Halloween Showing at Hoyts, Wells St, Frankston

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Forty years on from John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 slasher film, Halloween is a welcome return to form for a franchise that has often been plagued by its own silliness. Playing as a direct sequel to the original film and ignoring everything in between works a treat. Fans will enjoy the nostalgia and appreciate homages to the source material all the while remaining completely accessible to newcomers.

Scream-queen Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode. No longer a terrified teenager ill-prepared to confront unimaginable evil, this Laurie is the result of the numerous emotional and physical scars from that Halloween night long ago.

The trauma she has experienced, coupled with an unwavering certainty that Michael Myers would someday return to finish her off has seen Laurie devote her life to not becoming a victim again. “He’s waited for this night . . . he’s waited for me . . . I’ve waited for him.” 

Thankfully for her family, who have long written her off as a kook, when The Shape begins to maximise his kill count by cutting a bloody path back to Haddonfield, Laurie’s survival instincts are going to benefit them greatly.

The portrayal of Michael Myers here effectively reminds audiences why he’s considered one of the all-time great screen monsters — an unstoppable killing machine completely lacking in humanity.

Glossy production values and some tacked-on plotlines see the film lacking the same level of heart as Carpenter’s $300,000 indie original. However, overall the film succeeds in cleansing the palate of some questionable sequels and making Michael Myers terrifying again.

SCOTT JACKSON Three and a half stars (3.5) stars


Bring in Christmas with Denis Walter  

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Denis Walter is one of Australia’s finest and most popular bass baritones. With his commanding stage presence and rich voice, Denis will be the perfect ticket to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Denis is a radio star on 3AW with his high-rating afternoon show. Due to his radio commitments, he doesn’t get to perform on stage as much as he would like. In an all-too-rare appearance on stage, Denis will sing in Christmas 2018 with all the wonderful Christmas classics.

The performance is on Friday, December 14, at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Book in for FAC’s famous Christmas lunch to catch up with friends and make a day of it. Tickets to the show are $21 and lunch at noon is an additional $26.

FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE

A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston

T: 9784 1060

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New award makes a Splash at gallery

 Lee Bethel, Komon 2018, watercolour on hand-cut paper, 76 x 54cm. Image courtesy the artist

Lee Bethel, Komon 2018, watercolour on hand-cut paper, 76 x 54cm. Image courtesy the artist

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery is celebrated as the home of Australian sculpture. With a wide-ranging collection of more than 100 sculptures, the park comprises 8ha of designed landscape and vast areas of indigenous bushland. McClelland’s light-filled café overlooks the sculpture park and serves innovative dishes with delicious produce from the Mornington Peninsula. The exhibition program focuses on the development of modern sculpture and various forms of spatial practice, and encourages contemporary artists to develop and address challenging issues current in Australia and a global context.

The Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award 2018 has been established to showcase contemporary Australian watercolour practice and is on from December 1-March 17. To be held every three years, it is an acquisitive award enabled by the Fornari Bequest, by the will of the late Lena May Fornari, and is a legacy of her support of the arts in Victoria. Lena May was an ardent collector of watercolours and the first acquisitions through this bequest were significant watercolour paintings. Continuing this tradition, Splash presents the work of contemporary Australian artists who use this medium in highly accomplished and innovative ways. The award will be judged by Linda Michael, independent curator and editor, with one highly commended work judged by Samantha Comte, curator at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.

MCCLELLAND SCULPTURE PARK+GALLERY

A: 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin


Frankston Arts Centre dares you!

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Next year is all about being adventurous. Do you dare? Find out what’s in store when Frankston Arts Centre launches its 2019 season on Thursday, November 29. Attend the season launch to know what’s coming to FAC in 2019 before anyone else. You will be treated to not only a preview of all the shows but also a night of entertainment with some surprise performances planned just for this event. And if that isn’t enough, did we mention a glass of wine too?

FAC’s 2019 season has been carefully curated for audiences of today and tomorrow. It provides a platform for compelling stories that span topics that are current, historical, relatable, entertaining, reflective, joyous and sometimes gritty. We dare you to step into another world — choose a show that will challenge your perspective, deepen conversations and diversify your theatre experience.

