Friday, June 19, 2015

A new sensation

Image via Lido Cinemas
Happy Friday people - I hope you've all had a better week than me.  I'm pleased to say I'm feeling a lot better although still sounding pretty rough.  There are just a couple of things I wanted to mention today.  The new Lido Cinema in Hawthorn is opening next week on Thursday and I think it will be a great addition to the local movie scene.  Mr Rosanna and I love going to both the Westgarth and Rivoli Cinemas in Northcote and Camberwell and I'm looking forward to checking out the Lido in due course - seeing some  Chinese Cinema sounds like a great thing to do over the winter months while the rooftop cinema sounds fantastic for summer.
Melinda Harper, Untitled 2003, oil on canvas, 183 x 152.4cm, Aquired 2004 TarraWarra Museum of Art Collection image via Heide Museum of Modern Art
Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper at Heide Museum of Contemporary Art in Bulleen also opens on Sunday 27 June and I think it will be a fabulous exhibition to see.  Harper's works are known for their colour and optical vibrancy and the exhibition will showcase her oeuvre of abstract works developed over three decades.
Sorbet resin range image via Dinosaur Designs
I love the geometric style of her works, which often include blocks, stripes, circles, triangles or variants of these plus the amazing colours - there's nothing like a bit of colour when the weather is cold and dark outside.  I also think the related morning tea event 'A Designer and an Artist' on Thursday 27 August from 10 - 11.30am with both Melinda Harper and Liane Rossler - co-founder and former designer and director of Dinosaur Designs will be a great event.  I've been lucky enough to have been given a couple of Dinosaur Designs pieces by my best friends which are highly treasured and little pieces of art in themselves.  Bookings on 9850 1500 - Adults $22, Member/Concession $18 (includes admission and morning tea).

Speaking of outside, both the Fairfield and Carlton Farmers Markets are on tomorrow if you're wanting to stock up on ingredients for soups, casseroles and other winter fare.  Stay warm and healthy!

Nb. Miss Rosanna is a Visitor Services volunteer at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thriller night

I hope you are travelling better than me so far this winter.  Despite having had a flu shot, I've managed to come down with the mother of all viruses and have been mostly bed-ridden since the weekend.  So some dark days for me, speaking of which, it's the winter solstice this Saturday and there's lots on this week and next.
Image via Darebin Arts
If you're in need of some good humour at the moment, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is actually on tomorrow night at the Darebin Arts Centre in Preston.  If retail therapy is more your thing, both Bonnie and Neil as well as textile designer Nicola Cerini are having studio sales this coming weekend at their respective studios in Brunswick and Abbotsford.  Both do beautiful homewares inspired by the natural environment and this is your last chance to snaffle up some of Nicola's plasto bags, which she is no longer producing.
Image via The Melbourne Magic Festival
The wicked sounding Goblin Ball is being held this Saturday night at the Northcote Town Hall to celebrate the solstice and this same venue will hold the Melbourne Magic Festival next week starting from 29 June.  Sounding all a bit mystical?  It's nice to believe in magic - germs begone!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Deco delights

I am loving watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on the ABC at the moment and I suspect it appeals to a lot of women of a certain age like myself.  While the acting and plot lines might not always be spectacular, the period costumes by award winner designer Marion Boyce are simply sublime.
Image via
While it's not in the north-east, you can see the related costume exhibition at the Rippon Lea mansion in Elsternwick until 30 September this year and I am hoping to make it there at some stage before the exhibition finishes.  The Rippon Lea Estate in and of itself is worth visiting and I've been lucky enough to attend a wedding there in the past.
Rippon Lea Estate image via Wikipedia
There is also a series of related Festival of Phryne events including Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Pop Up Speakeasy taking place this Friday night at the Old Melbourne Gaol as well as the Series 3 Gala Finale Screening at ACMI Federation Square on Friday 26 June.  Both of these events are ticketed and you need to book.
Image via
While I'm on the topic of Art Deco, you can do a 1932 cafe tour in the magnificent Manchester Unity Building over the Open House Melbourne weekend of 25 & 26 July.

Finally Halcyon Days: Heide in the 1940s opens on 20 June and runs until 13 September at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen highlighting this heady period of extraordinary creative achievement and cultural change in the history of Heide.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Distant shores...

