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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

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SIX THINGS NOT TO MISS

Australia Day

See our dedicated section below for lots of ways to celebrate: from traditional sausage sizzles to singles mingles; picnics to pool parties, we’ve got the details on how to celebrate Australia Day 2017.

Late Night Opening: Climbing equipment 1–3

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on selected Fridays during January and February. There’s a variety of fascinating and free performances throughout the summer. This Friday, you can view local artist Jac Bradley’s installation and listen to live music performed by members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Happening Friday, 5pm – 8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. See website for more information.

Mister Maker and The Shapes

Join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker at the Canberra Theatre Playhouse on Wednesday 25 January. Featuring brand new songs and makes, the show is packed full of arty adventures. There’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast and not forgetting, The Shapes!

Showing at Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday 25 January at 11am, 1pm and 4:30pm. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Late Night Opening: Australian War Memorial

See the Australian War Memorial in a different light during their Friday and Saturday late-night openings throughout January 2017. The Commemorative Area includes the Hall of Memory and the Pool of Reflection. Voluntary guides will offer insights into the space and the stories of those listed on the Roll of Honour. Listen to the recorded voices of Australian schoolchildren reciting the names of the men and women who died serving our nation during the First World War.

As the sun sets, watch as names from the First World War Roll of Honour are projected onto the dome above the Memorial’s Hall of Memory. From 7:30pm to 10pm this Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January at the Australian War Memorial

University of Canberra Capitals vs Sydney University Flames

Women’s National Basketball (WNBL) heats up in Round 16 when University of Canberra Capitals vs Sydney University Flames for the second time this season here in Canberra.

Playing at 3pm this Thursday 26 January at Southern Cross Stadium in Greenway. Tickets from Ticketbooth.

ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

AUSTRALIA DAY

Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular

There’s no better way to end Australia Day with your family and friends than by enjoying the Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

The best vantage points are Regatta Point, the lawns of the National Library or Rond Terrace. Be sure to get there early to enjoy the entertainment and great atmosphere. From 9pm the sky above Lake Burley Griffin will come to life with a dazzling fireworks display set to a truly Aussie soundtrack.

Pack your picnic, a rug and enjoy the range of entertainment on offer at the spectacular fireworks display.

Happening Thursday 26 January, at Regatta Point, Regatta Place, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Rooftop Pool Party

It’s nearly Australia Day and nothing is more Aussie than a pool party!

Get your mates together and head to the Rooftop Terrace at the Duxton for their Australia Day Pool Party. There’ll be blow up pools to cool off in, inflatable pool toys to play with as well as the Somersby Bar to keep you hydrated and having fun. The bistro menu will be available upstairs all day which gives you plenty of tasty treats to choose from.

The Triple J Hottest 100 will be playing all day so come in and count down to the number 1 song with them.

Entry is free but the best spots in the pool will fill up fast so get there early!

*NB – this event is over 18’s only. Sorry kids!

Happening Thursday 26 January, 12pm, The Duxton cnr of MacPherson and Sargood Streets, O’Connor.

See website for more information.

Australia Day 2017 at the National Museum of Australia

Make the National Museum of Australia the place to be on Australia Day 2017!

Australia Day family festival

Dress up and celebrate history and the many cultures of Australia and the world. Enjoy music, dance, demonstrations, craft and family fun. Inspired by the 100 Objects exhibition there’ll be Falconry demonstrations, belly dancing, henna hands, medieval jumping castle, mock battle demonstrations and more! Charges apply to some activities.

Sunset concert at the NMA

Join us as the sun sets on Australia Day 2017 for live music and free larger-than-life lawn games at the National Museum of Australia.

Bring a picnic or grab a pie and a drink from the cash bar and settle in before the Australia Day fireworks display at 9pm. Challenge your friends to a game of giant Jenga, Connect 4, or the Viking-inspired Kubb. Kick back and enjoy live local music with Franklyn B Paverty, Dr Stovepipe and The Crossbones.

Australia Day Cocktail Party

Celebrate Australia Day 2017 in style, with a cocktail party at the Museum Bar!

