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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

FIVE THINGS NOT TO MISS

CLICK + CONNECT: IT’S PLAY SCHOOL!

The National Museum of Australia has put together something extra special just for HerCanberra’s next Click & Connect event – a Night At The Museum that’s all about Play School!

Take a trip down memory lane and celebrate 50 years of this iconic television show in line with NMA’s latest exhibition. It’ll be the biggest kids’ party in Canberra, just for grown-ups! There’ll be games to play and stories to tell, craft and clocks, and old friends as well!

We will kick things off with pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the NMA business admin building from 5.30pm – 6.15pm. Bubbles with fairy floss (one glass per person) on arrival, accompanied by platters of adult ‘party food’ – upmarket fairy bread, party pies and sausage rolls and sweets.

At 6.15pm we will have express entry into Night At The Museum to make our way through the entertainment, games/activities and presentations. As the majority of the activities for this event are games, we will be splitting into groups, which will be a great opportunity for you all to get to know each other a little in a fun environment!

The Night At The Museum component finishes at around 9pm but if you’ve made friends that you’d like to keep chatting to, you can then head to Lucky’s Speakeasy Bar at QT who are hosting the “After Party”. A good chance to keep mingling!

Happening this Friday 17 June from 5.30pm until 9.30pm at the National Museum of Australia. Purchase tickets and find more information here.

SEND HOPE NOT FLOWERS COCKTAIL FUNDRAISER

Sydney singer and Jermaine Jackson protege Julie Kerr is coming to Canberra for her album launch and to help raise funds for our very own local charity success story,Send Hope Not Flowers. Kerr, who was discovered by Jackson in 2012 after he heard one of her songs, Papergirl, is bringing her six-piece soul band to the National Press Club on Friday June 17 from 6pm and will play songs from her new album “Carry On”.

Kerr has a Canberra connection in that she was working as a Global Poverty Ambassador and helped advise on the set up of Send Hope in 2011.  Send Hope is a maternal health charity which funds safe birth projects in the developing world and Kerr is donating her time and energy to raise funds for their vital work.

Come and meet the Send Hope team and enjoy Kerr’s heady pop layered with overtones of soul and blues. Tickets cost just $28, which is the cost of delivering a baby gift bundle to a mother in need in Papua New Guinea. Drinks and canapés will be provided. Bring your friends! 

Happening Friday 17 June from 6pm until 8pm at the National Press Club of Australia. Book now at: www.npc.org.au/member_events/send-hope-not-flowers

EA INSIGHTS: JUNE ONE DAY COURSE

Want to build your EA career path? Keen to seek promotion to senior levels? Fear you may not be able to go any further in your career? Feel under appreciated and that your work is not valued?

The EA Insights Program is an intensive one-day course designed for EAs who want to move to senior levels. It is also for EAs seeking to transition into the APS, and for private sector EAs, who currently or wish to support C-suite executives.

Read about the untapped potential of Executive Assistants here.

Presented by Ursula Kohler, Managing Director, Capital EA, and Kim Vella, Founder and Principal Coach, Kim Vella Coaching, talented EAs are invited to participate.

Ask Kim about the special HerCanberra reader discount for the workshop.

Happening Thursday 16 June at the Forrest Hotel and Apartments from 9am | Download flyer | Register now

DINNER WITH PAUL WEST 

Dine with Paul West and tantalise your taste buds with a three-course meal inspired by the chef and host of River Cottage Australia. Following sparkling wine on arrival, listen to Paul as he shares his passion for locally grown and sustainable produce with founder and editor of HerCanberra Amanda Whitley.

Each ticket includes dinner, local wines and a copy of The River Cottage Australia Cookbook. In association with Bloomsbury Publishing.

Happening Friday 17 June from 6pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. To book your dinner with Paul West visit register.eventarc.com

WINTER GLASS MARKET

The Winter Glass Market is a free celebration of glass and glass-making, revealing the power of glass and light and featuring market stalls, activities, demonstrations and the Hindmarsh Prize exhibition.

