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Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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WHAT NOT TO MISS

 

Champagne Dame Masterclass: Champagne and perfume

On Sunday 2 December, Canberra Centre welcomes back Kyla Kirkpatrick – The Champagne Dame – for a not-to-miss masterclass pairing champagne and perfume.

Kyla will explore the art and science behind the power of scent, and the link between champagne and perfume in a two-hour session, from 11 am–1 pm.

This event is a decadent sensory experience, and guests will get to take home a Canberra Centre goody bag.

Happening Saturday 2 December from 11 am – 1 pm at Canberra Centre.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit canberracentre.com.au.

SUNSET CINEMA

Sink into a beanbag, sip on fine wine…. laugh long and loud.

Sunset Cinema is back at the Botanic Gardens from November til January. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics under the stars.

With full bar facilities and more food than you can poke a fork at, Sunset Cinema is the ultimate way to soak up Summer in Canberra this year.

Feature films include Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts 2 & Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Check the website to see the full program.

Happening 28 November 2018 – 12 January 2019 at the National Botanic Gardens.

See the website for more information.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

A Canberra must-do during spring and summer, Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is happening again for summer 2018/19!

With seating across Old Parliament House’s gorgeous Senate Courtyard and its adjoining restaurant Hoi Polloi, Friday Night Drinks is an all-weather event, and the expansive venue means that large groups are welcomed, no matter the size. With its Parliamentary Triangle location, lots of parking and regular public transport access it’s also a perfect meeting place.

Happening every Friday from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Bitten Goodfoods 1st Birthday Celebration

Bitten Goodfoods is a new generation of supermarket and Bites Bar bringing you primetime healthy, bang-on organic, famously BS-free, stupid-fresh, keepin’ it real goodfoods.

They’re kicking off their 1st birthday celebration and are inviting you to join them for freebies, events and good times!

See the event page for the full line up of events!

Happening 28 November – 1 December at Bitten Goodfoods, 27 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Cellar Door

Cellar Door is a new wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene. 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. Capital City Soul Club are the resident DJs.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening Saturday 1 December from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon. See the Facebook event for more details.

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Happening until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

Grapes of Mirth at Pialligo Estate

Bringing comedy to the vineyards of Australia has become Grapes of Mirth’s standard stock and trade and they’re thrilled to announce the Pialligo event.

Line up includes Line-up: Merrick Watts, Dave Hughes, Rhys Nicholson, Dilruk Jayasinha, Anne Edmonds, Lehmo, and Mel Buttle.

Happening Sunday 2 December from 12 pm-7 pm at Pialligo Estate, Kallaroo Road, Canberra.

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased via Moshtix.

COOK AND THE PACIFIC

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Nishi Gallery One Day Shop

On Saturday 1 December, Nishi Gallery is holding its annual One Day Perimeter Book Shop.

The One Day Shop launches Second Sight: an exhibition and book by Melbourne photographer Sarah Walker; winner of the inaugural 2018 Perimeter Small Book Prize.

As always, the Perimeter One Day Shop will be stocked with key titles from Perimeter’s Melbourne bookshop and distributor’s stable of European, US and Australian publishers.

Perimeter’s Dan Rule and Sarah Walker will also host a talk at 2 pm on the day to discuss the process of translating a collection of photos into an art book.

With new books from MACK (London), Spector Books (Leipzig), Editions Patrick Frey (Zurich), Libraryman (Paris/Stockholm), Nieves (Zurich), Architectural Association (London), The Ice Plant (Los Angeles), TBW (Oakland), Onomatopee (Eindhoven), Roma Publications (Amsterdam), Fw: Books (Amsterdam) and Valiz (Amsterdam), The One Day Shop is just in time for the fat man in the red suit.

Perimeter’s Dan Rule and Sarah Walker will also host a talk at 2 pm on the day to discuss the process of translating a collection of photos into an art book.

Happening Saturday 1 December from 10 am to 4 pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon. The Artist Talk will run from 2 pm to 2.45 pm. ‘Second Sight’ exhibition opens on Friday 30 September at 6 pm and will be on show until 26 January 2019.

Find more information via Eventbrite.

Democracy. Are you in?

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you. Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

Summer Revel

This year the first day of summer happily falls on a Saturday and the Gorman Arts Centre in conjunction with Founders Lane is gearing up to mark this auspicious beginning with an Australian backyard-style celebration!

The Summer Revel is an open-day community festival for the whole family with loads of arts activities and, of course, the backyard summer essentials: great food, drink, music and garden games.

Continuing the theme of their successful Autumn Revel earlier this year, the Gorman Art Centre and Founders Lane invite Canberrans to revel and discover the extraordinary range of arts activities that the centre is home to all year round. It’s free, and you can be sure you won’t find anything like it here in Canberra.

The Summer Revel is on from 11 am to 4 pm. To make a whole day of it, your itinerary could look something like this:

Kick start your Summer Revel with a coffee from Bellair and a spin through the Nancy Sever Gallery to view ‘New Paintings by Michael Taylor’. Tour the market stalls with a few Christmas presents in mind while the kids are at Ausdance’s come-and-try workshop or, if the expressive mood grabs you too, then how about becoming the newest member of Thomas Cole’s Choir.

After you’ve joined in and belted out a tune, you can drift back into the slow lane in resident artist Genevieve Swifts popular eye-to-hand drawing workshop – And enchantment for littlies is provided by Left Lane Outreach Theatre’s performance, The shy little star. Is it lunchtime already? Then the irresistible but complementary forces of backyard rock music and woodfired pizza lure you to fuel up and head to the courtyard’s live music stage to catch the summer sounds presented by Canberra’s DIY backyard music promoters Mulgara (here’s our tip – don’t miss Buddy Dingo!).

