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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

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NINE THINGS NOT TO MISS

FOREIGN LOOKING – MIKE PARR

In the first exhibition to bring together works in all media across Mike Parr’s voraciously experimental practice from 1970 to the present, this installation includes performance, film, sculpture and photography.

Happening daily 10am – 5pm 12 Aug – 6 Nov 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Free entry.

TOUGH AND TENDER

Photographs by Warwick Baker, Larry Clark, Rozalind Drummond, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Collier Schorr reflect the formative identity of young adulthood and complexities of masculinity and gender, composed with sensitivity and candour in Tough and Tender. In ground-breaking performance art documented on video, Chris Burden’s physical trials strip back his own persona and the mythic ethos of manhood.

Specific works have been selected from broader oeuvres to create an atmosphere of revelation of subtle emotion and bodily sensation in portrait-related work.

Happening daily 10am – 5pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

ACT SPRINGTIME ANTIQUE AND COLLECTABLES FAIR

23 antique dealers from around Australia are bringing their best items for sale at the 2016 ACT Springtime Antiques and Collectables Fair.

Periods range from Georgian to Art Nouveau as well as a variety of curious collectables.

It’s the perfect opportunity for collectors, and those just browsing, to buy high-quality antiques and collectables at realistic prices.

Another drawcard is the delicious home-made light meals, morning and afternoon teas available in the Supper Room.

A major fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Canberra City, the club is proud to give proceeds from the Springtime Antique and Collectables Fair to the Tara Costigan Foundation.

The proceeds will allow the Tara Costigan Foundation to fund TARA’s ANGELS to deliver a personalised case worker service to the victims of family violence.

Happening from 19 to the 21 August, Friday: 6pm – 9pm; Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Tickets: $8 at the door

BIG BOYS TOYS EXPO

The Big Boys Toys Expo is a two-day highly interactive Expo that creates the ultimate playground for ‘big boys’ (and girls) to see, touch, experience, and buy all the toys, tools, gizmos, gadgets, outdoor lifestyle, sports and hobbies they’ve always dreamed of.

75+ Exhibitors with a great selection from Autoland, DIY, Outdoor Leisure, Technology, Sport and Hobbies and Activities

Happening 20 to the 21 August, 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park, Cnr Flemington Road & Northbourne Avenue, Exhibition Park, Mitchell. Tickets: $15-$20 www.bigboystoyscanberra.com.au

FESTIVAL OF AMBITIOUS IDEAS: SOCIAL INNOVATION

12 speakers. 5 minutes. 10 slides.

An event where business innovation meets social transformation, at this Festival of Ambitious Ideas our speakers will be looking at the challenges, as well as the opportunities and innovations that create value for society.

Most of today’s innovative social solutions cut across the traditional boundaries separating nonprofits, government, and for-profit businesses. Our twelve speakers will be looking at ideas and projects that have required innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit to do things differently.

Happening 18 of August, 5.30pm-9pm at the Brindabella Conference Centre – Alastair Swain Theatre, 33-35 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra International Airport. Tickets: $55 available here: www.eventbrite.com.au

KRISS KROSS BARBERSHOP AND SALON OFFICIAL LAUNCH/LIFELINE FUNDRAISER

Kriss Kross Barbershop invite you to come celebrate their shop launch and fundraiser for Lifeline Canberra with men’s cuts, kids cuts, ladies hot towel treatments and blow waves, food, desserts, beverages, kids activities, raffle and prizes!

All proceeds for the day are being donated to Lifeline Canberra to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. The team have all been touched by someone who’s suffered from depression, or even lost people who are close, so come support this charity and let’s help create awareness for the people who need it most!

Happening Sunday the 21 August from 9am – 4pm at 107a Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Gungahlin
. Find more information at Kriss Kross Barbershop & Salon’s Facebook page.

SNUGGLEPOT AND CUDDLEPIE

Rediscover May Gibbs’ quintessentially Australian classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie who have fascinated and delighted generations of children and families, introducing them to the wonder and magic of the Australian bush.

Join the Gumnut babies on their journey to the big city where they meet friends and foes including Professor Kookaburra, Mrs Fantail, Mr Lizard, Mr Frog, Mrs Snake, Mr Possum and, of course, Little Ragged Blossom.

Happening Saturday 20 August at 11am and 2pm at Canberra Theatre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets: $22 available here: canberratheatrecentre.com.au

LITTLE OAK SANCTUARY CHARITY GALA EVENING 

Little Oak Sanctuary invites you to be the change you want to see in the world at our inaugural “BE THE CHANGE CHARITY GALA EVENING

With special guest speaker Philip Wollen OAM Australian Philanthropist, former Vice-President of Citibank and former General Manager of Citicorp and MC Marisa Martin, creator of “Tegan the Vegan”

The evening presents an exciting opportunity to dress up and celebrate the positive changes we can make by living compassionately whilst raising vital funds for Little Oak Sanctuary! Enjoy delicious vegan canapes and drinks, be entertained by talented jazz musicians and get inspired about being the change!

