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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!

SEVEN THINGS NOT TO MISS

POP UP BEAUTY BAR AT CANBERRA CENTRE

The Pop Up Beauty Bar at the Canberra Centre is the place to be pampered and get the goss on the latest makeup trends. Grab a glass of complimentary champagne and treat yourself to a mini makeover or a make-up touch up from the team of experts, all free of charge.

Happening from 11am until 4.30pm on Saturday 14 May. The Beauty Bar will be located outside Witchery on Level 1 of the Canberra Centre. Find more information here.

MARRY ME WEDDING SHOWCASE AT QT CANBERRA

If you’re a bride or groom-to-be craving a creative, unique touch to your wedding, you can’t go past QT Canberra’s Marry Me wedding showcase. The showcase, to be held on Saturday 14 May, will provide a taste of what QT has to offer for both weddings and events and is set in the exclusive QT Lounge on top of the hotel.

Described as far from your ordinary hotel, QT is an eclectic mix of design and art, style and luxury – with a touch of quirk.

There are limited spaces available for this fully catered, invite-only event, so don’t waste time – apply here.

Happening Saturday May 14 from 2 pm until 5pm at QT Canberra.

BEAUTY MASTER CLASS WITH ELEANOR PENDLETON

Eleanor Pendleton, editor of online beauty destination Gritty Pretty and former beauty editor for InStyle magazine, will be sharing her insider beauty tricks in this workshop. Learn how to update your look, apply winged eyeliner and beat signs of jet lag. Plus, Eleanor will be divulge her top beauty buys.

Happening Saturday May 14 from 12pm until 1pm. This masterclass will be held on Level 1 of the Canberra Centre, between Jigsaw and Country Road.

Tickets are limited so book online in advance. To book, visit: www.moshtix.com.au

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKET – A CELEBRATION OF WOOL 

Meet craftspeople who work with wool from Canberra and the region at the Old Bus Depot Markets – A Celebration of Wool.

Speak to wool producers, craftspeople and artists. View hand spinning, learn about hand felting and watch people weaving. Mix with stallholders, craft enthusiasts and other visitors who love to knit, felt, design and make home wares.

You’ll find hand felted garments and accessories, designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, funky beanies and farm label knitwear. There’s a vast array of woollen yarns, including hand spun and hand dyed yarns. Stock up on woollen items in time for winter.

Happening Sunday 15 March at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: PASSION

Never underestimate the power of passion. A balance of excitement and obsession. Be inspired. Be fearless. Be passionately curious at the next Night at the Museum.

Over 18s ONLY. Dress code: express your PASSION for fashion

Happening Friday 13 May from 6pm until 10pm at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula. Learn more here NMANightsPassion.

THE RSPCA MILLION PAWS WALK 

Register Now and Walk to Fight Animal Cruelty in Australia’s biggest dog walk! Held at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, RSPCA ACT’s Million Paws Walk continues to be one of the most popular outdoor events for animal lovers and their furry friends. Enjoy a beautiful walk alongside Lake Burley Griffin on a stunning Canberra Autumn day with your pooch! Winner in 2010 and 2013 finalist for Best Charity Event at the Australian Event Awards, the walk begins at 11:00am on Sunday, 15 May 2016.

Million Paws Walk is for every paw young or old! This year for the first time we will be hosting a shorter walk option for those who can’t handle the BIG paws walk from bridge to bridge. The walk will begin at the same time but will be a leisurely stroll around Nerang Pool.

Happening from 11am on Sunday 15 May starting from Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Find out more information and register to raise money here: www.millionpawswalk.com.au

ACTEWAGL LLEWELLYN SERIES: BEETHOVEN

Schubert’s most divine orchestral utterance Unfinished symphony paired with CSO 2016 feature composer Nigel Westlake’s Cudmirrah Fanfare. The grand finale stars 150 choristers from the CSO Community Choir for Beethoven’s rapturous ninth symphony.

Happening Wednesday and Thursday 12 and 13 May from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU. To purchase tickets visit www.cso.org.au.

