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The Fairytale Channel – Smith’s Alternative (Review)

By 18 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The Fairytale Channel - Smith's Alternative (Review)

Local writer/director Kirsty Budding pulls us into our televisions (or at least our DVDs of Disney movies) for The Fairytale Channel, a children’s show in the style of Shrek and Fractured Fairy Tales that skewers fairy-tale logic and encourages us to be what we really want to be.  Even if it’s something boring like an [...]

Rishi Desai served up food so good at the Truffle Festival we had to share one of his recipes

By 17 July 2014
Rishi Desai served up food so good at the Truffle Festival we had to share one of his recipes

I went along to a Truffle Festival lunch hosted at IBIS last Sunday to seek culinary inspiration from local Masterchef contestant Rishi Desai.
Rishi introduced us to the flavour of truffles by asking the group to compare a ‘truffled’ omelette with a regular one. It was an interesting test and quick way to [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra's Crowd-funding success story

The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

Jack Biilmann and Benjalu keeping it intimate at The Front Gallery and Cafe

By 16 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Jack Biilmann and Benjalu keeping it intimate at The Front Gallery and Cafe

Let me first start by saying that if there is a place in or near Canberra that looks more like my Grandmother’s lounge room than the Front Gallery in Lyneham, I’m yet to discover it. One step short of tacky, it is a charming little hole-in-the wall that smells like a bakery, the coffee is [...]

When good art turns bad

By 16 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
When good art turns bad

I received a letter from my daughter’s school some time ago letting parents know that the board had met and decided that should Rolf Harris be found guilty, a painting of his would be removed from display at the school. They have since removed the painting and returned it to the ACT Government, for [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam: 2 Tens & A Tomato

By 16 July 2014
Canberra Poetry Slam: 2 Tens & A Tomato

[ 25 July 2014; 8:00 pm; ]

The Canberra Poetry Slam returns to the Front Gallery and Cafe on Friday, the 25th of July!
Artists Geoffrey Dunn and Marina Talevski are exhibiting their collaborative project Two Tens and a Tomato in the gallery section, and they will feature their Poetry and Pictures collaborative pieces over the course of the night.

Come along at 8pm [...]

Julian Hobba, “Bartleby” (Interview)

By 16 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Julian Hobba,

Julian Hobba is best known for “Delicacy”, his play about a real-life case of mutually-agreed cannibalism. Now his imagination has been fired by Herman Melville’s short story “Bartleby”, a before-its-time fable of workplace alienation. With the show opening at The Street Theatre two weeks from now Julian was kind enough to share some of his [...]

Canberra Blues Society Monthly Blues Jam

By 15 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 20 July 2014; 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm. ] Marji Curran band will be hosting Canberra Blues Society Monthly Jam on 20 July 2014. Marji has a voice that gets down and dirty one minute then has you soaring like an angel the next. An eclectic sound that takes you on an emotive journey from roots rock to blues & folk. Marji is backed [...]

Ingress – Now on iOS!

By 15 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ingress - Now on iOS!

For those who missed the conversation earlier this year, Ingress is a game you play in the real world. Rather than playing a game on a screen, or even a large grassy field, it’s a game where the whole world is your playground. Or should I say battleground? For in the game, two [...]

New exhibitions

By 14 July 2014
New exhibitions

Munyunga

It’s most appropriate to kick off my reviews for RiotACT with this show presented by gallery@bcs as part of its RESPECT series celebrating NAIDOC week. Munyunga, meaning Eagle Hawk in the Ngarigu language, is a mixed media exhibition exploring the theme of “Kootopan” (Oneness) featuring local and South Coast artists Colleen Dixon, David Dixon, Dianne [...]

Geoscience Australia Open Day – Sunday 24 August 2014

By 14 July 2014

[ 24 August 2014; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] Geoscience Australia will be hosting its 2014 annual Open Day on Sunday 24 August, offering a range of science talks, tours and activities for all ages throughout the day. This National Science Week feature event highlights Geoscience Australia’s broad range of work.

See the robot which helps make your GPS more accurate, find out [...]

