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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

HERCANBERRA CLICK AND CONNECT

We all know it can sometimes be tricky to make friends in Canberra. Perhaps you’ve moved here and haven’t found someone you’ve clicked with; maybe you’ve moved on from a long time friendship that just doesn’t seem right anymore; or it could be that you’re in a different life stage than your current group of friends.

Whatever the reason, when we published Emma Grey’s article on feeling left out and invited to people to email us if they were interested in coming along to an event where they could meet new people, we were absolutely gobsmacked by the overwhelming and immediate response.

More recently, Tanya Hennessy’s article on spending her weekends alone went viral and saw a whole new crew of people joining our Click + Connect Facebook group.

So here’s the first ‘Click + Connect’ night for 2016…no, it’s not a Coles grocery ordering service; it’s a night where you can chat to some lovely HerCanberra readers and hopefully make some new besties! The lovely peeps at Guild– Canberra’s new board game restaurant – will be putting on some yummy eats, including nibbles, pizza and salad and one standard drink per person.

When you register, we’ll ask  you to answer a few questions about yourself. This is so that we can identify people who may have the same interests or aims as you and we can gently steer you in their direction on the night. There’ll also be plenty of team board game fun to break the ice! The HerCanberra Team will be around to facilitate introductions and make you as comfortable as possible.

It’s happening on Thursday 31 March at Guild, downstairs at Bailey’s Corner, corner of East Row and London Circuit, Civic.

See the Eventbrite page to purchase tickets www.eventbrite.com.au/e/click-connect-presented-by-hercanberra-tickets-23875601567

Please note: this is a women’s only 18+ event.

FIX AND MAKE: OYSTER APPRECIATION

Oysters. Love ‘em or hate ‘em. For those that love ‘em come along to this workshop and honour the mollusc with us. Participants will start the day by making their own handmade oyster shucker with Alison Jackson, a Canberra-based gold and silversmith.

Monster kitchen and bar head chef Dan Flatt, will teach participants how to make a number of dressings designed to bring out an oyster’s delicate flavour. Then, Steve Feletti from Moonlight Flat Oysters (cultivators of the famous Clair de Lune) will show participants how to shuck like a pro.

The workshop includes plenty of oyster tasting and a light lunch prepared by Monster kitchen and bar.

Happening Saturday 2 April from 9am until 2.30pm at Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Avenue NewActon. See the website for more information: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events/oyster-appreciation

BELL SHAKESPEARE: ROMEO AND JULIET 

Violence rumbles through the streets, with two families at war. From such angry beginnings flame the fire of passion and forbidden love.

From the first intimate blush to the tragic finale, Romeo And Juliet is a story for all ages. A tale of a chance meeting, love at first sight, the passion of youth, and old family feuds spilling blood.

In a city divided by anger and from rival families, Romeo and Juliet come together in a dangerous union of love.
Beautiful and intimate, Romeo And Juliet will be directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, who will breathe new life into one of the greatest love story’s ever told.

Visually stunning in its nod to the layers of storytelling and the history of the play, it will feature a talented cast, including Alex Williams (Underground:The Julian Assange Story, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart) as Romeo, and Kelli Paterniti (As You Like It) as Juliet.

Showing from Friday 1 April until Saturday 9 April at Canberra Theatre Centre. For more information and the purchase tickets see the website canberratheatrecentre.com.au

CANBERRA AND REGION HERITAGE FESTIVAL 

Canberrans are invited to dig up the past and re-explore their region at this year’s Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

Supported by the ACT Government, this year’s festival theme Discovery and Rediscoveries.

With ghost trains, torchlight tours, cycling events, open days and historical re-enactments all around Canberra and the surrounding region, there’s something for every age and stage!

It’s on from Saturday 2 until Monday 18 April at various locations across Canberra. Event costs vary. Visit www.act.gov.au/heritagefestival for all the details!

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2016

The 27th Alliance Française French Film Festival has returned to Palace Cinemas with an exceptional array of contemporary French cinema guaranteed to delight, stimulate and indulge.

Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, uniFrance Films and the gracious support of globally renowned Principal Sponsor, Peugeot, the festival will present a truly thrilling line-up of 48 titles featuring the best French and indeed, worldwide acting talents. Nine evocatively named sections will include highlights such as director Jacques Audiard’s 2015 Palme d’Or winning masterpiece Dheepan, as well as A Perfect Man, Love at First Child, Marguerite, Mon Roi, First Growth, La Belle Saison, Taj Mahal, Un Plus Une and Valley of Love. Five of France’s most popular television shows will also appear.

On now until Tuesday 29 March at Palace Electric Cinemas, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon. See the website for details of times, session and tickets www.affrenchfilmfestival.org

FOOD & DRINKS

FIX AND MAKE: OYSTER APPRECIATION

Oysters. Love ‘em or hate ‘em. For those that love ‘em come along to this workshop and honour the mollusc with us. Participants will start the day by making their own handmade oyster shucker with Alison Jackson, a Canberra-based gold and silversmith.

Monster kitchen and bar head chef Dan Flatt, will teach participants how to make a number of dressings designed to bring out an oyster’s delicate flavour. Then, Steve Feletti from Moonlight Flat Oysters (cultivators of the famous Clair de Lune) will show participants how to shuck like a pro.

The workshop includes plenty of oyster tasting and a light lunch prepared by Monster kitchen and bar.

Happening Saturday 2 April from 9am until 2.30pm at Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Avenue NewActon. See the website for more information: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events/oyster-appreciation

CANBERRA DISTRICT WINE WEEK – PINOT NIGHT 

Join Muse at the bookshop for an intimate evening to taste Pinot Noir wines from Lerida Estate, Pankhurst Wines and Domaine Rogha Crois matched with a range of superb canapes prepared by Head Chef Sam Willis.

As any topographer worth their salt will tell you, winemaking is the most sensual way to understand a piece of land. Canberra District wines deliver unique qualities derived from an environment like no other in Australia.

