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Eating with the AU: The Hunter's Kitchen at Lucky Penny - South Yarra (Melbourne)

Anyone who lives in Melbourne knows that which side of the Yarra you live on speaks volumes. In fact, most Melbournians from the ‘north side’ would rather forget the days when they ever frequented the sterility of the fitness-obsessed, four-wheel-driving, footballer haven that is Chapel St. Raised in artistic, down-to-earth neighbourhoods, it is a given that north siders know where to find good food without pretentiousness. Life on the north side is comfortably grungy with hidden secrets and that’s how it should remain.

Photo Gallery: The Milk Carton Kids + Timothy James Bowen - Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne (30.06.15)

The Milk Carton Kids, on their three city whistle-stop tour of Australia, played in Melbourne last night at the gorgeous surrounds of the Athenaeum Theatre. Wollongong based singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen filled the support slot.

Photo Gallery: Oz Comic-Con Day Two - MREC, Melbourne (28.06.15)

All the madness and excitement from the second day of Oz Comic-Con in Melbourne has been captured in this photo gallery from Rebecca Houlden! Featuring the likes of Jason Momoa, Keisha Castle-Hughes, David Wenham and YOU...

Photo Gallery: Oz Comic-Con Day One - MCEC, Melbourne (27.06.15)

Oz Comic-Con brought passionate experts, cosplayers and fans alike to the MCEC in Melbourne over the weekend! Rebecca Houlden headed along and caught all the action on camera. Click through to check out her photo gallery in full...

Ballet Review: St Petersburg Ballet's Swan Lake - Plenary Theatre, Melbourne (23.06.15)

Often described as the quintessential ballet, I was overjoyed when I was asked to review Tchaikovsky’s original masterpiece, Swan Lake. The St Petersburg Ballet had travelled far to bring their adapted version to the stage at the Plenary Theatre in Melbourne, and I was keenly anticipating a superb evening.

Drinking with the AU: Bombay Sapphire's Project Botanicals Pop Up Bar - North Melbourne (Melbourne)

In the wake of their sold-out success in 2014, Bombay Sapphire’s Project Botanicals has returned to North Melbourne, bringing flavours from far-off lands to a converted warehouse space. This slick pop-up bar is located in a quiet street behind unassuming doors, in a nod to the city’s penchant for secret laneway bars. Were it not for the smartly dressed doormen, you might actually walk straight past.

Theatre Review: Cirque Africa - Burnley Oval, Melbourne (Performances through July 19th)

It seems over the last few months Melbourne has been overcome with circus fever! With so many skillful troupes flipping and juggling around town, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. Not so with Cirque Africa, who from the moment they arrived on Australian shores, made it evident that they were here to take the circus world by storm!

Photo Gallery: Tim Rogers and The Bamboos + Ainslie Wills - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne (24.06.15)

Tim Rogers and The Bamboos brought their Rules of Attraction Tour to Melbourne playing at The Corner Hotel with support from Ainslie Wills. It was a magnificent Rock and Soul party and Carl Dziunka went to capture the night.

Eating with the AU: Truffle Melbourne Metro Festival - Prahran Market (South Yarra)

Australia is now the fourth largest producer of black truffles after France, Spain and Italy, so it is only fitting that this weekend just gone saw Prahran Market playing host to a haven for truffle lovers. Truffle Melbourne, one of Australia’s most prestigious food festivals, descended upon the distinct foodie precinct to coincide with the black truffle harvest. The Market Square came alive in celebration of this magical winter delight; with local merchants pulling together some of Victoria’s best artisanal truffle infused produce for all to taste. If you thought that truffles were merely balls of delectable chocolate, then you’ve got a thing or two to learn about the wonderful world of fungi.

Theatre Review: Circus Oz presents "But Wait...There's More" - Under The Big Top, Melbourne (Performances until 12th July)

Hoards of patrons both young and old scrambled along Birrarung Marr on their way to the Circus Oz Big Top for its grand opening night! The foyer of the tent was packed to the brim as we weaved our way past the various indoor stalls. The smell of popcorn and hot jam donuts sailed through the air, as sequins adorned performers enthusiastically pranced around greeting guests.

Eating with the AU: The Bistro at The Village - St Kilda Road (Melbourne)

Those who live and work near the St Kilda Road precinct know that during winter, when the city is swathed by dark clouds and swamped by rain, outdoor revelry is near impossible. So if you’re longing for a homespun, welcoming refuge, then tiptoe beyond the Beer Garden to the heart of The Village where you will find The Bistro – a charming, old pub which offers the perfect recourse for those blustery Melbourne evenings.

Live Review: Jebediah + Bodyjar - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne (17.06.15)

Those kids from the 90's, Jebediah, are back. It's their 20th anniversary and it's time to party with one hell of a tour. To celebrate their first night in Melbourne, punk rockers Bodyjar are the opening act. They kick things off with a few songs from their 98 album, No Touch Red, before playing an assortment of tracks from Plastic Skies and Role Model. Loud and crunchy guitar riffs populate the set as Bodyjar fill the room with an energy that can only be relieved by breaking out into a skank. 'Too Drunk To Drive' brings back vivid memories of their 80's themed video clip and Adalita prancing about like a giant dork alongside a poker faced singer, Cam Baines. However it's 'Not The Same' and the cover of 'Hazy Shade of Winter' that truly demonstrates their punk prowess.

Photo Gallery: Jebediah + Bodyjar - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (17.06.15)

Jebediah are touring the country to celebrate their 20th birthday, with Bodyjar along for the ride. Rebecca Houlden was at their Corner Hotel gig on Wednesday night and brings us these photos:

Theatre Review: Rocky Horror Picture Show - Melbourne Comedy Theatre (Performances until July 12th)

It was with much jubilation that I headed on down to Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre to see the one and only Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was opening night, and the auditorium was absolutely packed! The audience was what you would affectionately call an ‘excited bunch’ with chortling laughter reverberating around the theatre, and patrons practically jumping out of their seats with antici……pation!

Arts Feature: Behind the Scenes of the Circus Oz Big Top

It was a crisp morning as I approached the giant tent, looming on the horizon like a glorious castle. I moved with cautious steps, gaining momentum as my excitement grew. I was about to gain entry into the secret world of the Circus Oz Big Top, to go where only few had gone before. A preview of the magic and mystique that happens behind closed ‘doors’ awaited me, and I was keenly anticipating what would turn out to be a marvellous morning.