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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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There’s also an array of markets to explore if you’re a market dweller, exhibitions galore for the art lovers and plates aplenty for the foodies. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

Betrayal

It’s 1977. Emma is married to Robert, a publisher. But for seven years, she’s been having an affair with Jerry, a literary agent and Robert’s best friend.

Betrayal begins after the end of the affair, and pursues a gripping journey back to its very beginning. In a brilliant device, time is turned upside down as the play charts significant events in reverse and mines the shadowy aspects of a love affair and its fallout to devastating effect.

Enthralling and intricately layered, the play provides a ruthless exploration of the complexity of the human heart. Betrayal is at Canberra Theatre Centre August 19-22. Bookings from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Get your Cosmic Calendars out for the highly-anticipated Australian return of astrophysicist, author, and all-round favourite person, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson!

A strong proponent for the importance of scientific education and rational thinking in society, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is bringing the wit and wonder of his genius to Australia in August 2015, courtesy of Think Inc. – the team behind the 2014 Australian tours of Dr. Michio Kaku and The ‘Amazing’ James Randi. Sunday 23 August 6pm. Llewellyn Hall, ANU.

Llewellyn Series 15.3: BRAHMS

One of England’s most distinguished violinists, Andrew Haveron, makes his Australian concerto debut performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra continues its tribute to the Finnish composer in his 150th anniversary year.

The program opens with the fire and energetic spirit of Kodály’s thrilling Dances of Galánta, and concludes with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, a monumental work of inspired beauty and emotion contained within a brilliantly crafted symphonic structure, promising a powerful conclusion to an evening of great orchestral music. Llewellyn Hall, ANU from 7.30pm 19-20 August. Tickets from $20. Visit www.cso.org.au for more information.

National Science Week

National Science Week is a whole lot of fun! It’s Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.

But it’s not just for kids or students – it’s for everyone!  There are oodles of events and activities and talks and shows for every age group running until Sunday 23 August. Check out our favourite things to do here.

Big Boys Toys Expo

Big Boys Toys Expo is a two day highly interactive event and is the ultimate playground for big boys (and girls) to see, touch, experience and buy all the toys, gizmos, gadgets, sports and hobbies they’re always dreamed of.

Door prices $15 entry adult, kids under 15yrs – gold coin entry to Menslink. Sunday 22 August, 10am-5pm, Exhibition Park. Buy tickets here.

RSPCA Cupcake Day

Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is a great excuse to get together with family, friends and colleagues to eat delicious cupcakes and help animals in need. The official date for Cupcake Day is Monday 17 August 2015, but you can hold your cupcake event at any time during August! Fight animal cruelty with cupcakes by registering on our website and receive your free host kit! www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au

Geoscience Australia Open Day 

Geoscience Australia’s 2015 annual Open Day on Sunday 23 August will offer a diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays and talks for all ages. Come along and learn about the exciting range of work carried out by Australia’s national geoscience agency. See. Learn. Explore.

For more information visit www.ga.gov.au/open-day or email [email protected]

Fireside Festival

Venues around the Canberra region turn up the heat in August for the capital’s annual celebration of winter – Fireside Festival, which runs from 31 July to 31 August.

Embrace winter – from degustation dinners celebrating local and seasonal produce to tastings of the region’s best reds, innovative and exciting performances, musicians, events and exhibitions. Experience the thrill of a horse back ride through the hills as you muster the flock for shearing, sip the smoothest hot chocolate and snuggle in for the night with accommodation packages… fall in love with winter.

Discover five of our must-attend events here.

Cult Classics return to Dendy

Dendy Canberra’s Cult Classics showcases some of the best films from the last several decades. The August program includes The Exorcist (1973), Wayne’s World (1992), Willow (1998), 54 The Director’s Cut (1998) and Tropic Thunder (2008). The season will conclude with the best known ‘midnight movie’ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on Monday 21 September with fans and guests encourage to attend in their best Rocky Horror attire.

The Cult Classics screen every Monday with a session at 10am and 6.30pm. Members pay just $10 and non-members $12. Tickets are now on sale and bookings are highly recommended.

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Big Boys Toys Expo

Big Boys Toys Expo is a two day highly interactive event and is the ultimate playground for big boys (and girls) to see, touch, experience and buy all the toys, gizmos, gadgets, sports and hobbies they’re always dreamed of.

