Public historian Christopher Gribbin will give a talk examining the jumbled traditions Melbourne's founding architects drew on in designing the city, including classical, gothic, Venetian, Romanesque and Tudor, with particular attention to the influence of ancient Greek architecture on the city's buildings from the 1840s onwards. Thursday, August 11, 10-11.30am. $20/$18 Bookings: The Johnston Collection. https://johnstoncollection.org/ 03 9416 2515
If you've so far missed Guru Dudu's often booked-out free Yarra Grooves silent disco walking tours, the last one of the series is happening this Saturday - a Boogie Nights-themed tour of Gertrude St, Fitzroy. With headphones, host and "uplifting playlist of music and commentary" provided, the tours "dance-walk their way around with occasional singing and flash-mobbing to the street". Starts corner George and Gertrude streets. Bookings email@example.com 0478 100 611
FED SQUARE & MELBOURNE
The 70th Melbourne International Film Festival is now in full swing, with a program featuring 81 world premieres, 61 films direct from Cannes and a 'Melbourne on Film' retrospective that includes timeless classics like Dogs in Space, Death in Brunswick, Bonjour Balwyn and Monkey Grip. Running until August 21 at CBD venues including ACMI and a handful of suburban cinemas, with a selection of films also streaming. miff.com.au
ST STEPHEN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, RICHMOND
Coming soon: 'Real and Right and True' UK-based Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean joins renowned Australian organist, pianist and composer Calvin Bowman for an intimate recital in the beautiful acoustic setting of St Stephen's Anglican Church on Saturday, August 20 at 2.30pm. Celebrating the art song tradition and featuring 20th century and contemporary works by Margaret Sutherland, Percy Grainger, Brett Dean, Calvin Bowman, Benjamin Britten, Gerald Finzi and Josephine Stephenson. Tickets available through www.trybooking.com/CBMDQ or at the door. $35/$30/$20/$10. 2.30pm Sat, Aug 20
Coming soon - On August 21 (Sunday week) historian Claire Levi will give a talk about Bridge Rd's colourful history and the installation of the historical plaques between Hoddle and Church streets. Claire , who is vice-president of the Richmond and Burnley Historical Society, worked with the Richmond Council and Bridge Rd Traders' Association to take the project from concept to reality. Studio 1, 15 Barnett Way, Richmond. Bookings for catering purposes: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9427 1800.
Thursday, Aug 11 - Hollow Coves with special guests; Friday - Hollow Coves with special guests Tully John & Liza-Jane; Saturday - Sunnyboys with special guests Even + Little Murders.
Saturdays - From 9pm, Live piano from Russell Tay (winter residency).
Thursday - Juicebox (Hammond Quartet); Friday - Pakington 62 + Liam Morton; Saturday - Gwyn Ashton + Nathan Johnson.
Friday, Aug 12 - LongBoys - Karen Took The Kids & Sunday Honey; Saturday - Coconut Cream - Tamara and The Dreams..
Thursday, Aug 11 - The High Heaven.
Live jazz, Nice Guys Trio, every Thursday, 7-10pm.
Friday, Aug 12 (9.30/10pm til late) - Nicky Kurta, Saturday - Ben & Glenn.
Sunday - Stingo Blues Club - 4.30pm blues jam, 6pm Gwyn Ashton, The Blow Out.