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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!


Harriet Gordon Anderson, Jessica Tovey and John Bell.

Wealthy skinflint, Harpagon is so cheap he’d rather bury his money in the backyard and steal oats from his horse before seeing a dollar spent.

Welcome to the world of The Miser, where passion and penny pinching go head to head in a ribald comedy of manners.

John Bell stars as the stingy, avaricious and obnoxious Harpagon, a money-lender who makes Ebenezer Scrooge look generous. This is a man who loves nothing more than his beloved cash — not even his own children.

With his eye on the prize — an inappropriately young bride who already has her sights set on his son — Harpagon is prepared to sacrifice his children and his dignity to win it all.

First performed in 1668, The Miser is the well-known satire by French playwright Molière, known for other classics such as Tartuffe and The Misanthrope.

Bell Shakespeare’s Founder, John Bell, will be directed by Artistic Director, Peter Evans, in this deliciously mean comedic Molière adaptation, exploring the depth of human greed, lust and manipulation.

A delightful farce about a tight-arse lacking in class.

Happening 11-20 April (Tues-Wed 6.30 pm, Thurs – Sat 7.30 pm and Sunday 4 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for more information.


Slip on your fancy dress, get the curlers out and dive back into the 50’s.

Join Canberra Modern and University House for a night of mid-century inspired dishes and fantastic entertainment at the Modernist Dinner’ held in the Great Hall on Saturday 13 April.

Expect the unexpected and prepare for some unique 50’s food creations. Think moulded forms of Jell-O and mousse, combined with colourful and rather unique pairings of produce.

Featuring award-winning artist, Trevor Dickinson, well known for his iconic Canberra bus-stop images, who will deliver an entertaining keynote address.

The night will be hosted by Australia’s very own Ms. Modernism, Annalisa Cappuro, a regular at Palm Spring Modernism Week.

Canberra’s big band In Full Swing will provide the music and guests are encouraged to dress the part.

Happening Saturday 13 April from 6 – 10 pm at University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton.

See Eventbrite for tickets and more information.


OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it charities supporting people in need.

Discover unique pop up bars and live cooking stations at this special night for a good cause.

Happening Friday 12 April from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Chifley’s Bar & Grill Hotel Kurrajong.

For tickets and more information visit


Think you know everything about Canberra wines? Think again.

Canberra Wine Week is back for 2019, and with this year’s theme Expect the Unexpected, it’ll have you re-thinking what you know about the region’s cool climate drops and coming way even more in love with our local wines and food.

Running from April 5-14, the 2019 program includes over 40 events, from wine-matched dinners, wine tours, meet the maker experiences, live music, family-friendly activities and plenty of opportunities of course to taste great Canberra’s wines.

The Canberra Wine Week is an annual initiative of the Canberra District Wine Industry Association and its members.  It’s the annual showcase of the best wine, food and wine tourism experiences the Canberra region has to offer in and around the city in Autumn.

Happening from until 14 April at various locations across the Canberra region.

For a full program of events visit

The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China

Calligraphy and painting are two treasures of traditional Chinese culture. For thousands of years artists have produced works that have sustained the practice of China’s most revered art and provided cultural nourishment for the Chinese people.

This Australian-first exhibition explores the breadth and tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting through artworks from the National Museum of China’s collection. See exquisite paintings by three Chinese modern artists — Xie Yun, Xiao Lang and Wang Naizhuang —and an extraordinary 20-metre-long replica 18th-century scroll documenting Emperor Qianlong’s 1751 tour to the southern provinces.

A mesmerising and immersive animation brings the story of the scroll and its historical figures to life in intricate three-dimensional detail.

The National Museum of Australia’s Harvest of Endurance pictorial scroll, painted in the traditional gong bi style and representing two centuries of Chinese contact with, and migration to, Australia forms a companion element of the exhibition, with eight of its 50 metres on display.

This exhibition is part of a cultural exchange with the National Museum of China.

Free entry.

Showing until 28 July 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See for more information.


Cementing itself as one of the country’s premier boutique events, the Hot Dub Time Machine curated spectacle Wine Machine is now celebrating its third year of treating Aussie dance music fans to an experience like no other. Lead by living legends and ‘Martini’ maestros, The Presets, Wine Machine attendees will also spend the day dancing to Australia’s hottest export right now Hayden James (coming straight off the back of two Hottest 100 entries), the founder himself Hot Dub Time Machine and bonafide party starters Confidence Man.

Rounded out by the indie-pop sounds of rising star Graace, the infectious sets from Kinder, luscious disco-house duo Happiness is Wealth and Alex “Rat-Dog” Dyson leading the proceedings, the third rendition of Wine Machine is certainly its biggest and best rendition yet.

Wine Machine once again offers the opportunity for the people of Australia to venture into the country’s wine heartland for a day of flirtatious feasting and frivolity.

Happening Saturday 13 April from 1 pm – 11 pm at Lake George Winery.

See for more information.


Cheese for Change is a gorgeous picnic collaboration by some truly fabulous locals.

Put on your whites and feast on gourmet sweet and savoury grazing platters overflowing with cheese and fruit while enjoying the Autumn sunshine and music by local acoustic artists.

