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It might be a rainy old forecast—but that doesn’t mean this weekend won’t have plenty of (indoor!) fun on offer.

Don’t believe us? Read on…

SIX (Final days!)

International smash-hit pop musical SIX finishes up its massive run at Canberra Theatre Centre this weekend—and there are still tickets left!

What can you expect? A modern take on the tale of the six wives of Henry VIII and an electrifying, high-octane journey as these Tudor Queens turned Pop Princesses take to the mic to reclaim their story.

The six Queens are set against the theatrical backdrop of a pop concert, and battle it out to be the lead singer in their band. Each having their moment in the stoplight, it’s a catchy way to brush up on history while also keeping “girl power” at the fore—where it should be.

Until 15 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Brumbies v Crusaders

It’s the ultimate pre-finals test, right here in Canberra! The Brumbies take on New Zealand powerhouse the Crusaders in the ultimate pre-finals test. It’s the powerhouse match up that’s worth leaving the house for.

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Friday 13 May | GIO Stadium | brumbies.rugby

Pachanga! Afro-Latin Roots + Urban Culture

After selling out the first edition – PACHANGA! returns with a special line up of local + interstage artists focusing on Afro-Latin Roots and Urban Culture with live bands and dance performances across two stages.

Find the full line up at Moshtix.

Friday 13 May from 7 pm | The Basement, Belconnen | Moshtix

Taste Local Workshops with Lake George Winery and Sweet Pea & Poppy

Discover local produce and enjoy unique experiences of tasting adventures and masterclasses at Canberra Centre’s Taste Local Festival – a month-long celebration of local producers and talents.

Lake George Winery is family owned and operated and is located on the north-western shores of the mysterious Lake George. Their handpicked grapes follow sustainable practices and their wine is vegan friendly.

On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, Lake George Winery will take you on an entertaining and educational wine and chocolate pairing journey. Partnering with Sweet Pea and Poppy, it’s not to be missed.

Book your spot for one of the three 60-minute workshops: 1 pm and 3 pm Saturday 14 May, and 2 pm Sunday 15 May.

Tickets are $20pp. PLEASE NOTE that seating will be two people per table.

14–15 May | Located inside the doors of City Walk, Canberra Centre | Tickets via Eventbrite

Jeffrey Smart [Final week!]

The year 2021 marks one hundred years since the birth of acclaimed Australian artist Jeffrey Smart. This major exhibition celebrates and commemorates this significant centenary.

One of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Smart sought inspiration from the world around him – looking to the environment of urban and industrial modernity – which he transformed through his imaginative sense of theatre and intimate understanding of geometry and composition. These potent and intriguing images have become emblematic of 20th and 21st-century urban experience.

Want to take your experience to the next level? Why not book a Tuscan Lunch or private tour?

Until 15 May | National Gallery of Australia | nga.gov.au

Celeste Barber – Fine, Thanks. Live Tour.

Australia’s Queen of Comedy’s brand-new tour Fine, Thanks is headed to Llewellyn Hall on Sunday 15 May, exploring and exploiting everything from celebrity sex toys to why hot girls can’t dance and details the giddy euphoria and brutal devastation of being invited to Coachella — the same year it was cancelled.

4.30 pm , Sunday 15 May | Llewellyn Hall | premier.ticketek.com.au

Eurovision Song Contest

Get your team together for a night of fun and games to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 at the National Film and Sound Archive. The show will be livestreamed on the big screen in Arc, where you can sing along to this year’s ballads and bangers.

Plus there’ll be Eurovision bingo (watch out for wind machines! Fake instruments! All-white outfits!) and award prizes for best team outfit, so come representing your country of choice. Ticket price includes a glass of bubbles on arrival.

7 pm Sunday 15 May | National Film and Sound Archive | nfsa.gov.au

ANCA Dickson Open Day

ANCA Dickson studios will be open to the public for one day only. Have a peek inside the studios of some of Canberra’s best Artists, Makers and Designers. Gain a unique insight into their practices and philosophies.

Featured in the gallery is Material Language with Sue Pedley, Penny Coss and Sylvia Griffin.

12 noon – 4 pm, Saturday 14 May | 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson | anca.net.au

Becoming Beatrix

Rising soprano Chloe Lankshear and The Song Company’s Associate Artistic Director Francis Greep explore beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter’s life through the biographic work of Judy Taylor and the songs of Schumann, Debussy, Aaron Copland, Elliot Carter, George Crumb, Ross Edwards and Sally Whitwell.

Saturday 14 May | Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest | the.song.company

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Weaving a narrative through human rights, sexual politics, and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a sly theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, mis-readings, mis-leadings and misunderstanding.

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a story about a public meeting, the type of meeting you would hope to happen in a certain kind of democracy. How do we come together to make decisions that are in the best interest of a civic society? This is a play about individual and collective responsibility.

11–13 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Australian Cocktail Month

Australian Cocktail Month is back in May 2022 with discounts on delicious cocktails at six Canberra bars – supporting bars, bartenders and spirit makers along the way.

Your Australian Cocktail Month ticket lasts for the duration of May, allowing you access to a special menu of cocktails created exclusively for the month. So grab your ticket, gather your friends, support the bar industry and discover what your city has to offer at the following participating bars throughout May: Bar Rochford, High Jinks, Miss Van’s, Molly, Volstead Repeal and Zaab

Like cocktails? Love good times? Australian Cocktail Month is for you.

