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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS… 

High Tea with Peter Alexander

Meet the man that knows what people like in the bedroom! The “Pyjama King”, Peter Alexander has been Australia’s top sleepwear designer for the past 25 years, creating beautiful, unique pieces for his well-known and well-loved brand.

Whilst we’ve been dreaming, Melbourne born designer Peter Alexander, has been building his sleepwear empire and successful business with his creative pyjama, underwear, daywear, and gift wear designs.

In many of his collections, you will see a stunning little sausage dog named Penny who was Peter’s beloved pet, muse, and brand ambassador. Penny has since passed on and Peter has two new pooches, Betty and Butch.

Peter’s love of animals lead him to be an avid supporter of RSPCA by collaborating with the charity as an ambassador for animal welfare and creating his own line of RSPCA products.

Peter will be sharing his story, passion for animals, and business experience at our High Tea fundraiser to support animals in need at the RSPCA ACT shelter.

The High Tea will include bubbles on arrival, delicious food, silent auction, raffle and exclusive signed Peter Alexander merchandise. Tickets are $150, find our more information here: bit.ly/1PNen6h.

November 20 at 2pm, Old Parliament House.

Miss Muddy

Miss Muddy is a female only obstacle and mud festival with a course of up to 5km for participants aged 13 years and over. It includes mud, colour, climbing, crawling, slipping, sliding and lots and lots of laughter.

This un-timed obstacle course is all about women supporting women in a fun and non-threatening environment!

All proceeds from the Canberra event are going to the McGrath foundation to help them in their bid to raise $380, 000 to place a breast cancer nurse in an area of need for three years.

This Sunday 22 November at Thoroughbred Park, Lyneham. Register via missmuddy.com.au. Standard tickets are $85.50 and close four weeks out from event day.

Last minute tickets cost $95.50 each and close three days out from event day. On the day registrations ($100 cash only) may be offered at some events if not already sold out online prior.

DESIGN Canberra 2015

DESIGN Canberra is an annual four-day festival of craft and design-inspired public events, exhibitions and forums held across Canberra. The challenge to locals and visitors alike is to change the way you think about Canberra and about the place of craft and design in everyday life.

See ACTivate, pop-up projects based in empty shop fronts across Canberra’s city centre. Visit Living Artists open studios, open to Canberra-region artists, designers and industry.

Take a CAPITAL of Culture tour directed by designers, architects, artists, historians, curators and other insiders and discover a new side to our designed city.

21-29 November at various venues and various locations across Canberra City. See the website for details.

Taking Flight | The Runway

Don’t miss the excitement of the first ever 360 Fashion Parade. Sustainable style on the runway – from vintage charm to cutting-edge local design. Sunset ambience, champagne, drinks and canapés at the bar, retrolicious mixes from a live DJ.

Then head to the fun-filled and 360 Fashion Market the next day.

Saturday 21 November at the Fitters Workshop Kingston, see website for further details. Ticket prices vary, book here.

Voices in the Forest

Voices in the Forest is a spectacular outdoor concert held at the National Arboretum Canberra. This magnificent classical musical showcase features world-renowned Mexican tenor, Diego Torre; Argentinian born Australian baritone, José Carbó and Australia’s leading soprano, Cheryl Barker AO.

The program features well-known operatic arias including a selection of the most beautiful and moving arias from Puccini’s opera – La Bohème.

Add a sample of classic love songs from musical theatre, spectacular performances and incredible views over Canberra and you have a wonderful spring evening!

Saturday 21 November at the National Arboretum. Gates Open: 2.30pm, Concert: 5.30pm – 9.30pm. See website for ticket options.

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema Kicks Off Summer in Canberra

One of Canberra’s most popular summer attractions, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema, is back for its fourth season at the beautiful Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Screening from Friday November 13 through to the December 19, 4 sessions per week, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema offers its guests an entertaining mix of blockbusters, dramas, thrillers and family films, as well as live music, beanbags, fantastic food from London Burgers, and a fully licensed bar. IMB Bank Sunset Cinema is so much more than just a trip to the movies!