Guests will taste a total of nine wines from the assembled wineries, and will have the opportunity to meet the owners and hear all about their Pinot Noir journey, and their passion for Pinot.

Tickets: $60 (includes all wine and food), SPACE IS STRICTLY LIMITED (20 TICKETS ONLY)

On Monday 4 April at 6.30pm at Muse 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston. Visit the website for more information www.musecanberra.com.au

MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC 10TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

It is now 10 years since Women in Super started The Mother’s Day Classic walk/run in Canberra. To celebrate this annual event there is a fundraising cocktail party to take place at Bookplate on the balcony of the National Library of Australia, overlooking the lake. 

There will be be spot prizes, raffles and fun games and everyone is welcome. Tickets are $60 per person and all money raised goes to the Mother’s Day Classic to reach the national goal for the National Breast Cancer Foundation of $4 Million.

It’s happening on Thursday 31 March from 6-8pm at Bookplate at the National Library of Australia, Parkes. Book your tickets now at www.trybooking.com/181377

LET’S DO DINNER 

Get along to The Loft Bar & Grill during March for their Let’s Do Dinner set menu special. With a fresh new menu each week, select from the two featured entrees & two mains each with a perfectly matched glass of wine.

Dinner is $49pp and bookings can be made from Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm. To book a table contact us The Loft on 6247 733023.

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.

SUITS & SIPS 

If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. They are serving up Vanilla Espresso Martinis, Coconut Mango Martinis, Fireball Sours and more tantalising creations every Thursday night. $10 Cocktails & $20 Tasting Boards.

On every Thursday night from 5pm at The Loft, corner of Sargood and MacPherson Streets, O’Connor.

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

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

ED KUEPPER: LOST CITIES ALBUM LAUNCH

Ed Kuepper will showcase the outstanding new album Lost Cities as well as perform some select pieces from his extensive back catalogue.

Four decades after the release of the seminal punk classic ‘(I’m) Stranded’, Ed Kuepper continues to stand tall as an icon of Australian music, revered for his uncompromising songwriting, idiosyncratic guitar work and independent spirit.

Showing Friday 1 April at at the Street Theatre from 8pm. Find more information and book your tickets online through www.thestreet.org.au.

THE COLOUR WHEEL 

Composed by Jim Moginie, this unique performance, at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, joins colour and sound in an immersive experience for the audience, proving the connection between music and colour. Featuring Jim Moginie on stage with 5 other musicians and 2 painters.

Tickets/entry: $35pp, student $25. On 31 March at 7.30pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway.

Visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

BACKSLIDERS – MIDNIGHT OIL EXHIBITION

Experience an unforgettable night of blues with multi-award-winning blues band Backsliders.

Be wowed by the creative brilliance of slide guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist and founding member of the Backsliders (27 years ago) Dom Turner.

Drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), has been with Backsliders for 12 years. Blazing trails of raw energy from legendary harmonica player Brod Smith or ARIA award winning harmonica genius Ian Collard complete the trio.

This event is being held in conjunction with the nationally acclaimed Making of Midnight Oil exhibition.

Held on Friday 1 April at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Adult tickets are $50 and can be bought online at www.trybooking.com.

FROM BYRD TO BRITTEN: 400 YEARS OF ENGLISH CHORAL MUSIC

Canberra Choral Society brings 400 years of English Choral Music to Ainslie for its first performance at the refurbished arts precinct. A beautiful program featuring swans, souls, bluebirds, Bedlam, an impassioned prayer and one of the most beautiful masses ever written.

It will include movements of Byrd’s Mass for five voices, Britten’s Missa Brevis, works by Parry, Elgar, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Holst, and England’s greatest composer, Henry Purcell. Conducted by CCS Artistic Director Tobias Cole, with the CCS Chorus, Vocal Envy and Organist Samuel Giddy.

Held from Saturday 2 April to Sunday 3 April at the Ainslie Arts Centre. For tickets visit www.trybooking.com or www.agac.com.au.

CELLISSIMO MUSICAL GEMS FOR CELLO AND PIANO

The Twilight Classical Series presents: Cellissimo – Musical Gems for Cello and Piano which features celebrated Australian cellist David Pereira and well-known pianist Wendy Lorenz from 5-7pm.

Long-time friends and colleagues since their student days at the NSW Conservatorium, David and Wendy team up to present a wonderful program drawn from the rich cello/piano repertoire. This wide-ranging program takes us from the youthful exuberance of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in F major to the haunting beauty of Rachmaninov’s exquisite Vocalise and Saint-Saens’ Swan, then on to the virtuosic brilliance of Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody.

Don’t miss this exciting opening concert to the 2016 Twilight Series.

Held on Sunday 3 April at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. For more, visit www.tuggeranongarts.com

CANBERRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Canberra Youth Orchestra are presenting their first concert of the year with Soloist Louise Page, OAM Soprano and conducted by Leonard Weiss.

Louise Page is one of Australia’s most highly regarded singers. Based in Canberra, she has performed with the Sydney, Queensland, Canberra and Central Coast Symphony Orchestras and the National Capital Orchestra, as well as in numerous overseas productions. In 2007 Louise received a Canberra Critics Circle Award for music, and was named the Canberra Times Artist of the Year. In the 2013 Australia Day Honours List Louise was awarded an OAM for services to the performing arts.

Romantic and contemporary favourites unite in this stunning program of vocal and orchestral triumphs, featuring soprano Louise Page OAM in selections from popular operatic and musical theatre works.

Tickets available at: premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=CANYOUTH16

On Sunday 3 April at 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall,Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra.

THE VINYL LOUNGE

The popular Vinyl Lounge at the National Film and Sound Archive is on again this Friday and Canberra’s lovers of records and turntables will be gathering to enjoy more great music.

Bring your vinyl and play a track of your choice on our pure analogue sound system. Discover music you’ve never heard before, and revisit your old favourites!

