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This Week in The Can
It’s back to grind with a full five day working week, but before you despair rest assured there’s plenty to get you through.
From the Harlem Globetrotters touching down in Canberra for a Wednesday night show to Storm Large’s appearance at the Canberra Theatre Centre, you’ll forget about work in no time. For the families, it’s time to head to the Old Bus Depot Markets for Kids in the Shed.
There’s also plenty to do for theatre goers and exhibitions galore for the art lovers. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!
YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…
AIM’s 2015 Great Debate
AIM’s Women in Management: The Great Debate has been celebrating women and tackling the big issues for 16 years and it’s coming back to Canberra again this year. Two teams of well-known leaders from every sphere of government and industry – including our Founder and Director, Amanda Whitley – will present their powerful arguments and amusing insights as they take a refreshingly raw look at the provocative topic, “Today’s women are expected to do it all.” AIM’s Women in Management: The Great Debate is an annual institution and cannot be missed. Enjoy a delicious lunch and network with like-minded professionals as you share in the wit and wisdom of our talented debaters.Tickets are $185 per person and available online. On Friday 19 June from 12pm to 2.30pm at the National Convention Centre.
Captain Barnacles and his trusty crew join forces with a host of colourful Australian reef dwellers on a mission to save the Great Barrier Reef! When the Octonauts deploy a new undersea medical station designed to keep the reef clean and healthy, they discover a problem that threatens the reef dwellers and their home. An outbreak of spiky and very hungry Crown of Thorns Starfish are on their way to eat the reef! It will take all the Octonauts, their Gups, and a rag-tag crew of sea creatures to ward off the advancing starfish and save the Great Barrier Reef! On Saturday 20 June with two shows: 10am and 1.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets available online.
Old Bus Depot Markets – Kids in the Shed
Find your inner child or just enjoy this family day out for children, parents and grandparents. Why visit? For the markets’ lively atmosphere and the buzzing energy levels of all the kids alone! With lots of entertainment, face painting, yummy things to eat, and stacks of products especially for kids, the place teems with little ones having loads of fun. You’ll find stallholders and items including bright, funky, modern and wearable handmade clothes for little boys and girls, the latest and grooviest accessories, handcrafted toys, artworks for kids’ rooms and much more. On Sunday 21 June from 10am to 4pm, Old Bus Depot, Kingston.
ACT Policing Project Safe Plate Northside
Motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles to Regatta Place car park in Parkes, where members from ACT Policing will fit vehicle plates with tamper-proof screws for FREE. Constable Kenny and his friends will also be there to entertain the kids, and you can pick up a FREE ice scraper and Constable Kenny goodies. For more information on Project Safe Plate go to police.act.gov.au. On Saturday 20 June from 10am to 4pm at Regatta Place, Parkes.
MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS
Glass 2015: Winter Glass Markets
Canberra Glassworks presents a FREE community celebration of glass and glass-making, revealing the power of glass and light at Canberra Glassworks and in celebration of 100 years of Kingston Power House. This inaugural event will feature a range of spectacular hand-crafted glass for sale from nationally renowned artists. There will be market stalls, live music, a lighting installation, winter glow garden, silent auction, lucky dip and door prizes. You can participate in interactive glass making workshop s with professional artists and see live glass blowing in the Hotshop or in the traditional way from a wood fired glass furnace outdoors. On Saturday 20 June from 4pm to 11pm at Canberra Glassworks, Kingston. Entry is free.
Winter Pottery Fair
Once again local potters have been firing up their creativity and kilns to present an exciting range of unique, handcrafted ceramics for Canberra Potters’ Society’s Winter Fair. Pottery artworks and items for the home and garden will be in abundance so if you’re looking for a gift with a difference or something special for your home or garden, this could be just the place to find it. With prices to suit every budget you can drop in to the Watson Arts Centre gallery and walk out with a unique, quality handcrafted item. And as always, Potters Place, the arts centre shop, will be open with its own wonderful range of ceramic items. The Winter Pottery Fair starts on Thursday 18 June and finishes Sunday 28 June. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Thursday to Sunday. For more information visit Canberra Potters website.
