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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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During these first weeks of Spring, Canberra is coming alive with an exciting range of things to do and see including Canberra’s best loved flower festival, a chance to see into Canberra’s embassies and high commissions, a market for those who love to live green, an event for Belco-dwellers to celebrate ‘their place’, another night at the museum and a swag of markets, theatre productions, music and exhibitions for every taste. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

Windows to the World

Tour the world, without the long haul flight! Windows to the World opens the gates to reveal the beautiful landscapes, superb architecture and diverse cultures of Canberra’s embassies and high commissions from 19 September to 11 October.

Take a stroll through Yarralumla, Deakin, Forrest and O’Malley to sample some of the flora, flavours, customs, sounds and culture of Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa with a range of open days, tours, performances, exhibits and displays.

Some bookings are required. Numbers are strictly limited at some of the participating missions. Full details on www.events.act.gov.au/windows

Floriade 

Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection. Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat. From 12 September to 11 October, Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

Old Bus Depot Markets – Green Savvy Sunday

Old Bus Depot Markets – Green Savvy Sunday brings together products and community groups focused on domestic green sustainable living. Discover the latest in green technology for the home environment. Buy specialist green/sustainable products and speak to a variety of government agencies and companies about what programs, assistance and products they provide to the community and householders.

You’ll find products made using low energy, organic techniques or recycled materials, delicious organic food to enjoy and information on relevant initiatives at the Old Bus Depot Markets building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston from 10am t0 4pm this Sunday 20 September.

Kitchen Cabinet PopUp

The Kitchen Cabinet PopUp will be at The Conservatory, the restaurant at the National Arboretum that offers the city’s most spectacular views. Visitors can call in any day during Floriade to select delicious gifts, edible souvenirs of the national capital, or just something good to enjoy on the spot. Everything you find at The Kitchen Cabinet PopUp is made with passion and flavour showcasing Canberra’s finest regional produce including olives, olive and nut oils, cheeses, vinegars, jams, chutneys, chocolates, ciders, selected fresh produce and fine local wines.

The PopUp will be open from 9am – 4pm every day during the Floriade period providing wine tastings between 11am – 2pm every weekend.

Fash ‘n’ Treasure 

Fash n Treasure Market is renowned for its unique variety of local and interstate designers mixed in with vintage finds and stylish wardrobe clearouts. The market has expanded to include preloved and collectable books, old magazines, records and comics. Entry is $3 and there’s free parking.

Happening at Exhibition Park in Canberra this Saturday 19 September. More information at www.fashntreasure.com.au

Our Place

Belconnen Arts Centre is gearing up for celebrating Belconnen’s 50th birthday in 2016 launching it with a community celebration from 4pm to 8pm this Saturday 19 September. Our Place will include showcasing local music, lantern and badge making, new collaborations, food, opportunities to place your mark on the Belconnen map and digital projections illuminating Belconnen’s visual journey. You will be invited to express what living in Belconnen and the region means to you, share your story and make your memory. Our Place will be fun for family and friends together to kick off Belconnen’s birthday for 2016. Entry is free. Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank Belconnen. 

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 MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

Night at the Museum: Chance

To take a chance is to experiment with the unknown, to face failure or wild success – there are no guarantees. For one night, experience the chances others have taken and take some of your own. A night complete with bars, food, music and art for over-18s only.

At the National Museum of Australia this Friday 18 September. Grab your tickets from www.nma.gov.au/engage-learn/adults/night-museum.

ACT Legislative Assembly Open Day

The ACT Legislative Assembly are celebrating spring by opening the doors and giving you an opportunity to see behind the scenes in your Assembly building from 10am to 2pm this Sunday 20 September.

You can take a tour of the building hosted by MLAs, enjoy a BBQ and join an art tour by a local artist, visit the replica Magna Carta display and watch a debate from the public gallery. It’s all happening at ACT Legislative Assembly, 196 London Circuit, Canberra City.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Tuliptop Gardens Festival

Drive into Spring at the Tuliptop Gardens Festival. Their 10 acre garden of tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse. Classical music wafts through the air in the hidden valley. Walk past the rosemary field to the 70 metre high viewing platform for the perfect photo. Enjoy a picnic and bottle of wine in the grounds.

