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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!

11 THINGS NOT TO MISS

TARA MOSS IN CONVERSATION WITH AMANDA WHITLEY

Tara Moss will be in conversation with Amanda Whitley on Tara’s new book SPEAKING OUT: A 21st Century Handbook for Women & Girls.

Worldwide, less than one out of every four people we hear from or about in the media is female. In Australia, men outnumber women in parliament by four to one and women are even more under-represented in leadership roles and in peace negotiations.

If women and girls remain voiceless, half of humanity’s experiences, perspectives and possible solutions to world problems go unheard. This is a guide for women young and old that not only helps them find their voice, but argues passionately for why it matters.

Happening Wednesday 1 June from 6–7pm at the Manning Clarke Centre, ANU. See the website for more information www.anu.edu.au.

STYLE MASTER CLASS WITH TALISA SUTTON

Vogue Australia creative consultant Talisa Sutton will talk fashion, blogging and interior styling in this exclusive workshop. Talisa will share insights into her career highlights, including working in-house for Australian fashion labels, designing for Elle magazine and contributing to Vogue’s Spy Style.

She’ll also be revealing her favourite designers and how to buy timeless pieces for your wardrobe plus how to shop for your interiors. The workshop will be held on Level 1, between Jigsaw and Country Road. Spaces are limited so make sure to book online in advance.

Happening Saturday 4 June from 12pm until 1pm at Canberra Centre. Tickets available here: moshtix.com.au.

RAPT IN FELT EXHIBITION

Each year Canberra Region Feltmakers holds an exhibition, fashion parade and bazaar to showcase and sell work made by members over the previous year.

The handmade felt pieces on exhibition are unique and typically use a range of fibres including wool, silk and alpaca – as well as woven fabrics. This colourful event is popular, with a host of regular visitors as well as many new faces each year.

Rapt in Felt opens at The Q in Queanbeyan at 5.30pm on 31 May 2016 and runs until 11 June. Opening hours are weekdays 10am-4pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, closed Sundays. The fashion parade starts at 11am on 4 June.

Find out more here: crfelters.org.au.

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

The Truffle Festival- Canberra Region is the ultimate foodie festival. Each year from June to August individual events are held across the region highlighting the rare Black Winter Truffle. Participating venues offer a range opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these highly prized gems.

Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration or pop along to a farmers market.

Visit the website for more information.

Happening Wednesday 1 June – Wednesday 31 June in the Canberra Region. For more information visit www.trufflefestival.com.au

SUNSET DRINKS AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

With the cooler weather comes the time for warm mulled wine, hearty soups, open fires and cosy blankets with great conversation.

Pialligo Estate’s last sunset drinks were successful, they’re launching a winter series! Settle in with mulled or Pialligo Estate wine with charcuterie for two and watch the world go by.

Happening Thursday June 2 from 5pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Book now at www.eventbrite.com.au.

SHAKE IT OFF @ THE DUXTON

The Duxton is opening up The Oak Room on the first Friday of the month for a night of big band music, fabulous food and dancing that Canberra has been waiting for. Enjoy a three-course dinner and live music from 7-11pm for only $45pp

To ensure the night goes off with a bang they’ve locked in one of Canberra’s best dance bands, Hit Parade! Their two amazing vocalists, three-piece horn, and grooving rhythm section will keep you entertained, out of our seat and loving the dance floor.

Happening Friday 3 June from 7-11pm at The Duxton, corner of Macpherson and Sargood Streets, O’Connor. Bookings are essential. Contact [email protected] or phone 6162 0799 to secure your spot and get your dancing shoes ready.

UPLIFT HIGH TEA AT PARLOUR

Join Uplift Bras, the charity that provides second hand bras and maternity supplies to women in need in developing countries for High Tea at Parlour.

Funds raised will go towards supporting the amazing work for Uplift, while you relax with a glass of champagne and a canapé.

Happening on Sunday 5 June from 12pm onwards. Tickets can be purchased by emailing [email protected]. Cost is $45 per person.

Find out more about Uplift’s work here: www.upliftbras.org

BOSOM BUDDIES TRIVIA NIGHT

The Bosom Buddies Trivia night will be held at the Hellenic Club and will be this year’s major fundraiser for Bosom Buddies.

