We’re deep into winter but there’s a bunch of reasons to brave the cold in Melbourne this month, especially if it involves one of the city’s most exciting chef-restaurateurs.
Ramblr’s Nick Stanton is taking over Supernormal Canteen for one night only. Gear up for a smoke-fuelled menu borrowing inspiration from Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisines, plus whisky-based drinks and good tunes to match. Come for Stanton’s signature handmade noodles, stay for the yakitori.
Blak Design Matters is a stunning showcase of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and it’s happening at Fed Square’s Koorie Heritage Trust later this month. There’ll be delicate hand-painted and natural-dyed symbolic garments, as well as work by artists whose pieces traverse interior, graphic and landscape design, architecture and more.
On the subject of art, more than 200 works from MoMA in New York have been carted to our shores and are now on display at the NGV. Set aside at least a day to peruse masterpieces from all the big names – Kahlo, Van Gogh, Pollock – as well as some lesser-known pieces, which are just as captivating as the blockbusters.
Fitzroy Bowls Record Fair is on again, presented by Kasumuen Records. Grab a beer and dig through crates of current and vintage releases.
Cheese and red wine – the French know how to make the most of wintry weekends. We’ll be celebrating one of the biggest dates on the French calendar, Bastille Day, with a weekend of all things Gallic at North Melbourne’s Meat Market. Sweet treats by one of our favourite patisseries, Agathé Pâtisserie will be on offer, plus raclette, crepes and champagne.
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is taking place at various venues throughout the month. Opening night plays host to Cosmo’s Midnight, Cash Savage, “dream-punk” locals Porpoise Spit and Melbourne rapper Daniel Elia. Crème de la Femme features only gender-non-conforming and femme artists, and Smith Street Dreaming is a celebration of Indigenous culture, MC’d by TV producer Leila Gurruwiwi, rapper Birdz and singer-songwriter Alice Skye.
If you’ve ever had trouble choosing between your favourite local pubs, here’s your chance to see which reigns supreme on the footy field. The Renegade Pub Football League is a solid four hours of grassroots footy, with teams from The Workers Club, Labour in Vain, The Tote and The Old Bar all taking part. There’ll be music, beer and cider, and a vegan-friendly barbeque. Dogs are welcome, too. Match times here.