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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… 

The Illusionists 1903

The world masters of magic are bringing a spectacle to Canberra, with their latest and most stylish production yet, The Illusionists 1903,coming to the Canberra Theatre Centre for a strictly limited season from 8 to 16 December 2015.

Journey back in time and watch in awe as the impossible is recreated live on stage at Canberra Theatre Centre this summer.

Tickets on sale now via canberratheatrecentre.com.au or call 02 6275 2700. Ticket prices range from $79-$99. 

La Realisation – Haute Couture Runway Show

Haute couture comes to Canberra with Chachino’s high end fashion event, ‘La Réalisation’.

Expect to spend a luxurious evening in Albert Hall immersed in the latest haute couture wear, all whilst sipping on champagne.

Tickets are $15 and you can buy them here. On Sunday 13 December from 7.30pm at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. 

Quidam by Cirque du Soleil

Since premiering under the Big Top in Montreal in 1996, Quidam has captivated millions of people across five continents. Now Quidam has embarked on a new journey, with the same spell-binding production being performed in arenas around the world. The international cast features 46 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors who present a showcase of spectacular aerial feats, astonishing human agility, and heart-warming emotion.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organisation providing high-quality artistic entertainment.

The company has 4,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

Cirque du Soleil present Quidam from 10 to 20 December 2015 at AIS Arena, Bruce for 15 performances only. Tickets start at $75. Visit the website for more information. 

Tom Roberts

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it’s not to be missed.

The exhibition takes place during an exciting period of change at the NGA, including a large-scale rehang of almost every work of art, with Australian art taking pride of place in a new location.

Daily from 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets here

Spiders at Questacon

Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair!

Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Weave your way through the fascinating exhibits and interactive displays to discover how these web-weavers, hunters and burrowers outlived the dinosaurs to become one of the most successful creatures on earth.

Bravely step into the web of a net-casting spider to get your photo taken or peer into spider innards using 3D scanning technology—what do you see?

Challenge a peacock spider to a dance-off or, if you dare, ‘hold’ a virtual wolf spider in the palm of your hand!

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spiders as you listen to Australian Scientists detailing their latest discoveries and learn how you can get closer to spiders in your own garden.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

Opens 24 November from 9 am – 5 pm every day at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see the website.

Old Bus Depot Markets Christmas Market

Canberra’s favourite Sunday markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, are hosting their popular Christmas markets throughout the month of December.

The Old Bus Depot Markets’ Christmas markets will feature handmade gifts and festive items including Christmas wreaths, decorations, table centrepieces, candles, stockings and advent calendars. Live Christmas trees are also an annual favourite, and modern handmade wooden Christmas trees offer an alternative you can style for your own home.

 And the food, the glorious Christmas food. The markets will offer delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

 At the annual Christmas Stallholder sale markets’ stallholders will be offering exclusive specials and fantastic deals – it’s a great chance for visitors to stock up on everything they need for the festive season.

 Usually a Sunday-only affair, the markets will be open on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout December in the lead up to Christmas Day.  This gives more time for customers to find what they’re looking for, and more opportunity for the many stallholders to spread the Christmas cheer.

 Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets will be open Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more information visit obdm.com.au.

Handmade Market

Shop for unique gifts from the region when Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof.

The Handmade Market will showcase over 220 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers, find something unique and well priced and meet the maker.

ATMs on site. Indoor venue includes a gourmet food hall.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December: 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park Canberra. Free entry. 

The Wiggles

The grand Aussie family tradition of ending the year with a pre-Christmas Wiggles spectacular will continue bigger, bolder and happier than ever this year as The Wiggles announce their BIG SHOW! Tour.

Each of The Wiggles BIG SHOW! concerts will utilise not one, but two of the largest inflatable concert sets that Australian venues will have ever used, as the shows take on an even more family-friendly format this year.

Wiggles creator and Blue Wiggle Anthony explains, “This year we have two really special performances planned for every concert – it really is two shows in one! Part one will be a high energy mix of all the classic hits and new Wiggles songs that everyone loves to sing and dance along to, like Hot Potato, Rock-a-Bye your Bear, Do the Propeller! and Emma’s Bow Song, with all of our favourite Wiggly friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword joining us.

