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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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Tastes of Two Regions 2017

Tastes of Two Regions brings the wine and food of two magnificent regions to Canberra.

King Valley and Rutherglen, located side by side in North East Victoria, are known for innovative wine styles and excellent produce. King Valley Prosecco Road sidles up alongside Rutherglen’s boutique Muscat and Durif cellars, in a setting of rolling hills, mountain ranges, vines, open skies and historic townships.

The festival includes an exhibition with over 200 wines to taste, masterclasses, live entertainment, picnics and platters, as well as a Prosecco breakfast, Italian family lunch and Alternative Variety dinner.

Tickets $35pp, includes 3hr tasting session, masterclasses and a gorgeous day out at Pialligo Estate.

Happening Sunday 13 August from 10am – 5pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Get up close and personal with producers, find a new favourite wine style and enjoy some excellent cuisine. Last year’s event sold out, so we recommend you get booking!

Find more information and book tickets here: www.tastesoftworegions.com.au.

Women in Media Networking Night

There’s a cyber security threat no one is thinking about – but they should be. We’re talking internet trolling and the real-life trauma it can inflict.

Research by UNSW academic Dr Emma Jane indicates targets of online misogyny endure “many layers of suffering.” Some of these include: victims contemplating, threatening, or attempting suicide, career derailment, financial losses, long-term psychological impacts, and real-life bodily harm.

A recent United Nations report estimated that 73 percent of women have endured cyber violence and that women are 27 times more likely as men to be harassed online. With all this knowledge at hand, why isn’t the community urgently addressing this issue?

Here we are in 2017, and, anecdotally, it appears not much has changed to stop cyberhate. If anything, it’s getting worse. What can we do about it?

Come to our special Women in Media Networking night at the National Press Club on Wednesday, August 9 at 6.30 pm to discuss the issue.

  • Triple J Hack’s Shalailah Medhora will facilitate a feisty discussion between:
  • Tara Moss – novelist, journalist and presenter of the ABC’s “Cyberhate” series.
  • Ginger Gorman – social justice journalist. She’s been trolled herself, interviewed vicious trolls and done a TEDx talk on this topic.
  • Professor Nigel Phair – Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University Canberra and influential analyst on the intersection of technology, crime and society.

Happening Wednesday 9 August from 6.30pm at the National Press Club, 16 National Circuit, Barton.

Tickets from Eventbrite.

Whisky Tasting and Food Pairing

Start your weekend with an exceptional tasting experience.

Join the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House for a whisky master class and tasting, paired with delicious food. Their whisky master will be your guide for the evening and he has designed a menu to satisfy any food and whisky connoisseur.

Held at iconic Old Parliament House, in the original heritage Members’ Bar, this 1920s themed event is the perfect way to finish your week.

Ensure you book today so you don’t miss out on this exclusive event. 18+ only.

Happening Friday 11 August from 6.30-9.30pm at the Members’ Bar, Old Parliament House.

Book now via Eventbrite and make sure you bring an electronic or printed copy of your ticket on the night as well as your ID.

Click here for more information.

Questacon Presents Dava Sobel

Join Dava Sobel in conversation with Professor Brian Schmidt in the prelude event to the 2017 Canberra Writers Festival, Monday 7 August.

The known universe would be much smaller were it not for a group of remarkable female “human computers” who worked at Harvard College Observatory in the 19th century to interpret the astronomical observations of their male counterparts. In this Special Prelude Event to the 2017 Canberra Writers Festival, Dava Sobel will tell the story of this amazing group of women who changed the history of astronomy, making extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim.

Dava’s enthralling history The Glass Universe tells of women like Williamina Fleming, a Scottish woman originally hired as a maid who went on to identify ten novae and more than three hundred variable stars and Annie Jump Cannon, who designed a stellar classification system that was adopted by astronomers the world over and is still in use.

This event is proudly presented by Questacon

Happening Monday 7 August from 7pm – 8pm (Doors Open at 6.45pm) at Questacon Theatre.

Tickets: Adult $24; Concession $ 21.95; Junior $11.75. Book signing will take place after the show.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

Refresh Your Makeup Masterclass with Bonnie Gillies

During her in-centre masterclass, makeup artist and beauty vlogger Bonnie Gillies will share her foundation basics and top tips for using colour to enhance the complexion. Plus, come watch her live model demonstration on how to create a soft yet impactful eye makeup look.

Each ticket is redeemable for a $20 gift voucher at Canberra Centre. All guests will be treated to a glass of sparkling, catering and a gift bag.

Happening Saturday 12 August from 11am-12pm at Canberra Centre’s event space, opposite Endota Spa in the new beauty precinct.

Tickets from Eventbrite.

Flying High in the Googong Sky

Flying High in the Googong Sky – a free day of kites and fun!

Googong’s utterly uplifting kite festival is back with a host of new flying friends for you and your kids to meet, including a giant whale shark, dragons, bunny rabbits, a stingray, astronauts and a flying pig! So bring a kite and join in the fun. There will be a sausage sizzle – or bring your own picnic – while our DJ provides the inflight entertainment.

Happening Sunday 13 August from 11am-2pm at Rockley Oval, Googong.

Visit googong.net for more information.

Chasing Chet

Music from Baker’s Trumpet. The music of Chet Baker has always fascinated audiences. At the heart of his playing there was a fragile lyricism that was somehow sophisticated, yet raw and untrained. His performances often teetered on a knife edge and coupled with his unpredictable personal life it is easy to understand this fascination.

Now Canberra audiences have the chance to experience a taste of this music as three of the cities’ finest musicians combine to examine the music of his later career. In the format of a drum-less trio, a combination often used by Baker, guitarist Lachlan Coventry, double bassist James Luke and trumpeter Ben Marston re-imagine some of the great standards of the twentieth century.

With references to Doug Raney, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and obviously Baker himself, the trio provide a clear vision of lyrical melodies, rich harmonic colourings and occasional virtuosic punctuation. Timeless music treated in a respectful yet contemporary way

Happening Friday 11 August from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

Kids’ Cushion Concert

The wildly popular Kids’ Cushion Concert series returns to the iconic Nishi Grand Stair with a very special guest. BYO cushion for the little ones to sit on, and get ready for a morning filled with fun and shenanigans!

Kids’ Party Confidential is a raucous ride for adults and children aged 5 to 12 as comedian Sean Murphy creates the best party ever. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you’ll learn how to tie an incredible balloon sword!

Equal parts stand-up, storytelling and celebration, Sean has created a show that educates and entertains in equal measure.

“Kids’ Party Confidential proves our imaginations are the greatest engines for entertainment; through the course of the performance, we incorporate kids’ own ideas to create the best fiesta ever.”

Happening Saturday 19 August at 9am and 10.30am. Reserve your place now via Eventbrite.

Palliative Care ACT Life Stories Breakfast

Palliative Care ACT is hosting a breakfast on Wednesday 9 August 2017.  The event is a fundraiser to relaunch their Life Stories Program.

The keynote speaker will be Jean Kittson, Australian performer, writer and comedian. Jean is also a women’s health advocate and presents a lighter tone on the issue of death and dying and wants people to start the talk before it’s too late.

They’re also fortunate to have as their MC for the morning Clyde Rathbone, former Wallabies and Brumbies player and co-founder of Karma.

Tickets are $85 per person or $800 for a table of ten and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Happening Wednesday 9 August from 7am-9am at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Find more information here.

