Arts Events in Melbourne October 11 – October 17

The Melbourne Festival

The Melbourne Festival kicks off on Friday and runs until Sunday October 27. The program includes everything from films and music to dance and theatre. We like In Conversation with John Landis, a discussion with the director behind seminal (and quotable) classics like Three Amigos, The Blues Brothers and the Thriller music video. His films will be screening throughout the festival, though you should book quickly, because many have already sold out. Here’s a great guide to some of the other events.

Meanwhile, the Lost Weekend are holding their annual record fair on Sunday October 13. Record fans should trek down to 511 Lygon Street in East Brunswick to browse the massive warehouse collection.

Breaking Bad trivia night

If you’re still mourning the loss of Breaking Bad a fortnight in (and you don’t have $75 million to offer the creators for more episodes), there will be a Breaking Bad trivia special at The Curtain in Carlton on Monday October 14. Yeah. We think its awesomeness pretty much speaks for itself.

Editors Victoria and RMIT are hosting a special event, Old Media is Dead, on Wednesday October 16. Is digital content the end of old media as we know it? Well-known literary personalities like Sam Cooney (editor of The Lifted Brow) and Jonathan Green (the foundation editor of The Drum, among other things) will be arguing for or against in what is sure to be a riveting debate.

And finally, crime writer Angela Savage will discuss her latest novel The Dying Beach at Travellers Bookstore on Thursday October 17. The Dying Beach is the third in a series to follow Thai-based Australian private detective Jayne Keeney. Keeney is vacationing in Krabi when her favourite tour guide is murdered, forcing her to dive into another dangerous and complex case.

*Images courtesy of The Melbourne Festival and Flickr. 

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