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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… 

GOOGFEST 2016

Googfest is back – and this year’s line-up is enough to make you see stars! Googong Township’s annual family friendly music festival is back for another rocking show at Rockely Oval Googong from 5-9pm Saturday 6 February.

Join the proud Googonians for a night of free live music with headline act SAFIA (pictured above) joined by Canberra’s own Amber Nichols, contestant from The Voice, plus The Burley Griffin, Guyy and the Fox and The Kaleid Trio. A fireworks finale will cap off a night not to be missed, so bring the family, a picnic and rug, and settle in to enjoy an evening of free live music under the stars at Rockley Oval.

You can also grab a tasty bite to eat from the range of food stalls available on the night.

Free buses will be available from Queanbeyan, Woden and Tuggeranong bus interchanges, see website for details.

February 6 from 5-9pm Saturday at Rockely Oval Googong. Visit googong.net for more information.

Summerside Festival

The Summerside Festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines and exciting performances, events and nature experiences. So grab your friends and family and discover summer in the capital region. Enjoy a lazy long lunch, or an afternoon of live music. Try a master class, or wine tasting and finish it all off with a twilight horse ride.

From 6 February 2016 to 28 February every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February. Check their website for a full program.

Relive your Teenage Dream with a Swinging 60s night at the NFSA

On Friday 5 February the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will step back into the 1960s, with Teenage Dream 1966 – an evening of free retro entertainment.

Teenage Dream 1966 will offer something for everyone: from a swing dance demonstration by The Jumptown Katz, a 60s karaoke and costume competition, and a classic car display, to screenings of the forgotten Aussie film gem Funny Things Happen Down Under (featuring Olivia Newton-John) and a restored episode of The Go!! Show including vintage TV commercials and special guests.

The Go!! Show, known at the time as ‘Australia’s Swingin’est Teenage Show’, was Melbourne’s first teenage music program for the Beatles generation. The NFSA is screening episode 117 (originally broadcast on 28 November 1966), including local Canberra commercials from that era. It will be followed by a Q&A with stars of the show: Norman (Normie) Rowe and Patricia Amphlett (Little Pattie), and producer Dennis Smith. This screening is free, but bookings are essential and tickets are available online.

Normie Rowe said: ‘The Go!! Show started off with five people and ended up with an entire industry, spawning other television shows. It created a lot of stars.’

Throughout the evening, the NFSA Theatrette will show Olivia Newton-John first film,Funny Things Happen Down Under, in which a group of children try to save the wool shed they use as their headquarters. The film will be playing in a loop. Motorheads will enjoy a display of classic cars out the front of the NFSA, courtesy of the Canberra Vintage Car Club. There’s plenty to see, but also plenty to do.

Visitors will also re-discover their inner swinging 60s selves, and dance the night away with the local group The Jumptown Katz in the picturesque courtyard. They can also sing along to their favourite 60s tunes in The Front Room’s karaoke, and those who dress up in their favourite 60s outfit will have a chance to win prizes!

The Front Room café will be serving food and beverages to keep you swinging throughout the evening.

Friday 5 February from 6-10pm at the National Film and Sound Archive. Free but bookings essential here.

China’s Last Celestial Dynasty 

Geremie Barmé, Founding Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU, and Professor of Chinese History, provides an introduction to the Qing dynasty.

Supported by the ANU Australian Centre on China in the World.

Held on Thursday 4 of February from 6-7pm at the Library of Australia. All tickets are $15 and include refreshments. For more information see the website

1st Commonwealth Bank ODI: Southern Stars vs India 

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will round out the Australian summer of cricket when they host India for the first of a three-match One Day International series at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

Playing under lights, catch Canberra’s No. 1 ranked Stars in action on home soil as they ramp up preparations and look ahead to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in the sub-continent.

2nd of February at Manuka Oval. Entry is free, for more information visit the website

Summer Sounds 2016 

As the sun goes down at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, enjoy live music, great food and drink, socialising and dancing on the Eucalypt Lawn.

Enjoy the onsite catering of wood fired pizzas, pulled pork burritos, cold car, gelato ice cream and barista coffee.

Live musics acts include Amber Nicholls, Lulu Swing, Big Boss Groove, Justine Clarke, Annie & The Armadillos and Young Monks.

