Your weekend in Melbourne February 22 to 23


Archie Roach.Credit:Kristoffer Paulsen

CLASSICAL The final instalment of the City of Stonnington’s The Classics concert series is Symphony. The Stonnington Symphony Orchestra performs alongside Indigenous singer-songwriter and campaigner Archie Roach. Enjoy classic compositions and stirring reworks of some of Roach’s biggest songs. Saturday, 7.30pm, Malvern Public Gardens, 1275-1277 High Street, Malvern, free, 8290 1333,


ROCK Originally the Choirboys and then the Queerboys, the Quireboys are in Australia for the first time. Formed in London in 1984, the British rock band have supported names from the Rolling Stones to Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith and Poison. Last year the group released 35 and Live, a live recording of their 35th anniversary performance at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London. Saturday, 7.30pm, Prince Bandroom, 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, $50, 9536 1111,

A-ha will be performing debut album Hunting High and Low.

NEW WAVE Norwegian new-wave pop group A-ha’s biggest single Take On Me is still played at clubs across the globe, with kids born in the early 2000s singing along to the ’80s track. The group is in town performing their seminal debut album Hunting High and Low to celebrate their 35th anniversary. Joining the band will be another ’80s icon, Rick Astley, the man behind Never Gonna Give You Up. Sunday, 7.30pm, Margaret Court Arena, Olympic Boulevard, city, $110-$150, 132 849,


Salome.Credit:Simon Schluter

OPERA Famous for its Dance of the Seven Veils, the short but shocking opera Salome is staged by Victorian Opera. Richard Strauss’ iconic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play is full of musical prowess, scandal and beauty. The opera is directed by Cameron Menzies and conducted by Richard Mills, and the duo rejuvenate a 115-year-old production for a modern audience. Two additional shows run on February 25 and 27. Saturday, 7.30pm, Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, $39-$174, 136 100,

PERFORMANCE Queer Eye beauty guru and hair stylist Jonathan Van Ness loves figure skating and gymnastics. A lot. In his live show, Road to Beijing, Van Ness brings his alluring energy to the stage, serving up a performance that sits between stand-up comedy, gymnastics class and truth-telling session. Saturday, 7pm, Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, $79-$144.50, 132 849,

The Great Australian Play.

SATIRE Jumping between 1930 and present-day Australia, this satire from award-winning playwright Kim Ho is a psychedelic trip through the myths of our nation. The Great Australian Play looks at the past, present and imagined future, and features vanishing conmen and Nazi German dingo scalpers. Saturday, 7.30pm, Sunday, 5pm, Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda, $20, 9534 3388,

DANCE Choreographer Victoria Chiu draws on her family’s past for contemporary dance piece What Happened in Shanghai. Part of AsiaTOPA, four dancers explore life and death through the strength of their female ancestors. Saturday and Sunday, 8.30pm, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, $23-$25, 1300 182 183,


MARKETS Held in the grounds of Tahbilk Winery, the Nagambie Farmers’ Market stocks some of the best produce from the region. Stock up on honey, soap and beeswax from Beavo’s Honey and pork from family farmers Goulburn Valley Pork. Chat with Mick from KNM Berries and Fruit and grab a punnet of fresh strawberries, or head into the family-owned winery for tastings. Sunday, 10am-2pm, Tahbilk Winery, 10 Cottage Lane, Nagambie, free entry,

BRUNSWICK This monthly artists’ market offers local crafts, live music, coffee and tasty treats. Artists sell handmade goods from jewellery to ceramics and paintings. A flea market is set up downstairs where you can scavenge for hidden treasures. Sunday, 10am-3pm, Spotted Mallard, 314 Sydney Road, Brunswick, $1-$2, 9380 8818,

FOOD  World Margarita Day falls on Melbourne Mexican restaurant Mamasita’s 10th birthday. To celebrate, Mamasita hosts a margarita masterclass with Herradura Tequila. Make four different types of margaritas, learn how to make the perfect salt rim and drink away. Saturday, 1pm, Mamasita, 1/11 Collins Street, city, $75-$95, 9650 3821,

FAMILY My Special Child Expo is for those interested in helping people with additional needs, learning difficulties or behavioural challenges. Parents, carers, educators, family, friends and professionals can learn from more than 60 exhibitors and 10 expert speakers. These professionals will be giving advice on autism, ADHD, dyslexia, mental health and more. Saturday, 10am-4pm, Moonee Valley Racecourse, 1 McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds, free-$15,

Aren’t you Happy?

FESTIVAL The Fantastic Film Festival features a mix of the weird and the wonderful. Highlights include A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life (a mix of Thelma and Louise and Natural Born Killers), and Aren’t You Happy?, a commentary on feminism, consumerism, art and sex. Runs until March 4. Saturday and Sunday, Lido Cinemas,  675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, $16.50-$21.50, 8658 0000,

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