Words & Music @ The ToffOver three nights the festival gives you an alternative literary feast in the David Lynchian confines of the beautiful Toff in Town.
VENUE Toff in Town, Second Floor, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
COST All events $17 except McSweeneys, which is $25 and includes a free copy of the new issue upon entry.
LINER NOTES: MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER
Synchronicity? Our long planned event becomes both a celebration and a tribute.
Babble's Liner Notes is one of Melbourne's best-loved spoken word events – a poetic tribute to a classic album, with performers interpreting each song in sequence.
For the MWF, they take on the biggest album of them all – Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Featuring special guests Linda Jaivin and Nick Earls with Sean M Whelan, Emilie Zoey Baker, Alicia Sometimes, Josh Earl, Ben Pobjie, Yana Alana and more, with MC Michael Nolan and the house band. Moonwalk into the Toff for an unforgettable night of memories, reveries and fantasies – as the song says, no mere mortal can resist… the evil of… the Thriller!
DATE Thursday August 27
MCSWEENEY’S (FUTURISTIC) ANTIPODEAN ADVENTURE!
The year is 2024. You’re dressed like it’s 1983, yet again. Literature now consists mainly of elaborate emoticons and aroma fiction, but McSweeney’s has just released their first issue in nine years, perhaps their finest since the legendary edible-novel experiment of 2013.
And those lovable literary blunderers have wrapped time and space around their grubby finger to bring this issue’s worldwide debut to Melbourne.
Featuring McSweeney’s own Eli Horowitz and authors Heidi Julavits and Wells Tower alongside the weirdly wonderful Suitcase Royale, the outlandish homemade sounds of the Bent Leather Band, the steampunkery of Mad Uncle Cliff, DJ Brendan Palmer and the sweet stylings of your MC Fiona Scott-Norman.
Copies of the new issue of McSweeney’s will be included in the ticket price.
DATE Saturday August 29
WILL IT BE FUNNY TOMORROW, BILLY?: THE MUSICAL
Join Stephen Cummings in a must-see night of neuroses, culture and great music. Cummings has brilliantly adapted a chapter from his memoir Will It Be Funny Tomorrow, Billy?, and for one night only at the MWF you can enjoy this weird and wonderful mix of in-your-face performance, pop and soft-core action. The narrative involves a trip across America when for a few weeks The Sports were hot shit. The cast includes: Billy Joel, Michael Gudinski and men wrestling at Niagara Falls. It's obviously a must see/hear experience.
DATE Sunday August 30