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Rooftop BBQ, St. Ali’s Coffee Expo, Roller Derby, Meditation, Summer Snaps and Surf this Weekend

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January 26, 2012 11:00 amtoJanuary 29, 2012 5:00 pm

Lets be honest, we all know that most of you this week are going to drink heavily, watch sport, and attend a BBQ on what is being billed as the most stupid holiday of the year.

I’m drunk already.

Music-wise there’s that “Big” music festival with Kayne and Soundgarden on the 29th that most of us over the are of 16 are kinda over by now. Girltalk is playing at The Palace on Jan 31 but perhaps most exciting – on Australia Day UV Race have a show on a rooftop with a not so secret special guest.
WHAT: Rooftop Gig and BBQ
WHERE: It’s a secret
WHEN: Thurs 26 Jan, 3pm – 6.30pm


If all the BBQ’s, beer and tennis talk gets a bit too much, take the time to step back and smell the roses at Fed Square. Melbourne-based Buddhist monk and teacher Gen Kelsang Dornying will be holding four free meditation lessons, along with Buddhist teachings and reflections on the day.
WHAT: Good karma
WHERE: Fed Square
WHEN: Thurs 26 Jan, talks from 11am – 5pm

This Saturday the cafe that arguably kick-started Melbourne’s taste for third-wave cups of joe is holding its very own Coffee Expo on site. Bean lovers will be able to tour the Sensory Lab roastery while some of Australia’s best baristas and roasters (including Australian champ and third-ranked barista in the world Matt Perger) run four 1.5 hour classes on everything from alternative brewing methods to micro-roasting. Just don’t mention Nescafe Blend 43.
WHAT: Coffee Expo
WHERE: St. Ali, Yarra Place South Melbourne
WHEN: Sat 28 Jan, 9.30am – 5pm
Bookings $75 per class (includes all the coffee you can handle) or $250 for every class (includes lunch). For more info and to book contact

I know what you’re thinking – what’s the different between Queer Roller Derby and regular Roller Derby? Am I allowed to ask that question? What is sexual identity? What is gender identity? Can I wear a fake moustache? Can I wear a real moustache? In this case two teams of All Star queer identified skaters from NSW and VIC will be fighting for the title as part of Midsumma 2012. Let’s be honest, no matter how you identity yourself it can all get a bit confusing, which is why the money raised from the battle will go towards the Zoe Belle Gender Centre and assist in the prevention of discrimination and suicide amongst transgendered and gender diverse Victorians. One thing that is unquestionable is that Battle on the Bent Track 2012 will the most fun you can have this week with your pants on (and off!)
WHAT: Roller Derby
WHEN: Sat 28 Jan, doors open 5.30pm
WHERE: Puckhandler’s stadium corner of Blake and Davis St, Reservoir

For something more sensible yet still sweet and summery grab your last chance to see Summers Past: Golden Days in the Sun 1950-1970, a fascinating photographic exhibition highlighting Australia’s fascination with the sun and sea.
WHAT: Old Photos
WHERE: Public Records Office, 99 Shiel St, North Melbourne
WHEN: Till Feb 1

Benjamin Safari says a little voice in his head whispered suggested he should walk to Western Australia. So he listened. And he walked. From Melbourne to Perth. And further. Carrying a surfboard. He made a film about it too, The Dream, which is screening this Sunday. Questions will be answered.
WHAT: Epic walk/surf/film
WHERE: 20 Ovens St, Brunswick
WHEN: Sunday 29 Jan @8.30pm

OK so this event is happening on Monday but since it’s kind of a long weekend and it’s whiskey so it stays. Whiskey Bar Chez Regine has made a New Year’s resolution to crack open a bunch of their fancy stuff. This Monday Sean Baxter from Diageo will be presenting and sharing range of top shelf hooch. Bookings essential.
What: Drinking
Where: Chez Regine, 270 Russell St Melbourne
When: Monday 30 Jan, doors open 5pm for 6pm tasting. $10
Web: Booking form on the website here

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