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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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Nutrition Masterclass with Jacqueline Alwill

Get set for a creatively juicy, deliciously abundant workshop in health, wellbeing and happiness. Nutritionist and founder of wellness blog The Brown Paper Bag, Jacqueline Alwill will be sharing her secrets, guiding you through the four pillars of holistic health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – and revealing the tips and tricks that will keep you inspired and balanced in all aspects of your health and lifestyle.

We’ve all been there. A diary so packed that you end up grabbing the quickest, easiest and (quite likely) unhealthiest thing you come across, or perhaps even forget to eat altogether. Bad eating habits often result in poor mental agility and can lead to feeling sluggish and lethargic, so it’s vital to strive for a balanced diet that’s good for both your body and mind.

Happening Saturday 29 October 2016 at 10am and 1pm at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased via Moshtix.

Design Canberra

Design Canberra is an annual festival celebrating and promoting Canberra as a global city of design.

Canberra is Australia’s cool little capital. Design Canberra, now in its third year, showcases design excellence across all disciplines—the best the ACT has to offer. From 27 October to 25 November, Design Canberra will present over 100 exhibitions, events, activations and workshops, covering landscape design, architecture, industrial design, technology, fashion, jewellery and more. This year features a tribute to internationally renowned designer, Robert Foster, a youth workshop with Francis Sollano, a ‘trashion’ and installations artist from the Philippines, tours of the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses, and open artist studios.

Design Canberra is for all interests and ages. Most events are free to the public. More than 26,000 visitors flock to the festival, including from interstate.

Presented by Craft ACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre. Explore the full program on their website.

Happening 27 October – 25 November 2016 at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Level 1, 180 London Circuit, Canberra. Contact event organisers for details via [email protected] or 02 6262 9333.

BOOgong! Halloween fun at Googong

Ghosts and ghouls come out to play at Googong’s annual free Halloween event, Boogong.

Immerse yourself in the fun, family event that’s so much fun, it’s scary!

Be sure to get into the spirit, dress up and sink your teeth into this thrilling evening where you can let your little monsters out to play in the specially spookified Beltana Park.

From the very young, to the young at heart, there is spine-tingling fun for everyone:

  • Giant spider web, witch’s den, and a haunted graveyard;
  • Roaming street performers and entertainers;
  • Delicious food stalls;
  • DJ and disco for the kids from 5.00pm;
  • Live music by The Gypsy Scholars from 8.30pm; and
  • Fireworks at 9.00pm.

Prepare to snap a sinister selfie on the night and enter the Frightful Faces Competition by loading it on Facebook or Instagram #boogong – with five prize packs to be won! 

A free bus will depart from Queanbeyan Bus Interchange (platform 4) at 4.15pm and Jerrabomberra Shopping Centre bus bay on Limestone Drive at 4.30pm. Return buses will depart from Googong at 9.15pm.

Happening Saturday 29 October from 5pm until 9pm at Beltana Park, Beltana Avenue, Googong.

Find more details at googong.net

Boogong will be on rain, hail or shine!

Canberra International Film Festival

Canberra International Film Festival is a celebration of international cinema and screen arts with a decidedly Canberran touch. This year marks the 20th year anniversary of the festival. The 2016 program will be packed with a score of acclaimed international films, special events and workshops. The festival also supports regional film making by screening a selection of local works before feature-length films.

Find out more here.

Happening 27 October – 6 November 2016 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, NewActon Nishi, Acton. Contact event organiser for more details via [email protected]

Festival of Flavour

Delight your senses with the flavours of the best food, wine, beer, ciders and more that the Canberra Region has to offer! All are welcome to attend the festival from 10am each day, and immerse themselves in some of the finest produce from one of Australia’s most popular and productive regions.

A variety of wineries from the region will be at the festival, showcasing some of their proudest drops, and many fine dining, eateries and restaurants will tempt your tastebuds. Visitors will have the chance to sample the dynamic flavours of the Canberra region and purchase their favourites direct from the suppliers, all in one place.

Plus you can experience the VIP Long Table Banquet – a limited seat opportunity and one not to be missed!

Happening 29-30 October 2016 from 10am-10pm at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, Barton Highway, Murrumbateman, New South Wales. Tickets cost $10.00 – $15.00. Find more details via [email protected] or 02 4861 7100.

BMW Open Day

This year BMW celebrates its centenary, 100 years of design, innovation and the Ultimate Riding Machine. Now they’re looking to the next 100 years with the future of mobility.

Rolfe Classic BMW Motorrad invites you to visit their showroom to see a range of BMW motorbikes from the past, the present and they’ll introduce you to the future with BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100.

To celebrate, all BMW Motorcycle purchases on the 29th of October will receive their first service free and a 20% discount on riderwear.

They’ll also have workshops on the day including:

• See what your motorbike experiences during a Health Check with your BMW Motorrad Service team
• BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 talks about how BMW is shaping the future of mobility
• And you’ll have the chance to win a weekend away in your choice of a BMW, MINI or BMW Motorcycle

There will be face painting, coffee and a BBQ run by their event charity partner Project Independence.

Happening Saturday 29 October from 10am until 3pm at Rolfe Classic BMW Motorrad, 2 Botany Street, Phillip. Find more information here.

Old Graham Open Garden

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This one is a little further afield, but it’s worth the two-hour drive if you’re a fan of beautiful gardens or sculptures.

