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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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13 THINGS NOT TO MISS

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SUN-DOWN GET-DOWN

Join Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres for a garden get down featuring Canberra’s finest purveyors of disco, funk and soul; and the launch of A+G’s 2017 program. Sun-Down Get-Down’s invites you to have a conversation with a stranger, discover stories from the future, play with mischievous performers, and tear it up on the dance floor.

Get down in Gorman’s little village green with beer from Pact Beer Co, specially created cocktails from Mint Garden Bar and delicious eats from The Forage. The lineup includes: Playful Sound, Not Quite Disco and Sardines. There’ll be interactive art, installations and more. This is an all ages event.

Entry is free. On 24 February from 6pm – late at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon. Visit the website for more information.

Cold Light: In Conversation

Don’t miss this lively evening of conversation with novelist Frank Moorhouse and playwright Alana Valentine about their recent collaboration, Cold Light, premiering at The Street Theatre this March.

The play is an epic story of an extraordinary woman and her role in transforming modern Australia. With scenes set in Old Parliament House, this iconic building sets the tone for Cold Light: In Conversation, a discussion about Frank’s remarkable historical research and Alana’s adaption of the novel.

Martini Whisperer Phillip Jones has created a bespoke Cold Light Martini for sale on the night. The Martini evokes the character of Edith Campbell Berry and the depth of the Cold Light story.

Numbers limited. Bookings essential.

Happening Wednesday 22 February from 6pm-8.30pm at Members Bar, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show!

The award-winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors.

Stay for the day. Play under the night lights. Get in fast to buy your favourite show bags. There’s something for all the family.

Happening Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February from 8.30am-10pm and Sunday 26 February from 8.30am-6pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchell. Find more information here.

COSMIC DECAY: CONTAMINATION BOOK LAUNCH

In local author Courtney Carr’s debut novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, the world is dominated by the Mindless – humans who hunt the empty streets in a cannibalistic rage. A small group of survivors witness the arrival of Visitors from another world who covet the Earth and its natural resources.

When the settlement of Earth begins, the group of survivors race to unravel the mystery that connects the Mindless to the Visitors, giving them their best chance at surviving against all odds.

On Saturday 4 March at 11.30am, Courtney Carr will be signing exclusive copies of her debut novel at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden Plaza.

For more information go to the website.

SCULPTURE GARDEN SUNDAY

Canberra’s best-loved family day, when the magical Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Australia transforms into a wonderland of workshops, performances and installations inspired by the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition. The gold, grandeur and glamour all combine into a sumptuous day of creativity in our beautiful garden.

Entry is free. On Sunday 26 February from 10.30am – 1.30pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Pl, Parkes.

Miss Muddy Canberra

Miss Muddy Canberra is a fun female five-kilometre event full of colour, foam, music, mud, bubbles, water balloons and big bouncy obstacles.

This untimed event is designed to suit all fitness and experience levels. Choose a time that suits you and enjoy the perfect girls’ day out in the Canberra countryside.

Happening Saturday 25 February at 9am-7pm at Sutton Rd Driver Training Centre, 441 Sutton Road, Majura. Find more information here.

NEW ROMANTICS FILM FESTIVAL

Nostalgia, romance, and national dreaming are the stuff of Frank Capra’s rich and dreamy palette. Check out a delicious selection of groundbreaking contemporary cinema driven by new understandings of these ‘Capraesque’ themes to complement the National Film and Sound Archive’s Capra retrospective.

The New Romantics Film Festival screens films every Friday night in February and includes new work from acclaimed directors Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lee Tamahori and Aleksey German Jr.

Films screening:

Mahana – 24 February

Showing until 24 February 2017 from 7pm at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information on the website.

STUART DEVLIN – THE DESIGNER WITH THE MIDAS TOUCH

The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the website.

Late Night Openings: Gone to the Dogs

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.

Ken Done relates many a tall ‘tail’ about his furry companions, accompanied by music performed by the John Mackey Trio.

Remember to catch the Popular Pet Show highlights tour at 7pm (exhibition ticket required).

Happening Friday 24 February from 5pm-8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

In David Attenborough’s First Life VR, visitors travel back 540 million years as Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces us to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extinct sea creatures.

Long-extinct animals such as the whimsically built Opabinia, the fearsome-looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia will be brought vividly alive in a fully immersive VR experience.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR uses real-world footage and pioneering technologies to shed new light on this magnificent habitat. Visitors will take a 360-degree, VR tour through the vibrant coral, darting fish and majestic sharks in this great natural wonder of the world. In a state-of-the-art submersible, Attenborough guides us through the reef.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

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.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

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

See website for more information.

Moving Archetypes: Dance for Connecting free introductory community workshops

Canberrans will have the opportunity to dance their way to connecting with powerful mythical and legendary archetypes through a series of brand new dance classes.

The new classes titled ‘Moving Archetypes’ are the latest offering from internationally award winning choreographer, Padma Menon. Archetypes are figures, such as Cleopatra, Tara or Kali, that symbolise universal patterns of human stories and feelings.