Summer Sounds runs Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5.30pm – 7.30pm each night from January 16 through to February 7.  General entry is $5, concession $2, child 12 yrs and under, free. Visit the website for more information.

Chinese New Year Family Day 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with decorations, lanterns and a range of fun activities and performances, including an appearance by artists from the Shanxi Performance Group.

Held on Sunday 7 February from 2pm-4pm at the National Library of Australia. Free entry. National Library of Australia, click here for more information. 

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas 

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential outdoor event, with feature films lighting up our huge movie screen from dusk. Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian and New Zealand music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local musicians.

Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema Patrick White Lawns, by the National Library. Find out more via the website

Sex, murder and mayhem tours

Sideshow’s adults-only accompaniment, replete with grim and grisly tales; not for the young or faint of heart! Exhibition ticket required.

The Sideshow Alley exhibition considers the official, personal and commercial uses made of images of Australian convicts and criminals throughout the 19th century.

Dates and times: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 5 February: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 12 February: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 19 February: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 26 February: 6.30-7.00pm.

Book your tickets here now. National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

With a selection of 80 cartoons from 39 cartoonists, this year’s exhibition displays some of Australia’s most controversial cartoons that test the boundaries of free speech and the freedom of the press.

Until November 25 2016, Daily 9am – 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. Click here for more information.

Celestial Empire: Life in China 1644-1911

Celestial Empire – 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. From life at court to in the villages and fields, glimpse the world of China’s last imperial dynasty.

See exquisite and precious objects from the National Library of China. Marvel at drawings and plans for Beijing’s iconic palaces from the Yangshi Lei Archives, never seen in Australia. Beautiful maps, books and prints come alive in ornate detail.

Discover the National Library of Australia‘s acclaimed Chinese Collection, including rare items from the London Missionary Society; a unique view of early western impressions of China.

Open daily from 10am at the National Library of Australia, Parkes. Click here for more information.

A. BAKER X EAT STREET

A wonderment to the senses. Set in the Old Oak Tree Courtyard and serving up aromatic street food to craft beers, enchanting sights and sounds of live performers, A. BAKER plays host to Canberra’s most interactive street style experience. Every Friday from 6pm throughout Summer, entry is free. Food from $11.00. Beverages from $6.00. Visit the website for more information.

A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra. 

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 March 28 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets here

Australians of the Year exhibition at the National Museum of Australia

Champions for gender equality, the abolition of capital punishment, conservation, personal sacrifice for others, affordable health care and the building of youth self-esteem, are being honoured in a new exhibition featuring the National Australia Day Council’s (NADC) 2016 Australian of the Year finalists.
The Australian of the Year Awards 2016 exhibition pays tribute to the eight extraordinary Australians chosen as the 2016 Australian of the Year finalists. The exhibition features personal objects selected by the finalists that have special significance to them and communicate something special about their lives and experiences.
On now at The National Museum of Australia, Acton. The museum is open 9am-5pm every day. The exhibition is free and located in the entrance hall. Cost: Free. See australianmuseum.net.au for more information.

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

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 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

World Wetlands Day

The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust in partnership with the ACT Government, are hosting an exciting and fun-filled Open Day at Jerrabomberra Wetlands to celebrate World Wetlands Day. There will be stalls and activities for the whole family including wetland discovery walks, heritage tours, live music, art displays, indigenous cultural activities, outdoor photographic exhibitions, a variety of children’s activities, food, and lots more.

Entry is by gold coin donation with all proceeds supporting the work of the Trust at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

Sunday 7 February from 10am – 3pm. Free entry.  Find out more here

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

Your Local Wedding Guide Canberra Bridal Expo

At Your Local Wedding Guide Canberra Bridal Expo the aim is to help you create your perfect wedding day! By bringing together the best and most diverse wedding industry suppliers in your local area, you get the opportunity to meet with a variety of leading wedding professionals to ensure you find the right team for your special day. There’s so much to see, with many new products and ideas on display!

Sunday 7 February from 9am-3pm at the Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Corner Flemington Rd and Northbourn Avenue, Mitchell. Adult tickets are $15.00, available hereBook online for special offers. 

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

Shut Down Period – December 18 2015 and resumes January 29 2016

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.

