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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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THINGS NOT TO MISS

EDEN’S BEAUTY BAR 

A well-balanced life means finding time to relax, and enjoy the things you love. If you love a little pampering, with a side of Champagne then pop by the Beauty Bar.

Pop in at your leisure, grab yourself a glass of complimentary Champagne and let us treat you to a mini makeover or a make-up touch up from our team of experts on site. All free of charge.

Happening Saturday 22 October from 11am-4.30pm at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre. Find more information here: blog.canberracentre.com.au/events/eden-pop-up-beauty-bar

OTHELLO

A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy, Othello is a relentless journey of vicious passion.

A warrior on the fields of war, but felled by the sharpness of whispered words, Othello is a man swept up in desire, quickly turned to murderous ambition when he is betrayed by his military brother-in-arms, the cynically destructive Iago.

Othello will be directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, in a gripping production that will touch audiences to their core, as envy is a weapon wielded with brazen savagery, and the complex contradictory nature of humanity is tested.

Showing Friday 14 – Saturday 22 October at The Playhouse, London Circuit, Civic Square.  Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

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.

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2016 for its 20th anniversary. There’s a huge program for the Canberra leg of the national Festival, shining a spotlight on the best of Japanese culture.

Carefully curated by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the 2016 Festival will present exciting new films direct from Japan, including comedy, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, high school romance and much more.

Screening from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 October at Capitol Cinemas, Manuka, 6 Franklin Street, Griffith. Visit www.japanesefilmfestival.net for more information.

SUNDAZE AT THE MUSEUM BAR: GHOSTNOISES AND KANION 

GhostNoises, is a Canberra-based recording artist and producer. This multi-instrumentalist blends hip-hop beats with elaborate, classically inspired indie-pop compositions.

GhostNoises’ live show incorporates a complex arrangements of loops to produce a rich tapestry of sound that is both upbeat and moving.

Enjoy Sundaze at the Museum Bar every Sunday until 27 November 2016. Food and drink available for purchase.

From 3–7pm enjoy free entry to the Lakeside Deck with extended exhibition opening hours.

Happening Sunday 23 October from 3pm-7pm at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information www.nma.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.

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.

MEET THE CHEF DINNER – SILVIA COLLOCA 

Enjoy la dolce vita with Silvia Colloca, a woman of many talents: professional actress and opera singer, published author, blogger and sensational cook. In her third cookbook, La Dolce Vita, based on her recent successful SBS TV series, Silvia responds to the misconception that Italian food is unhealthy with her honest, authentic guide to ‘the sweet life’.

After spending her childhood in the kitchens of her mother and grandmothers, Silvia absorbed much of their Italian culinary heritage.

These childhood memories inspired Silvia to launch her culinary career, which now comprises two cookbooks, SBS cooking series Made in Italy and successful blog Silvia’s Cucina.

Since moving to Australia, Silvia has kneaded, beaten, rolled, chopped and pounded her way to an authentic Italian identity in her Sydney kitchen. Silvia will appear in her own upcoming series, Silvia’s Italian Table, to screen on the ABC.

Meet Silvia and enjoy food inspired by her latest book as part of University House’s Meet the Chef dinner series. Silvia Colloca will be in conversation with Natasha Rudra, Life & Entertainment Editor of the Canberra Times on the night.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of Australia’s most talented chefs!

Happening Friday 21 October from 6.15pm at University House, 1 Balmain Cres, Acton. Find more information here: unihouse.anu.edu.au

DINNER AND A DROP WITH DOGRIDGE WINERY

Following hot on the heels of the previous two sell out events, Dinner and a Drop returns for another night of brilliant food and fabulous wine. Venture upstairs to The Loft, and be treated to a delicious 5-course degustation paired with carefully selected wines from McLaren Vale winery, DogRidge.

Tickets are $89pp and bookings are essential. Tickets are selling fast so book yours before they sell out!

Happening Thursday 20 October from 6:30pm at The Loft in the Duxton, CNR Sargood and Macpherson St O’Connor. Find more information here: www.theduxton.com.au

NATIONAL NUTRITION WEEK

Join Nutrition Australia ACT in celebrating National Nutrition Week as their clever dietitians showcase a cooking and tasting extravaganza that will inspire you to Try for 5 vegetables every day.