FOOD & DRINKS

A CELESTIAL EVENING: EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION VIEWING

Enjoy a delicious Chinese-inspired meal, a glass of champagne and a tour of the exhibition by curator Nathan Woolley at this exclusive exhibition viewing at the National Library of Australia. Attendees will also receive a signed copy of the exhibition’s companion publication.

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911. Experience 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. From life at court to life in the villages and fields, glimpse the world of China’s last imperial dynasty and its wealth of cultural tradition.

Happening Saturday 14 May at the National Library of Australia. Reserve your ticket now here: www.nla.gov.au

MOLLY MASTERCLASS: SPIRITS OF FRANCE 

The team at Molly are excited to invite you to the next instalment of their Education & Tasting Series. Learn the history and taste your way through some of the best spirits that France has to offer. This is a great opportunity to experience a beautiful range of unique spirits including Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados & Mistelles.

Tickets for this masterclass are only $25 per person and complimentary charcuterie platters will be provided. Book your seat at the bar via www.eventbrite.com.au

On 16 May at 4.30pm at Molly, Hobart Place, Canberra.

VINES & WINES TOUR

The Lake George wine region is a bit undiscovered compared to Murrumbateman but produces some fabulous wines. Join Vines & Wines tours and check it out for yourself.

The itinerary will include the following wineries:

Summerhill Road Vineyard
Collector Wines
Lerida Estate
Mount Majura Vineyard

You will also enjoy tastings at all four wineries, a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine at Lerida Estate, transport (with pick up/drop off from your home) Vines & Wines expertise!

On 14 May, departure time from a pick up point at 9.30am and drop off will be around 4.45pm. Tickets are $150 and can be found on the website  www.vineswines.com.au

DINNER AND A DROP 

Venture upstairs to The Loft Bar & Grill for a 5-course Chef’s selection dinner, paired with hand-selected Audrey Wilkinson wines. Chief Winemaker Jeff Byrne will be in-house to discuss the selections and answer your questions. The Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard was first planted in 1866 making it the oldest vineyard site in Pokolbin and one of the oldest in Australia.

Tickets are $89 per person and bookings are essential [email protected]

On 12 May at 6.30pm at The Loft Bar & Grill, Macpherson St & Sargood St, O’Connor.

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.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKET 

Farmers and Foodies will feature thirty stalls selling anything from tea to dog treats to organic vegetables and wood-fire sour dough all the way from Adaminaby. There will also be live music and a small bar.

For those who struggle to make it to the Farmers Markets on Saturday or Sunday, come out for some music, food and seasonal shopping at Farmers and Foodies Market!

Happening every Friday evening starting 22 April, from 3-7pm at the Kingston Foreshore, within the Old Bus Depot Markets. See the Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com

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.

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.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

EUROVISION SUPERFAN PARTY

In association with SBS and the Embassy of Sweden, the NFSA presents the ultimate Eurovision celebration, with a (delayed) live feed from the finals, Euro-centric karaoke, Eurovision bingo and a very Swedish sensibility.

Come in your best ABBA costume for a chance to win great prizes.

Happening Sunday 15 May at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Free (donation optional). Reserve your free ticket now: www.nfsa.gov.au

YO FUNKY DANCE FESTIVAL 

The Yo Funky Dance Festival is a free community event. All ages and all abilities are welcome. Take your dancing from a studio into a live venue. There will be dance battles, freestyle dance and great performances. See some of Canberra’s best dancers with acts from Kulture Break. This event is supported by the Youth Engagement Team. Yo Funky is a look good, feel great brand, created by child entrepreneur, Ethan Hart. There will be food, drinks and merchandise available as well as giveaways on the night. An event not to be missed!

Happening Friday 13 May from 6pm at Woden Youth Centre, 29 Callam Street, Phillip. For more information click here: www.yofunkyfashion.com

ERIC BURTON AND THE ANIMALS 

Don’t miss this chance to rock with Eric Burdon and the Animals. Eric’s music forged new territory whilst also topping the charts for more than five decades with classic hits such as House Of The Rising Sun, Don’ Let Me Be Misunderstood, It’s My Life, We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place and many more.