Happening Saturday 18 June at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Entry is free.

FOOD & DRINKS

MEET THE CHEF – JAMES VILES, BIOTA DINING

University House is proud to announce its next Meet the Chef Dinner featuring James Viles, Chef and owner of two-hatted Biota Dining in Bowral, NSW, in conversation with Natasha Rudra, Life & Entertainment Editor of the Canberra Times.

The event includes a canape, and a two-course meal inspired by James’ cookbook, Biota: Grow. Gather. Cook. Our Executive Chef, Anshul Chandna, and his outstanding team will work together with James to prepare the meal. The price of the meal includes a complimentary glass of Clonakilla wine, as well as tea or coffee.

James Viles has become one of Australia’s most respected young chefs and restaurateurs, recognised for his commitment to sustainability and his dramatic modern food. He champions the use of seasonal, ethical produce to create honest, pure and delicious dishes. At the age of 23, James was the youngest chef ever to be awarded the Chef’s Hat by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of Australia’s finest chefs, and enjoy sampling his menu.

Note: Signings & Pre-drinks from 6:15pm

Happening Thursday 16 June at 6.15pm at University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, University House, Acton. For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com.au

JAMSHEED + CHAIRMAN WINTER WINE DINNER

Chairman & Yip is pleased to be teaming up with leading Yarra Valley winery Jamsheed to bring you one-night-only event.

Jamsheed’s winemaking represents the new perspective in Australian winemaking, a departure from the blanketing, multi-region blends that have long characterised the Australian wine scene, to a new focus on natural winemaking and terroir.  Hosted by Jamsheed winemaker Gary Mills and paired with Chairman’s Winter Menu, this will be a great night.

Happening Thursday 16 June. Check the website for more information on times: chairmangroup.com.au/chairmanyip

Price: $140 p.p for six course degustation with matching wines

For bookings, call 61621220. For more information on the winery see their website: jamsheed.com.au

MARTINI DAY

The Martini: so deeply entrenched in popular culture, it even has its own (unofficial) US holiday. To celebrate Martini Day, past TEDxCanberra presenter, Canberra’s own Martini Whisperer, Phillip Jones, in conjunction with Forum Partner, Hotel Hotel, and Community Partner, the Australian American Association – Canberra Division invite you to a stylish celebration of this classic cocktail.

You’ll be able to enjoy two specially crafted Martinis (vodka and gin) which The Martini Whisperer has created especially for the event. A limited selection of other drinks from Hotel Hotel’s menu will also be available for (gasp!) non-Martini drinkers (they may serve them in Martini glasses, so no one needs to know…).

Delectable canapes from Monster Kitchen and Bar, will be served while you strut your sophisticated stuff to the mellow lounge sounds of The President’s Own Jazz Quartet.

Premium Australian craft spirits have been sourced for this event, so you can experience the best Martinis around. Be Stirred, Not Shaken: Martini Day Partini.

Tickets are $85. On Saturday 18 June at 6.30pm at Nishi Gallery – Kendall Lane, NewActon

PIEMONTE CULTURAL CUISINE AT MOLTO ITALIAN

Brought to you by P&P Eventi, join Italian chef Giuseppe Pappalardo for culinary masterclass – an aperitivo and tasting of regional delicacies.

You will  enjoy a tasting of the Piedmontese cheese Testun Barolo and cured meat Bresaola accompanied by Friciula d’Asti. Follows by a try of Brasato al Barolo. All of this while your Chef Giuseppe Pappalardo will demonstrate a typical dish –  which remains an absolute surprise for the night! Enjoy a drink of Vin brule’ and to finish off sweetly: Bicerin di Turin.

Tickets start at $35. On June 19 from 4pm – 5.30pm at Molto Italian, Element Buidling, Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore.

