Friday, November 29, 2013

Advent Cafe Experience

If you're looking for something different this Advent season, you won't do better than the pop up cafe at Ringwood Uniting Church in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

The cafe is providing training for home-grown baristas, using fair trade coffee from Wild Timor Coffee and, wherever possible, sourcing food from within a 100km radius. As a not-for-profit venture you pay for your food and beverage by donation.

What does your Advent smell like? Sensory table (26th Nov)
What's more you can choose to get a new insight into Advent by attending a different input session each week until Christmas.

From sensory experiences and theological reflections to hip hop artist Dylan Joel on offer, this event has something for pretty much everyone.

Find out more about the cafe, the input and operating times here.  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

'Wagner Roos' Welcome 'Ring Nuts' to Melbourne

It's big, it's showy, it's long and it's here.

In the Northern Hemisphere they’re called “Ring Nuts”, but the Australian cohort have been dubbed “Wagner Roos”. Whatever you call them, they are unique breed, travelling whenever and wherever Wagner’s Ring Cycle is being performed. “Wagner Roos” are in heaven as The Ring comes to Melbourne, courtesy of Opera Australia, The City of Melbourne and patron Maureen Wheeler. But what is all the fuss about? And are these Wagnerian enthusiasts, with apparently more money than sense, more than a little loopy? Continue reading

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review : The Mountaintop (MTC)

Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr
On a long stormy night in 1968, Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr (Bert LaBonte) is holed up in his Memphis hotel room, weary, alone and downhearted. After years of preaching, ‘testifying’ and advocating for an end to racial inequality what does he have to show for it? Camae, a maid (Zahra Newman), arrives with coffee and the evening plunges into a series of revelations, confessions and surprises.

What was King like when he wasn’t preaching to the thousands? Egotistical? A philanderer? Driven?  Neurotic? A sell-out on West End and Broadway, Katori Hall’s entertaining script hones in on King’s personal despair in the hotel room, opening to a bigger picture perspective towards the close. Historical footage alongside the recitation of names of leaders and achievers is captivating. Continue reading

Thursday, October 31, 2013

VCA Theatre Students Strut the Boards at Year's End

This past week I have reviewed two quite astonishing plays by third year theatre students, and production students in all three year levels at Melbourne University's VCA.  Both reviews are now published by Stage Whispers.

It’s An Earthquake in my Heart
It's an Earthquake in my Heart

Its all about responding to calamity, to events beyond one's control that impact negatively on our life. It's about regret and grief and trying to make a fresh start. Directed by Robert Walton, and staged in Studio 28, this is a boots-and-all kind read more

Eddie Goes To Poetry CityEddie Goes to Poetry City

A pleasing randomness pervades this production as everyman Eddie (Alistair Frearson) visits a city of poetry and is swept along in its frustrating labyrinth of dreams, nightmare, displacement, intrigue and desire. It is as though we too have read more 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review: Children of Eden (Stephen Schwartz and Magnormos)

Children of Eden, is all about the beginning, but it played last in the triptych of Stephen Schwatz’s musicals, preceded by Godspell and Pippin, all presented by Magnormos at Elizabeth Murdoch Hall in the Melbourne's Recital Centre this September. 

Read the full review here

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Luna Park: 100 Years Old and still laughing

There's a new thrill ride at Luna Park, and with extended opening hours until 11pm some evenings, the days really are longer.

Find out about what's happening at Melbourne's most iconic family attraction this school holidays here.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

10 Fun Study Break Ideas

Fun Study Breaks can make exam season bearable.
If you're a VCE or University student you'll know about study pressure. Swotting for exams is a particularly difficult time for many, as connections with your support base of friends and family are reduced just when you need them most.

While a great deal of talk and energy is invested into maximising study time, far less has been written about how to do study breaks really well.

Of course your study practices are important, but consider this. If the science is to be believed some of these breaks may have added cognitive, physical and mental health benefits. After all, what you do in your break can determine how well you approach your next study block.

Relax and have some fun with these 10 Fun Study-Break Ideas. Oh, and good luck with the exams. Continue reading

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Spring into ANZAC at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance

Spring into ANZAC, a free program designed with families in mind, is worth a look these school holidays.

Held at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance, families are encouraged to begin at the Visitor Centre where maps for the School Holiday Trail are available and staff will be on hand to answer questions. 

Be brave and let the kids take the lead, using the map to pick their way away around the displays, in no particular order.

Think on the “Spirit of Anzac”, learn about Australian military history, visit the Shrine’s building, gardens and memorials, find out about wartime jobs for men and women, and learn how animals played a part in wartime. A short commemorative ceremony featuring the Ray of Light will be a highlight for many. The whole program is expected to run for 45-60 minutes. Continue reading

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