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Heading back to the ol' daily grind can be pretty damn awful after a bright and shiny weekend of picnicking, bar hopping and patting dogs that aren't yours, but luckily Melbourne's a 'keep the ball rolling' kind of city and has plenty of events, exhibitions, theatre, film festivals and live music for you to inject a little awesomeness into your week. Sure, use Monday for Netflix. Then get out there and sink your teeth into Melbourne's best happenings this week.
Intelligent life on Mars, perhaps, but none in this by-the-numbers sci-fi horror flick.
The star of The Bugle brings his satirical schtick to Melbourne.
A show of the best young comedians of the American stand-up circuit.
A "TED talk with showtunes" on the most topical of controversial subjects.
See the TV and radio personality carve up social prejudices on stage.
A melancholic stand-up routine that will make you question your place in a cold, unfeeling world.
A show from one of comedy's up-and-comers about drunk emailing, sharehouse living and sex while wearing a backpack.
One of our favourite acts from last year's MICF returns with what's set to be another uproariously entertaining show.
See four emerging UK comedians for the price of one.
The teams from Magic Mountain Saloon, Top Paddock and MoVida come together to create the ultimate Melbourne brunch.
Two days of Aussie craft beer along the Yarra.
Sample the best food from Sand Hill Road's much-loved venues in this laneway pop-up pub food market.
Sydney's best Italian food and one hell of a dance party.
The 2017 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's hub of dinners, tastings and parties.
Cemetery feasts, burger parties and classes from some of the world's best chefs.
Hundreds of humorists will descend upon dozens of Melbourne venues to tickle your funny bone.
Camp in luxury among the olive groves in the Grampians.
Learn how to make a hanging succulent shrine or take a twilight tour through the gardens.
A brand new two-day festival showcasing the region's goodies.
A festival combining two important life sources: coffee and beer.
Try a new way of consuming comedy as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Feast on the Mornington Peninsula's best produce with one hell of a picnic.
We will never get tired of seeing these two things together.
Classical and electronic music combine in a Collingwood car park.
It won't be remembered as a landmark horror flick, but this over-the-top effort is still entertainingly unnerving.
This lavish adaptation of Disney's classic fairy tale blends nostalgia with a refreshing sense of progress.
Breakfast Club meets Fantastic Four...with underwhelming results.
See the cult film played out live on stage.
An intimate true story about love in the face of prejudice.
A comprehensive collection of the American photographer's portraits of suburban life in the South.
Two artists explore the intersection of nature and technology.
Time for another year of balmy Wednesday nights at the Queen Vic Market.
This small scale Australian sci-fi romance has a fascinating premise, but ultimately fails to deliver.
Cure your Sunday arvo blues with dumplings at The National Hotel in Richmond.
A young local cast does terrific work in this engaging adaptation of a beloved Australian novel.
This year sees 45 formidable films on offer, from the Audrey Tatou-starring Jacques Cousteau biopic to Venice Film Festival highlight Planetarium.
This captivating doco was the darling of last year's festival circuit.
See more than 100 of the uncompromising Australian artist's works in one place.
Jessica Chastain delivers a masterclass in this taut political thriller.
This documentary about one of Australia's most notorious cults will chill you to the bone.
A violent, gritty, soulful tribute to the character behind so much of this franchise's enduring popularity.
An inspiring true story buoyed by three infectious performances.
Try your hand at winemaking (and wine drinking) at this five-week mini festival at Melbourne's first urban winery.
Loneliness and isolation expressed through the works of one of Australia's most important living artists.
The cult Sydney bakery is bringing its watermelon cake to Melbourne.
This highly anticipated sequel is packed with nostalgia, for better and for worse.
This unwanted horror sequel is an even bigger drag than its villain's hairdo.
This massive Chinese-American co-production suffers from thin characters, but visually it's outstanding.
Jump your way down a free, 16-metre-long game of life hopscotch at the NGV.
A showcase of preeminent artists from Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar and beyond.
This thriller about the Boston bombings is well crafted, but recent political developments make it a rather uncomfortable watch.
Melburnians can finally get in on the crass magnum opus from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Let out all those feelings in this weekly no-judgement dance class.
Featuring 200 contemporary artworks by 118 Indigenous Australian women.
Hawthorn's rooftop outdoor cinema returns.
Another awesome outdoor film program for the summer.
Another reason to spend your evenings outdoors for the next few months.
Puppies, patronuses and popcorn under the stars.
The NGV's 2016 Architecture Commission is a dreamy pink car wash-inspired playground.
Three words: bottomless boozy brunch.
Arguably Melbourne's best secondhand clothing market.
Southside just got a regular market full of top-notch grub.
An early contender for the worst movie of the year.
A fascinating look at the life of the famous film critic and the iconic local titles he helped champion.
Big, dumb and fun, Kong is an exhilarating, old-school action-adventure romp.
Sônia Braga is spectacular in this masterful Brazilian drama.
The latest Oscar-winning drama from Iran's Asghar Farhadi makes for compelling viewing, even if it feels a tad familiar.