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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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We made it, peeps! Winter is officially over this week and the city is coming alive again with a Dawn Disco, a stunning drama inspired by the region’s history, and a swag of markets, theatre productions, music and exhibitions for every taste. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

Ghosts in the Scheme

In the 1950’s Cooma; at the foot of the snowy mountains played host to an extraordinary influx of people from around the world, escaping their past, to work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Set upon a backdrop of the town’s rich underbelly and featuring a soundtrack played live on stage by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Ghosts in the Scheme explores the complex friendship of three of these residents. As life’s endgame approaches, these characters can enjoy passive acceptance or relish fighting the inevitable.Playing at Canberra Theatre Centre from Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 September. Tickets from www.canberraticketing.com.au.

Big Things In Store

The Big Things In Store open day, on Saturday 5 September, is a wonderful, rare opportunity for the public to see behind the scenes of the War Memorial’s collection. Gates are open from 9 am to 3 pm and entry is by donation, with proceeds going to support the work of the Australian War Memorial.

This event, which was last run in 2013, allows visitors to uncover the secrets of the Memorial’s conservation facility and storage hub, including a vast array of aircraft, rockets, vehicles, tanks, artillery, and equipment used by – or against – Australians in war for over a century.

The highlights include: 

  • One of the most significant relics from the Second World War, a Japanese Ha-Go tank abandoned during the battle of Milne Bay in 1942
  • A Caribou aircraft which, flying just over 20,000 hours during its 45 years of service, achieved fame during the civil war in East Timor in 1975 as the only RAAF plane ever to be hijacked
  • The Japanese Second World War Shinyo suicide launch, which demonstrates how towards the end of the war the Japanese were increasingly reliant on suicide tactics, poorly trained personnel, and the use of cheap, non-strategic materials
  • The Renault FT-17 light tank, which saw action on the Western Front in 1918 and suffered some minor battle damage, an example of one of the most successful tank designs to emerge from the First World War
  • An Iroquois helicopter that carried out hundreds of operations in Vietnam between October 1969 and December 1971
  • A battle-damaged Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle, damaged in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2010 that badly injured its driver.

War Memorial Treloar Technology Centre in Mitchell, Saturday 5 September, 9am-3pm. Entry by donation. 

Dawn DiscoDawn Disco is set to be an energetic morning dance experience for people who want to start their day with positivity and fun times! Kicking off at 7am this Friday 4 September, Dawn Disco will be held on the first Friday of every month at O’Donnell Youth Centre, Braddon.

It’s a morning dance party featuring upbeat songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today! Plus there’ll be hula hooping by Hoopbeat, yummy homemade muesli for sale by The Muesli Bar, Yoga with Ashtanga Lab PLUS the dancing awesomeness of Rave CBR.

Entry is $5 on the door (kids free) and there is heaps of FREE parking at the venue. This event is all-ages and is drug and alcohol free. Wear comfy clothes that can get sweaty! Don’t forget your water bottle!

Find out more at www.ravecbr.com or follow the fun on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Rave-CBR.

Capital Hotel Group Open Day

That’s why Capital Hotel Group is thinking outside the square and staging an interactive event that showcases all their properties: Avenue Hotel, Aria Hotel, Clifton Suites on Northbourne and Pavilion on Northbourne.

Designed for people who are looking for event venues—whether they’re an EA/PA, event manager or bride-to-be—the Capital Hotel Group Open Day on Thursday 3 September provides inspiration for a range of events and shows you how they can be styled or made more interactive.

Tour their various properties between 3:30pm and 5:30pm, and attend the exhibition at Pavilion at Northbourne, between 3:30pm and 7pm. All the details here.

Lonsdale Street Traders Spring Fling

The Lonsdale St Traders of the Ori Building in Braddon invite you to ‘Spring Fling’, a late night shopping experience to welcome the warmer weather. Pop along and shop a one-night only shopping experience with special offers in-store, entertainment, food and drinks.