This delightful country garden was developed by Liz and John Baker around an historic stone Cobb & Co inn: you’ll find David Austin roses: day lilies; iris walk; pond and bog garden; and specimen trees.

Highlights include beautiful stone walls and edgings, a rustic arbour paved with convict bricks, slab hut, an antique Sydney sandstone folly and stone bridge, labyrinth and nine standing stones.

There are 75 sculptures in the garden and adjoining paddock, with sculpture walks.

Open 10am to 4:30pm this Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October at 3021 Frogmore Road, Hovell’s Creek. More information and directions at myopengarden.com.au.

Rosie Waterland: My life on the couch (with Vodka)

Following a run of sold-out debut shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year, Frontier Comedy are delighted to confirm that Rosie Waterland is bringing her one-woman show My Life On The Couch (With Vodka) to Canberra.

Touching on topics like feminism, pop culture, body image and television among many more, Rosie’s irreverent humour has already gathered her a devout online following and now she’s set to win over a new legion of fans on the live stage too.

Happening Saturday 29 October 2016 from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Tickets cost $49 and can be purchased via PatronBase. 

Sophocles’ Antigone

Antigone is a child of war, like too many in our world. She asked a simple question thousands of years ago that remains too difficult for us to answer even to this day, as so many recent events have demonstrated. What do we do with the body of a terrorist, a murderer, who has brought destruction, death and horror to our community when that terrorist is our brother. Our own flesh and blood?

Like Hamlet, Joan of Arc, Galileo and Sir Thomas More, Antigone inspires us with her courage, fortitude and impenetrable strength of conscience. She stands against the monolith and brings her society to a reckoning it sorely needs.

An exciting new adaptation written by stage icons Andrea Demetriades and William Zappa, along with Damien Ryan and Terry Karabelas of Sophocles’ Antigone.

Happening 27-29 October 2016 from 6pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Tickets cost $35.00 – $45.00 + $4.50 transaction fee. Contact Canberra Theatre Cantre for more details via canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 02 6275 2700.

Sundaze at the Museum Bar – Room and Angus Dibden

Head to National Museum of Australia for Sundaze with quality DJs, live acts and great food and drinks this spring. It’s also a chance to check out A History of the World in 100 Objects, with extended Sunday opening hours.

When James and El started jamming together during O-week at uni, their audience of three boys outside the bedroom window, knew them as ‘Boy and Girl in Room.’ They’ve since cut it down to just Room, gigging locally and finishing each other’s sentences, sandwiches and stunts.

Food and drink available for purchase. Free entry at the Lakeside Deck. Exhibition entry is ticketed.

Happening 30 October 2016 from 3pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. Free entry.

CANBERRA NARA CANDLE FESTIVAL 2016

The Canberra Nara Candle Festival is a celebration of the Canberra Nara Sister City relationship, and shares the values of peace and goodwill. The centrepiece of the festival is a display of 2,000 candles which create a beautiful river of candle light weaving its way around the Nara Peace Park.

Be mesmerised by the sounds of Japanese music and indulge in some delicious Japanese cuisine. The festival will also shine a spotlight on Japanese and Australian cultue with arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, ikebana and kite flying.

Not to be missed are the martial arts demonstrations.

Happening Saturday 29 October from 4.30 to 9pm at Canberra Nara Peace Park, Flynn Drive, Canberra. For more information on please visit www.events.act.gov.au/nara

Abundant Water Trivia Night

Canberra-based not-for-profit humanitarian development organisation, Abundant Water has developed innovative clay-pottery water filter technology they install in rural Lao, and recently started working in Nepal. These water filters help remote communities stop disease and early death by eliminating waterborne diseases and prevents the need to boil drinking water.  Abundant Water trains potters to produce filters and vendors to establish micro-businesses to develop local capability and ensure ongoing use of the technology.

Happening 27 October 2016 from 6.30-10.00pm at the Eastlake Football Club, 3 Oxley St Kingston. Entry costs $20. Find more information and book your table here: abundantwater.org/events

Fair Day

The AIDS Action Council is proud to present Fair Day at Gorman Arts Centre. Join them for a fun filled day of markets, fabulous food and entertainment celebrating the diversity of Canberra’s LGBTIQ communities.

Fair Day has been held annually since the first SpringOUT Pride Festival in 1999. SpringOUT Pride Festival is Canberra’s queer cultural festival which affirms the pride, joy, dignity and identity of Canberra’s LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) communities through events of celebration.

Happening 29 October 2016 (11am – 4pm) at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre. Free entry, with gold coin donation. Find more information here: www.springout.com.au

Charity Garage Sale in Wanniassa

Find a bargain for all the family at the next Charity Garage Sale in Wanniassa.  Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices.  Plenty of new items every month, including kids clothes from just $1.50, books $2, DVDs $2, kitchenware, toys, bric-a-brac and much, much more.  All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities.

Happening Saturday 29 October 8am-12pm at 5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa.

PIALLIGO ESTATE’S  SUMMER SESSIONS

Looking for somewhere new to go for Friday drinks? Luckily, Pialligo Estate’s picturesque Garden Pavilions are opening from 5-7 pm for happy hour drinks every Friday until Christmas! Unwind with a glass of wine and our renowned charcuterie or something else delicious from our bar menu.

Enjoy drinks from $6, live music and a breathtaking view.

No prior booking necessary. For further information please contact (02) 6247 6060.