Ian Meikle, Broadcaster, is MC for the Trivia night, the Quiz Master will be Steve Doszpot MLA, Shadow Minister for the Ageing, the Independent Property Group will conduct the live auction and George Huitker & Junk Sculpture will be performing throughout the evening.

Steve’s annual Trivia nights are well-known as evenings of fun, music, delicious finger food, prizes, auctions, raffle and trivia galore.

Bosom Buddies rely totally on donations and community fundraising to provide their services. Bosom Buddies is a small local charity with two main roles: to support women diagnosed with breast cancer and to raise awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer:

Happening on Friday 3 June at the Hellenic Club Woden. Find more information and purchase tickets at www.bosombuddies.com.au.

MANU COMES TO CANBERRA!

Sauvage Urbain and Chasseur are very proud to be bringing French-born Aussie Manu to Canberra.

Chasseur cookware is made in France and is known for its quality and beautiful cooking performance. Manu Feildel was born in France and has quickly become one of Australia’s favourite chefs! He’s written three cookbooks and is a star of Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules.

On Saturday 4 June, catch Manu in action using Chasseur products at the Sauvage Urbain kitchen.

Manu will be cooking three delicious dishes while you enjoy the cooking demonstration and every guest will receive a goodie bag worth over $50, plus the recipes so no need to take notes!

If you’ve always wanted to meet Manu, don’t forget to stick around afterwards and say bonjour! Buy your tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au.

THE WINTER SOLOPRENEUR

The Winter Solopreneur hosted by End2End Events  is a relaxed networking event aimed at Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs in Canberra.

Rub shoulders with some of Canberra’s Leading Entrepreneurs. Hear from Christina Sanchez from Back yourself Coaching why hibernating is for bears and how to keep motivated over the Winter Months. Sample some amazing delicacies from Pip & Lou – The Canberra Dessert Designer and Enigma Fine Chocolates who will be supplying some unique handmade truffles.

Be enchanted by this amazing Canberra Jazz Duo In 2 Deep. Michael Dooley and Rachel Thorne will welcome you with some amazing 1920s inspired repertoire at this Winter Solopreneur.

Experience Old World Glamour by Abbey Road Vintage Inventory where every thread tells a tale  a selection of Belinda’s favourite pieces will be available for purchase on the night…Get ready to uncover a prized piece and fall in love with the story behind your vintage garment and enjoy the opulent surrounds of Old Parliament House Members Bar and Members Dining Room.

Your ticket covers an amazing selection of 1920s inspired cocktails, canapes, chocolates and more!

Happening Wednesday 1 June in the Members Lounge at Old Parliament House from 6pm until 9pm. Purchase tickets here.

 OBJECT THERAPY NEEDS YOUR DAMAGED OR BROKEN GOODS

Object Therapy will creatively repair, nay, transform people’s broken objects. 

Fix and Make are seeking participants to contribute a damaged or broken object to be transformatively repaired by a leading artist or designer. 

Participants will be interviewed about their object by a design researcher before and after transformation, as part of a collaboration between Fix and Make, ANU and UNSW to build a new body of knowledge around design and repair. 

Entries for participation close on Sunday 5 June. If you have a damaged or broken object and want to be part of this thought-provoking investigation into repair please apply here.

Find out more via the website: hotel-hotel.com.au.

FOOD & DRINKS

CANBERRA TRUFFLE HUNTS

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; The Truffle Farm. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’.

Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy.

Choose from Truffle Hunts, Breakfast Hunts with three indulgent truffle courses and sparkling wine or Lunch Hunts featuring a world class, six course truffle degustation with matching local wines. Truffle creations come courtesy of award winning Michelin Star Chef Damian Brabender.

Tours available Fridays to Sundays early June to August. They sell out fast so book now to avoid disappointment.

Happening Sunday 5 t0 Sunday 28 June at The Truffle Farm, Mount Majura Road, Majura. For bookings visit Eventbrite.

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

The Truffle Festival- Canberra Region is the ultimate foodie festival. Each year from June to August individual events are held across the region highlighting the rare Black Winter Truffle. Participating venues offer a range opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these highly prized gems.

Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration or pop along to a farmers market.

Visit the website for more information.

Happening Wednesday 1 June – Wednesday 31 June in the Canberra Region. For more information visit www.trufflefestival.com.au

SUNSET DRINKS AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

With the cooler weather comes the time for warm mulled wine, hearty soups, open fires and cosy blankets with great conversation.