The 2015 program has something for everyone, with blockbuster films such as ‘The Martian’ and ‘Spectre’, themed sessions including ‘Girls Night Out’ Wednesdays, screening films such as Mistress America, Magic Mike XXL, Man Up and The Dressmaker, to ‘Family Friday’ screenings including Oddball and Hotel Transylvania 2

The opening night film on Friday 13th November is People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords, with live music prior to the film presentation.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit the website for more information. On from Friday November 13 to Saturday November 19 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton. 

100 Days of Summer at Lucky’s

Lucky’s Speakeasy at QT Canberra is throwing a massive party, all through Summer!

There’ll be a Melbourne Cup gala, Halloween bash, Movember shindig, James Bond 007 NYE party and QT Backyard Australia Day BBQ, as well as weekly events, like Friday sessions, secret men’s business, Latino nights, summer night markets and a ping pong tournament. This summer at Lucky’s is going to be on like Donkey Kong.

As one of Canberra’s premiere watering holes, you’ll find an event to suit every taste at Lucky’s. For more information see their website.

2015 BBC British Film Festival 

This year marks the third annual British Film Festival. This year it’s being hosted by Palace Electric Cinemas in NewActon and features films from all over the British Isles. There are an amazing range of new films spanning all genres, as well as a series of award winning romance films, grouped under the title of ‘Love Actually’ that run alongside the festival’s films. 

This year sees a number of films with a strong focus on inspirational and courageous women.

From director Sarah Gavron (London Road) comes this year’s BFI London Film Festival opening night selection, Suffragette, an intense drama tracking the fight for women’s voting rights, starring a powerful ensemble cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep; Queen of the Desert, from legendary director Werner Herzog, telling the thrilling adventures of traveller, writer, archaeologist and political attaché for the British Secret Service, Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman); and Dare to be Wild, the true story of Irish heroine Mary Reynolds (Emma Greenwell), who was a prodigy in the field of landscape design and shared the uncompromising beauty and power of wild nature with the world.

Read about our giveaway for the film festival here.

Palace Electric Cinemas, October 29-November 18. See website for program details.

Fashion and Fantasy: 21st century fashion dolls

The exhibition Fashion and Fantasy: 21st century fashion dolls has on display over 500 dolls dressed in historical fashion, ethnic clothing and couture, including costumes from film and television series.

See the private collection of Julie Manley, who started collecting fashion dolls in 2000, repaints and customises all her dolls in some way. Many of the outfits have been designed and made by the collector. On display until 22 November at the Canberra Museum and Gallery

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.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

BirdieBall Shootout 2015

The BirdieBall Shootout is a revolutionary golf competition played in a public park; anyone can participate!

Played with the world’s leading limited flight golf ball, the BirdieBall; it’s like golf’s traditional nearest the pin competition but with some big differences. The hole is only 35 metres long. The target is 10 metres wide. You don’t even have to be a golfer – just turn up and take your shots. All equipment supplied.

Shoot straight and you might qualify for the final at the end of the day. It is fun, fast to play, and there are fantastic prizes.

Sunday 22 November 2015: 10am-3pm on Lake Burley Griffin, Wendouree Drive, Parkes.

$10 per person, see website for more details.

Urban Foraging in Canberra

Susan Hutchinson is an avid forager and is keen to teach us how she does it. In this walk she will show us how to identify and collect wild fennel, rosehip, hawthorn, wild brassicas, purslane, and baby apples.

She will also teach us how to use the various plants in both recipes and teas. Handouts with recipes provided.

This workshop offers a great opportunity to introduce more diversity and native species into your diet. Visit the website for more information. 

On November 21 from 10am – 12pm at Date: 21 November at Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Ranger Guided Walks and Activities at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers an extensive program of guided walks and activities and special school holiday activities throughout the year. Don’t miss your chance to see Australian wildlife in this beautiful natural environment.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles.

