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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… 

National Multicultural Festival

Eat, drink, laugh and dance your way around the world at the National Multicultural Festival. Justice Crew, UK-based psychedelic rock-soul singer Z-Star, Sol Nation, Bombay Royale and Inka Marka all feature in the free Friday night concert.

Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival. There will be comedy, performance art, food and wine stalls, street parties, live music, circus-style acts and more!

Various venues and various times across 12-14 February. Keep checking their website for full details: www.multiculturalfestival.com.au.

Hypernova at ANU O-Week 2016

Hypernova is the ANU Students’ Association’s (ANUSA) biggest party of O-Week – and the year!

Hypernova brings a stellar international lineup and world-class production to the ANU campus. Performances by CHVRCHES, San Cisco, Basenji, Ego, Tak-un-da and Toyo with special guest Edd Fisher.

Ticket Prices (17+ Event Only)

ANU Student Early Bird: $30 – SOLD OUT
ANU Student: $40
Student Outside of ANU: $50
General Admission: $70

Buy Tickets – http://hypernova.getqpay.com (Any issues please email [email protected])

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 at www.thepoachersway.com.au/summerside-festival for a full program.

Dawn French: Thirty Million Minutes

See Dawn French, the award-winning actor, best-selling novelist and all round very funny lady, with her new show, based on her life and career, called Thirty Million Minutes.

The evidence is there for all to see. She is already three quarters certifiably daft. The other quarter is utterly bewildered. And the remaining quarter simply can’t do maths. With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French of Cornwall shares how she has misguidedly spent her whole life vigorously attempting to be a fully functioning female human.

8pm, 9-10 February at Canberra Theatre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Book tickets here: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/dawn-french

Lifeline Epic Bookfair

The Lifeline Epic Bookfair is the largest gathering of book-lovers in the ACT and region! With a huge range that you have to see to believe, there is something for everyone. A wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare and collectibles, as well as games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, comics and more.

Held over three huge days at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Saturday is family day with fun activities for the kids.

Entry is via gold coin donation and proceeds got to Lifeline Canberra’s 13 11 14 Telephone Crisis Support service. Visit the website for more information: www.act.lifeline.org.au/item/lifeline-epic-bookfair-2.

On February 12 – 14 from 9am at Exhibition Park, Canberra. 

Crimes of passion

National Portrait Gallery curator Joanna Gilmour puts a Valentine’s Day twist on the exhibition Sideshow Alley: infamy, the macabre and the portrait at the National Portrait Gallery.

Limited spaces, bookings not required. Donations welcome.

Sunday 14 February: 2.00-3.00pm

Lawrence Mooney – Moonman’s Bunch of Ideas

Wow – 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.

See the website for more details: canberraticketing.com.au

Royal Australian Mint Open Day

In 1966 Australians made change … in more ways than one. Fifty years on the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) is inviting the general public to celebrate decimal currency’s golden anniversary with an Open Day on February 13. There is so much to do:

Factory Walkthrough

This Open Day will have you take a journey through time, seeing the way that our coins have changed and adapted to our way of life. The walkthrough is a rare opportunity to stroll on the factory floor and see the presses which make the coins which pass through your hands every day.

Pop-Up Coin Design Studio

For the first time, the general public will be able to see the talented Royal Australian Mint Coin Designers in action in a once-off pop-up coin design studio! Accessible only as part of the factory walkthrough, the process of coin design will be revealed to the public like never before.

Master Class

A limited number of exclusive master classes with the Mint’s coin designers and product development team are also available, providing the amazing opportunity for the public to learn directly from the Mint’s talented coin designers. Here the public will be brought up- close with their methods and means in design and will get to personalise a special design and join in a plaster pour.

Coin Dealer Showcase

See pre-decimal coins up close with our Coin Dealer Showcase, seeing the complete story of Australian currency told over the past 100 years. The Coin Dealers present will also have a selection of previous year’s collectible coins and they can even give valuations so bring along our own coins or information about them and see what treasure you may have hiding amongst your collection.

There will be lots of other activities with musical performances, the Gecko Gang and photo opportunities with Mr Minty, Kelly the Kangaroo and Charlie the Koala, which will provide something for all ages.

On Saturday February 13 from 8:30am to 4pm at  Royal Australian Mint, Deakin.

Canberra Multicultural Fringe Festival 

The Canberra Multicultural Fringe is back in town and this year they have created an all LOCAL programme. The line up includes a mix of music and live performance that includes mostly experimental new works.

Join them on the dancefloor or linger mysteriously in a corner – they just want you there! The Canberra Multicultural Fringe celebrates local identity and diversity, and we can’t do that without your unique presence.

Happening around various locations in the city from 4pm to midnight Friday 12 February and midday to midnight on Saturday 13 February.