Cabaret – Canberra Philharmonic (Review)

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Cabaret - Canberra Philharmonic (Review)

Boy meets girl.  Boy gets girl.  Nazis.  Boy loses girl.  Canberra Philharmonic’s production of Cabaret delivers fantastic singing and ensemble numbers but struggles (slightly) with the relationships that drive the story.
In the early 1930s American would-be writer Clifford Bradshaw (Mat Chardon O’Dea) travels to Berlin to find inspiration.  Rather than actually trying to write something [...]

Justin Heazlewood’s Funemployed Launch

By 11 July 2014
Justin Heazlewood's Funemployed Launch

Readers of Canberra street press magazine BMA got to know him as an affable, witty, incredibility talented columnist. His column was called Struth Be Told, and it was Justin Heazlewood’s first fortnightly column in a widely read publication.
Releasing three albums, including Songs from the 86 Tram, which spawned his hit Northcote (So Hungover), and publishing [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 11 July 2014

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday July 11th

Asbestos and the Property Sector – Adrienne Francis reports on the concerns in the ACT property sector about the ongoing ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose fill asbestos crisis. The dilemma of who should know and how to disclose information about houses that are affected.
Kefford on Asbestos Taskforce – The head of [...]

At Home for the Scandinavian Film Festival

By 11 July 2014
At Home for the Scandinavian Film Festival

Last night, I went along to the Scandinavian Film Festival at Palace Electric to see Swedish Film, Home.  Starring Moa Gammel, Anita Wall, Simon J Berger and Erik Lundqvist and directed by Maximilian Hult, the film was billed as a Comedy/Drama.
For the entire 90 minutes, Home treads a fine tightrope between light comedy and slightly [...]

What’s on this weekend? 12th and 13th July 2014

By 11 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
What's on this weekend?  12th and 13th July 2014

As we face a cold weekend of sub -zero nights, what’s on in the Capital to keep you warm?
This week, we asked our entertainment editors their hot tips for the weekend (they’re a picky bunch so hopefully they will provide some good leads).
Theatre Reviewer John Lombard is attending Cabaret on Saturday night – a performance [...]

Semantix EP launch Transit bar

By 10 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Semantix EP launch Transit bar

There’s an old saying ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ – the same can be said for too many Aussie hip-hop artists spoiling an EP launch.  While each artist put on a wicked performance, Keech with hard lyricism and some awesome beats, Jimmy Pike who is a personal favourite local artist of mine, Nix touching [...]

Truffle Festival – Chez Frederic

By 10 July 2014
Truffle Festival - Chez Frederic

I started the Truffle Festival with a visit to the newly opened eatery Chez Frederic (on the former site of Cafe pronto).
We had been promised a 3 course wine menu and were pleasantly surprised to learn of a 4th entrée – Frederic’s signature home made ravioli.
Initially we were greeted by Frederic (the inspiration for the [...]

Kick-start the Canberra Creatives

By 9 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Kick-start the Canberra Creatives

What do we get when we combine all the key people of influence from the Canberra creative scene together and grant them access to an abandoned warehouse in Braddon for 4 months?
Well, we get The Chop Shop!
Pat Rose from Coy and Sancho Murphey from Sancho’s Dirty Laundry have joined forces to bring us the ultimate [...]

Where’s the ladies? Enjoying marmalade martinis at C Dine Bar

By 9 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Where's the ladies?  Enjoying marmalade martinis at C Dine Bar

This week, we planned to meet for brunch (mmm, we love brunch) at Local Press Café on the Kingston Foreshore but had to take our chances with a table as they didn’t take bookings.  Sadly, we missed out – but it did send us to another little find on the foreshore– C Dine Bar.  CDB [...]

Farmers Market Matters

By 8 July 2014
Farmers Market Matters

Do you go to one of Canberra’s farmers’ markets? As far as I’m concerned, Saturday morning at the Capital Region Farmers Market in EPIC is the best thing about Canberra. We are very blessed to have such high quality produce available each week, bringing a wide array of locally produced fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, eggs, [...]

