Dolly Tribute, Harvest Fest, Fellatio Monologues, Busking, Back the the Future this Weekend

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November 10, 2011 5:00 pmtoNovember 13, 2011 11:00 pm

This Sunday at Yah Yah’s a huge collective of artists have been working 9-5 to put together a tribute to all things Dolly Parton.  At just $10 the Dolly Parton Tribute Show is the finest substitute for those on a tight budget. Though there’ll be no new jumpsuits but I’m sure if you attend at least one of the performers will love you for it, always.
What: Dolly Parton Tribute Night
Where: Yah Yah’s, 99 Smith St Fitzroy
When: Sun 13 Nov
Web: www.yahyahs.com.au

Heads up – An ensemble of spunks from various Australia soap operas will be performing Scott Major’s seminal work The Fellatio Monologues at Revolt ArtSpace from now until November 19.  Yes it’s a collection of monologues about sucking cock, but it penetrates much deeper than just smutty stories. Some of the monologues are funny, some are hard hitting, some will tug at your heart strings, some might even leave you with a lump in the back of your throat. Tickets are selling fast so get in quick or you might blow your chances.
What: Theatre and double ententres
Where: Revolt Melbourne ArtSpace, 12 Elizabeth St Kensington
When:  Now until 19 Nov (details)
Tickets: http://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=100411791&presenter=AUREVOLT&venue&event

It’s a festival for adults. Not for old people like A Day on the Green, or teenagers like the BDO. You don’t have to camp. You can catch a train home afterwards. It won’t cost you a fortune to buy a ticket, there are still some available but it’s capped to ensure it won’t be over crowded. There are promises of access to quality food and amenities (are you listening Laneway Festival?) The lineup is awesome – The Flaming Lips, Portishead, TV On The Radio, Mogwai, Bright Eyes, The National, Mercury Rev, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Bedroom Philosopher and heaps more. Over 18s only. This could well be the music festival we’ve all been dreaming of.
When: Sat 12 November
Where: Werribee Park, K Road, Werribee South
Web: http://harvestfestival.com.au

Supanova? Didn’t I already read about this back in April? Yes you did but it’s back, back to the future.  Christopher Lloyd couldn’t make it in April, perhaps he hit his head on a toilet, I don’t know but he’s here now. Also for absolutely no related reason Val Kilmer is here too. Maybe he’s hoping The Doc can take him back in time to the 90s or maybe he’s content living off the fat of the land in New Mexico and just felt like a holiday. There’s Q+As, a film screening, and autograph opportunities. Tickets start at $25 at the bottom end all the way up to $880 – for that you have morning tea with Val and Chris and they pose for a photo with you and you can pretend that you’re friends for an hour or so.
What: Supanova Goes Back to the Future
When: Sat 12 November, 10am to 5pm
Where: The Plenary Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Web: www.supanova.com.au

Fancy a weekend getaway to the country with all the quirky comforts of somewhere like say, the city? This weekend marks the first annual Busking Festival in the central Victorian town of Elphinstone. Organiser Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns has been recruiting local Melbourne buskers, international escape artists, jazz bands, twilight Trash ‘n’ Treasure market stall holders, vintage car rally drivers, cider makers, childrens performers and pyrotechnic masters. It is going to be amazing.
What: Busking Festival
Where: Elphinstone Hall, Elphinstone Hotel and Sawpit Gully Reserve in Elphinstone (Near Castlemaine)
When: Fri 11 till Sun 13 Nov
Web: www.facebook.com/pages/Gateway-to-the-Goldfields-Busking-Festival/144937545594848

A little while ago I directed a music video for post rock band Laura. This week they are finally launching their new album ‘1200X’ at the Corner Hotel this Friday. It’s brilliant. They are on at 11:11.
What: Mind blowing awesomeness through sounds
When: Friday 11 November
Where: The Corner Richmond, 57 Swan St, Richmond
Web: www.wearemappingyourdreams.com
Tickets: https://corner.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/14-laura

Cafe Rebetika has a lovely set, beautiful costumes, it even smells right.  The songs are as dark, moody and charming as you might hope, but tonight something just isn’t quite right. Sitting in the Arts Centre with all its pomp and many of the house lights on during the performance while watching the cast in a dive bar drink, smoke and dance its difficult not to feel like an outsider. Perhaps in a different venue without so much light, somewhere dark and dingy like Cafe Rebetika itself I would have felt differently. Maybe you will too.
What: Greek philosophy of acceptance and personal integrity with music from the slums akin to tango, fado and American Blues
Where: Arts Centre, Melbourne.
When: Now till November 13

How much better would life be if there were no greed, jealousy, anger or other green monsters? This Monday internationally respected Buddhist nun Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang will be speaking at Fed Square about how to overcome all of the above and open our hearts to others. And yes, of course its free.
What: Good vibrations
Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square Melbourne
When: Mon 14 Nov, 7.30pm – 9pm
Web: www.fedsquare.com/events/the-buddhist-way-of-loving-kindness/

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