As a little side-note to the reviews usually posted on this blog, I'm volunteering for a couple of nights at this years Melbourne Fringe festival. I'm going to be working the box office at the North Melbourne town hall, selling tickets and working the door.
I'm also trying to actually make it to a couple of shows this year, "Genius: The Gospel, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll of Br. Ray" (a gospel.rock.caberet style performance based around the music of Ray Charles) and hopefully a couple of others.
Jeff Duff is one of the performers in the Ray Charles tribute. I encountered him a little earlier this week at work. I would describe his style as something near David Bowie meets Willy Wonka in wonderland. He had this beautiful cream suit on, matched with cream long socks, loafers and boater hat (that's him in the top left corner.)
if you can, and you're into the music of Ray Charles check out the show playing at the Collins St Baptist Church (174 Collins St Melbourne) from September 24th - 10th October from 7.30pm
Going with the "op-shop" theme of things, if you have a little time Joanne O'Callaghan (from Op-shop Tours Australia) is taking tours around second-hand, vintage and op-shops as part of the festival. It's a little pricey, but its a great way to discover hidden places, shops and finds - and also to be part of the festival. With its "secret itinery " and O'Callaghan's great op-shop and local knowledge hopefully you'll discover something extraodinary. This being said, I always find op-shopping a bit of a sacred, me-time, one person only experience. So if you like to shop alone and avoid competition over clothes/items maybe this may not be your thing.
Tours start on the corner of Queensberry and Erroll St North Melbourne (they run for 4 hours) and cost around $27.
for more info check out: opshoptoursaustralia.com