“And then there’s a great little 15 minute intermission so that children and parents can take a break before settling in again as we reveal part two – an all-new set and a brand new show. I don’t want to spoil too much of the surprise but I can say that it’s a new fairy-tale pantomime – Wigglified of course – with a really fun story and lots of singing and laughs, that both children and adults will enjoy.”

In addition to this vibrant, unique show, local children from each of the cities will also be included in the show as dancers, with The Wiggles HQ currently working with local dance schools in every state.

With over 150 sold out shows this year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as Wiggle tickets sell like…Hot Potatoes!

A variety of show times from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 December at Canberra Theatre Centre. Buy tickets here

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 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.

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

T3x Triathlons

T3x Triathlons offer an extreme summer sports weekend in Canberra. The Triple Edge T3X Endurance Series includes two Sunday triathlons. The first Endurance Tri is Australia’s only true ITU Long Distance Triathlon at 4km Swim, 120km Bike, 30km Run. The second is the T3x Canberra Triathlon over 2km Swim, 60km Bike and 15km Run.

Saturday 12- Sunday 13 December at Rond Terraces. 

See their website for details and entry.

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.

Meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of Muse in Kingston 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. 

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE.

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Handmade Market

Shop for unique gifts from the region when Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof.

The Handmade Market will showcase over 220 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers, find something unique and well priced and meet the maker.

ATMs on site.Indoor venue includes a gourmet food hall.

Saturday & Sunday: 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park Canberra. Free entry. 

Christmas Vintage Market & Ball: Old Blue Eyes meets the Queen of Jazz

Canberra’s historic Albert Hall plays host to an exciting day of vintage charm with a Christmas-themed vintage market followed by an evening ball celebrating the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra.

Grab some great last-minute Christmas gifts at the huge variety of vintage market stalls and then join Canberra’s own Tony Haley and Leisa Keen, Connexion Big Band and the Canberra Swing Katz for a wonderful evening of music and dance from a bygone age.

Dress up in your best threads, comfiest dancing shoes and invite all your friends for a glamorously fun night out!

Saturday 12 December: Markets 10am – 4pm. Vintage Gala Ball: 7pm – 11:30pm at Albert Hall, Yarralumla. 

Click here for more information. 

Old Bus Depot Markets Christmas Market

Canberra’s favourite Sunday markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, are getting ready to host their popular Christmas markets, on throughout the month of December.

The Old Bus Depot Markets’ Christmas markets will feature handmade gifts and festive items including Christmas wreaths, decorations, table centrepieces, candles, stockings and advent calendars. Live Christmas trees are also an annual favourite, and modern handmade wooden Christmas trees offer an alternative you can style for your own home.

 And the food, the glorious Christmas food. The markets will offer delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

 At the annual Christmas Stallholder sale markets’ stallholders will be offering exclusive specials and fantastic deals – it’s a great chance for visitors to stock up on everything they need for the festive season.

 Usually a Sunday-only affair, the markets will be open on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout December in the lead up to Christmas Day.  This gives more time for customers to find what they’re looking for, and more opportunity for the many stallholders to spread the Christmas cheer.

 Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets will be openSaturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more information visit obdm.com.au.

Old Bus Depot Market

 Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople.

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

Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

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

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 Muse 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

Old Parliament House – Friday Night Drinks

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

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.

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

Making as Meditation
Join local industrial designer Tom Skeehan for the highly anticipated Making as Mediation workshop. Whittle your own long-life chopsticks by hand from salvaged wood while listening to a gentle reading of Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s ‘In Praise of Shadows’, an essay on Japanese aesthetics. This session of meditative making is not to be missed.
The workshop includes a drink and some chopstick exercises (a nibble prepared by Monster kitchen and bar).
Only 20 places available. Bookings are essential via the website.
9AM – 1PM at Hotel Hotel, New Acton. Saturday 16 January 2016. Cost: $95 / $60 concession

Land of Opportunity: Australia’s post war reconstruction conversation and book launch

Join authors Professor Stuart Macintyre and Graeme Powell, along with historians Professor Nicholas Brown and Professor Joan Beaumont in a fascinating conversation about their publication Land of Opportunity: Australia’s post-war reconstruction. Followed by the launch and refreshments. Visit the website for more information. On Wednesday December 9 from 2pm – 3.15pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

Christmas Flower Workshop with Lady Larissa

Local floralista Lady Larissa will be holding a selection of small workshops before Christmas to help Canberrans create the most unique centrepieces and wreaths this holiday season.

