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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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La Grande Fête has fun for the whole family!

La Grande Fête has fun for the whole family!

Melbourne Cup Race Day

The TAB Melbourne Cup Race Day at Thoroughbred Park is one of the biggest social events of the year for racing fans, socialites and fashionistas alike. Witness the running of the TAB Melbourne Cup in Flemington on the big screen whilst surrounded by the atmosphere and excitement of local racing.

The Canberra Outlet Centre Fashions on the Field will be run on the day with great prizes and is the perfect opportunity for you to “release your inner show pony”!

Happening at 1 November at 11am at Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham. Entry Adult $25, Pensioners $5.

La Grande Fête

Looking for a great free family day out? Come along to La Grande Fête, presented by Lycée franco australien de Canberra / Telopea Park School from 2:30pm to 7pm on Saturday 5 November!

One of the largest school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment stretching into the balmy twilight hours. La Grande Fête is famous for its international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied – from dodgem cars to show bags! And for the “big kids”, the event will again feature the annual Canberra French Car Clubs display, preloved clothing and books, the monster Raffle Extraordinaire, beer and wine and a cornucopia of food.

La Grande Fête is hosted by the Telopea Park School P&C Association each year. HerCanberra is proud to be a sponsor!

Happening from 2.30-7pm on Saturday 5 November at Telopea Park School, 25 New South Wales Cres, Barton. Interested in hosting a stall? Email [email protected] for details!

BelcoNOW NIGHT FESTIVAL

Celebrate Belco’s 50th at this free event for everyone! Families and friends can come together to make, munch and enjoy some community magic at Belconnen Arts Centre. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and making new memories in your community; enjoy the live entertainment, get the kids faces painted, join in the free arts and craft activities, catch a few Belco Flicks (a collection of short films curated by Belconnen Community Service) and indulge in some dinner and fresh lemonade while you immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere.

BelcoNOW will be the highlight of Belconnen’s 50th birthday year and a glorious blend of art, stories and memories are planned, all connected by strong links to “place”.

Live music and entertainment features Alison Procter, local Canberran musician who will be our roving MC for the evening, Chrissy Shaw, Liz Lea and our popular team from BAC’s own TalkBlak program will be performing some original new music. Become an exhibiting artist and make yourself a Belco origami Bird to hang in our stunning Foyer installation, print your own tea towels and badges, and create and take home your own Belco Birds sculptures at the open workshops led by local Indigenous artists.

Food and drinks will be available with local favourite the HaHa Bar selling fresh lemonade, the Lyons Club cooking and serving a traditional Aussie BBQ menu with steak sandwiches and sausages and they will be joined by a vibrant, fresh Vietnamese food stand, the popular Chicken Tikka stand, Sly Fox coffee.
As dusk approaches the large Belco bird lanterns with be set afloat on the lake and they will culminate in a fire-burning spectacular when we light-up a giant collaborative bird sculpture to the sounds of the Community Choir, composed and directed by Stephen Leek, performing an original work. This will be a treasured experience to remember!

Entry is free. On 5 November from 5pm – 8pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. For more information visit the website www.belconnenartscentre.com.au

DAY OF THE DEAD FIESTA

A community celebration of Afro-Latin music and culture with live bands + interstate guests, DJs, performances, food and craft stalls, face painting, workshops and live art!

Experience the vibes and atmosphere of a Latin American fiesta at this family friendly event; get your face painted and learn a little about how vast and deep Latin culture is. Paint a skull, learn a dance or two and reflect on what’s important as we mark the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead by enjoying the best in life!

Our line up will be headlined by locals Los Chavos and feature Brass Knuckle Brass Band – Mandacaru (Melb) – Solquemia (MELB) – Zambezi Sounds Canberra and ClaveManía. PLUS Dance performances + sets from Raio De Sol Community Samba Band + The Groove Warehouse Steel Drum Band.

Happening on 5 November at 3pm at Ainslie Arts Centre. Tickets (various) $30 Adult, $20 Adult Day, $10 Kids, $50 Family. Tickets at EventBrite.

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.

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]

Classic Yass 2016

Well grab your gloves, kick on those pumps, grease back your hair, swing into your favourite dress or suit and strut your stuff,  stepping back in time for a stroll through a motor show of Classic Heritage vehicles.

