Your weekend in Melbourne September 28 to 29


Apocalyptica: Who needs guitars to play heavy metal anthems?

ROCK CLASSICAL Metallica meets classical in this performance from Finnish rock-cello band Apocalyptica. The group presents its 1996 album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, which blurs the line between orchestra and metal, with bonus tracks Seek and Destroy and Nothing Else Matters. Saturday, 8pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $143.50-$165.50, 1300182183,

ROCK South of the City is a social enterprise aiming to extend Melbourne’s alternative music scene down south. This triple-bill features CASH, an underground female rock band, “heartbreak” punk-rock group Dover Island, and Convertible, a two-piece indie rock outfit. Saturday, 8.30pm, Hotel Esplanade, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, free, 95340211,


ALTERNATIVE ROCK Blending heavy blues, psychedelia and alternative rock, Melbourne-based band Creek launch single Made Of, a warm and fuzzy guitar-laden track and the latest taster from their debut album. Supported by Tiny Mountain and Foggy Notion. Saturday, 8pm, Cactus Room, 614 High Street, Thornbury, $10,


Fletcher Gull.Credit:Adam McLean

A self-described “melancholic optimist”, Fletcher Gull makes twinkling indie-pop combining vintage keyboards and guitars with modern electronica. He is joined by alternative pop-rock band Key Hoo. Sunday, 6pm, Grace Darling Hotel, corner of Smith and Peel streets, Collingwood, free, 94160055,


A Study of Being.

DANCE Young emerging artist Kayla Douglas premieres contemporary dance work A Study of Being as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Driven by the desire to understand the meaning of life, the piece places eight test subjects in a laboratory together. Through movement, the performers deconstruct their existence before reassembling themselves. Saturday, 8pm, Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street, Carlton North, $20-$25, 96609666,

Ghost Sonata.

PLAY Staged in an industrial setting, Ghost Sonata is a dark and eerie production exploring the sinister nature of the human condition. Written in 1907 by Swedish playwright August Strindberg, it follows a young student who enters a handsome house only to realise its creepy insides have gone rotten. Presented by Opera Australia. Saturday, 2pm, Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank, $45-$89, 96855111,

TRAGEDY Not quite an adaptation of Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy, Facing Medea by Francois Cervantes provides a contemporary perspective on the myth of Jason and Medea. When three women pass a church they hear an explosion and blood-curdling screams. Realising they have witnessed Medea’s tragedy, they must deal with the horrific impact and aftermath. Saturday, 7.30pm, Sunday, 4pm, La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton, $20-$30, 93476948,

EXPERIMENTAL Presented by Split Second Theatre, Finite explores the human body through lights and distorted shadows. Running until September 30, this experimental theatre show opens with a traumatic event, examining the physical and emotional difficulties that a split-second moment can have on a person’s life. Saturday, 9pm, Sunday, 6pm, Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda, $21-$28, 95343388,


MARKETMeet the Victorian farmers who grow your food at the Abbotsford Farmers’ Market. Alongside seasonal produce, there will also be locally grown spring blooms, reared by Adrian and Katherine from Club Creek Bulb Farm. Saturday, 8am-1pm, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, $1-$2,

BRUNSWICK Pick up an affordable one-off piece from the Brunswick Artist Market. Spanning ceramics, jewellery and paintings, the market also features aline-up of local musicians. Sunday, 10am-3pm, Spotted Mallard, 314 Sydney Road, Brunswick, free entry, 93808818,

Andy Day.

FAMILY British actor and television presenter Andy Day is known for his role in ABC KIDS’ and CBeebies’ Andy’s Wild Adventures, Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures. He brings his new live show Andy’s Amazing Adventures down under, with music, comedy and interactive games. Saturday, 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm, Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, city, $40.50-$48, 132849,

FILM See experimental performance artist Brett Ashby warp and distort gravity in Mirroring, Synchronous Behaviour, Reflexes and Movement, a series of short films accompanied by Felix Ezrael’s soundscapes. Saturday, 5pm-7pm, Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, city, free, 96609666,

CherryHill Blossom Festival.Credit:iStockphoto

OUT OF TOWNWander through rows of cherry blossoms at the Cherry Hill Blossom Festival. Known as the Yarra Valley’s premier cherry producer, Cherry Hill Orchards host an 11-day festival of live music and entertainment. Runs until October 6. Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm, CherryHill Orchards, 474 Queens Road, Wandin East, $5-$10, 1300243779,

Katena Luminarium.

ART Explore Katena Luminarium by Architects of Air, an inflatable walk-through installation filled with colour, lights, shapes and tunnels. The main dome features more than 200 colours swirling towards a green apex. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm, Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren, $10-$15, 97099700,

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