FRESH FLORAL CHRISTMAS TABLE WREATH

Create your very own fresh floral table wreath using textured foliages, wild flowers and summer fruits. This style will look as if it were plucked from The Secret Garden. A stand out circular piece, perfect for the home table or given as a gift to a loved one.

Demonstration, bubbles, nibbles, flowers, all tools + materials. $135 per person. Bookings essential at admin@ladylarissa.com.au.

Monday 7 December from 6pm – 8.30pm at Brow Lab, Eloura Street Braddon

CHRISTMAS CENTREPIECE FLOWERS

Learn how to make your own fresh Christmas floral centrepiece that captures the romantic English garden look. You will walk away with a bespoke table arrangement full of fresh flowers, wild foliages and fruit.

Includes Local Press juice or tea/coffee, cake, demonstration, container, tools + materials. $140 per person. Bookings essential to admin@ladylarissa.com.au.

Wednesday 16 December from 6.30pm – 9pm at Local Press Cafe on the Kingston Foreshore

Thought – Process by Tom Skeehan

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

Until 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.

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

All About E

The National Film and Sound Archive is screening All About E, starring up and coming Australian actress Mandahla Rose.

A beautiful DJ is forced to run when she stumbles on a stash of cash. Can she keep the money, conquer her demons, AND get the girl? 

The film screens this Wednesday 9th December followed by a Q&A with writer/director Louise Wadley and producer Jay Rutovitz. Click here for the trailer. 

Wednesday 9 December from 7pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.

Culture Reels: 20 Feet From Stardom

Watch Culture Reels, a fortnightly series of arresting Australian and international documentaries on art and culture. This instalment will screen Academy Award winning Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013), directed by Morgan Neville.

In his compelling film, Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music. This film reflects the sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonising with others.

8-10pm, Wednesday 9 December at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon. $10 per adult. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The force remains strong amongst the people of the Nation’s Capital. Dendy Canberra has now sold-out the majority of their midnight screenings to the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There is no reason for budding Jedi to panic just yet, as there are still seats available to the recently announced 6am breakfast sessions, on the opening day, Thursday 17 December.

These breakfast sessions are perfect for those who are determined to see this epic franchise return to the big screen on opening day, but still need to adhere to their work commitments.

The sessions begin at 6am and include a range of delicious breakfast items that are exclusively available for these special one-off screenings.

Tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are now on sale and can be purchased at the box office or online at dendy.com.au – Bookings are highly recommended.

For more information please visit the website.

Hollywood Retro Film Festival

Margaret Pomeranz presents the Hollywood Retro Film Festival at Dendy Canberra!

See the greats of cinema history, from the 1930s through to 1960, digitally re-mastered and brought to the big screen. Twenty-two Hollywood classics, many of which have rarely made it to Australian cinema screens, are the centrepiece of the first inaugural festival.

Dendy Canberra is delighted to bring you iconic movies including Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942),  It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Singing in the Rain (1952), with a rollcall of actors including Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Veronica Lake and Marlon Brando. Tickets start at $15, visit the website for more information. On from November 26 to December 13 at 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

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

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE 

Carols Under The Stars

Join us for the 2015 Community Carols, a free public event organised by South Woden Uniting Church and led by the Gospel Folk. This year we join vocal forces with Strange Weather Gospel Choir, producing an even more jubilant Christmas sound.

Plenty of community singing, along with guest performers, don’t miss Louise Page OAM, operatic soprano, and Credo, male vocal group. It’s free, fun and family oriented. BYO folding chair, rug and gold coin to buy candles.

Monday 14 December at Pearce Shopping Centre from 7.30-9pm. Free entry. 

The Power of Drum

Experience the power and majesty of the world of percussion when The Groove Warehouse presents their first Christmas Spectacular The Power of Drum.

Join internationally renowned performer and educator Gary France and his talented team of professional and student drummers, (ages 1 – 70+ years old) for a feast of sonic wonder. This concert will feature Carribean Calypso Steel Drums, African Drums, Indonesian Gamelan, Marching Drumline and naturally the Drum Kit in all it’s splendour.

This is a family friendly event, great for people of all ages.

