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8Days-Your one-stop guide to the week ahead: January 5-12

ART Dance Reel uses the 19th century walls of the Immigration Museum’s Long Room as a canvas for video projections of contemporary dance performances. Succumb to the darkness and immerse yourself in breathtaking choreography. Until Feb 29, 10am-5pm, Immigration Museum, corner of Flinders and William streets, city, free-$15, 131 102,

War Horse.

War Horse.Credit:Brinkhoff Mögenburg

MUSIC At the end of 2019, Canadian singer Basia Bulat released her single Your Girl and plans to drop her new album Are You In Love? in March this year. Both the single and the record capture grief, forgiveness, reinvention and love. 7.30pm, Hotel Esplanade, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, $27.50, 9534 0211,

Mon Jan 6

MUSIC Australian composer Luke Howard performs an evening of improvised solo piano in All That is Not Solid. Favouring a contemporary classical style, Howard most recently composed for theatre production The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes. 8pm, Tempo Rubato, 34 Breese Street, Brunswick, $15,

Tue Jan 7

ART The Baluk Arts group exhibition Reflecting Country, Recognising Self features the work of female artists who aim to preserve the distinct contemporary cultural aesthetic on the south-east Victorian coast. Jan 7-Feb 1, Tue, 11am-6pm, Flinders Lane Gallery, the Nicholas Building, corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Lane, city, free, 9654 3332,

Wed Jan 8

STAGE The Australian Shakespeare Company returns to Rippon Lea Estate with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Glenn Elston’s production features interactive games and songs to sing along to. Pack a picnic rug and some snacks for this colourful show. Jan 7-26, Wed, 10.30am, Rippon Lea Estate, 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, $25-$30, 8676 7511,

By Oslo Davis<br>
Collins Street, Monday 5pm<br>
"And his mom comes in and says oh, you're in your pyjamas!"

Overheard By Oslo Davis
Collins Street, Monday 5pm
“And his mom comes in and says oh, you’re in your pyjamas!”

Thu Jan 9

MUSIC First Nations performer Mitch Tambo blends traditional sounds and language with contemporary beats. His debut album Guurrama-Li has found its way onto music charts across the globe. 7.30pm, the Gasometer Hotel, corner of Smith Street and Alexandra Parade, Collingwood, $29.50, 9416 3335,

Fri Jan 10

MUSIC Bowie: Golden Years returns in 2020 following a sold-out debut last year. Hosted by Taxiride’s Jason Singh and Tim Watson plus Electric Mary’s Rusty Brown and Stars Mick Pealing. 8.30pm, Corner Hotel, 57 Swan Street, Richmond, $30, 9427 7300,

Sat-Sun Jan 11-12

STAGE The National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed production of War Horse arrives at the newly refurbished Regent Theatre. The show features life-size puppets on stage. Jan 10-Feb 8, Sat and Sun, Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, city, $120-$140, 136 100,

MUSIC Rowdy Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco tours following the release of his fourth album Here Comes the Cowboy last year. Perth psych-rockers Pond and Japanese punk band Chai join as support. Sat, 6pm, Festival Hall, West Melbourne, $85, 136 100,

OUT OF TOWN The fourth NinchFest highlights local performers from the Mornington Peninsula (“the Ninch”). The line-up includes No Zu, Private Function and Bitch Diesel. Kids under 13 enter free. Sat, 10.30am-10pm, St Andrews Beach, Mornington Peninsula, $70,

FAMILY The NGV Kids Summer Festival offers activities for the artistic. Events include a kids’ disco and a workshop on turning paper into jewellery. Jan 11-19, Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm, NGV International and NGV Australia, city, free, 8620 2222,

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