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ACT Book of the year

By 4 April 2014

As someone who dreams of being a writer – you know, the kind who writes novels that everyone talks about over their cups of tea in the office and get adapted into brilliant movies with action figure heroes, I was quite interested to see the outcome of the ACT Book for the year for 2013.
I [...]

Internet Trolls and Free Arts Festivals

By 21 March 2014
Internet Trolls and Free Arts Festivals

Hey gang!
Thanks to you lot I was invited to go sit on a panel at this years You Are Here festival to discuss internet trolls. I was chosen to discuss this topic alongside writers from Lip, Woroni, and Mamamia. These three writers have experienced all kinds of horrible insane abuse from their readerships both local [...]

‘You Are Here’ festival – Faux Faux Amis

By 18 March 2014

#Who  Faux Faux Amis
#What  Garage Punk Rock
#Where  Open Air Stage – Ainslie Place (off Garema Pl)
#When You Are Here Festival 14/03/14
#So  Find them at venues like The Phoenix
 
Nothing fake about these friends 
Words by Steve Boardman.
Tonight I venture in to the CBD to check out the painfully hipster ‘You Are Here’ festival. I actually like [...]

Looking for a Monday laugh?

By 17 February 2014

With the Canberra Comedy Festival coming up, get in early tonight at Smiths’ Alternative for ‘Schnityz and Giggles’.
Canberras’ only regular improvised comedy show, inspired by ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ (no Wayne Brady unfortunately but we are working on it). Come see some of your cities best improvisors perform for the honour of winning the ‘Golden Schnitz’. [...]

A moment on hitler parody

By 11 February 2014
A moment on hitler parody

With Giulia Jones and Jeremy Hanson appointing themselves the last arbiters of taste for performances they haven’t seen and calling for drastic sanction against people only remotely involved I thought in my capacity as a private citizen I’d like to throw my own 2c in via the great Charlie Chaplin.

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 24 January 2014

By 23 January 2014
DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 24 January 2014

[ 24 January 2014 to 27 January 2014. ]

A long weekend coming up just when you thought you’d got your 2014 groove on.

But what’s worth seeing and doing around Canberra this weekend?

Just leave your thoughts in the comments!

Zine Emporium!

By 22 January 2014
Zine Emporium!

[ 23 March 2014; ]

This just in!

howdy riot folks….

2014 may very well be the ‘year of the horse’ but for the collective at the canberra zine emporium we’re calling it the ‘year of the zine’!

would be super ace if you could mention our zine fair on riotact. you’ve been fabulous supporters in the past year, and were kicking of [...]

Vday Canberra “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” 2014

By 21 January 2014

[ 8 February 2014; ] V-DAY CANBERRA JOINS ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
 
V-Day Canberra 2014
Presents A Benefit Reading of
A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER:
Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
 
WITH
Members from all facets of the Canberra Community
Join Us as we RISE, RELEASE, and DANCE to Demand Justice for Women and Girl Survivors of Violence
 
For More [...]

COME AND PLAY MANDOLIN!

By 20 January 2014

COME AND PLAY MANDOLIN!
COZYMO (Capital of Australia Youth Mandolinata)
The next one-semester length COZYMO Learning Group (Beginning) and COZYMO Learning Group (Continuing) programs start on Sunday 2 February 2014 (Session times below). All ‘youth’ – whether in experience or in age – are most welcome!
These Semester-length programs offer you a great opportunity to begin or to [...]

Legal advice for Canberra artists

By 17 January 2014

Joy Burch is putting the word out there that the ACT Government is chipping in for the Arts Law Centre of Australia:
ACT artists and arts organisations will have access to free or subsidised legal advice thanks to a national partnership to revamp the Arts Law Centre of Australia, to which the ACTGovernment is contributing $10,000. [...]

You don’t want to miss the West Bank Festival

By 16 January 2014
You don't want to miss the West Bank Festival

[ 14 February 2014 to 16 February 2014. ]

The invite has hit facebook for the first ever West Bank Festival! (as in the West Bank of Sullivans Creek):

Early Bird Tickets on sale now until Friday 7th Feb (prices below).

http://www.trybooking.com/EEBZ

The Canberra Musicians Club is thrilled, and slightly terrified, to announce our most ambitious endeavour to date, the inaugural West Bank Festival. A three day [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 17 January 2014

By 16 January 2014
DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 17 January 2014

[ 17 January 2014 to 19 January 2014. ]

Still not quite in the rhythm? Neither are we.