The inaugural shopping event will be held on Thursday 3 September from 5.30pm – 9pm at the Ori Building, 30 Lonsdale St Braddon.

All the details here.

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Pandora’s Spring Fling 

Pandora’s @ St.Phillips, a hidden gem an op-shop, is having their big Spring Fling this Saturday 5 September. The Pandora’s volunteers keep some of the highest quality donated items just for this event. There will be a fashion show at 1pm and some seriously great clothes, shoes and accessories for purchase from 11am-3.30pm.

11am-3.30pm, Pandora’s @ St. Phillips Church, next to the O’Connor Shops, O’Connor. Cash only.

Old Bus Depot Market

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 obdm.com.au for more information.

Southside Farmers Markets

The Southside Farmers Market is a village market that provides all the fresh food that you need for your weekly shop.  The market has a great range of fresh, seasonal produce from around 60 stallholders each week – including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, honey, bread, gourmet treats and much more.

Amongst the wide range of food available, you will find vegetables from Cowra, free range eggs from Tharwa, organic meat from Bombala, organic salad greens from near Hall, vegetables from Marulan, fresh mushrooms and seafood from the south coast, award winning olive oil from near Hall, vegetables from Thirlmere, citrus from Leeton, apples from Batlow Gunning and Pialligo, local breads, cooking sauces and condiments made in Canberra, and award winning organic and fair trade coffees roasted here in Canberra.  If you have a sweet tooth try some freshly baked, tarts, macarons or cakes. There is a wide range of certified organic and biodynamic produce available.

After your shopping relax over a cappuccino or a hot chocolate made with real Belgian chocolate, with a crepe, waffle, sausage sandwich or gozleme in the courtyard.

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit www.canberrafarmersmarkets.com.au/southside-farmers-market for more information.

EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS Farmers Market

Eat Local Fridays is a brand new farmers’ market to hit Canberra. Held every Friday, buy chemical and GMO-free produce directly from the grower and makers. Special guest Costa Georgiadis, will be there to kick things off. Visit www.eatlocalmovement.org for more information. On from 2.30pm – 7pm this Friday 4 September at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Westside Markets

Whether it’s food, fashion, second-hand or handmade, Canberrans love a good market. The newest addition to the market scene are the Westside Acton Markets which have seen Westside Acton Park transformed into an eclectic outdoor market every Sunday. Each week a mix of handmade, vintage and designer stalls will set up alongside live entertainment and permanent food vendors in the lakeside precinct. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands — the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Capital Hotel Group Open Day

That’s why Capital Hotel Group is thinking outside the square and staging an interactive event that showcases all their properties: Avenue Hotel, Aria Hotel, Clifton Suites on Northbourne and Pavilion on Northbourne.

Designed for people who are looking for event venues—whether they’re an EA/PA, event manager or bride-to-be—the Capital Hotel Group Open Day on Thursday 3 September provides inspiration for a range of events and shows you how they can be styled or made more interactive.

Tour their various properties between 3:30pm and 5:30pm, and attend the exhibition at Pavilion at Northbourne, between 3:30pm and 7pm. All the details here.

FOOD & WINE

Loved Rescue Dog Launches Namesake Wine

Mollie, a husky-kelpie, was adopted from the RSPCA ACT in 2010 after a troubled start in life. She is now a much loved member of the Murrumbateman Winery family and is hosting a dog day to launch her first wine, Mollie’s Block Sauvignon Blanc.

To thank the RSPCA, Mollie is donating five per cent of sales from Mollie’s Block Sauvignon Blanc to the ACT RSPCA. Mollie loves to meet other dogs and is encouraging her canine pals to join her on. She’s even made sure food and wine will be available to keep their human companions entertained. Adults, children and friendly dogs welcome!

On from 12pm – 3pm this Saturday 5 September at Murrumbateman Winery, cnr Barton Hwy and McIntosh Cct, Murrumbateman. Contact Jennifer Lawrence [email protected] for more information.