The Gorman Arts Centre’s resident artists have opened their studios and workshops to the public for the day so make part of your afternoon dropping in for some inspiration and a chat about creative life and work with contemporary jeweller Phoebe Porter, digital illustrator Paul Summerfield, comics artist Stuart McMillen, milliner Mary Kingsford and violin maker Hugh Withycombe.

David Broker is in conversation in the Gallery with Canberra Contemporary Art Space exhibiting artists Christus Nobrega from Brazil and local printmaker Alison Alder plus the Canberra International Music Festival have organised a screening of composer Dan Tepfer’s extraordinary Natural Machines.

Don’t leave the party until you’ve created a tunnel book with Caren Florence, cut your own 16mm film under the expert guidance of Louise Curham, made your backyard stage set with Heidi Lefebvre or challenged someone to a game of Giant Connect 4!

View the complete program of workshops, exhibitions, music, cuisine, performance and talks online at agac.com.au/summerrevel. 

Happening Saturday 1 December from 11 am-4 pm at Gorman Arts Centre Braddon. Free entry.

Find more information via Facebook.

Book launch: Capital Yarns Vol. 2 by Sean Costello

Celebrate the launch ofCapital Yarns Volume 2 by Sean Costello with illustrations by Juliette Dudley at Paperchain Manuka!

The night will include a conversation with Sean and Juliette, led by the ACT Writers Centre’s 2017 Lit-Blogger, Angharad Lodwick (Lost the Plot podcast), as they discuss all things Canberra.

Sean will sign books and the discussion will be shared on the Capital Yarns and Lost the Plot podcasts.

Happening Thursday 29 November form 6 pm at Paperchain Bookstore, Franklin Street, Manuka.

Find more details via Facebook.

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE

An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Plant Fuelled Chaos Book Launch

You are invited to come and celebrate the release of Caiti Stevens’ first self-published cookbook, Plant Fuelled Chaos.

There will be complimentary drinks and nibbles provided featuring some recipes from the book.

Plant Fuelled Chaos is an amalgamation of vegetarian recipes, art, design, photography, and words from the chaotic mind of Caiti Stevens. With over 80 vegetarian recipes that are aimed to be fuss-free, healthy and flexible, these pages offer the reader a way to start exploring creativity in the kitchen.

This event is free, however there are limited spaces available so please register a ticket.

Happening Sunday 2 December from 3.30 – 5 pm at Griffith Community Centre.

Cusacks once in a centenary warehouse clearance

Cusacks once in a centenary warehouse clearance: unclaimed orders, runout lines, ex-floor stock and superseded models.

All new and all priced to clear and ready for immediate delivery. The warehouse is overstocked with furniture and bedding and everything has to clear to make way for new stock.

But once it’s gone it’s gone. Some items are even below cost price.

Happening 30 November – 2 December at the Cusacks Warehouse, located at 9 Wiluna Street, Fyshwick.

Friday Night Live at Casino Canberra

Want to know how to have a fricken good Friday? Head to FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE at Casino Canberra on November 30 from 7:30 pm.

Mundine v Horn on the big screen, tasty new menu items in the Onyx Lounge and the all-new Casino Canberra PARTY PIT!

Happening Friday 30 November. Kicks off at 7.30 pm, head in early to secure a seat.

See the website for more information.

CBR SPORTS AWARDS 2018

The CBR Sport Awards, held on Friday 30 November at the National Arboretum, celebrate the outstanding achievements of Canberra’s top athletes and teams, while also recognising special contributors, very often behind the scenes, that make our local sporting community so great.

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 Sporting Equipment prize will be awarded to the school or registered sporting club which receives the strongest support from the Canberra public as part of the voting for the People’s Sporting Champion campaign.

The winner will be selected from all People’s Sporting Champion votes where the voter completes the following question:  Which school or sporting club would you like to receive the $5000 sporting equipment prize? In 30 words or less explain why you are nominating this school or sporting club.

The MC is award-winning journalist Samantha Lane and the guest speaker is high profile boxer, and Cowards Punch Campaign initiator, Danny Green.

Happening Friday 30 December at the National Arboretum.

For ticketing and further details visit cbrsportawards.com.au/awards-night

Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera. A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition.

Showing until 10 February 2019 at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. See website for more information.

Trivia Tuesdays at Casino Canberra

Got a brain full of useless facts and information? Make some money off it at Casino Canberra!

Trivia kicks off at 6:30 pm every Tuesday with free entry and cash prizes to be won!

Visit the website for more information.

Keep Co Workshop: Creative + Easy Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling (Bujo) has been described as the go-to analog system for the digital age for productivity.

Its flexible layout accommodates a huge variety of planning schemes to suit everyone’s different organisational needs. And it’s not as complicated or tedious as you might think! Join Wita from Doodlesdo Stickers as she shows you examples of different bullet journalling layouts that you can customise, and shares tips and tricks to make journalling faster, easier, and looking great.

We’ll walk you through planning layouts to find one that works for you. You will also learn basics of doodling techniques that can be useful to create your own layouts in the future. After the workshop, all participants will go home with their own new bullet journal, a booklet of information and practice sheets, handmade stickers by Doodlesdo, and the confidence and skills to begin bullet journaling on your own.

Happening Thursday 29 November from 6 – 8.30 pm at Keep Co NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information. Free after museum admission. Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Cost: Free.

MathsAlive!

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Free admission
Open daily 9am – 5pm (closed 25 December)
1 December 2018 – 17 March 2019
East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place Parkes ACT

More information on the website.

