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What's on in Canberra in November

Monthly Calendar

Eat Drink, Exhibition, Film, Music, Party, Performance, Shop, Talk, Workshop

The Best of What’s On in Canberra in November

Exhibition

We Collapse, We Build New Cities

An exhibition exploring the way we inhabit spaces, particularly the walls and hidden corners of our contemporary existence.

WHENRuns 23 August to 10 September
WHEREANCA Dickson
COSTFree
GOANCA

Exhibition

A Curious Cabinet

Unlike most curious cabinets (otherwise known as wunderkammern) this exhibition draws on the other definition of 'curious' - those who are ‘eager to know or learn something’.

WHENFriday 28 July to Friday 11 August
WHEREHotel Hotel Cabinets
COSTFree

Music

Way Out West

Integrating Asian, African, and jazz influences, this is an utterly unique musical experience.

WHENThursday 10 August, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
WHEREAinslie Arts Centre
GOTix

Talk

Object Subject

The first ever design writing conference - looking at the way that design speaks and the way we speak about design. Keynote speakers include - Alice Rawsthorn and Dana Tomic Hughes.

WHENFriday 10 November and Saturday 11 November
WHEREShine Dome
COSTTBC
GODCF

Film

Dirty Girls Adventure Film Tour

Rejoice in the realities of being an adventurous woman; sweat stains, helmet hair, broken nails, dirty faces and all.

WHENThursday 27 July from 8.30PM
WHEREArc Cinema, NFSA
GOFacebook

Music

BJORN AGAIN

Because sometimes you want to have a tacky night dancing to ABBA classics.

WHENFriday 28 July
WHERESouthern Cross Club
GOFacebook

Music

Splendour in the Bar

Strangeways DJS, Megan Bones, Bob Crane (aka Soul Crane), Manila Folder, Genie, Radar (aka PMA) and a synthetic grass dance floor...

WHENSaturday 29 July from 8PM til late
WHERETransit Bar
GOFacebook

Exhibition

This Way II

A solo exhibition of work by Heidi Strachan, a recipient of the Emerging Artist Support Scheme Award.

WHENFrom 29 July to 20 August
WHEREBelconnen Arts Centre
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Music

Julia Johnson single launch

Julia Johnson (Julia & the Deep Sea Sirens) with psychedelic synth-folk.

WHENSaturday 22 July from 9.30PM
WHERESmiths Alternative
GOFacebook

Music

Camp Cope+ Worriers (USA)

Over the past 15 months Camp Cope have become a force in modern music, a wholly independent band. Supported by New York’s WORRIERS.

WHENTuesday 19 September, from 8PM
WHEREThe Basement
GOFacebook

Film

The Year My Voice Broke + Flirting

A double feature of John Duigan’s personal and moving coming-of-age films.

WHENSaturday 26 August, from 5PM
WHEREArc Cinema, NFSA
COST$14/$12 each
GOFacebook

Talk

Scissors Paper Pen’s Open Mic

Short stories, memoir, novel extracts, poems, monologues. Whatever you want as it's five minutes and under, and it's your own work. Sign up on the night. 

WHENTuesday 15 August, from 5:30PM
WHERESmiths Alturnative
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Exhibition

The Meeting Place

Featuring emerging Canberra artists, Tamsin McLure, Colin White and Rebecca Worth, these artists look for spirituality in the environment through their chosen medium.

WHENFrom the 12 to the 30 July
WHEREANCA Dickson
COSTFree
GOANCA

Exhibition

Namatjira: Painting Country

An exhibition of watercolour paintings by the late Western Arrarnta artist Albert Namatjira of his Country.

WHENOpens 15 July
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
GOMore

Eat Drink

MasterCake

Angélique Peretto, is doing a cooking demonstration – how to make the MasterCake (the now supes famous green tea and raspberry mille feuille that Angélique made on MasterChef that time).

WHENSunday 23 July, 3PM - 4:30PM
WHEREHotel Hotel
COST$35 and include a drink and, of course, cake.
GOTIX

Workshop

Meditation with Lidija

Calm abiding meditation sessions.

WHENEvery Tuesday, beginning 18 July, 6PM
WHEREFlow Yoga Studio @ Nishi, NewActon (‘H’ level, directly above Palace Electric Cinema)
COST$10 drop-in / free for Hotel Hotel guests (just rock up and show your room or apartment key)
GOTibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra

Party

CANBERRA OBSCURA: METROPOLIS

Escape the weight of a long winter and immerse yourself in our art playground. CANBERRA OBSCURA: METROPOLIS is a night of performance, beats, experimentation and the unexpected.

WHENFriday July 28 from 7PM to 11PM
WHEREAinslie Arts Centre
COST$15 early bird | $20 presale | $25 on the door

Music

Live at the Polo

Waterford, Oranges, Betty Alto, Slow Turismo and Mondecreen with special guests.

WHENSaturday 29 July, from 8PM
WHEREPolish Club
COST$23.50
GOTIX

Exhibition

Sadness

Sadness, is an examination of the tenuous boundaries between material and digital. Solo exhibition by Nicholas Shearer.

WHENFrom 9 to 19 August
WHERETributary Projects
COSTFree
GOTributary Projects

Exhibition

BEAT

BEAT reconciles Peter Maloney’s photographic work with the important context of industrial music in his practice, also highlighting and focusing on its gay content.

WHENRuns 3 - 6 August
WHERETributary Projects
COSTFree
GOTributary Projects

Exhibition

INTO SPACE

INTO SPACE is a solo exhibition of constructions and installations from Kael Stasce.

WHENRuns 19 -22 July
WHERETributary Projects
COSTFree
GOTributary Projects

Exhibition

Mexican Modernism

Mexico after the Mexican Revolution and its subsequent independence from Spain. An exhibition of photographs that at once witnessed and created a new post-revolutionary identity.

WHENUntil Sunday 26 November
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
GOMore

Exhibition

Porosity Kabari

An exhibition by object designer Trent Jansen, artist/architect Richard Goodwin and design thinker Ishan Khosla of objects made from materials and craft sourced solely from Mumbai's junk markets.

WHENOpens on Friday 9 June at 6PM and runs until Sunday 9 July
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree

Exhibition

Defying Empire

'Defying Empire' - the third national Indigenous art triennial.

WHENFrom Friday 26 May to Sunday 10 September
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
GONGA

Exhibition

Pipilotti Rist – ‘Worry Will Vanish Revelation’

The ever amazing Pipilotti Rist is in town with this immersive projection work that asks you to slow down, step inside the human, and dissolve your mind.

WHENUntil Sunday 20 August
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFree
GONGA

Exhibition

Rodel Tapaya

A newly commissioned triptych by Filipino artist, Rodel Tapaya - 'The promise land: the moon, the sun, the stars' (2016), as well as paintings, works on paper and sculptural installations.

WHENUntil Sunday 20 August
WHERENGA, Contemporary galleries
COSTFree
GONGA

Film Talk

Mabo: Life of an Island Man

Screening and Q&A with Trevor Graham, director of 'Mabo: Life of an Island Man', 1993; and artist Gail Mabo.

WHENWednesday 5 July from 7PM to 8.30PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
GOMore

Talk

A Talk with Matilda House

A talk with Ngambri-Ngunnawal elder, activist and artist, Matilda House.

WHENFriday 7 July from 1PM
WHERECMAG
GOMore

Talk

Life Without Plastic

It’s time to ditch plastic. A talk with three plastic free lovelies on how to do it and why.

WHEN Wednesday 19 July from 6PM to 7PM
WHEREThe Food Co-op
COSTFree but you need to RSVP
GOMore

Music

Wavevom // Totty // Marlon Bando

Newcastle surf punks Wavevom are down to celebrate their second album 'Eternal Summer'. Banging about with TOTTY and Marlon Bando.

WHENSaturday 8 July from 8PM
WHERELowbrow
COST$5 / $10
GOMore

Music

Lower Body with PTSD, Video Breezy and Loveplus

Lower Body with PTSD, Video Breezy and Loveplus - celebrating Lower Body's new cassette - 'The Lower Body Demonstration' with songs heart break and sexual frustration.

WHENSaturday 1 July at 7.30PM to 11PM
WHEREThe Front
GOMore

Talk

Ghost Tour of the NFSA

A ghost tour of the National Film and Sound Archive (previously home to the Institute of Anatomy) with Tim the Yowie man.

WHENFriday 14 July from 8PM to 10.15PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$59
GOScary

Shop

Hurly Burley Winter Fair

Live music, face painting, jumping castle, a magic show, dance, performance art, stalls and a fire.

WHENFriday 30 June from 4PM to 9PM
WHEREHobart Place
GOMore

Exhibition

This is not a place

An exhibition by Clare Jackson - etchings exploring personal experience through depictions of reminiscent yet constructed spaces

WHENOpens Thursday 6 June at 6PM until Saturday 22 July
WHEREMegalo Print Studio and Gallery
GOMore

Music

John Huckle

Message of love and truth through blues and folk Wiradjuri style with John Huckle.

WHENSaturday 1 July at 7PM
WHERESmith's
COST$10
GOMore

Talk

Bring Them Here

Bring Them Here - a day of action.

WHENWednesday 19 July from 8AM
GOGo

Exhibition

Underneath Tomorrow

Works by Gemma Bonshek Kane, John Hart, Saara March, Steve Roper that imagine the subconscious imagination.

WHENUntil Sunday 2 July
WHEREM16
GOMore

Performance

Slamboree with Fresh Violet

Slamboree with with poetry and rapper Fresh Violet (she'll be rapping about breakfast and potentially other meals).

WHENFriday 30 June
WHEREThe Front
GOMore

Talk

Shelter: Life on the Move talk with Rebecca Roke

In this lunch-time talk Rebecca Roke, author of ‘Mobitecture’ and ‘Nanotecture’ (published by Phaidon Press), will discuss mobile architecture in all its variety.

WHENWednesday 5 July, 12:30PM - 1:15PM
WHEREMosaic Room, Hotel Hotel
COST$25, includes lunch
GOTIX

Performance

Salt Room

From slam poets to experimental musicians, The Salt Room effortlessly weaves together performance and storytelling to showcase some of the brightest sparks in the national poetry scene.

WHENFriday 7 July, from 7:30PM
WHEREAGAC Main Hall
COST$10 / $15
GOTIX

Party

Sound and Fury: Cold Winter. Hot Party.

Music, theatre, dance, spoken word and song. After a sold-out event at the National Film and Sound Archive earlier this year, Sound and Fury returns to Nishi Gallery.

WHENSaturday 15 July, 8PM to late
WHERENishi Gallery
COST$20
GOTIX

Music

Kids’ Cushion Concert with CSO

Canberra Symphony Orchestra returns to NewActon for another instalment in the popular Kids' Cushion Concert series.

WHENTuesday 11 July, 10AM and 11.15AM
WHERENishi Grand Staircase
COST$10 kids / Free for supervising adults
GOTIX

Music

Winter Strings in the Salon

Mozart, String Quintet in G minor, K516. In the Salon. By the fire. Choice of lunch or simple entry.

WHENSunday 23 July from 1PM to 3PM
WHEREThe Monster kitchen and bar in the Salon
COST$20/$70
GOTix

Music

mask-ed

A minimalist soul trip with lush harmonies and slow grooves, "mask-ed" narrates the struggles of true identity and secrets kept around gender expression.

WHENSaturday 8 July, 6:30PM
WHEREAGAC
COST$15/$10 includes one drink
GOFacebook

Music

Mikelangelo

Mikelangelo returns to the Phoenix backed by the National Capital Allstars. It's gonna be magic.

WHENFriday 16 June, 9PM
WHEREThe Phoenix
COST$10 / $15
GOFacebook

Music

MERE WOMEN Album Launch

Packed with a dozen tunes exploring women's experiences over generations, and the simultaneous isolation and confinement felt by many women living in regional communities.

WHENThursday 22 June, 8PM
WHERETransit
GOFacebook

Exhibition

Bro..och

Bro..och - a collection of brooches.

WHENExhibition runs 16 June - 8 July
WHEREBilk
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Film

Frozen Mash: Cinema Antarctic Style

Australian Antarctic Division’s ‘midwinterers’ are locked in for months on end. Tired of watching the same movies over and over, they got creative – splicing, dicing, adding voice-overs. Come watch.

WHENWednesday 21 June, 6PM
WHEREArc Cinema, NFSA
COSTFree, bookings essential
GOFacebook

Music

Fossil Rabbit Farewell Show

Fossil Rabbit is heading overseas for a while, so celebrate Fossil Rabbit’s final Canberra show, with special guests Aphir and Ben Drury

WHENFriday 16 June, 9:30PM
WHERESmith's
COST$7 / $10
GOFacebook

Music

PROM: Graduation with Dead DJ Joke

Prom will play their final glam-soaked gig at the event they were born to play: Graduation.

WHENSaturday 17 June, 8PM
WHEREAGAC
COST$15/ $20 / $30
GOFacebook

Exhibition

Hyper Real

Humanity amplified. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this exhibition charts the evolution of hyperrealism into the 21st century and asks ‘what makes us human?’.

WHENFriday 20 October to Sunday 18 February
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
GOMore

Exhibition

Australian Impressionism

An exhibition of Australian Impressionist paintings from the likes of Tom Roberts, Charles Douglas Richardson and Arthur Streeton.

WHENFrom Saturday 24 June
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
GOMore

Performance

Bennelong by Bangarra

The story of Woollarawarre Bennelong. A senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. Performed by Bangarra, choreographed by artistic director Stephen Page, inspired by true events.

WHENThursday 3 to Saturday 5 August
WHERECanberra Theatre
GOTix

Performance

RocKwiz

RocKwiz! Total babes. All of them. No intro needed - book your tix... Such babes.

WHENThursday 22 June 7.30PM
WHERECanberra Theatre
COST$90
GOTix

Performance

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

New comers and international performers from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are coming, as they do every year, to make wine come out of your nose.

WHENSaturday 24 June at 7PM
WHERECanberra Theatre
COST$50
GOTix

Performance

1984

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

WHENTuesday 25 to Saturday 29 July
WHERECanberra Theatre
GOBook

Music

Beth Orton

For the first time in a long time Beth Orton and her full band are coming to play. Folktronica.

WHENFriday 16 June at 8PM
WHEREThe Playhouse
COST$65/$85
GOTix

Exhibition

Hoods

Hoods brings together four artists whose art practices investigate their urban environments, pop culture and sub cultures: Nicole Breedon, Sean Davey, Rowan Kane and Paul Williams.

WHENRuns 7 - 25 June
WHEREANCA Gallery Dickson
COSTFree
GOANCA

Exhibition

Superman 3

Superman 3 is based around abstraction focused on internal compositional relationships between formal elements.

WHENRuns 5 - 15 July
WHERETributary Projects
COSTFree
GOTributary Projects

Talk

Artist Talk: Hannah Quinlivan

Hannah Quinlivan will talk about her site specific installation 'Anatomy of a Drawing' and her artistic practice at the intersection of drawing and sculpture.

WHENThursday 6 July from 1PM to 2PM
WHERECMAG
GOMore

Exhibition

Aviary

A collection of works of birds - sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings. Jan Brown, Linda Davy, Nicola Dickson, Annie Franklin, Kevin Gilbert, Patsy Hely, Steven Holland, and Danie Mellor.

WHENUntil Sunday 30 July
WHERECMAG
GODeets

Talk

Curator Floor Talk: Deborah Clark

A talk about the works on birds in CMAG's current show 'Aviary', with Deborah Clark, CMAG’s Senior Curator, Visual Arts.

WHENThursday 1 June at 1PM
WHERECMAG
GOFB

Talk

Floor talk: International Glass Market

Curator and writer Robert Bell will talk about the Australian glass art and how it has developed such a successful international reputation; in particular of glass work produced in Canberra with speci

WHENThursday 10 August from 1.15PM to 2 PM
WHERECanberra Museum and Gallery
GOFB

Music

Pleased To Jive You

Hip hop / funk/ rock / pop - Canberra mob Pleased To Jive You are coming to make you move those feet and them hips. With First Gulf War, Jedbrii and Cultured Pelican.

WHENSunday June 11 at 8PM
WHEREThe Phoenix
COSTFree
GOFB

Music

Fukushima Suite

Jazz baby - Satoko Fujii, and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura are mashing it up with the 18 piece Sirens Big Band to perform Fujii’s 'Fukushima Suite' and other works.

