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The Carnival Parade needs you

By 8 January, 2014

Community Services has just tweeted its need jigglers and jugglers for the Beer And Meat On A Stick Day Parade!
Email the intriguing info@subsdance.com.au to get involved if you have “special talents”.
Be a part of #CBR most exciting street parade at this year's @NatMultiFest pic.twitter.com/eq3eN0BTp1
— Community Services (@CSD_ACT) January 7, 2014

Canberra is not as it seems

By 7 January, 2014

…for many reasons.
Canberra is being over-run by the resistance. We are an enlightened city, full of enlightened people (mostly), but the ‘intel map’ is depicting that this is not the case. The enlightened seem to be losing the battle. We need more help!
If you’re over 16 and based in the Australian Capital Territory, have an [...]

Because what we needed was another zombie film

By 6 January, 2014

Joy Burch has announced a funding round to local film makersL
More than $80,000 has been provided to nine screen-based artists through the 2014 ACT Screen Arts Fund, ACT Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
“The ACT Screen Arts Fund provides opportunities for the ACT community to access funding for film and screen projects,” [...]

Jonathan Metters with You’re a Stranger. Local Music Video

By 6 January, 2014

This just added to YouTube and worth a look:
You’re a Stranger
Jonathan Mettes
I used a loop pedal to layer tracks live. Lyrics written by Marianne Mettes.
It has been duly added to the local music playlist:

nightride tomorrow night (tuesday) + free bike fix workshop this weekend

By 6 January, 2014

hey guys
couple of casual cycling events this week.
tomorrow I’m organizing a nightride from belco to the city.  more social than a training ride, we will stopping along the way for a moonlit picnic.  no need to wear stretchy clothes
details via
www.bikeact.org
this weekend cyclejam is running their monthly bikefix at gormon house markets.  use some tools, get [...]

Amy Dunham takes over Creative Production of the Fringe

By 2 January, 2014

This just in from Jorian Gardner for Fringe 2014:
Fringe Director Jorian Gardner today announced the appointment of Amy Louise Dunham to the position of Creative Producer for the February 2014 event.
“Amy is a well-loved and accomplished young artist working across a range of fields including theatre, live music and dance,” said Gardner. “Aside from her [...]

Sunday Sessions at Old Parliament House

By 2 January, 2014

[ 5 January, 2014; 12 January, 2014; 19 January, 2014; 26 January, 2014; ] This just in which may be of interest to you:

This summer, there’s never been a better time to visit Old Parliament House.

What: Sunday afternoon music and free caricatures at Old Parliament House, every Sunday in January
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
When: From 12.30pm, Sunday 5, 12, 19 and [...]

DIY Wotz on Guide for the weekend of 3 January 2014

By 2 January, 2014

[ 3 January, 2014 to 5 January, 2014. ]

Somewhat alarmingly the first weekend of 2014 is hard upon us!

What’s worth seeing and doing around town this weekend?

Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

ANU opening up their Kioloa Coastal Campus

By 2 January, 2014

[ 3 January, 2014 to 6 January, 2014. ]

If you’re down at the coast or heading that way you might be interested in four days of access to the ANU’s Kioloa Campus:

The Australian National University is inviting people to walk in the shoes of a scientist when it opens its Kioloa Coastal Campus to the public in January.

The campus is on 348 hectares [...]

The City Cruise is tomorrow!

By 1 January, 2014

[ 2 January, 2014; 12:00 pm; ] TAMS are giving notice that the Summernats City Cruise is going down tomorrow at Midday:

The ACT Government today provided details about how people can safely enjoy the Summernats City Cruise at midday on Thursday 2 January 2014, as well as the temporary disruption it will cause to motorists and pedestrians.

The Cruise takes place between [...]

The Nature of the Monkey was… Irrepressible!

