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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

TASTES OF TWO REGIONS

Tastes of Two Regions at the stunning Pialligo Estate offers Canberrans an exciting opportunity to uncover the delights of North East Victoria where you can taste, sample, and enjoy award­winning wines and produce.

Pialligo Estate provides a beautiful backdrop for a day of gourmet food, incredible wine, a range of informative masterclasses and a fun day out with friends! Toast the last weekend of winter at this spectacular venue and indulge in some gourmet goodies.

Read more here.

Happening Sunday 28 August, from 10am ­ 4pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. For more information on tickets click here
: www.tastesoftworegions.com.au

RUTHERGLEN ESTATES’ CANBERRA DINNER

As part of the Tastes of Two Regions Festival, Rutherglen Estates is hosting a dinner in Canberra. Join Winemaker, Marc Scalzo, at the newly refurbished Boat House by the Lake for a 5­course degustation menu matched to some of our finest wines.

Happening Thursday 25 August from 7pm at The Boat House by the Lake, Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton. Cost $140 per person ($125 for Cellar Club members) Bookings are essential. Email: [email protected]

MUSCAT MIXOLOGY

Four sexy cocktails, generous canapes, tapas, charcuterie, and the company of Rutherglen’s best winemakers. Are you ready for the best Friday night drinks of the year?

Enjoy four expertly crafted cocktails from the team at Monster Kitchen and Bar, a delicious range of gourmet goodies including matches tapas and local charcuterie, plus enjoy the company of some of Rutherglen’s great winemakers. Enjoy a night to remember with the Winemakers of Rutherglen!

Happening at Monster Kitchen and Bar, Hotel Hotel this Friday 26 August from 6-9pm.

Read more about it here.

Tickets: $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets click here: www.ticketebo.com.au

CANBERRA WRITERS FESTIVAL

Don’t miss the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival this Winter. The festival brings together the national capital’s literary, academic, business and political communities and celebrates national and international authors across both fiction and non­fiction genres.

Venues include the Australian National University, Old Parliament House, National Museum of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia and the National Press Club of Australia.

Check their website for full details. Various venues, Various locations, Canberra
Happening 26 ­ 28 August, Friday and Saturday 11am ­ 10pm and Sunday 11am ­ 5pm. For more information on tickets canberrawritersfestival.com.au

BRAINSTORM FOR A CURE: A PARTY FOR HOPE 2016

This fundraising gala is the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s third ‘Party for Hope’ in the Canberra community.

Eight hundred people are invited to attend the fundraising gala featuring a three-course sit-down dinner with wines generously supplied by Lambert Wines and entertainment. This year, the event will feature Ryan and Tanya from hit104.7 as MCs, and special guest speaker Joe Roff – former Wallaby and ACT Brumbies player.

The event will also feature performances by Australian Rock legends Hoodoo Gurus and local bands Kaleid and Tuchasoul.

Tickets are sold out however any organisations wanting to help with corporate sponsorship should contact www.brainstormforacure.com.au and www.curebraincancer.org.au

OPERA AUSTRALIA, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

The Downton Abbey of opera but heaps more fun!

Mozart’s brilliant opera The Marriage of Figaro follows the adventures of a household over one crazy day. Masters are lusting after their servants, servants are outwitting their masters – it’s the opera with everything: lovers and liaisons, disguises and desires, tricks and laughter.

Award-winning creative duo Michael Gow and Robert Kemp have created a brand new production, featuring stunning period costumes and a clever set. A talented chamber orchestra and chorus of local children will accompany some of Opera Australia’s finest singers performing Mozart’s beautiful music.

In a wealthy household in Seville, Figaro is marrying Susanna, but the Count wants to seduce her first. Marcellina wants Figaro and the Countess just wants her husband back. But Susanna is smarter than all of them. After a crazy day of disguise and duplicity, will she get her happily ever after?

It’s a delightful night out, suitable for the whole family.

Happening August 25-27 at the Canberra Theatre Centre. See the Canberra Theatre Centre website for more details: www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

CANBERRA SLAMBOREE

August! Legally, the final month of winter. And with the unfreezing of poets comes a desire for brutal competition. This will be the SECOND heat for the ACT Poetry Championship, and we will be sending three poets to the final on September 9 at the Ainslie and Gorman House Arts Centre.

So bring your best poem and get ready to THROW DOWN!
We also bring this month WARM DEATH, who is described thusly:

“Do you like Xiu Xiu? But you’re sick of all the ‘songs’ and ‘lyrics’? Well do I have the musical project for you.”

