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National Rally Championships kicking off in Civic Square in Feb

By 12 December, 2013

[ 28 February, 2014 to 2 March, 2014. ] According to this press release Canberra has been chosen once more to host the National Capital Rally again, which would seem to be a given due to it’s name but I really don’t know anything about it.

Rally driving, I believe, is a kind of race where nobody is racing against you and you need to [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 12th of December 2013

By 12 December, 2013

[ 12 December, 2013 to 16 December, 2013. ]

It’s Thursday Thursday gotta get down on Thursday!

I’m so very sorry. I didn’t mean to.

Ahem…

Let’s just get to the weekend’s activities shall we?

Make sure to leave your own suggestions of rad events you know about that I don’t to prove how much more with it you are than me (or just so others can find [...]

Breathe Dance Studios host Typhoon Haiyan Zumba Fundraiser

By 12 December, 2013

Get fit, have fun, raise money for some unfortunate people who really need it.
Breathe Dance Studio will be holding a Zumba charity event to be hosted by Zumba instructor Julia Eaton (and some special guests) on Sunday 15 December with all proceeds to go to Unicef.
The event will be held at the studio (the [...]

Nerd Trivia at the Phoenix comes early

By 11 December, 2013

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

To the wonderful nerds, cosplayers, dorks, tinkerers, freaks, techies, weirdos, hackers, larpers, bookworms, role-players, programmers, dweebs, movie-buffs, poindexters, geeks, day-dreamers, gamers, and everyone else who is completely awesome, Nerd Trivia is for you.

This month it is for you sooner than it normally would be.

Due to a certain gift giving festival we’ve been bumped forwards to [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at the Phoenix with too many guests

By 11 December, 2013

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

The finest night of free entertainment the Earth has ever seen happens Monthly at the Phoenix.

It is hosted by Andrew Galan and Joel Barcham because they are loud.

You should be aware of this.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

YOUR FIRST AND LAST POETRY SLAM

BRINGS YOU THE DECEMBER

YES, THE DECEMBER

And in the December we want you on stage with your words for [...]

Joy dishes the arts grants

By 11 December, 2013

Joy Burch is playing Santa to arts organisations with our money:
“I am pleased the ACT Government continues to provide strong access to, and participation in, the arts for our community through the ACT Arts Fund,” Ms Burch said.
“The 2014 funding will support a broad range of programs and projects by arts organisations, individual artists, [...]

Christmas in the City gears up for some Christmas camel rides

By 11 December, 2013

[ 12 December, 2013; 12:00 pm; ]

Camels are Australia’s greatest natural resource.

That was a silly sentence, but Camel rides are a blast, and the city is going to be full of them this Thursday.

The carnival is back with twice as many camels

The much anticipated Christmas Carnival in the City will officially open tomorrow (Thursday 12th) at 12pm.

Free activities, live performances [...]

Hotel Incognito! 24 hours of improvised comedy

By 11 December, 2013

[ 13 December, 2013 to 14 December, 2013. ] “Hotel Incognito” will consist of 24 shows running approximately 45 minutes, starting on the hour, every hour, from 8pm Friday 13 December and running until 8pm Saturday 14 December. That’s right there will be shows running all night and all day, so if you rock up at 3am there will be an episode being performed.

Set in [...]

Omar Musa. Dark Streets video

By 10 December, 2013

Local poet Omar Musa has produced a new rather pretty video to accompany his poem “Dark Streets”.
It has some creepy mask faces in it and I quite like it.

Rioters get to buy their 2014 Canberra Comedy Festival Gala tickets early

By 10 December, 2013

Pre-purchase future mirth before anyone else has a chance to gobble it all up by heading over to the Canberra Theatre website and entering a special code!
What code? Well you’ll need to be a premium-member to find out!
Email tim@the-riotact.com from the same email you used to create your membership here and he’ll give you the [...]

Big Old Country Town. Sparrow Folk’s new clip

By 10 December, 2013

Canberran pop-folk comedy act Sparrow Folk have just put together a love letter for Canberra. Knowing that their work usually is usually full of jokes I kept waiting for this song to take a twist into making fun of Canberra, but no, it remains sincere and sweet throughout.
Enjoy.

