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The Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team

YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON IN CANBERRA THIS WEEKEND!

Every Monday for nearly seven years, we’ve published This Week in The Canour comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this week – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why each Friday we publish our Weekend Edit… Here are the things you shouldn’t miss!

ARBORETUM AFTER HOURS

For three Friday evenings in January, the National Arboretum will stay open after hours. Enjoy share platters, drinks and live music to accompany the spectacular views from the Village Centre. On Friday 5 January, listen to Cicilia and Jorge play upbeat Latin music. On Friday 12 January, hear Leisa Keen Trio play well known jazz and pop hits and on Friday 19 January, enjoy listening to Mitch Campas play contemporary Top 40, rock, retro and dance music.

The Curatoreum Shop, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground will be open ’til 9pm. Free guided forest walks leave at 6pm and 6.30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Arboretum after hours. Free entry and parking. No bookings required. See you there!

For information, call 02 6207 8484.

Happening Fridays during summer from 5-9 pm until 19 January at the National Arboretum, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway.

CELEBRATING HEATH LEDGER (FILM DOUBLE FEATURE)

It has been ten years since the passing of actor Heath Ledger. Celebrate his legacy with a double feature which includes Two Hands (1999) and the 2017 documentary I am Heath Ledger (2017).

On 21 January at 2pm at the National Film and Sound Archive. Entry is $8 for concession card holders, $10 full price

Visit the website for more information.

HIGHROAD TAP TAKEOVER: YOUNG HENRYS

Join the Highroad crew for an evening of beer, tunes and food as Young Henrysshowcase their finest brews. Hailing from Newtown in Sydney, Young Henrys are regarded as some of the finest craft brewers in the city. They will be featuring 6 beers, 1 cider and a hard lemonade from their mates at Frank Strongs. To accompany these ripper brews the chefs will be cooking up a big BBQ for everyone to enjoy!

On Sunday, January 21 from 3pm – 10pm at Highroad, Cnr Cape & Woolley St, Dickson. Visit the website for more information.

DON’T ‘DARLING’ ME, DARLING. STARSTRUCK SUMMER NIGHTS

Miss Ellaneous via portrait.gov.au.

Take a scandalous tour of Starstruck and get your markers ready for drag bingo with the fabulous Miss Ellaneous. Music from the Zackerbilks, including Jamal Salem on drums, Zach Raffan on trumpet, and Robbie Mann on Piano.

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on 12 and 19 January, and 2 and 9 February with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer. Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

On 19 January from 5pm – 8pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

DESIGNER SUNDAYS AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

This monthly event, held on the third Sunday of every month, showcases fresh-thinking Australian designers, makers and artists.

See dynamic groups of creatives featuring their awesome designs in jewellery, fashion, accessories, homewares and artwork. Designer Sunday will feature many of our stallholders who previously attended Bling on Sundays, but they’ll also have several new, innovative designers joining in.

Happening Sunday 21 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

SPACE DESCENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now: nma.gov.au/space.

KOWEN TRAIL RUN: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION RUN

Held just 20 km from Canberra, the Kowen Trail Run: New Year’s Resolution Run is the ideal way to kick start the New Year. Choose between a half marathon on a mix of forestry trails and single track with spectacular views of Canberra and surrounds, or a 12 km course which includes 8 km of continuous single track. The half marathon course provides over 680 metres of elevation, including an ascent of the formidable Mt Amungula, while the 12 km course includes over 320 metres of climb. There is also a 1.5 km kids trail run and novelty races for the 5s and under.

On 20 January at 6am at 112 Bingley Way, Wamboin. Entry starts at $12 – $55.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

AMERICAN EXPRESS OPENAIR CINEMAS

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Montage photographs by Sarah Kenderdine, Peter Morse and Paul Bourke. Seven Sisters rock art with permission of Walinynga (Cave Hill) custodians. Image supplied.

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

STARSTRUCK: AUSTRALIAN MOVIE PORTRAITS

Credit: The Dressmaker – Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King.

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Yearstate and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

PLAY UP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open Air PlayUP

MoAD invites you to enjoy Open Air PlayUP – a PlayUP experience in the fresh air and beautiful surrounds of the Senate Courtyard.

Happening Monday 22 January – Friday 26 January 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Feature image via facebook.com/IAmHeathLedgerMovie

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