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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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SIX THINGS NOT TO MISS

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The National Arboretum is often after dark this Friday night.

Late Night Opening: Superstition

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on selected Fridays during January and February. There’s a variety of fascinating and free performances throughout the summer.

To coincide with Friday 13, the theme will be “Superstition.”. DJ Mr Michael will play a selection of music, with accompanying caricatures drawn by Andrew Hore.

Happening Friday 13 January, 5pm – 8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Arboretum After Hours

Kick back after work this Friday night on the northern deck at the Arboretum and chill out to the tunes of awesome local musos from the Black Hat Band. Enjoy great food and drinks while soaking up in the best views in Canberra. See in the weekend and cool down with a glass of bubbly, chilled wine or a cold beer and get your feet tapping to the smooth tunes slide guitar and sax.

Relax, with extended opening hours, the Village Centre, National Bonsai & Penjing Collection and The Curatoreum Gift Store will be open until 7pm. If you are feeling active, free hour-long guided ‘Fire and Water’ walks depart at 6pm, bring covered shoes and water.

Happening Friday 13 and 20 January, 4pm – 7pm at The National Arboretum, Canberra.

See website for more information.

Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema

There a few signs which signal summer is truly here – longer days, warmer weather and the return of Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas. The quintessential summer cinema returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

The event, which saw Australians consuming over 160,000 scoops of ice cream last year, will be open from Monday to Sunday throughout the season with a packed itinerary of quirky comedies, retro classics, award-winning features, new releases and cult classics.

This season’s line-up is a heavenly mix of action-packed blockbusters (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed), hilarious quirky comedies (Office Christmas Party, Why Him?), some cult classics (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mean Girls, Grease) and flicks for all the whole family (Sing, Trolls, Moana).

Happening between Thursday 12 January and Sunday 19 February, at Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017

See website for more information.

PETER PAN THE MUSICAL

Ickle Pickle Productions proudly presents Peter Pan the MusicalOriginally adapted from the British stage by Piers Chater-Robinson, and based on the wonderful J.M Barrie story, Peter Pan is suitable for all ages and is the perfect school holiday entertainment.

Following on from Ickle Pickle’s lavish production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in January 2016, Peter Pan features a cast of 35 performers, wonderful music and staging that will enthral the whole family!

Happening Friday 6 to Sunday 8 January, 7pm – 9pm at the Belconnen Theatre Swanson Ct., Belconnen.

See website for more information and bookings.

Queanbeyan Drive-In Summer Movie: The Jungle Book

Enjoy some retro family fun this summer with Queanbeyan Drive-In Movies.

Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

Happening Friday 13 January, 8pm – 11pm at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Av., Queanbeyan.

See website for more information.

VERSAILLES TREASURES FROM THE PALACE

For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles

SOMETHING TO PLAN AHEAD FOR…

Australia Day Cocktail Party at the Museum Bar

Celebrate Australia Day 2017 in style, with a cocktail party at the Museum Bar! Enjoy the Australia Day fireworks with great food, drinks and entertainment from the best lakeside view in town!

The Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum will also be open for you to enjoy. 

Happening Thursday 26 January from 7-11pm at the National Museum of Australia.

Cost: $120 includes entry to the exhibition, food and beverages. Hurry, numbers strictly limited. For more information and tickets visit: nma.gov.au/museumbar

 Over 18s only

FOOD & DRINK

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Arboretum After Hours

Kick back after work this Friday night on the northern deck at the Arboretum and chill out to the tunes of awesome local musos from the Black Hat Band. Enjoy great food and drinks while soaking up in the best views in Canberra. See in the weekend and cool down with a glass of bubbly, chilled wine or a cold beer and get your feet tapping to the smooth tunes slide guitar and sax.

Relax, with extended opening hours, the Village Centre, National Bonsai & Penjing Collection and The Curatoreum Gift Store will be open until 7pm. If you are feeling active, free hour-long guided ‘Fire and Water’ walks depart at 6pm, bring covered shoes and water.

Happening Friday 13 and 20 January, 4pm – 7pm at The National Arboretum, Canberra.

See website for more information.

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.

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.

MUSIC, DANCE, FILM & THEATRE

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Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema

There a few signs which signal summer is truly here – longer days, warmer weather and the return of Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas. The quintessential summer cinema returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

The event, which saw Australians consuming over 160,000 scoops of ice cream last year, will be open from Monday to Sunday throughout the season with a packed itinerary of quirky comedies, retro classics, award-winning features, new releases and cult classics.

