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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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16 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Canberra Fashion Market

Do you have lots of clothing in your wardrobe that you’d like to get rid of?

Canberra Fashion Market is a great opportunity to buy and sell new, vintage and recycled things and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other objects of interest.

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Cost: $3, children under 12 are free

Happening Saturday 10 February between 10am-3pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue Mitchell.

Find more information on the website.

ZUMBA® FOR MARY – Hosted by Sarah, Aly and Ali

Raise heart rates and funds to send an incredible woman to Russia for MS treatment.

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) is a breakthrough treatment which has helped thousands of MS sufferers around the world. The treatment, which is available in Russia and not Australia, has been known to halt the progression of MS in some patients. HSCT is not covered by our health system and costs approx $80,000 AUD + flights and accommodation (in Russia).

Dance, sweat and work off that Christmas pudding with two hours of ZUMBA® fun! Featuring Zumba tracks taught by the Zumba Bunnies: Ali Rosenfeld (Subsdance), Alyson Vardos (Zumba with Aly), Sarah Tulley (returning to the stage after a very long hiatus!), and other special guests!

Raffles and prizes to be won, this event is not to be missed!

Bring: Sneakers, lots of water, a towel and your smiling face. Parking available onsite.

Kickstart your 2018 by feeling good inside and out!

Happening Saturday, 10 February 2018 from 10:30 am – 12 pm at St Francis Xavier College – Barnard Circuit, Florey.

Cost: Early bird tickets – $15 (+b.f.) or $20 cash at the door

Tickets available here before 30 January or $20 at the event.

For more information visit their Go Fund Me PageFacebook or call 0407 209 009.

Courtney Act

Courtney Act has been under the covers with many, but not usually in front of a live audience!

In Courtney’s brand new show Under the Covers, which will tour Australia in February/ March 2018, she will dazzle with songs by some of our favourite artists that have all been covered in some way. She strips songs down and flips them on their back to show audiences just how gender and genre fluid a great song can be. From Dolly Parton to Harry Styles and Spice Girls to Queen, Courtney will leave you pillow fighting and pillow biting!

Happening Tuesday 6 February at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information and buy tickets here.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now: nma.gov.au/space.

Canberra Food and Wine Expo

The Food & Wine Expo is an annual 3-day event dedicated to celebrity chefs, food, wine, cheese, cocktails and everything Gourmet!
Join the Celebrity Dining Room for a modern dining experience with a MasterChef favourite, Logie nominee and Channel 10 TV host, Ben Milbourne. With a succulent 6-course degustation menu each paired with a matching wine, this is the menu of the year with the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal to learn all Ben’s secrets in cooking and more.

Ben Milbourne appeared on MasterChef 2012, the series which his best mate Andy Allen went on to win. In the years since the TV juggernaut, Milbourne has produced two cookbooks – last year’s Mexican Craving and Tasmanian Trail – and travelled the country and the world.

There are three sessions available for Celebrity Dining Room and only 38 seats per each session:

Friday Evening seating at 5:30 pm
Saturday Luncheon seating at 12:30 pm
Sunday Luncheon seating at 12:30 pm

Bookings required

Cost: $5-$95

Happening Friday 9 February from 11am-8pm, Saturday 10 February from 10am-6pm and Sunday 11 February from 10am-5pm at the National Convention Centre Canberra 31 Constitution Avenue

Book your tickets here.

DON’T ‘DARLING’ ME, DARLING. STARSTRUCK SUMMER NIGHTS

Take a scandalous tour of Starstruck and get your markers ready for drag bingo with the fabulous Miss Ellaneous. Music from the Zackerbilks, including Jamal Salem on drums, Zach Raffan on trumpet, and Robbie Mann on Piano.

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8 pm with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer. Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

Happening 9 February from 5pm – 8pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

INTERNATIONAL DAY AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

It’s retro revival all round! There’s a reason many people seek out retro items – because the designs and colours of times gone by are just way too cool. Come in on our retro themed day in March to explore the styles and fashions from the recent past.

What might you find? Being old fashioned is fun again, particularly when it comes to clothes – so browse the fashions, jewellery and accessories of times gone by to deck out your retro wardrobe. And make your home fashionably nostalgic with retro homewares and furniture.

Happening Sunday 11 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

2018 Brazilian Gala Masquerade Charity Ball

The Embassy of Brazil in Canberra and the Rotary Club of Canberra are joining efforts to organize the 2018 Brazilian Gala Masquerade Charity Ball, which will take place at the Embassy of Brazil.

The funds raised will be donated to malaria eradication programs and initiatives.

