The Weekender: December 18 – 20

SHOP your way through a warehouse of pre-loved discount clothing, marvel at iconic artworks in the NGV, watch classic anime films at the ACMI or learn about The Art of Christmas at Melbourne Central. Dea Putra guides you through this weekend’s hottest events!

RetroStar Warehouse Sale
Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, December 20 (8.00am – 5.00pm) | 33 – 37 Stewart St, Brunswick


Forget paying $50 for a t-shirt! Image obtained from the event’s Facebook event page.

Head down to Brunswick this weekend for RetroStar’s last, massive warehouse sale of the year. There will be more than 15 thousand items on display, and none of them will cost more than $10 a piece.

Treat yourself to some pre-loved dresses, blouses, and skirts for a day out at the beach, or stock up on knitted sweaters and coats for when the weather gets colder. There’s something for everyone!

If this would be your first time buying secondhand clothing, or for more reasons why you should consider buying pre-owned gear, have a look at our guide to thrift shopping.

The RetroStar Warehouse sale is accessible by tram lines 1 (towards East Coburg) or 8 (towards Moreland) from Federation Square, and is a stone throw away from Anstey Station on the Upfield train line. For more information, head to RetroStar’s official Facebook event page.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei Exhibition
December 11, 2015 – April 24, 2016 (10.00am – 5.00pm daily) | National Gallery of Victoria (180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne)

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Forever Bicycles series by Ai Weiwei. Image by cisc1970 on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons. No changes were made to the picture.

The East and West converge in this major international art exhibition showcases the works of Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol — two of the world’s most notable contemporary artists. Through their work, visitors can explore what modern art and cultural politics have meant (and continue to mean) in their respective eras.

The exhibition draws on the parallels and intersections between the art works, one of which represents 20th century America, and the other, the modern life in 21st century China.

More than 300 art works are presented, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and immersive installations, one of which includes Ai Weiwei’s iconic Forever Bicycles series, which is made out of nearly 1500 bicycles.

Tickets are $26 for adults ($22.50 concession). More information can be accessed through NGV’s webpage.

Essential Anime
December 14 – 20, 2015 (Times vary) | Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Melbourne

Are you bored and tired of watching anime through your laptop? Try watching these films on the big screen at ACMI this weekend!

This weekend, you can catch some of Studio Ghibli’s most iconic features, such as the heart-warming My Neighbour Totoro, and the stunningly-designed Princess Mononoke and remind yourself why these films have remain endearing classics for so long.

Or if you’re looking for more action-packed anime titles, check out the thrilling Dragon Ball Z: Ressurection “F”, or the animated remake to one of the most iconic mecha anime of the ’90s, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.

And if you’re (still) a big shinobi at heart, you can watch the continuation of the ever-popular Naruto saga in Boruto: Naruto the Movie.

Visit ACMI’s official webpage for the complete list of films and more information.

The Art of Christmas at Melbourne Central
December 1 – 19, 2015 (Times vary) | Melbourne Central (211 La Trobe St, Melbourne)

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‘Tis the season to be jolly (and learning). Image obtained from the event’s official webpage.

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit by learning new and interesting skills from workshops being held at Melbourne Central this weekend.

Indulge yourself in some tea tasting at T2, learn to decorate your own cupcakes at Cupcake Central, or mix your own cocktails at Monkey King. For the beauty addicts out there, Sephora is doing mini-makeovers to ensure you look your best this holiday season too.

And despite the warm weather, you and your friends can get your pictures taken in ironic Christmas sweaters and accessories for some Awkward Christmas Portraits.

For more information on each workshop, head to Melbourne Central’s official webpage for the event.

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