Hooch Fridays at QT

During winter we need that little bit extra motivation to leave the house. QT want to provide that motivation for you in a cocktail form. Dine at Capitol Bar & Grill on a Friday during the month of July and August, order an entree, main or main and dessert and receive a complimentary cocktail in Lucky’s Canberra. On Fridays at QT, Capitol Bar & Grill, 1 London Circuit, Canberra.

Visit the website for more information.

FAMILY

BFirm Battle Games – Holiday Sessions 

Celebrity Trainer Lee Campbell’s BFirm Battle Games are unique school holiday experiences for any kids aged between 8 – 14, where the primary aims are adventure, inclusiveness and fun. The sessions can stand alone or kids can participate in all of the available “missions”.

In teams, kids will compete in a variety of challenges which focus on every form of development from their creativeness, teamwork/leadership, fitness and strength – Battle Games is for everyone and they spend a whole day outside without being plugged in!

Sessions will be held on 29 and 30 September and 6 and 7 October. Bookings can be made at www.bfirm.com.au/battlegames

Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

The National Capital Exhibition presents Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick; an exciting programme for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Little Griffins includes songs, activities and lots of Duplo™ construction fun as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the National Capital.

Held from 10am to 11am the last Friday of each month at National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Canberra.

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. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – 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. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

Perception Deception

Does your brain play tricks on you? Is one person’s reality the same as yours? Answer these questions and more with the Perception Deception exhibition at Questacon. Surprise your senses and challenge your mind with over 60 hands-on and multimedia exhibits featuring perceptual test and illusions.  This family-friendly exhibition reveals how our brains process information from our senses to form our perception of the world around us. Sometimes all is not as it seems! On now until 30 September 2015. For entry prices visit the website.

There’s always heaps for people of all ages to do at Questacon – check out their list of events here.

National Dinosaur Museum Weekend Tours

The National Dinosaur Museum holds tours every weekend. Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages. Tours are free with admission. Tours are 30-minutes and run every weekend at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm until 27 December.

Family Space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy this school holidays in the Portrait Gallery Adventure Family Space. Explore the lives of Australia’s greatest adventurers through interactive art carts, dioramas and dress ups. Make your own portrait that expresses your spirit of adventure using fun art materials and the photo booth. All materials provided and free for all to enjoy! From 11am to 4pm daily.

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 2 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.

Friday 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 the website for more information.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

The HARD WORD Writing School

A new writing school run by two of Australia’s most prolific wordsmiths offers Canberrans the opportunity to discover their next chapter. Whether it is the writing of a short story, the composing of a novel or a career change into journalism, THE HARD WORD Writing School covers the lot.

The HARD WORD Writing School sees Chris Sheedy and Jenny Bond bringing the knowledge gained from a decades-long publishing partnership to the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Beginning on September 12, the one-day courses cover fiction writing as well as writing for newspapers, magazines and online.

September 12, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 10am-4pm, $242 per person.

More information can be found at: http://www.thehardword.com.au/

‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ with Jon Ronson

Join Jon Ronson at the National Library of Australia from 6pm this Tuesday 1 September as he talks about his latest book, ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’. Inspired by the theft of his identity through a fake Twitter account, Ronson interviewed individuals involved in high-profile cases of online public shaming. Through his book he explores the powerful and devastating effects of the phenomenon that has become epidemic on social media.

Includes a book signing and refreshments. Cost $20. Book your ticket online at www.nla.gov.au.

The Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

Rising star of the fantasy genre, Mitchell Hogan will be visiting Harry Hartog Booksellers in Westfield Woden to talk about his new release, The Crucible of Souls. Entry is free, complimentary refreshments and copies of the book will be available for purchase on the night.  On at 6:30pm this Thursday 3 September. For more information visit the website www.harryhartog.com.au.