Warm Death is Canberra’s #1 conceptual concept solo project concerned almost exclusively with death, so join us won’t you.

Happening Friday 26 August from 7.30pm at the Front Gallery and Cafe. For more information on tickets click here www.facebook.com

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.

YOUR LOCAL WEDDING GUIDE CANBERRA BRIDAL EXPO

At Your Local Wedding Guide Canberra Bridal Expo the aim is to help you create your perfect wedding day! By bringing together the best and most diverse wedding industry suppliers in the Canberra region, you get the opportunity to meet with a variety of leading wedding professionals to ensure you find the right team for your special day.

There’s so much to see, with many new products and ideas on display and designer fashion parades! Free magazine for every bride­to­be and great prizes to be won!

Whatever your wedding style, whether you want a country, south coast beach, or capital city wedding, large or intimate, we have all the options available with reception venues through to cars, beauty, gowns, flowers, photographers and more. See the many niche industries on display to give you ideas on how you can weave unique details into your day to reflect your wedding style.

Register online for free tickets to Canberra’s biggest bridal expo at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Happening Sunday 28 August from 10am ­ 3pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Budawang Pavilion, Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell. Entry is free www.weddingguide.com.au

FOOD & DRINK

CACHAÇA GERMANA TASTING AT HIGHBALL EXPRESS

Cachaça is the Brazilian national spirit; It’s part of Brazilian way of life. 

Celebrate all things Brazilian at Highball with our upcoming Cachaça Germana tasting. Pronounced “ka-shah-sa”, Cachaça Germana is a handmade artisanal spirit produced from unrefined sugar cane juice and corn flour, and is regarded as one of the best quality cachaças in the world. Hosted by Mauro Ribeiro from Cerbaco, enjoy a caipirinha cocktail on arrival before moving on to taste a selection from the Cachaça Germana range. Bookings essential.Happening Wednesday 24 August from 6pm at Highball Express

Hosted by Mauro Ribeiro from Cerbaco, enjoy a caipirinha cocktail on arrival before moving on to taste a selection from the Cachaça Germana range. Bookings essential.Happening Wednesday 24 August from 6pm at Highball Express

Tickets are $30 per passenger

Find more information and purchase tickets at: highballevents.eventbrite.com

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

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

CANBERRA SLAMBOREE

August! Legally, the final month of winter. And with the unfreezing of poets comes a desire for brutal competition. This will be the SECOND heat for the ACT Poetry Championship, and we will be sending three poets to the final on September 9 at the Ainslie and Gorman House Arts Centre.

So bring your best poem and get ready to THROW DOWN!
We also bring this month WARM DEATH, who is described thusly:

“Do you like Xiu Xiu? But you’re sick of all the ‘songs’ and ‘lyrics’? Well do I have the musical project for you.”

Warm Death is Canberra’s #1 conceptual concept solo project concerned almost exclusively with death, so join us won’t you.

Happening Friday 26 August from 7.30pm at the Front Gallery and Cafe. For more information on tickets click here www.facebook.com

AN EVENING WITH TOMMY EMMANUEL

Two­time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians with a professional career spanning five decades. Relentless touring has garnered Emmanuel hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. His unique style is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a band for melody, rhythm, bass and drum parts, Tommy plays all that – and more – on one guitar. See and hear it for yourself during An Evening With Tommy Emmanuel.

Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire young Emmanuel to try this “fingerpicker” style. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel’s biggest fans. Guitar players of all levels come to his shows to witness the magic hands of the ‘Guitar Wizard of Oz,’ but his appeal goes far beyond musicians. Tommy Emmanuel’s message is pure love for the guitar and the music and his delight in sharing it with the world, one audience at a time.

Happening Monday 29 August from 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. For more information on tickets click here canberratheatrecentre.com.au

LUMINESCENCE CHAMBER SINGERS AND KOMPACTUS YOUTH CHOIR

Join Luminescence Chamber Singers and Kompactus Youth Choir as they bring warmth to the High Court of Australia with their ambitious and diverse choral repertoire stretching as far back as the late medieval through to modern contemporary music.

Luminescence Chamber Singers was founded in 2013 under the direction of respected Canberran composer and conductor Daniel Brinsmead. Now under the collaborative artistic control of its singers, this eight part vocal ensemble comprises past and current students who

have studied for a Bachelor of Music majoring in classical singing or have had extensive experience performing in the Canberra community.

