CEL Feb 17 Masthead

This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

SEVEN THINGS NOT TO MISS

CURATOR TALK: FAITH, FASHION, FUSION

Join Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences fashion and dress curator Glynis Jones on a walk and talk through the National Archives of Australia’s new exhibition. She’ll highlight the work of Muslim designers and entrepreneurs making a mark on the fashion industry.

Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia will open at the National Archives of Australia on Friday 27 May. The exhibition explores the emerging modest fashion market and the work of Muslim designers and entrepreneurs – from swimwear to denim to red carpet gowns.

Developed by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney, with advice and assistance from Multicultural NSW, Australian Muslim organisations and community members who shared stories, loaned objects and took part in the film and fashion shoots that make the exhibition visually and emotionally rich.

The exhibition includes commentary by Sydney’s first, and highly influential, Muslim fashion blogger Delina Darusman-Gala. Delina shares her love of clothing and offers advice on modest fashion, where to buy outfits and accessories, and how to make mainstream fashion trends more modest.

Faith Fashion Fusion also provides a space where Muslim women speak more broadly about themselves, their experiences and their faith, countering misconceptions that exist in Australian society. The women share their opinions, challenges and achievements through photographs, treasured objects and interviews; including author Randa Abdel-Fattah, academic and media commentator Susan Carland, Australia’s first Muslim surf lifesaver Mecca Laalaa and author Arwa Abousamra.

Inspired by the work of photo bloggers such as Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, the exhibition also captures the diversity and creativity of Muslim women’s style through a street style photo shoot undertaken at locations around Sydney.

Faith Fashion Fusion is on show at the National Archives in Canberra until 4 September. The Archives is the final venue of its extensive national tour.

The talk will be happening Saturday 28 May at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free so come along and be inspired.

The exhibition will be showing from 27 May–4 September 2016 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes from 9am–5pm daily with free entry.

 

SUITCASE RUMMAGE IN CANBERRA!

Suitcase Rummage is setting up their suitcases in Canberra! At this mini scaled market you’ll find suitcases filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies! There will be brilliant vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper… you name it!

Happening Sunday 29 May at NewActon Precinct, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra. Entry is free.

FIX AND MAKE: PLAYING WITH FIRE

We’ve been playing with fire since we learnt how to light it. This talk brings together four people that use heat as an integral part of their making process. Discover how they experiment with various forms of combustion and extreme heat to produce precise and unexpected outcomes. Ticket price includes a drink.

Happening Wednesday 25 May from 6-8pm at Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon. For tickets and more information, see the website: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

When meek, down-and-out floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new and unusual plant species it seems like a serendipitous ticket to fame and fortune.

He names it after his stunning but vulnerable co-worker, Audrey. As Audrey II grows and grows into a foul-mouthed, smooth-talking, soul-singing carnivore, Seymour discovers that feeding his ambition starts to require juicier and less justifiable ingredients. Before he knows it, our accidental hero Seymour and the gutsy but guileless Audrey must battle the perilous and persuasive plant – not just for their lives, but for the very future of planet earth!

Happening Wednesday 25 – Sunday May at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra. For tickets visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/littleshopofhorrors

EAST MEETS WEST AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Pialligo Estate & the Aquis Brumbies have created a unique event featuring keynote speaker, Stephen Larkham. The current Head Coach, Foundation Brumbies player and World Cupwinning Wallaby, will share his insights into his time with Japan’s Ricoh Black Rams, and the impact of corporate pressure that was associated with the game.

East meets West will bring together the talents of Culinary Chef, IORI’s Mamoru Aizawa, & international Sake Master, Satoshi Yoshikubo from IPPIN – Yoshikubo Brewing Co., Ltd. The pair will combine their expertise with the Executive Culinary Team of Pialligo Estate.

Guests will be indulged in an authentic & creative Japanese feast, incorporating Pialligo Estate farm fresh produce– a perfect match of food & beverages. Enjoy a relaxed night – in an intimate and elegant setting – with Brumbies stars & Sunwolves representatives, including Chief Executive Officer, Yuichi Ueno.

Tickets start at $195 per person. On Friday 27 May from 6.30pm in the Glasshouse, Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo.

Book your ticket here www.pialligoestate.com.au/tickets

AQUIS BRUMBIES VS SUNWOLVES

See the Aquis Brumbies v Sunwolves at GIO Stadium. The Brumbies will welcome Japan’s Sunwolves to the Super Rugby competition when they meet for the first time in Canberra. While the Brumbies have history on their side, the Sunwolves have mystery on theirs and a first-time encounter is always one for the record books. Both squads will boast a fair contingent of World Cup players for what promises to be an exciting and entertaining game of rugby.

