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Your weekend: Our guide to what’s on

Your weekend: Our guide to what’s on
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THEATRE A team of unstoppable writers, directors, illustrators and animators present a hilarious live-action superhero comic book on the Beckett Theatre stage. Nakkiah Lui’s Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death sees archaeologist Jacqueline Black unearth a mystical skull from an unmarked mass grave and transform into Indigenous superhero Blackie Blackie Brown. Today, 3.30pm and 8pm, Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank, $35-$72, 9685 5111, malthousetheatre.com.au

CIRCUS In Empty Bodies, six elite graduates of the National Institute of Circus Arts take audiences on a journey from birth to death through astounding skills such as contortion, tissu, tightwire and more. The performance is part of Chapel Street’s ProvocarĂ© arts festival, which runs until July 15. Today, 7.30pm, NICA National Circus Centre, 39-59 Green Street, Prahran, $27-$30, provocare.com.au

ICE DANCE World premiere theatrical ice dance company the Imperial Ice Stars present Swan Lake on Ice, an impressive feat of skill, athleticism, creativity and powerful storytelling. The company includes 23 Olympic and world championship skaters, who push the boundaries of contemporary ice dancing in an adrenaline-inducing performance. Today and tomorrow, various times, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $90-$120, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au

THEATRE Survival is a modern family drama tackling the complexities of mental illness against the unlikely backdrop of the Grease soundtrack. Picking apart the language involved in mental health discussions, Allee Richards’ play is informed by her personal experiences. Directed by Marissa Bennett, Survival runs until July 11. Today, 8.30pm, tomorrow, 4.30pm, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, corner of Sydney and Glenlyon roads, Brunswick, $20-$30, 9347 6142, lamama.com.au

It's Truffle Celebration Day at Prahran Market.

It’s Truffle Celebration Day at Prahran Market.

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FOOD

WINE For two days only, a selection of Bendigo wineries allow enthusiasts to taste drops straight from the barrel, with tastings available three times a day from each venue at the Barrel Tasting Weekend. Try BlackJack Wines, Sutton Grange Winery, Killiecrankie Wines, Sandhurst Ridge Winery and Balgownie Estate. Connor Park Winery is a must, with a wine clearance sale taking place as well. Today and tomorrow, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, various locations, Bendigo, free entry, bendigowine.org.au

TRUFFLE Some of Melbourne’s best chefs, including Maha’s Daniel Giraldo, Morris Jones’ Matthew Butcher and more, present a series of demonstrations using the beloved Tuber Melanosporum at Truffle Celebration Day at Prahran Market. Presented by Friend & Burrell and the market’s own Damian Pike, there will also be traders selling truffle based products and dishes such as truffled eggs, truffled lamb mini-croissants and truffle ice cream. Tomorrow, 11am-3pm, Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra, free entry, 8290 8220, prahranmarket.com.au

Award-winning Carisa Hendrix performs at the Melbourne Magic Festival.

Award-winning Carisa Hendrix performs at the Melbourne Magic Festival.

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ROAST The Left Bank Melbourne serves up a six-hour smoked, slow cooked suckling pig roast with matching Victorian chardonnay and pinot noir, set to warm guests up with a succulent experience. Enjoy pecan and apple hot smoked Western Plains pork, served with roasted hazelnut dukkah roasted baby carrots, apple jus and smashed peas. Save a few dollars with a sharing plate for two. Tomorrow, noon-close, The Left Bank Melbourne, 1 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, $42-$76, 9682 4500, leftbankmelbourne.com.au

ELSEWHERE

HIGHETT Loyal regulars and new shoppers at the Kingston Farmers’ Market can fill their bags with apples and pears direct from the growers at Nar Nar Goon Fresh Fruit, or stock up on breads and pastries made from authentic, slow-fermented sourdough from Gippsland’s Hope Farm Bakery, spuds and pumpkins from Gembrook Potatoes and grass-fed Angus beef from fourth generation farmer Square Mile Meats. Today, 8am-12.30pm, Sir William Fry Reserve, Nepean Highway, Highett, $2, vfma.org.au

Skating At Festival transforms Southbank into a winter wonderland ice-skating experience, with a rink popping up on the Crown Riverwalk.

Skating At Festival transforms Southbank into a winter wonderland ice-skating experience, with a rink popping up on the Crown Riverwalk.

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WARRANDYTE SOUTH Local Yarra Valley businesses embrace the cold with a Winter Market at Rob Dolan Wines. There will be market stalls from roaster Silva Coffee, florist Blooms on Thyme, Stone and Crow Cheese Company, drinks experts the Public Brewery and Empire Cider, and more. While the market wraps up at 2pm, wine tastings and cheese platters from the hosts and warm food from the Farm Yarra Valley will be available until 5pm. Today, 10am-2pm, Rob Dolan Wines, 21-23 Delaneys Road, Warrandyte South, free entry, 9876 5885, robdolanwines.com.au

OUT OF TOWN Across Ballarat, businesses and community organisations are set to warm up hearts, souls and bellies at the Ballarat Winter Festival, which sees a host of events taking place until July 29. This weekend there’s a pop-up fashion boutique at the Mining Exchange, fire jousting at Kyral Castle, an ice-skating rink, jazz performers and more. Restaurants and producers open their doors with winter specials, or guests can partake in hot chocolate or red wine tours. Today and tomorrow, various times, locations and prices, Ballarat, ballaratwinterfestival.com.au

Survival is a modern family drama, tackling the complexities of mental illness against the unlikely backdrop of the Grease soundtrack.

Survival is a modern family drama, tackling the complexities of mental illness against the unlikely backdrop of the Grease soundtrack.

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FAMILY Mister Maker, along with his sidekicks the Shapes and the Mister Maker dancers, returns with a brand-new theatre show, ready to dazzle kids of all ages at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. Kids can bring their favourite painting or drawing to the show to have it showcased at the theatre, and earn a special Mister Maker prize. One lucky audience member will also get pulled on stage to dance live with the Shapes. Today, 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm, Melbourne Recital Centre, corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank, $40-$45, 9699 3333, melbournerecital.com.au

FESTIVAL The largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, the Melbourne Magic Festival continues until July 14, with 65 different shows popping up in venues across the city and surrounding suburbs. Today, catch international favourites Woody Aragon (Spain) and Juan Esteban Varela (Chile), the award-winning Carisa Hendrix’s Lucy Darling: That Tingling Sensation, or a round-up of the Best of the Magic Fest. Today and tomorrow, various times, locations and prices, 1800 710 499, melbournemagicfestival.com

Violinist Kolja Blacher performs an expressive and energetic Violin Concerto from Benjamin Britten with his 1730 Stradiveri.

Violinist Kolja Blacher performs an expressive and energetic Violin Concerto from Benjamin Britten with his 1730 Stradiveri.

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FAMILY Skating At Festival transforms Southbank into a winter wonderland ice-skating experience, with a rink popping up on the Crown Riverwalk. There are activities for the kids as well as adults-only skating evenings during the week, a ready-made family day out or date night. Kangaroo skate-aids are available for little ones that are wobbly on their feet. Today, 9am-11pm, tomorrow, 9am-10pm, Crown Riverwalk, Yarra Promenade, Southbank, $20-$28, melbourne.skatingat.com.au

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