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Canberra Poetry Slam at the Front

By 21 May 2013
Canberra Poetry Slam at the Front

[ 31 May 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

Those crazy kids over at the Canberra poetry slam are running two slams there this month, this is the second.

They sent us these words about the event, because they like words.

May Poetry Slam Part 2

This month sees the social calendar bookended by two editions of the Canberra Poetry Slam.

Part 2 starts Friday the 31st at [...]

Wintaru – Hear the Elements Talk at BCS

By 20 May 2013
Wintaru – Hear the Elements Talk at BCS

A new exhibition exploring the elements and our relationship to the land is opening at the Belconnen Community Centre this Friday.
A collaborative, mixed media exhibition by Warlpiri artist Wanta Jampijinpa, Canberra artist, Lee Anne Proberts and students from the ANU School of Music
Supported by Belconnen Community Service’s Reconciliation Action Plan
May 24-June 7, Monday-Friday, 9am – [...]

Robert Guth makes bread and art at the School of Art

By 20 May 2013

[ 23 May 2013; 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. ] Robert Guth is a gentleman, an interesting artist, and one hell of a chef.
This will totally be worth you time.

Duration: Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 13:00 – 14:00
Location: School of Art lecture theatre

Robert Guth is best known for two things, firstly his ability to bake bread and secondly for his use of it as an [...]

France gets mechanical animals – Canberra gets tit balloon

By 20 May 2013

I know art is subjective, but when I think of creativity I think of something like this – in France’s mechanical animal theme park.
The main piece – the elephant, cost $3.5mil to create funded through EU arts funding, however the public can actually ride this at the cost of 7euro a pop. 
It attracted 285 [...]

Diamonds at the National Gallery. Images of Canberra

By 20 May 2013
Diamonds at the National Gallery. Images of Canberra

Peter has sent this in:
While walking around the lake this pm, I walked past this.
It is of course the National Gallery’s Diamonds by Neil Dawson.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Skywhale timelapse

By 19 May 2013
Skywhale timelapse

The Centenary have youtubed a lovely timelapse of Skywhale liftoff!
Skywhale – Centenary balloon rides (Time-Lapse)
Skywhale – Centenary balloon rides at Reconciliation Place on Sunday morning 19th May 20123
Music – William Orbit. H – Pieces in a Modern Style, Ludwig van Beethoven – “Opus 132″

Enrollments open for Canberra Youth Theatre Company

By 17 May 2013
Enrollments open for Canberra Youth Theatre Company

CYTC is a not for profit organisation that has been around for over 40 years teaching Canberran kids theatre skills. Most of the people I know in theatre cut their teeth doing CYTC projects and classes, and I would recommend the company to anyone.
Speaking of me recommending them, they’ve just opened up enrollments for their [...]

Johnboy crowned Skywhale King at In Canberra Tonight

By 17 May 2013
Johnboy crowned Skywhale King at In Canberra Tonight

Canberra’s very own talkshow In Canberra Tonight happened again last night, and again I missed it because I am a bad person.
Johnboy however, was in attendance last night and not only to tell people the hottest stories from the past month, but also it seems to be crowned the king of the Skywhales. The crown [...]

Skywhale keeps giving

By 16 May 2013
Skywhale keeps giving

How could we not direct your attention, dear reader, to an article titled “The Ten Most Wonderful Things Committed To Hansard as a Result of the Skywhale”.
It’s worth mentioning such tech luminaries as Jzw and Cory Doctorow have now blogged about skywhale.
The full list of Google News results is staggering.
All hail Skywhale.
[Photo by Gentoopenguin]

Kafira by John O’Neill book launch at Paperchain Manuka

By 16 May 2013

Canberran novelist John O’Neill’s new book Kafira is being launched on Wednesday the 29th at Paperchain in Manuka.
We’ve been sent the following teaster info about the book:
Kafira is a story of tragedy, unrequited love, international suspense, and driving ambition to defeat the grab for world domination.
Kafira Weiss is an Israeli Biomedical Scientist whose passionate [...]

