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Can Canberra step up to host the Pony Fair?

By 4 February, 2009

[First filed: February 04, 2009 @ 08:30]

The My Little Pony Trading Post (MLPTP to those in the know) has the exciting news that Canberra is hard in the running (with Sydney and Melbourne) to host the Australian Pony Fair.
Following the recent polls on where the Australian Pony Fair should be held this year, we have [...]

“Opera By Candlelight” Sunday afternoon

By 4 February, 2009

[ 8 February, 2009; 6:00 pm; ] “Opera by Candlelight” – Don’t miss out !

Stage 88 Commonwealth Park

On Sunday February 8, 2009 you can enjoy your favourite opera tunes superbly performed in the idyllic setting of Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park.This event is presented in association with our community partners: The Canberra Times, The University of Canberra and the MS Society and  [...]

Circus themed O-Week

By 4 February, 2009

Despite being promised that voluntary student unionism meant the end of O-Week festivities, the ANU News informs us that the week starting 16 February will see a circus themed celebration.
Many events are free but some require tickets. Make sure you’re in Union Court on Monday 16 February for the O-Week Launch, because amidst the [...]

Adventure Paintball 3 man tournament series

By 4 February, 2009

[ 22 February, 2009; ] G’day all,

Adventure Paintball will be holding a 5 round tournament series starting on Sunday 22 Feb. Events will be held every fortnight with the final round held on 19 April.

There will be prizes for each round as well as an overall team prize for the series winners (3 electronic markers).

Entry is $150/team. There [...]

Paddy Palin Canberra Adventure Race

By 4 February, 2009

Paddy Pallin have an adventure race coming up on 14 February – for those not otherwise occupied by Valentine’s Day duties.
From their latest newsletter:
Now is the time to act on that New Years resolution to be more active in 2009. After a sell out race in the Sydney region, the 3rd event [...]

Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008 – At the National Portrait Gallery

By 4 February, 2009

When I saw this one on the Portrait Gallery’s list of forthcoming attractions I can’t say it made my ears prick up.
But the luvvies are chattering loud about it. So I dutifully inform you.
The NPG’s blurb says this:

Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008
12 June – 30 August 2009
Vanity Fair Portraits traces the birth and evolution of [...]

Who wants to be in a band?

By 3 February, 2009

Wanted a guitarist, small trio or piano player in Canberra.
I’m a female singer, used to be so I’m rusty, but would like to find a guitarist, trio or piano player to rejoin the world of music.
I’m interested in funk blues, jazzy styles, beautiful torch songs, and rearranging contemporary music to find extra soul and lyrical heart.

The Missing Lincolns CD – Righteous Noise

By 3 February, 2009

[First filed: February 02, 2009 @ 10:36]

On Friday night a strange confluence of Brumbies and a tired girlfriend meant I could only catch about an hour of the Missing Lincolns CD launch at The Front in Lyneham. Which was a shame because the hour I caught was a great party.
The strength of The Front is [...]

Calling young-up-and-coming Canberra Fashion designers

By 2 February, 2009

Hi everyone,
I’m looking for some local fashion design talent to use their creations in some photographic shoots I have coming up over the next few months.. Images will be provided to the designers and they are very welcome to participate in the shoots. In particular, I’d like to get in touch with some of the [...]

O in the Park cancelled

By 2 February, 2009

Subscribed to their mailing list, I received an email from Lexington Music yesterday announcing the cancellation of their next event ‘O in the Park’ being cancelled. It was meant to go ahead on Saturday 21 February. The email and website says:
It is with great regret that we advise the highly anticipated O in the Park [...]

The NT Intervention: Living with a Racist Policy; Public Forum and Demo

By 2 February, 2009

[ 2 February, 2009; 7:00 pm; ] Public Forum: The NT Intervention – Living with a Racist Policy

Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla, Canberra


Barbara Shaw – Mt Nancy Town Camp, Mparntwe – Alice Springs

Harry Jakamarra Nelson – Yuendumu community

Elaine Peckham – Iwupataka Land Trust

Irene Fisher – Sunrise Health Service, Katherine

George Newhouse – Human Rights Lawyer

Jon Altman – Australian National University

And other residents from [...]