Author’s Talks at Paperchain Bookstore Manuka

Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka has a fantastic program of authors’ talks. Here’s what’s on this week:

This Monday 31 August at 6pm, Jacqueline Dinan speaks about her book Between the Dances; at 6pm on Thursday 3 September, Cheryl Koenig features her book With Just One Suitcase and at 3pm on Sunday 6 September, Ghada Karmi speaks about her book Return: A Palestinian Memoir. Next Wednesday 9 September, David Uren, author of Takeover, is in conversation with Chris Richardson.

More information from www.paperchainbookstore.com.au.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

STAGE & FILM

Ghosts in the Scheme

In the 1950’s Cooma; at the foot of the snowy mountains played host to an extraordinary influx of people from around the world, escaping their past, to work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Set upon a backdrop of the town’s rich underbelly and featuring a soundtrack played live on stage by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Ghosts in the Scheme explores the complex friendship of three of these residents. As life’s endgame approaches, these characters can enjoy passive acceptance or relish fighting the inevitable.

Playing at Canberra Theatre Centre from Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 September. Tickets from www.canberraticketing.com.au.

Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, made famous by the Cary Grant movie of the same name. Take two spinster aunts who ‘help’ lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of elderberry wine; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, another brother who has received plastic surgery to conceal his identity, and now looks like a character from a horror move and the hero – Mortimer Brewster – a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry Elaine, the woman he loves.

It all adds up to a great time at Belconnen Theatre – playing from Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 September. Tickets from Canberra Ticketing.

Reserved Seating Only

Australia’s great game viewed by an unlikely pair in the reserved section of a major football stadium.  This action-packed play features David Ross Paterson as a loud, burly football fan, and Cecelia Specht as a recently divorced football widow, who has claimed her ex-husband’s tickets as part of a messy divorce settlement.  As a footy ‘conscientious objector’ she is blissfully immune to the attraction of the game and instantly locks horns with her ex-husband’s footy mate who becomes her reluctant companion over four eventful quarters.  They make a seriously mismatched couple with little to offer each other.  Or do they?  Reserved Seating Only brings the colour and controversy of football to the stage, along with a witty insight into the battle of the sexes set in the context of our national obsession with sport.

Playing at The Q in Queanbeyan this Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September. Tickets from www.theq.net.au.

The Ramayana

After a series of sold-out shows in Australia, New Zealand and in the United States, Sydney’s Indian Dance Centre will be presenting its Ramayana dance drama production at the Canberra College of Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 5 September 2015 at 6:30pm.

The Ramayana is a story of love, loyalty, betrayal and victory of good over evil. It depicts the story of Rama, an extraordinary prince and the ideal man, who embodies loyalty, compassion and honour. Buy your tickets online.

Latin American Film Festival in Australia

The Latin American Embassies are proud to present the 11th Latin American Film Festival at the National Gallery of Australia. The Festival will present a selection of 13 films, including award winning pieces and some of the most exciting and creating productions to reach the big screen in recent times. All films will be subtitled in English. No bookings required this is a free event. Visit the website for more information. On until Tuesday 1 September at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Pl W, Canberra.

Cult Classics return to Dendy

Dendy Canberra’s Cult Classics will return for another season, showcasing some of the best films from the last several decades. The program opens with the first instalment of the magnificent adventure Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) on every Monday with an incredible line-up for the winter season that will feature some of the best films of all time including the highest grossing film of 2003, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Fight Club (1999).

The August program includes The Exorcist (1973), Wayne’s World (1992), Willow (1998), 54 The Director’s Cut (1998) and Tropic Thunder (2008). The season will conclude with the best known ‘midnight movie’ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on Monday 21 September with fans and guests encourage to attend in their best Rocky Horror attire. The Cult Classics screen every Monday with a session at 10am and 6.30pm. Members pay just $10 and non-members $12. Tickets are now on sale and bookings are highly recommended.

