HOT: Who’s That Chik?, Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Candy Bowers wanted all the critics to introduce their reviews by saying that Who’s That Chik? features ‘a girl in skin tight dance pants’. So if you’re expecting crisp white linen suits and the perfect diction of God of Carnage, you’re in the wrong theatre. Candy B’s self-written, autobiographical show is billed as ‘a hip hop […]

NOT: Patee Thai, 371-373 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

I’ll be blunt. Other than the novelty of eating your meal while simultaneously stretching your hip flexors on floor cushions, I can’t think of much else to commend about Patee Thai. The restaurant was decked out in every Thai cliché I could think of (lots of temple references) and the food was bland, anglo-fied Thai […]

HOT: Ridiculusmus Play Readings, La Mama, 205 Faraday St, Carlton

La Mama is an intimate one-room shoebox tucked away in Carlton, and it’s a terrible/wonderful theatre space. Terrible if you’re stuck with a boring show, as there’s nowhere to hide, snooze or make a hasty escape. Wonderful if you’re sharing the space with a witty, invigorating production, as the sense of intimacy really feels like […]

HOT: Donnini’s Restaurant, 320 Lygon St, Carlton

For a smallish city of 4 million people, I think that the Melbourne restaurant scene is disproportionately vibrant – it seems every month I add yet another dozen new restaurant openings to my must-eat-and-blog list. Yet Melbourne has an even longer list of under-appreciated stalwarts, the restaurants and cafes who do their stuff without celebrities, […]

HOT: Tale of the Golden Lease, Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North Melb

Melbourne Fringe Festival #3: Tale of the Golden Lease by four blokes in jeans, otherwise known as Vigilantelope. While the rest of Melbourne was getting celebrating/commiserating over the grand final, I sat in a dark room at the Lithuanian Club and got transported to heaven, hell, the prehistoric era and a fish and chip shop. Tale […]

HOT: Arj Barker, Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North Melbourne

Melbourne Fringe Festival #2: Arj Barker is a favourite act among Australian comedy audiences (helped no doubt by his role as Dave in Flight of the Conchords) so it makes sense that he would test out his new material on our friendly shores. So as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival he’s put together a […]

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