Composer and conductor Joe Hisaishi.

CLASSICAL The music behind cult Japanese animated films Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and others from director Hayao Miyazaki will be performed live by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Music from the Studio Ghibli Films. Composer Joe Hisaishi leads the evening in front of montages from the films, supported by a children’s choir and marching band. Sunday, 7.30pm, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $80-$187,
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Former resistance fighters in the band Maubere Timor.Credit:Nick Miller

CULTURAL Indigenous music troupe Maubere Timor sings stories of the fight for East Timor’s independence. Made up of former members of the East Timorese resistance, the band combines traditional island sounds with modern musical influences. Saturday, 8.45pm, Spotted Mallard, 314 Sydney Road, Brunswick, $25,  9380 8818,

Guitarist Slava Grigoryan.

CLASSICAL  Be transported to the Sicilian countryside with an afternoon of classical guitar by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (MCO), kicking off the 2020 season with Italian Guitar. The MCO is joined by guitarist Slava Grigoryan to perform the works of Giuliani, Verdi, Handel and Vivaldi. Sunday, 2.30pm, Melbourne Recital Centre, corner of Sturt Street and Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, $57-$137, 9699 3333,

POP Former Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley returns to perform his latest solo album, Talking to the Moon. Expect to hear hits from his former band such as True and Gold as well as new singles including What Am I, a reflection on Hadley’s decision to leave Spandau Ballet. Saturday, 7pm, Forum Melbourne, corner of Flinders and Russell streets, city, $90, 1300 111 011,


Black Ties at the Arts Centre for Asia TOPA festival.Credit:Garth Oriander

COMEDY When Maori corporate high-roller Hera meets Aboriginal consultancy entrepreneur Kane, it’s love at first sight. Less simple is planning a wedding with their two families. Black Ties is a comedy from ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre and is performed as part of Asia TOPA. Saturday, 1pm and 7pm, the Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $30-$65, 1300 182 183,

Last Words explores the vulnerability of memory.Credit:

PLAY A collaboration between the Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Last Words asks ‘‘What remains when memory is lost?’’ The play explores the vulnerability of memory, based around co-devisor and director Joseph Sherman’s experience watching his parents develop Alzheimer’s. Spoken in English, Russian and Yiddish, Last Words follows Sherman’s parents’ life pre-and-post WWII in the Soviet Union and St Kilda in the 1970s. Sunday, 2pm and 6.30pm, Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre, 7 Selwyn Street, Elsternwick, $25-$45,  9923 7465,

A O Lang Pho, a Vietnamese “bamboo circus” performance, is part of the Asia TOPA festival.Credit:Nguyen The Duong

CIRCUS Witness dizzying acrobatic feats with A O Lang Pho, a bamboo circus combining contemporary dance, theatre and stunts to build an expanding metropolis. Translating as ‘‘from village to city’’, the show is directed by former Cirque du Soleil choreographer Tuan Le and is performed to a live score of traditional Vietnamese music.Saturday, 2pm and 7pm, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $30-$106, 1300 182 183,


MARKET The Tallarook Farmers’ Market is the only accredited market in the Mitchell Shire and features produce from farmers in the Goulburn Valley. Pick up tomatoes and tomatillos from Somerset Heritage Produce, stock up on beef sausages from Chantlan Livestock and Produce, or try some Heathcote-grown wine by Peregrine Ridge.  Sunday, 9am-1pm, CWA Park, Railway Place, Tallarook, free entry,

TALK Cyber Electric is an annual play-reading series that sees actors present works-in-progress alongside directors and editors. This year’s works tackle themes of relationships, identity, family and ethics. Saturday, 4pm and 7.30pm, Southbank Theatre, corner of Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, Southbank, $8,  8688 0800,

FESTIVAL Pop-up market Sustainable Living Festival features eco-friendly products from small and local businesses. Learn about local community groups and NGOs, or wander through a tiny house. Saturday, 6am-4pm, Sunday, 9am-4pm, Queen Victoria Market, corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, North Melbourne, free entry, 9320 5822,

FESTIVAL Headlined by local electronic dance band Art vs. Science, BeerFest returns for an afternoon of small-batch craft brews, ciders and boutique spirits from more than 65 local vendors. There will be food trucks serving up dishes designed to pair with beer and live comedy from Aussie favourites such as Luke McGregor and Lewis Garham. Saturday, 1pm-8pm, Catani Gardens, St Kilda, $15-50,

Celebrity chef Elizabeth Chong.Credit:Justin McManus

FOOD Prominent Australian figures are transported back to pivotal moments in their lives at Double Delicious. Guests including writer Benjamin Law, chef Elizabeth Chong and performer Raghav Handa prepare the dishes that have been significant in their lives as they combine storytelling and cooking. Saturday, 5.30pm and 8.30pm, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, $65-85, 9415 3600,

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