Visit the website for more information www.moltoitalian.com

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 June – 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

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

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

JOHN MCSHERRY, DONAL O’CONNOR AND ROB HILLMAN TRIO

John McSherry and Dónal O’Connor are the finest Traditional Irish Uilleann Pipe and Fiddle duet of their generation.

Their music is described as acoustic perfection, and makes traditional music that feel at home in the 21st century.

They are performing in Canberra at the Irish Club on Saturday 18 June, as part of a tour of their Australian tour, which has them playing concerts in Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, on the NSW South Coast and as a headline act at the National Celtic Festival.

Australia’s rising star, singer and guitarist Robert Hillman will join them for the tour and together the trio will take audiences on an emotive musical journey, from Ireland to the neighbouring Celtic regions and from the ancient music of the Gael to the modern face of traditional Irish Music. Listen to their music here.

Happening Saturday 18 June at Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street, Weston Creek. For more information visit www.irishclub.com.au

EVENSONG: JUNE 

One weekend each month at the National Portrait Gallery Choral music is performed by the professional vocal ensemble, Clarion, led by Tobias Cole. Enjoy browsing portraits while listening to music.

Happening Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 June at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free.

BURROWS

Bringing together three of Canberra’s best-loved songwriters, nu-folk band Burrows have quickly become darlings of the capital’s folk scene. With weightless vocal harmonies tethered by warm guitar and cello, their sparse pop songs have been described by folk blog Timber and Steel as “lean in music… the kind of music you want to listen intently to”. Featuring members of bands such as Cracked Actor, Mr. Fibby, The Ellis Collective, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Burrows draws audiences in with intimate and poignant songs speaking of familial bonds, idle daydreams, and waking up slowly on a crisp morning.

Now, after being featured at The National Folk Festival, Summer Hill Folk Festival (Sydney), and You Are Here, Burrows are set to release their self-titled debut album this June, joined on-stage by the Pop-Up Choir and supported by Happy Axe.

Happening Saturday 18 June at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City. For tickets visit au.patronbase.com

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – PLAY SCHOOL  

One night only, the biggest kids party just for grown-ups. 

Sparkle, wonder and more than just fairy bread
! There’ll be plenty of games and some stories to tell, crafts and clocks, old friends as well.

Come and celebrate 50 years of Play School – Hip hip hooray! 
Here’s your chance to come and PLAY.

Happening Friday 17 June at National Museum of Australia
Lawson Crescent
Acton. To book your Night at the Museum visit www.nma.gov.au

AN EVENING WITH MOLLY RINGWALD

Molly Ringwald has teamed with internationally respected management firm KMP Artists to send An Evening With Molly Ringwald on her second tour to Australia.

Molly Ringwald acts, writes books, and sings jazz. She tours a crowd pleasing concert act An Evening with Molly Ringwald with her quartet to venues Worldwide. Since her debut Jazz album on Concord Records was released in April 2013. Ringwald and her band have performed over 200 concerts in seven countries since its release.

An actress of stage and screen, Ringwald earned a Golden Globe nomination at age thirteen, and went on to star in numerous films, including the iconic films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. On stage, Ringwald starred in Broadway productions of the Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned to Drive; the revival of Cabaret; Tony-nominated Enchanted April and the West End production of When Harry Met Sally. Ms. Ringwald is now touring her concert act celebrating her first jazz album called Except Sometimes.

Happening Tuesday 14 June at The Playhouse, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. For tickets visit tickets.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

MINI-CAPITAL JAZZ PROJECT: MULATU ASTATKE AND THE BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE

In Canberra as part of the 2016 Mini-Capital Jazz Project, Mulatu Astatke is the Father of Ethio-Jazz and one of Africa’s most influential and enduring musical figures. His musical genius is the sensuality and sophistication with which Mulatu contrasts these minimalist scales with richly chromatic harmony.

Joined by the 8 piece global-funk-machine that is Black Jesus Experience, Mulatu combines jazz and funk grooves with Ethiopia’s distinctive pentatonic scales, and together they embark on a musical relationship full of energy and creative magic.