Pialligo Estate’s last sunset drinks were successful, they’re launching a winter series! Settle in with mulled or Pialligo Estate wine with charcuterie for two and watch the world go by.

Happening Thursday June 2 from 5pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Book now at www.eventbrite.com.au.

WARM SOUP, COOL JAZZ AT OLIMS BAR AND BISTRO

With the political tune in the national capital set to reach a crescendo over the next few months, Mercure Canberra is welcoming in the winter with an evening of Warm Soup and Cool Jazz in Olims Bar and Bistro on Saturday 4 June.

The ‘CoolJazz’ will be supplied by one of Canberra’s best jazz trios, Tilt, which comprises James Woodman (piano), Eric Pozza (bass) and Dave McDade (drums). They move effortlessly between traditional and crossover jazz, and will provide the perfect accompaniment to Olims’ ‘Warm Soup’ menu and wide selection of drinks.

To get the party started, there will be a wine tasting from 5.30pm, featuring wines from Samuel Smith and Sons. Later in the evening, mulled wine will be served to ward off the Canberra night chill.

Tilt will play from 6.30pm – 9.30pm and their musical beats will be accompanied by a range of hearty, warming soup dishes, including Vegetable and Chickpea Minestrone, Roast Pumpkin and Capsicum, Beef Tortellini in a Mushroom Broth and Soto Ayam, a ‘build your own’ station where you add various condiments to a traditional Indonesian chicken and noodle broth.

Happening Saturday 4 June at Mercure Canberra, Corner Ainslie and Limestone Avenue’s, Braddon. Entry is free. For more information visit www.mercurecanberra.com.au/whats-on

UPLIFT HIGH TEA AT PARLOUR

Join Uplift Bras, the charity that provides second hand bras and maternity supplies to women in need in developing countries for High Tea at Parlour.

Funds raised will go towards supporting the amazing work for Uplift, while you relax with a glass of champagne and a canapé.

Happening on Sunday 5 June from 12pm onwards. Tickets can be purchased by emailing [email protected]. Cost is $45 per person.

Find out more about Uplift’s work here: www.upliftbras.org

SEAFOOD BUFFET AT THE COURTYARD

Enjoy an all you can eat Seafood Buffet at The Courtyard. Takes place the last Friday of every month and includes a glass of wine on arrival – all for just $65.00

Happening Friday 27 May – Friday 30 December at Courtyard Restaurant, Mercure Canberra, Corner of Ainslie and Limestone Avenues, Braddon. For bookings and more information visit ResDiary

1+1 AT LILOTANG

Lilotang’s 1 + 1 dinners will see a collaboration between Lilotang’s Head Chef Shunsuke Ota and Dave Young (Rockpool, Cafe Sopra, Mirabelle London) to create a menu that suprise and delight in a clash of East & West.

1 + 1 will be a great clash of traditional of modern, where the two chefs will collaborate to push the boundaries and create a surprising and exciting dining experience for you.

Happening Friday 3 Jun at Lilotang, 1 Burbury Close, Barton. Price: $90 p.p for full tasting menu, drinks additional. For bookings, call 62731424

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.

LET’S DO DINNER

$49pp – 3 Courses

Let’s Do Dinner continues in June with their delectable dinner menu!

Join the team at The Loft for dinner where for just $49pp you’ll receive an entree tasting plate, then your choice of main meal (including the specials board), and your choice of dessert! Top it off with a glass or two from the extensive wine selection and you’ve got dinner done.

Open Wednesday to Friday from 5pm. To book a table contact The Loft on 6247 7330

The Loft Bar & Grill is situated above the Duxton at O’Connor shops. With a warm rustic, seasonal menu and a strong focus around the grill. The menu is a showcase of Australian regional produce and innovative sides dishes all paired with the extensive wine and cocktail list.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

SOUND AND FURY: COLD. WINTER. HOT. PARTY

Sound and Fury flaunts and fuses performance artists in a party format. Expect punch music, theatre, dance, spoken word and live art.

The last instalment saw the Sound and Fury ensemble set the bar and create a captivating and immersive performance party with guest appearances by all-girl punk band Glitoris, and international cabaret star Moira Finucane.

This party will be no different, with art galore and plenty of surprises.

Don’t miss out.

