Arts Events in Melbourne September 6 – September 12

There’s no denying we’re in festival comedown mode this week, but these arts events might soothe the pain some.

Kill Your Darlings is hosting a special book club with Melbourne Theatre Company this Friday September 6. They will be chatting about Simon Stone’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Tickets are free, but RSVPing is crucial.

From Dusk Til Dawn

If you want a good excuse to block out the election coverage this Saturday, you can head to the Valhalla Social Cinema 14-hour horror and fantasy marathon at Electron Workshop in North Melbourne. The first film screens at 9:50am and the last film finishes just after midnight, so you may have to duck out to vote at some point, but they have long intermissions scheduled just for this purpose. The films in chronological order are: Re-Animator, Big Trouble in Little China, The Fly, Night of the Creeps, An American Werewolf in London, REC, From Dusk Till Dawn and The Cabin in the Woods.

Philip Nitschke, the co-author of true story Damned if I Do about pro-euthanasia organisation Exit International, will be chatting to Steven Amsterdam at Readings Hawthorn on Monday September 9. 

Get a support crew together and go to Rocket Clock Story Slam, a story slam competition, at Bella Union in Carlton on Wednesday September 11. Performers have five minutes to tell a story based on the theme ‘do it yourself.’ Judges will rate each story based on content and performance. Email them now to register, or sign up on the night.  

And along similar lines, performance poets should check out the Victorian Heat of the Australian Poetry Slam at Richmond Library on Thursday September 12. Performers have two minutes to dazzle the audience with an original poem. The winner and runner up will compete at the State Final in October, where the overall winner receives an all-expense paid trip to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and a tour of China.

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