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 [...]
[ 26 January, 2009; ] Jon Stanhope has put out a media release on all the fun things the ACT Government is putting on this Australia Day:
The Casual Projects, Hancock Basement, Barbarian, Super Best Friends, and Los Capitanes will take to the lake stage for the inaugural Australia Day Jam.
In between the acts, the Sydney-based Monster Skate Park crew [...]
[ 29 January, 2009; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. ] Help save the Upper Florentine – Forestry Tasmania is smashing into Pristine Wilderness RIGHT NOW!!!!
At the heart of Tasmania’s Southern Forests, wild rivers flow through valleys containing forests which evolved from the ancient continent of Gondwanaland. In the valleys of the Styx, UpperFlorentine, Middle Huon, Weld, and Upper Derwent flourish some of the world’s oldest [...]
[ 23 January, 2009 to 25 January, 2009. ] [First filed: January 22, 2009 @ 08:43]
OK hive minders, it’s time to get busy like the bees and post information about fun events on this weekend in the comments.
[ 23 January, 2009; 7:00 pm; ] Greetings Ladies and Gents,
The Ripe Collective wish to invite you to attend the Opening of Exhibition 2 – Inaugural Group Show, featuring DJ SEAN KELLY from EXPOSED
When:- Friday 23rd Jan – 7pm
Where:- PARVAIZ CAFE-GALLERY & BAR, Minter Ellison Bld, 25 National Circuit Forrest (http://www.parvaiz.com.au/index.html)
Exhibition Date(s):- 23rd Jan till 16th Feb 09*
Works will be for sale and [...]
[ 30 January, 2009; 8:00 pm; ] [First filed: January 20, 2009 @ 09:46]
Next Friday the rock powerhouse “Missing Lincolns” are finally launching their album at The Front.
Facebook provides these details:
Friends, family, fellow Canberrans – the wait is over.
A brief seven years after forming, The Missing Lincolns are finally ready to present their masterpiece – RIGHTEOUS NOISE. Enlisting the [...]
[ 31 January, 2009; 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. ]
A FREE Fusiondance workshop will be given at Civic Library for beginners of all ages. Panta Rei will teach a fusion of Spanish-Gypsy, African, Asian and Middle-Eastern dancing.
Book online at The ACT Library website.
IF you miss out – don’t stress, there’s a new term of classes in both Fusion Dance & Hand Drumming:
!!!DANCE TO LIVE [...]
Gig review – Friday 16th of January, The Basement, Belconnen ACT.
Seems like no one else writes any sort of gig review these days, so I thought I’d have another crack at it.
*Please note all the views and opinions in this article are my view and opinions so if you don’t like ‘em……..tough.
*The gig flyer said [...]
[ 6 February, 2009 to 14 February, 2009. ]
You can check out the pretty version of the Fringe 09 Festival program here, but for straight web purposes here’s a luvverly text version to be going on with.
All this action will be taking place in Civic Square and is free free free (or to put it another way, has already been paid for). The [...]
[ 20 January, 2009; 8:00 pm; ]
Not sure if there are many country fans reading RiotACT but just in case I thought I might mention that Arley Karlsen is playing in Canberra tonight down at The Burns Club.
Check out some of his stuff here and here
I started working there recently and have to say for a club they have a pretty [...]
[ 5 March, 2009; ] Mr Stanhope has announced that the first Australian qualifier in the Asian Football Championship will be played here in Canberra against Kuwait.
“Since the Socceroos’ outstanding performance at the 2006 Football World Cup, the team has captured the imagination of Australia’s sporting community and many Canberrans,” Mr Stanhope said. “We’re delighted that Canberra has been chosen [...]
[First filed: January 18, 2009 @ 16:24]
There were a lot of things I missed about Canberra in my year at the coast.
The Front, turkish pizza, zierholz beer, Ethiopian curries, original music and decent kebabs to name just a few.
But the Backyard Backanalias were the thing I missed the most. Four hours of raucous music in [...]
A lot of you are very excited about tomorrow’s inauguration of Barack Obama as the US President.
So where are the best public parties going to be?
Music For Everyone
Ainslie Arts Centre Braddon
PO Box 950 Civic Square ACT 2608
Tel: 6230 7190 Fax: 6257 8088
Artistic Director: Vivienne Winther
MUSIC FOR EVERYONE, the ACT’s premier community music organisation, offers an exciting 2009 program of classes, activities, workshops and performances for all ages, abilities and interests.
There are fun intro-to-music classes for kids aged 18 months to [...]
[ 22 January, 2009; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] I will be giving a talk for Socialist Alternative entitled ‘Can Obama solve the Middle East crisis?’
There are huge expectations in the United States and beyond about the first black American president. This talk examines how likely these expectations are to realised or disappointed, Obama’s record and the prospects for change in US policies towards [...]
[ 28 January, 2009 to 8 February, 2009. ]
Amina McConvell is having an exhibition of her work at the M16 art space in Fyshwick which you might well enjoy.