Object Therapy

The ‘Object Therapy’ exhibition brings together 30 broken objects that have been creatively repaired by a designer or artist.

It helps us to rethink our consumption patterns and re-evaluate the broken objects that surround us. ‘Object Therapy’ repairers include the Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, Franchesca Cubillo; Adelaide designers, Daniel and Emma; curator and designer Dale Hardiman; paper engineer, Benja Harney; design anthropologist, Trent Jansen; Alice Springs collective, Elbwrkshp; music-based artist Dylan Martorell; Japanese master craftsman Yutaka Ohtaki and Sydney designer, Henry Wilson. And so many more

The ‘Object Therapy’ exhibition runs from Saturday 15 October to Sunday 30 October at Hotel Hotel. Find out more at hotel-hotel.com.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.

Showing until 20 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit www.cmag.com.au

PARLIAMENT HOUSE SPRING PROGRAM 2016

See a different side of ‘the people’s house’ during Parliament House’s Spring Program including Meet the Gardener Tours, Spring Teas, Landscape Walks and more. Find out the full program of events here.

Happening at Parliament House until 13 November 2016.

FOOD & DRINK

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PIALLIGO ESTATE’S  SUMMER SESSIONS

Looking for somewhere new to go for Friday drinks? Luckily, Pialligo Estate’s picturesque Garden Pavilions are opening from 5-7 pm for happy hour drinks every Friday until Christmas! Unwind with a glass of wine and our renowned charcuterie or something else delicious from our bar menu.

Enjoy drinks from $6, live music and a breathtaking view.

No prior booking necessary. For further information please contact (02) 6247 6060.

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.

SUITS & SIPS

If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. They’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 their $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 their website.

LET’S DO DINNER

Venture upstairs to The Loft for dinner and enjoy The Duxton’s set menu special – Let’s Do Dinner.  For only $49, you can enjoy a 3-course set menu that changes weekly to feature fresh, seasonal produce that will keep you coming back for more! For a special touch speak to their 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 their website.

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 piña coladas or a Banana & Maple Old Fashioned from their new cocktail menu 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.

On every Tuesday at Highball Express, Odgers Lane. Doors open at 4pm. Find out more at www.highballexpress.com.au.

SPIRITS TASTING BOARD – SINGLE MALT

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. For more information visit the website.

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.

MUSIC, DANCE, FILM & THEATRE

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Canberra International Film Festival

Canberra International Film Festival is a celebration of international cinema and screen arts with a decidedly Canberran touch. This year marks the 20th year anniversary of the festival. The 2016 program will be packed with a score of acclaimed international films, special events and workshops. The festival also supports regional film making by screening a selection of local works before feature-length films.

Find out more here.

Happening 27 October – 6 November 2016 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, NewActon Nishi, Acton. Contact event organiser for more details via [email protected]

WICKED  

Free-Rain Theatre Company’s in association with East Hotel, proudly presents Wicked. Awe-inspiring and spectacular, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.

Wicked tells the enthralling story of two unlikely friends and how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwarts Book by Winnie Holzman.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire

Orchestrations by William David Brohn

Music Arrangements

Alex Lacamoire & Stephen Oremus

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).

All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

Happening 13-28 October at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information and show times here: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/wicked

Delta Goodrem

Australia’s very own superstar, singer songwriter Delta Goodrem will embark on her long awaited headline shows this October / November as part of her national Wings of the Wild Tour.

The Wings of the Wild Tour will see Delta perform hit songs spanning her 15 year career. This will be Delta’s first headline tour since her hugely successful Believe Again Tour in 2009.

Happening Saturday 29 October 2016 from 8pm at AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek. Contact event organiser for more details via [email protected] or 02 6214 1036.

Eleanor McEvoy

Eleanor McEvoy has enjoyed a career spanning three decades as one of Ireland’s most revered songwriters.

She is perhaps best known for the power of compositions like ‘Sophie’, ‘Harbour’ and, of course, ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, which gave its title to the best-selling album in Irish chart history.

That record’s success made McEvoy a superstar in Ireland almost overnight. She has also established a formidable and enduring international reputation, consistently proving herself a world-class singer, songwriter and musician.

See Eleanor in Canberra Irish Club as part of a world tour of her latest album “Naked Music” released in Australia in July 2016.

Happening Saturday 29 October 2016 at 7.30pm at Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street, Weston. Tickets range from $25 to $30 and can be purchased via TryBooking.

Bad Manners

Formed in 1976 in North London, Bad Manners spent the first half of the 80s in the United Kingdom charts with a dozen hits including timeless classics including Lip Up Fatty, My Girl Lollipop and Special Brew. Since then, the man once dubbed the anti-christ of etiquette, Buster Bloodvessel has barely left the stage, playing Ska anthems to audiences everywhere with his boisterous band of misfits egging fans on to ever increasing levels of joyous pleasure.

Bad Manners have always been notorious for their on-stage party atmosphere and their devilishly memorable frontman Buster’s large girth, bald head and outlandishly long tongue.

Lace up your boots, pull up your braces and get ready to party with Buster and the boys. You won’t forget it!

Happening Sunday 30 October 2016 at 6pm at Transit Bar, 7 Akuna Street, Canberra. Tickets cost $49.90 and can be purchased via Oztix.

Canberra Wind Symphony, Legally High

Join Canberra Wind Symphony – the freshest contributor to the international wind music conversation – for an afternoon of musical magic with compositions by contemporary Australian and international composers within the High Court of Australia.

