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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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 15 May 2013 at 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

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 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

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 17 May 2013 at 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 at 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 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 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

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 [...]

A Bite of poetry

By 30 April 2013

[ 30 November -0001 at 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 at 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 at 7:30 pm; ]

ATTENTION ALL YOU CLEVER PEOPLE, QUIT USING COMPUTERS TO MAKE MAGIC WOMEN!

YOU HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO!

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 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 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

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