Trivia Tuesdays

Grab your mates, grab a drink and get ready for a good time. MOLO Live will be hosting trivia every Tuesday – and if that wasn’t good enough, the winners get to ‘pluck a duck’ for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

If your team is the brainiest you stand a chance to win a keg, vouchers from Brodburger, Bentspoke or STA Travel and heaps more!

Happening every Tuesday from 5.30 pm at MOLO Live, in the ANU Pop-Up Village on ANU Campus, Acton.

Finding Your Self Identity After Kids

Do you find yourself feeling lonely, overwhelmed and really, you just don’t know who you are anymore? Do you want to remove the fog not worry about what others think and find that fun, happy you again? Well, you’re in the right place.

Coby Stokman of The Real Mum Life has been in your shoes, but she is now here to teach you proven mindset techniques & give you REAL tangible tools you can implement into your life so you can KNOW who you are and smile that REAL smile again.

Did we mention Coby does it in a stylish yet laugh so hard you snort kind of way…with drinks (including champagne), mouth-drooling food, at an incredible venue AND with a bunch of likeminded mums.

Happening Saturday 1 December from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. See the website for more information.

FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS

Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on a Shelf tradition began with one family and is today shared by millions across the world, gain popularity each year. A Scout Elf gets their magic by being adopted/ named by a family. This magic allows the Scout Elf to fly back to the North Pole each evening to help Santa write his naughty and nice list. Before the morning, the Scout Elf flies back from the North Pole, and hides in a new spot, creating a fun hide-and-seek game for children and families

This Christmas, Westfield invite you to share this tradition with their 12 days of Christmas. Each night, the Scout Elf will fly to a new location, ready to be found. Clues to find the Scout Elf will be shared on the Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden Facebook pages, and the first family to find him wins!

There are 12 prizes to be won!

Happening 1-12 December at Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen. Click the centre names to find out more.

Pet Photography at Westfield

Get the purr-fect pet photo this Christmas!

Make sure the entire family is involved in the Christmas photo this year with Santa pet photography! Pet’s are invited to attend Westfield’s Christmas set for their exclusive photo with Santa.

Happening Friday 30 November 6 pm – 9 pm, Friday 7 December 6 pm – 9 pm at Belconnen: Level 1, Centre Court at the Santa Set and Woden: Santa Set The Level 1, near JB HiFi.

See more information about Belconnen here and Woden here.

Bookings are essential for pet photography.

SANTA’S ENCHANTED GARDEN at Canberra Centre

Santa arrives in-centre on Saturday 10 November, taking up residence in his brand-new Enchanted Garden. Father Christmas will be available for photos daily up until Christmas Eve…skip the queue and pre-book your ticket online.

Level One, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, City.

See the website for more information.

Santa Photography at Westfield

Capture the magic of Christmas with your family

What will you ask Santa for this year? It’s time for your annual Christmas portrait with Santa! From Saturday 10th November, Santa will be available for photos every day right up until Christmas so there’s plenty of opportunities to come in and create that lasting memory.

BOOK YOUR SESSION ONLINE

It’s the busiest time of the year so to make it easier to attend your Santa photo, online bookings will be available. Walk-ins are still an option but for the time poor, we can secure your photo time through an online booking form.  

BELCONNEN

Where: Level 1, Centre Court
When: until 24 December
See the website for more information

WODEN

Where: Level 1, Centre Court
When: until 24 December
See the website for more information.

Kids Christmas Activities

Keep your little elves happy!

Christmas can be a busy time of year so to help keep your little ones entertained, visit Westfield’s kids Christmas activity zone. Every day there is something at the space to help keep the kids entertained. From playing games to storytelling to arts and crafts.

Happening until 24 December. Located in Belconnen: Level 1, next to the Santa Set and at Woden on level 1, next to the Santa Set.

Sensory-friendly Santa at Westfield

Sensory-friendly Santa photos have returned for Christmas 2018 at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden.

Santa will be available for photos before the centre opens for trade to ensure a calm, quiet atmosphere with extra attention from Santa’s Helpers. This year, there will be both morning and evening sessions available.

WHEN

Morning sessions: Sunday 25 November | 8 am – 10 am

Evening sessions: Thursday 29 November | 6 pm- 8 pm

WHERE

Westfield Belconnen Santa Set, Level 1 near Myer

Westfield Woden Santa Set The Level 1, near JB HiFi

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: 

Westfield Belconnen: Email Westfield Belconnen with your preferred date, and session at CLawson@Scentregroup.com

Westfield Woden: Email Westfield Woden with your preferred date, and session at WodenMarketing@scentregroup.com

FOOD & DRINK

Credit: Lean Timms

Bitten Goodfoods 1st Birthday Celebration

Bitten Goodfoods is a new generation of supermarket and Bites Bar bringing you primetime healthy, bang-on organic, famously BS-free, stupid-fresh, keepin’ it real goodfoods.

They’re kicking off their 1st birthday celebration and are inviting you to join them for freebies, events and good times!

See the event page for the full line up of events!

Happening 28 November – 1 December at Bitten Goodfoods, 27 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Champagne Dame Masterclass: Champagne and perfume

On Sunday 2 December, Canberra Centre welcomes back Kyla Kirkpatrick – The Champagne Dame – for a not-to-miss masterclass pairing champagne and perfume.

Kyla will explore the art and science behind the power of scent, and the link between champagne and perfume in a two-hour session, from 11 am–1 pm.

This event is a decadent sensory experience, and guests will get to take home a Canberra Centre goody bag.