Fantastic items will be on offer via a silent auction along with amazing lucky door prizes!

Saturday, 20 August 2016 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Hyatt Hotel, Canberra (Black Mountain & Mount Ainsle rooms)
Vegan canapés and drinks included
Dress code: Cocktail/Semi Formal

Tickets: $89 -$99 and available here: www.communityswitch.com.au

Red Party ANU

Red Party is a student-organised charity event run by the ANU Medical Student’s Society and we want to make it BIG. Why? Because the cause is worth nothing less. At Red Party ANU we believe that we can end the HIV/AIDs epidemic – We are the generation, the time is now.

To do that, we’re throwing a huge 1000+ person party at ANU Bar on August 20th featuring Triple J favourite and recently signed Warner Music artist, Asta to raise a whopping $25,000 for The Global Fund.

Want MORE? We’ve also lined up everything from fire twirlers to acrobats, a red carpet, drink deals and great DJs, an after party at Academy and over $5000 in prize giveaways. That includes a laptop, tablet, Thredbo ski passes, skydiving vouchers, massages and so much more… Don’t miss out! Like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RedPartyANU

Happening Saturday 20 August from 7.30pm-11.55pm at ANU Bar, Acton. Tickets: http://www.redpartyanu.com.

FOOD & DRINK

COLOURING AND COCKTAILS: CHAMPAGNE CELEBRATION  

Get along to King O’Malley’s for another fabulous night of Colouring and Cocktails. This month’s theme is ‘Champagne Celebration’ and rejoices our favourite bubbly beverage!

Try your hand at the popular adult colouring craze while sampling King O’Malley’s wide selection of champagne cocktails. And of course King O’Malley’s usual beer, wine and cocktail selection will be available, as will mocktails!

Coloured pencils and colouring pages will be provided, there will be free nibbles, a colouring contest, and of course cocktails will be available for purchase. Free entry to the event.

Entry is free. On 23 August at 5.30pm at King O’Malley’s Pub, 131 City Walk, Civic.

Visit the event page for more information www.facebook.com/events/681355072016089/
CAPITAL COUNTRY, TRUFFLES AND BETTONGS TOUR – MULGA BICYCLE TOURS

Rug up for an unforgettable winter experience. Enjoy the beauty and charm of Canberra, its wetlands & reserves, surrounding villages and ever-changing scenery.

A highlight of this bicycle tour is two truffle-themed experiences that reveal the link between black Perigord truffles a highly-prized gourmet delicacy, and the Eastern Bettong a tiny marsupial almost hunted to extinction nicknamed by ecologists as nature’s engineers.

Whilst on this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the historic Changi Chapel, take part in a truffle hunt at The Truffle Farm, enjoy a twilight tour of Mulligans Flat Reserve with Bettong Buddies, stock up at Crookwell’s Lindner Sock Factory and tour the Woodlawn Eco-Precinct and Bioreactor which produces green electricity from Sydney’s putrescible waste.

6 Days | 6 Nights Overnight stays in: Canberra, Gunning, Crookwell, Goulburn and Bungendore. Average Daily Distance 49km. Departs: Canberra, ACT 21 August 2016

More information is available at the Mulga Bicycle Tours website.

Happening from 21 to 27 August from Mugla Bicycle Tours, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra. Tickets: starting at $226 and available here: www.mulgabicycletours.com.au

SUITS & SIPS

If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. We’re serving up Vanilla Espresso Martinis, Coconut Mango Martinis, Fireball Sours and more tantalising creations every Thursday night from 5pm. Feeling peckish? Select one of our $20 tasting boards and settle in for the evening.

Happening every Thursday from 5pm at The Loft at Duxton, Macpherson St, O’Connor ACT. For bookings and more information visit the website.

LET’S DO DINNER

Join us for our new Let’s Do Dinner set menu special. Venture upstairs to enjoy a Chef’s selection entree tasting plate, followed by your choice of main and dessert for only $49pp. For a special touch speak to our staff about a perfectly matched glass of wine to enjoy with your meal.

Happening Monday – Friday from 5pm at The Loft at Duxton, Macpherson St, O’Connor ACT. For bookings and more information visit the website.

SPIRITS TASTING BOARD – SINGLE MALT

Starting in July. Enjoy three individual glasses from some of the top single malt whiskeys. Accompanied by tasting notes.

Happening every Tuesday – Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar at 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For bookings and more information visit the website.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander.

Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer.

Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information visit the website.

WINE AND DINE WEDNESDAYS

Two course chef’s menu, Chocolate Assiette to share and a bottle of house white, red, or sparkling. Tables of 2 only $75pp.

Happening every Wednesday from 6pm-10pm at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer.

Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information visit the website.

WINTER STIRDOWN – GARDEN BAR

A selection of six classic stirred winter cocktails, available only from the Garden Bar.

Happening every Thursday 5pm-8pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information visit the website.

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.

Happening throughout July and August in the Canberra Region. For more information visit www.trufflefestival.com.au

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.

