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DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 27 March

By 26 March 2009
DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 27 March

[ 27 March 2009 to 29 March 2009. ] [First filed: March 26, 2009 @ 08:28]

So, for those who remain alive, Friday is coming up.

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

Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

Got bamboo?

By 26 March 2009
Got bamboo?

The in2CHANGE project (a celebration of the life and death of Belconnen Interchange with a spectacular finale planned in the structure) needs your help:
Some lovely artists who work in bamboo are contributing to the in2CHANGE project which will be going ahead in the Belconnen bus interchange during the April school holidays (more news about [...]

Andrew Barr to light the Fuse

By 26 March 2009
Andrew Barr to light the Fuse

[ 3 April 2009; 6:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s new GLBTQ publication (that’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Queer to the unitiated) is having a big launch at Hush on Friday week, with after party at Cube to cover their bases, and Andrew Barr is going to launch it.

From the launch announcement:

The evening will start at Hush Lounge with the call of drums [...]

iSpin pole dancers spin into action for charity

By 25 March 2009
iSpin pole dancers spin into action for charity

[ 29 March 2009; 6:30 pm; ]

The staff and students of iSpin, Canberra’s newest Pole Dancing Studio, will showcase their individual and doubles pole dancing routines to raise money for the Balfour Family Trust and the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, this Sunday night. 

Like most people, staff and students at iSpin have been moved by the devastation following the recent natural [...]

Free theatre double bill – For Youth Week

By 25 March 2009
Free theatre double bill - For Youth Week

[ 3 April 2009; 7:00 pm; 4 April 2009; 7:00 pm; ]

The Belconnen Theatre is playing host to a Youth Week presentation of a theatrical double bill with plays by local authors.

From the media release:

Featuring a cast of young theatre makers, the two one-act plays have been devised and developed specifically for Youth Week.

Written and directed by Emma Gibson, Love Cupboard is a deceptively light [...]

The Crooked Fiddle Band & Mr Fibby

By 25 March 2009

[ 27 March 2009; 8:00 pm; ] BATTON DOWN THE HATCHES!



People of Canberra we are at panic stations as THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND elbow their way back into our sweet, innocent capital to seduce and emotionally damage us with their searing chainsaw gypsy mayhem.

They are currently cutting a crooked path [...]

Beware of the Israeli Art Scam in Canberra

By 25 March 2009

This evening at my home in west Belconnen I had a wonderful visit from two Israeli “art students” showing me their artwork which they stated was painstakingly painted by themselves to fund their trip around Australia.
This is a scam. The paintings are cheap chinese mass produced knock offs marked up to be sold [...]

The Copyfighters

By 24 March 2009

Another Lights! Canberra! Action! entry, posted by RevLucio with the following note:

Harry and Wallace have no idea what they’re in for when they decide to download some music…

Some fun action sequences, a dash of “Secret Valley”, perhaps a bit patch in plot, dialogue and acting. I did like the General sporting stripes.

Want to help make a movie?

By 24 March 2009

Mahboba’s Orphans from Kris Kerehona on Vimeo.
Local movie producer, Kris Kerehona, is making a movie: “Journey of Hope”. It’s about Mahboba Rawi and the 4,000 Afghani orphans who call her mother.
Every year an Afghan/Australian woman, Mahboba Rawi, travels back to Afghanistan to find poor kids and widows, and provide them with shelter, food, and education [...]

Celebrity singing bee and gala ball for Diabetes

By 24 March 2009
Celebrity singing bee and gala ball for Diabetes

A good cause to be dressing up for. From the flyer:
Diabetes ACT Guardian Angel Gala Ball will feature a celebrity singing bee, hosted by Tony Kopa, vocalist on Channel 9’s Celebrity Singing Bee. There will also be an exclusive number plate auction, Limited edition series AUS 11–AUS 20
Join MC, Natalie Forrest , News [...]

Damien Dempsey is appearing this Saturday the 28th March at the Canberra Irish Club

By 24 March 2009


Damien Dempsey is from Donaghmede on Dublin’s Northside.
His earliest musical influences were the post-pub singsongs that his parents used to have at their home when he was a toddler. Good, bad or indifferent, everyone had to sing. Today his unique sound reflects the influence of traditional Sean-Nós as well as [...]