Tickets are $15 and include a glass of wine.

FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE

A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston

T: 9784 1060

W: thefac.com.au

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The B# Big Band will take you on A Sentimental Journey

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The B# Big Band presents an unforgettable show of swinging classics led by the sassy and sultry vocals of acclaimed Melbourne jazz songstress, Tamara Kuldin. This sentimental musical spectacular of song features melodies from the ‘30s and ‘40s made famous by the likes of Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Doris Day.

Immerse yourself in the golden era of jazz as Tamara and Melbourne’s own B# Big Band present this toe-tapping affair of song right here in the heart of Frankston!

The performance is on Friday, November 9, at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Book in for lunch to catch up with friends and make a day of it. Tickets to the show are $21 and lunch at noon is an additional $22.

FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE

A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston

T: 9784 1060

W: thefac.com.au

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INSTA: the_fac

Rosebud RockFest readies to rock the bay

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Rosebud’s long history as a great place to enjoy summer-lovin’ holidays makes it the perfect place to revive the fun-filled ‘50s and ‘60s lifestyle with Rosebud Foreshore RockFest, from November 16-18.

It starts on Friday evening at Rosebud Primary School with the first of many dances featuring Who Was That Cat. On Saturday morning the Rosebud town centre comes alive with ‘50s bands and street jiving, hot rods, muscle cars cruising along Point Nepean Rd and vintage caravans on display on the Village Green. At the school there’s a ‘50s and ‘60s market with retro clothing, DJs, live bands and dance demonstrations with Rockhouse.

During the afternoon the Rosebud Hotel presents Diddy Reyes ‘59 Rockers and on Saturday evening there’s more rock ‘n’ roll with Shane Magro Combo, Fender Benders, Honey B and the Stingers and The Jackson Four.

Sunday sees the pre-1970s Hot Rod and Classic Car Show on the Village Green, with hundreds of cars and vintage caravans on show. For fashionistas there’s vintage clothing and the Pin Up contest in the Memorial Hall. The market continues at Rosebud Primary School from 10am with great music from Who Was That Cat and Fender Benders. All events will conclude by 5pm.

Tickets are essential for many events and will sell out quickly, so go to foreshorerockfest.com.au, where you can also get all the details, and like the Facebook page ForeshoreRockFest for all the latest news.

 

Woodturners showcase their skills

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The Peninsula Woodturners Guild’s Woodturning in the Park exhibition is not just an opportunity to pick up a gorgeous early Christmas present or two, it’s also your chance to gain a first-hand insight into this fascinating age-old craft.

On at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin, from November 8-13 and with free entry, the exhibition will include demonstrations of woodturning at the guild’s studio and workshop in the park grounds. You’ll see woodturners in action and be able to get your hands on a handcrafted item. In an age filled with cheap, disposable and machine-made items, a craft that goes back centuries is definitely something to behold.

If you'd like to join the guild to have a go yourself, download the application form at pwguild.org.au

 

Get your tastebuds ready!

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Mornington Main Street Festival is bringing you a huge range of food vendors and wineries this October. With seven performance areas, stages, roving entertainment and children’s activities, it is a fun day out for all ages.

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats have joined the line-up with Malcura, SugaTree, The Midweyers, Joel Reed and Them Blues Cats, Super Saloon, Diddy Reyes 59' Rockers, The Vibraphonic Orchestra, Sam O’Connell, Mat Katsis and Eric Parker, to name just a few.  

Spend the day or just a couple of hours enjoying treats from across the Peninsula and beyond. Indulge in some old favourites, including The Flying Calamari Bros, DOC, Nica Tacos, and The Rocks Mornington, as well as new ones such as The Avocado Hut or Far Out Falafels. Don't forget to save room for dessert with lots of treats for you in store. Browse a wide range of handcraft stalls, including OMG SeaGlass Designs, Tenae Lily or Whimsical By Nature, and pick up something unique to take home.

Enjoy the Gloriana Pin-Up Queen 2018 competition, face painting, animal farm, Little Shop of Horrors characters and mascots, Casey Grammar School, Osbourne Primary, Mornington Secondary, the animals from Magical Mountain, Dudlee Djembe, J Step Dance, and Mornington Peninsula Libraries craft-making. 