The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of the month. The Bench Room cafe is open from 5.00pm for drinks and snacks, with the Vinyl Lounge grooving from 5.30pm – 7.00 pm. The perfect way to end the day and the week.

Entry is free and no bookings are required. On Friday 1 April from 5:30pm-7.00pm at the National Film and Sound Archives,1 McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Visit the website for more information www.nfsa.gov.au

WEILL-ENCE & WEIMAR 

The Wesley Music Centre’s Lunchtime Live series presents Sarahlouise Owens, soprano, who will explore the varied repertoire of Kurt Weill & contemporaries, as well as some Australian surprises from Peter Casey & Calvin Bowman. She will be accompanied on the piano by the esteemed Colleen Rae-Gerrard, much loved in Canberra and beyond for her sensitive interpretations.

No bookings required, tickets at the door and are $5 or a donation. On Wednesday 30 March from 12.40 to 1.20pm at the Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. 

Visit the website for more information www.wesleycanberra.org.au/music

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE – WEEPING WILLOW 

Come along to a performance at 8pm by Melbourne duo, Andy Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates. They are part of a long music tradition – the old songs they sing are plucked from the canon, the new ones they write are simply added to the book.

Laura complements Andy’s acoustic guitar playing with voice that ranges ‘from sugar-sweet to evangelically piercing’, while regularly adding a little accordion, lap steel or even flute on the side.

Held on Friday 1 April at the Harmonie German Club of Canberra. For more information, call 0419 988 059 or visit www.harmonieclub.com.au.

ROCKING THE SUBURBS SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP 

If you write, sing or play, this intimate workshop is your chance to learn from some of Australia’s most respected songwriters, Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil, and South Coast singer/songwriter Paul Greene.

Part conversation, part tutorial, part Q&A; hear the stories, challenges and triumphs from these living legends. With guitars at the ready, Paul will speak about his solo career, teaming up with Rob and his work with Spy Vs. Spy, while Rob and Jim reminisce about their lyrics and riffs while performing and recording as Midnight Oil.

Tickets are $30 per person. On 2 April from 1pm – 2.30pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway

Visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

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

DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

Enjoy an outdoor experience learning how to use your camera and taking photos while you’re in the nation’s capital. Choose from beginner or advanced classes for the relevant tuition. Classes are offered for anyone 15 and over. Professional photographers ensure plenty of personal attention to advance your knowledge. Handout notes are provided.

Group discounts are available.

Held until Sunday 19 June at the Pork Barrel Café. For more information, contact 02 9560 0077. To book, visit National Photo Training College website.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD

This series of talks has been designed for you to discover something different by exploring culture and identity through the lens of sportspeople who engage in unconventional sports.

This Sunday, join Daniel Savage, Canberra-based artist and wheelchair rugby player.

Held on Saturday 3 April at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.portrait.gov.au.

COLLECTING NOSTALGIA

Collecting Nostalgia, curated by Aimee Frodsham, 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. Participating artists are Alexandra Chambers, Tom Moore, Emilie Patteson, Phoebe Porter, Danielle Rickaby, Jaan Poldaas, Jan Rigden-Clay, Trish Roan and Mikki Trail.

Held until Sunday 24 April at Canberra Glassworks. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.canberraglassworks.com.

WHO WERE THE MANCHUS?

Dr David Brophy, Lecturer in Modern Chinese History at the University of Sydney, asks ‘Who were the Manchus?’ and discusses the distinctive historical traditions of the Manchus, and the place of Manchu culture and identity in the Qing dynasty.

Dr Brophy’s research focuses on the social and political history of China’s northwest, particularly Xinjiang and its connections with the Islamic and Russian-Soviet worlds. His research interests further include the history of Qing and republican China, and early modern Eurasia.

This event is supported by the Australian Centre on China in the World.

Held on 31 March at the National Library of Australia. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.eventarc.com.

FACT INTO FICTION: ELEANOR LIMPRECHT & DAVID DYER

What does the novelist bring to the historical record? What light can they shed on the past? And what responsibilities do they owe to the people whose lives make up the matter of their work?

Set in Sydney in the first decade of the 1900s, Eleanor Limprecht‘s Long Bay is based on the true case of Rebecca Sinclair – a young female abortionist who was convicted of manslaughter and served out her sentence in the newly opened Long Bay Women’s Reformatory – the first of its kind in Australia.

David Dyer’s debut novel The Midnight Watch is based on the true story of the SS Californian, the ship that saw the Titanic‘s distress rockets and yet, unfathomably, did nothing. The Midnight Watch is at once a heart-stopping mystery and a deeply knowing novel about the frailty of men, the strength of women, the capriciousness of fate and the price of loyalty.

Join Eleanor and David as they attempt to unravel the knotty relationship between fiction and historical fact.

Happening Sunday April 3 from 3.30-4.30pm at Muse Canberra, inside East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.

Tickets are $10 and include a glass of wine or soft drink. Purchase tickets via the website: www.musecanberra.com.au/events/2016/4/3/eleanor-limprecht-david-dyer

NISHI ART COLLECTIVE

Nishi Art Collective gather for life drawing with a variation of lovely models, lots of easels and materials, and support from Meg Morton. All levels will enjoy this class.

This friendly event is on level 8 of the Nishi Building. The meeting place is at the bottom of the grand staircase in the foyer of the building, just outside Max Brenner and Palace cinema. Try to get there early to allow you time to head upstairs, settle in and set up. Don’t forget to bring a little something to drink if you like.

The collective draws every second and last Tuesday of each month.

Tickets/entry: $20.00. On March 29 from 6pm – 8:30pm, Level 8 Nishi Building, NewActon.

Visit the website for more information www.hotel-hotel.com.au/blog/whats-on

CANBERRA AIRPORT OPEN DAY

Fasten your seatbelt for the Canberra Airport Open Day! See planes of all shapes and sizes, exciting aerobatic displays, plus loads of fun for the whole family. Climb aboard aircraft from Qantas, QantasLink, Virgin Australia, and RAAF, or take a step back in time with a display from the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.

