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HerCanberra Team

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

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Sell Out Design Auction Party

The DESIGN Canberra Festival (6-26 November 2017) is giving design-lovers the chance to have their own piece of contemporary Canberra design with the festival’s very first design auction.Sell Out: design auction party will celebrate the best of Canberra design and will launch the festival with an opening-weekend party.
Music, food, and local wines, local brews and spirits, hosted at the historic Canberra Fitters Workshop, will create an exciting and vibrant atmosphere for the main event.
Limited edition and one-off pieces from Canberra’s leading designers will be displayed on the night, highlighted by an experimental lighting design installation by Matt Adey of House of Vnholy (Dark Mofo).
Tickets $10 online—$15 at door (first wine, beer or soft drink free). Grab them online from designcanberrafestival.com.au.

TASTE OF BRADDON

Taste of Braddon celebrates the unique culture of Braddon, through a food, wine and entertainment fest that is set to be one of this year’s biggest events on the Canberra social calendar. Whether its locals dropping by or visitors passing through, they guarantee there will be an abundance of City foot traffic and something for everyone.

Think burgers and beer, wine and cheese, live music and art. There will also be some exciting additions including Dachshund, Pug and Poodle races – even goat yoga! The Braddon Food and Wine Frolic will specifically appease the pallets of all wine lovers out there. A secluded area of the festival where you and your friends can enjoy some divine wine tastings.

Make sure you arrive with an empty belly! Braddon’s favourite restaurants will be cooking up a storm, bringing you something sweet, savoury and anything in between!

Happening Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 of November from at Haig Park Braddon. For event details visit event website.

Thread Count Bedroom Styling With Bec Judd

Look through the lens of Bec Judd’s busy life, with styling tips for creating the ultimate bedroom sanctuary. Learn how to recreate the latest trends in texture, pattern, colour and soft furnishings, and how you can create an aesthetic that suits your personal style.

Tickets: $20 +bf. Redeemed for a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card on arrival. Purchase your ticket now via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 11 November from 11 am – 12 pm at Canberra Centre, Level One, opposite Apple.

DESIGN CANBERRA

Throughout November over 100 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra. See the nation’s capital transformed into a new platform for the best in design.

DESIGN Canberra 2017 will be inspired by the spirit of modernism, a celebration of the creativity, experimentation and optimism for which Canberra’s mid-century architecture is acclaimed. The event will be led by the idea of Canberra as a living design laboratory; a global city of design.

From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has been – and will always be – a living design laboratory.

The festival, now in its 4th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

Happening from 7 – 26 November at various locations across Canberra. Specific event details through the event website.

Semi-Naked Cake Decorating Workshop

Hosted by local cake-master Shalini from Cuppalini Cakes, students will learn the art of applying buttercream icing to achieve a semi-naked effect. You’ll then be introduced to cake decorating techniques and given the chance to express your creativity by decorating your semi-naked creation with chocolate drip, fresh flowers and confectionery. The best part is that you get to take your finished product home to show off and share with loved ones once you’re done!

Included within the ticket price is champagne, cake ingredients and all tools required. This workshop is not only for baking-enthusiasts but for those who love to get creative and learn new skills. Spots are limited so get in quick!

Happening Saturday 11 November from 1pm – 3pm at The Social Club, 48 Jardine Street, Green Square, Kingston. 

Cost: $209. Tickets: via Eventbrite.

High Tea For Bake-A-Wish Foundation

Help Passiontree Velvet Canberra Centre raise money and support Make a Wish Foundations ‘Bake a Wish’ Campaign to raise $100,000 by March next year.

Happening Sunday 12 November at 2pm at Passiontree Velvet, inside the Canberra Centre Monaro Mall off Bunda Street.

To book visit their website or see in-store for full details.

Cost: $50, with all profits going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Book your table here.

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Join in the fun at the Red Hill Shops for their famous Pop Up Markets with stalls from Underground Spirits, La Petit Breton, Lulu and Sis, Cannoli Brothers, The Italian Traveller, Lily’s Vegas Kitchen and more.

Happening Saturday 11 November from 10am until 2pm at the Red Hill Shops, Duyfken Place, Red Hill.

Find more information via Facebook.

Creating Beautiful Flatlays At Home With Lee Rachel

Join self-confessed flatlay addict Lee Rachel as she shares her go-to tips and tricks to creating an insta-worthy flatlay using local artists. Brought to you by Craft ACT as part of the DESIGN Canberra Festival – find out more.

Cost: $20. All attendees will receive a redeemable $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card on the day. Purchase your tickets now via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 12 November from 12pm – 1 pm at Canberra Centre, in the DESIGN Canberra Pop-Up, Level 1, Monaro Mall outside David Jones.

Luncheon for Canberra Mums and Mums-to-be

Mums. Can we really have it all? Family, life and career?

Join Pregnant Pause over a light lunch as they investigate if the perfect balance between motherhood, work and life is achievable or just a myth.

Join journalist Jolene Laverty in conversation with three high profile Canberra mums; social entrepreneur Summer Edwards, international best-selling author Karen Viggers and For Purpose founder Caterina Giorgi, who will share their experiences and advice on being a mum, career woman and house goddess all the while retaining their sanity. 

Speakers will also share their experiences of being pregnant, including how they hid the early stages of their pregnancies and how they avoided alcohol without tipping off friends and family. This is your chance to hear from three women from different backgrounds and industries who have continued to develop their successful careers while preserving time for family. Connect with other local mums as they share candid and empowering conversations and enjoy:

Happening Friday 10 November from 12.15pm at The Deck at Regatta Point

Tickets are $15-20 and can be purchased here. Find more information about the event via the website.

Agostinis Italian Melbourne Cup

Indulge in a four-course Italian fiesta at Agostini’s this Cup day including a three-hour beverage package. Kick off the afternoon with canapes, spritzes, bubble and beers in one of Canberra’s most gorgeous new restaurants.