Arabian Nights at Polit

A range of cultures, dance styles and feminine body types, including an 8-month pregnant belly will be celebrated through a belly dance showcase at Arabian Nights at Polit (produced by #JazidaProductions) in Manuka on 11 August.

Performance art enthusiasts, belly dance lovers and people looking for a fun and different way to spend a Friday evening in Canberra have a great solution available! The show takes place every three months at Polit Bar in Manuka, which is a small cocktail lounge with no formal stage. It’s a very intimate venue, where dancers interact with the crowd and the audience has an opportunity to see Australian talent up close and personal!

The show will feature Jacqui Princi, who the founder of Bedazzled Bellydance School and will be dancing her 8-month pregnant belly. It will also feature Fifi Noir, a prestigious tribal fusion belly dancer who is coming from Queensland to perform at the event. Fifi will be treating the audience to her full figured technical dancing as well as fire manipulation skills. They will share the stage with the local professional Belly Up Bellydance troupe.

While Fifi Noir is in town, #JazidaProductions is facilitating workshops so she can share their skills within the Canberra community. Fifi is running an Expressions Lab workshop focusing on dance presentation as well as a Deco Darling workshop focusing on fusion belly dance technique on 27 August.

Happening Friday 11 August from 8pm at Polit Bar, upstairs at 11 Franklin Street, Manuka.

Purchase tickets here.

Making Do: Utility Wear with Annie Wu

A Fix and Make workshop with Annie Wu of Articles of Clothing. During World War II, the British Government introduced the Utility Scheme CC41. The scheme encouraged clothing manufacturers throughout the UK to use cloth supplied by the government. The style of the items was regulated. Straight cuts and slim silhouettes with no embellishments and unnecessary pleats maximised the number of items that could be cut from the cloth and minimized waste by reducing offcuts. While these austerity measures created some hostility, they saved millions of metres of fabric and clothed thousands of people in a time of extreme scarcity.

Leaping from the CC41 scheme, Annie Wu will teach you how to create unconventional patterns for functional garments that reduce waste. You’ll make a template for a contemporary utilitarian uniform (that can be worn every day) and cut the pattern from supplied cloth. Pieces can then be assembled at home or be handed over to Peter Kongmalavong at the end of the workshop for completion. Peter will be able to provide you with a quote to sew and return your new garments. This workshops encourages us to think about how we might dress ourselves differently.

Hotel Hotel’s ‘Making Do’ Fix and Make series looks at alternative ways of making and repairing things and is designed to encourage us to consider the objects and raw materials that already surround us in new ways.

Happening Saturday 12 August from 2pm at Hotel Hotel, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite.

My Friend The Chocolate Cake

The songwriting genius of  David Bridie combined with the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort’s cello and Hope Csutoros’ violin are high in the curious collision of elements that have made My Friend The Chocolate Cake a failsafe concert draw, triple ARIA winners and a vivid presence on countless film and TV soundtracks these last two and a half decades.

Their seven-album history is a multi-dimensional mural of modern Australia that illustrates its geography, its political mores and its predominantly suburban identity. Be there to witness the birth of their 8th Studio album THE REVIVAL MEETING.

Happening Saturday 12 August from 8pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic

Purchase tickets here.

BRICK EXPO

Brick Expo is a entertaining and interesting exhibition of rare and unique LEGO creations by interstate and local collectors and modellers. Hundreds of static, moving and robotic models in themes including: Star Wars, Trains, Planes, Space Ships, Racing Cars, Monuments and Sculptures.

Happening Friday 11 August 2017 till Sunday 13 August 2013 at Hellenic Club, Phillip. For information on opening hours and ticket purchasing visit the website.

Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest

Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45 minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening until 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four hour session.

Find more information on the website

FOOD & DRINK

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Whisky Tasting and Food Pairing

Start your weekend with an exceptional tasting experience.

Join the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House for a whisky master class and tasting, paired with delicious food. Their whisky master will be your guide for the evening and he has designed a menu to satisfy any food and whisky connoisseur.

Held at iconic Old Parliament House, in the original heritage Members’ Bar, this 1920s themed event is the perfect way to finish your week.

Ensure you book today so you don’t miss out on this exclusive event. 18+ only.

Happening Friday 11 August from 6.30-9.30pm at the Members’ Bar, Old Parliament House.

Book now via Eventbrite and make sure you bring an electronic or printed copy of your ticket on the night as well as your ID.

Click here for more information.

Tastes of Two Regions 2017

Tastes of Two Regions brings the wine and food of two magnificent regions to Canberra.

King Valley and Rutherglen, located side by side in North East Victoria, are known for innovative wine styles and excellent produce. King Valley Prosecco Road sidles up alongside Rutherglen’s boutique Muscat and Durif cellars, in a setting of rolling hills, mountain ranges, vines, open skies and historic townships.

The festival includes an exhibition with over 200 wines to taste, masterclasses, live entertainment, picnics and platters, as well as a Prosecco breakfast, Italian family lunch and Alternative Variety dinner.

Tickets $35pp, includes 3hr tasting session, masterclasses and a gorgeous day out at Pialligo Estate.

Happening Sunday 13 August from 10am – 5pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Get up close and personal with producers, find a new favourite wine style and enjoy some excellent cuisine. Last year’s event sold out, so we recommend you get booking!

Find more information and book tickets here: www.tastesoftworegions.com.au.

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

Indulge in a feast of the senses with The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region; the first and largest festival of its kind in Australia. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

On until Thursday 31 August 2017 across various Canberra Locations. For more information on opening hours and locations across Canberra visit the website.

EAT CANBERRA FOOD TOUR

Get involved in the Eat Canberra Food Tour! Walk around Braddon and the City stopping at 6+ hot spots and hidden gems sampling food, drinks and learning about Canberra’s incredible foodie scene. Expect to eat lots of delicious food, drinks and meet new people!

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 from 1pm to 5pm at BentSpoke Brewing Co, Braddon.

Find more information on the website.

BREAKFAST WITH THE ALPACAS

Come and meet over 200 alpacas and llamas and feed them treats (bring carrots finely sliced no more than the thickness of a coin). The animals have their breakfast about 7-9 am and that is the best time for a visit if you would like to be VERY up close and personal. Bring your own picnic breakfast and mingle with these gentle and inquisitive animals. You could well lose your heart to an alpaca or llama!

Bookings essential, please follow the link to our booking form.

Happening Sunday 13 August 2013 from 8.30am to 10am at Alpaca Magic – Lama Magic – Donkey Magic, Sutton NSW| Bookings are essential| Find information on bookings, tickets and more on the website.

TRUFFLE DINNER AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

Join Contentious Character and Blue Frog Truffles for a very special truffle-inspired evening.

Get things started with a pre-dinner drink and light finger food in front of the fire in the fireside lounge.

Move onto an unforgettable truffle degustation long-table dinner, set up between the barrels in the cellar. Five courses with paired wines throughout.

Learn all about the wine, the food and of course, the truffle, with fascinating presentations and commentary from their Winemaker, Culinary Director and Blue Frog Truffles.

Finish with coffee, tea, port and a small cheese platter in the fireside lounge, and take the opportunity to purchase some goodies to take home.

Transport to and from Canberra or Bungendore can be arranged at around AUD30 per head. There is also a special rate at the Carrington Inn in Bungendore, ask for details.