Door prices $15 entry adult, kids under 15yrs – gold coin entry to Menslink. Sunday 22 August, 10am-5pm, Exhibition Park. Buy tickets here.

ACT Springtime Antique and Collectables Fair

A major fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Canberra City, proceeds will go to the Snowy Hydro SouthCare medical rescue helicopter service which has been doing its life-saving work for ACT and southern NSW residents since 1998. 22 dealers from around Australia will bring their finest items for sale. Friday, 21 August, 6pm-9pm, Albert Hall.

The Baby & 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.

Saturday 22 August, 10am-12pm. More information: www.babykidsmarket.com.au.

Old Bus Depot Market

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 offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee. Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

The Old Bus Depot 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. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

Westside Markets

Whether it’s food, fashion, second-hand or handmade, Canberrans love a good market. The newest addition to the market scene are the Westside Acton Markets which have seen Westside Acton Park transformed into an eclectic outdoor market every Sunday. Each week a mix of handmade, vintage and designer stalls will set up alongside live entertainment and permanent food vendors in the lakeside precinct. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive.

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.

FOOD & WINE

4XSangiovese Dinner

Choose from one of two Saturdays in August for the 4XSangiovese Dinner! This simple and fun wine dinner includes four courses of pizza matched with four Sangiovese wines presented by their four winemakers. There’s no messing around with other varieties or cuisines, it’s all about Sangiovese and pizza.

The wines for the evening are all from the Canberra district; Ravensworth Wines, Collector Wines, Capital Wines and Four Winds Vineyard. Each winemaker will run you through their wine, the vintage and their choice of pizza topping.

$45 per person, includes the four pizzas and the four wines. August 15 and 29, 6pm-8pm. Four Winds Vineyard, 9 Patemans Lane, Murrumbateman. 0432 060 903

How to make Olive Oil with La Barre 

Learn how to make your own olive oil as Charlie de Nanteuil of La Barre Olives, gives a practical demonstration revealing the processes involved. Charlie will talk about the history of olive oil making and walk you through each step involved in the making of olive oil. Tuesday 18 August, Canberra Environment Centre, Acton, 6pm. More information: www.ecoaction.com.au.

Fireside Festival

Venues around the Canberra region turn up the heat in August for the capital’s annual celebration of winter – Fireside Festival, which runs from 31 July to 31 August.

Embrace winter – from degustation dinners celebrating local and seasonal produce to tastings of the region’s best reds, innovative and exciting performances, musicians, events and exhibitions. Experience the thrill of a horse back ride through the hills as you muster the flock for shearing, sip the smoothest hot chocolate and snuggle in for the night with accommodation packages… fall in love with winter.

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 until late August. Visit the website for information and event times.

Hooch Fridays at QT

During winter we need that little bit extra motivation to leave the house. QT want to provide that motivation for you in a cocktail form. Dine at Capitol Bar & Grill on a Friday during the month of July and August, order an entree, main or main and dessert and receive a complimentary cocktail in Lucky’s Canberra. On Fridays at QT, Capitol Bar & Grill, 1 London Circuit, Canberra.

Visit the website for more information.

OUTDOORS & TOURS

Family Sunday Sessions: Escape into the Gardens

Get along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens to their guided storytelling experience exploring the themes of ‘Fire and Light in the Australian bush’. The adventure begins with a tasty morning tea before families head out with their hosts from the ACT Storytellers and Gardens’ education team, finishing their journey in the Red Centre Garden toasting marshmallows over a fire. Suitable for families with primary school aged children. Bookings essential with tickets $20 adults and $15 concession and children. Phone 6250 9588. On Sunday 30 August from 10.30am.

Mt. Stromlo Observatory World Record Night

Mount Stromlo Observatory and the Canberra Astronomical Society invite you to participate in an attempt at the Guinness World Record for Most People Stargazing.

Mt. Stromlo Observatory will be leading Australia in attempting two Guinness World Records – Most People Stargazing at a Single Site (Fellows Oval, ANU) and Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Sites in a Country (Australia).

Bring your own telescope or use small, commemorative telescopes similar to Galileo’s (small donation – pre-order). Live Latin music. Hear talks at Manning Clark Theatre by astronomers including Profs. Brian Schmidt and Lisa Kewley. Free parking, public transportation, refreshments available.Dress warmly!