Your ticket includes a drink on arrival, unlimited access to the mother of all savoury platters and the cheese-themed desserts table of dreams, live music from local artists, lawn games and the general knowledge that you are helping facilitate change in the world!

With the support of:

  • Three Desserts
  • Fox meets Bear Events
  • Nellie’s Cafe on Wheels
  • Lake George Winery
  • Capital Brewing Co
  • The Cannoli Brothers
  • Love me tender events
  • The Lazy Grazer

Happening Sunday 14 April from 12 – 3 pm at Glebe Park, Civic.

See Facebook for more information.


Credit: Steven Shaw.

The 2019 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival will be 23 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage.

The theme for 2019 is ‘S P A C E’ and not just outer space. There are so many meanings for space which means a bigger variety for you. Space can be a place or location, an interval of time, an expanse or clearance.

Of course, the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing will be a key part, as that footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, was beamed to the world from Canberra.

With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage. So leave some ‘space’ in your diary.

Happening 13 April – 5 May at various locations across Canberra.

See more information.


Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel-good show” (Edinburgh Evening News), The Choir of Man offers up 60 minutes indisputable joy!

Featuring the songs of Paul Simon, Adele, Sia, Queen, and so much more, this show is a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography.

The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, opera, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend. CHEERS!

Happening 11-13 April at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See for tickets and more information.

Pop Yum Cha at Natural Nine

In the mood some great Asian fusion food? Natural Nine has revamped its Pop Yum Cha menu, with new mouth-watering additions including Salt & Pepper Fried Bao, Potato Noodles with Chilli & Sesame, and Crispy Whitebait with Tom Yum Mayo.

The food has drawn inspiration from the flavours and fun aesthetics you see in cities such as Hong Kong and Taiwan while still staying true to the unique techniques, playful food design, and punchy flavour combinations Natural Nine is famous for.

While you’re there, try one of six new cocktails including the Rabbit – a zesty combination of Tanqueray, cherry brandy, orange and mint – and the Sheep, a delicious drop of Blue Curacao, lychee liqueur and grapefruit!

Happening every day from 12 pm–3 pm at Natural Nine inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City.

See the website for more information.


Their farm to plate philosophy means bringing together the wines grown on the property, with the local produce grown and made in the region. Bridgette, their Wee Jasper Cheese Maker, will take you through making your own Mozarella and Ricotta. Contentious Character chef Tom will prepare a marinated and cooked Haloumi dish, with a tasting plate of Camembert, Blue Vein, Harvati, and of course something sweet to finish.

One of the Contentious Characters will explain and provide example pairings for each cheese. Groups limited to 20 people to ensure a personalised experience and inclusive of demonstrations, ingredients, cheeses, accompanying breads, olives, fruits, preserves and wines.

Happening Sunday 13 April from 11 am – 2 pm at Contentious Character Vineyard, Winery, Cellar Door and Kitchen, 810 Norton Road,

See for more information.


Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

Presenting a new Sunday afternoon blend, Monster Kitchen and Bar is adding a little extra flavour to your signature lazy day with its very own High Tea…

Amidst the hand-crafted furniture, bespoke artwork, and ambient lighting you will find the familiar flavours you have come to appreciate from the team at Monster with a range of exclusive tea flavours by Tea Garden co, tea inspired cocktails, Champagne all complemented by black and gold fixtures.

1 pm every Sunday at Monster Kitchen, Ovolo Nishi. Tickets $70 to $120  – more information on


A spectacular new Spiegeltent corruption from the people who brought you BLANC de BLANC.

A joyous cocktail of entertainment and enlightenment; let this cast of international prodigies and deviants lead you on an adventure of hedonistic theatrical anarchy.

Starring international clowning royalty Goos Meeuwsen and Helena Bittencourt (Cirque du Soleil), powerhouse vocalist Lee Taylor, Blaise Garza (Violent Femmes), Rechelle Mansour (Velvet), Tim Kriegler (La Clique) and Brooklyn’s drumming powerhouse Attis Clopton.

A word of warning – this show contains drug references, full frontal nudity, attempted pyrokinesis, and adult concepts.

Happening until 21 April at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See for more information.

Inked: Australian Cartoons

Inked features a selection of the best cartoons from the National Library of Australia’s extensive collections.

The exhibition draws from over 14,000 cartoons by dozens of artists, from before the arrival of the  First Fleet in 1788 up to the present. Each work is a time capsule, offering a snapshot of Australian life.

Visitors will be captivated by the works on display by many greats of Australian cartooning, including Will Dyson, Judy Horacek, Michael Leunig, David Low, Phil May, Alan Moir, Bruce Petty, Martin Sharp, Cathy Wilcox and many more.


Come and see the famous Gumnut Babies going off to war. Create your own cartoon or draw a protest sign to hang on our display wall. Get stuck into a book. Find all the hidden Inkie the Echidnas and explore whether the world is doomed or domed.

Inked Play is open daily as part of Inked: Australian Cartoons. Find it by following Inkie the Echidna.

Open 10am to 5pm every day from 7 March–21 July 2019


Djuki Mala is the Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm present their internationally acclaimed smash hit production.

Unique, infectious, high-energy… like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart.

Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul!

Happening 12-14 April at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See for tickets and more information.

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