Walks and activities cater for a range of different age groups. Check their website for full details.

No charges apply for activities held at the Visitors Centre. Nominal entry fees apply for activities within the reserve.

From 2 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. Check their website for full details.

The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

Summer is just around the corner and our capital, little city has some amazing tracks for those of you who want to keep fit.

We meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of the bookshop for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again.

All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner. And afterwards stay for a Red Brick Espresso coffee or something from our fitness friendly weekend menu!

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Kerbside: Twilight market at The Duxton

This Thursday evening The Duxton at O’Connor will present Kerbside, their very first twilight pop-up market showcasing a variety of local art & craft and vintage wares.

The team are shaking the market scene up a little and doing things Duxton style. Kerbside will be held in the alfresco area from 6-10pm on Thursday 19 November.

With the weather tipped to reach a sunny 33 degrees shoppers will be able to grab an ice-cold beverage and enjoy live music as they stroll through more than 25 stalls in the sun-filled kerbside space. The Duxton is committed to its’ locals and are always looking for opportunities to entertain and engage the Canberra community.

“Kerbside will take over the entire alfresco area and create a real buzz and vibe. This is a great chance for people to shop local and support some very talented small Canberra businesses in the lead up to Christmas.” says Paul Turner, Functions & Events Coordinator at The Duxton.

Stallholders at the event will include:

Hummingbird Vintage

Resin Doll 

Canberra Urban Honey

Immaculate Conceptions

Yellow Canary 

• Jane’s Books

Rockabilly Floral Lane

Leafy Sea Dragon Artwork

Sweet to the Bone

Three Sixty Fashion Market – Spring into Summer

Tune your style dial to 360FM and Spring into Summer! Three Sixty Fashion Market is an exciting, niche market dedicated to recycled, up-cycled, handmade and locally designed fashion.

It’s creative, community based and promotes local talent. You’ll find a plethora of pre-loved designer labels, quality retro and vintage fashion and new labels from up-and-coming local designers and artisans.

The market attracts a large variety of stallholders, bringing together a vibrant array of sellers, designers and craftspeople.

Cutting-edge couture rub shoulders with lovingly collated vintage collections, locally designed and handmade jewellery and colourful fashion accessories.

Sunday 22 November 10am-3pm at The Fitters Workshop Kingston. See website for more details.

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 the website 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 their website for more information. On from 2.30pm – 7pm each Friday 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.

SPORT

University of Canberra Capitals vs Townsville

Join the University of Canberra Capitals as they take on Townsville in their 30th WNBL season and 8th Championship title tilt.

You get even more UC Caps action and excitement this season. Be there in prime position at the AIS Arena games as stars Steph Talbot, Jess Bibby, Carly Wilson and Lauren Jackson lead the UC Caps to the playoffs.

“This could well be one of our most exciting season on and off the court in a long time” – Head Coach Carrie Graf.

Sunday 22 November at AIS Arena from 1-3:30PM. Doors open 1 hour prior to game tip-off. Buy tickets here.

BirdieBall Shootout 2015

The BirdieBall Shootout is a revolutionary golf competition played in a public park; anyone can participate!

Played with the world’s leading limited flight golf ball, the BirdieBall; it’s like golf’s traditional nearest the pin competition but with some big differences.

The hole is only 35 metres long. The target is 10 metres wide. You don’t even have to be a golfer – just turn up and take your shots. All equipment supplied.

Shoot straight and you might qualify for the final at the end of the day. It is fun, fast to play, and there are fantastic prizes.

Sunday 22 November 2015: 10am-3pm on Lake Burley Griffin, Wendouree Drive, Parkes.

$10 per person, see website for more details.

The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

Summer is just around the corner and our capital, little city has some amazing tracks for those of you who want to keep fit.

We meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of the bookshop for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again.

All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner. And afterwards stay for a Red Brick Espresso coffee or something from our fitness friendly weekend menu!