By 31 December, 2013

As seen in O’Connor this afternoon, I gather they’re up all around Canberra.
As this nation of bastards competes to see who can be the biggest bastard coated bastard with a soft bastard centre to vulnerable people it’s nice to see someone fighting the fight.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? [...]

TAMS all ready to deal with your festive filth

By 31 December, 2013

Territory and Municipal Services are making sure we all know that their cleaners are raring to get stuck into the horrific mess thousands of revelling drunks will leave behind tonight.
While you are out in town this New Year’s Eve, spare a thought for the city cleaners who will set their alarms before 5 am on [...]

David Finnigan with you don’t have to be rich

By 31 December, 2013

Arguably the best thing to come out of Canberra David Finnigan has graced the Rizal Fountain Raps and it’s worth looking at:
The fourth series of The Rizal Fountain Raps sees Too Many Weapons (or David Finnigan, Georgie McAuley, Jordan Prosser & Sam Burns-Warr) return to the creativity-breeding grounds of Penrith in NSW to perform a [...]

The Cashews rocking the wetlands this afternoon

By 27 December, 2013

[ 27 December, 2013; 5:30 pm; ] Need something to do in this strange post-Christmas hiatus?

The Cashews are putting on a guerilla gig at O’Connor’s Brigalow St Wetlands at 5.30pm.

If you’re in town, we’re doing one last centenary-local-gold-guerrilla-style gig this Friday, 27 December 2013
To keep it simple, we’re telling you the time AND the location right now.

What? Outdoor guerrilla gig
When? 5:30 [...]

There will be fireworks!

By 27 December, 2013

[ 31 December, 2013; ] The Economic Development Directorate is somewhat worryingly* in charge of the New Years Party in Civic and have sent out a media release to let us know what they’re cooking up:

Canberra is set to welcome in 2014 with state-of-the-art pyrotechnic displays and an exciting program of free entertainment in the city centre.

Adelina La Vita from [...]

Angus Trumble taking the reins at the Portrait Gallery

By 24 December, 2013

The Portrait Gallery has finally posted the annoucement of their new director:
The National Portrait Gallery is delighted with the announcement by the Minister for the Arts, Senator The Hon George Brandis QC that Mr Angus Trumble has been appointed as the new Director of the National Portrait Gallery commencing 11 February, 2014.
Mr Trumble has [...]

Corinbank is back in 2014!

By 24 December, 2013

The Corinbank Festival is letting the world know that it’s back in 2014 (probably late 2014 all things considered).
So if you’ve heard the stories it must be a relief to know you haven’t missed out!

Corin Forest rises again

By 23 December, 2013

Word reaches us of new management taking over at Corin Forest with the big slide running from boxing day:
Corin Forest Mountain Resort will reopen on Boxing Day (26th Dec) with new management. After closing last winter due to a large rockslide on the Corin Dam Road, the timing seemed appropriate for a change.
The new management [...]

Spanish Club Narrabundah

By 23 December, 2013

The Spanish Club at Narrabundah is alive and doing well….regardless of what is being said about it. A good financial position and strong membership base.
The next major function is the New Years Eve dance with Sydney Latin band ‘BATUKA’ and dinner for $50.00, start time is 7.00 pm,  so come earlier to meett up contact [...]

Canberra’s a nice place to settle down… if you enjoy being discontent

By 21 December, 2013

A Cold Chisel Christmas – with special mention of Canberra
includes the line:
“And Canberra’s a nice place to settle down… if you enjoy being discontent”

God bless us, every one!

By 21 December, 2013

Joel Barcham, the newer moderator of this site, and two friends; another man (whose name totally escapes me, please excuse my idiocy) and Ally (please excuse my probably errant spelling) performed a reading of Dickens’s classic tale A Christmas Carol at the Phoenix tonight.   The reading of this story of redemption and self-awareness was [...]