This season’s line-up is a heavenly mix of action-packed blockbusters (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed), hilarious quirky comedies (Office Christmas Party, Why Him?), some cult classics (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mean Girls, Grease) and flicks for all the whole family (Sing, Trolls, Moana).

Happening between Thursday 12 January and Sunday 19 February, atPatrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017

See website for more information.

Saturday Screening: Oddball

Keep cool these summer holidays with a movie at the National Portrait Gallery. Don’t miss the Saturday Screening: Oddball.

An eccentric chicken farmer named Swampy teams up with his granddaughter to train their mischievous dog, Oddball, to protect the penguins from foxes in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

Happening Saturday 14 January, 3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Late Night Opening: Superstition

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on selected Fridays during January and February. There’s a variety of fascinating and free performances throughout the summer.

To coincide with Friday 13, the theme will be “Superstition.”. DJ Mr Michael will play a selection of music, with accompanying caricatures drawn by Andrew Hore.

Happening Friday 13 January, 5pm – 8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Queanbeyan Drive-In Summer Movie: The Jungle Book

Enjoy some retro family fun this summer with Queanbeyan Drive-In Movies.

Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

Happening Friday 13 January, 8pm – 11pm at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Av., Queanbeyan.

See website for more information.

Queanbeyan Drive-In Summer Movie: Frozen

In Frozen, Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Happening Saturday 14 January, 8pm – 11pm at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Av., Queanbeyan.

See website for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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Friday The 13th Dinosaur Museum Tour

Feeling brave this Friday the 13th? Then join the National Dinosaur Museum’s haunted BOO-seum tour. Be prepared to learn about the ghastly, weird and disgusting world of dinosaurs during this special Night Tour.

All ages welcome.

Happening Friday 13 January, 5.30pm – 8pm at The National Dinosaur Museum, Barton Hwy, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

ACT Together Foster Carer Recruitment Session

No matter how much time you have to give – from one weekend a month to a year or a whole childhood – you can change a child’s life. ACT Together is a new consortium created to provide quality services for children and young people in out-of-home care in the (ACT).

ACT Together is urgently seeking different types of foster carers in the Canberra region to provide safe and stable homes for children and young people who cannot live with their families. Foster carers are especially needed for children living with a disability, groups of two or more siblings and young people aged 11-15 years.

Happening Wednesday 11 January, 1pm – 2pm at 26 Thynne St., Bruce.

See website for more information.

Dream Pet Workshop

Draw inspiration from The Popular Pet Show exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and create a three-dimensional portrait of your real or imagined pet with modelling material.

Suitable for children aged 6 – 10 years.

Happening Wednesday 11 January, 10am – 11.30am at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information

Late Night Opening: Superstition

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on selected Fridays during January and February. There’s a variety of fascinating and free performances throughout the summer.

To coincide with Friday 13, the theme will be “Superstition.”. DJ Mr Michael will play a selection of music, with accompanying caricatures drawn by Andrew Hore.

Happening Friday 13 January, 5pm – 8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Drone Bootcamp

Bootcamp ALPHA: A fantastic short introductory program where you learn about drones in an engaging and informative lecture incorporating gameplay, videos and activities.

Once you’ve passed the CASA RPAS test (relax, everyone passes) you’ll spend a couple of hours learning to fly one of our Syma X5 drones in a fun, safe and responsible environment graduating with your ‘wings’.

Suitability: Ages 10 and up. Ages 10-12 years must be accompanied by a parent/carer for the duration of the event (only one ticket is required).

Content:
• The past, present and future of autonomous aircraft.
• CASA rules and regulations.
• Basic flying skills, drills and activities.
Spots available: Eight (8)

Cost: $59 per person.

Happening Monday 16 January, 9.30am – 1pm at Campbell High School, Treloar Cresent, Campbell.

See website for more information.

FOSSIL DIG AT THE NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM

At midday every day during the school holidays visitors to the National Dinosaur Museum will be able to join our education team and learn some of the techniques employed by palaeontologists to find and catalogue fossils.
Fun and educational, visitors will help search for and describe the real fossils they find and can earn a certificate issued from the PTP (Palaeontologist Training Program).

Free with normal entry. Suggest visitors take the 11am tour of the museum, and then join the midday fossil dig. Guided tours also run throughout the ACT School Holidays at 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

See website for more information.

FOSSIL LIGHT AT THE NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM

Looking up at the night sky, you are not observing how the stars are today; you are seeing how they used to be. When NASA turns the lense of the HUBBLE space telescope onto a galaxy 120 million light years away, it is actually looking into the distant past; in other words they are studying ‘Fossil Light’ as old as the dinosaurs.