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

CHAIRMAN GROUP: WINTER SPECIALS 2016

EN­KAI BANQUET AT LILOTANG 

En­Kai: small words encapsulating a beautiful idea­ to gather and laugh loudly over a shared meal. We thought this was just what is called for at Lilotang this Winter, a delicious and affordable banquet menu that takes all the hassle out of dinner, so you can focus on the laughs!

Happening every Tuesday – Friday from 6 – 11pm at Lilotang, 1 Burbury Cl, Barton ACT. For bookings phone (02) 6249 6889.

BENTO LUNCH AT LILOTANG

Your choice of a traditional bento main: menu changes regularly, from braised beef to tonkatsu curries, with pop up specials like kaki furai-fried oyster – Yum! Served with sides such as rice, potato salad, green salad and Japanese pickles.

Happening every Tuesday – Friday from 12 – 3pm at Lilotang, 1 Burbury Cl, Barton ACT. Walk ­in or call to make a booking (02) 6273 1424.

MARKET LUNCH AT LANTERNE ROOMS

Choice of a curry (menu changes regularly, at least three options to choose from) served with three sides, such as rice, croquettes, salad and malay pickles.

Happening every Tuesday – Friday from 12 – 3pm at Lanterne Rooms, 3 Blamey Pl, Campbell ACT. Walk­ in or book on (02) 6249 6889.

FIRESIDE FESTIVAL

Make your winter escape an enjoyable one by joining the Fireside Festival. The Fireside Festival is a series of events celebrating winter… it’s all about curling up by the crackling fire, tasting the best winter cuisine, enjoying glasses of fine wine, discovering new places and experiences, relaxing with friends and family and immersing yourself in winter.

The exciting month of events will include everything from degustation dinners, wine tastings, performances, special exhibitions and packages all with a winter theme. You’ll also enjoy hot chocolates, gluhwein and hearty winter food, even trail riding; the experiences are endless. The Fireside Festival takes place in regional venues across the Hall, Murrumbateman, Bungendore, Lake George and Canberra region.

Happening 1-31 August at Various locations in Hall, Murrumbateman, Bungendore and Canberra region. For a full list of events visit the website.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR

South Africa’s most heavenly voices, the multi Grammy Award winning, Soweto Gospel Choir are returning to Australia with a must see performance at Canberra Theatre.

Since their formation in 2003, Soweto Gospel Choir have traveled the world bringing the joy of their music and the hope for a better world into the hearts of audiences everywhere.

Their performances and recordings have been lauded by critics, by their public, and by their fellow artists. They have collaborated, recorded and performed with artists including Bono and U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Peter Gabriel, Josh Grobin as well as classical music stars including Andre Rieu.

The two greatest fans of the choir and their music have been their spiritual fathers, the Choirs Patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the father of their nation, Nelson Mandela, for whom they have performed for and celebrated with on many occasions.

In December 2013, the Choir were deeply honoured to be invited to commemorate Madiba’s life at memorial services in South Africa, followed by New York and in London

Happening Tuesday 16 August at 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre.

COLLECTED RESONANCES SKETCH COMEDY IN CANBERRA
Fresh from her Sydney Comedy Festival 2016 season and appearing for the first time in Canberra, award-winning comedian Madeleine Culp presents an exploratory journey into the grey matter of your brain for one night only at Smith’s Alternative.

A sketch show set inside the audience’s mind, the 50 minute program oscillates between the internal world of thoughts, feelings and desire and the external reality they compete with. The show includes stand-up, character work and physical comedy to ensure a hilarious time for all.

On Saturday 20 August from 7pm at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Canberra ACT 2601

Bookings can be made here  http://www.smithsalternative.com/

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 on the Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centre website.

Happening Wednesday 17 Aug 2016 8pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. Tickets: $5 at door.

DUSTED OFF WITH BRENT HUNT

Dusted Off is the story of youth seeking adventure and of the traumatic reality of war, for those who fight and for those who support them. Accomplished actor and guitarist Brett Hunt shares his family’s story.

Brett Hunt grew up in a house often filled with Vietnam Vets. His father, who was brought to national attention through the lyric ‘and Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon’, shared the feelings of isolation and alienation felt by many Vets and always kept his door open for a Vet needing a place to sleep.

Brett observed firsthand their intense feelings of alienation, the destructive effects of PTSD, the break down in family relationships and the impact on women and children.

He also witnessed the camaraderie and brotherhood that these men had forged and their ability to support each other with humility, strength and a sense of humour.

Happening Wednesday 17 August from 6pm – 7pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Tickets: $25

PHYSICS IN THE PUB 

Discover snappy science acts from all over the world of physics at Physics in the Pub. From astronomy to quantum mechanics, lasers to quarks, come and see local physicists showing off their favourite experiment, telling their stories and maybe even singing a song or two.

Eight acts of eight minutes each, in the relaxed atmosphere of Smith’s Alternative Bookshop.

Happening Wednesday August 17, 7pm–9pm. Purchase tickets here: www.smithsalternative.com

ACTEWAGL LLEWELLYN SERIES/03 DVORAK

Hear Weber’s Der Freischütz – Overture, Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 in D minor as part of the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series.

