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Arts Features

Showtime Night Market isn't like your average art gallery

Showtime Night Market comes to Testing Grounds at the Melbourne Arts Precinct for two instalments on Friday February 1 and Friday March 1. Head to the Testing Grounds website for more information.

Sarah Millican is "champion" and regrets nothing

Sarah Millican's show Control Enthusiast hits Melbourne on Monday February 4 and Tuesday February 5 at Arts Centre Melbourne. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

What 'Cake Daddy' can teach us about fatphobia

Cake Daddy plays at Theatre Works Melbourne between Monday February 4 and Sunday February 10.

Beat’s guide to the five most outlandish Midsumma Festival events

Midsumma Festival is happening at various venues across Melbourne from Saturday January 19 until Sunday February 10. Head to the Midsumma website  for the full program. 

Werq The World Tour brings a touch of 'RuPauls Drag Race' to Australia

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Tour comes to the Palais Theatre on Friday February 8. More information and tickets via the venue website.

Martha Ackroyd Curtis' new photographic series explores the joy of queer love

Her… The Photographic Series is open at Grey Cells Green from Wednesday January 23 until Friday February 1 bar Monday and Tuesday as part of Midsumma Festival. Head to the festival website for more information.

Queen Kong puts a bedazzled rock twist on cabaret

The Legend of Queen Kong Episode II: Queen Kong in Outer Space plays at Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne from Wednesday January 16 until Sunday January 20. All performances are Auslan interpreted and you can find more details on show times and tickets via the Arts Centre Melbourne website. 

Beat’s Ultimate Student Survival Guide

Australian Catholic University’s Know Your Options information sessions will take place at their Melbourne and Ballarat campuses on Monday December 17, from 12pm to 2.30pm and 4pm to 6pm respectively. Head to the ACU website  for more information. 

Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival is a music-filled celebration of Indigenous culture

Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival takes place from Friday February 1 to Saturday February 2, with events at St Kilda’s Memo Music Hall and O’Donnell Gardens. Head to the festival website for more information. 

The Rose St Market is at the heart of Melbourne's art scene

Find the Rose St. Artists’ market at 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy, open from 11am to 5pm on weekends.

Local visionary Frank Sita is pushing the boundaries of music and art

Read up on what Frank Sita is up to at his website. The Big Show! goes down at St Kilda’s Saint Martins Place on Saturday December 1. Tickets available via Trybooking.

Mapping Melbourne celebrates contemporary Asian art in Australia

Mapping Melbourne takes over the city from Saturday December 1 to Saturday December 15. Head to the festival website for tickets and event information.

Five free art exhibitions currently happening in Melbourne

Gallery art not your style? Check out Beat's Guide to Melbourne street art.

'Menopause the Musical': the worldwide hit humouring an oft-ignored female phenomenon

Menopause the Musical will play at The Palms at Crown from Tuesday November 20 through to Sunday November 25.

'The Infirmary' is an immersive live art experience placing you within the clutches of death... literally

The Infirmary is on at North Melbourne Town Hall's Arts House until Sunday 18 November. More info and tickets available at the Arts House website.

'Lords of Chaos' recreates the violent Norwegian black metal scene

Lords of Chaos will be premiered as part of Monster Fest at Cinema Nova on Sunday November 25. Check out the Monster Fest website for more information.

The Betoota Advocate is a beacon of journalistic integrity

The Betoota Advocate bring their Roadshow to Hamer Hall on Saturday November 17. Tickets via the Arts Centre website.

Mo Gilligan is riding the waves of his social media fame

Mo Gilligan brings his ‘Coupla Cans’ tour to the Athenaeum Theatre on Friday November 23. Grab your ticks via Ticketek.

School of Rock the Musical is an exhilarating throwback

School of Rock the Musical is on now at Her Majesty’s Theatre from Wednesday to Sunday until February 3. Tickets available via schoolofrockthemusical.com.au. 

Circus Oz's 'Rock Bang' is an operatic spectacular

Catch Circus Oz: Rock Bang from Thursday November 15 until Sunday November 25 at the Malthouse Theatre, Southbank. Tickets via the venue website. 

Ngulu-nganjin is Abbotsford Convent's vibrant celebration of Indigenous heritage

Ngulu-nganjin comes to the Abbotsford Convent as part of Open Spaces on Saturday November 17 from 12pm-2pm. Head to abbotsfordconvent.com.au for more info.

We chat to the festival director of Dogapalooza, Melbourne's 'Coachella for Dogs'

Dogapalooza goes down on Sunday November 11 at Burnley Park. Grab your tickets via Oztix. Adult ticket buyers can use the code «rescue» at checkout for a 30% discount. 

Mona Foma curator Brian Ritchie on the surrealist behemoth he's crafted for 2019

Get down to Launceston for Mona Foma from Sunday January 13 to Sunday January 20. You can snag yourself a ticket on the Mona Foma website. 

Adelaide Feast Festival is a fun-filled LGBTIQ+ extravaganza with a stellar lineup to match

Adelaide Feast Festival goes down from Saturday November 10 to Thursday November 25. Grab your tickets via the festival website.

Hardware Lane Costumes is your one-stop shop for everything Halloween

Get all your crazy Halloween costumes at Hardware Lane Costumes upstairs, located at 43 Hardware Lane. Head to their website  for more info. 

Hauntville is a terrifying Halloween extravaganza

Hauntville runs over the next two weekends, from Friday October 19 to Sunday October 21, and Friday October 26 to Sunday October 28. Tickets can be purchased at the event or through the Hauntville website.

Circus Oz's new festival 'Sidesault' is a multi-dimensional masterpiece

Sidesault at The Melba is on from now until October 21. Tickets available via the Circus Oz website.