Cost: $120 per person for a four-course meal with a three-hour beverage package.

Perfect for: Those with a love of delicious Italian food and chic decor. If you’re not keen to move after the event finishes, why not book a room upstairs at the uber swanky East Hotel?

Tickets: via [email protected].com.au or on 6178 0048.

Mad Melbourne Cup at Casino Canberra

If you’re not into the tracks, saddle up and head to Casino Canberra for a Melbourne Cup day event to please the likes of fans, fashionistas and frolickers.

This Melbourne Cup event features a stack of entertainment on the day.

Stay entertained from 12-4pm with performances from vocalist M.C. Hayes Loau and Robyn Loau, speciality mad hatter dancers, plus a DJ keeping up the good vibes.

From 12.00pm there will be Pimms and Chandon promos will keep the party vibe high. No need to drink on an empty stomach, $50 mantou platters and $12 lucky meals will be available. Stick around after the race that stops a nation, because our bar speeds up for happy hour from 4.30-6.30pm.

Fear not of high heels piercing the mud, this Melbourne Cup event is indoors with air-con, your only concern will be what dress-up to wear in the photo booth.

Your day doesn’t have to finish when the races do, happy hour kicks off from 4.30pm – 6.30pm with endless Casino games including blackjack, poker, baccarat and American Roulette in a semi-private room to keep the party high-rolling.

Happening Tuesday 7 November
 from 12 – 4pm at Casino Canberra. 21 Binara Street, Canberra.

Free entry
. Complimentary glass of Chandon S on arrival
.

HYPER REAL

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

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

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

Boys Will Be Boys

Selling your soul never looked so stylish. Enter the world of currency trading, Dior suits and cocaine. Astrid is a ruthless trader at the top of her game, raking it in with the best of them. To stay on top, she’s had to tough it out with the men that dominate her industry. She hasn’t broken the glass ceiling, she’s re-modelled the entire building.

When the young and ambitious Priya applies for a junior position on the trading floor, Astrid decides to play mentor. But, in the self-serving world of the trade floor, every favour has a price.

Award-winning playwright Melissa Bubnic won the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2010 and, since then, has been carving out a distinctive writing style that is smart, risqué and very funny. In Boys Will Be Boys  she has written a no-holds-barred, biting satire on what it takes to get ahead in the world of finance. With an all-woman cast, in-your-face dialogue, filthy jokes and heartbreaking songs, Boys Will Be Boys is a merciless and unapologetic look at power.

Warning: contains frequent strong language, partial nudity, and strong adult themes including sexual violence.

Happening 28 October – 11 November at various times at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

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

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

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

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.

Showtime Saturday: Broadway Nights

Casino Canberra’s Showtime Saturdays will see different themed performances every fortnight by some of Australia’s best talent. Entertainment starts at 9pm and is completely FREE.

Come see outstanding vocalists such as Robyn Loau (from Australia’s biggest girl band ‘Girlfriend’), M.C. Hayes Loau, Matilda Moran, Ben Palumbo and Dina David. Plus, performances by Hot Disco Dolls and GG Showgirls, just to name a few.

Happening Saturday 11 November – Broadway Nights at 9PM, 10PM and 11PM at Casino Canberra, Binara Street, City.

Melbourne Cup at Highball Express

Fun, frivolity and first-class service will be overflowing at The Highball Express this Melbourne Cup Day.

With a fun tropical feel and big, breezy balcony, Highball Express have the perfect backdrop to celebrate the race that stops the nation! Enjoy a glass of Moët on arrival before taking advantage of the roving punch station, delicious street food canapés and, of course, their amazing entertainment!

There’ll be sweepstakes for those looking to have a punt, as well as best dressed competitions so make sure you frock up for your chance to win. You’ll have exclusive use of the venue until 3:30 pm when they open up to the general public.After the dust settles and the race is run, stick around and continue the party with their incredible live entertainment and samba dancers who will get you up and moving.

Tickets are only $75 per passenger and include:

• Glass of Moët on arrival
• Two-hour food and beverage package
• Roving canapés & punch station
• Live entertainment and samba dancers
• Sweepstakes
• Prizes for best dressed
• Exclusive use of venue from 1 pm until 3:30 pm
• Open to public from 3:30 pm

Book now and fasten your seatbelt in preparation for a fabulous Melbourne Cup.

 

Happening Tuesday 7 November from 1pm onwards at Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, City (entry via Odgers Lane).

Purchase your tickets now via Eventbrite.

FOOD & DRINK

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Stakes Day High Tea

Dress in your racing best and enjoy the coveted Burbury Terrace view (or the races on their big screen TV) while treating yourself to High Tea favourites, TWG fine teas and the option of adding free-flowing champagne.

Fashions on the field will run all day with best dressed winning a Buvette Bliss Package valued at $450 (includes one-night accommodation and dinner for two at Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar). Second place will go home with a $100 Ostani Bar voucher.

A gluten-free menu is available upon request when booking.

Bookings are essential, contact [email protected] or call 6163 1894.

TASTE OF BRADDON

Taste of Braddon celebrates the unique culture of Braddon, through a food, wine and entertainment fest that is set to be one of this year’s biggest events on the Canberra social calendar. Whether its locals dropping by or visitors passing through, they guarantee there will be an abundance of City foot traffic and something for everyone.

Think burgers and beer, wine and cheese, live music and art. There will also be some exciting additions including Dachshund, Pug and Poodle races – even goat yoga! The Braddon Food and Wine Frolic will specifically appease the pallets of all wine lovers out there. A secluded area of the festival where you and your friends can enjoy some divine wine tastings.

Make sure you arrive with an empty belly! Braddon’s favourite restaurants will be cooking up a storm, bringing you something sweet, savoury and anything in between!

Happening Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 of November from at Haig Park Braddon. For event details visit event website.