Padma Menon has over 30 years’ international experience as a choreographer and facilitator. Her classes use Indian and western movement, reflection and guided improvisation and music from diverse cultures. Those who have attended classes with Padma all over the world say that archetypes help embrace complexity and make people feel less isolated in their life experiences.

No previous experience of dance or knowledge of archetypes is required.

Padma is offering two free introductory workshops followed by a five-week course of Moving Archetypes classes.

Venue: Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston. Numbers limited and bookings required. Email [email protected] or call 0447643646

The course begins 21 February 2017 and finishes 25 March 2017 (weekly once classes). Find more information here.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

After record attendance last year, Friday Night Drinks are back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match. The event kicks off Friday from 4pm with live bands, cocktails and a BBQ.   

The season will run until April 7, with each week bringing a different themed event to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think DJs, amazing food, craft beers and lawn games. The perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend. 

Themes will be revealed each week on the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Facebook page. 

Happening until Friday 7 April, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

FOOD & DRINK

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HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm.

PRICING

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

$60 per person including a glass of Piper- Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

The new high tea menu will launch Saturday 4 February when Burbury Terrace reopens following the holiday season.

Happening Saturday 18 February from 2pm and Sunday 19 February from 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

Tom’s Block 2015 Shiraz Release 

They didn’t make a lot of the Tom’s Block Shiraz in 2014 and they didn’t make any in 2016 so the release of the 2015 Tom’s Block Shiraz is something special. This is a fun evening to celebrate the release of their reserve Shiraz.

There will be platters to start, pizzas in the middle and something sweet to finish and a glass of wine with each course. If you have had the chance to try their 2015 Shiraz you would know that 2015 was a great vintage for them so they are particularly excited about this wine.

Happening Saturday 25 February from 5.30pm-8.30pm at Four Winds Vineyard, 9 Patemans Lane, Murrumbateman. Find more information here.

Burnelee Excursions on Horseback: Twilight Ride

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

Ainslie Gungahlin Baseball Club 60th Anniversary 

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Ainslie-Gungahlin Baseball Club, the oldest baseball club in Canberra. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Bears will be holding a 60th Anniversary Gala Ball on Friday the 24th of February.

The evening will consist of drinks on arrival, a three-course meal, dancing along to the DJ and musician, memorabilia and a Q & A session with some of your favourite Bears.

Due to the nature of the event tickets are only available to those over 18 years old.

Happening Friday 24 February from 6.30pm-11.55pm at Ainslie Football & Social Club, Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie. Find more information here.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

After record attendance last year, Friday Night Drinks are back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match. The event kicks off Friday from 4pm with live bands, cocktails and a BBQ.   

The season will run until April 7, with each week bringing a different themed event to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think DJs, amazing food, craft beers and lawn games. The perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend. 

Themes will be revealed each week on the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Facebook page. 

Happening until Friday 7 April, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

BLIND TIGER GIN TAKE OVER

In the 1920’s a “Blind Tiger” was an establishment that was known to illegally sell alcohol. Enter Blind Tiger Organic Gin – distilled in small batches to create a complex, yet elegant and aromatic gin made from the finest certified organic botanicals.

Blind Tiger Gin will be taking over Black Market! It’s free and open to all who love a delicious gin. Make sure you register to receive 1 complimentary cocktail on arrival. There’ll be Blind Tiger cocktails being served all night along with the usual luxurious Black Market fare.
On Thursday 23 February from 5pm till late at Black Market 2 Phillip Law St, New Acton. Register here.

LERIDA ESTATE SUNDAY MUSIC SESSIONS

Lerida Estate is a producer of fine wines which have been awarded 14 Trophies, a National Wine Show Chair of Judges’ Award and over 630 medals in the 15 years it has been making wines.

For the next four Sundays you can enjoy lunch at Café Lerida whilst listening to some of the finest guitarists not only in Australia – but the world! A unique opportunity to enjoy fine food, fine wine and particularly fine music in a special setting at Lake George.

On Sunday 19 & 26 February and 5 & 12 March from 12.30pm – 3pm at Lerida. Entry is free. For more information visit the website.

PICNIC POP-UP BAR 

A weekly event at Bookplate’s outdoor terrace with $5 happy hour drinks, delicious bar snacks, live music and great lakeside summer vibes, from 4:30pm to 8:30pm every Friday in February and March. Perfect for post-work drinks and winding down for the weekend.

On every Friday from 17 February to 31 March Bookplate’s outdoor terrace at the National Library of Australia from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Find more information on their website.

HAVANA NIGHTS

Spend a night in Cuba courtesy of The Highball Express as the crew whisks you away to tropical Havana.
Head in every Thursday from 4pm for Havana Nights where you can enjoy some exotic drinks and start the slide into the weekend.

They’ll be featuring mojitos and daiquiris for only $10 and will have all their usual suspects available too so there is always something for everyone regardless of whether you’re flying first class or coach.

Flight Details:
•  Thursday’s from 4pm
•  $10 mojitos and daiquiris
•  Free entry

Happening Thursday 9 February, 4pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

See website for more information.

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.

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

Moving Archetypes

Moving Archetypes

Music Viva Presents Eighth Blackbird 

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. Canberra patrons automatically go into the draw to win a private tour of Canberra’s own Wig and Pen brewery.