Happening Saturday 28 May at GIO Stadium Canberra. For tickets visit Ticketek

SOUTHERN INNOVATIONS BATHROOM AND KITCHEN SHOWCASE

You are invited to join Southern Innovations for an evening of networking and socialising.

Discover the latest in bathrooms and kitchens as the Southern Innovations’ team takes you through the Southern Innovations showcase of SieMatic kitchens imported from Germany, Villeroy & Boch’s latest offering for bathrooms, Rogerseller’s stunning display of products new to Canberra and their impressive new display of kitchen appliances.

You’ll also have the chance to win a $2000 Southern Innovations Gift Certificate to spend on your next bathroom or kitchen renovation!

Happening Wednesday 25 May from 6pm until 8.30pm at the Southern Innovations Showroom, 21 Lyall Street, Fyshwick. Register your attendance by visiting Eventbrite.

FOOD & DRINKS

SEAFOOD BUFFET AT THE COURTYARD

Enjoy an all you can eat Seafood Buffet at The Courtyard. Takes place the last Friday of every month and includes a glass of wine on arrival – all for just $65.00

Happening Friday 27 May – Friday 30 December at Courtyard Restaurant, Mercure Canberra, Corner of Ainslie and Limestone Avenues, Braddon. For bookings and more information visit ResDiary

OLIVE HARVEST CELEBRATION

Celebrate the olive harvest at Grandma’s at the Farm! Explore the award-winning Fedra Olive Grove with free guided tours of the boutique factory. See production of olive oil and olives. Don’t miss this fun day for the whole family. Free activities throughout the day!

Olive Tours: 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Kids Cookie Baking Class: 9.30am and 10.30am. Bookings essential Chef’s demonstration: noon. 
Tastings: Throughout the day.

Enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch while soaking up the view, atmosphere and music. Order delicious homemade food. Try unique olive dishes made especially for the celebration.

Happening Sunday 29 May at Grandma’s at the Farm, 5796 Federal Highway, Collector NSW. Entry is free.

EAST MEETS WEST AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Pialligo Estate & the Aquis Brumbies have created a unique event featuring keynote speaker, Stephen Larkham. The current Head Coach, Foundation Brumbies player and World Cupwinning Wallaby, will share his insights into his time with Japan’s Ricoh Black Rams, and the impact of corporate pressure that was associated with the game.

East meets West will bring together the talents of Culinary Chef, IORI’s Mamoru Aizawa, & international Sake Master, Satoshi Yoshikubo from IPPIN – Yoshikubo Brewing Co., Ltd. The pair will combine their expertise with the Executive Culinary Team of Pialligo Estate.

Guests will be indulged in an authentic & creative Japanese feast, incorporating Pialligo Estate farm fresh produce– a perfect match of food & beverages. Enjoy a relaxed night – in an intimate and elegant setting – with Brumbies stars & Sunwolves representatives, including Chief Executive Officer, Yuichi Ueno.

Tickets start at $195 per person. On Friday 27 May from 6.30pm in the Glasshouse, Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo.

Book your ticket here www.pialligoestate.com.au/tickets

1 + 1 @ LILOTANG

Lilotang’s 1 + 1 dinners will see a collaboration between Lilotang’s Head Chef Shunsuke Ota and Dave Young (Rockpool, Cafe Sopra, Mirabelle London) to create a menu that suprise and delight in a clash of East & West.

1 + 1 will be a great clash of traditional of modern, where the two chefs will collaborate to push the boundaries and create a surprising and exciting dining experience for you.

Happening for three nights only: Friday 27 May and Friday 3 Jun at Lilotang, 1 Burbury Close, Barton. Price: $90 p.p for full tasting menu, drinks additional. For bookings, call 62731424

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.

LET’S DO DINNER 

Get along to The Loft Bar & Grill during March for their Let’s Do Dinner set menu special. With a fresh new menu each week, select from the two featured entrees & two mains each with a perfectly matched glass of wine.

Dinner is $49pp and bookings can be made from Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm. To book a table contact us The Loft on 6247 733023.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

WHAT HAPPENED TO SANDMAN? (OR HOW I BECAME A BIRDWATCHER)

The lights are already up and the show seems underway before you arrive. Quick check of the watch. Yep. You’re on time all right – but somehow you’ve missed the start. And as you’ll discover, I missed the end.

For the record I, Steve, aka The Sandman last appeared on Australian television as Sandman, my phlegmatic Anthony- Robbins-in-reverse character in 2009 on the show Sunrise. I was meant to do twelve episodes, but did only the one. It might’ve had something to do with the piece I presented – ‘How to touch people without attracting legal trouble.’ This was also the exact moment I knew I needed to Exit Sandman.

