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It was Sydney outfit Boy & Bear’s fourth time headlining in Geelong, this time at the historic and popular Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex. Doors opened at 8pm to a sell-out crowd on Friday night, and with support acts by up-and-newcomer Dustin Tebbutt and indie rock group Battleships, people were getting in early to get prime possies for one of the biggest shows on the calendar. The upstairs auditorium was alive with energy, and the grandeur of the heritage listed building added to the ambience of what was to be a special show. The intimate venue was packed to the brim with music lovers and concert goers alike and the energy did not once back down from the time doors opened to the moment the band appeared on stage about two hours in. There were choruses of “WE LOVE YOU!” and well-deserved cheers from the room as these five home-grown Aussie lads rocked it up on stage with a set list consisting of tracks from both Moonfire and newest debut album Harlequin Dream. The intimate setting of the place added to a kind of up close and personal pub-like feel, with lead vocalist Dave Hosking noting that everyone was “so close I could touch you!” before quickly adding “..That could be weird.” “But then again...” followed by a cheeky strum of his guitar onto the next track. It was this down-to-earth attitude that really comes across Boy & Bear’s music. It’s so honest and so uplifting, and when the boys interacted between songs it was like they were chatting to you like you were mates from years back. This laid-back attitude was made funnily apparent by the way Dave was sipping on a “crownie” throughout the show and again when he announced that he would be playing the keyboard for the first time, exclaiming “I hope I don’t fuck it up”. So unpretentious and so real. These guys are true to their form and it is no wonder they resonate with an audience ranging from young hipsters to aged boppers. This gig was Boy & Bear’s first show with two albums to choose from, and of course popular tracks such as “Rabbit Song” and “Feeding Line” got people moving as well as Harlequin Dream’s fantastic track “Southern Sun”. The whole show had a perfect balance of feet- tapping upbeat tracks with some deep and slower tracks, and even had myself- a person with no dancing bone or sense of musical fluidity in my body - bopping and swaying the entirety of the show, which incidentally ended on a high note and my conversion to a loyal and appreciative Boy & Bear fan. Boy & Bear continue their Aussie Harlequin Dream tour this this week at Melbourne’s The Forum.

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National Science Week: The Relationship Between Science and Faith

This week, Australia celebrates all things science for National Science Week (16-24 August) Now in its 17th year, National Science Week aims to explore the wonders and benefits of science, and to enable all science enthusiasts and those with a general interest in how things work to come together and join in fun, inspiring, and educational activities covering science, technology, and engineering. Today, the YCW thought it would be a good opportunity to celebrate National Science Week by discuss

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Opening Miss Fitzy's

Located at the ocean-end of Fitzroy Street, Miss Fitzy’s is a stylish hub of gastronomic delights for those seeking locally-sourced and fresh produce, with the restaurant supporting local farmers and a “paddock to plate” philosophy. The bar menu is available from midday until late, allowing people to wine and dine after nine in a sophisticated and relaxed bar-lounge with alfresco – complete with stunning views of St Kilda beach and the buzzing streetscape of The Esplanade. The menu, created by head chef Lachy Cashman, is designed with sharing and light dining in mind, taking the traditional bar meal concept and expertly refining it to sharing plates, allowing patrons to sample every exquisite morsel of the delicately prepared and presented handmade dishes. For a mouth-watering experience, the Black Angus tri tip – sourced from Cape Grim – with charred onions, roasted carrots, and duck fat potato is a winner, and if you are willing to take your tastebuds to the next level, the sharing plate of smoked chicken wings, pork belly, and mustard fruits is not one to go past. But we all know that dessert is the champion decider of a fine dining experience, and the dessert tasting plate is so good you won’t be wanting to share! Chocolate and coffee shortbread, custard donuts, rhubarb & pear jelly, and brioche pain perdu are just some of the delicious examples of what you’ll be tasting and going “gaga” over. As outlined on the restaurant website, Miss Fitzy’s is “sassy, not flashy” – it is sophisticated fine dining but designed for any occasion, patron, and palate. All wines complement the menu, and resident mixologist Possi McDowell offers fun and fruity cocktails all named after famous leading ladies.