Friday August 21, 7pm-9pm. Fellows Oval, ANU.

Winter Mt. Stromlo Observatory Site Tour

Take a walking tour of the Mount Stromlo Observatory this Saturday 22 August and learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites. Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and, prior to the 2003 firestorm, had grown from a small outpost of pioneering astronomers to one of the great observatories of the world.

Its history includes designing optical munitions during the Second World War, weathering two devastating bushfires and earning one Nobel Prize. Come along and learn about the history, the science and the future of Mount Stromlo Observatory.

Bookings essential.

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.

FAMILY

Dinosaurs in the Garden

For the first time in theAustralian National Botanic Gardens, experience a pre-historic discovery trail exploring the world of dinosaurs and Mesozoic plant fossils.

For nine days only during National Science Week, discover life size dinosaurs amongst the flora and landscapes they once inhabited.

Explore the trail by booking a specialised guided weekend tour led by both Gardens and Dinosaur Museum staff, or pick up your free self guided booklet from the Visitor Centre (open 9.30am – 4.30pm). More information at www.parksaustralia.gov.au.

Bricks4Tots and Pre-School Workshops

Bricks 4 Kidz is NEW to Canberra. Enjoy fun, educational weekly classes for 2-5 yr olds, incorporating Music, Letter&Sounds, Number, Fine and Gross Motor skills, Art& Craft. Each week a new letter and sound is introduced through fun, structured activities with qualified and experienced staff. Creative and critical thinking and social skills are developed through our creative Duplo®. Visit the website for more information www.Bricks4KidzAustralia.com.au/ACT-Northside. On August 19, and 26 at Palmerston Hall, Tiptree Crescent, Palmerston.

Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

The National Capital Exhibition presents Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick; an exciting programme for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Little Griffins includes songs, activities and lots of Duplo™ construction fun as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the National Capital.

Held from 10am to 11am the last Friday of each month at National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Canberra.

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. 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.

Story time at the Memorial

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys at the Australian War Memorial. This program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome. Meet in the lower galleries, free event. On every Friday from 10.30am to 11.30am until 28 August at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell.

Winter magic at the library

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. From 2pm to 4pm until Thursday 27 August at Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin libraries.

Perception Deception

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.

Family Space

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.

Friday 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 the website for more information.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Keep Australia Beautiful & Icon Water Thought Leadership Session

Keep Australia Beautiful in partnership with icon Water are pleased to host a professional discussion around the statement: “From successfully securing water and managing water quality, how can government, industry and the community work together for the future of our water needs and contribute to a truly modern and sustainable region?” This session follows on from the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards at Government House. Leaders from government, community and private industry sectors will be in attendance. Visit the website for more information http://kab.org.au/act/act-sustainable-cities-awards/ On August 26 from 11.30am – 2.30pm (lunch included) at The Theatrette, The Australian Botanical Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton.

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

Betrayal

It’s 1977. Emma is married to Robert, a publisher. But for seven years, she’s been having an affair with Jerry, a literary agent and Robert’s best friend.

Betrayal begins after the end of the affair, and pursues a gripping journey back to its very beginning. In a brilliant device, time is turned upside down as the play charts significant events in reverse and mines the shadowy aspects of a love affair and its fallout to devastating effect.

Enthralling and intricately layered, the play provides a ruthless exploration of the complexity of the human heart. Betrayal is at Canberra Theatre Centre August 19-22. Bookings from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival is returning to Canberra Theatre Centre this Friday 21 August for another killer showcase featuring the crème de la crème of the 2015 Festival.

Boasting a line-up of the best local and international comics and showcasing some of the funniest and freshest emerging talents, you will be left sore from belly laughs due to this jam packed night of pure entertainment!

Tickets from Canberra Ticketing.

Best Festival Ever

Part theatre show, part performance lecture and part massive boardgame, Best Festival Ever puts you in the moment for every part of the festival manager’s rollercoaster ride. For an interactive hour, you’ll collaborate with a small team of other audience members to create a unique festival and discover the science of complex systems.

After each performance, you’ll hear from a climate scientist who studies complex phenomena and discuss how we grapple with such systems in science, society and our daily lives.