WHENFriday 2 June at 7PM
WHEREThe Street Theatre
COST$29 / $35
GOFB

Performance

Twin Peaks Trivia

'Twin Peaks' Trivia. No further explanation required. Hosted by Travis and Bob.

WHENTuesday 13 June 6.30 PM to 9.30 PM
WHEREThe Phoenix
GOFB

Workshop

‘Making Do: Utility Wear with Annie Wu’

Annie Wu will teach you how to make a contemporary utilitarian uniform (that can be worn every day) - functional garments that reduce waste.

WHENSaturday 12 August, 10AM – 11.30AM and 2PM – 3.30PM
WHEREMosaic room, Hotel Hotel
COST$45
GOTix

Exhibition

NONSTOP

A solo exhibition by Cat Mueller.

WHEN17 May – 4 June
WHEREANCA Dickson
COSTFree
GOWebsite

Exhibition

Oi Oi Oi

Representations of the Australian landscape from a bunch of disciplines and social, political and environmental viewpoints.

WHENWednesday 14 June to Saturday 1 July
WHERETributary Projects
GOTP

Exhibition

Flatpack

Old and new works appropriating the imperative design ideology of the ‘flat pack’, as typified by IKEA.

WHENTuesday 30 May to Friday 9 June
WHERETributary Projects
GOTP

Film

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Stories of social justice and human rights through film, art, music and forums.

WHENMonday 29 May to Wednesday 31 May
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOTix

Music

Cumbia Massive – Global Bass + Tropical Beats

The best Digital Cumbia and reggae out of Melbourne and Sydney - Cumbia Massive brings you a night of bass and heavy global rhythms in a sound system style.

WHENSaturday 6th May from 8PM to 2AM
WHEREThe Polish Club
COST$15 / $20
GOTix

Talk

The Ritual of Reading in Bed – Rosanna Stevens

The ‘Ritual of Reading in Bed’ is a series of short and sweet Sunday night readings by writers and performers held inside Creative Room 105. The author for this event is Rosanna Stevens.

WHENSunday 28 May, 6PM - 6:30PM
WHERECreative Room 105, Hotel Hotel
COSTFree but booking is essential
GOBook here

Shop

Hunter + Luke Chiswell One Day Store

Local fashion label, Hunter, and Luke Chiswell are putting on a one day store. Selling Hunter goods as well as limited edition pieces made from repurposed materials from Chiswell's latest exhibition.

WHENSaturday 6 May 11AM to 3PM
WHERENishi Gallery
GOHTL

Film Music

Brutti ma Buoni

‘Brutti ma Buoni’ is a short film of Brutalist buildings in Canberra screened to a live score. Post performance vinyl set with Tilman Robinson and a brutalist inspired cash bar by Monster.

WHENFriday 2 June from 6:30PM
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree, RSVP essential
GORSVP

Eat Drink Music

Autumn Strings in the Salon

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra are bringing a string duo for the Autumn Strings in the Salon session.

There are two ticket types – one involves lunch.

WHENSunday 21 May at 1PM
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar
COST$20/$70
GOTix

Music

ANU Bar Finale

The ANU Bar is being demolished : ( Over 60 years, thousands of gigs, tens of thousands of acts, we've all been there and had a good mosh. This is their last shebang over 11 acts. Goodbye friends.

WHENSaturday 17 June from 12 noon
WHEREANU bar
COST$25
GOTix

Music

Migration: Australian String Quartet

The ASQ are on their national tour; they'll be playing with guitarist Slava Grigoryan, blurring the lines between jazz and classical. The concert is crowned by Schubert’s G major String quartet.

WHENSunday 28 May from 2PM to 3.30PM
WHERENGA, Gandel Hall
COST$30 / $55 / $60 / $75
GONGA

Talk

The 67 Referendum: in conversation

Richard Bell, Dr Gary Foley and Judy Watson discuss and reflect the truths, powers, misnomers and setbacks throughout the span of the Referendum and up until now.

WHENFriday 26 May 6PM to 8.30PM
WHERENGA at the James O Fairfax Theatre
COST$20/ $15
GONGA

Music

The Hard Aches w. Muncie Girls + The Football Club

Indie­ punk rockers The Hard Aches are releasing a new single ‘Brain Drain' and they are bringing their with UK friends, the Muncie Girls, and Melbourne friends, The Football Club.

WHENSunday June 11 from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
GOGo

Music

Proxemics

Proxemics - the branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others. That with J:Kenzo (UK) & Chimpo (UK).

WHENThursday 4 May from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
GOGo

Music

Lyall Moloney

Singer/DJ Lyall Moloney it on his 'Get Up' tour. Dance / hip hop/ punk/ reggae.

WHENSaturday 27 May at 8PM
WHERETransit
COST$12
GOTix

Music

Agency Dub Collective

Agency Dub Collective are playing to happy happy their 12 inch LP 'Bang 4 your Buck'. Dance it up.

WHENFriday 5 May at 8PM
WHERETransit
COSTFree
GOFB

Music

AFRO-Funk Latin SKA Rock Hiphop!

A triple threat throwdown live with Lyre Byrdland (SYD), Los Chavos (ACT), Coolio Desgracias and House Mouse (ACT). Yes x 6.

WHENSaturday 22 April at 8PM
WHERETransit
COST$15
GOTix

Talk

NIAT III Artist Talks

Artists from National Indigenous Art Triennial III discuss their work in relation to the 1967 Referendum and other significant periods of resistance within the Australian context.

WHENFriday 26 from 11.30AM to 4PM and Saturday 27 May from 10AM to 4.30PM
WHERENGA, Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
COSTFree
GONGA

Film

The Reel McCoy Film Club

Cult classics, timeless classics, and fringe dwelling gems. A really good film club.

WHENUsually the second and last Sundays of each month at 1PM
WHERECMAG Theatre
COST$50 per annum
GOProgram

Film

Banff Mountain Film Festival

For the love of mountains - short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world.

WHENSunday 13 to Tuesday 16 May
WHEREArc Cinema
GOBook

Film

Fire of the Land and Freedom Ride

Two essential documentaries commemorating two landmark moments in activism by Indigenous Australians - 'Fire of the Land' and 'Freedom Ride'.

WHENScreening until Friday 28 April from 9.15PM to 5PM weekdays, looped with intermissions.
WHEREArc Cinema
COSTFree
GONFSA

Film

Essential Kurosawa

Seven films by the great Akira Kurosawa selected by the great David Stratton.

WHENScreenings between 14 and 30 June
WHEREArc Cinema
COSTSeason pass $80/75
GOBook

Film

Voices Against the Vietnam War

Counter-culture hits combining protest with heart, wit and mayhem.

WHENScreenings between the 3 to the 31 May
WHEREArc Cinema
GONFSA

Film

Blacklisted Hollywood

Classic film noir screenings from filmmakers who were controversially blacklisted in the 1950s (and beyond) because of their suspected communist sympathies.

WHENFriday 21 April at 7PM and 26 April at 7.15PM
WHERENFSA
GONFSA

Exhibition

The ANU’s Art Collection

As you can imagine, over the past decade or so, the ANU have amassed a pretty epic art collection.

WHENFriday 21 April to Sunday 28 May
WHEREDrill Hall Gallery, ANU
GOANU

Exhibition

Woman in a Wash Basket

Vee Malnar paints portraits of household objects. With them come reflections on mothering and multi-tasking, on identity in the chaos of housework.

WHENUntil Sunday 30 April
WHEREBelconnen Arts Centre
GOBAC

Talk

Cézanne Lecture Series

A seres of seven lectures on Sundays about Paul Cézanne.

WHENFirst Sunday of each month (except July)
WHEREANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre
GODHG

Exhibition

Common Ground

36 new and existing PhotoAccess members have documented and interpreted public space through photography and photo-based art.

WHENUntil Sunday 23 April
WHEREPhotoAccess
GOPA

Mt. Stromlo Public Astronomy Nights

Come star gaze.

WHENFriday 5 May from 7PM - 9PM
WHEREMt. Stromlo Observatory
COSTGold coin donation
GOTIX

Shop

Suitcase Rummage

A mini market set up in suitcases. Come for a bargain, a swap, or an old-fashioned haggle. Vintage goods, arts and craft, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, records...

WHENSunday 14 May from 11AM to 3PM
WHEREA. Baker Courtyard and surrounds

COSTFree entry, or run your own stall for $20
GOSuitcase Rummage

Shop Talk Workshop

Independent Publishing Fair

More than 50 independent publishers, zinemakers, artists and literary organisations from across Australia will offer up their wares for your perusing and purchasing pleasure.

WHENSunday 7 May from 10AM - 3PM
WHEREGorman Arts Centre
COSTFree
GONoted

Party Talk

Noted Writers Festival

Noted Writers Festival is an independent celebration of words and writing for anyone and everyone who loves to write. The festival runs 3 - 7 May and all events are free.

WHENRuns 3 - 7 May
WHEREVarious locations around Canberra
COSTFree
GONoted

Party Talk

Lit Hop

Wear good walking shoes, BYO protest placards and shout your words into the night. Noted's beloved multi-venue literary bar hop is back and it's gone absolutely BONKERS!

WHENSaturday 6 May from 5PM
WHEREVarious locations around the city
COSTFree
GONoted

Exhibition

Fire and Rain

Sally Blake’s solo exhibition at ANCA Gallery exploring the elements of fire and rain.

WHENExhibition runs 12 April – 30 April
WHEREANCA Gallery
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Exhibition

Chinese Whispers and Other Stories

Four emerging female artists of Chinese descent explore the complex and shifting nature of cultural difference, identity and migrant stories in ‘multicultural' Australia.

WHENExhibition runs 27 April - 21 May
WHEREPhotoAccess
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Music

Glitoris – Girls to the Front!

Glitoris are bringing Girls to the Front. A night celebrating that there are in fact at least three bands in the ACT comprised mostly of females.

WHENFriday 28 April from 8PM
WHEREThe Basement
GOFacebook

Music

Canberra International Music Festival

The CIMF theme this year is 'Revolution' - music from the barricades of time. With twenty curated concerts, talks and dinners.

WHENThursday 27 April to Sunday 7 May
WHEREAll around Canberra
GOCIMF

Exhibition Talk

Heritage Festival

The Heritage Festival peeps are exploring ‘Questions and Change’; the festival will facilitate conversation around Indigenous inclusion and recognition through art, architecture and the bush.

WHENTuesday 18 April to 7 May
WHERELots of different locations
GOProgram

Performance

48 Hr Palm Sunday Vigil for Refugees

From 1PM to the end of the Palm Sunday rally, the Refugee Action Committee will be holding a 48 hour vigil in Civic Square. There will be film screenings, public lectures, performances and good vibes.

WHENFrom 1pm on Friday 7 April
WHERECivic Square
GOFB

Music

Music in Turrell’s Skyspace

A newly commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. Sunset. At James Turrell's 'Within Without' Skyspace. Mwah. Yes.

WHENMonday 1 May to Friday 5 May at 5.10PM
WHEREJames Turrell's Skyspace at the NGA
COSTFree
GONGA

Film

A Very Long Engagement

'Un long dimanche de fiançailles' - a young woman’s relentless search for her fiancé, who disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

WHENTuesday 25 April at 2:15pm
WHERENGA, James O Fairfax Theatre
COSTFree (but you have to book)
GONGA

Music

Cinnamon Records Farewell

Come say goodbye to one of Canberra's favourite record labels - Cinnamon Records

WHENSaturday 6 May from 8PM
WHERETransit
COST$5
GOFacebook

Party

Electric Avenues at You Are Here

You Are Here festival is turning Haig Park on its head. Armed with music, art and good company, they’ll transform this iconic inner-city space into a weird and magical world.

WHENFriday 7 April, from 6PM 'til late
WHEREHaig Park
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Performance

Autonomous

Positioning the car as the dancer, Australian Dance Party examines the motorised car choreographies of our lives and ask 'Does the freedom of car ownership mitigate its impact?'

WHENWednesday 5 April from 7:30PM
WHERECBD carpark
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Exhibition

‘Borrow Tomorrow’ by Luke Chiswell

A new body of work by Luke Chiswell that continues his exploration of objects within space, abstracting perception and scale.

WHENOpens Friday 7 April at 6PM.  On show until Sunday 7 May 2017.
WHERENishi Gallery
GOFB

Performance

Intoxication

Intimacy is dead, and we’re partying with its corpse online.

WHENThursday 6 April from 6.30PM to 10PM
WHEREA house in the inner north (they'll let you know when you book)
COST$20
GOYAH17

Talk

Australian Dream Consultancy

A talk with Canberrans (that's you!) about cost of living pressures and how the concept of the domestic is changing.

WHENFriday 7 to Saturday 8 April
WHEREGarema Place
GOYAH17

Exhibition

Garage Gallery

A walking group exhibition with video artworks from Luke Aleksandrow, Oscar Capezio, Tony Curran, Heath Franco, Nathan Gray, Alex Hobba, Shags and Angela Tiatia.

WHENWednesday 5 April from 6PM
WHEREAnvil Studio, The Hamlet, Braddon
GOYAH17

Exhibition Party

You Are Here

A mostly free five day festival of curated, independent and experimental arts. Playful, irreverent and lo-fi.

WHENWednesday 5 April to Sunday 9 April
WHEREAround Canberra
GOYAH

Eat Drink

Drinking Class # 1

Beer brewers Young Henry and whisky distillers Bruichladdich are holding a tasting at the Monster kitchen and bar. They will be serving up four brews and four spirits to taste and talk about.

WHENThursday 20 April from 7PM
WHEREMosaic room at Monster kitchen and bar
COST$50
GOTix

Talk

Paul Fuog / Appropriation

Paul Fuog (of U-P and Field Experiments) is doing an AGDA talk on the appropriation and restraint. Appropriation - a dirty word or an important design tool?

WHENMonday 10 April from 6PM for 6.30PM start
WHERENishi Gallery
COST$20 / $25 / $45
GOAGDA

Music

Polish Club at Transit

The loudest goddamn soul outfit you’ve ever heard. Good good gooooood stuff.

WHENThursday 1 June at 8PM
WHERETransit bar
GOTB

Music

Moaning Lisa – The Sweetest

A pre-order show for Moaning Lisa's debut EP 'The Sweetest'.

WHENThursday March 23 at 8PM
WHERETransit bar
GOMore

Exhibition

M8

This exhibition of eight artists highlights the way relationships between each others’ practices have evolved and how conceptual and aesthetic inspiration has developed in each individuals’ work.

WHENOpens Thursday 23 March at 6PM until 9 April
WHEREM16, gallery one
GOM16

Music Party

F#ck Art Let’s Party

Art Not Apart's electronic dance party. BYO. 18+. Not in NewActon but there is a bus here that will take you there.

WHENSaturday 18 March from 9.30PM to 7AM
WHEREWarehouse in Fyshwick
COSTFrom $25
GOTix

Music Party

Sound and Fury

The official performance art after-party of Art, Not Apart 2017.

WHENSaturday 18 March from 7PM to 1AM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COSTFrom $10
GOFB

Film

Art Not Apart at NFSA

Art, Not Apart has grown like a big old vine and crossed the road into the NFSA. Giving light to the lesser heard and lesser seen with live performances and experimental projections.

WHENSaturday 18 March from 1PM to 7PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
GOANA FB

Music

Lost + Found

'Lost + Found' is the debut album of prolific local favourite, Endrey.

WHENFriday 7 April, 8-10PM
WHEREMosaic Room, Hotel Hotel
COST$20/$15
GOTIX

Exhibition

Other People’s Lives

An exhibition of 80 documentary photos by local photographer Hardy Lohse on people living in small Australian towns in decline.

WHENUntil Saturday 25 March
WHEREANU School of Art and Design Gallery
GOSOA

Music

Waterford the Rock Band

Waterford the Rock Band are releasing a new single, 'Libra II (Who must be Obeid)'.
They'll be playing with Nick Craft (ex Sidewinder). Come rock and roll.

WHENSaturday 1 April from 7PM
WHERESmith's Alternative
COST$7 CMC members / $10
GOTix

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Get up eeeeeearly to see Canberra's famous hot air balloons. Sadly no Skywhale this year.

