

copa.jpgThe Queen Vic Market is hosting La Plaza de Mercado, a Spanish and Latin American-themed event today. I’m a little alarmed that the picture on the website is of a huge sign reading Copacabana, but my desire for a tortilla that
isn’t made by Old El Paso outweighs my skepticism. The copious lack of Mexican food on every corner here really gets me down.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm today in the back of the Market (where Night Market is held).

I’m sorry but I have to say it…. Olé!

That is officially the stupidest thing I’ve ever written. Enjoy.

Pic and info from the Vic Market Website

Melbourne Jazz Fringe Fest.

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Being a really jazzy person, I am baffled at how I managed to miss the fact that the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival is in town. (The fact that the event banners are right there beside QV and the State Library makes it even more inexcusable.)

I did catch the very last free performance tonight at Federation Square though, sipping coffee and pretending to be cool. But like said – it’s the last free one.

No matter – if you’re jazz-loving but not as dead broke as me (tickets, however, are not expensive), do take a look at the rather impressive line-up. Meanwhile, I’m going to start having WW bread for breakfast/lunch/dinner and save me some pennies.

The Festival runs from 26 April ’07 – 6 May ’07.
http://www.melbournejazzfringe.com

Friday Freebies

free.gifFree Connex Daily Ticket
Each customer who used a monthly, half yearly or yearly ticket on the Connex train system in March 2007 is eligible to apply for a free daily ticket for the equivalent zone/s as compensation.
The info & the form.

Free sample of Just Like Sugar
link

Free subscription to Liz is
Liz Claiborne Magazine
link

Free Hawaii Stickers
link

Free MD Hair Product Samples
Shampoo, gel etc. Received this freebie.
link

Free Herbal Essence Sample
link

From the last freebies post, I received my Dove samples but got a rejection letter from ANZ saying I didn’t qualify to get free movie tickets.

Thanks to the Freebies Blog and to the Whirlpool Freebies thread
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Shower Head Exchange Day!

Melbourne is giving you the opportunity to save water and money. You can take in your old shower head for a water-saving one. All you have to bring is a water bill and your old shower head. They say you’ll save up to 20,000 liters of water per year and about $30 bucks off your water bill. Plus there’ll be additional savings on your gas/electric bill for heating all that water you’ve been pouring down the drain.

Couple of caveats:

  • You have to bring your shower head and it won’t be returned
  • The shower heads might not be compatible with all systems (especially old ones)
  • If you’re a tenant you have to have a letter of approval from your landlord

The exchange is:

Saturday 28 April 2007
10.00am – 2.00pm

East Melbourne Library
122 George St, East Melbourne (Melways Ref: 2G D4)

You can check out this website or ring 9658 9658 for more info.

It’s good for the environment and you save money! Win, win, win, win, win, win….

Critical Mass Tomorrow

I’d be a bad biker if I didn’t mention Friday’s Critical Mass.

I know not everyone’s is a huge fan, but it can be a fun time to meet and greet with other bikers. For those who don’t know, it’s a monthly bike ride that meets at the State Library at 5:30 (but doesn’t usually get going until around 6:00). It’s designed to help raise bike awareness amongst other bikers and drivers in the city. I will say that sometimes drivers get annoyed, so it’s important to be respectful and make sure that everyone has a good time.

It’s kind of supposed to rain tomorrow, so check the weather and maybe pack a poncho!

Birrarung Marr Ferris Wheel

As I was catching a tram into the city last Friday night, I noticed an enormous well lit ferris wheel. After a bit of researching, this wheel is apparently the largest travelling ferris wheel in the southern hemisphere. For $7, you can ride the Giant Sky Wheel for 10 to 12 minutes and get a great view of the city.
Some wheel highlights:

  • 216 persons passenger capacity
  • 50m peak clearance
  • 45m diameter
  • 300,000 LED lights!
  • Open until midnight on weekends

Giant Sky Wheel
Birrarung Marr,Lower Terrace Adjacent to Federation Sqaure along the Yarra River
Running until July 16

Hilite Amusements: Giant Sky Wheel

Picture from lachlansear

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