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE

FOOD & WINE

Jazz & Shiraz in November at Lerida Estate

Visit Cafe Lerida on weekends during November to enjoy a glass of one of our Shiraz wines with your lunch. Taste Lerida wines at the Cellar Door for free with a great Shiraz promotion. Plus win a bottle of Trophy winning Shiraz Viognier each weekend.

Enjoy listening to entertaining jazz musicians such as Sally Greenaway, Mike Dooley and Rachel Thorne, David Green, Leisa Keen, Dirk Zeylmans and Lachlan Coventry. With good weather in spring, step outdoors for a game of Pétanque/Boules, or do the Lake George Range Walk.

1-29 November at Lerida Estate Winery, Federal Highway, Lake George.

Cellar Door Daily 10am – 5pm Cafe Lerida Weekends 10am – 5pm. See website for further details.

Old Parliament House – Friday Night Drinks

Spring is back, and so is Canberra’s favourite Friday night drinks at Old Parliament House.

Starting on October 30, unwind from the week and kick-start the weekend with your colleagues, friends or significant other in the historic courtyard of Old Parliament House. Enjoy live DJ, delicious snacks and chilled cocktails until March 2016.

Kick your weekend off in style for a drink in the historic courtyards of the House. Visit the website for more details.

King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.

High Tea at Old Parliament House Café

Enjoy a delicious floral themed High Tea in the iconic Old Parliament House Café, available every single day during spring. Bookings essential via the website.

The licensed Terrace Café has refreshing beverages, snacks, delicious coffee and light meals on offer, and is the best place to relax after an exciting day at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Watch out for the newly refurbished Courtyard Brasserie opening late September 2015, and the return of Friday Night Drinks late October 2015.From 1 September 2015 to 30 November 2015, Open daily 9am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day).

FAMILY

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.

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

Thought – Process by Tom Skeehan

A solo exhibition, as part of DESIGN Canberra, by Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member and industrial desinger Tom Skeehan.

The exhibition will launch Skeehan’s new furniture line and showcases his journey from sketch to polished product, incorporating production images, material samples and prototypes.

5 November – 12 December at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Level 1, 180 London Circuit. Times: Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 12.00pm – 4.00pm (Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays).

For more details check out the website.

“Secrets of Happiness (Meditation and the Inner Voice)”

Happiness is the simplest, purest, yet most elusive of qualities. Join Swiss psychologist, entrepeneur and author Kailash Beyer in two evenings to explore the fundamentals of happiness: where it comes from, how it works, how to grow, nurture and share it. Here’s the first secret: it’s within us.

The seminar is free and you can book here. On November 16 and 17 at 6.30pm at the Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place, Dickson.

Women in War museum theatre performances

Be part of the spring school holiday programs at the Australian War Memorial with Women In War. See actor Leith Arundel in two moving performances, Last letters and Radio silence, relating the experiences of women during wartime. 

Other programs include story time, hands-on history activities, drop in craft sessions and gallery talks. Please visit the Australian War Memorial events calendar on their website for exact dates and times.

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 Public Theatre

Enjoy a showcase of theatre, cabaret, music, spoken word and film at The Public Theatre, a pop-up outdoor theatre space in Civic Square.

Presented by Aspen Island Theatre Company, an independent contemporary Australian theatre company based in Canberra, in partnership with Cox Architecture.

17-29 November at The Public Theatre, Civic Square, Canberra City. Click here for more details.

The Chain Bridge

‘Almost failed’ academic Imre and his successful historian wife Sarah are preparing for the arrival of Imre’s mother Eva and her friends Katalin and Joszef, who are joining them for dinner.

When Imre receives news that he will not be allowed to return to the archives in Budapest, and thus may not be able to finish his history book about his mother’s 1940s childhood in Budapest, her survival of the 1944-45 German occupation and the destruction caused by the Hungarian fascists, the Arrow Cross, he and Sarah agree to renew their questioning of his mother and her two friends.

21-29 November at The Street Theatre. Saturdays: 7.30pm, Sunday: 6pm; Wednesday to Friday: 7.30pm. Box office opens 1.5 hours earlier. Click here to book tickets.