On Tuesday 18 October from 12pm – 1pm at Chifley Health and Wellbeing Hub, 70 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley

Find tickets at eventbrite.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.

TERRIBLE TWOS: CHEF’S HAT MENU AT LILOTANG

Since opening in 2014, Lilotang has been awarded a Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat for two the second year running. To celebrate this great honour, Head Chef Shunsuke Ota has created new dishes for a tasting menu, available for a limited time only.

Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6pm until 15 October. at Lilotang, 1 Burbury Close, The Burbury Hotel, Barton. Entry is $80 per person for six-course tasting menu, including dessert. For more information click here: chairmangroup.com.au. Bookings essential.

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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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

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

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

KATE CEBERANO + PAUL GRABOWSKY: LOVE SONGS

“I’m completely in love with this project with my friend Paul Grabowsky. We are both romantics and throw both our hearts respectively behind every note..! The Street Theatre sets a perfect atmosphere to a set list of “Love Songs”….our ode to St Valentine!!!” KATE CEBERANO

Legendary artists Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky bring their warm, heartfelt ode to love lost, found and unrequited to The Street Theatre in concert on Sunday 23 October. Coupling Kate’s versatile voice with Paul’s masterful piano playing and inspired arrangements in a faithful reinterpretation of some of the great love songs of the past 50 years, Love Songs is a performance not to be missed.

“This collaboration with Kate Ceberano is a blessing both personally and musically.  Her astounding ability to communicate the essence of a song and touch the listener, I believe, lies at the core of her success as one of Australia’s most treasured vocalists.” PAUL GRABOWSKY

Audiences can look forward to a moving experience from this very personal journey into words and music by two of Australia’s most respected musicians. The repertoire emerging from their collaboration dives into pop, flirts with jazz and chanson and turns sassy and soulful. Stripped back renditions of songs were selected because of their ability to connect on a deep emotional level and more importantly, for the reason that they have influenced both artists at some point in their lives.

Happening Sunday 23 October from 4pm and 7:30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information www.thestreet.org.au

WEBERS CIRCUS – MONASH

Webers Circus Wild West Show is headed to Canberra’s south-side with a packed 2 hour fun-filled show that will appeal to all ages. The show is full of incredible acts such as the Russian Swing featuring talented acrobats. Be left speechless by the Wheel of Death with daredevils Tim and Paul. Many other acts include Trick Ponies, Talented dogs, Hula Hooping, World Class Juggling, Silks, Funny clowns and much more.

Happening 14-23 October with Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays from 7pm and Sundays from 11am at Circus Tent, Clive Steele Avenue, Monash. Find more information here: www.weberscircus.com

70S DISCO MANIA

70s Disco Mania is about to hit Australia as two of the biggest chart toppers of the 70s announce an Australian tour. Soul sensation Hot Chocolate return to Australia, and this time joined by fellow UK soul hit makers The Real Thing.

Playing the soundtrack of our lives – Hot Chocolate fans will be treated to all the hits including You Sexy Thing, You Win Again, Every 1’s A Winner, It Started With A Kiss and so many more. The Real Thing will visit Australia for the first time and enthrall us with their biggest hit You To Me Are Everything alongside tracks such as Can’t Get By Without You, Can You Feel The Force? And many more. An evening of groove and delicious disco for all music fans.

Happening Friday 21 October from 8pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 96 Corrina Street, Phillip. Find more information here: premier.ticketek.com.au

DIESEL – AMERICANA  

Americana. It’s music that draws from America’s roots, from country, folk, bluegrass, R&B, the blues… But to Mark Lizotte, the musician known and loved as Diesel – Americana is the very core of his being. It’s the music of his childhood and, as an artist born in America and raised in Australia, a link back to the land he’d left behind.

On his new album Americana, Diesel pays tribute to the artists that inspired the musician he would become – one of our nation’s most lauded, accomplished and hard-working rock guitarists and singers – by putting his own unique stamp on a collection of classic songs.

Happening Friday 21 October from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information here: www.thestreet.org.au/shows/diesel-americana

BEILMAN & TYSON- MUSICA VIVA INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON 2016 

In one of the most exciting classical music debuts of the year, two award-winning young stars Beilman & Tyson make their first recital tour of Australia as part of the Musica Viva International Concert Season 2016.

