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The Weekend Edit
YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON IN CANBERRA THIS WEEKEND!
Every Monday for more than eight years, we’ve published This Week in The Can,our comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this week– but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!
That’s why each Friday we publish our Weekend Edit—a curated selection of events we think you’ll love!
BINGO LOCO BINGO RAVE
Bingo Loco has taken the world by storm since its formation in Ireland. This is Bingo but not like you know it.
Bingo Loco flips the traditional game of Bingo on its head, with rave rounds, comedy MCs, conga lines, dance offs, lip sync battles, glow sticks and prizes – ranging from bottles of Buckfast, adulterous toys, vacations to cars to lawnmowers. Bingo Loco Bingo Rave with host Andrew Stanley.
“Bingo Loco has become nothing short of an entertainment phenomenon in its birth place of Dublin and beyond.” – Lonely Planet. Bingo Loco is not a performance, it’s an engaging experience with the mentality of a theatre show, while always ensuring every element is completely ridiculous.
In 2019, Bingo Loco is partnering with Make-A-Wish® Australia to help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Each year, thousands of Australian children are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.
Wishes complement medical treatment–working to calm, distract and empower sick kids at the time they need it most. When a wish is realised, a child discovers that despite their situation, anything is possible.
Cost: $42 +$4bf
Happening Saturday 30 November from 6.30 pm—10.30 pm at Fiction Club, 50 Bunda Street, Civic.
Join Ostani Bar on Friday 29 November as they partner with Capital Brewing Co to raise awareness and funds for Movember!
The combined Movember team, ‘Doma Capital Mo’s’, will be growing their mo’s to raise funds for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in their lives.
Capital will be donating $1 from every Capital beer sold in Ostani for the entire month of November. Kicking off tomorrow from 5pm in the Garden Bar.
Capital will also donate a keg to conclude the month with ALL PROCEEDS from the keg being donated to Movember. Help the ‘Doma Capital Mo’s’ team reach their fundraising target of $5,000! All donations are appreciated and you can donate here: ow.ly/sLCY50wVWI0.
Happening Friday 29 November from 5–10 pm at Ostani, inside Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.
Sissa Sorella is getting into the festive spirit with a swoon-worthy 12 Days of Christmas Promotion.
Celebrate all things shoe-love with 12 days of different “gifts” including discounts on shoes, accessories and gifts, free gift wrapping, bubbles, Seedlip sampling, lucky dips, raffles and give away days. Even a free mini brow makeover day with Ali Price makeup and brow artist.
These special offers culminate on the 12th of December, in a late-night Christmas shopping sale with crowd favourite The Pop Inn wine bar in attendance.
The Sissa Sorella promotion starts on the 1st of December, in-store only. pop in and say hello to Kate and her team in Deakin and kick off your festive season Sissa Sorella style.
Day 1 – Sunday 1st December – Veuve Clicquot served in store 10 am–2 pm. Come and enjoy a glass of bubbles to celebrate the beginning of the festive season. All customers may go in the draw to win one of 3 leather and brushed gold metal hounds tooth key rings (valued at $89 each).
Day 2 – Monday 2nd December – Ali Price, brow and makeup expert, will be in-store offering mini brow make-overs AND every customer is a winner today with a lucky dip in store. with every purchase you have the chance to win Sissa dollars, a discount voucher, a free coffee or an in-store product. 9 am–4 pm.
Day 3 – Tuesday 3rd December – Every purchase receives a free pair of handpainted Bee Twomey earrings. 9 am – 4 pm
Day 4 – Wednesday 4th December – Opportunity to win one of 3 Dog & Boy merino wool scarves, valued at $130 each. 9 am – 4 pm.
Day 5 – Thursday 5th December – all gift lines and accessories 20% off in-store today. 9 am – 5 pm
Day 6 – Friday 6th December – Every purchase today goes in the draw to win a handmade Sollis jewellery pack, necklace and bracelet valued at $250.
Day 7 – Saturday 7th December – Non-alcoholic beverage Seedlip tastings in store 9 am – 2 pm. Complimentary mini bottle with every purchase made today.
Day 8 – Sunday 8th December – Complimentary Mumm Champagne served in-store and every customer may go in the draw to win a summer pack, a Chuchka neoprene bag and linen scarf. 10 am – 2 pm.
Day 9 – Monday 9th December – Complimentary pair of Hysteria or Odd Pears socks with every purchase today. 9 am – 4 pm.
Day 10 – Tuesday 10th December – 20% off all shoes. 9 am – 4 pm
Day 11 – Complimentary Christmas gift wrapping plus go in the draw to win a $350 LiliMill Italian leather tote.
Day 12 – 10% off storewide. With every purchase, customers go in the draw to win an Ena beauty pack valued at $80. Late-night shopping and The Pop Inn wine bar will be on-site from 5 pm – 8 pm.
Happening 1-12 December at Sissa Sorella, Deakin Shopping Centre, Duff Place, Deakin.