Participate in the vintage fashion parade and competition, enjoy the billy cart derby in action, mingles amongst the market stall holders while enjoying some fabulous Rock’n’Roll & Rockabilly Country Blues music at Classic Yass 2016. Reminisce at the heritage displays while sipping on your old fashioned ice cream soda. This is a free day for the whole family in Banjo Paterson Park – Yass,  then continue into the night at the ‘Twist & Shout’ 60’s dance party at the Yass Soldier Club.

Happening all day on Saturday November 5 at Banjo Patterson Park, Meehan St, Yass NSW.  Find more information: www.classicyass.com or www.facebook.com/classicyass

Sundaze at the Museum Bar: Alice Ivy and Kanion

Join the NMA 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.

Raised on the Victorian surf coast, the daughter of German migrants, Annika Schmarsel aka Alice Ivy, recalls a childhood coloured by extensive travel in a vibrant and multilingual household.

Her first foray into music, an ill-fated tryst with the clarinet, was swapped for guitar before Annika began beat-making inspired by the likes of The Avalanches, J Dilla and Bonobo.

Food and drink available for purchase

Happening Sunday 6 November from 3–7pm. Enjoy free entry to the Lakeside Deck with extended exhibition opening hours. Enjoy Sundaze at the Museum Bar every Sunday until 27 November 2016.

CANBERRA BEER WEEK

Canberra Beer Week is a full on 10 days of beer-related activities. Whether you’re interested in the intricacies of brewing, or just like blowing the froth off a coldie, this week (and three days) has you covered.

This year will be the fourth for Canberra Beer Week, which sees the festival expand from seven to 10 days. With close to 40 events across 21 venues, the expansion is easily justified. Brewers will be traveling both nationally and internationally for the event, giving Canberra’s beer enthusiasts an opportunity to explore beers of the world without leaving the comfort of our own backyard – as if you needed an excuse to explore new beers.

Get our pick of events here.

ACTEWAGL LLEWELLYN SERIES/04 TCHAIKOVSKY

Hear Nigel Westlake’s Shimmering Blue, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4 in F minor as part of the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series. This concert features Nicholas Milton, Conductor (Artistic patronage ActewAGL) and Kristian Chong, Piano.

In one of his more colourful orchestral works, CSO composer-in-residence, Nigel Westlake, will surprise you with his versatility and intriguing harmonic juxtapositions in this concert’s opening piece, Shimmering Blue. To follow, you will experience the brilliance and vitality of Rachmaninov’s writing for piano and orchestra—Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini—one of his most exhilarating works.

Happening Wednesday and Thursday, 2-3 November: 7:30pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU, William Herbert Place, Acton. All tickets $55.05 – $88.70. Tickets at Ticketek

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

FOOD & DRINK

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FOR OUR ROUND UP OF MELBOURNE CUP EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

MEET THE CHEF DINNER – STEPHANIE ALEXANDER

Meet much-loved Cook and celebrated food educator, Stephanie Alexander, and enjoy a menu inspired by her latest book, The Cook’s Table, and prepared by skilled chefs as part of the Meet the Chef Dinner series at University House.

Stephanie will be in conversation with her friend and well-known writer, Marion Halligan, to discuss her latest book as well as share some of her favourite menus, most precious memories, and decades of experience in the kitchen. From trips to Peru, Italy and Istanbul to memories such as creating a ground breaking Valentine’s Day menu at Stephanie’s Restaurant and remembering Elizabeth David.

The menu will include appetiser, two-course dinner, tea & coffee and a glass of Clonakilla wine. Stephanie will also be signing copies of The Cook’s Table, during pre-drinks and after the dinner at the Co-op bookstand.

Happening 4 November at University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton. Tickets $85 at EventBrite

Stephanie Alexander: The Cook’s Table

Beloved cook and food educator, Stephanie Alexander, shares some of her favourite menus, most precious memories, and decades of experience in the kitchen, with The Cook’s Table. In conversation with MasterChef’s Trent Harvey.

Muse at East Hotel, 2pm to 3pm this Saturday 5 November. Tickets from trybooking.com.

BEER WEEK COCKTAIL PARTY AT THE DUXTON

Beer Week is finally here and it’s time to celebrate! Grab a Pact Beer Co. beer as The Duxton serves up some delicious canapés and relax out on the brand new Rooftop Terrace. Tickets include: four tap beers*, two hours of canapés and live music.

Happening 3 November at 7pm at Duxton, O’Connor. Tickets $65, bookings essential. More info at Duxton

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.