WHEN11 – 19 March 2017 from 6:15AM
WHERELawns of Old Parliament House
GOWebsite

Film

Scandinavian Film Festival

Some of the best films coming out of Scandinavia - from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

WHENTuesday 18 July to Wednesday 2 August
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOTix

Film

Flickerfest

Australia's best short film festival comes to Canberra.

WHEN5 - 6 April
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOWebsite

Eat Drink

Enlighten Noodle Market

Enlighten is back on. Come for the lights, stay for the noodles (and dumpling, dosa, Pad Thai, gyoza...)

WHENFriday March 3 to Sunday March 12, from 5PM - 9PM
WHEREReconciliation Place
GORead

Exhibition

National Portrait Prize

49 works chosen from 3000 entries - choosing the final 49 would have been a super hard job. Photographic portraits taken by Australian photographers - this is definitely one to go to.

WHENSaturday 1 April to Sunday 18 June
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
GONPG

Exhibition

Digital Portraiture Award

Digital portraiture - short films that dissect a little piece of a person.

WHENUntil Sunday 9 April
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
GONPG

Film

French Film Festival

You know the drill - French films from France.

WHENThursday 9 March to Tuesday 4 April
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOProgram

Australian Series Companion Pieces

Dog is god - a performance by Arcadia Winds and Dr Natalie Williams in response to the NPG's 'Popular Pet Show' exhibition. The first of the CSO's 'Companion Pieces' series. And there is a bar.

WHENThursday 2 March at 6.30PM
WHEREGordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery
COST$45 (includes performance and exhibition)
GOTix online or at the door

Eat Drink

Monster Mash # 2

Chefs and good friends Sean McConnell (Monster kitchen and bar) and Matt Wilkinson (Pope Joan) are cooking up a collaborative lunch. Except yabby jaffles, banofee pies and good times.

WHENSaturday 25 March at 12.30PM
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar
COST$125 (for lunch but not drinks)
GOTickets

Music

Aphir Album Launch

Aphir returns to her Canberra roots to launch her new album, Twin Earth.

WHENFriday March 17 from 9PM to 12AM
WHERELa De Da Bar
GOFacebook

Performance

The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang)

A biting and magical satire set deep beneath the sea!

WHENRuns Wednesday 8 - Saturday 11 March
WHEREAGAC

Talk

All About Women Satellite

Talking all things feminism. Amanda Palmer (yes!), Zoya Patel, Alana Valentine and Katy Gallagher with host Virginia Haussegger.
Also, Gena Davis is making a (digital) appearance.

WHENSunday 5 March, 10AM - 2PM
WHERECanberra Theater
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Music

Soundscapes #8

Experimental, electronic and improvised sound.

WHENThursday 2 March from 9:30PM
WHERESmiths Alternative
COST$10
GOFacebook

Exhibition

Limiting Entropy

Artist Tony Curran and poet Lachlan Brown - a painter and a poet - collaborate through image and text.

WHENRuns 1 - 19 March
WHEREANCA Gallery
COSTFree
GOANCA

Exhibition

Planetary Gardening

An exhibition investigating the space between cultural and chemical, organic and technological.

WHENRuns 3 - 26 March 2017
WHEREPhotoaccess
COSTFree
GOPhotoaccess

Performance Talk

The Ritual of Reading in Bed

The ‘Ritual of Reading in Bed’ is a series of Sunday night readings by writers and performers held inside Creative Room 105.

WHENSunday 26 March, 6:00PM
WHERERoom 105, Hotel Hotel
COSTFree, bookings essential
GOTIX

Music

The Ritual of Bush Bathing – Mt Majura

The first of a series of seasonal bush walks developed in collaboration with Tyronne Bell. Walks to make us feel good by getting us back in there amongst the trees and the birds.

WHENSunday 19 March, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
WHEREMt Majura
COST$55.50
GOTIX

Exhibition

Not Wow

Melbourne’s Mr Kitly presents ‘Not Wow’ by Kirsten Perry. It’s a series of totems of moments that hold personal significance alluding to folk craftsmanship and subconscious spiritual rituals.

WHENSaturday 11 March – Sunday 30 April
WHEREHotel Hotel Cabinets
COSTFree

Film

The Last Moose of Aoluguya

The Last Moose of Aoluguya is an intimate portrait of Weijia, a heavy drinking, soul-searching painter and herder, from the Ewenki people of Inner Mongolia.

WHENWednesday 22 February from 5:15PM
WHEREThe Auditorium, China in the World Building
COSTFree
GOANU

Film

Dersu Uzala

Against a backdrop of the treacherous mountains and icy plains of the Siberian wilderness, acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa stages an extraordinary adventure of comradeship and survival

WHENSunday 19 February 2017 from 2PM
WHEREThe Auditorium, Australian Centre on China in the World
COSTFree
GOANU

Exhibition

Tributary Projects Opening

The first opening for Canberra's newest artist-run gallery.

WHENThursday 16 February, 6PM
WHERETributary Projects
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Eat Drink Music Party Performance Shop

Canberra Multicultural Festival

Food! Lines for food! Culture! Crowds!
Bring ya' stretchy pants.

WHEN17 - 19 February
WHERECivic
COSTFree
GOFestival website

Exhibition Music Party Performance

Canberra Fringe

Things are going to get a bit weird...

WHENSaturday 18 February, 10AM - 12PM
WHERECity
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Talk

Madeleine Thien at the NLA

A conversation with the Man Booker-shortlisted writer.

WHENTuesday 28 February, 6PM - 8PM
WHERENational Library of Australia
GOFacebook

Talk

Gravitational Waves and Spacetime

Colliding black holes! Gravitational waves! Radiant energy! Confused? Not after Professor Dean Rickles schools you.

WHENTuesday 7 February from 5.30PM
WHEREAustralian Academy of Science
COST$10
GOAustralian Academy of Science

Music

The Vinyl Lounge

A safe place for vinyl addicts to come together share music and stories in pure analogue.

WHENThe first Friday of every month
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COSTFree
GONSFA

Talk

Versailles: On Gesture

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will transport you to Versailles, playing the most popular court music of the day.

WHENSaturday 4 February from 2PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COST$45.00
GONGA

Performance

Richard 3

“Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe”- Richard III, Act V, Scene III.

WHENPreview Thursday 6 April at 7.30PM. Opens Friday 7 April at 7.30PM. Until Saturday 15 April.
WHERECanberra Theatre
COST$95.50
GOCanberra Theatre

Exhibition

Large Portraits

A solo exhibition of large portraits by Charlie White.

WHENSaturday 11 February, 6PM - 10PM
WHEREFitters Workshop in Kingston
GOFacebook

Eat Drink

Eat something sexy

The Monster has thought up a special dinner menu for the day of love.

WHENTuesday 14 February
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar
COST$90 per person
GOBook

Exhibition

‘Coincidences’ – John Wardle Architects

An architectural exhibition that interrogates the boundaries between public and private spaces.

WHENUntil 17 February
WHERENishi Gallery
GOOpening event

Eat Drink Music

Summer Strings in the Salon

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra are bringing their string quartet to play us some music in the Salon and Dinging rooms. Two ticket types – one involves lunch.

WHENSunday 12 February
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar
COST$20/$70
GOTix

Music

Soundscapes #7

Experimental, electronic and improvised sound.
Featuring Reuben Ingall's multi-tasking Microwave Drone Ritual: creating lush drone music at the same time as cooking a meat pie.

WHENThursday 2 February from 9:30PM
WHERESmith's Alternative
GOFacebook / TIX

Eat Drink Music

Xylouris White at Monster // Sold Out

Xylouris White is playing at the Monster and Sean McConnell will be serving up his spin on a shared taverna dinner before the performance. It’s too bad we can’t smoke ciggies in there.

WHENSaturday 11 March. Dinner from 7PM. Performance from 9PM.
WHEREMonster’s Salon and Dining rooms
COST$25/$80
GOTix

Exhibition

Finlandia Hymn

Exploring photographic representations of Finnish culture, intertwined with landscape.
A solo exhibition by Anja Loughhead.

WHENRuns 2 'til 26 February
WHEREPhotoAccess
COSTFree
GOPhotoAccess

Exhibition

The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s

This exhibition sells itself

WHENUntil April 25.
WHERENational Library of Australia
COSTFree
GONLA

Music Performance

CSO: The Shell Prom Picnic Concert

Picnic on the grounds of Government House while the Canberra Symphony Orchestra supplies sweet music to your ears.

WHENSaturday 18 February 2017. Gates open at 4.45PM for a 6PM start
WHERELawns of Government House
COST$30.00
GOCSO

Exhibition Music Party

Art, Not Apart

Everywhere you look: art art art art art art art art.

WHENSaturday 18 March from 1PM - 7PM
WHERENewActon Precinct, West Basin and the NFSA
GOArt, Not Apart

Party

ANU School of Art Ruby Ball

Art School Ball has a reputation for being … memorable. This one is going to be big – celebrating 40 years of the ANU School of Art.

WHENSaturday April 1 from 6:00 PM
WHEREANU School of Art
GOTIX

Music

Tim Rogers at Smith’s

Tim Rogers is doing a gig at Smith's. Yeah, really.

WHENMonday 9 January at 7PM
WHERESmith's Alternative
GOFacebook

Talk

Same Same Different // Sold Out

A conversation between two friends - Italian born architects Enrico Taglietti and Gianmatteo Romegialli working (respectively) in Canberra and Milan. Presented by Hotel Hotel.

WHENSunday 15 January at 3PM
WHEREMonster Salon and Dining Rooms, Hotel Hotel
COSTFree
GOSold out!

Performance Talk

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

Poetry and beer and yelling.

WHENWednesday 18 January from 7:30PM
WHEREThe Phoenix
COSTFree
GOBAD!SLAM!

Music

The Whitlams

Time flies. Those Whitlam boys are celebrating their 25th anniversary. To celebrate they are bringing along an orchestra.

WHENFriday 5 May
WHERECanberra Theatre Centre
COST$80/$90
GOTix

Performance

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer is bringing her title of 'queen of punk cabaret' to town.

WHENSaturday 4 March
WHERECanberra Theatre Centre
COST$66/$86
GOTix

Music

Skeggs

Skegss brings the surfer slash summer viiiiibes.

WHENFriday 13 January from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$12
GOMore

Music

Bootleg Rascal

YAY! Bootleg Rascal are on a 'Shake N Bake' tour.

WHENFriday 20 January at 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$15
GOTix

Exhibition Party

PAWS for Art

Dogs plus art.
BYO dog.

WHENSaturday 21 January, 11AM - 3PM
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GOFacebook

Performance

The Screwtape Letters

A wry and witty insight into human nature through the correspondence between senior demon, Screwtape and his nephew and junior tempter Wormwood.

WHENMonday 19 December from 7:30PM. Until Friday 23 December
WHEREThe Courtyard Studio
COST$40.00
GOCTC

Film

The Miracle Woman

Preacher's daughter turned con artist. Fake miracles abound in this 1931 film.

WHENSunday 19 February at 2PM
WHEREArc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive
GONFSA

Film

Lost Horizon

Frank Capra's 1937 vision of paradise on Earth, Shangri-La.

WHENSunday 5 February at 4:30PM
WHEREArc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive
GONFSA

Film

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

1950s American sci-fi. Alien invasions. Giant, human-growing seed pods. What more could you want for your Sunday arvo?

WHENSunday 29 January at 2:00PM
WHEREArc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive
GONFSA

Music

Arboretum After Hours

The National Arboretum is staying up late(ish) this January. Spend a summer evening listening to live music amongst the trees.

WHENFriday 6, 13 and 20 January from 4:30PM
WHERENational Arboretum Canberra
COSTFree
GOArboretum

Eat Drink Party

NYE – Business As Usual

The Monster will be open as usual on New Year's Eve! Come play.

WHENSaturday 31st January - New Year's Eve
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar
GOMonster

Music

Duo Amythis

Make lunchtime extra fancy with some classical guitar at the High Court.

WHENTuesday 20 December at 12:30 PM
WHEREHigh Court of Australia
COSTFree
GOBook

Music

Cell Block 69

Canberra’s 80's rock and synth pop megastars. No really, we promise this will be good.

WHENFriday 16 December at 8PM
WHEREThe Basement
GOFacebook

Eat Drink

New Years Eve at A.Baker

Chef Bernd Brademann is cooking up a six course shared menu for NYE din dins.

WHENSaturday 31 December at 7.30 PM
WHEREA.Baker
COST$160
GOMenu and tix

Eat Drink

The Commons Street Feast

A proper food truck line up and martini, beer and wine bars. The line up includes Gelato Messina (yum), El Poco Loco (Mexican), Vutu (Nepalese), Yalla Yalla (Lebanese)... Bring your stretchy pants.

WHENFriday 9 to Sunday 18 December
WHERECommonwealth Park, Albert Street
GOOpening hours

Music

Boy and Bear

Sydney based indie folk rock band 'Boy and Bear' are coming to play.

WHENThursday 8 December at 7PM
WHEREANU Bar
COST$46
GOTix

Music

Spilt Milk

Music. Food. Art.- No need to cry over Spilt Milk (Unless you didn't get a ticket)

WHENSaturday 3 December from 11AM
WHERECommonwealth Park
COST$90.00
GOFB

Music Performance

Glitoris – The Disgrace

Local femme-powered protest band Glitoris present their debut: ‘The Disgrace EP’. With special friends Faux Faux Amis and Moaning Lisa.

WHENSaturday 10th December at 7PM
WHEREANU Bar
COST$30
GOTix

Music

Julia Jacklin

Blue Mountains artist Julia Jacklin is heading our way as part of a big Australian tour. Have a listen and book your tix. It's a goodie.

WHENThursday 1 December at 8PM
WHERETransit
COST$17.40
GOTix

Eat Drink

Christmas lunch at Monster

You don’t have to spend half your day with your hand up a turkey and the other half doing the dishes. Monster kitchen and bar are putting on Christmas lunch.

WHENSunday 25 December from 12PM to 4PM
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar
COST$155 (lunch only) / $220 (with matching wines)
GOBook

Exhibition

Temporality by Enrico Scotece

Experimental landscape photographic works printed in the PhotoAccess darkroom by mid-career Sydney-based photographer Enrico Scotece.

WHENUntil Sunday 27 November
WHEREPhoto Access
GOPA

Exhibition

Finding Focus by Laura Hindmarsh

An exhibition by London-based mid-career Australian artist Laura Hindmarsh, incorporating film, performance and experimental photographic techniques.

WHENUntil Sunday 27 November
WHEREPhoto Access
GOPA

Exhibition

Fugitive Faith – a conscripted oath

An exhibition by Mariana del Castillo - recycled materials in a surreal reflection on identity, migration, religion and the body.

WHENUntil Sunday 26 March
WHERECMAG
GOCMAG

Exhibition

High Rise Low Rise

A contemporary art Contiki Tour put together by artists from Canberra and the Gold Coast whose disparate practices share regional connections, architectural references and touristic motifs.

WHENFriday 9 December to Saturday 11 February
WHEREGorman Arts Centre
GOAGAC

Performance

Vinegar Tom

A live performance by experimental art collective COUP about the witch trials in 17th century England.

WHENTuesday 29 November to Saturday 3 December
WHEREGorman Arts Centre, Ralph Wilson Theatre
COST$30 full / $20 concession
GOAGAC

Exhibition

Ode to Frosta

An exhibition by Susan Buret about how we set up home... In lament for Ikea's mass produced rip off of Alvar Aalto’s stool and how the 21st century first world nomad establishes domestic space.

WHENUntil Sunday 4 December
WHERECCAS Manuka
GOAG

Exhibition

Mother Tongue by Andy Mullens

An installation by emerging artist Andy Mullens exploring her Vietnamese heritage through video performance and language.

WHENOpens Thursday 1 December at 6PM to Sunday 11 December
WHEREPhoto Access
GOPA

Exhibition

Collective Rhythm by Casey Crockford

A social documentary project exploring Canberra’s swing dance community by emerging artist Casey Crockford.

WHENOpens Thursday 1 December at 6PM to Sunday 11 December
WHEREPhoto Access
GOPA

Film

Out of the Past

Film noir... "My feelings? About ten years ago, I hid them somewhere and haven't been able to find them."

WHENSunday 27 November at 1PM
WHERECanberra Museum and Gallery
GOReel McCoy

Music

Black Milk

In his first time in Canberra, Black Milk will be showcasing his mix of top flight production and insightful lyricism.