Saturday 12 December at The Street Theatre at 6pm, purchase tickets here

Handel’s Messiah

Tobias Cole and the Canberra Choral Society proudly presents Handel’s Messiah – the single most performed piece of classical music.

Featuring Tobias Cole (conductor) with Rachael Duncan, Veronica Thwaites-Brown, Christopher Lincoln Bogg and Andrew Fysh, along with the CCS Massed Choir, CCS Youth Choir, CCS Orchestra.

Saturday 12 December at Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Tickets: Adult: $55, Concession: $40, Student: $25. Click here to book tickets.  

Christmas Vintage Market & Ball: Old Blue Eyes meets the Queen of Jazz

Canberra’s historic Albert Hall plays host to an exciting day of vintage charm with a Christmas-themed vintage market followed by an evening ball celebrating the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra.

Grab some great last-minute Christmas gifts at the huge variety of vintage market stalls and then join Canberra’s own Tony Haley and Leisa Keen, Connexion Big Band and the Canberra Swing Katz for a wonderful evening of music and dance from a bygone age.

Dress up in your best threads, comfiest dancing shoes and invite all your friends for a glamorously fun night out!

Saturday 12 December: Markets 10am – 4pm. Vintage Gala Ball: 7pm – 11:30pm at Albert Hall, Yarralumla. 

Click here for more information. 

Wednesday Lunchtime Live Concert

Wesley Music Scholars

A group from the talented young Wesley Music Scholars will perform a varied program of music for piano, cello, string trio and voice. Entry is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the door. Visit the website for more information. On Wednesday December 9 from 12.40pm to 1.20pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.

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 Bar, The FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

FS100- Celebrating all things Frank – in support of Soldier ON

As you enter the ‘Cotton Club’ you will be transported back in time, to the years when Frank Sinatra and the rat pack, sang and performed.  Dressed in your glamours suits and dresses you will be welcomed by our Maitre d’ and escorted to your table.  Have a drink, listen to the smooth Jazz Piano of Mike Dooley before the show starts. 

Includes a two course meal, a 100th Birthday cake in Frank’s Honour and two hour show featuring the talented Paul Parolo and musicians from the Spectrum Big Band.  Come along and help us celebrate what would have been Frank’s 100th Birthday, while also raising awareness and funds for the wonderful work of Soldier On. Tickets start from $75 and can be booked here.

On Saturday December 12 from 7pm at White Eage Polish Club, David St, Turner.

ART

Wendy Saddington: Underground icon

Artist Peter Maloney first saw Wendy Saddington perform in Canberra when he was around 17 years of age. He became a lifelong admirer and then friend of the singer and amassed an extensive personal archive of material relating to this iconic Australian performer.

Using material from Maloney’s archive, the exhibition follows the development of Saddington’s career as a cult celebrity and a key figure in Australian popular music history.

This exhibition coincides with the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Australian New Zealand Branch Conference at the Australian National University, School of Music, 4 – 6 December.

Opening hours: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm until 17 April 2016 at Canberra Museum and Gallery

Magnified: 12 years of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Celebrate 12 years of The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the National Archives this summer. Enjoy incredible prize-winning artworks exhibited alongside inspiring historical content from the collections of the National Archives of Australia and the South Australian Museum.

A partnership exhibition developed and curated by the National Archives of Australia and South Australian Museum.

Open daily 9am-5pm, except Christmas Day and Good Friday until 28 March 2016 at National Archives of Australia. Free entry. 

Borland + Borland

This exhibition is a celebration of the work of sisters Polly and Emma Borland. Polly Borland, who is currently based in Los Angeles USA, is one of Australia’s most important contemporary photographers. Emma Borland is a glass artist based in Melbourne.

Until 7 February at Canberra Glassworks. Opening times: 10am – 4pm: Tuesday – Sunday. 

Art After Dark at Canberra Glassworks

Canberra Glassworks presents a pre-Christmas program for all to enjoy. See work produced by Peter Vandermark as part of the That’s Not Glass! residency program, supported by CBR.
Take advantage of a 10% discount for your Christmas shopping needs, and Make Your Own Christmas decoration with professional artists.

Festive hospitality will be provided!

Friday 11 December at the Canberra Glassworks from 5-8pm. Free entry. 

