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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!

SIX THINGS NOT TO MISS

LIGHTS! CANBERRA! ACTION!

A piece of Hollywood returns with the 13th year of Lights! Canberra! Action! filmmaking festival. Filmmakers are given a list of ten items to include in their movie, with only ten days to shoot, edit and produce a seven minute film themed Chance.

The screening of the top twelve finalists will again take place outdoors in the Senate Rose Gardens at the Museum of Australian Democracy, with the awards winners announced immediately after the screening.

Bring your chair or bean bag, blanket and movie snacks, and settle in for a great night of film viewing.

From 7pm for an 8pm start on Friday 11 March at the Senate Gardens, Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free. Click here for more information: enlightencanberra.com

CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns this autumn, filling Canberra’s skies with a stunning array of giant hot air balloons.

Each morning from 6am pilots begin inflating balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House against the distinctive backdrop of Canberra’s landmark buildings and attractions.

Early risers can enjoy delicious hot breakfasts served by the Belconnen Lions Club, with all proceeds going back to the Canberra community.

Ensure you’re up early. The action’s on the ground and in the air. Free for spectators. For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft 02 6285 1540 or Dawn Drifters 02 6285 4450.

From 12-20 March, balloons inflate from 6am with the majority of balloons in the air by 7.30am. Check it out on the Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes Entertainment and breakfast until 10am. For more information visit: www.events.act.gov.au/balloons

ACTEW AGL PRESENTS SYMPHONEY IN THE PARK: BABE (LIVE IN CONCERT)

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the magical film Babe was released?

To mark this anniversary, ActewAGL, Events ACT and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) have a very special event planned for Canberra Day – Symphony in the Park: Babe Live in Concert!

The ‘Babe’ movie soundtrack composer, Nigel Westlake himself, will conduct the CSO in a performance of the ‘Babe’ music, whilst the iconic Australian movie is played on the pig-screen.

Starts at 7.30pm on Sunday 13 March at Stage 88, Commonwealth Avenue, Parkes. For more information visit: www.cso.org.au

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Don’t miss this bold adaptation of Wuthering Heights. When Heathcliff, a mysterious boy is rescued from the street and brought to Wuthering Heights, he develops a passionate bond with Cathy Earnshaw and a repulsive distrust of her brother Hindley.

As time passes, Heathcliff and Cathy’s relationship deepens to the point of dangerous obsession, until one day, Cathy marries another man. Overcome with jealousy, Heathcliff flees the Heights only to return, years later, ready to exact revenge on those he believed ruined his one chance at happiness.

Starts at 8pm from 9-12 March, showing at The Playhouse London Circuit, Canberra. For more information visit: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/wutheringheights

CANBERRA DAY 2016

Canberra Day returns to Commonwealth Park this year with an exciting, Canberra-centric, program of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Local bands and big name acts will take centre stage at this year’s celebrations, to entertain, delight and provide a soundtrack to your Canberra Day. The event will kick off at 2.00pm with family-friendly entertainment including a live stage show, amusement park rides and festival style activities. An array of local traders will cater the event.

It all happens from 2-7pm on Monday 14 March at Stage 88 Commonwealth Park, Canberra City. Entry is free. For more information visit: www.events.act.gov.au/canberraday

ENLIGHTEN

The national capital’s Parliamentary Triangle will be transformed into a vibrant arts precinct with free entertainment such as talented street artists and international musical acts – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

This year’s event also sees the return of the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, creating a bustling atmosphere in the heart of the event with an array of authentic Asian eats, themed bars and live music.

It all kicks off on Friday 4 March and continues until Saturday 12 March. The full program is available on the Enlighten website.  Happening across various venues and locations in Canberra. For more information on the event visit: www.enlightencanberra.com.

For ticketing visit: premier.ticketek.com.au

FOOD & DRINKS

THE JIM MURPHY CANBERRA REGIONAL TASTING  

The Canberra Regional tasting will celebrate all things Canberra, by sampling the best in wine beer and spirits from the region. Brands showcasing their products on the day will include Nick O’Leary, Mount Majura, Collector, Capital Wines, Lerida Estate Wine, Four Winds Wines, Canberra Distillery, Pact Beer and Tortured Gum Beer.

On Saturday 12 March from 1pm – 5pm at two locations: Jim Murphys Airport Cellars, 15 Mustang Ave, Majura Park AND Jim Murphy’s Market Cellars 9 Mildura Street, Fyshwick.

Entry is free and open to the public from 1pm until 5pm.  Visit the website for more information www.jimmurphy.com.au

2016 ENLIGHTEN NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS

After a highly successful 2015, it’s time to hone your chopstick skills once again in preparation for the 2016 Enlighten Night Noodle Markets. With all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival, the Night Noodle Markets in association with Enlighten is set to take Canberra by storm.