GRAPES OF MIRTH: COMEDY AND WINE RETURNS TO PIALLIGO ESTATE
Five of Australia’s best comedians and your host Merrick Watts will make their way to Pialligo Estate for Grapes of Mirth—six hours of comedy, music, wine, gourmet grub and the most amazing festival vibes.
The line-up includes Tom Ballard, Becky Lucas, Nick Cody, Nikki Britton, Dave Thornton and Merrick Watts—plus one more surprise comedian to be announced soon!
Grapes of Mirth provides the ultimate festival day with five headline comedy sets, a host with the most, and some sweet DJ tunes to keep you entertained before, between, and after the comedy has ended.
This is an 18+ event, because there are comedians involved, and well, because there are comedians involved. Head to Pialligo Estate for a day of laughs and vino!
Happening Sunday 1 December from 12–6 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.
Don’t forget to bring your own camera or camera phone with you for Santa’s little helper to capture the moment for you (and your pet) on your own device.
Bookings are essential please call 02 6123 4900 to confirm your time slot!
Please note: All pets must be either on a leash or in a cage and must enter the centre only via the Big W mall. Pets are not permitted to roam the centre following photography and must leave via Big W mall exits.
Happening Sunday 30 November from 10 am–1.30 pm at Santa’s Village outside Big W mall, Marketplace Gungahlin, 30 & 33 Hibberson Stree, Gungahlin.
COMMISSION YOUR OWN ARTWORK WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG.
Envision this, people walk into your home stare at the abstract landscape of diffused colours and say it’s amazing, where is it from? Even better than the art is when you say, ‘I collaborated with a local artist to design a piece just for our space’.
The upcoming Brush with Brunch event is the love child of Bronwyn Blue from .BDA Interiors of Manuka and local artist Kathleen Rhee, who is currently featured on The Block Shop.
This event is everything that’s good; grazing tables, wine before 12 pm to get the creative juices flowing and a guarantee to walk out with a one-off artwork for $220.
“This is an opportunity to make your very own art piece, to fit the particular size, colour and tone of your space,” said Bronwyn from BDA Interiors.
“Kathleen, will guide you through the strokes, help you with colour choices and support your vision for your one-off piece. We supply the easel, canvas, paint and wine so all you need to bring is your creative yourself.”
“My art is inspired by colour, texture and mother nature,” said Kathleen. “I create semi-abstract landscapes representing local and regional surroundings.”
“I will show you the style of layering acrylic and water to develop a piece depicting natural landscapes. Depending on what landscape you connect most with you’ll have a one-off abstract of mountains, bushlands or the coast tucked under your arm when you walk out.”
What you need: Just yourself and a friend or two.
Cost: $220 per person. Includes: Paint, brushes, canvas, wine and food.
Happening 28-30 November 11 am to 3 pm and 5 – 7 December 11 am to 3 pm at .BDA Interiors, 25 Franklin Street, Griffith.
Canberra’s champions and quiet achievers exemplify the spirit and passion Canberrans bring as players and supporters to their favourite sports.
The Awards recognise not only excellence at an individual and team level, but innovative and inclusive practices within our community clubs as well as outstanding event management.
The People’s Sporting Champion presented by Canberra Milk will be awarded to Canberra’s favourite local sportsperson chosen by the people of Canberra. This is an opportunity for Canberra’s passionate sporting community to be involved in a public vote to determine their own Sporting Champion. Any member of the Canberra community can vote for the People’s Sporting Champion.
The People’s Sporting Champion presented by Canberra Milk $5000 Prize Voucher winner will be selected from all People’s Sporting Champion votes by random draw. All you need to do is nominate your chosen school or club when you vote for your favourite sportsperson.
The Awards Night MC is author, comedian and maths geek, Adam Spencer. The guest speaker is the amazing Kurt Fearnley, Australian wheelchair racer, who has won gold medals at the Paralympic Games and ‘crawled’ the Kokoda Track.
Cost: $165. Includes three-course meal and beverages. Dress: Cocktail
Happening Friday 29 November from 6.30 pm–11 pm at the National Arboretum.
Always wanted to watch roller derby? This weekend is your chance
Canberra Roller Derby League’s 2019 Grand Final triple-header
Black ‘n’ Blue Belles v Red Bellied Black Hearts. Photographer: Brett Sargeant, D-eye Photography
It’s a Grand Final of Beastly Proportions! Canberra Roller Derby League’s 2019 home season comes to an end with a Grand Final triple header on Saturday 30 November. This evening will have everything.
Canberra Roller Derby League’s four home teams will be battling for the honour of the Bronze Final and the Darby Derby Cup.
For the main event, the Darby Derby Cup, it’s beast vs. beast. Beast number 1, the Red Bellied Black Hearts, are back for a do-over of last years Grand Final loss and are seeking to redeem themselves.
They’re experts at finals and always save their best until last. But to be victorious the Black Hearts will have to pry victory from the beak of beast number 2 – the Surly Griffins. The Griffs fought beak and talons all season for a chance at the Darby Derby Cup, and they don’t plan to stop fighting now.