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE

Blown Away! Canberra Wind Symphony at Ainslie Arts Centre
The Canberra Wind Symphony will blow you away with massive sounds and sweet melodies. With up to 45 hand picked musicians from Canberra, this new ensemble is redefining the concert experience. If you like George Gershwin, blues, or if you want to hear 45 musicians do an impersonation of a train… or if you’ve never been to a concert before… THIS IS THE CONCERT FOR YOU!  Friday 4 September, Concert 1 6:30pm, Concert 2 8pm, Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon. More details: 0422 504 046, [email protected]

 

Xavier Rudd and the United Nations, with special guests 

Following straight on from their appearance at Splendour In The Grass this July, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations will tour Australia-wide throughout August, September and October to celebrate the release of Flag – the second single from their acclaimed debut album, Nanna.
Enthralling his devoted fans, Xavier Rudd kicked off 2015 by unveiling his long-awaited dream project; a full-blown dub record, backed by a eight-piece international all-star band. Supporting lead single Come People, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations embarked on a sold-out national tour in March that took them to packed theatres in every capital city, and ended with a triumphant homecoming in front of a capacity crowd at Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Sunday 6 September. Doors open 7pm at UC Refectory, Canberra. Building 1, University of Canberra, Kirinari Street, Bruce. Info and tickets here.

Dawn Disco

Dawn Disco is set to be an energetic morning dance experience for people who want to start their day with positivity and fun times! Kicking off at 7am this Friday 4 September, Dawn Disco will be held on the first Friday of every month at O’Donnell Youth Centre, Braddon.

It’s a morning dance party featuring upbeat songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today! Plus there’ll be hula hooping by Hoopbeat, yummy homemade muesli for sale by The Muesli Bar, Yoga with Ashtanga Lab PLUS the dancing awesomeness of Rave CBR.

Entry is $5 on the door (kids free) and there is heaps of FREE parking at the venue. This event is all-ages and is drug and alcohol free. Wear comfy clothes that can get sweaty! Don’t forget your water bottle!

Find out more at www.ravecbr.com or follow the fun on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Rave-CBR.

The Spring Fling

Spring is finally here! It’s time to shake off the winter blues and kick this season into gear. Get on down to The White Eagle Polish Club in Turner from 8pm this Friday 4 September and congregate with your friends, drink refreshing beverages, dance with complete strangers and listen to the amazing sounds of Brother Be, Monsterpiece and Beth Monzo all at one place on the first weekend of Spring!

Sinatra at the Sands

Australian star of stage and screen, Tom Burlinson known for captivating audiences with his smooth style, astonishing performance skills and charm, returns to Canberra Theatre Centre with his unique brand of Sinatra-style crooning for a one-night only performance. Accompanied by his All Star Big Band, Tom will sing all the wonderful songs from the sensational live recording of Sinatra in his prime, Sinatra at the Sands as well as additional hits New York New York, That’s Life and My Way.

At Canberra Theatre Centre this Saturday 5 September. Tickets from Canberra Ticketing.

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Iconic American jazz-rock band from the late 60s and 70s Blood, Sweat and Tears are coming to Canberra Theatre Centre this Wednesday 2 September. With big international hit songs such as You’ve made me so very happy, Spinning Wheel, And When I Die, Hi-Do-Ho That Old Sweet Roll, Lucretia Mac Evil – Blood, Sweat and Tears continue to deliver timeless, classic and, most importantly, enduring songs that sound-tracked a generation.

Tickets from Canberra Ticketing.

Naturally 7

Naturally 7 combine elements of RnB, Pop and beatboxing using only their voices as instruments coining their unique sound as ‘vocal play’. You may have seen them with Michael Buble, now they’re playing Llewellyn Hall this Wednesday 2 September. More information and tickets from worldvisionpresents.com.

Canberra Wind Symphony: Blown Away!

The freshest contributor to the international wind music conversation – Canberra Wind Symphony – will dazzle your senses with compositions by Percy Grainger, John Mackey, Frank Ticheli and Eric Whitacre. Under the baton of Artistic Director Geoff Grey, this concert is in support of beyondblue, helping fight depression in Australian farmers.