Numbers are limited.

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 at Contentious Character, NSW. For information on opening hours and bookings visit the website.

Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate

Experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm.

Sunday Roast is just $65 for adults, $30 for children (2-12 years old). Includes drink on arrival and a three-course shared menu included two roast varieties.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here.

LATIN TUESDAYS

Tuesdays are hot at Highball with Latin Tuesday’s social night. Hosted by the amazing team from Salsabor Dance Studio, learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free Latin dancing taster class 6.30pm. Add a few cocktails and you’ve got yourself a Tuesday night that’s hard to beat.

$12 cover l $5 extra for 45 mins class. On Tuesdays from 6.30pm at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

CANBERRA TRUFFLE HUNTS

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; The Truffle Farm. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy.

Tours available Fridays to Sundays early June to August. They sell out fast so make a date with your favourite people and book now to avoid disappointment.

On every Friday to Sunday until 27 August at The Truffle Farm, Mount Majura Road, Canberra. Find information on the website.

MAJURA VALLEY EXPERIENCE

Take a journey through the Majura Valley into Pialligo for the ultimate truffle infused food and wine experience. The day includes a truffle hunt at The Truffle Farm, Wine Tasting and Truffled Brie at Mount Majura Vineyard and a three course truffle lunch at Pod Food.

Join Jayson at Canberra truffles for a truffle hunt, he will take you out with the dogs to find some truffles through the oak and hazelnut trees. Next head to Mount Majura Vineyard for truffled brie and wine, you can also taste through the range of wines while there. Lastly head to Pod Food in Pialligo for a three course truffle infused menu with a glass of Mount Majura Vineyard wine.

The Majura Valley Experience runs on weekends until Sunday 27 August 2017 at Canberra Truffles, Mount Majura Vineyard. Pod Food, Lime Kiln Road. Find more information on the website.

TRUFFLE INFUSED WINTER WEEKENDS AT CELLAR DOOR

Mount Majura is excited to once again include truffles at the cellar door as part of our winter tasting experience.

Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of three wines matched with truffled brie. We combine Flinders Estate Brie, a deliciously rich and creamy brie style cheese, with truffles from our neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Every week we will be layering fresh truffles in the brie giving them time to infuse into the cheese, ready for serving on the weekend. To accompany this we’re pouring a flight of three 80ml glasses of wine matched to the truffled brie.

Bookings are essential to ensure the best experience possible.

Happening until Sunday 27 August 2017, every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm at Mount Majura Vineyard, Lime Kiln Road. Find information on the website.

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

Afternoon Tea at the Conservatory

Book now to enjoy a special Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant and magnificent views over Canberra.

Located in the Village Centre at the National Arboretum Canberra, The Conservatory Restaurant offers visitors the opportunity to dine on food-less-travelled, with sweeping views of the nation’s capital.

The tasty delights served for tea showcase the best produce the region has to offer, prepared with care using Ginger’s paddock-to-plate philosophy.

Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant, hosted by Ginger Catering; a wonderful way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Call or email now to make your reservation.

Happening Sundays until 24 September from 2pm at the Conservatory Restaurant, National Arboretum Canberra.

Find more information on the website.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

HAVANA NIGHTS

Spend a night in Cuba courtesy of The Highball Express as the crew whisks you away to tropical Havana. Head in every Thursday from 4pm for Havana Nights where you can enjoy some exotic drinks and start the slide into the weekend.

They’ll be featuring mojitos and daiquiris for only $10 and will have all their usual suspects available too so there is always something for everyone regardless of whether you’re flying first class or coach.

Happening from 4pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

See website for more information.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

FILM, MUSIC & STAGE

Chasing Chet

Chasing Chet

Music from Baker’s Trumpet. The music of Chet Baker has always fascinated audiences. At the heart of his playing there was a fragile lyricism that was somehow sophisticated, yet raw and untrained. His performances often teetered on a knife edge and coupled with his unpredictable personal life it is easy to understand this fascination.

Now Canberra audiences have the chance to experience a taste of this music as three of the cities’ finest musicians combine to examine the music of his later career. In the format of a drum-less trio, a combination often used by Baker, guitarist Lachlan Coventry, double bassist James Luke and trumpeter Ben Marston re-imagine some of the great standards of the twentieth century.

With references to Doug Raney, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and obviously Baker himself, the trio provide a clear vision of lyrical melodies, rich harmonic colourings and occasional virtuosic punctuation. Timeless music treated in a respectful yet contemporary way

Happening Friday 11 August from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

Arabian Nights at Polit

A range of cultures, dance styles and feminine body types, including an 8-month pregnant belly will be celebrated through a belly dance showcase at Arabian Nights at Polit (produced by #JazidaProductions) in Manuka on 11 August.

Performance art enthusiasts, belly dance lovers and people looking for a fun and different way to spend a Friday evening in Canberra have a great solution available! The show takes place every three months at Polit Bar in Manuka, which is a small cocktail lounge with no formal stage. It’s a very intimate venue, where dancers interact with the crowd and the audience has an opportunity to see Australian talent up close and personal!

The show will feature Jacqui Princi, who the founder of Bedazzled Bellydance School and will be dancing her 8-month pregnant belly. It will also feature Fifi Noir, a prestigious tribal fusion belly dancer who is coming from Queensland to perform at the event. Fifi will be treating the audience to her full figured technical dancing as well as fire manipulation skills. They will share the stage with the local professional Belly Up Bellydance troupe.

While Fifi Noir is in town, #JazidaProductions is facilitating workshops so she can share their skills within the Canberra community. Fifi is running an Expressions Lab workshop focusing on dance presentation as well as a Deco Darling workshop focusing on fusion belly dance technique on 27 August.

Happening Friday 11 August from 8pm at Polit Bar, upstairs at 11 Franklin Street, Manuka.

Purchase tickets here.

My Friend The Chocolate Cake

The songwriting genius of  David Bridie combined with the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort’s cello and Hope Csutoros’ violin are high in the curious collision of elements that have made My Friend The Chocolate Cake a failsafe concert draw, triple ARIA winners and a vivid presence on countless film and TV soundtracks these last two and a half decades.

Their seven-album history is a multi-dimensional mural of modern Australia that illustrates its geography, its political mores and its predominantly suburban identity. Be there to witness the birth of their 8th Studio album THE REVIVAL MEETING.

Happening Saturday 12 August from 8pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic

Purchase tickets here.

POLITICS IN THE PUB: AUSTRALIA’S ECONOMIC FUTURE

What does Australia’s economic future look like? Who are the winners and losers? What needs to change to build genuine global economic growth? How can we ensure that this growth benefits everyone?

Join two of Labor’s foremost economic thinkers over drinks as they discuss the big picture questions of the Australian economy. We’ll be hearing from both Andrew Barr (Australia’s longest serving Treasurer) and Chris Bowen (Federal Shadow Treasurer and former Treasurer) about the economic and fiscal scenario we face as a nation and the ways that modern, responsible government at both a federal and state level should plan for change.
We’ll be hearing short speeches from both Andrew and Chris before opening the floor to questions. Please register via Eventbrite to reserve your spot.

Happening Wednesday 9 August 2017 from 6.15pm to 8.15pm at Wig and Pen Tavern and Brewery, Llewellyn Hall ACT. For information on ticket fees and more visit the website.