The Salt Room

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are teaming up to present The Salt Room: the poetry and performance night the ACT deserves. Bringing together local, national and international writers and performers. The Salt Room will tease your imagination, challenge your perceptions and showcase poetry at its finest.

The Salt Room will feature performances by Pascalle Burton, Adam Hadley, Suzanne Edgar and CJ Bowerbird.

Friday 20 November at the Gorman Arts Centre, 7.30-10.30pm, $5 per person. See website for more details.

Dendy Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 High Tea

Join Dendy for High Tea on the opening weekend of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Your package will include:

1 x ticket

Cucumber sandwiches

Iced cupcakes

Scones

Glass of Sparkling on arrival

Pot of tea

Chocolate dipped strawberries

Tickets start at $54.50 and can be booked here. On November 21 and 22 at 10am, Dendy Cinemas Canberra.

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema Kicks Off Summer in Canberra

One of Canberra’s most popular summer attractions, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema, is back for its fourth season at the beautiful Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Screening from Friday November 13 through to the December 19, 4 sessions per week, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema offers its guests an entertaining mix of blockbusters, dramas, thrillers and family films, as well as live music, beanbags, fantastic food from London Burgers, and a fully licensed bar.

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema is so much more than just a trip to the movies!

The 2015 program has something for everyone, with blockbuster films such as ‘The Martian’ and ‘Spectre’, themed sessions including ‘Girls Night Out’ Wednesdays, screening films such as Mistress America, Magic Mike XXL, Man Up and The Dressmaker, to ‘Family Friday’ screenings including Oddball and Hotel Transylvania 2

The opening night film on Friday 13th November is People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords, with live music prior to the film presentation.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit the website for more information. On from Friday November 13 to Saturday November 19 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton. 

Brazilian Movie Cycle

The Embassy of Brazil are screening free Oscar-nominated Brazilian movies with English subtitles every Thursday in November.

19th Nov: “Wasteland”, by Vik Munis (2010, G)
Documentary – Best Documentary

26th Nov: “Rio”, by Carlos Saldanha (2011, G)
Animation – Best Song

Hosted by the Brazilian Embassy every Thursday in November: 6pm-7:45pm (5-26 November). See website for more details.

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 

Skipping Girl Vinegar Solo

Expect to be uplifted by Skipping Girl Vinegar’s acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mark Lang. A must-see immersive live experience that is rich with melody and sing-along choruses, blended with shared stories that unravel the inspirations behind Skipping Girl Vinegar’s highly celebrated new album The Great Wave and previous work.

A testament to love, new album The Great Wave is a sonic explosion of colour; capturing the move away from city, the heart-break of a cancer diagnosis, the search for hope and light in the depths of critical life challenges and the journey into recovery.

Sunday 22 November 7-9pm at The Street Theatre. Box office opens 1.5 hours before every show.Purchase tickets here.

Selby & Friends – Basically Beethoven ‘2’

Selby and Friends – Basically Beethoven ‘2’ features Dale Barltrop on violin, Timo-Veikko Valve on cello and Kathryn Selby on piano. Selby and Friends’ ninth season offers another extraordinary collaboration between Australian and international artists who come together to create memorable performances of beloved masterpieces, large and small.

Thriving in a festival-like atmosphere, Selby and Friends concerts create a strong and intimate connection with the audience. This allows the performers to share not only their brilliance and flair but also warmth, humour and personal musical experiences.

Monday 23 November from 7.30pm at the James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia. See website for more details.

Confluence feat. Goal To Hurl

Delve into an evening of new and original music, when Confluence creates possibilities for striking compositions, exciting collaborations and sonic delicacies as curators Shoeb Ahmad (hellosQuare) and Thomas Fell (Jazz at The Loft) break down the boundaries between jazz, contemporary classical, electronic and improvised music.

