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Event Recap: Pacha Mama Laneway Fiesta 2015 - Blender Studios (Melbourne)

The Pacha Mama Laneway Fiesta hit Melbourne in style on Monday night, drawing a crowd that was more than ready to make merry despite the threat of ominous storm clouds ahead. The doors at Blender Studios were thrown open, allowing for the party to tumble out into the adjacent laneway, which featured grungy street art amidst colourful buntings. Despite the season, the atmosphere was reminiscent of a long Indian summer as the team behind Pacha Mama paid tribute to their South American-inspired roots with a touch of panache, in celebration of their two new-release wines – the 2015 Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Arts on the AU Interview: MSO's Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey Discusses the Magic of Disney

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is gearing up to take us all on a magic carpet ride, exploring the wondrous majesty of Disney films through a musical adventure that will feature nostalgic hits from films like Alice in Wonderland and Fantasia, to an exploration of more recent masterpieces, including Tangled, Aladdin, and Frozen. We sat down with the MSO's Associate Conductor, the charming and very talented Benjamin Northey where he spoke to us about his own musical influences, his most memorable musical moments, and dished out some incredibly valuable advice for young and aspiring musicians.

Eight shows you can't miss at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival

It's that time of year when the kookie and wonderful come out to play. Melbourne will again play host to the 2015 Fringe Festival which will immerse itself into our performing spaces, alleyways, and town halls. With an incredible number of artists performing this year, we thought we'd take some of the stress off and showcase our best picks of the festival. Read on and get excited!

Eating with the AU: Monkey King - CBD (Melbourne)

Down one of Melbourne’s many laneways surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Melbourne Central Station lies Monkey King, a true oasis submerged in a concrete jungle. Upon entering its warmly lit interior, I am greeted by smiling patrons perched at the bar, delicious cocktails in hand. The decor is inviting and intricate and conveys a sense of the theme at hand. As we are guided to our seats, I can sense that we are in for an intriguing evening.

F&L News: Estelle by Scott Pickett (ESP) brings creative vision to Northcote with stunning contemporary Australian cuisine

Recently opened in July 2015, Estelle by Scott Pickett (ESP) has set a new benchmark for innovative restaurant design. With custom-made timber tables set amongst atmospheric dusky tones, this Northcote restaurant certainly stands out from the rest.

F&L News: Kappo crowned Restaurant of the Year at Time Out Melbourne Food Awards 2015

The winners of Time Out Melbourne’s Food Awards 2015 have finally been announced! On Monday night, over 200 of the city’s culinary experts, professional eaters and Time Out readers gathered at George Calombaris’ restaurant, Gazi, to see Melbourne’s best cafes, restaurants and chefs receive their awards across ten categories.

Five Asian Foods To Try at Highpoint New Dining Precinct

Lucky you Melburnians, the new casual dining and entertainment precinct at Highpoint Shopping Centre is exceptionally designed to present authentic Asian experience. Being a multicultural city, it is never a challenge to find Asian restaurants in Melbourne. The real challenge is to find one that brings Asia right to your table, and Highpoint new eating space does just that.

Theatre Review: Nice Work If You Can Get It - Arts Centre Melbourne (Until August 23rd)

I haven’t seen a good comedic musical in quite a while, so when I was asked to review Gershwin’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, I jumped at the chance. Playing at Melbourne’s Arts Centre State Theatre, the opening night was as star studded as usual. The clinking of champagne classes echoed along the hallways, as glittering gowns caught the light. The bells sounded, and it was time to make our way into the theatre.

Party with the AU: Alumbra launches new look - Docklands (Melbourne)

Get down, party people. After 12 years, Melbourne’s chic waterside venue, Alumbra, has undergone a redesign by Roar Projects – the team behind the newly developed nightspot, Ms Collins. Located at the end of Central Pier’s historic runway, Alumbra launched with an exclusive VIP corporate and media event last week to unveil a whole new look. We headed along just to see what all the fuss was about.

Eating with the AU: Bickle Canteen - Windsor (Melbourne)

Take a deep breath for a moment; envisage yourself drifting away to the Caribbean islands, immersed in the balmy weather as you stroll along a spectacular beach by the sparkling azure sea. Feel the graininess of white sand between your toes and taste the salty air as it drifts breezily across your skin. If this doesn’t make you want to pack your bags and leave on the next flight, then we don’t know what will. With its lively culture and vivid sense of identity, the Caribbean should be on the most discerning traveller’s list of destinations to explore. But if making the journey proves to be too difficult, then head to Bickle Canteen in Windsor, where you may set your tastebuds ablaze with the vibrant cuisine of the tropics at your own doorstep.

Live Review: Neighbourhood Youth - The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne (07.08.15)

Timing is a funny thing in music, isn’t it? I’m not speaking technically here, but more so when you first hear a band that you reeeeally like and you are so captivated by their sound, by their story etc. Regardless of where they are in their career, whether that be well established or literally just starting out, that first time you hearing them is a completely new experience for you.

Drinking with the AU: New York's famous PDT comes to Melbourne - Black Pearl (Fitzroy)

Forget the Big Apple. This weekend just saw cosmopolitan Melbourne and its very own Black Pearl bar on Brunswick street become home, for four nights only, to the highly-anticipated pop-up of world-famous New York speakeasy, Please Don’t Tell (PDT). For those who aren’t in the know, PDT is among the most acclaimed cocktail bars in the world, with its fashionably sneaky entrance hidden behind an old-fashioned phone booth. What sets this establishment apart from the rest is that next door, Crif Dogs delivers mouth-watering hot dogs and burgers to PDT patrons through a slot in the wall.

Photo Gallery & Live Review: K-Pop Performances - Highpoint Electric Fields Festival, Melbourne (31.07.15)

Highpoint Shopping Centre celebrates the opening of its new casual dining and urban entertainment district on Level One with K-Pop performances on Friday 31 July 2015. As part of the three-day festival, winner of The X Factor Australia Season Five, Dami Im, and former contestant on The X Factor Australia, Erin Miranda were seen amongst the lined up.

New Restaurant: European-style wine bar Saint Urban launches in Richmond (Melbourne)

Just a stone’s throw away from busy Church Street in Richmond, you will find a welcoming new neighbourhood wine bar by the name of Saint.Urban. Launched last month, this fabulous space brings a new culinary style to the suburb.

Splendour Sideshow Gallery: Kitty, Daisy and Lewis + Big Smoke - 170 Russell, Melbourne (02.08.15)

UK Sensation Kitty, Daisy and Lewis brought their Splendour Sideshow to Melbourne with Melbourne band Big Smoke along for support. Carl Dziunka was there to catch the action.