This concert features Nicholas Milton Conductor, Indira Koch on Violin and
Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt Cello. Artistic patronage: ActewAGL

Weber’s Freischütz overture was one of the 19th century’s most influential operas. It paved the way for Wagner’s epic music dramas and has become one of the most beloved concert openers of the repertoire. The overture’s extraordinary and mysterious opening is immediately remarkable for its sublime beauty; but the dramatic tension quickly builds, unleashing the fire and drama of electric excitement.

This mood continues in Johannes Brahms’ unique Double Concerto. Composed for both violin and cello soloists with a full symphony orchestra, the two instruments sometimes merge to become one voice, singing in soulful unison; at other times, they speak together in a duet of indescribable tenderness. The imaginative story of this work will be told by two of Germany’s finest instrumentalists: the husband and wife team of Indira Koch (violin) and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (cello). This concert concludes with the Slavic exuberance and melancholy emotion of Dvořák’s seventh symphony.

Tickets: $55 – $88 (student prices also available) Location: Llewellyn Hall, ACT

Happening Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 August from 7.30pm – 9.15pm. Purchase tickets here: www.premier.ticketek.com.au

Fearless Comedy Gala 

This August, the Fearless Comedy Gala will bring together some of Australia’s best comedians to shine a light on family violence in our community. The gala will be hosted by veteran comedian Jean Kittson and include comedy favourites such as, Sammy J, Adam Richard, and Catherine Deveny, as well as Canberra’s own Sparrow-Folk.

Grab your friends for this unmissable night of hilarity, with all proceeds from the event being donated to the Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

Happening Thursday 18 August from 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre, London Circuit, Civic Square, Canberra. Tickets: $65, available here: tickets.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

DUSTIN TEBBUTT WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ROBBIE MILLER AND WOODES

With his new single First Light getting lots of love from triple j and community radio right now, Dustin Tebbutt has announced an Australian tour.

The First Light Album Tour will kick off right around the August 5 release of Dustin’s highly anticipated debut album which will also be called First Light. While his breakthrough song, The Breach was inspired by a painful breakup, the forthcoming music explores the opposite end of a relationship – it’s all about falling in love, then getting up and seeing the world in a whole new way. Special guests on the tour will be Robbie Miller and Woodes.

Happening Saturday 20 August at 8pm at Transit Bar. Tickets: $25. Purchase tickets here: moshtix.com.au

GHOST STORIES

It horrified London, it petrified Sydney and now this haunting psychological thriller is coming for you.Seen by over half a million people worldwide, Ghost Stories is a truly terrifying theatrical experience that will make you laugh and scream in equal measures.

Written by the masters of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen) and Andy Nyman (star of Death at a Funeral & writer of the Derren Brown shows) Ghost Stories combines the very best of live theatre with all the thrills of a great horror film. Despite being blood and gore free this 80 minute drama, will take you on a chilling journey that you will never forget.

Disclaimer: Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension.

The play is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 13. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition and pregnant women carefully consider their decision to attend.

You have been warned. So ask yourself, are you brave enough to book?

Happening from 17-20 August from 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Purchase tickets here: tickets.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

BLACK BELT JONES (1974)

Black Belt Jones (Jim Kelly) is called upon to save a karate school from being taken over by the Mafia.

A forgotten gem of 1970s Blaxploitation martial arts films with a score by funk guitarist Dennis Coffey

Happening Sunday 21 of August from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Tickets: $14 and available here: www.trybooking.com

ALAN CARR: YAP, YAP YAP!

No stranger to yap, Alan Carr will be yapping his way around Australia for the very first time with his stand up show ‘Yap, Yap, Yap!’ The BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life.

Book now to see him in Canberra.

Happening Monday 22 August at 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Tickets: $79.40 to $94.90 and available here: www.tickets.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

BUNDAH BLUES BAND HOSTS AUGUST JAM

Once again long time CBS member & music teacher, John Black has ably pulled together a group of fine young year 11 & 12 music students from Narrabundah College to show us their skills as they host our August Youth jam with some great blues tunes.

The line-up is Phoebe (vocals), Layla (vocals) Hope (vocals), Riley (vocals), Andrew (trumpet), Lara (tenor sax), Adam (trombone), Justen (keys), Caspar (keys), Felix (Bass), Harry (guitar/drums) & Cam (drums/guitar).

Let’s show our appreciation for these young up and coming musicians and fill that room with jammers & punters. The host band will be followed by some of the finest blues musicians in the region. So bring your instruments, your voices, your friends, your dancing shoes & join us for a great afternoon’s entertainment.

Happening Sunday 21 August, 2pm – 5.45pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberras Avenue, Narrabundah.

LATIN TUESDAYS

Your Tuesday night at Highball just got hotter!

Hosted by amazing people from Salsabor, you can learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free latin dancing taster class every Tuesday from 6.30pm! If you need a little Cuban courage before getting out on the dance floor, we’ll be serving up delicious $10 raspberry mojitos from 4pm.

