MARKET Pick up some presents at Melbourne Collective’s Vegan Christmas Market. With plenty of local vegan, ethical and sustainable products on offer, peruse the wares and satiate your hunger at a range of vegan food and beverage stalls. 10am-4pm, the Atrium, Federation Square, city, free entry,

Legend of the Chinese Song Fairy.

Legend of the Chinese Song Fairy.

FILM See a selection of short films by Australia’s up-and-coming filmmakers before they are released to the international film festival circuit at the VCA Film and Television Graduate Screenings. Works traverse narrative, animation and documentary styles. 3pm and 5pm, the Capitol, 113 Swanston St, city, $14-$17, 8663 2583,

Mon Dec 16

FAMILY The Music Gym host a series of school holiday workshops for piano and guitar. Teachers guide children and parents through a relaxed music session where they can learn pop music hits. Until Jan 30, Mon, 11am-11.45am, the Music Gym, Galleria Shopping Plaza, 348 Little Collins Street, city, $19,

Tue Dec 17

STAGE Chinese opera Legend of the Chinese Song Fairy follows Liu Sanjie, a legendary folk singer of the Guangxi Zhuang ethnic group. Set in a time of conflict, the Song Fairy provides a voice to the oppressed. 7.30pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $43.20-$108, 1300 182 183,

Wed Dec 18

MUSIC American musician Ryley Walker puts creativity and experimentation at the forefront with his new album Little Common Twist, a collaboration with free-jazz drummer Charles Rumback. Walker combines traditional folk sounds with free-wheeling guitar. 8pm, John Curtin Hotel, 29 Lygon Street, Carlton, $33, 9663 6350,

By Oslo Davis<br>
Russell Street, Friday midday<br>
"I said, 'Buy it, you like it, it's trendy'. I didn't say 'trendy'. Not sure what I said ... OK, maybe I said trendy."

By Oslo Davis
Russell Street, Friday midday
“I said, ‘Buy it, you like it, it’s trendy’. I didn’t say ‘trendy’. Not sure what I said … OK, maybe I said trendy.”

Thu Dec 19

STAGE Set in Stalinist 1950s Bulgaria, Anna follows a female writer who creates stories of ogres and princesses in a time where reality is scarier than fiction. Until Dec 22, Thu, 7.30pm, La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton, $20-$30, 9347 6948,

Fri Dec 20

MUSIC Sydney solo artist Poolroom performs smooth, indie-dance tracks including his new single Lavender featuring shoegaze singer-songwriter Moody Beach. 8pm, the Gasometer Hotel, corner of Smith St and Alexandra Parade, Collingwood, $10-$15, 9416 3335,

Sat-Sun Dec 21-22

FOOD Soak up summer with an Aperol Spritz at Adelphi Hotel’s Weekend Summer Sessions. Happy hour is between 12.30pm-1.30pm with $8 Spritzes, and there are snacks from Om Nom Kitchen. Until Mar 1, Sat and Sun, 12.30pm-6pm, Adelphi Hotel, 187 Flinders Lane, city, free entry, 8080 8888,

MUSIC Seattle-raised electronic artist Robert DeLong performs his 2018 EP See You In The Future featuring lead single Favourite Color is Blue with K. Flay. Sat, 8pm, Yah Yah’s, 99 Smith Street, Fitzroy, $30,

FESTIVAL More than 40 artists unite for mini-festival 8 Days of Xmas, with international and local acts, projection art and laneway basketball. Catch Jamaican music from Funky Kingston and dancehall, afrobeat and reggae from Inna Yard. Dec 18-25, 5pm-late, Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, city, free,

STAGE Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars with Hamlet, presented by the Australian Shakespeare Company. Follow Prince Hamlet as he seeks revenge for the murder of his father. Until Feb 9, Sat and Sun, 8.30pm, Southern Cross Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens, city, $25-$55, 8676 7511,

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