Under the baton of Artistic Director, Geoff Grey, and with 40 of the Capital Region’s finest players combining to bring only the best wind literature to the concert stage, this dynamic orchestra is taking its ever-growing audience to new heights with their personal approach to delivering a concert experience to remember.

Booking is required via the Court’s website one month prior to the concert.

Happening Sunday 30 October 2016 at 1.30pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Free entry.

Dances for David

Inspired by David McAllister, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet, dancers Anca Frankenhaeuser, Patrick Harding-Irmer, Julia Cotton and Elle Cahill have choreographed four dances which relate to different aspects of David’s life, and to dance in general. Dances for David are are based on photographic images of David as a performer, artistic director and mentor.

Happening 15-30 October 2016 on selected weekends: 1pm; October 15-16, and October 29-30, at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

THE NORMAL HEART

Everyman Theatre are back at the Canberra Theatre Centre with one of the 21st Century’s most important and groundbreaking plays. The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer charts the response to what was ground zero of one of last century’s most devastating epidemics.

In 1981 when the sexual revolution was over and the world was taking it’s first brave new steps into a more inclusive and progressive place – Reagan aside – the gay community was suddenly struck down with a mysterious disease that no one knew about; not the cause; not the symptoms; not a cure. Add to the fact it only seemed to be affecting gay men and you had a society more than willing to turn its back on the people they had only just begun to start accepting. So how do you get people to listen to a warning that’s not about them – or potential victims to listen to a warning that will curtail their hard-won freedom?

Powerful, funny and heartbreaking – The Normal Heart features Canberra’s strongest theatrical talent and is not to be missed.

Happening Wednesday to Saturday 21-29 October from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City. Find more information here: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/the-normal-heart

Canberra Wind Symphony: In Full Flight

The outstanding Canberra Wind Symphony returns to The Street for a triumphant tour de force of professional Wind Symphony repertoire. Under the baton of their renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Geoff Grey, the orchestra will display in breathtaking fashion why their tenet is Captivating, Engaging, Brilliant!

The 2016 concert series is in support of beyondblue, helping fight depression in Australian farmers. This memorable event promises to enthrall all who dare to open their minds for enchantment.

Offering impacting works from major 20th and 21st century composers, this exciting evening displays gorgeous textures from the pens of Eric Whitacre, Samuel R. Hazo and Percy Grainger, features the wickedly infectious ‘Cartoon’ from Paul Hart and highlights the Canberra Premiere of James Barnes’ epic ‘Symphony No. 3’.

Happening 26 October 2016 at 7.30pm, at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Ticket prices: $45 for adults; $38 for concession; $38 each in a group 4+; $25 for a student. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketbase.

The Bawdy and Refined Dance

Salut!, one of Australia’s foremost Baroque music ensembles, will perform The Bawdy and Refined Dance; a concert celebrating the music of Vivaldi, Telemann, Boccherini, Prætorius, Matteis and Schickhardt.

Their final 2016 concert will focus on instrumental baroque dance music, from bawdy street dances to the more refined dances that were seen at Louis XIV’s court in Versailles. To enhance the distinguishing rhythm and colour of the various dance forms, they will be adding guitar and percussion to their usual mix of instruments.

Happening Thursday 28 October 2016 at 7.30pm, at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra. Tickets cost $43.00 for adults, $38.00 for concession; $20.00 for students; free for children up to 15 years. For more details, contact the event organisers via [email protected] or 02 6230 9262

New Castle

Guo Hengqi’s New Castle (2010, Guo Hengqi) is an unflinching documentary of the changes wrought by urbanisation in a remote mountain village in Shanxi Province sustained by local mining operations. The first part of New Castle focuses on the miners who have come from different parts of the country looking for work. In the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics approaches, as part of the campaign to clean up the pollution, mines are closed and the miners sent back home.

The documentary then shifts its attention to the lives of villagers. Faced with bleak economic prospects, the local government’s solution is – not surprisingly – urbanisation: the destruction of the old village and creation of new apartments. The film poignantly captures the various ways in which villagers cope with upheaval to their lives, from protesting, to praying in Church, to giving in to the imperative of urbanisation by administrative decree.

This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Six: Borderlands, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World in the Australian National University.

Happening Wednesday 26 October 2016 from 5.30pm, at The Auditorium, China in the World Building #188, Fellows Lane, Acton. Free entry.

DANCES FOR DAVID

Inspired by David McAllister, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet, dancers Anca Frankenhaeuser, Patrick Harding-Irmer, Julia Cotton and Elle Cahill have choreographed four dances, which relate to different aspects of David’s life, and to dance in general.

Dances for David are based on photographic images of David as a performer, artistic director and mentor.

Happening Saturday and Sunday 29-30 October from 1pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here: www.portrait.gov.au/calendar/dances-for-david

Halloween at Canberra International Film Festival

Celebrate Halloween with a jam-packed night of events at the National Film and Sound Archive as part of Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF).

Meet industry expert David Zwierzchaczewski as he gives a free talk on CGI and VFX, followed by the Australian premiere of The Frankenstein Complex – a fascinating documentary exploring the world of movie monster creation and development. Finally, settle in for all the thrills and spills you’d expect on Halloween with (Rob Zombie’s) 31, a twisted and gory tale that won’t disappoint horror fans.

 Happening Monday 31 October, 5.30 – late at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. 

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.

