Sugar Mountain, No Pants Tram Ride, Grace Note, Canoeing, Tennis Anyone this Weekend!

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January 12, 2012 5:00 pmtoJanuary 15, 2012 11:00 pm

It’s an arts and music festival featuring Deerhoof, Tune-Yards, Shabazz Palaces, Thee Oh Sees, World’s End Press to name a few. Deerhoof according to Pitchfork are the best band in the world, at least one of my house mates has a huge crush on Vincent Moon, and Thee Oh Sees will be one of those bands that people will be asking “Did you see Thee Oh Sees?” for the rest of the year. It’s a festival that smashes the mould to tiny pieces and makes a beautiful mosaic out of the mess.
What: Festival
Where:  Melbourne – Forum, Federation Square, No Vacancy Gallery and ACMI
When: Saturday 14 Jan
Web: www.sugarmountainfestival.com

OK first up I promise no cheesy tennis puns. Now some facts – It’s one of only four Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments played in the world and it’s right here in Melbourne. Tickets are affordable. A grounds pass in early rounds lets you walk right up to various matches and you can also wander off and see bands, get free shampoo samples and drink in the sun. It’s awesome. Just remember to take a bag with supplies for all weather, a jumper for when it gets dark, poncho for when it rains and sunscreen and a hat for during the day. While equally fun going alone or with mates, it’s also an excellent date even if you’re not into tennis. Yes, even if you’re not into tennis!
When: Starts Monday
Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
Web: www.australianopen.com

Don’t blame yourself for drinking too much the night before if you happen to encounter a bunch of pantless wackos jumping on the tram this Sunday. Started as a small prank in New York, this year sees 59 cities participating in the liberating commuting experience. The plan is taking the 96 St Kilda tram sans pantaloons at separate stops and acting like no-one knows each other (you probably won’t). There’s an after no-pants party on the beach, for those who seek more awkwardness.
What: No Pants Subway (Tram) Ride
Where: Tram 96 towards St Kilda
When: Sun 15 Jan @1pm
Web: www.facebook.com/events/272778056117121/

They are Scottish. They rock. They are playing this Friday at the East Brunswick Club with Teeth and Tongue and Pearls. Dance me in already!
What: Band
Where: East Brunswick Club, 280 Lygon St, East Brunswick
When: Friday 13 Jan
Web: www.facebook.com/events/215554441849797/

In his own words, Keith Deverell takes some idiosyncratic musicians and blows them up, out and loud in his video work, Grace Note. Five percussionists are captured with their unique gestures on ultra slow, super huge portraits, which are the magnifiers of the lesser seen parts of performance and a deconstruction of the overblown notion of fame. Do we know what he’s talking about? No. There will also be in-store performances from the portrayed musicians.
What: Exhibition
Where: Polyester Records, 288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
When: Thursday January 12 – 29
Web: www.facebook.com/events/240387802697181/

If the most adventurous thing you do on a Saturday morning is to go for siphon instead of flat white, better get down to Kananook Creek in Frankston. Once a month, paddlers of the Canoe Club get together to enjoy the calm water and go exploring. No prior experience is required, as most sections of the creek are tranquil.
What: Paddling at Kananook Creek
Where: Kananook Creek, Frankston. Meeting point with the group is Seaford Community Centre car park (near Seaford Railway Station)
When:  Saturday January 14, 11am (and every second Saturday of the month)
Cost: $10 for the equipment and the mandatory insurance
Web: www.kccc.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=20714
*Contact the club if you require equipment

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