Canberra Pursuit videos

By 10 December, 2013

Canberra Pursuit was one of the more interesting artistic endeavours I have had the pleasure of being a part of this year. It was strange, chaotic, silly, and beautiful like good art should be.
Read up if you missed it.
Jon Rose just sent us these three videos he has put together about the event.
The second one [...]

Experienced female singer wanted for reputable Canberra covers band Smooth Ops

By 10 December, 2013

Know a great female singer in Canberra interested in working with a reputable, professional, well-paid covers band?
Smooth Ops requires a new female vocalist to join two other vocalists (1 male, 1 female) to front our working pop/funk/soul covers band in 2014. We need a highly competent and experienced female singer capable of handling everything from [...]

Legends of Vegas at Belconnen Community Centre

By 9 December, 2013

[ 20 December, 2013; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] BCS is proud to present Legends of Vegas, featuring tributes to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Cash and Elvis, supported by the Vegas Showgirls from Subsdance Studios.

Friday 20th December, 11am. Theatre@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre. Tickets are $20 or $15 Concession.

Tickets can be purchased from the Belconnen Community Centre reception or by calling 62640232.

For more information, [...]

Decades. Chilled out Sundays at Transit

By 9 December, 2013

[ 15 December, 2013; 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

Transit Bar’s super chilled out Sunday listening sessions are apparently a huge success and therefore are carrying on, here’s the December edition.

Go be relaxed.

Dreamed of a club that starts early, isn’t crowded, where you can listen to good and varied music, peruse vinyl collections, play board games, read, crochet, play pool, eat cupcakes or just [...]

Tickets to the Royal Canberra show are available now

By 9 December, 2013

Got your credit card handy?
The ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show is coming up late Feb, and this time around they’ve decided to put tickets up for pre-purchase on TICKETEK.
Lock yourself in now so you can’t make excuses later!
Pre-Purchase tickets are now on sale and represent a saving of up to $30. These make a great Christmas [...]

Magpies city underground live bands

By 9 December, 2013

Starting to get good turnouts for band nights seems the word is getting around that this place is the new live music venue in town. check out the facebook page (magpies underground) for upcoming events.
Come support local bands in the heart of civic.
 

Well that didn’t take long. Vandals strike On The Staircase again.

By 8 December, 2013

This just in to us via Twitter.
ArtsACT need to try harder on vandal-proofing.
Or just electrify after hours.
Saddened to see Keld Moseholm's "On the staircase" is missing a man again. Disgusting vandalism. cc @The_RiotACT http://t.co/1wOeN2TQkm
— Sonja Barfoed (@SonjaBarfoed) December 8, 2013

UPDATE: Intriguingly this morning only one little man is missing:

The VANS Warped tour comes to Canberra. A review

By 7 December, 2013

When I realised the VANS Warped tour was coming to Canberra there was no question I had to go.
If for no other reason that we all need to support major acts coming to Canberra until they get back in the habit.
And yes there was a lot of nostalgia in the lineup.
So Friday rolled around, I [...]

COZMO presents Capital of Australia Mandolinata’s Annual Summer Concert at the HELLENIC IN THE CITY!

By 7 December, 2013

[ 15 December, 2013; 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. ] COZMO presents Capital of Australia Mandolinata’s Annual Summer Concert at the HELLENIC IN THE CITY!

All welcome to COZMO’s Annual Summer Concert, featuring the COZYMO Learning Groups (Beginning and Continuing) and the COZMO ensemble.

WHEN: Sunday 15 December 2013, 4.00–5.30pm
WHERE: Atlas Room, Hellenic Club In The City (13 Moore St)
TICKETS at the door: $10 Adults, $5 Concession*, [...]

The Civic Christmas Tree lights up tonight

By 6 December, 2013

Bring on the pretty lights and Christmas cheer!
The festive season will kick off tonight with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Civic Square from 7pm.
There will be entertainment for the whole family with Christmas carols and a special visit from Santa Claus.
After tonight’s lighting of the tree the Christmas cheer will be taken up [...]