Live music doomed again?

By 2 February, 2009

The Canberra Times is running what feels like the annual doom and gloom piece declaring the death of live music due to urban infill.
It’s a story that needs to be approached with some caution. Some of the doom is things that haven’t actually happened. And some of the gloom is for things like the end [...]

Valentino on Valentine’s Day

By 1 February, 2009

There’s a bit of buzz about for the world premiere of the “Valentino” stage show at the Canberra Theatre with a large cast of people who’ve been on TV.
Details are on the theatre website.
As you can see from the poster I’ve been sent there’s a $10 discount on adult tickets if you give them the [...]

Dominic Mico departs

By 31 January, 2009

The Canberra Times has a strange story, hinting at much and saying little directly, about the launch of the multicultural festival and the resignation of Canberra arts impressario Dominic Mico from his long held position of artistic director of the festival.
It sounds like the launch was a bit of a fizzer too, but conditions are [...]

National Folk Festival Early Bird Tickets Close Soon

By 30 January, 2009

[ 9 April, 2009 7:00 pm to 13 April, 2009 11:00 pm. ]
Over the last few years there has been discussion on The RiotACT of people not realising that early bird ticketing finished and then lamenting the fact that they had missed out. The Festival wants to give the audience of this website a little bit of a special deal. Officially the first Early Bird Ticketing [...]

Nightfest blowout

By 30 January, 2009

[First filed: January 29, 2009 @ 08:35]
The Canberra Times brings word that despite being extremely well attended the Nightfest part of Floriade blew its budget by a quarter of a million dollars.
Someone resigned over screwing that up have they?
UPDATE: Brendan Smyth is outraged that his beloved tourism area might suffer budget cuts to make good [...]

6 Billion Love

By 30 January, 2009

[ 7 February, 2009 to 9 February, 2009. ] Canberra Youth Theatre and Fringe 09 present

a butoh inspired live art work

Created and Directed by Cheneoh Miller
Costume Design: Danielle Killick
Lighting Design: Anthony Arblaster
Cast: Canberra Youth Theatre

The number 6,677,563,921 ticks forwards and backwards everyday with births and deaths on the planet occurring even as you read this. We are 1 of the Six Billion [...]

Big Dramas at Canberra Youth Theatre

By 30 January, 2009

Canberra Youth Theatre’s (CYT) 2009 Semester 1 Brochure has been released and is going to cause one drama after another. CYT invites young people aged 7-25 to come in and create some drama: act, learn, have fun, make new friends and perform in our theatre.
Canberra Youth Theatre was established in 1972 and is the longest [...]

DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 30 January

By 30 January, 2009

[ 30 January, 2009 to 1 February, 2009. ] [First filed: January 29, 2009 @ 08:14]

It’s here, the weekend when Canberra stops to celebrate my birthday.

What events will you be going to this weekend to mark this momentous occasion? (or otherwise).

Corinbank as the big goodbye

By 30 January, 2009

Corinbank have pushed out an omnibus media release covering all the latest news from next month’s festival.
Of particular interest to local music fans is this bit:
The incredible Andi & George Band have announced they are splitting up. Canberrans will have one last chance to see this amazing band play to a hometown crowd at [...]

Australian Journeys opens at the National Museum.

By 30 January, 2009

The National Museum has announced the opening of a new “Australian Journeys” gallery, sorry, make that “a major new permanent gallery”.
Australian Journeys explores Indigenous trade and connections of exchange and ceremony sustained across the Australian continent and into the Pacific for thousands of years, the voyages of European explorers, including Captain James Cook, and details [...]

