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Magpie based public art rehab. Images of Canberra.

By 30 April, 2013

Hannah has sent in this touching effort on the part of the local wildlife to heal the drunken damage to public art.
It’s good to see On The Staircase make it to three!
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

May at the Phoenix

By 30 April, 2013

[ 1 May, 2013 to 31 May, 2013. ] This just in:

Thursday 2nd 9pm
Joe Oppenheimer
Elisha Bones

Saturday 4th 9:30pm
The Re-Mains
Gilded Palace of Sin

Monday 6th 8pm
CMC Presents The Bootleg Sessions
Kingston Crown
Adam Cook
Tobias Moldenhauer
Nyte Mare (The Murder Magician)

Tuesday 7th 7:30pm
Andrew and Shannon’s Pub Trivia

Thursday 9th 9pm
Sex Noises
TV Colours
Beach Slut

Saturday 11th 9:30pm
Royal Chant
New Brutalists

Monday 13th 8pm
2XX Local n Live Present The Bootleg Sessions
The Sinbirds
Cold House

Tuesday 14th 7:30pm
Trivia and [...]

A Bite of poetry

By 30 April, 2013

[ 30 November, -0001; 12:00 am; ] In June 2013 I’m starting a poetry reading/talking about/writing/sharing group at the really cool cafe ” A Bite to Eat” in Chifley.

As the cafe poet I’m there every Tuesday from 12.00 to 2pm. If you’re a poetry lover, come and see me there or if you’d like to join a new group, you can [...]

Food for Thought, where science and art meet lunch

By 29 April, 2013

Science writer Julian Cribb will be opening a new art exhibiton at CSIRO Discovery this wednesday that explores environmental issues with our food.
Titled Food for Thought, the exhibition is the work of two emerging Canberra artists, Rosina Wainwright and Dianna Budd.
The exhibition will feature Rosina’s challenging sculptural works and Dianna’s quirky work in paint and [...]

May Canberra Poetry Slam

By 29 April, 2013

[ 3 May, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

This just in:

May Poetry Slam Part 1
This month sees the social calendar bookended by two editions of the Canberra Poetry Slam

Part 1 starts Friday the 3rd at the Front Gallery. As with all our slams, we start with the open mic at 7:30 before moving onto the Slam.

The slam rules:
– 3 minute limit
– 1 [...]

ArtsACT invites young artists, big and small, to get messy at Belconnen Arts Centre

By 29 April, 2013

ArtsACT are running an arts workshop out at Belconnen Arts Centre in term 2 for kids.
Children aged from 5 to 12 years are invited to come and get artistically creative and a bit messy at Belconnen Arts Centre in Term 2. Join us for a six week Small Art Adventures course for 5 to [...]

Nerd Trivia is coming

By 29 April, 2013

[ 30 April, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]



Nerd Trivia at the Phoenix Bar Canberra is coming back tomorrow night and there will be blood on the trivia dance floor! Joel Barcham and Alison McGregor will be there to judge the bloodletting!

Actually there will probably won’t [...]

Nick Delatovic wins short::seasons film competition

By 29 April, 2013

Local musician/film maker/wrestler Nick Delatovic has taken out this season’s short::seasons film competition with his script “Lights”.
short::seasons is a short film festival focusing on showcasing the work of filmmakers from Canberra, Australia. It is a non-competitive short film festival with the aim being to demonstrate the strength and quality of the work of [...]

Calling on all former (and current) Canberra Punks

By 26 April, 2013

“Head Full of Flames: Punk in the Nation’s Capital 1977 to 1992″ is a book being written to cover the forgotten history of Punk in Canberra from 1977 to 1992. If you were, or know of anyone, active in the scene at that time please contact local author Chris Shakallis who has put out a [...]

Colour Revolution at Soju Girl

By 26 April, 2013

[ 2 May, 2013 to 29 June, 2013. ]

Local artist Angus Comyns’ new exhibition Colour Revolution will be launching on the walls of Soju Girl on the 2nd of May and remaining there until the 29th of June.

The Colour Revolution exhibition showcases Comyns’ radical use of colour, photographic imagery and text, and will add a new dimension to the space.

