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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!

FIVE THINGS NOT TO MISS

ROB THOMAS

Rob Thomas has had an ongoing, 20-year long, love affair with Australian audiences – both as the frontman, lead vocalist and key songwriter for Matchbox Twenty and also as a major solo artist.

That romance continues in February as Thomas makes a very welcome return to Canberra in support of his first solo album in more than six years, the long-awaited The Great Unknown.

Special guest: Pete Murray.

From 7:30pm this Monday 22 February at the National Convention Centre. For more information and ticketing options visit: premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ROBTHOMA16&v=CRT

THE COLOUR RUN CANBERRA

The Color Run’s upcoming 2016 Shine Tour is headed to the best city on the planet! Think shimmer, think sparkles, think fun and of course, think colour!

The Color Run encourages participants of all ages to run, walk, skip or dance their way around the 5k course. The event celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality all in the name of FUN!

The new Shine Tour will have loads of shining attractions on the course, plenty of photo opps that will make you bling and new sparkling elements at the Finish Festival! Get ready to be splashed in colour from beginning to end. The Color Run is the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy and kids under 5 are free.

On Sunday 28 February, Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Visit thecolorrun.com.au/event/canberra/ to book your ticket.

FIX AND MAKE: TOYS FROM TRASH WITH ARVIND GUPTA

Toys From Trash is a kids workshop for 6-11 year olds on Saturday 27 and 12+ years on Sunday 28 February. Make toys and create experiments from household materials usually thrown away with Arvind Gupta – a scientist, day-dreamer, inventor and toymaker who lives and works in India.

Gupta has made more than 700 improvised toys, travelled to more than 3,000 schools and has written 15 books. His website ‘Toys from Trash’ has received more than 41 million views with 20,000 digital books downloaded each day. This workshop will inspire big and little kids, reminding us all that it is possible to create something fun and fascinating from simple materials.

From 2-4pm on both Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 February at Hotel Hotel. For more information visit the website: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events

LANTERNE FESTIVAL 2016

Experience the final event of Chinese New Year in the capital at the Lanterne Festival. See the site in the new Beijing Garden decorated with a multitude of Chinese Lanterns and lights. Watch performances of Chinese traditional music, children’s dances, martial arts and the lion dance. Take part in the hand-made lantern competition and a lantern parade. Bring your own lanterns or buy one there.

Prizes for best hand-made lanterns.

From 6-8:30pm this Saturday 27 February a Beijing Garden, Lennox Gardens, Flynn Place, Yarralumla. Entry is free. For more information visit www.acfs.org.au

ACTEWAGL ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW

Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show. The award winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors.

Stay for the day. Play under the night lights. Get in fast to buy your favourite show bags. There’s something for all the family.

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 from 8:30am to 10pm –Sunday 28 from 8:30am-6pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). For more information visit www.rncas.org.au

FOOD & DRINKS

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.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 28 February. Visit www.thepoachersway.com.au for a full program.

A. BAKER X EAT STREET

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.  Visit the website for more information.

Get along to the A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OPH

Spring is back, and so are 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 every Friday night until March. Visit www.moadoph.gov.au for more details.

At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.

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 a grazing menu featuring regional produce followed by a Ranger led night tour. There are also special guest presentations each night by winemakers and Floresco head chef, Ben Smith.

The evening starts with canapés on the deck and the menu is accompanied by Long Rail Gully wines, including their 2015 Riesling, Rose and Shiraz.

The next evenings will be held from 7pm on Friday 4 and 11 March at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Bookings are essential and can be made at www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/whatson.

MUSIC & DANCE

A TRAVELLER’S TALES – ART SONG RECITAL

Enjoy A Traveller’s Tales; an art song recital by Christopher Lincoln Bogg (tenor) and Alan Hicks (piano), presented by Art Song Canberra.

Christopher’s journey with recital song began back in the 1970s in Canberra. Now he returns to where it all started to commemorate the journey he has taken over forty years. The program includes songs by Schubert, Schumann, Ravel, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Benjamin and Sondheim.