Saint-Saëns’ First Violin Sonata requires two virtuosi to bring it off. The two parts are equal in emotional expression and take turns in musical leadership, before joining for an exuberant finale, which has been called ‘the most exciting in the repertoire’. Mozart’s late Violin Sonata K526 gives each of the performers a thrillingly virtuoso part, in an unusual (for the time) display of equality. It begins and ends in A major, a key Mozart always chose when his operatic heroines sang of love.

Janáček’s Sonata is a darker beast, written at the onset of the Great War, with what the composer described as ‘the sound of metal clashing’ in his head. But it has a richly Romantic character too, and a wealth of Bohemian folk touches. A notable inclusion on the program is a purpose-built world premiere by Jane Stanley, an Australian composer now resident in Glasgow, whose distinctive musical language marries fiery technique with emotional impact.

Happening Thursday 20 October 2016 from 7pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, William Herbert Place, Canberra. Find more information:  www.musicaviva.com.au/whatson

THE GREAT DUEL BETWEEN ORLANDO AND RINALDO FOR BEAUTIFUL ANGELICA’S SAKE

“Great was the goodness of knights of old”

Paris is under siege, many paladins have left Charlemagne‘s court, as they are all in love with the beautiful Angelica (the daughter of the king of Cathay) and in pursuit of her. The General Captain Orlando, the bravest of them all, has deserted the Court too, so that Charlemagne has to appoint Rinaldo as the commander of the French army. However even the righteous Rinaldo finally neglects his duty, and love-smitten, burning with passion for Angelica, he goes on a quest to challenge Orlando. The two paladins fight fiercely and look certain to kill each other, but for the suprising intervention of the wizard Carlo Magno.

From the late thirteenth century to the end of the Renaissance, Carolingian narratives centred on the deeds of Charlemagne, Roland and the peers of France enjoyed immense popularity in Italy at all levels of society. Some of the greatest writers of this period were attracted to the genre and produced in it their masterpieces.

Filled with battles, escapes, fantastic animals, and puppetry involving stage techniques developed over centuries this work is performed in Italian by the Associazione Figli d’Arte Cuticchio.

Happening Wednesday 19 October from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information www.thestreet.org.au

OTHELLO 

A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy, Othello is a relentless journey of vicious passion.

A warrior on the fields of war, but felled by the sharpness of whispered words, Othello is a man swept up in desire, quickly turned to murderous ambition when he is betrayed by his military brother-in-arms, the cynically destructive Iago.

Othello will be directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, in a gripping production that will touch audiences to their core, as envy is a weapon wielded with brazen savagery, and the complex contradictory nature of humanity is tested.

Showing Saturday 22 October at The Playhouse, London Circuit, Civic Square.  Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2016 for its 20th anniversary. There’s a huge program for the Canberra leg of the national Festival, shining a spotlight on the best of Japanese culture.

Carefully curated by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the 2016 Festival will present exciting new films direct from Japan, including comedy, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, high school romance and much more.

Screening from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 October at Capitol Cinemas, Manuka, 6 Franklin Street, Griffith. Visit www.japanesefilmfestival.net for more information.

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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SKYZONE’S ANTI-GRAVITY DODGEBALL 2016

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

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

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BIG DRAW 2016

Explore surprising and different approaches to drawing in Big Draw 2016. Experience a participatory artwork with local artist Julie Bradley, drawing to live music, and other creative activities inspired by the steampunk aesthetic and technology.

For all ages and abilities; all materials provided.

Happening Sunday 23 October from 10am-2pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here: www.portrait.gov.au/calendar/big-draw-2016

SCOTCH & WATCH WITH MITCHELL OAKLEY SMITH 

Ever wondered what life is like at the forefront of the men’s fashion industry? Esteemed journalist, editor, author and curator Mitchell Oakley Smith is here to tell us.

Join Mitchell over a nip of whisky as he shares his inside lowdown on life as an editor, and offers his well-heeled advice on the fashion and accessory must-haves for the season, as well as the watches that will never go out of style.

With a credentials list that reads like a who’s who of publishing, Mitchell is the author of four books, and has previously written for Architectural Digest, ARTAND, Art Monthly, Belle, CNN Style, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, The Australian, Wish and Vogue Living. He also edits and publishes biannual men’s fashion magazine Manuscript.