Eric Burdon has been a member of rock’n’roll’s hall of fame since 1994 and hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest voices of all time. There’s a Wild New Band of “Animals”, uncaged and on stage but the music is classic.

Happening this Friday 13 May at Canberra Theatre Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: tickets.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

SEGUE 2016 DELVE DEEPER: RIEGLER IN FOCUS

Hosted by Shoeb Ahmad from local DIY imprint hellosQuare, Delve Deeper takes a look at the work of Heinz Riegler – from Not From There and the ARIA Awards to sound art collaborations and art-architecture festival minus20degree.

Heinz Riegler is an Austrian-born artist sharing his time between Europe and Australia. Following a number of years as a member of a variety of groups, Riegler has focused on solo compositions and performances in recent years together with curating art and architecture biennale minus20degree.

Riegler is an ARIA Award winner, a multiple ARIA Award nominee, was twice short listed for the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship and has recently named Winner at M.I.C.A’s TonBild 2011 Vienna Audio Visual Awards.

“….a lingering, timeless musical experience…” BEAT MAGAZINE

“….almost like you’re listening to the process of creation.” RAVE MAGAZINE

“…..mystery is part of what makes the album so compelling – not just the beauty and complexity of the sounds or the ideas and story that your mind cannot help create, but a combination of all these elements, and so much more that is impossible to try and put into words.” TIME OFF MAGAZINE.

Happening Thursday 12 May from 6pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Call ahead on 02 6247 1223 to reserve your free seat.

MUSIC FOR THE SOUL – VIKRAM HAZRA

Vikram Hazra doesn’t just play music–he opens up a doorway for his audiences to touch their own soul. His concerts evoke strong reactions from diverse audiences across the globe– some cry, some dance in ecstacy, some sing out loud with eyes closed, while some experience deep states of meditative bliss. A wave of positive energy floods the performance space and uplifts all those present.

Vikram Hazra is a writer, philosopher, social activist, corporate trainer and a media producer. He is one of the foremost singers of devotional music in the world. With 12 albums and packed concerts in more than 47 countries, he is credited as being the first to introduce the electric guitar to this genre, imbuing ancient sanskrit chants with jazz-rock sensibility.

Be there to sync with yourself and sink into bliss!

Happening Thursday 12 May from 6.30pm at Belconnen Theatre, Swanson Court, 66, Belconnen. Purchase tickets here: www.trybooking.com/LFHT

CONFLUENCE FEATURING CRACKED ACTOR AND HAPPY AXE

With an emphasis on new and original music, Confluence creates possibilities for striking compositions, exciting collaborations and sonic delicacies. Curators Shoeb Ahmad (hellosQuare) and Thomas Fell (Jazz at The Loft) break down the boundaries between jazz, contemporary classical, electronic and improvised music to showcase young talents, established artists and the new school in Australian and international art music once a month in the intimate settings of Ainslie Arts Centre.

As part of May’s Confluence, local favourites Cracked Actor will be launching their latest EP, Duo. Following on from last year’s acclaimed debut Iconoclast, Duo sees the band pared back to just two members – Sebastian Field and Matt Lustri – performing new songs as well as delicate and sorrowful renditions of Cracked Actor staples.

Joining them will be Happy Axe, the solo project of Emma Kelly (Mr Fibby, The Ellis Collective), who uses violin, musical saw and vocals to create layers of sound that are beautiful, unsettling and cinematic.

Happening Thursday 12 May from 7.30pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. To purchase tickets visit www.agac.com.au

CIRQUE AFRICA COMES TO CANBERRA

The greatest show from Africa is in Canberra for the first time ever and is guaranteed to be 100% African, 100% energy and 100% fun!

Cirque Africa is a two-hour high energy African circus production, bursting with colorful costumes, live music, dance and acrobatics. The show features 38 of Africa’s finest artists, along with an acrobat contortionist from 6 different African countries performing to a 9-piece live band playing original music composed for the show. It is a cultural, educational and visually spectacular production without animals and the only five-star rated show currently touring Australia!

Cirque Africa will be showing at Exhibition Park from 7 April until 29 May. Show times are Wednesdays to Fridays at 7.30pm; Saturdays at 1.00pm & 7.30pm; and Sundays at 1.00pm. There will also be additional shows during the school holidays.

