The past 10 days seem to have gone by in a flash! Events season is well and truly upon us as well as this Indian summer that we seem to be having. La Trobe University turned 5o on Wednesday, which was also International Women’s Day, and I was lucky enough to spend my night at the Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture which was largely an all-female event save for Isaiah Firebrace’s performance at the end. Indigenous writer Dr Anita Heiss gave the keynote address on Education being the key to a better life, and was also very funny – she could have been a comedian as well referring to VIPs in the audience as ‘very Indigenous people’! For me, the highlight was the Indigenous Academic procession into the Union Theatre heralded by a lone didgeridoo player, I had tears in my eyes both when the academics in full gowns entered and when they left – the significance of such an achievement as one of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in this country, was incredibly moving.
I spent last Monday night with my fellow Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Board member and Chair Valentina Maxwell-Tansley presenting to Darebin Council at Preston Town Hall in the hope that they may increase funding at the Homestead. Council has a difficult job in determining how monies get allocated across the community but Darebin itself is a very creative municipality which values the social, cultural and economic contribution a visual arts asset such as the Homestead makes so I was very grateful to have been given air time to state our case. Stay tuned for the result.
Valentina has also been run off her own feet organising A Weekend in the Gardens event at the Botanic Gardens which kicks off from 4 pm today with John Farnham, Boy & Bear and Icehouse playing at three different concerts. She’s been working with the same group of people who run the A Day on the Green winery concerts and there will be thousands attending each of the concerts for the first time at the Gardens this weekend.
The Melbourne Moomba Festival 2017 starts today and it’s a beautiful weekend to be in the city if you’re staying in Melbourne this Labour Day weekend. Closer to home, the Heide Makers Market is also on tomorrow and if I didn’t have other things to do, I’d be attending this one. Have a great long weekend and I’ll be back soon as there are stacks of events being held locally over the next couple of weeks as well as the launch of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
It’s a bit of a cultural week for me with the opening of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival this week and my pick of the events would have been the already sold out Pleats x Three runway show at 7pm on Friday 10 March at Alcastan Gallery featuring Kara Baker, Nevada Duffy and Edgeley showcasing the work of artisanal company Specialty Pleaters. I love a good pleat at the best of times and have long been a fan of Japanese designer Issey Miyake.
Also opening this week is the aforementioned show ‘Travelling Home’ by Art Fix at Lulu cafe and gallery at 506 Queensberry Street in North Melbourne featuring the work of 75 visual artists and poets from 20 countries to explore the idea of home and travel by the contrasts that link them together. It follows previous Art Fix events in Canada and will also include live music and spoken word performances. Opening night is this Thursday 2 March from 5.30pm, tickets are $8 at the door with all artworks for sale.
Charles Blackman: School Girls opens on Saturday 4 March at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen. Blackman’s Schoolgirls series, produced between 1952 and 1955, marked a turning point in the artist’s career as a significant painter of modern life in the post-war era. This exhibition includes more than fifty major paintings and related works on paper as well as a fascinating array of archival material.
I’ve known Shane for a number of years now and we are connected in numerous different ways. Despite being more of a sports person, Shane is also pretty up there with his music knowledge as I discovered one year when we were on the same table at a music trivia night! He is a man of many talents…and I’m lucky to be doing a little bit of consulting on the side for such a terrific person and his business. He’s also very modest in that he is still competing at a Masters level in tennis. Read on for more about Shane…
Name: Shane Scrutton
Occupation: Tennis Coach
Lives/works: Heidelberg/East Ivanhoe
How long have you lived here? 10 years
Describe yourself/what you do: I have been the Club Coach at Eaglemont Tennis Club since 2002. I have been involved in tennis for over 35 years, having played tennis on a US college scholarship and professionally all over the world as well as being a qualified secondary teacher with a Journalism degree. I enjoy coaching players of all ages and standards and working with my Yarra Tennis coaching team to get the best out of every student and make the game of tennis as fun as possible. I also still enjoy playing competitively at a high level so I can coach and challenge the club’s top juniors.
Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne’s north-east: As an active sports person I’m very lucky to live close to where I work and enjoy the green parklands of Yarra Flats. I have enjoyed developing some great relationships through my coaching program and with the local community. Heidelberg has a very rare combination of parklands and space while being so close to the city – which is probably why it’s become so popular and busy!
My family’s love affair with all things Italian actually pre-dates my time in that my mum’s family grew up with Italians in 1950s and 60s North Melbourne, going to local Catholic schools and becoming best friends with Italian people. My sisters and I have continued that tradition by also having European best friends and I’m hoping my girlfriend Celestina one day takes me to the Museo Italiano (below) in Faraday Street, Carlton. I’ve also been intrigued by the Museo Alpino sign (also below) in one of the derelict buildings at La Trobe University and have assumed that at one stage there was an Italian ski museum.
