10 Things To Do In Melbourne: 18 – 25 March

Bored? Suffering from cabin fever? Need to get out? Vulture to the rescue! In this weekly column, the Vulture has done the hard work for you and rounded up all the best things happening in our fair city this week. All you have to do is take your pick of our 10 Things To Do In Melbourne!

1. FESTIVAL: Celebrate Mooroolbark, 22nd/23rd March

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This annual community festival is back to celebrate Mooroolbark and surrounding Yarra Ranges communities. There will be colourful cavalcade of live entertainment, roving performers, kids activities, workshops, rides and markets stalls

The festival kicks off on Friday evening with a Talent Quest. The following day will see a colourful street parade overflow onto the surrounding neighbourhood, departing from Station Street at 10am. It will make its way back to the Community Centre where festivities will carry on through out the afternoon.

Price: Free

2. MUSIC: Rodriguez at Hamer Hall, 21st/22nd March

RodriguezFor the un-initiated, Rodriguez is a Detroit labourer who was blissfully unaware his music had become incredibly successful in South Africa, while becoming the subject of the film ‘Searching for Sugarman’.

42 years has passed since the release of his debut album Cold Fact, and finally Rodriguez is getting the recognition and success he deserves. Following multiple sell out shows on his last tour to Australia in 2010, Rodriguez returns to Melbourne to play at the spectacular Hamer Hall.

Price: From $84

3. LANDMARK: The Dome as Artist’s Muse: The State Library Domed Reading Room celebrates 100 years, 19th March

Join arts journalist Ray Gill, artists Julia Ciccarone, Ross Coulter and Marco Luccio and Enchanted Dome exhibition curator Ann Carew as they reflect on the Library’s domed reading room as an ‘imaginative haven’ and source of creative inspiration. Then enjoy two short films: Ross Coulter’s Ten Thousand Paper Planes and Kasimir Burgess and Julia Ciccarone’s 67.

Price: Free

4. FILM: Melbourne Cinematheque presents Eastern European Masters screening at ACMI

MebourneCinematheque The third week of the Eastern European Masters program sees Andrzej Zulawski’s That Most Important Thing: Love and Possession, which features Australia’s own Sam Neill.

After facing state intervention during Soviet Occupation, Eastern European cinema is seen to pack more of a serious punch than its contemporaries French and Italian cinema.

Price: $20-25

5. DANCING: Rainbow Cloggers, 18th March

Cowboy tap-dancing classes: Filling the gap in niche dance style that no one even knew existed. Also known as ‘clogging’ and originating from the Appalachian Mountains in the US, these classes by the Rainbow Cloggers gay and lesbian dance troupe will get you stomping along to the best in country tunes.

Price: $10

6. ENTERTAINMENT: Late Night Letters and Numbers at Bella Union, 20th March

For the linguists and number geeks among us who were devastated when SBS’s Letters and Numbers was cancelled last year. An entertaining hour of outrageous arithmatic and wacky wordplay hosted by Nick Caddeye and joined by Gordon Southern, Clementine Ford, Alison Bice, Micah Higbed and Ben McKenzie.

Price: $15

7. FILM: Clueless at Rooftop Cinema, 21st March

Amber: Miss Stoeger, my plastic surgeon doesn’t want me doing any activity where balls fly at my nose.
Dionne: Well there goes your social life

Old school Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy before she, well, took a turn for the worse, and a highly quotable comedy classic at a rooftop location. Enough said!

Price: $16 – $20

8. MUSIC: James Blake at the Corner, 19th March

jamesblakeIf you managed to get your hands on a ticket to this show you’re a very lucky lady/man indeed – tickets sold out online in less than 30 seconds. With his latest single ‘Retrograde’ already out from his forthcoming second album Overgrown, the 24 year old will be slotting in two Australian dates in his busy schedule.

Price: Sold Out, suckers!

9. ARTS: Linden Postcard Show 2013, until 23rd March

Every year the beautiful 1850s mansion housing the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts in St Kilda features thousands of small artworks on its walls for the annual Postcard Show.

The show is a competition, open to artists of all ages and experiences, working across all media. The only proviso is that the submissions have to be mini masterpieces, no larger than 30cm x 30cm.

Price: Free

10. THEATRE: Skeleton at The Malthouse Theatre, 14-23rd March

Having had its world premiere at Adelaide Festival, Skele­ton is a bone-bending examination of human contact and the hidden machinery of the human body, inspired by the work of skeletally-obsessed Aus­tralian artist Ricky Swal­low with a set design by Jonathan Oxlade. Skeleton promises a witty infusion of ’80s pop culture: expect BMXs, skateboards and a Karate Kid-esque skeleton fight scene.

Price: $30 – $49

Felicity Powell

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