WHENThursday 24 November 2016 from 8PM
WHERETransit Bar
COST$20.00
GOFB

Music

REMI- Divas and Demons Tour

REMI will be in town to offer some of his true blue Aussie MC mastery.

WHENWednesday 30 November from 8PM.
WHERETransit Bar
COST$22.00
GOFB

Performance

Abbe May: Doomsday Clock Tour

Abbe May will take you to church! You will find yourself dancing to bells in ways you never knew you could.

WHENFriday 18 November from 8PM.
WHERETransit Bar
COST$15.00
GOFB

Exhibition

Iconic Australian Houses

An exhibition of iconic Australian houses by the ever impressive Karen McCartney - 30 of the most important homes in Australia that have been designed in the last 60 years.

WHENFrom Friday 25 November to Monday 13 March
WHERENational Archives of Australia
COSTFree
GONAA

Exhibition

Down to Earth

A collection of works created by South Coast artist Nicole Grimm-Hewitt that look at the Earth from an aerial perspective.

WHENThursday 24 November until Sunday 11 December. Opening launch Saturday 26 November at 6PM
WHERENishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon
COSTFree
GONicole Grimm-Hewitt

Shop

ANU glass sale

It's just one hour to snap up all the prototypes, seconds and extra glassware made by ANU School of Art students and teachers.

WHENFriday 2 December from 12.30PM to 1.30PM
WHEREOutside the ANU School of Art Library, Childers Street, Acton

Shop

La Grande Fête

There are few things more Canberran than a school fête. This one is one of the biggest. Except street food and rides. Bring lots of gold coins.

WHENSaturday 5 November 2.30PM to 7PM
WHERETelopea Park School, Barton
GOThe old Le Burp

Exhibition

School of Art Grad show

Come have a geez at work from students that might be the next big deal in Australia at the ANU School of Art Grad show.

WHENOpens Friday 25 November at 6PM. Until Sunday 4 December.
WHEREMain gallery, School of Art
GOSOA

Exhibition Shop

Meraki at Močan

The lovelies at Močan regularly host Meraki night - a small collection of local designers and craftspeople to exhibit and sell their works. It will include ceramic tablewares, textiles and wood work.

WHENSunday 13 November at 5PM
WHEREMočan and Green Grout
GOMGG

Exhibition Talk

Design Canberra Festival

Design and design related events happening all around town.

WHENUntil Friday 25 November
WHEREAll around town
GODCF

Music

Weird Frontier

A one-day music festival that celebrates the new wave of alternative and experimental Australian music. With Aphir, beatrice, Elisabeth DIXON, Kane Ikin, KANGAROO LIFE SAVER, Monica Brooks...

WHENSaturday 12 November from 2PM to 11PM
WHEREAinslie Arts Centre
COST$25 early bird / $35 pre sale / $40 at the door
GOFB

Music

Day of the dead fiesta

Clave Manía, Los Chavos, Zambezi Sounds, Mandacaru, Brass Knuckle Brass Band. Read latin jazz, new orleans funk, ska reggae, Brazilian forro and West African dance music. Read booty shakin'.

WHENSaturday 5 November from 3PM to 11.30PM
WHEREAinslie Arts Centre
GORIP

Exhibition

The popular pet show

Portraits of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists.

WHENFriday 4 November to Monday 13 March
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
GONPG

Talk

The relevance of design

A talk by leading design festival curator and thinker Giovanna Massoni on why design matters in the contemporary world.

WHENSaturday 19 November at 2PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre, NGA
COST$20, $15 Craft ACT/NGA members
GOTix

Film

Rembrandt

A film that is all about an exhibition from the National Gallery, London and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - all about Rembrandt.

WHENSunday 20 November at 2PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre, NGA
COST$12, $10 (members/concession)
GOTix

Film

Girl with a pearl earring

Mauritshuis is the place to go and see paintings from Holland's Golden Age. The film looks at the mysteries behind Vermeer's ''Girl with a pearl earring' and lots of other Golden Age masterpieces.

WHENSunday 13 November at 2PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre, NGA
COST$12, $10 NGA members/concession
GOTix

Film

Manet: Portraying life

The NGA's exhibitions on screen series - Manet. The man. Some say the father of modern art.

WHENSunday 6 November at 2PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre, NGA
COST$12, $10 NGA members/concession
GOTix

Exhibition Performance

Reading for the End of Time

Mike Parr's durational performance based on Roland Barthes' 'Camera Lucida' ('La Chamber Claire'). The book is at once an essay on the essence of photography and a eulogy to Barthes' mother.

WHENSaturday 5 November at 10.30AM
WHEREMike Parr Information Centre at the NGA
COSTFree just rock up
GONGA

Film

Greek Film Festival

Contemporary films from Greece. Ouzo at the Prosecco bar. έλα.

WHENFrom Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 November
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOProgram

Film

German Film Festival

Contemporary, award-winning, and internationally acclaimed German-language films with English subs. Is gut. Ya.

WHENThursday 24 November to Sunday 27 November
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOTitles and tix

Film

British Film Festival

The British Film Festival is back again with contemporary and classic titles.

WHENUntil Wednesday 16 November
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOTitles and tix

Exhibition Party

Sketching process launch

'Sketching Process’ is a self-published design sketching book created by local maker SKEEHAN studio. Come and support the book at the kickstart launch.

WHENFriday 28th October at 6PM
WHERENishi Gallery
GOFB

Music Party

Gay cliché

Super gay dance party for Canberra's lovely LGBTI community and friends. Anyone with good vibes and big love is welcome.

WHENSaturday 5 November at 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$10 at the door
GOTransit

Music

Bad Manners tour

SKA! Bad Manners (made in the UK in '76) are touring Australia and New Zealand. Bring yo braces and doc martins and come skank! This is a once in a lifetime type SUPER FUN gig.

WHENSunday 30 October from 6PM
WHERETransit Bar
COST18+ tix are $50
GOTB

Music

The Laurels – Sonicology tour

A beer and a boogie to these guys = yes, yes, yes lets do it now. The Laurels are releasing their second record 'Sonicology' and it's a goodie.

WHENThursday 3 November at 8PM
WHERETransit bar
GOTB

Exhibition

Make/Shift

Those kids at ANU have some skills! Check out what has been cooked up in the ANU Furniture Studio with this showcase of students' work.

WHENOpens Friday 18 November with opening party from 6PM. Until Sunday 20 November.
WHEREDesgincraft, 8 Tralee Street, Hume 2620
COSTFree
GOFB

Wonga Pop Up Exhibition

Pop down to the Wonga Street House for this Pop Up exhibition featuring 5 local designers/makers.

WHENSunday 30 October and 13 November 10AM to 11.30AM.
WHEREWonga Street Eco House, 3 Wonga Street O'Connor
COSTFree
GOFB

Exhibition

Luminary: Remembering Robert Foster

A celebration of the creativity, craftsmanship and beauty of F!NK + Co creator Robert Foster.

WHENOpens Thursday 27 October from 9AM. Until Friday 25 November.
WHEREACTEW AGL, 40 Bunda Street Civic
COSTFree
GODesign Canberra

Music

Sunhaus Bobby tour

Brisbane-based indie rockers, Sunhaus, and trucking around on their 'Bobby' tour (to launch their 'Bobby' album). They are super sweet. They are bringing House of Strangers and Moaning Lisa along.

WHENSaturday 22 October from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COSTPre-sale tix are $10
GOTix and info

Music

D’Opus and Roshambo

Hip hoppers D'Opus and Roshambo are launching their new release 'Mayday' supported by suavess., Jedbrii, Lash and DJs Faux Real and Chemi-Cal.

WHENFriday 28 October at 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$10 at the door
GOTB

Music

Andrea Kirwin

The very excellent Andrea Kirwin has come back for a bit to hang out like in the good old days (yeaaaaaah). Hi lady! It's nice to see you again.

WHENWednesday 16 November from 7PM
WHEREThe Front
COST$10 at the door
GOFB

Music

One Day Block Party

Hip hop collective One Day (Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Joyride and Jackie Onassis) are holding a block party and you're invited.

WHENSunday 18 December from 1PM
WHEREWestside Village
COSTFree entry
GOFB

Party

Sparky’s Reggae Party

Sparkys Jerk BBQ + reggae band Kinsky + local mob Zambezi Sounds Canberra + records for sale from Revolve = BAM BAM.

WHENSaturday 22 October from 9AM to 11PM (bands start at 2PM)
WHEREOld Canberra Inn
GODeets

Exhibition

SOA PRO

An exhibition that showcases recent works by the pros and technical staff at ANU School of Art.

WHENUntil Saturday 29 October
WHEREANU School of Art Gallery
GOFB

Exhibition

Mud men

Mud men by Ramesh Nithiyendran: five giant sculptures made of clay... as well as concrete, sea shells, human hair and teeth, beads, cardboard, polystyrene, rubber snakes and the like...

WHENUntil Sunday 26 February
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFree
GONGA

Performance

Antigone

High stakes drama courtesy of Sophocles' classic Greek Tragedy.

WHENOpening Thursday 27 October at 8PM. Runs until Saturday 29 October
WHEREPlayhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
COST$45.00
GOCanberra Theatre Centre

Performance

Othello

Bell Shakespeare's rendition of 'Othello', one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies (they are all pretty great though aren’t they).

WHENOpens Friday 14 October at 7:30PM. Until Saturday 22 October.
WHEREThe Playhouse, Canberra Theatre
COST$93.50
GOCanberra Theatre Centre

Exhibition

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

This is the story of the Canning, told from the perspectives of the Aboriginal people whose country it crossed.

WHENUntil 2017
WHERENational Museum of Australia
COSTFree
GONMA

Music

Joseph Tawadros Quartet

Oud player and composer, Joseph Tawadros will be bringing his skill, imagination and facial hair to the Street Theatre stage.

WHENFriday 14 October from 7:30PM
WHEREThe Street Theatre
COST$39
GOThe Street Theatre

Film

Environmental Film Festival

A catalyst for positive and sustainable change and some bloody good films.

WHENFrom Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 October
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOEFFA

Exhibition

As It Is

A shared exhibition by Tess Horwitz, Caroline Huf, Janet Long. Using video, objects and images, the artists explore themes of impermanence and failure as inevitable, both in art and life.

WHENUntil Sunday 16 October
WHEREM16 Gallery One
GOMore

Music

Birth Write Beats

Local music producers have a little live battle to make music from existing samples. This time the rumble is between Tumbles, Eelad, Whoa Nut, Uncle Dunc.

WHENFriday 7 October from 8PM
WHERELowbrow
GOMore

Music Party

Ping Pong Jam

Ping pong, music and Polish beer. Money, minimal glory and possibly a pat on the back.

WHENThursday 13 October
WHEREPolish Club
GOMore

Music

Shining Bird

Experimental pop band, Shining Bird are playing supported by Sings and Symbols. This should be a goodie.

WHENWednesday 5 October at 8PM
WHERETransit
COSTFree
GOMore

Music

Kingfisha

Six piece reggae dub band Kingfisha are releasing their second album - 'Offered It Up'.

WHENFriday 21 October at 8PM
WHERETransit
COST$20
GOTix

Party

CLIPPED Music Video Festival

If video killed the radio star, CLIPPED is out to dance on the grave. A jam packed night of music videos, premieres, industry speakers, VJS and live music are all part and parcel of the program.

WHENFriday 30 September 2016
WHEREArc Cinema, Canberra, ACT
COST$20.00
GONFSA

Film

Queer Screen Film Fest

Queer Screen Film Fest showcases the best in LGBTIQ cinema. Arc Cinema will be screening two of the festival's highlights; 'Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four' and 'Other People'.

WHENSaturday 1 Ocotber 2016
WHEREThe National Film and Sound Archive
COST$19.00
GOQueer Screen

Exhibition

Mutable Realities

Looking beyond the everyday, 'Mutable Realities' draws together artists who use their work to explore the inexplicable intangible realms where meaning might be found or reason lost.

WHENOpens Thursday 13 October at 6PM. Until Sunday 30 Ocotber
WHERENishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon
COSTFree

Object Therapy Talk at ANU

Convened by Genevieve Jacobs and ANU’s Niklavs Rubenis, the Object Therapy panel invites a selection of Canberra contributors to discuss their repair works, including Alison Jackson and Rohan Nicol.

WHENThursday 27 October from 6PM
WHEREANU, Sir Roland Wilson Building, Level 2 (ground floor) Theatre; 120 McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601
COSTFree
GOFix and Make

Object Therapy Talk at UNSW

Convened by UNSW’s Guy Keulemans, this Object Therapy panel discussion invites a selection of Sydney contributors to discuss their repair projects.

WHENThursday 20 October from 5.30PM
WHEREThe Lecture Theatre, EGO2, E Block, UNSW Art & Design
COSTFree
GOFix and Make

Object Therapy Exhibition

Object Therapy is a design project that helps us re-evaluate the broken objects that surround us. This exhibition features 30 repaired objects and excerpts of video interviews with the owners.

WHENFriday 14 October to Sunday 30 October
WHEREHotel Hotel
COSTFree
GOFix and Make

Performance Talk

AGDA Pecha Kucha / Sink or Swim

1.Take five creative leaders.
2.Allow each seven minutes.
3.Mix with turbulent professional experiences.

BAM! You have a recipe for inspiration.

WHENThursday 8 September from 6.30PM
WHERELoBrow Gallery & Bar
COST$40 Standard / $20 Member / $20 Student
GOAGDA

Talk

A month of Saturdays with Chris Richardson

The second in the ‘A Month of Saturdays’ conversation series. Karen Middleton sits down to talk about the big issues with economist Chris Richards

WHENSaturday 10 September from 3PM
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG

Talk

A month of Saturdays with Madeline Gleeson

The first in the ‘A Month of Saturdays’ conversation series. Karen Middleton sits down to talk about the big issues with lawyer Madeline Gleeson.

WHENSaturday 3 September from 3PM
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG

Film

Italian Film Festival

Crime dramas, comedies, biopics, leading Italian actresses and of course love stories. The Italian Film Festival is on.

WHENTuesday 19 September to Wednesday October 11
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOLIFF

Talk

A month of Saturdays with Marcia Langton

The fourth in the ‘A Month of Saturdays’ conversation series. Karen Middleton sits down to talk about the big issues with Indigenous leader Marcia Langton.

WHENSaturday 24 September from 3PM
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG

Talk

Festival of Dangerous Ideas Satellite

If you can't get to Sydney this weekend for the very excellent Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the Canberra Theatre Centre is streaming two of the conversations live at Civic Square.

WHENSaturday 3 September at 11.30AM
WHERECivic Square in the City
GOCTC

Exhibition

Preset memory

A group exhibition by local photographers Lee Grant, Ellis Hutch, Blaide Lallemand, Mark Van Veen, Brenton McGeachie.

WHENOpensThursday 8 September at 6PM runs until Sunday 25 September
WHEREM16
GOM16

Exhibition

Granite and grain

An exhibition by Jane Duong and Chris Holly of hand printed argentotypes made over two years at Namadgi.

WHENOpens Thursday 8 September at 6PM runs Sunday 25 September
WHEREM16
GOM16

Music

Myles Mac’s five hour set

Soul Crane and Friends is back with curator of the Melbourne Deepcast and resident at Boney's Lost Weekend, Myles Mac. He'll be sweating it out with a five hour set with Not Quite Disco and Cressy.

WHENSunday 18 September
WHEREBar Rocheford
COST$5 entry
GOFB

Music

Rebel Yell, California Girls, Alpha Male and Playful Sound

Say goodbye to old man winter with a little boogie on the dance floor with some electro pop from Rebel Yell, California Girls, Alpha Male and Playful Sound. This is going to be good, good, good.

WHENSaturday 3 September 8PM to 2AM
WHERETransit bar
COSTFree
GOFB

Music

Foreign Kings

Local band, Foreign Kings, are playing at Transit alongside the Central Coat's IVY and local Sorrel Nation. If you like a little big of a head bang you'll like the Kings. 

WHENFriday 2 September at 8PM
WHERETransit bar
GOTB

Music

The John Steel Singers and Alex Lahey

Six piece Brisbane band, The John Steel Singers, have just released their album 'Midnight At The Plutonium'. It's a goodie. They are celebrating at Transit along side Melbourne's Alex Lahey.