Some of the Peninsula’s top wineries, including Bittern Estate, Chirping Bird Wines, Dromana Estate, Elan Vineyard & Winery, Rebello Wines, Stumpy Gully Vineyard, T'Gallant Winemakers, Underground Winemakers and Yabby Lake, will showcase their vintages, which you’ll be able to taste, buy by the glass or take home. Ten Sixty One ciders will also be available.

This not-for-profit community event is only able to take place due to the support of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and generous sponsors such as The Grand Mornington, EastLink, Mornington Peninsula Magazine and others that all help either financially or in kind to make the festival such a success.

Mornington Main Street Festival will be held on Sunday, October 21, from 11am-5pm. For more details, visit mainstreetfestival.com.au

 

Third year for popular Mount Eliza Festival

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Be sure to mark Sunday, March 17, on your calendars for the 2019 MY Mount Eliza Run & Fun Festival. Festival director Geoff Nyssen and his volunteer committee are proud to host the annual event for the third time to celebrate the importance of health and wellness, while raising awareness of the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

“More than 1000 people came to the festival last year, with over 600 people taking part in the 5km and 10km trail run/walk,” Geoff said. “It was a fantastic event that thrives on community spirit and raises much-needed funds for Myeloma Australia.”

The festival has generated more than $30,000 annually for Myeloma Australia, ensuring the annual employment of a part-time nurse to provide direct information and support services to myeloma patients, carers and their families. “We continue to be so well supported by our generous sponsors and local community,” Geoff said. “In 2019 we will also work with expert trail run/walk organisers to ensure both the professional and amateur competitors have a great experience on the day. We are also planning a host of entertainment, family-fun activities and delicious food and beverages.”

If you wish to support the 2019 MY Mount Eliza Run & Fun Festival, please contact Geoff for a sponsorship prospectus at geoffnyssen@mymounteliza.org.au or on 0423 838 374. You can read more about Geoff’s personal journey with multiple myeloma at geoffnyssen.com

 

 

Stunning showcase of sensational art

Forty years ago, the organisers of the first Mount Eliza Art & Design Show could scarcely have imagined what a massive success the annual show would become. It is now entrenched as one of the highlights on the Peninsula arts calendar, and the 40th anniversary show on the weekend of October 26-28 at Mount Eliza North Primary School promises to build on that reputation for variety and excellence.

Artists, designers, sculptors and jewellers from around the Peninsula and beyond will have their stunning works on display and for sale. The feature exhibitors for this year’s show are artist Billy Nye, photographer Nick Psomiadis, jeweller Pam Mujica (PAMDesigned) and pottery artist Manuela Ferstl. The Grand Opening Gala Night on Friday, October 26, from 7.30-10pm offers art-lovers the opportunity to experience the exhibition with live music, wine from Foxeys Hangout, beers from Jetty Road Brewery, delicacies from the Edible Art Co and the live auction.

Over the weekend, Café D’art will be serving refreshments and light lunches, as well as a barbecue. There will also be a scavenger hunt to keep the children happy while you enjoy the exhibition at your own pace.

Tickets for opening night are available on trybooking.com/415921, while tickets for the weekend will be available at the door on Saturday, October 27, from 10am-5pm and Sunday, October 28, from 10am-4pm. See mtelizaart.com for further details. 

 

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Craft traditions reflected in woollen tapestries

 Sanné Mestrom’s Black Painting III 2014, unspun undyed woollen tapestry, steel, 200 x 250 x 51cm. Photography by Christian Capurro.

Sanné Mestrom’s Black Painting III 2014, unspun undyed woollen tapestry, steel, 200 x 250 x 51cm. Photography by Christian Capurro.

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, celebrated as the home of Australian sculpture, is located 45 minutes from Melbourne at the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. With a wide-ranging collection of more than 100 sculptures, the park comprises 8ha of designed landscape and vast areas of indigenous bushland. McClelland’s light-filled café overlooks the gardens and serves innovative dishes with delicious local produce from the Mornington Peninsula. The exhibition program focuses on the development of modern sculpture and various forms of spatial practice, and encourages contemporary artists to develop and address challenging issues current in Australia and a global context.

