See & Do: What's on around town

A funny thing happened ... 

what: New stage comedy  

where: Her Majesty's Theatre

Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winning Geoffrey Rush returns to his true home: on stage - with an all-star comedy cast in the brazenly hilarious Broadway musical, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Playing in Melbourne only for a strictly limited 12 week season at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Steal, beg or bribe to get yourself a ticket – because anything can happen at the Forum! Win a double pass to this musical by visiting and follow the prompts.  Entries close on Monday, (1 October) at 11.59pm. Terms and conditions are available at

Stockholm Syndrome

what: Swedish style bloggers

when: opens Wednesday

Works from one of the world’s most prominent fashion photography blogs are being exhibited in Melbourne. Caroline Blomst and her photographer boyfriend Daniel Troyse launched their Stockholm Streetstyle blog in 2005, to showcase some of the most cutting edge European fashion on the streets. The collection will open at Somewhere Gallery, 29/314 Little Collins Street, city on Wednesday and run until October 13. Details: visit

land of the free

what: Press in the US

when: Thursday, September 20

The American media has never been known for its impartiality. From Fox News to The New York Times, most mainstream media outlets are firmly in the left- or right-wing camps. America: Media in the Land of the Stars and Stripes, an event at The Wheeler Centre tonight, will explore themes of media influence, politics and the impact the US media has on Australia. Journalists Richard Fidler, Julia Baird, Siobhan Heanue and Sophie Black will share their thoughts from 6.15pm. At 176 Little Collins Street, city; entry free but bookings required. Details: visit

modern madden

what: The voice of punk pop

when: Thursday, September 20

To some, Joel Madden is best known as the husband of Nicole Richie and a judge on ratings hit The Voice. But his number one job is as frontman of US punk pop veterans Good Charlotte. The four-piece – which features Joel’s brother, Benji, on guitar – has released five best-selling albums and will start working on a sixth next year. The band will delve into its bag of hits, including Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Girls & Boys at Festival Hall, 300 Dudley Street, West Melbourne, on Thursday, September 20. Tickets are $94 plus booking fee. Details: visit

game changer

what: Video legend speaks

when: Thursday, September 20

Acclaimed video game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi is the man behind some of the most original titles in recent memory, including Space Channel 5, Lumines and Child of Eden. Mizuguchi is known for his pioneering application of music and visuals, and worked on seminal games including Sega Rally Championship in his formative years. The gaming legend will speak about his creative process at ACMI from 6.15pm. He will also appear at several other events as part of the Game Masters exhibition over the weekend. Tickets are $20. Details: visit

empire line 

what: Last days of Napoleon

when: Saturday

NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Napolean: Revolution to Empire is in its final weeks. But before the exhibition closes on October 7, there’s a chance to hear from some experts on the art and artists in the time of the French Revolution. NGV International Art curator Sophie Matthesson and Art Gallery of Ballarat director Gordon Morrison are among the luminaries to share their thoughts at an afternoon forum on Saturday. The $45 adult ticket price includes afternoon tea. At 180 St Kilda Road, city. Details: visit

stage left

what: Faces of the Malthouse

when: opens Monday

The list of actors who have worked with the Malthouse Theatre in recent years is as impressive as they come. Paul Capsis, Marcus Graham, Eddie Perfect (pictured), Tim Rogers and Frank Woodley are among the familiar faces to have tread the boards. New exhibition Sweet Oriander is a collection of portraits of some of these famous folk. A collaboration between art director Fiona Sweet and photographer Garth Oriander, the portraits will be sold to raise money for the Victorian Actors Benevolent Trust. At 45 Flinders Lane, city until October 6. Details: visit

magic at her maj

what: Las Vegas illusions

when: opens Tuesday

Magicians, illusionists, singers, dancers and comedians combine to create the all-age spectacular Trikstars, which opens at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Monday. The production will feature magicians direct from Las Vegas, as well as shadow artist Sonny Fontana and ‘‘quick change transformation artists’’ Soul Mystique. The show runs daily until September 30, with two performances on the 26th and 30th. At 219 Exhibition Street, city, tickets from $65. Details: visit

Compiled by Kathryn Kernohan [email protected]

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