[ 22 August 2013 to 26 August 2013. ]
The prophecy speaks of the coming of the weekend!
It will be glorious!
Got any plans?
Johnboy and I will kick this off with a list of the fun things we’ve heard of, but it’s up to you to finish it.
Make sure you leave suggestions in the comments below.
[ 30 August 2013 to 11 September 2013. ] The Front Gallery have sent over a guide to their next two weeks of events:
30th August 2013 – Poetry Slam (Poetry)
Canberra Poetry Slam: WORD INJECTION
In August the Canberra Poetry Slam features the Interstate Poets Jackson (WA) and Jennifer Compton (NSW), as well as launch the latest Burley Journal.
The night will commence with the Open Mike [...]
[ 8 October 2013 to 11 October 2013. ]
“I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun that is funny.”
- Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat
Dr Seuss had a wonderful mind, and of all his creations The Cat in the Hat may be the most beloved.
Personally I’m a bit more partial to The Butter [...]
[ 2 October 2013; ]
They really should have called it Fisher Price: My First Vivaldi.
Sydney Opera House’s Babies Prom are bringing their Vivaldi show to Canberra.
So if you’re suddenly feeling super guilty because you haven’t exposed your toddler to enough culture, you might want to pick up some tickets.
A unique introduction to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons designed especially [...]
Canberra’s kindest and most good looking citizen, the mighty Skywhale, is readying herself for her spring series of events.
Despite criticism from a series of culturally bankrupt and joyless haters, the Skywhale continues her noble mission to promote Canberra to, and protect Canberra from, the rest of the world.
Shine on you beautiful flying mammal.
The Executive Director [...]
This just in:
Skywhale, arguably the world’s most famous hot air balloon, will be part of University of Canberra Open Day on 31 August.
Created to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra, the distinctive Skywhale will make its return to the Capital with a tethered appearance near the Haydon Drive entrance to the campus during the Open Day [...]
[ 21 August 2013 at 12:00 am; ]
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is tomorrow night!
It is also at the Phoenix!
It is double also the first heat in this year’s ACT Australian Poetry Slam championships.
The winners will be sent to the ACT finals, the winners of the ACT finals will be sent to National Finals in Sydney, the winners of the National finals in Sydney will be [...]
The Anne Edgeworth Writers Award is a new grant commemorating the late Anne Edgeworth, designed to assist young writers in improving their craft.
The Anne Edgeworth Writers’ Award will support specific writing projects proposed by successful applicants. The annual award of up to $5,000 can be used for any purpose that furthers recipients’ education [...]
Gemma Wheildon is pretty much a super hero. Mild mannered public servant by day, glitter covered strong woman by night.
Penelope Asterisk is Gemma’s burlesque alter-ego, a carefully crafted character designed to wow audiences while proving two things:
1. Girls can be strong too.
2. Being strong does not mean you can’t be feminine.
Penelope lifts weights that boggle [...]
Take this rare opportunity to visit the ANU Classics Museum on a weekend and enjoy free parking.
The Classics Museum was established in 1962 by Professor Richard Johnson, Professor of Classics at ANU. Amongst its first acquisitions were an Attic wine bowl, a gold lion’s head earring, and some coins. From those [...]
Canberra’s Champion Poet CJ Bowerbird has been featured in Scene:
Meet Canberra’s CJ Bowerbird — a poet who’s challenging the very notion of spoken word art. While yes, he could loosely be defined as a slam poet — a style in which he excels, mind you — CJ is constantly refining his craft by incorporating [...]
The National Gallery is firing a public broadside in its campaign to extract from Albion the iconic George Stubbs kangaroo and dingo paintings.
This kicked off in April and the Poms appear to be digging in about letting we colonials have the oils.
The Grauniad has the pommy side of the story.
I suspect we’ve got as much [...]
The Belconnen Community Centre is excited to announce our upcoming Spring Sessions Art Taster program. We are offering a series of six evening Art Workshops open to anyone interested in learning something new – no artistic experience is necessary!
In our first workshop, on the 2nd of September, you will explore basic glassmaking techniques as you [...]
[ 16 August 2013 to 28 September 2013. ]
Erica Seccombe is using the ANU’s 3D Microcomputed X-ray Tomography (XCT) unit to get some stunning and otherworldly images of everyone’s favorite backyard crustacean, the slater.
Erica’s work will be shown at her exhibition Science Fiction, opening this week at Canberra Contempory Arts Space.
The image data from the XCT was run through a computer program developed [...]
The Capital Arts Patrons Organisation is calling for applications from Canberran artists who would like access to fourteen grants ranging in value from $500 to $25,000. The grants are to support artists develop their careers and to assist with innovative community cultural projects.
Since its beginnings in 1983, CAPO has awarded in excess of 1.8 million [...]
[ 15 August 2013 to 19 August 2013. ]
The weather is improving!
Obviously because we live in Canberra we should all keep up a healthy level of paranoia. Actually trust the sunlight not to retreat rapidly the second we walk out in anything less than full winter gear would be foolish.