Sunday 28 February from 2:30pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. Tickets start at $15. For more information visit www.artsongcanberra.org

A BEAUTIFUL BROKEN VESSEL AND OTHER ENCHANTING TALES PERFORMANCE

Sandra Minchin-Delohery’s debut performance of a Fine Art Masterpiece on the human canvas deals with the transient nature of beauty, decay, the macabre, legacy and survival at the National Portrait Gallery. Her performance is challenging, emotional, beautiful, unique and unapologetically human.

Friday 26 February from 2-4pm and 5-7pm, Sunday 28 February from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra. Bookings are not required. For more information visit www.portrait.gov.au

VARIED VIRTUES: SELBY AND FRIENDS

Pianist Kathryn Selby is joined by SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve to celebrate the glorious diversity of piano trios and duos with a program built around the musical form of the Variation.

The program features performances of the following pieces:

– Beethoven Piano Trio No 10 in E flat major, Op 44 Variations on an Original Theme

– Busoni Kultaselle, 10 Variations for Cello and Piano on a Finnish Folksong

– Schubert Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, Op 159 (D 934)

– Arensky Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op 32

On Tuesday 23 February from 7:30pm at James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra, 2600. Tickets start at $46 and are available for purchase online at www.selbyandfriends.com.au/buy-tickets/2016/canberra

ROB THOMAS

Rob Thomas has had an ongoing, 20-year long, love affair with Australian audiences – both as the frontman, lead vocalist and key songwriter for Matchbox Twenty and also as a major solo artist. That romance continues in February as Thomas makes a very welcome return to Canberra in support of his first solo album in more than six years, the long-awaited The Great Unknown.

Special guest: Pete Murray.

From 7:30pm this Monday 22 February at the National Convention Centre. For more information and ticketing options visit: premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ROBTHOMA16&v=CRT

DARK DISCO

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. The lights are off and the music is up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching to 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 holidays) on Level 2 of The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street Civic.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

FIX AND MAKE: TOYS FROM TRASH WITH ARVIND GUPTA

Toys From Trash is a kids workshop for 6-11 year olds on Saturday 27 and 12+ years on Sunday 28 February. Make toys and create experiments from household materials usually thrown away with Arvind Gupta – a scientist, day-dreamer, inventor and toymaker who lives and works in India.

Gupta has made more than 700 improvised toys, travelled to more than 3,000 schools and has written 15 books. His website ‘Toys from Trash’ has received more than 41 million views with 20,000 digital books downloaded each day. This workshop will inspire big and little kids, reminding us all that it is possible to create something fun and fascinating from simple materials.

From 2-4pm on both Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 February at Hotel Hotel. For more information visit the website: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events

DO YOU SEE ME IN YOUR OWN REFLECTION…

Sandra Minchin-Delohery, visual artist and cancer survivor, talks about her new body of work, surviving grief and illness, reclaiming the body and having a dark sense of humour. In addition, she discusses the modern role of tattooing in empowering people and helping them deal with grief.

Sunday 28 February from 2-3pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Limited spaces and no bookings are required. Donations are welcome. For more information visit www.npg.gov.au

FIX AND MAKE: SOMETHING FROM NOTHING WITH ARVIND GUPTA

Something for Nothing is a talk with India’s greatest toymaker, Arvind Gupta who will be visiting Australia for Fix and Make.

The average Australian household with children has in excess of 100 toys. Yikes. This is a significant financial and environmental burden – as a large majority of these toys end up in landfill. Arvind Gupta – a scientist, day-dreamer, inventor and toymaker – has travelled throughout India teaching children and families with very little how to make captivating toys and experiments from simple, found materials. If you are looking for new ways to break old paradigms, come along to his talk and see what it takes to make fun, fascinating and educational toys from nothing to something.

On from 6-8pm on Friday 26 February at Hotel Hotel. Visit the website to book tickets and for more information: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events

JP MCGOWAN HOLLYWOOD’S FIRST AUSTRALIA & GUNS AND GUITARS

Australian film historian, David Donaldson talks about the career of JP McGowan, the trail-blazing Australian actor and filmmaker who was a pioneer in Hollywood.

South Australian born, McGowan fought in the Boer War and came home via America – but never made it past Hollywood where he enjoyed a career that survived the transition from silent to talkies, and saw him direct over 200 films, giving John Wayne one of his first starring roles.

David Donaldson’s talk will be followed by an 11am screening of Guns and Guitars (1936, 57 mins) starring McGowan.