For more information and the full show schedule, visit: www.cirqueafrica.com.au

GOLDEN GIRLS DANCE COURSE

Need something new in your daily routine? Start dancing! Learn simple and gentle steps & movements in an array of dance styles such as Salsa, Brazilian Samba & Funk.

This class is exclusive to ages 45+ and is the perfect way to meet new people and to stay active. This course is a 5 week course. No dance experience necessary.

Starts on Thursday the 28 April at 10am at Subsdance Dance Studios, 1/27-29 Eyre St, Kingston.
For more information visit www.subsdance.com.au

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

FESTIVAL OF AMBITIOUS IDEAS

By 2050 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. At this Festival of Ambitious Ideas, speakers discuss their views on the concept of “Future Cities”, looking at the challenges, opportunities and innovations that will impact on people’s everyday lives in the future.

They explore products and services that tackle problems related to energy, transport, housing, education, security of food and water, and many more. Festival of Ambitious Ideas is proudly sponsored by the Canberra Airport and showcases some of the innovative organisations and initiatives in Canberra across a variety of sectors.

Happening Thursday 12 May from 7pm at Alastair Swayne Theatre – Brindabella Conference Centre, 33 & 35 Brindabella Circuit, Unit 6, Majura Park. Purchase tickets here: www.canberrabusinessnews.com.au

BEAUTY MASTER CLASS WITH ELEANOR PENDLETON

Eleanor Pendleton, editor of online beauty destination Gritty Pretty and former beauty editor for InStyle magazine, will be sharing her insider beauty tricks in this workshop. Learn how to update your look, apply winged eyeliner and beat signs of jet lag. Plus, Eleanor will be divulge her top beauty buys.

Happening Saturday May 14 from 12pm until 1pm. This masterclass will be held on Level 1 of the Canberra Centre, between Jigsaw and Country Road.

Tickets are limited so book online in advance. To book, visit: www.moshtix.com.au

MARRY ME WEDDING SHOWCASE AT QT CANBERRA

If you’re a bride or groom-to-be craving a creative, unique touch to your wedding, you can’t go past QT Canberra’s Marry Me wedding showcase. The showcase, to be held on Saturday 14 May, will provide a taste of what QT has to offer for both weddings and events and is set in the exclusive QT Lounge on top of the hotel.

Described as far from your ordinary hotel, QT is an eclectic mix of design and art, style and luxury – with a touch of quirk.

There are limited spaces available for this fully catered, invite-only event, so don’t waste time – apply here.

Happening Saturday May 14 from 2 pm until 5pm at QT Canberra.

VISUALISING MODERN AUSTRALIA

What can the audio-visual materials of the National Archives of Australia tell us about social and political change in modern Australia? Frank Bongiorno, author of The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012) and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015), will talk about how major changes public and private life during the 1960s and 1970s can be traced through film and sound at the National Archives. How did men’s and women’s roles change? What kinds of attitudes to marriage and sexuality can be found in the AV record? How did the ABC contribute to the transformation of modern Australia? How did television change politics and society? The talk will coincide with the National Archives of Australia’s first dedicated Audio-Visual exhibition.

Frank Bongiorno teaches history at the Australian National University and is the author or co-author of four books and many articles and book chapters on Australian history. He recently completed a term as co-editor of History Australia, the Australian Historical Association’s journal.

Happening Friday 13 May at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. For more information and to book tickets visit Eventbrite.

A CELESTIAL EVENING: EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION VIEWING

Enjoy a delicious Chinese-inspired meal, a glass of champagne and a tour of the exhibition by curator Nathan Woolley at this exclusive exhibition viewing at the National Library of Australia. Attendees will also receive a signed copy of the exhibition’s companion publication.

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911. Experience 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. From life at court to life in the villages and fields, glimpse the world of China’s last imperial dynasty and its wealth of cultural tradition.