WHENThursday 25 August at 8PM
WHERETransit bar
GOTB

Eat Drink Music

Strings in the Salon

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra are coming back to play us some more beautiful music in the Monster Salon and Dining rooms. There are two ticket types - one with lunch and simple entry.

WHENSunday 18 September from 1PM to 3PM
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar Salon and Dining rooms
COSTTwo course lunch (main and dessert) and entry $65 / simple entry $15
GOTickets

Exhibition Film

Re-screening- Entropy: Painting the Sky After Turner

Alex Hobba and Amelia Chapman present eight short films based on a week the two spent in Tasmania.

WHENThursday 26 August drink at 6PM screening at 6.30
WHEREPhotospace at ANU SOA
GOFB

Music

Holy Balm: activity album launch

Holy Balm is highly recommended for those who find their Sunday a little dry. The ‘mutant house’ trio will be launching their new album ‘Activity’. Be warned shoulder shimmying is a common side effect

WHENSunday 25 September at 8PM
WHERELobrow Gallery and Bar
GOChapter

Talk

Manus Island and Nauru

A talk that includes personal insights into Australia’s treatment of refugee’s in off shore detention centers.

WHENTuesday 16 August at 6.30PM
WHEREANU, Manning Clark Lecture Theatre
COSTFree
GOFB

Talk

The Minotaur and the Mirror

A talk with Professor Edward Scheer about presence, performance and representation in Mike Parr's works.

WHENSaturday 17 September at 2PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia, James O Fairfax Theatre
COSTFree but you need to book
GONGA

Film

Latin American Film Festival

13 films from Latin America screened over 13 days.

WHERENational Gallery of Australia, James O Fairfax Theatre
COSTFree but you need to book
GONGA

Talk

Ritual and Extreme Actions: Performance Art and its Context

A discussion about performance art in Australia and internationally with a focus on ritual practice and extreme body actions.

WHENSaturday 24 September at 2PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia, James O Fairfax Theatre
COSTFree but you need to book
GONGA

Exhibition

Nervous: Installation

A collaborative installation with Heather B Swann - 'Nervous'.

WHENThursday 18 August to Sunday 20 November
WHERENational Gallery of Australia, Gallery One
GOMore

Exhibition Performance

Nervous: Performance

This looks fricking amazing. Heather B. Swann's 'Nervous' is a collaborative live performance and art installation. Spinning out of the theme of intense and extreme emotional states of being.

WHENSaturday 3 September at 7.30PM and Sunday 4 September at 2.00PM 
WHERENational Gallery of Australia, Gandel Hall
COST$45 adults, $40 members/concessions
GOMore

Talk

Absence of Totality

A talk with Mike Parr about his latest exhibition at the NGA, 'Foreign Looking' and his artistic practice of the last 40 years.

WHENSaturday 13 August at 2PM
WHERENGA in the James O Fairfax Theatre
COSTFree but you need to book
GOBook

Eat Drink

Moon Festival

Eat moon cakes and worship the moon.

WHENSaturday 10 September from 2PM to 8PM
WHERELennox Gardens
COSTGold coin
GOFB

Exhibition

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking

This is the first exhibition to bring together works by Mike Parr in all media across his experimental practice from 1970 to the present.

WHENFriday 12 August to Sunday 6 November
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFree
GONGA

Exhibition

Marking the Spirit

The two bodies of work by artists John Forrester Clack and Tobias Oliver Clack in this exhibition are expressions of the process of seeking out the self and of the human physical and spiritual existen

WHENFriday 19 August to Sunday 11 September, opens launch Friday 19th August at 6PM
WHERENishi Gallery
GOClack

Talk

Lecture 2: Blainey North and Tim Browne

The first in the contemporary architects speaker series put on by the ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and the National Gallery of Australia... With Blainey North and Tim Browne.

WHENWednesday 14 September at 6PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre, NGA
COSTSeries of single tickets available
GOCASS

Talk

Lecture 1: James Russell Architects

The first in the contemporary architects speaker series put on by the ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and the National Gallery of Australia... With James Russell Architects.

WHENWednesday 7 September at 6PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre, NGA
COSTSeries of single tickets available.
GOCASS

Music

Winnie the Pooh

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra's wind quintet are performing alongside a narrator to tell the story of 'Winnie the Pooh'.

BYO cushion to sit on and teddy bear to cuddle.

WHENTuesday 4 October at 10AM (sold out) and 11.15AM
WHERENishi Grand Stair, NewActon
COST$10 for children / free for accompanying adults
GOTix

Exhibition

Cross Phase

A group exploration of materiality.

WHENUntil Sunday 14 August
WHERENishi Gallery
GOFB

Exhibition

Tough and Tender

Art by a group of American and Australian artists from the 1960s to now explore the complexities of personal relations and individual expression – their work is intimate and raw.

WHENFriday 15 July to Sunday 16 October
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GOTT

Music

Regurgitator

They don't need an intro... Regurgitator are playing at UC.

WHENSaturday 22 October at 7PM
WHEREUC Refectory
COST$45
GOFB

Exhibition

Diane Arbus – American portraits

The photographs of Diane Arbus (1923–1971) are powerful allegories of postwar America. Once seen they are rarely forgotten.

WHENUntil Sunday 30 October
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
GONGA

Eat Drink

The Forage at Odgers Lane

The Forage is putting on a mini market at Odgers Lane in the city - street food, drinks and good vibes in one of Canberra's oldest lane ways.

WHENFriday 12 August, 5PM to 9PM
WHEREOdger's Lane, City
GOFB

Talk

Plant Growth in a Changing Climate

Professor Graham Farqhuar (Professor of Environmental Biology at the ANU) will discuss the impact of climate change on vegetation around the world.

WHENThursday 25 August at 12.30PM
WHEREAustralian National Botanic Gardens
GOANBG

Talk

Gardens That Have Influenced Us

Ben and Ros Walcott, the creators of a large native garden in Red Hill, reflects on the many gardens world-wide that have inspired its creation.

WHENThursday 4 August at 12.30PM 
WHEREAustralian National Botanic Gardens
GOANBG

Exhibition

Objects of Virtue

Maker and collector Greybox Design and forager and florist Field & Coppice have put together a little show at Močan and Green Grout.

WHENMonday 15 August to Sunday 11 September
WHEREMočan and Green Grout
COSTFree
GOMočan

Talk

Future Possible

A series of conversations about the possible future(s) of creative practice. How can creative thinking help us to understand what futures we face?

WHENTuesday 23 August from 6PM to 7.30PM
WHEREGorman Arts Centre
COST$15/$10 (includes a drink)
GOTix

Exhibition

No Feeling Whatsoever

Jay Kochel utilises 3D scanning, machine code and mechanised drawing to explore the aesthetics of meaning and mark making.

WHENUntil Saturday 17 September
WHERECCAS City
GOAGAC

Exhibition

Shapes of Doubt

An exhibition by Hannah Beasley - tension between flatness and relief, between abstract form and spatial illusion, between the centre and the infinite repeat, between lines collected into shapes...

WHENUntil Sunday 14 August
WHERECCAS Manuka
GOAGAC

Music

Bang!! Beng!! Bing!! Bong!! Bung!

For years now Nigel and Beth and the Canberra Musician's Club have been running a gig on their back veranda in Downer once a month called Bang! Bang! Bang! Now the Bangers have graduated...

WHENTuesday 16 August, 7PM to 10PM
WHERESmith's
COST$5 at the door
GOFB

Music

If You Know What I Mean Canberra

Hiphoppers 'Horrorshow' are touring with 'B WISE' and this is their first stop.

WHENWednesday 12 October at 8 PM
WHERETransit
COST$30
GOTix

Music

Crooked Colours

'Crooked Colours' - "a live electronic trio, creating music that has one foot in the indie genre and one foot in a darker electronic realm".

WHENFriday 19 August 19 from 10 PM
WHEREMr Wolf
GOFB

Music

Yoncé Appreciation Night

Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no
Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no
Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no
Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no

'Cause Beyoncé rocks thats why.

WHENFriday 26th August from 9PM
WHEREMr Wolf
GOFB

Music

Soundscapes #2

Soundscapes - electronic and instrumental experiments with Reuben Ingall, Future Conduits and pxxl hxslxn.

WHENSaturday 6 August from 9.30PM
WHERESmith's
COST$7 / $10
GOSmith's

Film

Arab Film Festival

The latest in contemporary Arab cinema from Australia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Qatar.

WHENFriday 5 to Sunday 7 August
WHERENFSA
GONFSA

Film

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Celebrating five iconic French actresses from films made between 1952 to 1975: Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Seberg, Simone Signoret and Romy Schneideider.

WHENFriday 2 to Sunday 4 September
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOAFFFF

Exhibition

FINK exhibition

An exhibition made by friends in loving memory of Robert Foster - local iconic designer and silversmith, artist, and visionary.

WHENUntil Saturday 3 September
WHERECraft ACT
GOCraft ACT

Eat Drink

Diverse. Delicious. Durif.

A night put on by the Rutherglen wine mob in homage to the spicy, plummy little gem that is Durif wine. A four course dinner matched with Durif wines from the Rutherglen region.

WHENSaturday 27 August from 7PM to 10PM
WHEREMosaic room at Monster kitchen and bar
COST$140
GOBook

Eat Drink

Muscat Mixology

A night of Muscat cocktails, canapé eating, and wine maker mingling. Come and learn about this Australian sweetie, Muscat.

WHENFriday 26th August 6PM to 9PM
WHEREThe Mosaic room at Monster kitchen and bar
COST$100 per person
GOBook

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Based on the acclaimed BBC radio series by former British Museum director Neil MacGregor - a history of the world and shared humanity told through objects from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

WHENFrom Friday 9 September until Sunday 29 January
WHERENational Museum of Australia
COST$20 adult / $15 concession / $8 child / $45 family
GONMA

Performance

The Salt Room: Poetry As Dissent

Poetry and performance about the social institutions and cultural norms that shape the way we think. From objectification to the government's asylum seeing policy.

WHENFriday 22 July from 7.30PM to 10.30PM
WHEREGorman Arts Centre in the Gorman Main Hall
COST$5/$10
GOAGAC

Performance

Slip Lane

Love, loneliness and Gungahlin. An absurdist original play about loneliness and human connection set on the fringes of Canberra…

WHENThursday 28 to Saturday 30 July at 7.30PM and Sunday 31 July at 6.30PM
WHEREThe Street Theatre
COST$32/$38
GOAGAC

Music

Matthew Sheens: Cloud Appreciation Day

Pianist and composer Matthew Sheens is launching his new album, 'Cloud Appreciation Day' - it sources from all sorts of place like West African grooves and 20th Century poetry.

WHENSunday 24 July from 2PM to 3.30PM
WHEREAinslie Arts Centre
COST$20/$25
GOAAC

Exhibition

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

The Palais de Versailles - generally know as the home of Louis XIV (aka Louis the Great aka the Sun King) and absolutism in Europe. The Palace has loaned the NGA some of its treasures.

WHENFrom Friday 9 December.
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
GONGA

Music Party

Can I Have My Hat Back?

Hamish and Heath are bringing haus, techno and confused dancing to the parish floor. Hats are optional but nice.

WHENSaturday 23 July from 9PM
WHERESt Volodymyr's Church 82 Archibald St, Lyneham
COST$6/$11 online
GOFB

Music

Unsustainable #1: Marcus (Whale, Syd) + Alphamale

Marcus (with a solo set of non-album tunes) and Alphamale with electronics, viola and vocals.

WHENFriday 19 August 8PM
WHERELowbrow
COST$5
GOFB

Music

The Gaps

The Gaps. "Get a slice of funk, put some blues sauce on it, then slam it between two slabs of rock and enjoy."

WHENFriday 29 July 29 at 8PM
WHERELowbrow
GOFB

Music

Leah Senior + Melanie Horsnell

Leah Senior and Melanie Horsnell and their pretty folk roots.

WHENFriday 29 July at 7PM
WHERESmith's Alternative
COST$7/$10
GOFB

Music

William Crighton + Claire Anne Taylor

William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor are making their way in from the NSW bush and the TAS rainforest to rip it up slowly and melodically.

WHENSunday 24 July from 8PM
WHERESmith's Alternative
GOFB

Music

The Transylvaniacs

Hungarian, Romanian and Gypsy music from Transylvania and beyond. Drink vodka. Cry tears. Hug one another.

WHENSaturday 27 August from 7PM
WHERESmith's Alternative
COST$7/$10
GOFB

Music

Three bands one mic

Old timey, bluegrass, country and 1920s style Hokum. Blues and ragtime baby. With The Plough, Den Hanrahan and the Rum Runners and Doctor Stovepipe.

WHENFriday 22 July at 8PM
WHEREPolish White Eagle Club
COST$10/$12/$15 online or at the door
GOFB

Music

Hey Hey Tour

The Canberra Musicians Club and Skandy Gramatic present 'The Hey Hey it's Saturday' tour with Latham's Grip, The Treehouse Children, Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones, and Duck Duck Ghost.

WHENSaturday 3 September from 8PM
WHEREPolish White Eagle Club
COST$15/$10/$8 online
GOFB

Music

Plutonic Lab: ‘Deep Above the Noise’

The master! Plutonic Lab (Leigh Ryan (see Muph and Plutonic ('cause you know that we're heaps good!))) is coming to launch his new full length 'Deep Above The Noise'.

WHENSaturday 8 October from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$20 online
GOFB

Music

Camp Cope + Cayetana

Indie pop punk bands Camp Cope (MELBS) and Cayetana (USA) are playing a sideshow. Practice your high kicks.

WHENWednesday 14 September from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$25 online
GOFB

Music

Lulu Raes – EP launch ‘All Our Parents Are Divorced’

Pop rock outfit the Lulu Raes are launching their new EP 'All Our Parents Are Divorced'. Come for a shimmy.

WHENSaturday 10 September from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$15 online
GOFB

Music

L-Fresh + Omar Musa + Sukhjit

L-Fresh THE LION is coming to make you put your hands up and get sweaty. With our much loved Omar Musa (rapper, poet, author) and Melb's Sukhjit (spoken word artist).

WHENFriday 9 September from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$15 online
GOFB

Music

Foam – single launch tour

Garage band Foam are launching their new single 'I Could Milk Myself' à la late 80’s/early 90’s.

WHENThursday 18 August from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COSTFree
GOFB

Music

Rumblr EP launch

Rumblr - local Andalusian desert rock band are launching their first EP. Yes please times a million. Friends OrbisTertius and Babyfreeze will be there to warm and shake things up.

WHENSaturday 23 July from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$10 at the door
GOFB

Eat Drink

Breaky at Monster

Monster has some new dishes on their breaky menu like Terra Preta truffled scrambled eggs on toast; and spelt and maple granola with roasted rhubarb, berries and whipped ricotta...

WHENOpen every day from 6.30AM
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar
COSTFrom $9
GOMonster

Make a Swarm Trap

Help a bee out by making a swarm trap – a safe house for honey bees. In this workshop, you'll make your very own swarm trap to take home and install with the hope of providing shelter to a bee colony.

WHENSaturday 27.8 at 9AM to 12PM
WHEREHotel Hotel
COST$95/$60 Concession
GOFix and Make

Shop

Perimeter One-day Art Bookshop

Melbourne’s Perimeter Books is holding a one-day art book shop in the Hotel Hotel x Perimeter library. With Warwick Baker, author of 'Belanglo' and Bartolomeo Celestino author of 'Surface Phenomena'.

WHENSaturday 16 July from 10AM to 5PM. 
WHEREHotel Hotel library on the ground floor

Shop

Record Fair

It's all in the name really. Records - rock, funk, soul, jazz, reggae, blues, folk, psych, hip hop and more. Hosted by Moonshine Records and Sugar Sounds.

WHENSaturday 30 July from 10AM to 5PM
WHERESmith's Alternative
GOFB

Party

Braddon Block Party

They are (partially) closing the road and having a block party on Eloera and Lonsdale Streets. Market, street races, live acts, music and (it's not a party without) a float parade.

WHENSaturday 29th October 10AM to 10PM
WHEREElouera and Lonsdale Streets, Braddon
GOFB

Talk

Canberra Writers Festival – Power, Politics, Passion

Bob Brown! Omar Musa! Stan Grant! Sarah Wilson! Very many excellent beings will explore the theme of power, politics and passion in the inaugural Canberra Writer's Festival.

