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Arts Features

Beat’s Guide to Tasmania: An explorer’s paradise

After more travel guides? Check out our guides to London and Mexico. 

Rob Mills on trading singing for magic in Puffs

Puffs: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic plays at the Alex Theatre until Sunday July 8, with tickets available via the venue’s website.

Ballarat Heritage Weekend is a retro-futuristic celebration of bold music and big beards

Ballarat Heritage Weekend will take place on Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27 at various locations across Ballarat. For more details on the full program head to the official Ballarat Heritage Weekend website.

Cargo: The Rebirth of Australia’s Undead

Cargo hits Australian cinemas, and available on Netflix around the rest of the world, now.

Ignite your senses with Melbourne Writers Festival's Book of Fête: Chapter Four

Book of Fête: Chapter Four will take place at the State Library of Victoria on Friday May 25, produced by Melbourne Writers Festival. Tickets are available here.

Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival is sharing respect, compassion and understanding through celebration

The 23rd Annual Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival goes down on Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20 at Federation Square. For more info head to buddhaday.org.au.

Paul Chowdhry exposes himself in new show, 'Live Innit'

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre Dates: Saturday April 21 & Sunday April 22 Tickets: $54.90

From Chile to New York, and the Brooklyn Block Party with El Cekis

Catch El Cekis at the Section 8 x Ferdydurke Brooklyn Block Party on Saturday May 19 from 2pm. Free entry for plenty of live music, a pop-up barber shop, carnival-themed food and more.

American Essentials Film Festival is bringing the best of independent cinema to Australia

Palace Cinema’s American Essentials Film Festival is happening from Thursday May 10 - Sunday May 20 at The Astor Theatre and The Kino. Tickets are available at americanessentials.com.au and at the venues.

Geelong After Dark’s new star is a time-travelling gender outlaw

You can catch Mx.Red performing as part of Geelong After Dark on Friday May 4 at Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Beavs Bar. Further details on the festival program are available via the Geelong After Dark website.

Going short in the long-run for the 35th St Kilda Film Festival

The St Kilda Film Festival runs from Thursday May 17 through to Saturday May 26 at the Palais Theatre & St Kilda Town Hall. Visit the website for the full program and more information.

Apokalypsis

Apokalypsis will run at The Substation, Newport as part of Next Wave. The festival runs from Thursday May 3 until Sunday May 20.

Picturing Footscray; turning the lens on Melbourne's inner-western suburb

To enter Picturing Footscray, head to judgify.me/picturingfootscray2018. Entries close Friday April 27. The gallery opens at VU at MetroWest (Footscray) on Thursday May 17.

Jason Byrne: The journey from having fake hands to three brains

Jason Byrne will bring his show The Man with Three Brains to The Forum Theatre as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can find full show details and tickets via the MICF website.

Harley Breen wants to make Australia ocker again

Catch Harley Breen at Mantra on Russell from Tuesday April 10 until Sunday April 22 (bar Monday) as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets are available via the MICF website. 

Kitty Flanagan is not having a bar of your lazy vocabulary

Kitty Flanagan’s show, Smashing, hits the Athenaeum Theatre from Tuesday April 10 until Sunday April 22 (bar Monday) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets are available via the MICF website. 

Kwame Asante: the jack-of-all-trades that juggles comedy with medicine

Kwame Asante will be performing as part of The Best of Edinburgh Fest every night, excluding Mondays, until Sunday April 22. Catch the show at ACMI – Cinema 2, tickets are available via the MICF website. 

Michael Shafar's latest comedy show is certainly not kosher

Catch Michael Shafar at Trades Hall’s Music Room on Thursday April 12 and Thursday April 19 – 21 as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets are available via the MICF website. 

Ivan Aristeguieta: the upstart Venezuelan bringing spice to Australian comedy

Catch Ivan Aristeguieta at the Victoria Hotel as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival from Tuesday April 10 until Sunday April 22 (bar Monday). Tickets are available via the MICF website. 

James Harper is breaking all the rules with their new fashion film

Darcy Conlan’s short film Restless is out now. Learn more here. 

'Best of the Edinburgh Fest' brings Edinburgh Fringe's top comics to Melbourne

Kwame Asante will be performing as part of The Best of Edinburgh Fest every night, excluding Mondays, until Sunday April 22. Catch the show at ACMI – Cinema 2, tickets are available via the Comedy Festival website.

Alexis Dubus 'Verses The World' in brilliant new show

Venue: The Upstairs Lounge at Hairy Little Sista Dates: Tuesday April 10 – Sunday April 22 (bar Mondays) Tickets: $21 – $25

Lawrence Mooney on 'An Evening with Malcolm Turnbull'

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre Two Dates: Wednesday March 28 - Sunday April 22 (bar Mondays) Tickets: $30 - $42

The Best of the School of Hard Knock Knocks will kick-start your comedy career

Venue: The Moat Dates: Thursday April 5 - Sunday April 15 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays only) Tickets: $20 - $25

Becky Lucas on finding inspiration everywhere

Becky Lucas will perform cute funny smart sexy beautiful in Melbourne Town Hall’s Regent Room every night (bar Mondays) from Thursday March 29 – Sunday April 22. 

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018: 5 hilarious shows to see tonight

After more Melbourne International Comedy Festival content? Head here. 

Joel Creasey is defending his title as Australia's resident Blonde Bombshell

Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio Dates: Thursday March 29 – Sunday April 22 (bar Mondays) Tickets: $25 – $39