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Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

Hi All
Just a quick note to say I am about to take down my short story about whether Canberra is infested by a brain-eating zombie virus. It was inspired by a reader’s request to include three items in a yarn set in Canberra (and a dash of 1950s US Cold War zombie movies):

Gold Creek Lolly [...]

Game On! International Sport Business Breakfast

By 6 August 2014

[ 20 August 2014; 7:30 am to 8:45 am. ] 2015 is set to be an exciting year for Canberra as the capital hosts matches as part of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Canberra is hosting seven matches of the AFC tournament from 10 January to 23 January 2015, including a quarter final; and it will host three [...]

Mt Rogers Primary School Fun Family Festival

By 6 August 2014
Mt Rogers Primary School Fun Family Festival

[ 6 September 2014; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ]

Mt Rogers Primary School is holding a Fun Family Festival on Saturday 6 September 2014.

The event also celebrates the school’s 41st Birthday.

On the sunny foothills of Mt Rogers – come along and enjoy a day packed full of fun events for the whole family.

Multicultural food and entertainment for the whole family
Carnival Rides and [...]

Want to play or referee roller derby? Now’s your chance

Want to play or referee roller derby? Now's your chance

On Friday 8 August, Varsity Derby League will be holding an information night for its August “fresh meat” intake. VDL is a gender-inclusive league and we have a men’s team and mixed team as well as our women’s teams. We also welcome people of any gender who want to become a referee or non-skating official. [...]

The Feldons and Raucus Fracas at the Pot- Friday 15 August

By 5 August 2014
The Feldons and Raucus Fracas at the Pot- Friday 15 August

[ 15 August 2014; 8:00 pm; ] The Feldons and Raucus Fracas will be ripping up the Pot with live, original mod/ pop/ rock and blues from 8.00pm Friday 15 August.

Beer and live music, can’t think of anything better on a chilly Friday night.

Facebook event

The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

By 5 August 2014
The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

Inspired by many posts over the years on the RiotACT, I thought it was again time to question what lurks beneath the muddy depths of Lake Burley Griffin. My latest Canberra short story was inspired by three items nominated via social media:
Llloonng Exposures + Clouds + Chilly Canberra Morning
Let me know what you think. [...]

Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Upcoming Concert

Canberra Symphony Orchestra's Upcoming Concert

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s third instalment of 2014′s Llewellyn Series sees Sydney Symphony’s principal trumpet, David Elton, return to Canberra to perform one of the most virtuosic trumpet concertos of the repertoire.
The concert, entitled Firebird, conducted by Nicholas Milton, will feature music from Stravinsky’s exhilarating ballet, Firebird, and Tchaikovsky’s triumphant 5th Symphony. The trumpet concerto [...]

Festival sells out

Festival sells out

Thursday night saw the gala opening night for the greatly anticipated Stronger than Fiction documentary film festival at Palace Electric cinemas.
Upon arrival I was greeted with a glass of wine and the light chatter of the sophisticated film festival crowd.
Stronger than Fiction opened with the festival creators Simon Weaving and Deborah Kingsland sharing their [...]

The Burning – Everyman Theatre (Review)

The Burning - Everyman Theatre (Review)

“The Crucible meets A Few Good Men”. Duncan Ley’s witch-trial play “The Burning” has clear influences but delivers thrilling and engrossing drama.
Francis Schiller (Jack Parker) returns home from uni only to find something rotten in the town of Bamberg.  The historical witch trials are reaching a feverish climax and a cloud of paranoia and suspicion [...]

Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark

It’s Friday night, and I’m dancing alone in a dark room full of strangers. Oh, and everyone is sober. Welcome to No Lights No Lycra.
No Lights No Lyrca (NLNL) is a movement that was created by Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett in Melbourne in 2009. It has become a global dance community where a bunch [...]

Making bread at home – with the Canberra Environment Centre

Making bread at home - with the Canberra Environment Centre

[ 9 August 2014; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ]

Where is the bread when you knead it?

There are those wintry days when you just want to stay inside but then you run out of bread! The shop seems so far away. What if you could make your own bread and heat up your kitchen in the process? Well, you can. Come along to [...]

