Arts Features

Joyful burlesque and cabaret combine for 'A Night at the Musicals'

A Night at the Musicals kicks off on Tuesday January 17 at Arts Centre Melbourne and runs until Sunday January 22. Tickets via Arts Centre Melbourne. 

Best of Midsumma 2017: Baby Got Back

Baby Got Back will take over the Melba Spiegeltent from Thursday February 2 until Saturday February 4 as part of Midsumma Festival. 

Best of Midsumma 2017: Queer and Alternative Life Drawing

Queer and Alternative Life Drawing will take over St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford on Sunday January 22.

Best of Midsumma 2017: Rhonda Butchmore's Fabulous Cou-Tours of Arts Centre Melbourne

Take a tour of the Arts Centre like you've never seen it before with Rhonda Butchmore's Fabulous Cou-Tours of Arts Centre Melbourne from Thursday January 19 - Friday February 5 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays bar Thursday January 26). 

Best of Midsumma 2017: Finucane & Smith's Glory Box: Lucky 13

Finucane & Smith's Glory Box: Lucky 13 runs at Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne from Tuesday January 24 to Sunday January 29.

Best of Midsumma 2017: The Great Gay Goddess Gallery

The Great Gay Goddess Gallery will run at Artists Studio 106, St Kilda from Friday January 20 until Saturday February 4 as part of Midsumma Festival.

Best of Midsumma 2017: Ash Flanders: Playing To Win

Ash Flanders: Playing to Win goes down at Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne on Friday January 27, Saturday January 28 and Sunday January 29.

Nick Cody

RAW Comedy will kick off its heats for 2017 at Howler on Saturday January 14, Saturday January 21 (hosted by Nick Cody) and Saturday February 11; The Evelyn Hotel on Saturday February 4, Sunday February 5, Sunday February 12, Sunday February 19 and Saturday February 25 as well as at Kindred Studios on Thursday February 9. 

Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza

Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA runs at The Big Top, Flemington Racecourse, from Friday January 20 through to Sunday March 12. 

The Best (And Worst) Films of 2016

What's been your favourite films of the year? Let us know in the comments section. 

Shimmerlands are bringing risky, creative and edgy cinema to Melbourne’s summer

Shimmerlands will run at the University of Melbourne from Sunday January 2 until Sunday February 26.

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: Apartheid, Animation and A Jolly Good Xmas

Disney takes the Christmas biscuit. For family-friendly thrills, head out on the open ocean Wind Waker style with Moana.     Until next year, dear readers! Enjoy your holidays!

Five unmissable music documentaries to catch this summer

Shimmerlands will screen over 45 films within the University of Melbourne, as well as hosting live music and outdoor dining, from Sunday January 1 - Sunday February 26. 

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: Going Rogue

Without a shadow of a doubt, this Thursday is the day to join the rebellion. Give in to the (Disney) Empire, to the superweapon that is the Star Wars franchise, and to the magnetic Force of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One.  Until next week!

Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts

Phillippe Parreno: Thenabouts will run at ACMI until Monday March 13.

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: Men's Business

Monsieur Mayonnaise looks to be an excellent doco worthy of your attention, and Little Men has the critics abuzz, but for my money, Lee Tamahori's Mahana is the most compelling viewing this week has to offer.  Until next week!

Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad will be part of the Invasion Of The Pod People series with Andrew Denton at Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday December 17 and Ring True: Music, Identity & Obsession on Saturday December 17 at The Wheeler Centre.

Vomit, Trump and going to jail: A chat with Eric Andre

Eric Andre will appear live at The Comic's Lounge on Wednesday December 7 and Thursday December 8. 

Beat's Guide to Melbourne's Best Markets

Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments. 

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: Queen Me

15-year-old me is making pew-pew noises and gawping at Selene, but you, dear reader, are wiser than that lanky teen. Indulge in the great game with Madina Nalwanga in Queen Of Katwe.     Until next week!

Made In Melbourne Film Festival

The Made In Melbourne Film Festival runs from Tuesday December 6 to Sunday December 11 in venues including ACMI, Palace Cinemas, QV Melbourne and Backlot Studios. Head to www.mim.org.au for full program details and bookings. 

Captain Ruin

Captain Ruin will perform at The Pleasure Garden Festival in Catani Gardens, St Kilda on Saturday December 10.


Caliban will transform the Malthouse Theatre from Thursday November 24 until Saturday November 26.

The Landscape Project

The Landscape Project runs from Wednesday November 23 - Saturday December 3 at the NICA National Circus Centre. Tickets via www.nica.com.au. 

TL;DR This Week In Cinema: "Political Correctness Gone Mad"

Perhaps this is me admitting to my Japanophilia, but also, shut up. Go see Your Name because it's great. Or take a leap of faith with Vanishing Time, or put your trust in Ang and SUPPORT OUR TROOPS with Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.  Until next week!


Three Birds Theatre's LadyCake is part of Poppy Seed Festival, performing at Trades Hall until Sunday November 27.

Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey will appear at Hamer Hall from Wednesday November 16 to Sunday November 20 (bar Saturday).

Beat's Guide to the Best Rooftop Bars in Melbourne

Got a favourite of your own? Let us know in the comments. 


Anti-Hamlet will run at Theatre Works from Thursday November 3 until Sunday November 13.