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 Dandenong

Join the University of Canberra Capitals as we enter our 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 all 12 home games as stars Steph Talbot, Jess Bibby, Carly Wilson and Lauren Jackson lead your 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 7 February from 3pm-5:30pm Doors open 2pm. AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce.

1st Commonwealth Bank ODI: Southern Stars vs India 

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will round out the Australian summer of cricket when they host India for the first of a three-match One Day International series at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

Playing under lights, catch Canberra’s No. 1 ranked Stars in action on home soil as they ramp up preparations and look ahead to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in the sub-continent.

2nd of February at Manuka Oval. Entry is free, for more information visit the website

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

Brewing Kombucha

Get healthy on your next trip to Canberra with this workshop on Brewing Kombucha. If you’re feeling a little heavy in your belly, you could be missing all the wonderful probiotics that things like kombucha can provide.  

The Canberra Environment Centre is hosting a kombucha workshop where health and wellness coach Jane McIntyre will teach you how to make it at home.

On 2nd of February at the Canberra Environment Centre, Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton. Cost is $20. For more information contact the website

Summerside Festival 

As part of The Poacher’s Way Summerside Festival, Muse are delighted to host a four course degustation dinner with canape welcome reception, showcasing eight wines from two of Canberra’s finest wineries.

Owners Jim Lumbers and Anne Caine planted 19.6 acres of vines in 1997, and so was born Lerida Estate, a James Halliday 5-star winery. With their full-time wine maker Malcolm Burdett they produce wine to reflect the cool, high terroir of Lake George. Lerida Estate wines are made in small quantities and not always easy to find, but are increasingly sought after by those who are prepared to make the effort to seek out unique and rewarding taste experiences.

The family owned and run Four Winds Vineyard focuses on five varieties grown on their 33 acre property a little east of Murrumbateman: shiraz, riesling, sangiovese, cabernet and merlot. Producing a fabulous range of wines made by husband and wife team Jamie Crowe and Bill Crowe, Four Winds Vineyard is fast becoming one of Canberra’s most sought after wineries.

There will be entertainment throughout the evening including a table quiz with prizes for the winning team.

Tickets are $95 and include all wine and food. When booking please select either ‘regular’ (for carnivores) or ‘vegetarian’. For those with special dietary requirements please contact us separately to discuss options.Tickets also available for purchase in-store. Online bookings close at midnight on Wednesday 3 February (unless sold out prior). BOOK NOW. On February 6 from 6.30pm at Muse, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston.

Delicious afterDark

Indulge in an exclusive evening of delicious food, fine wine and a unique after dark tour experience at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

These ‘adults only’ evenings combine the best of our new grazing menu featuring regional produce followed by a Ranger led night tour.

Special guest presentations each night by wine makers – Gary and Richard Parker from Long Rail Gully, and Floresco head chef – Ben Smith.

For the palate, your evening starts with Canapes on the deck and the delicious menu will be accompanied by a superior range of wines from Long Rail Gully including their 2015 Reisling, Rose and Shiraz.

Bookings are essential and can be made here.

On Friday February 12, March 4 & 11 from 7pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

A. BAKER X EAT STREET

A wonderment to the senses. Set in the Old Oak Tree Courtyard and serving up aromatic street food to craft beers, enchanting sights and sounds of live performers, A. BAKER plays host to Canberra’s most interactive street style experience. Every Friday from 6pm throughout Summer, entry is free. Food from $11.00. Beverages from $6.00. Visit the website for more information.

A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra. 

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 Faces – February 

Little children and their parents or carer are invited to join an experienced Learning Facilitator at the National Portrait Gallery for playful activities in the galleries. You will look at the portrait Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu by Guy Maestri 2009, exploring sight, sound and music.

This 30 minute event is ideal for children from the ages of 6 months to 3 years. It is followed by morning tea in the cafe.

This program made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.  

Held from 2-3 February at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry cost is $10 for adults and bookings are essential. Entry cost includes tea/coffee. For more information visit the website

Book Launch at Harry Hartog

Get along to Harry Hartog Woden for the official launch of the beautiful children’s book Smile Cry by the fabulous Tania McCartney!

Kids will be entertained by a reading, activities, delicious cupcakes and other goodies. Bring your smiles, and your favourite soft toy to join in the fun!