Kompactus Youth Choir formed in 2008 by a group of university students searching for the opportunity to develop the skills of talented singers between the ages of eighteen and twenty­nine years.

Together they are magnificent, elevating the humble voice to the sublime.

Happening Sunday 28 August from 1.30pm ­ 2.45pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes. Entry is free.. Reserve your ticket here: www.hcourt.gov.au/about/concerts

STEP INTO THE LIMELIGHT

Step into the Limelight, the Territory’s creative and performing arts showcase event for public schools began in 2007 and has grown to become the largest youth Arts event in the ACT. More than 1600 students from over 65 public schools from Pre School to Year 12 will work closely with professional artists, tertiary institutions and arts organisations to develop outstanding artistic works for the show.

Gala Performances will be held at the AIS Arena on the 25 and 26 August 2016, with tickets available for purchase through Ticketek from 1 August 2016.

Happening Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August at AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce. For more information on tickets click here: www.experienceais.com

THE ITALIAN TENORS

Direct from Italy The Italian Tenors are three of Europe’s most successful operatic Tenors that formed in 2012, signed to Universal records and releasing their successful album in 2014 Viva la Vita they are now considered a worldwide pop­ opera phenomenon.

Three good ­ looking Italian Opera Singers Mirko Provini, Sabino Gaita and Evans Tonon do an unbelievable balancing act between Classical arias and Popular Pop hits.

The Australian tour promises all the Italian charm and Vocal Power of their recently sold out European tour ,together with their live band that includes live strings the evening promises to be an incredible Musical Montage of Vocal Passion and Entertainment Excellence.

Happening Thursday 25 August from 8pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, Corinna Street, Phillip. For more information on tickets click here premier.ticketek.com.au

SENSAROUND + OTOSE DUO

Australian/Scots electro­acoustic trio Sensaround work in a unique middle ground between melodic jazz ambience, ghostly dub and post­punk experiments as lo­fi rhythms press up against woodwind melodies and Rhodes tones are set awash in free percussion. The meeting of jazz heavyweights Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald with indie­electronic producer Shoeb Ahmad, the trio join new Australian label Provenance in the second half of this year with August marking the release of Little Stabs, a collection of music recorded live in Tokyo, Kobe and Okayama with famed improvisors Michiyo Yagi, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura and Yasuko Kaneko during the trio’s Japanese tour in February 2016, edited together as a cut’n’splice collage in the spirit of legendary producer Teo Macero.

Joining the trio are Canberra based Otiose Duo, who mesh saxophone and pure data manipulation to create a heady rush of acoustic sound and digital detritus that shimmers, stutters and swirls in the physical spaces their music inhabits. This performance will be the launch of their first album Cartacoethes, released on Ahmad’s hellosQuare label.

Happening Friday 26 August from 8:30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For more ticket information click here: www.thestreet.org.au

BOWIE UNZIPPED

Jeff Duff presents his unique interpretation of the songs of David Bowie. So much more than just a tribute show Jeff’s unique and powerful take on the David Bowie songbook has fans returning night after night.

Happening Saturday 27 August from 8pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 96 Corrina Street, Phillip. For more information on tickets click here.

CREAM FESTIVAL

Cream Festival is all about the smoothest, freshest & tastiest musical talent that Canberra has to offer; a local for local project.

We will see the Cream Festival take over Westside Acton Park for a full day of music, from midday. With a line up of locals that have made it on the international scene and those that aren’t quite there yet, Cream is set to be an annual event, designed and delivered by locals to showcase the best of our locals.

2016 Line up includes; The Aston Shuffle (DJ set) Citizen Kay
Coda Conduct
Sondrio
Genesis Owusu
Orlando Wolf
Slow Turismo
Brother Be
The Gypsy Scholars Amastro
Truples
Genie Stuart (Univibes DJ) Room

Happening Saturday 27 August from 12pm ­ 11pm at Westside Acton Park, 3 Barrine Drive, Acton. For more information on tickets click here: www.creamfestival.com.au

SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age is a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid­fire thumbs and a six­second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award­winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Following the Screenagers movie, an Orana Steiner School teacher will talk about the movie from a Steiner perspective. The movie runs for 1 hour.

Happening Saturday 27 August from 7pm at the Overture Hall, Orana Steiner School, Unwin Street, Weston. Tickets $10.50, available here: www.eventbrite.com.au

STRINGS ATTACHED

Presented by Australian Dance Party and Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO).