Enjoy the Australia Day fireworks with great food, drinks and entertainment from the best lakeside view in town. The Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum will also be open for you to enjoy. 

$120 includes entry to the exhibition, food and beverages. Over 18s only. Numbers strictly limited. For more information and tickets visit: nma.gov.au/museumbar

Australia Day in the Capital

There’s something for everyone to enjoy this Australia Day in the capital, including an Aussie Day BBQ breakfast, kids entertainment, the National Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony and an evening concert with a fireworks finale.

Start your day with Aussie tucker at the ActewAGL Great Aussie Day Breakfast on the lawns of Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Hear songs from the Sing Australia choir and enjoy a mega Nerf Zone, jumping castle and face painting.

Mid morning welcome our newest Australians at the Rond Terrace National Citizenship and Flag Raising Ceremony. Watch for an impressive flyover and 21 gun salute.

From 4pm, join the Regatta Point celebrations and settle in for a family friendly concert. Headlined by British India, supporting acts include the Choir of Hard Knocks, Young Monks and Hands Like Houses.

If you’re after a picnic, head to Patrick White Lawns or Rond Terrace, where there’ll be plenty of entertainment for children, including face painting, glitter tattoos, a giant slide and more!

At 9pm, enjoy an impressive pyrotechnic display from the shores of Lake Burly Griffin. Marvel as the fireworks light up the Canberra skies and celebrate what’s great about being an Aussie, this Australia Day in the capital.

Happening Thursday 26 January from 7.30am at Commonwealth Park, Barrine Drive, Acton.

See website for more information.

National Carillon – Special Concert for Australia Day

Take your lunch time picnic to Aspen Island to enjoy a concert with real Australian flavour played on the bells of the National Carillon.

In this special concert for Australia Day, carillonist Leonard Weiss will perform folk songs, reflections and special arrangements of Australian Pop and rock (including ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top’)!

Happening Thursday 26 January, 12.30pm – 1.20pm at National Carillon, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Australia Day in Yass Valley

Celebrate Australia’s National Day with celebrations in the Yass Coronation Park. The Rotary Club of Yass provide breakfast in the park from 7am.

Winners of the Australia Day awards are announced in the park at 9.15am. Yass Valley Australia Day Citizen Awards are to recognise outstanding individuals and groups who make a real contribution and difference to our community. The Australia Day Ambassador will also address the audience.

Happening Thursday 26 January from 7am at Coronation Park, 259 Comur Street, Coronation Park, Yass.

See website for more information.

Open House: Australia Day Picnic

Celebrate Australia Day at Lanyon Homestead with Open House: Australia Day Picnic. Cool down in the stunning gardens; bring your picnic and rug and relax on the lawns, or enjoy lunch at the Lanyon Café.

Discover Canberra’s rural history with a free tour of the homestead.

Free entry to homestead, bookings not required unless intending to dine at the Lanyon Café. Phone for reservations.

Happening Thursday 26 January, 10am – 4pm at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa Drive, Tharwa.

See website for more information.

Australia Day Singles Mingle

Join the Moonlight Bus as it cruises around Canberra  from 6pm til midnight this Saturday 28 January with a few drinks to help break the ice!

See the Facebook event for more information.

Australian of the Year 2017 Awards exhibition

On show in the Hall, see this new exhibition which pays tribute to the eight extraordinary finalists chosen for the Australian of the Year Awards 2017. The exhibition features personal objects of special significance chosen by the finalists.

See website for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Lanterne Rooms.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Lanterne Rooms.

Chinese New Year at Lanterne Rooms

The Lanterne Rooms in Campbell will also be having Chinese New Year celebrations. From 26 January until 2 February the Lanterne Rooms will have two themed set menus available, priced at $62pp for six dishes and $72pp for eight dishes.

Bookings and further information can be found on their website.

XO

XO, located in Narrabundah, will have an eight-course tasting menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year from the 28 of January until the 11 of February.

For $88 pp you will be treated to eight separate tasting courses designed by their chef to explore modern applications of classic flavours and family tradition. Bookings can be made on their website.