Call or book online for Eighth Blackbird – Musica Viva International Concert Season 2017. No booking fees apply if booking direct with Musica Viva.

Happening Thursday 23 February from 7pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, William Herbert Place. Find more information here.

Moving Archetypes: Dance for Connecting free introductory community workshops

Canberrans will have the opportunity to dance their way to connecting with powerful mythical and legendary archetypes through a series of brand new dance classes.

The new classes titled ‘Moving Archetypes’ are the latest offering from internationally award winning choreographer, Padma Menon. Archetypes are figures, such as Cleopatra, Tara or Kali, that symbolise universal patterns of human stories and feelings.

Padma Menon has over 30 years’ international experience as a choreographer and facilitator. Her classes use Indian and western movement, reflection and guided improvisation and music from diverse cultures. Those who have attended classes with Padma all over the world say that archetypes help embrace complexity and make people feel less isolated in their life experiences.

No previous experience of dance or knowledge of archetypes is required.

Padma is offering two free introductory workshops followed by a five-week course of Moving Archetypes classes.

Venue: Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston. Numbers limited and bookings required. Email [email protected] or call 0447643646

The course begins 21 February 2017 and finishes 25 March 2017 (weekly once classes). Find more information here.

Suzie Quatro: Leather Forever Encore Tour 

With a career now spanning over 50 years of performing, Suzi Quatro returns in February 2017 for her 31st national tour.

“Well, what can I say, eh! Australia. You’re in my bones, you’re in my blood, I was born to entertain, I had to come back, I missed you too much.”

Suzi will bring Andy Scott from The Sweet on guitar and vocals, and Don Powell from Slade on drums. They will perform as QSP for the opening act. The trio have a new album QSP to be released in October. Suzi will have an eight-piece band, performing all the hits for the second half of the show, in her leather jumpsuit of course.

Happening Thursday 23 February from 7pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Find more information here.

SUN-DOWN GET-DOWN

Join Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres for a garden get down featuring Canberra’s finest purveyors of disco, funk and soul; and the launch of A+G’s 2017 program. Sun-Down Get-Down’s invites you to have a conversation with a stranger, discover stories from the future, play with mischievous performers, and tear it up on the dance floor.

Get down in Gorman’s little village green with beer from Pact Beer Co, specially created cocktails from Mint Garden Bar and delicious eats from The Forage. The lineup includes: Playful Sound, Not Quite Disco and Sardines.

There’ll be interactive art, installations and more. This is an all ages event. Entry is free. On 24 February from 6pm – late at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon. Visit the website for more information.

WIL ANDERSON – WORK IN PROGRESS 

This February Canberra is in for a treat. Star of ABC TV’s smash hit Gruen – Wil Anderson will be performing in the intimate surroundings of the Courtyard Studio for six nights only.

Following on from last year’s sell out run of Work in Progress shows – Wil returns to our nation’s capital to premiere his brand new 2017 jokes just for you.

Book early. Wil will sell out.

Happening 20 February to 25 February from 7:30pm-10pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City. Find more information here.

Yu Kosuge

With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch and profound understanding of her chosen music, Yu Kosuge has become one of the world’s most noted young pianists.

Join Yu as she plays Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Takemitsu, and Wagner in a recital presented by Llewellyn Hall and the Embassy of Japan in Australia.

Yu Kosuge appears at the most important venues in Berlin, Hamburg, Köln, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Washington and New York. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital met with outstanding success with critics praising her “acutely poetic sensibility…wit, drama, and effulgent lyricism.”

Don’t miss your chance to see her live in Canberra.

Happening Friday 24 February from 7pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, William Herbert Place. Find more information here.

KNiKi and Mike Beale

Come a little closer … Dip your toes in …

KNiKi & Mike Beale – Dynamic, vibrant and refreshingly different.

Their live shows have seen them share the stage with legendary American bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, and grace major Australian and international music festivals, including, The Phuket Blues and Rock Festival, The Himalayan Blues Festival, The Gympie Muster QLD, Bridgetown Blues Festival WA, Forth Valley Blues Festival Tasmania, Blues Alive Rockingham WA, Bruthen Music Festival Victoria, Blues on Broadbeach QLD, Cairns Festival QLD, The Bay of Islands festival New Zealand and The Norfolk Island Jazz festival.

The combination of Mike’s shredding blues vocal and explosive guitar, with KNiKi’s powerful, soulful and yet expressive voice will leave you desperate for more.

Happening Friday 24 February from 8pm-10.30pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah. Find more information here.

Friday Nights at the NFSA 

Friday Nights at the NFSA in February, the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) courtyard is the place to be for drinks, DJs and tasty treats. Join the fun and then stay for a screening.

To complement the NFSA’s Capra season, see the ‘new romantics’ of contemporary world cinema: films driven by fresh understandings of nostalgia, romance and myth.

Happening Friday nights 10-24 February from 5.30pm-7pm at National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information here.

Wait Until Dark

Join the Canberra REP Company as they explore the dark and unexpected in Frederick Knott’s classic play Wait Until Dark. A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.

