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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!

Josh Pyke But For All These Shrinking Hearts Tour

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Experience the award-winning singer/songwriter and his most recent (and arguably best) piece of work from July 2015, achieving an ARIA chart debut of Number 2 with a Number 1 placement on the Australian chart.

Following his collaborations with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Toowoomba Concert Orchestra earlier this year, Josh Pyke completed a run of sold out intimate fans-first gigs. Now it’s time for the rest of the country to experience Josh Pyke’s newest works live on stage, along with all his old favourites.

30 January at The Playhouse, tickets are $55 online and $56.60 at the door. For more information visit the website.

Lola Montes (M) Film Screening

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The National Portrait Gallery is continuing its free film screenings over Summer. Join them for the screening of Lola Montes (M) 116 minutes. French with English subtitles.

Limited places, no bookings required.

Donations welcome. 30 January at the National Portrait Gallery, 3-5pm. For more information visit the website.

University of Canberra Capitals vs Adelaide


Join the University of Canberra Capitals as they take on Adelaide in their 30th WNBL season and 8th Championship title tilt. You get even more UC Caps action and excitement this season. Be there in prime position at the AIS Arena games as stars Steph Talbot, Jess Bibby, Carly Wilson and Lauren Jackson lead the UC Caps to the playoffs.

“This could well be one of our most exciting season on and off the court in a long time” – Head Coach Carrie Graf

Sunday 31 January at the AIS Arena. For tickets visit Ticketek.

Original Musical Explores Love, Lust and Desperation in Canberra

Debut Production ‘The Last Time’ from Acoustic Theatre Troupe in aid of YouthCare.

New theatre company on the block, Acoustic Theatre Troupe, will shine a spotlight on modern relationships and the search for love in Canberra in an original musical, “The Last Time: A Story of Love, Lust & Desperation” playing at the Belconnen Arts Centre from January 28-31.

The musical tells the story of Caroline (Kat Bramston) who is drifting in and out of casual affairs; charming womanizer Christopher (Hayden Crosweller) who wants to win her heart; her best friend Ellie (Frances McNair) who is struggling to find love in the small lesbian dating pool of Canberra; and charismatic guitar player Valerie (Katherine Berry), who may be the one for Ellie, but who holds a dark secret. One night out will either make or break the romances to come.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to YouthCare, an organisation in the ACT that aids youth homelessness.

Tickets are $25 per adult or $15 for concession and are available here: On January 28 – 31 at 2pm and 8pm each day, Belconnen Arts Centre 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

Australians of the Year exhibition at the National Museum of Australia

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Champions for gender equality, the abolition of capital punishment, conservation, personal sacrifice for others, affordable health care and the building of youth self-esteem, are being honoured in a new exhibition featuring the National Australia Day Council’s (NADC) 2016 Australian of the Year finalists, including those items by 2016 Australian of the Year David Morrison.
The Australian of the Year Awards 2016 exhibition pays tribute to the eight extraordinary Australians chosen as the 2016 Australian of the Year finalists. The exhibition features personal objects selected by the finalists that have special significance to them and communicate something special about their lives and experiences.
On now at The National Museum of Australia, Acton. The museum is open 9am-5pm every day. The exhibition is free and located in the entrance hall. Cost: Free. See for more information.

Forrest Tennis Club – Open Day


Forrest tennis club are holding their open day for potential and existing club members. They are offering a free 2 month membership which will only be available the Open Day (conditions apply).

Activities on the day include: coaching, cardio tennis, exhibition match, and free sausage sizzle. Loan racquets available, so wear your sports gear and have a go!!

Visit the website for more information. On Saturday January 30 from 9.30am at 31 Dominion Circuit, Forrest.

Delicious afterDark

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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 29 from 7pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Book Signing at Harry Hartog

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Canberra-based author Diana Thompson will sign copies of her wonderful debut romance book ‘Winterflood’s Passion’ on at the Harry Hartog bookshop in Westfield Woden. Diana will be in store from 11am to 2pm and fans of her book will have a chance to chat with Diana and have their copy signed.

Visit the website for more information. On January 30 from 11am – 2pm at Harry Hartog, Shop L38 Westfield Woden, Keltie Street, Woden.

Sunday film screening series

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The summer holidays are here again, and with them comes the annual Australian War Memorial Sunday film screenings. Join us in 2016 for a collection of iconic films exploring the roles and experiences of women during wartime. This is a rare opportunity to see these classics on the big screen.

This Saturday’s film will be the french film A Very Long Engagement, with English subtitles, screening at 1.30pm. Bringing the distinct visual style and magical realism of Amélie to the Western Front, this film is equal parts beautiful and brutal. It follows the story of Mathilde, as she looks for her lost love in the fragmented stories and lives left in the aftermath of the Great War, taking its audience on a bittersweet and moving journey.

All screenings are free, and will be accompanied by a short introduction to the film given by experts from the Memorial. This is not a ticketed event, so get in early to guarantee a seat.

Sunday 31 January 1.30pm at the BAE Systems Theatre at the Australian National War Memorial, Campbell.

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas

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Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential outdoor event, with feature films lighting up our huge movie screen from dusk. Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian and New Zealand music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local musicians.

This weekend there’s a range of films showing, find the full list here.

Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema Patrick White Lawns, by the National Library. Find out more via the website


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