What’s on in Melbourne’s inner north this week

Photo: Slow Clay Centre

Photo: Slow Clay Centre


Australian Ceramics Open Studios

The Australian Ceramics Community invites you to watch local ceramicists work their magic and even take part yourself in this open studio event. Watch Bridget Foley’s creative process of making functional pottery from porcelain clay in Alphington, Sarah Tracton demonstrate her layered porcelain slab technique in Brunswick East, or unearth your inner potter by spinning the wheel yourself with guidance from students and teachers at Collingwood’s Slow Clay.

August 20 and 21, 10am-4pm. Various locations. Cost: free. australianceramicscommunity.com 



Vin Diemen 

Armed with a pun-ny event title and some delectable local produce, Tasmanians will be crossing Bass Strait for one day only to shower us mainlanders with their finest food and wine. The event, which drew a crowd of more than 1000 in 2015, is set to be even bigger and better this year. Expect to see wines such as sparkling, riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir, as well as cider and myriad edible delights.

August 21, 11am-5pm. Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne. Cost: $50. vindiemen.com.au



Victorian State Ballet’s Triple Bill 

Go and see some ballet without the hefty price tag with this three-in-one show. Les Sylphides (choreographed by Michel Fokine) is a sweet, romantic performance, while Martin Sierra’s widely acclaimed Tango Ballet is a racy, contemporary masterpiece and Michelle Sierra’s Concerto provides a classical ballet experience to the tune of Mendelssohn’s piano concertos.

August 19, 7.30pm. Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, corner Bell Street and St Georges Road, Preston. Cost: $39.50. victorianstateballet.com.au



Tee Vee at Sixty 

Australia’s first television station got off the ground in 1956 – just in time for the Olympics. Sixty years later we’re using Netflix, streaming programs online and watching TV shows about people watching TV shows. Take a tour of everything that happened in between with this fascinating retrospective of TV in Melbourne, which will look at The Tarax Show, The Mickey Mouse Club, TV westerns, TV dining and the relationship between television and knitting. There will also be a display centred on the evening news, with 500 historically significant black-and-white photographs playing continuously on vintage TV sets.

Until January 30, 2017. Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Parkville. Phone 9035 5380 or go to newsroom.melbourne.edu



Venus II Album Launch 

If you’re on the lookout for a hit of urban psychedelica this week, you’d better head down to the Gaso in Collingwood. Jarrad Brown (Eagle & the Worm, Dorsal Fins) and Ryan Grieve (Canyons) have forged a creative alliance, resulting in the release of debut single Inside Your Sun. Dripping with old-school ravey goodness, the track was mixed by Chris Colonna, who has worked with the likes of the Vines, Alison Wonderland and Jaguar Ma.

August 19, 8-11.30pm. Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith Street, Collingwood. Cost: $10. thegasometerhotel.com.au


Kindred Spirits

Join a month-long, Australia-wide party, enjoy fabulous music and help fight poverty. Win win win. Victoria University music students are hosting an Oxjam (OK) gig at Kindred Bar featuring six bands followed by a DJ for those who want to party long into the night. Jammin at Kindred is one of scores of events taking place across the country during August to raise money for Oxfam and will feature punk rock, hip-hop, jazz, blues and psychedelic funk rock.

August 18, 6.30pm-late. Kindred Studios, 212A Whitehall Street, Yarraville. Cost: $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door. Phone 9689 9859 or visit  www.oxjam.org.au or www.kindredstudios.com.au



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Vine seekers

Jake Taylor
Canada's perfect escape

Canada's perfect escape

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Heading (far) north

Heading (far) north

Leeyong Soo
King Valley delights

King Valley delights

Brendan Bale
The glorious Yarra Valley

The glorious Yarra Valley

Peter Wilmoth