This school holidays walk through the galleries and explore a number of high definition images collected by HUBBLE from various ages of the past, along with the fossils of the same age. The display is free with normal entry.

See website for more information.

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.

SPORT

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Canberra Capitals Vs. Townsville Fire

Women’s National Basketball (WNBL) heats up in Round 7 when University of Canberra Capitals vs Townsville Fire for the second time this season here in Canberra.

Get your tickets now via Ticketbooth.

Happening Saturday 14 January, 3pm at Southern Cross Stadium, 22 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway.

See website for more information.

Canberra Cavalry Vs. Melbourne Aces

Head out to watch baseball, eat great food, and have an amazing night at Narrabundah Ballpark when Canberra Cavalry vs. Melbourne Aces.

Whether you are a huge baseball fan, enjoy sports in general, or are just looking for a fun night, a Cavalry game is a great opportunity to experience baseball with family, friends, or an organisation.

The Cavalry were the 2013 Australian Baseball League Champions and are excited for a competitive 2016-17 season.

Happening Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 January and Thursday to Saturday 7pm and Sunday, 1pm at Canberra Cavalry & Narrabundah Ballpark, Corner of Goyder and Kyeema Place, Narrabundah.

See website for more information.

CANBERRA CHALLENGER

The Canberra Challenger event is coming to Canberra. The 2016 tennis event was the first of its kind in the ACT, attracting 54 players from 20 countries and over 3,000 spectators. The event attracted a quality international field with ten top 100 players featuring. 32 players went on to compete at the 2016 Australian Open in singles, doubles, and junior events.

Happening Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 January, 9am – 5pm at Canberra Tennis Centre, Riggall Place, Lyneham.

See website for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer, Tennis and Swim Intensive Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program. All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Full day or weekly programs available. Happening Tuesday 3 to Friday 27 January, 8am – 5.30pm (except Australia Day) at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce.

See website for more information.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Old Bus Depot Markets

The Old Bus Depot Markets is Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople.

Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building. Stalls offer unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

The markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets.

Happening at Wentworth Avenue, Kingston every Sunday with a variety of special theme events are held regularly throughout the year.

Find out more at obdm.com.au

KIDS

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‘Serious Fun’ Drama Workshop

A playful exploration of the imaginative expression of the body. Professional actor and teacher Christopher Samuel Carroll will lead a workshop of drama games and movement exercises that aim to awaken a child’s perception of their own body – and everything it can be! How does fire move? Is purple slow or fast? Where does excitement live in the body?

By imagining, trying out, and discovering different dynamics of movement, participants are encouraged to leave the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ of the classroom behind, and follow the spark of their creativity for a two-hour session of high-energy play.

Suitable for ages 7-10.

Happening Saturday 14 January, 10am – 12pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See website for more information.

‘Taming the Dragon’ Drama Workshop

Learn to unleash and harness the raw, visceral material within that fuels us as performers, opening the door to a more physical, intuitive approach to the actor’s craft.

A practical introduction to physical training and devising techniques by physical-theatre practitioner, Christopher Samuel Carroll, used in the development of his one-man show, Paradise Lost. Participants will be led through structured physical exercises for the actor, acting as a foundation for dynamic improvisation, and evolving gradually into composition – always energised and supported by the artistic tension between structure and freedom.

This workshop will be a safe space for play and exploration, which broaches the threshold of the sensitivity, vulnerability and inspiration that defines each of us as unique, creative performers.

Participants will display a willingness to commit to a vigorous engagement with the work, not beyond, but at the limits of their physical capacities. Young actors, dancers, and those with an interest in drama, are invited to attend.

Happening Saturday 14 January, 2pm – 5pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See website for more information.

Explore and Cook Archival Recipes with Kids Pantry

Kids Pantry is Canberra’s only cooking school and kitchen garden that’s just for kids. They’re hosting a school holiday program at the National Archives of Australia designed for children aged between two and 18.

Explore and Cook Archival Recipes with Kids Pantry in a fun and supportive environment.

Happening Monday 16 January, 10am – 12pm at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

School Holiday Movie Program: Pixar-Palooza!

This January school holidays, discover (or rediscover) some classic films from Pixar Animations Studios, one of the most imaginative and exciting creative teams on the planet in Pixar-Palooza! at the National Film and Sound Archives.

From adventures with Princess Merida in Brave, to swimming the seas with Nemo and Dory, you’ll meet characters and stories that excite and enchant.