Proceedings start with a welcome drink at 6:30 PM followed by a three-course Brazilian-inspired sitting dinner. Performers will feature Brazilian dance (“samba” by The Glamourosas and Allan Dantas) and martial arts (“capoeira” by Mestre Rodriguinho).
A cocktail bar will be available for guests to acquire lavish cocktails and drinks.

Cost: from $135

Happening on Friday 9th February from 6.30pm to 11pm at Embassy of Brazil in Canberra
19 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla

Book your tickets here.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, My Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

PlayUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

FOOD & DRINK

Canberra Food and Wine Expo

The Food & Wine Expo is an annual 3-day event dedicated to celebrity chefs, food, wine, cheese, cocktails and everything Gourmet!

Join the Celebrity Dining Room for a modern dining experience with a MasterChef favourite, Logie nominee and Channel 10 TV host, Ben Milbourne. With a succulent 6-course degustation menu each paired with a matching wine, this is the menu of the year with the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal to learn all Ben’s secrets in cooking and more.

Ben Milbourne appeared on MasterChef 2012, the series which his best mate Andy Allen went on to win. In the years since the TV juggernaut, Milbourne has produced two cookbooks – last year’s Mexican Craving and Tasmanian Trail – and travelled the country and the world.

There are three sessions available for Celebrity Dining Room and only 38 seats per each session:

Friday Evening seating at 5:30 pm
Saturday Luncheon seating at 12:30 pm
Sunday Luncheon seating at 12:30 pm

Bookings required

Cost: $5-$95

Happening Friday 9 February from 11am-8pm, Saturday 10 February from 10am-6pm and Sunday 11 February from 10am-5pm at the National Convention Centre Canberra 31 Constitution Avenue

Book your tickets here.

BOTTLE YOUR OWN SANGIOVESE

Join Murrumbateman Winery owner and winemaker, Bobbie Makin, for a unique opportunity to experience a boutique winery in action.

  • Your bottling experience will include:
  • Detailed explanation of winemaking and bottling processes.
  • Hands on experience using wine bottling equipment.
  • Demonstration and opportunity to hand label wine bottles.
  • Guided wine tasting.
  • Nibbles platter.
  • Two bottles of Sangiovese to take home.

This intimate experience is capped at six people per session to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to use the equipment, ask questions and learn about wine making. If you’re lucky Bobbie may even throw in a barrel tasting.

Please note this experience is only available for people 18 years and over. You will need to wear closed flat shoes and it is recommended you wear old clothes as there is a small chance they will get wine on them.

Happening 9-11 February at Murrumbateman Winery, 131 McIntosh Circuit, New South Wales.

Find more information here.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Garden Bar Happy Hour

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at  5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC & STAGE

Courtney Act

Courtney Act has been under the covers with many, but not usually in front of a live audience!

In Courtney’s brand new show Under the Covers, which will tour Australia in February/ March 2018, she will dazzle with songs by some of our favourite artists that have all been covered in some way. She strips songs down and flips them on their back to show audiences just how gender and genre fluid a great song can be. From Dolly Parton to Harry Styles and Spice Girls to Queen, Courtney will leave you pillow fighting and pillow biting!

Happening Tuesday 6 February at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information and buy tickets here.

Glass Dean Mendelsohn

Glass Dean Mendelson performance is an ecstatic brilliance and power of music represented by Australian String Quartet. The ASQ has unveiled its 2018 national season, which will feature a world premiere by Australian composer James Ledger, as well as works by Widmann, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and more.

The Quartet, which consists of Hiew, first violin Dale Barltrop, violist Stephen King and cellist Sharon Grigoryan, begins its main season in February with a programme of Brett Dean, Philip Glass and Felix Mendelssohn.

Indulge yourself with journey of contrasts that will ignite the senses and provide food for thought

Cost: standard ticket $75, Concession $65, Student under 30 – $30

Happening 11 February from 2pm to 4pm in Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

DON’T ‘DARLING’ ME, DARLING. STARSTRUCK SUMMER NIGHTS

Take a scandalous tour of Starstruck and get your markers ready for drag bingo with the fabulous Miss Ellaneous. Music from the Zackerbilks, including Jamal Salem on drums, Zach Raffan on trumpet, and Robbie Mann on Piano.

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer. Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

Happening 9 February from 5pm – 8pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

FILM

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

FESTIVALS

Image: VisitCanberra

Lifeline Book Fair

Lifeline’s main Book Fair at EPIC offer over 250,000 donated items for sale. We have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also find magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, comics, maps and atlases, talking books, records and CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws.

Entry to the Lifeline Canberra Book Fair is by gold coin donation.

Happening Friday 9 February 9am-6pm, Saturday 10 February 9am-5pm, Sunday 11 February 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park Canberra.