World Record Attempt at the Canberra Hospital


Hello all,
I would like to tell you about a fun fundraiser that is occurring on 19th, 20th and 21st of August in the foyer of the the Canberra Hospital starting at 8am and finishing on the Thursday at 10am.
I with lots of help from others we will be attempting to gain the World Record for [...]

What’s on this weekend? 2nd and 3rd August

What's on this weekend? 2nd and 3rd August

With the temperature dropping around Canberra this weekend, you may be tempted to sit in front of a fire with a good book. But if you fancy venturing out there is a fair bit going on.
A few suggestions from some of the RiotACT team –
Heather Lansdowne is heading to ‘No Lights, No Lycra’ [...]

Cooking with truffles

By 1 August 2014
Cooking with truffles

[ 16 August 2014; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ]

Dig this

Have the winter snuffles got you down? Come along to our Cooking with truffles workshop and truffle your blues away.

The Canberra Environment Centre is collaborating with Owen Saddler of Dream Cuisine fame to bring you something warm and delicious on Saturday 16th of August from 10-2pm.

We’ll teach you how to make a potato and [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 1 August 2014
7.30 ACT - what to expect from tonight's program

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday August 1st

SLIDING SCALES OF JUSTICE – In a climate of government cutbacks, more people are representing themselves – contributing to even further court delays. Lawyers are being asked to do more pro bono work to make up some of the shortfall. The already vulnerable are the most at risk.
ANZAC [...]

Bartleby – The Street Theatre (Review)

Bartleby - The Street Theatre (Review)

Bartleby, Julian Hobba’s modern-day adaptation of the parable by Herman Melville, recreates the malaise of the office and shows us the disintegration of a man no longer able to cope with working life.  If to work is to live, perhaps he’d just prefer not…
Hobba does an excellent job of adapting the story to a modern [...]

Think Global Act Rural

By 29 July 2014
Think Global Act Rural

[ 5 August 2014; 7:30 pm; ]

Local ACT/SNSW Amnesty International group will be hosting its monthly meaningful movie on Tuesday 5 August.

This month ‘Think Global Act Rural’ will be presented on the peddle powered screen. The documentary presents an insightful look into the fascinating state of the global agriculture industry.

Think Global Act Rural

When: Tuesday 5 August 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Food Co-op, [...]

Remi: Raw X Infinity

Remi: Raw X Infinity

Remi Kolawole, more commonly known by his stage name “Remi” has now established himself as a fully-fledged Aussie Hip Hop prodigy. The release of his second feature length LP “RAW X INFINITY” sees him once again on board with long time collaborators/producers (and good friends) Sensible J & Dutch. Previous releases ‘Childish’ (EP), ‘Regular People Sh$t’ (LP) [...]

BRACE 2014 Grand Final – AIS Arena – 6 x Australian Title Fights

By 28 July 2014
BRACE 2014 Grand Final - AIS Arena - 6 x Australian Title Fights

[ 22 November 2014; 6:30 pm; ]

6 X Australian Mixed Martial Arts Titles are on the line in this massive end of season event.

Live from the AIS Arena in Canberra the Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight BRACE Australian MMA Titles will be contested. The best fighters from across Australia have competed throughout the year in knock out elimination [...]

WYRD. A new book by Canberran author JG Montgomery

By 28 July 2014
WYRD. A new book by Canberran author JG Montgomery

Many of you may remember that I released a book back in 2012 called “A Case for Ghosts” which was critiqued here on RiotACT.
Thank you to all those who purchased the book and I hope you enjoyed it.
Just recently, and following the supernatural/ paranormal theme of “Ghosts”, I have had another book published, this [...]

Poli-Gobble – Civic Pub (Review)

Poli-Gobble - Civic Pub (Review)

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this show.  I caught Toby Halligan and Matthew Kenneally’s performance at the Canberra Comedy Festival back in 2013 and I was looking forward to another hour of their manic, intelligent approach to political comedy.  This was also a bit of a farewell concert: Kenneally is running off to [...]