Suki & Hugh Gallery Opening Exhibition

The first exhibition for Suki & Hugh Gallery will show the work of Sydney based photographer Ali Nasseri.

The exhibition entitled ‘In Black and White’ will include some large black and white prints from Nasseri’s travels to Iran, the Himalayas, the United States and New Zealand.

Adding a dynamic twist to the exhibition, Nasseri has decided to incorporate a crowd funding element. Gallery goers can purchase an affordable signed print from the exhibition with the proceeds going toward the making of the book. Visit the website for more information. On Saturday December 12 from 3pm – 6pm at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore.

Nicola Dickson Close Encounters: the Voyage of Bruni D’Entrecasteaux

During the French naval voyage commanded by Bruni D’Entrecasteaux to Australia and the Western Pacific in 1791-1794, encounters with people and place were recorded by the artist Jean Piron.

The nature of these meetings between minds and bodies, each with their own desires, needs and understandings is explored in this exhibition which re-presents engravings derived from Piron’s drawings.

Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm (4pm in Winter) at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Civic Square.

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

Tom Roberts

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it’s not to be missed.

The exhibition takes place during an exciting period of change at the NGA, including a large-scale rehang of almost every work of art, with Australian art taking pride of place in a new location.

Daily from 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets here

The Last Temptation: The art of Ken + Julia Yonetani

Chandeliers made from uranium glass representing nuclear-powered nations and a nine-metre banquet table made entirely of salt feature in the first large survey show of internationally acclaimed Japanese and Australian artist collaborators Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary.

Ken + Julia Yonetani’s NGA installation is a provocative response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. In an installation of chandeliers reconfigured to emanate UV light, and decorated with specially sourced Uranium glass, each chandelier represents a country that operates nuclear power stations. It is work that is aesthetically astounding, accessible and engaging. Uranium glass poses no health risks.

Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm from Saturday 12 Dec 2015 – 27 Mar 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia Contemporary, Parkes. 

Home in time

The exhibition Home in Time was inspired by a book written for the centenary of Canberra. 100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture by Tim Reeves and Alan Roberts surveys Canberra’s domestic culture from 1913 – 2013.

Ten homes from the book have been selected for this exhibition. They demonstrate a variety of themes, from public service inundation to architectural innovation and date back to the foundation of Canberra’s urban environment. Generous private lenders have contributed precious family heirlooms to this exhibition; furniture, paintings, plans, photographs are on display in this exposé of Canberra homes.

Opening times: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm from Saturday 12 December 2015 – 24 Mar 2016 at Canberra Museum and Gallery

Capital and Country: the Federation years 1900–1914

This exhibition celebrates the art of the newly-federated Australia alongside the work of Australians working in Europe during these formative years of the new century.

The paintings by twenty-five Australians invite viewers on a journey through the era and around the world, from patriotic visions of the Australian bush to the bohemian enclaves of London and Paris where sumptuous portraits were produced. Capital and country is a travelling exhibition of paintings from the national collection, developed as the National Gallery of Australia’s gift to the nation in celebration of Federation and the centenary of the Federal Capital in 2013.

Weekdays: 10am – 5pm Weekends: 12 – 5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, Macabre and the Portrait

Featuring a spooky and sometimes disquieting selection of portraits, Sideshow Alley will map the various ways in which artists, photographers and entrepreneurs used portraits of Australian convicts and criminals: the canny publishers trading in salacious prints and penny dreadfuls; the studios doing a brisk trade in portraits of heroes and villains; and the waxworks proprietors who, with their ‘Chambers of Horrors’, turned violence, scandal and misfortune unto a lucrative art form.

Drawing extensively from the underbelly of the Portrait Gallery’s own collection, Sideshow Alley will also include fascinating, rarely seen objects from major public collections in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, as well as from those of the Old Melbourne Gaol, the University of Melbourne, the Victoria Police Museum, and the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney.

Sideshow Alley will be on display from Saturday 5 December 2015 until Sunday 28 February 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Sideshow Alley Highlights Tour

Step into Sideshow Alley at the National Portrait Gallery and explore the notorious Australian criminals from nineteenth century Australia. Featuring a selection of death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits.

Daily at  2.30pm. From 5 December 2015 to 28 February 2016. See above item for exhibition details. 

Duration is 30 minutes. No bookings required. Exhibition ticket required.

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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