Happening Friday 21 October from 6:30pm at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra. Find more information here: www.moshtix.com.au

AUTHOR TALK WITH TIM COPE: ON THE TRIAL OF GENGHIS KHAN

Tim Cope, Australian adventurer and one of Australia’s 50 greatest explorers, shares his compelling story of fear, loneliness, bravery, and a little bit of madness, as he followed Ghengis Khan’s 10,000km trek. Tigon, Tim’s faithful four-legged companion, will join Tim to relay his own adventures.

Tim set off on his expedition from Mongolia to Hungary in June 2014 on horseback, finishing the journey more than three years later. He tells the story of this trek in On the Trail of Genghis Kahn: An Epic Journey through the Lands of the Nomads.

In association with Bloomsbury Publishing.

Happening Thursday 20 October from 6pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information http://www.nla.gov.au/node/9425

AUTHOR TALK: AN EVENING WITH RICHARD ROXBURGH

Join 666 ABC’s Alex Sloan in conversation with award-winning actor and, most recently, children’s book author Richard Roxburgh.

Richard has become a household name for his work in films like Moulin Rouge, ABC TV’s Rake, and numerous Sydney Theatre Company productions. His first children’s book, Artie and the Grime Wave sees the eponymous Artie and his best friend Bumshoe stumble upon a Cave-of-Possibly-Stolen-Stuff and a gang of shady characters.

In association with Allen and Unwin.

Happening Tuesday 6 October from 6pm to 7pm at Theatre, Lower Ground 1, The National Library of Australia. Find more information: www.nla.gov.au/node/9424

FROM RUBBISH TO RAW MATERIALS: TURNING TYRES INTO STEEL- PROFESSOR VEENA SAHAJWALLA 

The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds monthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind. October talk: From rubbish to raw materials: turning tyres into steel. Speaker: Professor Veena Sahajwalla, SMaRT, UNSW.

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

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

Happening Tuesday 18 October with refreshments starting 5.30pm and talk from 6pm at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton. Find more information here: www.science.org.au

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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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.

CANBERRA HOME BUILDING TOURISM CARAVAN 4WD & CAMPING SHOW

The Canberra Home Building Tourism Caravan 4WD & Camping Show is the ACT’s largest consumer trade show featuring something for the whole family. Be amazed by the extreme 4WD display, pick up fishing tips from the best in the industry, see the latest in camping gear, caravans, or book your next holiday!

Building or renovating? The best builders and landscapers in the region will be waiting to meet everyone.

Special guest Graham Ross from Better Homes and Gardens will be giving free gardening tips, and be sure to visit Chef Marco at the Gourmet Cooking Stage.

Parking is free and there’s even a petting zoo for the kids!

Happening Friday and Saturday 21-23 October from 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Building D, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell. Find more information here: www.canberrahomeshow.com.au

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

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

 

CANBERRA CARES FESTIVAL 2016 

The Canberra Cares Festival will feature live music and entertainment, local food vendors, face painting, a jumping castle and a puppet show. Carers will be running the carers handmade markets, and various community bodies will have stalls in our information exhibition.

The Canberra Cares Festival highlights the commitment that Carers ACT have for people in Canberra who are in caring roles, the work they do, and the contribution they make to the recipients of their care and their communities.

There are many people in our community that may be in caring roles, but are not aware of the support available to them through CarersACT. We hope to reach these hidden carers so that we can offer them our services and support also. There will be plenty of opportunity for information exchange at Canberra Cares.

Happening Saturday 22 October from 10am-2pm at Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Crescent, Holt. Find more information www.carersact.org.au

ST JOHN’S COMMUNITY FAIR

St John’s Community Fair has been a regular feature in the Canberra calendar since the 1930’s. It’s a traditional community fair which is jam packed full of entertainment, stalls, homemade jams and cakes, craft, books, food, plants, white elephant goods, plus lots more.

Families will love the children’s activities, including jumping castles, face painting, fishing game and petting zoo.

Experience all the fun of an old-fashioned fair in the heart of Canberra.

Happening Saturday 22 October from 9:30am-1:30pm at St John’s Community Fair, 45 Constitution Avenue, Reid. Find more information here: www.stjohnscanberra.org/fair

KIDS

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.

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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