New Canberra Short Story Online: Capital Yarn of Lost Youth Uncovered

By 26 July 2014

Hi All
I posted earlier this week about trying to get a picture for the latest request on my website, Capital Yarns. I invite readers to submit three items and will write them a short story set in Canberra featuring all three.
I am still searching for the mouse house at Weston Park, but have now posted [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 25 July 2014
7.30 ACT - what to expect from tonight's program

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday July 25th

“Kill the Pig” – feral pigs in Namadgi National Park are being rounded up and killed humanely by the park rangers. Meanwhile illegal hunters are sneaking into the park with dogs to hunt and kill the pigs in a brutal and barbaric manner. ( This story has several short [...]

The documentary is mightier than the film

The documentary is mightier than the film

With a strong international line up of award-winning documentaries from France to Bangladesh, the Stronger than Fiction festival will provoke thought, inspire discussion, and embrace the richness and diversity of different cultures within our city.
Co-directors of the festival Simon Weaving and Deborah Kingsland, envisage a bold future for the festival with a vision to transform [...]

Canberra breaks the silence around violence

By 25 July 2014

[ 23 November 2014; 2:00 pm; ] Alanna Davis of Celebrity Sport for Charity – Canberra has organised a Walk A Mile In Her Shoes to help raise awareness and much needed funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women. All funds raised will support primary prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

We are [...]

What’s on this weekend? 26th and 27th July 2014

What's on this weekend?  26th and 27th July 2014

To get things started, we have a few picks from the RiotACT team…
Hannah is going to
Guyy and the fox
The front gallery
Saturday 27th July
Josh is heading to
Stomp Mythology Latin Fundraiser 2014
The Albert Hall
Saturday 26th July
John L is checking out
The Street
26th July to 3rd August
Heather likes the look of
Winter Canto
National Portrait Gallery
Sunday 27th July
Susan is going [...]

The Rokitelly Man – Dramatic Productions (Preview)

The Rokitelly Man - Dramatic Productions (Preview)

It’s been a big year for locally developed musicals here in Canberra with new big budget productions Heart of a Dog and Winging my Way to the Top already done and dusted.  But the year’s not over yet and plucky underdog The Rokitelly Man opens this week.  An original musical with script by Michael Hemming [...]

A cooking demonstration with Antonio Carluccio and Andrew Barr (yes, you read that right)

By 23 July 2014
A cooking demonstration with Antonio Carluccio and Andrew Barr (yes, you read that right)

[ 26 July 2014; 8:30 am; ]

The Capital Region Farmers Market will this weekend welcome a very special visitor, international celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio, at the market this coming Saturday 26 July.

Antonio will tour the Market, do a book signing and take part in a cooking demonstration with Andrew Barr MLA from 8.30-10.30am.

Mr Carluccio is in town in July as the [...]

Canberra Tree Week activities – Wednesday and Thursday

By 23 July 2014

The inaugural Canberra Tree Week has already seen many activities that celebrate living in a city surrounded by trees.
Throughout Wednesday 23 July 2014 and Thursday 24 July 2014, residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in more free events, including:
Eucalypts of the Southern Tablelands
What: Join a guided tour of Forest 20 at the [...]

Nuclear energy: the debate Australia has to have

By 23 July 2014

[ 28 July 2014; 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. ] ABC 666′s Genevieve Jacobs will talk with three of the nation’s most compelling experts on an issue we cannot continue to ignore.

The world is hungry for low cost, low emissions energy, but in Australia nuclear energy is still off the agenda. Will other low emissions technology be enough? Why do we keep avoiding the nuclear [...]

Live Music: The Yearlings Album Launch @ Smith’s Alternative. Friday 18 July.

Live Music: The Yearlings Album Launch @ Smith’s Alternative. Friday 18 July.

The Yearlings contrast a depth of emotion with a comfortably detached approach that suits the duo (Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson).
Offering up a gentle brand of alt country, folk and blues inspired fare, they have built a reputation around their two part vocal delivery. And it was clear from this performance what it is that [...]

Will Australia continue to be a land of droughts and flooding rains? – Public Talk, Dr Lisa Alexander

By 22 July 2014

[ 5 August 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Australians are all too familiar with heatwaves, droughts and floods. These events have increased over recent decades and this trend is likely to continue.

But given Australia’s natural climate variations, how much is this increase linked to human interference in the climate system? And what effect will the amount and rate of greenhouse gas emissions be [...]

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