On until 11 October at The Tuliptop Gardens, Federal Highway, Sutton.

Floriade 

Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection. Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat. On until 11 October in Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 27 September and Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

Breakfast with the Birds

Breakfast with the Birds is ideal for bird lovers! Embark on an early morning tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and set off on a guided bird watching expedition. Be guided through the many different landscapes of the Gardens and see some of the beautiful birdlife that call the Gardens home.

At the Australian National Botanic Gardens,Clunies Ross Street, Acton from Saturday 19 September to 11 October. Bookings from www.friendsanbg.org.au

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Lifeline Spring EPIC Bookfair

 Join Lifeline Canberra for the BIGGEST ever Spring EPIC Bookfair! With over 120 tonnes of books, CDs, DVDs, comics, puzzles, games and more –  there’s something for everyone.

Held over three huge days from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September, at Exhibition Park in Canberra. Saturday is family day with fun activities for the kids from 10am to 1pm. Entry is by gold coin donation, proceeds go to Lifeline Canberra’s 13 11 14 Telephone Crisis Support service. For more information, please visit www.act.lifeline.org.au/item/springepicbookfair

Our Place

Belconnen Arts Centre is gearing up for celebrating Belconnen’s 50th birthday in 2016 launching it with a community celebration from 4pm to 8pm this Saturday 19 September. Our Place will include showcasing local music, lantern and badge making, new collaborations, food, opportunities to place your mark on the Belconnen map and digital projections illuminating Belconnen’s visual journey. You will be invited to express what living in Belconnen and the region means to you, share your story and make your memory. Our Place will be fun for family and friends together to kick off Belconnen’s birthday for 2016. Entry is free. Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank Belconnen. 

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.

Southside Farmers Markets

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

Amongst the wide range of food available, you will find vegetables from Cowra, free range eggs from Tharwa, organic meat from Bombala, organic salad greens from near Hall, vegetables from Marulan, fresh mushrooms and seafood from the south coast, award winning olive oil from near Hall, vegetables from Thirlmere, citrus from Leeton, apples from Batlow Gunning and Pialligo, local breads, cooking sauces and condiments made in Canberra, and award winning organic and fair trade coffees roasted here in Canberra.  If you have a sweet tooth try some freshly baked, tarts, macarons or cakes. There is a wide range of certified organic and biodynamic produce available.

After your shopping relax over a cappuccino or a hot chocolate made with real Belgian chocolate, with a crepe, waffle, sausage sandwich or gozleme in the courtyard.

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit www.canberrafarmersmarkets.com.au/southside-farmers-market for more information.

EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS Farmers Market

Eat Local Fridays is a brand new farmers’ market to hit Canberra. Held every Friday, buy chemical and GMO-free produce directly from the grower and makers. Special guest Costa Georgiadis, will be there to kick things off. Visit www.eatlocalmovement.org for more information. On from 2.30pm – 7pm this Friday 4 September at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

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.

Fash n Treasure 

Fash n Treasure Market is renowned for its unique variety of local and interstate designers mixed in with vintage finds and stylish wardrobe clearouts. We have expanded to include preloved and collectable books, old magazines, records and comics. Entry is $3 and there’s free parking.
Happening at Exhibition Park in Canberra this Saturday 19 September. 
More information at http://www.fashntreasure.com.au/

FOOD & WINE

Kitchen Cabinet PopUp

The Kitchen Cabinet PopUp will be at The Conservatory, the restaurant at the National Arboretum that offers the city’s most spectacular views. Visitors can call in any day during Floriade to select delicious gifts, edible souvenirs of the national capital, or just something good to enjoy on the spot. Everything you find at The Kitchen Cabinet PopUp is made with passion and flavour showcasing Canberra’s finest regional produce including olives, olive and nut oils, cheeses, vinegars, jams, chutneys, chocolates, ciders, selected fresh produce and fine local wines.