Visit the website for more information http://harryhartog.com.au/events/book-launch-for-smile-cry. The launch is free but please RSVP for catering purposes to [email protected]

On February 5 from at 11am at Harry Hartog. L38 Westfield Woden, Keltie Street, Woden.   

Children’s China

Curious about Kung Fu? Want to speak Mandarin? Join in this fun Wednesday session, which explores elements of language, calligraphy, martial arts and storytelling to deepen engagement with the Celestial Empire exhibition.

Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm at the National Library of Australia. Tickets are $15 each, purchase them here.

Celestial Empire Family Room at the National Library

Use your imagination in this hands-on, interactive area to explore life during China’s last imperial dynasty. Kids and parents can contribute to a giant collaborative dragon artwork. Other activities will include puppeteering, craft, and colouring with ample space to curl up with a Chinese storybook.

The Family Room is open January 2 to March 24 and March 26 to May 22 2016 at the National Library of Australia. Find out more information here.

Memory of a Nation Family Corner

Summer is a great time to visit our Memory of a Nation exhibition, with new and curious collection items now on show.

Queen Victoria’s underpants? A trip to Antarctica? What is an archive? Read stories from our past, do a puzzle or try the Discovery Trail.

For children under 10 and fun for mum and dad too.

On at the National Archives of Australia until 2 February. Free entry. Open daily from December 18 2015 to February 1 2016 (except Christmas Day) 9am-5pm.

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.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE 

Long Ride 2016 Black Tie Ball

The Long Ride 2016 supports the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and promotes better mens health through raising awareness of prostate cancer and mens health issues in the Australian community.

A range of fundraising and awareness activities are conducted in the months leading up to a motorcycle ride across Australia to continue activities in regional areas.  In April 2016 the Long Ride destination is Margaret River in WA.

The Black Tie Charity Ball is one such activity.  Entertainment will be provided by the band of the Royal Military College Duntroon.  Memorabila auctions will be conducted throughout the evening and a full drinks and food package is included plus canapes on arrival.

Tickets are $150 and can be booked here www.the-long-ride-tm–2013.com/. On February 13 from 6pm at The Abbey,O’Hanlon Pl, Nicholls.

Reach for Nepal Fundraising Dinner

The Hungry Buddha is holding a dinner to raise funds for the Reach for Nepal appeal. You can expect a two course Nepali dinner, incl drinks (soft drinks and wine) and a silent auction. Nepali handicraft item items will be for sale and update of projects that the foundation supports. 

Tickets are $50 per person, with $35 donated to the foundation. You can book your ticket here: http://thehungrybuddha.com.au/events/fundraising-dinner-2/ The foundation information can be found here  www.reachfornepal.org. On February 4 at 6pm at The Hungry Buddha, Curtin Shops. 

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

It’s all in your head: phrenology, crime and Australian society

Historian and author Alexandra Roginski discusses phrenology, the popular science that became one of the 19th century’s most enduring fads. She explores its central tenet: that character and intellect could be determined from a person’s head, and applied to fields including criminal reform, career guidance, and even child rearing at the National Portrait Gallery.

Limited spaces, bookings not required.

Sunday 7 February from 2.00-3.00pm at the Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery. Free entry. Click here for more information. 

China’s Last Celestial Dynasty 

Geremie Barmé, Founding Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU, and Professor of Chinese History, provides an introduction to the Qing dynasty.

Supported by the ANU Australian Centre on China in the World.

Held on Thursday 4 of February from 6-7pm at the Library of Australia. All tickets are $15 and include refreshments. For more information see the website

Brewing Kombucha

Get healthy on your next trip to Canberra with this workshop on Brewing Kombucha. If you’re feeling a little heavy in your belly, you could be missing all the wonderful probiotics that things like kombucha can provide.  

The Canberra Environment Centre is hosting a kombucha workshop where health and wellness coach Jane McIntyre will teach you how to make it at home.

On 2nd of February at the Canberra Environment Centre, Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton. Cost is $20. For more information contact the website

Book Launch at Harry Hartog

Get along to Harry Hartog Woden for the official launch of the beautiful children’s book Smile Cry by the fabulous Tania McCartney!

Kids will be entertained by a reading, activities, delicious cupcakes and other goodies. Bring your smiles, and your favourite soft toy to join in the fun!