OUTSIDE/INSIDE by Tessa Dorman

By 14 May 2013

[ 4 June 2013 to 17 June 2013. 4 June 2013 to 17 June 2013. ] ‘Outside/Inside’ exhibition opening in Canberra

Canberra expat Tessa Dorman is excited to be bringing her new exhibition ‘Outside/Inside’ to Canberra for its official opening in June.

Artist Tessa employs elements borrowed from nature as a metaphor for exploring the sensitive nature of human connection.

The exhibition’s opening night will be held on Wednesday 5 June at 6.00pm at [...]

Boho Interactive’s Word Play, opening this Wednesday

By 13 May 2013
Boho Interactive's Word Play, opening this Wednesday

Boho’s new show Word Play opens this Wednesday at the CSIRO Discovery Centre. Using text messages and a purpose-built phone app, the audience are able to interact directly with the performance, communicating with the performers and controlling them through a series of live computer game sequences.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! coming on the 15th of May

By 13 May 2013
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! coming on the 15th of May

[ 15 May 2013; 7:46 pm; ]

Canberra’s finest night of drunken poetry and sometimes other things is coming back to the Phoenix Bar this Wednesday.

Featuring the talents of Queensland’s warrior wordsmith Darkwing Dubs, local snake-oil merchants (and occasional musicians) Dr. Stovepipe, and a very special memorial spot appearance by Canberra’s THUNDERCAT.

Also it’s a poetry slam, so you can compete for fabulous [...]

UNA up close. Images of Canberra

By 13 May 2013
UNA up close. Images of Canberra

Calen Robinson has sent in this quirky look at ANU’s new UNA sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

It’s maybe for Skywhale Monday

By 12 May 2013
It's maybe for Skywhale Monday

The Centenary Team have let it be known that Skywhale might be slipping the surly bonds of earth tomorrow morning.
Or it might not depending on the weather which isn’t looking good.
Check the Centenary website from 5am for confirmation.
[Photo by Deref]

The rise of the Skywhale

By 11 May 2013
The rise of the Skywhale

We’ve had some photos in from this morning’s flight of the Skywhale over Canberra.
Hannah sent in the above with this:
The Skywhale launch this morning was really great. People were whooping and clapping as it took off, and Robyn Archer got us to “hip hip horray” it.
And Deref sent in a bunch:

Here’s the full slideshow:

Got some [...]

THE SKYWHALE UNVEIL

By 10 May 2013
THE SKYWHALE UNVEIL

With perfect weather conditions predicted, Centenary of Canberra commission The Skywhale will make her first Canberra flight tomorrow morning, lifting off from outside the National Gallery of Australia.
The Skywhale is a 34m long, 23m high hot-air balloon sculpture designed by renowned artist and former Canberran Patricia Piccinini. It is at least twice as big as [...]

Face of Canberra launch video

By 10 May 2013
Face of Canberra launch video

It might be easy to forget today that the SkyWhale isn’t the only piece of art paid for by the centenary, but it is not!
There are other things!
This is one of them, and it’s pretty cool too!
Knowing that someone has painted a portrait of the Soup Kitchen Lady makes me very happy.
“Faces of Canberra” is [...]

The true cost of Skywhale and do you want to pay it? [With poll]

By 10 May 2013
The true cost of Skywhale and do you want to pay it? [With poll]

The Liberals Jeremy Hanson is working up his outrage at the true cost of Skywhale.
In a Public Accounts Committee hearing today, it was revealed the true costs to the ACT for the Skywhale for the Centenary of Canberra will be $300,000. ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson asked today why again it is only after questioning [...]

Short + Sweet Canberra looking for artists

By 10 May 2013

The biggest 10 minute theatre festival in the world is coming back to Canberra and is looking for people who like to do things. Theatre things.
Short+Sweet Canberra returns in August and the festival is on the look out for ACT based actors, directors, writers and Independent Theatre Companies (ITCs) to take part.Now in its fifth [...]

Pop the Pot updates its lineup!

By 8 May 2013
Pop the Pot updates its lineup!

