Arts Features

We sat down with St Kilda Film Festival Director Paul Harris in the lead up to this year's event

St Kilda Film Festival will take place at Palais Theatre and St Kilda Town Hall from Tuesday May 18 to Saturday May 27. View the full program on their website.

The About-Blank Presents Beat's Guide To Local Art Galleries

Stay tuned for more lifestyle, arts and more courtesy of The About-Blank Presents series.

NGV Friday Nights is bringing together stellar musicians alongside Vincent Van Gogh

NGV Friday Nights run at the National Gallery of Victoria from Friday April 28 until Saturday July 8, opening with a performance from Gemma Ray. Head to NGV’s website for the full lineup.

TL;DR This Week In Cinema; Eurovision Sans Music

If you wanna back the locals this week, I can't really recommend Berlin Syndrome (especially not for a date flick). Instead, I'm feeling peckish, and I'm told the sweetbreads really can't be passed up. Give in to the urges, and order it bloody - my pick for the week is unquestionably Raw. Until next week!

Three Great Books for Any Music Lover

Available at all good book stores from April 2017.

Matt Stewart on the lead up to his first ever solo show

Matt Stewart is performing Pretty Dry at The Chinese Museum everyday until Sunday April 23 (bar Mondays) as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

We chat with Julia Zemiro ahead of RocKwiz Live

RocKwiz Live: Another Really, Really Good Friday will take over Hamer Hall on Friday April 14.

An inside look at Deadly Funny 2017

Don't miss out on the Deadly Funny National Final & Showcase when it goes down Saturday April 8 at Arts Centre Melbourne's Fairfax Studio. Tickets available via both Arts Centre Melbourne's website and Ticketmaster.

David Liebe Hart tells Beat his favourite things about Australia ahead of his Melbourne show

David Liebe Hart will perform at The Toff In Town on Wednesday April 12, with Mandek Penha, Curse Ov Dialect and Luis.

Haven't You Done Well: A Chat with Aunty Donna

You can catch Aunty Donna in Big Boys until Sunday April 23 (bar Mondays) at Max Watt's as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets via comedyfestival.com.au. 

Vir Das

Vir Das will appear at The Comic's Lounge on Thursday May 25 and Saturday May 27. 

We chat with Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director Susan Provan ahead of the 2017 event

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from Wednesday March 29 - Sunday April 23 in venues across Melbourne. Head to www.comedyfestival.com.au for tickets and program details.

Portraits In Motion

Portraits in Motion will run from Tuesday March 21 until Sunday March 26 at various venues around Tasmania. Ten Days on the Island is on now and will run until Saturday April 1. Tickets are available through tendays.org.au.


ANTI—GRAVITY  will take place at The Malthouse Theatre from Friday March 17 to Sunday March 26.

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: A Cure For Boredom

There isn't a single bad egg in this half-dozen, and good reason to see all six films (with the possible exception of Peppa for the older folks). But I'm gonna let my awesome journalistic power falter to nepotism - my mates made a movie, so go see Rough Stuff!  Until next week!

Sunny Leunig takes us through AMIN's Love Live Music 60 second Film Competition

Entries for AMIN's Love Live Music 60 second Film Competition close on Friday March 31. Find out more information on their website. 

Treadmills, shiny lycra and 42 kilometres; one man’s quest to bring the community together

Fun Run will take place at the Theatres Building Forecourt on Sunday March 12.

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: The King Is Back To Rule The Jungle (And The Box Office)

I promise I'm not leading you into another Suicide Squad - I've seen it, I love it, and this should come as no surprise. Fuck helicopters, it's Kong time!  Until next week!

From Tasmania to the world with Ten Days on the Island

Ten Days on the Island runs from Thursday March 9 to Saturday April 1 in areas and venues throughout Tasmania.

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: A Journey Back In Time On The Big Screen

It's time to catch up with old friends. Not you, Samara. You used to be cool. Say hi to the skagboys on your trip back to Edinburgh's underworld in Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting.   Until next week!

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: Asia Is The Future

Thankfully the Oscar rush is over, and we can return to less dramatically taxing fare. I can't believe I'm saying this, but for big dumb fun (and to herald in our new economic overlords), The Great Wall may be the go. Silence, too, is well worth seeing. But for the significance of being informed, you should get to The Coming War On China.  Until next week!


Find Work-Shop Melbourne at 195 Argyle Street, Fitzroy.


MOVE Yoga is located at 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD.

Footscray City Films

Footscray City Films is located at 1 Kinnear Street, Footscray.

El Patio Spanish Language School

El Patio Spanish Language School is located at 2/152 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne and 114 High St Northcote.


Melbourne Theatre Company’s John is now running at Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio until Saturday March 25. Tickets via mtc.com.au.

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: Denzel Swings For An Oscar

Swing for the Fences, dear readers. Then hope and pray that Denzel knocks all dem other nominees out the park, ESPECIALLY scumbag Casey. And Viola, too - LOOK AT THIS OSCAR SNOT.     Until next week!

Stupid Fucking Bird

Stupid Fucking Bird will be performed at Metanoia Theatre, The Mechanics Institute every Wednesday to Sunday until Sunday February 26.