Happening Saturday 4 June at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, Canberra. For tickets visit Eventbrite

PETER HELLIAR: ONE HOT MESS

Peter Helliar’s brand new stand up comedy show, One Hot Mess, at the Canberra Theatre will be one hot mess, or is that one mess of hotness? Either way it’s going to be both hot and messy. The show runs for one hour and is not recommended for children as the performance contains obscene language.

Happening Friday 3 – Saturday 4 June at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra. For tickets visit Canberra Theatre Centre

AUNTY DONNA

After a year of wins, Melbourne’s own sketch comedy trio Aunty Donna are touring a brand new show.

Described as a glorious crossbreed of The Mighty Boosh and Flight of the Conchords (Broadway Baby), Aunty Donna have had a big couple of years. From sell out shows here and overseas, to a comedy pilot on ABC iview and a 10-part YouTube web series, Ballarat drama school friends – Broden Kelly, Zachary Ruane and Mark Samual Bonanno – aren’t letting the grass grow under their feet.

Their YouTube channel currently has over 90,000 subscribers and has received over 10 million views to date. If you like your comedy subversive, hyperactive, witty and fast you’ll love Aunty Donna. Don’t miss them.

“A national treasure in the making.” 4 1/2 stars RIP IT UP

“Do whatever it takes to get tickets to this show.” 4 1/2 stars Vulture Culture

“Uproarious, high octane comedy” 4 1/2 stars- Herald Sun

Happening Saturday 4 June at The Street, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For tickets visit Partronbase

MARK WILKINSON

Mark Wilkinson is undoubtedly one of the most captivating acoustic artists to emerge from Australia in recent times. He’s an impassioned, independent singer/songwriter with a global view and an international following, built on the word-of-mouth of dedicated fans.

This year Wilkinson presents the Come With Me Tonight EP, a 5-track taster of his next studio album. Released worldwide on February 12, this new material showcases Wilkinson’s first time in the role of record producer as he set about to create something with a timeless, even nostalgic feel. “We took a very organic approach, making it a collaborative process that relied solely on real musicians and real instrumentation, giving the songs extra dimension through lush arrangements, trying to capture a moment with warmth and emotion, and pay tribute to the beauty of music being in the imperfections.” The end result is something as powerful as it is emotive.

As an artist who continues to build an impressive global following off the strength of his live show, don’t miss what could be your only opportunity to catch him on stage in 2016 and experience this rare talent in person.

Happening Friday 3rd June at The Street, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For tickets visit au.patronbase.com.

FRANCESCO D’ORAZIO AND GIAMPAOLO NUTI IN CONCERT

Francesco D’Orazio – Giampaolo Nuti in concert at Ainslie Arts Centre in celebration of the Festa della Repubblica (anniversary of the formation of the Italian Republic).

A rare opportunity to see two of Italy’s finest musicians in full virtuosic flight.

From this dynamic duo, an invigorating repertoire of romantic and modern classical works for violin and piano. The program commences with Beethoven; here stepping away from his famous depressive moods in the defiant Sonata for violin & piano No. 7 in C minor (“Eroica”), Op. 30/2. Complimenting this passion will be a post-Romantic modern work, the Second Sonata Op. 36a for Violin and Piano (1898) from Ferruccio Busoni, a prodigy whose complex music was incomprehensible to some at his time, but later influenced John Cage and Morton Feldman.

Presented by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, the Italian Institute of Culture in Sydney and the Embassy of Italy.

Happening Friday 3 June at Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com.au.

THE IMPERIAL BELLS OF CHINA – CHIME MUSIC AND DANCE

Touring to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne in May and June 2016, The Imperial Bells of China returns to Australia with a new production, which incorporates new elements including dance and folk songs.

Happening Tuesday 31 May – Wednesday 1 June at Canberra Playhouse Theatre, London Circuit, Canberra. For tickets visit theimperialbells.com.au

THE PEASANT PRINCE

“In order to fly, you have to be free” Li Cunxin

Monkey Baa brings Li Cunxin’s autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer to the stage. First published as a children’s picture book, The Peasant Prince tells Li’s story from when, aged 10, he was plucked from rural China to attend a ballet academy, leaving behind everything and everyone he knew, including his beloved parents.

Years of training and his steely focus enable Li to transform into a giant of international dance, his courage and resilience central to this moving story.

Happening Saturday  4 June from 11am until 4pm at Canberra Theatre Centre. Purchase tickets here from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

TURNTABLE TAKEOVER AT NFSA 

Canberra’s monthly music favourite, the NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge, is on this Friday. Local lovers of records and turntables will once again gather to bask in 90 minutes of great music.

