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Art Guide: Best things to do in Melbourne this week

There's Lexicon, a goth music tribute and US comedian Gabriel Iglesias on tour.

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Lexicon Is The Daring New Circus Show Taking to Melbourne International Arts Festival
The UK’s leading large-scale circus company NoFit State Circus is set to present a new circus show, Lexicon, at the Royal Botanic Gardens as part of Melbourne International Arts Festival. Daring and seductive, this is the ultimate contemporary celebration of the past, present and future of circus acts. 250 years since Philip Astley invented the circus ring as we know it today. NoFit State is celebrating in a world of magic, misfits, poetry and of course, laughter. Set to be a spectacle like no other, Lexicon will run at Melbourne International Arts Festival from Wednesday October 3 until Sunday October 21. Tickets via the MIAF website.
 
Melbourne International Games Week ACMI announces 2018 program
ACMI has announced their full program for International Games Week. From Saturday October 20 to Sunday October 28, MIGW will bring together industry professionals, enthusiasts, educators and game-lovers of all ages for conferences, events and activities. Kicking it off with the RMIT Audience Lab where new games will be tested, the week-long event then sees talks about creating video game reviews, women and non-binary gamers, a celebration of educational games and much more. Following MIGW, ACMI visitors will still have the opportunity to road test new games and hear from local students until as late as December. For the full program and tickets head to ACMI’s website.
 
Gothic: taking you through goth music’s history
From Schubert to The Cure, Gothic covers it all at the Arts Centre on Sunday November 25. This shows is an eerie and diverse performance tracking gothic music from medieval times through to its breakpoints in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Gothic features songs from The Cure, Kate Bush and Michael Jackson, alongside motion graphics from London-based artist Michael French, to create a unique experience for its audience. The show premiered at VIVD Live to critical and audience acclaim. Contributors to this show include award-winning composer Andrée Greenwell, singer Jessica O’Donoghue, guitarist David Trumpmanis and string quartet Ad Hoc Collective. Tickets are available via the Art Centre website.
 
Gabriel Iglesias Brings One Show Fits All tour to Melbourne 
Gabriel Iglesias is starting the new year in all the right ways, and this is your chance to join him at The Plenary on Wednesday January 9. Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians, performing to sold out venues around the world including New York’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre, and having notched over 350 million views on YouTube. You may have also heard Iglesias’ voice in animated films such as Coco, Ferdinand, Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Book of Life, The Nut Job and Planes. Tickets to One Show Fits All are available via Ticketek.
 
The Man from Mo’ Wax: Exclusive screening at Belleville
Belleville is hosting an exclusive screening of acclaimed documentary The Man from Mo’ Wax on Sunday October 7. The documentary follows the events surrounding British label Mo’ Wax and founder James Lavelle. Giving a look behind the scenes during an exciting era in British music, the audience will see the business that brought DJ Shadow, DJ Krush and Dr Octagon to the world. The film is compiled from over 700 hours of footage over 30 years featuring music industry veteranss such as Lavelle, DJ Shadow, Massive Attack, Futura 2000, Grandmaster Flash, Ian Brown, Thom Yorke and more. All this is followed by an after party with Vee, Rintrah, JPS and Sean Deans – what’s more to love?. Limited tickets are available via Eventbrite.
 
Comedy 
Head to The Improv Conspiracy Theatre’s Harold Night this Thursday October 4 and you’ll find four improv comedy teams raring to turn your audience suggestion into a spit-fire piece of comedy.  If you can’t make it on Thursday, The Improv Conspiracy Theatre also holds improv performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week too. Check out the theatre’s website for all their shows and tickets.