The exhibition Black Paintings, by Karingal-based artist Sanné Mestrom, presents a series of free-standing woollen tapestries on steel frames accompanied by a suite of gouache paintings. The works celebrate the textural qualities of the painting surface while referencing art history and craft traditions. Also showing is the exhibition Atlas of Memory: (re)visualising Gordon Ford’s natural Australian garden, which presents research by Annette Warner, School of Ecosystems & Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne. The exhibition comprises diverse archival material relating to the influential practice of mid to late-20th century landscape designer Gordon Ford.

Both exhibitions are on until November 11.

MCCLELLAND SCULPTURE PARK+GALLERY

A: 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

T: 9789 1671

W: mcclellandgallery.com.au

 

Art show celebrates cultural diversity

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Photos by Jamica Photography.

‘Cultural Diversity’ is the theme of this year’s annual Langwarrin Primary School Art Show.  Students explored the premise that art is universal and has been a way to communicate beliefs and express ideas throughout the ages. Their artwork will be showcased celebrating past and existing cultures.

The show will be held at the school, 90 Warrandyte Rd, Langwarrin, on Sunday, October 21, from 10am-2pm, and everyone is invited to come along, celebrate cultural diversity and enjoy the exhibition as much as the students have enjoyed putting it together.

The school gratefully acknowledges the show’s sponsors, whose interest and support reflects the strong community links that the school is extremely proud of.

 

Plenty of laughs on the cards

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Life has a habit of sneaking up on us — or rather, sneaking away from us — while we’re busy earning money, paying bills, doing the shopping, the washing, the cooking. That ticking you’re hearing isn’t just the kitchen clock!

For the ladies in Frankston Theatre Group’s next production Exit Laughing, the highlight of their week — indeed, their lives — is the weekly card night, and when Mary, one of this close-knit group, dies, what can they do? They decide to have one last game at their traditional venue — Connie’s house. Then Millie — sweet, but not terribly worldly — steals their friend’s ashes from the funeral home to join this last game and things get complicated.  Add to this mix Connie’s university-age daughter who’s been stood up on a first date and a policeman with a secret, and you have a recipe for a great night full of laughs and one or two tender tears.

Directed by FTG life member Keith Gledhill and featuring Kerry Hollier, Sophie Daddo-Langlois, Heather Jean-King, Grace Painter, and Jack Ellis-Barr, Exit Laughing is a great night out for your Christmas break-up.

This is FTG’s final production for 2018 and will be held at the Mount Eliza Community Centre in cabaret style.  So grab your friends, a bottle or two and some tasty nibbles and book yourself a table.

FRANKSTON THEATRE GROUP
W: frankstontheatregroup.org.au
FB: frankstontheatreinc

 

Help support survivors of child abuse

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Leading events company Agency83 is hosting a charitable luncheon at the Cranbourne Turf Club from noon on Monday, October 29, with all profits going directly to support Blue Knot Day 2018.  Raising awareness of the estimated five million Australian survivors of childhood neglect, trauma abuse and domestic violence, the luncheon will feature a guest speaker who has lived a life most of us could not imagine yet has broken the cycle and is now an active mother and businesswoman.

The event will include a two-course lunch, drinks and entertainment including auctions, door prizes and gift bags to all those attending. Agency83, as part of its passion projects, aims to raise $5000 that will provide a survivor the access to attend a Blue Knot Foundation workshop, provide funds to continue the trauma phone support services and enable Blue Knot Foundation to continue its well-respected advocacy work in the area of childhood trauma.

Agency83 director Rhiannon Pilton said: “Providing awareness for this critical access point to survivors and not-for-profit agencies is one of the most rewarding projects I work on. Knowing the money raised will be used to increase the accessibility of recovery programs and advocacy for survivors is a small step in support that I can offer Blue Knot Foundation. While the event and day itself presents challenges to those survivors and their support networks, the luncheon will focus on a positive message of recovery and strength.”

To support Agency83 and its initiative, please visit agency83.com.au