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THIS weekend, Como House will be transformed into a French provincial village for the third annual Paris to Provence festival. There's live music, magic shows, art classes, an open-air market, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations from chefs including Gabriel Gate, Pierrick Boyer of Le Petit Gateau and Philippe Mouchel of PM24.

Today and tomorrow, Como House, corner Williams Road and Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra, $5-$35, paristoprovence.com.au


IF TALKING about your favourite foods leaves you tongue-tied, get in the know at The Science of Taste, presented as part of the City of Melbourne's Knowledge Week. The symposium introduces the science of neuro-gastronomy, demystifying those bumps on the tongue and how they interact with our brain. Speakers include wine writer Max Allen and writer Richard Cornish. The symposium includes lunch and there is an optional dinner at Hare & Grace afterwards, too.

Today 9am-4.30pm, William Angliss Institute, Level 3, 555 La Trobe Street, city, $90 (symposium only), $200 (with dinner), angliss.edu.au


FOR a tempting (and virtuous) way to spend Tuesday night, consider Anglicare's Dinner With Angels. Twenty chefs from leading restaurants including Coda, Huxtable, Persimmon, Red Emperor, Stokehouse and Taxi Dining Room join forces to prepare an entree and shared main course, with desserts from Peter Rowland Catering. The event, featuring an auction and raffle, is hosted by Brian Nankervis and Todd McKenney will perform live.

November 27, The Great Hall, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, city, $300, 9690 8811, melbournefoodandwine.com.au



LOOK out for new-season lettuce, early stone fruit and just-picked strawberries at the Slow Food Farmers’ Market today. Timboon producer Schulz Organic will have quark and yoghurt along with their regular selection of dairy goodness. It’s planting time too, so pick up some summer seedlings.

Today 8am-1pm, Abbotsford Covent, St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, $2, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au


MAIN Ridge Dairy returns to the Mt Eliza Farmers’ Market tomorrow with capriole, rolls of fresh lactic goats’ cheese matured in white mould that are at their best this time of year. Local strawberry producer Sunnyridge brings new-season fruit and Mexican musician Alejandro keeps the young ones occupied with instruments for them to play.

Tomorrow 9am-1pm, Corner Mt Eliza Way and Canadian Bay Road, Mount Eliza, $2, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au


MARIBYRNONG Makers' Christmas market is a serious affair, with more than 75 stalls packed with goods from local crafters including geometric jewellery in neons, metallics and neutrals from AACUTE and one-of-a-kind Japanese crochet toys from Greediebird. Keep the tots busy with free kids’ activities and power your shop with gourmet spring rolls from Urban Street Food.

Today 9.30am-3.30pm, Gamon Street, Seddon, free, maribyrnongmakersmarket.com.au


AS MELBOURNE Music Week comes to a close, Melbourne Music Market offers collectors a chance to stock up on rarities and specialist vinyl. As well as dozens of stalls run by independent record stores, labels and collectors, there are vintage clothing stalls, live music performances from Fox + Sui and Hayley Cooper, and screenings of music docos and concert films.

Today 11am-6pm, Federation Square, city, free, melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw


IMAGINE how it would feel to tick off the Christmas gifts in one day. Give it a crack at the next Indie Market Place, where there will be jewellery, homewares, handmade furniture, kids clothing and toys. Santa will find time to visit (10.30am-noon).

Tomorrow 10am-4pm, Manningham Convention Centre, 1 Thompsons Road, Bulleen, free entry, indiemarketplace.blogspot.com.au

Out of town


A LAID-BACK introduction to the looming onslaught of music festival season, the Queenscliff Music Festival brings together a fine selection of 55 Australian acts across five stages in a scenic setting. The line-up includes Missy Higgins, Mia Dyson, Something For Kate, You Am I and Gurrumul Yunupingu, as well as the QMF Family Express train, with live acts in each carriage.

Today and tomorrow, Queenscliff, $45-$204, qmf.net.au


WHAT'S the scene for the latest A Day On The Green? Hoodoo Gurus head up an all-Australian cast of rock and pop greats for the latest in the series of family-friendly concerts. Joining the Gurus are Melbourne's Boom Crash Opera, Australian Crawl frontman and successful solo singer James Reyne, The Angels with Screaming Jets singer Dave Gleeson and The Baby Animals.

Today 3pm, Rochford Wines, 878-880 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, $89.90-$149, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au


IT'S leg power versus steam power in The Kids Fun Run with Thomas. Kids aged between three and 12 run on a track alongside the Puffing Billy route (register at Gembrook station from 8.30am, $20 per child). Thomas the Tank Engine provides rides for less energetic participants. The event coincides with the Gembrook Market, as well as entertainment for kids in the park next to the station. Money raised goes towards the children's ward at Ferntree Gully's Angliss Hospital.