November sees Goal To Hurl, the Canberra quartet masterminded by Simon Milman (aka Coolio Desgracias/Erebis), present a suite of instrumental studies which explore specific improvisational parameters in isolation/combination without looking for predetermined results.

Ainslie Arts Centre, 8-10pm on 21 November, $10-15 per person. See website for more details.

Hot To Trot presented by QL2 Dance

Gravity, the fear of maturity, losing patience, infinite surfaces: just four of the themes chosen by young choreographers in QL2 Dance’s Hot to Trot project. Hot To Trot is a showcase of new contemporary works by Canberra’s own Quantum Leap dancers, mentored by Ruth Osborne and Ashlee Bye.

The nine pieces will bring some powerful and fresh contemporary dance to the QL2 Theatre at Gorman Arts Centre. Tickets start at $15 and can be booked here QL2.org.au. Two shows only on 21 and 22 November from 7pm at QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

“Wednesday Lunchtime Live” Concert

Pianist Robert Schmidli will perform Beethoven’s Rage Over a Lost Penny and other piano works by J S Bach and Franz Liszt.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door, visit the website for more information.

On Wednesday November 18 from 12.40 to 1.20pm in the Wesley Music Centre’s, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT

Dark Disco

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. We turn the lights off and the music up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching.

It’s a place to have fun, de-stress and totally be yourself! We try to play a little bit of everything, from old stuff to dance, pop, rock, hip hop, Triple J tunes to super cheesy Top 40.

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

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

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room

Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. 

Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm until 24 December at 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

High Tea with Peter Alexander

Meet the man that knows what people like in the bedroom! The “Pyjama King”, Peter Alexander has been Australia’s top sleepwear designer for the past 25 years, creating beautiful, unique pieces for his well-known and well-loved brand.

Whilst we’ve been dreaming, Melbourne born designer Peter Alexander, has been building his sleepwear empire and successful business with his creative pyjama, underwear, daywear, and gift wear designs.

In many of his collections, you will see a stunning little sausage dog named Penny who was Peter’s beloved pet, muse, and brand ambassador. Penny has since passed on and Peter has two new pooches, Betty and Butch.

Peter’s love of animals lead him to be an avid supporter of RSPCA by collaborating with the charity as an ambassador for animal welfare and creating his own line of RSPCA products.

Peter will be sharing his story, passion for animals, and business experience at our High Tea fundraiser to support animals in need at the RSPCA ACT shelter.

The High Tea will include bubbles on arrival, delicious food, silent auction, raffle and exclusive signed Peter Alexander merchandise. Tickets are $150, find our more information here. On November 20 at 2pm, Old Parliament House.

Oxfam Trivia Night

The Oxfam ACT Committee is hosting a trivia night to raise money for Oxfam’s Syria appeal.

We’ve all seen the images of Syrian refugees in the news in recent weeks – but this is a crisis that started four years ago. Over 12 million people have been affected by the crisis, and many are stuck in refugee camps in neighbouring countries or internally displaced across Syria. 

Come along for a fun night, free food, cheap drinks and to help raise money for the appeal! Get together a table of 10 or let us find you one. Greg Bayliss from ABC Radio will also be there as Guest MC for the night so come join us for a good time for a great cause!

Tickets are $20 and the full amount of this goes directly to Oxfam’s Syria appeal, to help provide access to food, water and sanitation bookings can be made here. On November 19 from 6pm at King O’Malleys, Civic.

ART

Ainslie + Gorman and Feminartsy present: Why should we value the arts?

In this special event, presented by Feminartsy in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, three prominent figures in our arts sector will explore the question, why should we value the arts?

Wednesday 18 November at 7pm. Tickets: $10 at the door at Gorman Arts Centre.

The Ballet Russes to the Australian Ballet

As part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Talks series, listen to Alysha Redston, ANU intern, as she examines photographic portraits of dancers in the Collection at the National Portrait Gallery in The Ballet Russes to the Australian Ballet.

Wednesday November 18 at the National Portrait Gallery, 12.30-1pm, free entry.