The Crooked Fiddle Band and Brass Knuckles Brass Band tonight at the Polo

By 6 December, 2013

[ 6 December, 2013; ]

This, ladies and gentleman, will be a night to dance to.

The Crooked Fiddle Band and the Brass Knuckles Brass band do what they do very well, and what they do is make you want to move your feet.

Totally worth your attention tonight.

THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND : “Moving Pieces of the Sea”
ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR
w/ Brass [...]

Santa coming to Carols in Tuggeranong Town Park

By 6 December, 2013

The Salvation Army are putting on their annual Tuggeranong based Christmas celebration Carols in Town Park on Sunday the 15th.
This event has grown significantly over the last three years to become one of the largest community Christmas events in Canberra. This year the Vikings Group are again the main supporter, but have been joined by [...]

Christmas Carnival in the City

By 5 December, 2013

[ 12 December, 2013 to 23 December, 2013. ]

You Are Here and Canberra CBD are planning 12 days of Christmas events spread about the city in Civic Square, Ainslie Avenue, City Walk, and Garema Place.

There is a whole pile of activities and entertainment listed and everything kick off next Thursday the 12th, so get amongst it.

THURSDAY 12th DEC
4.30PM – 6.30PM
ROVING PHOTOGRAPHER
6.00PM – 7.00PM
EAT [...]

Gold and the Incas at the National Gallery. A review

By 5 December, 2013

The National Gallery’s new summer show is opening tomorrow and RiotACT was lucky enough to be invited to join the media horde at today’s preview.
This exhibition, really truly is a must see over the coming summer.
It’s full of sex and death and beauty and, of course, gold.
In our mass produced highly machined age you sometimes [...]

Cell Block 69 – Christmas with Corey !

By 5 December, 2013

[ 20 December, 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

Have you finished your Xmas present shopping ? Have you even started ? It’s the year two thousand and nineteen eighty thirteen and Cell Block 69 have the perfect gift for you. The gift that just keeps gifting. And that gift is Rock n Roll (and to a lesser extent, synth pop).

Corey is returning to [...]

Beard related BBQ times

By 5 December, 2013

[ 8 December, 2013; 12:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s facial hair fan club, Canbeards, are putting on a bit of a BBQ this Sunday at Black Mountain Peninsular.

If you have a beard, like beards, or just really like BBQs you should probably check it out.

Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists @ National Museum

By 5 December, 2013

[ 6 December, 2013 to 20 July, 2014. ]

The National Museum of Australia is putting on an exhibition of modern examples of classic Aboriginal art painted on bark.

Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists is on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from 6 December 2013 to 20 July 2014.

The exhibition
Showcases the work of Australia’s old masters: Aboriginal painters from Arnhem [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 5th of December 2013

By 5 December, 2013

[ 5 December, 2013 to 9 December, 2013. ]

Another week finished!

Well done, you’ve managed to make it through another week! You’ll never have to do that week again, and your pile of weeks left to make it through is now smaller.

Time to celebrate with a well deserved weekend.

As always leave your suggestions for appropriate weekend activities in the comments below.

Canberra’s TV Colours top Mess and Noise’s Tracks of 2013

By 4 December, 2013

Mess and Noise have announced their Tracks Of The Year 2013 and Canberra band TV Colours have taken out the very top spot!
1. TV Colours
‘Beverly’
(From the album Purple Skies, Toxic River)
As much a dark horse as the album it came from, ‘Beverly’ might seem an unlikely list-topper. But every time it kicks in, it’s all-consuming [...]

Help fund Sam King’s new studio space

By 4 December, 2013

Sam King has great hair, and works his butt off in the Canberra music scene.
He’s been recording and producing albums for Canberra bands since he was a teenager, and he’s pretty darn good at it.
He’s put up a Pozible to get together the last of the cash he needs to build his own studio space, [...]

Strong Women: Circus Sisters exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

By 4 December, 2013

[ 5 December, 2013 to 17 December, 2013. ]

Warehouse Circus continue to be one of my favourite organisations ever. They do excellent work and continue to not just pump out fantastic circus performers, but straight up help people in all sorts of wonderful circussy ways.

This exhibition chronicles their work with a group of 11 young women with disability, and sounds rather cool.

It’s only [...]

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