Chinese New Year at Vikings

For those with a big appetite, Red Rock Bistro at Vikings Lanyon will be hosting an all you can eat Lunar New Year Banquet. Held on 28 January there will be six separate serving stations all with different types of food, specific details of which can be found on their website.

$35.90pp with a required $20 deposit. Booking can be made by calling 6200 8400.

Chinese New Year at Natural 9

Canberra Casino’s restaurant Natural 9 will also be hosting some Chinese New Year’s celebrations. There will be a themed buffet between 27 and 29 January with dishes made by chefs Chad Ogden and David Black. The best day to go will be on 28 January when at 9pm, when you can also enjoy a traditional Lion Dance. Information can be found on their website.

TACO TUESDAY

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

BURGERS & BEERS

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

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

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

Suits & Sips

If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. They’re serving up Vanilla Espresso Martinis, Coconut Mango Martinis, Fireball Sours and more tantalising creations every Thursday night from 5pm.
Feeling peckish? The bistro menu is available upstairs so there’s plenty of tasty treats to keep everyone happy.

Happening Thursday 26 January from 5pm at the Loft at The Duxton, Macpherson St., O’Connor

See website for more information.

Duxton Deluxe Trivia

If facts are your thing, head along to the weekly Trivia night every Wednesday from 7.30pm upstairs in the Oak Room at Duxton in O’Connor. Grab some friends and make a night of it and if your table takes out the title you get the chance to win awesome prizes playing Beer or No Beer.

Happening Wednesday 25 January, 7.30pm at Oak Room at The Duxton, Macpherson St., O’Connor.

See website for more information.

Sunday Spritz

Looking for a Sunday session to get your crew together? Look no further than Sunday Spritz at the Duxton!

There’ll be local music with live bands downstairs and DJ’s upstairs, great food & of course, delicious drinks flowing.

Up in The Loft at Duxton & Rooftop Terrace, enjoy a $5 Somersby cider from the rooftop bar, or if that’s not your thing, we’ll have $10 Aperol Spritz and a whole range of beer on tap to quench your thirst.

Happening Sunday 29 January, 11am at The Duxton, Macpherson St., O’Connor.

See website for more information.

Latin Tuesdays

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

6.30pm Free Latin taster class | 7.00pm Continuation class | 8.00pm Social dancing. $12 cover l $5 extra for 45 mins class.

Escape Canberra as you’re transported to Cuba for a night of Latin dancing and fabulous drinks you’ll keep going back for.

Happening Tuesday 24 January, 6.30pm at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

See website for more information.

MUSIC, DANCE, FILM & THEATRE

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Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema

There a few signs which signal summer is truly here – longer days, warmer weather and the return of Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas. The quintessential summer cinema returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

See website for more information.

Mister Maker and The Shapes

Join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker at the Canberra Theatre Playhouse on Wednesday 25 January. Featuring brand new songs and makes, the show is packed full of arty adventures. There’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast and not forgetting, The Shapes!

Showing at Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday 25 January at 11am, 1pm and 4:30pm. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Saturday Screening: The Secret Life of Pets

Keep cool these summer holidays with the Saturday Screening: The Secret Life of Pets at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated buddy adventure comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renoud, rated G.

Happening Saturday 28 January, 3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Molly & All That Jazz

Jazz was born in a whisky barrel, so it’s right at home with Molly.

Local jazz group the M3 Jazz Trio will treat you to an evening of cool jazz custom-made for Molly. Think swinging jazz standards from the 1920’s onwards – and listen closely for the occasional jazzed up pop tune.

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

Happening Tuesday 24 January, 7pm at Molly, 35-37 London Circuit, Canberra.

See website for more information

Paradise Lost

By John Milton. Adapted for performance by Christopher Samuel Carroll.
A visceral one-man show, reigniting Milton’s epic masterpiece in all its bizarre beauty.

In this original adaptation, Lecoq-trained Christopher Samuel Carroll (Ireland) breathes new life into some of the most mesmerising language ever written, as the struggle between good and evil at the foundation of western civilization is ripped open and laid bare.