Bring your own vinyl and play a track of your choice on our pure analogue sound system – you also get to share the story behind your song selection! And it’s free. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of the month. The Bench Room cafe is open from 5.00pm for drinks and snacks, with the Vinyl Lounge grooving from 5.30pm – 7.00pm.

Free entry, no bookings required. On Friday 3 June from 5.30pm – 7pm at The Vinyl Lounge, NFSA Theatrette.

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

WALK IN MY SHOES: DIGITAL STORIES BY MUSLIM WOMEN IN CANBERRA

Enjoy a special screening of these remarkable stories and gain an insight into what it is like to be a Muslim woman in Canberra in the 21st century. Join Artistic Director Jenni Savigny and digital storyteller Sarwat Maqbool in conversation about this important project.

Happening Saturday 4 June at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. For tickets visit Eventbrite

MASTERCLASS WITH GIAMPAOLO NUTI

At the Ainslie Arts Centre for An Eclectic Collection – a concert celebrating the Festa della Repubblica (anniversary of the formation of the Italian Republic) – preeminent Italian pianist, Giampaolo Nuti, will hold a masterclass on Saturday 4 June.

Giampaolo Nuti will host a piano masterclass open to all interested, at any level, and across any repertoire with 4 student places available. Across 45 minutes, each student will receive guidance from a highly experienced, much awarded and active teacher, and audience members will have the unique opportunity to gain insight into the process of developing work for performance.

For audience members, please book online via Eventbrite.

Four student places are available. If you are interested in participating as a student, please express your interest to Ainslie and Gorman Creative Producer, Adelaide Rief, via adelaide @ agac.com.au or 6182 0000

Happening Saturday 4 June at Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. Entry is free. For more information visit Eventbrite

BARBARA HANRAHAN: WORDS + ART | EXHIBITION FLOOR TALK

Join UNSW Canberra for an Exhibition Floor Talk discussion the prints and prose of Australian artist and novelist Barbara Hanrahan. Assembling pieces held by UNSW and local private collectors, this exhibition presents Barbara Hanrahan’s prints alongside her unique imaginative fiction, displaying the fertile relationship between her visual and textual languages.

Happening Thursday 2 June at UNSW Canberra at ADFA, Academy Library, Exhibition Space, Northcott Drive, Building 13, Academy Library, Campbell. For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com.au.

afterDARK: WINTER LANTERN TOURS

Spend a winter’s night out with friends and family at the Gardens. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour with your own ranger guide.  Finish your evening enjoying supper and toasting marshmallows over the open-air fire.   Bookings are essential. Not suitable for children under five years.

Tour dates: Sat 4 June, Sat 2 July, Sat 9 July, Sat 16 July and Sat 6 August. Tours start at 6.30pm and tickets start at $26. Held at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton.

Visit the website for more information www.nationalbotanicgardens.gov.au/gardens.

RECONCILIATION WEEK HIGHLIGHT TOURS

Join a free, 30-minute collection highlights tour that will focus on the story of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during this important week for the nation. These informative tours will draw your attention to the dynamic and diverse contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the collection.

Happening Friday 27 May – Friday 3 June at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. The highlights tour is free.

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.

THE WORLD OF COIN DESIGN

Have you always wanted to enter the world of a coin designer? Visit the Mint now to see a pop-up display showing what a typical coin design studio looks like on the inside. Whether sketching in pencil, sculpting and carving in plaster or modelling using 3D software, the age-old skills and craft of creating miniature works of art are alive and well at the Royal Australian Mint.

Entry is free. On now at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin.

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

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

VARSITY DERBY LEAGUE

Canberra’s only gender-inclusive roller derby league, is looking for male and female new players, referees and officials and will be holding an information night at King O’Malley’s Civic.

No experience with roller skating or roller derby is needed as all coaching and instruction is provided by the league by friendly and experienced trainers.

There will also be a come-and-try skating afternoon at the league’s training venue on Saturday 25 June where people can get skates on and get an introduction to roller derby with VDL. Full details are at the VDL website: VarsityDerbyLeague.com.

Some equipment other than mouth guards may be available to borrow for the first sessions. Skaters will need quad roller skates suitable for derby and protective gear – knee, elbow and wrist pads plus a helmet and mouth guard.