Expect to see local Asian eateries such as Kusina, Thirst Wine Bar and Soi Noodle Bar along with popular stalls Hoy Pinoy, Let’s Do Yum Cha and Spanthai. Black Star Pastry/ N2 Extreme Gelato will also pop up creating crazy and delicious collaborations. So it’s not all noodles.

Kicks off on Friday 4 March and continues until Sunday 13 March at Reconciliation Place, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

For more information visit enlightencanberra.com.au/enlighten-night-noodle-markets.

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.

THE CANBERRA TIMES GOOD FOOD MONTH

The celebration of fantastic food and produce from around the region returns with The Canberra Times Good Food Month presented by Citi featuring delicious categories including Let’s Do Lunch, Experiences, Drinks and more.

Plus, an impressive line-up of feature events including a delicious lunch with renowned NSW chef Matt Moran, dinner with Moon Park’s Ben Sears and Eun Hee An, a 6 course feast with Ross Lusted, the chef behind The Bridge Room and more.

Kicks off Tuesday 1 March and runs until Thursday 31 March across various venues and locations in Canberra. Explore the full program here: www.canberra.goodfoodmonth.com

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 evening will be held from 7pm on Friday 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 & THEATRE

ALL THIS LIVING

A contemporary, solo piece of theatre, All This Living uses humour, mixed with home truths and leaps of imagination to tell Jay’s story.

Anti-aging ads and her invisibility have worried her and she is searching for answers. What is this ‘third stage’ of her life? ‘Retiree’ but from what…life? The Caillech and the Furies may help and have some answers to her quest. Her wrinkles and crinkles hold secrets and stories and she’s not a fossil. Guerilla grannies have their piercing eyes on those anti-aging ads and her head is buzzing.

From 4pm on Sunday and Monday and 7:30pm pm Saturday 13-20 March at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street. Tickets start from $25. For more information visit: www.thestreet.org.au

CHATTERTON-MCCRIGHT DUO FLUTE AND PIANO ENSEMBLE

On tour from America, the internationally acclaimed Chatterton – McCright Duo will delight with a fun and engaging repertoire of classic and contemporary works for flute and piano. The duo, Chatterton on flute and McCright on piano, is renowned for engaging listeners with understated technical prowess that results in engaging and intelligent performances.

Join the two as they explore such works as ‘Cantabile et Presto’ – Georges Enesco, ‘Sonata in D Major, op. 94’ – Sergei Prokofiev and ‘Fantaisie Brillante’ on Themes from “Carmen” – Georges Bizet-Francois Borne. Doors open from noon on Sunday 13 March at High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Entry is free. For more information visit: www.hcourt.gov.au/about/concerts

CONFLUENCE FEAT. AUSTIN BUCKETT

With an emphasis on new and original music, Confluence showcases striking compositions and exciting collaborations.

In the latest installment of this experimental music night, one of Australia’s most exciting emerging contemporary composers, Austin Buckett, will perform a set of solo piano improvisations followed by a performance of his Grain Loops piece, recently released as an LP on the esteemed Australian label Room40.

Check it out from 7pm on Thursday 10 March at Ainslie Arts Centre 30 Elouera St, Braddon. For tickets visit: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/confluence-feat-austin-buckett-tickets-22076877535

VIOLENT FEMMES

Violent Femmes return to Canberra this March for their first visit to the Australian capital since 2003! The Milkwaukee natives are bringing their timeless blend of folk, free-jazz and punk attitude with special guests Xylouris White; a duo from Melbourne-via-NYC featuring Cretan lute player George Xylouris and drummer Jim White of Dirty Three and Cat Power’s Dirty Delta Blues.

From 8pm on Wednesday 9 March at the Australian National University Bar, University Avenue, Canberra, 2601. For more information visit: premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=VIOLENTF16&v=ANU

BEAUTIFUL BOCCHERINI 

AHE launches 2016 with a Boccherini and Mozart program built around Boccherini’s exquisite Stabat Mater featuring our special guest soprano, Sara Macliver. Aria award-winning Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s favourite and acclaimed sopranos. She is a leading expert in baroque performance and her pure and elegant style will entrance you in these wonderful works of Mozart & Boccherini.

Enchanted by the Gredos Mountains of Spain, far from the traditional musical centres of Europe, Bocherinni’s music is characterised by astounding optimism, colour and warmth flavoured with Spanish folk music.

Mozart’s operas are amongst his most loved works. Sara will sing selections from The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni accompanied by a chamber ensemble of flute and strings. A wonderful treat to start the year!