FINDING EVE, SPACE PARTY, NAKED SCIENTIST AND HARLEY DRAKE

Come check out a night of tight bands with killer tunes to boot!  Hosted by the local legends at Lobrow Gallery & Bar.

Lineup:

Finding Eve
Space Party
Naked Scientist
Harley Drake

Happening Friday 11 August 2017 from 5pm to 12am at Lobrow Gallery and Bar, City Walk. $5.00 Entry. Find more information on the website.

MOLLY AND ALL THAT JAZZ

Tilt are a jazz trained, funk-pop aware and deeply immersed in Canberra’s live music scene. Think Nirvana, Beatles, Imbruglia with groove sensibility enmeshed with hard-bop, Miles fusion and the ever-elegant American songbook. These guys were a hit the last time they joined us so we’re sure this will be another great night of jazz.

Venture downstairs every Tuesday for live jazz from 7-10pm with your favourite tipple on the side.

Happening Tuesday 8 August 2017 from 4pm to11pm at Molly, Hobart Place, ACT. Find more information on the website.

CANBERRA WIND SYMPHONY: NEW YORK, NEW YORK!

The stunning Canberra Wind Symphony presents an evening of wind orchestra brilliance, with contemporary works from fascinating composers telling their New York stories with intriguing rhythms, textures and colours.

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Geoff Grey muses … “Canberra audiences are spoilt for choice when it comes to Broadway-style musicals, so I’ve chosen to present the more honest, dirty NYC that I’ve experienced with ‘Asphalt Cocktail’ and ‘The Big Apple Symphony’, and while we are also presenting ‘Symphonic Dances from West Side Story’, we have deliberately stepped away from the chorus line numbers and belting Broadway anthems.”

This music captures abstracts of New York City. It is vibrant and modern and pushes the envelope artistically. John Mackey named his ‘Asphalt Cocktail’ whilst walking down Columbus Avenue bouncing ideas off a composer companion. Johan de Meij says his symphony is “a musical interpretation of the spirit, glamour and indifference of one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Listening to this symphony is perhaps as enervating as an actual visit to Manhattan.” The dances from Bernstein’s triumphant ‘West Side Story’ are so NYC that they had to be included!

Happening Wednesday 9 August 2017 from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre, ACT. Find booking and ticket information on the website.

THE GALAXY PROJECT 101

The Galaxy Project celebrates the beginning of National Science Week 2017 with a double bang! See over 150 dancers of all ages in Garema Place with live drummers colliding to recordings of Gravitational Waves as predicted by Albert Einstein 101 years ago.

Performers include Fresh Funk, Project Beats, Bom Funk, 3G, Canberra School of Bollywood, Drumassault and Michelle Forman. Supported by Grants in the City, Ausdance ACT, QL2 Dance and more!

Happening Thursday 10 August 2017 till Saturday 12 August 2017 at Garema Place, ACT| Free Entry| Find information on opening hours and more on the website.

BRENDAN KELLER – TUBERG TRIO

Brendan Keller-Tuberg is a young emerging bassist and composer. He has established himself as a regular performer in the region, having played with Miroslav Bukovsky, John Mackey and Paul Grabowsky. Most recently, he has returned from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana, having studied under jazz heavyweights such as Walter Smith III and John Clayton.

Though he has strived for versatility in all styles of music-making, Brendan has always had a passion for modern jazz composition. Influenced by cutting-edge piano trios such as The Bad Plus and the Vijay Iyer Trio, he honed his compositional abilities and aesthetic through 2015 and 2016, culminating in the recording of his first full-length album in December 2016. Recorded at the School of Music by Louis Montgomery, and featuring recent ANU alumni Tate Sheridan and Daniel Faber, the album represents Brendan’s first effort at presenting the music he’s always dreamed of making – historically informed and conceptually sophisticated, yet personal and emotionally intimate.

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre, ACT. For bookings and ticket information visit the website.

SALSABOR LATIN OPEN DAY

Join Salsabor for a day of latin dancing, latin music, sangria and delicious food at the beautiful Highball Express!!

This event is open to everyone and the best thing it’s FREE. No pre-registration required.

Join the fabulous mini classes to get a taste of what each of them are all about

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 from 2pm to 5pm at The Highball Express, ACT. For information on entry fees and more visit the website.

PERSIAN MUSIC CONCERT – SARV ENSEMBLE AUSTRALIA

Don’t miss this performance of Persian music by the Sarv Ensemble. Hear seven amazing musicians led by Maestro Majid Derakhshani and the extraordinary voice of Maliheh Moradi perform a variety of Persian classic, folk and contemporary music.

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 from 8pm at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square. Find bookings and ticket information on the website.

SCUNA AUSTRALIA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CHORAL SOCIETY

Hear a springtime group of choruses from Gilbert and Sullivan together with a selection of English madrigals with a springtime theme from SCUNA.

The Australian National University Choral Society (SCUNA), has an established reputation for high quality performances and is one of Canberra’s premier choirs. For this concert SCUNA brings the delights and memories of spring to remind us it is only a month away.

Founded in 1963, the choir has performed both lesser known and more familiar masterpieces of the choral repertoire. Concerts in recent years have included Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor, Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solemnelle, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Requiems by Brahms, Duruflé and Mozart, and pieces by Bernstein, Britten, Byrd, Dvorák, Haydn, Pergolesi, Sculthorpe and Victoria.

Event registration essential via the High Court website.

Happening Sunday 13 August 2017 from 1.30pm at High Court of Australia, Parkes| Free Entry| Find more information on the website.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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PORTOBELLO ROAD AT THE MARKETS

Say goodbye to winter with a day out fossicking through an eclectic mix of quirky and interesting treasures on this, the OBDM’s last Portobello Road event for 2017.

What might you find? When it comes to Portobello Road, the question is more what CAN’T you find? Stallholders and their stocks are ever-changing, though the markets always have a great range of antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens, restored pieces, cutlery and crockery, and small homewares like lamps, clocks and typewriters too at Portobello Road.

Happening Sunday 14 August from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information here.

BRICK EXPO

Brick Expo is a entertaining and interesting exhibition of rare and unique LEGO creations by interstate and local collectors and modellers. Hundreds of static, moving and robotic models in themes including: Star Wars, Trains, Planes, Space Ships, Racing Cars, Monuments and Sculptures.

Happening Friday 11 August 2017 till Sunday 13 August 2013 at Hellenic Club, Phillip. For information on opening hours and ticket purchasing visit the website.

CANBERRA CRAFT AND QUILT FAIR

Visit the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair this August. The exhibition will include Canberra’s most creative pieces of art-work and more. 

Showing from Thursday 10 August 2017 till Sunday 13 August 2017 at EPIC Canberra Showground, Flemington Road ACT. For opening hours and ticket information visit the website.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

CAPTAINS FLAT COUNTRY MARKETS

The Captains Flat Country Markets are friendly, relaxed markets held the first Saturday of each month (except January and this April when Easter Saturday falls on the same date) selling craft, homemade jewellery, local produce, handcrafted timber goods, plants, homemade cakes, slices biscuits, pre-loved goods, and much more.

The Markets’ Cafe provides fresh tea and real coffee and various community groups provide a barbecue. The Captains Flat Country Markets are run by the Captains Flat Community Association (CFCA – a not-for-profit organisation), for the benefit of the local community. Funds raised go towards supporting a variety of community initiatives.

