[ 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.
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? [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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”, 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. [...]
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 [...]
[ 20 December 2013 at 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 [...]
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.
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 18 December 2013 at 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.
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 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, [...]
Local poet Omar Musa has produced a new rather pretty video to accompany his poem “Dark Streets”.
It has some creepy mask faces in it and I quite like it.
Canberra Pursuit was one of the more interesting artistic endeavours I have had the pleasure of being a part of this year. It was strange, chaotic, silly, and beautiful like good art should be.
Read up if you missed it.
Jon Rose just sent us these three videos he has put together about the event.
The second one [...]
This just in to us via Twitter.
ArtsACT need to try harder on vandal-proofing.
Or just electrify after hours.
Saddened to see Keld Moseholm's "On the staircase" is missing a man again. Disgusting vandalism. cc @The_RiotACT http://t.co/1wOeN2TQkm
— Sonja Barfoed (@SonjaBarfoed) December 8, 2013
UPDATE: Intriguingly this morning only one little man is missing:
[ 15 December 2013 at 4:00 pm; ] COZMO presents Capital of Australia Mandolinata’s Annual Summer Concert at the HELLENIC IN THE CITY!
All welcome to COZMO’s Annual Summer Concert, featuring the COZYMO Learning Groups (Beginning and Continuing) and the COZMO ensemble.
WHEN: Sunday 15 December 2013, 4.00–5.30pm
WHERE: Atlas Room, Hellenic Club In The City (13 Moore St)
TICKETS at the door: $10 Adults, $5 Concession*, [...]
The Salvation Army are putting on their annual Tuggeranong based Christmas celebration Carols in Town Park on Sunday the 15th.
This event has grown significantly over the last three years to become one of the largest community Christmas events in Canberra. This year the Vikings Group are again the main supporter, but have been joined by [...]
[ 12 December 2013 to 23 December 2013. ]
You Are Here and Canberra CBD are planning 12 days of Christmas events spread about the city in Civic Square, Ainslie Avenue, City Walk, and Garema Place.
There is a whole pile of activities and entertainment listed and everything kick off next Thursday the 12th, so get amongst it.
THURSDAY 12th DEC
4.30PM – 6.30PM
6.00PM – 7.00PM
The National Gallery’s new summer show is opening tomorrow and RiotACT was lucky enough to be invited to join the media horde at today’s preview.
This exhibition, really truly is a must see over the coming summer.
It’s full of sex and death and beauty and, of course, gold.
In our mass produced highly machined age you sometimes [...]
[ 6 December 2013 to 20 July 2014. ]
The National Museum of Australia is putting on an exhibition of modern examples of classic Aboriginal art painted on bark.
Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists is on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from 6 December 2013 to 20 July 2014.
Showcases the work of Australia’s old masters: Aboriginal painters from Arnhem [...]
[ 5 December 2013 to 17 December 2013. ]
Warehouse Circus continue to be one of my favourite organisations ever. They do excellent work and continue to not just pump out fantastic circus performers, but straight up help people in all sorts of wonderful circussy ways.
This exhibition chronicles their work with a group of 11 young women with disability, and sounds rather cool.
It’s only [...]
[ 11 December 2013 at 6:30 pm; ]
Naked Girls reading began is Chicago in 2009 and has since spread around the world, and finally it has come to Australia.
It is as it sounds.
We’re very excited to present…
The very first Naked Girls Reading Canberra
The very first Naked Girls Reading to ever grace the shores of our great country!
The Polit Bar will [...]
[ 5 December 2013 at 5:30 pm; ] On Thursday 5 December, join the artists completing the Certificate IV in Visual Arts at the CIT Reid campus for the opening of their end of course exhibition.
Drinks and nibbles supplied, event starts at 17.30.
Our super hip and bodacious friends over at BMA have posted up a list of their top 5 young bands to keep an eye on in 2014. Have a look, make note., check them out.
I’ve not seen any of them yet so I’ve now got my first collection of goals for next year.
Anyways we were [...]
They look fairly happy about it.
Today Joy Burch and Andrew Barr announced $85,000 in joint funding for You Are Here, Canberra’s little festival that could.
They did this in the alleyway behind Impact Comics.
You Are Here have used this space as a venue during the festival before, but on those occasions the traffic had been blocked [...]
[If you're coming in late, start at Part 1]
Judy and Raymond sat on the double bed in what had become ‘their’ room in the house. They sat cross-legged facing each other. Judy at one end and Ray at the other. Holding hands. Eyes closed. Breathing.
“There’s something blocking your base chakra Ray, I can feel it. [...]
Lovers of jazz, local music, and local jazz music take note!
The Monotremes are a selection of handsome individuals wielding some equally handsome instruments.
After a few years of gigs and experimentation, The Monotremes have made their first release, Phantasmagorganism.
It’s an EP, coming in at 25 minutes, with three tracks.
The Monotremes have been writing and performing extended [...]
Would you like to know more about visual design for creating a visual research output, like a poster or presentation? Would you like to improve your visual communication skills or learn more about how to approach visual design? The Visual Design for Researchers workshop aims to help you get started with the visual design process [...]
[ 7 December 2013; ] If you’re looking for a different type of Christmas celebration for your workplace or groups of friends this year, we could have exactly what you need… It’s a Christmas Dinner with a difference – We have world class comedians Greg Fleet and Steady Eddy, local comedians and a rising star magician who will keep you guessing [...]