On Thursdat 10 March at 7pm at The Hall, University House, ANU. Tickets start at $30. Visit the event page for more information australianhaydn.com.au/beautiful-boccherini.html

LET HER RIP!

The answer to the lack of female musicians in Triple J’s Hottest 100? Let Her Rip! Celebrate International Women’s Day an all-female line up featuring some of Australia’s best established and emerging musicians! Bertie Blackman, Jess Kent and Georgi Kay will be taking to the stage to deliver powerful, female-fuelled performances. 

On Friday 11 March from 7.30pm – 11.30pm at the ANU Bar University Ave, Acton. Please not this is an 18+ event. Visit the event page for more information www.facebook.com/events/771760292961530

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: KNIFE SHARPENING AND PRESERVING

Participants will learn how to cut their kitchen waste in this day-long workshop that celebrates seasonal produce and our kitchen tools.

Monster kitchen and bar head chef, Dan Flatt, will teach three preserving techniques – salting, pickling and preserving. Expert knife sharpener, Cheng Fei, will teach the basics of knife sharpening using specially sourced mountain stones used by Samurai warriors for hundreds of years. In between slicing and dicing, metal-smith practice, Rowsaan, will lead a knife appreciation session where participants will learn how blades are made through the process of lamination and filing, and will work on and take home a prototype piece.

The workshop includes a light lunch by Monster kitchen and bar.

On this weekend, Saturday 12 March from 9am until 3pm. For more information visit: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events/knife-making-and-preserving

CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns this autumn, filling Canberra’s skies with a stunning array of giant hot air balloons.

Each morning from 6am pilots begin inflating balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House against the distinctive backdrop of Canberra’s landmark buildings and attractions.

Early risers can enjoy delicious hot breakfasts served by the Belconnen Lions Club, with all proceeds going back to the Canberra community.

Ensure you’re up early. The action’s on the ground and in the air. Free for spectators. For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft 02 6285 1540 or Dawn Drifters 02 6285 4450.

From 12-20 March, balloons inflate from 6am with the majority of balloons in the air by 7.30am. Check it out on the Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes Entertainment and breakfast until 10am. For more information visit: www.events.act.gov.au/balloons

NEON NIGHT

Join the Canberra Glassworks for a curated tour of some of Canberra’s famous – and some of our more infamous (wink, wink) – Neon. Program Director Aimee Frodsham will provide an insightful commentary on the bus. Ticket includes:

 – Glass of wine and hor d’oeuvres on arrival

 – Exclusive tour of Canberra neon

 – Sweet canapes and tea and coffee on return

On Friday 11 March from 6pm – 8pm at the Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

Tickets are $88 adult and $80 concession. Visit the event page for more information premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=NEONNIGH16v

ENLIGHTEN AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA

Enlighten at the National Archives of Australia; four nights of illuminations, events, music, roving performers and arthouse projections. Exhibitions, drop-in gallery tours plus free family activities including face painting, origami, storytelling and #Archiveselfie!

Out of the Cabinet

Satirists Shortis and Simpson revisit the early 1990s through music and comedy. A time when Hawke was in government and hypercolour was in fashion!

Secrets, spooks and spies with Tim the Yowie Man

Under cover of darkness, explore the historic National Archives building (Canberra’s original post office), with Tim the Yowie Man to discover the building’s secrets and treasures from the Archives’ collection.

Kicks off on Friday 4 March and continues until Saturday 12 March at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. For more information visit: www.naa.gov.au

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

FILM

DEADLY FUNNY NATIONAL COMEDY COMPETITION 

Deadly Funny is a national comedy competition that seeks to unearth the freshest, fiercest and funniest new Indigenous talent from around the country. The competition is open to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders aged 18 and over.

Part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Deadly Funny is now in its 10th year and has unearthed some of the country’s finest comedians.

On Friday 11 March at 7pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway. Entry is free, visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

SPEAR

Throughout March, Arc cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will be screening the exclusive Canberra season of Stephen Page’s debut feature Spear, including a one night only Q&A with Page.

A unique cinematic experience told through movement and dance with little dialogue, Spear draws on Page’s formidable 25 years spent as Artistic Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, where he has been interpreting the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for global stages. Also a talented filmmaker, Page made his short film debut to critical acclaim in 2012 directing Sand, a chapter of the Australian feature film The Turning.

On from 10 – 23 March at Arc cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, Acton. Special Q&A with Stephen Page on Saturday 12 March at 8pm.  