WHENFriday 26 to Sunday 28 August
WHEREMultiple locations
GOCWF

Film Talk Workshop

Canberra International Film Festival

Local, national and international film screenings and workshops and talks on all things film related.

WHENThursday 27 October to Sunday 6 November
WHERENFSA
GOProgram

Exhibition

A group exhibition curated by Alexander Boynes - 2° investigates climate change, it’s effect on the present, and the struggle to avoid environmental disaster.

WHENOpens Friday 15 July at 6PM, until Saturday 20 August
WHERECCAS, Gorman Arts Centre
GOFB

Music

Splendour in the bar

Strangeways DJs is putting on a night of booty shaking till dawn (which is pretty late). Featuring Architect DJs, Eddie Shaggz, Growly Radar, Ced Nada, Megan Bones and more.

WHENSaturday August 6 at 8PM to 4AM
WHERETransit
COST$10 if you get there before 10PM
GOFB

Music

The Big Sarong tour

Joseph Liddy and the Skeleton Horse are on tour sprucing their new album 'The Big Sarong'. Get your funk on and shake it off with some hypnotic transcendental rock.

WHENFriday 15 July
WHEREThe Phoenix
COST$10 at the door
GOFB

Party

Dance Off II

80's prom gear! Dance off! With MC Duane LeCorey Michaels and Corey DJ's. 

WHENSaturday 13 August from 7PM
WHEREPolish Club
COST$25
GOFB

Talk

What kind of city do you want to live in?

The Sunday Assembly asks the National Capital Authority, Malcolm Snow 'what kind of city do you want to live in'? In this talk Snow will be answering this question and many more.

WHENSunday 17 July from 2.30PM to 4PM
WHEREMajura Hall, Dickson
COSTFree
GOFB

Shop

Show and Tell

A design market with stalls from designers, makers, illustrators and graphic artists in Canberra. 👀

WHENSaturday 23 July
WHEREBelconnen Arts Centre
GOHere

Exhibition

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time

The NGA hosts Australian artist Fiona Hall's installation from the 2015 Venice Biennale. Hall brings together disparate elements that find alignment around politics, finance and the environment.

WHENUntil Sunday 17 July
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFree
GOWrong Way Times

Eat Drink

Barrio hotdog night

A super casual hotdog night. They'll have a variety of dogs available, vegetarian included. Actual dogs welcome. Walk-ins only. BYO. 

WHENThursday 7 June from 5PM
WHEREBarrio Coffee Collective
GOFB

Repair. Make. Swap.

You will love again. BYO neglected clothes to be repaired, re-imagined, remade or swapped. Expertise and materials will be on hand to ensure that you leave with a piece you can love again.

WHENSaturday 9.7 at 9.30AM to 11.30AM or 2.30PM to 4.30PM
WHEREHotel Hotel
COST$10/$7 Concession
GOFix and Make

Film

Stronger than Fiction

Canberra's own world class documentary film festival. Docos about equality, human rights, sustainability, refugees, disabilities, LGBT stories, technology in the modern world and music.

WHENThursday 28 to Sunday 31 July
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOProgram

Talk

A month of Saturdays with Tim Flannery

The third in the ‘A Month of Saturdays’ conversation series. Karen Middleton sits down to talk about the big issues with environmentalist Tim Flannery.

WHENSaturday 17 September from 3PM
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG

Exhibition

Within Without

A major Skyspace by American artist James Turrell. It's a beauty - a pyramid, a stupa, a viewing chamber, an offering to and from the sun gods.

WHENEvery day at sunset and sunrise
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFree
GONGA

Exhibition

Streets of Papunya

Works from the new generation of painters from the epicentre of Western Desert art.

WHENSunday 15 July until Sunday 14 August
WHEREDrill Hall Gallery, ANU
GODeets

Exhibition

Dissections

Technologically-precise sculpture depicts an artist. Speculative painting depicts a philosopher. Together, in this focus display, they explore physical and psychological manifestations of self-hood.

WHENFriday 19 August until Sunday 27 November
WHERENational Portrait Gallery of Australia
GONPGA

Exhibition

Swarm Trap

‘Swarm Trap’ is an exhibition of conceptual and functional architectural objects made for one of the planet’s more important species – bees.

WHENUntil Sunday 10 July.
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree
GOST

Exhibition

Michael Taylor: A Survey 1963-2016

The first major survey of expressionist painter Michael Taylor’s works - paintings and drawings from six decades, sourced from major public and private collections throughout Australia.

WHENSaturday 9 July to Sunday 2 October
WHERECMAG
GODeets

Exhibition

Jay Kochel avarice : auspice

Large, gold and inflatable, this ambitious project by Canberra artist, Jay Kochel, continues his exploration of the Japanese concept of ‘reading air’.

WHENUntil 18 September
WHERECMAG
GOCMAG

Exhibition

Highway to the Wilderness

A solo exhibition by Canberra-based emerging artist Anja Loughhead.

WHENWednesday 13 July Sunday 31 July
WHEREANCA
GOANCA

Exhibition

Black Box – life, walls and houses

A solo exhibition by Judi Elliott. This body of work is inspired by a description of a life journey and is using Elliott's signature, technical glass styles of cast, cut, fused and assembled glass.

WHENUntil Wednesday 27 August
WHERECraft ACT
GOCraft ACT

Exhibition

Embracing Innovation Volume 6

The sixth in the series, 'Embracing Innovation', looks at innovation in the arts with a focus on craft and design.

WHENUntil Saturday 27 August
WHERECraft ACT
GOCraft ACT

Exhibition

Behind your eyes, between your ears

Digital media artist George Khut is making an interactive artwork with his brainwaves by using biomedical sensing technologies to explore embodiment and mind-body processes.

WHENWednesday 29 June to Sunday 17 July
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG

Film Music

Heartbeats and GL

'Hear My Eyes' screening series - screening Xavier Dolan's 'Heartbeats' to a live score performed by Melbourne 80's analogue synth pop duo GL featuring Ella Thompson and Graeme Pogson. Good good good!

WHENThursday 30 June at 7.30PM
WHEREThe Street Theatre
COST$30
GOStreet

Music

Slumberhaze Neon Demon Tour

Sydney-based 'Slumberhaze' are releasing the first single “Neon Demon” off their upcoming EP. Melodic electro pop. Real nice. Playing with Slow Tourismo' and 'Cape'.

WHENThursday 30 June at 8PM
WHERETransit
GOTB

Music Party

Welcome Refugees Solidarity Concert

Beating the drums in the name of the rich contributions made by refugees through mediums not often seen. With 'Tapestries Of Sound', 'Kazuki', 'Raio De Sol', 'Ghostnoises' and lots more.

WHENFriday 24 June from 7.30PM
WHEREPolish Club
COST$10 - $15 tix online or at the door
GOTix

Film

Don’t blink: Robert Frank (R 18+)

A film about Swiss-born American photographer Robert Frank, best known for his 1958 photographs 'The Americans'.

WHENWednesday 22 June at 6.30PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COST$12 - $16
GONGA

Film

Hot Docs

The world's latest 'hottest' docos. True to form the line up is preeeeetty great.

WHENWednesday 15 to Sunday 26 June
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOLine up

Film

The Wolf in Australian Art

A documentary about Russian-born Australian painter and sculptor, Danila Vassilieff, often referred to as the 'father of Australian modernism'.

WHENSaturday 23 July at 2PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFree
GONGA

Film

Philip Dadson: Sonics from Scratch

A portrait of sound artist and musician Phil Dadson, his ensemble 'Scratch' and the role of collectivism in art.

WHENWednesday 13 July at 6.30PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COST$12 - $16
GONGA

Film

Heart of a dog (R 15+)

A story by musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson about love, death and what it means to be human... With her dog Lolabelle as guide.

WHENWednesday 6 July at 6.30PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COST$12 0 $16
GONGA

Film

Francophonia (R 15+)

Directed by Russian film maker Alexander Sokurov - an essay about the Louvre, war booty, and the role of art as the spirit of civilisation. It's his love letter to the Louvre.

WHENWednesday 29 June at 6.30PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COST$12 - $16
GONGA

Music

Juñor Free-Mined Mix Tape Launch

Dreamland hip-hop artist, Melbourne's 'Juñor' is taking his psychedelic show on the road for a debut national tour. With 'Genesis Owusu' and local fave 'Jedbrii'.

WHENThursday 7 July at 8PM
WHERETransit
COST$15
GOTix

Music

Ngaiire

Electronic folk soul - Sydney based 'Ngaiire' is on a national tour with her second album 'Blastoma' with her friends LANKS and Jack Grace.

WHENSaturday 9 July from 8PM
WHERETransit
COST$20
GOTix

Music

Playful Sound: Adi Toohey

'Playful Sound' (experimental multimedia event curators) are bring Adi Toohey to town to DJ. Come for a boogie.

WHENFriday 1 July from 9PM to 2AM
WHERETransit
COSTFree
GOFB

Music

Rockabilly vs Psychobilly Rumble

Yup its a rockabilly/psychobilly rumble! With 'The Fire Katz', 'Bad Luck Kitty', 'The King Hits' and 'Raygun Rampage'.

WHENSaturday 25 June at 8PM
WHERETransit
COST$10 / $15 at the door
GOTB

Party

Martini Party

The Martini Whisperer is holding a Martini Party in the Nishi Gallery. Martinis made with the good stuff (premium Australian craft spirits), canapés and jazz. Dress lounge glam.

Yes please.

WHENSaturday 19 June at 6.30 PM
WHERENishi Gallery
COST$89
GOTix

Music

The Beards

"Just get freaky with a beard tonight". 'The Beards' are saying goodbye to their glamorous rock star lifestyle. But they are touring first. They are very silly.

WHENWednesday 29 June at 8PM
WHEREANU Bar
COST$30
GOANU

Music

The Northern Folk + Tessa Devine

Albury 10-piece band The Northern Folk are heading up the Hume to team up with their good friend Tessa Devine to play their first Canberra Show.

WHENFriday 10 June at 8PM
WHERETransit Bar
COST$5
GOTransit

Music

Dylan Joel – Still Sippin’

Aussie hip hop!

WHENThursday 9 June at 8PM
WHERETransit Bar
COST$15
GOTransit

Exhibition

Other Loves

Shanti Shea An's work explores the role of intimacy and touch in painting.

WHENThursday 23 June to Sunday 3 July
WHERECCAS Manuka
GOMore

Film

Scandinavian Film Festival

The Scandinavian Film Festival is back. Australian premieres of films from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.

WHEN Tuesday 12 July to Sunday 24 July
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOSFF

Film

Bringing Out the Dead

Often overlooked, this film makes the most of Nicolas Cage’s borderline psychotic onscreen persona. Cage is Frank, an emergency paramedic working the skeleton shift for too many years.

WHENFriday 15 July at 7PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$14 / $12
GONFSA

Film

New York, New York

Liza Minnelli’s singer and Robert De Niro’s saxophonist meet on VJ Day, and together they make amazing music.

WHENSunday 10 July at 2PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$14 / $12
GONFSA

Film

Goodfellas

One of Scorsese’s greatest.

WHENFriday 8 July at 7PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$14 / $12
GONFSA

Film

Raging Bull

It’s Scorsese at NFSA. Good and creepy times. Love Scorcese. Love De Niro. Double love 'Raging Bull' (1980, M).

WHENSaturday 2 July at 7PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$14 / $12
GONFSA

Film

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974, PG). When Alice’s bore of a husband is killed in a highway accident, she takes to the road with her young son, seeking a new life, possibly as a singer.

WHENSaturday 2 July at 2PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$14 / $12
GONFSA

Film

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver (1976, R18+). 'Are you talking to me?’ Robert De Niro’s Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle works a night job driving taxis in New York, driven to action by the crime and debauchery...

WHENFriday 1 July at 7PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$14 / $12
GONFSA

Film

Oriented

'Oriented' (2015, MA15+) directed by Jake Witzenfeld is the story of three Palestinian friends exploring their sexual identity to the backdrop of Tel Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014.

WHENThursday 2, Friday 3, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 June at 7PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$14 / $12
GONFSA

Party

Canberra Obscura

An exploration of what you see when you’re looking sideways.

WHENSaturday 28 May 7.30PM to 11PM
WHEREAinslie Arts Centre
COST$15 / $10 tix at the door or online
GOCreeky

Performance

Anatomy of the Ideal Woman

This performative work by Julia Higgs about the body, consumption and Western social ideologies that make up the ideal woman.

WHENWednesday 1 June from 5.30PM to 6PM
WHEREMain Gallery, School of Art, ANU
GOANU

Exhibition

Material Objects

'Material Objects' a furniture exhibition by Elliot Bastianon and Andrew Carvolth.

WHENOpening party Friday 3 June from 6PM to 8PM; runs until Sunday 26 June.
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree
GONishi Gallery

Exhibition

Re:Place

An exhibition of recent paintings and mono-prints by Sue Chancellor, Elisa Crossing and Phil Page that brings together their thoughts on places over time.

WHENThursday 16 June Sunday 3 July
WHEREM16
COSTFree
GOM16

Exhibition

It’s For Your Own Good

Memories can be triggered by the simplest things – bindiis in the lawn, the smell of dagwood dogs at the show, floaties at the swimming pool.

WHENThursday 26 May until Sunday 12 June
WHEREM16
COSTFree
GOM16

Exhibition

The Divided Works

An homage to minimalism and the process of construction. Hugonnet recreates horizons with building materials that have a horizontal element.

WHENThursday 26 May to Sunday 5 June
WHERECCAS, Mauka
COSTFree
GOCCAS

Exhibition

Relics

'Relics' by Diana Ellinger. "Bleached, saturated, uncomfortably laden with pattern, just a little bit tired, my paintings speak of their working process, the scars of their birth on their face."

WHENThursday 9 June to Sunday 19 June
WHERECCAS, Manuka
COSTFree
GOCCAS

Music

Mulatu Astatke and the Black Jesus Experience

Mulatu Astatke and the Black Jesus Experience. The father of Ethio-Jazz and an eight piece global-funk-machine? Yes please.

WHENMonday 13 June at 6PM
WHEREThe Street Theatre
COST$49
GOStreet

Music

Stu Hunter: The Migration

Jazz and improv. With some of Australia's best musos.

WHENSaturday 11 June at 8PM
WHEREThe Street Theatre
COST$40 / $35
GOStreet

Film

Yolgnu Boy

Three Yolngu boys reluctantly face the transition to adulthood navigating the constant push-pull between European and traditional culture.

WHENFriday 27 May at 2PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive, Arc Cinema
COST$5
GONFSA

Film

Star Stories of the Dreaming

When the ancient wisdoms of the universe held by the oldest culture on earth meet modern astrophysics, a new concept is born – cultural astronomy. A doc.

WHENWednesday 1 June at 6.30PM
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$10 / $8
GONFSA

Make a Utility Apron

Designer Suzan Dlouhy makes new clothes from old clothes. BYO old denim to this workshop led by Suzan and make a new Japanese boro style utility apron or tote to take home. Tix fixandmake.com.au

WHENSaturday 11 June at 9AM to 12PM or 10.15AM to 1.15PM
WHEREHotel Hotel
COST$95/$60 Concession
GOFix and Make

Music

Laura Palmer (MELB) w/ Agency, Office Jerk + TBA

Laura Palmer = melodic punk that should not be missed live.

WHENFriday 3 June
WHEREThe Basement
GOFB

Object Therapy

A hands-on investigation into the objects that surround us – how they work, how to fix them, how to reclaim them, how to transform them and how to love them long time.

WHENCall for entries closes on Monday 5 June
WHEREApply online at fixandmake.com.au
COSTFree
GOFix and Make

Exhibition

Colour in at the Nishi Gallery with George Raftopoulos

Join Sydney painter George Raftopoulos at the Nishi Gallery for an afternoon of colouring in and chatting about travelling the world.

WHENSaturday 21 May 1.30PM to 3PM
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree
GOFB

Performance

Countermove

A new contemporary dance double bill by the Sydney Dance Company.

WHENThursday 19 May to Saturday 21 May
WHERECanberra Theatre
COST$30/$69
GOSDC

Eat Drink Shop

Souper Bowl

A nice hand made bowl with hot soup in it.

