Star Wars Burlesque, SLAM Rally, Tea Tastings, Antipodes Fest, Vintage Markets and more this weekend

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February 23, 2012 5:00 pmtoFebruary 26, 2012 11:00 pm

It’s Star Wars, it’s burlesque, the puns write themselves: The Empire Strips Back, Attack of the Cones, Hand Solo, Jabba the Slut…but I digress. For the first time ever Star Wars Burlesque is coming to Melbourne in a forceful performance after a sold out season in Sydney. If these are the droids you’re looking for get along to The Atheneaum this weekend.
WHAT: Stark Wars
WHEN: Sat 25 and Sun 26 Feb
WHERE: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne
WEB: premier.ticketek.com.au/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=STARWARS12#.Tz9EFCNfO2c

International tea expert May King Tsang joins forces with local purveyors of artisan tea for two evening events that will showcase the origins, diversity and complexity of tea and educate Melbournians on the finer points of making tea. May King is the founder of specialty loose-leaf tea label MayKingTea and is one of the Specialty Tea Institute’s top 50 globally recommended and certified speakers on tea.
‘Tea & Terroir’
WHEN: Thursday 23 Feb, 6.30om – 8.00 pm
WHERE: Tea & Sympathy, 781 High Street, Thornbury
PRICE: $20 per person or $35 for two
WEB:Online in the ‘Tea Shop’ at www.teaandsympathy.com.au or via phone 0403 811 028

‘Global Tea Discovery Series, Part 1”
WHEN: Friday 24th Feb, 7.00PM – 8.30 pm
WHERE: Storm in a Teacup, 48A Smith St, Collingwood
PRICE:$20 prepaid and $25 on the night
WEB:In-store, via phone 9415 9593 or by email info@storminateacup.com.au

This weekend sees Lonsdale Street become a little slice of Greece with the 2012 Glendi (it’s Greek for party.) While the area nowadays might be more the symbolic rather than the pulsing heart of Melbourne’s Greek Community, this weekend you’d be hard pressed to know. There will be food, cooking demonstrations, and dancing. Pass the ouzo.
WHAT: Greek-Australian Festival
WHEN: 25 – 26 Feb
WHERE: Lonsdale Street, between Russell and Swanston St, Melbourne
WEB: www.antipodesfestival.com.au

WE couldn’t not write about this week, when two years ago when 20,000 people marched through Melbourne to Save Live Australia’s Music (aka SLAM). Every small venue around the trap has been encouraged to register their SLAM event this year and ya’ll should head out in the name of this great cause. So many great venues to see and do. My tip is The UV Race at the Toff in Town.
WHEN: Thurs 23 February
WHERE: Various venues nationwide
WEB: slamrally.org

Those who enjoy checking out markets will enjoy Bend and Snap at 1000 £ Bend. With various stalls such as the Beanstalk Bakery with its mini cupcakes that look like burgers and hotdogs, to the Tea and Sympathy stall with a large variety of tasty loose leaf teas to try, as well as hearing about the latest fashions from the This Is What I’d Wear blogger.
WHAT: Market
WHEN: Sunday 26 Feb, 11am-4pm
WHERE: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne
WEB: bendandsnapmarket.wordpress.com

This Friday and Saturday at Downstairs at Almas, Melbourne’s newest cabaret venue, audiences will experience a full vaudevillian extravaganza fusing tap dance, song and acrobatic theatrics with an extended cast of musicians and dancers coming together in a Parisian style “rendez-vous”.
WHAT: Parisian Rendez-Vous
WHERE:” Downstairs at Almas” Alma Sports Club, 1 Wilks Street, North Caulfield
WHEN: Fri/Sat 24th/25th Feb, 8pm
WEB: downstairsatalmas.com.au

Luna Park’s Summer Nights promotion is making sure the hot season will be going well in Autumn. Extending its trading hours until 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (and until 8pm on Sundays) there’s plenty of afterhours fun on offer. Those who love rides will be stoked to hear that until March 30 you can get two Unlimited Ride Tickets for the price of one on Thursday and Friday nights.
WHAT: Rides
WHEN: Until 14 April 2012
WHERE: Luna Park, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
WEB: lunapark.com.au

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