Don’t forget to talk to the Community Association representatives on their regular stall to find out more about local events and activities, including local businesses and services.

Happening from Saturday 3 June – Saturday 2 December 2017 at Captains Flat Community Hall. Open from 10am – 2pm.

Find more information on the website.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Farmers and Foodies Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

YASS FARMERS MARKETS

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Farmers Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Farmer’s Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

On until 7 October 2017 every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am- 1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church.

Find more information on the website.

SOUTHERN HARVEST FARMERS MARKET AT BUNGENDORE

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market: selling sustainable, authentic, regional food: grown and made by the Community, for the Community.

The market is open every Saturday from 9am to noon and is a great source of fresh food and farm produce from around the region including meat, eggs, seafood, honey, fruit, vegetables, preserves and refreshments.

On every Saturday from 9am- 12pm until 16 September 2017 at Bungendore Anglican Hall, 25 Butmaroo Street.

Find more information on the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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Refresh Your Makeup Masterclass with Bonnie Gillies

During her in-centre masterclass, makeup artist and beauty vlogger Bonnie Gillies will share her foundation basics and top tips for using colour to enhance the complexion. Plus, come watch her live model demonstration on how to create a soft yet impactful eye makeup look.

Each ticket is redeemable for a $20 gift voucher at Canberra Centre. All guests will be treated to a glass of sparkling, catering and a gift bag.

Happening Saturday 12 August from 11am-12pm at Canberra Centre’s event space, opposite Endota Spa in the new beauty precinct.

Tickets from Eventbrite.

Women in Media Networking Night

There’s a cyber security threat no one is thinking about – but they should be. We’re talking internet trolling and the real-life trauma it can inflict.

Research by UNSW academic Dr Emma Jane indicates targets of online misogyny endure “many layers of suffering.” Some of these include: victims contemplating, threatening, or attempting suicide, career derailment, financial losses, long-term psychological impacts, and real-life bodily harm.

A recent United Nations report estimated that 73 percent of women have endured cyber violence and that women are 27 times more likely as men to be harassed online. With all this knowledge at hand, why isn’t the community urgently addressing this issue?

Here we are in 2017, and, anecdotally, it appears not much has changed to stop cyberhate. If anything, it’s getting worse. What can we do about it?

Come to our special Women in Media Networking night at the National Press Club on Wednesday, August 9 at 6.30 pm to discuss the issue.

Triple J Hack’s Shalailah Medhora will facilitate a feisty discussion between:

Tara Moss – novelist, journalist and presenter of the ABC’s “Cyberhate” series.

Ginger Gorman – social justice journalist. She’s been trolled herself, interviewed vicious trolls and done a TEDx talk on this topic.

Professor Nigel Phair – Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University Canberra and influential analyst on the intersection of technology, crime and society.

Happening Wednesday 9 August from 6.30pm at the National Press Club, 16 National Circuit, Barton.

Tickets from Eventbrite.

Making Do: Utility Wear with Annie Wu

A Fix and Make workshop with Annie Wu of Articles of Clothing. During World War II, the British Government introduced the Utility Scheme CC41. The scheme encouraged clothing manufacturers throughout the UK to use cloth supplied by the government. The style of the items was regulated. Straight cuts and slim silhouettes with no embellishments and unnecessary pleats maximised the number of items that could be cut from the cloth and minimized waste by reducing offcuts. While these austerity measures created some hostility, they saved millions of metres of fabric and clothed thousands of people in a time of extreme scarcity.

Leaping from the CC41 scheme, Annie Wu will teach you how to create unconventional patterns for functional garments that reduce waste. You’ll make a template for a contemporary utilitarian uniform (that can be worn every day) and cut the pattern from supplied cloth. Pieces can then be assembled at home or be handed over to Peter Kongmalavong at the end of the workshop for completion. Peter will be able to provide you with a quote to sew and return your new garments. This workshops encourages us to think about how we might dress ourselves differently.

Hotel Hotel’s ‘Making Do’ Fix and Make series looks at alternative ways of making and repairing things and is designed to encourage us to consider the objects and raw materials that already surround us in new ways.

Happening Saturday 12 August from 2pm at Hotel Hotel, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite.

Questacon Presents Dava Sobel

Join Dava Sobel in conversation with Professor Brian Schmidt in the prelude event to the 2017 Canberra Writers Festival, Monday 7 August.

The known universe would be much smaller were it not for a group of remarkable female “human computers” who worked at Harvard College Observatory in the 19th century to interpret the astronomical observations of their male counterparts. In this Special Prelude Event to the 2017 Canberra Writers Festival, Dava Sobel will tell the story of this amazing group of women who changed the history of astronomy, making extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim.

Dava’s enthralling history The Glass Universe tells of women like Williamina Fleming, a Scottish woman originally hired as a maid who went on to identify ten novae and more than three hundred variable stars and Annie Jump Cannon, who designed a stellar classification system that was adopted by astronomers the world over and is still in use.

This event is proudly presented by Questacon

Happening Monday 7 August from 7pm – 8pm (Doors Open at 6.45pm) at Questacon Theatre.

Tickets: Adult $24; Concession $ 21.95; Junior $11.75. Book signing will take place after the show.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

Palliative Care ACT Life Stories Breakfast

Palliative Care ACT is hosting a breakfast on Wednesday 9 August 2017.  The event is a fundraiser to relaunch their Life Stories Program.

The keynote speaker will be Jean Kittson, Australian performer, writer and comedian. Jean is also a women’s health advocate and presents a lighter tone on the issue of death and dying and wants people to start the talk before it’s too late.

They’re also fortunate to have as their MC for the morning Clyde Rathbone, former Wallabies and Brumbies player and co-founder of Karma.

Tickets are $85 per person or $800 for a table of ten and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Happening Wednesday 9 August from 7am-9am at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Find more information here.

MAKING ZERO WASTE PRODUCTS

There are hundreds of cleaning and beauty products out there for every cleaning job and body part. Many products contain ingredients that are harmful to human health and the environment and are packaged in containers that often end up in landfill. Yet making your own zero waste products is easy, non-toxic, inexpensive and doesn’t contribute to the 650kg of rubbish that the average Australian produces every year.

In this hands-on workshop Waste Free Me’s Bianca Jurd will show you how to make 3 common household products: One for your body, one for the kitchen and one for sanitising all household surfaces using non-toxic and easy to source ingredients, many of which are commonly found in your kitchen. Bianca will also talk the quick and easy hacks to drastically reduce your household rubbish, about buying ingredients in bulk (and how to re-use the packaging it comes in or avoid packaging altogether), the benefits of using each ingredient and incorporating the Zero Waste challenge into a busy lifestyle. For this workshop please bring 3 glass jars of varying sizes:

Happening Tuesday 8 August 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at Canberra Environment Centre. Find more information on the website.

PHYSICS OF BEER – QUESTACON

Physics: it is used to explain the world around us, but can beer be used to explain physics?

Join Questacon’s amateur beer enthusiasts for another adults-only scientific exploration of the amber ale. How many pints of carbon dioxide are there in a pint of beer? Why is beer amber coloured but the head is white? What is supercooled beer, and does it actually taste good?

Don’t miss out on this interactive presentation full of fun, science and — of course — beer.

18+; Booking Essential.

Happening Friday 11 August 2017 till Friday 18 August 2017 at Questacon, Canberra. Find more information on the website.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. 

