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Sacred cows clash over the fitters’ workshop at Kingston.

By 14 July 2009

Congratulations to the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne for producing one of the least comprehensible openings to a media release I’ve seen amongst many thousands:
The diversity of public view on the future of the fitters’ workshop should be a neon signal to the Stanhope-Gallagher government that there should be a process of public consultation, according to Shadow [...]

Dr Stovepipe CD Launch

By 14 July 2009

[ 24 July 2009 at 8:00 pm; ]

The following has come across my desk and will be greatly appreciated by followers of the Canberra music scene:

Famed throughout the Empire & the Americas, the Indies & the Orient, Stovepipe’s Cure-all will remedy dyspepsia, neuralgia & feminine hysteria. It banishes fatigue & offers relief to ruptured men.
Alektorophobia, Melophobia, Cherophobia & Chorophobia beaten!!
Purveyors of Medicinal [...]

Fleshy spectacles promised as Min Mae presents “Medicinal Sunday”

By 13 July 2009

[ 26 July 2009 at 7:00 pm; ]

The ethereal Min Mae has alerted us to her latest production kicking off at The Front on the evening of Sunday 26 July.

Brothers Grim and the Blue Murders are providing the music but Min is giving us a Medicine Tent which she describes thusly:

The Medicine Tent, a hospital sheet construction in the gallery, will house [...]

ANU keeps Burka Ban chatter rolling on

By 13 July 2009

[ 15 July 2009 at 12:30 pm; ] Following on from Virginia Hausegger’s shrill demands that all women be forced to conform to her ideas on what is and isn’t “Australian” the ANU is holding a debate on Wednesday and Virginia is going to expand on her ideas.

From the blurb:

SHOULD WE BAN THE BURKA?

Virginia Haussegger, journalist, author, media commentator and TV news presenter [...]

Abruzzo Earthquake Appeal fundraising

By 13 July 2009

Attended the concert for the Abruzzo Earthquake Appeal at the Italo-Australian Club yesterday (Sun). A brilliant afternoon’s entertainment and a heap of money raised for the Appeal.
My highlight had to be the Katika Drums African Rythms with most of the audience standing and doing various versions of the ‘Mandella Shuffle’.
ACT’s contribution to the Appeal is [...]

Get with the times, Austen nerds, go Victorian!

By 13 July 2009

[ 2 October 2009 to 5 October 2009. ] It seems the fascination with the past marches on with Canberra’s St John’s Church in Reid to play host to a “Festival of Victorian Era Dance, Music & Costume” this October.

Promised activities include:

- Beginner Dance Workshops
- Advanced Dance Workshops
- Dance Ettiquette
- Leading & following in the dance
- Basic steps in couples dancing – waltz, polka, [...]

CD Review – Fred Smith – “Texas” ****1/2

By 10 July 2009

Canberra’s Fred Smith is one of Australia’s most prolific and insightful singer songwriters of his generation. He has made several successful albums and was involved with the peace monitoring operations in Bougainville where he collaborated with local musicians and the Australian Army to record peace songs. He has also been the subject of radio national’s [...]

I need advice on a good Cbr MC.

By 10 July 2009

I belong to a Community not-for-profit organisation.
Every year we hold a large fundraising ball.  It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year. Black tie, live band, dancing, games, the whole sha-bang. 
Next year, we are going to need a new MC.
We need someone who can appeal to all ages, Baby Boomers to the iGen. 
Does anyone have any [...]

Local Music Video – Fierce Beige – Hiding in Mother’s Skirts

By 10 July 2009

The Canberra music scene’s favourite and handsomest male ranga (sorry bloodnut), Teddy Conrick, has taken some time out from ironing his hair to record of a video of the Fierce Beige collaboration’s song “Hiding in Mother’s Skirts”.
It was posted to YouTube with the following note:

Fierce Beige is a collaboration of Teddy Conrick and Will Tabrett, [...]

DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 10 July

By 10 July 2009

[ 10 July 2009 to 12 July 2009. ] [First filed: July 09, 2009 @ 08:44]

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

– Pink Floyd, Time

On the bright side… It’s the [...]

Craft Beer + Slow Food Lunch

By 10 July 2009

[ 19 July 2009 at 12:30 pm; ] Hello Rioters

I’m Dan Rayner, some of you may have bumped into me at trivia at the Durham on Tuesday nights or through the Canberra Homebrews Club or at Plonk.