Canberra Baby and Kids Market
The Baby & Kids Market provides excellent quality preloved goods by great brands at bargain prices. It’s the perfect place to stock up on furniture, prams, toys, clothes, books and just about anything imaginable for babies and children. Mums sell their gently used baby and kids goods at very reasonable prices and it’s a fun way to grab some amazing bargains while recycling at the same time. Come and join in the fun at a Baby & Kids Market near you! On Saturday 20 June from 9am to 12pm at EPIC, Flemington Road.
Gold Creek Markets
Gold Creek Markets will be held at The Abbey in Gold Creek with amazing stall holders and fun activities for the family. There will be face painting, Jumping castle and snowflake craft for the kids! Mulled wine and cheese will also be available after 12pm. Come and join the fun! On Sunday 21 June from 10am to 3pm at The Abbey Function Centre, Nicholls.
Capital Region Farmers Market
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.
Kingsford Smith School Trash to Treasure
Located in the school car park off Hardwick Crescent. Spaces are available for $10 each. Bookings are essential, email Danielle or Lisa. Attractions on the day include BBQ, book stall, 2nd hand uniforms, white elephant and the ever popular cake stall. On Saturday 20 June from 8am to 12pm at Kingsford Smith School, Holt.
FOOD & WINE
The Canberra Environment Centre is holding a Making kimchi workshop this weekend. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made of spicy fermented cabbage. It’s full of good probiotics which are essential to maintaining a healthy gut. It is also an extremely versatile ingredient—you can use it as a condiment, an ingredient in stews and stir fries, or even just on its own with a bowl of hot rice. Come along to Making kimchi and Evangeline Lam, of nilbarcodefood.com will teach you how to spice up your home-cooked meals. Bring a jar for a take home sample. On Saturday 20 June from 12pm to 2pm at Canberra Environment Centre, Acton. For more information visit www.ecoaction.com.au.
The Truffle Festival Canberra Region
Discover the magic of black truffles at The Truffle Festival Canberra Region. Learn from celebrity chefs and other truffle experts. Join a truffle hunt, take a cooking class, or indulge in the special flavours and intoxicating aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants, cafes and wineries. Try breakfasts and lunches or immerse yourself in the grandeur of this exquisite delicacy with sumptuous truffle degustation dinners at various fine dining restaurants. With more than 60 participating venues, there is much to explore! Celebrate the local harvest of these highly prized gems from Sunday 21 June to late August. Visit the website for information and event times.
Canberra Truffle Hunts
Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; Ruffells Estate. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’. 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. Choose from Truffle Hunts, A Twilight Hunt and Cook or the Weekend Hunt and Cook. Hunts: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. Brunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays. Lunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays & Sundays. Twilight, Hunt & Cook: Fridays. Tours available until 14 August. Book online.
Food Intolerance Seminar
The cause of food intolerance and allergies and the numerous associated autoimmune diseases and a solution to these problems will be presented with time for general questions and answers and for some private consultations. Biohawk’s unique approach to address these serious problems is to use common foods such as gingers. The ginger enzymes are also able to activate the repair of life’s damages to our bodies. On Tuesday 16 June from 6pm to 8pm at Telstra Tower, Acton. For more information visit www.biohawk.com.au.
2XXFM Trivia Night
A shout out to know-it-alls and the prize-hungry! 2XXFM, Canberra’s leading community radio station, is hosting another trivia night and you’re invited. Come settle the score and measure your IQ against other competitors in the community. Prizes and a raffle will be drawn on the night. All profits will go to the not-for-profit community radio station. Tickets available via the 2XXFM website. On Tuesday 16 June from 7pm at the RUC Turner Bowls Club, Turner.
Walk to D’Feet Motor Neurone Disease
Singer-songwriter and former The Voice contestant, 21-year-old Megan Longhurst will participate and perform at this year’s walk, a step forward in her own personal healing following the death in 2007 of her father, professional footballer Garry Longhurst. The Walk is 5.5km and is wheelchair and dogs on lead friendly. We encourage you to walk and wheel with your family, friends and pooches. Why not get a team together? There will be a sausage sizzle by Gungahlin Rotary to enjoy at the end of the walk. On Sunday 21 June from 10am to 12pm at Peace Park, Lake Burley Griffin. For more information visit www.mndnsw.asn.au.