Complete the online contact form to register.

GUNNING PATCHWORK WEEKEND

Gunning Patchwork Weekend (GPW) is held each year on the last weekend in June. Timed to break the monotony of the winter, the weekend is also a great opportunity to have a break from the rat race. A fully self-funding weekend, the GPW is coordinated by four volunteers, Margaret, Marie, Kath and Peta. The GPW brings visitors to town and provides some welcome trade for local businesses and the Lions Club Markets.

Aimed at beginners and experts alike, the weekend focuses on completion of your project, good food, fun and friendships as well as high-quality tutorials. Join them for an opportunity to get away from it all and create a masterpiece.

Showing till Sunday 24 June 2018 at Gunning, Yass Street, NSW. Find information on opening hours and tickets on the website.

AUTHOR TALK WITH DAVID HASKELL: THE SONGS OF TREES

Author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature’s most magnificent networkers — trees. David Haskell spent two years visiting 12 sites around the world revealing the surprising—and surprisingly fascinating—arboreal secrets hidden in the canopies of ordinary trees.

With his deep understanding of the complexity of trees and the way they shape their ecosystems, Haskell will make you look at trees in an entirely new way.

Happening Wednesday 9 August 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes| Tickets: $25.00 per person| Find more information on the website.

SCIENCE IN ACTION 2017

Experience Science in ACTion at the Old Bus Depot! See the amazing work of local, national, and international Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) organisations at this free community event during National Science Week 2017.

What does the future of our Earth look like? Can we make a difference? Maybe moving to Mars is the answer. Get hands on and explore the science all around you.

Learn about the future – of ecosystems, technology, energy, and of the Earth. Then discover secrets of the past from an archaeologist or forensic scientist.

Walk inside a virtual plant cell, or shudder when you hear about the parasites you might’ve picked up on your holiday.

Meet scientists who help to conserve iconic Australian plants and animals, and learn how renewable energies can protect the earth’s climate.

Challenge yourself to a puzzle, peer down a microscope, or put on a lab coat and get messy with some slime. Be inspired by Science in ACTion.

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the Old Bus Depot, Kingston| Free Entry – No Booking required| Find more information on the website.

2017 KENNETH MYER LECTURE: 2020 VISION – WHERE IS AUSTRALIA HEADED?

In the 2017 Kenneth Myer Lecture Dr Anne Summers AO explores how she would promote positive change in Australia.

Dr Summers is a bestselling author, journalist and thought-leader with a
long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States.

Happening Thursday 10 August 2017 from 6pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes| Free Entry| Find more information on the website.

WINTER TALES WITH LOUISE PAGE

Join Louise Page OAM, the Canberra based soprano singer, for conversation and afternoon tea.

This event is in association with the Australian Women’s Archive Project.

Happening Sunday 13 August 2017 from 2pm to 3pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes| Tickets: $15.00 per person| Find more information on the website.

POETRY AND PUBLIC APOLOGY: JUDITH – WRIGHT IN THE 20TH CENTURY

Dr Bridget Vincent explores the power of literature as a form of public apology, by examining Judith Wright’s idea of ‘writer-as-activist’ in her poetry and letters.

Dr Bridget Vincent is a National Library of Australia Fellow in Australian Literature, supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust.

Poetry and Public Apology: Judith Wright in the 20th Century

Happening Tuesday 8 August 2017 from 5.15pm to 7.15pm at Conference Room, National Library of Australia, Parkes| Free Entry| Find more information on the website.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Join the Canberra REP Company in a neighbourhood which could be yours. An older widowed Hungarian émigré and a younger Australian woman are neighbours with more than physical walls between them, until they share their lives.

Catherine is in her early twenties and unsure of her place in the world. Ana is eighty, has a million stories and a terrifying Alsatian. A simple encounter between neighbours becomes an unforgettable friendship.

Lally Katz’s Neighbourhood Watch is “enchantingly disarming, charming, and definitely warm-hearted”; a heart warming story of hope, empathy and community.

Showing till Saturday 19 August 2017 at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, ACT. For information on opening hours and tickets visit the website.

WINS CREEK MEADERY – THE NATURAL HIVE WORKSHOP

The social structure of honeybees is an inspiration. How do thousands of bees, working in the dark, organise themselves to build the perfect honeycomb structure and then to go out and collect the honey and pollen to fill it? How do they accomplish such amazing feats?

The honeycomb consists of a large number of hexagonal cells, expertly constructed from beeswax and propolis. The spacing, curve and shape of the combs is also precisely defined. In this course, they will explain what is known about the complex social behaviour of bees that has evolved over millions of years. They’ll look at the underlying division of labour, and observe through the viewing windows of an indoor cathedral hive, the hive itself, in its various stages of construction.

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 till Saturday 19 August 2017 at Win’s Creek Meadery, Barton| Tickets: $10.00 per person| Find more information on the website.

Collection Highlights Tour

The National Portrait Gallery offers a free thirty-minute tour of their Collection every day. Explore the building and immerse yourself into the artistic world. Learn some background information on specific works and the artists behind the masterpiece.

Feel free to ask any questions. Guides are more than happy to answer.

Showing until Friday 8 September 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, from 11.30am daily. Find more information on the website.

For Country, For Nation Highlights Tour

Since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have proudly served in the Australian military forces. The Australian War Memorial’s exhibition For Country, for Nation has a diverse range of relics and stories to explore. Join a Memorial curator to learn of some of these personal stories on a highlights tour.

Occurring every Tuesday from 11.30am till 12.30pm till 26 September 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

For more information visit the website.

SPORTS

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Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest

Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45 minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening 12 July – 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four hour session.

Find more information on the website.

Flying High in the Googong Sky

Flying High in the Googong Sky – a free day of kites and fun!

Googong’s utterly uplifting kite festival is back with a host of new flying friends for you and your kids to meet, including a giant whale shark, dragons, bunny rabbits, a stingray, astronauts and a flying pig! So bring a kite and join in the fun. There will be a sausage sizzle – or bring your own picnic – while our DJ provides the inflight entertainment.

Happening Sunday 13 August from 11am-2pm at Rockley Oval, Googong.

Visit googong.net for more information.

Start Your Mornings With Yoga Thanks To Lululemon

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles. The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday at 7.15am – 8am in Canberra Centre’s event space opposite Endota Spa, they are hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees – just bring your own towel, water bottle and Zen spirit!

As the class is outside regular trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Sessions are complimentary with no bookings required. The first session begins on Thursday 27 July.

The first session begins on Thursday 27 July at 7.15 am at Canberra’s Centree’s event space opposite Endota Spa.

Find more information here.

Live footy screenings at Ostani

Watch the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby live from Ostani’s big screens. Don’t miss a match on the two big screens, plus enjoy Happy Hour every Friday from 5pm-7pm.

Happening at Ostani Lounge Bar and Restaurant, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Palliative Care ACT Life Stories Breakfast

Palliative Care ACT is hosting a breakfast on Wednesday 9 August 2017.  The event is a fundraiser to relaunch their Life Stories Program.

The keynote speaker will be Jean Kittson, Australian performer, writer and comedian. Jean is also a women’s health advocate and presents a lighter tone on the issue of death and dying and wants people to start the talk before it’s too late.

They’re also fortunate to have as their MC for the morning Clyde Rathbone, former Wallabies and Brumbies player and co-founder of Karma.

