il melograno is coming

I’m pleased to hear that Westgarth Village will soon welcome Il Melograno – gelato, granita and pasticceria with a slow foods, real ingredients feel. The gelato chef is Marco Enea, a third generation gelataio from Palermo, who plans to use Australian fruit in season – and no gluten or preservatives. Look out for Carl Fodera’s Il Melograno, which should open in June…

a huge weekend for roller derby

Calling all roller derby fans – both the Victorian Roller Derby League and Northside Rollers have bouts this weekend! Of course I’m going to all of them. Saturday 12th April belongs to the VRDL, who have two games scheduled: Rock Mobsters vs Dead Ringer Rosies at 5:45, and Dolls of Hazard vs Toxic Avengers at 7:45. Doors open at 5:15. Sunday the 13th is the second Home Bout for the Northside Rollers, where the Sisters of Anarchy will battle the Pulp Vixens. Doors are 4pm, with the game starting at 5. Tickets for both bouts available now, so get on it!

vrdl bout 2: april 12 2014

northside rollers bout 2: 13 april 2014

beef bulgogi @ seoul soul, northcote

Seoul Soul Northcote opened on Friday 28 March, and I enjoyed my recent lunch there. My beef bulgogi came with rice, salad, fruit and a few cocktail sized nibbles – delicious, generous, and great value at $10. I’ll definitely be back to try the bibimbap, kimchi, noodle soup, and chargrill BBQ options. Love the modern industrial fitout too. Find Seoul Soul at 315 High St Northcote (and their original premises at 323 Victoria St, Abbotsford).

beef bulgogi @ seoul soul, northcote

mimby jones robinson @ dream lab

Mimby Jones Robinson is painting at Dream Lab today, as part of the True North Reservoir Arts Festival. You’ll also find some cool handmade electronic musical instruments there, courtesy of Dean Stanton (International Junk Orchestra). Find Dream Lab at 674 High St, Reservoir.

mimby jones robinson : wip @ dream lab

ghostpatrol @ chew burger

After a few dramas, Chew Burger opened this week. Delicious looking burgers, sides, and art by Ghostpatrol. Check out some super work in progress shots here. The windows will feature fresh art on a regular basis, and the 86 tram goes right past. Find Chew Burger on facebook and at 147 Plenty Rd, Preston.

ghostpatrol @ chew burger, preston

I don’t usually do romantic comedies, but It Boy is a lot of fun. Sex, awkwardness, ambition, age difference, office politics AND the cougar persona – all wrapped up in the pages of Rebelle, a parisian fashion magazine. Virginie Efira smoulders as Alice, and Pierre Niney makes a delightful Balthazar. Gilles Cohen is perfect as Vincent, Alice’s bow tie wearing boss. On at Palace Cinemas for French Film Festival 2014.

papa chango ep launch @ northcote social club

Papa Chango launch their new EP ‘Enter The Dragonfly’ on April 3. Supports are Bat Hazard and Cumbia Cosmonauts Soundsystem. Get on down to Northcote Social Club for some great afro-funk grooves! Tickets available now. Take a listen here…

kaff-eine : heartcore @ all nations park

Today and tomorrow Kaff-eine is painting at All Nations Park, Northcote. This is wall number 15 (of 20) of HEARTCORE, a joint project with Berry Street. The deer is looking great so far, hopefully I can drop by on Wednesday for another look…

kaff-eine : heartcore @ all nations park

kaff-eine : heartcore @ all nations park deer detail

kaff-eine : heartcore @ all nations park sunbeam

kaff-eine : hearcore @ all nations park deer wip

kaff-eine : heartcore @ all nations park deer  signature

I enjoyed my visit to ‘Super Naturale’ on Saturday. Jacqui Stockdale’s photographic portraits are painterly and theatrical – a real freak show assortment of characters. I love how she has combined Balinese carving with gods and superheroes from many different cultures. My favourite works are Ramagan, Selfie and Portrata de Flora, but I found the whole show compelling – in a somewhat dark and grotesque way. On until 15 April at Helen Gory Galerie, 108 Gertrude St, Fitzroy. Northcote art lovers will recall her cameo series at Open Studio as part of the Small Works Small Spaces (Northern Exposure Festival) in 2012.