Something valuable is hidden in Suzy’s house. Harry Roat wants it, and he’s enlisted two desperate men to help him. Suzy’s alone and blind, but not completely defenceless. Suzy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.

Happening Thursday 23 February to Saturday 11 March (Wednesdays to Saturdays) from 8pm at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Canberra. Find more information here.

NEW ROMANTICS FILM FESTIVAL

Nostalgia, romance, and national dreaming are the stuff of Frank Capra’s rich and dreamy palette. Check out a delicious selection of groundbreaking contemporary cinema driven by new understandings of these ‘Capraesque’ themes to complement the National Film and Sound Archive’s Capra retrospective.

The New Romantics Film Festival screens films every Friday night in February and includes new work from acclaimed directors Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lee Tamahori and Aleksey German Jr.Films screening:

Mahana – 24 February

Showing until 24 February 2017 from 7pm at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information on the website.

LOST HORIZONS – FRANK CAPRA’S AMERICA

To celebrate the National Film and Sound Archive’s restoration of the lost Capra film, Three Days to Live, the NFSA has a month of Hollywood charm, wit and grace, in the glow of ‘Capra’s touch’.

The program includes:

Prelude to War (2pm) and It’s a Wonderful Life (3.15pm) – 26 February (ticket price includes entry to both films)

Showing until 26 February 2017 at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information on the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Cold Light: In Conversation

Cold Light: In Conversation

Griffith Review: State of Hope 

Hope is at the heart of South Australia. Explore the economic, social, environmental and cultural challenges facing South Australia with Dennis Atkins, Angela Woollacott and Professor Peter Stanley.

Happening Tuesday 21 February from 6pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information here.

COSMIC DECAY: CONTAMINATION BOOK LAUNCH

In local author Courtney Carr’s debut novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, the world is dominated by the Mindless – humans who hunt the empty streets in a cannibalistic rage. A small group of survivors witness the arrival of Visitors from another world who covet the Earth and its natural resources.

When the settlement of Earth begins, the group of survivors race to unravel the mystery that connects the Mindless to the Visitors, giving them their best chance at surviving against all odds.

On Saturday 4 March at 11.30am, Courtney Carr will be signing exclusive copies of her debut novel at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden Plaza.

For more information go to the website.

Cold Light: In Conversation

Don’t miss this lively evening of conversation with novelist Frank Moorhouse and playwright Alana Valentine about their recent collaboration, Cold Light, premiering at The Street Theatre this March.

The play is an epic story of an extraordinary woman and her role in transforming modern Australia. With scenes set in Old Parliament House, this iconic building sets the tone for Cold Light: In Conversation, a discussion about Frank’s remarkable historical research and Alana’s adaption of the novel.

Martini Whisperer Phillip Jones has created a bespoke Cold Light Martini for sale on the the night. The Martini evokes the character of Edith Campbell Berry and the depth of the Cold Light story.

Numbers limited. Bookings essential.

Happening Wednesday 22 February from 6pm-8.30pm at Members Bar, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Frank Woodley – Work in Progress 

Australia’s bendiest comedian, Frank Woodley, is leaping onto the Courtyard Studio stage in the Canberra Theatre for a limited run only. Frank is built from funny — it’s in his bones. So treat yourself to an evening with one of the country’s most beloved physical comedians – you’ll not regret it.

Happening Monday 27 February to Saturday 4 March from 7.30pm-10pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Find more information here.

Hedonistic Hiking Information Evening 

Join in at the Active Travel office to learn about Hedonistic Hiking and their all-inclusive walking tours of the beautiful Italian countryside. Plenty of special offers, refreshments specific to the region and oodles of information will all available on the evening.

Swing by for an evening all about food, wine and walking!

Happening Wednesday 22 February from 6pm-8pm at 133/24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Find more information here.

FOOD CO-OP DINNER AND MOVIE NIGHT – STINK!

It’s the movie the chemical industry doesn’t want you to see.

STINK! opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pyjamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe — by design.

Happening Monday 20 February from 6pm at The Food Co-Op, 3 Kingsley Street, Canberra. RSVP Jillian 0411 246 133 by Sunday 19 5pm for catering

Find more information on the website.

INTRO TO COMPOSTING 

An effective compost system is the heart of every home garden. Composting is a biological process that decomposes organic material, turning it into fantastic soil and a perfect fertiliser for your garden.

It’s a great way of turning your waste organic matter into a beautiful and nutritious addition to your soil. In this workshop, the Canberra Environment Centre’s garden coordinator Quinn Stow will demonstrate different composting methods such as bokashi, traditional composting bins and using compost inoculants to help you decide which methods suit your household’s needs. Quinn will also explain key concepts behind composting and some of the common mistakes found in home composting systems.

Tickets are $25, limited places are available and bookings are essential. On Tuesday 28 February from 6-8pm at Canberra Environment Centre. Visit the website for more information please www.ecoaction.com.au

THE ART OF BEING DEADLY 

Kevin Kropinyeri is funny. In fact, he is deadly funny and is going to share his art with Canberra’s Aboriginal Community. The Tuggeranong Art Centre is proud to bring this brilliant comedian to the ACT for a series of workshops for children and adults alike. Kevin Kropinyeri is well-known through his work with NITV’s Express Yourself, the Aboriginal Comedy All Stars and the Deadly Awards at the Sydney Opera House.