The PopUp will be open from 9am – 4pm every day during the Floriade period providing wine tastings between 11am – 2pm every weekend.

Australian Cool Climate Wine Show

Murrumbateman is again hosting this year’s Australian Cool Climate Wine Show from Monday 21 to Saturday 26 September – head along and find out what makes cool climate wines so special! Award winners are announced on Friday evening. Saturday morning the wine show is open to the public to taste this year’s entries.

For the first time, there are two special Masterclass tutored tastings hosted by Sarah Andrew from Selador Wines. The first, ‘From Riesling to Shiraz’ and the second, ‘Wines and Winners from the 2015 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show’.

Bookings are essential and prices vary for the events – check out www.accwineshow.com.au. Held at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, 19 East Street,Murrumbateman.

Latin American Flavours Festival 

This month, the capital feasts on the wonders of Latin American food with a special line-up of dinners being held at the Hyatt’sPromenade Café, created by Executive Chef Nitin. The chef and his culinary team have spent months researching authentic dishes by 12 countries, from Cuba right through to Mexico. Cuba will celebrate the festival with a rum Mojito tasting and an opportunity to get those hips moving with the lively music of a Cuban band. Peru will dish up humitas (traditional corn cake steamed in corn husk), Columbia a whole roast stuffed pig and Uruguay pascualina (a traditional dish with spinach and hard-boiled eggs stuffed in pastry).

Guatemala will have a guest chef in the kitchen. Chile’s menu features traditional potato pancakes, Argentina wine tasting and empanada. Venezuela will serve up a mighty tasty Creole red snapper dish and Mexico will have Chef Maria Del Carmen Saenz on site to add a special touch to dishes like Mayan pork and Mole Coloradito chicken.

On until Tuesday 22 September at Hyatt Promenade Cafe. $69 per person for a buffet dinner and dessert. See the website for details about nights and cuisines.

Beer Masterclass

A casual and educational lunch about beer and meat – the perfect combination. Presented by Murray’s – No Boring Beer, enjoy a four-course lunch and matching beers. Tickets are $130 per person. Book now on 6246 9555. On Saturday 19 September at 12pm at Marble & Grain, 25 Mort Street, Braddon.

Spring Tea

Celebrate spring in one of the stunning hidden Parliament House courtyards. Enjoy a delightful high tea of mouth-watering delicacies with a glass of something sparkling to celebrate Floriade on Saturday 3 October or Saturday 10 October (2pm to 4pm).

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased from canberraticketing.com.au or by calling 6275 2700.

SPORT & FITNESS

Free early morning exercise walks at Floriade

Local Heart Foundation walk organisers and CANwalk members will lead walkers through the gardens before the gates open to the general public. Experience the beauty and serenity of the gardens without the crowds!

Held 8am—9am daily during Floriade, starting Saturday 12 September. Meet at Commonwealth Avenue Pedestrian crossing.

For more information contact Diane on 6269 2655 or [email protected]

Canberra Roller Derby League

Attention roller derby fans! The Canberra Roller Derby League 2015 season is well and truly underway, and their fifth bout will see the Brindabelters go up against last year’s champions, the Surly Griffins.

Doors open at 5.00pm and game starts at 6.00pm at Southern Cross Stadium, Cnr Cowlishaw St & Athllon Drive, Tuggeranong.

For more information, visit www.crdl.com.au and grab your tickets from Moshtix.

FAMILY

Floriade 

Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection.

Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.

12 September- 11 October, Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 27 September and Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

BFirm Battle Games – Holiday Sessions 

Celebrity Trainer Lee Campbell’s BFirm Battle Games are unique school holiday experiences for any kids aged between 8 – 14, where the primary aims are adventure, inclusiveness and fun. The sessions can stand alone or kids can participate in all of the available “missions”.

