Dark Stars is a play that tells the story of two 19th century African-American performers, and the forgotten entertainer Irving Sayles, as they examine racist humour and the cost of one’s dignity. Dark Stars has been nominated for ‘Best Play’ at Fringeworld.
Location: La Mama Theatre
Dates: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8:30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 6:30pm, running from 13th Feburary- 3rd March
Price: $25 Full $15 Concession
Transitions Film Festival- Sustainable Living Festival
The Sustainable Living Festival invites you to its second annual Transitions Film Festival, in a bid to help change our perception of the environment and how to take the next step towards a greener lifestyle. Featuring films such as Promised Land starring Matt Damon and the highly anticipated Chasing Ice with National Geographic photographer James Balog’s journey across the Antarctic. Transitions also includes a number of free film screenings at ACMI and Federation Square; if you ride your bike in, you score cheaper tickets!
Location: Federation Square, Cinema Nova, ACMI
Dates: 15th-23rd February
For something different, check out these fantastic blogs by Jessica Stewart and Madeline Ellerm. Both unique and talented Melbourne artists, these girls will leave you stunned.
Madeline Ellerm: http://madelineisobella.tumblr.com/
“Through the visualisation of change, a form of selfhood is realised, creating a tiny element of another world that bids to outlast us all, look to the past and reach for the present.” – Madeline Ellerm
Jessica Stewart: http://www.whenyouescape.com/
“Musings on dreams and those who wander lost in their imagined worlds.” – Jessica Stewart
Morning Tea at The Heide
Enjoy a spot of tea at the Heide Museum and Café Vue, whilst curators Kendrah Morgan and Lesley Harding take you through Sidney Nolans’ most influential paintings.
Location: Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen
Dates: 10-11:30am, 21st February
Price: $20 Adult, $16 Concession
Bikefest: Ride-In Coburg Cinema Drive-In
February is the month of being environmentally conscious; ditching the car and being proactive about climate change. So get on your bike and head to the movies for a ‘ride-in’. A small BBQ is also included but byo picnics are welcome. Be sure to bring extra clothing and blankets so you remain comfortable after the sun goes down.
Location: Meet at Rushall Station to ride 10km along Merri Creek to Coburg Drive-In
Dates: 22nd February 7:30-11pm (film will most likely start at 9pm)
White Night In Melbourne
Join Melbourne in 12 hours of transforming the city into an all night free event that celebrates music, art and lights. Many of Melbourne’s popular galleries and venues will be open all night long with hundreds to soak in. For something unique and enchanting, it’s all smoke, lights and mirrors from 7pm-7am.
Location: Across Melbourne
Dates: 7pm-7am, Saturday 23rd February
Price: Mostly Free
Bikefest: Pedal Cycle Maintenance Workshop
Been stuck with a puncture on your bike and not known what to do? Pedal Cyclery offers a multitude of 2-hour workshops for basic maintenance on your bike, from wheel alignment, tube repair and fixing the old rusty chain. Book prior.
Location: Pedal Cyclery, 136 Nicholson St, Coburg
Dates: 12-2pm Sundays or 6-8pm Sundays