You’ll find upcoming announcements at www.facebook.com/CanberraMulticulturalFringe.

The Love of Things Panel Discussion

Our urban landscapes and digital worlds are filled with places filled with things for us to buy. Things that we don’t even have room for. Our love of things means that 75% of people can’t even park in their own garages!

This panel discussion will lift the lid on why we buy, the impact, and how our purchasing decisions are influenced.

Join a diverse and distinguished panel of leaders including hoarding and obsessive-compulsive disorders specialist Professor Mike Kyrios, product designer with a social conscience Russel Koskela, craft and design authority Avi Amesbury and environmentalist and circular economy expert Tim Silverwood.

Wednesday 10 February at 6pm at Palace Cinemas, 2 Phillip Law Street NewActon. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fix-and-make-the-love-of-things-talk-tickets-18770687632

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.

On now until February 21. Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema Patrick White Lawns, by the National Library. Find out more via openaircinemas.com.au/canberra/home

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 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

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 until October 9 2016 and is on 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

AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon

The AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon features the longest racing circuit possible at Stromlo Forest Park. There’s the 30km giant race circuit, for the tough 3-lap 100km and the 5-lap 100miler. Get a taste with 1 or 2 laps.

Racing can be solo or pairs, but either way it’s a challenging day out on some of the best trails in south eastern Australia. The race is sponsored by Australian Mountain Bike magazine, the largest of its kind in Australia. Visit their tent on-site with test bikes and their latest February issue.

Sunday 14 February. Saturday registration from 3pm; first race start at 5am then mass start at 8am. Event finishes by 4pm.

Registrations and all details on the Rocky Trail website: rockytrailentertainment.com/events/100-registration.html

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

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.

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

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra will come alive with hundreds of Weet-Bix Kids this February.

TRYathletes will swim, ride and run using very same facilities where many great Australian sporting careers have begun.

Sunday 14 February 7am-noon at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Register online now to secure your place: try.weetbix.com.au/events/canberra

AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon

The AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon features the longest racing circuit possible at Stromlo Forest Park. There’s the 30km giant race circuit, for the tough 3-lap 100km and the 5-lap 100miler. Get a taste with 1 or 2 laps.

Racing can be solo or pairs, but either way it’s a challenging day out on some of the best trails in south eastern Australia. The race is sponsored by Australian Mountain Bike magazine, the largest of its kind in Australia. Visit their tent on-site with test bikes and their latest February issue.

Sunday 14 February. Saturday registration from 3pm; first race start at 5am then mass start at 8am. Event finishes by 4pm.

Registrations and all details on the Rocky Trail website: rockytrailentertainment.com/events/100-registration.html

University of Canberra Capitals vs Perth

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

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

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

7pm-9.30pm, Friday 12 February at the AIS Arena, Bruce. Book tickets here: premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=CAPITALS16

Doors open 1 hour prior to game tip-off.

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

National Museum of Australia Supper Club and Encounters exhibition night tour

Head to the National Museum of Australia for an exceptional supper club experience in their waterfront cafe over selected summer dates.

Enjoy a two-course dinner of shared platters matched with local wines, an exclusive after-hours tour of the Encounters exhibition and a 20% discount on the exhibition catalogue!

Friday 12 February from 6.30pm at the National Museum of Australia. Book your tickets now: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/supper-club-and-encounters-night-tour-tickets-19736011943

Celebrate Japanese National Foundation Day

The Durham puts on its Japanese hat this week on Thursday, to celebrate the Japanese National Foundation Day. The chefs will be cooking up an authentic Japanese Ramen which will go great with some unique Japanese beers, never before seen on tap in the ACT.

Beer are $8 each or $20 for beer and Ramen. Visit the website for more information www.thedurham.com.au. On Thursday February 11 at The Durham, Shop 2, Green Square, Jardine Street, 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

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT OPEN DAY

In 1966 Australians made change … in more ways than one. Fifty years on the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) is inviting the general public to celebrate decimal currency’s golden anniversary with an Open Day on February 13. There is so much to do:

Factory Walkthrough

This Open Day will have you take a journey through time, seeing the way that our coins have changed and adapted to our way of life. The walkthrough is a rare opportunity to stroll on the factory floor and see the presses which make the coins which pass through your hands every day.

Pop-Up Coin Design Studio

For the first time, the general public will be able to see the talented Royal Australian Mint Coin Designers in action in a once-off pop-up coin design studio! Accessible only as part of the factory walkthrough, the process of coin design will be revealed to the public like never before.

Master Class

A limited number of exclusive master classes with the Mint’s coin designers and product development team are also available, providing the amazing opportunity for the public to learn directly from the Mint’s talented coin designers. Here the public will be brought up- close with their methods and means in design and will get to personalise a special design and join in a plaster pour.