In teams, kids will compete in a variety of challenges which focus on every form of development from their creativeness, teamwork/leadership, fitness and strength – Battle Games is for everyone and they spend a whole day outside without being plugged in!

Sessions will be held on 29 and 30 September and 6 and 7 October. Bookings can be made at www.bfirm.com.au/battlegames

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 MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

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

Innovation and Wellness Night

Struggling to get the most out of your business? Want to activate your inner potential but feel stressed and overwhelmed? What if you could learn simple techniques that could immediately help transform your work life and help you achieve greater balance and health?

Introducing Canberra’s first ‘Innovation and Wellness’ night, happening this Wednesday 16 September at 5.30pm, Ainslie Main Hall, Braddon. This event aims to provide business professionals and operators with the tools they need to grow a healthy, sustainable business. The night will expose the connections between holistic wellness and activating your business potential.

The night, hosted by Mind Body Business (MBB) Founder and international journalist Laticia Gibson, includes an amazing line-up of speakers, including: Dan deWitte, Founder of Outerspace Network, Marcus Janssen, founder and instructor at Power Yoga Canberra and Carly McDevitt, founder of Seedling Business Development. Join us for this powerful and insightful new way of working and achieving results in all areas of your life and business. Tickets are $15 including light refreshments, drinks available to purchase at venue.  Book at www.trybooking.com/IYCR 

Lasers Can Do Anything

This is an exciting show with fun demonstrations about the invention of the laser. Today, lasers are everywhere: in factories and hospitals, at home, up in space and in the ground powering the internet. Explore where they come from, how they improve our lives and what they might do for us in the future. Presented by Patrick Helean and Professor Hans Bachor.

This Saturday 19 September at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton. Tickets from www.science.org.au/events/lasers-can-do-anything

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 27 September and Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

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

The Confidence Man

The Confidence Man By Zoe Pepper and Adrianne Daff is a gripping thriller that places the audience at the centre of the action. Complete with goodies, baddies and a dose of good-old fashioned psychotic menace, this is a bold interactive theatre experience.

Equipped with masks and headsets, selected participants navigate the space, experiencing events in the first person. Other audience members observe and eavesdrop on the characters’ private thoughts and conversations using headphones and a personal console to shift between each character, choosing the action they want to follow.

At The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra City this Sunday 20 to Wednesday 23 September. Tickets online from www.thestreet.org.au

Bijou: A Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction

You’re in a cafe-bar in Paris, 1933. Richly decorated tables, flickering candle-light, a wine, a chat; the music plays…But you become aware of a new face in the crowd.  A ravaged figure in faded finery and fake pearls enters, and the evening takes an unexpected turn. ‘Madame Bijou’ former Queen of the Belle Epoque, unleashes a string of intimate, colourful memories. Her jewels trigger the stories, accompanied by music of Satie, Weill, Hollander, Bruant, allowing a glimpse into the private, sensual world of a riveting Parisienne.

At The Street Theatre from Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 September. Tickets from The Street.

Uni Pub Comedy Club 

You may have seen Bob Franklin on TV in Jimeoin & Bob’s cooking show, or in one of the Shaun Micallef programmes, or Stupid Stupid Man, or The Librarians, or Thank God you’re here, or in a movie like The Craic, Bad Eggs, Boy Town or Beneath Hill 60 or live Comedy at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in the Gala or on one of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshows. If you have seen him or not, you need to know he is coming to Canberra to headline the Uni Pub Comedy Club. Tickets are available at http://www.unipub.com.au/whats-on at $20 in advance or $22 at the door.  Doors open at 7:30pm, supported by Tom Gibson, Andrew Bensley and more. On September 18 at 8pm at Uni Pub, London Circuit, Level 3 Lounge.

The Illusionists 1903

Having shattered box office records around the world, THE ILLUSIONISTS is now coming to captivate Canberra. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled audiences of all ages.

