Yarra City Council and Solar Victoria will illuminate virtual power plants (VPPs) in this free online session. Hear from Solar Victoria's experts, and approved VPP Providers, Tesla and Reposit, about what a VPP is, what benefits it offers to households and how you can join one. Learn also about the $4174 solar battery rebate and Solar Victoria's VPP Pilot Program, which is making it easier to join an approved VPP program. Tonight, 7-8pm. Register via www.yarracity.vic.gov.au
The Johnston Collection's "at home with" talks open the door on the houses of some of the most celebrated artists, writers and politicians. This lecture by curator Kenneth Park visits the homes of writers like Victor Hugo, Anne Montgomery, Ernest Hemingway and Robert Louis Stevenson. Thursday 10-11.30am $20/$18. Bookings: https://johnstoncollection.org
Taking "interconnectedness" as a theme, the 2022 Human Rights and Arts Film Festival opens on Thursday night with the documentary Dear Future Children, following the lives of three young activists in different parts of the world. Over nine days a range of Australian and international films about place, environment and identity screen mainly at ACMI, with some special events like an exhibition, cooking class and dance performance taking place at other venues. Until May 7. www.hraff.org.au
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Running from Friday to Sunday, the inaugural Garden State Festival, instigated by the Plant Society and Yarra City Council will see a variety of businesses and organisations host events that "celebrate gardening as an art form and explore the vital role plants play in the art of living". Locally, these include: Friday - The Garden as Art with David Wong - Melbourne University's Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Blvd, Richmond (9am-12pm) $35-$40; and Philip Withers Landscape Architecture, Design & Horticulture, 422 Bridge Road, Richmond (3.30-6pm); Saturday - Bakehouse Studios courtyard tour featuring immersive installations, artist talks and performances, 27-29, Hoddle Street, Richmond (9.30-11.30am) $30. Plus many more art and garden related events in Collingwood, Carlton and Princes Hill. www.gardenstatefestival.com.au
From Canberra's Museum of Australian Democracy comes Behind the Lines: The Year in Political Cartoons, which this year takes 'Prophecy and chance' as its theme. From COVID-19 case numbers to house prices and employment levels, 2021 was a year to expect the unexpected. Alongside the all-too-familiar stories of leadership jockeying and funding scandals, a handful of issues dominated the headlines: the pandemic and vaccine rollout, the treatment of women in our democracy, climate change and government policy. Luckily these artists were on hand to read the tea leaves and cut through the spin. Opening Monday, runs until June 24. Old Treasury Building Museum, free.
Saturday - Two Another - Australian tour, Sunday - Thomas Headon with Special Guest Mia Rodriguez.
Thursday - Jacobs Run and Peter Freebairn, Friday - The Dixie Chooks, Saturday - Pakington 62 + Liam Morton.
Thursday - Alexander Biggs, Friday - Desmond Mase - Moves live launch.
Wednesday - Museum of Living Art; Thursday - Polytech at POME 8pm, Late Night Laughs 11pm; Friday - The Offtopics & Madleine Clare 7.30pm; Saturday - Zulya & The Children of the Underground 8.30pm; Sunday - Henry Hugo & The Kindred Souls 3pm.
Sunday - Stingo Blues Club - 4.30pm blues jam, 6pm Kate Madden, resident band The Blow Out.