Happening Saturday 14 May at the National Library of Australia. Reserve your ticket now here: www.nla.gov.au

LOOKING MODERN: LATE-QUING VISUAL CULTURE

Dr Olivier Krischer charts a journey through late-Qing visual culture, exploring developments in painting and printing, but also the introduction of photography, film and modern publishing – visual technologies typically associated with “modern” China, but which all emerged before the end of the Qing dynasty.

In association with the Australian Centre on China in the World

Dr Krischer is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at ANU. Previously, he has been managing editor of ArtAsiaPacific magazine in Hong Kong, and has taught art history and theory at the Unviersity of Sydney and the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He is co-editor of Asia Through Art and Anthropology: Cultural Translation Across Borders; manages the CIW gallery; is co-programmer of the ongoing CIW film series ‘Asia & the Pacific Screens’; and is a member of the advisory committee for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. His recent work has been concerned with transnational networks of artisic social activism in East Asia, and his current research focus is on art as a facet of Japan-China relations in the 1980s and 1990s.

Happening at the National Library of Australia on Thursday 12 May from 7pm. Purchase tickets here: www.nla.gov.au

SWATHE: Canberra Spinners and Weavers DISPLAY and SALE

Watch members spin the finest yarns, weave beautiful fabrics. Join in, have a go at spinning, rug making, weaving, knitting, crochet.

Don’t miss seeing the exquisite handmade garments, shawls, hats, bags and rugs that SWATHE are famous for. Stock up on winter woollies – socks, hats and scarves from the sales table.

On May 13 to May 15 from 10am – 4pm at cnr Sherbrooke and Angus Streets, Ainslie

Visit the website for more information www.canberraspinnersandweavers.org.au

DIY DRAUGHT-PROOFING WITH ACTSmart

If you’re already dreading another cold winter you will want to get along to this practical workshop on how to draught-proof your home. It’s one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve the comfort of your house in winter and reduce your energy bills.

This workshop will teach you some simple DIY draught proofing techniques to help you plug the cracks and gaps in your house to stop warm air escaping in winter.

Entry is free. On 10 May from 6pm – 8pm at the Weston Creek Community Centre, Parkinson St, Weston

Visit the website for more information www.actsmart.act.gov.au.

SEESAW – LISA PORTLAN BOOK SIGNING 

Meet author Lisa Portola as she happily chats about her new book, Seesaw. 

Seesaw is the story of Cecilia Binner: unintentionally comical, intentionally sarcastic, potentially alcoholic, managing somehow, regardless of general tardiness and verbal brawls, to cruise through life as an advertising account manager. Fuelled by a depressing Valentine’s night at home alone watching reality TV and drinking badly-concocted cocktails, lamenting her advanced age and perpetual singlehood status, Cee decides to implement her Cee-Project. Almost overnight, she invites success and fame into her life … and this means that Cecilia Binner is the talk of the office and beyond, but now for all the right reasons … Or are they? Does she really need to change herself this much to be on the up?

On 14 May from 11am – 2pm at Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden.

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.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

FILM

TUNING IN: ABC TV 1964-76

Gather round the telly and bask in the glow of vintage ABC. From Play School to raunchy romps, see Australian life reflected on screen in Tuning IN: ABC TV 1964-76.

From the National Archives of Australia audiovisual collection

Starting Friday 8 April and running until 15 May, open daily from 9am – 5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free. For more information visit: www.naa.gov.au.

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

CANBERRA ROLLER DERBY LEAGUE: SURLY GRIFFINS VS RED BELLIED BLACK HEARTS 

Canberra Roller Derby League is back for the second game of the season!

These two teams have dominated the local competition in recent years. While the Griffs took home the Derby Darby Cup in 2014 with the Hearts runners up, fortunes were reversed in 2015 when the Hearts ground out a thrilling grand final victory over their rivals in green. But it won’t be plain sailing for the Hearts.  While skippers Bubble O’Kill and Roxie Die Hart have been whipping their new crew into shape, Griffs captain EleStomp has made it clear that the Griffs are eager to show their fans what they’re made of and reclaim their glory.

Come and see these two teams face off again as their fierce rivalry continues.

Check out all the action at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium this Saturday 14 May. Doors open at 6pm, first whistle at 6.30pm.

