10 things to see, hear and do in Marvellous Melbourne this week

10 things to see, hear and do in Marvellous Melbourne this week

December 5, 2020


The ST. ALi Italian Film Festival honours the late composer Ennio Morricone with a screening of coming-of-age story Malena starring Monica Bellucci. There’s also the centrepiece film The Traitor following a Sicilian Mafia boss-turned-police informer and The Goddess of Fortune about family and love. Until December 9, various times, locations and prices, 9817 6421, italianfilmfestival.com.au.


Rain Room is back after its season was cut short earlier this year. Walk through an expanse of torrential rainfall without getting wet. The space responds to your presence and movement so you can navigate completely dry. Until December 31, various times, Jackalope Pavilion, corner of Jackson and Acland streets, St Kilda, $19-$29, 132 849, ticketek.com.au.

The Rain Room in St Kilda.Credit:


Learn the meaning and origin of each Afrodance style in a class led by Gracieuse Amah. Hosted by Kwabo Events for MPavilion, the workshop welcomes participants of all ages and levels to get sweaty in this introduction to modern African dance. Monday, 6.30pm-7.30pm, MPavilion, 770 Collins Street, Docklands, free (registrations required), mpavilion.org.


There’s a new first-floor gallery space at the recently reopened Anna Schwartz Gallery. Stephen Bram presents a series of large-scale black-and-white paintings comprised of small paint gestures blown up to the point of abstraction. Until December 19, Tuesday-Friday, noon-5pm, Saturday, 1pm-5pm, Anna Schwartz Gallery, 185 Flinders Lane, city, free, 9654 6131, annaschwartzgallery.com.


Iranian Bauhaus draws inspiration from Naghali, a Persian form of theatre that melds dramatic storytelling with puppetry, masked visuals, stylised gesture and music. The show follows the story of an artist living and performing outside her spiritual home. December 8-20, various times, La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton, $20-$30, 9347 6948, lamama.com.au.

Stephen Bram at the Anna Schwartz Gallery.Credit:


What happens when art adopts the perspective of an alien? This is the idea behind Xenogenesis by The Otolith Group. The exhibition uses historic and contemporary audiovisuals to formulate a science-fiction account of our global crises. Until Februaru 14, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm, Buxton Contemporary, corner of Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, Southbank, free, 9035 9339, buxtoncontemporary.com.


Melbourne Music Week reveals an extended summer program that spans three months. Featured events this week include Banoffee and Aphir’s gig at the Curtin, an experimental and intimate Mick Harvey show and a birthday party hosted by music collective The Operatives. December 9-February 28, various times, locations and prices, mmw.melbourne.vic.gov.au.

Iranian Bauhaus.Credit:


Alice Ivy performs her 2020 album Don’t Sleep featuring collaborations with Thelma Plum, Odette, Montaigne and more. The electronic producer is known for her sample-influenced soul, hip-hop and dance-pop. Supported by Elizabeth on Friday and Ex-Olympian on Saturday. Friday and Saturday, 6pm, Corner Hotel, 57 Swan Street, Richmond, $35, 9427 7300, cornerhotel.com.


God I’m Such a Mess is the debut album of noise-pop duo Cry Club. The band build on their reputation of theatrics, drama and genre-bending in this 12-track record of “highly autobiographical” songs. Support from Eilish Gilligan. Friday, 9pm, the Leadbeater Hotel, corner of Church and Victoria streets, Richmond, $23, 9421 4160, leadbeaterhotel.com.au.

Cry Club.Credit:


Mr Brownie opens its South Melbourne rooftop for Bottomless Bruch each weekend. Book a 90-minute session of free-flowing house wine, tap beers and rotating cocktails alongside a curry sausage sizzle and DJs spinning tunes. Saturday and Sunday, noon-4pm, Mr Brownie, 343 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, $49, 9696 3401, themrbrownie.com.

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