Pure DJ’s presents BreakOut Lab Feat. OPERON (Golden Orb Records, Brisbane)

By 30 January, 2009

[ 27 February, 2009; ]

Pure DJ’s presents BreakOut Lab Feat. OPERON (Golden Orb Records, Brisbane)

A night of Chilled Beats, Electro / Breaks, Liquid / Atmospheric Drum ‘n’ Bass, Minimal / Techno

With support from:

Sydney Girls Grammar (Sydney)
Stefan Stonker

Mercury Bar
Doors open 8pm
Free before 11pm
$5 after until 2am

DJ Operon has been a pillar of the drum’n’bass community in Brisbane (Australia) for over [...]

The Scribble writers festival

By 30 January, 2009

[ 6 February, 2009 to 7 February, 2009. ] The ACT Writers Centre is hosting Scribble, a festival celebrating youth literature, at Gorman House from 6-7 February 2009.

Scribble will feature Schools Day sessions from 9.30-2.30pm on 6 February and more general sessions for adults in the evening and on the Saturday 7 February.

Scribble will include readings, workshops, a zine fair, a [...]

Feature film in Canberra

By 29 January, 2009

Black-hearted, nihilistic, and destructive;
Local is a film about Love.
“When you are first born into the world, you are forgiven for the screams, your pain is understood. Over the next few years you will fight to take control over every bodily function, but, most of the time, you will fail. You will face denial with tears [...]

Belconnen Arts Centre emergent

By 28 January, 2009

Our Chiefly leader has proudly announced that the $9 million Belconnen Arts Centre is starting to look the business down on Emu Bank at the end of Benjamin Way.
“Local residents will notice the new centre is taking shape with cladding and roofing now enveloping the steel structure and the foyer and gallery taking shape,” Mr [...]

Cotter River up For Sale

By 28 January, 2009

In a bold move to grow local arts, celebrate and respect our environment and offer an investment in fine art, Canberra photographer Chris Holly is selling the Cotter River at its source as two limited-edition images, then cutting up the originals.
There will only ever be 60 copies of each image. After the images have sold, [...]

Canberra Custom Knife Show

By 28 January, 2009

[ 31 January, 2009; 5:00 am; ] Australia’s top knife makers will be returning to Canberra again this year on January 31st for the annual Canberra Custom Knife Show to show off their latest creations.

The ancient craft of forging one of our oldest tools is experiencing a surge in popularity across Australia. More and more people are [...]

The Australia Day Fireworks 2009

By 28 January, 2009

[First filed: January 27, 2009 @ 08:47]

With other plans falling through I spent last night watching Top Gear.
But I could hear the fireworks loud and clear.
Anyone want to share their impressions of the official entertainment?
This corking photo was taken by Deye. The slideshow below is mostly made up of shots taken by Grundy.
Got [...]

Music video – Zwish – Lego Wars 3 “Return of the Rod”

By 27 January, 2009

Regular readers will be relieved to learn that local rockers Zwish have now concluded their “Lego Wars” trilogy with this instalment.
Bryn from the band sent it in with this note:
“Yes we went a little crazy with special effects, they do get addictive, but it is a return to what we do best with lego, have [...]

RiotACT PMs XI get together

By 27 January, 2009

[ 29 January, 2009; 9:00 am; ] [First filed: January 08, 2009 @ 11:05]

Keen to get to Manuka Oval for the PM’s XI? Looking forward to a day of heavy drinking in the sun and jokes about New Zealanders?

If you want to go with other Rioters then get yourself a general admission ticket and either meet up in Civic at 9am on [...]

Australia Day Eve Concert

By 27 January, 2009

[First filed: January 26, 2009 @ 00:43]

When I was younger and dumber I actually backpacked around a lot of Europe with an Australian flag on the back of my pack. So it’s fair to say I’m rather fond of the flag and think it’s actually a pretty good symbol of Australia.
On that note who am [...]

Zoomy, bangy Australia Day stuff

By 26 January, 2009

The Australia Day citizenship ceremony went to plan, but I was on Kings Avenue Bridge to try and get a picture of the fly-past of four F/A-18 Hornets.
In retrospect I should have shot video because the sound of 8 General Electric turbofans throwing out 11,000 pounds of thrust each was the most remarkable part of [...]


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