French Festival, Naked Ukulele, Surf City, Creative Women, Music & Knowledge Week

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November 24, 2011 5:00 pmtoNovember 27, 2011 11:00 pm

French food is more than frogs legs and snails. There’s horse too. This weekend discover Gallic gastronomic delights at the Melbourne French Festival. 70 stalls will be featuring a range of regional French culture and grits in the Downton Abbey-esque Como House. They’ll be a French Bulldog costume comp and 18th century stilt walkers thrown in for luck. Vive le WTF!
What: French for festival
Where: Como House and Garden, 16 Como St South Yarra
When: Fri 25 Nov – Sun 27 Nov
Web: paristoprovence.com.au/2011_Paris_to_Provence/French_Festival.html

If you’ve ever bought a $20 ukulele and strummed it once or twice but secretly wished you could get a few no-strings-attached lessons, the great news is that you can! This Thursday at Naked Espresso there’ll be a uke teacher with 10 years experience on hand to teach you some chords and have fun! Be part of the uke-revolution!
What: Ukulele Lessons in the a cafe
Where: Naked Espresso,  390 Lt. Bourke Street Melbourne
When: Thu 24 Nov, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Price: $12.00 – limited spaces
Web: weteachme.com/marty/ukulele-lessons-in-the-cbd

Back in the 60s, photographer/writer John Witzig blew minds by suggesting that a core group of Australian surfers were riding the wave rather than the board, a concept not yet embraced internationally. John’s collection of shots of surfing culture throughout the 60’s and 70’s make you feel nostalgic even if, like me, you weren’t alive in the 70’s and have never been on a surfboard. The images of untouched landscapes, Kombi vans, children, dogs and nary a sunscreen bottle in sight make me want to buy a beach caravan and begin my transformation into a fashionable leather bag.
What: Surfing pics and zinc cream
Where: The Raw Gallery, 11 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
When: Friday 25 Nov – 24 Dec
Web: therawgallery.com/news/upcoming-exhibition-john-witzig/

This week the City of Melbourne will spend an absurd amount of money on disposable novelties as part of the nine day long Melbourne Music Week, including a temporary outdoor venue that changes colour in time to DJs. It’s called KUBIK, it occupies the public space at Birrarung Marr and has a suitably garish webpage here. Also the world’s first Giant Theremin at Northbank (it’s on the other side of Southbank). What could be more fun than that? Well other than perhaps supporting a local band at a local venue
What: Not that kind of music festival, the other kind
Where: Melbourne City
When: Now until Nov 26
Web: thatsmelbourne.com.au/whatson/music/mmw/Pages/MMWHome.aspx

Hot on the heels of Music Week, the City of Melbourne invites us all to an open conference about the future and growth of our beautiful city. You’ll be able to find out what’s planned for the future and tap in to a diverse range of knowledgeable types, from the cultural to the scientific. There’ll be awards, launches and conferences for clever clogs all over the city.
What: Knowledge Week
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
When: 28 November – 2 December 2011
Web: www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/LearnandSee/Pages/knowledgeweek.aspx

The clothes maketh the man. The less of the man the more need for the clothes. This week marks the final days of ManStyle at The Ian Potter Centre. It’s a collect of attractive clothes for men from 1740 to present day. Nothing could be more dandy.
What: Fap for Fops
Where: NGV Ian Potter, Melbourne
When: Now until Nov 27
Web: ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibitions/manstyle2

Loose Ends is a play that captures the spirit of late 1970s and boasts a Chekhovian passivity that is both amusing and poignant. As far as I know (I haven’t seen it yet) it’s about couple who meet in Bali and their subsequent relationship struggles after they return to New York. If that’s not enough to rope you in then there’s also some excellent costumes.
What: Theatre
Where: Bella Union – Trades Hall, corner Lygon and Victoria Streets Carlton
When: Now until Dec 3
Web: bellaunion.com.au/program_guide/show_517/

Friday sees the book launch of ‘Conversations with Creative Women’ which brings together a collection of 14 exclusive interviews with some of Australia’s most talented female creatives from an array of industries such as millinery, textile design, blogging, architecture, retail, writing, weaving and fashion design. Mill about with like minded people and expand your horizons.
What: Book launch and chat
Where: Harvest Workroom, 510 Lygon St East Brunswick
When: Fri 25 Nov
Web: lifeinstyle.com.au/blog/2011/11/07/top-pick-conversations-with-creative-women-book-launch/

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