And yet it appears the weekend is here any old how.

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

Just leave your thoughts in the comments.

Hats, Heels and Handbags (Wanted!)

By 13 January 2014

Verve Promotions will again present the Canberra Show Fashion Parade from the 21st to 23rd February. 
The fashion parade entitled Hats, Heels and Handbags will showcase a variety of fashion wares and promoters are searching for Canberra’s biggest, oldest, most expensive and weirdest handbags, heels and hats. 
If you own something of the sort please [...]

This month at The Phoenix

By 11 January 2014

[ 1 January 2014 to 31 January 2014. ] This just in to keep us all grooving!

Saturday 11th 8:30pm
Holy Eucharist Line Label Launch
Matthew Elias
Crmwll
Northumberland
Stenxh
Tim Pearce

Monday 13th 8pm
2XX LocalnLive Presents Bootleg Sessions
Time and Weight
Johnny Roadkill
Bacon Cakes
Dylan Hekimian

Tuesday 14th 7:30pm
Andrew and Shannon’s Pub Trivia

Wednesday 15th 8pm
BAD!SLAM!NO!BIRTHDAY!BISCUIT!

Thursday 16th 9pm
Revellers
Yoko Oh No
The Union Pacific
Grenadiers

Saturday 18th 9:30pm
All In A Year
No Assumption
Suburban Haze
Office Jerk

Monday 20th 8pm
The Bootleg Sessions
The [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 10 January 2014

By 9 January 2014
DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 10 January 2014

[ 10 January 2014 to 12 January 2014. ]

It’s a funny old time of year but it appears we have another weekend coming up.

What’s worth seeing and doing around Canberra in this break within a break?

Just leave your thoughts in the comments.

The Canberra Poems of P.S Cottier on Immortal Muse

By 9 January 2014

The Immortal Muse website has featured the works of P.S. Cottier related to Canberra.
There’s a lot there, and a lot worth thinking about.
Perhaps best of all is “Houses of Gungahlin”:
What space for expansive thought or emerald memory
in these distorted castles, hunch­backed yet grown giant,
perched on desecrated hills, cubist shrines to ugly Gods?
With their whole [...]

Because what we needed was another zombie film

By 6 January 2014

Joy Burch has announced a funding round to local film makersL
More than $80,000 has been provided to nine screen-based artists through the 2014 ACT Screen Arts Fund, ACT Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
“The ACT Screen Arts Fund provides opportunities for the ACT community to access funding for film and screen projects,” [...]

DIY Wotz on Guide for the weekend of 3 January 2014

By 2 January 2014
DIY Wotz on Guide for the weekend of 3 January 2014

[ 3 January 2014 to 5 January 2014. ]

Somewhat alarmingly the first weekend of 2014 is hard upon us!

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

Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

The Nature of the Monkey was… Irrepressible!

By 31 December 2013
The Nature of the Monkey was... Irrepressible!

As seen in O’Connor this afternoon, I gather they’re up all around Canberra.
As this nation of bastards competes to see who can be the biggest bastard coated bastard with a soft bastard centre to vulnerable people it’s nice to see someone fighting the fight.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? [...]

David Finnigan with you don’t have to be rich

By 31 December 2013
David Finnigan with you don't have to be rich

Arguably the best thing to come out of Canberra David Finnigan has graced the Rizal Fountain Raps and it’s worth looking at:
The fourth series of The Rizal Fountain Raps sees Too Many Weapons (or David Finnigan, Georgie McAuley, Jordan Prosser & Sam Burns-Warr) return to the creativity-breeding grounds of Penrith in NSW to perform a [...]

Angus Trumble taking the reins at the Portrait Gallery

By 24 December 2013

The Portrait Gallery has finally posted the annoucement of their new director:
The National Portrait Gallery is delighted with the announcement by the Minister for the Arts, Senator The Hon George Brandis QC that Mr Angus Trumble has been appointed as the new Director of the National Portrait Gallery commencing 11 February, 2014.
Mr Trumble has [...]

God bless us, every one!