Happening Saturday 2 December from 11 am – 1 pm at Canberra Centre.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit canberracentre.com.au.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

A Canberra must-do during spring and summer, Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is happening again for summer 2018/19!

With seating across Old Parliament House’s gorgeous Senate Courtyard and its adjoining restaurant Hoi Polloi, Friday Night Drinks is an all-weather event, and the expansive venue means that large groups are welcomed, no matter the size. With its Parliamentary Triangle location, lots of parking and regular public transport access it’s also a perfect meeting place.

Happening every Friday from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Friday Food Fest

Tantalise your taste buds and Friday Food Fest; running for ten Friday evenings during October – December on the grassy shores of the Queanbeyan River at QEII Park.

A range of fabulous food vendors will offer a great variety of dishes and flavours; come on down and enjoy the food, warmer weather and a fantastic atmosphere!

Happening every Friday until 21 December at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Queanbeyan from 5-9pm. Free Entry.

For more information head to qprc.nsw.au.

Cocktail & Dessert Degustation

A degustation with a twist. We’re jumping headfirst into the festive season with a Cocktail & Dessert degustation that will leave you’re taste buds truly singing. Head underground as we serve up 3 delectable Black Market cocktails, perfectly matched with 3 amazing desserts.

For $80 per ticket, underground bar Black Market warns that their previous degustation events have sold fast, so get in quick!

Happening Tuesday 27 November from 7:30pm-9:30 pm at Black Market, Phillip Law Street, Canberra. Tickets are $80.

Visit the website for more details and to buy tickets.

Four Cocktails that Changed the World Workshop

You’ll be bathing in the afternoon sunshine as Loy takes you through the history, flavour profiles and all important steps for how to mix four incredible rum cocktails. You’ll get to taste each creation along the way before wrapping up the session with a stint behind the balcony bar as you mix up your very own tropical sensation.

Hosted by Australia’s Bacardi Brand Ambassador, Loy Catada. Your $30 ticket includes a drink on arrival, shared Charcuterie platters, cocktails and empanadas. Plus, $10 mojitos over the bar all night!

Happening Tuesday 27 November from 6pm-8pm at The Highball Express, Alinga Street, Canberra. Tickets are $30.

Visit the website for more details and to buy tickets.

Beer Day Out 2018 

Beer Day Out 2018 (BDO) will showcase 20+ Australian and international craft beer breweries. Enjoy a range of beers, cider, gin & wine with entertainment, street food, free master classes, charity activities and all things beer. The BDO Festival Bar features special release beers for you to sample via the BDO Tasting Paddle.

You must be over 18 years of age to attend this event.

Happening Saturday 1 December from 12pm-7pm at Thoroughbred Park Racecourse, Randwick Road, Canberra. Tickets are from $15.

Visit the website for more details and to buy tickets.

Cellar Door  

Cellar Door is a new wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene. 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. Capital City Soul Club are the resident DJs.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening Saturday 1 December from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon. See the Facebook event for more details.

UNDERGROUND SPIRITS TIPPLE AND TEA

Hosted at the beautiful Hyatt Hotel, Underground Spirits Tipple and Tea is a chance to combine cocktails make from Underground Spirits liquor with traditional and well-loved tea at The Hyatt Hotel. The event is for both guests and visitors to enjoy a mixture of cocktails and tea alongside a traditional afternoon tea by The Hyatt. The menu will feature an unusual yet intriguing blend of cocktails to choose from.

The event is happening from 16 November until 18 November. For more information and tickets contact mikaela.panting@hyatt.com or 02 6269 8901.

HIGH TEA AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Showcasing a range of sweet and savoury treats by Pialligo Estate, alongside an impeccable range of tea’s by Canberra based Tea Garden Co.

High Tea at Pialligo Estate is as refined as its setting. Tuck into delicate pastries and cakes, classic finger sandwiches, scones with Estate jam plus a glass of bubbles for extra indulgence.

This High Tea is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, hen parties, dates, family get-togethers and friends wanting something different! Bookings are essential.

Inclusions | Glass of Bubbles, Selection of Tea Garden Co. Teas, Selection of sweet and savoury items.

Happening weekends until Saturday 22 December from 10am at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. From $55. See the website for more information.

TIPSY TEA AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM  

It’s always time for tea at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, Tipsy Tea that is! Kicking off from two every Saturday and Sunday, Tipsy Tea is perfect for those seeking a little adventure.

Tipsy Tea ($65 pp), in true White Rabbit style combines classic high tea flare with signature concoctions encouraging the curious to explore their senses. To eat, you are greeted by a 3- tier platter with an array of flavoursome bites including; spiced pork sausage rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and semi-dried tomato and caramelised onion tarts. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the sour rhubarb and marshmallow tarts or the delightful dark chocolate and peanut brownies topped with caramel icing.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, 65 Northbourne Avenue, City.

Book your table via info@whiterabbitroom.com.au or on (02) 6257 7779.

GARDEN BAR HAPPY HOUR  

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

FRIDAY SOIRÉE AT BUVETTE  

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE  

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches. Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE  

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 on select Saturdays 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 buvette@domahotels.com.au. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TACO TUESDAY  

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS  

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS  

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5 pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC, STAGE AND THEATRE

Summer Revel

This year the first day of summer happily falls on a Saturday and the Gorman Arts Centre in conjunction with Founders Lane is gearing up to mark this auspicious beginning with an Australian backyard-style celebration!

The Summer Revel is an open-day community festival for the whole family with loads of arts activities and, of course, the backyard summer essentials: great food, drink, music and garden games.

