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Halloween in the City

By 24 September, 2013

[ 28 October, 2013 to 3 November, 2013. ]

Halloween is an American tradition that I wished had more influence here.

Where I grew up as a kid had a huge American pupulation so Halloween was a really big deal, with hundreds of costumed kids and adults flocking the streets at night and mountains of candy to be had.

I was also lucky enough to spend [...]

Anger Management and the importance of personal hygiene at Nishi

By 24 September, 2013

[ 11 October, 2013 to 23 October, 2013. ]

ArtsACT has the delightful news that the amazing George Rose is putting on her first exhibition at Nishi:

Anger Management and The Importance of Personal Hygiene is George Rose’s first solo exhibition. The works presented deal with idea’s surrounding expression vs interpretation and the notion of the creation of art aiding in the mental digestion [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! with Amelia Filmer-Sankey and El Lukio

By 24 September, 2013

[ 16 October, 2013; ]

Canberra’s finest and only poetry event is returning to the Phoenix next month on the 16th with special guest stars Amelia Filmer-Sankey and El Lukio.

That’s right! I said Amelia Filmer-Sankey and El Lukio!

Can you even comprehend?

Lord of co-op related events and black-belted word ninja, Amelia Filmer-Sankey will be getting all up in your word grill [...]

Momentum Under 18s Festival at UC

By 24 September, 2013

[ 13 December, 2013; 12:00 am to 11:00 pm. ]

Those of you still sitting in the pre-beer-buying ages rejoice, this December the 13th sees the inaugural Momentum Festival launch at the University of Canberra.

Big name DJs and the crew behind Foreshore means this will probably quite a slick event, so check it out.

Kicks Entertainment has teamed up with Raw FM to launch Canberra’s premier [...]

Doctor Who at Dr Sketchy’s @ Scope Mount Stromlo

By 23 September, 2013

[ 13 October, 2013; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ]

I do love me some Doctor Who.

Dr Sketchy’s is kind of like having an life drawing class at a Cabaret.

Life drawing and entertainment, all out at Scope which is a pretty great space.

Featuring a Tardis Bar, the 11 Doctors, Melina Fahrenheit, Schatzi Sunshine, Anne Duffy, Abel Fox, and more.

Check out the Facebook event page for [...]

Little Shop of Horrors at Erindale Theatre

By 23 September, 2013

[ 17 October, 2013 to 2 November, 2013. ]

Canberra Philharmonic are doing Little Shop of Horrors!

Feed me Seymore!

The show will be running from the 17th of October to the 2nd November at Erindale Theatre in Wanniassa.

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version [...]

Waterhouse Natural Science art prize winners at National Archives

By 19 September, 2013

[ 20 September, 2013 to 10 October, 2013. ]

The National Archives will be hosting the top 33 entries from the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize from the 20th of September. The competition explores science through art, and the National Archives is fortunate to be the only space outside of Adelaide to get the chance to host the works.

‘We’re delighted to partner with the [...]

Thomas the Tank Engine appearing at SPIN festival

By 19 September, 2013

[ 19 October, 2013 to 20 October, 2013. ]

SPIN: Weekends on Wheels has just upped it’s profile by securing one of the world’s biggest celebrity vehicles to appear as a part of their program.

So mark the dates in your calendar, and get ready to use your offspring as an excuse to go see Thomas for yourself.

Thomas the Tank Engine, the world’s most famous [...]

Word Co-op is a new poetry night

By 19 September, 2013

[ 21 September, 2013; 7:00 pm; ]

Local poetry wizards Andrew Galan and Amelia Filmer-Sankey (who you may remember we had on the RiotWRAP a few weeks back) are starting up a new bimonthly poetry event at the ANU Food Co-op.

Entry is by donation, and to kick this thing off with a bang they’ve collected a stellar bunch of poets to do [...]

Finding S___ T____ @ QL2 Theatre

By 19 September, 2013

[ 3 October, 2013 7:00 pm to 5 October, 2013 7:00 pm. ]

Dean Cross is returning to Canberra with his first solo show, Finding S___ T____.

I’m assuming we have to actually go to the show to learn what S and T stand for, and as a marketing device goes it’s working because I really, really, want to know.

The premise sounds rather interesting also.

Finding S___ T____ is [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 20th of September

By 19 September, 2013

[ 19 September, 2013 to 23 September, 2013. ]


I am excited for the weekend, as should you be.

There is a bunch of radness happening this weekend, and I demand that you take full advantage of it.