Semi-Naked Cake Decorating Workshop

Hosted by local cake-master Shalini from Cuppalini Cakes, students will learn the art of applying buttercream icing to achieve a semi-naked effect. You’ll then be introduced to cake decorating techniques and given the chance to express your creativity by decorating your semi-naked creation with chocolate drip, fresh flowers and confectionery. The best part is that you get to take your finished product home to show off and share with loved ones once you’re done!

Included within the ticket price is champagne, cake ingredients and all tools required. This workshop is not only for baking-enthusiasts but for those who love to get creative and learn new skills. Spots are limited so get in quick!

Happening Saturday 11 November from 1pm – 3pm at The Social Club, 48 Jardine Street, Green Square, Kingston. 

Cost: $209. Tickets: via Eventbrite.

High Tea For Bake-A-Wish Foundation

Help Passiontree Velvet Canberra Centre raise money and support Make a Wish Foundations ‘Bake a Wish’ Campaign to raise $100,000 by March next year.

Happening Sunday 12 November at 2pm at Passiontree Velvet, inside the Canberra Centre Monaro Mall off Bunda Street.

To book visit their website or see in-store for full details.

Cost: $50, with all profits going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Book your table here

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons until 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Luncheon for Canberra Mums and Mums-to-be

Mums. Can we really have it all? Family, life and career?

Join Pregnant Pause over a light lunch as they investigate if the perfect balance between motherhood, work and life is achievable or just a myth.

Join journalist Jolene Laverty in conversation with three high profile Canberra mums; social entrepreneur Summer Edwards, international best-selling author Karen Viggers and For Purpose founder Caterina Giorgi, who will share their experiences and advice on being a mum, career woman and house goddess all the while retaining their sanity. 

Speakers will also share their experiences of being pregnant, including how they hid the early stages of their pregnancies and how they avoided alcohol without tipping off friends and family. This is your chance to hear from three women from different backgrounds and industries who have continued to develop their successful careers while preserving time for family. Connect with other local mums as they share candid and empowering conversations and enjoy:

Happening Friday 10 November from 12.15pm at The Deck at Regatta Point

Tickets are $15-20 and can be purchased here. Find more information about the event via the website.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

This week the masterclasses on offer include Italian KitchenMini Masters Pies and Pastries for the kids.

Find out more here.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

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

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

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

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

TIKI THURSDAYS

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

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

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

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

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

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

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

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

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

Friday Soirée at Buvette

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

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

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

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

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

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

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

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

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

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

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

TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

TACO TUESDAY

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

BURGERS & BEERS

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

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

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

MUSIC & STAGE

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CANBERRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA FEATURING JAMES MORRISON

Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017, the Canberra Youth Orchestra present their Llewellyn Hall concert series.

CYO’s final Llewellyn Hall concert of 2017 will feature inimitable jazz icon James Morrison AM. One of Australia’s leading performers, James’s ARIA-award-winning performance career regularly takes him overseas to perform in major concert venues throughout Europe and America, including at the Hollywood Bowl and the Royal Albert Hall – not to mention in all of Australia’s foremost venues. Best known for his trumpet playing, James also plays saxophone, clarinet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass, guitar and piano! He has composed many pieces, including the opening to the 2000 Sydney Olympic games, which he also performed.

Combined with the Canberra Youth Orchestra performing Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Copland’s Appalachian Spring, you will delight in some of the most popular melodies from the 20th Century. You won’t want to miss this ebullient conclusion to the Canberra Youth Orchestra’s 2017 subscription series!

Happening 11 November from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall ANU, Acton. Tickets from $15pp available through Ticketek.

LOVE/CHAMBERLAIN

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres is delighted to present Love/Chamberlain, a new Australian theatre work presented as part of their Ralph Indie program in 2017.

Love/Chamberlain is a hyper-real fantasy portrait of Courtney Love and Lindy Chamberlain. These time-travelling apparitions meet each other after the disappearance of baby Azaria and in the ferment of rumour following Kurt Cobain’s death. Both women are unjustly accused of murder: Chamberlain in a law- court and Love in the seedy territory of conspiracy theorists and documentary movie-makers. With a heady sense of the uncanny, Love/Chamberlain explores the way the stories of these two women have permeated into Australia’s collective consciousness, and asks how we treat women who are accused of murder or who deviate from expected social norms of behaviour.

Happening from Tuesday 7 until Saturday 11 of November from 7.30-8.45pm at Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon. Tickets from $25pp available through Eventbrite.

Sell Out Design Auction Party

The DESIGN Canberra Festival (6-26 November 2017) is giving design-lovers the chance to have their own piece of contemporary Canberra design with the festival’s very first design auction.Sell Out: design auction party will celebrate the best of Canberra design and will launch the festival with an opening-weekend party.
Music, food, and local wines, local brews and spirits, hosted at the historic Canberra Fitters Workshop, will create an exciting and vibrant atmosphere for the main event.
Limited edition and one-off pieces from Canberra’s leading designers will be displayed on the night, highlighted by an experimental lighting design installation by Matt Adey of House of Vnholy (Dark Mofo).
Tickets $10 online—$15 at door (first wine, beer or soft drink free). Grab them online from designcanberrafestival.com.au.

JOSH PYKE

To celebrate his illustrious career and to say ‘goodbye for now’, Josh Pyke will be stopping by Canberra Theatre Centre on Sunday 12 November, playing two solo sets at The Playhouse. First up will be Memories & Dust from start to finish, followed by a set of favourites.

Josh’s breakthrough single was Middle of the Hill, which made triple j’s 2005 Hottest 100 countdown and appeared on his debut release, Feeding The Wolves. Josh followed up Feeding The Wolves with the 2007 release of his debut album Memories & Dust.