Canberra Glassworks open studios for Design Canberra

A special studio tour has been developed to provide visitors with opportunities to meet Canberra Glassworks studio artists, see their work in progress and ask questions. This Open Studio event features Emilie Patteson, Christine Atkins, Brian Corr, Madeleine Dornan, Marina Hanser and Deb Jurss.

Tours will run on the hour, every hour. Free entry but bookings are essential at [email protected] or phone 6260 7005. On November 21 and 22 from 10am – 2pm, Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. 

That’s Not Glass! 

Join Canberra Glassworks and explore what the historic Kingston Power House means to jeweller Katherine Clark, who has been a That’s not glass! resident artist leading up to this event.

Born and raised in Italy, Katherine currently calls Canberra home. This event will display her beautiful jewellery selection, inspired by the architectural structure of the Kingston Power House, for the first time.

In developing these new works, Katherine has taken a wider view of the arts during the year the Kingston Power House was completed, in 1915.

‘It was a very interesting period for jewellery design: with the transition from Edwardian, Belle Époque and Art Deco often blurred,’ says Katherine. ‘On a personal level, my grandfather was a pearler at that time — nephew of James Clark, the Pearl King. The same year Gabrielle Chanel opened her first Couture House in France, promoting the virtues of glass “pearls”.

Entry is free, visit the website for more information www.canberraglassworks.com. On November 21 from 2pm at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

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.

Other exhibitions

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

EXHIBITIONS

Emerging 2015: Radford College Student Exhibition

The Radford College Student exhibition features selected works by years 7-12 students of Art, Design and Technology subjects including Engineering, Graphics and Design, Information Technology, Media Arts, Photography, Textiles and Fashion, Woodwork and Visual Art.

Exhibition opening: Saturday 21 November. Exhibition to be opened at 5:30pm by internationally acclaimed designer and maker, Robert Foster, Fink and Co

17–22 November at the Belconnen Arts Centre

B7 Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition

B7 is an immersive exhibition showcasing the work of 45 graduating graphic design students from the University of Canberra.

Since the beginning of their studies, graphic design students have converged on Building 7 as a place of learning and sharing while ultimately building towards the beginning of their professional career.

The exhibition will feature a range of projects that encompass different disciplines, including branding, print, digital and web design and is open to the public and professionals alike.

B7 will be held in conjunction with UCID 2015 – the Bachelor of Industrial Design exhibition – and Shift – the Bachelor of Architecture exhibition.

All three exhibitions will take place at the University of Canberra. Free entry, visit the website for more information. On November 20 from 6pm – 10pm at Building 7, University of Canberra. 

Trees+

Trees +, an exhibition and celebration of the tree at the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Featuring woodworkers Terry Martin and Zina Burloiu and visual artists Sue Cochrane and Malcolm Pettigrove.

“My love of trees has always influenced what I have made. Every time I cut a piece of wood, I think about the tree and that’s why I try to leave something of the tree in so many of my pieces.” – Terry Martin

31 October to 6 December at Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, 22 Malbon Street, Bungendore, 9am-5pm.

The Distant Warriors

The Distant Warriors: Ka Maumahara (We Will Remember) Let Us Not Be Forgotten is a special ANZAC Centenary exhibition inspired by the stories of Indigenous Australian and Maori soldiers who fought in the First World War.  

The exhibition, only at the Canberra Glassworks, honours our fallen and our survivors. From 9 September 2015 to 19 November 2015.

10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Sunday at the Canberra Glassworks. Entry is by gold coin donation.

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.

Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum.

Stories at the heart of our history

This not-to-be-missed exhibition reveals the powerful stories of rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection.

Encounters also features contemporary works produced by the Indigenous communities from which the British Museum’s objects were originally acquired.

Many of the objects from the British Museum have not been seen in Australia since they were first acquired during contact between early settlers and First Australians.

Entry is free. Timed tickets are available at the door but we recommend you book online. Encounters is on show from 27 November 2015 until 28 March 2016, only at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

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.

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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