Happening Monday 13 June at The Street, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For tickets visit au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre/Productions/MABJ/Performances

COLLECTED RESONANCES

Collected Resonances is a concert series curated by students in the ANU Experimental Music Studio.

Each evening consists of four 20-minute sets featuring different groups of sonic and visual artists from Canberra and further afield, with a focus on creating a performance space encouraging innovative cross-media collaborations.

Artists to be announced shortly – please visit agac.com.au for further updates.

Happening Wednesday 15 June at Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. For tickets and more information please visit www.agac.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

CLICK + CONNECT: IT’S PLAY SCHOOL!

The National Museum of Australia has put together something extra special just for HerCanberra’s next Click & Connect event – a Night At The Museum that’s all about Play School!

Take a trip down memory lane and celebrate 50 years of this iconic television show in line with NMA’s latest exhibition. It’ll be the biggest kids’ party in Canberra, just for grown-ups! There’ll be games to play and stories to tell, craft and clocks, and old friends as well!

We will kick things off with pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the NMA business admin building from 5.30pm – 6.15pm. Bubbles with fairy floss (one glass per person) on arrival, accompanied by platters of adult ‘party food’ – upmarket fairy bread, party pies and sausage rolls and sweets.

At 6.15pm we will have express entry into Night At The Museum to make our way through the entertainment, games/activities and presentations. As the majority of the activities for this event are games, we will be splitting into groups, which will be a great opportunity for you all to get to know each other a little in a fun environment!

The Night At The Museum component finishes at around 9pm but if you’ve made friends that you’d like to keep chatting to, you can then head to Lucky’s Speakeasy Bar at QT who are hosting the “After Party”. A good chance to keep mingling!

Buy your tickets below and read more about the exhibition here.

So what’s click and connect all about? 

No, it’s not a Coles grocery ordering service; it’s a night where you can chat to some lovely HerCanberra readers and hopefully make some new besties!

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

Whatever the reason, when we published Emma Grey’s article on feeling left out and invited to people to email us if they were interested in coming along to an event where they could meet new people, we were absolutely gobsmacked by the overwhelming and immediate response. More recently, Tanya Hennessy’s article on spending her weekends alone went viral and saw a whole new crew of people joining our Click + Connect Facebook group.

The HerCanberra Team will be around to facilitate introductions and make you as comfortable as possible, and there’ll be plenty of fun activities to help break the ice!

EA SERIES – LAUNCH EVENT

You’re invited to attend the launch event for IPAA’s new Executive Assistant (EA) Series, on Wednesday 15 June at the Hyatt Hotel.

The EA Series will provide a variety of opportunities for Executive Assistants to network and acquire skills through panel discussions, breakfast seminars and an awards evening to provide an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the contribution of Executive Assistants in public administration.

At this launch event, a panel comprising Sharon McCluskey PSM, Gabrielle Ide, and Chris Wilson will discuss the importance and evolution of the Executive Assistant role within the Federal and ACT Governments, and the skills required to perform these jobs well.

This event will commence at 6.00pm, with time before and after the event to network with colleagues and expand your professional connections.

Register at www.act.ipaa.org.au

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – PLAY SCHOOL  

One night only, the biggest kids party just for grown-ups. 

Sparkle, wonder and more than just fairy bread
! There’ll be plenty of games and some stories to tell, crafts and clocks, old friends as well.

Come and celebrate 50 years of Play School – Hip hip hooray! 
Here’s your chance to come and PLAY.

Happening Friday 17 June at National Museum of Australia
Lawson Crescent
Acton. To book your Night at the Museum visit www.nma.gov.au

CANBERRA GIRLS GRAMMER SCHOOL TOURS

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) invites you to visit the School as part of a small group tour. Numbers are limited so you will have the opportunity to personally meet the School’s key staff members. 

To give you a deeper insight into the School, your tour will be guided by one of the students on a normal school day. You are encouraged to ask your tour guide about school life.