Finding Nemo 3D – 11 January
Ratatouille – 12 January
Finding Dory – 13 January
The Incredibles – 18 January
Inside Out – 19 January
Brave – 20 January

Happening from Monday 9 January to Friday 20 January on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11am at National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See website for more information.

Mr. Tim’s Mini Musical Holiday Program

A week long performance program for 8-12 year olds. Over five days, participants will work with Mr. Tim to write and develop an original musical, culminating in a public performance.

Cost: $125 per student, subsidised places available on a needs basis.

Happening Monday 16 January to Friday 20 January,9.30am – 4pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed St., Greenway.

See website for more information.

Friday The 13th Dinosaur Museum Tour

Feeling brave this Friday the 13th? Then join the National Dinosaur Museum’s haunted BOO-seum tour. Be prepared to learn about the ghastly, weird and disgusting world of dinosaurs during this special Night Tour.

All ages welcome.

Happening Friday 13 January, 5.30pm – 8pm at The National Dinosaur Museum, Barton Hwy, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

Drone Bootcamp

Bootcamp ALPHA: A fantastic short introductory program where you learn about drones in an engaging and informative lecture incorporating gameplay, videos and activities.

Once you’ve passed the CASA RPAS test (relax, everyone passes) you’ll spend a couple of hours learning to fly one of our Syma X5 drones in a fun, safe and responsible environment graduating with your ‘wings’.

Suitability: Ages 10 and up. Ages 10-12 years must be accompanied by a parent/carer for the duration of the event (only one ticket is required).

Content:
• The past, present and future of autonomous aircraft.
• CASA rules and regulations.
• Basic flying skills, drills and activities.
Spots available: Eight (8)

Cost: $59 per person.

Happening Monday 16 January, 9.30am – 1pm at Campbell High School, Treloar Cresent, Campbell.

See website for more information.

Dream Pet Workshop

Draw inspiration from The Popular Pet Show exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and create a three-dimensional portrait of your real or imagined pet with modelling material.

Suitable for children aged 6 – 10 years.

Happening Wednesday 11 January, 10am – 11.30am at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information

Queanbeyan Drive-In Summer Movie: The Jungle Book

Enjoy some retro family fun this summer with Queanbeyan Drive-In Movies.

Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

Happening Friday 13 January, 8pm – 11pm at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Av., Queanbeyan.

See website for more information.

Queanbeyan Drive-In Summer Movie: Frozen

In Frozen, Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Happening Saturday 14 January, 8pm – 11pm at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Av., Queanbeyan.

See website for more information.

Saturday Screening: Oddball

Keep cool these summer holidays with a movie at the National Portrait Gallery. Don’t miss the Saturday Screening: Oddball.

An eccentric chicken farmer named Swampy teams up with his granddaughter to train their mischievous dog, Oddball, to protect the penguins from foxes in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

Happening Saturday 14 January, 3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FAMILY CORNER

During the school holidays pop into the National Archives of Australia to enjoy puzzles, play a board game and read a book from their selection of Australian stories. Free, bookings not required.

Happening until Wednesday 25 January 2017 at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM SCHOOL HOLIDAY TOURS

Join in the fun these school holidays with the National Dinosaur Museum. Take a guided tour through Australia’s largest display of dinosaurs. Experience the Mesozoic – the age of the dinosaurs , touching genuine fossilised bones from dinosaurs and other extinct creatures along the way!

Suitable for all ages. Free with museum admission. These fun, educational tours are available every day during ACT and NSW school holidays.

Happening Saturday 17 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017, Daily: 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm at National Dinosaur Museum, 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

WORDPLAY

Drop in and read, write, illustrate and imagine at Wordplay. A range of activities allow you to explore the shape, meaning and use of language. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Happening10am – 4pm until Sunday 29 January at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FAMILY CORNER

During the school holidays pop into the National Archives of Australia to enjoy puzzles, play a board game and read a book from their selection of Australian stories.

Happening until Wednesday 25 January at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information and opening times.

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.

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.

Sniffing Around The Pet Show

Join Dr Sarah Engledow, curator of The Popular Pet Show, for a stroll through The Popular Pet Show exhibition.

This Sniffing around the Pet Show tour will be Auslan interpreted.

Happening Sunday 15 January, 2pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Discovery Space: History Of You

How will you be remembered? Discovery Space: History of You is inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Make your own time capsule that includes a small soap carving, identity badge and snapshot photo of yourself taken on the day. Take along a small, special object from your life and learn some cool techniques on how to draw your object with artist Naomi Zouwer.

All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential for Discovery Space.

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles discounted entry into the A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum exhibition.

