My most recent articles have been spouting ideas on what to do with the children for the rest of the school holidays. Well and good, you may think, but what about once they've gone back to school? What about the empty-nesters and the singles? There are some great things to do in and around Melbourne just for the adults, no children required. Here are a few of my favourites.
Free Salsa at Federation Square
Get your hips moving to some salsa music
From November last year, professional instructors from The Salsa Foundation have been running free salsa classes at the Flinders Street Amphitheatre in Federation Square. The classes, which are held every Tuesday from 5.30pm until 7.30pm, will run until the end of March.
Salsa originated in the Cuban Son around the 1920s, and has become a popular social dance throughout Latin America, and a lot of the world. In fact, in late years it has become hugely popular and is seen as predominantly international these days, so much so that there's 'Cuba style' salsa, as well as 'New York style' and 'Los Angeles style', with most major cities having salsa lessons available. Not only is it good exercise, but it's actually a lot of fun. The beauty of the free Tuesday nights at Federation Square is that you aren't required to take a partner or have any previous experience, and you're welcome to sit and enjoy the music if you need some time to work up the courage to give it a go.
Yarra: Morgues, Murder and Mayhem
The Yarra River in 1928 - what dirty secrets lay beneath the surface?
If you're curious about gory death rather than dancing, the Victoria Police Museum's latest exhibition is probably more your thing. Yarra: Morgues, Murder and Mayhem looks at the history of Melbourne's iconic Yarra River and exposes numerous grisly secrets that lurk beneath the already somewhat murky surface. It's free to visit the Victoria Police Museum and it's open 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Urban Display Suite
Moan about your mortgage at MTC Southbank
Couldn't afford to get away for a holiday this summer because your mortgage knocks your socks off every time a payment exits your bank account? If you can scape together $49.90, pay a visit to the Melbourne Theatre Company to see this outrageous musical satire about mortgages and our society's fixation with the property market. Urban Display Suite has returned for an extra season following sold-out seasons at the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Melbourne's 45 Downstairs. Now running at MTC Theatre's Lawler Studio, it must finish on the 21st of January. It's a guaranteed great adults only night out, so check out the website for session times and tickets.
James Squire Trivia Night
A tipple and some trivia at James Squire Hotel
Love a beer? Think you've got flawless general knowledge? Men of Melbourne, have I got an evening out for you. James Squire Hotel in the Docklands will be hosting trivia nights every Wednesday from 11/01/2012 until 27/06/2012. Get a team of friends together then book a table online for this free event. It starts at 7.30pm so it's a good idea to be there and settled by then, and runs until about 10pm. There will be prizes up for grab and plenty of laughs guaranteed.
As Modern As Tomorrow
Australian post-war photography at SLV
Get artsy at the State Library of Victoria, where the As Modern As Tomorrow photography exhibition will be running until the 5th of February. This collection of modernist photographs were taken by some of Melbourne's most prolific post-war photographers in the 1950s and 60s. They are shown alongside some of the advertising and promotional material in which they first appeared, such as ads for Shell and Kodak. It's an interesting insight into a rapidly changing society and culture in post-war Melbourne, and is well worth the visit. This is a free exhibition, so visit the State Library of Victoria's website for opening hours