What’s hot in Melbourne this week

Four things to see, do and watch this week:

Film

Lady Bird – Opens February 15, MA15+, 94 minutes

For a film so universally hyped and adored, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is surprisingly small scale. Played by Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird is an utterly engaging character. A delightful, true and very funny adolescent drama, it foregoes the usual romance to paint a touching portrait of mother-daughter love and angst. Don’t miss it.

Racing

Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day – Caulfield Race Track, February 24, from $10.

The Bondi Sands Pool Party. Photo: supplied

The Bondi Sands Pool Party. Photo: supplied

Featuring the state’s richest races for two-year-old steeds, this is the sparkling jewel of Caulfield’s summer and autumn carnival. If you have a taste for sparkling, recover from the excitement of the track on the Veuve Clicquot Lawn. Or you could always chill with a Pimms by the Bondi Sands Pool Party.

Theatre 

The Show Goes On – Arts Centre Melbourne, February 15-25, $79-$119.

Photo: Bob King

Photo: Bob King

Fresh from a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House, this magical musical tour pays tribute to legendary women of song. Whether she’s evoking Maria Callas, Barbra Streisand or Edith Piaf, Bernadette Robinson uses tunes to paint vivid character portraits, fleshing out their stories with spoken interludes.

TV

Fleabag – ABC Comedy, February 19, 9.30pm.

The best comedy has always flirted with discomfort, but this British series is in a committed relationship with it. Fleabag is written and played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She’s a compelling host, showing us around the mess of her life with such self-deprecating wit and honesty that we almost forget how damaged she really is.

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