80s Disco for Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation
Come along and enjoy a fun night out with friends. What better way to keep warm on a cold Canberra winter’s night, than dancing to your favourite hits from the eighties! The Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation supports seriously ill children, and their families, in the ACT. We provide food and petrol vouchers, help pay for emergency accommodation, host family events and also run the Little Stars Beads program for children who receive regular medical treatments. On Saturday 20 June from 7.30pm to 12am at Casino Canberra, Civic. For more information visit the website.
Supporting your child’s speech & communication
Cerebral Palsy Alliance is holding two free seminars for parents to assist them in supporting their child speech and communication development. The seminars will be useful to anyone who has, or is caring for or working with, a child who is having communication difficulties, whether in speaking, using other means of communication or just coping socially with speech or communication issues. Sessions are free and run for 90 minutes with two times to choose from: 6pm Monday 15 June or 10am Tuesday 16 June at Cerebal Palsy Alliance, 5 Ross Smith Crescent, Sculling. Bookings essential via phone (02) 6199 0600 or email Rdodd@cerebalpalsy.org.au.
OUTDOORS & TOURS
afterDARK Lantern Tours
afterDARK Lantern Tours are a wonderful way to spend a winter evening in the nation’s capital. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide. Bookings are essential by phoning (02) 6250 9588. Not suitable for children under five years. On Saturday 4 July and 1 August from 6.30pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Blundells Cottage Guided Tours
Through 100 years of occupation this cottage housed many families. Discover the stories of the first and the very last families to live there – and how the National Capital grew up around this humble dwelling. Please meet 5 minutes prior to the advertised start time. On Saturday 20 June from 11.30am to 12.30pm at Wendouree Drive, Parkes. Limited wheelchair accessibility.
ANZAC Parade Guided Tours
Volunteer-led walking tour of a selection of the memorials on ANZAC Parade. Visitors are required to meet promptly at the Hellenic Memorial, ANZAC Parade, Campbell. On Wednesday 17 June from 3pm to 4.30pm, (meet 10 minutes prior to the walk beginning).
Gallery Tours: All the fall highlights
See highlights of the exhibition All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War on a daily tour. All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War is the National Portrait Gallery’s contribution to the Anzac Centenary. On now until 26 July at National Portrait Gallery.
Mt Stromlo Observatory June Public Night
Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite you to the May public observation night. See the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night, there will be talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes. In the event of cloudy weather, star gazing will be cancelled but the talks will occur regardless of the weather. Check the weather using the Mt. Stromlo all-sky camera on their website. Warm clothing is recommended. On Friday 19 June from 7pm to 9pm at Mount Stromlo Observatory, Weston Creek.
Little children and their parent (or carer) are invited to join an experienced Learning Facilitator at the National Portrait Gallery for playful activities in the galleries exploring faces, colour, sound and movement in the portraits with the Little Faces program. This 30-minute event is ideal for children from the ages of 6 months to 3 years. It’s followed by morning tea in the cafe. Bookings essential. On until Thursday 5 August (9.30am and 10.30am) at the National Portrait Gallery.
Escape the cold and discover something magic at a library this winter
As the weather cools down and Canberrans seek warm indoor activities, Libraries ACT is offering bundles of events, classes, regular activities and, of course, their extensive movie, magazine, book and audio book collections to keep everybody entertained this winter.
One-on-one digital literacy training: Book in for a personalised 30 minute session on a topic of your choice. Topics include email, eBooks, internet and computer basics, tablets, and privacy and security. When and where: 2 pm – 4 pm, various days from Thursday 4 June until Thursday 27 August 2015, Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin libraries.
Maintaining your bicycle with CycleJam: Want to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance? Join a workshop run by the skillshare group CycleJam and learn how to fix small problems on your bike. When and where: various times, various days from Friday 12 June until Monday 17 August 2015, Woden and Dickson libraries.
Does your brain play tricks on you? Is one person’s reality the same as yours? Answer these questions and more with the Perception Deception exhibition at Questacon. Surprise your senses and challenge your mind with over 60 hands-on and multimedia exhibits featuring perceptual test and illusions. This family-friendly exhibition reveals how our brains process information from our senses to form our perception of the world around us. Sometimes all is not as it seems! On now until 30 September 2015. For entry prices visit the website.
There’s always heaps for people of all ages to do at Questacon – check out their list of events here.
