Arts Events in Melbourne July 12-18

Our picks for events in Melbourne this week: Much Ado About Nothing

For those of you who haven’t been obsessively checking the Nova calendar for it, Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated Much Ado About Nothing adaptation is now showing. The Age gave it a rave review, calling it Whedon’s best work. We’re dying to see it.

Dorothy Parker’s Sweet Release of Death, a cabaret show based on poet Dorothy Parker’s life, will be held at The Butterfly Club (off Little Lonsdale Street in the city) until Sunday July 14.

Ali Alizadeh will be launching his second work of prose fiction, Transactions, at Bella Union in Carlton on Monday July 15. The book is based on his extensive world travels and his experiences migrating from Iran to Australia as a teenager.

Chris Dercon, the director of London’s Tate Modern, and Kaat Debo, the director/curator at Mode Museum in Antwerp, will be speaking about art and fashion at ACMI on Wednesday July 17 as part of the Hollywood Costume Exhibition.

The second Melbourne Rare Book Week kicks off on Thursday July 18 at The Wheeler Centre. The week includes an epic antique book fair, lectures and exhibitions. At the launch, a panel will discuss changing perspectives on what makes us keep and treasure beautiful books.

Also on that night – Slamalamadingdong, a monthly slam poetry event at Bella Union. Rules of the slam are pretty simple – poetry must be original, there’s a 3 minute time limit and no props are allowed. Registration opens at 6:30pm.

And finally, the Northcote Town Hall is hosting the Melbourne Magic Festival. We’re just dorky enough to be excited about that. In addition to children’s events, there are plenty of shows for adults. You could get a great short story idea out of it…

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