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12° & CLEAR SKY ON FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Concrete Playground
September 17, 2018
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    The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Week

    Swap your avo toast for Vietnamese yum cha brunch here.
    By Concrete Playground
    September 17, 2018
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      • CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

        Winnie-the-Pooh returns in gorgeous detail in this big-hearted ode to not taking life too seriously.

      • BIENNALE OF AUSTRALIAN ART

        Ballarat's huge new six-week festival is the largest-ever showcase of living Australian artists.

      • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT AMERICAN BBQ, SIDES & DESSERT

        This Brunswick joint is serving up all-you-can-eat American-style barbecue twice a week.

      • OYSTER FRENZY

        Get ready to eat your body weight in the ocean's greatest gifts.

      • SEARCHING

        Keeping your eyes glued to a computer screen has rarely been more thrilling.

      • A SIMPLE FAVOUR

        Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively shine in this savagely entertaining thriller from 'Bridesmaids' director Paul Feig.

      • TESSELAAR TULIP FESTIVAL 2018

        Never seen a million tulips in bloom? Now you can.

      • BETTY'S GAME ROSE LAUNCH PARTY

        Vinomofo is hosting a plant-filled pop-up with free wine tastings and free rosé ice cream.

      • MCQUEEN

        A documentary as fascinating as the fashion designer at its centre.

      • THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

        Chloë Grace Moretz turns in a career-best performance in this quietly revelatory look at life inside a gay conversion camp.

      • RUTHERGLEN IN THE CITY 2018

        A pop-up cellar door offering tastings of Victorian wines for five bucks.

      • YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

        Joaquin Phoenix is at his wounded best in Lynne Ramsay's intense hitman thriller.

      • GERTRUDE STREET PROJECTION FESTIVAL MINI 2018

        Fitzroy's main drag will once again come alive after dark with colourful lights and projections.

      • ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2018

        See Yvette Coppersmith's winning portrait along with a slew of other notable works.

      • MELBOURNE FRINGE 2018

        Taking over 150 Melbourne venues, this year's festival will transform the city into a virtual playground.

      • ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018

        Featuring a drama about a dog-loving criminal and a flick about the scandalous life of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

      • RACLETTE NIGHT

        Serving up gooey cheese every Monday night in September.

      • THE INSULT

        This Academy Award-nominated drama provides a probing look at Lebanon's volatile political climate

      • DON'T BIN PLASTICS, YET

        The Economist is slinging free coffees (in edible cups) alongside its new roaming war on waste exhibition.

      • LOVE SONG DEDICATIONS (WITHOUT RICHARD MERCER)

        Relive late-night love songs of the early 2000s in this Fringe show on a quest to find the perfect dedication.

      • COMPLETELY IMPROVISED POTTER — SOOTHPLAYERS

        A hilarious improv show that was a hit at this year's Comedy Festival.

      • SELINA JENKINS: THY NEIGHBOUR

        A dark comedy cabaret based on the true story of two women who were driven from their home during the recent postal vote.

      • QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

        This free Fringe party will dedicate a whole night to Whitney Houston.

      • ICON — FIELD THEORY

        This live art project will take one ordinary Melburnian to superstar status with films and parties in their honour.

      • CAPITALISM WORKS FOR ME! TRUE/FALSE

        Cast your vote in various spots around the city and see the results stack up in real-time.

      • CRAZY RICH ASIANS

        An irreverent, entertaining and purposefully extravagant rom-com that also proves a rare Hollywood film with a primarily Asian cast.

      • KEN UNSWORTH: TRULY, MADLY

        The 87-year-old sculptor's first major Melbourne exhibition.

      • ROME: CITY AND EMPIRE

        Experience the grandeur of ancient Rome at this blockbuster exhibition.

      • MACANESE FOOD TRUCK FREE GIVEAWAY

        A food truck serving up free Macanese fare is cruising around Melbourne for five days.

      • OKTOBERFEST AT HOFBRäUHAUS

        Melbourne's German 'bierhall' is holding five weeks of beer festival shenanigans.

      • COMPLETELY UNMONITORED NORMAL HUMAN SOCIAL GATHERING EVENT #0001

        Speed dating said to be run by a cult or social commentary on surveillance and control?

      • CHAMPAGNE AND TACOS

        Add a slice of luxury to your work week with prime bubbles and bites.

      • MELBOURNE YARN & FIBRE FESTIVAL

        Shop for crafty wares, weave your own basket or make your own earrings.

      • HAWKER 88 NIGHT MARKET

        A new Wednesday night hawker-style food market heroing mooncakes, Filipino food and durian.

      • SPARTACUS — THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET

        The famed gladiator pirouettes his way to freedom in this high-impact, captivating ballet.

      • I HART RUM FESTIVAL

        Whitehart is hosting a one-day fest where you can try some 30 types of rum for $35.

      • BIN'GO YOUR OWN WAY

        Music-themed bingo comes to the Corner Hotel.

      • MANDELA MY LIFE: THE OFFICIAL EXHIBITION

        A huge world-first Nelson Mandela exhibition debuts in Melbourne.

      • HORROR — JAKOP AHLBOM COMPANY

        The horror film-influenced theatre production is bringing its nightmarish thrills to Arts Centre Melbourne.

      • PLANETARIUM NIGHTS

        Stare up at the full-dome screen with a drink in your hand.

      • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S 50 GREATEST WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHS

        See the best 50 animal snaps from the magazine's 130-year archive at Melbourne Zoo's outdoor gallery.