National Dinosaur Museum Weekend Tours
The National Dinosaur Museum holds tours every weekend. Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages. Tours are free with admission. Tours are 30-minutes and run every weekend at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm until 27 December.
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. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – 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. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.
The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy this school holidays in the Portrait Gallery Adventure Family Space. Explore the lives of Australia’s greatest adventurers through interactive art carts, dioramas and dress ups. Make your own portrait that expresses your spirit of adventure using fun art materials and the photo booth. All materials provided and free for all to enjoy! From 11am to 4pm daily.
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 2 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.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
International Day of Yoga – Free Yoga Class
In the lead to the first ever International day of Yoga on Sunday June 21, Yoga Mandir is offering a week of free Yoga Classes. Free Classes will be held each day from 9.30am to 11am from Monday 14 June to Saturday 20 June. All are welcome, and Yoga mats are provided. There will be a photographic display and a range of books and DVD resources available to view after the class. For further details visit the website. On Monday 14 to Saturday 20 June at Yoga Mandir, Mort Street Braddon.
SPORT & LEISURE
The Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Canberra. Bringing their world famous tradition of ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind sports entertainment – this is basketball like you’ve never seen it before! The Harlem Globetrotters combine athleticism, theatre and comedy in a show that is suitable for the whole family – whether you’re seven or 70 you can be sure of a fantastic night out. Many shows sold out last time so don’t delay and get your tickets to see the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters – this is a show not to be missed! On Wednesday 17 June with doors open from 6pm for 7pm start at AIS Arena, Bruce. Tickets available from Ticketek.
Canberra Roller Derby League – Bout 3
Bout 3 for the 2015 CRDL season will see the Brindabelters take on the Red Bellied Black Hearts. Can the Belters come out on top, or will the Black Hearts seize victory. Grab your tickets through Moshtix or at the door. On Saturday 20 June with doors open at 5pm at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium.
Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Toyota Cowboys
Be a part of the action at GIO Stadium for a Canberra Raiders home match. See them play the Cowboys in Round 15 of the competition. Nothing beats being part of the crowd at a live rugby league match, especially when the Raiders are playing on their own turf! Tickets will be on sale from Ticketek. Transaction fees from $4.95 per transaction apply. On Saturday 20 June with gates at 12.30pm for 3pm kick off at GIO Stadium.
WORKSHOPS & TALKS
SustainABILITY Workshop series: Passive Solar Design
Learn how to keep your home warm in winter, cool in summer and full of natural light year round, simply by harnessing the natural power of the sun. What is passive solar design? In passive solar design windows, walls and floors are made to collect, store and distribute solar energy. Materials are chosen that will best collect, store and distribute, and windows are faced in particular directions and at particular angles. This workshop will be presented by Peter Overton, of TT Architecture, on passive solar house design. Tickets $20 an available online or via phone (02) 6248 0885. On Thursday 18 June from 6pm to 8pm at Canberra Environment Centre, Civic.
Curator Talk: Ben Quilty – After Afghanistan and Alex Seton: As of Today
Join a curator for a free tour of the Australian War Memorial’s exhibitions of Ben Quilty’s work created as an official war artist in Afghanistan, and sculptures by Alex Seton created in response to the Australian losses in this conflict. Meet in the Special Exhibitions Gallery of the Australian War Memorial. On until 17 June with talks on Wednesday 12pm and Sunday 14 June from 12pm.
National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops
The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.
STAGE & FILM
Akmal & Friends: A Comedy Night for Camp Quality
Grab your families, grab your friends and come and join the SuperHeroes ACT at our comedy night spectacular in support of Camp Quality. Help make a difference in the lives of families and children battling cancer and give us a hand to raise much needed funds for this great cause. The esCarpade SuperHeroes team will be there (aka Iron Man, Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and the Hulk) – their only mission, to prove that laughter really is the best medicine. The night will feature Akmal Saleh and Friends Tom Gibson, Chris Ryan, Jay Sullivan and Hamish Hudson. On Saturday 20 June from 8pm to 11pm at Hellenic Club, Woden. Over 18 only. Tickets $65 per person or $650 for a table and available through the Hellenic Club or phone (02) 6281 0899.