Pop the Pop 2013 has just put out a poster with an updated lineup, get amongst it.
POP the POT!
A Celebration of Local Music!
FREE!
Rock on up to the Pot this Saturday for an incredible line up of (almost exclusively) local talent including Holly Rose, Daz jamieson, Marc Robertson, Pete Akhurst, Fires in July, Little Mac and [...]

Lex Lindsay to bring Cannes to Canberra

By 7 May 2013

The Canberra International Film Festival have announced their new supremo will be Lex Lindsay.
The Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced the appointment of its new Artistic Director, Lex Lindsay.
Lex has established festivals and curated cinema programs across Australia: from Byron Bay to Hobart, Katoomba to Alice Springs, and from Dubbo to a Sydney Harbour [...]

Unearthed Reviews: Knight~Hammer. Four and like 99% of a star stars

By 6 May 2013
Unearthed Reviews: Knight~Hammer. Four and like 99% of a star stars

Time for another Unearthed Review.
Booting up the old RNG, I get a 15. 15 means KNIGHT~HAMMER.
I went to their page, their band image was broken, they listed themselves as Metal/Rock, their intro was almost non-existent. I readied myself for a whole lot of messy guitar noise with some talent-less roaring over the top.
I got [...]

Fashfest: Photos and Video

By 6 May 2013
Fashfest: Photos and Video

Fashfest has finished, but fear not fans of the fabulous for we have photos!
Rioter MartyO has sent us an amazing stack of absolutely brilliant photos of the event, check them out:

Special bonus media!
Here’s a video of the final night. It does go for an hour a half, so make sure you’re comfy before hitting play:

FASHFEST [...]

Music, cabaret, burlesque, and frivolity at the Abbey

By 3 May 2013
Music, cabaret, burlesque, and frivolity at the Abbey

[ 17 May 2013; 6:30 pm; ]

The Abbey and the Sass and Tease Collective present Jay Gatsby Requests, a night of dancing girls, drunken writers, and of course music.

Jay Gatsby Requests is a new show created by a collection of Canberra’s finest burlesque performers, and features those loveable lads Moochers Inc.

I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. [...]

Australian arts visiting London

By 3 May 2013

In “not exactly local news but cool anyway news” The Royal Academy of Arts in the UK has announced that it will be presenting an exhibition called Australia. Australia is a collection of Australian works, spanning over 200 years and feature over 200 works.
These works are being supplied by our National Gallery here in Canberra.
This [...]

Silent auction for community art at Belconnen Gallery

By 2 May 2013

[ 8 May 2013; 6:00 pm; ] The BCS Gallery are holding a silent auction to help raise funds so they can continue their fantastic community driven exhibitions.

You should probably check it out.

Over the years gallery@bcs has developed a number of community driven exhibition series designed to provide opportunities for disadvantaged or emerging artists to exhibit their work where they may have [...]

The Human Rights and Arts Film Festival 2013

By 1 May 2013

[ 3 June 2013 to 5 June 2013. ] Word reaches us that the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival is coming back:

The sixth Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will open in Canberra on Monday 3 June with the highly anticipated documentary In the Shadow of the Sun – the debut feature by British filmmaker Harry Freeland which looks at the harrowing [...]

Fancy a night at the opera? Go see the magic flute

By 1 May 2013
Fancy a night at the opera? Go see the magic flute

[ 3 May 2013 to 5 May 2013. ]

This weekend Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute will be appearing at The Albert hall for three shows only.

Pack a picnic supper – anything from a plate of simple canapés to an elaborate eight-course banquet – to share at candlelit tables before the show. All shows are BYO beverages – just make sure you pack your [...]

Fun with Twigs or Bush Doll making

By 1 May 2013

DISH@Oatley is inviting everyone to a Free Friday Funday event.
* What’s happening?: using found and gathered materials including: sticks, plant fibre, fabric, yarn etc, make a bush doll, wrapped, tied, stitched and decorated as you wish…
* Finished dolls [...]

Magpie based public art rehab. Images of Canberra.

By 30 April 2013
Magpie based public art rehab. Images of Canberra.

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 images@the-riotact.com .

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
Cuddlefish

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

Monday 6th 8pm
CMC Presents The Bootleg Sessions
Lavers
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
Hailer
New Brutalists

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

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

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