There is something for everyone including children’s rides, great food and entertainment for the whole family.

Held on Sunday 3 April at Brindabella Business Park. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.canberraairport.com.au.

SECRETS, STORIES, SPIES 

Take a peek at the secret spaces of the historical East Block building that now houses the National Archives. Home to many government departments throughout its 82-year history, including the Postmaster General and ASIO. Hear stories of haunted rooms, missing mail bags, pneumatic tubes to Parliament House and the ASIO ‘green door’.

Tours are free but bookings are required and can be made here: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/secrets-stories-spaces-tickets-24049275029

On 4, 6, 11 and 13 April from 4.30 – 5.30PM at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace. Suitable for families.

Visit the website for more information www.naa.gov.au

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW WORKSHOP

Social media is changing our lives with most businesses now incorporating social media channels into their everyday marketing schedules. Business blogging and posting on social media may seem innocent enough, but the content you post could get you into some serious trouble. Get along to a workshop with Mark North from Chamberlains Law Firm, who will discuss the legal issues related to online content creation.

Tickets/entry: $35.00 (+GST). On 29 March from 10am – 11.30am at the Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, Unit 6, 65 Tennant Street, Fyshwick. 

Visit the website for more information here

PENINSULA TALES

The award-winning Peninsula Tales tours are back for a limited time as part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. Join your guide ‘Catherine Fysh’ in the year 1947 as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of Acton Peninsula on this easy-paced one-hour walking tour.

Catherine has just arrived in Canberra in 1947 to take up a position as a biochemist at the Institute of Anatomy. She leaves her family in country Queensland and arrives to find a new suburb named after her great-grandfather. Living at Acton Guest House, she soon enters into the lifestyle of the developing capital.

Held from Sunday 3 April to Sunday 17 April at the National Museum of Australia. Booking is essential. Visit www.eventbrite.com.au for tickets.

THE OTHER SHORE – WEI LENG TAY

Wei Leng Tay is an artist based in Hong Kong and Singapore. Working predominantly with photography and sound, Tay is interested in how socio-economics, history, family and the state intersect with experiences of displacement, migration and self-identity. Tay’s project ‘The Other Shore’ (2014-2015) addresses recent antagonism towards Mainland Chinese migrants in popular discourse in Hong Kong.

While ‘Mainlanders’ are often presented as a single group, this series of photographic portraits and interviews reveals individual lives, with diverse aspirations and attitudes towards Hong Kong. The project comments more broadly on similar experiences of young educated Chinese elsewhere, negotiating a new place in the world.

Join Tay in conversation with Olivier Krischer, curator of ‘The Other Shore’, on exhibition at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU (31 March–15 July). With the use of visual images they will discuss the development of Tay’s interview-based photographic practice, and how this project engages with questions of cultural identity and politics in Hong Kong today.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink). On Thursday 31 March at 6pm at Muse,69 Canberra Ave, Kingston.

Visit the website for more information www.musecanberra.com.au

WRITING MASTERCLASS – BEYOND 1915 REMEMBRANCE 

Peace Works, a community writing project, is calling for contributions to a publication about the battlefront and home front during World War I. This master class will assist you to prepare submissions for the November deadline. Funded by an Anzac Centenary Local Grant.

The master class if free but bookings are required and can be made here: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-masterclass-beyond-1915-remembrance-tickets-22671723736?aff=es2

On Saturday 2 April from 9am–1pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes

Visit the website for more information 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

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2016

The 27th Alliance Française French Film Festival has returned to Palace Cinemas with an exceptional array of contemporary French cinema guaranteed to delight, stimulate and indulge.

Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, uniFrance Films and the gracious support of globally renowned Principal Sponsor, Peugeot, the festival will present a truly thrilling line-up of 48 titles featuring the best French and indeed, worldwide acting talents. Nine evocatively named sections will include highlights such as director Jacques Audiard’s 2015 Palme d’Or winning masterpiece Dheepan, as well as A Perfect Man, Love at First Child, Marguerite, Mon Roi, First Growth, La Belle Saison, Taj Mahal, Un Plus Une and Valley of Love. Five of France’s most popular television shows will also appear.

On now until Tuesday 29 March at Palace Electric Cinemas, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon. See the website for details of times, session and tickets www.affrenchfilmfestival.org

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

SHUGYO – MARTIAL ARTS

What do you get if you cross street-smart self-defence with traditional martial arts? Shugyo! The most innovative martial arts, fitness and self-defence in the world. Shugyo is recognized by the International Taekwondo Federation and welcomes anyone from 4-84 years old.

Martial arts teaches respect, confidence and, discipline through fitness and focus.

Come and try a free class. This offer ends on Thursday 31 March at Farrer Primary School. For more information about this event, call Keiran: 0403 881 332 or visit www.shugyo.com.au.

MORNING MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS FREE TASTER CLASS

Have you been meaning to meditate and just haven’t really managed to get it off the ground? Do you need a little motivation/a bit of a push in the right direction? Would you like more focus, mindfulness, energy, contentment, calmness, creativity, restful sleep, and connection to other beings (just to name a few benefits)?

If you said ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, then pop along to one of our FREE Morning Meditation and Mindfulness classes, in the month of March!

The final class is held on Wednesday 30 March at Kylie’s Home Yoga Studio, 3 Shumack Street, Weetangera. For more information, contact Kylie: 0435 930 514. Bookings are essential through www.meetup.com/Canberra-Self-Help-Meetup/events/228911395/.

2016 BEACH TOUCH SEASON

Want to extend your summer of Touch Football in Canberra and can’t hold out for the Winter competition? Or are you new to the sport? Dust off your boardies, flick off your thongs and put the surf board on hold for a short/sharp season of exciting Beach Touch through April, 2016!