Tickets start at $14, book online www.trybooking.com/JZPZ

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

ACT CLAYCOURT INTERNATION TENNIS EVENT

The ACT Claycourt International tennis tournaments will be held from March 12 to 27, 2016. Two women’s ITF events will be held with a total of USD$50,000 in prizemoney on offer. Players from all over the world are expected to participate along with a number of Australian’s

Kicks off from 12-27 March at Canberra Tennis Centre, 3 Riggall Place, Lyneham. For more information visit: www.tennis.com.au/act

CANBERRA RAIDERS VS ROOSTERS

Be a part of the action at GIO Stadium for a Canberra Raiders home match. Perennial heavyweight and 2015 minor premiers, the Roosters, will be the first game against a top side for the Raiders in 2016. Former Raider Blake Ferguson will be returning to Canberra for the first time.

Kick off is at 3pm on Saturday 12 March at GIO Stadium 1 Battye Street, Bruce. Tickets are available www.ticketek.com.au

CAPITAL CARNAGE VS VICTORIAN VANGUARD ROLLER DERBY

You’ll see smashing speed and the biggest hits when Varsity Derby League’s Capital Carnage meet Victorian Vanguard on the track in this exciting season starter for roller derby in Canberra.

With Carnage ranked #4 and Vanguard #1 after the 2015 Australian Men’s National Roller Derby Championships, and both teams with national squad reps, this is guaranteed to be one of the most intense and action-packed games of the season.

Get down to the stadium for trackside seating and see it up close and personal! This is a family friendly event – kids under 12 are free with a paying adult.

Check it out from 6:30-8:30pm on Saturday 12 March at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, 22 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway. Adult tickets are $10.00. For more information visit: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513245

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

LANYON PLANTS FAIR 2016

Purchase the best plants (many rare and unusual) directly from the growers, with everything from bulbs to trees, natives to exotics, plus garden art and top quality garden tools from over 30 stallholders, interstate and local. Enjoy tours and food stalls plus talks and demonstrations by garden specialists, as well as special children’s activities. Now in its fifth year, the Lanyon Plant Fair is bigger than ever; all in the beautiful gardens and spacious surrounds of historic Lanyon Homestead.

On all weekend 12-13 March from 10am-4pm at Lanyon Homestead Tharwa Drive, Gordon. Entry is $10. For more information visit: www.hsoc.org.au

HANDMADE MARKET

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

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

Indoor venue includes a gourmet food hall.

It’s all on this weekend 12-13 March from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Corner Northbourne Ave and Flemington Road. For more information visit: www.handmadecanberra.com.au

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS 

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.

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

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 from now until 22 May at the National Library of Australia. Find out more at www.nla.gov.au.

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

OPPORTUNITY TO DO – CHARITY GARAGE SALE

The Charity Garage Sale is on again! Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices.  Plenty of new items, including kitchenware, bric-a-brac and kids clothes. 

Funds raised from the Charity Garage Sales are donated to International Aid & Development organisations empowering poor communities to create sustainable change and better futures. In the past 12 months Opportunity To Do have funded a community bank and pre-school in Malawi , an Agriculture program in Zambia and made donations to both Oxfam and The Fred Hollows Foundation.

On Saturday 12 March from 7am-12pm at 5 O’Grady Place, Wanniassa.

EXHIBITIONS

GUIDED TOURS OF MAGNIFIED: 12 YEARS OF THE WATERHOUSE NATURAL SCIENCE ART PRIZE

Join National Archives of Australia gallery hosts for a tour of the Magnified: 12 years of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition; a beautiful selection of winning works exhibited alongside fascinating scientific objects.

The tour takes approximately 45 minutes.

From 13-28 March at 11am and 2pm at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free. For more information visit Eventbrite.

CURATOR’S TOUR: MIDNIGHT OIL EXHIBITION

Relish a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy an intimate tour of the Making of Midnight Oil exhibition with Curator Ross Heathcote and Oils members Rob Hirst and Jim Moginie.

Laugh and cry as you hear personal stories from members of Midnight Oil – a band that inspired a generation. Enjoy Oils memorabilia spanning their 40-year career. Find out what really happened on the Blackfella Whitefella tour in Northern Territory and it’s impact on their number one hit record Diesel and Dust and relive the Sydney Olympics gig when Midnight Oil ripped off their clothes revealing the infamous ‘Sorry Suits’.

It all happens from 11am-1pm on Friday 11 March at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed St, Tuggeranong. Entry is free. For more information visit: www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=178908

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.

On from now until 28 March 2016, daily from 9am-5pm. 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.

MAKING OF MIDNIGHT OIL EXHIBITION 

The Making of Midnight Oil is a free exhibition exploring the bands impact on Australia’s social and cultural history over their 40-year career. It showcases rare and iconic items like instruments, stage props and memorabilia and includes performances and workshops.

On from Friday 11 March – 14 May at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway. Entry is free, visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

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 March 14 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.

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 April 3 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 March 27 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 March 24 at Canberra Museum and 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 Monday 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 Monday 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.

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