As always leave your own suggestions in the comments below, because that’s the whole “DIY” side of things.

Governor-General’s Centenary Family Picnic Day this Saturday

By 18 September, 2013

[ 21 September, 2013; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] The Governor General (or GG as her mates know her) is throwing a bit of a bash this Saturday at her place. It’s a free event, so get ready to party on with the Queen’s representative.

These days are good family fun, and the Governor general’s property and house are gorgeous.

There’s usually a heap of entertainment. [...]

Greg Kimball’s “Man Baby” at Civic Pub

By 17 September, 2013

[ 18 October, 2013; 5:00 pm; 5:00 pm; 5:00 pm; 5:00 pm; ]

See Greg Kimball’s Man Baby at Civic Pub on October the 18th.

Man Baby is Greg Kimball’s show. That’s its name. He is not, to our knowledge, bringing a man sized baby to the pub.

That joke was mine, so it in no way represents the quality of Greg’s jokes.


Hilarious, popular and good looking Canberra comedian (wrote [...]

Model Ships Expo at Belconnen Arts Centre

By 17 September, 2013

[ 17 September, 2013; 1:00 pm; 21 September, 2013 to 22 September, 2013. ] Models are cool.

The Canberra Model Shipwrights Society are putting on their annual expo this weekend at the Belconnen Arts Centre,

You can go, if you like.

Marking Canberra’s Centenary and the Canberra Model Shipwrights Society’s quarter-century, the expo will include up to 150 museum-quality period ships and warships, as well as radio-controlled vessels on Lake Ginninderra. The [...]

Happy Birthday Hackett

By 17 September, 2013

[ 21 September, 2013 to 22 September, 2013. ]

Hackett is turning 50, and it’s inviting you to its birthday party.

It’s not called the “Hackett Half Centenary” for reasons unknown.

Hackett’s 50th birthday bash will be held over the weekend 21 – 22 September 2013 to commemorate 50 years since the suburb was officially established.
The celebrations will be officially launched at 12 noon on the [...]

Because you don’t want to miss Mark Seymour and the Petrolsexuals at the TAMS depot

By 17 September, 2013

[ 19 October, 2013; ] The TAMS depot in Fyshwick is a bloody astonishing space and just how an aircraft hangar manages to hide out there is just as astonishing.

So it’s great it’s going to be getting community use as part of the SPIN festival.

Particularly the Centenary Team are waving the flag for what will be a fantastic way to [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam at the Front

By 16 September, 2013

[ 27 September, 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s only poetry slam named after Canberra is at the Front next Friday (the 27th) and it’s featuring local slam poet and championship boxer Ellie Malbon which will be all sorts of awesome.

One of the things I just claimed isn’t true.*

Hi everyone!

Canberra Poetry Slam returns on the 27th of September, with the lovely Ellie Malbon [...]

PechaKucha Canberra at Knightsbridge Penthouse

By 16 September, 2013

[ 9 October, 2013; 6:00 pm; ]

PechaKucha Canberra are back next month with another selection of people trying to say as much as they can in a very short time.

Spread the word, the next Pecha Kucha Canberra event is scheduled for Wednesday 9/10/13 6:00pm at Knightsbridge Penthouse. Don’t miss it!

CRDL presents Bout 5 Brindabelters vs Black ‘n’ Blue Belles

By 16 September, 2013

[ 21 September, 2013; ]

CRDL will celebrate its 5th birthday with their next home season in what has become the most anticipated match of the year, the Black ‘n’ Blue Belles and the Brindabelters will be going head to head looking to steamroll their way into the final. Both teams are undefeated this season and both are looking incredibly [...]

Mindscapes Festival coming in October

By 12 September, 2013

[ 3 October, 2013 to 17 October, 2013. ]

October the 6th to the 14th is mental health week, and Mindscapes Festival has a stack of events during and surrounding that week for you get sink your mind-teeth into.

Have a look at the flier above (larger version here) or head over to the Facebook page to get started with the mind-teeth sinking.

Chinese Full Moon at Arc Cinema

By 12 September, 2013

[ 19 September, 2013; 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ]

Swords, conversations, performance, and music.

Sounds pretty magical, and all for the price of nothing.

Get amongst it.

Chinese Full Moon
Thursday 19 September 2013, 5:30-6:30pm
Arc cinema, Canberra, ACT
Free entry
Part conversation, part performance, this poignant sojourn traces specific events in the migration history of the Chinese in Australia. Nicholas’s narrative references the time-honoured Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival and unapologetically [...]