Continuing the theme of their successful Autumn Revel earlier this year, the Gorman Art Centre and Founders Lane invite Canberrans to revel and discover the extraordinary range of arts activities that the centre is home to all year round. It’s free, and you can be sure you won’t find anything like it here in Canberra.

The Summer Revel is on from 11 am to 4 pm. To make a whole day of it, your itinerary could look something like this:

Kick start your Summer Revel with a coffee from Bellair and a spin through the Nancy Sever Gallery to view ‘New Paintings by Michael Taylor’. Tour the market stalls with a few Christmas presents in mind while the kids are at Ausdance’s come-and-try workshop or, if the expressive mood grabs you too, then how about becoming the newest member of Thomas Cole’s Choir.

After you’ve joined in and belted out a tune, you can drift back into the slow lane in resident artist Genevieve Swifts popular eye-to-hand drawing workshop – And enchantment for littlies is provided by Left Lane Outreach Theatre’s performance, The shy little star. Is it lunchtime already? Then the irresistible but complementary forces of backyard rock music and woodfired pizza lure you to fuel up and head to the courtyard’s live music stage to catch the summer sounds presented by Canberra’s DIY backyard music promoters Mulgara (here’s our tip – don’t miss Buddy Dingo!).

The Gorman Arts Centre’s resident artists have opened their studios and workshops to the public for the day so make part of your afternoon dropping in for some inspiration and a chat about creative life and work with contemporary jeweller Phoebe Porter, digital illustrator Paul Summerfield, comics artist Stuart McMillen, milliner Mary Kingsford and violin maker Hugh Withycombe.

David Broker is in conversation in the Gallery with Canberra Contemporary Art Space exhibiting artists Christus Nobrega from Brazil and local printmaker Alison Alder plus the Canberra International Music Festival have organised a screening of composer Dan Tepfer’s extraordinary Natural Machines.

Don’t leave the party until you’ve created a tunnel book with Caren Florence, cut your own 16mm film under the expert guidance of Louise Curham, made your backyard stage set with Heidi Lefebvre or challenged someone to a game of Giant Connect 4!

View the complete program of workshops, exhibitions, music, cuisine, performance and talks online at agac.com.au/summerrevel. 

Happening Saturday 1 December from 11 am-4 pm at Gorman Arts Centre Braddon. Free entry.

Find more information via Facebook.

Friday Night Live at Casino Canberra

Want to know how to have a fricken good Friday? Head to FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE at Casino Canberra on November 30 from 7:30 pm.

Mundine v Horn on the big screen, tasty new menu items in the Onyx Lounge and the all-new Casino Canberra PARTY PIT!

Happening Friday 30 November. Kicks off at 7.30 pm, head in early to secure a seat.

See the website for more information.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Shell Prom, Summer and Song 

Bring your friends and family and enjoy the hugely popular Shell Prom in the stunning gardens of Government House. A perennial favourite on Canberra’s musical calendar, this concert is a great way to enjoy beautiful music in a relaxed, family friendly environment. Enjoy your picnic, stretched out under the trees and launch your summer season in style!

Tickets start from $20, with family packages available.

Happening Saturday 1 December from 6pm-8pm at Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Canberra. Tickets from $20. 

Grapes of Mirth at Pialligo Estate

Bringing comedy to the vineyards of Australia has become Grapes of Mirth’s standard stock and trade and they’re thrilled to announce the Pialligo event.

Line up includes Line-up: Merrick Watts, Dave Hughes, Rhys Nicholson, Dilruk Jayasinha, Anne Edmonds, Lehmo, and Mel Buttle.

Happening Sunday 2 December from 12 pm-7 pm at Pialligo Estate, Kallaroo Road, Canberra.

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased via Moshtix.

Trivia Tuesdays

Grab your mates, grab a drink and get ready for a good time. MOLO Live will be hosting trivia every Tuesday – and if that wasn’t good enough, the winners get to ‘pluck a duck’ for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

If your team is the brainiest you stand a chance to win a keg, vouchers from Brodburger, Bentspoke or STA Travel and heaps more!

Happening every Tuesday from 5.30 pm at MOLO Live, in the ANU Pop-Up Village on ANU Campus, Acton.

Mistakes Were Made – Honest Puck Theatre

Felix Artifex, a New York theatre producer has discovered a play he believes will redeem his career, resuscitate his marriage, and revitalise his life. He even has a the world’s biggest movie star – Johnny Blesdoe – interested in playing the lead. But Johnny wants a few alterations to the script, and the author is not convinced of the proposed changes. In one chaotic afternoon, Felix has to convince the actor, the writer, their agents, and the theatre owner that Mistakes Were Made – an epic play about the French Revolution – will be the success that they all long for.

Happening 29 November – 2 December at various times, at Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art Theatre, Whyalla Street, Canberra. Tickets are from $20.

Visit the website for more details and to buy tickets.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch 

This high voltage, theatrical hurricane sweeps through, systematically dismantling power structures, ripping to shreds the language, constructs and expectations that have confined women for centuries – leaving in its wake the charred remains of the patriarchal forces that have no place in the century to come.

Subversive, exhilarating, and darkly comic, this theatrical sit-in upends, obliterates and re-frames the feminist debate. It seductively whispers in your ear. It disarms with a razor sharp wit, ravages with its raw emotion and moves with power and truth. It is recommended from ages 18+.

Happening 28 November – 1 December from 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm, at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Canberra. Tickets are from $19.

Visit the website for more details and to buy tickets.

Trivia Tuesdays at Casino Canberra

Got a brain full of useless facts and information? Make some money off it at Casino Canberra!

Trivia kicks off at 6:30 pm every Tuesday with free entry and cash prizes to be won!