Happening Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January at 8pm, and Saturday 28 January at 5pm and 9pm at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See website for more information.

No Lights No Lycra Canberra South Dance Session

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, unpretentious place to completely be yourself.

Happening Saturday 23 January, 7pm – 8pm at 66 Springbett St., Kambah. See website for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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Summer Storytime

Share your love of reading and stories with some funny and charming yarns from the National Library of Australia’s collection in Summer Storytime. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Happening Wednesday 25 January, 11.30am at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

From Raskols to We Cut Heads: Stephen Dupont’s Artist Books

Stephen Dupont, acclaimed photojournalist and official war artist, presents a lecture on his artist’s books project. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Treasures Curator Nat Williams.

Happening Tuesday 24 January, 6pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Who is a Carer when a person has Pain?

Pain Support ACT inc Expert Speaker program is open for all who have persistent or chronic pain, family, friends, carers, as well as the general public.

In January, the guest speaker will be from the Carers Association who will talk to us about different kinds of carers, what helps carers, services and support for them and more. Often people with pain don’t think of themselves as having a carer – but frequently we do – carers come in many forms, including people who say they ‘just’ help members of their family who are experiencing chronic pain and aren’t an official carer.

A small donation/gold coin to help Pain Support cover basic costs is appreciated. Feel free to bring your own lunch, and a cushion if you need one. Tea & coffee provided.

Happening Tuesday 24 January, 12pm – 2pm at The Pearce Community Centre, Collett Pl., Pearce.

See website for more information.

Enough Doom and Gloom: 2017 UC Krebs Lecture

Distinguished Professor Jane Lubchenco will discuss the challenges we face using our oceans sustainably at the University of Canberra’s 2017 Krebs Lecture.

From collapsing fisheries to coral bleaching, the news is seemingly hopeless. But bubbling up from countries like Australia are innovative, successful science-based solutions.

Jane Lubchenco is a Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University and first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean. She served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2009-2013.

While at NOAA she helped craft the U.S. National Ocean Policy and return U.S. fisheries to sustainability and profitability. Her research and policy efforts have helped create fully protected marine areas around the world.

Happening Tuesday 24 January, 6.30pm – 7.30pm at the Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra, University Drive South, Bruce.

See website for more information.

Make Your Own in the Hotshop

Work with an artist to shape molten glass adding colour and using different tools to create your own unique glass tumbler or paperweight. 

Happening Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January, 10am – 4pm at Canberra Glassworks, Kingston.

See website for more information.

(r)evolve Ausglass Conference Professional Workshops

International artists Pablo Soto (USA), Amber Cowan (USA), Wilhelm Vernim (Germany) and Australian artist Kate Baker (NSW) will present workshops prior to and after the (r)evolve biennial Ausglass conference.

The conference program, focusing on creating, sustaining and evolving practice, is presented by ACT Ausglass and co-hosted by Canberra Glassworks and ANU School of Art.  Visitors can view artists participating in the professional workshops and conference talks and demonstrations at Canberra Glassworks.

Happening Monday 23 January to Sunday 5 February at Canberra Glassworks, Kingston

See website for bookings and more information.

Oasis Dental Complimentary Information Evening

Oasis Dental is hosting a complimentary information evening next Tuesday 24th January 6pm  (we host them every month) for anyone who needs dental treatment but may be concerned about their options.

They focus on sharing some of the common challenges and pitfalls in choosing treatment and then provide insights on how to make the decisions that will give you the best opportunity to keep your teeth for life.

You are required to register for this event. Happening Tuesday 24 January, 6pm at Oasis Dental, 50 Eastlake Parade Kingston Foreshore.

See website for more information.

FOSSIL DIG AT THE NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM

At midday every day during the school holidays visitors to the National Dinosaur Museum will be able to join our education team and learn some of the techniques employed by palaeontologists to find and catalogue fossils.
Fun and educational, visitors will help search for and describe the real fossils they find and can earn a certificate issued from the PTP (Palaeontologist Training Program).

Free with normal entry. Suggest visitors take the 11am tour of the museum, and then join the midday fossil dig. Guided tours also run throughout the ACT School Holidays at 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

See website for more information.

