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This Week In The Can: Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!

That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!

Summer Sounds 2016 


As the sun goes down at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, enjoy live music, great food and drink, socialising and dancing on the Eucalypt Lawn.

Enjoy the onsite catering of wood fired pizzas, pulled pork burritos, cold car, gelato ice cream and barista coffee.

Live musics acts include Amber Nicholls, Lulu Swing, Big Boss Groove, Justine Clarke, Annie & The Armadillos and Young Monks.

Summer Sounds runs Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5.30pm – 7.30pm each night from January 16 through to Sunday February 7.  General entry is $5, concession $2, child 12 yrs and under, free. Visit the website for more information.

Film time at the National Portrait Gallery 


Head to the National Portrait Gallery this Summer and watch a film and create your own visual response.

All materials provided. All abilities and ages welcome. All children must be accompanied.

Limited spaces, bookings required

Corpse Bride PG (2005) Saturday 16 January at 3.00pm

January 16 ay at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes. Book here.

Supper club and Encounters night tour at the NMA


Visit the National Museum of Australia after hours for an exceptional supper club experience in their waterfront cafe. Enjoy a two-course dinner of shared platters matched with local wines, an exclusive after-hours tour of Encounters and a 20% discount on the exhibition catalogue!

On throughout a number of nights, including Saturday 16 January, 5 March and Friday 12 February, 19 February 2016 from 6.30pm each night. Cost: $105 per person. Bookings essential, online through Eventbrite. Please note booking fees apply.

Saturday 16 January from 6.30-10.30pm at the National Museum of Australia. Book now via Eventbrite.

The Last Temptation: The art of Ken + Julia Yonetani

exhibitions to see feature

Chandeliers made from uranium glass representing nuclear-powered nations and a nine-metre banquet table made entirely of salt feature in the first large survey show of internationally acclaimed Japanese and Australian artist collaborators Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary.

Ken + Julia Yonetani’s NGA installation is a provocative response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. In an installation of chandeliers reconfigured to emanate UV light, and decorated with specially sourced Uranium glass, each chandelier represents a country that operates nuclear power stations. It is work that is aesthetically astounding, accessible and engaging. Uranium glass poses no health risks.

Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm from Saturday 12 Dec 2015 – 27 Mar 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia Contemporary, Parkes.

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas


Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema kicks off this Sunday with the opening Sundae Session. Gates open at 5pm and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ starts at 8.30pm.

On Sunday January 17 at Patrick White Lawns, by the National Library. Find out more via the website

Delicious afterDark

delicious after dark

Indulge in an exclusive evening of delicious food, fine wine and a unique after dark tour experience at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

These ‘adults only’ evenings combine the best of our new grazing menu featuring regional produce followed by a Ranger led night tour.

Special guest presentations each night by wine makers – Gary and Richard Parker from Long Rail Gully, and Floresco head chef – Ben Smith.

For the palate, your evening starts with Canapes on the deck and the delicious menu will be accompanied by a superior range of wines from Long Rail Gully including their 2015 Reisling, Rose and Shiraz.

Bookings are essential and can be made here.

On Friday January 15 & 29, 12 February, 4 & 11 March from 7pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Celestial Empire Family Room at the National Library


Use your imagination in this hands-on, interactive area to explore life during China’s last imperial dynasty. Kids and parents can contribute to a giant collaborative dragon artwork. Other activities will include puppeteering, craft, and colouring with ample space to curl up with a Chinese storybook.

The Family Room is open 2 January to 24 March and 26 March to 22 May 2016 at the National Library of Australia. Find out more information here.

Old Bus Depot Market: Back in 2016


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 offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

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. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Visit for more information.

Fix and Make | Making As Meditation Workshop


Making as Meditation is a workshop led by Canberra designer and maker Tom Skeehan. Under his guidance participants will whittle long-life chopsticks by hand from salvaged wood while listening to a gentle reading of Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s ‘In Praise of Shadows’, an essay on Japanese aesthetics.

This meditative making session will end with a sake tasting and chopstick exercises (nibbles). Tickets available here. Adult: $95.00, Concession: $60.00

9am-1pm Saturday 16 January at Hotel Hotel, NewActon.

Sex, murder and mayhem tours: Late night openings at the Portrait Gallery

sideshow alley

Sex, murder and mayhem tour

6.30 – 7.00pm, friday 15 January, Exhibition ticket required

Art, sound and the human body combine in a site-specific collaborative artwork conceived by Canberra artist Hannah Quinlivan; it includes a performance inspired by the ‘metabolic’ relationship between the human condition and global ecologies.
6.00pm and 7.00pm

Friday 15 January from 6pm-late at the National Portrait Gallery. Free entry but exhibition ticket required for the tour. Click here for more information.


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