Visit the website for more information.

SUNSET SESSIONS AT THE LAKES  

The perfect way to end your week…Head to The Lakes every Friday from 4pm in the lounge, for your chance to see some of Canberra’s best local musicians!

Happening until Friday 29 March 2019 at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, 110 Gundaroo Drive, Nicholls. Free entry. See the website for more information.

FILM  

SUNSET CINEMA

Sink into a beanbag, sip on fine wine…. laugh long and loud.

Sunset Cinema
is back at the Botanic Gardens from November til January. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics under the stars.

With full bar facilities and more food than you can poke a fork at, Sunset Cinema is the ultimate way to soak up Summer in Canberra this year.

Feature films include Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts 2 & Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Check the website to see the full program.

Happening 28 November 2018 – 12 January 2019 at the National Botanic Gardens.

See the website for more information.

Rome on Screen  

A short program in partnership with the National Museum of Australia for their exhibition, Rome: City and Empire.

Both films are free and will be introduced by the NMA’s exhibition curator, Dr Lily Withycombe. Bookings are essential.

Happening 30 November –  1 December from various times at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, but bookings are essential.

FESTIVALS

A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas

Canberra Comedy Festival has a very special Christmas present for you!

Join the festival’s best comedians as they get you into the festive spirit in an amazing show packed with comedy superstars. This 2-hour showcase event features some of the very best acts from the 2018 festival line-up.

Tickets are limited and will most likely sell out, so get in now!

Happening Saturday 1 December from 7:30pm-9:30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra. Tickets are $44.90.

Visit the website for more details and to buy tickets.

MARKETS

YASS COMMUNITY MARKETS  

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Community Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Community Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Come and have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening until Saturday 2 February 2019 from 10am-1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church. $2 entry. See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS  

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11 am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL  

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out. Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Champagne Dame Masterclass: Champagne and perfume

On Sunday 2 December, Canberra Centre welcomes back Kyla Kirkpatrick – The Champagne Dame – for a not-to-miss masterclass pairing champagne and perfume.

Kyla will explore the art and science behind the power of scent, and the link between champagne and perfume in a two-hour session, from 11 am–1 pm.

This event is a decadent sensory experience, and guests will get to take home a Canberra Centre goody bag.

Happening Saturday 2 December from 11 am – 1 pm at Canberra Centre.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit canberracentre.com.au.

Nishi Gallery One Day Shop

On Saturday 1 December, Nishi Gallery is holding its annual One Day Perimeter Book Shop.

The One Day Shop launches Second Sight: an exhibition and book by Melbourne photographer Sarah Walker; winner of the inaugural 2018 Perimeter Small Book Prize.

As always, the Perimeter One Day Shop will be stocked with key titles from Perimeter’s Melbourne bookshop and distributor’s stable of European, US and Australian publishers.

Perimeter’s Dan Rule and Sarah Walker will also host a talk at 2 pm on the day to discuss the process of translating a collection of photos into an art book.

With new books from MACK (London), Spector Books (Leipzig), Editions Patrick Frey (Zurich), Libraryman (Paris/Stockholm), Nieves (Zurich), Architectural Association (London), The Ice Plant (Los Angeles), TBW (Oakland), Onomatopee (Eindhoven), Roma Publications (Amsterdam), Fw: Books (Amsterdam) and Valiz (Amsterdam), The One Day Shop is just in time for the fat man in the red suit.

Perimeter’s Dan Rule and Sarah Walker will also host a talk at 2 pm on the day to discuss the process of translating a collection of photos into an art book.

Happening Saturday 1 December from 10 am to 4 pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon. The Artist Talk will run from 2 pm to 2.45 pm. ‘Second Sight’ exhibition opens on Friday 30 September at 6 pm and will be on show until 26 January 2019.

Find more information via Eventbrite.

Plant Fuelled Chaos Book Launch

You are invited to come and celebrate the release of Caiti Stevens’ first self-published cookbook, Plant Fuelled Chaos.

There will be complimentary drinks and nibbles provided featuring some recipes from the book.

Plant Fuelled Chaos is an amalgamation of vegetarian recipes, art, design, photography, and words from the chaotic mind of Caiti Stevens. With over 80 vegetarian recipes that are aimed to be fuss-free, healthy and flexible, these pages offer the reader a way to start exploring creativity in the kitchen.

This event is free, however there are limited spaces available so please register a ticket.

Happening Sunday 2 December from 3.30 – 5 pm at Griffith Community Centre.

Book launch: Capital Yarns Vol. 2 by Sean Costello

Celebrate the launch ofCapital Yarns Volume 2 by Sean Costello with illustrations by Juliette Dudley at Paperchain Manuka!

The night will include a conversation with Sean and Juliette, led by the ACT Writers Centre’s 2017 Lit-Blogger, Angharad Lodwick (Lost the Plot podcast), as they discuss all things Canberra.

Sean will sign books and the discussion will be shared on the Capital Yarns and Lost the Plot podcasts.

Happening Thursday 29 November form 6 pm at Paperchain Bookstore, Franklin Street, Manuka.

Find more details via Facebook.

Keep Co Workshop: Creative + Easy Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling (Bujo) has been described as the go-to analog system for the digital age for productivity.

Its flexible layout accommodates a huge variety of planning schemes to suit everyone’s different organisational needs. And it’s not as complicated or tedious as you might think! Join Wita from Doodlesdo Stickers as she shows you examples of different bullet journalling layouts that you can customise, and shares tips and tricks to make journalling faster, easier, and looking great.