Visit the website for more information. The launch is free but please RSVP for catering purposes to [email protected]

On February 5 from at 11am at Harry Hartog. L38 Westfield Woden, Keltie Street, Woden.   

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

Horror show with a magic lantern

See animated, hand-painted slides of the macabre and the grotesque, the shocking and the heartbreaking, thrown onto the screen from the magic lantern at the National Portrait Gallery.

Friday 5 February: 6.00-6.30pm and 7.00-7.30pm Friday 26 February: 6.00-6.30pm and 7.00-7.30pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry. Click here for more information. 

Lawrence Mooney – Moonman’s Bunch of Ideas

Lawrence Mooney is going to throw ideas at you and you get decide what lives and what dies – you have the power. The Winner of Best Show at the Sydney Comedy Festival 2015 and host of Dirty Laundry Live is coming to the Capital. Be there as he trials material for his brand new show.

Lawrence Mooney is best known as the host of his own hilarious show, Dirty Laundry Live, on ABC TV. This edgy, irreverent, comedy panel show is in its third series and fast becoming a cult favourite.

3 and 9 February at 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre Courtyard Studio, London Circuit, Canberra City. Click here for tickets and details. 

Sunday Film Screening Series: Charlotte Gray

The annual Australian War Memorial Sunday film screenings are on again. Join them for a collection of iconic films exploring the roles and experiences of women during wartime. This Sunday it’s Charlotte Gray (2001) A, directed by Gillian Armstrong (121 min). All screenings are free and include a short introduction by Memorial staff. This is not a ticketed event, so get in early to guarantee a seat!

Sunday February 7 at 1.30pm in the BAE Systems Theatre, Australian War Memorial, Treloar Street, Campbell. Free entry. 

The Bounty (PG) Film Screening 

The National Portrait Gallery is continuing its free film screenings this Summer. Join them for a screening of The Bounty (PG) 132 minutes.

Held on Saturday 6 February from 2-4:10pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Limited spaces. No bookings required.

Donations welcome. For more information visit the website

POCKET FOX ALBUM LAUNCH

Pocket Fox is launching their first feature-length album, The Brightest Light, with a Garden Party in the East Courtyard of Gorman Arts Centre.

The event will feature a number of local folk and indie artists, including Burrows. Expect fairy lights, a stage under a tree, grass underfoot and bucket loads of atmosphere. This is a family friendly event and is supported by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and the ACT Government.

Tickets are $10 (conc) / $15 (full) / $30 (family-unlimited kids) and are at the door. On February 6 from 7pm at East Courtyard, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon.

Relive your Teenage Dream with a swinging 60s night at the NFSA!

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is stepping back into the 1960s, with Teenage Dream 1966 – an evening of free retro entertainment.

Teenage Dream 1966 will offer something for everyone: from a swing dance demonstration by The Jumptown Katz, a 60s karaoke and costume competition, and a classic car display, to screenings of the forgotten Aussie film gem Funny Things Happen Down Under (featuring Olivia Newton-John) and a restored episode of The Go!! Show including vintage TV commercials and special guests.

The Go!! Show, known at the time as ‘Australia’s Swingin’est Teenage Show’, was Melbourne’s first teenage music program for the Beatles generation. The NFSA is screening episode 117 (originally broadcast on 28 November 1966), including local Canberra commercials from that era. It will be followed by a Q&A with stars of the show: Norman (Normie) Rowe and Patricia Amphlett (Little Pattie), and producer Dennis Smith.

There’s plenty to see, but also plenty to do. Visitors will also re-discover their inner swinging 60s selves, and dance the night away with the local group The Jumptown Katz in the picturesque courtyard. They can also sing along to their favourite 60s tunes in The Front Room’s karaoke, and those who dress up in their favourite 60s outfit will have a chance to win prizes!

The Front Room café will be serving food and beverages to keep you swinging throughout the evening.

Visit the website for more information www.nfsa.gov.au. This screening is free, but bookings are essential and tickets are available online here www.trybooking.com/JJET. On February 5 from 6pm – 10pm at the National Film and Sound Archive McCoy Circuit, Acton.  

Sunday film screening series

The summer holidays are here again, and with them comes the annual Australian War Memorial Sunday film screenings. Join us in 2016 for a collection of iconic films exploring the roles and experiences of women during wartime. This is a rare opportunity to see these classics on the big screen.