The ACT Beach Volleyball courts is the hottest sporting venue in town and plays host to a variety of sports including Beach Touch.

Featuring two action-packed modified games per night played over three consecutive weeks and a finals week (w/c 19 April, 2016), the new Beach Touch format provides a great way for you and your mates to fling the ball around in a great social and fun setting before the sun goes down this summer.

The cost is $380 per team.

Held each Tuesday until Wednesday 19 April at the Volleyball ACT Beach Volleyball Courts. For more information or to register, contact Nicola Wines: [email protected].

PENINSULA TALES

The award-winning Peninsula Tales tours are back for a limited time as part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. Join your guide ‘Catherine Fysh’ in the year 1947 as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of Acton Peninsula on this easy-paced one-hour walking tour.

Catherine has just arrived in Canberra in 1947 to take up a position as a biochemist at the Institute of Anatomy. She leaves her family in country Queensland and arrives to find a new suburb named after her great-grandfather. Living at Acton Guest House, she soon enters into the lifestyle of the developing capital.

Held from Sunday 3 April to Sunday 17 April at the National Museum of Australia. Booking is essential. Visit www.eventbrite.com.au for tickets.

OPERATION BLACKHAWK

Operation Blackhawk is seven kilometres of military themed obstacles of mud, mud and more mud! Do something different on your next visit to Canberra and complete the course with friends or family.

Think mud, trenches, walls, tunnels, water and barbed wire. Think yelling, laughing and fun with friends. Slip on the camos, clip on the webbing and slap on the camo cream… this is like no other mud and obstacle event on earth… these are Special Forces obstacles on steroids.

Proudly supporting Autism Spectrum Australia.

Held from Saturday 2 April to Sunday 3 April at Paintball Sports ACT. For entry details contact the venue on 0420 615 547 or visit www.operationblackhawk.com/canberra-battlefield-challenge/.

GIANTS VS GEELONG

Don’t miss AFL action at its finest when the Giants vs Geelong Bulldogs in Round 2 of the AFL Toyota Premiership Season. Following a sell-out game at StarTrack Oval when the Giants took on Geelong in 2015, you will want to secure your tickets early to this game.

Don’t miss out on seeing Stevie Johnson take on his old club for the very first time in front of a capacity crowd.

Kick off is on Sunday 3 April at StarTrack Oval. For tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au.

CANBERRA WALKING FESTIVAL

Challenge yourself by walking 10 to 29, or even 42 kilometres during the Canberra Walking Festival weekend. Enjoy a walk along the Centenary Trail on Saturday. On Sunday, walk around Lake Burley Griffin. Start your walk at the appointed time (7am) at the Control Centre in Barton and return by 4pm. Participants may walk one or both days.

A non-competitive event, the 25th Canberra Two Day Walk is open to walkers of all ages.

Saturday 2 April to Sunday 3 April at Charles Sturt University. Adult entry is $25. For tickets and more information visit the Canberra Two-Day Walk Association website.

ROLLER DERBY LEAGUE GRUDGE MATCH: DISHONOUR ROLLERS VICE CITY BETAMAX

Canberra is chilling down but the roller derby action is only getting hotter: Varsity Derby League’s DisHonour Rollers are heading for a fierce match against friendly rivals Canberra Roller Derby League’s Vice City Betamax on Saturday 9 April at Southern Cross Stadium, Tuggeranong.

The teams last met in a close match in 2015’s Eastern Region Roller Derby Smackdown with the DisHonour Rollers defeating Vice City Betamax 159-140.

Happening Saturday 9 April. Door open at 6.30 pm for a 7pm start at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Tuggeranong

Tickets $10 + booking fee online via varsityderbyleague.com or $10 at the door. Children under 12 free with paying adult.

AQUIS BRUMBIES V CHIEFS

See the Aquis Brumbies v Chiefs at GIO Stadium. New Zealand’s Chiefs will bring some world class talent to Canberra in Round 6. With Canberra already home to a number of Wallabies World Cup finalists, this should be a sizzling encounter between two teams with some serious competition history and both with their eyes on the Super Rugby finals.

Kick off is on Saturday 2 April at GIO Stadium Canberra. Buy your tickets online through www.ticketek.com.au.

KS FOR KIDS

Ks for Kids supports Children’s Medical Research Institute in advancing the treatments and prevention of childhood disease to give our kids a brighter future. So why not join in the Ks for Kids fun fitness challenge. Take on the scenic 30km walk or run around spectacular Lake Burley Griffin Central Basin. Or enjoy the 15km or 5km routes – it’s a great event for everyone!

Grab your family and friends and start a team or take on this challenge solo – Ks for Kids is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Once you’ve completed your laps, join in with the family friendly activities and entertainment at the Discovery Hub, including live performances on stage

Make you kilometres count, and together let’s walk to beat childhood disease.

Tickets/entry: Individual $40 Under 18 (note kids 5 and under are FREE) $35; Team Individual Prices per participant; Family (2 adults and Children) $120

On Saturday 3 April from 7am on the Patrick White Lawns, Lake Burley Griffin. Visit the website for more information www.ksforkidswalk2016canberra.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home

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.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

 

OPERATION BLACKHAWK

Operation Blackhawk is seven kilometres of military themed obstacles of mud, mud and more mud! Do something different on your next visit to Canberra and complete the course with friends or family.

Think mud, trenches, walls, tunnels, water and barbed wire. Think yelling, laughing and fun with friends. Slip on the camos, clip on the webbing and slap on the camo cream… this is like no other mud and obstacle event on earth… these are Special Forces obstacles on steroids.

Proudly supporting Autism Spectrum Australia.

Held from Saturday 2 April to Sunday 3 April at Paintball Sports ACT. For entry details contact the venue on 0420 615 547 or visit www.operationblackhawk.com/canberra-battlefield-challenge/.