Diners and drinkers who [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 26th of April

By 26 April, 2013

[ 26 April, 2013 to 28 April, 2013. ]

It’s the weekend!

Well it is for most of you, you’ve probably taken today off on leave.

Here in the mobile RiotACT bunker however we don’t rest. So let’s get to it.

Sorry the guide wasn’t up yesterday, but Anzac Day and all that.

Hope your dawn services weren’t too cold, and here’s what’s on for the weekend.

If you [...]

Smiths Alternative opens its doors

By 25 April, 2013

Smiths Alternative Bookshop was relaunched last night as Smiths Alternative under Jorian Gardner and Domenic Mico’s stewardship.
It’s going to be a very funky little venue, now with a dedicated stage so keep your eyes peeled.
David Howe has sent in some pictures from the opening. The man who looks like John Howard is in fact former [...]

Latin America in 100 words: Short story competition

By 23 April, 2013

Hi RioACTers,
We are only a few days to close the inaugural story contest “Latin America in 100 words”. I would encourage you to send us your short stories. It doesn’t matter if you have never been in Latin America. You would just need to tell us in a sentence, two or more (up [...]

2XX Radiothon fundraiser is offering up prizes

By 23 April, 2013

2XX is a pretty great thing to have here in Canberra.
They’re running a Radiothon, which is a weeklong fundraising event where they plan to give away hundreds of prizes.
Prizes are pretty great to have also, so this is like win/win.
Jamie Freestone, station manager at 2XX FM, is “really excited to be re-launching Radiothon again. [...]

And then there were two. Why we can’t have nice things

By 23 April, 2013

“On the Staircase” by Keld Moseholm has been a favourite piece of public art on Petrie Plaza for some time.
It’s such a pity it was not built to withstand the mindless fury of the Canberra public.
Where once four little men created an exercise in perspective we’re now down to two.
It seems like a real pity.

Sport and art meet at the AIS Open Day

By 23 April, 2013

[ 28 April, 2013; ]

The AIS are having an open day on the 28th of April, and the Training Squad will be there with their roving performance piece Not Yet It’s Difficult.

I caught these guys at the Canberra Day celebrations and thought it was an awesome and bizarre little show that blurred the line between art and sport.

The video [...]

May Day Poetry at Manning Clark House

By 23 April, 2013

[ 1 May, 2013; 7:30 pm; ] This just in:

Three well-known Canberra poets, Geoff Page, Charlotte Clutterbuck and P.S. Cottier will be reading at Manning Clark House next week, on Wednesday 1st May. The reading starts at 7.30pm, but get there early for a glass of wine and a snack included in your $10 entry fee.

Warning: one of the [...]

RiotACT in Canberra Tonight

By 23 April, 2013

In Canberra Tonight was totally a thing that was apparently fantastic. I was out having dinner with my Mum and missed it.
Fortunately CIT are filming all of it, so I can catch up.
For those of you who were absent, our Commander in Chief Johnboy was given 5 minutes to recount the top stories of the [...]

Bizoo ka! zine launch and mini-festival at the Front

By 19 April, 2013

[ 24 May, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

This sounds pretty cool. An awesome looking gig/zine launch/panel/ep launch? That’s just so crazy it might work. I’m in.

Jeremy Staples, the editor and creator of the final and free retrospective book of Bizoo titled ‘The Best, the Worst & the Trash that never made it’ is excited to be launching the massive book in Canberra [...]

Woven Words: Prose and music meet at New Acton

By 19 April, 2013

[ 27 April, 2013; 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. ]

The Invisible Thread is a publication of 75 Canberran writers.

To celebrate its release, NewActon is combining the words of three authors with the music of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Alex Miller, Alan Gould and Sara Dowse have each chosen two musical compositions to bookend their poem or prose works. These will be performed by an [...]

Andrew Galan gets published in a tiny book

By 19 April, 2013

Andrew Galan is a poet. He runs writing workshops in Canberra’s food courts, co-founded Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit!, harasses people in the civic interchange as a part of the Tragic Troubadours, and has his hands in just about everything poetry related that goes on in Canberra.
He also has a blog, if you like those kind of things.
At any [...]