Anyway, since I know many of the Rioters are big fans of homebrew and interesting craft beer I thought I’d let you know about a beer and [...]

Inner North SEE-Change presents: Creating Urban Wetlands in Canberra’s Inner North

By 10 July 2009

[ 20 July 2009 at 6:30 pm; ] Inner North SEE-Change presents:  Creating Urban Wetlands in Canberra’s Inner North 

Edwina Richardson from the Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water will discuss a range of wetland initiatives for Canberra’s inner north, including Banksia St, O’Connor Wetlands , Flemington Ponds, Mitchell  and Lyneham & Dickson wetlands.

Edwina is currently project managing the redesign & construction of the Banksia St, O’Connor wetlands [...]

Robyn Archer to artistically direct the Centenary of Canberra

By 9 July 2009

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that Ms Robyn Archer AO will be calling the shots and creatively directing the Centenary of Canberra.
“Ms Archer has unparalleled diversity and expertise as an Artistic Director and artist. She is internationally renowned and brings extensive experience in planning festivals and events to the Centenary of Canberra project.
“We were seeking [...]

Ginger Catering Ad – What is the Song?

By 9 July 2009

Anyone know what the song in the ginger catering ad is? I did a quick google on the lyrics and nothing came up.
Its a very annoying stuck in head song, but was interested to know if it was a ‘classic’ or an unknown aussie song or something they had created for the ad…

Local designer adds new dimension to Canberra’s fashion scene

By 8 July 2009

Local Canberra designer Polly Stokes will soon be launching her exclusive fashion label Polbymade.  Polly’s label brings together over ten years experience in design with distinctive fabrics to create one-of-a-kind garments for wedding, formal and everyday wear.
 
Polly’s signature is the innovative use of traditional Japanese fabrics in contemporary designs.  After graduating with a Bachelor of [...]

Free movie at ANU during NAIDOC Week

By 8 July 2009

NAIDOC Week is a subject I’ve been trying to avoid for fear of coming across as an arsehole.
But given that I probably am one anyway, and it’s a certainty someone is going to call me one today (more likely several people) no matter what I do, I may as well embrace it.
Firstly what the hell [...]

Pecha Kucha Volume 6 Tonight!

By 8 July 2009

Tonight at the brand new Gallery of Australian Design (near Reconciliation Place, right on the lake), Volume 6 of the global gabfest Pecha Kucha takes place, in conjunction with the Re:Hab Student Architectural Congress.
From 7:30 we’ll have creative folk from the art, performance and design worlds sharing their ideas, plus freebies, cheap booze and [...]

Local boys launch NGO – come and celebrate!

By 7 July 2009

[ 17 July 2009 12:00 am to 18 July 2009 12:00 am. ]

The BIG (STAR) BANGS invite you to a fantastic evening of great company, extraordinary cocktails, funky and smooth music spun by our in-house, live DJs, in order to celebrate the official launch of the BIG BANG BALLERS.

The BIG BANGS is an international NGO, using the game of basketball to tackle youth poverty and social disadvantage.  [...]

Supercross coming to Canberra

By 6 July 2009

[ 7 November 2009; ] Andrew Barr is throwing a bone to Canberra’s motorsport enthusiasts with the announcement that a leg of the first ever Australasian Supercross Championships will be held at Canberra Stadium on Saturday 7 November.

The Australasian Supercross Championships will not only provide great entertainment for locals but will help boost our local tourism industry by providing [...]

Deathtrap

By 6 July 2009

[ 24 July 2009 to 15 August 2009. ]

Deathtrap
by Ira Levin
Directed by Corille Fraser

Deathtrap is a good old-fashioned comedy / murder mystery / thriller – take your pick. Lovers of all three genres will be entertained in this production – it’s filled with startling revelations.

A complicated game of murderous, musical chairs packed with insidious hairpin twists and delightful dread. A story where everyone [...]

Stonefest 2009 lineup!

By 6 July 2009

[ 31 October 2009; ]

Stonefest is back for 2009!

The festival that celebrated it’s 40th anniversary last year is back again on October 31st 2009.

The lineup has been revealed, but can’t actually see it on the official website yet.

Triple J News has the lineup here.

All local [National] acts so far:

The Living End, Birds of Tokyo, Josh Pyke, Frenzal Rhomb, British [...]