Direct from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Storm Large makes her Canberra debut with her own band performing Broadway tearjerkers, American songbook classics and rock goddess anthems. Prepare to be swept away by the voice, the beauty, and the visceral talent. Think two parts Adele, one part Bette Midler with a splash of George Carlin and an intoxicating cocktail of music, for theatre for personal intensity. You may know her as the six-foot tattooed diva as the front for Pink Martini. Or may you recognise her from her rock n roll alter ego from the TV show Rockstar Supernova; she’s Storm. Tickets available via phone (02) 6275 2700. On Wednesday 17 June from 8pm at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre.
Frackman The Movie
Frackman is an Australian film about ordinary Australians caught up in a modern day multinational “gas rush” to secure and exploit coal seam gas. It follows Dayne ‘Frackman’ Pratzky in a five year David-and-Goliath battle after the gas company turned up at his property demanding to install wells. After a sellout first screening in April, Frackman is returning to Canberra for one night, with a special expert panel Q&A session afterwards! If you’ve ever wanted to know more about fracking – the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground to release natural gas – now’s your chance. Tickets $20 available online. On Monday 15 June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Dendy Canberra.
MUSIC, DANCE & MORE
Lone Wolf Promotions presents Harmony James
Although Brisbane based Harmony James is often classified as a country artist, her music draws on many genres, including folk, pop, rock and blues. In 2006 Harmony first came to the attention of the music industry when she became the only Australian songwriter to have won the country category of the International Songwriting Competition, with her song “Tailwind”. Her second single and chart hit, “Somebody Stole My Horse”, spent four weeks at number one and became Australian radio’s second most played country song in 2008. The album spawned five top ten singles. On Friday 19 June from 8pm to 10.30pm at Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah. For more information visit the Facebook page.
Backbeat Drivers Hosts the June Blues Jam
Backbeat Drivers is one of Australia’s most original blues/R&B acts, with Steve Hartnett on Vocals Harmonica and Guitar, Mike Hardy on Guitar and backing vocals, Ben Connelly on Bass and backing vocals and David “Doc” Rennie on drums. The band is a local legend in Canberra and our longest continually gigging blues band, playing originals, as recorded on “The Emperor’s New Blues” and “True Blues Confession” CDs, as well as covering the great blues’ songs and artists. On Sunday 21 June from 2pm to 5.30pm at Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah.
Festival of Early Dance and Music
Canberra’s Festival of Early Dance offers a day and night of Renaissance dance workshops and an Evening Ball. Enjoy some of the most splendid and varied renaissance dance you could wish for in pleasant company. Everyone is welcome. You don’t need any prior experience as all will be taught or led. Costumes not needed, but feel free to sport it if you have one. On Saturday 20 June at All Saints Church, Cowper Street Ainslie, with exact program times available on the website.
Wild Wild West Theme Party
Yee-haw! Welcome to the Wild West Theme Event. Your cowboy hat is starting to collect dust. You’re humming the theme song to the classic TV western ‘Bonanza’. Rather than talk in your sleep, you’re calling out square dance directions. You’re drawn to pointy snakeskin boots and chaps. Step in to our saloon and enjoy a wild evening for you and your guests. Indulge in a little line dancing and see if you can beat the gunslingers and bandits, cowboys and cowgirls, Native American Indians, prospectors, entrepreneurs and saloon girls – the colourful characters of Wild West. You can trust that there will be no tumbleweed at this event, so get cracking, round up your friends, slip a bandana and take a look at what we can offer y’all. On Saturday 20 June from 8pm to 11.55pm at The RUC, Turner. Entry is $10 at the door.
Wednesday Lunchtime Live
Concert Canberra’s Rising Musical Stars The Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Live Series is delighted to announce a concert of outstanding pre-tertiary musicians playing a varied program that ranges from Bach and Handel to Tchaikovsky and Brahms to Manuel de Fella. Come along and be among those who can boast in the future to have heard these young performers at the dawn of promising careers! Tickets available at the door for $5. On Wednesday 17 June from 12.40pm to 1.20pm at the Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.