Catch this special season screening all four films, 3pm daily at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Free entry. More details at www.nfsa.gov.au and tickets from www.trybooking.com.

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

NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA

No Lights No Lycra is a dance community that started in Melbourne by unruly dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett in 2009. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement.

NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

South Canberra: Mondays 7-8pm at South Kambah Scout Hall, 66 Springbett Drive, Kambah. Find more information here.

North Canberra: Wednesdays 7.30-9pm, St John’s Church Hall, 45 Constitution Avenue, Reid. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available. Find more information here.

SPORTS, LEISURE & WELLBEING

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Apis Canberra International

Watch world class tennis, right here in Canberra. Part of the Australian Pro Tour, the Apis Canberra International, a $50,000 ATP Challenger and $50,000 ITF Women’s Futures event is the perfect lead in to the Australian Summer of Tennis.

One hundred of the world’s top ranked male and female professional tennis players with ATP/WTA rankings between 100-300 will aim to improve their rankings ahead of the 2017 Australian Open.

Entry to the Canberra Tennis Centre is free for all five Pro-Tour 2016/2017 events, with a gold coin donation upon entry on finals days.

In 2015, The Canberra International Men’s draw featured 4 of the top Australian men including John Millman, Matt Ebden, Jordan Thompson and Luke Saville. The field also included former world number 39 Marikno Matosevic, and 2014 US Open boys singles and doubles winner, Omar Jasika. Ben Mitchell was the 2015 Men’s Champion.

The women’s event was an international affair, with 14 countries represented in the 32 player main draw. The women’s draw featured Australian Fed Cup players Arina Rodionova and Kimberly Birrell, along with international players Asia Muhammad and Eri Hozumi. Asia Muhammad was the 2015 Women’s Champion.

Happening 29 Oct – 6 Nov 2016 (exact times to be confirmed) at the Canberra Tennis Centre, Riggall Place, Lyneham. Free entry. Contact event organisers for more details via [email protected] or 02 6160 7800.

University of Canberra Capitals vs Melbourne Boomers

Women’s National Basketball (WNBL) heats up in Round 4 when University of Canberra Capitals vs Melbourne Boomers here in Canberra.

Happening Friday 28 October 2016 at 7pm, at Southern Cross Stadium, 22 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketbooth.

SKYZONE’S ANTI-GRAVITY DODGEBALL 201

Gather your fellow glory-hunters and get ready to go head-to-head in the ultimate anti-gravity dodgeball league at Skyzone Westfield Belconnen.

The winning team will head to Sydney for the grand final and battle it out for the ultimate prize….a FREE trip to Las Vegas to represent Australia in the 2017 Ultimate Dodgeball Challenge.

Happening until 2 November at SkyZone Westfield Belconnen, Lathlain Street, Belconnen. Sign up and find more information here: skyzone.com.au/dodgeball

FINAL GAME OF THE ROLLER DERBY HOME SEASON

In their final games of their Canberra home season, Varsity Derby League’s Rogue Scholars women’s team and Smackademics mixed team will both take on the Light City Sabres from Adelaide on Saturday 29 October at Southern Cross Stadium, Tuggeranong.

The Smackademics will continue to show Canberra how roller derby is leading the way in full contact sport gender equality when they play the Light City Sabres mixed team in the first game of the evening.

There’s a competition for the best supporter sign on the night, so show us your best work to win great prizes. Tickets are available at the door from 6.15 pm as well as online at VarsityDerbyLeague.com. Refreshments will be available at the stadium, including a licensed bar.

Happening Saturday 29 October at Southern Cross Stadium, Tuggeranong.  Doors open at 6.15 pm for a 6.45 start (game 2 at 8 pm) – tickets are $15 ($16.52 online) and children under 12 are free with an adult.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

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Children’s Laureate book event with Leigh Hobbs

Meet Leigh Hobbs, author of the beloved Horrible Harriet (and other childhood favourites), in this fun, interactive drawing event. For children aged 8 to 10 and their families.

Leigh Hobbs books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

In association with Libraries ACT. All materials supplied. Bookings essential , limited spaces.

Happening Saturday 29 October 2016 at 2pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Contact event organiser for more details via [email protected] or 02 6102 7000.

Festival of Ambitious Ideas

The popular Festival of Ambitious Ideas is on again, celebrating Canberra’s innovators, game-changers and status quo challengers. The Festival of Ambitious Ideas follows the fast-paced, informal and fun Ignite format where speakers only have five minutes each to present their ideas and ‘ignite’ the audience. In a little over an hour, you’ll be are treated to a range of different ideas and perspectives.

Hear from some of the individuals and organisations working on innovative projects from a range of different sectors – technology, social enterprises, young entrepreneurs, creative industries, government and academia.

Happening Thursday 27 October 2016 at 5.30pm, at the Alastair Swayn Theatre – Brindabella Conference Centre, 33 & 35 Brindabella Circuit, Majura. Tickets cost $55.00, and include canapes and drinks. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Design Canberra – Keynote Talk: Philip Vivian

As a part of the 2016 Design Canberra Festival Architect Philip Vivian, of Bates Smart Architecture, will provide special insight into the award-winning design of Vibe Hotel, Canberra’s newest architectural icon.

Happening Friday 28 October 2016 at 6.30pm, at Vibe Hotel, 1 Rogan Street, Canberra International Airport. Tickets cost $10 for Craft ACT members and $15 for non-members. All ticket prices includes first drink (beer, wine, soft drink) on arrival. Tickets can be purchased via TryBooking.

