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Eating with the AU: The Brass Coq - Little Lonsdale St (Melbourne)

Melbourne’s legal precinct looks set to experience a food revival with the recent opening of eatery and bar, The Brass Coq. This cosmopolitan establishment at the top end of Little Lonsdale Street heralds what the area has long been waiting for – a place to savour good food and company, which captures the energy of its location with a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe.

Photo Gallery: Tkay Maidza + UV boi - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (23.04.15)

Adelaide's latest hip-hop dynamo Tkay Maidza brought the noise through to the Northcote Social Club for a show not to be forgotten. Kimberley Salmond was down there for the AU and brings us the following shots from the night!

Live Review: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls + Lincoln Le Fevre - Barwon Club, Geelong (17.04.15)

There aren’t many acts that would take me to the lost world that is Geelong but when Frank Turner, who is beginning to become a bit of a Bluesfest staple, announced a massive wave of sideshows from the festival including the town’s Barwon Club, I knew I needed to be there. And so, I stand in front of the club/bar hybrid hours outside of the city, listening to the in-house speakers blaring The Smith Street Band. It’s a bit of a step down after his last tour two years ago with Boston’s Dropkick Murphys at Festival Hall but whether it be playing to 5000 or 50 people, Turner still treats it like the show of his life.

Event Review: Oz Apocalypse Lazarus - Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale (Continues to May 10th)

If you’re reading this, it may already be too late. We’re at an abandoned medical facility at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale. There are six of us, I’m not too sure how many others are left. We are armed with military grade tactical weaponry, however have limited ammunition. We are under attack. You may not believe what i’m about to say but, our attackers are not human.

Circus Review: Le Noir "The Dark Side of Cirque" - Arts Centre Melbourne (Opens in Adelaide on April 22nd)

Let me take you into a world of mystery and intrigue, where women possess unimaginable strength and men defy gravity. Performers lurk in the shadows and entice you with outstretched arms and beckoning fingers, whilst contortionists bend their bodies in time with the beat.

MICF Review: 3 States of Comedy - The Downstairs Lounge at The Grand Mercure Hotel (Performances through April 19th)

If you’re looking for a good variety of Australian comedy during this year’s MICF look no further than 3 States of Comedy/i>, a triple headliner of very promising comics representing Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia.

Hello Asia! IFF 2015 Interview: Di Balik 98 Director Lukman Sardi & Actress Chelsea Islan talk social issues & Indonesian Film industry

Hello Asia's writer Lya Susanto brings you an exclusive chat with Indonesian actor/film makers Lukman Sardi and Chelsea Islan at the Indonesian Film Festival Australia 2015. After acting in a wide range of challenging roles varying from an assassin to a gay character and receiving numerous acting awards Indonesia, Lukman Sardi aims to add colours and facilitate the growth of local film industry with his directorial film debut, Di Balik 98. Main star Chelsea Islan has inspired many with her talents and has been actively supporting Indonesian film industry at the world stage with her role as the festival’s brand ambassador this year.

MICF Review: Kitty Flanagan "Seriously?" (Performances through April 19)

Best known for her regular appearances on The Project where she “ruined Christmas” for hundreds of Australian children, Kitty Flanagan is in her element performing "Seriously?" at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Hello Asia! IFF 2015: 3 Nafas Likas Q&A session with Rako Prijanto & Atiqah Hasiholan

Indonesian Film Festival Australia Opening film 3 Nafas Likas director, Rako Prijanto and lead actress Atiqah Hasiholan shared the stage at their Q&A session with Peter Krausz, a renown Australian film critic and a presenter of Movie Metropolis radio program on 3NRG on 9th April 2015 at ACMI Melbourne. Peter asked Rako and Atiqah about the making of 3 Nafas Likas and the history behind the film.

MICF Review: Chimp Cop - The Imperial Hotel (Until April 18th)

Chimp Cop - the love child of Melbourne comedians Timothy Clark, Ben Vernel, Adam Knox and Rosie Vernel, is a hard-hitting and hilarious tale of corruption, friendship, and bananas.

New Venue: The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo - CBD (Melbourne)

Melbourne is well-known for its hive of bustling laneways, which weave through the city grid like a cultural maze. Adorned with graffiti, these creative thoroughfares contain many hidden gems that furnish the city with its distinguishing character. On any given day, you will most likely spot a bridal party or two making their way down these lanes for wedding photos following staunch ceremonies at nearby churches. But what if you could walk to the altar from one of these secretive alleyways, at any time of the day or night, for a fun and exciting wedding on the spot?

the AU interview: Comedians Jacob Lingard, Ciaran Lyons and Matt Stewart talk about "The Comedy Zone" at MICF

The Comedy Zone is made up of five of Australia most promising comedians each coming from different parts of the country to deliver a varied palette of humour. Matt Ford (QLD), Jacob Lingard (QLD), Ciaran Lyons (WA), Nina Oyama (NSW) and Matt Stewart (VIC) are a collective of young comedians who has already started to make waves through the country. Ahead of their run at the Melbourne International Comedy Lingard, Stewart, and Lyons sat down with me at the Peter Cook bar inside of Melbourne Town Hall to discuss their upcoming shows.

MICF Review: Hannah Gadsby "Donkey" (Performances through April 19)

Hannah Gadsby is known for her work in the ‘depression comedy’ field, often turning her misfortunes and struggles into humour. However, she is no longer clinically depressed, placing a hindrance on her signature material.

MICF Review: Matt Okine: The Other Guy (Performances through 19th April)

29-year-old Matt Okine knows his target demographic: mid to late 20s, single, new to the workforce, listens to Triple J, and is generally struggling with life. The audience at his Wednesday Melbourne International Comedy Festival show is reflection of just that, with a sea of young Melburnians out to support the comedian and Triple J breakfast host.

MICF Review: Corey White: The Cane Toad Effect (Performances Through April 19th)

“Don’t worry, you’ll get home in one piece” Corey White assures, as he delves into things he could have possibly said to put a woman’s mind at ease after he realized he had accidentally been following her for several kilometers late one night. Ultimately he knows there’s nothing he could have said, he knows even in his best intent that any confrontation with the lone walker would have resulted in heightened fear rather than reassuring comfort. One of his many personal experiences with the cane toad effect – where the purest intentions can result in an unwanted outcome.