If that isn’t enough, the bronze final game is another battle you won’t want to miss. Last year’s victors – the Brindabelters – face off against one of the League’s founding teams – the Black ‘n’ Blue Bells. Both teams are determined to add another notch to their skates and the bout will certainly be one to watch.
The finals start with a Junior Roller Derby bout featuring CRDL’s own Prime Sinisters. These young skaters will show us all just how fearless the youth of today can be. This bout will provide a peek into the future of our League and our growing young talent.
Doors open 2 pm
CRDL Juniors bout at 2.15 pm
Bronze final at 4 pm
Grand final at 6.30 pm
Happening Saturday 30 November from 2 pm at Southern Cross Stadium, Cnr Cowlishaw St and Athllon Drive, Tuggeranong
Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.
Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!
Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.
Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.
This Saturday the Canberra Symphony Orchestra presents the Shell Prom picnic concert, a musical tradition in the capital for close to forty years.
Held on the beautiful lawns of Government House, this year’s program features musical theatre and film favourites, from My Fair Lady to Frozen. The Shell Prom is a relaxed, family friendly concert – BYO picnic, or enjoy the Lions Club sausage sizzle and the Lerida Estate Winery bar on the night.
Book in advance for the cheapest tickets – family passes available for $70 (2x adults, unlimited kids aged 5 to 16 – free entry for kids under 5); $20 tickets for 10+ groups.
Happening Saturday 30 November from 6 pm–8 pm on the Lawns of Government House, Yarralumla (gates open 4.45 pm).
Join Hold Cottage for the first time as they turn this charming 1910 redbrick home into a beautiful workshop space for you and your friends.
Create a stunning dried wreath for your home with Loulou Moxom of Moxom&Whitney, followed by a wine tasting session with Emma Shaw of Collector Wines.
On arrival, together with a delicious grazing table, you will enjoy a glass of Collector Wines sparkling. This wine is exclusive to the cellar door and not available anywhere else.
Loulou Moxom will then guide you through the wreath making process. From the structure, to the techniques used to pull it all together, Loulou will show you how to create a beautiful dried wreath for your home.
Along with her crazy floral wisdom, dance moves and hugs, she will encourage you to get creative in making your very own wreath inspired by what YOU love.
Emma Shaw will then finish off the afternoon, guiding us through a tasting of wines from the Canberra District with an introduction to wine appreciation.
Focusing on the Collector Wines range, you will learn to appreciate aroma, balance and structure. But don’t worry this will all be done in a relaxed, conversational and fun setting.
Come and join us at Hold Cottage, gather, converse and enjoy an afternoon surrounded by the charm of this beautiful country town.
Immerse your self in the views across the town from the front verandah and take a big breath of country air and walk away with new friends and whole lot of creative love.
+ SPARKLING WINE AND GRAZING TABLE
+ WREATH DEMONSTRATION
+ ALL MATERIALS TO CREATE YOUR OWN DRIED WREATH
+ A HIGH RES, DIGITAL PHOTO OF YOUR WREATH HANGING IN THE COTTAGE
+ WINE TASTING SESSION – ALL WINE AND GLASSWARE SUPPLIED
+ A LITTLE TAKE HOME GIFT
+ COUNTRY AIR AND LOVE IS GUARANTEED
Happening Sunday 1 December from 12.30–5 pm at Hold Cottage, 141 Yass Street, Gunning.
Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. For the first time at the National Archives, Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.
See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.
Developed in partnership with ASIO, Spy brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.
Showing from 29 November until 27 April 2020 open every day from 9 am–5 pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday) at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.
With eight beers ranging from Czech Pilzner through to Porter including a gluten-free beer from Wild Polly and Apple Thief Cider as well as a selection of wines.
The Warehouse will also be hosting local artist Christopher Paul Tóth as he unveils his latest piece, a portrait of our very own Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker.
The portrait will be up for auction thanks to AllBids.com.au, with all proceeds going towards Menslink, a local charity supporting young men through free counselling, volunteer mentoring and education programs.
Happening Saturday 30 November from 2–8 pm at Kingsborough, Parbery Street, Kingston.
It presents the work of 17 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materials and techniques with political intent. The artists in this exhibition subvert and extend craft forms as vehicles of activism and social change, exploring the ideas and issues of our time.
Some works encourage social connection and participation in collective processes, others respond to artistic or political movements and yet others reveal that the personal remains political.
Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms challenges us to see craft in a new light, inviting us to reflect on social participation and political change.
Don’t miss this provocative exhibition, visiting Canberra for the only time.
Happening until 2 February at the Museum of Australia Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.
Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct.
Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.
Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books.
Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.
Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.
Spot and his friends are off on an adventure to visit Spot’s Dad on the farm and meet the farm animals. But when they arrive, all the animals are lost! Can Spot and his friends find them all? They might need a little help from their new friends in the audience…
A cast of three use songs, live action and beautiful puppetry to bring Eric Hill’s beloved puppy to life on stage!
Happening Saturday 30 November from 10 am–12 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.