On War—The Centenary of the First Conscription Referendum

On War—The Centenary of the First Conscription Referendum. Reflect on the deep divisions this referendum imposed, and its long-term effects on Australian society, with Professor Joan Beaumont, Dr John Connor, Dr Michael McKernan and Professor Peter Stanley.

In 1916, Australian Imperial Force casualty rates were so high, and volunteer enlistments so reduced, that there was a shortage of men able to fight overseas. Prime Minister Billy Hughes called a referendum, asking Australians to vote in favour of compulsory enlistment for overseas service.

In association with the Canberra Great War Study Group, the Estaminet.

Happening Friday 28 October 2016 at 5.30pm, at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Free entry. Tickets can be purchased via EventArc 

afterDARK: SPRING SCAVENGER HUNTS

Take an afterDARK Spring Scavenger Hunt on selected Saturday nights and see what you can find in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Gather your family for a night­time botanical scavenger hunt with fascinating discoveries and places to be explored.

Bring your torch, follow the clues and obtain the most points to take home the coveted ‘super­sleuth’ prize.

afterDARK Scavenger Hunts are not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours.

Online bookings essential.

Happening until 5 November at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. For more information visit www.anbg.gov.au/gardens.

THE POLYGOT CLUB

Informal conversation groups in German, Spanish, French and Danish suitable for intermediate to advanced or native speaker. (Small annual fee).

Held each Monday (not public holidays) at 5.30 at the Cellar Bar, University House, ANU.

For more information contact: Dr Peter Gibson: [email protected] or  0408 231 153 or via the website: Polygot Club.

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

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Antiques and Collectables Appraisal Day

A day to find out the Real value of all that GREAT old STUFF you have.

Is grandma’s brooch fabulous or a fake? Is grandad’s army coat a collectable or canvas? Should you keep or should you sell? Zonta Breakfast Club is running an Antiques and Collectable Appraisal Day. You can find out the true value of your loved antique teddy and china dolly.

Bring your art, jewellery, antique furniture, dolls, Chinese and Royal Doulton to be appraised by experts. $5 per item. All funds raised will support and empower women and girls both locally and internationally, through Zonta projects.

Happening Saturday 29 October 2016 at 9am at the Burringiri ATSI Cultural Centre, 25 Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach. Free entry.

Indonesian Festival 2016

Indonesia Festival is one of the biggest celebrations of Indonesian cultural exhibition in Canberra. Experience the unique Indonesian Food Festival, cultural performances, music workshop, kid’s corner, art and craft exhibition, and a photo booth.

Happening Saturday 29 Oct 2016 from 10.30am at the Indonesian Embassy, 8 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla. Free entry.

Canberra Nara Candle Festival

Lennox Gardens shimmers to life under the light of 2,000 candles as Japanese and Australian cultures unite at the annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival.

Enjoy an evening of free entertainment, delicious Japanese food and cultural activities in celebration of Canberra’s sister city relationship with Nara in Japan.

The event features stunning lighting throughout the park. Activities such as ikebana and drumming workshops, calligraphy, origami, lantern making, kite flying, martial arts and sumo wrestling demonstrations will keep the whole family entertained.

Happening Saturday 29 October 2016 at 4.30pm at Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. Free entry.

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.

Find out more at obdm.com.au.

French-Australian Preschool Fete

Fun for the whole family is on offer at the French-Australian Preschool Fete. Stalls include international food, sausage sizzle, cakes, crêpes, jumping castle, face painting, plants, handmade good, pre-loved books, toy and children’s clothes.

Happening from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 29 October 2016 at 31 Astrolabe Street, Red Hill. Free Entry. Find out more on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/173849546387945

KIDSCAPE

KIDSCAPE is an exciting free event for KIDS! Full of diverse, fun and creative activities ranging from parkour workshops, a mountain biking skills track, enchanting story-telling, nature play, with mud and sand, sticks and stones, hay bales, shipping ropes, cardboard, urban farming, drawing, writing and much more!

KIDSCAPE is a public event undertaken by The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) as part of the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. The event has been created in collaboration with the ACT Government, the National Capital Authority and In The City Canberra to encourage kids to speak out about their future city. 

AILA is committed to advocating for the role of children in the design of our cities and KIDSCAPE will provide the kids of Canberra with activities that will inspire, excite, generate imagination and encourage them to ask questions that start conversations focused on urban design, living in an urban environment and how they see the future of their city unfolding.

KIDSCAPE is a free event and accessible to all Canberrans, open from 10am – 4pm.  Check out WHAT’S ON and make sure you register if you are interested in attending one of the activities!

Happening Saturday 29 October from 10am until 4pm at Haig Park – Corner of Girrhaween & Lonsdale Street Braddon. Free entry. Find more information here: www.aila.org.au/kidscape

CONFLUENCE FESTIVAL OF INDIA

Confluence Festival of India, the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia is coming to Canberra!

Canberra’s festival program includes world-class dance, theatre and music as well as conferences and workshops on Indian innovation, politics and sport spread over seven weeks.

One of the festival’s key components is fostering bilateral ties, with joint performances and collaborations between Indian and Australian artists and thinkers.

Happening until 8 November @ Various Venues, Various Locations, Canberra City. Find more information at confluencefoi.com

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKETS

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands — the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more.

Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers.