Be transported to Cuba and enjoy a night of latin dancing you’ll want to keep coming back for.

Happening: Every Tuesday from 4pm at the Highball Express.

Free entry. For more information call 0405474367 or visit the website www.highballexpress.com.au

SHORT+SWEET THEATRE CANBERRA 2016

Short+Sweet Theatre is a ten-minute play festival. Thirty ten minute plays, more than half written by playwrights from Canberra and the Capital Region, are produced and performed by local performing artists each year.

Come along to see Canberra’s creatives at their best. Professional writers, directors and actors take their place alongside our enthusiastic and talented amateurs to impress the judges and their mums.

Thousands of plays are submitted to Short+Sweet each year. Short+Sweet Canberra showcases the best local writing and the best writing from around the world in two heats and a bunch of wild cards.

And the best thing is, if you don’t like what you’re seeing you never have to wait more than 10 minutes for the next play to start!
Top 20 second heats – 16–19 August
Gala Final – Saturday 20 August, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

There’s something for everyone in Short+Sweet, so don’t miss your chance to be part of the biggest little festival in the world!

Happening 9 – 20 August at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, 188 London Circuit, Canberra.

Ticket prices range between $23.00 – $38.00 and can be purchased via canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Donation upon entry. for more information call 0262416166 or visit the website https://www.facebook.com/events/1760190447538213/

LATIN TUESDAYS

Your Tuesday night at Highball just got hotter! Hosted by amazing people from Salsabor, you can learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free latin dancing taster class every Tuesday from 6.30pm. Add a few $10 mojitos and you’ve got yourself a Tuesday night that’s hard to beat.

Be transported to Cuba and enjoy a night of Latin dancing you’ll want to keep coming back for.

Happening Every Tuesday from 6:30pm at Highball Express, Level 1, 82 Alinga St, Canberra City. To make a booking visit the website.

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.

SPORTS, LEISURE & WELLBEING

SPORTING MOMENTS PANEL DISCUSSION 

Australians love sport – it is woven into our folklore, social fabric and weekend routines. But what does this obsession say about us as a nation? Has sport really been a vehicle for social change? Why do we idolise sporting stars?

ABC RN Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay hosts a discussion about sport and how it has shaped Australian culture and identity with guests:

* Olympic swimmer Christian Sprenger
* Matildas soccer player Sally Shipard
* Author John Harms
* Australian Rugby League Commission member Dr Chris Sarra
* Wallaroo rugby player Louise Burrows

Tickets start at $15 which includes light refreshments. On 18 August from 6pm – 7.30pm at Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia.

Bookings can be made here www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sporting-moments-panel-discussion-tickets-26695090735

CANBERRA RAIDERS vs EELS

The final home match for the Raiders in 2016 is up against the Parramatta Eels. Both teams will be looking to gain the edge after a golden point thriller to finish last season.

Tickets available at Ticketek

Happening Sunday 21 August 2pm at GIO Stadium

Tickets: premier.ticketek.com.au

CANBERRA RAIDERS V. MELBOURNE STORM

Canberra Raiders v. Melbourne Storm matches are always spirited affairs. Don’t miss the Storms Big three in Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater up against the Raiders stars Aidan Sezer, Elliott Whitehead, Lima, Blake Austin, Jarrod Croker and Jack Wighton.

The Canberra Raiders are set to prove once again in 2016 that they are the NRL’s most exciting and attacking team. The Raiders will be hoping to return to the finals in 2016, after narrowly missing out last season.

Happening Monday 15 August 7pm at GIO Stadium, 21 Battye Street, Bruce.

Tickets can be purchased via premier.ticketek.com.au

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA’S OPEN DAY 

Thousands will flock to Geoscience Australia’s Open Day this Sunday. Geoscience Australia’s annual Open Day – the flagship event of the ACT’s National Science Week celebrations – is taking place this Sunday. This popular event attracts thousands of Canberrans each year.

Free family-friendly event offering a variety of hands-on activities, science displays and short 15 minute talks about cutting-edge geoscience.

Highlights include:

  • Discover how games like Pokémon GO are supported by GPS positioning information
  • Learn about earthquakes, including large earthquakes that have shaken Australia throughout history
  • Explore one of Australia’s largest collections of precious and rare fossils, minerals and gems

Happening 10am – 3pm, Sunday 21 August at Geoscience Australia, corner Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston ACT.

Full details of the activities, talks and presenters are available at www.ga.gov.au/open-day

COLOURING AND COCKTAILS: CHAMPAGNE CELEBRATION

Get along to King O’Malley’s for another fabulous night of Colouring and Cocktails. This month’s theme is ‘Champagne Celebration’ and rejoices our favourite bubbly beverage!

Try your hand at the popular adult colouring craze while sampling King O’Malley’s wide selection of champagne cocktails. And of course King O’Malley’s usual beer, wine and cocktail selection will be available, as will mocktails!

Coloured pencils and colouring pages will be provided, there will be free nibbles, a colouring contest, and of course cocktails will be available for purchase. Free entry to the event.