By 21 December 2013
God bless us, every one!

Joel Barcham, the newer moderator of this site, and two friends; another man (whose name totally escapes me, please excuse my idiocy) and Ally (please excuse my probably errant spelling) performed a reading of Dickens’s classic tale A Christmas Carol at the Phoenix tonight.   The reading of this story of redemption and self-awareness was [...]

DIY Wotz on Guide for the weekend of 20 December 2013

By 19 December 2013
DIY Wotz on Guide for the weekend of 20 December 2013

[ 20 December 2013 to 22 December 2013. ]

Alright party peoples the year might be winding down but we all still need to get out of our hideous domestic situations before murder is done.

What’s worth seeing and doing around town this coming weekend?

Just leave your thoughts in the comments.

“Galore” trailer released on YouTube

By 17 December 2013

“Galore”, the feature film which wrapped production in Canberra just on 12 months ago has released a teaser trailer, in conjunction with their official selection to the Berlin International Film Festival.
Many locals appeared in the film as extras (and even bit-parts), and several of the crew were recruited from the local film community. [...]

A centenary column and time capsule for City Hill

By 17 December 2013

Canberra CBD have announced they’re not done with the Centenary:
Winding down from a vibrant Centenary Year, Canberra CBD Limited is gifting a sculpture and time capsule to the people of Canberra.
Preparations have begun for the unveiling of the Canberra Centenary Column sculpture and time capsule on 11 March 2014 atop City Hill.
Jane Easthope, CEO of [...]

A Christmas Carol reading at the Phoenix for charity

By 13 December 2013
A Christmas Carol reading at the Phoenix for charity

[ 20 December 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

To celebrate Christmas, to remind people how fun being read to is, to appreciate a classic, and to raise some money for the Red Cross’s efforts in the Philippines, we’re going to do a reading of a special abridged version of A Christmas Carol which had been cut down by Dickens himself to be read [...]

Fossil Rabbit video live at Smith’s

By 13 December 2013
Fossil Rabbit video live at Smith's

On occasion I am reminded that music isn’t just a think that happens when musicians hold an instrument, but is actually a craft that people learn.
Watching this video was one of those occasions.
Check out more of Fossil Rabbit’s (AKA Chris Finnigan) work on SoundCloud.

Doug Anthony All Stars back on the boards for the Canberra Comedy Festival

By 13 December 2013

[ 4 March 2014 to 9 March 2014. ] The Canberra Comedy Festival have made their first lineup announcement:

The festival will be run in venues across Canberra, including: Canberra Theatre Centre, ANU Arts Centre, Novotel Canberra, and The Civic Pub. The shows presented will be a range of Canberran, Australian, and International comedians. Among the highlights;

• On the year of their thirtieth anniversary since [...]

Naked Girls Reading impressions

By 12 December 2013
Naked Girls Reading impressions

So last night I went to go see Naked Girls Reading at the Polit Bar.
Now in interest of full disclosure: Naked Girls Reading event is run by Tiffany Blue who happens to be a member of the Sass & Tease Collective which I am also a part of. Also most of the readers were also [...]

Dear Weetbix #88 – Prometheus by Jay Sullivan

By 12 December 2013

Dear Weetbix,
I was at a gig last week and two things occurred that haven’t happened for at least two years.
1) Prometheus and I performed together, and;
2) I was watching him and I knew that I couldn’t follow it.
He and I used to gig together a lot, but both living such hectic lives and having young [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at the Phoenix with too many guests

By 11 December 2013
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at the Phoenix with too many guests

[ 18 December 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

The finest night of free entertainment the Earth has ever seen happens Monthly at the Phoenix.

It is hosted by Andrew Galan and Joel Barcham because they are loud.

You should be aware of this.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

YOUR FIRST AND LAST POETRY SLAM

BRINGS YOU THE DECEMBER

YES, THE DECEMBER

And in the December we want you on stage with your words for [...]

Joy dishes the arts grants

By 11 December 2013

Joy Burch is playing Santa to arts organisations with our money:
“I am pleased the ACT Government continues to provide strong access to, and participation in, the arts for our community through the ACT Arts Fund,” Ms Burch said.
“The 2014 funding will support a broad range of programs and projects by arts organisations, individual artists, [...]

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