Varsity has two women’s teams (DisHonour Rollers and Rogue Scholars), a men’s team (Capital Carnage) and a mixed team (Smackademics), as well as our referees and off-skates officials, so there are plenty of opportunities for anyone interested in roller derby to get involved. We also have a juniors team which will have another intake soon.

Happening at 7 pm on Monday 20 June at King O’Malleys, City Walk, Civic. Full details are at the VDL website: VarsityDerbyLeague.com.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

MS WALK AND FUN RUN 

Enjoy a great day out with family and friends and support Australians living with multiple sclerosis by taking part in the MS Walk + Fun Run.

All funds raised go directly to providing services and assistance to people with MS. Approximately four Australians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis every working day – that equates to 1000 new diagnosis every year.

Choose to walk or run 5kms or 10kms, while taking in the views of Canberra’s most recognisable landmarks. All walks are stroller and wheelchair friendly- and dogs on leashes are welcome! After the walk or run, enjoy the festivities at the finish line, with plenty of entertainment, food and kids activities.

On – Run 5 June at 8.50am and the Walk 5 June at 10.25am at Rond Terrances, Commonwealth Park.

So Register now and come together so nobody faces MS alone at the MS Walk + Fun Run 2016 –www.mswalk.org.au.

 

MARKETS

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

LITTLE GRIFFINS

A free program for toddlers and pre-schoolers. At 10am on the last Friday of each month come along for an hour of constructive fun at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive Commonwealth Park (just off Commonwealth Avenue).

Prams welcome and bookings aren’t necessary. 2016 dates for LITTLE GRIFFINS: June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28, November 25. 

Click here for more details: www.natcap.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

UPLIFT HIGH TEA AT PARLOUR

Join Uplift Bras, the charity that provides second hand bras and maternity supplies to women in need in developing countries for High Tea at Parlour.

Funds raised will go towards supporting the amazing work for Uplift, while you relax with a glass of champagne and a canapé.

Happening on Sunday 5 June from 12pm onwards. Tickets can be purchased by emailing [email protected]. Cost is $45 per person.

Find out more about Uplift’s work here: www.upliftbras.org

MS WALK AND FUN RUN 

Enjoy a great day out with family and friends and support Australians living with multiple sclerosis by taking part in the MS Walk + Fun Run.

All funds raised go directly to providing services and assistance to people with MS. Approximately 4 Australians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis every working day – that equates to 1000 new diagnosis every year.
Choose to walk or run 5kms or 10kms, while taking in the views of Canberra’s most recognisable landmarks. All walks are stroller and wheelchair friendly- and dogs on leashes are welcome! After the walk or run, enjoy the festivities at the finish line, with plenty of entertainment, food and kids activities.

On – Run 5 June at 8.50am and the Walk 5 June at 10.25am at Rond Terrances, Commonwealth Park.

So Register now and come together so nobody faces MS alone at the MS Walk + Fun Run 2016 –www.mswalk.org.au.

CANTEEN COMMUNITY NIGHT 

CanTeen ACT & SNSW have joined forces with BomFunk Dance Studios to bring the community a night full of good food and great entertainment!

CanTeen’s Dance Night will consist of raffles, a 2 course dinner, and a show performed by some very talented performers from BomFunk as our entertainment for the night.

Spread the word, grab a ticket and come and join the fun in what will be a very entertaining night!

Onon Friday 3 June, 6pm at the Hellenic Club, Woden.
For all enquries, please contact: [email protected]

AIDS ACTION COUNCIL FUNDRAISER 

The first week of June sees a fundraiser screening for the AIDS Action Council of the ACT, of acclaimed documentary Oriented. Proceeds will go towards AIDS Action’s work with Canberra’s HIV communities. The film – based in Tel Aviv – explores national and sexual identity through the eyes of three Palestinian teenagers against the backdrop of the Israel-Gaza conflict. Filmmaker Jake Witzenfeld will joins us via Skype from Tel Aviv for a Q&A.

Tickets start at $18. On Thursday 2 June at 7pm at the National Film and Sound Archives, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton.

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

CHARITY TRIVIA NIGHT  – #Play4Yusuf

Yusuf collided with a flatbed truck on Friday, 29 April working as a delivery driver. When he was airlifted to TCH, he was given no more than 12 hours to live. He is a fighter, he remains in HDU after being discharged from the ICU last week. Although he is in a stable condition, he is still unconscious and will have a long road to recovery ahead of him.