Playing at The Street Theatre until Saturday 22 August.

Uni Pub Comedy 
Josh Earl is an award winning comedian, cake enthusiast and host of TV show Spicks and Specks.  As a solo artist he now sports nine sold out festival seasons and is a favourite with festival audiences all over the country. As well as hosting Spicks and Specks he also wrote for it and has appeared all over the place on Triple J, Triple R, ABC Local Radio 774, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation (Channel Ten), Mad As Hell (ABC TV), Adam Hills Tonight (ABC TV) and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Allstars Gala. Catch Josh at The Uni Pub, tickets online start at $20 you can book at www.trybooking.com or tickets are $22 at the door. On 28 August from 7.30pm at Uni Pub on London Circuit – Level 3 Lounge.

Latin American Film Festival in Australia

The Latin American Embassies are proud to present the 11th Latin American Film Festival at the National Gallery of Australia. The Festival will present a selection of 13 films, including award winning pieces and some of the most exciting and creating productions to reach the big screen in recent times. All films will be subtitled in English. No bookings required this is a free event. Visit the website for more information. On from August 20 until September 1 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Pl W, Canberra.

Cult Classics return to Dendy

Dendy Canberra’s Cult Classics will return for another season, showcasing some of the best films from the last several decades. The program opens with the first instalment of the magnificent adventure Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) on every Monday with an incredible line-up for the winter season that will feature some of the best films of all time including the highest grossing film of 2003, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Fight Club (1999).

The August program includes The Exorcist (1973), Wayne’s World (1992), Willow (1998), 54 The Director’s Cut (1998) and Tropic Thunder (2008). The season will conclude with the best known ‘midnight movie’ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on Monday 21 September with fans and guests encourage to attend in their best Rocky Horror attire. The Cult Classics screen every Monday with a session at 10am and 6.30pm. Members pay just $10 and non-members $12. Tickets are now on sale and bookings are highly recommended.

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE

Llewellyn Series 15.3: BRAHMS

One of England’s most distinguished violinists, Andrew Haveron, makes his Australian concerto debut performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra continues its tribute to the Finnish composer in his 150th anniversary year.

The program opens with the fire and energetic spirit of Kodály’s thrilling Dances of Galánta, and concludes with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, a monumental work of inspired beauty and emotion contained within a brilliantly crafted symphonic structure, promising a powerful conclusion to an evening of great orchestral music. Llewellyn Hall, ANU from 7.30pm 19-20 August. Tickets from $20. Visit www.cso.org.au for more information.

Oxjam

A month-long international party against poverty where music lovers curate their own gigs and party their pants off – all for good. The Canberra Musicians Club, Polish Club and Oxfam have combined to produce this part of the party, featuring the following musicians, all of whom are donating their time for the cause: Zambezi Sounds Canberra, Cyrenes Choir of Women, Mohona, Teddy Conrick, CHOIR, The Blue Angel and Dr Wiedemann, People I Love – and with DJ Coolio Desgracias. On August 21 from 7.30pm at the Polish White Eagle Club, 38 David Street, Turner.

Wednesday Lunchtime Live Concert

“Violin Sonatas” Jack Chenoweth plays J S Bach Violin Sonata No.3 in C Major and Eugene Ysaye Sonata No 3 ‘Ballade’ for Solo Violin and he is playing on August 19 from 12.40pm – 1.20pm at The Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit Forrest on 19 August from 12.40pm – 1.20pm. Visit the website for more information www.wesleycentre.org.au

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 at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in theNational 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 the 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 Griffin Centre, Genge Street in Civic, 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.

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 PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

RSPCA CUPCAKE DAY

Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is a great excuse to get together with family, friends and colleagues to eat delicious cupcakes and help animals in need. The official date for Cupcake Day is Monday 17 August 2015, but you can hold your cupcake event at any time during August! Fight animal cruelty with cupcakes by registering on our website and receive your free host kit! www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au

Rotary ACT Springtime Antique and Collectables Fair

The antique fair, which brings together 22 dealers from around Australia, is the perfect opportunity for collectors, and those just browsing, to buy high-quality antiques and collectables at realistic prices. Home-made cakes, slices and light lunches in the Supper Room are also a drawcard. Proceeds from the Fairs always stay in Canberra. Proceeds from this fair will help the Snowy Hydro SouthCare medical rescue helicopter service, which has been doing its life-saving work for ACT and southern NSW residents since 1998, continue its vital work providing emergency aero-medical and essential services to our community. Tickets start at $7, The 2015 ACT Springtime Antique and Collectables Fair, a major fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Canberra City is on from August 21 until August 23 at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla.