From 10am-12pm on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton, Canberra, 2601. Tickets start at $10 and are available from www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=146499

BACKYARD AQUAPONICS

Learn how to grow fish and vegetables together in your own backyard. Aquaponics is the combination of hydroponics and aquaculture in a no-waste, integrated system. Learn the basic theory and get on the path to setting up your own system.

Host Gurkan Yeniceri will show you to how he set up his own aquaponics system, including a working model.

On from 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday 23 February at the Canberra Environment Centre, Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton, Canberra, 2601. Tickets are $20 and can be bought from www.ecoaction.com.au/events/backyard-aquaponics

STARTING A BUSINESS: THE NUTS AND BOLTS

Have a new business idea or need help with an existing business? Whether you are an established business owner or just aspiring to be one, this workshop is a great introduction to the nuts and bolts’ of running any business.

On February 29 from 10am – 12pm at Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, Unit 6, 65 Tennant Street, Fyshwick. Visit www.canberrabusinessnews.com.au/when/upcoming-events/351-starting-a-business-the-nuts-and-bolts-monday-29-february-2016.html to book your ticket. 

HOW ISIS CHANGED THE WORLD AGAIN

In this public lecture Robert Pape will explain the rise of ISIS, its goals, targeting logic, and the group’s recent shift to spectacular attacks in the context of the global environment of suicide terrorism in the last 30 years.

Over the past half year we have seen a dramatic shift in the targeting patterns employed by ISIS. Moving form a focus on Iraq and Syria, ISIS has carried out complex attacks in Ankara, Beirut, over the Sinai, and Paris. A look at the data from our Suicide Attack Database, also shows that suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria declined substantially in the fall of 2015.

What explains this change? The answer can be found in Iraq and Syria. There, since September 2014, ISIS has lost significant territory and faces the near term prospect of losing to a multi-prong offensive by the international coalition that could decisively cripple the terrorist group.

What are the reasons for this and how are they connected to foreign occupation, the main driver of suicide terrorism? What is an effective strategy for the West to follow in taking the fight to the Islamic state and will it be possible anti-ISIS coalition members to prevent future Paris-Style attacks?

Robert Pape explains the rise of ISIS, its goals and its targeting logic, and examines the group’s recent shift from suicide terrorism to more complex attacks.

On Monday February 22 from 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Common Room, University House, Balmain Crescent, ANU. For more information on talks at the ANU, visit the website www.anu.edu.au

TALKING TO MY COUNTRY

Stan Grant discusses his new book, Talking To My Country, a powerful and personal account of race, culture and national identity.

On Tuesday February 23 from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, William Herbert Street, ANU. For more information on talks at the ANU, visit the website www.anu.edu.au.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

FILM

JP MCGOWAN HOLLYWOOD’S FIRST AUSTRALIA & GUNS AND GUITARS

Australian film historian, David Donaldson talks about the career of JP McGowan, the trail-blazing Australian actor and filmmaker who was a pioneer in Hollywood.

South Australian born, McGowan fought in the Boer War and came home via America – but never made it past Hollywood where he enjoyed a career that survived the transition from silent to talkies, and saw him direct over 200 films, giving John Wayne one of his first starring roles.

David Donaldson’s talk will be followed by an 11am screening of Guns and Guitars (1936, 57 mins) starring McGowan.

From 10am-12pm on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton, Canberra, 2601. Tickets start at $10 and are available from www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=146499

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

PROXMINITY CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY TRIATHALON

A distance for all ages and motivations, the event is ideal for those who have not attempted a triathlon before or who are looking to achieve a personal goal along with those who enjoy triathlon in a fun, social environment.

Sunday 27 February at Proximity Corporate & Community Triathlon, Alexandrina Avenue, Yarralumla. For more information visit www.cctriathlon.com.au

NAB CHALLENGE: GIANTS VS WESTERN BULLDOGS

Don’t miss AFL (Australian Football League) action at it’s finest when the Giants vs Western Bulldogs. The Western Bulldogs return to StarTrack Oval in 2016 in Round 1 of the NAB Challenge. See the Giants take them on the rising stars under lights in this Thursday night blockbuster.

Become a Giants member and receive free access to this game along with the three games at StarTrack Oval during the AFL Toyota Premiership Season.