WHENSunday 22 May from 10AM
WHEREStraithnairn Gallery
GOBowl

Music

Mere Women with Wives and Little Lunch

Two good bands - Mere Women (SYD) and Wives (CBR) and a first timer - Little Lunch are playing an ode to the forty-minute break between classes, complete with Le Snak cheese and cracker combo packs.

WHENSunday 22 May
WHERELacklustre HQ
GODeets

Music

Heart Beach, Wives, Low Talk, Tom Woodward

Mellow sounds from Heart Beach (TAS), Low Talk (MELBS), Tom Woodward (CBR) and Low Stars (CBR).

WHENFriday 27 May at 8PM
WHEREThe Polish Club
COST$15/$12/$10
GOMore

Music

Old Man Luedecke with Black Mountain String Band

Straight from Nova Scotia comes banjo songster Old Man Luedecke - this is a bizarre type of music Doc Boggs might have made if he'd studied poetry. Supported by Black Mountain String Band.

WHENSaturday 14 May at 8PM
WHEREThe Polish Club
GOOld mate

Exhibition

Unfolding Memories

Solo exhibition by Colombian artist Rosario López.

WHENWednesday 18 May to Sunday 5 June
WHEREANCA
COSTFree
GOANCA

Exhibition

The Void Embrace

A solo exhibition by Shellaine Godbold.

WHENWednesday 8 June to Sunday 26 June
WHEREANCA
COSTFree
GOMore

Performance

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Poetry slam every third Wednesday of the month. Sign-up 7:30pm, SLAM from 8PM.

WHENEvery third Wednesday of the month. Sign up from 7.30PM.
WHEREThe Phoenix
GOBAD!

Exhibition

Obnoxious Ladies in the Australian Landscape

Australian art history frequently references male depictions of harsh and unforgiving lands to be conquered or celebrated as a great untouchable beauty often leaving out women’s experience altogether.

WHENUntil Saturday 18 June
WHEREGorman Arts Centre
COSTFree
GOThe ladies

Performance

Not Today Satan: Bianca Del Rio

Actor, insult comedian, costume designer, and drag queen Bianca Del Rio is a pretty permanent fixture in the New York and New Orleans scene.

WHENTuesday 24 May
WHEREThe Playhouse
COST$53.40/$73.50
GOBook

Performance

Tim Rogers and Davey Lane

Member of 'You Am I', dilettante, football fan, songsmith, legend, and all round nice man Tim Rogers plays songs from the last 20 years of his career and will be joined by compadre Davey Lane no less.

WHENFriday 13 May at 8PM
WHERECanberra Theatre
COST$40
GOTim

Performance

Little Shop of Horrors

It's alive! Frank Oz's 1986 cult rock musical horror comedy 'The Little Shop of Horrors' has been revived. It's the story of a love sick hero and a blood thirsty plant.

WHENWednesday 25 May to Sunday 29 May
WHERECanberra Theatre
GOHorror

Music

Sugar Fed Leopards

Like a glitter comet from the wild side of the disco globe, Sugar Fed Leopards are a blazing sextet igniting dance-floors with a cosmic cocktail of disco, soul, doo-wop and hip swinging rock ‘n’ roll.

WHENThursday 12 May
WHEREThe Pheonix
GOThe Pheonix

Exhibition

The Transported by George Raftopoulos

George Raftopoulos plays with the notion of the migrant identity. His works are odd and he knows it. But being an oddity is all part of the migrant experience, it is a part of everyone’s humanity.

WHENOpens Friday 13 May at 6PM. Until Sunday 29 May
WHERENishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon
COSTFree
GOG Raf

Music

Soweto Gospel Choir

Let the light in with some gospel music brought to you by the angelic voices of the Soweto Gospel Choir, all the way from South Africa.

WHENTuesday 16 August
WHERECanberra Theatre Centre
COST$70-$95
GOCanberra Theatre Centre

Performance

Appropriately Inappropriate: Thao Thanh Cao

Test your threshold of sensitivity and head to comedian Thao Thanh Cao's very politically incorrect and inappropriate stand up comedy show at Smith's Alternative.

WHENThursday 12th May at 9.30PM
WHERESmith's Alternative
COST$10/$15
GOSmith's Alternative

Music

The Funkoars: ‘Mad as Hell’ Tour

Aussie hip hop legends The Funkoars will be rocking Transit and all its contents as part of their Mad as Hell Tour. You'd be crazy to miss this gig.

WHENWednesday 15 June at 8PM
WHERETransit
GOTransit

Film

American Essentials Film Festival

New films from the USA - thriller, melodrama, adventure, comedy, coming of age, body horror, political documentary, symphonic documentary, classics, music, cult, art, and biography.

WHENTuesday 16 May to Sunday 28 May
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOTix

Music

Boogie Down Vol. 2

Get down, get loose, get buzzzyy at Transit's regular hip hop event 'Boogie Down Vol. 2', where Canberra favourites roll up and represent so you can krunk it Crooklyn style.

WHENThursday 12 May at 8PM
WHERETransit Bar
COSTFree
GOTransit

Exhibition

Perfect Imperfect

An exhibition of perfectly imperfect objects, collected from around the world. Curated by Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel, in collaboration with Hotel Hotel.

WHENUntil Sunday 8 May.
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree

Shop

Suitcase Rummage

A mini market set up in suitcases. Come for a bargain, a swap, or an old-fashioned haggle.

WHENSunday 27 November from 10AM to 2PM
WHERENewActon Precinct
COSTFree
GOCome

Party

Sound and Fury: cold winter hot party

Performance art in a party format. Expect music, theatre, dance, spoken word and live art. Last time it was an immersive performance party with guest appearances by all-girl punk band Glitoris.

WHENSaturday 4 June at 8PM
WHERENewActon Precinct
COST$20 early bird / $37
GONA

Exhibition Performance

‘stCloud: Frost Drawing’ by Gosia Wlodarczak

An eight-day drawing performance titled 'stCloud: Frost Drawing' by Gosia Wlodarczak. Wlodarczak looks to connect cultural spaces and their systems of sharing artwork, knowledge and information.

WHENSaturday 7 May to Sunday 15 May 9AM to 5PM
WHEREThe Street Theatre
GOStreet

Talk

Gosia Wlodarczak artist talk

Melbourne based artist Gosia Wlodarczak does drawing performances - intricate archival networks. She'll be talking about her work in the lead up to her eight day drawing performance.

WHENSaturday 7 May at 2PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre at the NGA
COSTFree
GONGA

Music Performance

Nishi Sequenza

Come and listen to some talented humans make beautiful music in our belly, on Nishi's grand staircase in the Hotel Hotel foyer. Tix at cimf.org.au.

WHENTuesday 3 May, 12:30-2:00pm
WHERENew Acton grand staircase, Nishi Gallery and courtyard. Meeting place: John Avery Gardens next to Nishi Gallery in Kendall Lane.
COST$25/$55
GOCanberra International Music Festival

Music Performance

Naked Bodies at The Front

The Naked Bodies foursome have built a reputation for being one of the most electrifying and confronting live acts in the country. Their debut LP 'Piranha' is a chameleonic, genre-hopping explosion.

WHENTuesday 21 June
WHEREThe Front Gallery and Cafe
COST$10
GOThe Front Gallery and Cafe

Film

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2016

Live vicariously via the Banff Mountain Film Festival; basically an international film festival for people who love those crazy extreme mountain sports and her majesty mother nature.

WHENSaturday 14 May to Wednesday 18 May
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive Arc Cinema
GOBanff Mountain Film Festival

Talk

Why we need Batman

Why is Batman so much better than Superman? What does the Dark Knight reveal about our struggle for truth and justice? If these questions ignite your bat senses then suit up and join the convo.

WHENThursday 5 May at 6pm
WHERECoombs Lecture Theatre, ANU
GOAustralian National University

Exhibition Performance

Ocean Island… Mine! by Latai Taumoepeau

A live performance by Latai Taumoepeau where she relocates a 500kg block of ice with a shovel.

WHENFriday 29 April from 5.15PM to 7.30PM
WHEREKendall Lane, beside Goodspeed Bicycle Co.
COSTFree

Talk

Human Rights and Refugees

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is coming to have a chat about Human Rights and Refugees. It's not going to be a light chat but it will be an important one.

WHENWednesday 27 April 27 at 7PM
WHERELlewellyn Hall, ANU
COSTFree
GOCRAC

Party

Gay cliché

A dance party with good viiiiiibes. It's a good excuse to shake yo booty and make some $$ for Youth Care Canberra. Featuring - Cheese, Nay Nay, Victoria Mean and Megan Bones.

WHENSaturday 23 April from 8PM
WHERETransit bar
COST$10 big ones
GOCliché

Music Talk

Barbara Blackman’s Festival Blessing

What does it mean to be an artist working in the Middle East today? Come and join the discussion punctuated by music from oud player, Joseph Tawadros.

WHENSunday 1 May
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COST$25-$55
GOCanberra International Music Festival

Performance

A Midnight Tale: Il Racconto Di Mezzanotte

Italian classical tenor vocalist and musicologist Marco Beasley tells a tale accompanied by nothing more than some spooky candlelight, a book of tales and your imagination.

WHENSaturday 30 April
WHEREFitters' Workshop
COST$25-$65
GOCanberra International Music Festival

Music Performance

Fandango

Thirty fingers in perfect synchronicity. Direct from Spain come the three brothers Zapico: Aarón, Pablo and Daniel, aka Forma Antiqva.

WHENSaturday 30 April
WHEREFitters' Workshop
COST$25-$55
GOCanberra International Music Festival

Music Performance

Opening Gala: Tango Tambuco

The opening gala to the Canberra International Music Festival features a star-studded concert with flavours from Mexico, Argentina and Australia.

WHENFriday 29 April
WHEREFitters' Workshop
COST$25-$65
GOCanberra International Music Festival

Exhibition

Covet 2

Artists explore personal desires to have and to hold, sinful yearnings, urges to consume and possess through sensual and multi-disciplinary practices.

WHENTuesday 3 May to Saturday 14 May
WHERESchool of Art Foyer Gallery
GOANU school of Art

Exhibition

Deadpan: Heidi Lefebvre

Deadpan is an exhibition of drawings responding to humanities absurd notions of self- importance.

WHENTuesday 19 April to Saturday 30 April
WHERESchool of Art Foyer Gallery
GOANU School of Art

Exhibition

Mysterious Eyes: Arthur Boyd portraits

In this focus exhibition Boyd’s self-portrait at age 25 is joined by his portraits of those around him.

WHENWednesday 4 May to Sunday 14 August
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG

Exhibition

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Check out this years National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition and introduce yourself to some talented Australian photographers and their beautiful muses.

WHENSaturday 19 March to Sunday 26 June
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG

Eat Drink Exhibition

Wrong Way Dinner

A tour of Fiona Hall's 'Wrong Way Time' exhibition with the senior curator Deborah Hart followed by a dinner that will be served to you the wrong way around.

WHENFriday May 20 at 6PM
WHERENGA
COST$100 / $120
GOBook

Film

Land Grabbing

Urgent and outrageous, 'Land Grabbing', shows us both sides of the contentious issue of land ‘acquisitions’.

WHENSaturday 4 June at 7PM
WHEREPalace Electric
COST$18.50 / $15
GOHRAFF

Exhibition

Black

A collection-based focus display that looks at the colour Black, like what it means in 20th-century art, its capacity to elicit strong feelings or associations, whether poetic or political.

WHENUntil Monday 13 June
WHERENational Gallery Australia
COSTFree
GOBlack

Workshop

Yoga with Odona

Yoga in the Shed. Classes are free for Hotel Hotel guests. Just ask for a code at reception and book online.

WHENMonday 6.15PM to 7.30PM. Tuesday 12PM to 1PM, Wednesday 6.45AM to 7.45AM. Thursday 6.15PM to 7.30PM. Saturday 8AM to 9.15AM.
WHEREFlow Yoga Studio @ Nishi, NewActon (‘H’ level, directly above Palace Electric Cinema)
COST$18 / free for Hotel Hotel guests (just ask reception for a booking code).
GOYoga

Performance

Attempt To Perform Kill Climate Deniers

What happens when the unstoppable force of climate change meets the immovable object of Australian politics?

WHENSaturday 16.4 9PM to 10.30PM
WHEREThe Club
GOYAH

Talk

Bite the Hand that Feeds You

Should taxpayers pay for ‘controversial’ art? Is political art compromised by taking money from the government? Ginger Gorman hosts a conversation featuring Mark Fletcher and Bernie Slater.

WHENSaturday 16.4 from 2PM to 3.30PM
WHERECMAG
GOYAH

Party

Everything at once and all together

Over 30 artists partying it up in a laneway in Civic.

WHENFriday 15.4 from 6PM
WHEREVerity Lane, Civic
COSTFree
GOYAH

Exhibition Party Performance

You Are Here

A free 5 day curated showcase of independent and experimental arts in the Canberra CBD. Playful, irreverent and lo-fi. Over 90 events from poetry to dance to collaborations.

WHENWednesday 13.4 to Sunday 17.4
WHEREAll around Canberra
COSTFree
GOYAH

Exhibition

It’s all about Eve

A solo exhibition by abstract painter Emma Beer.

WHENUntil Sunday 15 May
WHEREANCA
GOANCA

Exhibition

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

A solo exhibition by object maker Rosalind Lemoh. Lemon's works look to find beauty in the banal and the discarded.

WHENOpens Wednesday 6.4 at 6PM to 24.4
WHEREANCA
GOANCA

Film

Screening: Vermeer

The National Gallery, London, offers a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all – Johannes Vermeer, focusing on his relationship with music.

WHENWednesday 11 May at 6.30PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre National Gallery of Australia

Film

Screening: Vincent van Gogh

Total access to Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. Amazing. The film also has interviews with curators and art historians who offer their interpretations and explanations of his work.

WHENWednesday 18.5 from 6.30PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre at the National Gallery of Australia
COST$12/$10
GONGA

Film

Screening – Matisse: from the Tate Modern and MOMA

An intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary of 'Henri Matisse: The cut-outs' is about the most successful exhibition in the history of London's Tate Modern.

WHENWednesday 4 May from 6.30PM to 8PM
WHEREJames O Fairfax Theatre at the National Gallery of Australia
COST$12/$10
GONGA

Workshop

Tjanpi weavers workshop

The Tjanpi weavers from the Central Desert, who collaborated with Fiona Hall on works in her 'Fiona Hall: Wrong way time' exhibition are holding a drop in meet, weave demo and workshop.

WHENSaturday 23.4 from 11AM to 4PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFree
GONGA

Performance

Venus Mantrap

A coming-of-drag story - 'Life, Love and Lip Synching'.

Mantrap straddles musical genres which span trip-hop and rock, to dance and folk, as a way of painting a hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenchin

WHENSaturday 16.4 10PM to 11PM (door open at 9.30 PM)
WHERESmith's Alternative
COST$10
GOTickets

Exhibition

✌GVCCI☯THVVG✌

✌GVCCI☯THVVG✌ is an irl exhibition that explores the representation and misrepresentation of women within cyber-culture.

WHENThursday 14.4 to Sunday 24.4
WHERECCAS Manuka
COSTFree
GOCyber

Exhibition

Lost Plans

'The Lost Plans' - an exhibition by painter Yanni Pounartzis about Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin's plans for Canberra from 1912.

WHENOpens Thursday 24.3 at 6PM until Sunday 10.4
WHEREM16 Gallery
GOM16

Eat Drink

Easter Opening Hours in NewActon

Here is what's open and when in NewActon over the Easter bunny long weekend.

WHENEaster long weekend
WHERENewActon Precinct

Repair. Remake. Swap.

You will love again. BYO neglected clothes to be repaired, re-imagined, remade or swapped. Expertise and materials will be on hand to ensure that you leave with a piece you can love again.

WHENSaturday 16.4 at 9.30AM to 11.30AM or 2.30PM to 4.30PM
WHEREHotel Hotel
COST$10/$7
GOFix and Make

Exhibition

Wei Leng Tay: The Other Shore

The Other Shore asks how one’s sense of self is entwined with national identity, and how a host environment affects our outlook and everyday lives.

WHENUntil Friday 15 July
WHEREAustralian Centre on China in the World, Fellows Lane, ANU
COSTFree
GOShore

Talk

Eat, Drink and be Artistic with Ken Done

Iconic Australian, Ken Done will talk about his new memoir, A Life Coloured In. His most recent claim to fame is a commissioned work for Tay Tay.