Performing at 8pm this Friday 4 September at Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon. Tickets from Eventbrite.

Wednesday Lunchtime Live Concert

Outstanding classical guitarist Callum Henshaw will play music from France, Spain, Mexico and Paraguay at this week’s Wednesday Lunchtime Live Concert. Visit www.wesleycanberra.org.au for more information. Entry starts at $5. On Wednesday 3 September from 12.40pm – 1.20pm at Wesley Music Centre, National Circuit, Forrest.

Sarah Kim

Sarah Kim, internationally acclaimed Australian Organist in Europe and Organist at Notre-Dame-des-Vertus and St. George’s Anglican Church in Paris, will play a wonderful program of masterworks for grand organ. Her program this year will include the Vivaldi/Bach Concerto in d minor BWV 596, César Franck’s Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Bach’s Organ Trio Sonata No.6 in G Major BWV 530, an Aria by Jehan Alain and the monumental Sixth Organ Symphony by Charles-Marie Widor.

On Sunday 6 September at 3pm, Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest. Tickets start at $35 and can be bought at the door. Visit www.wesleycanberra.org.au for more information.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in theNational Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm until 24 December at the National Film and Sound Archive.

No Lights, No Lycra

There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself. NLNL is on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Big Heart appeal – presentation by Jeremy Scott

As a toddler, Jeremy Scott had a huge hole in his aorta valve that denied him the opportunity to live the life of a normal healthy child. At just four years of age Jeremy underwent Open Heart Surgery.

Thirty four years later, with practically no experience or training, Jeremy began a 2 ½ year, 51,916km bicycle ride that would see him cycle through 29 countries from London to New Zealand. At this free event, held in association with the Heart Foundation ACT, Jeremy will talk about his experience with heart disease, which is the single leading cause of death in Australia.

On Monday 7 September at 10 am, Hellenic Club, Woden (refreshments included).

RSVP: http://tiny.cc/nkrs1x

Sky Zone Charity Event

Sky Zone at Westfield Belconnen will host a charity night in support of three local charities Pegasus, The Ted Noffs Foundation and Wests Junior Rugby Club. The charity event will feature jump sessions, SkyFit classes and dodgeball competitions all on trampolines. It’s next level fun, literally.

Donations will go towards each charity from jumping sock purchases with every sock wrapper collected on the night. A presentation from 7:30pm with pizza and drinks will take place to present each charity with their donation. On Monday 31 August from 6pm at Sky Zone, Westfield Belconnen, Benjamin Way, Belconnen.

Grand Opera Gala Fundraiser

Louise Page OAM and Rachael Duncan (sopranos), baritone Jeremy Tatchell, the National Capital Orchestra under the direction of award winning conductor/composer Leonard Weiss, and a mass choir made up of a number of Canberra’s nationally acclaimed choirs combine their unique talents to bring you a music extravaganza.

Enjoy favourites like Funiculi Funicula, the Toreador Song from Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata, The Tale of Cicerino by composer Francesco Sofo and many other popular arias and duets such as Adele’s Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus and Don Giovanni’s La ci darem la mano.

All proceeds from the evening will go to the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation (Canberra Hospital) to mark it’s 20th anniversary.  Visit the website for more information at newborn.org.au. Tickets start at $25. On Saturday 5 September at 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra.

ART

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

Kaninjaku explores the history of the Canning Stock Route. Stories of contact, conflict and survival are featured in a striking new exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route. Showing at the National Museum of Australia until 12 August 2016.

Interrestrial: Interactive Ceramics

Interrestrial is an exhibition of interactive ceramics that breaks free of the white-washed world of the gallery and invites you to touch and play to your heart’s content. Featuring the work of Verney Burness, Richilde Flavell, Isabelle Mackay-Sim, Michelle Lim and Zoë Slee, which spans a variety of ceramic approaches, from functional objects to sculptural forms and installations. These five artists work within the theme of interactivity to explore the materiality of clay in their own unique ways.