Autism Awareness High Tea

ACT National Finalist Natalie Hargreaves in Mrs Confidence Australia 2015, is raising awareness by holding a charity High Tea in Canberra. All proceeds of Auction at the event will go directly to Charity. Tickets start at $32.00. Visit the Facebook page for more information. On August 22 from 2pm – 4pm at The Canberra Raiders Club, Hardwick Cres, Holt.

Brick Expo

An exciting Canberra-based LEGO® exhibition; bringing together LEGO fans and collectors from all over Australia. Brick Expo is now in its sixth year, and is a popular winter event that attracts sell-out crowds. Proceeds from Brick Expo support PaTCH – Paediatrics at The Canberra Hospital; with Brick Expo 2014 contributing a record $70,000 donation. Visit the website for more information. Tickets start at $6 for children and $12 for adults. On August 29 and 30 from 8.30am – 5pm at the Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, Woden.

ART

Internecine: The Vanished Musicians

In 2012, historian Albrecht Duemling wrote ‘The Vanished Musicians’ about ninety-six German nationals who fled Nazism and settled in Australia. Many were famous artists who toured Australia and stayed on, others less known, forced to leave Germany because they were Jewish. Aware that Australian officials insisted on more practical skills, many downplayed their musical talent when entering the country and were forced to abandon their music careers entirely.

Internecine examines the concept of resettlement, raises awareness to Australian attitudes of immigration and refugees and the cultural impacts that these vanished groups brought to Australian society.

Showing at Nishi Gallery, Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, New Acton from Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 August.

Bespoke

As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoADOPH), 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.

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.

Other exhibitions

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

EXHIBITIONS

The nak-ed-ness/cloth-ed-ness paradox

Wednesday Gallery Talk at the National Portrait Gallery: The nak-ed-ness/cloth-ed-ness paradox. Bare curator Penny Grist takes you on a walk through the mythical, moral and metaphorical minefield of nakedness and nudity in portraiture. Free, no bookings required. Wednesday 19 August 12.30pm.

PhotoAccess

Two exhibitions currently on display which are proving to be a real hit with audiences.
proximate – Robert Agostino | Thomas Boivin | Spiro Miralis
Raw, personal documentary photography by three photographers: Agostino (Canberra), Boivin (France) and Miralis (Sydney). Curated by Canberra based gallery representing photo-artists, The Photography Room.
A World of Things – Jo Law and Redmond Bridgeman
A collaborative experimental wunderkammer installation referencing natural history and scientific collections, by Wollongong-based artists Jo Law and Redmond Bridgeman.
Visit the website for more information and opening times www.photoaccess.org.au/?q=node/516 Both exhibitions on until August 23 at PhotoAccess, Manuka Arts Centre, 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith.
BRICKS to CANVAS

Thanks to a growing network of Art Fairs, a new digital art market and a  surge of interest from China, art has suddenly become a globally traded commodity. No matter how well our Australian artists are known at home, they are all on the same footing when exposed to the global art platform. Almost unknown in Australia, a handful of our young artists – graduates of the streets and laneways of our capital cities – have grabbed the opportunity to market their art world wide. And they have triumphed. BRICKS to CANVAS tells the story of these resourceful talents, their transition from spray can to paint brush and with it their rise to international recognition. This is truly a success story in Australian art, which has yet to be acknowledged. Visit the website for more information. Exhibition opens Saturday 8 August at 2.00pm at Aarwun Gallery, Federation Square, Nicholls.

 
Ink Remix

INK REMIX: Contemporary Art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong is curated by Dr Sophie McIntyre and highlights new and innovative aspects of contemporary ink art. Most artists in the exhibition have trained in Chinese calligraphy and ink painting but reinvent or subvert the tradition in works that explore links between personal, regional and global experience. On now until 18 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City.

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.

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.

Colour my world: Australian photography

Colour My World is the National Gallery of Australia’s first exhibition dedicated to the hand-coloured 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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