The Weekender: July 10 – 12

CATCH an avant-garde film, be intrigued by an automobile design exhibition, see electric splashes of colour illuminated over buildings, and delight your tastebuds with warm Japanese savoury pancakes. Nicole Tee has more on how to spend your weekend.

For The Plasma Screening at Grey Gardens
Sunday, July 12; Grey Gardens (51 Victoria St, Fitzroy)

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Lo-fi mindbender For The Plasma premieres at the newly opened Arts and Moving Picture House, Grey Gardens at Fitzroy this weekend.

Captured solely on 16mm film, For The Plasma explores the interference of technology in our private lives.

A sci-fi and new age feature that promises an intriguing and bewildering apprehension, the film records the activities of two old friends who come together to analyse CCTV footage of the surrounding forest and then predict shifts in global financial markets.

The show is part of a careful curation of film series Speakeasy Cinema sessions, featuring avant-garde movies. Glide through its dreamlike state and experience solitude, conspiracy and magical thinking all in one sitting.

For The Plasma is on screens on July 12. Buy your tickets from the official Eventbrite page for the film. Food and film ticket options available.

Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car Exhibition
Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12 (10.00am – 5.00pm); The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria Australia (1 Swanston St)

From steam-powered carriages to racy v8s, Australia has a long and rich legacy of automobile design and engineering. The Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and Australian Car exhibition, featuring 23 of Australia’s most iconic vehicles, celebrates this proud heritage.

Featuring illustrations, photos, car engines and design sketches of Australia’s iconic vehicles, Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and Australian Car showcases the stories behind the evolution of transport in Australia, as well as the designers who conceptualised them.

The exhibition also considers the future of Australia’s automobile industry, and how it can contribute globally through its specialist innovation expertise.

This weekend is the last weekend to catch this phenomenal exhibition, so don’t miss out!

For more information, please visit the National Gallery of Victoria’s website.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival
Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 19 (6.00pm – 11.55 pm); Gertrude Street, Fitzroy


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Watch Gertrude Street come alive this weekend!

An annual affair, this year’s Gertrude Street Projection Festival is in its eighth year, and promises another exciting illumination of large-scale outdoor art galleries.

From laneways, to shopfronts and footpaths, observe as light projections and exhibitions of award-winning artists adorn 40 sites on and around Gertrude Street.

The Gertrude Street Projection Festival is free of charge, and artworks will start being projected from 6 p.m. onwards until midnight.

For more information, visit Gertrude Street Projection Festival’s website.

Pop-up Okonomi-Yaki Store
Sunday, July 12 (9.30 a.m – 4.00pm or until sold out); URA (28 Johnston St, Fitzroy)

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Image: URA Facebook Page.

Vintage clothing store URA (うら) is hosting its own Okonomi-Yaki pop-up store.

A Japanese savoury pancake consisting of various ingredients, the name ‘okonomi-yaki’ perfectly reflects what it is – okonomi defined as ‘what you like’ or ‘what you want’, while yaki means grilled or cooked.

The menu promises a vegetarian okonomi-yaki with special homemade sauce and mayo. Owners (Matsu and his chef partner) have come up with a vegetarian okonomi-yaki recipe, after many refinements, so as to produce a tasty vegetarian option for his vegetarian friends. Using specially sourced ingredients to prepare their homemade sauce a week in advance, URA’s okonomi-yaki is fresh and represents an authentic flavour.

Mochi rice cake and cheese are also available as additional toppings.

While you’re at it, you can also check out some of URA’s retro apparels and novelty items specially imported from Japan!

Visit their event page on Facebook for more details.

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