Kevin will be conducting two hour workshops for individuals, organisations and schools from 21 – 23 February. On Friday the 24th of February, Kevin will then host the ‘ACT Deadly Funny Comedy Heats’, giving those adults, brave enough to take the stage at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, a chance to strut their stuff and represent the ACT in Melbourne Comedy Festival’s prestigious comedy competition.

All workshops are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (from 10 years up), teenagers and adults and are free. For more information on the workshops can be found here.

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

Dress Code: Empire. An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

Discover Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 1 August 2017 from 9am-5pm at The Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

GROWING A MEDICINAL GARDEN 

Did you know that camomile can be used to soothe colds, skin conditions and gum inflammation? Or that wormwood can relieve digestive issues and reduce inflammation from bites?

Learn about growing your own medicinal garden at home with Sarah Aylott, a garden educator with the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Sarah will explain the benefits of some common and not-so-common plants to both you and your garden. You’ll also learn about where to grow different medicinal plants, how to take care of them and how to use each plant.

On 21 February from 6pm – 8pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula

Tickets are $25 and places are limited places. Bookings are essential, please visit the website for more information www.ecoaction.com.au

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

In David Attenborough’s First Life VR, visitors travel back 540 million years as Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces us to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extinct sea creatures.

Long-extinct animals such as the whimsically built Opabinia, the fearsome-looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia will be brought vividly alive in a fully immersive VR experience.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR uses real-world footage and pioneering technologies to shed new light on this magnificent habitat. Visitors will take a 360-degree, VR tour through the vibrant coral, darting fish and majestic sharks in this great natural wonder of the world. In a state-of-the-art submersible, Attenborough guides us through the reef.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

ULTIMATE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

Experience the exclusive Ultimate Museum Experience at the National Museum of Australia with a:

  • Meet and greet service
  • Refreshment in the Museum member’s ‘Friends Lounge’
  • Tailored tour of the Museum – planned to suit your interests with a dedicated Museum Visitor Services Host
  • Meal with a glass of wine in the stunning waterfront Museum Cafe
  • A voucher for 10% off purchases at the beautiful Museum Shop

Tickets are available from the Museum or online.

# The Museum Shop discount applies to full-priced items, single transaction only, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

** Rate valid until 31 March 2017

* Brunch and lunch is available at the Museum Café up until 2 pm daily

Allow for 2-3 hours to experience this package!

Showing until 1 April 2017 daily from 10am, 1pm, 3pm or on request at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

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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Miss Muddy Canberra

Miss Muddy Canberra is a fun female five-kilometre event full of colour, foam, music, mud, bubbles, water balloons and big bouncy obstacles.

This untimed event is designed to suit all fitness and experience levels. Choose a time that suits you and enjoy the perfect girls’ day out in the Canberra countryside.

Happening Saturday 25 February at 9am-7pm at Sutton Rd Driver Training Centre, 441 Sutton Road, Majura. Find more information here.

Yass Picnic Races 

A race meeting has been held in Yass since 1901. This is a fantastic venue to bring the family and enjoy the picturesque racecourse with the beautiful Thoroughbreds, the Bookmakers, and Fashions on the Field.

The annual Yass Picnic Races is held at the historic Marchmont Racecourse on Gums Lane. A six race card with the first race at 12.30pm. Interstate races and bookmakers on course.

Bring your own eski with a picnic lunch and refreshments available. Buses leave from the Royal Hotel, in Yass, between 11am and 1pm, taking people out to the racecourse.

Happening Saturday 25 February from 10am-6pm at Marchmont Racecourse, Gums Lane, Yass. Find more information here.

Capital Pro Wrestling: Exile

Capital Pro Wrestling (CPW) returns to the Canberra PCYC to present, Exile.

Featuring at Exile will be CPW Champion Warpath, Rex, Russell The Love Muscle, Crofty, Devious Dave & Many More.

This event welcomes all ages and will be a fun night for the whole family.

All Tickets: $5 / Under 5Yrs: FREE

Happening Saturday 25 February from 5.30pm-8pm at Erindale PCYC, Wanniassa. Find more information here. 

Dragon Boating for Breast Cancer Survivors 

If you are a breast cancer survivor and are interested in learning about dragon boating you are invited to join members of Dragons Abreast Canberra on 25 February 2017 at Lotus Bay, Lake Burley Griffin.

You will be taken out on the water for a 30-minute introductory paddle, Paddles and a PFD will be provided as well as, of course, the opportunity to meet other ladies enjoying this wonderful activity.

There will be some pre-water instruction then a half hour paddle.

You will need to complete a DBACT Temporary Membership Form on the day or download from dbact.net and complete beforehand.

What to wear: 3/4 pants, T shirt, shoes that can get wet (e.g. crocs or old sneakers), hat , sunglasses and a change of clothes. Sunscreen and a water bottle are essential.

Cost: First three trial paddles are free. If you get hooked on dragon boating and wish to join Dragons Abreast Canberra further information will be provided to you.

