Your weekend: our guide to what's on around Melbourne
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Your weekend: our guide to what's on around Melbourne

MUSIC

JAZZ International and interstate female jazz musicians will showcase their passion and talent at Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival (MWIJF). A range of album and single launches and live recordings will take place over the course of the event, including the launch of LP Archie by emerging vocalist Harriett Allcroft. Saturday and Sunday, various times, locations and prices, mwijf.org

SOUL From a young age, Karen Lee Anders' imperial yet vulnerable persona has brought people together in church halls. Anders' caught the public's eye through The Voice Australia. Her Far from Paradise EP features gritty guitars, lush tremolo and warm vocals. Saturday, 7pm, The Grace Darling Hotel, corner of Smith and Peel streets, Collingwood, $25, 94160055, thegracedarlinghotel.com.au

Classical and contemporary works will feature in the Australian Ballet School's end-of-year performance.

Classical and contemporary works will feature in the Australian Ballet School's end-of-year performance.Credit:Daniel Pockett

COUNTRY James Ellis and the Jealous Guys honour the 50th anniversary of the Byrds' iconic album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Ellis and his band pay tribute to the group and their classic record. Saturday, 6pm, Spotted Mallard, 314 Sydney Road, Brunswick, $18, 93808818, spottedmallard.com

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NEO-CLASSICAL For the Strings of Life tour, The Ministry of Sound's Orchestrated will perform classic dance tracks alongside guest vocalists Sam Sparro, Crystal Waters and Alison Limerick. Orchestrated remixes and reimagined classic tracks from the likes of Fatboy Slim, Moby and Robert Miles, with a live symphony orchestra. Sunday, 7.30pm, Margaret Court Arena, Batman Avenue, city, $90-$110, 132849, ticketek.com.au

The Ministry of Sound's Orchestrated will perform classic dance tracks alongside guest vocalists including Sam Sparro.

The Ministry of Sound's Orchestrated will perform classic dance tracks alongside guest vocalists including Sam Sparro.

STAGE

BALLET Classical and contemporary works will feature in the Australian Ballet School's end-of-year performance, Summer Season 2018. Following a year of learning, exploration and dedication, the school's cohort will showcase performances including Heart Strings and La Sylphide. Saturday, 1.30pm and 7.30pm, Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $35-$102, 1300182183, artscentremelbourne.com.au

SATIRE Power, progress and gender in the workplace are explored in satirical theatre Strata Inc.. Andrew Strata is set to inherit his father's company, but his sister Lysa has other plans – she's not leaving until her father's legacy is obliterated. A comedic, unflinching war against entitlement. Presented by North of Eight. Saturday, 7.30pm, The Burrow, 83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, $22-$28, northofeight.com.au

MUSICAL Loosely based on Puccini's opera La Boheme, the rock musical RENT is the story of impoverished young artists struggling to create a life in New York City in the midst of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Saturday, 7.30pm, Sunday, 6.30pm, Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, $49-$65, 82907000, chapeloffchapel.com.au

FESTIVE FUN With Prancer and Vixen, Strange Bedfellows (cabaret side project of opera singers Kanen Breen and Jacqui Dark) brings an irreverent perspective to the silly season. Exiled reindeer Vixen and Prancer (and potty-mouthed piano elf Daryl Wallis) continue their quest to comprehend Christmas. Saturday, 7pm and 9pm, Melbourne Recital Centre, corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank, $30-$40, 96993333, melbournerecital.com.au

Celia Pacquola.

Celia Pacquola.

ELSEWHERE

MARKETS The Coburg Farmers' Market features fresh fruits and vegetables from the likes of Thriving Foods Farm. Pick up stone fruits from the Tellurian Fruit Gardens stall then hit up Melbourne Gourmet Mushrooms for lion's mane, oyster and shiitake mushrooms. Saturday, 8am-1pm, Coburg Primary School, 92 Bell Street, Coburg, gold coin donation, vfma.com.au

GLEN HUNTLY The Handmade Show's indoor Christmas craft market offers live entertainment, hamper giveaways and kids' activities. The small makers market offers a place for local artisans to showcase and sell handcrafted wares, including jewellery, handknits, children's toys and clothing, candles, soaps and homewares. Saturday, 10.30am-3.30pm, St Anthony's Parish Hall, corner Grange and Neerim roads, Glen Huntly, free entry, thehandmadeshow.blogspot.com

Stomping Ground is opening an Argentine-themed pop-up beer garden

Stomping Ground is opening an Argentine-themed pop-up beer gardenCredit:SDP Media

FOOD Coinciding with the Melbourne season of Evita, Stomping Ground Brewing Company brings the spirit, sounds and tastes of Argentina to St Kilda Road with a pop-up beer garden dubbed Stomping Ground La Boca. The summer hot-spot will offer Stomping Ground's beverages, a new Argentinian-inspired lager and a range of Argentinian wines and foods from Asado by San Telmo. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-late, Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt, 100 St Kilda Road, city, 1300182183, artscentremelbourne.com.au

OUT OF TOWN

MILAWA Grapes of Mirth brings comedians including Tom Gleeson, Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor to the grapevines. Sunday, 2pm, Brown Brothers, 239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa, $65, grapesofmirth.com.au

Alain Delon in The Red Cricle.

Alain Delon in The Red Cricle.

BENDIGO Frida Kahlo grappled with a tragic, chaotic and beautiful life that she passionately captured through photography. Frida Kahlo, her photos features the extensive archive of the Casa Azul, Kahlo's former home and now museum dedicated to the artist's life and work. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo, 54346088, bendigoregion.com.au

TOP FIVE FILMS

THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (96 minutes) PG The trouble with Harry is that he's dead – but none of those who survive him, not even his widow (Shirley MacLaine), will let the inconvenient presence of his corpse spoil a beautiful day. This 1955 black comedy is one of Alfred Hitchcock's wittiest films. Screens as part of a Hitchcock retrospective. Digitally projected. Lido, Classic and Cameo, Sunday, December 9, 4pm.

Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?Credit:Photo by Mary Cybulski

THE RED CIRCLE (140 minutes) MA Like most of the crime films of French director Jean-Pierre Melville this 1970 heist thriller is so perversely obedient to genre convention it becomes a kind of abstract ritual. Alain Delon is suitably glacial as a gang leader whose plans are undone by fate. Digitally projected. Astor, Sunday, December 9, 7pm.

LEAN ON PETE (122 minutes) M Writer-director Andrew Haigh (45 Years) applies his British gift for understatement to an American subject in this coming-of-age story about an Oregon teenager (Charlie Plummer) who embarks on a cross-country journey with a stolen racehorse. The style is the opposite of flashy, but Haigh knows what he's doing every step of the way. Selected.

Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo.Credit:Photographer: A Estrada / Mexico

HEATHERS (103 minutes) M Michael Lehmann's audacious 1988 high school satire makes vicious fun of a clutch of topics – bullying, eating disorders, teen suicide – that seem more sensitive than ever today. Winona Ryder is the angst-ridden heroine seeking revenge on a clique of mean girls with help from her brooding new boyfriend (Christian Slater). Digitally projected. Rooftop Cinema (Curtin House), Saturday, December 8, 9.30pm.

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (107 minutes) M Based on fact, Marielle Heller's melancholic comedy-drama paints a believably bleak picture of literary life in late-20th-century New York, with enjoyable performances from Melissa McCarthy as a showbiz biographer turned forger and Richard E. Grant as the friend who becomes her accomplice. Selected.

Kanen Breen and Jacqui Dark.

Kanen Breen and Jacqui Dark.

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