Check the website for details

MARKETS

INTERNATIONAL DAY AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

International Day takes place on Sunday 11 February where you can ‘travel the world’ within the market surrounds, exploring the many cultures which call the nation’s capital home. Taste international cuisines, be entertained by local ethnic music and dance groups performing traditional dances, and buy gifts handcrafted in faraway lands.  You can browse and buy Indian block print textiles, Turkish towels and Ottoman style jewellery, Pakistani block printed handmade paper and table mats, French provincial homewares, Japanese kimonos and homewares and handcrafted jade sculptures.

Happening Sunday 11 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

Canberra Fashion Market

Do you have lots of clothing in your wardrobe that you’d like to get rid of?

Canberra Fashion Market is a great opportunity to buy and sell new, vintage and recycled things and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other objects of interest.

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Cost: $3, children under 12 are free

Happening Saturday 10 February between 10am-3pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue Mitchell.

Find more information on the website.

Canberra Kids Market

The Canberra Kids Market provides excellent quality pre-loved items by great brands at bargain prices. From prams to cots, toys to books and clothes to shoes – this market has it all. You will find great brands in the best pre-loved condition, such as Country Road, Jack & Milly, Esprit, Fred Bare, Peg Perego, Mini Haha, Seed – just to name a few!
The Kids Markets always attracts a great crowd of parents and expecting parents. Browse through a range of new items for sale and services such as kid’s entertainment businesses and photographers.
Held indoors, the market has a cafe for snacks and coffee.
Free parking.

Cost: $3.00, children under 12 are free

Happening from 10 February on Saturdays between 10am-3pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra 5 Flemington Road Mitchel.

Find more information on the website.

MARYMEAD Monster Garage Sale

Come along to Marymead’s Monster Garage Sale at our new location – Rheinberger Centre, corner of Loch & Weston Streets, Yarralumla. There will be books, toys, clothing and bric-a-brac for sale with all proceeds going to Marymead.

Happening on 10th February 9am-1pm at Rheinberger Centre, Loch Street, Yarralumla

Find more details at the website.

Lifeline Book Fair

Lifeline’s main Book Fair at EPIC offer over 250,000 donated items for sale. We have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also find magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, comics, maps and atlases, talking books, records and CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws.

Entry to the Lifeline Canberra Book Fair is by gold coin donation.

Happening Friday 9 February 9am-6pm, Saturday 10 February 9am-5pm, Sunday 11 February 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park Canberra.

Check the website for details

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Aboriginal Dot Painting Workshop

Learn how Aboriginal people tell their own stories through dot paintings. In this workshop you will learn what different Aboriginal symbols mean so you can create your own story. This workshop will be run by renowned international artist Michael (Gararroongoo) Huddleston who is from the Ngardi language group Roper River Region of East Arnhem Land.

This workshop is suitable for children aged 5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend.

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT & RECREATION

Actew AGL Canberra Classic

This is a Women’s Professional Golf Tournament, with a field of 144 players coming from more than 27 different countries. The tournament is 154 hole event with the final round cut to the leading 50 professionals plus ties compete for the championship trophy and an exemption into the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Cost: $15.00, juniors under 16 Free $15 One Day pass or $40 for a 3-day pass

Happening at the Royal Canberra Golf Club, 71 Bentham Street, Yarralumla.

For details check the website.

OUTDOORS

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

KIDS

PlayUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

Aboriginal Dot Painting Workshop

Learn how Aboriginal people tell their own stories through dot paintings. In this workshop you will learn what different Aboriginal symbols mean so you can create your own story. This workshop will be run by renowned international artist Michael (Gararroongoo) Huddleston who is from the Ngardi language group Roper River Region of East Arnhem Land.

This workshop is suitable for children aged 5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger-guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

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.

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 10 am (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

ZUMBA® FOR MARY – Hosted by Sarah, Aly and Ali

Raise heart rates and funds to send an incredible woman to Russia for MS treatment.

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) is a breakthrough treatment which has helped thousands of MS sufferers around the world. The treatment, which is available in Russia and not Australia, has been known to halt the progression of MS in some patients. HSCT is not covered by our health system and costs approx $80,000 AUD + flights and accommodation (in Russia).

Dance, sweat and work off that Christmas pudding with two hours of ZUMBA® fun! Featuring Zumba tracks taught by the Zumba Bunnies: Ali Rosenfeld (Subsdance), Alyson Vardos (Zumba with Aly), Sarah Tulley (returning to the stage after a very long hiatus!), and other special guests!

Raffles and prizes to be won, this event is not to be missed!

Bring: Sneakers, lots of water, a towel and your smiling face. Parking available onsite.

Kickstart your 2018 by feeling good inside and out!