Coin Dealer Showcase

See pre-decimal coins up close with our Coin Dealer Showcase, seeing the complete story of Australian currency told over the past 100 years. The Coin Dealers present will also have a selection of previous year’s collectible coins and they can even give valuations so bring along our own coins or information about them and see what treasure you may have hiding amongst your collection.

There will be lots of other activities with musical performances, the Gecko Gang and photo opportunities with Mr Minty, Kelly the Kangaroo and Charlie the Koala, which will provide something for all ages.

On Saturday February 13 from 8:30am to 4pm at  Royal Australian Mint, Deakin.

Children’s Author Extravaganza at Harry Hartog

Get along to Harry Hartog Woden, as they host some of the greatest children’s authors and illustrators:

– Paula Boer –  author of the 5 book series, Brumbies.

– Rowena Evans – Illustrator of  Brumbies, with her new book, Drums and Power Lines (as well her recent publication, Sealskin Coast).

– Rolf Svensen – Author of The Adventures of Teddy and Karl: Stories for Bedtime

– Jeffery E Doherty –  Illustrator of Teddy and Karl, but will also launch his new book, Olivia Stone and the Trouble with Trixies.

The event will also include live music, live sketching, colouring in and snacks. Theses books are appropriate for ages 5-13 years.

Visit the website for more information: www.harryhartog.com.au/events/children-s-author-extravaganza-and-book-launch. On February 13 from 1.30pm – 3pm at Harry Hartog, Westfield 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 

Lifeline Epic Bookfair

The Lifeline Epic Bookfair is the largest gathering of book-lovers in the ACT and region! With a huge range that you have to see to believe, there is something for everyone. A wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare and collectibles, as well as games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, comics and more.

Held over three huge days at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Saturday is family day with fun activities for the kids.

Entry is via gold coin donation and proceeds got to Lifeline Canberra’s 13 11 14 Telephone Crisis Support service. Visit the website for more information www.act.lifeline.org.au/item/lifeline-epic-bookfair-2. On February 12 – 14 from 9am at Exhibition Park, Canberra. 

The Inspire Ball

“The Inspire Ball” will be held at the National Gallery of Australia to help raise money for The Cancer Support Group ACT Eden Monaro’s Own.

The evening will be filled with Canapés, two course meal, beer, wine, soft drink and a full night of live music. The event will be MC’d by Comedy ACT’s Emo Parsonson; featuring a live comedy act by Chris Ryan, Testimonials from CSG clients and Charity Auctions.

Tickets are $150 each, visit the website for more information www.thecancersupportgroup.org.au/events/the-inspire-ball.php.

On Friday February 12 from 6.30pm at National Gallery of Australia. 

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. Memorabilia 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.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Baking Sourdough Bread

Learn how to make your own sourdough at home with local sourdough artisan Matthew Hulse of the Farm Dojo. Mat is a master sourdough maker and artist with a unique approach to bread, food and life in general. This intensive three hour workshop will provide you with the skills to make yourself a tastier sourdough than you could ever buy.

The price includes all ingredients, take home notes, a glass of local organic wine, snacks and a take home sourdough starter culture to get you on your way.

Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

Saturday 13 February from 10am – 1pm at Canberra Environment Centre, Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton. Book your place now: www.ecoaction.com.au/events/baking-sourdough-bread

Rise of the machines: Professor Hugh Durrant Whyte

The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds monthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind. February talk: Rise of the Machines. Speaker: Professor Hugh Durrant Whyte.

In the Australian Academy of Science’s 2016 public event series, ‘Bots, bacteria and booze’, see a lens held up to the science of the everyday, the amazing discoveries and inventions that help keep our lives ticking over, and peer through the looking glass to some of the science that will become part of the everyday for the next generation.

Tuesday 9 February from 5.30pm – 7pm at the Academy of Science, The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton. Tickets are $10 for adults and can be purchased here: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/professor-hugh-durrant-whyte-rise-of-the-machines-tickets-19570674414

Check the Academy of Science website (www.science.org.au) for full details.

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

Mad Dog Morgan (MA15+) Film Screening

The National Portrait Gallery is continuing its free film screenings this Summer. Join them for the screening of Mad Dog Morgan (MA15+) 102 minutes.

Limited places. No bookings required. Donations welcome.

Friday 12 February at 6pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

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 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.

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

Sunday film screening series

The summer holidays are here again, and with them comes the annual Australian War Memorial Sunday film screenings. 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.

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

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE 

The Necks

The Necks are one of the most distinctive and enthralling groups in music. The hard-earned, almost telepathic rapport that Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck have developed over the past 26 years is truly one of the most compelling in live music.

The Necks offer a phenomenal musical experience, unlike any trio you’ve heard. Masters of their own musical language of long-form improvisation, each night they step onto the stage with no pre-conceived ideas of what they will play – they and the audience will go on a sonic journey that is created in the moment.