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Yarrh Wines are breaking out the charcoal barby for their Carne ai Ferri (Italian mixed grill) lunch. Fresh, simple and seasonal flavours made special with chargrill smoke and char.

Sourdough Bruschetta, with a glass of 2016 Riesling, trio of Italian charcoal grilled delicacies, with a glass of 2015 Sangiovese. All served with fresh Spring greens. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

Tickets are $40 per person and bookings are recommended. On Sunday 6 November at 12:30pm at Yarrh Wines, 440 Greenwood Rd Murrumbateman.

For more information, visit the website www.yarrhwines.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.

Bubble & Squeak at Black Market 

Take a trip to the underground and celebrate Melbourne Cup in true Black Market style. Get along from 5pm on Tuesday 1 November and take part in their Bubble & Squeak event where you can enjoy a bottle of bubbles and complimentary snacks.

Pre-purchase your tickets at bmbar.eventbrite.com or come into the bar where they’ll be serving up their unique BM cocktails.

CANBERRA BEER WEEK

Canberra Beer Week is a full on 10 days of beer-related activities. Whether you’re interested in the intricacies of brewing, or just like blowing the froth off a coldie, this week (and three days) has you covered.

This year will be the fourth for Canberra Beer Week, which sees the festival expand from seven to 10 days. With close to 40 events across 21 venues, the expansion is easily justified. Brewers will be traveling both nationally and internationally for the event, giving Canberra’s beer enthusiasts an opportunity to explore beers of the world without leaving the comfort of our own backyard – as if you needed an excuse to explore new beers.

Get our pick of events here.

Day of the Dead Tequila Takeover

Take a trip to underbelly of Mexico at Black Market’s Day of the Dead Tequila Takeover! Discover Tequila Don Julio, the world’s original handcrafted luxury tequila. Receive a complimentary Paloma cocktail on arrival with $8 Palomas and $14 Don Julio Tequila cocktails all night.

Happening on 2 November at 5pm at Black Market in NewActon. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

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.

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

Canberra International Film Festival – 20th Anniversary Gala

Canberra International Film Festival boasts a rich history of Australian and world premieres, local and international guests and a community of film enthusiasts who have nurtured the festival over 20 years. Celebrate with us and our festival guests as we screen a 35mm print of CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION direct from the archives, screened at the inaugural CIFF in 1996 and winning the Audience Award that year. Director Peter Duncan and actor Richard Roxburgh will respond to questions from the audience after the screening.

Happening Friday 4 November at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find out more and book tickets online here. Find the full program for CIFF 2016 here.

Canberra International Film Festival Script – Reads

Join three local screenwriters as they preview sections of their original screenplays with live readings from actors, followed by feedback and advice from our festival guest Stephen Sewell, Head of Writing for Performance at NIDA.

Happening Saturday 5 November from 2.30 pm3.30 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Tickets: Free. Find the full program for CIFF 2016 here.

Find out more here.

Canberra International Film Festival – Closing Night

After a jam-packed program of screenings, events and workshops, join the Canberra International Film Festival once more in the Arc Cinema for the exquisite documentary THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS to close the festival for 2016. The film takes a journey to the villages of India where showmen tour with their travelling cinemas and grapple with the threat of new film technologies. Afterwards, drinks will be flowing in the NFSA courtyard as we declare ‘that’s a wrap’ for the 20th year.

Tickets: $30 Adults, $27 Concession.

Happening Sunday 6 November from 6pm9.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find out more and book tickets online here. Find the full program for CIFF 2016 here.

KALI BLUES

Bi Gan’s brilliant directorial debut, Kaili Blues, is an audacious work that announces a new filmmaking talent. Country doctor Chen Sheng sets out on a train journey to search for his brother’s abandoned child, only to find himself in a dreamlike world where the boundaries between past, present, and future – and between fantasy and reality – are porous. This remarkable visual achievement was shot in the mining village of Kaili, the director’s birthplace, and incorporates poetry he has been writing since he was a teenager.

The gorgeous cinematography of Kaili Blues and a masterful 41-minute hand-held single shot envelop the viewer in a magical reality of beauty and loss. In the words of the director:

This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Six: Borderlands, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World. The screening is co-sponsored by Canberra International Film Festival, tickets are available for purchase on the CIFF website.

Happening 3 November at NFSA Arc Cinema, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton.

CONCERT BLEU – PARIS ON A SPRING EVENING

The Alliance Française de Canberra, together with the Wesley Music Foundation, is presenting a new Spring Series of three concerts of beautiful French music at the Wesley Uniting Church.