Australian Haydn Ensemble ‘Beethoven’s Piano Concerto’
Guest Soloist – Internationally acclaimed fortepianist & historical scholar, Neal Peres Da Costa continues the exploration of Beethoven’s piano concertos with a new version of the wonderful 3rd concerto in C Minor on a replica ‘Beethoven’ style piano. In Canberra – 7pm Friday June 19, 2.30pm Saturday June 20 ANU School of Music, Larry Sitsky Recital Room. Tickets $20 – $70 Adult, Concession, Student and Child, phone: 1800 334 388
Let your creative juices flow at the National Portrait Gallery! Pick up a pencil and enjoy the experience of drawing while listening to local musicians. Free. Ideal for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided. On Sunday 28 June with Anton Wurzer, piano accordion; and Sunday 9 August with Carlos Perez, classical guitar at the National Portrait Gallery. Free entry.
Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s
30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On every Saturday from 8pm onwards at The RUC, Turner and $20 per head.
The Front Room
Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive’s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm until 24 December at National Film and Sound Archive.
No Lights, No Lycra
There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.
NLNL takes place in two locations across Canberra: Monday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mugga Mugga Scout Hall in Red Hill, and Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West).
Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door.
Vinyl Lounge at NFSA
The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On the first Friday of each month from 5pm.
Live Local Music
This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The Phoenix, Transit Bar, The Front, The Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.
Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture
Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture presents more than 40 of Australia’s current contemporary printmakers at the National Gallery of Australia’s newest space for art in Canberra; NGA Contemporary. The exhibition is bright, colourful, graphic and surveys the last 15 years of exciting Australian printmaking. Digital prints, video, zines and textiles are some of the many techniques on display from artists including eX de Medici, Mike Parr, Heather B Swann, Sarah Contos, Minna Gilligan, Brent Harris and Marian Tubbs. On until 8 August at the National Gallery of Australia.
As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, six Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.
Norforce: Tony Albert
Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.
For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.
New Glass 2015: Archaeology, Excavation & the Arcane
With the celebration of 100 years of Kingston Power House in mind, New Glass 2015 features six emerging glass talents. Their work, in concept and execution, propels traditional studio practice toward an exciting future. Themed around the ideas of archaeology, excavation and the arcane, the exhibition questions what history is, how we uncover it and the unexpected secrets it holds. Participating artists: Lucy Quinn (QLD), Nick Adams (ACT), Georgina Cockshott (VIC), Lea Douglas (NSW), Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ACT) and Alex Valero (SA). Exhibition opens on Wednesday 17 June at 6pm with guest speaker Andrew Galan, Poet. Gallery floor talk in on Saturday 27 June at 2pm. Exhibition runs from Wednesday 17 June until 30 August 2015.
The story of Rama Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi
Now on at the National Gallery of Australia, The story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi exhibition explores one of the world’s great epics, Ramayana, a tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and victory of good over evil. It follows the story of the hero Rama, an exemplary prince, admired for his honour, valour and compassion. Great adventure unfolds when Rama’s beloved wife Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ten-headed demon king of Lanka. On display until 23 August at the National Gallery of Australia.
Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Photographic Exhibition on display at the High Court of Australia
The High Commission of Canada is pleased to announce the photographic exhibition Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving will be on display at the High Court of Australia in Canberra. This bilingual exhibition of contemporary photographs of the Canadian Arctic from Canadian Geographic Magazine gives a glimpse into the lives of Northerners, and offers perspectives on the environment and activities that help shape and influence the diverse circumpolar region. Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Photographic Exhibition is on until 2 July and open Monday through Friday from 9.45am to 4.30pm and admission is free.
A Time and Place | Group exhibition
In 2014/15 PhotoAccess ran the ten-month long Personal Photography Project workshop (culminating in this group exhibition) which provided a supportive environment for Canberra-based emerging photographers to develop a project of their choice. A Time and Placeshowcases works by nine participants of the Personal Photography Project: Phil Carter, Lori Cicchini, Julie Garran, Susan Henderson, Andrée Lawrey, Annette Lock, Kim Psaila, Thomas Varendorff and Pavel Vrzala. Runs until 28 June. Artist talks take place at 2pm Sunday 28 June.
X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT
Since the 1980s Canberra has been synonymous with sex in the minds of many Australians. Twenty years have passed since it became legal to sell X-rated videos in the Australian Capital Territory. The adult industry has gone through periods of growth, boom and, many would argue, bust. This exhibition explores the evolution of Canberra’s sex industry over the past 50 years. The public is warned that some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence. Persons under 18 years of age may not enter this exhibition. On until 20 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.
Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book (c.1505–1510 from the Kerry Stokes Collection)
An acknowledged masterpiece of Renaissance manuscript illumination, the Rothschild Prayer Book has remained the preserve of a privileged few. With its recent acquisition for the Kerry Stokes Collection, this historic book of hours will be on public display with a selection of the National Library of Australia’s medieval and Renaissance treasures. Open until 9 August from 10am to 5pm every day at the National Library of Australia. Visit the website for ticket prices.
Colour my world: Australian photography
Colour My World is the National Gallery of Australia’s first exhibition dedicated to the handcoloured photograph. It draws together new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the National Collection. These photographs challenge the medium’s technical sameness by personalising the print and imbuing it with individuality and uniqueness as well as an intimacy, warmth and fallibility. On until 30 August at National Gallery of Australia. Free entry.
Australian Paintings from the James and Jacqui Erskine Collection
This selection of Australian works from the James and Jacqui Erskine collection testifies to a breadth of taste and confidence of judgement. See paintings by Lloyd Rees, Kevin Connor, Brian Blanchflower, Emily Kngwarreye, Ildiko Kovacs, Chris Langois, Rosalie Gascoigne, Karl Wiebke, Allan Mitelman, John Olsen, George Tjangurrayi, Aida Tomescu, David Serisier, Prince of Wales, Lucy Culliton, and Virginia Coventry, among others. This is the first time that such a large portion of the invigoratingly various Erskine collection has been on public view. On until 28 June (12pm-5pm) at the Drill Hall Gallery, ANU. Free entry.
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. The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea. On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.
William Edwin Pidgeon (1909–1981), war correspondent and artist
William Edwin Pidgeon was a painter, cartoonist, illustrator, and newspaper critic. This exhibition presents a selection of the over 400 works by William Pidgeon held in the Australian War Memorial’s Art collection. The works relate to Pidgeon’s Second World War experiences in Darwin, New Guinea, Borneo and Morotai between 1943 to 1945. On display in the Second World War Galleries until 7 March 2016 at the Australian War Memorial.
Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC; and pays tribute to the Darlings’ persistence in turning their private dream of a gallery of portraits of ‘uncommon Australians’ into a tangible collection in a purpose-built home. Accompanied by a lavish catalogue, the exhibition tours to McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Victoria, and the Tweed Regional Gallery, New South Wales. On now until 14 June at the National Portrait Gallery.
Comprised entirely of works from the Canberra Museum and Gallery visual arts collection, this exhibition explores urban and suburban Canberra. The works examine Canberra as a town and a city independent of the national monuments that define it as the Nation’s Capital. From black-and-white photographs of the city from the 1960s through to the work of contemporary artists examining life in the suburbs, the exhibition reveals the rituals and experiences that enrich life in Canberra and discovers thematic links between the diverse works in the Collection. Urban Suburban encompasses a range of media including printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture. On until 21 June 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.
The Home Front: Australia during the First World War
Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, The Home Front looks at life back at home and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields. Through 23 personal stories, this exhibition explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. See the effects of war on those at home. Rediscover Prime Minister Billy Hughes’s determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, Basil Watson’s thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, May Gibbs’s quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers and more. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.
Crisis 1914! The call to arms
Crisis 1914! The call to arms explores the political events which led to Australia’s involvement in the First World War, from outbreak of war in August to the first convoy’s departure in November 1914. In Australia’s first crisis as a new nation, we went willingly, even enthusiastically, into the war. See the original cabinet table used in 1914, along with other memorabilia from the era which help to tell the story of Australia’s political journey. This exhibition contributes to the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years of service by Australian servicemen and women, and the experience of war by all Australians. At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House until 5 August 2015.
Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices is now open at the National Archives. An exhibition of moving experiences of heartbreak and resilience, shared by people impacted by Australia’s past adoption practices. This project has been assisted by the Department of Social Services. Open now until 19 July at the National Archives, Parkes.
Art is a Weapon
Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.
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. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.
Behind the Lines 2014
Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.
Afghanistan: The Australian Story
Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.
An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 30 June 2016 at The Ian Potter Technology Learning Centre.
Power of 1: Does your voice count?
Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan
After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August 2015.
Menzies: By John Howard
Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.