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The Weekender: January 3 – 5

Meld Magazine

Thu Jan 02 2014


CATCH a gig at Cherry Bar, be amazed by The Illusionists at the Arts Centre, enjoy the beginning of the Lunar New Year in St Albans or improve your drawing skills at the Drop By Drawing session at the National Gallery Victoria. Daniel Driscoll lets you know what’s on this weekend.

Cherry Bar
Friday, January 3 (8.00pm); Cherry Bar (AC/DC Lane off Flinders Lane, Melbourne)

Head on down to the Cherry Bar in AC/DC lane this Friday for some great music and see why Melbourne has one of the best music scenes in the world.

The Cherry Bar may look dirty and look a bit dodgy but that’s the whole point – grunge is good, corporate is bad!

Entry is cheap ($10) and the experience just can’t be beaten. Grab a drink at the bar and kick back while you listen to some great tunes from ska-punks The Resignators who’ll be supported by Admiral Ackbar’s Dishonourable Discharge and Lo Pan.

For more information head to Cherry Bar’s site.

The Illusionists
Friday, January 3 – Sunday, January 12; Arts Centre Melbourne (100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne)

Headlining Arts Centre Melbourne’s summer season is The Illusionists, a celebration of art and magic by some of the most innovative illusionists working today.

With not a rabbit or top hat in sight, this cutting edge collection of illusionists brings the age old art of magic into the 21st century where each illusionist specialises in a different area of magic.

A steampunk dance troupe and band, Z, will also be performing live.

Tickets to the show range from $46 to $119.

Check the Arts Centre’s website to book tickets and for further details as show times vary.  

St Albans Lunar New Year Festival
Sunday January 5, (10.00am to 9.00pm); St Albans Town Centre (Alfrieda St, St Albans, 3021)

Celebrate the beginning of the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Horse by heading along to the St Albans Town Centre this Sunday.

Celebrations kick off at 10.00am with plenty on offer. Enjoy a carnival ride, explore the food and market stalls and watch some talent perform on two entertainment stages. Finish off the day with a bang when the festival closes with a fireworks display at 9.00pm.

The event is all ages and free.

Find out more on the festival’s official site or  Brimbank Council’s official site.

Drop By Drawing: Minna Gilligan
Sunday, January 5 (2.00pm – 4.00pm) National Gallery of Victoria (180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne)

Image: Randy Stewart via Flickr

Image: Randy Stewart via Flickr

Stop by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) this Sunday and join in on a Drop By Drawing session.

Presented by Melbourne Now, the sessions allow visitors to develop their drawing skills and work on their creativity and artistic expression with free drawing lessons. The sessions are relaxed, open to all ages and held from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. You can come and go as you please during the session.

Go along and get some assistance with your drawing under the guidance of leading Australian contemporary artists with Minna Gilligan giving out tips on how to enhance your work this Sunday. The session is free but remember to bring your own drawing materials.

For more information check out the NGV’s website.