Tomorrow 10am-3pm, Gembrook Station, Gembrook, free, kidsfunrunwiththomas.org.au



BIRDS of Paradise, the latest touring exhibition at Melbourne Museum, features more than 60 specimens of the ultra-colourful birds-of-paradise, native to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and our own tropical rainforests. The exhibition also explores the importance of the winged beauties to native PNG tribes and the influence of the birds in decoration and tradition. Until February 3.

Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton, free with museum entry, 13 11 02, museumvictoria.com.au


GRADUATING students of the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) take to the stage for a final circus showcase before embarking on their professional careers. The class of 18 students presents solo and duo acts demonstrating skills in aerial performance, comedy acrobatics and tightwire. Directed by Meredith Kitchen, the season runs until December 1.

Today 1.30pm and 7.30pm, NICA National Circus Centre, 41 Green Street, Prahran, $18-$27, 9214 6975, nica.com.au


TRADE dance moves with the youngsters as Cornel Wilczek's Qua joins DJ Manchild from PBS and Robotica, Justin Dwyer's interactive, music-generating giant robot face. When the kids are weary after getting down, move them on to the colourful fluoro activities involving drawing and face or body painting under the UV lights. Free snacks provided.

Today 2pm-4pm, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, city, $5, 9664 7900, melbourne.vic.gov.au/artplay


The Rotary Club of Williamstown gets in early with its Children's Christmas Party this weekend. Santa visits after 3pm, but the fun starts at 11 with free rides, live entertainment, food and craft stalls, and face painting. The event is a fundraiser for Heart Start, which is working to supply all local schools with a defibrillator.

Tomorrow 11am-4pm, Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, free/gold coin donation, rotarywilliamstown.org.au



THREE of the city's most influential institutions in their respective fields joined forces to launch PRINT WEAVE MAKE, a series of open days held over consecutive Saturdays this month. The Australian Print Workshop and the Australian Tapestry Workshop had their turn. Now Craft is set to open its doors to present contemporary craft and design from leading practitioners such as Vicki Mason. Includes a demonstration and Q&A from jewellers Anna Davern and Claire McArdle (noon-3pm).

Today 10am-5pm, Craft, 31 Flinders Lane, city, free, 9650 7775, craftvic.org.au


AN ART project that combines music, performance, and sculpture, Stop, Repair, Prepare: variations on An Ode to Joy is visiting the State Library. Presented by internationally renowned artist duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, the hourly performances feature a drastically altered grand piano and gymnastic feats. The show wowed the crowds at New York’s MoMA in 2011, and it’s here every day until December 6.

Today and tomorrow 11am-5pm, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, city, free, 8664 7000, slv.vic.gov.au


THE migratory path for Melbourne artists is clear. For years, artists have been moving west, attracted by cheap houses and industrial spaces. This weekend more than 60 westside artists working across a variety of mediums and styles open their studios to the public as part of Open Studios in the West, running demonstrations and workshops and allowing a good old-fashioned sticky-beak.

Today and tomorrow, various times and venues, openstudiosinthewest.net


AS PART of the inaugural Going Nowhere festival, artist-poet-locavore Patrick Jones leads a foraging walk around North Melbourne tomorrow. Jones will point out edible and medicinal weeds that grow in urban areas, as well as educating participants on where to forage – and where not. The walk is one of many events running all weekend as part of the sustainability-exploring festival.

Today and tomorrow, Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, free-$20, 9322 3713, artshouse.com.au


SUN Beats Down, an event bringing together music, organic food and eco-friendly living, is a glimpse into the way people will party in the future. Presented as part of Melbourne Music Week, solar-powered sound systems will be cycled into the space to drive a performance by DJ and music producer Camilo. BYO picnic blanket and good vibes.

Today 2.30pm-9pm, Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue, city, free, melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw


OWNER-builders on lifestyle shows – it's the same script every time: they get too ambitious, pushing projects over time and budget, and they never seem to see winter coming. The owner-builders' course at CERES is designed to help budding builders complete projects on time by providing info on buying materials and labour at the best rates, accurately estimating costs, contracts and other management and planning topics. Bring your house plans and patience.

November 26 6pm, Van Raay Meeting Rooms, CERES environment park, Corner Roberts and Stewart streets, Brunswick East, $330 single, $440 double, 9389 0100, ceres.org.au