Don't be duped by yesterday's 18°C forecast. The frostbite season has well and truly descended upon Melbourne and you'll need to act accordingly if you want to escape the wrath of the common cold. Of course, you can take absurd preventative measures such as eating raw garlic, though this method tends to create an invisible force field that nobody wants to penetrate. Instead, we suggest you invest a quality winter coat - whether it's an anorak, duffle, trench, Snuggie-fashioned-into-a-toga or the George Costanza Gore-Tex
option - we don't care, as long as you rug up. Or face getting intimate with a tub of Vicks VapoRub this winter. So while you're saving for your extra layer of warmth, why not ponder these freebies this weekend.
Madman films are the best. How do you know when you're watching a Madman film? When that karate ninja style ghost
logo (aka the ghost Casper wishes he was) pops up before the opening credits. Madman Entertainment are moving from their Collingwood warehouse and want you to help them pack, by buying ludicrously cheap DVDs from five dollars a pop, as well as toys, merchandise, apparel, framed and signed posters, office furniture, anime and film memorabilia, hardware and much more. Their garage sale
starts this Saturday from 8am at 35 Wellington Street, Collingwood.
Shopping can be seriously debilitating, online shopping can be worse. Have you ever been on Etsy? It's like being in a craft Labyrinth, except David Bowie isn't there to taunt you. We like to do our shopping once a year, in the one place, where everything on offer has been curated to our nit-picking standards, and finally this Sunday our one-stop-shop is open. For one day only. Markit will be open from 10am-5pm at The Atrium and BMW Edge Theatre at Fed Square, you can scope out the winter jackets on offer and guilt your rugged up friends into buying you things from Emily Green
, Corky Saint Clair
and Jen Booth
just to name a few.
Remember Davey Lane? For a moment he kind of went into hibernation, but rest assured he is back. The most attractive member of You Am I, the frontman in The Pictures and member of Aussie supergroup The Wrights is going solo and performing at Yah Yah's from 9pm this Sunday
Three words that get us embarrassingly excited: Eurovision is back. There's nothing worse than watching the telecast alone in your lounge room, you need to be surrounded by like-minded people who appreciate mirrored choreography, lycra costumes and glitter eyeshadow. The Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda is putting the trash in Eurotrash this Sunday night and broadcasting the whole caboodle live on the big screen
. Pop down and experience Eurovision in Baku, Azerbaijan. Yes, even we had to consult Google Maps to find out exactly where that is.
Get your gamer's thumb on and participate in TweetFilm
as part of the Emerging Writers Festival this upcoming Monday night at Loop Bar. You're invited to watch Looking for Alibrandi
and live tweet the whole thing using the hashtag #tfalibrandi
. Admission is free but bookings are essential
. Let's hope Matthew Netwon is not on Twitter that night, we suspect he is going to trend worldwide. John Barton, where did it all go wrong?
Lisa Marie Corso