Showing at the Nishi Gallery in NewActon until 13 September.

Bespoke

In Bespoke: Design for the people, six Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response.

Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.

EXHIBITIONS

Big Things In Store

The Big things In Store open day, on Saturday 5 September, is a wonderful, rare opportunity for the public to see behind the scenes of the War Memorial’s collection. Gates are open from 9 am to 3 pm and entry is by donation, with proceeds going to support the work of the Australian War Memorial.

This event, which was last run in 2013, allows visitors to uncover the secrets of the Memorial’s conservation facility and storage hub, including a vast array of aircraft, rockets, vehicles, tanks, artillery, and equipment used by – or against – Australians in war for over a century.

The highlights include:

  • One of the most significant relics from the Second World War, a Japanese Ha-Go tank abandoned during the battle of Milne Bay in 1942
  • A Caribou aircraft which, flying just over 20,000 hours during its 45 years of service, achieved fame during the civil war in East Timor in 1975 as the only RAAF plane ever to be hijacked
  • The Japanese Second World War Shinyo suicide launch, which demonstrates how towards the end of the war the Japanese were increasingly reliant on suicide tactics, poorly trained personnel, and the use of cheap, non-strategic materials
  • The Renault FT-17 light tank, which saw action on the Western Front in 1918 and suffered some minor battle damage, an example of one of the most successful tank designs to emerge from the First World War
  • An Iroquois helicopter that carried out hundreds of operations in Vietnam between October 1969 and December 1971
  • A battle-damaged Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle, damaged in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2010 that badly injured its driver.

War Memorial Treloar Technology Centre in Mitchell, Saturday 5 September, 9am-3pm. Entry by donation.

 

The Mandala Project

Darryl’s Den is a local non-profit Canberra disability studio. The Darryl’s Den Mandala project is a positive art project, giving people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to create beautiful original art work in a collaborative group environment. Mandalas have been used for thousands of years by many different cultures for healing, renewal, expression, discovery, meditation, reflection, creativity, wellbeing and connecting.

Entry is free. For more information visit www.belconnenartscentre.com.au. Opens on Friday 4 September at 5.30pm, at the Belconnen Art Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

 Ink Remix

INK REMIX: Contemporary Art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong is curated by Dr Sophie McIntyre and highlights new and innovative aspects of contemporary ink art. Most artists in the exhibition have trained in Chinese calligraphy and ink painting but reinvent or subvert the tradition in works that explore links between personal, regional and global experience. On now until 18 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City.

X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT

Since the 1980s Canberra has been synonymous with sex in the minds of many Australians. Twenty years have passed since it became legal to sell X-rated videos in the Australian Capital Territory. The adult industry has gone through periods of growth, boom and, many would argue, bust. This exhibition explores the evolution of Canberra’s sex industry over the past 50 years. The public is warned that some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence. Persons under 18 years of age may not enter this exhibition. On until 20 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Australia in the Great War

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War. The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.  The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea. On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

William Edwin Pidgeon (1909–1981), war correspondent and artist

William Edwin Pidgeon was a painter, cartoonist, illustrator, and newspaper critic. This exhibition presents a selection of the over 400 works by William Pidgeon held in the Australian War Memorial’s Art collection. The works relate to Pidgeon’s Second World War experiences in Darwin, New Guinea, Borneo and Morotai between 1943 to 1945. On display in the Second World War Galleries until 7 March 2016 at the Australian War Memorial.

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, The Home Front looks at life back at home and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields. Through 23 personal stories, this exhibition explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. See the effects of war on those at home. Rediscover Prime Minister Billy Hughes’s determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, Basil Watson’s thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, May Gibbs’s quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers and more. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan, reflecting both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

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 at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something.

Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories.

Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Magna Carta – an Australian story

This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna 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. Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore 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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