We’ll walk you through planning layouts to find one that works for you. You will also learn basics of doodling techniques that can be useful to create your own layouts in the future. After the workshop, all participants will go home with their own new bullet journal, a booklet of information and practice sheets, handmade stickers by Doodlesdo, and the confidence and skills to begin bullet journaling on your own.

Happening Thursday 29 November from 6 – 8.30 pm at Keep Co NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

Cusacks once in a centenary warehouse clearance

Cusacks once in a centenary warehouse clearance: unclaimed orders, runout lines, ex-floor stock and superseded models.

All new and all priced to clear and ready for immediate delivery. The warehouse is overstocked with furniture and bedding and everything has to clear to make way for new stock.

But once it’s gone it’s gone. Some items are even below cost price.

Happening 30 November – 2 December at the Cusacks Warehouse, located at 9 Wiluna Street, Fyshwick. 

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE  

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. tours operate for 55 mins. For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events. If you do not have these, you will be unable to participate.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until March 2019 at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA  

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience. Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am
Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2 pm
Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
. Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

For more detailed information visit the website.

ART FOR LUNCH  

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection. Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening every Thursday until November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. See the website for more information.

STEPPING FORWARD: COMBINING SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH LIGHT EXERCISE  

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence. The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. Complete the online contact form to register.

THE SCIENCE OF US  

The 2018 Canberra Speaker Series held across the year at the iconic Shine Dome. The series will investigate the science of our lives and our health, from the moment of conception through to death, focusing on some of the issues we face during our lives and what science is doing to resolve them.

We’ll feature leading experts in the areas of reproduction, embryo development, personalised medicine, addiction, mental health, aging and more.

Happening until Tuesday 11 December from 5.30pm at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton. $10. See the website for more information.

LIVING MINDFULLY: WITH GRIEF

Learn ways to ease the aching void and find your equilibrium again on this interactive workshop with Petrea King.

Grief confronts us with deeper questions about our own existence and breaks us open to feelings that may be profoundly disquieting. It seems there is little we can do to prepare for the death of a loved one. Even when we have known for weeks, months or years that a loved one is destined to die from their disease or circumstance, when our loved-one dies, we’re often in shock as we enter the bewildering landscape of grief.

A sudden death through an accident, suicide or crime leaves us numb and bereft. Our shocked and muddled mind struggles to come to terms with the enormity of our loss, how and why it happened and what, if anything, we or others could have done to prevent it from happening. The confidence or certainty with which we viewed our life changes abruptly and we have no idea how or if we will re-create a life worth living. Healing grief is possible.

One day workshop happening 1 December in Canberra at Mantra on Northbourne, tickets $110 per person.  More information here.

SPORT

CBR SPORTS AWARDS 2018

The CBR Sport Awards, held on Friday 30 November at the National Arboretum, celebrate the outstanding achievements of Canberra’s top athletes and teams, while also recognising special contributors, very often behind the scenes, that make our local sporting community so great.

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 Sporting Equipment prize will be awarded to the school or registered sporting club which receives the strongest support from the Canberra public as part of the voting for the People’s Sporting Champion campaign.

The winner will be selected from all People’s Sporting Champion votes where the voter completes the following question:  Which school or sporting club would you like to receive the $5000 sporting equipment prize? In 30 words or less explain why you are nominating this school or sporting club.

The MC is award-winning journalist Samantha Lane and the guest speaker is high profile boxer, and Cowards Punch Campaign initiator, Danny Green.

Happening Friday 30 December at the National Arboretum.

For ticketing and further details visit cbrsportawards.com.au/awards-night

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

Vertikal is hosting a discounted ski/snowboarding session with cheap acres every Friday afternoon for the rest of the summer including:

  • $40 ski/snowboarding session on the slopes
  • Cold Jindabyne Brewing beers on tap
  • Canberra Distilling Co & Underground Spirits
  • Music and amazing indoor snow machines

Happening every Friday until 9 February from 3 pm at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 11, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See Facebook for more information.

OUTDOORS 

Image via VisitCanberra

Bush Blitz 

Discover what lives at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Join Bush Blitz scientists on their search for species. Learn how to identify the amazing plants and animals that call the ACT home… and so much more!

Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project to document plants and animals across Australia. Since the program began in 2010 Bush Blitz has discovered more than 1600 new species and has added thousands of species records increasing our scientific knowledge to help us protect our biodiversity for generations to come.

Happening Sunday 2 December from 10am-3pm at The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Canberra. Entry is Free.

Visit the website for more details.

Watson Carols by Christmas Lights

Bring a picnic and kick off the festive season on the lawns of the Watson Canberra City Band Hall!

Enjoy live music from Spectrum Big Band, and the combined Canberra City Band and John Agnew Band. Sing along to your favourite Christmas Carols and indulge in some delicious home-baked goodies and other delights. 

Happening Sunday 2 December from 10am-3pm at Canberra City Band Hall, Phillip Avenue, Canberra. Entry is Free.

ACT PARKS CRITTERS OF THE EUCALYPT FOREST  

Every Saturday take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”. Meet at the koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 16 February 2019 from 2pm-2.45pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

ACT PARKS KOALAS IN THE CANOPY  

Every Saturday you can search for koalas and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear a ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy. Happening until Saturday 16 February 2019 from 2.45pm-3.15pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

KIDS

MathsAlive!

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Free admission
Open daily 9am – 5pm (closed 25 December)
1 December 2018 – 17 March 2019
East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place Parkes ACT

More information on the website. 

HEADHUNT

Headhunt is a brand new interactive Gallery experience for visitors aged 7-15 (and their adults!) connecting participants with each other and our portraits. The experience encourages kids to take the lead and independently explore the Gallery, to look closely at the portraits that intrigue them and to delve into the artistic elements of the work and the stories of the people featured.