Happening from Monday 9 January to Friday 20 January, weekdays, 10am – 11.30am and 11.30am – 1pm at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See website for more information.

Afternoon Play Space

Play, read or relax in the Bay Window play space.

Curl up with a book or try one of the self-guided activities at no cost.

 

Happening from Monday 9 January to Friday 20 January, weekdays, 10am – 11.30am and 11.30am – 1pm at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See website for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

ACT Together Foster Carer Recruitment Session

No matter how much time you have to give – from one weekend a month to a year or a whole childhood – you can change a child’s life. ACT Together is a new consortium created to provide quality services for children and young people in out-of-home care in the (ACT).

ACT Together is urgently seeking different types of foster carers in the Canberra region to provide safe and stable homes for children and young people who cannot live with their families. Foster carers are especially needed for children living with a disability, groups of two or more siblings and young people aged 11-15 years.

Happening Wednesday 11 January, 1pm – 2pm at 26 Thynne St., Bruce.

See website for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

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Late Night Opening: Superstition

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on selected Fridays during January and February. There’s a variety of fascinating and free performances throughout the summer.

To coincide with Friday 13, the theme will be “Superstition.”. DJ Mr Michael will play a selection of music, with accompanying caricatures drawn by Andrew Hore.

Happening Friday 13 January, 5pm – 8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

ATHOL SHMITH FASHION PHOTOGRAPHS

Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Showing until Sunday 16 July 2017. Open from 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

VERSAILLES TREASURES FROM THE PALACE

For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles

IN DEPTH: JOANNA BONE WITH AARON MICALLEF

Inspired by found objects including sea grasses, sand dollars and other marine creatures, Joanna Bone has revisited her childhood love of pattern and repetition in this new body of extraordinary glass works. The sense of depth and layers within the surface of these pieces engages viewers and invites intimate observation and quiet contemplation.

What started as a photographic documentation of Joanna’s work, has moved beyond the pure recording of processes, with Aaron creating stunning imagery that captures and reinterprets Joanna’s body of works in this exhibition.

Showing until Sunday 15 January 2017 at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston.

Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year. Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’ showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Showing until Friday 30 June 2017, 10am at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See website for more information.

ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia.

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See websitefor more information.

PETER HISLOP, PEOPLE, PERFORMANCES AND PLACES

Peter Hislop is a photographer specialising in documenting fine music performance and performers. This exhibition looks back forty years to the beginning of this work and comes forward to the present in a personal journey through fond memories of people, performances and places.

Peter currently works full-time as a Public Servant, and documents approximately two hundred music events per annum in his free time. The images are donated to the performers, and a catalogued set is also gifted to the National Film and Sound Archives as part of their documentation of Australia’s music making.

Showing until Wednesday 25 January 2017 daily from noon to 4pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information.

AJIT NINAN: CARTOONIST TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEMOCRACY

One of India’s best known cartoonists for the Centrestage series in India Today magazine and Ninan’s World in the Times of India, Ajit Ninan has been part of many Indians’ daily lives. See the most provoking and influential political cartoons from the world’s largest democracy. For Ajit Ninan cartooning runs in the blood, he is the nephew of cartoonist Abu Abraham and had his first cartoon published in the late 1960s when he was still at school.

Showing until Wednesday 1 March 2017 at The Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

THE POPULAR PET SHOW

The Popular Pet Show expresses 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 includes 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 until 12 March 2017.

Exhibition tickets: $10/$8 members and concessions. See website for more information: portrait.gov.au/exhibitions.

FOR COUNTRY, FOR NATION

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service in times of war and peace will be told in this new exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

For Country, for Nation will draw inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of the warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

Showing until 27 September 2017, 10am – 5pm, at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

See website for more information.

THE SELL: AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING 1790S TO 1990S

Step back in time, into the ads of Australia’s past. The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s showcases rich collections of Australian advertising and explores the messages behind many iconic and long forgotten ads.

Ephemeral by nature, often lasting in impact, advertising can reflect how much or just how little Australian society has changed over the centuries. From wanted posters to ads for underwear and chocolates, Vegemite and Victa Mowers, to the ‘Life. Be in it’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaigns, there will be something to push everyone’s buttons!

Showing until 25 April 2017, daily 10am – 5pm. No booking required. More information at National Library of Australia.

FRANK STELLA THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking.

Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year.

Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Collection showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Showing until 30 June 2017, 10am – 5pm daily at the National Gallery of Australia. More information at National Gallery of Australia

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.

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.

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

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.

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 Strugglepays 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.

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 ofMagna 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 exhibitionexplores 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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