To book a scheduled tour, or to arrange an alternative time, please email the Director of Admissions at [email protected] 

Places are limited and RSVP is essential.

Happening Wednesday 15 June – Early Learning Centre and Junior School tours: 9.30am–11am. Senior School and Boarding House tours: 11.30am–1pm.

PORTRAIT ENCOUNTER – DISCUSSION GROUP: JUNE

Meet for conversation and sharing of ideas around selected portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team. 
The portrait for June will be Helen Garner by Jenny Sages.

Happening Thursday 16 June at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. To book your portrait encounter visit www.portrait.gov.au

BOOK LAUNCH – HEGEL’S OWL: THE LIFE OF BERNARD SMITH

Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director of the National Gallery of Australia, launches Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith, which reveals the unique character of an exceptional man. Beginning life as a ward of the state, Smith went on to become a pre-eminent figure of Australian art history.

Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith was written by Dr Sheridan Palmer is an art historian and curator and honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her previous books include Dean Bowen: Argy-Bargy (Macmillan, 2009) and Centre of the Periphery: Three European Art Historians in Melbourne (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2008).

Happening Thursday 16 June at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. For tickets visit www.nla.gov.au

WILLIE PHUA – LEGACY OF A NEWS CAMERAMAN

Hear Singaporean news cameraman Willie Phua share his extraordinary story spanning three decades of reporting for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. On his many assignments across Asia, Phua has covered wars and uprisings, social upheavals and the rise and fall of dictators. Famously, he was one of the few people to capture images of ‘Tank Man’ holding back the Chinese military’s tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Willie Phua will be in conversation with former ABC foreign correspondent Bob Wurth, author of Capturing Asia: An ABC Cameraman’s Journey through Momentous Events and Turbulent History, ABC Books (HarperCollins), which chronicles Phua’s life behind the lens.

This program has been developed in partnership with the National Museum of Singapore.

Bookings are essential.

Happening Tuesday 14 June at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton. For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/willie-phua-legacy-of-a-news-cameraman-tickets-25470968352?aff=eac2

ALERT FOR MEN’S HEALTH WEEK

This is a special presentation of our ALERT workshop for Men’s Health Week. There is a focus on Men’s Health for the presentation, but everyone is welcome.

ALERT goes for 45 minutes and increases awareness and understanding of depression, anxiety and suicide while providing strategies for personal resilience.

This event is free and everyone is very welcome to attend. Please register so that there is plenty of space available.

Happening Tuesday 14 June at Gungahlin Library, Training Room Two, Hibberson Street, Units 6 and 7, Gungahlin. For register visit ozhelp.org.au/course-registrations/alert-mens-health-week

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 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

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/world-coin-design

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

CANBERRA WINTER CLASSIC BIKE POLO TOURNAMENT

Canberra Bike Polo’s successful winter tournament returns in 2016 on the weekend before the winter solstice.

Players are coming from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle to play alongside Canberra’s best.

Witness speed, skills and excitement as teams compete for the winter title of best made up polo team in Canberra.

Happening Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 June at The Hangar, 255 Canberra Avenue, 28, Fyshwick. Come along and support the players, entry is free! For more information visit www.facebook.com

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

CANBERRA WINTER CLASSIC BIKE POLO TOURNAMENT

Canberra Bike Polo’s successful winter tournament returns in 2016 on the weekend before the winter solstice.

Players are coming from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle to play alongside Canberra’s best.

Witness speed, skills and excitement as teams compete for the winter title of best made up polo team in Canberra.

Happening Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 June at The Hangar, 255 Canberra Avenue, 28, Fyshwick. Come along and support the players, entry is free! For more information visit www.facebook.com

MARKETS

WINTER GLASS MARKET

The Winter Glass Market is a free celebration of glass and glass-making, revealing the power of glass and light and featuring market stalls, activities, demonstrations and the Hindmarsh Prize exhibition.

Happening Saturday 18 June at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Entry is free.

