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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 [...]

Kids Storytime – picture books, yummy afternoon tea, and lots of fun

By 22 July 2014
Kids Storytime - picture books, yummy afternoon tea, and lots of fun

[ 2 August 2014; 2:00 pm; ]

Join children’s authors Irma Gold (Megumi and the Bear), Emma Allen (The Terrible Suitcase) and Tracey Hawkins (Max Meets a Monster) for a special afternoon of readings from their latest picture books.

Where: Paperchain Manuka
When: Saturday 2 August
Time: 2.00pm
RSVP: Telephone 6295 6723 or email

Megumi has only one wish. For the bear to come back. Megumi [...]

What’s on this weekend? 19th and 20th July 2014

By 18 July 2014
What's on this weekend? 19th and 20th July 2014

Some may wonder if there is anything other than a big game of rugby union on this weekend (go Brumbies!).
Here are the picks from a few of the RiotACT team:
Hannah Haggarty is getting along to the Joelistics new album Blue Volume launch @ transit on Saturday 8pm
John Lombard suggests The Fairytale Channel showing at Smiths [...]

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

By 16 July 2014
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 [...]

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 [...]

Canberra Blues Society Monthly Blues Jam

By 15 July 2014

[ 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 [...]

New exhibitions

By 14 July 2014
New exhibitions


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 [...]

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 [...]

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

By 11 July 2014
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
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 [...]

Kick-start the Canberra Creatives

By 9 July 2014
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 [...]

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, [...]

Scandinavian Film Festival starts tonight – win a double pass!

By 8 July 2014
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 [...]

DIY School Holiday Guide

By 7 July 2014
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 [...]

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
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.
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July
Introduce the kids to a [...]

Effective Writing: Plain English at Work launching at Paperchain

By 3 July 2014
Effective Writing: Plain English at Work launching at Paperchain

[ 11 July 2014; 6:00 pm; ]

Paperchain is launching Elizabeth Manning Murphy’s new book ‘Effective Writing: Plain English at Work’ Friday 11 July at 5.45pm for 6.00pm.

Effective Writing: Plain English at Work, second edition, is about writing that works: it is based on sound English grammar and plain English style. If you want to write in a way that is clear [...]

Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows at the Nishi Gallery

By 3 July 2014
Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows at the Nishi Gallery

[ 15 July 2014; 1:30 pm; ]

In the spirit of upcoming school holidays, we thought we’d give you some information on a concert for the kids (although from the write up, adults are likely to enjoy themselves too).

Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows will be at the Nishi Gallery in NewActon on Tuesday 15th of July.

This interactive event will get kids [...]

Tickets available now for Brick Expo

By 2 July 2014
Tickets available now for Brick Expo

As a kid I remember when the floor space behind the couch would be solid lego and my brother and I would create all sorts of fabulous structures. As a parent I associate lego with that pain (quite unlike anything else), of stepping on a brick in bare feet. I have friends however [...]

ISCCC Public Forum about the new development both sides of Adelaide Avenue near Brickworks

By 2 July 2014

[ 7 July 2014; 7:00 pm; ] The ACT Government is planning to build a new housing development for 4,000 people on both sides of Adelaide Avenue, where it meets the Cotter Road near the Canberra brickworks. This will have a massive impact on all Canberra residents living or working nearby and using local transport links.

You will be affected if you:

live or [...]

Feel-good Food and Fashion

By 1 July 2014
Feel-good Food and Fashion

[ 5 July 2014; 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

Harsh winds and chilling temperatures won’t deter Canberra’s fashion pack from getting their retail fix this Saturday at the Hustle&Scout Twilight Markets.

In fact, the plummeting temperatures have inspired Hustle&Scout to create a unique partnership with Vinnies to help support their 2014 Winter Appeal.

Vinnies’ Night Patrol Volunteers will be onsite accepting cash donations as well as [...]

Celebration of 10 years of The Human Rights Act 2004

By 1 July 2014

[ 1 July 2014; 11:30 am to 12:00 pm. ] Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, will today discuss the development of human rights in the ACT as part of a celebration of 10 years of the Human Rights Act 2004.

The “Ten Years of the ACT Human Rights Act: Continuing the Dialogue” conference will be held in the Hedley Bull Building at the ANU. Mr Corbell will [...]

Understanding venom evolution as a guide for biodiscovery – Public Talk, Associate Professor Bryan Grieg Fry

By 30 June 2014

[ 1 July 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Since ancient times, humans have looked for medicines in some of the most unlikely places. Our next public lecture speaker Associate Professor Bryan Grieg Fry will explain how the toxic secretions of venomous animals can be studied to create lifesaving pharmaceutical drugs. After all, these toxins have evolved to attack specific biological targets and better [...]

A Three Course Comedy Bursting With Flavour

By 30 June 2014
A Three Course Comedy Bursting With Flavour

I will begin with a warning: Do not go to see this movie on an empty stomach!

Part visual love ode to food, part father/son redemption tale, Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ is a film that is very hard not to like.
Think ‘Rocky’ with a cooking knife.
Jon Favreau, director of studio blockbusters ‘Iron Man 1 & 2′, has [...]

What’s on this weekend? 28th and 29th June 2014

By 27 June 2014
What's on this weekend? 28th and 29th June 2014

Friday I’ve got Friday on my mind! Here are a few things around town that might tickle your fancy this weekend. Add anything else you’ve got in the comments below.
Happy Weekend!
Saturday 28th June 10am-11.30am
Mount Stromlo Observatory Site Tour
Scope Mount Stromlo
Friday 27th June 7.30pm
ANU Poetry Jam
Street Theatre 1
Entry is free but bookings essential
Saturday [...]

King O’Malley’s playing host to the legendary wild child Angry Anderson

By 26 June 2014
King O'Malley's playing host to the legendary wild child Angry Anderson

[ 26 June 2014; 8:00 pm; ]

Tonight one of Canberra’s favourite live music venues, King O’Malley’s, plays host to the legendary wild child Angry Anderson of 80′s rock’n'roll band Rose Tattoo. Angry Anderson joins James Southwell (and his KILLER band) on a tour around Australia in the hopes of raising much needed funds for volunteer phone service Lifeline.

Tickets are $35 [...]

Frances O’Brien’s Dark Side of the Mind launching at Paperchain

By 26 June 2014
Frances O'Brien's Dark Side of the Mind launching at Paperchain

[ 5 July 2014; 3:00 pm; ]

Paoperchain is launching Frances O’Brien’s new book ‘Dark Side of the Mind’ Saturday 5 July at 2.45pm for 3.00pm.

This true story of John, a young schizophrenic man, the eldest of four boys, who grew up in Canberra at the time Walter Burley Griffin was designing the lake, in a happy home where he had fun, [...]

Fairytales by the campfire in ‘The Magic Hour’

By 25 June 2014
Fairytales by the campfire in 'The Magic Hour'

If you’re after a night of fairytales with a twist, The Magic Hour is for you. Ursula Yovich (Australia, Jindabyne, The Secret River, Redfern, The Gods of Wheat Street) plays a whole cast of characters, updated and dropped into bleak Australian life in this performance described as Little Red Riding Hood meets Trainspotting.
Prepare for [...]

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