PRYOR’S NOTABLE SNOW GUMS WALK AND TALK

Join local Jean Geue and discover the Snow Gums at Glenloch Interchange, a core conservation site in the midst of high volume traffic. This small area of Snow Gum Woodland includes an ancient tree that is listed as a notable tree in Trees and Shrubs of Canberra by Pryor and Banks.

BYO morning tea, water, snacks. Wear a hat, and sturdy shoes. Generally easy walk with possible tunnel.

Meeting point is at the stile for Frost Hollow to Forest Walk, near Glenloch Interchange, Acton.

Cost is a gold coin donation and bookings can be made via email at [email protected].

2016 BEACH TOUCH SEASON

Want to extend your summer of Touch Football in Canberra and can’t hold out for the Winter competition? Or are you new to the sport? Dust off your boardies, flick off your thongs and put the surf board on hold for a short/sharp season of exciting Beach Touch through April, 2016!

The ACT Beach Volleyball courts is the hottest sporting venue in town and plays host to a variety of sports including Beach Touch.

Featuring two action-packed modified games per night played over three consecutive weeks and a finals week (w/c 19 April, 2016), the new Beach Touch format provides a great way for you and your mates to fling the ball around in a great social and fun setting before the sun goes down this summer.

The cost is $380 per team.

Held each Tuesday until Wednesday 19 April at the Volleyball ACT Beach Volleyball Courts. For more information or to register, contact Nicola Wines: [email protected].

MARKETS

MOCCA COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

Manuka Childcare Centre (MOCCA) will be holding a Community Festival from 10am to 2pm. There will be live entertainment and music, delicious food, beautiful produce on sale from stall holders and fun activities for children including face painting, games and more.

Come along for a fun family day out.

Held on Saturday 2 April at Manuka Childcare Centre. For more information about this event, call 02 6232 7360 or visit www.manukachildcare.com.au.

CANBERRA BABY AND KIDS MARKET

The Kidspot Baby and Kids Market provides excellent quality preloved 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 preloved condition, such as Country Road, Jack & Milly, Esprit, Fred Bare, Peg Perego, Mini Haha, Seed – just to name a few. Running since 2003, this is Australia’s original and largest market of its kind, and consistently praised for its high quality goods.

Held on Saturday 2 April from at Exhibition Park in Canberra. For more information, visit www.kidspot.com.au.

ZONTA PRE LOVED FASHION SALE VIP PREVIEW NIGHT

A wonderful fashion sale of high-quality vintage and pre loved clothing! Specialises in pre-loved designer clothing, shoes and accessories.

All proceeds go to supporting Zonta’s projects to support women here in Canberra and around the world. Zonta is a global organisation of passionate individuals working together to improve the lives of women and girls.

Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast is committed to empowering women in the Canberra community and internationally. Funds raised help to provide, for example: birthing kits for women in developing countries to improve the survival rate of mothers and babies; educational scholarships for young women; breast cushions to hospitals in Canberra and Wagga Wagga to assist with mastectomy recovery; and toiletries and other essentials to women moving into refuges, and kitchen packs when they subsequently move into independent housing.

Held on Friday 1 April at 245 Lady Denman Drive. For more information, call 0401 293 873 or visit www.eventbrite.com.au.

KERBSIDE TWILIGHT MARKET

This Thursday evening The Duxton at O’Connor will present Kerbside, their second twilight pop-up market showcasing a variety of local art, crafts and vintage wares. Shoppers will be able to grab a wine and enjoy live music as they stroll through more than 25 local stalls in the kerbside space.

The Duxton is committed to its’ locals and are always looking for opportunities to entertain and engage the Canberra community. Kerbside will take over the entire alfresco area and create a real buzz and vibe. This is a great chance for people to shop local and support some very talented small Canberra businesses.

Free entry. On Thursday 31 March from 6pm – 10pm at The Duxton, Macpherson St, O’Connor

Visit the website for more information www.theduxton.com.au

GILMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL CAR BOOT SALE

Gilmore Primary School’s P&C committee is holding a car boot sale from 10am to 2pm to raise money for new computers for the school. There will be a sausage sizzle, egg and bacon sandwiches, cake stall, coffee van, kids’ activities, and a raffle.

You can buy a car space for $25, which goes directly to the school. You keep all the money from your sales.

Held on Saturday 2 April at Gilmore Primary School. For more information or to book your car space call Donna: 0402 790 089.

O’CONNOR MARKET DAY

O’Connor Uniting Church is hosting another market day between 10am and 2pm. As usual there will be plenty of wonderful people hosting fabulous stalls and a great atmosphere.

The kids can play in the enclosed playground while you enjoy a hot coffee or tea then browse the many varied stalls. Meet some wonderful people and find out more about your local area.

If you’d like to host a stall, please email: [email protected]. There are 18 indoor and 40 outdoor spaces on offer.

Held on Saturday 2 April at the O’Connor Uniting Church. For more information, call 6247 7766.

HARRISON SCHOOL TWILIGHT FAIR 

Harrison School goes from Preschool to year 10 and has about 1800 kids and 1200 families. They are a large part of the Gungahlin Community.

This years fete will have major attractions, sideshow alley, market stalls, second hand books, toys and clothes, multicultural food court, live performances and much more – there’s something for everyone! 

For more information about this event you can visit their event page here: www.facebook.com/events/189866881388015

On Saturday 2 April from 3pm – 7pm at 20 Wimmera Street, Harrison.

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.

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

HARRISON SCHOOL TWILIGHT FAIR 

Harrison School goes from Preschool to Year 10 and has about 1800 kids and 1200 families. They are a large part of the Gungahlin Community.

This years fete will have major attractions, sideshow alley, market stalls, second hand books, toys and clothes, multicultural food court, live performances and much more – there’s something for everyone! 

For more information about this event you can visit their event page here: www.facebook.com/events/189866881388015

On Saturday 2 April from 3pm – 7pm at 20 Wimmera Street, Harrison.