Happening until Monday 24 December. For more information call 02 6102 7080.

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 two 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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE 

World AIDS Day Morning Tea 

The AIDS Action Council are holding a catered morning tea in the AIDS Garden of Reflection at the National Arboretum. Show your support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day is marked annually on 1 December and raises awareness across the world and in our communities about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

Happening Saturday 1 December from 10am – 12pm at The National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Canberra. Entry is free, however registration is required.

Visit the Event Page for more details.

EXHIBITIONS

Portrait head resembling Cleopatra. Italy, 50–30 BCE
limestone©. Trustees of the British Museum
Media credit line © Trustees of the British Museum, 2018. All rights reserved.

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Showing until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

COOK AND THE PACIFIC

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE

An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Nishi Gallery One Day Shop

On Saturday 1 December, Nishi Gallery is holding its annual One Day Perimeter Book Shop.

The One Day Shop launches Second Sight: an exhibition and book by Melbourne photographer Sarah Walker; winner of the inaugural 2018 Perimeter Small Book Prize.

As always, the Perimeter One Day Shop will be stocked with key titles from Perimeter’s Melbourne bookshop and distributor’s stable of European, US and Australian publishers.

Perimeter’s Dan Rule and Sarah Walker will also host a talk at 2 pm on the day to discuss the process of translating a collection of photos into an art book.

With new books from MACK (London), Spector Books (Leipzig), Editions Patrick Frey (Zurich), Libraryman (Paris/Stockholm), Nieves (Zurich), Architectural Association (London), The Ice Plant (Los Angeles), TBW (Oakland), Onomatopee (Eindhoven), Roma Publications (Amsterdam), Fw: Books (Amsterdam) and Valiz (Amsterdam), The One Day Shop is just in time for the fat man in the red suit.

Perimeter’s Dan Rule and Sarah Walker will also host a talk at 2 pm on the day to discuss the process of translating a collection of photos into an art book.

Happening Saturday 1 December from 10 am to 4 pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon. The Artist Talk will run from 2 pm to 2.45 pm. ‘Second Sight’ exhibition opens on Friday 30 September at 6 pm and will be on show until 26 January 2019.

Find more information via Eventbrite.

EUROVISIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE GOLDBERG COLLECTION

This exhibition at The Canberra Museum and Gallery encompasses a vibrant cross-section of leading tendencies in contemporary European art from the collection of Lisa and Danny Goldberg OAM. Conceptual approaches, innovative thinking and a sense of history inform artists’ practices among the most important and influential today including Anish Kapoor, Urs Fischer, Antony Gormley, Isa Genzken, Katharina Grosse, Ugo Rondinone, and Rachel Whiteread.

Many of the works of art have been produced only in the last five years and are on view publicly for the first time in Australia.

The exhibition is happening until Sunday 24 February. For more information go to CMAG.

All shook up: Snow domes from the collection of Sally Hopman.

Spring is here but snow is still falling at CMAG. View Sally Hopman’s collection of over 500 snow domes, from the classic to the kitsch and everything in between.

Happening until March 17 2019 from 12pm – 5pm daily at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

After the war exhibition, Australian War Memorial

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018.

Entry is free as always, and this event runs until 11 July 2019. For more information, check out the War Memorial website.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures  

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera. A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition.

Showing until 10 February 2019, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. See website for more information.

Democracy. Are you in?  

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you.

Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open every day at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

After the war exhibition, Australian War Memorial

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018

Happening until 11 July 2019 at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell

See website for more information

ART + SOUND  

A fortnightly series showcasing playlists curated to specific galleries by various personalities. This event is brought to you by NGA and Yamaha.

No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 2 February 2019 from 1pm-2pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

HALL WW1 COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION  

“When Hall Answered the Call” – Visit the small community of Hall’s School Museum and see their moving exhibition to commemorate the district’s contribution to World War 1 as part of the ANZAC Centenary.

The exhibition features photos, medals, letters, and other memorabilia that tell the story of the boys and men from the district who went off to fight in WW1. Learn about the support provided by their families, the local community and Welcome Home celebrations.

Happening Thursdays until Thursday 21 February 2019 from 10am-1pm at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA  

For half a century during the 1860s, Ginninderra flourished and in its prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post & telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel. By 1915 Ginninderra was finished. Find this out and more by visiting the Re-Discovering Ginninderra exhibition.

Happening until Thursday 21 February 2019 at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry. See the website for more information.

ARTISTS’ FACES AND PLACES  

Peek behind-the-scenes with this fascinating display of portraits of artists and their studios, drawn entirely from the national collection at the National Gallery of Australia. Comprised of artists’ self-portraits, artists’ portraits of other artists, and representations of the places in which they work, the exhibition explores the way artists see themselves, the way they are viewed by their friends and contemporaries, the shared world artists inhabit, and the centrality of the studio to their creative endeavours.

In particular, Roy de Maistre’s Studio Interior 1959, painted the year before his retrospective at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, captures the artist’s strong connection to the location of decades of work.

Happening until Monday 31 December at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry. See the website for more information.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION  

A Tale of Two Villages tells the story of the Hall-Ginninderra district from Aboriginal times, through the early pioneer farming settlement at Palmerville and then Ginninderra, to the establishment of the village of Hall from 1881.

See the website for more information or drop by the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

ART DECO  

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology.

Showing until Monday 31 December 2018, 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES  

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists. This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email craftact@craftact.org.au or call 6262 9333 for more information.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS  

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

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