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Movies With Vodka O

Guests were sent back to the 80s at Southbank’s The Backlot Studios for the Vodka O movie night, which combined the cult-classic movie ‘Top Gun’ with the four fabulous flavour combinations of the Vodka O craft premixed drinks. Combining their award-winning Vodka with sparkling water, real fruit juices, and herbs & spices, Vodka O premixed drinks were sipped on and enjoyed as guests awaited their own private screening at Australia’s first purpose-built private cinema. Accompanying the fruity drink combo’s of ‘Pear and Vanilla’, ‘Pineapple, Cucumber, & Mint’, ‘Strawberry, Cranberry, & Basil, and ‘Apple, Ginger, & Spice’ were a delightful selection of foods from Melbourne’s popular (and arguably the best!) food truck Hammer and Tong, who catered the evening. As if guests weren’t spoilt enough with the choice of delicious foods (lavender-infused custard, or a soft shell crab burger anyone?) and selection of drinks, but were then led into the spacious state-of-the-art cinema where plush roomy seats were lined with buckets of hot popcorn all set for Tom Cruise in all his (former) glory! The Backlot Studios was the perfect setting for such an event, with the glorious selection of Vodka O propped on a backdrop of old school cinema style, with movie-themed décor and a selection of cult classic film posters adding that special touch, making the movie-going experience that much more exciting and enjoyable. The whole event was incredible, and staff who helped host, cater, and serve guests went above and beyond to ensure everyone had a fabulous time. For anyone who is in Melbourne, why not visit Backlot Studios and book your company Christmas party there for your own personalised movie night – the staff are wonderful and deliver a real high-class movie going experience. Visit thebacklotstudios.com for more info. To find out more and to sample the delicious range of Vodka O drinks, visit facebook.com/vodka Be sure to follow the gourmet route of Hammer and Tong on facebook.com/hammertongtruck

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Opening of Jackson's Toorak

It was a soiree of black and white in Melbourne’s most prestigious suburb of Toorak with the official opening of trendy new bar Jackson’s, celebrating what it means to breathe new life into a sleepy corner of suburbia. The restyled lounge bar, owned by nightclub operator Jamie Nasser, offers a plush display of exuberant décor and tastefully themed black and white walls which give nod to the clubs desire to deliver a “1960s James Bond type experience”. Within its walls, Jackson’s offers a sophisticated and relaxed cocktail lounge and bar area which features a main bar with secluded booths and an adjoining outdoors smoking room. Plush carpet and padded walls trimmed with opulent mirrored fixtures and moody lamps placed throughout the venue added that special feeling of the fabulous and touch of class. Downstairs, the bar presents an expansive dance floor complete with professional lighting, sound and stage facilities for those who are in the mood to dance the night away to chilled house vibes while experiencing that night club feel. For anyone seeking a true 007 experience, they won’t be disappointed with the private Spy Room which is specifically tailored for cigar smoking and martinis – shaken, not stirred of course. The night was well-received, with guests enjoying complimentary wine, spirits, and canapés from the host of professional and friendly staff who strived to make the night one not to be forgotten. With high quality service, a warm atmosphere, and an exquisite attention to detail, Jackson’s Lounge Bar will have you partying with the best of them. Jackson’s Lounge Bar is located at 8 Jackson Street, Toorak. Visit jacksonsloungebar.com.au

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How To Wear Camilla This Summer

Known for her intricately patterned and ethereal kaftans, embellished overlay dresses and colourful runway shows, Camilla is a tour de force in the fashion world. Established 10 years ago, Camilla the label is synonymous with Australian high fashion. The name behind the label, Camilla Franks originally drew inspiration from the Sydney lifestyle and culture, capturing its global yet earthy identity with colourful patterns and prints, and a bohemian edge. Because of its earthy, beachy relaxed yet

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