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The Weekender: April 6 – 9

Catherine May

Fri Apr 06 2012

The People’s Market

IT’S widely believed students live for the weekend, so here at Meld we’re helping you do just that with our new Weekender – a weekly round up of the best events Melbourne has to offer off-campus. This week, Catherine May shares her top picks of how you should spend your Easter holidays.

Good Az Friday
Friday, April 6, 12pm-3pm, Melbourne Town Hall.
Some of the best things in life are free. This is particularly true if you’re a student with limited funds. So the perfect way to start the long weekend is with a few hours of free live comedy and music courtesy of Triple J. Comedians from around the globe will be taking to the stage at Melbourne Town Hall with Stephen K Amos, Celia Pacquola and Tom Green being just three of the names to watch out for. If that’s not enough for you then songstress Lisa Mitchell will be performing her new single as well as her interpretation of someone else’s song (Like A Version). Doors open at 11.30am but seats are expected to fill up quickly so get there early.

Best of Both Sides 2011

Best of Both Sides Festival
April 2- 8, Bimbo Deluxe and Lucky Coq
If you want some delicious $4 pizza in Melbourne, there are really only two places you should think of. Lucky Coq in Windsor and Bimbo Deluxe in Fitzroy are reuniting this weekend (with free shuttle buses between them) to celebrate the best of both sides of the Yarra. There are top DJ sets every night with a huge wrap party at Bimbo Deluxe on Sunday featuring a free sausage sizzle and kegs as well as CD giveaways.

Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons
April 7 – July 22, NGV Australia at Federation Square
Are you inquisitive and want to learn more about the history of the country you’re living in?  This new NGV Australia exhibition at Federation Square showcases the work of artist Fred Williams, whose Australian Landscapes made him one of the most influential Australian artists of the 20th century. It’s Australian art at its core and this is your first chance to see all this work collectively in Melbourne as the exhibition only opens on Saturday. It’ll be around until July though so don’t fret if you can’t squeeze it in this weekend. Concession tickets are $12.

Bulmers Best of the Edinburgh Festival
Fri – Sun throughout April, RMIT Capitol Theatre; Tues – Thurs throughout April, The Hi-Fi
Yes, it’s another comedy event – but it’s the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and that’s something we should all be embracing! While shows from comedians around the globe will be abundant every night of the week, Bulmers offers laughs from three of the best up and coming Brits straight from last year’s world-renowned Edinburgh Festival. Tickets start at $25.50.

The People’s Market
Every Saturday, 10am – 9pm, 453 – 507 Docklands Drive
The People’s Market has been running for a few weeks now but this Saturday sees the launch of Peachy – an evening of live local music for the very reasonable cost of $5. If the music’s not to your taste then there are street food sellers, local producers and flea market stalls about throughout the day.