Melbourne's Top Five Free Events: June 15-18
They say money makes the world go 'round. They also say there's no such thing as a free lunch, and that it's a rich man's world. But who are these "they", anyway? Our English teacher used to tell us to be wary of anonymous sources, so we're deciding to dismiss all this talk. It's bunk. And here's a bunch of cool stuff to prove it.
If the fact that cats are "a thing now" is pleasing to you, then we strongly recommend a look at Tai Snaith and Lucy James' new Craft Victoria exhibition. Called Why I Eyes Ya
, Tai and Lucy have brought some daring new breeds of cat to life via the medium of collage. The launch is on Thursday night. It will be cat-tastic.
Speaking of things that are things, bicycles are most definitely a thing, and we're not even going to make cynical gags because as everyone who rides bikes knows, they are just the best goddamn way to get around this city of ours. If you have spare bike bits to sell or are in the market for spare bike bits, get yourself to the Melburn Bicylce Swap Meet
at Coffee Supreme in Abbotsford.*
There'll be food and of course the coffee will be amazing and apparently it is "World Famous."
What with the tiny space and the fact that they are ace, gigs at Pure Pop Records are hard to get into. Don't let that put you off getting down there for Tigertown
, though. The Sydney six-piece aren't so well known (yet), but take it from us, these guys bring the ruckus (or whatever it is you bring when you trade in lush, poppy goodness). They're playing late Saturday arv, and a finer start to your evening you will not find.
Still running as part of the Emerging Writers' Festival, the Future Bookshop
is a library/art installation/interactive fun space curated by EWF director Lisa Dempster that offers a respite from the gloomy city cold-and-gloominess that seems to have descended in the last few weeks (and probably won't be leaving till September).
So on Monday we're tipping you'll be looking for something to do that's a little more sedate. May we suggest the Old Bar's VHS Night
? You heard, VHS. Far from this being about the novelty of watching a film on an inferior, out-moded format, the folks at the Old Bar are making an effort to show movies that have never been released on DVD. Expect 80s video-nasties galore.
*If you've ever bought something big from Ikea that needs picking up from that off-site factory they have, then you know exactly where this is.