FOSSIL LIGHT AT THE NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM

Looking up at the night sky, you are not observing how the stars are today; you are seeing how they used to be. When NASA turns the lense of the HUBBLE space telescope onto a galaxy 120 million light years away, it is actually looking into the distant past; in other words they are studying ‘Fossil Light’ as old as the dinosaurs.

This school holidays walk through the galleries and explore a number of high definition images collected by HUBBLE from various ages of the past, along with the fossils of the same age. The display is free with normal entry.

See website for more information.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

SPORT

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University of Canberra Capitals vs Sydney University Flames

Women’s National Basketball (WNBL) heats up in Round 16 when University of Canberra Capitals vs Sydney University Flames for the second time this season here in Canberra.

Playing at 3pm this Thursday 26 January at Southern Cross Stadium in Greenway. Tickets from Ticketbooth.

Canberra Cavalry vs. Brisbane Bandits

Head out to watch the baseball, eat great food, and have an amazing night at Narrabundah Ballpark when Canberra Cavalry vs. Brisbane Bandits.

Whether you are a huge baseball fan, enjoy sports in general, or are just looking for a fun night, a Cavalry game is a great opportunity to experience baseball with family, friends, or an organisation.

Playing at 7pm from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 January at Narrabundah Ballpark. Tickets from the Cavalry website.

SUMMER HARNESS RACING CARNIVAL

Harness Racing’s Goulburn/Canberra Summer Carnival kicks off this weekend over four exciting Sundays with race meets alternating between Goulburn and Canberra. The Canberra Cup will be held on 5 February.

Harness Racing’s Goulburn/Canberra Summer Carnival is an ideal opportunity for the wider community to come and experience the beauty of harness racing in a family friendly and social environment, with kids activities, food and icecream vans and the chance to meet harness racing lover and Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker.  A highlight for the Canberra Cup on 5 February will be a glamorous Fashions on the Field competition.

A highlight for the Canberra Cup on 5 February will be a glamorous Fashions on the Field competition.

See website for more information.

Yass Touch Knockout

Held on the long weekend of January, with almost 1,200 competitors, the Yass Touch Knockout weekend event is not to be missed!

Now in its third decade, the annual Yass Touch Football Knockout. Last year 104 teams participated in the knockout which meant there were eight divisions – two Women’s divisions; three Men’s divisions and three Mixed divisions.

Competitors come from all over Australia, New Zealand, Japan and England for the biggest and best touch knockout competition which makes this the largest touch knockout tournament in Australia.

Join in and play at the touch knockout or just come along for the weekend to watch some extremely talented touch teams travelling from all over the world to be noticed, all with the same aim of being the winner of the biggest touch knockout in Australia!

Happening Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January, 8am – 5pm at Walker Park, Merriman Drive, Walker Park, Yass.

See website for more information.

ICW: Insanity

Insane Championship Wrestling returns to the Belconnen Community Centre to present: Insanity.

Featuring: ICW Champion Rob Mezzenger, Russell The Love Muscle, Crofty, High Octane & Many More.

All Ages Welcome. Happening Saturday 28 January, 5.30pm – 8pm at Belconnen Community Service Inc., Chandler St. Belconnen.

See website for more information.

Nerf: Dawn of the Dead

Get blasters and Eye Protection and come on down for some fun in Human vs Zombie. If you don’t have blasters there will be some available to borrow.

Nerf Darts Gold Coin for the day to cover lose of club darts. Everyone is welcome to play. Hats and sunscreen is a must.

Happening Sunday 29 January, 3pm – 6pm at Kambah Adventure Park, Springbett St., Kambah.

Call 0423 779 704 for more information.

Adult Tennis Lesson and BBQ

Meet the Tennis Canberra coaches for 2017 and join a social adult lesson. We will have an hour training session for players of all abilities and to top it off we can all enjoy a BBQ in a meet and greet fashion.

Happening Monday 23 January, 6pm – 8pm at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Australian Open Screening

Watch the Australian Open matches live on Ostani’s two large screens ever yday throughout the tournament.