The Perks of Being Wallflower

By 8 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The Perks of Being Wallflower

What’s it like to be part of a hip upcoming Canberra band? I sat down at Yoghurtland with Wallflower front man Henry Waldren to find out. Read on as we talk music, Ninja Turtles and embarrassing So Fresh CD collections.
So, what fro-yo toppings did you get?
I’ve got a little bit of everything in here, and [...]

Scandinavian Film Festival starts tonight – win a double pass!

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Scandinavian Film Festival starts tonight - win a double pass!

The inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival kicks off tonight at Palace Electric Cinema in New Acton. The festival will showcase films from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland including the best drama, crime and comedy.
The festival boasts 21 outstanding films ranging from critically acclaimed debuts from new talent, through to crowd pleasing blockbusters.
Films include ‘The [...]

Street art in progress

By 7 July 2014
Street art in progress

Thanks to ‘Sheep Groper’ for sending us in the attached picture with the following:
There’s a bit of chalk art in progress at the corner of Civic bus interchange near the park. Looks linear in style. Perhaps someone will snap a pic of the finished piece before it gets worn away by uncaring feet.
If anyone was [...]

DIY School Holiday Guide

By 7 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
DIY School Holiday Guide

Love it or loathe it, school holidays are here again. We’ve listed a few activities that we think sound cool. These are of course on top of the usual play grounds and parks around town which offer loads of entertainment free of charge.
Add your favourite holiday activities (out or at home) in the [...]

Hyper-Canberra

By 7 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Hyper-Canberra

Josh Chaffey has amazed and engaged Canberra this morning by posting a YouTube video of Canberra through the eye of his Canon camera. We’ve all seen the gorgeous photos of Canberra that get shared around on the regular and even the beautiful time-lapse videos that emerge every now and again. This time Josh has taken [...]

Official Launch of MOKAÏ Cider

By 7 July 2014
Official Launch of MOKAÏ Cider

It was an apparent temperature of -0.4 degrees at 8pm on Saturday night, but that did not stop the Official Australian Launch of MOKAÏ Cider from heating up.
An exclusive event held at Meche nightclub Canberra, saw MOKAÏ Cider in association with Mussen launch the drink and fashion of winter 2014.

The first impression was Campo, otherwise known as Terry Campese, Raiders Captain personally handing out bottles [...]

Legally Blonde – Free Rain Theatre (Review)

By 7 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Legally Blonde - Free Rain Theatre (Review)

Anne Somes and Chris Neal (with Derek Walker as director) deliver a fresh, fun show with Legally Blonde.  Elle Woods is a dumped by her boyfriend and that begins her epic campaign to win him back by following him to Harvard Law School.  Hey, we’ve all done stupider things for love.
Mikayla Williams is nothing short [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 4 July 2014
7.30 ACT - what to expect from tonight's program

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday July 4th

STANHOPE REDUX – the former ACT Chief Minister and now Administrator of Christmas Island returned briefly to Canberra this week. In an interview with Chris Kimball, Stanhope speaks of rights and refugees and his beloved arboretum.
INDIGENOUS SERVICE – the most senior Indigenous RAF reserve officer ( Group [...]

What’s on this weekend? 5th and 6th July 2014

By 4 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
What's on this weekend? 5th and 6th July 2014

As American’s celebrate Independence Day, we get to celebrate – another weekend. That’s good enough for me!
We’ve listed a few things going on around town that we think sound interesting.
Let us know of anything you would like to add in the comments below.
Family
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July
Introduce the kids to a [...]

Things of Stone and Wood – Live Album Review

By 4 July 2014
Things of Stone and Wood - Live Album Review

Live at the Espy – (Rondor Music)
Things of Stone and Wood raised their heads into Australian musical mainstream during 1992/93 with a hit that resonates today for its passion, honesty and beauty.
Happy Birthday Helen, penned by about the woman lead singer Greg Arnold is still with today, is a landmark song. The kind many a [...]

Angry Anderson brings good karma to Canberra

By 3 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Angry Anderson brings good karma to Canberra

King O’Malley’s has always been one of my favourite places for live music. The vibe is always excellent, the food is decent and it’s intimate enough that when you haggle the musicians, occasionally they’ll actually play the song that the drunken guy in the back keeps yelling out the name of.  (One day, someone will [...]

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