Arts Features

Inside the World Sideshow Festival

World Sideshow Festival goes down at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute from Thursday May 11 – Saturday May 13. Tickets are available at www.worldsideshowfestival.com. Festival passes or individual tickets are available from $22 - $145

Minority Report: How diverse is the Melbourne comedy scene?

Lorelei Mathias is an English/Romanian comedy writer, Chortle reviewer and author of the comic novel Break-up Club (Harper Collins). She is also co-founder and producer of LEMON Comedy: a new stand-up showcase that aims to amplify diverse voices in comedy. To book for the first LEMON on 9 May head to @LemonComedy on Facebook and Twitter, or Trybooking. Follow Lorelei at @loreleimathias, facebook.com/Lorelei.mathias.author/ and loreleimathias.com

HoMie: providing opportunities and new clothing to people experiencing homelessness

HoMie is located at 296 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Find more information and contact details on their website. Dynamic Tattoo will be hosting an art show at Corner Hotel on Thursday May 4, supporting HoMie through funds raised.

Behind the Wire: Stories From Mandatory Detention

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival runs from May 4 - May 18 in venues across Melbourne. Head to 2017.hraff.org.au for details and tickets. 

Australian actor Luke Mitchell chats about his rise to fame before arriving for Supanova

Supanova 2017 goes down at the Melbourne Showgrounds from Friday April 28 until Sunday April 30. Tickets available via the festival website.

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: Guardians, Guns, Girls And Godawful Accents

And now for THE VERDICT – maybe you only get to see one of these flicks on the big screen, and you don’t wanna waste that night out. So, drum roll please…   I can’t honestly say if Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump own the best release of the week, but while Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the most broadly appealing film, I’m keen to throw my homies a bone. Join me and Sharlto Copley’s eyebrows in hating on guns while loving films with guns in Free Fire.   Until next week!

Ali MC is giving a mic to the voiceless through his exhibition Rohingya: Refugee Crisis In Colour

Rohingya: Refugee Crisis In Colour will be exhibited at Fitzroy Library until Thursday May 25. A Q&A presentation with Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, members of the local Rohingya community and other guests will take place on Sunday May 7. The exhibition is part of Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.

Hans Zimmer takes us through his prolific career ahead of his Melbourne show

Hans Zimmer will perform at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday May 4.

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.