Take It From Me

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at Malthouse Outdoor Stage

Archer Launch Edition

Our much-loved sex and relationships advice series, Take It from Me, is back – and badder than ever, gleefully tossing up handfuls of laughter, love and stardust. Join us to celebrate queerness and launch the new edition of Archer magazine: the Friendship Issue.

With an address from Archer Magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Watson, performance and reading from the new issue by contributor Mama Alto, and – of course – a panel of hilarious non-experts to give you advice you will love, but almost definitely shouldn’t follow. Hosted by the dashing Jess McGuire, there’ll be a stellar lineup of queer agony aunts including Kira Puru, Vanessa Muradian and Alistair Baldwin.

Got a knotted romantic entanglement? A tricky friendzone dilemma? A hopeless crush? Anonymously submit your hot messes and love quandaries before the event through our online form.

Then roll up to the Malthouse Outdoor stage in April and prepare to have all your troubles melt away*. Our 100% unqualified panel will puzzle over your problem before a live audience, then serve up terrible and totally context-free advice. Just the way you like it.

So, get loved up, and get over here.

 * Troubles may not be so melty

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Presented in partnership with Midsumma Festival and Archer

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Portrait of Vanessa Muradian

Vanessa Muradian

Vanessa Muradian is a sexologist, yoga teacher and the founder of the sex and wellness platform Mia Muse. Vanessa has been working predominantly with women, non-binary and GNC folk over the past 12 years. Vanessa works with individuals to cultivate healthier relationships with themselves and their pleasure. 

Since 2008, Vanessa has spoken to thousands of people, inspiring them to find freedom in their bodies and ultimately more pleasure and vitality in the everyday moments. Vanessa believes your life is the foreplay and accessing small moments of ease and pleasure throughout the day is the magic in cultivating a good and fulfilling sex life. 

Vanessa loves supporting people to connect to their bodies and reclaim the pleasure that is rightfully theirs.

Portrait of Alistair Baldwin

Alistair Baldwin

Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne. He has written for ABC's The WeeklyGet Krack!nHard Quiz & At Home Alone Together. Published works include pieces for un. MagazineArcherMetro and Black Inc.'s Growing Up Disabled In Australia anthology. He is 1/2 of the experimental (and toxic) comedy duo Nemeses with Vidya Rajan.

Portrait of Lucy Watson

Lucy Watson

Lucy Watson is Archer Magazine's editor-in-chief. Lucy also works in health promotion for LGBTQ people, and recently finished a PhD about celebrities.

Portrait of Mama Alto

Mama Alto

Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender and queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. In addition to her excellence as a performing artist, she is a writer of intelligence and sensitivity. 

She has performed original spoken word and pieces of new writing for Melbourne Writers Festival, Queerstories, Emerging Writers' Festival and Word In Hand. Her writing has been published in the Age, Archer Magazine, Querelle 2018, the Music, and Melbourne Recital Centre's Soundescapes, and she has contributed chapters to Queerstories (ed. Maeve Marsden, Hachette Australia 2018) and Living & Loving in Diversity (ed. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Wakefield Press and AGMC 2019). 

Portrait of Jess McGuire

Jess McGuire

Jess McGuire is a writer, DJ, broadcaster, and MC based in Melbourne. She appears regularly on ABC Local Radio and Double J as a reviewer and cultural commentator, and for many years she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia. She is a former presenter of Triple R’s flagship Breakfasters show.

Portrait of Kira Puru

Kira Puru

Kira Puru is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician, based in Melbourne, Australia. Known for her dynamic live performances and genre-defying writing style, she is widely respected as one of Australia’s biggest voices. Kira quickly gathered a cult following with the hypnotic single Tension which has amassed 2.3 million streams. The September 2018 release of her self-titled EP showcased an exhilarating evolution. Second single Molotov landed at #75 on the triple j hottest 100 and has clocked up over 2.6 million streams. In 2019, Kira delivered the unconventional love song Why Don’t We Get Along and her anthemic jam with attitude Everything Is Better Without You, before she unveiled Idiot in 2020 - a deeply infectious track that represents strength in vulnerability.

The uniquely human star has performed sold-out national tours and supported Peking Duk and Yungblud. Kira has also taken the stage at Jam in a Jar, Yours and Owls and Grapevine Gathering Festivals.

Take It From Me

Got a relationship conundrum? A sexual dilemma? Are your questions about love and relationships leaving you stumped? Don’t worry, we got you. Take It From Me will solve all your romantic quandaries.

Our expert panel of strangers will dissect your love life and set you on the path to happily ever after with some context-free and ill-informed advice. Secretly pining for your sexy but sociopathic ex-butcher? Hopelessly embroiled in a dead-end love affair with a dead ringer for Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedys? Our advisers bring a wealth of experience from mostly irrelevant fields, and nut out solutions to your dilemmas.


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