Tickets are $85 per person or $800 for a table of ten and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Happening Wednesday 9 August from 7am-9am at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Find more information here.

QUEANBEYAN RELAY FOR LIFE TRIVIA NIGHT

Come along for a night of Trivia, Raffles, Auctions and more. Join in the fun for the launch of the 2018 Queanbeyan Relay For Life with all money raised helping to kick start rundraising for Relay. Come dressed as your favourite sport, sporting team or sports star with prizes for best dressed!

Happening Friday August 11 2017 from 6.30pm to 11pm at The Roos Club, Queanbeyan NSW| Tickets available for $20.00 per person| Find more information on the website.

WINTER GALA ROTARACT CHANGEOVER

Join all three ACT Rotaract clubs for their combined Winter Ball Changeover with proceeds towards UC Cancer Research Fund.

Never before have Brindabella Rotaract, Canberra Rotaract and Rotaract University of Canberra come together in a joint large-scale changeover event and we are excited to share this with you!

Enjoy getting dressed up for three club’s changeover in one spectacular Winter Gala themed evening whilst enjoying opportunities to raise funds for a fantastic cancer research program based at the University of Canberra.

Happening Friday 11 August 2017 from 7pm to 11.59pm at Ann Harding Conference Centre, ACT. Find more information on the website.

QUEANBEYAN AND DISTRICT PRESCHOOL ASSOCIATION TRIVIA

Come along and join in the fun at the Queanbeyan and District Preschool Association’s Trivia Night.  Doors open from 6PM for those who wish to buy dinner before the event. The events kick off at 7:30 PM Sharp!

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm at the Queanbeyan Kangaroo Rugby League Football Club, NSW. For tickets and more visit the website.

BIG BOOK FAIR

Woden Seniors’ well known and much loved BIG Book Fair is on again this year from 11 to 13 August. It will be bigger than ever before with a huge range of good quality fiction, non fiction, children’s books, recent magazines, puzzles, postcards, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and games. The President’s table will feature a wide selection of old and collectable books. Parents and grandparents looking for children’s books will be delighted by the range. So will young adults. This year there is a special section for young adults. All books and other items have been cleaned, sorted and categorised, making it very easy to find the treasure you are searching for.

On 11 August – 13 August from 10am to 4pm daily at the Woden Seniors, 12 Corinna St, Woden. Entry is by gold coin donation. Visit the website for more information: www.wodenseniors.org.au

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Flying High in the Googong Sky

Flying High in the Googong Sky – a free day of kites and fun!

Googong’s utterly uplifting kite festival is back with a host of new flying friends for you and your kids to meet, including a giant whale shark, dragons, bunny rabbits, a stingray, astronauts and a flying pig! So bring a kite and join in the fun. There will be a sausage sizzle – or bring your own picnic – while our DJ provides the inflight entertainment.

Happening Sunday 13 August from 11am-2pm at Rockley Oval, Googong.

Visit googong.net for more information.

GRAND RE-OPENING THE MOGO LOLLY SHOP

The iconic Mogo Lolly Shop is reopening their doors in a new location. Each Friday the shop will be donating 10% to Can Assist Eurobodalla. The grand opening will be the place to be! With fun for everyone. Join in the beautiful village of Mogo on the NSW South Coast. Escape the Canberra cold for a day and pop in to see the new digs! Grab a sausage sandwich and buy some lollies to help Can Assist Eurobodalla! It’s going to be a blast!

Happening Saturday 12 August 2017 from 10am to 4pm at 30 Princes Highway, Mogo NSW. 

PUGGYLICIOUS LAKE WALK

It’s time for the first Puggylicious lake walk! Meeting point is near the flags in front of the Questacon Carpark.  Bring your family and friends and most important your Furbaby’s!  Feel free to share the event. Free little snacks are provided for the pooches.

Happening Sunday 13 August 2013 from 10am at Lake Burley Griffin ACT. Find more information on the website.

NATURE PLAY PLATYPUS PURSUITS

Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands in search of the elusive platypus. it is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Bring your binoculars.

Happening Sunday 6 August – Sunday 27 August at 3pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest

Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45 minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening 12 July – 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four hour session.

Find more information on the website.

NATURE PLAY PELICAN FEED

Join a wildlife officer as they feed the pelicans. Learn about pelicans and other remarkable wetland inhabitants. Meet at Pond 4 Boardwalk in the Sanctuary.

Happening every day in August from 1:30pm-2pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

EXPLORE THE SANCTUARY AT TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

Come along and meet a volunteer interpreter who will help you discover the natural wonders of the Sanctuary and the animals that live there.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 3pm from Saturday 5 to Sunday 27 August at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

NATURE PLAY KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Learn about these fascinating marsupials and then take a stroll around the Eucalypt Forest enclosure and try to spot Koala’s. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Happening every Saturday in August from 2:30pm-3:00pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

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BRICK EXPO

Brick Expo is a entertaining and interesting exhibition of rare and unique LEGO creations by interstate and local collectors and modellers. Hundreds of static, moving and robotic models in themes including: Star Wars, Trains, Planes, Space Ships, Racing Cars, Monuments and Sculptures.

Happening Friday 11 August 2017 till Sunday 13 August 2013 at Hellenic Club, Phillip. For information on opening hours and ticket purchasing visit the website.

CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL – WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN DAY

Canberra Grammar School encourages prospective families to schedule an introductory visit on a normal school day to see how the School operates on a daily basis. Join in community and school activities for a true look at what Canberra Grammar School has to offer.

Happening Thursday 10 August 2017 from 9am to 11.30am at Canberra Grammar School, Red Hill. For more information visit the website.

Flying High in the Googong Sky

Flying High in the Googong Sky – a free day of kites and fun!

Googong’s utterly uplifting kite festival is back with a host of new flying friends for you and your kids to meet, including a giant whale shark, dragons, bunny rabbits, a stingray, astronauts and a flying pig! So bring a kite and join in the fun. There will be a sausage sizzle – or bring your own picnic – while our DJ provides the inflight entertainment.

Happening Sunday 13 August from 11am-2pm at Rockley Oval, Googong.

Visit googong.net for more information.

NATURE PLAY PLATYPUS PURSUITS

Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands in search of the elusive platypus. it is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Bring your binoculars.

Happening Sunday 6 August – Sunday 27 August at 3pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest

Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45 minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening 12 July – 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5.30pm – 9.30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four hour session.

Find more information on the website.

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

STORY TIME IN THE ARCADE

Hear a different Australian story come to life on selected Wednesdays during winter. Story Time in the Arcade will be followed by craft activities.

Best suited to pre-schoolers, but all children under five are welcome.

Showing till Wednesday 30 August 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 18 October from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Friday Story Time at the Australian War Memorial

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys.

Friday Story time at the Australian War Memorial is a program suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening until Thursday 31 August 2017 every Friday from 10.30am at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell.

Find more information here.

PLAY UP

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

The exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun.

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Melodrama in Meiji Japan

Step into the tumultuous world of Meiji Japan (1868–1912), through a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock illustrations. Used to illustrate Japanese novels, these beautiful images, known as kuchi-e (literally, ‘mouth/opening picture’), accompany stories filled with drama, tragedy and intrigue, reflecting the uncertainty of the times.