Mr Rosanna and I happened to be in Carlton on Friday and grabbed a quick coffee and cannoli at stalwart cafe Brunetti‘s although I’ve also been reading about Black Star Pastry opening at 56 University Street in Carlton featuring possibly Sydney’s most Instagrammed dessert – the Strawberry Watermelon cake. My 21st birthday cake was in fact a croquembouche profiterole cake from Brunetti of which I still have fond memories! I also love that the Italians make such an effort to dress up and there was one lady at Brunetti dressed in a Chanel-style jacket and matching bag complete with oversized dark sunglasses – she looked like she’d just walked off Via Condotti in Rome.
I’ve had a couple of restaurants recommended to me of late including Pinotta in North Fitzroy as well as Tinto in Hawthorn – maybe something to keep in mind with the weather about to change season and more time spent indoors.
I just wanted to mention a few children’s events on this coming weekend – the Kindergarten Open Day in Banyule is being held this Saturday from 9am – 12 pm and Rosanna Golf Links Primary School is turning 60 this Sunday – apparently Anniversary Fun Fair celebrations include a Colour Run if you’re a fan of these.
I’ve had a bit of a thing for Turkish towels for a while now so was thrilled to come across Carlie’s wares at Cinch PT in Macleod not so long ago. Carlie is a ‘slashie’ like me who wears a number of different hats and I’m always impressed by people who have an entrepreneurial bent and a love of beautiful things. Even better is that Carlie is a local and her towels and bags are extremely affordable. Please read on for more about Carlie…
Name: Carlie Ward
Occupation: works in Human Resources and has a small e-commerce business
How long have you lived/worked here? Approx 10 years
Describe yourself/what you do: Part of my husband’s business involves importing and wholesaling products from various countries, including Turkey. We’ve noticed the fantastic textiles available and in particular, the versatile and fashionable Turkish towels so I decided to take the plunge and set up a business, Anatolian. Anatolian sells mainly online, and through word of mouth, Turkish towels and bags. Being a small e-commerce business, it’s something that I can manage outside of the traditional 9-5 hours and it fits in with other working and family commitments. The low operational costs also mean that customers can obtain a quality product, but at a reasonable price, which is important to me.
Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne’s north-east: I love the sense of community, whether it’s at the local training studio, kid’s sporting clubs or local cafes.
As a school parent, I have to say that things have gotten increasingly more sophisticated over the years than just the average sausage sizzle to raise funds. There is a food truck festival, mini market and moonlight cinema event being held tomorrow night at St Helena Secondary College in Eltham. If it’s balmy as tonight, it will be a good one to go to.
I was teasing one of my male work colleagues today about being a wing man for a friend at a singles event held last night at the Queen Victoria Melbourne Summer Night Market – apparently you wear red if you are on the look out for a potential partner. Things have changed since my dating days…
Poster image via Cinema Nova
Poster image via WIkipedia
Monsieur Mayonnaise is about to screen at Cinema Nova and if you are an art lover, history or movie buff, you may be interested in this documentary about the late Georges Mora, (husband of Mirka Mora, art patron and owner of bohemian Cafe Mirka, Cafe Balzac and Tolarno Restaurant and Galleries) and his lesser known role in the French Resistance. There is a special In Conversation event on Thursday 23 February at 6.45pm where Georges’ son and gallerist William Mora joins Heide Museum of Art curator Kendrah Morgan after the movie. My favourite art house movie set in war-time is still Robert Benini’s Life is Beautiful.
It’s the name of an article written a few years ago by Chinese Australian writer Benjamin Law, the headline of which has stayed with me all this time. There are a few of us Chinese Australians around now and I actually dropped in to the new Asian Mart at 149 Upper Heidelberg Road in Ivanhoe over the weekend while Mr Rosanna and I were out and about.
It was like re-visiting my childhood with some of the more unusual food they had on offer like tinned fried dace – one of my grandmother’s staples – as well as dried shitake mushrooms in packets. Mr R and I also like our spicy condiments and grabbed a large bottle of Sriracha hot chili sauce on the way out. I think my mum will be pleased when she’s next in town to find she doesn’t need to travel to Box Hill now to stock up on Asian groceries.
It’s been a cool few days and I’m hoping it might warm up a little for White Night Melbourne this coming Saturday. I love that the title they’ve gone with this year is Give me the night, which is also one of my favourite songs by George Benson – it’s been known to be on high rotation in our household on our record player. Yes, we love our vinyl here!