Yes, this is a navel-gazing look at the life and times of me, Steve, the artist formerly known as Sandman, with an emphasis on the time after my brush with fame… and how bird-watching helped me overcome the malaise that almost swallowed me.

Happening Saturday 28– Sunday 29 May at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For tickets visit https://au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre/Productions/SM16/Performances

POP UP CHOIR: HEAVEN, EARTH AND THE PLACE IN-BETWEEN

Under the inspired musical direction of Rachel Hore, 100 singers will combine to present a powerful and exhilarating concert within the Great Hall of the High Court. Rachel’s original songs and arrangements are enchanting, uplifting, powerful and fun; telling the story of our connection to country, spirituality and song.

Pop Up Choir’s aim is to change the nature of public space through sound and singing. Rachel Hore was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014 for her services to the choral community.

Bookings via High Court website essential.

Happening Sunday 29 May at High Court of Australia, Parkes Pl, Parkes. Entry is free.

SINGING SWIFTLY: MODERN MADRIGALS

Luminescence Chamber Singers presents a magical collection of contemporary compositions by founding member, Olivia Swift and proves the madrigal lives long beyond Renaissance Italy.

Luminescence is an eight-part vocal ensemble that performs regularly in Canberra and the surrounding area, as well as offering workshops for schools. The Singers have shared the stage with renowned artists such as pianist Sally Whitwell and soprano Louise Page and recorded two tracks for Sally Greenaway’s album, Aubade & Nocturne. At the 2014 Vocal Australia NSW Acapella Championships, Luminescence received awards for the best original arrangement and best classical performance. In May and September 2016 they will perform in Sydney and Newcastle, in addition to their Canberra concerts.

Happening Sunday 29 May at All Saints Church Ainslie, 9-15 Cowper Street, 3, Ainslie. For tickets visit TryBooking

CANBERRA OBSCURA

Eyes half closed, mind wide open. An exploration of what you see when you’re looking sideways.

Canberra Obscura is a celebration of the ACT’s weirdest sounds and strangest stories. Inspired by the atmosphere and tropes of the Australian Gothic, this event will challenge perceptions of our urban surrounds, and interrupt the everyday with an eerie and unsettling exploration of what lies beneath.

Featuring old stories, new sounds and visuals that turn you upside down.

Happening Saturday 28 May at Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. For tickets visit Eventbrite.

THE EMOTIONAL AND NAUNCED INSTRUMENT

Salut!, one of Australia’s foremost baroque music ensembles, performs a concert of works by Pachelbel, Telemann, Marini and Rosenmüller. By the end of the Renaissance period, music for voice had reached a pinnacle, with compositions full of emotion and nuance. However, instruments were still poor cousins, usually brought in to accompany voices in church or court. Works for instruments alone were few and lacked depth or passion.

This was summed up by the exasperated cry of French philosopher Bernard Fontenelle, “sonata, what do you want from me?”. The blending of vocal and new instrumental styles eventually took compositions to a whole new level, creating fresh masterpieces of expression such as those by composer Biagio Marini with his opus 1 publication Affetti Musicali (1617).

Happening Friday 27 May at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Tickets available at the door.

CANBERRA WIND SYMPHONY: BLOWN AWAY

The outstanding Canberra Wind Symphony returns to The Street for a tour de force of Wind Symphony repertoire.

Featuring seminal works from extraordinary composers, this exciting evening features diverse colours and gorgeous textures from the pens of Alfred Reed, Malcolm Arnold, Percy Grainger, Paul Hart and David Maslanka. This memorable event promises to enthrall all who dare to open their minds for enchantment.

As a foundation principle the orchestra supports philanthropy through the arts. For each ticketed performance a substantial donation is made to beyondblue to assist with their work in tackling depression amongst Australia’s farmers.

Happening Wednesday 25 May at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra For tickets visit Patronbase

JOE FARNSWORTH PRIMETIME QUARTET

New York jazz musician Joe Farnsworth is regarded as one of the top jazz drummers in the world, but as far as he is concerned, he is just getting started. 
He is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming conceived by artists like Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins and Arthur Taylor. Farnsworth is one of the most respected drummers on the New York jazz scene, appearing on more than 70 albums and sharing the stage with musicians such as, Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders and Diana Krall.

Farnsworth has assembled the cream of Australian jazz for his east coast tour with iconic tenor saxophonist and the only Australian to ever be a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Dale Barlow along with National Jazz Award winning bassist and Canberra School of Music alumni Brendan Clarke. Completing the line-up is Chicago born and now Sydney resident pianist John Harkins. This performance promises to be world-class modern jazz at the highest level.

Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet “Mr Farnsworth’s ability as a drummer is near to being absolutely perfect.” – Benny Golson

Happening Wednesday 25 May at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra For tickets visit Patronbase

THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON 

The Premier Screening of the Film – ‘The Last Man on the Moon’ plus Gene Cernan, live on stage for an ‘In Conversation’ and Audience Q&A, Hosted by Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith.

When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now, forty years later, he is ready to share his epic but deeply personal story.

Cernan’s burning ambition carried him to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space and to the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed. As his wife famously remarked, ‘If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home.’

‘The Last Man on the Moon’ film combines rare archive material, compelling visual effects and unprecedented access to present an iconic historical character on the big screen for the first time in Australia live on stage with an ‘In Conversation’ and Audience Q&A with Gene Cernan – Hosted by Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith.

Tickets start at $69.00. On 27 May at 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
For more information visit the website  www.liveonstageaustralia.com.au/

VIENNA SALON 

Vienna’s cultural magnetism was unrivalled in the late 18th century. This program explores works presented in the finest Viennese salons, such as that belonging to the famous patron of Beethoven, Gottfried van Swieten.

Mozart’s friend, Hoffmeister, became one of Vienna’s most popular and enterprising musicians. Interestingly, as one of the most influential music publishers of the time, he printed works by all of the featured composers. His Flute Quartet in C minor will make for a stormy start to the evening. Mozart’s quartet K.449, dedicated to Hoffmeister, earned Mozart praise at the time for its ‘fire of the imagination’, and is still considered to be one of his finest.

Albrechtsberger, a teacher of Beethoven, was influential in Vienna. This underrated composer’s string quartet is an overlooked gem, with a fugue rivalling even those of Haydn’s Op. 20 quartets.

Arguably one of the most extraordinary Viennese soirées ever, included Haydn, Mozart, von Dittersdorf and the last featured composer, Vanhal, a prolific Bohemian composer. We end this program with his resplendent Flute Quintet in B flat major.

Tickets start at $30. On 26 May at 7pm at The Hall, University House, ANU.

Visit the website for more information australianhaydn.com.au

BURRUMBUTTOCK HAY RUNNERS – DROUGHT RELIEF CONCERT SERIES 

Burrumbutoock Hay Runners are proud to be holding a series of six concerts across Australia to help raise money for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, with 100% of proceeds going towards drought relief for Aussie farmers.

The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners take thousands of bales of donated hay to the drought affected farmers in Queensland. These concerts will be held in Canberra, Sydney, Griffith, Newcastle, South East Queensland and Bundaberg. With six artists in each six hour show, playing music for all tastes. Get amongst it and help show Aussie farmers, how much we care!

On 28 May from 7pm – 11.30pm at the Harmonie German Club Canberra, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah.
Book your tickets here www.SamiCooke.com.au/tickets

CIRQUE AFRICA COMES TO CANBERRA

The greatest show from Africa is in Canberra for the first time ever and is guaranteed to be 100% African, 100% energy and 100% fun!

Cirque Africa is a two-hour high energy African circus production, bursting with colorful costumes, live music, dance and acrobatics. The show features 38 of Africa’s finest artists, along with an acrobat contortionist from 6 different African countries performing to a 9-piece live band playing original music composed for the show. It is a cultural, educational and visually spectacular production without animals and the only five-star rated show currently touring Australia!

Cirque Africa will be showing at Exhibition Park from 7 April until 29 May. Show times are Wednesdays to Fridays at 7.30pm; Saturdays at 1.00pm & 7.30pm; and Sundays at 1.00pm. There will also be additional shows during the school holidays.

For more information and the full show schedule, visit: www.cirqueafrica.com.au

DARK DISCO

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. The lights are off and the music is up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching to everything from old stuff to dance, pop, rock, hip hop, Triple J tunes to super cheesy Top 40.

It’s light enough so that you can see the silhouettes of people around you, but dark enough so that you can’t make out their awesome dance moves!

Dark Disco is $5 and held every Monday from 7 till 8pm (except public holidays) on Level 2 of The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street Civic.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

RECONCILIATION WEEK HIGHLIGHT TOURS

Join a free, 30-minute collection highlights tour that will focus on the story of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during this important week for the nation. These informative tours will draw your attention to the dynamic and diverse contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the collection.

Happening Friday 27 May – Friday 3 June at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. The highlights tour is free.

DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

Enjoy an outdoor experience learning how to use your camera and taking photos while you’re in the nation’s capital. Choose from beginner or advanced classes for the relevant tuition. Classes are offered for anyone 15 and over. Professional photographers ensure plenty of personal attention to advance your knowledge. Handout notes are provided.

Group discounts are available.

Held until Sunday 19 June at the Pork Barrel Café. For more information, contact 02 9560 0077. To book, visit National Photo Training College website.

THE WORLD OF COIN DESIGN

Have you always wanted to enter the world of a coin designer? Visit the Mint now to see a pop-up display showing what a typical coin design studio looks like on the inside. Whether sketching in pencil, sculpting and carving in plaster or modelling using 3D software, the age-old skills and craft of creating miniature works of art are alive and well at the Royal Australian Mint.

Entry is free. On now at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin.

Visit the website for more information www.ramint.gov.au/world-coin-design

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

VARSITY DERBY LEAGUE

Canberra’s only gender-inclusive roller derby league, is looking for male and female new players, referees and officials and will be holding an information night at King O’Malley’s Civic.

No experience with roller skating or roller derby is needed as all coaching and instruction is provided by the league by friendly and experienced trainers.

There will also be a come-and-try skating afternoon at the league’s training venue on Saturday 25 June where people can get skates on and get an introduction to roller derby with VDL. Full details are at the VDL website: VarsityDerbyLeague.com.

Some equipment other than mouth guards may be available to borrow for the first sessions. Skaters will need quad roller skates suitable for derby and protective gear – knee, elbow and wrist pads plus a helmet and mouth guard.

Varsity has two women’s teams (DisHonour Rollers and Rogue Scholars), a men’s team (Capital Carnage) and a mixed team (Smackademics), as well as our referees and off-skates officials, so there are plenty of opportunities for anyone interested in roller derby to get involved. We also have a juniors team which will have another intake soon.

Happening at 7 pm on Monday 20 June at King O’Malleys, City Walk, Civic. Full details are at the VDL website: VarsityDerbyLeague.com.

CANBERRA RAIDERS VS BULLDOGS

Be a part of the action at GIO Stadium for a Canberra Raiders home match when Raiders v Bulldogs. Always a strong opposition, the Bulldogs bring a big forward pack to GIO Stadium for this clash of heavyweights. The Sunday afternoon game will be the perfect timeslot for families to come out and support the team.

Tickets on sale from Ticketek. Transaction fees from $4.95 per transaction apply.

Happening Sunday 29 May at GIO Stadium Canberra. For tickets visit premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=RAI1216

NATIONAL CAPTIAL RALLY

Canberra’s biggest motorsport event, the National Capital Rally, roars into town the last weekend in May. This is your chance to witness the best rally drivers in the country do battle on Canberra’s fast and technical forest roads. Catch all the action starting on Friday night with a ceremonial start at Westside Acton from 5pm, followed by the best spectator action in Canberra – A 2km Super Special Stage around Barrine Drive and the Westside Acton Car parks.

This lakeside blast will be repeated on Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm. For the diehard fans wanting the true forest rally experience, there are multiple spectator points available over the weekend in forests just a short drive from Canberra’s central business district. Dress appropriately with warm clothes and covered footwear. All spectator access is free of charge! For further details see their website, check their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter with #natcap16 throughout the event.

Happening Friday 27 – Sunday 29 May at Westside Acton Park, Commonwealth Ave, Parkes ACT. Entry is Free.

THE FIT MUSE – SOCIAL RUNNING CLUB

Meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of Muse in Kingston for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again. All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner.

At 8:30am every Saturday Morning. FREE.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

THE FIT MUSE – SOCIAL RUNNING CLUB

Meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of Muse in Kingston for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again. All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner.

At 8:30am every Saturday Morning. FREE.

MARKETS

SUITCASE RUMMAGE IN CANBERRA!

Suitcase Rummage is setting up their suitcases in Canberra! At this mini scaled market you’ll find suitcases filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies! There will be brilliant vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper… you name it!

Happening Sunday 29 May at NewActon Precinct, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra. Entry is free.

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKETS

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands — the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more.

Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers.

On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKET 

Farmers and Foodies will feature thirty stalls selling anything from tea to dog treats to organic vegetables and wood-fire sour dough all the way from Adaminaby. There will also be live music and a small bar.

For those who struggle to make it to the Farmers Markets on Saturday or Sunday, come out for some music, food and seasonal shopping at Farmers and Foodies Market!

Happening every Friday evening starting 22 April, from 3-7pm at the Kingston Foreshore, within the Old Bus Depot Markets. See the Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS

The Southside Farmers Market is a village market that provides all the fresh food that you need for your weekly shop. The market has a great range of fresh, seasonal produce from around 60 stallholders each week – including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, honey, bread, gourmet treats and much more.