Happening Saturday 25 February from 9am-10.30am at Lotus Bay, Lake Burley Griffin, near the Canberra Yacht Club, off Alexandrina Drive Yarralumla. Find more information here.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show!

The award-winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors.

Stay for the day. Play under the night lights. Get in fast to buy your favourite show bags. There’s something for all the family.

Happening Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February from 8.30am-10pm and Sunday 26 February from 8.30am-6pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchell. Find more information here.

Summer Three Sixty Fashion Market 

Three Sixty Fashion Market is a niche Canberra market dedicated to recycling vintage, retro, handmade and pre-loved fashion. This fashion market is ideal for stylish and discerning shoppers after quality fashionable clothing items.

Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to sustainable fashion and to creating a market place and an accessible opportunity for people who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun!

Fashion has moved from consumption-driven purchases to a more community driven movement. Now scouring markets, op shops and recycling pre-loved clothing is more than just acceptable; it’s a statement about who you are.

The Three Sixty Fashion Market team understands vintage clothes, designer bargains, style capers, op shopping and sustainable fashion and brings it all together for you.

Happening Sunday 26 February from 10am-3pm at Fitters Workshop at Kingston Foreshore, Printers Way, Kingston. Find more information here.

Collectable Sunday @ Old Bus Depot Markets 

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 4th Sunday of the month at the Old Bus Depot Markets is ‘Collectable Sunday’. Stallholders items range from ceramics, glassware, china and vintage clothing to antique oil lamps, Chippendale chairs and vinyl records.

The Old Bus Depot 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.

A variety of special theme events are held regularly throughout the year.

Happening Sunday 26 February from 10am-4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Find more information here.

SCULPTURE GARDEN SUNDAY

Canberra’s best loved family day, when the magical Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Australia transforms into a wonderland of workshops, performances and installations inspired by the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition. The gold, grandeur and glamour all combine into a sumptuous day of creativity in our beautiful garden.

Entry is free. On Sunday 26 February from 10.30am – 1.30pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Pl, Parkes.

THREE SIXTY FASION MARKET

Three Sixty Fashion Market is a niche Canberra market dedicated to recycling vintage, retro, handmade and preloved fashion. Held at the Fitters Workshop at the Kingston Foreshore in Canberra, this is a fashion market for stylish and discerning shoppers. The goods for sale are quality fashionable clothing items.

Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to sustainable fashion and creating a market place and an accessible opportunity for people who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun!

Entry is free. On Sunday 26 February from 10am – 3pm at the Fitters Workshop, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Visit the website for more information.

DESIGNER SUNDAY @ OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS 

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.

For one Sunday each month they welcome specialty stallholders with their gorgeous jewellery and accessories for ‘Designer Sunday’.

The Old Bus Depot 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.

A variety of special theme events are held regularly throughout the year.

Happening Sunday 19 February from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Find more information here.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Come and do your weekly shop grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! On every Friday from 4pm – 8pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

YASS FARMERS MARKETS

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Farmers Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Farmer’s Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

On until 7 October 2017 every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am- 1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church.

Find more information on the website.

SOUTHERN HARVEST FARMERS MARKET AT BUNGENDORE

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market: selling sustainable, authentic, regional food: grown and made by the Community, for the Community.

The market is open every Saturday from 9am to Noon.

It is a great source of fresh food and farm produce from around the region including meat, eggs, seafood, honey, fruit, vegetables, preserves and refreshments.

Stall holder enquiries welcome.

Showing until 16 September 2017 every Saturday from 9am- 12pm at Bungendore Anglican Hall, 25 Butmaroo Street.

Find more information on the website.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Canberra’s Grunt Launch

PASH.tm and Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), in partnership with the AIDS Action Council, are launching Australia’s first sexual health campaign for gay, bi and queer trans men in Canberra. The campaign is called GRUNT and you are invited to join in at the Schumack Room of the Old Canberra Inn to celebrate.

The entertainment is now confirmed for the Canberra GRUNT launch. Go along and see JOIE Pole Dancer Extraordinaire and all the way from Lismore they have a fabulous DJ Kimo Orlando. To your support for Canberra’s gay, bi and queer trans men go and celebrate GRUNT in all its glory.

Space and catering is limited so make sure you RSVP to [email protected].

Happening Thursday 23 February from 7pm-10pm at the Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham. Find more information here.

Femili PNG Fundraising Dinner 

Friends of Femili PNG’ will be hosting a dinner on Friday 24 February 2017 to raise funds and support for Femili PNG.

Femili PNG is a Papua New Guinean NGO which runs a case management centre in Lae for survivors of family and sexual violence. In attendance at the dinner will be two Femili PNG staff members, who will be in Australia on a learning and exchange visit hosted by Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

Go along to hear about Femili PNG’s work in Lae and the challenges of addressing family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.

Happening Friday 24 February from 7pm-9pm at A Bite to Eat, Eggleston Crescent, Chifley. Find more information here.

Canberra Quota Club – Postie Fashion Parade

If you have a flair for fashion and would like to enjoy a fun-filled weekend event with a creative edge head to the Postie Fashion Parade which will be showcasing a new Autumn Collection

Cost: $20 per person includes afternoon tea and an opportunity to try on items of interest. A raffle and door prize will be available.