This third concert, Concert Bleu – Paris on a Spring Evening, features the female voices of Luminescence Chamber Choir and outstanding young Australian organist Jonathan Lee. Music from Durufle, Faure, Debussy and other composers with a Paris connection.

These concerts are in support of the Alliance Française de Canberra Building Fund and the Wesley Music Foundation – Music Scholars program.

Happening Saturday 5 November at Wesley Uniting Church, 20-22 National Circuit, Forrest. Tickets from $25 at TryBooking.

ANCIENT RAIN

Iconic Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly, and magnetic Irish-French chanteuse, Camille O’Sullivan, star in the evocative new music theatre work Ancient Rain. They are joined by O’Sullivan’s long-time collaborator, songwriter and pianist, Feargal Murray.

Inspired by the works of W. B. Yeats and other great Irish poets, Ancient Rain combines the spoken word with a song-cycle of new compositions. Kelly and O’Sullivan, both mesmerising performers, inhabit a range of diverse characters as they reveal a tapestry of themes, from the cost of love and the price of independence, to the inadequacy of faith and the power of forgiveness.

An extraordinary opportunity to see these two legendary performers in the intimacy of a theatrical setting, Ancient Rain sees Kelly’s modest yet masterful style meet O’Sullivan’s powerful vulnerability, as they take you on a journey of loss, yearning and redemption.

Happening 2 – 5 November at 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre. More info and tickets at Canberra Theatre

SLAVA, RODRIGO & BEETHOVEN VII

Join “possibly the finest string ensemble on the planet” (The Telegraph UK) and Australian guitar virtuoso Slava Grigoryan for Slava, Rodrigo & Beethoven VII; an energetic concert at Canberra’s Llewellyn Hall.

Directed by Richard Tognetti, this program offers an elegiac delight from Ravel in his collection of Baroque dances that hark back to that great era of French music-making, and Beethoven’s joyful Seventh Symphony, which sees the first outing of the power and the drama that would eventually be displayed in his ever-popular Ninth.

Happening Saturday 5 November at Llewellyn Hall, William Herbert Place, Canberra. Bookings essential. Tickets from $49 at ACO.

AN EVENING OF SUFI ODES AND PEACE

An Evening of Sufi Odes and Peace is a festive event presented by Sahaja Yoga ACT with performances by Antarika and Music of Joy. Antarika is a group of young people with a passion for the poetic and powerful sounds of Qawwali. Music and Joy is composed of over twenty musicians from many countries who share uplifting music that dissolve cultural boundaries.

Delicious Afghan food will also be available in the evening.

Proceeds go to Mahboba’s Promise, an Australian Charity that look after Afghan orphans, provide education for girls, and rescue widows from destitution.

Happening 5 November at 6pm at Albert Hall. Tickets $28, Concession $25. Tickets at EventBrite.

KIM WILDE & HOWARD JONES

This concert is a unique opportunity to see two international eighties pop icons, Kim Wilde and Howard Jones, performing the hits that defined a generation, live on Australian stages.

Mention Kim Wilde and people’s eyes light up. The blonde singer with the siren voice and girl-next-door appeal is one of pop music’s most dazzling stars. In Australia she has always been very close to our hearts having charted three number one mega-hits – ‘Kids In America’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ and ‘If I Can’t Have You’.

Howard Jones is described by AllMusic.com as “one of the defining figures of mid-’80s synth pop”. A classically trained pianist, Howard Jones applied his classical skills to synthesisers, creating a unique sound and composing a string of chart topping hits. His 1983 debut single, “New Song” peaked at number three in the UK singles charts’.

Happening Wednesday 2 November 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets at Canberra Theatre

ANTHEMS AND ANGELS: THE COMPASSION PLAYS

Zsuzsi Soboslay, a theatre-maker and community artist, will create Anthems and Angels: The Compassion Plays. The project, modelled on the medieval ‘Everyman’ and Mystery plays, will create a magical event where people can move through stations of experience, swap stories and roles, or just listen and rethink relationships with transitions, home, homelessness, and change.

Happening 4 – 6 November at 7pm at Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Tickets at EventBrite for $20.

EVENSONG

Evensong offers choral music performed by the professional vocal ensemble, Clarion, led by Tobias Cole.

Head along to the National Portrait Gallery and check out this performance on a selected weekend each month.

