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

BLUES Hugo Race – founding member of the Bad Seeds and seminal Australian '80s band the Wreckery – joins longtime collaborator Michelangelo Russo and core members of the Spoils, Sean Simmons and Bronwyn Henderson, to honour the golden days of iconic St Kilda venues. Sunday, 5pm, Memo Music Hall, 88 Acland Street, St Kilda, $20, 95343556, memomusichall.com.au

ROOTS Internationally acclaimed musician, producer and songwriter Nicky Bomba is known for leading the ARIA award-winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra, and for being front man of Bustamento and drummer for John Butler Trio on three successful albums. Bomba plays a one night only Chapel Summer Session. Sunday, 6pm, Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, $35, 82907000, chapeloffchapel.com.au

Find fairy houses among the trees at Magic at Otway Fly.

Find fairy houses among the trees at Magic at Otway Fly.

POP Musician and performing artist Daniel Shaw teams up with acclaimed songwriter Seb Mont, supported by Melbourne-based band the Elliots and singer-songwriter Villah. Saturday, 7pm, The Toff, 252 Swanston Street, city, $12, 96398770, thetoffintown.com

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R&B Texan R&B artist Leon Bridges presents sophomore album Good Thing, which features orchestrated ballads and big soul-funk tracks made for dancing. Bridges will also perform songs from his debut album, Coming Home. Supported by US singer-songwriter Noah Kahan. Tuesday, 7pm, Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, $100, 136100, ticketmaster.com.au

Tina Arena and cast members of  Evita.

Tina Arena and cast members of Evita.Credit:DAVID CROSLING

STAGE

ALICE IN WONDERLAND One of literature's most beloved characters falls down the rabbit hole once more in this hit production of Lewis Carroll's timeless story. Alice in Wonderland features a star-studded cast of actors and puppeteers, against a backdrop of masterful sets and lavishly colourful costumes to bring Alice, the Tweedle twins, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts and the Hatter to life. Saturday, 11am, 2pm and 7pm, Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, city, $40-$60, 132849, ticketek.com.au

SHAKESPEARE Now in its 17th year, the Essential Theatre Group presents Shakespeare in the Vines. The grounds of Crittenden Estate are transformed into the magical land of Athens, where four young lovers fall through games of fantasy, love and dreams among an enchanted forest of sprites and fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Families are encouraged to bring picnics, rugs or small chairs or buy food from the Filling Station. Sunday, 5pm, Crittenden Estate, 25 Harrisons Road, Dromana, $50, 59873800, crittendenwines.com.au

MUSICAL Tina Arena stars in legendary Broadway director Hal Price's production of Evita. With more than 20 major awards under its belt, the original Broadway and West End production follows Eva Peron, the wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron. Through songs such as Don't Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars and You Must Love Me, we see Eva's life from humble beginnings to the "spiritual leader" of the Argentine people. Saturday, 2pm and 7.30pm, Sunday, 3pm, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $60-$180, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au

MARKETS

BITTERN Remuce cafe hosts a family-friendly twilight market with more than 30 stalls selling wares from local makers, food-truck-style offerings and an outdoor bar. There will be live entertainment as the sun goes down. Saturday, 4pm-8pm, 2680 Frankston-Flinders Road, Bittern, free entry, facebook.com/remucecafe

Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland.

ST LEONARDS As a fundraiser for the local primary school, St Leonard's Market is held every Saturday in January. Arts and crafts, produce and new and secondhand goods will be available, as well as a jumping castle, baked treats, a barbecue and refreshments. Saturday, 9am-1pm, St Leonards Foreshore, free entry, whatsoningeelong.com.au

FOOD The 13th annual Portarlington Mussel Festival includes 120 food, drink and market stalls, art shows, cooking demonstrations, wine and beer tastings, roving entertainers, kids activities and musicians performing across five stages. Saturday, 9.30am-5pm, Portarlington Village, Bellarine, free-$5, portmusselfestival.com

Texan R&B artist Leon Bridges will perform tracks from Good Thing and Coming Home.

Texan R&B artist Leon Bridges will perform tracks from Good Thing and Coming Home.

FAMILY

FESTIVAL The final weekend of the NGV Kids Summer Festival includes magic performances and art workshops at NGV International, and activities for children to learn about Indigenous art, design and culture at NGV Australia. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-3pm, NGV, city, free entry, 86202222, ngv.vic.gov.au

ART The Slow Art Collective has taken over Abbotsford Convent with a creative and sensory art experience. Each day, the c3Contemporary Art Space is reimagined through activities using recycled materials. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, free, 94153600, abbotsfordconvent.com.au

Hugo Race.

Hugo Race.

MAGIC AT OTWAY FLY The Colac Men's Shed has built 10 fairy houses among the trees of the Otway Rainforest. Participants can help fairies and elves find their homes by following sprinklings of fairy dust. Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, 360 Phillips Track, Weeaproniah, free-$25, 1800300 477, otwayfly.com

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