Featuring brand-new, world class Illusionists handpicked from across the globe, THE ILLUSIONIST 1903 promises to transport the audience back to the golden age of magic – a time when conjurers were the true rock stars of the day. Showcasing the origins of some of the greatest and most dangerous illusions ever built, the show also unveils never-seen-before experiments drawn from a treasure trove of long-forgotten mysteries.

Performing 8 to 16 December at Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets are $79.

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

Joan Baez

America’s legendary folk singer, songwriter and activist, Joan Baez hits Canberra, with songs encompassing everything from folk rock to country and gospel music, this is a rare opportunity to experience this musical and political powerhouse. Performing at the Royal Theatre, Canberra Convention Centre this Thursday 17 September. Grab your tickets from Ticketek.

Joe Chindamo and Zoe Black: The Goldberg Inventions

The ANU School of Music presents Zoe Black and Joe Chindamo performing their music from the album The Goldberg Inventions this Friday 18 September at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music. Black and Chindamo are routinely described as edgy and a welcome new and unique voice to Australian Chamber music. Their music is inclusive because it is informed by the rigour of classical music and the excitement and urbanity of jazz. More information and tickets from music.anu.edu.au

100 Seats: George Telek

The haunting voice of George Mamua Telek, or Telek as he’s known to his legion of fans in PNG, traverses many musical styles and perfectly captures the spirit of the proud cultural heritage of the Tolai people of PNG. He’s performing this Saturday 19 September at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Book online at www.nfsa.gov.au.

100 Seats is a series of special, one-off sessions in which renowned performers explore their art through conversation and performance, in the intimacy of the NFSA Theatrette.

Wednesday Lunchtime Live

Popular Canberra pianist Robert Schmidli will be playing sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven. The Mozart sonata is a relatively early work and is one of the two piano sonatas in a minor key. The Beethoven sonata, Op 110, is the composer’s penultimate piano sonata and features an extended fugal finale. It will be the eighteenth Beethoven sonata that Robert has performed at the Wesley Music Centre.

Robert began piano studies in New Zealand and later continued in Melbourne. He has performed on local and national radio in New Zealand and Australia, played with a number of orchestras, and worked with international artists including David Pereira, Jack Glatzer and George Zukerman. He has done solo recitals in New Zealand, Victoria, West Australia and South Australia. He moonlights as a medical specialist in endocrinology with clinics in Canberra and rural NSW. Entry paper note. On Wednesday 16 September 2015, 12.40 to 1.20pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.

Dawn Disco

Dawn Disco is set to be an energetic morning dance experience for people who want to start their day with positivity and fun times! Dawn Disco will be held on the first Friday of every month at O’Donnell Youth Centre, Braddon.

It’s a morning dance party featuring upbeat songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today! Entry is $5 on the door (kids free) and there is heaps of FREE parking at the venue. This event is all-ages and is drug and alcohol free. Wear comfy clothes that can get sweaty! Don’t forget your water bottle!

Find out more at www.ravecbr.com or follow the fun on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Rave-CBR.

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 is on 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

Lifeline Spring EPIC Bookfair

Join Lifeline Canberra for the BIGGEST ever Spring EPIC Bookfair! With over 120 tonnes of books, CDs, DVDs, comics, puzzles, games and more –  there’s something for everyone.

Held over three huge days from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September, at Exhibition Park in Canberra. Saturday is family day with fun activities for the kids from 10am to 1pm. Entry is by gold coin donation, proceeds go to Lifeline Canberra’s 13 11 14 Telephone Crisis Support service. For more information, please visit www.act.lifeline.org.au/item/springepicbookfair

Miracle Babies Spring Soiree

Enjoy a three course dinner, drinks and entertainment. All funds raised will go towards supporting the work of Miracle Babies in the Canberra region including the in-hospital support program and the play and support groups for families after hospital.

Come along to the Spring Soiree for a night of fun and help raise funds for a vital community organisation. Tickets are $85. Visit the website for more inforamtion  https://miraclebabies.org.au/get-involved/events/upcoming/canberra-spring-soiree/ On Saturday September 19 at 7:00pm at The Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street Phillip.