Happening 4pm November 12-13 at National Portrait Gallery. Entry Cost: Free.

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

Run for your Lifeline this Saturday.

Run for your Lifeline this Saturday.

Run for Your Lifeline

The Icon Water “Run for your Lifeline” Fun Run and Half Marathon is back at a brand new location — Lake Burley Griffin. There’s something for everyone with a 5km or 10km run or walk and half marathon run. 100% of each registration goes directly to our local 13 11 14 crisis support and suicide prevention service. So get your friends and family together to run, jog or walk for your Lifeline, Canberra!

Happening on 5 November at 6.00pm at Patrick White Lawns, near the National Library. More information at RunYourLifeline

SELF-CARE AND LIFE

Let’s talk about it! Katie Walls from Gentle Rhythms Clinic in Sydney (a wellbeing clinic) presents an informal discussion on taking our self-care to the next level. Get together and talk about what’s really going on, how we feel and how we can support ourselves and each other through the experience of life.

We all have something to offer and as a community we can come together to share and bring out our strengths to support us all. On Wednesday 2 November from 6pm to 7:30pm (registration from 5:30pm) at 130 Valley Avenue, Gungahlin, Canberra in The Common Room of Common Ground Building. The event is free of charge, please RSVP to Clare Totterdell  – [email protected]

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.

Happening until 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.

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

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

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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 until 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.

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.

MARS – THE LIVE EXPERIENCE

For the first time, National Geographic Live is bringing the world’s leading authorities together for a unique major live event to discuss global space agency plans and the immense challenges awaiting Humankinds next great space adventure.

Join our Host Ray Martin as he presents live on stage, Apollo Legend and Mars advocate ‘Buzz Aldrin’, with leading authorities from US and European global space agencies including Prof. Mark McCaughrean Senior Science Advisor European Space Agency in a world first National Geographic Live event.

Using stunning images and footage from global space agencies and National Geographic Channel’s landmark new television series ‘MARS’, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer, audiences will experience live an exciting journey to the Red Planet our future new home.

Happening 7 November at 8pm at Llewellyn Hall Canberra. Tickets $79.90 – $160 at Ticketek.

Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Gardener and botanist Sarah Aylott and botanical illustrator Jenny McMillan will show you the basics of botanical illustration in a morning of appreciation for all things botany and art. Learn about plant biology, ways of representing these features on paper and pick up some gardening tips along the way. There will be plenty of time to stroll through our garden and practice the new skills you’ve learnt.

Saturday 5 November, 10am – 12pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $20

RANGER GUIDED WALKS AND ACTIVITIES AT TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers an extensive program of guided walks and activities and special school holiday activities throughout the year. Don’t miss your chance to see Australian wildlife in this beautiful natural environment.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles.

Walks and activities cater for a range of different age groups.

Happening until 31 December at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au.

From Brain to Book: author and publisher

Learn about bringing a book to life, with Canberra’s own LJM Owen and her commissioning editor Angela Meyer. They’ll discuss how to negotiate the world of publishing, what catches a publisher’s eye, and the publishing process from the inside.

Muse at East Hotel, 3pm to 4pm this Sunday 6 November. Tickets from trybooking.com.

WHAT DO WE WANT? THE STORY OF PROTEST IN AUSTRALIA

LaTrobe University’s Emeritus Professor Robert Manne is in Canberra to launch Clive Hamilton’s latest work. What do we Want? : The Story of Protest in Australia explores the colourful, enthralling and stirring forms of protest used in the big social movements that define modern Australia.

Clive Hamilton AM is an Australian author and public intellectual. He is the author of a number of influential books, which include this new release from NLA Publishing, What do we Want? The Story of Protests in Australia.

Happening 2 November at 6pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Tickets for $15

PLEBICITE 1916 AND 1917

Join the folks at the National Archives of Australia for a spirited discussion on the conscription plebiscites of 1916 and 1917. View collection items related to the divisive debates, and listen to a panel discussion about how the plebiscites are still relevant today.

Happening 4 November at 5.30pm at National Archives of Australia. Bookings essential, tickets at EventBrite.

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.

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

The Old Bus Depot Markets are something of a Sunday tradition.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are something of a Sunday tradition.

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.

La Grande Fête

Looking for a great free family day out? Come along to La Grande Fête, presented by Lycée franco australien de Canberra / Telopea Park School from 2:30pm to 7pm on Saturday 5 November!