The debut performance of Australian Dance Party, Strings Attached, investigates the intimate and ancient connection between dance and music.

Artists of the CSO together with Australian Dance Party’s contemporary dancers collaborate to present the complex and important marriage of these artistic forms.
What are the ritual, social and theatrical connections of movement and sound? What is their role and importance in our society?

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”­ Friedrich Nietzsche.
 Happening 25 ­ 27 August from 8pm at the Nishi Playhouse, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon Nishi, Canberra. All tickets $30 available at:

Happening 25 ­ 27 August from 8pm at the Nishi Playhouse, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon Nishi, Canberra. All tickets $30 available at: australiandance.party

THE GRIGORYAN BROTHERS

Discover the music of ‘This Time‘ ­ the latest release by Australia’s most respected guitar duo, the Grigoryan Brothers.

Slava and Leonard have a deep appreciation and understanding of a broad spectrum of musical styles. This has resulted in many collaborations involving music, both written and improvised. Combine this with their classical training and the result is a unique sound incorporating all these influences. It is not classical, not jazz, not world… it is the Grigoryan Brothers.

Happening Saturday 27 August at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. For more ticket information click here.

BEN FOLDS WITH YMUSIC

Continuing a 20­year love affair with Australia, piano­pop misfit Ben Folds returns to Canberra with New York’s critically acclaimed yMusic, performing interpretations of solo hits, Ben Folds Five favourites, and his new collaboration album, So There.

NPR heralded So There as “the most lovable piece of music I’ve ever heard from Ben Folds” while The Guardian wrote “for the new tracks with yMusic, the textures of the ensemble instruments – string trio, flute, clarinet, trumpet – are not ornamentally grafted on the music: they are the music.”

Bringing his lyrical wit, hooks and harmony to a new suite of “chamber rock” songs, the 49­year­old draws upon yMusic’s singular makeup; an ambitious sextet who have performed with the likes of Beck, Jose Gonzalez and Dirty Projectors. Imbuing lead single ‘Phone in a Pool’ with drunken strings that skew its AM radio heart, Folds has met his musical match with sweeping results.

Returning to the country that has championed him since the beginning, Ben Folds will guide audiences through a career­spanning set featuring new songs, re­arranged classics, and perhaps a little profanity and crowd participation.

Happening Sunday 28 August from 7:30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. For ticket information click here canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/ben­folds­with­ymusic

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

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

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

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

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

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

ACT DEAFNESS RESOURCE CENTRE HEARING AWARENESS EXPO

The ACT Deafness Resource Centre Hearing Awareness Expo gives the opportunity to have the Hearing Industry together under one roof. The Expo enables visitors to conveniently check and discuss how service providers and equipment manufacturers can directly assist you with your hearing loss.

Australian Hearing will be in attendance on the day, to provide free hearing screening tests but you must book first on 6232 3200.

Whether you are just discovering what it’s like to live with hearing loss or have lived with it all your life, this expo is a great opportunity to discover what is available to help make your life easier.

Come and join in helping to Break the Sound Barrier.
Happening Wednesday 24 August from 10am ­ 3pm at the Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, 1B,

Phillip. Entry is freem www.actdrc.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

FEMINARTSY PRESETS: CANBERRA’S FUNNY WOMEN WITH THE FEARLESS INITIATIVE

Join an evening of comedy from Canberra’s finest female comedians, and a thought­provoking panel discussion exploring what it’s like to be a woman in comedy. Presented in collaboration with Juliet Moody and the Fearless Initiative, and in partnership with Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres.

Speakers and accompanying bios to be announced shortly on the Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres website.

Tickets $10 available at the door. Find out more and purchase tickets here: www.agac.com.au

Happening Thursday 25 August from 7pm, at Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

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

 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

BLACK PANTHERS (1968) AND BLACK PANTHER WOMAN (2014) SCREENINGS

Having just moved to Los Angeles with husband Jacques Demy, director Agnès Varda spent much of 1968 travelling to Oakland, filming Black Panther meetings and demonstrations with a borrowed 16mm camera.

Black Panthers (1968) covers a rally to free Panthers leader Huey P Newton, accused of killing a police officer.

In Rachel Perkins’ documentary, Black Panther Woman (2014), Marlene Cummins breaks a 40­year silence to talk about her abuse in the Australian Black protest movement.
The film culminates in her emotional journey to an international Black Panther gathering in New York.

Happening Sunday 28 August, 5:30pm ­ 7:30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. For more ticket information click here www.nfsa.gov.au

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 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

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

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

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.

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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