Happening Saturday, 10 February 2018 from 10:30 am – 12 pm at St Francis Xavier College – Barnard Circuit, Florey.

Cost: Early bird tickets – $15 (+b.f.) or $20 cash at the door

Tickets available here before 30 January or $20 at the event.

For more information visit their Go Fund Me PageFacebook or call 0407 209 009 

MARYMEAD Monster Garage Sale

Come along to Marymead’s Monster Garage Sale at our new location – Rheinberger Centre, corner of Loch & Weston Streets, Yarralumla. There will be books, toys, clothing and bric-a-brac for sale with all proceeds going to Marymead.

Happening Saturday 10 February from 9am-1pm at Rheinberger Centre, Loch Street, Yarralumla

Find more details at the website.

Lifeline Book Fair

Lifeline’s main Book Fair at EPIC offer over 250,000 donated items for sale. We have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also find magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, comics, maps and atlases, talking books, records and CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws.

Entry to the Lifeline Canberra Book Fair is by gold coin donation.

Happening Friday 9 February 9am-6pm, Saturday 10 February 9am-5pm, Sunday 11 February 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park Canberra.

Check the website for details

EXHIBITIONS

Hearts and Minds

Canberra Glassworks offers an opportunity to attend the first Australian exhibition of artists Penny Byrne and Harriet Schwarzrock that explores the idea of interconnectivity and electrical impulses in the body.

This exhibition is a perfect collaboration between Penny Byrne’s 2 metre Hurt Locker from the Glasstress exhibition, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice Biennale 2015 and the collection of 60 hand-blown glass hearts created by Harriet Schwartsrock. Each of them is filled with a mixture of gases that shimmer and touch the light effect inside. A few of them are also featured with heartbeat sound pulsates at different rates provided by sound artist Brian McNamara.

Free entry.

Happening from 25 January to 25 March daily from 10am to 4pm at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore.

 

Deeds Not Words: The Bessie Rischbieth Collection

National Library of Australia is proudly representing the opportunity to see the collection of Bessie Rischbieth, a prominent figure in Australian and international feminism.

During her stay in England in 1913, Bessie Rischbieth witnessed the whirlwind of the suffragettes’ struggle for the right to vote, which was then at its height.

Fascinated by the charisma of the suffragettes and their militant actions, she gathered memorabilia of the movement, building a collection of photographs, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, suffrage periodicals, postcards and correspondence. She continued to grow the collection for the remainder of her life.

Rischbieth bequeathed this ‘living memorial’ to the National Library of Australia.

Free entry.

Happening from 6 February to 19 August daily from 10am to 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West.

 

Seasons of Arboretum 

Seasons of Arboretum exhibition of original paintings conveys Valentyna Crane’s passion for the Arboretum’s vistas, skies and forests through the changing seasons.

Valentyna is an Australian artist, who re-discovered the techniques and knowledge she learned in a very different place, in the context of the nature, history and social fabric of Australia. In her own words, Valentyna had visited the Arboretum many times for drawing sessions.

In her own words, she fell in love with the magnificence of the landscape that inspired her to share her visions of this place. That’s how the project ‘Seasons of the Arboretum’ was born.

Every painting in the exhibition has its own story. Every time the artist was moved by the overwhelming moment of now and wanted to capture and share that experience with the audience.

All works are for sale.

Happening from 20 January to 18 February daily from 9am to 4pm in the Village Centre, free entry.

Visit the website for more information.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

MIDAWARR | HARVEST: THE ART OF MULKUN WIRRPANDA AND JOHN WOLSELEY

Midawarr | Harvest, two artists, two completely different approaches, but one abiding passion – to depict the natural bounty to be found in northern Australia.

For almost a decade, renowned artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley have met at midawarr, the harvest season, to seek, eat and paint the edible plants of Yolŋu country in north-eastern Arnhem Land. Together they have created an unforgettable suite of works.

Showing until 18 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton. Free entry.

EIRENE MORT: A LIVELIHOOD

The story at the heart of this exhibition is that of Eirene Mort; a prolific artist, collaborator, teacher, writer, family historian and a ‘new woman’ pursuing a profession in the arts at the beginning of the 20th Century.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her life and work. View numerous artefacts from Mort’s art practice made possible thanks to a generous gift to Canberra Museum and Gallery from her heirs.

A self-described woman of independent means, Mort was an advocate and proponent of the use of Australian materials and motifs in decorative arts. Her translation of the English Arts and Crafts movement to an Australian context coincided with the creation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901 and helped define a burgeoning national identity.

Showing until 25 February 2018, from 12-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City. Free entry.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today.

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony?

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily until 2 May 2018. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

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