So get along to the trivia night to end all trivia nights to help raise funds for Yusuf’s recovery! Get your table of 7 to 10 people together, bring $15 per person and come support Yusuf Kamara AND be in the running for some serious prizes. Apart from an auction of incredible gifts, there will be a mountain of giveaways on the night, as well as entertainment, games, great food provided by the venue and of course drinks available for purchase. 100% of the proceeds goes straight to the Yusuf Kamara fund!

On 5 June from 4pm to 8pm at Sudio Cafe– 16 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra.

For more details please contact Pierre Johannessen—0400911716—[email protected]

INDOOR SOCCER CHARITY TOURNAMENT – #Play4Yusuf

Yusuf collided with a flatbed truck on Friday, 29 April working as a delivery driver. When he was airlifted to TCH, he was given no more than 12 hours to live. He is a fighter, he remains in HDU after being discharged from the ICU last week. Although he is in a stable condition, he is still unconscious and will have a long road to recovery ahead of him.

Why not put together a team and enter into the indoor soccer charity tournament to help raise funds to assist Yusuf with his recovery. Each team must consist of at least 5 players and no more than 8, each team must have at least two females on the team. The games will consist of 2 halves. Each team must have at least 1 female team member on the court at all times.

Registration is $25.00 per player, included in registration is a T-shirt to support the event and all event proceeds will go to Yusuf’s charity. Payment for team registration must be paid in cash on the day of the competition before playing.

On 5 June from 10am – 2pm at Indoor Sports Kambah,6 Jenke Circuit, Kambah. All team registrations must be emailed to Dan Tadic at [email protected] by the 1st of June. 

FILM

SCREENING: GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounter offers a close-up portrait of the acclaimed photographer, filmed with unprecedented access over a decade as he creates his most haunting, stunningly elaborate images.

Film is followed by Q & A with director Ben Shapiro.

Happening Saturday 4 June at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. For tickets visit www.portrait.gov.au.

GENE CERNAN – THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON

Don’t miss the premier screening of the film The Last Man on the Moon with Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan live on stage for an ‘in conversation’ and audience Q & A session.

When Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now, forty years later, he is ready to share his epic but deeply personal story.

Cernan’s burning ambition carried him to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space and to the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed. As his wife famously remarked, ‘If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home.’

‘The Last Man on the Moon’ film combines rare archive material, compelling visual effects and unprecedented access to present an iconic historical character on the big screen for the first time in Australia live on stage with an ‘In Conversation’ and Audience Q&A with Gene Cernan – Hosted by Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith.

‘Curiosity is the essence of human existence’ – Gene Cernan

Happening Thursday 2 June at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra. For tickets visit Ticketmaster

INDIGENOUS ASTRONOMY 

The NFSA kicks off June with the new documentary Star Stories of the Dreaming.
Aboriginal people in Australia are increasingly recognised as the first astronomers. This documentary explores the concept of ‘cultural astronomy’, as an Euahlayi man, Ghillar Michael Anderson, shares teachings passed to him with CSIRO astrophysicist Professor Ray Norris.

Tickets start at $8. On Wednesday 1 June at 6.30pm at National Film and Sound Archives, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton.

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

EXHIBITIONS

LIGHT TRANSLATIONS

An exhibition of new works by Holly Grace and Lisa Cahill exploring place and identity, reflecting the natural and cultural environments of Denmark and Australia.

Happening Thursday 2 June – Sunday 17 July at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Entry is free.

MATERIAL OBJECTS

An exhibition of new furniture from Canberra based designers Elliot Bastianon and Andrew Carvolth. ‘Material Objects’ presents two distinctly individual collections of work from each designer, co-exhibiting for the first time to celebrate the diversity that exists within the Australian craft and design sector. Elliot’s work explores the possibilities of creating furniture through folding and creasing sheets of an acoustic textile, while Andrew’s is a restrained collection of objects, splicing traditional craft processes with regionally sourced materials.

Opening event 3 June 6pm. Exhibition runs to 26 June. 11—3pm Wednesday—Sunday at Nishi Gallery, Kendall Lane, NewActon.