All screenings are free, and will be accompanied by a short introduction to the film given by experts from the Memorial.

This is not a ticketed event, so get in early to guarantee a seat.

Sundays February 7 & 14 at 1.30pm at the BAE Systems Theatre at the Australian National War Memorial, Campbell.

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE 

James Reyne 

James Reyne is set to deliver the ultimate summer double bill, hitting the road with Moving Pictures for a guaranteed memorable night of Aussie rock! James will play his solo smashes, all his Aussie Crawl hits and more. 

For the first time since those halcyon years, Moving Pictures have re-formed to bring this dynamic tour de force; ringing the bell for those fantastic, lazy, hazy, crazy, ever-lasting, unforgettable salad days of summer once again! 

Saturday 6 February from 8pm. Held at the Canberra Theatre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets start from $65 and booking fees apply. For ticketing visit the website

By the water featuring Dan Sultan

Experience the raw power and emotion of three-time ARIA Award-winner Dan Sultan as he performs on the Museum’s lakeside lawns. And as the sun goes down and the stars come out, get ready to be mesmerised by the compelling voice of the very talented Thelma Plum.

This is your chance to hear two of the best contemporary Australian singer/songwriters in action. Be the first to grab a friend and join us for the 6th annual By the Water concert.

6 February opening 7-9pm at the National Museum of Australia. Tickets start from $20 for a child and $45 for an adult. For ticketing visit the website

The Ravishing and Enrapturing Voice 

Salut! has delighted Australian audiences for over 20 years in presenting the best of baroque with Australia’s finest baroque musicians in a chamber orchestra of up to twelve members. Enjoy music by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Dowland, Boismortier and Caldara led by artistic directors Sally Melhuish and Tim Blomfield. 

Held on Friday 5 February from 7:30pm at the Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla. Entry is $43 for adult. For more information visit the website

Diana Krall

Five-time Grammy Award winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall, is touring her album Wallflower World. Along with the ARIA Jazz Chart #1 Wallflower, Krall will break new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs, as well as favourites from her catalogue.

Don’t miss your tickets. Book now!

5 Feb 2016, opening 8pm at the Canberra Theatre. Tickets start from $102.30. For more information visit the Canberra Theatre website

POCKET FOX ALBUM LAUNCH

Pocket Fox is launching their first feature-length album, The Brightest Light, with a Garden Party in the East Courtyard of Gorman Arts Centre.

The event will feature a number of local folk and indie artists, including Burrows. Expect fairy lights, a stage under a tree, grass underfoot and bucket loads of atmosphere. This is a family friendly event and is supported by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and the ACT Government.

Tickets are $10 (conc) / $15 (full) / $30 (family-unlimited kids) and are at the door. On February 6 from 7pm at East Courtyard, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon.

Beethoven & The 21st Century

Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto takes up his position as ACO Collective Artistic Director and performs Beethoven’s riveting ‘Serioso’ alongside works by Nico Muhly, The National’s Bryce Dessner and other 21st century leading musical lights.

Tickers are from $46 and are available here. On February 6 from 8pm at Canberra, Llewellyn Hall, Australia National University, Acton.

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.

No Lights, No Lycra

Shut Down Period – December 16 and resumes in 2016 TBC

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.

ART

National Archives of Australia: Federation Gallery sneak peeks

Catch a glimpse of the Commonwealth of Australia’s original founding documents, including the Constitution, with a Gallery Host who will discuss the significance of these intriguing, beautiful and powerful documents.

On February 26 – 14 at the National Archives of Australia, entry is free. For more information visit the website.

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

With a selection of 80 cartoons from 39 cartoonists, this year’s exhibition displays some of Australia’s most controversial cartoons that test the boundaries of free speech and the freedom of the press.

Until 25 November 2016, daily from 9am – 5pm at Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. Closed Christmas Day. Click here for more information.

 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.

Opening hours: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm until April 17 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 March 28 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 February 7 at Canberra Glassworks. Opening times: 10am – 4pm: Tuesday – Sunday. 

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 August 12 2016.

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 March 28 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 Dec 12 2015 – Mar 27  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 December 12 2015 – Mar 24 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 December 5 2015 to February 28 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 January 1 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 March 7 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 November 27 2015 until March 28 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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