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit the website for more information.

KIDS

LITTLE GRIFFINS

A free program for toddlers and pre-schoolers. At 10am on the last Friday of each month come along for an hour of constructive fun at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive Commonwealth Park (just off Commonwealth Avenue).

Prams welcome and bookings aren’t necessary. 2016 dates for LITTLE GRIFFINS: May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28, November 25. 

Click here for more details: www.natcap.gov.au/index.php/whats-on/4259-little-griffins-duplo-program-at-the-national-capital-exhibition

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.

SPIDERS AT QUESTACON

Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair! Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

Open every day from 9am to 5pm until 9 October at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see www.questacon.edu.au.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

2016 CANBERRA GREYHOUND RACING CLUB’S PUB CHALLENGE FUNDRAISER

This year the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club are pleased to again be supporting Black Mountain School “Six Degrees Project” as their yearly fundraiser. Six Degrees is a place where people of all abilities can connect, inspire and grow. Six degrees is an onsite training facility at Black Mountain School in O’Connor.
The 2016 Pub Challenge will donate $2,500 to this worthwhile cause with contributions of $500 from 8 different pubs. Each Pub who has entered the challenge will be drawn a greyhound from the final field of the Legends Heats and Final series after the running of the heats on the 22 May. The Pub who has the greyhound who wins the ‘Legends’ final on the 29 May 2016 will get $1,500 with the remaining $2,500 being donated to the Black Mountain School. 
Black Mountain School will be holding a bbq on the night of the final, which patrons can directly support.

Happening Sunday 29 May at Canberra Greyhound Racing Club, 235 Narrabundah Lane Symonston. For tickets and more information visit www.canberragreyhound.com.au

BURRUMBUTTOCK HAY RUNNERS – DROUGHT RELIEF CONCERT SERIES 

Burrumbutoock Hay Runners are proud to be holding a series of six concerts across Australia to help raise money for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, with 100% of proceeds going towards drought relief for Aussie farmers.

The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners take thousands of bales of donated hay to the drought affected farmers in Queensland. These concerts will be held in Canberra, Sydney, Griffith, Newcastle, South East Queensland and Bundaberg. With six artists in each six hour show, playing music for all tastes. Get amongst it and help show Aussie farmers, how much we care!

On 28 May from 7pm – 11.30pm at the Harmonie German Club Canberra, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah.
Book your tickets here www.SamiCooke.com.au/tickets

EXHIBITIONS

CRAFTING WASTE

Through practice-led research, local designer/maker Niklavs Rubenis addresses contemporary critical concerns around design, consumption, material culture and waste. Rubenis’ exhibition features propositional and prototype furniture and lighting crafted from de-valued resources. This exhibition is proudly supported by Rolfe Classic BMW.

Showing from Thursday 26 May at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Gallery, Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit Canberra

AESTHETICS IN A TIME OF EMERGENCY 

Primarily glass makers, each artist (Sarah Field, Jennifer Ashley King, Jasmine Targett, Nadia Mercuri and Bethany Wheeler) is exploring an idea surrounding a current ‘state of emergency’ that impacts the individual and society collectively such as nuclear disasters and climate change issues. By using combinations of craft, images and installations they bring these concerns to light. This exhibition is supported by NAVA.

Showing from Thursday 26 May at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Gallery, Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit Canberra

JUDY HOLDING – THE LOADED LANDSCAPE; SCULPTURE AND WORKS ON PAPER

For over thirty years, Judy Holding has established a strong identity as an artist through the development of a personal visual ‘vocabulary’ of symbolic forms. In particular, her beautifully realised depictions of trees and birds, through her sculptures and works on paper, reflect her abiding love of the diverse flora and fauna of Australia. Judy says, “Working as a landscape artist in Australia, one is always conscious of those who have gone before. I have used the layering of watercolour images to stress the richness and unresolved tensions of the Australian bush.” Much of the motivation for her recent work is also drawn from her increasing concern with environmental issues affecting our natural world.

Happening Thursday 26 May – Sunday 12 June at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Entry is free.

FEDERATION GALLERY OPENING AND RECONCILIATION WEEK TOURS

The Federation Gallery contains some of Australia’s most significant documents – those that record the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia. We like to refer to these as the ‘birth certificates’ of our nation.

The seven items in the gallery include the original Constitution Act passed by the British Parliament and the Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900. They also include documents that record later changes to Australia’s Constitution.

The National Archives is committed to ensuring the future survival of this material as well as encouraging and facilitating Australians’ access to the documents.

