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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! Also make sure to tune in to Mix 106.3 at 8:20am this Saturday morning to hear HerCanberra’s founder Amanda Whitley chatting with Cam about this weekend’s top picks on Cam’s Breakfast Show!

It’s a special weekend with Mother’s Day this Sunday. Check out our round up of cafes and restaurants putting on special Mother’s Day events here.


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All 107 cakes in The Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Cook Book will be under one roof for the first time ever, and you’ll have the chance to take one (or more) home!

The PANDSI cake off is happening at 2pm on Saturday 7 May and will be judged by a panel including the iconic book’s author, Pamela Clark, Senator Katy Gallagher and our very own Amanda Whitley.

The competition cakes, each made by a local cakemaker, will be sold via silent auction with bids starting at $10. There will also be a professional cake live auction, with local chefs putting their mark on the cult classics.

It’s all for a fantastic cause – all proceeds will go to PANDSI is a local non-government support group with a focus on improving the perinatal health of women, men and their families.


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The Mother’s Day Classic in Canberra is celebrating its 10th birthday! Gather a team or registter as an individual and walk or run 5km or run 10km on Mother’s Day to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Registration  – Online entries close at 8am Saturday 7 May or you can enter on the day, Sunday 8 May 2016 (event day) – from 7.00am

On Sunday 8 May from 7am until 12pm at Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park.

To participate, volunteer or fundraise visit the website at



“Profoundly moving… Beautifully done…. Breathtaking” The Australian

Tennessee Williams was one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. The Glass Menagerie is his most loved play. Put in the hands of Belvoir Artistic Director Eamon Flack, this production delivers on every account – winning Best Play and Best Actress at the 2015 Helpmann Awards.

A beautiful, slightly haunting play, The Glass Menagerie follows a family as it falls apartalong with the dreams that had given them some ragmented substance. Amanda Wingfield is a single mother played by the great Pamela Rabe. Her son Tom, (Luke Mullins) is an aspiring poet who works in a warehouse, her daughter Laura is studying to become a secretary. They live in a small apartment pent up with fantasies and urges, rage and wounded tenderness. It is not a magnificent existence, but each has one true idea for a better life. Enter the Gentleman Caller …

The work is touching, depicting how change affects the individual (as well as the group), even as it rips them asunder.

On at Canberra Theatre Centre from Tuesday May 3 until Saturday May 7. Tickets available via



Australian Chamber Orchestra presents Beethoven and Mozart V.

In this tour de force directed by Richard Tognetti, the Grosse Fuge takes its original place as the finale of the String Quartet Op.130, a work that veers from torrential passion to aching beauty.

Mozart’s last and most dramatic violin concerto, No.5 in A Major is also known as the ‘Turkish’, for the exotic elements of its finale. It is dramatic yet playful, with an Adagio that is rightly considered one of the most moving passages Mozart ever composed.

Happening 8pm on Saturday 7 May in the Llewellyn Hall Band Room, Australia National University, Childers Street. See the website for tickets and more information:


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This Friday the Brumbies and Canberra Milk are celebrating Ladies Round with a donation of $4,000 (up to $20,000) to DVCS for each try scored by the Brumbies at their home game v the Bulls. 

The game will be a tough encounter between two strong forward packs, with the Bulls returning to Canberra with revenge on their minds after a tough defeat to the Brumbies last season. The Bulls have only won once before at GIO Stadium and they will be hoping to reverse that trend. They boast stars in the backline with Jesse Kriel, Cornal Hendricks and Rudy Paige, all game breakers who could cause big damage to the Brumbies.

Happening Friday 6 May at 7.40pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce. The stadium will be open from 5pm on the night. For more information and to purchase tickets click here:



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



Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years marks a milestone for Australia’s longest-running children’s television program at the National Museum of Australia. Head inside to find all your favourite Play School characters – Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima – plus the Rocket Clock and all the windows. This exhibition brings childhood stories alive.

On exhibition daily from 9am until 5pm from 7 May – 24 July at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton. For all ages.


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It’s not just the way it sounds. It’s the way it feels.  Being up close. Seeing the precise movements; sensing the connection between performers. Following the journey of a piece of music from start to finish. That’s the Canberra International Music Festival. Intimate performances, exceptional musicianship, in some of the capital’s most iconic settings.

It’s classical music, and more. The program includes early music, contemporary music, world music and occasionally a hint of jazz. Venues are chosen for their stunning acoustic qualities or because they put the music in a new light.  You’ll experience performances that are challenging and uplifting, at times thought- provoking. Always moving, and always of the highest quality.

It could change the way you think about live music.

Happening across a variety of Canberra locations from Thursday 28 April until Sunday 8 May. Read our ‘must see’ round up here: Book tickets to sessions here:



Toni Jordan is a writer of that wonderful thing – clever chick lit. Her latest novel is an old-fashioned farce, a comedy of errors, missteps and dodgy decisions, and features her trademark emotional intelligence, wit and storytelling prowess.

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts sees Janice holding things together for her nieces as their father runs off to Noosa with their teacher Martha. Their mother Caroline is close behind, but then next-door neighbour arrives (through the window) for a tryst with Caroline, only to find Janice in her bed; he is in turn followed closely behind by wife, Lesley, and we arrive in screwball  comedy territory. When Alec, Janice’s ex appears, hold it together she can no longer.

Along the way, themes of infertility, loyalty and the relevance of microbiology to the everyday are explored. Toni will be in conversation with Muse’s own Nikki Anderson for this very special Mother’s Day event.

Tickets are $10 and include a coffee or wine. On Sunday 8 May from 3pm – 4pm at Muse Canberra, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston.

For more information visit the website


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There is so much happening at the National Arboretum during Tree Week this autumn. Choose from free daily Autumn Tones Walks, to a photographic exhibition by Martin Ollman, a Botanical Art and European Trees exhibition, children’s activities and a morning of Tree Week talks.

Happening daily from 9am – 4pm from 2-8 May at the National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive.

Call or check their website for full details.


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