The Incident At Fugue Bay – now open

By 24 March 2009
The Incident At Fugue Bay - now open

[ 21 March 2009; 24 March 2009; 26 March 2009; 27 March 2009; 28 March 2009; 2 April 2009; 3 April 2009; 4 April 2009; ] [First filed: March 23, 2009 @ 10:07]

Canberra Dramatics is currently performing “The Incident At Fugue Bay” at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

The play is written and directed by Canberra local, and frequent RiotACT commenter, Trevar Alan Chilver.

From the blurb:

“He was meant to be dead…”
Anna is not really in love with Mikey, and Mikey is [...]

In search of Heidi Smith…

By 23 March 2009

I’m looking for any work by local photographer Heidi Smith.  She was quite big back in the eighties and took magnificent photos of Canberra as well as doing portraits/private commissions.
Having trawled the web for info, my results have been limited to a book with Brian Smith called ‘I Love Canberra’. I’ve also found a hardcover [...]

NGA claims Victory as Degas closes

By 23 March 2009

The Canberra Times is bringing down the curtain on the Degas exhibition
Apparently the National Gallery has broken even, 153,000 punters have seen the pretty ballerinas first hand, and $30.3 million has been pumped into the local economy.
Gallery director Ron Radford said the exhibition, which cost $6million to stage, had exceeded the target set for visitors, [...]

Skyfire 21 review… or how to waste most of the day to watch and listen to a bunch of crap…

By 22 March 2009
Skyfire 21 review... or how to waste most of the day to watch and listen to a bunch of crap...

Don’t get me wrong, the fireworks itself were not that bad.  But they weren’t spectacular… there has been better ones over the years… 
The thing that let the whole thing down was the soundtrack. 
For something that is advertised as fireworks to music (which is how I remember it being when it started 21 years ago) [...]

10 reasons to check out the Folk Festival if you’ve never been before

By 21 March 2009
10 reasons to check out the Folk Festival if you've never been before

[ 9 April 2009 to 13 April 2009. ] [First filed: March 20, 2009 @ 10:13]

The National Folk Festival is on again this Easter at Exhibition Park. It’s a bit of a religion for the faithful but we asked the organisers for some reasons why one of you should go if you’ve never been before.

They came back with a list of 10 things and [...]

Two more Lights! Canberra! Action! entries

By 21 March 2009

Two more entries from the Lights! Canberra! Action! film making competition.

The first has been posted by MissingBits1 and is a bit of an extended music video (not sure about blue jeans on the metal heads, not sure about the songs either) as well as a remorseless drive for bonus points.

The second is called Worm Project [...]

Portrait Gallery hits 250,000 visitors

By 21 March 2009

The Canberra Times informs us that the National Portrait Gallery has hit a quarter of a million visitors since opening in December.
Apparently this exceeds expectations.

No thanks fatty!*

By 21 March 2009

I thought Pink was asking a bit much, but have a look at what French and Saunders  are asking!
At long last French & Saunders, Britain’s most celebrated female comedians, embark on their first – and final – Australian tour.
Featuring the best of characters and sketches from the three decades they have been making people laugh, [...]

Having fun with Earth Hour?

By 20 March 2009

[ 28 March 2009; 6:30 pm; ] The Greens are promising candlelit trivia, finger food, and drinks with which to see in Earth Hour.

They’re holding it at St John’s Church in Reid (presumably in the hall, not the church).

Tickets are $25 from the dedicated online Green Shop.

Domus Adultus – Live and local music – Thursdays at Hippo

By 20 March 2009
Domus Adultus - Live and local music - Thursdays at Hippo

It’s been many a year since I darkened Hippo’s door on Garema Place. I had a very strange night there years ago* and always found other places to be thereafter.
But with an unexpected influx of free time I decided to go check it out.
Don’t be fooled, this is not a second night of Bootleg Sessions. [...]

Police Wrap – 20 March

By 20 March 2009

1. Keep an eye on your scrotes:
ACT Policing is urging parents and guardians to check on the safety and whereabouts of their children during the Skyfire fireworks tomorrow night (Saturday, March 21) to avoid the necessity for police intervention.
Last year’s Skyfire event over Lake Burley Griffin was attended by an estimated 130,000 people. Police detained [...]

