The Weekender: February 1-3

SPEND this weekend discovering Melbourne’s “radical” side, watching an A-League match, catching a rock-cum-science show and more. Elizabeth Yick has the details. 

Radical Melbourne. Image credit: Melbourne Walks

Radical Melbourne

Saturday, February 2, 2-4.30pm, Centre for Adult Education (253-265 Flinders Lane, Melbourne)

Discover the more radical side of Melbourne history by ambling through the back-lanes of the city. Renowned historian Meyer Eidelson will lead this 2.5-hour tour through a ‘rich heritage of agitators, troublemakers, and eccentrics’, as told in Jeff and Jill Sparrow’s Radical Melbourne. From communists, rioters, and anarchists, to suffragettes, feminists, and gays, Melbourne is a vault of hidden stories waiting to be told. Tickets are priced at $59 for adult and $57 for concession. Booking is essential and can be made on the CAE website here. This is an over-18 event, and walkers should check the weather and dress appropriately for the walk. For more information, contact (03) 9652 0611.

Melbourne Victory fans at a Gambler's Help match. Photo: Responsible Gambling via flickr

Melbourne Victory fans at a Gambler’s Help match. Photo: Responsible Gambling via flickr

Melbourne Victory vs. Melbourne Heart
Saturday February 2, 7.45-9.45pm, Etihad Stadium (130 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands)

Join in the soccer frenzy at this long awaited Melbourne derby, where veteran Victory clashes with newcomer Heart. It’s their third meeting this season and is promising to be the most thrilling one yet, with each team respectively having won one of their two previous clashes. Tickets are available online, and range from dry area and general admission ($28.90 adults, $14.20 concession) to reserved seating ($44.90-$54.90 for adults and $30.85-$40.85 for concession). A little tip: make sure you check the stadium-seating diagram when you buy your tickets! Otherwise you may accidentally end up sitting in the midst of the opposition supporters!

NGV Summer Sundays. Image credit: NGV

NGV Summer Sundays. Image credit: NGV

NGV Summer Sunday Sessions
Sunday, February 3, 1-5pm, Grollo Equiset Garden in NGV International (180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne)

Enjoy a Sunday in “Melbourne’s best backyard”. Bring a picnic rug and laze the afternoon away with music from guest DJs Andras Fox and Simon Winkler. There will be a BBQ on the lawn, as well as a bar in the garden. Have a look at the drop-by drawings of prominent Australian artists Arlene TextaQueen and Rob McHaffie, or participate in an evolving installation work created by leading Melbournian artist Kathy Holowko. Why not even browse some of the free exhibitions in the gallery whilst you are there! This event is free, and supported by Nova 100 and Network Ten.

Hosier Lane, Melbourne. Image credit: Stan Paczkowski via

Hosier Lane, Melbourne. Image credit: Stan Paczkowski via

Sunday, February 3, 4.15-5.15pm, Hosier Lane (5 Hosier Lane, Melbourne)

To cap off the weekend, pop down to Hosier Lane for some Ologism. What is Ologism? Well, it is a band that performs original rock and blues music… and also science demonstrations live on stage. Huh? Confused? Well, this Sunday, at the cobble-stoned urban art central of Hosier Lane, Ologism will be doing a free gig. ‘No issue of science, technology, engineering, or innovation is too complex, too serious, or too close to the cutting edge for Ologism… this is science as nature probably didn’t intend.’ Interested yet? Well, for those who are, Ologism will be taking the stage at 4.15pm Sunday.

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