Still, it’s nice to look at.
Now, what can we do over the weekend?
The charming folks over at the ACT Writers Centre have let us know about a couple of workshops that they will be running this weekend to help writers push through writers block:
This weekend, the folks at the ACT Writers Centre are hosting a two day jaunt that tackles writers block with lecturer and poet Charlotte [...]
BCS have just let us know about a series of interesting sounding workshops taking place around Canberra in late August.
Changing Places is based on the idea that good and bad mental health are in part made by our environment- physical and social.
Changing Places is an opportunity to explore, comment on and interact with places in [...]
Tomorrow twenty six of the 242 entries into UC’s The Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition will be on display in a new exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design.
The Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition was a Centenary of Canberra initiative by the University and the Gallery of Australian Design, which invited [...]
The ANU Art School Gallery is currently hosting a collection of works curated from the school of arts own alumni.
The exhibition is called but mostly air and has been curated by Jason Smith.
“The title came to me when I was sifting through the many artists that had been shortlisted for this exhibition,” he said.
“I was [...]
Seems like Canberra just isn’t getting enough of the golden oldies when it comes to movies. Dendy has their Cult Classics series, Palace has their Vintage Electric stuff and even Limelight gives it a fair go with their Limelight “Classics” (if you can count stuff like Mean Girls a classic). And now it appears the [...]
[ 22 August 2013 at 8:00 pm; ] It’s time we got back to basics in Canberra. We’re about getting organised, thorough and providing as much help to upcoming hip hop artists as we can. We’re putting on a series of events in order to bring the music back to the capital, and inject some hip hop sensibilities into our town. More opportunities [...]
Canberra born and raised author Christie Thompson has released her debut novel ‘SNAKE BITE’ (Allen and Unwin).
Set in Canberra’s south it follws the story of Jez who is seventeen and lives with her alcoholic single mum in in a government rental in Canberra’s outer-suburbs, with little money or future prospects.
As well as suffering from terminal [...]
[ 17 August 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]
Rufino from Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen is bringing some Caribbean beats to the Polish Club with his new band Rufino and the Coconuts.
You can just tell that this is going to be a bit special.
Get ready for the sensual primitive jungle grooves of Rufino and the Coconuts. One night only – plus local [...]
[ 28 September 2013 10:00 am to 12 October 2013 10:00 am. ]
Jigsaw Theatre are inviting families to join them on a puppet filled adventure down the plughole and into the land of Elohgulp, which is where all the gross stuff that we wash down the drain ends up living.
Jigsaw do great work and you couldn’t hope for a better cast so this will probably be pretty [...]
[ 24 August 2013 at 4:00 pm; ]
On Saturday the 24th of August, the Belconnen Arts Centre will play host to One River, an interactive arts event that celebrates the mighty Murray.
We’ve been promised light projections, water based art, fire installations, interactive art, dance, and music as well as local food and wine.
The event is free, so get to it.
One River is [...]
[ 31 August 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire invites its friends, family and the wider community to a gala ball in honour of its 20th Anniversary. It promises to be a fun filled night, with good food, great company and plenty of music. A cash bar will be available.
The room will be decorated in Black, Silver and [...]
[ 5 October 2013 to 3 November 2013. ] The National Gallery have announced they’re bringing a William Kentridge retrospective to town:
William Kentridge (born 1955) is a major figure in contemporary art, who has established an international reputation as a gifted figurative artist. Working in the tradition of William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier, Kentridge explores themes of the society in which he lives, [...]
The ABC has word of a significant local gonging:
A blown-glass artwork by a Canberra-based artist has won this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
Jennie Kemarre Martiniello’s artwork Golden Brown Reeds Fish Trap beat 76 other finalists to win the $40,000 prize.
The piece is made from hot blown glass and was inspired [...]
[ 22 August 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]
This just in:
Please join us to hear Peter Cotton speak about his political thriller, Dead Cat Bounce.
Thursday August 22
5.45 for 6.00pm
Telephone 6295 6723 or
A federal election campaign is thrown into chaos when a popular government minister goes missing and then turns up dead on the shores of Lake Burley [...]
[ 9 October 2013 to 18 October 2013. ]
The Mindscapes Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates mental health recovery, and we’ve got the dates for their upcoming events right here:
Mindscapes Short Film Festival
When: Wednesday 9 October
Where: National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601
Mish Mash Variety Night
When: Thursday 10 October
Where: Polish white eagle club Canberra, 38 David St, [...]
Just a reminder theatre lovers. The world’s biggest short theatre festival is happening now, so maybe go check it out at the Courtyard Theatre.
DATE: Tuesday 6 August – Saturday 17 August 2013
LOCATION: The Courtyard Studio – Canberra Theatre Centre
TICKET PRICES: Top 20 (Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th) – $33/$28
Wildcards (Saturday 10th) – $30/$28
Finals (Saturday 17th) [...]