Until 30 May | Various locations | australiancocktailmonth.com.au

Three Tall Women

ACT Hub’s Season 2022 is off to an amazing start with rehearsals for Edward Albee’s most autobiographical play in full swing, also the debut of one of Canberra’s newest theatre companies, Chaika Theatre.

Three Tall Women is the story of a sophisticated, flawed and complex woman as she looks back unsentimentally at her extraordinary life. A portrait of Albee’s tempestuous relationship with his adoptive mother, the role is played at different stages of her life by three of Canberra’s most celebrated actresses – Natasha Vickery, Lainie Hart and Karen Vickery.

Scathingly funny whilst touchingly vulnerable, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama has been described as a ‘pearl-handled dagger of a play’.

4–21 May | ACT Hub, Causeway Hall, Spinifex Street, Kingston | acthub.com.au

Beyond Borders: People, Plastic and Pollution

A collaborative art exhibition exploring the issue of plastic pollution—a problem transcending national borders

The Embassy of Sweden and the School of Art & Design at the Australian National University are jointly organizing the exhibition Beyond Borders: People, Plastic and Pollution at the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra.

The exhibition consists of two installations – PHYT! and Bedroom Plastic – created by a group of young Australian art and design students who examines plastic pollution through creative art. The Swedish Institute’s exhibition Re:waste – how Sweden is rethinking resources is also on display.

In June 2022, Stockholm+50, an important UN-mandated international environmental meeting, will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. In the context and spirit of Stockholm+50, the Embassy of Sweden wants with this exhibition to engage in a dialogue on an environmental issue of significant importance—plastic pollution.

Saturday 14 May and Saturday 21 May,  11 am – 2 pm | Embassy of Sweden, 5 Turrana Street, Yarralumla |  beyondborderspeopleplasticandpollution.eventbrite.com.au

Artist Talk, Roger Beale AO, The Magic of Light

Enjoy an Artist Talk with Roger Beale AO as he discusses The Magic of Light Exhibition at Humble House gallery.

Roger will present a talk at the gallery where he will discuss his art and background influences. He will also give a tour of the exhibition talking about the works, where and why they were created and the techniques he employs.

This afternoon is a wonderful opportunity to meet Roger whilst viewing his works in more detail and learn about his art practice.

Sunday 15 May from 2 pm | Humble House gallery | Free entry, no bookings required, all welcome | humblehouse.com.au

Hotel Sorrento

An Australian modern classic, Canberra REP Theatre’s Hotel Sorrento takes a family drama laced with love, secrets and betrayals, and overlays it with broader questions about cultural and national identity. Three sisters reunite in their sleepy hometown of Sorrento after 10 years apart and old tensions start bubbling to the surface. These are fuelled by a novel written by Meg, which has been nominated for the Booker, and which contains details that are uncomfortably familiar to her sisters.

See the Preview 8 pm 28 April, followed by a Q&A with the director and cast.

Until 14 May | Canberra REP Theatre, (Theatre 3), 3 Repertory Lane, Acton | canberrarep.org.au

Back to the Boombox

Boomboxes, or “ghettoblasters”, are synonymous with music culture of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

These portable machines incorporated radio/cassette player formats, in-built speakers and a handle to ensure the music could travel with you wherever you went. This exhibition showcases the private collection of Kinloch Kilby – an avid collector and music appreciator. Discover the array of designs, sizes and features of these machines and enjoy being transported to the beat of an earlier era.

Until 21 May | Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra City | CMAG.com.au

And then of course there’s the markets…

Old Bus Depot Markets

With more than 100 stalls (including your old favourites), you’ll have the chance to shop for a brilliant variety of Australian-made, handcrafted and premium products. And this week it’s Canberra Wool Expo, where you can meet and speak with wool producers, craftspeople and artists. See demonstrations from hand-spinning to weaving.

Watch shearing demonstrations and learn about the process of collecting wool from the sheep. There will be four shearing demonstrations each hour from 10:30am on both Saturday and Sunday.

9.30 am – 2.30 pm Sunday | Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | obdm.com.au

Haig Park Village Markets

Taking place every Sunday rain, hail or shine, the Haig Park Village Markets has fresh produce, beautiful flowers, artisan breads, meats, treats and more. You can even enjoy a picnic in the park before grabbing your essentials for the week!

9 am–2 pm Sunday | Haig Park, Braddon | haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au

Capital Region Farmers Markets

With more than 100 stallholders each week, the Capital Region Farmers Market at EPIC Park has endless options when it comes to freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce.

Fill the garden using their great selection of natives and landscape plants, fruit trees, seedlings and shrubs or fill your stomach with freshly baked bread, cakes, macarons and croissants.

7 am–11.30 am Saturday | Exhibition Park in Canberra | capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au

Southside Farmers Markets

This village market is located at Canberra College, making it the perfect place to duck in to grab what you need (and maybe a few things you don’t). Order an egg and bacon roll to start the morning as you explore the best of fresh seasonal veggies, handmade pasta and pet treats.

8 am–11.30 am Sunday | 2 Launceston Street, Phillip | facebook.com

Feature image: SIX. Credit: James D Morgan/Getty Images.

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