RAW CANBERRA

TREND will bring together 30+ local emerging artists spanning fashion, music, visual and performing arts and more, for an extravaganza at Belconnen Arts Centre for one night only.

TREND is the third of six blockbuster emerging arts showcases to be run in Canberra by RAW: natural born artists in 2016 and this showcase is packed wall to wall with the city’s best emerging creatives.

Tickets are $20 pre sale or $25 at the door. On Friday June 17 from 6.30pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

Visit the website for more information www.rawartists.org/canberra

I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR

How many times have the words ‘I have nothing to wear’ been uttered by Canberra ‘fashionistas’ who have then headed off and ‘frocked up’ at a Way We Wear Fairs vintage Canberra event.

The twentieth vintage fashion event organised by the Way We Wear is a ‘Frock Up Pop Up’ at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre is on Friday 17 June from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 18 June from 10am to 4pm. So after that weekend ‘fashionistas’ will definitely not be able to say ‘I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR’!

Visit the website for more information www.frockupaustralia.com

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/index.php/whats-on/4259-little-griffins-duplo-program-at-the-national-capital-exhibition

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.

FILM

WHY KOZINTSEV MATTERS – KING LEAR

Kozintsev’s last film delivers a lifetime of creativity repressed under Stalin, and expresses a ferocious passion for Shakespeare and for the cinema. His vision is turbulent and visceral, far removed from British traditions of Shakespeare. The medieval setting is breathtakingly visualised with sweeping vistas of turmoil and strife, and at the heart is a Lear whose suffering is palpable and raw.

Launching this June, the Why Matters series takes a closer look at cinematic greats: Jean Renior, Gillo Pontecorvo, Grigori Kozintsev and Tracey Moffatt.

Presented by film historian, distributor, exhibitor, documentary producer and director Andrew Pike, the four- part screening series will take audiences through a journey of classics from 1937-1993

Happening Sunday 19 June at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. For tickets visit www.trybooking.com

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!

Throughout June, the National Film and Sound Archive explores sex, sexuality and gender on screen. We delve into the seedy world of the sexploitation flick, screen films dogged by controversy and censorship, and showcase experimental films that explore sexuality and sensuality in intriguing new ways.

Throw in some rare treasures of Queer cinema and screen activism and a feisty celebration of the most boundary-pushing television series Australia has ever seen and you have yourself a steamy start to winter.

Happening at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. See the full program on the website: www.nfsa.gov.au

FILMS ON FILM

As the cold air approaches, settle in for a wintery season of cinematic delights. Every Sunday at 2pm we’ll screen rare, cult, classic, experimental and surprising treasures from the National Film and Sound Archive’s 16mm and 35mm collections.

Happening at the National Film and Sound Archive on Sundays across June and August. See the full program on the website: www.nfsa.gov.au

EXHIBITIONS

CRAFTING WASTE

Ottomans made out of worn clothing? Light fixtures created out of discarded plastic milk bottles? You bet. These and other items, created by local designer-maker Niklavs Rubenis, showcase in ‘Crafting Waste’, a unique exhibition on now at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre.

Niklavs uses domestic waste and adapts, re-uses or re-appropriates it, giving new value and meaning. Also on is ‘Aesthetics in the Time of Emergency’ by five Melbourne-based glass artists who create around environmental issues requiring a new form of emergency—like climate change and nuclear disaster. It’s fascinating and all designed to make you think hard about the world we live in.

Both exhibitions are free to the public and run until 9 July.

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

RAW CANBERRA

TREND will bring together 30+ local emerging artists spanning fashion, music, visual and performing arts and more, for an extravaganza at Belconnen Arts Centre for one night only.

TREND is the third of six blockbuster emerging arts showcases to be run in Canberra by RAW: natural born artists in 2016 and this showcase is packed wall to wall with the city’s best emerging creatives.

Tickets are $20 presale or $25 at the door. On Friday June 17 from 6.30pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

Visit the website for more information www.rawartists.org/canberra

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.

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.

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

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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