The Weekender: February 6 – 8
ENJOY another food fair at the Courtyard Cantina, explore the concept of power through a free dance performance, discover award-winning Greek films at the Hellenic Museum, or watch a theatrical and thought-provoking rendition of Alice in Wonderland. Anthea Batsakis picks out her highlights for this weekend.
Friday, February 6 – Friday, February 27 (5.00pm – 9.00pm); The Immigration Museum, 400-424 Flinders St, Melbourne
North South Feast West’s residency at the Immigration Museum never ceases to delight its visitors. With their latest event, Courtyard Cantina, which is running every Friday evening in February to shake off the working week, the museum’s courtyard will come alive with an array of entertainment.
Live music will fill the courtyard accompanying the tempting smells of countless food stalls from wide variety of cultures. Ranging from Argentinian barbecue to Korean street food, these stalls will keep your mouth watering all night. You can expect stalls from La Tortelleria, Kiki Riki, Trailer Made Food, and Boss Man Food.
The Courtyard Cantina is presented in association with independent radio station PBS FM. Entry to the event is free, and you can spend an additional $12 to gain access to the museum’s exhibitions.
More information on Courtyard Cantina is available of the Immigration Museum’s official website.
Chunky Move’s Gentle is the Power
Friday, February 6 – Saturday, February 7 (9:00pm – 9:10pm); SummerSalt Festival Hub, Dodds St, Southbank
Summersalt Outdoor Arts Festival brings Melbourne a unique dance performance from Chunky Moves entitled Gentle is the Power, which explores the concept of contained power.
Chunky Moves is a contemporary dance organisation whose goal is to redefine the boundaries of contemporary dance in Australia’s constantly evolving culture. Gentle is the Power was choreographed specifically for the talented dancers James Vu Anh Pham and Niharika Senapati, who will be performing on both evenings.
Prepared to be amazed as these two dancers perform physically challenging movement with apparent ease and impeccable skills. This is a free event so don’t miss out!
Discover more contemporary dance performances on Chunky Move’s official website, and learn more about this ever-changing art form.
Hellenic Museum 2015 Summer Cinema
Saturday, February 7 – Saturday, March 21 (6.00pm – late); Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne
Kicking off this weekend is the Hellenic Museum’s summer cinema season, taking place in the garden pavilion of the Hellenic Museum.
The films on offer are mainly Greek-inspired features, such as the 1960 film Never on Sunday, which will be screened this Saturday.
Never on Sunday tells the story of an American tourist who tries to steer the life of a prostitute towards the path of morality. The film won an Academy Award for Best Song and was also nominated in other categories including Best Actress, Best Costume Design and Best Director. Its lead actress, Melina Mercouri, won the Best Actress award at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
Also available at the Hellenic Museum’s 2015 Summer Cinema will be ice cream by Gelateria Primavera from the Spring Street Grocer.
A F*#king Mad Tea Party
Wednesday, February 4 – Sunday, February 8 (7.30pm – 8.30pm); Verve Studios, 37 Swanston St
Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland, A F*#king Mad Tea Party is a theatre production that delves into the theme of mental health. Questioning what it really means to be ‘normal’, this insightful production portrays how society easily places labels onto those who are different.
Through physical theatre, circus, vaudeville, burlesque, and comedy, A F*#king Mad Tea Party invites its audience into an immersive and interactive environment. The production is directed by dynamic duo Timothy Christopher Ryan and Marjorie May Fair – showcasing six of Melbourne’s most talented artists in a vibrant and creative show.
Concession tickets are $20, so book quickly before the show sells out!
They have their own Facebook page for you to find out more about this production.