Bras & Boxers

In September, Oncology Massage Training and The Cancer Support Group will be bringing art to all the fun places! With live music, auctions, raffles and prizes PLUS the 2016 calendar launch, the event will be fundraising for cancer support services in Canberra and the supporting region. Designers and local celebrities will be designing bras and boxers for auction and to illustrate a 2016 calendar. Winning designs will win cash prizes.

Dress: Cocktail. Tickets:$100 per head and available on through the Hellenic Club or phone (02) 6281 0899

If you have a creative streak and want to showcase your skills, visit Bras and Boxers for more information.

Karinya House – Home Hope Horizon 

A special event for the new Karinya House Purpose Built Facility. This event is a chance to learn more about the future of Karinya House and how you can be part of it. Karinya House is a community based, not for profit organisation servicing the ACT and surrounding regions. The service operates on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week basis. Karinya supports women from Canberra and surrounding regional areas. It is the only residential and outreach service specifically for pregnant and parenting women in the region.

Through the generous support of the ACT Government, construction has commenced on the new Karinya House Purpose Built Facility. It is estimated that the new Home for Karinya House will be completed by early 2016. The new facility will double Karinya’s residential accommodation capacity, as well as providing a designated area for the provision of outreach support including our groups program.

The relocation and refurbishment costs will require significant corporate and community support, both financially and in-kind. You can read more about Karinya House’s new home here: http://karinyahouse.asn.au/blog/new-facility/.  A voluntary donation of $30 would be welcome, you can donate here: karinyahouse.asn.au/donate-now/donate-online/. RSVP by Wednesday September 9 to [email protected] On Wednesday September 16 from 5.30-7.30pm at The Mosaic Room at Hotel Hotel Edinburgh Ave, NewActon.

ART

Canberra Botanical 2015

For the past 10 years Canberra Botanical has held an exhibit of botanical artworks during Spring; Canberra Botanical 2015 seeks to merge the disciplines of art and science, by exploring the structure of plants and their innate beauty. Through the medium of drawing, botanical art encompasses a range of styles, from scientific illustration to realistic painting.

At the Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon until Sunday 4 October.

Gorgeous Mortar

Canberra’s newest pop-up, a community arts hub, is opening this week in Braddon. Housed in the old Cornucopia Bakery space on Mort Street, Gorgeous Mortar seeks to create a vibrant local arts space which engages with the community via a diverse range of stimulating events and offerings. The introduction of Gorgeous Mortar will see an expansion of events and utilisation of the space. A simple, funky cafe and bar is to be installed, which will showcase live music, art exhibits & installations. A special curated week-long event, the FortyMorty Project, will celebrate the original building and its inhabitants.

Karina Bontes, Zoe Anderson and Dai Cameron, the collaborators working on the project, see it as a chance to celebrate the changing face of Braddon, a location bursting with expression, fun and urban vibes. Visit the website for more information gorgeousmortar.com.au. Opens Friday 11 September, 40 Mort Street, Braddon. 

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

Kaninjaku explores the history of the Canning Stock Route. Stories of contact, conflict and survival are featured in a striking new exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route. Showing at the National Museum of Australia until 12 August 2016.

Bespoke

In Bespoke: Design for the people, 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 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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

 Ink RemixThe Mandala Project

Darryl’s Den is a local non-profit Canberra disability studio. The Darryl’s Den Mandala project is a positive art project, giving people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to create beautiful original art work in a collaborative group environment. Mandalas have been used for thousands of years by many different cultures for healing, renewal, expression, discovery, meditation, reflection, creativity, wellbeing and connecting.

Entry is free. For more information visit www.belconnenartscentre.com.au. Opens on Friday 4 September at 5.30pm, at the Belconnen Art Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

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.

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.

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, reflecting 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.

Showing 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.

Magna Carta – an Australian story

This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

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