Tickets are available through Moshtix and on the door. For more information about the Canberra Roller Derby League visit www.canberrarollerderbyleague.com.

CANBERRA DARTERS V SOUTHERN FORCE

Come and watch the Canberra Darters battle it out against Southern Force in the Australian Netball League. The Australian Netball League (ANL) gives netball fans around the country the chance to see some of our best young talent in action.

The Canberra Darters’ enthusiastic and exciting brand of netball is sure to prove a big hit with netball fans, with the Canberra Darters bringing their home games back to the SolarHub ACT Netball Centre.

The SolarHub ACT Netball Centre in Lyneham gives supporters an opportunity to be up close to the players in action.

Matches are played Saturday night and Sunday at noon; perfect for affordable family fun!

Two games, happening Saturday 14 May at 6pm and Sunday 15 May at 12pm at SolarHub ACT Netball Centre, Northbourne Avenue, Lyneham. Purchase tickets here: events.ticketbooth.com.au.

ART JOURNALLING FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING

This is a 10 week art therapy group for anyone who would like to explore the medium of art journalling and creativity to enhance emotional resilience and wellbeing. The group is run by a registered art therapist. We will explore stencilling, poetry writing, collage, painting, printmaking and story writing in a journal format, with a focus on self care. There is an intake process as numbers are strictly limited.

Tickets are $38 per week. Starts on Monday 2 May at 6pm at the Weston Community Hub, corner of Hilder St & Gritten St, Weston.

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

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

THE FIT MUSE – SOCIAL RUNNING CLUB

Meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of Muse in Kingston for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again. All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner.

At 8:30am every Saturday Morning. FREE.

MARKETS

CANBERRA ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE FAIR 

The Second Annual Canberra Antiques and Vintage Fair will feature local and interstate dealers offering a wide range of quality antiques and collectables. You’ll find items to suit all budgets.

As a condition of entry, dealers are required to label all items clearly and accurately. This assures buyers that the items on display can be purchased confidently at this event.

Happening Friday 13 to Sunday 15 May at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Woden. Purchase tickets and find more information here: TryBooking.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKET – A CELEBRATION OF WOOL 

Meet craftspeople who work with wool from Canberra and the region at the Old Bus Depot Markets – A Celebration of Wool.

Speak to wool producers, craftspeople and artists. View hand spinning, learn about hand felting and watch people weaving. Mix with stallholders, craft enthusiasts and other visitors who love to knit, felt, design and make home wares.

You’ll find hand felted garments and accessories, designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, funky beanies and farm label knitwear. There’s a vast array of woollen yarns, including hand spun and hand dyed yarns. Stock up on woollen items in time for winter.

Happening Sunday 15 March at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

CANBERRA ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE FAIR 

The Second Annual Canberra Antiques and Vintage Fair will feature local and interstate dealers offering a wide range of quality antiques and collectables. You’ll find items to suit all budgets.

As a condition of entry, dealers are required to label all items clearly and accurately. This assures buyers that the items on display can be purchased confidently at this event.

Happening Friday 13 to Sunday 15 May at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Woden. Purchase tickets and find more information here: TryBooking.

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.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKET 

Farmers and Foodies will feature thirty stalls selling anything from tea to dog treats to organic vegetables and wood-fire sour dough all the way from Adaminaby. There will also be live music and a small bar.

For those who struggle to make it to the Farmers Markets on Saturday or Sunday, come out for some music, food and seasonal shopping at Farmers and Foodies Market!

Happening every Friday evening starting 22 April, from 3-7pm at the Kingston Foreshore, within the Old Bus Depot Markets. See the Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com

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.

KIDS

CELESTIAL EMPIRE FAMILY ROOM

Use your imagination in this hands-on, interactive area to explore life during China’s last imperial dynasty. Kids and parents can contribute to a giant collaborative dragon artwork. Other activities will include puppeteering, craft, and colouring with ample space to curl up with a Chinese storybook.

The Family Room is open from now until 22 May at the National Library of Australia. Find out more at www.nla.gov.au.

PLAY UP

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

The exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun.