Happening Sunday 12 November from 7pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra. Tickets from $66pp available through the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

Boys Will Be Boys

Selling your soul never looked so stylish. Enter the world of currency trading, Dior suits and cocaine. Astrid is a ruthless trader at the top of her game, raking it in with the best of them. To stay on top, she’s had to tough it out with the men that dominate her industry. She hasn’t broken the glass ceiling, she’s re-modelled the entire building.

When the young and ambitious Priya applies for a junior position on the trading floor, Astrid decides to play mentor. But, in the self-serving world of the trade floor, every favour has a price.

Award-winning playwright Melissa Bubnic won the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2010 and, since then, has been carving out a distinctive writing style that is smart, risqué and very funny. In Boys Will Be Boys  she has written a no-holds-barred, biting satire on what it takes to get ahead in the world of finance. With an all-woman cast, in-your-face dialogue, filthy jokes and heartbreaking songs, Boys Will Be Boys is a merciless and unapologetic look at power.

Warning: contains frequent strong language, partial nudity, and strong adult themes including sexual violence.

Happening until 11 November at various times at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

POLIFEMY: SOMETHING BORROWED, ALL IS NEW

Join female vocal ensemble Polifemy for an exciting romp through music history, where new creations emerge from the old; where something is borrowed, and all is new. Poet Ezra Pound exhorted artists in the modern age to make it new! Polifemy’s director Robyn Mellor takes her lead from Pound’s rallying cry to show how new music can be generated from old.

The program will feature original songs and instrumental works paired with the beautiful, wild and woolly results of their musical appropriation. Renaissance solo songs become virtuosic Italianate divisions; a single-voiced scrap of plainchant morphs into an elaborate four-part motet; a simple folk song is rendered all but unrecognisable in a complex arrangement for recorders; a fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach sparkles anew when swung suavely in Swingle style. All within the grand architecture of the High Court of Australia.

Robyn will direct Polifemy and recorder ensemble Walking the Dog and invite assorted musical friends to join the fun.

Happening Sunday November 12 from 1.30-3pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes. Free Entry.

Showtime Saturday: Broadway Nights

Casino Canberra’s Showtime Saturdays will see different themed performances every fortnight by some of Australia’s best talent. Entertainment starts at 9pm and is completely FREE.

Come see outstanding vocalists such as Robyn Loau (from Australia’s biggest girl band ‘Girlfriend’), M.C. Hayes Loau, Matilda Moran, Ben Palumbo and Dina David. Plus, performances by Hot Disco Dolls and GG Showgirls, just to name a few.

Happening Saturday 11 November – Broadway Nights at 9PM, 10PM and 11PM at Casino Canberra, Binara Street, City.

NICE UP! VOL. 4

Nice Up is back for their first party of the (nearly) summer! To celebrate the banishment of the winter months La De Da are kicking things off a little bit earlier so you can all take advantage of the sunshine.

This time round they will be raising money for local charity A Gender Agenda, a unique community organisation actively engaged in increasing public awareness and understanding of sex and gender diversity issues. Your sound sommeliers for the evening will be Dubagenda, DJfrizz, Winston Reed and Mick Dagger. Good vibes compulsory.

On 10 November at 6pm at La De Da – 102 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Entry is via donation. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

IN FULL SWING PLAYS FOR CANBERRA JAZZ CLUB

Canberra Jazz Club’s annual big band concert features Canberra’s premier big band, In Full Swing. This vibrant 20-piece ensemble and it’s talented vocalists are a hit wherever they perform. Playing an extensive range of music from the jazz and big band era of the 1930-40s, through to contemporary funk, rock and Latin songs, In Full Swing will have you toe-tapping the whole afternoon.

Doors open at noon and lunch is available until 2pm. Entry is $10.00 at the door.

Happening from Sunday November from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Harmoine German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

See website for more information. 

JAMES MCCUSKER ORCHESTRA AT ALBERT HALL

Please join the James McCusker Orchestra for their final performance of 2017 at Canberra’s iconic Albert Hall in Yarralumla.

Featuring a lively program including Feeling Good from The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, Flight of the Bumblebee, Sabre Dance, Bizet’s Symphony No.1 in C, and The Skater Waltz.

Happening Saturday 11 November from 1pm at Albert Hall, Yarralumla. Tickets $5pp available at the door. 

BRING A PLATE PODCAST

Rebecca Shaw and Peter Taggart are back together again for a special reunion recording of Bring a Plate podcast live. As part of the 2017 Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival, writer and author of No to Feminism Rebecca Shaw and writer, podcaster and host of Clip Show Peter Taggart will be reunited for this one-off pride edition of their much loved Bring a Plate podcast.

For too long this tantalising duo have been off the airwaves, separated by the tyranny of distance. Now, Canberrans have the opportunity to see the duo live in action as they bring their recording studio to Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Hilarity is certain to ensue as the pair discuss popular culture, politics, sport and of course, review a classic film. Following the recording Rebecca will be available for book signings. Book sales will be provided by Paperchain Manuka.

Happening Saturday 11 November from 2-4pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Greenway. Free Entry.

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ACTEWAGL LLEWELLYN SERIES, VIOLIN

Join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for the grand finale of the 2017 ActewAGL Llewellyn Series. This triumphant celebration begins with the boisterous and rousing Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila by the father of Russian classical music, Mikhail Glinka.

Following this earthy exuberance comes the lyrical beauty of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, a creation born of despair and inspired by illicit love. Tchaikovsky dedicated this monumental work to the great violinist Leopold Auer, only for him to dismiss the concerto as unplayable. Soloist Harry Bennetts will put this to the test!

Happening Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall ANU, Acton. Tickets from $50pp for adults available Ticketek.

JON CLEARY – THE GOGO JUICE TOUR

Jon Cleary is hitting Australian shores with his Absolute Monster Gentlemen for the first time since his 2016 Grammy Award win for new album GoGo Juice’.

A respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and the late Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary came to international fame through his work in the bands of Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Dr. John and Bonnie Raitt, with Raitt unabashedly dubbing him “the ninth wonder of the world.” Support act is Brass Knuckle Brass Band.

Happening Wednesday 8 November from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra. Tickets from $59pp available through Canberra Theatre Centre website.

1917 – THE NIGHT IS DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN

1917 – The Night is darkest before the Dawn is a musical portrait of one of the most tumultuous years of our history. In music and song the concert remembers the 1917 battles of Ypres and Paschendaele, the Russian revolution, the birth of Finland and the Charge of Beersheba with compositions written in 1917 and the music of Sibelius and Prokoviev.

Canberra soprano Louise Page and mezzo Christina Wilson will perform with pianist Timothy Young and Paul Goodchild on trumpet, and the Sculthorpe Quartet. Don’t miss the preview of the Diggers Requiem to be performed in 2018, with premieres of work by Nigel Westlake, Alex Lithgow, Richard Mills and Elena Kats-Chernin.

Happening Wednesday 8 November from 6pm at High Court of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $45pp available  at the door or online through Trybooking.

PRETTY PEEPERS CABARET

Is the road to self-discovery still on the map?

Navigating who we are has never been tougher. Access is blocked with the promise of beauty & perfection. The personal highway to our soul is in multilane gridlock, diversions from the self at every exit.

Glitta Supernova brings red light surrealism, bridging intimacy & objectification, in a sixty minute physical freeway that won’t be tarred for convenience.

On Friday 10 November at 9:30pm at Smith’s Alternative – 76 Alinga Street.

Visit the website for more information: www.smithsalternative.com

JAZZ AT THE HOUSE

Enjoy an evening of hot food, cool jazz and great wine with Jazz at University House on the last Friday of every month. Music starts at 8 pm. Share plates and drinks available for purchase from 7 pm.

Friday 24 November Miroslav Bukovsky/Tom Fell Quartet – Tribute to Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan

Happening at the Common Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton.

See website for more information. 

FILM

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IMB SUNSET CINEMA

IMB Bank Sunset Cinemas will return to Canberra for the 2017 season, with a new look and feel, “The Summer Local”, encouraging Canberrans to make Sunset Cinema their local outdoor summer movie destination.

Open multiple nights each week between November 16 – 23 December at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classic – perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

The season will kick off with the screening of popular drama film, Patti Cake$, followed by other favourites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Emoji Movie and Logan Lucky.

This year, the IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will partner with three local charities, asking moviegoers to vote for their favourite cause with a grant allocated at the end of the season.

Tickets are available now via the website: www.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra

FESTIVALS

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TASTE OF BRADDON

Taste of Braddon celebrates the unique culture of Braddon, through a food, wine and entertainment fest that is set to be one of this year’s biggest events on the Canberra social calendar. Whether its locals dropping by or visitors passing through, they guarantee there will be an abundance of City foot traffic and something for everyone.

Think burgers and beer, wine and cheese, live music and art. There will also be some exciting additions including Dachshund, Pug and Poodle races – even goat yoga! The Braddon Food and Wine Frolic will specifically appease the pallets of all wine lovers out there. A secluded area of the festival where you and your friends can enjoy some divine wine tastings.

Make sure you arrive with an empty belly! Braddon’s favourite restaurants will be cooking up a storm, bringing you something sweet, savoury and anything in between!

Happening Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 of November from at Haig Park Braddon. For event details visit event website.

PEARCE PRESCHOOL FAMILY FAIR

Join for a great day of wholesome family fun at Pearce Preschool Family Fair! There will be heaps of activities for the kidlets including face painting, jumping castle, ‘book cub’, lucky dips, tombola, fire truck, arts & crafts and the obligatory snag sizzle. We have also organised plenty of stuff to keep the grown-ups entertained including Christmas stocking- stuffers and hand-made stalls, a garden stall, second hand books and toys. There will also be live music for you to chill to with a fresh coffee and beef slider while your kids safely entertain themselves.

We will be drawing an awesome raffle on the day and have some excellent silent auction items you can bid on… including everything from outdoor settings, to champagne balloon rides, to accommodation at the Little National Hotel, to ‘Paint it Up’ vouchers! There are some serious bargains up for grabs (imagine how much affordable and unique Christmas shopping you can tick off!)

Happening Sunday 12 November from 10am until 2pm at Pearce Preschool, Pearce. Free Entry.

MICHELAGO SPRING FAIR

This fun day out is a joint venture between Michelago RFS, Landcare, Michelago Public School, Michelago Memorial Hall and the Michelago Region Community Association. Michelago Spring Fair includes country fair stalls, plenty of good food, live music and activities for the children.

Previously called the Michelago May Fair, the month has been changed as well as the name. Come on out to Michelago and enjoy wonderful country hospitality.

Happening Sunday 12 November from 10am until 3pm at Michelago Sportsground, Michelago, NSW. 

MARQUES IN THE PARK 2017

Marques in the Park is organised by the American Car Club of Australia Inc. on behalf of the ACT Council of Motor Clubs Inc. This year’s static car display will feature an array of motor vehicles from vintage to modern including bikes and caravans in the lovely John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen, Canberra.

Food and drink will be available on site. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the beautiful and unique motor vehicles on display. You will have an opportunity to chat with club members about their vehicles and you can even find out how you can become a member of the unique vehicles motoring fraternity in the ACT.

Happening Sunday 12 November from 9am until 3pm at John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen. Free Entry.

CORK OAK CENTENARY CELEBRATION

The Cork oak forest is turning 100 and everyone is invited to celebrate. The Cork Oak Centenary Celebration fun-filled day will include demonstrations of cork stripping, dancing, music, food vans, art and craft, guided walks and family activities. Free shuttle bus between Village Centre and Cork oaks. Please note there will be no parking at the Cork oaks.

Happening Sunday 12 November from 9.30am until 2.30pm at the National Arboretum. Free Entry.

GILMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL 30TH BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

Gilmore Primary School is turning 30 and we are celebrating with a huge birthday party!

There will be lots of fun and entertainment for all ages including:amusement rides, the Canberra Reptile Zoo, a firetruck, petting zoo, face painting, musicians and bands, food and drinks, stalls selling cakes, bric-a-brac and more!

Check out the Gilmore Primary School Fete 2017 – 30th Birthday Extravaganza Event on the school’s Facebook page.

On 11 November at Gilmore Primary School. Entry is free (some individual attractions have a ticket price).

MARKETS

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Jewel of Canberra

Jewel of Canberra is just like stepping inside a giant jewellery box for the day with exquisite works from some of the region’s best jewellery designers and artists. If you’re serious about silver, go gaga over gold, or just love your shiny stones or showing off costume jewellery, then there will be plenty for you to check out. Browse the many jewellery stalls and find a unique handcrafted piece that you won’t find in the major stores. There’s also a good range of styles, price points and individual pieces from independent jewellery designers and craftspeople.

What might you find? Lots of jewellery!  Pieces made from silver, gold, pearls, recycled metal art, precious and semi-precious stones, glass, resin, ceramics and more. You’ll find earrings, bracelets, bangles, necklaces, pendants, cufflinks, brooches, rings and more.

Happening Sunday 12 November from 10am – 4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

CANBERRA MODERN: MODERNIST MARKET

A day out for young and old. Enjoy Modernist Market traditional market-style stalls including sellers of vintage clothing, jewellery, books and homewares as well as delicious food and beverage.

Take a look at some of the era’s best cars at the ‘show and shine’ or enjoy vintage hair and makeup demonstrations . Dress in your best modernist outfits and join in the best dressed competition hosted by pinup sensation Miss Cherry Bomb. The day will also include exhibitions, a modernist photo booth, performances, guided tours and more.

Happening Sunday 12 November from 10am-4pm at University House ANU, Acton. Free Entry.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

CAPTAINS FLAT COUNTRY MARKETS

The Captains Flat Country Markets are friendly, relaxed markets held the first Saturday of each month (except January and this April when Easter Saturday falls on the same date) selling craft, homemade jewellery, local produce, handcrafted timber goods, plants, homemade cakes, slices biscuits, pre-loved goods, and much more.

The Markets’ Cafe provides fresh tea and real coffee and various community groups provide a barbecue. The Captains Flat Country Markets are run by the Captains Flat Community Association (CFCA – a not-for-profit organisation), for the benefit of the local community. Funds raised go towards supporting a variety of community initiatives.

Don’t forget to talk to the Community Association representatives on their regular stall to find out more about local events and activities, including local businesses and services.

Happening until Saturday 2 December 2017 at Captains Flat Community Hall. Open from 10am – 2pm.

Find more information on the website.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

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

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

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

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

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

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

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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Thread Count Bedroom Styling With Bec Judd

Look through the lens of Bec Judd’s busy life, with styling tips for creating the ultimate bedroom sanctuary. Learn how to recreate the latest trends in texture, pattern, colour and soft furnishings, and how you can create an aesthetic that suits your personal style.

Tickets: $20 +bf. Redeemed for a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card on arrival. Purchase your ticket now via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 11 November from 11 am – 12 pm at Canberra Centre, Level One, opposite Apple.

Creating Beautiful Flatlays At Home With Lee Rachel

Join self-confessed flatlay addict Lee Rachel as she shares her go-to tips and tricks to creating an insta-worthy flatlay using local artists. Brought to you by Craft ACT as part of the DESIGN Canberra Festival – find out more.

Cost: $20. All attendees will receive a redeemable $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card on the day. Purchase your tickets now via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 12 November from 12pm – 1 pm at Canberra Centre, in the DESIGN Canberra Pop-Up, Level 1, Monaro Mall outside David Jones.

Semi-Naked Cake Decorating Workshop

Hosted by local cake-master Shalini from Cuppalini Cakes, students will learn the art of applying buttercream icing to achieve a semi-naked effect. You’ll then be introduced to cake decorating techniques and given the chance to express your creativity by decorating your semi-naked creation with chocolate drip, fresh flowers and confectionery. The best part is that you get to take your finished product home to show off and share with loved ones once you’re done!

Included within the ticket price is champagne, cake ingredients and all tools required. This workshop is not only for baking-enthusiasts but for those who love to get creative and learn new skills. Spots are limited so get in quick!

Happening Saturday 11 November from 1pm – 3pm at The Social Club, 48 Jardine Street, Green Square, Kingston. 

Cost: $209. Tickets: via Eventbrite.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP

Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery are offering the new and unique two-day Art and Science of Beekeeping course.

The course covers bee genetics, biology and disease control (the science) and actual hands on experience working with these animals and constructing the frames and hives that they live in (the art).

Four-course dates are offered with a limit of 10 people per course. Course attendees get priority bookings for honey bee colonies to start their new adventure.

Happening until Sunday 3 December 2017 from 10am-4pm at Win’s Creek Meadery, 18 East Street, NSW. Cost is $290pp for two days.

See the website for more information.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night.

Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee through the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines.

Happening until 16 December 2017 from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, NSW. Cost is $130pp.

See the website for more information.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

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

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

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

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT & RECREATION

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Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

Live footy screenings at Ostani

Watch the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby live from Ostani’s big screens. Don’t miss a match on the two big screens, plus enjoy Happy Hour every Friday from 5pm-7pm.

Happening at Ostani Lounge Bar and Restaurant, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

OUTDOORS

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Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons until 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

TASTE OF BRADDON

Taste of Braddon celebrates the unique culture of Braddon, through a food, wine and entertainment fest that is set to be one of this year’s biggest events on the Canberra social calendar. Whether its locals dropping by or visitors passing through, they guarantee there will be an abundance of City foot traffic and something for everyone.

