Friday, November 29, 2013

Advent Cafe Experience

If you're looking for something different this Advent season, you won't do better than the pop up cafe at Ringwood Uniting Church in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

The cafe is providing training for home-grown baristas, using fair trade coffee from Wild Timor Coffee and, wherever possible, sourcing food from within a 100km radius. As a not-for-profit venture you pay for your food and beverage by donation.

What does your Advent smell like? Sensory table (26th Nov)
What's more you can choose to get a new insight into Advent by attending a different input session each week until Christmas.

From sensory experiences and theological reflections to hip hop artist Dylan Joel on offer, this event has something for pretty much everyone.

Find out more about the cafe, the input and operating times here.  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

'Wagner Roos' Welcome 'Ring Nuts' to Melbourne

It's big, it's showy, it's long and it's here.

In the Northern Hemisphere they’re called “Ring Nuts”, but the Australian cohort have been dubbed “Wagner Roos”. Whatever you call them, they are unique breed, travelling whenever and wherever Wagner’s Ring Cycle is being performed. “Wagner Roos” are in heaven as The Ring comes to Melbourne, courtesy of Opera Australia, The City of Melbourne and patron Maureen Wheeler. But what is all the fuss about? And are these Wagnerian enthusiasts, with apparently more money than sense, more than a little loopy? Continue reading

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review : The Mountaintop (MTC)

Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr
On a long stormy night in 1968, Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr (Bert LaBonte) is holed up in his Memphis hotel room, weary, alone and downhearted. After years of preaching, ‘testifying’ and advocating for an end to racial inequality what does he have to show for it? Camae, a maid (Zahra Newman), arrives with coffee and the evening plunges into a series of revelations, confessions and surprises.

What was King like when he wasn’t preaching to the thousands? Egotistical? A philanderer? Driven?  Neurotic? A sell-out on West End and Broadway, Katori Hall’s entertaining script hones in on King’s personal despair in the hotel room, opening to a bigger picture perspective towards the close. Historical footage alongside the recitation of names of leaders and achievers is captivating. Continue reading