Mysterious American singer-songwriter H.E.R. is in Australia to headline the Lights On tour. Born Gabriella Wilson, H.E.R. says the moniker symbolises who she is – or was when she began recording H.E.R. Volume 1. She hopes people will focus on the music and not what she is wearing.
Today, 8pm, Forum Melbourne, corner of Flinders and Russell streets, city, $80, 1300 111 011, ticketmaster.com.au
After spending the last year on a world tour, hard-working, Sydney-based musician Mark Wilkinson is on the road again. This time the singer-songwriter performs his full-length album Wasted Hours alongside some fan favourites. Known for his poetic lyrics, the LP includes songs Another Necklace, We Were Rich and Maudlin Melody.
Today, 7pm, The Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury, $34.50-$40, 9484 9831, thethornburytheatre.com
Celebrated Italian musician Toto Cutugno gained global success with L'Italiano (1983), following this up in 1990 when he won the Eurovision Song Contest with Insieme: 1992, a song of hope for the European integration that was set to occur two years later. Cutugno will perform a number of his hits.
Today, 7pm, Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, $131-$152, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au
Spotted by multi-instrumentalist James Morrison at the age of 16, jazz vocalist Emma Pask began her professional career. Pask and Morrison have since collaborated on six projects including Christmas. Pask is well known for her appearance on the second season of The Voice where she performed Mas Que Nada.
Today, 4pm and 7pm, Melbourne Recital Centre, corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank, $35-$40, 9699 3333, melbournerecital.com.au
THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK
Stripped of his comic personas, Barry Humphries shares personal stories from his own life in Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask. Detailing events from his childhood to his career, the brave Humphries hopes to shock and entertain audiences with insights into his generation and a life spent in costume.
Today, 8pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $79-$162, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au
PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic tells the story of life as a Hufflepuff. Featuring an abundance of Harry Potter references and send-ups, the comedy stars Ryan Hawke as protagonist Wayne, Eva Seymour as Megan, Keith Brockett as Oliver and Rob Mills as Cedric Diggory.
Today and tomorrow, various times, Alex Theatre, 1/135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, $50, 132 849, ticketek.com.au
Now in its final week in Melbourne, the theatrical production of Bliss follows Harry Joy as he suffers a heart attack only to wake up on his front lawn in what he concludes must be hell. Based on the novel by Peter Carey and adapted by Tom Wright.
Today, 2pm and 7.30pm, tomorrow, 5pm, Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank, $35-$72, 9685 5111, malthousetheatre.com.au
For its 20th anniversary, the Production Company presents Oklahoma! Based on the 1931 play Green Grow the Lilacs, the classic musical features songs Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin', The Surrey With the Fringe on Top and People Will Say We're In Love. Starring Simon Gleeson, Anna O'Byrne and Robyn Nevin.
Today, 2pm and 7.30pm, tomorrow, 3pm, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $48-$143, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au
Melbourne restaurants Bottega, Figo Pizza and 400 Gradi will dish up pizzas and pastas at the Italian Wine and Food Festival. With a range of tickets on offer, festivalgoers can sip on espressos and/or learn about grape varieties and sample a selection of Australian wines made from Italian grapes. There will be cooking demonstrations from chefs and providores including Joe Vargetto, Francesco Rota and Jesse MacFadden.
Tomorrow, 10am-6.30pm, Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholas Street, Carlton, $25-$135, italianwinefoodfestival.com.au
In its final week, Plate Up Ballarat showcases an array of Western Victoria's craft beers, wines and restaurants. Today foodies can enjoy sweet and savoury canapes at An Afternoon on the Balcony or eat their way through five courses, served with local wines, at Goldfields Regional Degustation Dinner. Tomorrow the classic Sunday roast gets a modern twist at Roast For Two, A Roast For Four, A Roast For More!
Today and tomorrow, various times, locations and prices, plateupballarat.com.au
A Taste of the Yarra brings three Yarra Valley staples, Napoleone Beer and Cider, Four Pillars Gin and TarraWarra Estate, closer to home. Participants can learn and sample the top-three selling beverages from each of the makers as they take in views across the Yarra River and Melbourne CBD. Nibbles are available from the bar menu, or larger meals from the full food menu.
Tomorrow, 3pm-6pm, BearBrass, Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct, Southbank Avenue, Southbank, $15, 9682 3799, bearbrass.com.au
Rural life comes to the city with the plastic bag-free Flemington Farmers' Market. Local food innovators Bao prepare mash-ups such as hot chicken and waffle bao, market favourites Misty Spring sell pickles, jams and chutneys made from their own produce grown in Yea, and Mountain Fresh farm their trout and salmon in the clear waters behind Myrtleford and sell the fish fresh or smoked.
Tomorrow, 9am-1pm, Mount Alexander College, 175 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington, free entry, vfma.org.au
The A Plus Market is a space dedicated to plus-sized fashion. The event strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment for women sized 16 and above. With an array of local designers and pre-loved stalls on offer, purchase ethical and sustainable fashion pieces from Fash Forward, pick up a new pair of kicks from The Happy Shoe Shop or grab something sparkly from Glitter is Life.
Tomorrow, 10am-3pm, Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg, $2, aplusmarkets.com
OUT OF TOWN
Opening today, I Hope You Get This explores the interconnection of art and activism. Through mediums including video, painting and zine production, Australian artist Raquel Ormella explores nationalism, political activism and environmental intervention. Known for addressing social issues through her work, Ormella aims to create work that stimulates engagement with modern issues. The exhibition features Ormella's old and new works side-by-side, and runs until August 12.
Today and tomorrow, 10am-4pm, Shepparton Art Museum, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, free, 5832 9861, sheppartonartmuseum.com.au
OUT OF TOWN
From the Australian banking system crisis in the 1890s to the Great Depression of the 1930s, Bankrolling Bendigo: Building A City investigates the financial systems and structures that spawned from the gold rush. The exhibition explores many of the facets of the mining industry that ultimately led to a permanent city, as well as the impact of Bendigo's economic rise on Melbourne. Works will be on display until October.
Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo, 5434 6088, bendigoartgallery.com.au
OUT OF TOWN
George's Marvellous Medicine is a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's book of the same name. The story follows George who decides to put an end to his grandmother's bullying by concocting a special medicine that he hopes will solve his problems. Things take a larger-than-life turn when George's medicine actually works. Adapted for stage by Shake and Stir Theatre Company. Suitable for ages six and above.
Today, noon and 2.30pm, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 50 Little Malop Street, Geelong, $22, 5225 1200, gpac.org.au
Grandmothers highlights the wonders of nonnas, bubbas, jaddas, yiayias and waipos. Exhibited across five locations, the joint project honours the often-overlooked role of grandmothers from a variety of cultures through films, portraits, interviews and photographs. Tomorrow, and continuing until October 28, audiences can hear stories from women of orthodox, secular and holocaust survivor backgrounds at Love and Legacy at the Jewish Museum of Australia.
Today and tomorrow, various times and locations, free-$34, mmv.org.au
Morning & Afternoon Newsletter