Think burgers and beer, wine and cheese, live music and art. There will also be some exciting additions including Dachshund, Pug and Poodle races – even goat yoga! The Braddon Food and Wine Frolic will specifically appease the pallets of all wine lovers out there. A secluded area of the festival where you and your friends can enjoy some divine wine tastings.

Make sure you arrive with an empty belly! Braddon’s favourite restaurants will be cooking up a storm, bringing you something sweet, savoury and anything in between!

Happening Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 of November from at Haig Park Braddon. For event details visit event website.

IMB SUNSET CINEMA

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will return to Canberra for the 2017 season, with a new look and feel, “The Summer Local”, encouraging Canberrans to make Sunset Cinema their local outdoor summer movie destination.

Open multiple nights each week between November 16 – 23 December at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classic – perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

The season will kick off with the screening of popular drama film, Patti Cake$, followed by other favourites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Emoji Movie and Logan Lucky.

This year, the IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will partner with three local charities, asking moviegoers to vote for their favourite cause with a grant allocated at the end of the season.

Tickets are available now via the website: www.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra.

KIDS

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Image via alpacamagic.com.au

LLAMAS IN THE MIST  

On a misty morning watch the mist rise revealing a tranquil vista of paddocks and rolling hills, with dozens of alpacas and llamas peacefully grazing… or on a frosty morning watch the frost on their whiskers and fleece become steam rising from their bodies as they amble up the paddock for their breakfast. 

This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed – meet over 200 alpacas and llamas, learn about them, and take wonderful “selfies” with them. 

Happening until Saturday 11 November from 8:30am – 10am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales. 

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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High Tea For Bake-A-Wish Foundation

Help Passiontree Velvet Canberra Centre raise money and support Make a Wish Foundations ‘Bake a Wish’ Campaign to raise $100,000 by March next year.

Happening Sunday 12 November at 2pm at Passiontree Velvet, inside the Canberra Centre Monaro Mall off Bunda Street.

To book visit their website or see in-store for full details.

Cost: $50, with all profits going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Book your table here

Luncheon for Canberra Mums and Mums-to-be

Mums. Can we really have it all? Family, life and career?

Join Pregnant Pause over a light lunch as they investigate if the perfect balance between motherhood, work and life is achievable or just a myth.

Join journalist Jolene Laverty in conversation with three high profile Canberra mums; social entrepreneur Summer Edwards, international best-selling author Karen Viggers and For Purpose founder Caterina Giorgi, who will share their experiences and advice on being a mum, career woman and house goddess all the while retaining their sanity. 

Speakers will also share their experiences of being pregnant, including how they hid the early stages of their pregnancies and how they avoided alcohol without tipping off friends and family. This is your chance to hear from three women from different backgrounds and industries who have continued to develop their successful careers while preserving time for family. Connect with other local mums as they share candid and empowering conversations and enjoy:

Happening Friday 10 November from 12.15pm at The Deck at Regatta Point

Tickets are $15-20 and can be purchased here. Find more information about the event via the website.

Twilight In the jungle

Join Cerebral Palsy Alliance for an evening on the Catwalk at the National Zoo and Aquarium surrounded by the kings of the jungle!

Tickets cost $75 or $35 for kids, which includes countless canapes, a beverage package and live entertainment. For an extra $25 go behind the scenes to feed the white lions, hyenas and tigers!

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/SEFV

For more information about this event, call (02) 6199 0615 or visit www.trybooking.com.

Happening Thursday 2 November from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at National Zoo & Aquarium, Lady Denman Drive, Yarralumla.

See website for more information. 

CRISIS SUPPORT VOLUNTEER INFO SESSION

Lifeline Canberra exists to support people in crisis and save the lives of people experiencing thoughts of suicide, through our local 13 11 14 service.

By volunteering with Lifeline Canberra, not only will you be making a huge difference to the lives of others, you’ll also be enriching your own life. Lifeline Canberra provides comprehensive training for volunteers, as well as ongoing support and development.

Come along to an information session to meet our trainers, find out more about what we do and how you can get involved.

If you are unable to attend this session, we have another on Monday, 4 December. For more information and to register your attendance, please visit our website.

Happening Monday 6 November from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Lifeline Canberra, 1,/71 Northbourne Ave, Canberra Act 2601, Australia.

See website for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

 

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DESIGN CANBERRA

Throughout November over 100 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra. See the nation’s capital transformed into a new platform for the best in design.

DESIGN Canberra 2017 will be inspired by the spirit of modernism, a celebration of the creativity, experimentation and optimism for which Canberra’s mid-century architecture is acclaimed. The event will be led by the idea of Canberra as a living design laboratory; a global city of design.

From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has been – and will always be – a living design laboratory.

The festival, now in its 4th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

Happening from 7 – 26 November at various locations across Canberra. Specific event details through the event website.

DOMBROVSKIS – JOURNEYS INTO THE WILD

Peter Dombrovskis was one of the world’s foremost wilderness photographers. His powerful, reflective and deeply personal images of the unique Tasmanian wilderness has had a lasting impact, changing the way Australians think about their environment. 

The National Library of Australia has over 3,000 Dombrovskis transparencies and has printed 70 of the best for this special exhibition. Journeys into the Wild is a tribute to a remarkable man, the most complete su

vey of Peter’s work to date in Australia.

Happening from until from 21 September 2017 until 30 January 2018 from 10am-5pm daily at the National Library of Australia, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more details.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, Canberra Glassworks will showcase site-specific works by their studio artists in Home is where the Heart Is.

Curator Jane Cush has invited artists who have taught, hired, worked in residence or from a studio at Canberra Glassworks to respond to the unique architecture and design features of the historic Kingston Power House.  The whole of Canberra Glassworks will be activated, including niches rarely seen by the public, throughout the building.