One of the largest school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment stretching into the balmy twilight hours. La Grande Fête is famous for its international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied – from dodgem cars to show bags! And for the “big kids”, the event will again feature the annual Canberra French Car Clubs display, preloved clothing and books, the monster Raffle Extraordinaire, beer and wine and a cornucopia of food.

Happening from 2.30-7pm on Saturday 5 November at Telopea Park School, 25 New South Wales Cres, Barton. Interested in hosting a stall? Email [email protected] for details!

BelcoNOW NIGHT FESTIVAL

Celebrate Belco’s 50th at this free event for everyone! Families and friends can come together to make, munch and enjoy some community magic at Belconnen Arts Centre. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and making new memories in your community; enjoy the live entertainment, get the kids faces painted, join in the free arts and craft activities, catch a few Belco Flicks (a collection of short films curated by Belconnen Community Service) and indulge in some dinner and fresh lemonade while you immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere.

BelcoNOW will be the highlight of Belconnen’s 50th birthday year and a glorious blend of art, stories and memories are planned, all connected by strong links to “place”.

Live music and entertainment features Alison Procter, local Canberran musician who will be our roving MC for the evening, Chrissy Shaw, Liz Lea and our popular team from BAC’s own TalkBlak program will be performing some original new music. Become an exhibiting artist and make yourself a Belco origami Bird to hang in our stunning Foyer installation, print your own tea towels and badges, and create and take home your own Belco Birds sculptures at the open workshops led by local Indigenous artists.

Food and drinks will be available with local favourite the HaHa Bar selling fresh lemonade, the Lyons Club cooking and serving a traditional Aussie BBQ menu with steak sandwiches and sausages and they will be joined by a vibrant, fresh Vietnamese food stand, the popular Chicken Tikka stand, Sly Fox coffee.
As dusk approaches the large Belco bird lanterns with be set afloat on the lake and they will culminate in a fire-burning spectacular when we light-up a giant collaborative bird sculpture to the sounds of the Community Choir, composed and directed by Stephen Leek, performing an original work. This will be a treasured experience to remember!

Entry is free. On 5 November from 5pm – 8pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. For more information visit the website www.belconnenartscentre.com.au

WAY WE WEAR FROCK UP POP UP VINTAGE SALE

The Way We Wear Frock Up Pop Up Vintage Sale is a vintage event in Canberra with just ‘real vintage’. Over 100 years of vintage, retro, designer and antique fashion comes to Canberra plus fashion accessories, fashion art, fashion ephemera, textiles, lace, buttons, patterns, fashion books and everything for the Canberra ‘fashionista’.

Happening 6pm – 9pm Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November at Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith. Entry is a gold coin donation supporting Women of Empire.

FASH N TREASURE MARKET

Fash N Treasure is a Canberra based fashion market specialising in new, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories. The market also hosts collectible items including books, dvds, vinyl records and household items.

Happening 5 November at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park In Canberra, Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Fitroy Building, Mitchell at 10am. Entry is $3.

ARTSOUND’S SPRING BOOK AND MUSIC FAIR

ArtSound’s spring book and music fair will be held on Sunday 6 November from 9am to 4pm as part of the annual open studio day. The day is the culmination of Members’ Week 2016 – this year’s theme is Join us – we’re on your wavelength – when the station undertakes its major fundraising efforts towards operational costs and development.

Visitors to the open day are welcome to take a conducted tour of the studio, enjoy live and local music on the lawns from 12noon to 5pm and browse the wonderfully diverse collection of pre-loved books, CDs, vinyl and DVDs for sale. The lawns are a perfect place for a spring picnic.

Happening at 6 November at 3pm at Information about Members’ Week and the studio open day is at artsound.fm.

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 at 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

FOUNDATIONAL BREAST CARE

A woman’s relationship with her breasts is too often, one steeped in fear at the prospect of disease. In addition, as society suggests, her breasts are about mere function, whether that be in relationship to fashion or the function of breast-feeding and sex. So Foundational Breast Care is offering a community presentation on Breasts & Breast Care Awareness in Canberra.

Rarely is a woman connected to her breasts in a supportive and nurturing way that is honouring of herself as a woman first and foremost. Foundational Breast Care asks important questions regarding breast health and breast care and how these relate to a woman and the pivotal role that self-nurturing has on her overall health and wellbeing.