On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKET 

Farmers and Foodies will feature 30 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 Canberra College, corner of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive, Phillip. Visit the website for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Melbourne Cup Experience at Pialligo Estate

For Spring racing fashionistas and betting tipsters, this event is the ultimate experience in race day style and knowledge, in support of Cerebral Palsy Alliance. An evening Spring racing fashion market fused with fabulous food, live music & entertainment in the stunning setting of the Pialligo Estate gardens.

Happening Thursday 27 October from 6pm. Tickets $79 each. To book: www.ticketebo.com.au/danielle-cleary-events/melbourne-cup-experience 

Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016 – Palliative Care ACT

Palliative Care ACT is the representative voice for palliative care in the Australian Capital Territory. Formed in 1985, they are a non-government community-based organisation, a registered charity and a founding member of the national peak body.

Join them for a fun-filled evening of wonderful company, great food, exciting silent auctions, and be entertained with live music performances from Charlie and the Gi’s and Junk Sculpture.

Go along with family and friends to help raise much-needed funds for those with life limiting illnesses in the ACT and surrounds.

Happening Saturday 29 October from 7pm at Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip. Entry costs: $70 per person. Find more information here: www.pallcareact.org.au

AUSTRALIAN BREAST CANCER DAY – BOSOM BUDDIES ROARING 20’S COCKTAIL PARTY

Bosom Buddies is turning 21 this year and to celebrate they are hosting a 1920’s party with a difference.  They will have live music (the Funky Fedora’s are performing), a demonstration of 1920’s style dancing (start practising the Charleston) and even a casino area!  Everyone definitely needs to mark this date in their calendars and tell all their friends and family.  This will be a celebration like Bosom Buddies have never done before.  The Top of the Cross Room at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden will be transformed to another time.

Ticket price is $40 for Members and $45 for Non-Members.  Ticket includes canapés and a cocktail at the door.  Book tickets now by contacting the office on 0406 376 500 or 6290 1984.

Happening Monday 24 October from 6:30pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden. Find more information here: www.bosombuddies.com.au

Family Photography Sessions 

For a small fee of $65 (which is 100% donated to Cerebral Palsy Alliance ACT), your family of up to six will enjoy a 20 minute sitting with their wonderful photographer Shelley in a beautiful rural setting. Don’t worry if you don’t like to have your photo taken as Shelley likes you to be natural and not posed.

Happening from Sunday 30 October. To book: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/capture-the-moment-family-photography.

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Miss Millie at the Bricks4Totz session. Photo by Mel Hill Photography.

Miss Millie at the Bricks4Totz session. Photo by Mel Hill Photography.

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:  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.

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

EXHIBITIONS 

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Object Therapy

The ‘Object Therapy’ exhibition brings together 30 broken objects that have been creatively repaired by a designer or artist.

It helps us to rethink our consumption patterns and re-evaluate the broken objects that surround us. ‘Object Therapy’ repairers include the Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, Franchesca Cubillo; Adelaide designers, Daniel and Emma; curator and designer Dale Hardiman; paper engineer, Benja Harney; design anthropologist, Trent Jansen; Alice Springs collective, Elbwrkshp; music-based artist Dylan Martorell; Japanese master craftsman Yutaka Ohtaki and Sydney designer, Henry Wilson. And so many more

The ‘Object Therapy’ exhibition runs from Saturday 15 October to Sunday 30 October at Hotel Hotel. Find out more at hotel-hotel.com.au.

Charlie Sheard

The fluid and mutable interactions of Charlie Sheard’s intensely coloured washes of paint result in an array of remarkably poised and majestically scaled paintings.

These works might seem to coalesce accidentally, coming together all at once, but in fact are the result of intense deliberation, extraordinary presence of mind and an acute eye for composition. Some of them have taken many years to reach their definitive form. The sophistication of Sheard’s work, which draws broadly on the heritage of surrealist abstraction, romanticism, symbolism, abstract expressionism and the esoteric “thought forms” of the Theosophists, converges in a sizzlingly upbeat and contemporary idiom.

This survey of Sheard’s recent work, all produced during the last decade, represents a major achievement, and attests to the coming of age of a virtuosic and intrepidly lyrical artist.

This exhibition is curated by Terence Maloon.

Happening until 6 November 2016 (Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm) at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton, Acton. Free entry.

MUTABLE REALITIES

Looking beyond the everyday, ‘Malleable beings/Mutable realities’ draws together artists who use their work to explore the inexplicable intangible realms where meaning might be found or reason lost. Patsy Payne, Trish Roan, Chloe Bussenschutt, Matthew Smith, Peter Jordan and Sara Freeman navigate different pathways through these threshold spaces in an exhibition of new work at Nishi Gallery, New Acton.

Through assemblage, sculpture, paintings and digital prints, the exhibition journeys from quirks and discomfort in everyday spaces, into fantastical worlds of shadow and uncertainty, meditative pools of silence and colour, and alchemical wrestling with materials and embodiment, seeking the cracks in the everyday that change our sense of the world.

Happening daily 13-30 October from 11am-3pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, Canberra. Find more information www.hotel-hotel.com.au

CONTOUR 556 

50 local, national and international artists present public works that respond to the layers of Canberra’s history in Contour 556. Experience this outdoor event, where artists respond through performance, walking, dance, soundscape, projection, song, poetry, textiles, wallpaper, text, light as well as ‘traditional’ sculpture, represented by works in steel, stone, glass, timber, and found materials. The artworks occupy land and water.

