Established in 2013 to give the local music industry a boost over winter, Yarra's City's Leaps and Bounds Festival focuses on local venues and artists, with a wealth of local talent and varied options on offer. Free events include the Record Fair at Collingwood Town Hall, Abbotsford, this Saturday, with over 50 sellers and thousands of records (9am-4pm), Bring it Home "dress-to-the-nines" older person's musical party, featuring musicians Wilbur Wilde and Alison Ferrier, special guests Robyn Archer, Derek Guille and the Ugly Uncles, the Crossing the Bridge Choir and cook Maggie Beer (Tuesday 1-3pm) at Collingwood Town Hall; 'Her Sound, Her Story' Australian women in music documentary with Q and A, at the Corner Hotel, (Tues 7-10.30pm); and 'Don't Thank Me, Spank Me! Bingo' at the National Hotel on Sunday (1-4pm). Also Industry Day at Collingwood Yards, Monday 9.30am-3pm. Across 35 Yarra venues from Friday until July 24. Visit https://www.lbmf.com.au/
This illustrated lecture by art historian Dr Susan Scollay surveys embroidery and its makers, from historical masterpieces commissioned for cathedrals and palaces and embroidery as a domestic pursuit in polite Western society to the expression of symbolism in patterns stitched for significant stages of the human life cycle in traditional societies still connected to ancient beliefs and superstitions. The Johnston Collection, tomorrow 10-11.30am. $20/$18
Writers of poetry, prose and lyrics and invited to join a supportive monthly meet-up group, read their own and listen to others' work over a drink or two at the Life's Too Short Bar on Sundays. With a great range of wines, cocktails and craft brews and good vibes. Free event, drinks and food at bar prices. Register via SMS due to limited seating. 0416 088 000 4-6pm.
ANAM presents a selection of beloved European classics in a miniature festival on Friday and Saturday, featuring Sounds of War (Friday 7pm), A Promenade (Saturday 1.30pm) and A European Journey (Saturday 4pm). Tickets from $15. anam.com.au.
More than 100 sculptures are on display at the Sculptors of Victoria annual awards exhibition this month. Featuring work in wood, bronze, steel, resin and mixed media by emerging and professional sculptors. All pieces are for sale. Every day until June 27, free. Victorian Artists Society, 430 Albert St.
Thursday - Machine Girl (USA); Friday - Josh Pyke - 'To Find Happiness' Tour; Saturday - AREA-7 with Special Guests The Ramshackle Army + The Quarters + DJ Con Dodgy; Sunday 11.30am HALO vocal ensemble & Eliza Hull - all ages matinee show, DJ set by MzRizk; Tuesday - Her Sound, Her Story Film Screening + Q&A (Leaps and Bounds Festival) Q&A with the filmmakers + cast.
Thursday -The Thin White Ukes - Ziggy Stardust 50th Anniversary; Friday - The Collective; Saturday - Phil and Denzil Para.
Thursday - Turning Thursdays - Buttercats /w Dreaming Soda + Bailey Judd; Friday - Jurassic - Stolen Time EP Launch, Okay Dane & Goldsocks; Saturday - Hollie Col.
Live jazz with 'Nice Guys Trio', every Thursday, 7-10pm.
Thursday - Unpaved Songwriter Sessions - Khristian Mizzi, Creature Jones, Molly McKew, and Sean Simmons; Friday - Tim Woodz with special guests Grand Baxter; Late Night Laughs [24/06] (11pm) Ben Knight, Elyce Phillips, Hannah Sainty, Krutika Harale, Jack Druce, & Eli Landes; Saturday - Alan Fletcher and Brooke Taylor; Sunday - Kitty Obsidian.
Sunday - Stingo Blues Club - 4.30pm blues jam, 6pm Zevon Hiltz & Friends, resident band The Blow Out.