Ks for Kids

Ks for Kids supports Children’s Medical Research Institute in advancing the treatments and prevention of childhood disease to give our kids a brighter future. So why not join in the Ks for Kids fun fitness challenge. Take on the scenic 30km walk or run around spectacular Lake Burley Griffin Central Basin. Or enjoy the 15km or 5km routes – it’s a great event for everyone!

Grab your family and friends and start a team or take on this challenge solo – Ks for Kids is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Once you’ve completed your laps, join in with the family friendly activities and entertainment at the Discovery Hub, including live performances on stage

Make you kilometres count, and together let’s walk to beat childhood disease.

Tickets/entry: Individual $40 Under 18 (note kids 5 and under are FREE) $35; Team Individual Prices per participant; Family (2 adults and Children) $120

On Saturday 3 April from 7am on the Patrick White Lawns, Lake Burley Griffin. Visit the website for more information www.ksforkidswalk2016canberra.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home

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

RIDE FOR PEGASUS 

Pegasus Riding for the Disabled and the ACT Endurance Riders Association are joining together again for the popular Ride for Pegasus! Bring your horse for the 10km event which starts at Equestrian Park and winds its way through the Arboretum (on the Bicentennial Trail), before returning to Equestrian Park for morning tea.

The ride is a fantastic opportunity to see the best views of Canberra from horseback; have morning tea with your horsey friends; learn more about the sport of endurance riding; and raise funds for Pegasus’ horse-facilitated therapy programs and activities.

Held on Saturday 2 April at Equestrian Park. Participants must register by Friday 1 April by emailing Roz: [email protected] For more information, visit www.pegasusact.com.au.

ZONTA PRE LOVED FASHION SALE 

Zonta is a global organisation of passionate individuals working together to improve the lives of women and girls. Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast is committed to empowering women in the Canberra community and internationally. Funds raised through the fashion sale will help provide, birthing kits for women in developing countries, educational scholarships for young women, breast cushions to hospitals in Canberra and Wagga Wagga to assist with mastectomy recovery, and toiletries and other essentials to women moving into refuges.

VIP Preview Night 

An opportunity to enjoy some wine and canapés while you preview the Zonta Pre-Loved Fashion Sale women’s clothing range, and to buy something special before the sale opens to the public the following day. The quality of clothing this year is simply superb with a large range of designer and vintage clothing at brilliant prices. 

Tickets are only $20. On Friday 1 April from 5:30pm to 8pm 

Main Fashion Sale

The sale opens to the general public on Saturday 2 April.  The quality of clothing this year is simply superb with a large range of designer and vintage clothing at brilliant prices. 

On Saturday 2 April 2016 from 9am to 3pm. 

Both events are held at the ATSI Centre at 245 Lady Denham Drive. 

All proceeds from both events go to supporting Zonta’s projects to support women here in Canberra and around the world.

MONKEY MOON CHINESE BANQUET FUNDRAISER

Did you know there are over 100 forms of Dementia? It is estimated that over 46.8 million people worldwide are living with dementia, with one person diagnosed every 3.2 seconds.  In Australia 1 person is diagnosed every 6 minutes, and some of these people are just teenage boys and girls.

As part of a Fundraising Challenge for Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) a 9 course Chinese Banquet is being held at Ginseng in the Hellenic Club.  A fun filled evening with lots of surprises and wonderful lucky door prizes.

Tickets/entry: $80/person or $750 for a table of 10. On 2 April at 7pm at the Ginseng Restaurant in the Hellenic Club.

Book your ticket here www.trybooking.com/186434

STELLA BELLA LITTLE STARS FOUNDATION 

Presenting a Bowls, Bingo and Board Games night to support seriously illl children in Canberra. Put on your best lounge wear and settle in for a fun night!

All game instructions are provided on the night and tickets include a drink, a roast dinner and dessert with all proceeds going to Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation.

Tickets are $65. On Sunday 3 April at 4pm at The Ruc, 54 McCaughey St, Turner. Visit the website for more information www.stellabellalittlestars.org.au

KS FOR KIDS

Ks for Kids supports Children’s Medical Research Institute in advancing the treatments and prevention of childhood disease to give our kids a brighter future. So why not join in the Ks for Kids fun fitness challenge. Take on the scenic 30km walk or run around spectacular Lake Burley Griffin Central Basin. Or enjoy the 15km or 5km routes – it’s a great event for everyone!

Grab your family and friends and start a team or take on this challenge solo – Ks for Kids is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Once you’ve completed your laps, join in with the family friendly activities and entertainment at the Discovery Hub, including live performances on stage

Make you kilometres count, and together let’s walk to beat childhood disease.

Tickets/entry: Individual $40 Under 18 (note kids 5 and under are FREE) $35; Team Individual Prices per participant; Family (2 adults and Children) $120

On Saturday 3 April from 7am on the Patrick White Lawns, Lake Burley Griffin. Visit the website for more information www.ksforkidswalk2016canberra.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home

EXHIBITIONS

2016 AUTUMN BONSAI EXHIBITION 

The Weston Creek Bonsai Group will be holding its Annual Autumn Bonsai Exhibition between 10am and 4.30pm.

See bonsai demonstrations at 2pm each day. There’s a table selling starter plants, pots, tools and more. You can also bring in your own bonsai tree for some expert help.

Admission is $4, concession is $3 and children under 12 can enter for free.

Held on Saturday 2 April and Sunday 3 April at the Weston Creek Community Centre. For more information about this event, call 0499 991 421.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

Re-Discovering Ginninderra is an exhibition that explores questions about Ginninderra: How and when did it begin as a village? Where was it? When and why did Hall take over? Who were the movers and shakers? Who was affected and why? Do the ghosts of our pioneers and the past still have an impact today?

From the 1860s for half a century, Ginninderra flourished and in its prime boasted a church, two schools, store, police station, post a d telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel. By 1915, Ginninderra was finished.

Held from Saturday 2 April to Thursday 16 March 2017 at Former Hall Primary School. Entry is free. For more information, contact 0412 580 792.