Entry is free. On 23 August at 5.30pm at King O’Malley’s Pub, 131 City Walk, Civic.

Visit the event page for more information www.facebook.com/events/681355072016089/

MAKING HEALTH FOOD TASTE GREAT: DR INGRID APPELQVIST

The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds monthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind.

In the Australian Academy of Science’s 2016 public event series, ‘Bots, bacteria and booze’, they’ll hold a lens up to the science of the everyday, the amazing discoveries and inventions that help keep our lives ticking over, and peer through the looking glass to some of the science that will become part of the everyday for the next generation.

August talk: Making health food taste great

Speaker: Dr Ingrid Appelqvist

Come experience the heritage-listed Canberra Icon, the Shine Dome and listen to some of Australia’s leading scientific minds.

Happening Tuesday 16 August from 5.30 pm – 7pm at The Shine Dome, 9 Gordon Street, Acton. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here: www.science.org.au

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.

MARKETS

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who head to Canberra’s award winning Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday. In a fabulous old industrial building you’ll experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.

Not your average market, each week you’ll find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring items all hand-crafted by local and regional creatives. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets building on Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

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 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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

KRISS KROSS BARBERSHOP AND SALON OFFICIAL LAUNCH/LIFELINE FUNDRAISER

Kriss Kross Barbershop invite you to come celebrate their shop launch and fundraiser for Lifeline Canberra with men’s cuts, kids cuts, ladies hot towel treatments and blow waves, food, desserts, beverages, kids activities, raffle and prizes!

All proceeds for the day are being donated to Lifeline Canberra to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. The team have all been touched by someone who’s suffered from depression, or even lost people who are close, so come support this charity and let’s help create awareness for the people who need it most!

Happening Sunday the 21 August from 9am – 4pm at 107a Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Gungahlin
. Find more information at Kriss Kross Barbershop & Salon’s Facebook page.

HINDMARSH PRIZE

The inaugural Hindmarsh Prize exhibition aims to recognise excellence and promote the appreciation of glass artists who live and practice in the ACT and region.

Happening 28 Jul – 4 Sept at Canberra Glassworks, Fitters Workshop,
11 Wentworth Avenue,
Kingston
ACT. For more information visit the website.

ACT PRIMARY SCHOOLS CARBON CHALLENGE

In August 2016 the challenge is on for ACT Primary schools and by challenge, we mean Carbon Challenge! Terrific prizes up for grabs and each participating school receives:

  • Administration support
  • Resource packs for teachers
  • Activity kits for students

Principals & teachers – Get your school on board and register your interest to participate today! Registration closes 30 June 2016. If you are a parent interested in getting your school involved, present this info sheet to staff at your school.

Happening Monday 1-31 August. For more information or to register your interest email [email protected] or call 13 22 81 for more information. View full terms and conditions of the competition.

KIDS

AUNTY PLOP PLOP’S USELESS SHOP 

Aunty Plop Plop’s Useless Shop is set in an ‘anything’ shop that doesn’t seem to have anything useful! Madeleine and Shane are left looking after Aunty Plop Plop’s Useless Shop trying their hardest to please their difficult customers, but the only things for sale are items nobody wants, like pizza crusts and musical instruments only dogs can hear! The customers are just as bad! Are they still going to be in business by the time Aunty Plop Plop returns from her holiday in Shepparton?

The show features sketches, song, slapstick, characters and surprise guests, loads of jokes and, of course, audience participation! Aunty Plop Plop’s Useless Shop is a hilarious and engaging extravaganza for kids or any humans who like stupidity and fun.

Entry is $15. On Sunday 21 August at 1.15pm at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra,

Visit the website for more information www.smithsalternative.com/events/aunty-plop-plop-s-useless-shop-20827

CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 

The Children’s Book Council of Australia and the National Library of Australia invite you to the presentation of the Book of the Year awards and the launch of Book Week 2016, followed by book signings.

Free entry, but bookings recommended to ensure entry.

Happening Friday 19 August from 11.30am to 12.30pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Tickets: Free and available here: hregister.eventarc.com

 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:  26 August, 30 September, 28 October, 25 November. 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

FILM

THE ODD ANGRY SHOT (1979) SCREENING

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of The Battle of Long Tan.

Following a single tour of duty of an Australian Special Air Service Regiment reconnaissance team in Vietnam, Tom Jeffrey’s film is less about the politics of Australia’s involvement in the war and more about the men, the conflict and their adjustment to life back home. The all-star cast includes Graham Kennedy, Bryan Brown, John Jarratt and John Hargreaves.

Classics deserve to be experienced on the big screen. National Film and Sound Archives Restores is an exciting new project to digitally preserve a selection of Australia’s iconic and cult feature films, so they can be seen in today’s digital cinemas. Working from the best available original picture and sound materials, from both the National Film and Sound Archives collection and around the world, restored titles can be seen and enjoyed again in all their original glory.