Tickets are $15. On Thursday 3 November at InSync – Body Mind Life Wellness Centre, 2a Barker Street, Griffith (parking available on premises) from 6.30pm – 8pm. Visit the website for more information www.foundationalbreastcare.com

KIDS

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

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

A COUNTRY FAIR – HOLY TRINITY PRIMARY SCHOOL FETE 2016

We will have Bell’s rides, jumping castle, a petting zoo, the reptile man, face painting, hair braiding, popcorn, fairy floss, BBQ, nachos, pizza, cakes to take home, cakes to savour at a café with real COFFEE.  All the normal fete stalls – Tombola/bottle, books, 2nd hand goods, plants, Christmas stall, and yes the dunking toilet.  Fantastic prizes are up for grabs on the chocolate wheel, silent auction and raffle. We will also have the Power Kart Race car, the author of the Cheer Chick Charlie books and our Holy Trinity musicians busking.

Happening 5 November at 10am at Holy Trinity Primary School, Theodore, Curtin.

AINSLIE SCHOOL FETE

Ainslie School is holding its much loved annual School Fete on Saturday 5 November from 10am to 2pm. This year the School’s foodie community is running a World Food themed fete.

There will food from all over the world including Japanese Pancakes, Mexican Nachos, Korean potatoes, Italian Gelato, delicious cakes and a World Food themed stall inspired by the Ainslie School Cookbook – Ainslie Food. The fete will also have a cooking demonstration by talented Canberra Chef Jeff Piper from Thirst Thai Restaurant.

This year’s family fun day will also include a Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Jumping Castle, Fairy Floss, Tombola Stall, Plants and Preserves, Preloved books, bikes, children’s clothes and toys. Please come along and help raise funds for one of Canberra’s oldest schools.

Next year this beautiful Art Deco School turns 90. Come along and help this lovely school community raise funds to celebrate this grand old lady of Canberra!

Ainslie School Donaldson Street, Braddon.

STORY TIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys. This Friday program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening Fridays, excluding public holidays 10.30 am until 16 June 2017 in the lower galleries at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

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.

WEBERS CIRCUS 

Webers Circus Wild West Show is heading to Diddams Close, Ginninderra with a packed two hour fun-filled show that will appeal to all ages. See 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 28 October – 13 November at Webers Circus Tent, Diddams Close, Belconnen at 7pm.

SPRING STORIES WITH ANNIE BRYANT

Come hear magical storyteller and singer Annie Bryant of Tales & Songs in the Storytent. Annie will be weaving magical Spring Stories and celebrating spring with songs from her album Wake Up!

Annie will be joined by Kelly of Happy Whimsical Hearts who will lead a spring craft for the children.

Happening 5 November 10am at The Cottage at the Orana Steiner School, Unwin Street, Weston

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

Ministrations of the shepherdess, 2014 by Graeme Drendel. Collection of the artist, Melbourne.

Ministrations of the shepherdess, 2014 by Graeme Drendel. Collection of the artist, Melbourne.

The Popular Pet Show

The Popular Pet Show will express the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and will celebrate their trusting, unpretentious ways. Comprising exuberant recent Australian paintings, many on a large scale, it will include portraits of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney and Kristin Headlam.

The Popular Pet Show will be the National Portrait Gallery’s major summer show, running from 4 November 2016 to 12 March 2017. A host of associated programs and events for adults, children and pets are currently in development.

Free entry. See website for more information: portrait.gov.au/exhibitions.

HORSE

Horse; an exhibition of new works from Grace Costa, celebrating her lifelong love affair with horses as handed down to her, from father to daughter. Costa explores her innate attraction to horses through her lens, photographing unbridled horses in one of Canberra’s most treasured sites bringing them out of their natural surroundings.

The Nishi Gallery is a space in NewActon dedicated to the presentation of exhibitions that explore our curiosities on local identity, objects and their meaning, the natural world, design experimentation and artisanal making.

Showing 4 – 20 November at 11am – 3pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, Canberra. Free entry.

MUD MEN: RAMESH NITHIYENDRAN

Mud men: Ramesh Nithiyendran is an installation comprising five large-scale ceramic sculpture, including four new works that are being exhibited for the first time.

The Sydney based artist draws from wildly varied subject matter, including Hindu and Christian religions, patriarchy and its opposition in queer and feminist theory. He also incorporates motifs from art history.

Showing until 30 January 2017 at 10am at National Galley of Australia.

STUDIO CBR: IN THE MAKING

With a suite of 12 photographic portraits of Canberra’s premier designers and makers, this exhibition captures the energy and creativity of Canberra’s creative community.