WHENFriday 8.4 at 6.15PM
WHEREANU
COST$70
GODone it

Party

F_ck Art Lets Party

Everyone gets to a point: enough art, let’s party. And that’s the plan. The Art, Not Apart Festival takes over Westside with an afterparty. 3D projections, acrobatics, fireworks and TOO MANY DJS.

WHENSaturday 19.3 at 7PM
WHEREWestside Acton Park
COSTFree
GOF_ck

Exhibition

Patterns of Now

Patterns of Now is the festival theme for Art, Not Apart 2016. This exhibition presents artists’ opinions on social, environmental and political issues facing the world today.

WHENFriday 18.3 to Sunday 3.4 OPENING party Friday 18.3 at 6PM
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree
GONow

Exhibition

Art Not Apart

Art, Not Apart is a little festival for the arts. Canberra arts. No-one’s apart. The theme this year is Patterns of Now. The action is all in New Acton.

WHENSaturday 19.3 at 1PM to 7PM + After Parties
WHERENew Acton
COSTFree
GONot Apart

Party

Art Not Apart After Party

Sound and Fury is the performance art after-party following Art, Not Apart. This latest instalment will flaunt and fuse the exceptional skills of performance artists from the region.

WHENSaturday 19.3 at 7PM
WHERENishi Gallery
COST$20
GOSound and Fury

Suitcase Rummage

Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market with giant rewards; it promises to be everything that is a market without the hassle. Bring a suitcase and sell, or just have a rummage.

WHENSaturday 19.3 at 1PM to 6PM
WHEREKendall Lane New Acton
GORummage

Eat Drink

Oyster Appreciation

Make your own shucker with Alison Jackson. Learn how to shuck like a pro with Steve Feletti from Moonlight Flat Oysters. Bring out an oyster’s delicate flavour with Dan Flatt from Monster.

WHENSat 2.4 at 9AM to 2.30PM
WHEREHotel Hotel
COST$165 / $115 concession (including light lunch)
GOFix and Make

Eat Drink

Bar Lourinhã Hits Monster

We are celebrating Good Food Month with two Good Brothers, Sean and Matt McConnell. Matt of Bar Lourinhã and his brother Sean of Monster kitchen and bar are cooking Easter Lunch.

WHENSunday 27.3 at 12.30PM
WHEREMonster Kitchen Bar
COST$100/$170 with matched wines
GOGood Food Month

Exhibition

Bread + Honey

Bees are excellent architects. And they pollinate up to 80% of the food we eat. This little display of twelve sculptures was made by artist Giorgia Mocilnik, beekeeper Honeyfingers and honeybees.

WHENFrom Sat 6.2 to Sun 20.3
WHEREDisplay cases on the ground floor of Hotel Hotel
COSTFree
GOThe Planthunter

Talk

Barbara Blackman in Conversation with Kerry Stokes

Join Barbara Blackman in conversation with Kerry Stokes for the launch of Barbara's new collection of essays, All My Januaries: Pleasures of Life and Other Essays.

WHENSunday 24.4 at 12PM
WHERENational Library Australia
COST$15
GOBlackman

Film

Spanish Film Festival

The Spanish Film Festival. Dramas, romances, thrillers and major box-office hit comedies from across Spain, plus a selection of gems from Latin America.

WHENUntil Sunday 8 May
WHEREPalace Electric
GOEspanyol

Talk

Meet the Author: Niki Savva

She's been writing books and she knows what up. Join ANU and The Canberra Times and meet Niki Savva and get the inside info. She'll be in convo with Kerry-Anne Walsh to discuss her new book.

WHENMonday 21.3 at 6.30PM
WHEREANU
COSTFree
GOSavvy

Music

Grace Barbe

From Seychelles to Fremantle, Grace Barbe is bringing her Afro-Kreol tunes - a fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, reggae, pop, rock and latin flavours to Canberra.

WHENFriday 15.4 at 8PM
WHEREThe Polish Club
COST$20/$15/$10
GOBarbes

Music

Cat Empire

These kewl kats, a band of party animals are bringing their empire to Canberra for their Rising With The Sun Tour. Rising with the sun is definitely optional.

WHENSunday 22 May at 8PM
WHERECanberra Theatre Centre
COST$65
GOCats

Exhibition

Bald Archy

The twenty year old spoof of the illustrious Archibald Prize - the Baldy Archy paintings range from the hilarious to the that's just rude.

WHENUntil Monday 14.3
WHEREWatson Arts Centre
COST$4/$5
GOBaldy

Performance

Slamboree feat Harry Baker (UK)

Canberra Slamboree featuring 2012 World Poetry Champion Harry Baker, Raphael Kabo, poetry from you (yeah you, do it) and others, DJ Sailor V and Brown Owl. Fun fun fun.

WHENFriday 1st April 7.30PM to 10PM
WHEREThe Front
GOSlam

Film

Spear

Bangarra’s Stephen Page makes his feature film directorial debut with this vibrant dance film, depicting the journey of young Aboriginal man Djali.

WHENThursday 10.3 to Wednesday 23.3
WHERENational Film and Sound Archive
COST$14/$12
GOSpear

Music

Confluence ft. Austin Buckett

Sydney based composer and sound artist Austin Buckett performs a set of solo piano improvisations followed by a performance of his Grain Loops piece, recently released as an LP.

WHENThursday 10.3 at 7PM
WHEREAinslie and Gorman Arts Centre
COST$10/$15
GOBuckett

Shop

Hunter and Sunday Pop up Shop

Hunter the label (Canberra fashion label) and Sunday (Melbourne fashion label) have a pop up shop. All locally designed and made.

WHENUntil Sunday 28.2
WHEREUnit 5, 26 Elouera St, Braddon
GOHunter X Sunday

Talk

Something from Nothing

The average Australian household with children has in excess of 100 toys. Yikes. Most end up as landfill. A talk with Arvind Gupta – a scientist, day-dreamer, inventor and toymaker. fixandmake.com.au

WHENFriday 26.2
WHEREMosaic room, Hotel Hotel
COST$25 / $15
GOFix and Make

Workshop

Meet the Toymaker

Drop on in to meet Arvind Gupta – a scientist, day-dreamer, inventor and toymaker who lives and works in India. He’ll be hanging out whipping up toys from household waste. fixandmake.com.au

WHENSaturday 27.2
WHEREMosaic room, Hotel Hotel
COSTFree
GOFix and Make

Workshop

Toys from Trash (kids workshop) 6 -11YRS

Make toys and create experiments from household materials usually thrown away with Arvind Gupta – a scientist, day-dreamer, inventor and toymaker who lives and works in India. fixandmake.com.au

WHENSaturday 27.2 at 2PM to 4PM
WHEREFix and Make Shed, Hotel Hotel
COST$30
GOFix and Make

Exhibition

Mamu, Moments and Memories

Maruku Arts is an Aboriginal owned and run business which gathers art from the Ngaanyattjara Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands. They show their vibrant paintings and wood carvings at ANU.

WHENSaturday 5.3 to Saturday 12.3 OPENING Friday 4.3 at 7PM
WHEREANU School of Art
COSTFree
GOMaruku

Exhibition

Fringe Dwellings

Fringe Dwellings interrogates Canberra’s rapid suburban development and considers the aesthetics of progress, and the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous Australia.

WHENUntil Sunday 20.3
WHEREPhoto Access
COSTFree
GOFringe

Guided Forest Walk

Get acquainted with the trees of the Arboretum's forests and enjoy the views on a guided forest walk.

WHENEvery Sunday at 10AM
WHERENational Arboretum. Meet at the Village Centre
COSTFree
GOWalk

Exhibition

Far South

Matt Chun re-imagines the environment of his hometown in an act of personal quietude, dissembling spatial expanse and tangible form, to distil thought and sensory perception into drawing.

WHENUntil Sunday 13.3
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree
GOSouth

Film

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Oui Oui it's the Alliance Française Film Festival. It's always a good time.

WHENThursday 3.3 to Tuesday 29.3
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
GOC'est la vie.

Music

Groovin’ the Moo

Groovers get grooving. Ratatat, The Rubens, British India and many more are coming to Canberra for a day and you can see them.

WHENSunday 24.4
WHERECanberra Uni
COST$110
GOMoo

Shop

Portobello Road (Canberra)

Collectibles and small antiques at Canberra's Portobello Road market. It's all about the thrill of the chase. Fossick, hunt, stalk...

WHENSunday 27.3 at 10AM to 4PM
WHEREOld Bus Depot Market
COSTFree
GOPortobello

Shop

Bicycle Market

Goodspeed bikes are all geared up for their monthly market. Second hand, spare, rare, collectable and vintage parts for sale.

WHENFirst Sunday of the Month
WHEREKendall Lane New Acton
GOGood

Performance

Bowie Ball

An evening to commemorate the life and art of David Bowie. With live music from Alice Cottee, spoken word tributes by Hannah McCann and Duncan Driver and a special performance by Venus Mantrap.

WHENSaturday 13.2 at 7PM
WHEREAinslie and Gorman Arts Centre
COST$10
GOBowie Balls

Talk

Crystal Clear: Talking Glass

This glass is full. An afternoon of glass artist chats with Ausglass Artist in Residence Simon Maberley, Marina Hanser and Debra Jurrs.

WHEN Thursday 4.2 at 4.30PM
WHERECanberra Glassworks Foyer
COSTFree
GOGlassy

Eat Drink

KNIFE MAKING AND PRESERVING

Learn three preserving techniques with Monster head chef Dan Flatt. Sharpen your own knives with expert sharpener Cheng Fei. Find out how knives are made with Rowan McLachlan of Rowsaan.

WHENSat 12.3, 9AM - 3PM
WHEREHotel Hotel
COST$165 / $115 concession (including light lunch)
GOFix and Make

Performance

They’ve Already Won

Darlings of the critics, Harriet and Pierce play the exaggerated worst versions of themselves. In pantsuits and pom poms that confront everything that is wrong with this evil selfish world.

WHENTuesday 16.2 to Saturday 20.2
WHEREGorman Arts Centre
COST$25/$20
GOWon

Eat Drink

Picnic

Everyday can't be a picnic but Fridays can be. There's a new pop up bar happening on the National Library's Terrace. Views of Lake Burley, cocktails, yum cha and noodles.

WHENFridays from 5PM
WHEREPicnic. Terrace of the National Library
GOPicnic

Talk

The Love of Things

This talks explores the dynamics of why we buy. Why are we seduced by certain objects? Does buying make us happy? Why do we keep coming back for more? fixandmake.com.au

WHENWednesday 10.2
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema
COST$25 / $15
GOFix and Make

Exhibition

For School

An exhibition of handmade objects curated by Bree Claffey (Mr Kitly) and Sarah K (The Other Hemisphere / super cyclers) for school. 13 designers from around Australia. fixandmake.com.au

WHENSaturday 7.11 to 5.2 2016
WHEREThe object cabinets in the public lounge of Hotel Hotel
COSTFree
GOFix and Make

Talk

ANU/The Canberra Times meet the author with Stan Grant

Journalist and author Stan Grant will discuss his new book, Talking To My Country, a personal meditation on race, culture and national identity.

WHENTuesday 23.2 at 6PM to 7.30PM
WHEREANU
COSTFree
GOStan

Performance

The Famous Spiegeltent

The Famous Spiegeltent comes to Civic Square again. There's mimes, magic, cabaret, reggae and more from all over the world, plus 40 sideshows.

WHENFriday 19.2 to Monday 14.3
WHERESpiegeltent
GOSpiegel

Music

SoundOut Festival

SoundOut is an international free improvisational, free jazz and experimental music festival.

WHENSaturday 30.1 to Sunday 31.1
WHEREAinslie Arts Centre
COST$35 to $115
GOOut

Music

Sunday Afternoon Jazz

For all the sophisticats. Sunday Afternoon Jazz at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

WHENSundays at 1PM to 2.30PM
WHEREMuseum of Australian Democracy
COSTFree
GOJazz

Workshop

Gunna Writing Class

Gunna write? Gunna write better, different... Catherine Deveny, comedian and all round excellent lady is coming to tellya how you can unblock ya creative digestive system with her writing masterclass.

WHENSaturday 27.2 from 10AM to 4PM
WHEREA. Baker
COST$250/$290
GOGunna book

Exhibition

Voyage

Tommy Balogh pushes the gallery opening hours well into the night with his ambitious project Voyage. Opening party Friday 5.2 from 6PM. Come for wine and space travel.

WHENFriday 5.2 to Sunday 21.2
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree
GOVoyage

Music

Cinemusica

Synergy Percussion and the ACO showcase the thrilling sonic possibilities of strings, percussion and the music of some great films.

WHENSaturday 9.4 at 7.15PM
WHERELlewellyn Hall
COST$46 to $98
GOCine

Film

Openair Cinema

With music by day and movies by night, Openair Cinemas support local musicians and play a mix of favourite cult classics and new release films.

WHENThursday 14.1 to Sunday 21.2
WHEREPatrick White Lawns Parkes Place West
COST$30/$25
GOCinema

Party

Hottest 100 Beach Party

Bring your swimmers and a beach towel, feel the sand between your toes, relax in baby pools or spend the day on the water slide all while listening to Triple J's Hottest 100 at Westside Acton Park.

WHENTuesday 26.1 at 10AM to 11PM
WHEREWestside Acton Park
COST$39/$34
GOHottest

Enlighten

The city’s national attractions open their doors after-hours to host an array of events and surprising experiences.

WHENFriday 4.3 to Saturday 12.3
WHEREAround Town
COSTFree
GOLight

Music

Continuing Culture: Australia Day Festival

With the Encounters exhibition as a backdrop, meet new generations of Indigenous artists and practitioners who are keeping culture alive and strong. Talks, music, film and more.

WHENTuesday 26.1 at 10AM to 2PM
WHERENational Museum
COSTFree
GOContinuing Culture

Eat, Drink and be Literary with Anna Funder

Join acclaimed Australian author Anna Funder for a night of literary chat, wine and dinner. She will be joined in conversation by ABC presenter Alex Sloan to discuss her books and much more.

WHENThursday 18.2 at 6.15PM
WHEREANU University House
COST$70
GOEat Drink

Performance

Romeo and Juliet

Violence rumbles through the streets, with two families at war. From such angry beginnings flame the fire of passion and forbidden love. Presented by Bell Shakespeare.

WHENFriday 1.4 to Saturday 9.4
WHERECanberra Theatre Centre
COST$35 - $90
GORoses are Sweet

Performance

Canberra Comedy Festival

Get giggly at the Canberra Comedy Festival. All the funny people will be there.

WHENTuesday 15.3 to Sunday 20.3
WHEREAbout Town
GOLOLS

Performance

Lawrence Mooney

Lawrence Mooney will throw ideas at you and you get decide what lives and what dies — you got the power.

WHENWednesday 3.2 to Wednesday 10.2
WHERECanberra Theatre Centre
COST$25
GOMooney

Music

Sufjan Stevens!

Sufjan Stevens! Oh ma gawd! Many exclamation points.

WHENThursday 25.2 at 7.30PM
WHERECanberra Theatre Centre
COST$98.40
GOTickets

Canberra Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival returns. The Environment Centre will be cooking gourmet, organic food made entirely from local produce while local producers showcase their harvest.

WHENSaturday 19.3
WHERECanberra Environment Centre
GOHarvest

Exhibition

Behind the Scenes: Tyler Graphics

An exhibition of the work and collaborations of master printer Kenneth Tyler. Elaborate graphic artworks from a diverse range of artists are shown here in the context of their making.

WHENuntil Sunday 8.5
WHERENGA Contemporary
COSTFree
GOBehind the Scenes

Iconic Tree Walks

See and learn about Australia’s iconic trees on a one hour guided walk through the National Botanic Gardens which has one third of all Australian plant species.

WHENUntil Sunday 26.7 at 11AM or 2PM
WHERENational Botanic Gardens
COSTFree
GONBG

Performance

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

Poetry Slam. 12 poets, 6 judges. Sign up to be judged or come along and just judge. It's on the third Wednesday of every month.

WHENEvery third Wednesday at 7PM
WHEREThe Phoenix
COSTFree
GOThe Phoenix
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