Tomorrow (Thurs, Sep 1) art historian Nanette Carter and scholar Robyn Oswald-Jacobs will present a lecture (with afternoon tea) on influential Australian textile designer Frances Burke. From the late 1930s to 1970 Burke's designs achieved unparalleled prominence in Australia. Displaying imagery and colours from native flora, marine objects, Indigenous artefacts and designs of pure abstraction, her work remains fresh and distinctive and evocative of Australia, and through collaborations with leading architects, such as Robin Boyd, were featured in influential modern buildings. Thursday, Sep1, 2-4pm. Tickets $55/$45 johnstoncollection.org
Free night-time exhibition 'Interspecies and other others', which opened last week at the Abbotsford Convent, has transformed the 6.5 hectare precinct with light displays and projection works, video, performance, sound art, sculpture and installations that "explore the human condition, history and habitat". Alongside newly-commissioned works from some of Australia's leading contemporary artists including Abdul Abdullah, Megan Cope, Atlanta Eke and Lyndal Jones, are convent-specific adaptations of existing work and participatory events by an array of others. Curated by Kelli Alred, the exhibition runs from sunset to 10pm until October 2. abbotsfordconvent.com.au/
Presented by the Korean Cultural Centre, the Korean Film Festival in Australia 2022 presents a mixed program from Korea's top filmmakers, ranging from blockbusters and rom-coms to thrillers and noir films. Including recently-screened MIFF flicks Decision to Leave, which won Park Chan-wook the best director award at Cannes (4.15pm Sat, Sep 3) and Hommage, a "moving ode to cinema" (1.30pm Sun, Sep 4). acmi.net.au
Having outgrown its former home at the Queen Vic Market, The Vegan Market of Melbourne will set up for the first time at Fed Square this Saturday, celebrating the beginning of Spring and five years of the market's existence. Sample tasty food, shop for cruelty-free fashion and learn about what it's like to be vegan in an all-inclusive community place with atmosphere. Saturday, 9am-2pm in the Atrium, Fed Square.
This Sunday's Comedy Collective will feature David Quirk and Doug Chappel. Sunday, Sep 4 5.30-7.30pm, the Collection Bar, 328 Bridge Rd. Bookings: Eventbrite.com.au
Thursdays - Open mic night 7-10pm. 381 Burnley St, Richmond
Wednesday, Aug 31 - Nick Cody - Comedy special recording - 6pm early show (late show sold out); Thursday - Thirsty Merc with Special Guests Crookeds (sold out); Friday - Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers with Special Guests Royel Otis + Bec Stevens (sold out); Saturday - Pete Murray - Before I Go Tour (Auslan interpreted show) with Special Guests Dacy + Taylor Sheridan; Sunday - THNDO (late matinee) 5pm with Special Guests Malesh P & Flexx + MUFARO.
Friday, Sep 2 - Lucky Day - 'Good Mother's Hell' Tour - Tudor Club & The Jurgens; Saturday - Vanilla Gorilla - Transcendence Tour With Special Guests: Go Dog Do & Le Fleur.
Friday, Sep 2 - Blackburn or Bust; Saturday - Charlie Bedford and Jack Meredith.
Thursday, Sep 1 - Ellen James & Hugh F; Friday - Spunk + Biff.
Live jazz, Nice Guys Trio, every Thursday, 7-10pm.
Friday, Sep 2 - Ben & Glenn; Saturday - Teila Sings.
Sunday - Stingo Blues Club - 4.30pm blues jam, 6pm Nathan Bretta, The Blow Out.