Happening 18 August at 10am and 7pm at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit. Tickets available here: www.trybooking.com

WOMEN OF THE SUN (1981) SCREENINGS

In 1981, Sonia Borg and Hyllus Maris wrote a series of television movies telling the story of Australia’s colonisation through the eyes of four Aboriginal women. The groundbreaking series included performances from the likes of Bob Maza and Essie Coffey, and went on to win the United Nations Media Peace Prize and the Banff Grand Prix in 1983.

We present a special season screening all four films. See the website for more details: www.nfsa.gov.au

Happening 3pm daily at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Free entry. Tickets can be accessed via www.trybooking.com

QUOTE-A-LONG MOVIES AT DENDY CANBERRA

You know all the words… so why not join in with Quote-A-Long Movies At Dendy Canberra?

During Dendy’s season of quote-along films, there’s no shushing allowed! Join cult classics including Anchorman and Wayne’s World, and show off your encyclopaedic knowledge of their legendary dialogue. These are interactive sessions of some of the greatest films of all time every Monday!

  • August 15, 2016 – Anchorman
  • August 22, 2016 – Clueless
  • August 29, 2016 – The Fifth Element
  • September 5, 2016 – The Breakfast Club
  • September 12, 2016 – Step Brothers
  • September 19, 2016 – Mean Girls
  • September 26, 2016 – Princess Bride

Happening Mondays from 6.30pm at Dendy Cinemas Canberra, Bunda Street, Level 2 Canberra Centre.

Entry prices: $12 for adults, $10 for members; $8.50 for students.

FILMS ON FILM

As the cold air approaches, settle in for a wintery season of cinematic delights. Every Sunday at 2pm enjoy 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. See the full program on the website: www.nfsa.gov.au

EXHIBITIONS

MINT CONDITION – HOLDEN HERITAGE CAR SHOW

Take a drive down memory lane with the Holden Heritage Car Show Mint Condition. Reflecting upon Holden’s story, the Mint has revealed the exciting new Holden Heritage Collection remembering the most popular and influential models through the ages. In this set eleven classic cars are reflected on coins and Mint Condition will see these models come together to celebrate the mark that Holden has made on generations.

As the models chosen for the Collection, the 48-215 (FX), FJ, FE, FC, EH, FB, HK Monaro, LJ Torana, HQ Monaro, HX Sandman and Commodore will be gathered outside the Mint to display their stunning designs.

Be one of the first to have access to this exclusive set, with a Mint pop-up shop selling the collection on the day. Each of the eleven models are celebrated on a colour printed uncirculated 50 cent coin.

On 20 August from 10am – 2pm at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin.

Visit the website for more information www.ramint.gov.au/news-media/news/mint-condition-holden-heritage-car-show

BOTANICAL ART EXHIBITION

Some things become clear much later … is an exhibition about plants (and some animals) right at the very end of their lives, but not in a morbid way.  Some things become clear much later, explores the beautiful patterns and delicate tracery of leaves, grasses and bones as they continue on their journey. Change your view on these objects, they aren’t dead, they may not be obviously animate any more, but they still contribute to the environment as they continue their change into new and increasingly delicate forms.  They now have a lyricism that was not necessarily obvious in life.   It is also about relationships – of these leaves and bones to each other in life and on the paper.  They become a metaphor for other things.

On from 8 – 28 August at FORM Gallery, 30 Aurora St, Queanbeyan.

Visit the websites for more information  www.sharonfield.com.au or www.formstudioandgallery.com.au

HONOURING VIETNAM VETERANS

This August the Australian War Memorial will mark the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan and Vietnam Veterans’ Day with a program of moving tributes honouring the 60,000 Australian men and women who served our nation throughout the Vietnam War.

Visit their website for all the details.

Happening 16 to 18 August, Dusk till dawn at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Tickets: FREE

PORTRAIT ENCOUNTER – DISCUSSION GROUP AUGUST

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 August is Les Murray by David Naseby.

Happening 18 August at 1pm. Tickets: $5 available here: www.portrait.gov.au

Location: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

A young man whose soft features betrayed the intensity of his own self-image, Arthur Boyd portrayed others with equally concentrated emotion. In this focus exhibition, Boyd’s self-portrait at age twenty-five is joined by his portraits of those around him. Through his eyes they are a reflection of the artist’s own state of mind.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

PLAY UP – THE RIGHT TO SHELTER

Popular family exhibition space Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Curated for, with and by children, this fabulous space allows children to stand up, dress up, make up, think up and step up.

The new exhibition ‘The Right to Shelter’ sets the theme until August 2016. With new hands-on activities like the life size cubby, doll houses, videos, books, touch screens and more, children are invited to think about their own rights and those of others around the world, all while having fun!

Showing daily 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Entry costs: $2 for adults, $1 for children and concession, $5 for family

‘DAWN AND DUSK’ – PAINTINGS BY ALICIA MOZQUEIRA

Alicia Mozqueira is a local emerging painter who has already received significant attention nationally. Her works reflect her intense interest in romanticism and in our individual interaction with the natural world.