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Now in its ninth year, this ever-popular event promotes the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

Held until Sunday 26 June at the National Portrait Gallery. For more information, visit www.portrait.gov.au.

BUSH CAPITAL: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE ACT

Bush Capital showcases the natural history of the Australian Capital Territory. With the selection of the Yass-Canberra region as the location for the national capital, the phrase ‘Bush Capital’ became enshrined as an integral part of the city’s identity.

In this exhibition, the natural history of the Territory will be illustrated using specimens, illustrations, photographs, works of art and sound from the collections of Canberra Museum and Gallery and other national institutions.

Running until Sunday 26 June at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.cmag.com.au.

CELESTIAL EMPIRE: LIFE IN CHINA 1644-1911

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

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

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

Held until Sunday 22 May at the National Library of Australia. For more information, visit www.nla.gov.au.

MENZIES BY JOHN HOWARD

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated the Menzies exhibition. He shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister, Robert Menzies.

The exhibition will help mark the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’s first term as Prime Minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family.

Showing until Sunday 1 May at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Entry is up to $5 for a family. For more information, visit www.nma.gov.au.

MACQUARIE DIGITAL PORTRAITURE AWARD 2016

The Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015 exhibition is your chance to see outstanding finalist works, including two award winners, support artists working with screen-based technology and cultivate digital portraiture as an evolving art form.

Rigorous visual form and careful consideration of soundscape and duration characterise the six finalist artworks.

Held until Monday 25 April at the National Portrait Gallery. For more information, visit www.portrait.gov.au.

BEHIND THE SCENES: TYLER GRAPHICS AT WORK

The National Gallery of Australia’s Kenneth Tyler Print Collection spans the entirety of Tyler’s career and is the most comprehensive collection of post-war American art outside the United States.

Consisting of over 7000 works of art and extensive holdings of documentary film, sound and photographic material, the collection provides insight into the workings of the most innovative print workshop of the twentieth century.

Showing until Sunday 8 May at the National Gallery of Australia. For more information, visit www.nga.gov.au.

THE WORLD IS BEAUTIFUL

The world is beautiful is an exhibition of photographs taken over the last 100 years from the National Gallery of Australia’s magnificent photography collection, including work by Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Henson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Edward Weston and many more.

Together, these photographs capture some of the delight photographers take in turning their cameras on the world and re-imaging it, making it beautiful through the power of their vision and their capacity to help us see the world in new ways.

Held until Sunday 10 April at the National Gallery of Australia. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.nga.gov.au.

AUTO ITALIA CANBERRA

Auto Italia Canberra is a static automotive exhibition of Italian cars, motorbikes and scooters and promotes Italian culture, heritage and foods.

This event started off in 1984 as a BBQ for the local FIAT and Alfa Romeo clubs, and has grown over 30 years into a spectacular showcase of Italian machinery from Vespa scooters through to the latest hypercars with everything in between. While there are trophies to be won, most participants are just proud of their little Italian masterpiece and want to spend a day with others who understand and share their passion for the Italian marques.

Held on Sunday 3 April at Old Parliament House. Entry is free. If you want to display a car, visit www.eventbrite.com.au to register.

KNEES: TERRAFORMING EXPO

An exhibition of large scale, multi-colour reduction woodblock relief prints including a large scale cardboard vehicle model by Canberra-based artist, Knees.

Space is no longer beyond our reach; it is a current reality. KNEES brings space closer by mobilising current technology to construct a fleet of functional terraforming machines. See a glimpse of tomorrow’s frontier!

Showing until Saturday 2 April at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.megalo.org.

BACKSLIDERS – MIDNIGHT OIL EXHIBITION

Experience an unforgettable night of blues with multi-award-winning blues band Backsliders.

Be wowed by the creative brilliance of slide guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist and founding member of the Backsliders (27 years ago) Dom Turner.

Drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), has been with Backsliders for 12 years. Blazing trails of raw energy from legendary harmonica player Brod Smith or ARIA award winning harmonica genius Ian Collard complete the trio.

This event is being held in conjunction with the nationally acclaimed Making of Midnight Oil exhibition.

Held on Friday 1 April at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Adult tickets are $50 and can be bought online at www.trybooking.com.

ULTIMATE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

Enjoy the ultimate museum experience at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, with a: personalised tour; meal with a glass of wine in their stunning waterfront café; and voucher for ten percent off purchases at the Museum Shop.

Choose either a one-hour Museum Highlights Tour (10am or 1pm) or a one-hour First Australians Tour (3pm) to include in your package. All tours are $35.

Running until Thursday 31 March at the National Museum of Australia. Tickets can be bought from the Museum or online at www.eventbrite.com.au.

CONNECT WITH YOUR NATURE 

View works produced by artists Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher during the Archives’ ‘Connect with your nature’ artist-in-residence program. A National Archives, Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation Service project.

On from Friday 8 April until Saturday 14 May from 9am – 5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information www.naa.gov.au

FERAL: Rewilding Furniture

This exhibition features new works constructed from found timber by Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen. Eriksmoen’s work utilises found pieces of discarded and broken wood, reconfiguring components into unlikely, mutilated forms reminiscent of tropical flora and fauna. The series represents the conceptual idea of waste, sustainability, resource use and the disposable consumer culture of today. Her works address the distorted perceptions around value of materials and labour and the gap between the living world and the built world. The structural mash-ups occupy and re-wild the modern interior, challenging Cartesian notions of order, utility and the planned universe. 

Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen is Head of Furniture at the Australian National University School of Art, having completed her M.F.A in Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design. She has also worked in several design and woodworking studios across the world, including California, Oregon, Colorado, North Carolina, Norway and Australia. 

The exhibition opens  17 March and runs until Saturday 2 April at GAD – Gallery of Australian Design, 47 Jardine Street, Kingston. Gallery opening hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 11am – 2pm (closed Good Friday – Easter Monday). 

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.

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.

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.

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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