Summer outdoor screenings at the National Film and Sound Archive

By 20 December, 2013

This just in:
The popular summer outdoor screenings at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra will kick off on Saturday 4 January.
Screenings will run in the beautiful, heritage-listed courtyard every Saturday evening until 22 February.
This year the screenings will focus on 50 years ago – the fabulous year of 1964.
On gorgeous [...]

Charles Bradley to illuminate Enlighten

By 19 December, 2013

[ 8 March, 2014; ]

Andrew Barr yesterday put forth word that the star of the 2014 Enlighten festival will be Charles Bradley with Le Dîner en Blanc in hot pursuit:

Among a stellar line-up of events between 28 February and 8 March, Enlighten will feature Canberra’s only concert by the Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley.

The former James Brown [...]

DIY Wotz on Guide for the weekend of 20 December 2013

By 19 December, 2013

[ 20 December, 2013 to 22 December, 2013. ]

Alright party peoples the year might be winding down but we all still need to get out of our hideous domestic situations before murder is done.

What’s worth seeing and doing around town this coming weekend?

Just leave your thoughts in the comments.

ANU’s treasures going on display

By 17 December, 2013

[ 17 December, 2013 to 1 February, 2014. ] The Australian National University is getting word out there about their display of things they’ve been hiding in the archives:

Rare copperplate prints from Joseph Banks’s Florilegium have gone on display as part of the Treasures of the ANU Library exhibition, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the R.G Menzies Library.

The Treasures exhibition brings together [...]

“Galore” trailer released on YouTube

By 17 December, 2013

“Galore”, the feature film which wrapped production in Canberra just on 12 months ago has released a teaser trailer, in conjunction with their official selection to the Berlin International Film Festival.
Many locals appeared in the film as extras (and even bit-parts), and several of the crew were recruited from the local film community. [...]

A centenary column and time capsule for City Hill

By 17 December, 2013

Canberra CBD have announced they’re not done with the Centenary:
Winding down from a vibrant Centenary Year, Canberra CBD Limited is gifting a sculpture and time capsule to the people of Canberra.
Preparations have begun for the unveiling of the Canberra Centenary Column sculpture and time capsule on 11 March 2014 atop City Hill.
Jane Easthope, CEO of [...]

Our very own Norah Jones?

By 16 December, 2013

I had the privilege of a wonderful local singer playing at my recent wedding.  I heard her at the ANU open day in August and approached to ask if she would play.  She did, and she was wonderful!
Please take the time to check out her clips on youtube and her website.
Enjoy

A Christmas Carol reading at the Phoenix for charity

By 13 December, 2013

[ 20 December, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

To celebrate Christmas, to remind people how fun being read to is, to appreciate a classic, and to raise some money for the Red Cross’s efforts in the Philippines, we’re going to do a reading of a special abridged version of A Christmas Carol which had been cut down by Dickens himself to be read [...]

Fossil Rabbit video live at Smith’s

By 13 December, 2013

On occasion I am reminded that music isn’t just a think that happens when musicians hold an instrument, but is actually a craft that people learn.
Watching this video was one of those occasions.
Check out more of Fossil Rabbit’s (AKA Chris Finnigan) work on SoundCloud.

Doug Anthony All Stars back on the boards for the Canberra Comedy Festival

By 13 December, 2013

[ 4 March, 2014 to 9 March, 2014. ] The Canberra Comedy Festival have made their first lineup announcement:

The festival will be run in venues across Canberra, including: Canberra Theatre Centre, ANU Arts Centre, Novotel Canberra, and The Civic Pub. The shows presented will be a range of Canberran, Australian, and International comedians. Among the highlights;

• On the year of their thirtieth anniversary since [...]

Naked Girls Reading impressions

By 12 December, 2013

So last night I went to go see Naked Girls Reading at the Polit Bar.
Now in interest of full disclosure: Naked Girls Reading event is run by Tiffany Blue who happens to be a member of the Sass & Tease Collective which I am also a part of. Also most of the readers were also [...]

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