Dawn and Dusk, this series of oil paintings, is based on “the renewing seasonal climate, the pristine quality of the light, and the skies and mountain air that I love about the Canberra region.”

Alicia was a finalist in the Wynne Prize in 2012 and most recently has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2015 with a portrait of Doug Hall AM.

Showing 4-21 August. Tuesdays to Fridays: 10am – 5pm; Saturdays: 9am – 5pm; Sundays 10am – 5pm. Free entry.

‘WINTER DRAWINGS’ BY LUCIENNE RICKARD

Lucienne Rickard is an extraordinarily talented young artist from Hobart. Her work is marked by a sharp eye for detail, zealous imagination and a fastidious, almost obsessive, mode of execution. Using controlled and repetitive pencil strokes, Lucienne presents the viewer with richly detailed, textured and challenging winter drawings works that unite themes of beauty, death, brutality and obsession.

Having completed her PhD in Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania, Lucienne has exhibited with Beaver Galleries since 2010. She has had much success since, including a sellout showing by the gallery at the inaugural Sydney Contemporary art fair in 2013. In 2014, she was selected to participate in “Primavera”, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual showing of bold new work from young Australian artists.

Showing 4-21 August at the Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin.

Free entry.

BLACK BOX: LIFE, WALLS AND HOUSES 

Canberra’s Judi Elliott is a distinguished glass artist who has exhibited in more than 120 exhibitions in around 12 countries. Her new solo exhibition—Black Box: Life, walls and houses—is on now. Judi has created this collection of intriguing three-dimensional, highly colourful glass houses in the signature-style she’s developed over many years. Her fabulous art is found in prestigious collections around the world. Judi’s new body of work is a ‘must see’.

On at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre until 27 August. Free to the public. Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 12pm-4pm.

WILD HISTORIES BY SUSIE DUREAU

In her upcoming exhibition at Suki & Hugh gallery, emerging artist Susie Dureau does not hold back. The drama, tension and grandeur of the scenes she presents are more than literal depictions of the landscape.  And whilst they are bold and confident upfront, they are also restrained and sophisticated in their execution.
The exhibition entitled Wild Histories offers a series of oil paintings showing land and seascapes. The body of work is a continuation of a theme for Dureau who is intensely deep and poetic in her approach to her paintings. They are reflections of the human condition and although there are no humans represented there is certainly a strong sense of soul and feeling. These very human elements are articulated acutely.  6 August to 26 September 2016.

Entry is free. On August 6 from 3pm – 5pm at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore

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

2° EXHIBITION OPENING

investigates climate change, it’s effect on the present, and the struggle to avoid environmental disaster by limiting rising global temperature to two degrees. Other than life and death, climate change will be one of the only collective experiences in our lifetime to touch every human on the planet. Engaging audiences through humor, seduction and intrigue, 2° effectively raises awareness and addresses the concerns of climate change. This exhibition features Daniel Bonson, GW Bot, David Buckland, Søren Dahlgaard, Jacky Green, Annika Harding, Timothy James Johnson and Andrew Styan, is curated by Alexander Boynes, and is supported by Climarte.org who promote the arts for a safe environment through their international programs and networks.

Happening Friday 15 Jul – 20 Aug at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT. For more information visit www.ccas.com.au

TOUGH AND TENDER

Photographs by Warwick Baker, Larry Clark, Rozalind Drummond, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Collier Schorr reflect the formative identity of young adulthood and complexities of masculinity and gender, composed with sensitivity and candour in Tough and Tender. In ground-breaking performance art documented on video, Chris Burden’s physical trials strip back his own persona and the mythic ethos of manhood.

Specific works have been selected from broader oeuvres to create an atmosphere of revelation of subtle emotion and bodily sensation in portrait-related work.

Happening 15 Jul – 16 Oct at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit www.portrait.gov.au

BIGGER ON THE INSIDE: COLLECTING DR WHO

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp displays his entire collection of Dr Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Dr Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Explore this cultural phenomenon through a collection that ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

Happening 16 Jul – 20 Nov at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/bigger-on-the-inside-collecting-dr-who

MICHAEL TAYLOR: A SURVEY 1963-2016

Michael Taylor is one of Australia’s best expressionist painters and one of our most significant contemporary artists, with a practice spanning 60 years. This exhibition is the first major survey of Taylor’s practice and includes paintings and drawings from six decades, sourced from major public and private collections in Australia.

He has lived in the Canberra region since 1971 – in Canberra, Bredbo, Michelago and Cooma. The landscape of the region has been a leitmotif in his ebullient, sensuous paintings, which oscillate between abstraction and representation. In Taylor’s painting every mark is electric with energy.

Showing until 2 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery,
176 London Circuit,
Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit www.cmag.com.au

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 until 4 September at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes from 9am–5pm daily with free entry.

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.

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 1 January 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.

BIGGER ON THE INSIDE: COLLECTING DR WHO

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp displays his entire collection of Dr Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Dr Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Explore this cultural phenomenon through a collection that ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

Happening Saturday 16 July – Sunday 20 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.

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