The precis of the exhibition explains it thusly:
‘Another world os possible’ looks at the possibility of a transition from one reality to another. The work engages with the ways in which human beings have historically [...]
[ 15 February, 2009; ] NATIONAL CAPITAL MOTORSPORTS CLUB PRESIDENT’S cup sunday 15th february racing starts at 10 am and goes through till approx 3 pm
Divisions featured will be:
– Super production sedans
– Series production sedans and
– Junior sedans (14-17 yr old)
National Capital Speedway is located on Pialligo Road, Fairbairn and is the first turn on the right after Oaks Estate Road [...]
The first part of local rockers Zwish “Lego Wars” music video trilogy went down quite well last week.
Bryn from the band has now informed me that the second instalment is available, with the following note:
It is a little darker than the first one and won’t be for everyone, in fact it is the first clip [...]
Just before Christmas, I won a short story competition here in the ACT.
Well, love it, loathe it, or be bored by and indifferent to it, here it is.
It’s called Skin Deep and won the Marjorie Grabner-McInnis Short Story Award 2008.
It is linked from this page http://www.actwriters.org.au/ACTawards.html and is a PDF file.
[ED - The direct link [...]
Im told there is an underground music scene in canberra, but I’m yet to find it.
Does anyone have suggestions of where i can get some musical sustenance?
Anything jazz, blues, folk, world, or just a little bit off beat….
I’m also interested in places to play informal gigs
[ 16 January, 2009 to 18 January, 2009. ] [First filed: January 15, 2009 @ 08:20]
And so, once again, our thoughts turn to merriment.
But where to be merry this weekend? And doing what?
Suggestions in the comments please.
[ 16 April, 2009 to 19 April, 2009. ]
As a straight man it’s difficult to express just how little interest I have in Jane Austen (if you think you’re a straight man, but your eyes lit up at the headline, I’ve got some bad news for you).
But for our large readership of non-straight men it’s worth noting that the earlybird season tickets to [...]
[First filed: January 13, 2009 @ 11:45]
The Canberra Museum and Gallery’s long been known to covet the Nolan collection from Lanyon.
The fine political arts of neglect and concocted emergency have in recent years allowed them to conduct possibly the biggest art theft in history, ever, anywhere in the world.
Bear in mind that when Sir [...]
John Hargreaves has announced that he’s taking the fireworks issue to cabinet for a decision on their continued consumer use at the Queen’s Birthday Weekend post 2010.
“The general public will be permitted to purchase and use consumer fireworks over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June this year,” Mr Hargreaves said.
“The fireworks industry is required [...]
The Boomerang Blog brings word that in place of the Canberra Readers’ and Writers’ Festival there will be three smaller festivals spread throughout the year.
Aimed at young readers and writers, the first mini-festival, ‘Scribble’, will take place on 6 to 7 February and will feature readings, workshops, panel discussions, a zine fair and a poetry [...]
Hail to the Hivemind,
Those of you who remember Loquaciousness will know she’s quite active in the IT arena, and so she’s organising an event she asked me to mention here on RiotACT. Details:
Girl Geek Dinners have been successful all around the world, including Melbourne, Sydney and most recently Brisbane. Now it’s Canberra’s turn!
Girl Geek dinners [...]
[ 31 January, 2009; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] This workshop is hands on—in an afternoon you will : Make soap from materials you probably have in your kitchen; Make the tool you will need to cut the soap from recycled resources; Hear about the fascinating history of how soap used to be made; Learn enough theory to “do it yourself”; Make face or hand cream from [...]
It was just in late November that Canberra Goss finally launched to an underwhelming response.
Now they’ve already suspended operations before having another go at a launch. This message is currently on their website:
Canberra Goss went out with a bang last year with a huge Christmas party provided by Academy night club. Keep an eye [...]
[First filed: January 14, 2009 @ 11:23]
Last night our winning premium subscriber, Madman, got his double pass to the Corinbank festival. As a bonus James from Corinbank threw in a branded t-shirt, hat, and keyring bottle opener which was extremely kind of him.
To be in the running for similar competition you need to pay [...]
Some of Canberra’s children of the night are trying to make a vampire movie right here in Canberra.
Right now they’re looking for outfits, contacts, blood and volunteers. It has a name, “Dark Valley” (Tuggers reference?), a main vampire called Alice, and a main evil guy vampire called Gene as well as hunter and family members.
[First filed: January 13, 2009 @ 08:28]
Zwish are one of the more memorable local bands I’ve ever interviewed, they’re extremely funny people.
Bryn from the band has been in touch to let me know they’ve released their latest video onto YouTube.
It’s part of their ongoing series of videos using stop motion lego animation. The note on [...]
According to Media Spy, Southern Cross HD have pulled their fingers out and are going to broadcast Channel 10′s new One HD 24 hour sports channel due for launch in April.
This is great news for everyone who has bought HD TV’s and Set Top Boxes only to discover that the Southern Cross HD channel [...]