Tickets from Ticketek. Transaction fees apply.

Kick of at 7:10pm this Thursday 25 February at StarTrack Oval in Manuka. For more information and ticketing visit premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/genre.aspx?c=2053

AQUIS BRUMBIES VS HURRICANES

See the Aquis Brumbies v Hurricanes at GIO Stadium. It’s a Super Rugby Semi Final re-match as Australia and New Zealand’s capitals meet to kick-off the 2016 Super Rugby season at GIO Stadium. On the field the Brumbies will be looking to get one back from the team that knocked them out of last year’s competition. Off the field, new look food and entertainment offerings will be showcased for the first time. Don’t miss the start of Super Rugby 2016!

Kick of is at 7:40pm this Friday 26 February at GIO Stadium Bruce. Tickets are available for purchase online at premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=KRU116

THE COLOUR RUN CANBERRA

The Color Run’s upcoming 2016 Shine Tour is headed to the best city on the planet! Think shimmer, think sparkles, think fun and of course, think colour!

The Color Run encourages participants of all ages to run, walk, skip or dance their way around the 5k course. The event celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality all in the name of FUN!

The new Shine Tour will have loads of shining attractions on the course, plenty of photo opps that will make you bling and new sparkling elements at the Finish Festival! Get ready to be splashed in colour from beginning to end. The Color Run is the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy and kids under 5 are free.

On Sunday 28 February, Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Visit www.thecolorrun.com.au/event/canberra to book your ticket. 

THE FIT MUSE – SOCIAL RUNNING CLUB

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.

At 8:30am every Saturday Morning. FREE.

MARKETS

12TH NATIONAL AUSTRALIAN PLANTS AS BONSAI EXHIBITION

Canberra Bonsai Society and the Australian National Botanic Gardens are pleased to present the 12th National Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai. See over 30 bonsai from Canberra based and interstate artists which showcase the breadth and diversity of the use of Australian plants in the art of bonsai.

Attend demonstrations at 2pm each day, showcasing the techniques used and considerations needed, when training Australian plants as bonsai.

Take a guided walk through the Gardens, visiting full sized versions of species represented in the Exhibition. Tours depart at noon daily. Groups will be restricted to 15 participants.

From Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 February, 9:30am-4:30pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Tickets start at $3 and children are free. For more information visit www.cbs.org.au

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS 

From 10am to 4pm every Sunday at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, 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.

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 MARKETS

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.

On from 2.30pm to 7pm each Friday at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Visit www.eatlocalmovement.org for more information.

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKETS

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.

KIDS

CANBERRA’S BEST LOVED FAMILY DAY IN THE MAGICAL SCULPTURE GARDEN AT THE NGA

Sculpture Garden Sunday transforms the garden into a wonderland of creative workshops, performance and installations inspired by the Tom Roberts exhibition and a beautiful outdoor setting.

Be sure to catch the live music concert on the main stage featuring local Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows. Their original rock-out songs will entertain kids and adults alike, and make everyone dance and sing along.

On from 10.30am – 1.30pm this Sunday 28 February at the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden, next to the Lake in Parkes Place, Parkes. This is a free event. For more information see the website: nga.gov.au/SculptureGardenSunday

 

FIX AND MAKE: MEET THE TOYMAKER WITH ARVIND GUPTA

Drop on in to Hotel Hotel to meet Arvind Gupta – India’s most prolific toymaker. He’ll be hanging out in the Mosaic lounge whipping up toys from household waste and conducting a variety of science experiments for curious minds.

Arvind Gupta graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1975) with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has written 15 books on science activities, translated 175 books into Hindi and presented 125 films on science activities on Doordarshan. His first book Matchstick Models & Other Science Experiments was translated into 12 Indian languages and sold over half a million copies. He has received several honors, including the inaugural National Award for Science Popularization among Children (1988), Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT, Kanpur (2000), Indira Gandhi Award for Science Popularization (2008) and the Third World Academy of Science Award (2010). The Toys from Trash viewership has crossed the 41-million mark. Every day, 20,000 books are downloaded from his website.

This is a free event.