Saturday 13 February from 8-10pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets and find more information here: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre/Productions/TN16/Performances

Kristy Coote with Tyrone Noonan

Join Kristy Coote on her “Favourite Thing” album launch tour. Kristy’s acoustic rootsy brand of pop music has taken her on a journey that resulted in her songs being heard across the US and Australian radio stations.

Hailing from Newcastle in New South Wales, Kristy has had international success with songs ‘I’m Not That Girl’, reaching number one on the Ison Live Radio International Network – ‘The Australian Real Underground Music Show’. She had hits on the John Butler, Paul Kelly and Ash Grunwald, ‘Home Grown Roots III Compilation’ with ‘Chocolate Day’ and ‘Calling All You Wanted Angels’.

Saturday 13 February from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre/Productions

We May Never Meet Again: The Music of Amy Winehouse

We May Never Meet Again pays tribute to Amy Winehouse’s lifelong love of jazz through a suite of twisted and re-imagined arrangements, transporting her music from the radio to the smoky clubs where her jazz idols used to play.

Hear the soul-drenched voice of Elly Poletti bring a new life to songs like “Back to Black”, “Tears Dry On Their Own”, and “In My Bed”. Six horns share the stage with Elly, weaving a backdrop of jazz harmonies and soul hits, comments and counter-melodies.

Friday 12 February at 8pm. Box office opens 1.5hrs prior to show. Book tickets here: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre/Productions

The Button Collective

Like a jig? Take in this energetic, multi-instrument Sydney-based folk act at the National Portrait Gallery as part of their late night openings.

From 5.30-7.30pm, 2 February at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

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.

 

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

NITTY GRITTY – On the Front Lines

An insight into the creative expression from some of the front line community workers in Canberra. Where the rubber meets the road at the crucible of community work can be an intense and rewarding experience as supporting people in crisis is the job. Creative outlets from these frontline workers have birthed the art of this exhibition, a wide range of styles and mediums.

The artists participating in this exhibition are: Ele Saclier, LeeAnne McEwan, Margy Duke, Luke Tarlington, Bryan Duke, Jenni Farrell, Candice Woerde, and Yasmin Grace.

The exhibition will be open from Wednesday February 10 – 19 at the Belconnen Community Services @thegallery, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen.

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

The Bald Archy Prize 2016

Watson Arts Centre is delighted to once again present the Bald Archy Prize, that eccentric icon of the Australian art calendar. Created in 1994 as a spoof of another more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides a genuine opportunity for artists of all styles and standards to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.

Known internationally as the only art competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment.

Daily 10am to 4pm from 12 February to 14 March at the Watson Arts Centre. See the website for more information: www.canberrapotters.com.au/wcac_exhibitions.html

NITTY GRITTY – On the Front Lines

An insight into the creative expression from some of the front line community workers in Canberra. Where the rubber meets the road at the crucible of community work can be an intense and rewarding experience as supporting people in crisis is the job. Creative outlets from these frontline workers have birthed the art of this exhibition, a wide range of styles and mediums.

The artists participating in this exhibition are: Ele Saclier, LeeAnne McEwan, Margy Duke, Luke Tarlington, Bryan Duke, Jenni Farrell, Candice Woerde, and Yasmin Grace.

The exhibition will be open from Wednesday February 10 – 19 at the Belconnen Community Services @thegallery, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen.

UNDER EMBARGO 

In a national premier, 11 honours students and two professors from the University of Canberra (UC) will reveal a diverse range of creative design responses to some of Australia’s most immediate cultural, social and innovation challenges. 

Visionary: What we can create, is the Gallery of Australian Design’s (GAD) latest exhibition, addressing issues such as the improvement of Australia’s wellbeing, promoting stronger student literacy engagement among students and enabling the elderly to re-engage with their community through design. 

The exhibition is free and open to the public. On from February 5 – 27 from 9am – 5pm at the Gallery of Australian Design (GAD), 47 Jardine St. Kingston. 

Through Space & Time 

The exhibition entitled ‘Through Space & Time’ is a showcase of select abstract graphite drawings and acrylic on canvas artworks that span the last three years of Justin Andrew’s career.

In 2008 Andrews travelled to Japan as a recipient of the Australia Council Tokyo studio. He credits this geographic location along with Victoria’s Riverina and Central Highlands areas with providing the rich array of textures and ‘sublime space’ that sustain and feed his work.

Andrews has spent the past 15 years honing his skills and immersing himself in his passion. He has held solo exhibitions in Australia and abroad including Amsterdam, Basel, Brussels, Cologne and Dusseldorf.

Visit the website for more information www.sukihugh.com.au. Exhibition opens February 13 – April 3. Gallery hours are Wed to Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat to Sun 10am to 5pm at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore. 

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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