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The Weekender: July 13 – 15

Diane Leow

Fri Jul 13 2012

Williamstown Craft Market

CELEBRATE the French National Day by watching a Parisian Jazz-Cabaret, pick up some treasures at the Williamstown Craft Market, or indulge in some music this weekend. Diane Leow tells you more.


Flight of the Conchords
Saturday July 14 – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Sunday July 15 – Rod Laver Arena

Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie and Emmy nominated Jemaine Clement make up Flight of the Conchords – a comedy duo that also produces awesome folk music. They were first featured on a BBC radio show, had their own show on HBO also titled Flight of the Conchords, and was awarded ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2003.

Fans of this New Zealander duo will be pleased to know they are playing two shows this weekend! While their first show at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre on Saturday July 14 is sold out, tickets for their second show at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday July 15 are still available.


Bastille Day Activities

Bastille Day is the English name given to the French National Day, and is celebrated on July 14 each year. This date is significant as the storming of the Bastille Prison on July 14, 1789 marked the first decisive intervention of ordinary people against the ancient régime.

The Paris Walk
Friday July 13 to Sunday July 15 – Chapel off Chapel

This year, Wendy Lee Taylor, nightly performer at the internationally renowned cabaret Le Lido de Paris brings a little piece of France to Prahran. Her show is a unique marriage of jazz and cabaret, taking her audience on a journey through Paris. If you can’t make it to France, then enjoy her show here in Melbourne!

For more information, download a copy of The Paris Walk‘s programme here.

Tickets are available from Chapel off Chapel.


$10 Tickets to Napoleon: Revolution to Empire at the National Gallery of Victoria
Saturday July 14, from 5pm – National Gallery of Victoria

History buffs should take advantage of this special deal from the National Gallery of Victoria. On Saturday July 14, entry to the Napoleon: Revolution to Empire exhibition will cost $10 per person from 5pm onwards. You can purchase tickets online, or in person on the day. This special deal is available until sold out.

Admire grand pianos at Austral Piano world while being entertained by the Jon and Wendy Quartet in East Ivanhoe. Graphic: Peter Suneson

East Ivanhoe Village Food & Music Fest 2012
July 5 to 29 – East Ivanhoe Village

Venture out of the city and head to East Ivanhoe Village for its Food and Music Festival taking place from now till July 29, and celebrate the tastes and sounds of the Mediterranean including Little Italy, The Riviera, Spain and Greece.

Look forward to Piano Notes and Cafe Nibbles this Sunday held at the newly renovated Austral Piano World showroom. Admire the grand pianos, and nibble on canapés while listening to the easy-listening jazz and blues performance by the John and Wendy Wade Quartet.

You will have to book in advance if you would like to attend and will cost you $10, but all proceeds will go towards the Diamond Valley FoodShare Programme which provides emergency food supplies for those who might find themselves in a crisis.

Music and food for a good cause sound like a great weekend plan!

For bookings, phone Austral Piano World on (03) 9497 2616 or email

Pick up some handmade hats or other treasures at the Williamstown Craft Market. Photo: Steel Wool via Flickr

Williamstown Craft Market
Sunday July 15 – Williamstown

Held on the third Sunday of every month, Williamstown Craft Market has a wide array of stalls that will pique just about everyone’s interest. From handmade rocking horses and scrapbook packs to custom-made jewellery, take a trip down to Williamstown and explore the area. There will also be gourmet stalls at the market, so you won’t go hungry!

Williamstown is accessible by train, ferry or car. Organisers of the Market recommend you take a ferry from Southbank, which will take you straight to Williamstown. Entrance to the craft market is free, so why don’t you make a day trip this Sunday?


The Tea Party Live in Melbourne
Saturday 14 July – Palais Theatre

Canadian rock band The Tea Party has put their hiatus on hold – this is their first Australian tour in eight years. Check out one of their hits, Temptation, in the video above. Fans of rock music shouldn’t miss their gig.

This Saturday, they bring the best of their music to Melbourne fans at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda. Tickets are from $95 and are available from Ticketmaster.