Arvind will be in the Mosaic Lounge at Hotel Hotel from 9am-12pm on Saturday 27 February. For more information see the Fix and Make website: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events

CELESTIAL EMPIRE FAMILY ROOM

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 until March 24 and March 26 to May 22 2016 at the National Library of Australia. Find out more at www.nla.gov.au.

TOYS FROM TRASH

Toys From Trash is a kids workshop for 6-11 year olds on Saturday 26 February and for 12+ year olds on Sunday 28 February . Make toys and create experiments from household materials usually thrown away with Arvind Gupta – a scientist, day-dreamer, inventor and toymaker who lives and works in India.

Gupta has made more than 700 improvised toys, travelled to more than 3,000 schools and has written 15 books. His website ‘Toys from Trash’ has received more than 41 million views with 20,000 digital books downloaded each day. This workshop will inspire big and little kids, reminding us all that it is possible to create something fun and fascinating from simple materials.

From 2-4pm on both Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 February at Hotel Hotel. For more information visit the website: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events

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.

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.

Open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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 two 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.

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.

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.

Open every day from 9am to 5pm until 9 October at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see www.questacon.edu.au.

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 www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

DANCING GODDESSES FUNDRAISING SPECTACULAR

Dancing Goddesses Inc is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of making bellydance accessible to all women including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. After successfully holding classes in Canberra’s south, we are looking to expand our classes into Canberra’s north. We believe in the power of bellydance as a means to celebrate femininity, increase self-esteem and provide a support network for women across all walks of life.

Tickets include a Turkish banquet, tea and coffee plus an exclusive bellydance show from several of Canberra’s most popular bellydance groups. On February 27 from 6.30pm at Harem Restaurant, 48 Jardine Street, Kingston. Visit the website for more information www.dancinggoddesses.org.au

EXHIBITIONS

UNSETTLED: STORIES WITHIN

In Unsettled: Stories Within, five leading Indigenous Australian artists – Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Judy Watson, Elma Kris and Wukun Wanambi – respond to the National Museum of Australia’s major exhibition, Encounters, which reveals Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural material collected during the early years of European colonisation.

From 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016, daily from 9am-5pm. Closed on Christmas Day. For more information visit www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/unsettled

COLLECTING NOSTALGIA

Collecting Nostalgia explores ideas about collecting and art making, through the humble glass marble. Marbles can showcase great technical artistry, but they are also treasured objects imbued with memory. Canberra Glassworks has invited nine artists from across Australia to respond to the notion of collecting, using marbles as inspiration.

Showing at Canberra Glassworks until 24 April.

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.

Showing until 17 April at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

MAGNIFIED

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

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

THE BALD ARCHY PRIZE 2016

Watson Arts Centre once again presents 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.

Showing daily, 10am to 4pm, until 14 March at the Watson Arts Centre. See www.canberrapotters.com.au for more information.

TOM ROBERTS

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art.

Showing daily from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets at www.ticketek.com.au.

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 is the Gallery of Australian Design’s 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.

Open 9am to 5pm until 27 February at the Gallery of Australian Design, 47 Jardine St. Kingston.  

THROUGH SPACE AND TIME

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.

Showing until 3 April at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore. Visit www.sukihugh.com.au for more information.

THE LAST TEMPTATION: THE ART OF KEN AND 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 atNational Gallery of Australia (NGA) Contemporary. Ken + Julia Yonetani’s installation is a provocative response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

Showing until 27 March at NGA Contemporary, Parkes.

HOME IN TIME

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.

Showing until 24 March at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

SIDESHOW ALLEY: INFAMY, MACABRE AND THE PORTRAIT

Featuring a spooky and sometimes disquieting selection of portraits, Sideshow Alley maps 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.

Showing until Sunday 28 February at the National Portrait Gallery. 

AUSTRALIA IN THE GREAT WAR

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War.

The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.

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 7 March at the Australian War Memorial.

ENCOUNTERS

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.

On show until 28 March at the National Museum of Australia. Entry is free. Timed tickets are available at the door but we recommend you book online.

ART IS A WEAPON

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 now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates 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. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

KANINJAKU

Kaninjaku explores the history of the Canning Stock Route. Stories of contact, conflict and survival are featured in a striking new exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route.

Showing at the National Museum of Australia until 12 August.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

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

Feature image courtesy of thecolorrun.com.au

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