A 24-hour dance marathon, Melbourne’s most anticipated new ramen joint, the killer Fashion Week line-up and a luxury new coastal retreat – here’s what Broadsheet Melbourne editor Ellen Fraser will be checking out this month.
If you’ve noticed the influx of effortlessly chic humans wandering the streets of Melbourne, that’s because Fashion Week is upon us. I’ll be checking out new season garb at shows by Arnsdorf, P.E Nation and Dion Lee, and have my eye on notable up and comers Coreprêt, Amxander and Autark.
Diners have become unreasonably attached to dishes at Melbourne institution Donovans. When the owners – ableit briefly – removed the chicken pie from the menu, there was revolt. Chaos. People resolved never to return. Thankfully the restaurant survived that tumultuous time and is now celebrating 21 years. Go in and see what the revolt was all about.
Shop Ramen’s new spot is opening in a few days. It’ll be super casual, just like the Fitzroy original, and the menu will be mostly the same with a few experimental new additions. There’ll be more room, too, which equates to more ramen and can only be a good thing.
Considering the time it takes me to recover from a couple of hours on the dance floor, I’m in awe of emerging theatre creative Freya McGrath, who’ll be pushing her body to the limit in The 24 Hour Dance Project. She’ll forgo food, sleep and even a breather in the beer garden – sounds like a regular Saturday night at Yah Yah’s, really.
The opulent Lon Retreat is opening on the Bellarine Peninsula later this month. I’ll be making the trip out for an evening spent delightfully screen-free. If you go, stop by The Whiskery cellar door on the way there, and 28-seater, tasting-menu-only Geelong eatery Igni on the way home.
On September 7, the Sparkly Bear (Barkly Square) turns 35, and it’s throwing a huge, ’80s-themed birthday bash to celebrate. There’ll be a Cocktail & Dreams-themed bar, free Jane Fonda-esque aerobics classes, and scrunchie-making workshops.
An enchanting ’70s fashion wonderland has taken over Rippon Lea Estate. Chuck on a DIY retro soundtrack and wander past original designer pieces from the National Trust’s extensive costume collection, worn by mannequins made up a la Bowie’s Life on Mars.
If Fringe Festival throwing a fake year 10 formal and inviting people to BYO Passion Pop wasn’t wild enough, there’s also a miniature version of the festival, created just for furniture. Potential highlights: a stool dedicated entirely to coffee, and one modelled on a stumbling, newborn foal.
First-time author and sexual-assault survivor Bri Lee will be discussing her defiant, powerful memoir, Eggshell Skull, at a special event on the Mornington Peninsula. The book is a first-person account of Lee’s time as a judge’s associate bearing witness to sexual-assault cases, which compelled her to lodge her own claim against her childhood abuser.
Finally, at the risk of harping on, this really is your last chance to check out some seriously impressive MoMA artworks without dropping a couple of grand on a plane ticket to New York.