New preservation research techniques measure the impact of light on documents. We balance the documents’ future conservation needs with the public’s right to access. We now open the gallery for special public viewing days, and for group and school bookings.

Special Reconciliation Week Tours will run from Monday 30 May until Friday 3 June.

Happening Friday 27 May – Monday 13 June at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free.

DEAN BOWEN – NEW MORNING; PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND SCULPTURE

Dean Bowen’s works are characterised by vibrant colour, environmental symbolism and dynamic composition. Moving into a new light soaked studio space filled Dean with the optimism of a new morning as he developed the works for this exhibition with comets and the starry night, skyscrapers, urban and country life, birds and animals.

Dean has exhibited with much acclaim in Australia and overseas and his work is in many significant collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Australian War Memorial, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Contemporary Art and Culture Centre, Osaka, Japan.

Happening Thursday 26 May at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Entry is free.

BENEATH THE BULA SMILE 

For the majority of the world Fiji is seen as a holiday destination, a place to relax, the ever ready smile, the Bula greeting, and a vibrancy of colour. However, this is not the reality.

While interning with the UN Women’s Office in Fiji last year (as the result of winning the UN/CIT Photographic Prize), local emerging photographer Eva Schroeder met with women market vendors in Suva, heard their stories, and documented their faces.

The images Eva captured will be on display in Beneath the Bula Smile, a ‘satellite’ head on exhibition that powerfully illustrates the lived reality of many women in the Pacific.  Official opening by Fiona Dace-Lynn – Director, College of Technology & Design, Canberra Institute of Technology on 20 May.

On Friday 20 May – 18 June at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway.
Visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

EUROBODALLA RIVER OF ART FESTIVAL

The annual Eurobodalla River of Art Festival will unleash a cascade of music, visual arts, theatre, film, literature and workshops.

Opening with a vibrant launch in Moruya on 20 May, the 10-day program showcases the creative talents that thrive on the stunning South Coast region of NSW.

With 100 events, exhibitions and artists’ studio openings all along the South Coast from Bateman’s Bay to Bermagui, there are treats that will appeal to all tastes and interests.

The fabulous Wearable Art Fashion Parade – better known as The Beastly’s – is a show stopping favourite. Presented by the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textiles Group, this year’s parade on 26 May promises to dish up a cornucopia of wildly creative and provocative outfits.

There’s much more on the music front – with Simon Tedeschi playing “Gershwin and Me” at Batehaven, Four Hands, One Piano in Narooma, and Alain Carmichael with his ambient, folk rock in Bateman’s Bay.

As usual, the festival serves up an extravaganza of visual arts thanks to the region’s renowned talents. Along with 22 open studios where you watch local artists at work, another 40 exhibitions are on show in shops, cafes and businesses all along the Eurobodalla coast.

For festival lovers who want a more hands-on experience, book now for workshops where you can learn more about textiles, printmaking, photography, millinery and more.

Check out the program now and map out your festival trail by visiting www.riverofart.com.au.

THE TRANSPORTED

George Raftopoulos plays with the notion of the migrant identity or absence thereof. His works are odd and he knows it. But being an oddity is all part of the migrant experience, it is a part of everyone’s humanity. These paintings converse with the past, a real foreign country. They don’t tell stories as much as they reacquaint us with people who should never be forgotten. True, they might startle you if you’ve stumbled in looking for landscapes, but these works are also about seeing a different vista.

Entry is free. On from 13 May – 29 May at the Nishi Gallery, Kendall Lane, NewActon. Entry is free

Visit the website for more information www.hotel-hotel.com.au

AUSTRALIAN TREASURES ART EXHIBITION

The ‘Australian Treasures’ art exhibition celebrates our unique and precious Australian animals, plants, and landscapes, through drawings and paintings by Canberra artist, Jessica Thomas.

Both iconic and less charismatic Australian subjects are presented however all are of value to Australia’s biodiversity and deserving of protection for future generations. Original artworks are for sale with 10% from each sale donated to RSPCA ACT.

Free entry. On from 11 May to 12 June from 9.30am – 4.30pm daily at Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor’s Centre Gallery.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLAY SCHOOL: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years marks a milestone for Australia’s longest-running children’s television program at the National Museum of Australia. Head inside to find all your favourite Play School characters – Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima – plus the Rocket Clock and all the windows. This exhibition brings childhood stories alive.

On exhibition daily from 9am until 5pm from 7 May – 24 July at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton. For all ages.

BUSH CAPITAL: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE ACT

Bush Capital showcases the natural history of the Australian Capital Territory. With the selection of the Yass-Canberra region as the location for the national capital, the phrase ‘Bush Capital’ became enshrined as an integral part of the city’s identity.