Visit the websites for more information www.elliotbastianon.com // www.andrewcarvolth.com

CONFIDENT COLLECTING AT M16ARTSPACE
Calling all art lovers and aspiring art collectors! Join in the art talk, wine and nibbles at this winter series of 4 panel/Q and A sessions on the what, how, where and why of collecting art.
Hear from  the finest of the nation’s brains trust in the visual arts! Senior curators from the NGA, ANU, Drill Hall Gallery and CMAG are teamed with notable collectors and gallery owners. Come and learn how to engage with abstract art and Indigenous art and get answers to all the questions that will make you dazzle as an arts aficionado at your next dinner party!
Dates: Session 1, Monday 30 May: Session 2, Monday 6 June: Session 3, Monday 20 June: Session 4, Monday 27 June. Each session starts at 6.30 pm at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith
Visit the website for more information www.m16artspace.com.au

CURATOR TALK: FAITH, FASHION, FUSION

Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia explores the emerging modest fashion market and the work of Muslim designers and entrepreneurs – from swimwear to denim to red carpet gowns.

Developed by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney, with advice and assistance from Multicultural NSW, Australian Muslim organisations and community members who shared stories, loaned objects and took part in the film and fashion shoots that make the exhibition visually and emotionally rich.

The exhibition includes commentary by Sydney’s first, and highly influential, Muslim fashion blogger Delina Darusman-Gala. Delina shares her love of clothing and offers advice on modest fashion, where to buy outfits and accessories, and how to make mainstream fashion trends more modest.

Faith Fashion Fusion also provides a space where Muslim women speak more broadly about themselves, their experiences and their faith, countering misconceptions that exist in Australian society. The women share their opinions, challenges and achievements through photographs, treasured objects and interviews; including author Randa Abdel-Fattah, academic and media commentator Susan Carland, Australia’s first Muslim surf lifesaver Mecca Laalaa and author Arwa Abousamra.

Inspired by the work of photo bloggers such as Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, the exhibition also captures the diversity and creativity of Muslim women’s style through a street style photo shoot undertaken at locations around Sydney.

Faith Fashion Fusion is on show at the National Archives in Canberra until 4 September at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes from 9am–5pm daily with free entry.

The Archives is the final venue of its extensive national tour.

JUDY HOLDING – THE LOADED LANDSCAPE; SCULPTURE AND WORKS ON PAPER

For over thirty years, Judy Holding has established a strong identity as an artist through the development of a personal visual ‘vocabulary’ of symbolic forms. In particular, her beautifully realised depictions of trees and birds, through her sculptures and works on paper, reflect her abiding love of the diverse flora and fauna of Australia. Judy says, “Working as a landscape artist in Australia, one is always conscious of those who have gone before. I have used the layering of watercolour images to stress the richness and unresolved tensions of the Australian bush.” Much of the motivation for her recent work is also drawn from her increasing concern with environmental issues affecting our natural world.

Happening Thursday 26 May – Sunday 12 June at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Entry is free.

FEDERATION GALLERY OPENING AND RECONCILIATION WEEK TOURS

The Federation Gallery contains some of Australia’s most significant documents – those that record the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia. We like to refer to these as the ‘birth certificates’ of our nation.

The seven items in the gallery include the original Constitution Act passed by the British Parliament and the Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900. They also include documents that record later changes to Australia’s Constitution.

The National Archives is committed to ensuring the future survival of this material as well as encouraging and facilitating Australians’ access to the documents.

New preservation research techniques measure the impact of light on documents. We balance the documents’ future conservation needs with the public’s right to access. We now open the gallery for special public viewing days, and for group and school bookings.

Special Reconciliation Week Tours will run from Monday 30 May until Friday 3 June.

Happening Friday 27 May – Monday 13 June at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free.

BENEATH THE BULA SMILE 

For the majority of the world Fiji is seen as a holiday destination, a place to relax, the ever ready smile, the Bula greeting, and a vibrancy of colour. However, this is not the reality.

While interning with the UN Women’s Office in Fiji last year (as the result of winning the UN/CIT Photographic Prize), local emerging photographer Eva Schroeder met with women market vendors in Suva, heard their stories, and documented their faces.

The images Eva captured will be on display in Beneath the Bula Smile, a ‘satellite’ head on exhibition that powerfully illustrates the lived reality of many women in the Pacific.  Official opening by Fiona Dace-Lynn – Director, College of Technology & Design, Canberra Institute of Technology on 20 May.

On Friday 20 May – 18 June at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway.
Visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

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.

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.

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

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.

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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