I hope you had a great long weekend doing something relaxing.  It's the last public holiday for a while so it's always good to make the most of things.  We went to the park yesterday and watched people flying their kites given it was a windy day - it was nice to stop and smell the roses in the winter sunshine.
Image via Barefoot Gypsy
The nights are starting to get pretty cool and it's about this time of year every year that I start dreaming of distant shores.  I am still obsessed with Moroccan pom pom blankets - I have a thing for pom poms and these are still on my lust list.  I've been doing a bit of internet surfing and discovered some other lovely Australian online stores by owners who are just as passionate about travel and exotic locations as I am.
Image via Amber Skies
Here's a quick list of stores that are worth checking out if you are home decorating or lucky enough to be travelling to warmer shores over the winter - Amber Skies, Barefoot Gypsy, Hamimi, Paddo to Palmy, Sage and Clare and Tissu.  Also don't forget there's still a 10% discount offer for Romulus and the Gypsy in Ivanhoe until the end of this week for Miss Rosanna readers. Happy shopping!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Warm and cosy

It's World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday 13 June and locally there are a number of knitting circles and activities taking place.  The Teavotion Knitting Circle (run by organisers of the biennial tea cosy exhibition) will be meeting at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre on Saturday 13 June and Saturday 18 July from 1 - 4 pm.  The group also meets monthly on Wednesdays from 11 am - 2 pm with the next meeting on Wednesday 17 June.  A number of knitting gatherings will also be taking place throughout Banyule at various cafes, libraries and centres if you're interested in picking up your needles and having coffee and cake with fellow knitters.
Image via Uimi
Talking about textiles, I've long liked Australian made knitwear label Uimi, which is now available online, and I spied some of their scarves for sale at Heide Museum of Modern Art yesterday when I was volunteering there.
Image via Uimi
The weather is meant to improve over the long weekend and both the Carlton and Hurstbridge Farmers Markets are on.  A number of retailers have already started their mid-year sales so I daresay it will also be busy in the shopping centres around here as well.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The circus is in town

Zirka Circus that is - I've not heard of them before but their show 'Send in the clowns' is just about to open in Heidelberg West.  I am a bit obsessed with circuses - I find them fascinating but am glad to hear that a lot of international circuses are no longer using trained animals.  Speaking of circuses, Circus Oz (founded in Melbourne in 1978) is also touring this month from 17 June and I will be seeing their show 'But Wait...There's More' at Birrarung Marr under the heated Big Top courtesy of my client Avant Card.  Incidentally, their postcard has just been selected as Postcard of the Month and will automatically go into Avant Card's Postcard of the Year Awards (POTY) being held in August.  I'm pleased to say that both circuses are animal-free.
Image via Zirka Circus
I've been out on the road today and caught up with Jeannette Davison, the Arts Manager of Montsalvat in Eltham.  I got a sneak peek of the entrants for the Nillumbik Prize - the opening of which is being held on Thursday this week and there are some goodies in the show if you are able to attend.
Image via Zirka Circus
Also starting this week on Friday is mosaic exhibition Andamento at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.  Curated by Fiona Tettman, it features the work of Rachael Bremner, Donna Broadbent, Mikiah Nguyen, Cetta Pilati and Bev Plowman.  The official opening event is Saturday 13 June from 2pm.

Finally, if you're wanting to stay active over the winter, Action Yoga School in Ivanhoe will be starting an additional intermediate class on Tuesdays nights in term three, along with its Beginners classes on Thursday nights and general classes on Sunday mornings.

It sure has been a cold start to winter and I'll be back later this week.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Southern Lights

Welcome to winter.  I have to say that at least the sun is out and that's got to count for something.  It was pretty chilly doing bootcamp outside this morning although I think I can cope with winter when the sun is shining and there are glimpses of blue sky.  It's when it's dark and wet that makes me feel more miserable.
The Light in Winter image via Fed Square
The Light in Winter at Fed Square officially starts today and 2015 is actually the International Year of Light - in Australia this is a mix of business, education, arts and science coming together to celebrate all things 'light'.  The Light in Winter festival includes the world premiere of Molecule of Light - a laser based installation of light, which I think would be pretty awesome to see.
Winter Solstice Festival image via Montsalvat
The festival leads up to the Winter Solstice Celebration on the weekend of Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June, which will be celebrated not only at Fed Square but also locally with bonfires at Montsalvat in Eltham and the Collingwood Children's Farm in Abbotsford.
Aurora Borealis and Australia poster image via Wikipedia
When I was growing up, I would often hear about the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and I also watched a recent documentary about them featuring Joanna Lumley and her journey to Norway.  Not as much is written about the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) in this part of the world although the recent event in March was meant to be pretty dazzling.

Wishing you love and light over the next three months!  I'll be happy to see the return of Spring.