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THEATRE Three middle-aged sisters, Meg, Lou and Em, reunite for Lou’s 60th birthday in Bells and Whistles. But Lou is chronically depressed and adamant this will be her last birthday. This emotive piece of theatre deals with themes of ageing, assisted suicide, mental illness and the complexities of families. Today, 4.30pm and 7.30pm, tomorrow, 4pm, Trades Hall, corner of Victoria and Lygon streets, Carlton, $20-$30, 93476142, lamama.com.au

MUSICAL NINE the Musical is based on Federico Fellini’s Academy Award-winning film . In the lead up to his 40th birthday, Italian film director Guido Contini is struck with a case of debilitating writer’s block. Hoping to get his life back on track, he calls on nine of the closest women in his life. Today, 7.30pm, tomorrow, 4pm, Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, $49-$69, 82907000, chapeloffchapel.com.au

CIRCUS Aiming to push the boundaries of contemporary circus, Sidesault at the Melba features a two-week program of acrobatics, physical comedy and dance. Audiences can enjoy a range of one-hour shows including My Sight – Their Sight by Blindful, BOSS SQUAD by Madhouse Circus and Point and Flex Circus, and Laser Kiwi by Colossal Productions. Today and tomorrow, The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, $27, 96760300, circusoz.com

THEATRE Watt, a novel by acclaimed author, playwright and director Samuel Beckett, comes to life in a one-man production. Adapted for stage by Irish actor Barry McGovern, the absurdist comedy follows vagabond-like character Watt, who serves a master he never sees before leaving for destinations unknown. Today, 2pm and 7pm, Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $39-$69, 1300182183, festival.melbourne

Welcome to Thornbury has transformed into a salami tasting hall.

Welcome to Thornbury has transformed into a salami tasting hall.

FOOD

WINE A number of Bendigo venues host food and wine events for Bendigo Uncorked Week. Tonight, wine enthusiasts can enjoy a six-course degustation dinner with matched wines by Burnt Acre Vineyard or join a blind-tasting session to help pick Bendigo’s best shiraz. Today and tomorrow, various times, locations and prices, 1800813153, bendigotourism.com

SALAMI Welcome to Thornbury has transformed into a salami tasting hall for the sixth Melbourne Salami Festa. Sample Italian, Spanish, German and Eastern European smallgoods, take part in workshops, and enjoy choir performances. Prizes will be awarded for the best homemade salamis. Today, noon-10pm, tomorrow, 11am-6pm, Welcome to Thornbury, 520 High Street, Northcote, $12-$50, melbournesalamifesta.com

Danica Chappell's Thickness of Time.

Danica Chappell’s Thickness of Time.

CHINESE The second in a two-part celebration, Two Decades of Decadence marks 20 years since the opening of Shanghainese restaurant David’s. A nine-course dinner will include family dishes passed down from owner David Zhou’s mother and grandmother. Guests will be treated to eight-treasure duck wrapped in sticky rice, Long Jing green tea sauteed prawns, Shanghai sticky pork belly and Gu Lao Rou chicken. Enjoy matching wines for an additional $35. Wednesday, October 17, 7pm, David’s, 4 Cecil Place, Prahran, $70, 95295199, davidsrestaurant.com.au

ELSEWHERE

MARKET Melbourne’s first farmers market, launched in the back paddock of the Collingwood Children’s Farm in 2002, is just four kilometres from the CBD, but feels like a world away. Stars of the Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers Market include Holy Goat Cheese and Organic Sunrise, who will be cooking hash browns and eggs. Next door, Eureka Coffee will serve Australian-grown coffee with Schulz Organic milk. Today, 8am-1pm, Collingwood Children’s Farm, St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, $2, vfma.org.au

Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers Market.

Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers Market.Credit:Angela Wylie

ART TALK Melbourne-based artist Danica Chappell discusses her process of creating camera-less photography with Heide curator Sue Cramer. Chappell’s most recent solo exhibition, Thickness of Time, draws on photographic experiments from the 20th century. Today, 2pm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, free-$20, 98501500, heide.com.au

OUT OF TOWN A slice of the Americana music scene comes to Williamstown with Out on the Weekend, a western festival featuring rock’n’roll, country and folk music from artists including Nashville’s Margo Price, six-piece alt-country outfit Wagons and singer-songwriter Willie Watson. Pack your own food or grab something sustaining from the range of stalls available. Today, 11.30am-10.30pm, Seaworks Maritime Precinct, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, $119, outontheweekend.com.au

Willie Watson is playing Out on the Weekend.

Willie Watson is playing Out on the Weekend.Credit:monkeybird

FESTIVAL Participants at this year’s Oktoberfest in the Gardens can enjoy hops, wines and ciders while listening to traditional music in the largest beer hall ever to land in Australia. There’s also a range of German bratwursts, kranskis and curry wursts, as well as sauerkraut and pretzels. Today, 2pm-10pm, Melbourne Showgrounds, Gate 1, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale, $70, oktoberfestinthegardens .com.au

OUT OF TOWN Opening today and running until October 27, the Mansfield Musical and Dramatic Society stages family favourite musical Mary Poppins. Adapted from the Disney film and original books, the production includes classic songs A Spoon Full of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Starring Jess Saladin as Mary Poppins and Daniel Meadows as Bert. Today, 7pm, Mansfield Performing Arts Centre, View Street, Mansfield, $16-$27, mmuds.org.au

Nils Frahm is touring Australia.

Nils Frahm is touring Australia.Credit:Alexander Schneider

FESTIVAL Aiming to highlight the connections between people and place, Artlands Victoria presents a program of exhibitions, dance, music, theatre, workshops and talks. Held across Castlemaine and Bendigo, Streetface is an outdoor exhibition showcasing young people’s ideas, opinions and aspirations. Otherwise jump on a tram adorned with Aboriginal artworks and learn about the traditions of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, then head to the closing night party. Today, various times, locations and prices, 96441804, artlands.com.au

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