Happening Sunday 29 January at Ostani Lounge and Bar, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit Barton.

See website for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer, Tennis and Swim Intensive Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program. All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Full day or weekly programs available. Happening Tuesday 3 to Friday 27 January, 8am – 5.30pm (except Australia Day) at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce.

See website for more information.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Old Bus Depot Markets

The Old Bus Depot Markets is Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople.

Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building. Stalls offer unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

The markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets.

Happening at Wentworth Avenue, Kingston every Sunday with a variety of special theme events are held regularly throughout the year.

Find out more at obdm.com.au

Farmers and Foodies Markets

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

Visit the Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/Farmers-and-Foodies-Markets-140474819680685/

KIDS

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Mister Maker and The Shapes

Join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker at the Canberra Theatre Playhouse on Wednesday 25 January. Featuring brand new songs and makes, the show is packed full of arty adventures. There’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast and not forgetting, The Shapes!

Showing at Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday 25 January at 11am, 1pm and 4:30pm. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

School Holiday Art and Drama Workshops for Kids

Help Art Zone bring to life their little production based well-loved children’s stories. They will have a day filled with with art, craft and drama for 7- 12 year olds.

All materials provided, no experience necessary.

Happening Monday 23 January, 9.30 – 4.30 at Art Zone, Farrer Primary School, Lambrigg St., Farrer.

See website for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FAMILY CORNER

During the school holidays pop into the National Archives of Australia to enjoy puzzles, play a board game and read a book from their selection of Australian stories. Free, bookings not required.

Happening until Wednesday 25 January 2017 at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM SCHOOL HOLIDAY TOURS

Join in the fun these school holidays with the National Dinosaur Museum. Take a guided tour through Australia’s largest display of dinosaurs. Experience the Mesozoic – the age of the dinosaurs , touching genuine fossilised bones from dinosaurs and other extinct creatures along the way!

Suitable for all ages. Free with museum admission. These fun, educational tours are available every day during ACT and NSW school holidays.

Happening Saturday 17 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017, Daily: 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm at National Dinosaur Museum, 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

WORDPLAY

Drop in and read, write, illustrate and imagine at Wordplay. A range of activities allow you to explore the shape, meaning and use of language. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Happening 10am – 4pm until Sunday 29 January at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FAMILY CORNER

During the school holidays pop into the National Archives of Australia to enjoy puzzles, play a board game and read a book from their selection of Australian stories.

Happening until Wednesday 25 January at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information and opening times.

STORY TIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys. This Friday program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening Fridays, excluding public holidays 10.30 am until 16 June 2017 in the lower galleries at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

PLAY UP

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

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

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

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

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

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

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

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

EXHIBITIONS

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ATHOL SHMITH FASHION PHOTOGRAPHS

Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Showing until Sunday 16 July 2017. Open from 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

VERSAILLES TREASURES FROM THE PALACE

For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles.

Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year. Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’ showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Showing until Friday 30 June 2017, 10am at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See website for more information.

ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Defining Moments

An exhibition of combined works by Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock which captures defining moments in this couple’s careers in Australian contemporary studio glass.  Their partnership in glass and life will be explored through their works, images, photographs and stories.

Showing Thursday 26 January to Sunday 26 March at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. See website for more information.

Coincidences

Description: John Wardle Architects present an exploration of their work by a field of prominent architectural photographers.

Recurringly the work has enquired into the possibilities on the coexistence of the public and the private realms, exemplified in asking “Is it possible for a foyer to have the intimacy of a living room, or for a house to have the civic quality of a university building?”

Contributing Photographers are: Sharyn Cairns, Erieta Attali, Sam Noonan, Kristoffer Paulsen, Brett Boardman, Earl Carter,Peter Hyatt, Dianna Snape, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings, Shannon McGrath, Trevor Mein and Max Creasy.

Showing Wednesday 18 January to Friday 17 February, Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 3pm at Nishi Gallery, New Acton.

See website for more information.

PETER HISLOP, PEOPLE, PERFORMANCES AND PLACES

Peter Hislop is a photographer specialising in documenting fine music performance and performers. This exhibition looks back forty years to the beginning of this work and comes forward to the present in a personal journey through fond memories of people, performances and places.