      • LEAVE NO TRACE

        This delicate drama from the director of Winter's Bone is one of the best films of the year.

      • VIETNAMESE YUM CHA BRUNCH

        A Vietnamese twist on Sunday brunch, with optional bottomless booze.

      • BLACKKKLANSMAN

        Spike Lee returns a wild, infuriating, eye-opening true story it feels like he was born to tell.

      • GAME/ON

        A retro gaming festival complete with a pop-up arcade and a Nintendo-themed candy bar.

      • ON CHESIL BEACH

        More than a decade after Atonement, Saoirse Ronan once again shines in another adaptation of author Ian McEwan's work.

      • THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME

        With Kate McKinnon at her hilarious best, this action-comedy delivers solid laughs along with an ace ode to female friendship.

      • SLENDER MAN

        The internet's favourite boogeyman makes the jump from overused meme to bland, routine, scare-free horror movie.

      • THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

        This filthy felt film is disappointingly threadbare.

      • GIN HIGH TEA

        Mary Eats Cake is hosting a series of gin-fuelled high teas with unlimited scones.

      • SUNDAY LUNCHES AT RYNE

        A new four-course roast to lure you out of the house on the laziest of Sundays.

      • AMERICAN MASTERS 1940–1980

        The National Gallery of Australia will pull out works by Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock and more.

      • TOKOSAN'S SUNDAY BRUNCH

        Pair brunch bento boxes with bottomless booze at this Prahran bar's new brunch.

      • HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES

        The National Film and Sound Archive's exhibition celebrating the too-brief career of local boy Heath Ledger.

      • MATES RATES AND CHEESE PLATES

        Tuck into free fromage over cheap drinks.

      • BODY WORLDS VITAL

        The world-renowned exhibition offers Melburnians a rare look inside the human body.

      • BLAK DESIGN MATTERS

        The first national survey of Australia's most innovative and powerful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design.

      • ROBERT SMITHSON: TIME CRYSTALS

        The American artist's large repertoire of radical land art will be on display in Australia for the very first time.

      • SWEET SET 2018

        Grub is teaming up with some of the city's best pastry chefs for a series of sweet Sunday lunches.

      • BALDESSIN/WHITELEY: PARALLEL VISIONS

        An NGV exhibition bringing together works from two preeminent Australian artists, George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley.

      • WINTER IGLOO GARDEN

        Escape the winter chill inside a cosy igloo with chocolate fondue.

      • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SUSHI TUESDAYS

        Devour as many rolls as you can every Tuesday.

      • THE FITZROY MILLS

        A new Fitzroy market showcase a top selection of local food producers each Saturday.

      • VEGAN TUESDAYS

        Tuck into an all-you-can-eat vegan curry feast at St Kilda's Babu Ji every week.

      • SNOWSHOE TO FONDUE

        How far would you go for cheese?

      • BOTTOMLESS PIZZA AND UNLIMITED BEER NIGHT

        $35 gets you two hours of slices and brews every Thursday night.

      • ZERO

        MONA's immersive ode to the radical artists of post-war Germany.

      • PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE

        The Spanish artist's 1930s etchings come to the National Gallery of Australia.

      • NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS 2018

        Gear up for spring gigs and after-dark access to the NGV's huge MoMA exhibition.

      • JAPONISME: JAPAN AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN ART

        The NGV draws on its collection to display 19th century art from Japan, as well as the European works it influenced.

      • MOMA AT NGV: 130 YEARS OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART

        Over 200 modern and contemporary masterpieces from New York's MoMA have come to Australia for the very first time in this epic display.

      • GRANDMOTHERS

        Melbourne's five mulitcultural museums have collaborated on a cross-venue exhibition celebrating yiayias, bubbes and nonnas.

      • BINGO ACADEMY

        Keep the weekend shenanigans going into Sunday afternoon with a bottomless boozy bingo brunch at Tokyo Tina.

      • $1 OYSTER MONDAYS

        Take your Monday nights up a notch with a cheeky dozen at Prahran's Tokosan.

      • TUESDAY WHISKY & CHEESE NIGHT

        Spend your Tuesdays sampling whisky and cheese at Eau de Vie.

      • QUICK BITES COMEDY

        A free weekly comedy night at Boney.

      • WONDERLAND

        Go down the rabbit hole at ACMI's world-first interactive 'Alice in Wonderland' exhibition.

      • BOTTOMLESS PANCAKE BRUNCH

        The newly reopened Prince Alfred Hotel is opening up its rooftop for bottomless pancakes, mimosas, bloody marys and beer.

      • DIALOGUE IN THE DARK

        Take a tour of Melbourne in complete darkness.

      • BOTTOMLESS MARTINI BRUNCH

        End your weekend on a caffeine high with two hours of espresso martinis.

      • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT GYOZA

        Head to South Yarra's Japanese biker bar for an hour of power every Wednesday night.

      • CAPI OUTDOOR CINEMA

        The iconic Westgarth Cinema is jumping on the outdoor trend.

      • RAC 'N' MAC NIGHT

        Taking cheesy pasta goodness to the next level every Thursday.

      • BELLEVILLE'S SOUTHERN FRIED SUNDAYS

        A weekly Sunday session answering all of your deep-fried chicken desires.

      • JULIET'S JAZZ AND RACLETTE THURSDAYS

        Get your gooey cheese fix while being serenaded at the hidden basement bar.

      • YUM CHA SUNDAYS

        Cure your Sunday arvo blues with dumplings at The National Hotel in Richmond.

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