Happening from 25 October 2017 until 14 January, tours provided daily Wednesday-Saturday at 11am at Canberra Glassworks, Kingston. Event registration through Eventbrite.

INSIDE – PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

A photographic exhibition by Anthony Basheer, INSIDE will show how photography can elevate the status of place continuing the tradition set by the likes of Australian photographer(s) Max Dupain, Wolfgang Sievers and John Gollings. Using Telstra Tower as the subject, it explores the play of light and complexities of colour and texture to reveal materiality and form.

An exhibition presented as part of DESIGN Canberra, celebrating and promoting Canberra as global city of design.

Happening from 7 until 26 November from 9am-10pm at Telstra Tower, Black Mountain. Free Entry.

DEMOCRACY IN DESIGN

Australian Parliament House welcomes you to their spring program. In celebration of this stunning season, we’re offering special design tours to align with one of Canberra’s most anticipated festivals, DESIGN Canberra Festival 2017, in Democracy in Design.

Architecture, landscape design, art collections and more, explore a behind the scenes design tour led by one of our friendly guides. Find out why Parliament House has won so many architectural awards.

Happening Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 10 until 26 November, from 10am, 12pm and 3pm daily at Australian Parliament House, Parkes. Tickets are $25pp for adults, available through Canberra Ticketing.

PASSAGE TO PUSAN: THE JOURNEY BRIDGING THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN TWO FAMILIES

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Cultural Centre and the Korea Institute of the Australian National University will be co-hosting the specially-curated exhibition ; Passage to Pusan: the journey bridging the relationship of two families.

The exhibition, Passage to Pusan, is based on a book of the same name by Australian journalist Louise Evans. The book tells the story of bereaved Australian mother Thelma Healy who makes an epic 15,000km sole journey to Korea in 1961 to find the grave of her son, Vincent Healy, who died fighting in the Korean War.

Happening weekdays from 9 to 17 November, 8am-6.30pm at Hedley Bull Atrium ANU, Acton. Free entry

HYPER REAL

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

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

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

WAVING THE RED FLAG: CHINESE POSTERS 1949-1976

What did it mean to be a citizen in the new People’s Republic of China? Waving The Red Flag is a mini exhibition of bright, colourful propaganda posters that shows us how the Chinese government communicated its officially sanctioned ideals for the lives of its people in this brave new world.

Showing until 2 February 2018 from 10am-5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

See the website for further information.

CANBERRA MODERN

Canberra Modern is an annual program of interconnected events which aim to showcase Canberra’s unique mid-century places.  In 2017 – Canberra Modern is being presented as part of DESIGN Canberra, celebrating and promoting Canberra as a global city of design.

Check out the Canberra Modern exhibitions, walks and talks as well as an authentic Modernist Dinner, hosted by Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross with Darren Bradley AKA @modarchitecture as keynote (11 Nov). Join Pinup Sensation Miss Cherry Bomb and others at the Modernist Market (12 Nov) and learn the art of the martini with Canberra’s own Martini Whisperer – Phillip Jones (16 Nov).

On from 7-16 November at various locations. Visit the website for more information www.canberramodern.com/

THE PRICE OF GOLD EXHIBITION BY STUART WHITELAW

The Belconnen Art Centre presents, The Price of Gold by Stuart Whitelaw. This exhibition is an exploration and celebration of the landscape of the Deua River. The Deua flows through wilderness and National Park providing coastal communities of Eurobodalla with water for households and for growing food. Gold mining has had a profound effect on the river since the mid nineteenth century. The Deua is slowly healing from the erosion and siltation but will the toxic legacy of a new mine reveal the true price of gold?

Showing until 12 November from 10am-4pm, Exhibition opening Friday 20 October from 5.30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre Belconnen. Free Entry.

UNEARTHED EXHIBITION BY MIRABEL FITZGERALD

The Belconnen Art Centre presents Unearthed, an exhibition by Mirabel Fitzgerald. The works are a response to living and working by the sea in the spotted gum forest of the South Coast. The images originate in descriptions of the environment although they frequently become abstracted in the studio process. A fascination with the textures that recur through the markings on trees, rocks and beach detritus, translate into various works on paper; prints. rubbings, and drawings.

Showing until 12 November from 10am-4pm, Exhibition opening Friday 20 October from 5.30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre Belconnen. Free Entry.

THERE AND BACK AGAIN – EXHIBITION OPENING

There and back again is an exhibition of screen prints by Canberra based visual artist Jemima Parker exploring moments in time and experience of place, through photography and screen printing processes. This exhibition is being presented as part of DESIGN Canberra, celebrating and promoting Canberra as a global city of design.

Jemima has taken images of her local surrounds, childhood home and recent travels throughout Australia and abroad  – a record of fleeting moments captured on her phone. She re-invents the images as screen prints – cutting down paper, mixing inks and hand printing, bringing the works slowly to life – a direct contrast to today’s instantly posted image. Soft, faded backgrounds, and warm, brown/black for the images themselves, suggest these contemporary scenes are in fact of a bygone time, evoking nostalgia.

On 9 November at 6pm at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/there-and-back-again-jemima-parker-opening-event/

 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, A Change Is Gonna Come invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events that led to and followed these significant moments. Has change truly come, or is it coming still?

Showing until 30 January 2018 daily from 9am-5pm only at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra. Entry is free.

Check the website for more information.

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

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

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land. See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre hub where artists create works you can take home.

Don’t miss out—this exhibition is a journey like no other.

Showing until 25 February 2018 from 9am – 5pm daily at the National Museum of Australia. Visit nma.gov.au/songlines for details and booking costs.

FINDERS KEEPERS: COLLECTORS AND THEIR STORIES

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes us on a journey through Australia’s democratic history.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with the Museum’s fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Showing daily utill Sunday 24 December 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Find more information on the website.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

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

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

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

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

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

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

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

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

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

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

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

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

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

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

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

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: www.cmag.com.a

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.

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