The project seeks to interrogate the relationships between artworks and space; between artists and the public; and the ways in which art or performance can influence how the public perceive space.

The event presents a series of ‘landscape activations’, both ephemeral, through a walk or performance, and static, through a placed object. Viewers are invited to respond with their perceptions and comments through a digital survey available through accessing QR codes around the event.

Artists and performers are responding to any and all of the human interventions to the Canberra’s landscape over the past 50,000 years, including the natural qualities of the site, the landscape qualities of the site, Canberra’s cultural history, Canberra’s political history, and Canberra’s geological history.

Happening daily 22 October to 13 November from 10am-5pm at Commonwealth Place, Bowen Park and Kingston Arts Precinct, Southern side of Lake Burley Griffin Canberra, Parkes. Find more information here: tfy.im/GINhXCgW

FRESH GLASS

Drawing inspiration from spring and to celebrate Floriade, Fresh Glass pairs studio glass vessels and sculpture with botanical installations. Artists have been invited to collaborate across the mediums to elaborate on one of the most functional forms of glass.

Artists: Amanda Dziedzic, Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott, Rose-Mary Faulkner, Amy Hick, Sui Jackson, Peter Nilsson, Harriet Schwarzrock, Belinda Toll and Jonathon Westacott.

Floral artists: Shizuko Barber, Bloomin Mad Floral Designs, brave botanics, Lady Larissa, Moxom + Whitney, Natures Child Botanical Styling and Peking Spring.

Curator: Narelle Phillips.

Pop-up florists: As part of this current exhibition we will be running a series of pop-up florists in our foyer.

Happening Wednesday to Sunday 15 September-30 October from 10am-4pm at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Canberra. Find more information www.canberraglassworks.com/exhibitions/current

SEEKING REFUGE EXHIBITION 

Artists Sean Davey, Lucile Carson, Euan Graham, Mona Khizam, Penny Ryan, Barak Zelig, and Nicci Haynes and Caren Florance invite you to consider the refugee c­­­risis from several perspectives in Seeking Refuge an exhibition of sculpture, photography, paintings and multi media.

Through very different representations, Carson and Graham focus on the journey of asylum seekers. Carsons’ tiny assemblages employ discarded objects and detritus to form small, overcrowded boats reminiscent of the imagery we see of refugee boats. Graham’s large paintings also document some of the familiar media images – conjuring rough seas, dangerously crowded vessels and tortured faces and bodies.

Showing until Saturday 29 October from 6pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Find more information www.facebook.com.

EQUUS HOMO EXHIBITION

Canberra sculptor of thirty plus years Stephen Harrison presents Equus Homo. Taking inspiration from the wild horse in Kosciusko National Park, Harrison’s large-scale sculptures and colour photographs characterise the horses’ beauty juxtaposed with their incredibly destructive behaviour.

Showing until Saturday 29 October at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Find more information www.facebook.com

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: hwww.cmag.com.au

DIANE ARBUS: AMERICAN PORTRAITS

The photographs of Diane Arbus (1923–1971) are powerful allegories of postwar America. Once seen they are rarely forgotten. Contemporary audiences found the way that Arbus approached the genre of portraiture confronting and her work continues to polarise opinion. The images raise difficult, uncomfortable questions concerning the intent of the photographer.

Showing until 30 October at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, Find more information at nga.gov.au/Arbus

CHARLIE SHEAD

The fluid and mutable interactions of Charlie Sheard’s intensely coloured washes of paint result in an array of remarkably poised and majestically scaled paintings. This survey of Sheard’s recent work, all produced during the last decade, represents a major achievement, and attests to the coming of age of a virtuosic and intrepidly lyrical artist. This exhibition is curated by Terence Maloon.

Showing until 6 November at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, New Acton. Find more information at dhg.anu.edu.au/events

DOUG ALEXANDER

The forms of Doug Alexander’s pots achieve an almost classical balance and proportion, while the organic earthiness of their surfaces is due to traditional glazes of rustic Japanese pottery. His exploration of calligraphic embellishment added a touch of the Australian landscape, its leaves, grasses and flora, to the underlying orientalist premise. This exhibition has been curated by Meredith Hinchliffe

Showing until 6 November at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingston Street, Building 29, Acton. Find more information at dhg.anu.edu.au

MIKE PARR – FOREIGN LOOKING

Mike Parr is one of Australia’s most provocative and influential artists. His exhibition Foreign Looking is the first to bring together works in all media across Parr’s voraciously experimental practice from 1970 to the present. Spanning nine galleries, this installation of performance, film, sculpture and photography provokes a challenging yet mesmerising experience.

Showing until 6 November at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find more information at www.nga.gov.au/exhibitions

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS

Explore two million years of human history through treasured objects from the British Museum’s collection. Discover how people have shaped the world and, in turn, have been shaped by it.

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum will invite visitors to span the globe, to wonder at the remarkable achievements of people as they faced changing climates, new lands and shifting political arenas. It is an astonishing testament to human ingenuity and craftsmanship.

This is a story told exclusively through the things people have made: objects of all kinds that have been admired and preserved, or used, broken and discarded. From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the objects range in size from tall Assyrian reliefs to a small, but exquisite, gold llama from Peru.

For more information, visit nma.gov.au/exhibitions

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.

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.

Showing until 20 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit www.cmag.com.au

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

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.

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.

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