Explore the world’s embassies in Windows to the World

By 12 September, 2013

[ 21 September, 2013 to 13 October, 2013. ] Andrew Barr just launched Windows to the World, a Centenary program in which visitors will be permitted to go explore Canberra’s embassies and high commissions.

Over four spring weekends from September 21-22, 33 missions will showcase their nation and culture to visitors.

This unique event could only happen in Canberra, where missions form part of the suburban [...]

You cannot live without chemicals. Lecture at the ANU

By 12 September, 2013

[ 13 September, 2013 to 14 September, 2013. ] One of my favourite pieces of stupidity is people who try and live “chemical free”.

It’s by far the most wonderfully ridiculous of all the ‘new age’ nonsense that people like to sprout.

Short of ejecting their consciousness from their bodies and floating around some astral plane, I really don’t see it happening.

Peter Wothers is presenting a [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! returns to its usual programming

By 12 September, 2013

[ 18 September, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]


BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is a poetry slam at the Phoenix Bar Canberra.

It has been called Canberra’s best night of free entertainment.

Poets will POET into a MICROPHONE which will then poet into your ears through TECHNOLOGY.

This month we feature Candy Royalle.

Candy Royalle is a performance artist and poet who fuses cinematic storytelling, poetry [...]

Camel rides and other fun holiday things at the National Arboretum

By 12 September, 2013

[ 23 September, 2013 to 13 October, 2013. ] CAMEL RIDES AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM!

Sorry I just really enjoy camel rides.

The National Arboretum is putting on a whole pile of events these school Holidays, including camel rides and a whole bunch of stuff that is not camel rides so I don’t care about it anymore.

The best part of the camel ride is the start [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 13th of September 2013

By 12 September, 2013

[ 12 September, 2013 to 16 September, 2013. ]

Hey weekend warriors!

What challenges await you this weekend?

Here are some conquests we’ve heard of that you can undertake.

Add your own suggestions of weekend quests in the comments below.

The Canberra Musicians Club’s Fifth Birthday Party!

By 12 September, 2013

[ 27 September, 2013; 8:00 pm; ] It’s gonna be a MEGA FUNK Birthday Party cause CMC is turning 5!
Come and celebrate Friday 27/09/2013 8pm till late @ White Eagle Polish Club, O’Connor.

Get down and dance all night if ya like cause the grooves just wont quit with;
The Zoopagoo funk monster, 8 piece mayhem!
Spindrift Saga – funk rock Peppers style, they’re tight, [...]

Zine Fyre at Gorman House

By 11 September, 2013

[ 21 September, 2013; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. ]

Hey Zine lovers!

Some more sweet Zine action is happening at Gorman House as a part of the Bloom Festival.

Check it out.

step into spring by purchasing some new ZINE wares!

as part of the gorman house arts centre ‘bloom’ festival – the CZE collective are holding a ZINE FYRE.

check out the hotbed of ACT / surrounding [...]

The Princess Bride at Palace Electric Cinema

By 11 September, 2013

[ 14 September, 2013; 1:30 pm; 15 September, 2013; 1:30 pm; ]

If you’ve ever seen the Princess Bride, I don’t need to sell you on going to see it at the movies. So instead watch this terrible trailer for it and get excited.

If you have not seen the Princess Bride, don’t watch the trailer. It reveals way too much, has terrible music, and it might turn [...]

The Fridge at The Street Theatre

By 10 September, 2013

[ 11 October, 2013 to 13 October, 2013. ]

Duck Bunny Theatre are hitting the Street Theatre with their new satyrical work The Fridge next month.

In a re-imagining of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Duck Bunny Theatre’s new satirical play The Fridge, mocks the powerful, and exposes the foolish in a comedic fable about the clash of want versus need premiering at The Street Theatre [...]

From a Black Sky at the Street Theatre

By 10 September, 2013

[ 20 September, 2013 to 22 September, 2013. ]

An Opera set during the 2003 bush fires is kicking off its season on the 20th of September at the Street Theatre.

In January 2003 when the fires raged and the seemingly impossible happened in Canberra, our city and the people in it changed. From a Black Sky is a gripping chamber opera set in the [...]

The Incas coming to the National Gallery

By 6 September, 2013

[ 6 December, 2013 to 21 April, 2014. ]

Andrew Barr has announced that the last Gallery blockbuster for 2013 will be: Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru.:

This new exhibition – which I launched this morning – is a one-off exclusive to Canberra. It will open in December and run over the first three months of next year.

It will provide another compelling [...]


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