Big Hairy Men bring obscure covers to the Phoenix on Wednesday

By 6 July 2009

[ 8 July 2009 at 8:30 pm; ]

There’s a very strange event coming to the Phoenix on Wednesday night. This from the Facebook blurb:

Original Artists Offering a Range of Obscure Covers

with:

RANDALL-BLAIR
ANDY WALKER
SANJI DE SILVA
MATTY ELLIS

Featuring the music of:

Olivia Newton-John, Robert Johnson, Martha Wainwright, Kimya Dawson, Hilary Duff, The Cure, Louvin Bros, Baterz, Johnny Cash, The Offspring, Townes Van Zandt, Cathy Petocz, Holly [...]

Storytime for the school holidays

By 4 July 2009

If you’ve got kids under school age, school holidays can be frustrating as all the usual playgroups and activities are on hold for two weeks.
Thursday 9 July at 10am is storytime at Brindabella Baby. Bring your toddler or pre-schooler along to listen to Charlie & Lola Look After Your Planet. A great way for kids [...]

Netball ACT – State League Grand Finals

By 3 July 2009

[ 5 July 2009; ] The 2009 ACT CCC `Canterbury` State League Grand Finals will be played on Sunday 5th July 2009 at the ACT Netball Centre, Lyneham.

Six Districts/teams will be represented in the Grand Finals in 2009. Queanbeyan will be playing in their first grand final for some years, whilst SERAS are in their second consecutive Grand Final. Tuggeranong [...]

CD Review – Simone Penkethman – “Fall”

By 3 July 2009

Simone Penkethman has been a local musician for more years than she will thank us to remind her of.
Her album “fall” consists of  thirteen eclectic songs, which focus on the quirky aspects of human nature.
Her album is laid back with bluesy guitar and soft drumming by Ken Vatcher.
I noticed myself giggling quietly to [...]

Knitting mafia to stitch up Soft Sculpture

By 3 July 2009

With the wonderful Soft Sculpture exhibition due to end in a week’s time the National Gallery have announced that they’re bringing it to a conclusion with a festival dedicated to the widely feared knitting community.
The National Gallery of Australia will be holding Knitta Please, a festival of events starting from Sunday 5 July. The week [...]

DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 3 July

By 3 July 2009

[ 3 July 2009 to 5 July 2009. ] [First filed: July 02, 2009 @ 08:10]

For our American friends it’s a red, white and blue Fourth of July weekend coming up.

But here in Canberra what’s worth seeing and doing around town?

Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

Tools, Weapons and Artefacts at Tidbinbilla

By 3 July 2009

[ 10 July 2009 at 10:00 am; ] Here’s an interesting listing on Canberra Calendar:

Hear stories about how indigenous people survived in this area in the past. Learn about the tools, weapons and artefacts that were crucial to their survival. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Bookings essential on 6205 1233.

Sounds like a good one for those trying to entertain inquisitive kids.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Charity Ball – August

By 3 July 2009

[ 29 August 2009 at 6:30 pm; ] The Canberra Branch of Make-A-Wish® Australia invites you to their annual Wish Ball to be held on Saturday 29 August at the Hellenic Club of Canberra.

Commencing at 6.30 pm this wonderful evening includes a 3 course meal, beer, wine and soft drinks as well as live music by Heuristic. There will also be live and [...]

National Film and Sound Archive – Thursday afternoon screenings at Arc, begin today!

By 2 July 2009

Arc Cinema, located at the National Film and Sound Archive today commences it’s first Thursday afternoon screening of the new calender. Also lookout for the upcoming re-release of the film Wake in Fright.
“After a decades-long search for the original negatives it’s been restored by the NFSA in partnership with The Wake in Fright Trust [...]

Belconnen Arts Centre wants you

By 2 July 2009

The recently incorporated Belconnen Arts Centre is on a membership drive, looking for businesses and organisations with an interest in the Belconnen area.
From the media release:
“A considerable amount of work has been going on behind the scenes in consultation with the previous Advisory Group, the arts community and key stakeholders” “We are now keen for [...]

Fashion for Charity: MUSE ’09

By 1 July 2009

[ 31 July 2009 at 7:30 pm; ] Clothing for a good cause…

Mikaela Hiew, a 17-year-old year 12 student, is holding a fashion show in memory of her grandmother Marie Matthews, who died of cancer a year ago.

All garments have been designed and made by Hiew, and all proceeds will go to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Friday 31st July 2009
7:00pm
Canberra Southern Cross Club, [...]

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