Peter currently works full-time as a Public Servant, and documents approximately two hundred music events per annum in his free time. The images are donated to the performers, and a catalogued set is also gifted to the National Film and Sound Archives as part of their documentation of Australia’s music making.

Showing until Wednesday 25 January 2017 daily from noon to 4pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information.

AJIT NINAN: CARTOONIST TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEMOCRACY

One of India’s best known cartoonists for the Centrestage series in India Today magazine and Ninan’s World in the Times of India, Ajit Ninan has been part of many Indians’ daily lives. See the most provoking and influential political cartoons from the world’s largest democracy. For Ajit Ninan cartooning runs in the blood, he is the nephew of cartoonist Abu Abraham and had his first cartoon published in the late 1960s when he was still at school.

Showing until Wednesday 1 March 2017 at The Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

THE POPULAR PET SHOW

The Popular Pet Show expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and will celebrate their trusting, unpretentious ways. Comprising exuberant recent Australian paintings, many on a large scale, it includes portraits of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney and Kristin Headlam.

The Popular Pet Show will be the National Portrait Gallery’s major summer show, running until 12 March 2017.

Exhibition tickets: $10/$8 members and concessions. See website for more information: portrait.gov.au/exhibitions.

FOR COUNTRY, FOR NATION

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

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

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

See website for more information.

THE SELL: AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING 1790S TO 1990S

Step back in time, into the ads of Australia’s past. The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s showcases rich collections of Australian advertising and explores the messages behind many iconic and long forgotten ads.

Ephemeral by nature, often lasting in impact, advertising can reflect how much or just how little Australian society has changed over the centuries. From wanted posters to ads for underwear and chocolates, Vegemite and Victa Mowers, to the ‘Life. Be in it’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaigns, there will be something to push everyone’s buttons!

Showing until 25 April 2017, daily 10am – 5pm. No booking required. More information at National Library of Australia.

FRANK STELLA THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking.

Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year.

Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Collection showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Showing until 30 June 2017, 10am – 5pm daily at the National Gallery of Australia. More information at National Gallery of Australia

MUD MEN: RAMESH NITHIYENDRAN

Mud men: Ramesh Nithiyendran is an installation comprising five large-scale ceramic sculpture, including four new works that are being exhibited for the first time.

The Sydney based artist draws from wildly varied subject matter, including Hindu and Christian religions, patriarchy and its opposition in queer and feminist theory. He also incorporates motifs from art history.

Showing until 30 January 2017 at 10am at National Galley of Australia.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

For half a century during the 1860’s, Ginninderra flourished and in it’s prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post & telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel.
By 1915 Ginninderra was finished. Find this out and more by visiting the Re-Discovering Ginninderra exhibition.

Showing until 16 March 2017, every Thursday at 10.00am to 12.00pm and the first Sunday of every month from noon till 3pm at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

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

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

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

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS

Explore two million years of human history through treasured objects from the British Museum’s collection. Discover how people have shaped the world and, in turn, have been shaped by it.

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum will invite visitors to span the globe, to wonder at the remarkable achievements of people as they faced changing climates, new lands and shifting political arenas. It is an astonishing testament to human ingenuity and craftsmanship.

This is a story told exclusively through the things people have made: objects of all kinds that have been admired and preserved, or used, broken and discarded. From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the objects range in size from tall Assyrian reliefs to a small, but exquisite, gold llama from Peru.

For more information, visit nma.gov.au/exhibitions

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

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

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

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

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 Strugglepays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

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

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 ofMagna 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 exhibitionexplores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

For a Good Cause

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Charity Garage Sale

Are you looking for good quality second hand items? Get along to the next Charity Garage Sale and browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items.

All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities through well known charities such as The Fred Hollows Foundation, Caritas & Oxfam as well as a few grassroots organisations.

Happening Saturday 28 January, 8am – 2pm at 5 O’Grady Pl., Wanniassa.

See website for more information.

Feature image: Ashley St George

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