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70 Pieces Of Our World at M16

By 3 April 2009
70 Pieces Of Our World at M16

The M16 Artspace in Fyshwick (oddly enough at 16 Mildura St) is having an interesting exhibition through to 12 April.
This from the blurb:
Presenting 70 pieces selected from the creative work of the Canberra Art Workshop’s 230 members, this exhibition is the first, and largest, in M16′s 2009 Community Workshop exhibition program. Now in its [...]

So you think you know about Gallipoli? The Second International Gallipoli Symposium will teach you more

By 3 April 2009

[ 15 April 2009 to 16 April 2009. ] Here’s a fun announcement out of ANU in the lead-up to Anzac Day.

The Second International Gallipoli Symposium is taking place at ANU’s Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies from 15 to 16 April 2009.

“For many people, Gallipoli exists in a kind of time bubble that popped into being in 1915, a chamber of national memories [...]

PANinc Samhain Masquerade Ball

By 3 April 2009
PANinc Samhain Masquerade Ball

[ 9 May 2009; 7:00 pm; ]

The annual Samhain Masquerade Ball is on!

This year it will be held on Saturday May 9 at the Majura Community Hall, which is behind the pool in Dickson.

The theme is Creatures of the Night, and as always, a mask is a must!  

There will be music, spooky themed games, light food and [...]

DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 3 April

By 3 April 2009
DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 3 April

[ 3 April 2009 to 5 April 2009. ] [First filed: April 02, 2009 @ 08:59]

If it’s Thursday it must be the hive-mind’s time to shine.

The weekend approacheth, what’s to be seeing and doing around town?

Just leave your thoughts in the comments.

Music Video – Waterford’s Long Decay

By 2 April 2009

Waterford are one of my new favourites on the local music scene. A cross of Mountain Goats, Shins, and Elliot Smith with an extra dash of rock thrown in.
Anyway glenroiheights has posted video on YouTube with which you can form your own opinion. He left the following note:
Waterford offer another slice of awesome to the [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! – Slamming arrives in the interchange

By 2 April 2009
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! - Slamming arrives in the interchange

[ 21 April 2009; 7:30 pm; ]

The poetry slam craze is coming to Civic with a new slam starting at the Phoenix, planned for every third Tuesday of the month.

This from the event’s Facebook page:

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! @ THE PHOENIX, East Row Civic, the third Tuesday of every month
Yes, you read right, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! @ THE PHOENIX
Sign-up 7pm, SLAMMING starts at 7:30pm; it is [...]

dance, film and sound: “Concrete Solace” at QL2

By 1 April 2009

[ 2 April 2009; 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 3 April 2009; 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Concrete Solace is “an exploration of human parallelism through dance, film and sound.

“There’s some video here.

QL2 Centre for Youth Dance, Gorman House Arts Centre Ainslie Avenue, Braddon

Concrete Solace on Facebook.

Direct from the 2009 Adelade Fringe Festival… 

Concrete Solace is a work by Melbourne’s youngest dance company, Phantom Limbs, comprised of James Welsby and Amy Macpherson. Amid a miniature [...]

RushHour boys straighten up, fly right, and head to the track

By 1 April 2009

[ 3 May 2009; ] After a major police crackdown last year the Rush Hour team are having an official and legal track day.

The following info from the event page:

Sunday 3rd of May wil lbe the official TRACK DAY for RUSHHOUR. this facebook event is for spectators

spectator entry is FREE, track entrants are $100 for the whole day, contact [...]

Retro, classic and single speed bike Swap meet

By 31 March 2009

[ 11 April 2009; 4:00 pm; ] Come down to 3 Rosevear Pl in Dickson, Canberra (the canberra bicycle museum) on the 11th of april from 4pm onwards for a retro and classic swap meet.

An expo of classic, retro and single speed bikes from dragsters to custom-built and more! Bring your classic bike down for a `show and shine`

Got a bike to [...]

Southern Hills High

By 31 March 2009

Another Lights! Canberra! Action! entry has surfaced on YouTube, this one by “lookatmyshorts”, posted with the following note:
Southern Hills High is an award winning film created for the Lights! Canberra! Action! 2009 short film festival.
The Lights! Canberra! Action! theme this year was “Stake Out”
Welcome to Mr D’s excursion to Canberra where there is some confusion [...]

In retrospect – Pimps and P*rnstars at Corroboree Park

By 31 March 2009
In retrospect - Pimps and P*rnstars at Corroboree Park

[First filed: March 30, 2009 @ 10:35]

I had feared that the Canberra Musicians Club had jumped the shark with a Pimps and P*rnstars themed CD launch for a rap album.
But with the genre heavily subverted by large numbers of blokes dressed as female adult entertainers, general good humour all round, and a mixed line up [...]

The women firing up for Chicks Rock

By 30 March 2009
The women firing up for Chicks Rock

[ 10 April 2009; 6:00 pm; ]

From the event page:

The inaugural ‘Chicks Rock!’ concert event will be hosted by Hush Lounge on Friday April 10, 2009 (Easter Friday). Adelaide based all-girl punk band ‘Legless’ will headline the event and will be joined on the evening by local acts “The Glaciers” and “Mudpie Princess” (formerly ‘GiLF’) for a jam packed evening of [...]

Folk Festival Tickets Need to Sell

By 29 March 2009

Hi, I have Two (2) Adult Season Tickets to the Folkies, I know there are still people who haven’t bought them yet and are planning on going, so please help! I bought them for 178, so I’m happy to sell them for that or the nearest offer I get.
I’ve been assured by Folk Festival staff that the [...]

Steve Coogan at Canberra Theatre review.

By 28 March 2009

Steve Coogan at Canberra Theatre; I have to say straight up that I am a big fan of Coogan, and have all the Alan Partridge DVD’s and CD’s of the radio shows, including his “On the Hour” and “The day today” stuff, and rate “24 Hour Party People” as one of the best music films ever [...]

Human Achievement Hour – Saturday 7.30pm

By 27 March 2009

[ 28 March 2009; 7:30 pm; ] This Saturday at 7.30pm, a movement of people, including Canberrans such as Ralph, will be celebrating the inaugural Human Achievement Hour.

Human Achievement Hour seeks to honour the success of modern civilisation.

You can celebrate Human Achievement Hour by enjoying some of the many innovations that have freed society from darkness, cured disease, improved nutrition and raised [...]

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 [...]

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