In this exhibition the natural history of the Territory will be illustrated using specimens, illustrations, photographs, works of art and sound from the collections of Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) and other national institutions.

Happening from 29 February – 26 June at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and City Square.

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He embodied not only the hopes of his long-suffering people, but also the spirit of thousands of anti-apartheid supporters around the world who had worked tirelessly to rid the country of its racist laws.

Among these supporters were many Australians. From as early as 1950, trade unions, the government, sportsmen and women, musicians and many individuals took part in the fight for justice in South Africa. The anti-apartheid movement was diverse and complex, and made up of many different groups and voices.

While Old Parliament House functioned as the federal parliament, important discussions were held and decisions were made there on Australia’s response to the South African government’s discriminatory policy of apartheid. Three prime ministers—Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke—made key decisions that put pressure on the South African government to abolish apartheid.

This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Struggle pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

The Museum of Australia Democracy is pleased to be a contributing partner to this important exhibition.

On exhibition now at the Museum of Australian Democracy, inside Old Parliament House, Parkes.

PERFECT IMPERFECT

An exhibition of perfectly imperfect objects, collected from around the world. Curated by Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel, in collaboration with Hotel Hotel.

Perfect Imperfect’ springs from the pages of a new book by the same name by editor and author Karen McCartney, with photography by Sharyn Cairns and styling by Glen Proebstel. The book and exhibition are a celebration of accident, curation, collection, hesitation, collaboration, reuse and reimagining; and brings together contemporary design with well-worn objects to explore the established aesthetic of wabi-sabi in a new way. The exhibition is firmly sited in the now – where digital technologies and handmade processes are being merged to produce truly original objects and ideas.

The exhibition features local and international designers and artisans whose work best exemplifies the theme including exhibiting artists include Guy Keulemans, Don Cameron, Martyn Thompson, Alison Coates, John Wardle, Alana Wilson, Julian Watts, Jacqui Fink, Sharyn Cairns, Nectar Efkarpidis, James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel. 

‘Perfect Imperfect’ combines ceramics, art and sculptural pieces, textiles, photography and found objects to form one cohesive study of imperfection.

Opening party on Wednesday 27 April from 6pm. See the website for more information: www.hotel-hotel.com.au.

FIONA HALL: WRONG WAY TIME

Straight from the Venice Biennale comes Fiona Hall’s Wrong Way Time. This exhibition brings together hundreds of elements which create tensions around three intersecting concerns: global politics, world finances and the environment.

Previously exhibited in the newly built Australian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, it will be accompanied alongside works from the NGA’s collection.

Free entry, on from 22 April until July 10 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Visit the website for more information nga.gov.au/exhibitions

SEMBLANCE BY SALLY WALK 

Established ceramic artist Sally Walk will present a series of sculptures in her upcoming exhibition entitled Semblance. In 2015 Sally was awarded the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Award for Ceramics (first place) at the Florence Biennale in Italy and attended the Changchun International Ceramics Symposium in China. 

The exhibition title refers to Walks fascination with human nature, in particular the facades often created to ensure belonging.

Sally has been invited to exhibit at the 2016 Tokyo International Art Fair and also been shortlisted to the North Queensland Ceramic Art Award. She has worked in ceramics for 25 years and has exhibited extensively over the last 10 years in France, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Italy and Australia. In 2018, she will present her work in a solo exhibition at Artifact Gallery in Manhattan New York.

On from from 9 April to 29 May at the Suki and Hugh Gallery  – Thursday to Fri 11am to 4pm, Sat to Sun 10am to 5pm, Monday 11-4pm, 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore.

Visit the website for more information www.sukihugh.com.au

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Now in its ninth year, this ever-popular event promotes the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

Held until Sunday 26 June at the National Portrait Gallery. For more information, visit www.portrait.gov.au.

BUSH CAPITAL: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE ACT

Bush Capital showcases the natural history of the Australian Capital Territory. With the selection of the Yass-Canberra region as the location for the national capital, the phrase ‘Bush Capital’ became enshrined as an integral part of the city’s identity.

In this exhibition, the natural history of the Territory will be illustrated using specimens, illustrations, photographs, works of art and sound from the collections of Canberra Museum and Gallery and other national institutions.

Running until Sunday 26 June at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.cmag.com.au.

AUSTRALIA IN THE GREAT WAR

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War.

The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.

On display now until January 1 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

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.

KANINJAKU

Kaninjaku explores the history of the Canning Stock Route. Stories of contact, conflict and survival are featured in a striking new exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route.

Showing at the National Museum of Australia until 12 August.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.

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