Curated by Dr. Gary Hickey, the exhibition draws upon a substantial collection of kuchi-e amassed by University of NSW Emeritus Professor Richard Clough (1921-2014) and donated to the Library. This collection, along with other works acquired, forms one of the most significant collections of this genre in the world and the largest focused collection of Japanese art in Australia. The exhibition features over twenty artists and a range of subjects, illustrating a fascinating history of a genre profiled for the first time in a major exhibition.

Free entry. Showing every day from 10am-5pm until 27 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

DYSFUNCTION

Ten Emerging Artists from the ANU Printmedia and Drawing Department present a miscellany of works harnessing the individualism and breadth of their artistic exploration within the mediums of print making and drawing

Exhibition open for 2 weeks – and artworks will be for sale and come, enjoy and support these Emerging Artists:

Showing till Tuesday 15 August 2017 from 5.30pm at Smith’s Alternative 76 Alinga Street, Canberra. Find more information on the website.

AVITAL SHEFFER – WANDERLUST

Language, art, history and spirituality emerge within the contemporary ceramic forms of Avital Sheffer in Wanderlust. The objects are artefacts of her complex cultural heritage, with designs on the surface of her vessels coming from a library of ancient Semitic, Arabic and Hellenic texts and imagery.

Avital grew up in Israel and after migrating to Australia in 1990, she completed a diploma in ceramics in 2003. Her work has been widely collected and is represented in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, Ateliers d’Art de France, Manly Art Gallery and Museum and regional galleries across Australia.

Happening Thursday 10 August 2017 till Sunday 27 August 2017 at Beaver Galleries, Deakin| Free Entry| Find information on opening hours and more on the website.

EVOLVE

Marsden Art Group this year visits the theme ‘Evolve’, which reflects a process of change whether in relation to humans, animals, the planet, weather, plants, thought or process.
In their explorations of Evolve, MAG’s emerging and established artists use a diversity of mediums and interpretations. The theme has provided opportunities for the artists to develop thoughts and processes, unfold stories, advance ideas and unravel histories.

Marsden Art Group, established in 2003 by Barbara Van Der Linden, continues to evolve while maintaining its strength of inclusiveness, mentorship, the provision of opportunities that may not be available when working on one’s own and the promotion of education in the business of art.

This year’s exhibiting artists are: Ian Baird, Julie Delves, Liz Dovey, Val Gee, Margaret Gordon, Susan Hey, Penina Huho, Marilyn Hutchinson, Sally Jones, Margaret Kalms, Manuel Pfeiffer, Saggu Sukhvinder, Barbara Van Der Linden and Delene White.

Evolve is showing at Watson Arts Centre from 3 to 13 August. The gallery is open 10am to 4pm Thursday to Sunday and there will be a ‘meet the artist’s’ afternoon tea 1 – 3pm on Sunday 13 August.

EMPIRE GLOBAL ART AWARD EXHIBITION

See a selection of artworks entered in the 2017 Empire Global Art Award at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Head down to Tuggeranong and feast your eyes on a collection of artwork created especially for the award. This year’s theme was inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi who said, ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’

The exhibition is set to feature works from a variety of disciplines including: sculpture, painting, photography, digital art, drawing, printmaking and textiles.

Grab this chance to experience an exhibition of artwork from a collection of Canberra artists.

Happening Thursday 3 August – Saturday 2 September at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street South, Greenway. Opening: Thursday 3 August 6pm -8pm, then weekdays 10 am – 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm.

More information available here.

THE WAY OF THE REFORMER: GOUGH WHITLAM

Gough Whitlam shaped the Australian nation, before that, the Australian nation shaped him. The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in His Century tells the story of the man behind the legacy – the bright Canberra schoolboy obsessed with Greek mythology, the RAAF navigator braving hazardous skies at the height of the Pacific war, and a young father starting a family on the urban fringe.

Happening until Sunday 3 September 2017, from 9am till 5pm at the National Archives of Australia, Parkes. For more information visit the website.

FINDERS KEEPERS: COLLECTORS AND THEIR STORIES

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes us on a journey through Australia’s democratic history.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with our fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Showing daily till Sunday 24 December 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Find more information on the website.

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country into the national spotlight.

This exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australians for the first time. It explores the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day.

Be moved by powerful art that touches on the issues of identity, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the stolen generations through many media: painting on canvas and bark, weaving and sculpture, new media, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork.

This groundbreaking show is the largest survey yet at the NGA and it highlights the continued excellence and diversity of Indigenous practice today.

Showing until 10 September 2017.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 18 October from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Worry will vanish revelation

Worry will vanish revelation‘ is a large-scale immersive video installation by Swiss contemporary artist, Pipilotti Rist on show at the National Gallery of Australia until 20 August.

An intertwining psychedelic microcosm of flesh and nature is projected on a 16-metre surround screen inside a dedicated space that engulfs the viewer in a meditative experience.

Accept the invitation to explore the sensation of being at one with the universe and every living organism in it. Remove your shoes and step inside an alternative space, recline on a soft cushion, give yourself permission to stop and stretch out. Allow your mind a reprieve from the day’s schedule, release your worry. Slow your breathing by relaxing each body part, starting with the soles of your feet right up to the top of your head. Absorb your new surrounds through your eyes and ears and try to sense your environment through every pore of your skin. Listen to the soundscape of a rhythmic, whirring pulse.

Free entry.

On show at the National Gallery of Australia until 20 August.

Rodel Tapaya: New art from the Phillipines

Exciting new talent Rodel Tapaya draws inspiration from Filipino folklore and contemporary events in an exhibition of recent mural-sized painting, sculptural installation and works on paper on exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia until 20 August.

By drawing inspiration from pre-colonial mythology and Filipino folkloric tradition, Tapaya meticulously pieces together numerous pictorial fragments, fusing the otherworldly with the real, in a visual grappling with contemporary politics, social and environmental issues.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today. 

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily. For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

Kirstie Rea, The Land: A 20 Year Survey

Kirstie Rea established an independent studio in Canberra in 1987, following her graduation from the Glass program at the (then) Canberra School of Art. This exhibition documents her achievements over the past two decades as one of Australia’s leading contemporary glass artists. Much of the artist’s distinctive imagery has its genesis in rural experience. Her work often explores the growing separation between our increasingly urbanised lives and her perception of the natural environment.

Happening until Sunday 20 August 2017, Wednesday’s from 10am – 5pm and Weekends from 12pm-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit.

Find more information on the website.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

See forty-nine of the year’s best photographic portraits at the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize. An annual prize open to both aspiring and professional photographers, the NPPP celebrates contemporary photographic portraiture from across the country, with the winner awarded $25,000.

Now in its tenth year, the prize continues to present surprising perspectives on contemporary photographic portraiture, with the images remaining an evolving kaleidoscope of the nation’s preoccupations and identity.

Happening daily at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony? 

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

FOR COUNTRY, FOR NATION

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service in times of war and peace will be told in this new exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

For Country, for Nation will draw inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of the warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

Showing until 27 September 2017, 10am – 5pm, at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

See website for more information.

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: www.cmag.com.a

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

A young man whose soft features betrayed the intensity of his own self-image, Arthur Boyd portrayed others with equally concentrated emotion. In this focus exhibition, Boyd’s self-portrait at age twenty-five is joined by his portraits of those around him. Through his eyes they are a reflection of the artist’s own state of mind.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

ART IS A WEAPON

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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