The Shepherd Centre located in Rivett will be the beneficiary of monies raised.

The Shepherd Centre, a not-for-profit charitable organisation, has provided early intervention programs and services to children who are deaf and hearing impaired, and their families, for more than 40 years.

Happening Saturday 25 February from 2pm at Kangara Waters Village Community Hall, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen. For more information email [email protected].

AIDS Action Council Trivia Fundraiser 

It is time to brush up on those fun tidbits of information and come along to the AIDS Action Council Fundraising Trivia night. Whether you are brand new to trivia or an old hat, there will be plenty of fun to be had and exciting prizes to be won.

Get together your table of eight or go along solo and you will be set up with a team.

Bar service is available at the Polish Club. You are welcome to bring along your own snacks, purchase food from the venue or pre purchase a generous cheese platter.

Happening Saturday 25 February from 7pm-10pm at Polish White Eagle Club, David Street, Turner. Find more information here.

Family Fun Day

Have you walked in the Marymead Walkathon or attended a Marymead event? Have you worked or volunteered for Marymead? Have you utilised one or more of Marymead’s services?

As part of Marymead’s 50th Anniversary celebrations they will be holding a Family Fun Day at Marymead’s Narrabundah site. There will be a jumping castle and lots of free activities for the kids, a sausage sizzle and soft drink for gold coin donations, entertainment and more, so go along and enjoy a day with the Marymead Community!

Happening Sunday 26 February from 11am-3pm at 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah. Find more information here.

Resolution Run Series #1  

The Resolution Run Series offers graduated running events at the picturesque Lake Tuggeranong and surrounds, Greenway ACT and are suitable for walkers, novice to experienced running enthusiasts. From the full marathon down to the Kiddy Dash there is a race for everyone. Get excited and get moving as profits go to Canberra-based national charity OzHelp Foundation – healthy men at work, healthy men for life.

Virtual Series is here – so if you can’t attend an actual race you can participate in a virtual run from anywhere in the world!

Happening Sunday 26 February from 6am-12pm at Lake Tuggeranong. Find more information here.

CHARITY GARAGE SALE 

Are you looking for good quality second-hand items?

Come along to the next Charity Garage Sale and browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items including:

– Books, CDs, DVDs

– Baby & kids clothing, shoes & accessories

– Pictures and photo frames

– Baby equipment and nursery items

– Craft and sewing supplies

– Toys, games, puzzles, sporting gear

– Electrical appliances, kitchenware, crockery

– Bric-a-brac & jewellery

– Stationary

– Vintage and collectibles

– Plus much more

All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities through well-known charities such as The Fred Hollows Foundation, Caritas & Oxfam as well as a few grassroots organisations.

Happening every Saturday 8am-2pm at 5 O’Grady Pl, Wanniassa. Find more information here.

KIDS

National Dinosaur MuseumMathamazing and Byte Wise 

Visit Questacon this summer and discover the amazing world of mathematics! Proudly supported by Samsung Electronics Australia, the Mathamazing and Byte Wise exhibitions take the abstract and challenging worlds of maths and computational thinking and turn them into fun hands-on experiences for the whole family.

Mathamazing uncovers the maths that underlies the world we live in, from how knitting answers fundamental questions about the universe to the curious fact that the fastest way between two points is not always a straight line. Byte Wise explores how computational thinking rules the modern world – from how your smartphone displays images to the perfect hole in one in mini-golf.

Happening daily from 9am-5pm until Wednesday 1 March at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

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.

No charges apply for activities held at the Visitors Centre. Nominal entry fees apply for activities within the reserve.

Happening from Saturday 18 February to 31 December at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, RMB 141 Paddy’s River Road, via Tharwa. Find more information here.

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.

EXHIBITIONS

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TUESDAY NIGHT EXHIBITIONS

During summer the Archives exhibitions are open every Tuesday evening excluding 27 December and 3 January. See Iconic Australian Houses and Memory of a Nation at your leisure.

Showing until 28 February 2017 from 5pm – 7pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

Late Night Openings: Gone to the Dogs

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.

Ken Done relates many a tall ‘tail’ about his furry companions, accompanied by music performed by the John Mackey Trio.

Remember to catch the Popular Pet Show highlights tour at 7.00pm (exhibition ticket required).

Happening Friday 24 February from 5pm-8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Australian Plants as Bonsai 

See over 30 bonsai showing the breadth and diversity of the use of Australian plants in the art of bonsai. Bonsai featured is from artists in Canberra and interstate, including those from the personal collections of artists currently represented at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.

Attend demonstrations to see the techniques used, and considerations needed, when training Australian plants as bonsai. Vote for your favourite bonsai, and enter a raffle with a range of bonsai related prizes.

Australian Plants as Bonsai is presented by the Canberra Bonsai Society and the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Happening Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 9.30am-4.30pm at Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Find more information here.

Andrew Baldwin, ‘Impermanence’ – Studio Glass

For glass artist, Andrew Baldwin, the vessel has become a vehicle to explore notions of impermanence and emptiness. The profound beauty in these Buddhist ideas is represented within the flowing coloured lines that softly weave around the central ‘void’ in the glass surface.