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

SPIDERS AT QUESTACON

Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair! Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

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

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

THE RSPCA MILLION PAWS WALK 

Register Now and Walk to Fight Animal Cruelty in Australia’s biggest dog walk! Held at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, RSPCA ACT’s Million Paws Walk continues to be one of the most popular outdoor events for animal lovers and their furry friends. Enjoy a beautiful walk alongside Lake Burley Griffin on a stunning Canberra Autumn day with your pooch! Winner in 2010 and 2013 finalist for Best Charity Event at the Australian Event Awards, the walk begins at 11:00am on Sunday, 15 May 2016.

Million Paws Walk is for every paw young or old! This year for the first time we will be hosting a shorter walk option for those who can’t handle the BIG paws walk from bridge to bridge. The walk will begin at the same time but will be a leisurely stroll around Nerang Pool.

Happening from 11am on Sunday 15 May starting from Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Find out more information and register to raise money here: www.millionpawswalk.com.au

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CYCLE 2016 
Woden Daybreak Rotary is running Cycle 2016 on Saturday 14 May, with a 50km course and a 135km course, both starting and finishing at Stromlo Park.

Cycle 2016 is in support of families of seriously ill children throughout the ACT and surrounds.  You can register via www.rmhcanberra.com.au.

OPPORTUNITY TO DO

Opportunity To Do will be taking a taking a break over winter so get along to their garage sale for a great bargain on baby/kids clothes, toys, household items, bricabrac, books, DVDs, kitchenware and much more. 

All at bargain prices! All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities.  On Saturday 14 May from 8am-12pm at 5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa. 

EXHIBITIONS

THE TRANSPORTED

George Raftopoulos plays with the notion of the migrant identity or absence thereof. His works are odd and he knows it. But being an oddity is all part of the migrant experience, it is a part of everyone’s humanity. These paintings converse with the past, a real foreign country. They don’t tell stories as much as they reacquaint us with people who should never be forgotten. True, they might startle you if you’ve stumbled in looking for landscapes, but these works are also about seeing a different vista.

Entry is free. On from 13 May – 29 May at the Nishi Gallery, Kendall Lane, NewActon. Entry is free

Visit the website for more information www.hotel-hotel.com.au

DIVERGENCE

The six artists in Divergence, although all working in ceramics, use the medium in very diverse and unusual ways. What brings the work together in this exhibition is the artists’ use of divergent thinking to create engaging and unique sculptural works.

Works informed by biology and flora,  Mackay-Sim’s work celebrate atypical relationships, and offer an example of coexistence that crosses gender boundaries.  Burness replicates destruction and renewal in her dialogue with natural forces, while Tajcnar tackles metaphysical questions about the nature of perception and knowledge. Romano extends her exploration of  the universal importance of ritual and remembrance and Flavell’s work is informed by our culture’s glorification of the busy through faceted installation.

On from 3 May to 22 May at Form Studio and Gallery , 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan.

AUSTRALIAN TREASURES ART EXHIBITION

The ‘Australian Treasures’ art exhibition celebrates our unique and precious Australian animals, plants, and landscapes, through drawings and paintings by Canberra artist, Jessica Thomas.

Both iconic and less charismatic Australian subjects are presented however all are of value to Australia’s biodiversity and deserving of protection for future generations. Original artworks are for sale with 10% from each sale donated to RSPCA ACT.

Free entry. On from 11 May to 12 June from 9.30am – 4.30pm daily at Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor’s Centre Gallery.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLAY SCHOOL: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years marks a milestone for Australia’s longest-running children’s television program at the National Museum of Australia. Head inside to find all your favourite Play School characters – Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima – plus the Rocket Clock and all the windows. This exhibition brings childhood stories alive.

On exhibition daily from 9am until 5pm from 7 May – 24 July at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton. For all ages.

CONNECT WITH YOUR NATURE: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
A Craft ACT curated exhibition featuring Ruth Hingston (ACT) and Jodie Hatcher (UK).
The exhibition showcases new works created as part of Craft ACT’s annual Artist-in-Residence program.
Exhibition on display until May 14, Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday’s   12pm  – 4pm at Craft ACT, Craft and Design Centre, 1st Floor, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra.
Admission to Craft ACT exhibitions is free of charge.
 