Studio CBR: In the Making is a Design Canberra signature exhibition presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre.

Showing until 25 November, weekdays at 9am at Canberra Region Visitors Centre at Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes. Free entry.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

For half a century during the 1860’s, Ginninderra flourished and in it’s prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post & telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel.
By 1915 Ginninderra was finished. Find this out and more by visiting the Re-Discovering Ginninderra exhibition.

Showing until 16 March 2017, every Thursday at 10.00am to 12.00pm and the first Sunday of every month from noon till 3pm at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

HEATHER B. SWANN

Heather B. Swann’s Nervous is live performance and art installation, creating a multidisciplinary arts experience of intense emotional states. The dramatic installation of sculptures evokes playfulness, poetic inspiration, contemplation and an unsettling surreality.

Happening from 10am to 5pm each day until 20 November at National Gallery of Australia.

OPEN STUDIO HOSTED BY SILT

This Design Canberra Festival open studio and special event celebrates the simple pleasures of the everyday ritual of making and drinking tea. Be visually stimulated by the botanical sculptures of Field and Coppice, enjoy the aroma of freshly brewed specialty teas by Tea Garden Co. and purchase locally hand-crafted ceramics by SILT – a makers collective. See ceramic makers at work.

Happening 5 November from 11am to 4om at Watson Arts Centre. More information at Design Canberra Festival.

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.

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

Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video Exhibition

Recognised as the father of Chinese video art, Zhang Peili established himself as an avant-garde painter in the mid-1980s, while experimenting with installation and other new media. In 1988, he became the first Chinese artist to seriously explore video as a medium, switching permanently from painting in 1994.

‘From Painting to Video’ presents one of his last paintings—recently gifted to the Australian Centre on China in the World, newly restored and never before exhibited—alongside a selection of Zhang’s earliest, seminal video works. Through his practice, Zhang continued to deconstruct media and destabilise systems that produce meaning, and his work enacts an applied system and logic that ultimately reveals uncertainty in the authority that surrounds us.

Happening 12 and 13 November: 11am – 3pm at The Gallery, Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Australian National University, Fellows Lane, Acton. Free entry.

RECLAIM

Reclaim features designer-makers who have risen to the challenge of presenting high-end, functional and wearable objects created from waste materials. The exhibition speaks to issues of local sustainability and brings awareness to audiences of waste material being seen as a resource.

Reclaim features works by Sam Tomkins, Luke Laffan, Nadege Desgenetez, Simon Cottrell, Gilbert Riedelbauch, Joanne Searle, Corr Blimey, Christina Bricknell and Dan Edwards.
Reclaim is curated by Mel George.

Showing 3 – 17 November at 10am to 5pm Weekdays, Saturday 12 – 4 at Design Centre, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra 

HOLLY GRACE – SOLITUDE

The organic forms and subtle tonal variations that occur in nature provide a rich source of inspiration for glass artist Holly Grace – Solitude. Of this show in particular, Holly says; “In the changing light of day I witness natures dawn and dusk, both sublime and transcendental in its beauty. With wonderment and fear I reflect on what lays before me, illuminated by light, transformed by thought – it is the landscape.”

Sowing until 6 November, Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 9am – 5pm at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Free entry.

SMOOTH TRANSLATION

Commissioned by the Portrait Gallery for Design Canberra, local choreographer James Batchelor imagines the moving body as construction site. An ode to master sculptor Barbara Hepworth, Smooth Translations examines carving as an entry point to the ‘interiority’ of matter. It is a choreography of sculpting, building and forming a landscape, a moment of translation from one body to another.

Showing Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 1.30pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

SUE LOVEGROVE – THE BOOK OF TREES

Tasmanian artist Sue Lovegrove’s sublime new exhibition The Book of Trees brings together the tradition of 11th century Persian manuscript illumination with documentary style portraits of trees. Sue has chosen mostly old, dead or disregarded trees that, in her mind, have significant cultural and environmental heritage such as Pencil Pines, River Red Gums and other trees from Sue’s own property in Tasmania. Through these exquisitely and elaborately rendered compositions, she celebrates the beauty of Persian art as well as the aesthetic and sculptural form of the tree.

Sue’s work is represented in collections across Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Parliament House, Artbank and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Showing until 6 November Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 5pm, Weekends: 9am – 5pm at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Free entry.

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

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.

Feature image courtesy of mjbale.com

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