The Centenary weekly rundown

By 18 April, 2013

[ 18 April, 2013 to 21 April, 2013. ]


– Jane Austen Festival Australia @ St John’s Church Hall (until 21 April)

– History @ M16 Artspace, 12pm-5pm (Wed-Sun) (until 5 May)


– Rugby League Test – Australia V New Zealand @ Canberra Stadium, 7:45pm


– Morris 100 @ Langton Crescent car park in front of the Treasury building, 10am-3pm

– The National Dinosaur Museum’s 20th Birthday [...]

Applications open for ACT Artists in Schools Program

By 18 April, 2013

The ACT Artists in Schools Program gives young people access to artists as a resource and artists access to a community they might otherwise never reach.
Both of those things sound pretty good, anyone here keen to give it a go?
2013 Artists-in-Schools Program
artsACT is now seeking applications from experienced ACT-based artists from all art forms for [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 19 April 2013

By 18 April, 2013

[ 19 April, 2013 to 21 April, 2013. ]

The unstoppable tide that is 2013 continues to roll over us (and we’d be alarmed if it were otherwise).

But like it or not the weekend is nearly here.

What’s worth seeing and doing around Canberra?

Just leave your brilliant suggestions in the comments.

In Canberra Tonight at The Polo

By 17 April, 2013

[ 18 April, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

There’s a new local variety show kicking off at the O’Connor Polish Club tomorrow night.

It’s so awesome they’re even getting us to do a segment on local news which will feature all of you (in a way).

Here’s the details as received from Maestro Chris Endrey:

In Canberra Tonight is a spanking new live variety show to [...]

Why is Canberra the home of Australian live-action video games?

By 17 April, 2013

This week, Canberra Youth Theatre’s 35 Degrees 17 South is showing in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Australia – you can watch it unfold on ABC TV.

On 15 May, Boho Interactive’s Word Play opens at CSIRO Discovery. Word Play is a ‘live cinema’ work about the outbreak of a new disease that [...]

Konstantin Shamray and the CSO brings Pictures at an Exhibition to Canberra

By 16 April, 2013

[ 8 May, 2013 to 9 May, 2013. ]

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra is putting word out on the next concert they’re putting on:

The second concert in the popular Llewellyn Series is proudly supported by the Embassy of the Russian Federation as a Centenary gift to Canberra. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Commonwealth of Australia Mr Vladimir Morozov expressed [...]

Want to be creative at ADFA? There’s 10,000 reasons to have a shot

By 12 April, 2013

It might be apocryphal. But I was once told a story that many of the philosophy seats in American universities are paid for by the US Marine Corp. The thinking is that it costs north of a million dollars a year to train, equip, and maintain a single jarhead grunt. But you can keep a [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 12 April 2013

By 11 April, 2013

[ 12 April, 2013 to 14 April, 2013. ]

The wild year rolls on and the weekend turns up yet again.

What’s worth seeing and doing around Canberra this weekend?

Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

Where There’s Light, There’s Shadow, new poetry collection by Canberra author

By 10 April, 2013

Canberra based Poet Chris Jones is releasing a book of poetry on the 15th of April.
The press release paints some interesting pictures.
A collection of poetry from Canberra writer Chris Jones
Where There’s Light, There’s Shadow could be compared to a carnival freak show, and is bound to attract people with a taste for the bizarre and [...]

Hurra! Das Audi Festival des deutschen Films kommt wieder nach Canberra!*

By 9 April, 2013

[ 7 May, 2013 to 12 May, 2013. ]

Word has reached us that the Audi Festival of German Films 2013 is coming to Palace Electric.

Presenting a wonderfully audacious collection of contemporary German cinema, the 12th annual Audi Festival of German Films celebrates the rich diversity of one of Europe’s most dynamic and creatively renowned cultures.

Presented by the Goethe-Institut in association [...]

The Young Ones Exhibition at the Front

By 9 April, 2013

[ 9 April, 2013 to 14 April, 2013. ]

Emerging artists and photographers are being showcased at the Front in The Young Ones – an exhibition presented by Us Folk magazine in association with national Youth Week. It opens tonight and runs until Sunday so get down tot he Front to check it out.

The exhibitors are all Canberra locals aged 25 and under. The [...]


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