For more information please visit- www.craftact.org.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 (CMAG) and other national institutions.

Happening from 29 February – 26 June at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and City Square.

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He embodied not only the hopes of his long-suffering people, but also the spirit of thousands of anti-apartheid supporters around the world who had worked tirelessly to rid the country of its racist laws.

Among these supporters were many Australians. From as early as 1950, trade unions, the government, sportsmen and women, musicians and many individuals took part in the fight for justice in South Africa. The anti-apartheid movement was diverse and complex, and made up of many different groups and voices.

While Old Parliament House functioned as the federal parliament, important discussions were held and decisions were made there on Australia’s response to the South African government’s discriminatory policy of apartheid. Three prime ministers—Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke—made key decisions that put pressure on the South African government to abolish apartheid.

This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Struggle pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

The Museum of Australia Democracy is pleased to be a contributing partner to this important exhibition.

On exhibition now at the Museum of Australian Democracy, inside Old Parliament House, Parkes.

PERFECT IMPERFECT

An exhibition of perfectly imperfect objects, collected from around the world. Curated by Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel, in collaboration with Hotel Hotel.

Perfect Imperfect’ springs from the pages of a new book by the same name by editor and author Karen McCartney, with photography by Sharyn Cairns and styling by Glen Proebstel. The book and exhibition are a celebration of accident, curation, collection, hesitation, collaboration, reuse and reimagining; and brings together contemporary design with well-worn objects to explore the established aesthetic of wabi-sabi in a new way. The exhibition is firmly sited in the now – where digital technologies and handmade processes are being merged to produce truly original objects and ideas.

The exhibition features local and international designers and artisans whose work best exemplifies the theme including exhibiting artists include Guy Keulemans, Don Cameron, Martyn Thompson, Alison Coates, John Wardle, Alana Wilson, Julian Watts, Jacqui Fink, Sharyn Cairns, Nectar Efkarpidis, James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel. 

‘Perfect Imperfect’ combines ceramics, art and sculptural pieces, textiles, photography and found objects to form one cohesive study of imperfection.

Opening party on Wednesday 27 April from 6pm. See the website for more information: www.hotel-hotel.com.au.

FIONA HALL: WRONG WAY TIME

Straight from the Venice Biennale comes Fiona Hall’s Wrong Way Time. This exhibition brings together hundreds of elements which create tensions around three intersecting concerns: global politics, world finances and the environment.

Previously exhibited in the newly built Australian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, it will be accompanied alongside works from the NGA’s collection.

Free entry, on from 22 April until July 10 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Visit the website for more information nga.gov.au/exhibitions

SEMBLANCE BY SALLY WALK 

Established ceramic artist Sally Walk will present a series of sculptures in her upcoming exhibition entitled Semblance. In 2015 Sally was awarded the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Award for Ceramics (first place) at the Florence Biennale in Italy and attended the Changchun International Ceramics Symposium in China. 

The exhibition title refers to Walks fascination with human nature, in particular the facades often created to ensure belonging.

Sally has been invited to exhibit at the 2016 Tokyo International Art Fair and also been shortlisted to the North Queensland Ceramic Art Award. She has worked in ceramics for 25 years and has exhibited extensively over the last 10 years in France, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Italy and Australia. In 2018, she will present her work in a solo exhibition at Artifact Gallery in Manhattan New York.

On from from 9 April to 29 May at the Suki and Hugh Gallery  – Thursday to Fri 11am to 4pm, Sat to Sun 10am to 5pm, Monday 11-4pm, 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore.

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

TUNING IN: ABC TV 1964-76

Gather round the telly and bask in the glow of vintage ABC. From Play School to raunchy romps, see Australian life reflected on screen in Tuning IN: ABC TV 1964-76.

From the National Archives of Australia audiovisual collection

Starting Friday 8 April and running until 15 May, open daily from 9am – 5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free. For more information visit: www.naa.gov.au.

CONNECT WITH 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  to Saturday 14 May from 9am–5pm at the  National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

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

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.

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

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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