A Lie of the Mind – At the ANU Arts Centre

By 20 March 2009
A Lie of the Mind - At the ANU Arts Centre

[ 26 March 2009; 27 March 2009; 28 March 2009; 1 April 2009; 2 April 2009; 3 April 2009; 4 April 2009; ]

papermoon presents Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind

26 March to 4 April in the ANU Arts Centre Theatre 7.30pm

Tickets $25/$20 from Teatro Vivaldi, ph 6125 8009

Dinner/show packages available

From their announcement:

papermoon is proud to present its first show for 2009, Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind. The most adventurous and large scale [...]

DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 20 March

By 20 March 2009
DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 20 March

[ 20 March 2009 to 22 March 2009. ] [First filed: March 19, 2009 @ 08:58]

What to do? Where to do it?

Once more we turn to the RiotACT hive mind and attempt to build an entertainment listing.

Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

Pimps and Pornstars at Corroboree Park Hall

By 19 March 2009
Pimps and Pornstars at Corroboree Park Hall

[ 28 March 2009; 7:00 pm; ]

The following in from the Canberra Musicians Club:

Pimps and Pornstars: Coolio Desgracias steps forward to drop his first salvo.

What: Coolio Desgracias CD Launch
When: Saturday 28th March. 8pm, doors 7pm
Where: Corroboree park hall, Ainslie
Who: Coolio Desgracias, Los Chavos, Mechanical Pterodactyl, Sanjiva De Silva and Professor Anarchy
How much: $15 entry/ $12 concession/ $10 for [...]

March in March – Against the Government Internet Filter

By 19 March 2009
March in March - Against the Government Internet Filter

[ 21 March 2009; 1:00 pm; ]

The internet filter may appear to be stymied in the Senate but the Government is pushing on with its plans so the Digital Liberty Coalition is pushing back with a rally this Saturday at Parliament House.

Details on the March In March website:

From there:

March in March is an upbeat event to give people an opportunity stand [...]

Fluff Piece – Amusing competition from 1992 Kambah High Student Newsletter

By 19 March 2009

This is not a serious news article so move along people if you’re after something more substantial.
I have recently been clearing out and came a across a cache of my old Kambah High student Newsletters. I thought I’d reproduce the following competition that ran in the August 1992 edition of the newsletter we called ‘Student [...]

Canberra Harvest Festival

By 18 March 2009

[ 28 March 2009; 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] Canberra’s local food is to be celebrated at the Canberra Harvest Festival, being held in conjunction with Earth Hour, on the 28th of March. The main goal of the festival is to bring people together to share in some of the great food produced in our region and to highlight the many benefits of eating locally [...]

Identity and Digital Imaging Workshop at the National Portrait Gallery

By 18 March 2009
Identity and Digital Imaging Workshop at the National Portrait Gallery

[ 28 March 2009; 12:00 am to 5:00 pm. ]

As part of National Youth Week here’s something that might be of interest:

Join multimedia artist Paul Mosig from Studio Racket as he deconstructs some of his highly detailed collage works and teaches the methodology used in producing them. Using his experience in creating self referential portraits in imagined landscapes he will step through a series [...]

Rock for RADD fundraising

By 18 March 2009

We are starting a bit of a fundraising campaign for this years Rock for RADD. 
Rock for RADD is a charity concert held annually aimed at raising money and awareness to the dangers of drink driving.  Proceeds go to RADD (Recording Artists, Athletes & Actors Against Drink Driving). 
Last year we had 11 bands, 1 DJ [...]

So You Think You Can Dancers coming to entertain the kiddies

By 18 March 2009

There’s a misconception that there’s nothing for kids to do in this town.
The reality is that there’s a huge list of activities be they sport, theatre, art, music, or community based. The problem is that the activities the kids want are based around sex, drugs, or adrenalin, things the populace is less than keen [...]

Narrabundah Community Festival – Sat 28th March 2009

By 18 March 2009

[ 28 March 2009; ] Narrabundah Community

Saturday, March 28 2009
10am-3pm with entertainment into the evening
Harmonie German Club
Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah, ACT

• 1920s Fire-Engines from Canberra Fire Museum
• Jerrabomberra Bushfire Brigade
• Snowy Hydro Southcare
• Rooftop Foundation Easter Raffle trailer
• Children’s activities- Narrabundah Early Childhood School
• Constable Kenny Koala
• Advice on community services-Tenants Union ACT, Citizens Advice Bureau
• Commercial displays from: Lupo Concrete Pump, B & D Crane [...]

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