Andrew graduated with Honours from the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University, School of Art in 2000. He now has works held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Glass Collection at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and the Toyama City Glass Collection (Japan).

Happening Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Sundays 9am-5pm until Sunday 5 March at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information here.

Dianne Fogwell, ‘Renascent’ – Paintings & Works on Paper

Canberra artist, Dianne Fogwell’s layered linocuts engage with the cyclical passage of decay and renewal within her local environment. Each ghostly layer of weathered tree, pollinating flower and native bird visually demonstrates her pursuit to understand that, as Dianne reflects, “all things pass in both nature and ourselves.”

Dianne has exhibited widely across Australia and in group shows internationally for the past 40 years. She is represented in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Artbank, Australian War Memorial, Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Art Institute of Chicago (USA).

Happening Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Sundays 9am-5pm until Sunday 5 March at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information here.

Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes 

Elisabeth Cummings is among the most widely acclaimed and best-loved painters of her generation. Interior landscapes, curated by Sioux Garside, surveys Cummings’s sumptuous paintings of studio interiors and her evocations of the landscape.

Cummings graduated from the National Art School in Sydney in the 1950s as part of a cohort of high achievers. Most of her contemporaries made careers and gained recognition well before she did. The twenty-first century has witnessed her rocketing to prominence.

Although her painting is figurative in its general orientation, it maintains a highly animated dialogue with abstraction and with her revered forerunners such as Bonnard, Vuillard, Braque, Fairweather and Cossington-Smith.

Happening Wednesday to Sunday until 9 April from 10am-5pm at Drill Hall Gallery, 29 Kingsley Street, Acton. Find more information here.

2017 Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition

Canberra Bonsai Society and the Australian National Botanic Gardens are pleased to present the 2017 Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition.

The exhibition will include over 30 bonsai, which showcase the breadth and diversity of the use of Australian plants in the art of bonsai and will feature bonsai by Canberra based artists as well as some interstate artists. The Exhibition will also include some bonsai from the personal collections of artists who are currently represented at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.

In addition to viewing the bonsai on display, visitors will be able to attend demonstrations at 2pm each day, showcasing the techniques used, and considerations needed, when training Australian plants as bonsai. Visitors will also be able to join guided walks through the Gardens, visiting full sized versions of species represented in the Exhibition. Tours depart from Crosbie Morrison Building at 12:00pm daily.

Admission to the Exhibition is $5 for adults and $3 for concession card holders (including students). Accompanied children under 12 are admitted free. On from 25-26 February at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton. The exhibition is open from 9:30 am – 4:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday

For further information visit: www.cbs.org.au

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 February 2017 from 10am at National Gallery of Australia

Parkes Place East, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

MARIANA DEL CASTILLO, FUGITIVE FAITH – A CONSCRIPTED OATH

In her practice Mariana del Castillo explores experiences common to humanity, in particular themes of migration, displacement and the painful burden of loss. Employing recycled materials, her reconfigured forms occupy the space of the gallery as if engaged in a kind of danse macabre, in a surreal meditation on identity and the body, the past and the present.

In subverting the original uses for the objects that make up her work, del Castillo draws on her Ecuadorian heritage, her memories of her grandparents’ shop with its cabinets of curiosities, the cultural influences of pre-Columbian art and the Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo, as well as the dark strains of European surrealists such as Hans Bellmer and the satirical series of etchings Los caprichos, by the great 18th century Spanish artist Francisco Goya.

For Mariana del Castillo Fugitive Faith – A conscripted oath, the artist continues to explore the themes and forms of her recent work, employing largely recycled materials in a surreal reflection on identity, migration, religion and the body.

Showing until 26 March 2017 weekdays 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at The Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and Civic Square.

Find more information on the website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

Dress Code: Empire. An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

Discover Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 1 August 2017 from 9am-5pm at The Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

VELOCITY: VINTAGE RACING BIKES

Velocity: Vintage racing bikes offers an exhibition from the extensive collection of Peter Taylor. Peter is a postman and cycling enthusiast who services bicycles from his garage workshop and maintains a large and wonderful collection of vintage racing bikes.

Examples from Peter’s collection range from rare Post World War II European bikes to an Australian bike raced at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The exhibition coincides with the inaugural L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France bicycle race which will take place in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.

Showing until 5 March 2017 from 10am-5pm weekdays and: 12 – 5pm weekends at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and Civic Square.

Find more information on the website.

ARTISTS OF THE GREAT WAR

Artists of the Great War explores the horrors of the First World War, palpably expressed in the work of Australia’s official war artists and their combatant and non-combatant peers.

This powerful exhibition addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints featuring a a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.

Showing until 31 May 2017 from 10am-5pm at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

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.

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.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

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

See website for more information.

DEFINING MOMENTS 

An exhibition of combined works by Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock which captures defining moments in this couple’s careers in Australian contemporary studio glass.  Their partnership in glass and life will be explored through their works, images, photographs and stories.

Showing Thursday 26 January to Sunday 26 March at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. 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.

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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

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: www.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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