Gemma Wheildon is pretty much a super hero. Mild mannered public servant by day, glitter covered strong woman by night.
Penelope Asterisk is Gemma’s burlesque alter-ego, a carefully crafted character designed to wow audiences while proving two things:
1. Girls can be strong too.
2. Being strong does not mean you can’t be feminine.
Penelope lifts weights that boggle [...]
[ 24 August, 2013; 9:00 pm; ]
This just in:
Coming to PJs in Tuggeranong this Saturday, driving rock and roll with the Naddiks, danceable mod/ pop with the Feldons and introducing Positive Feedback Loop. Come along, drink some beers and have a listen to some fantastic live, original local talent at one of Canberra’s rapidly growing live venues.
[ 18 September, 2013; 6:30 pm; ] The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: 80,000 word research projects presented in just three minutes!
Join us for an evening of education and entertainment.
Come along to ANU for an hour and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on the campus by PhD students.
On the night, watch eleven [...]
[ 6 October, 2013; 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] The annual Wee Jasper Markets are on Sunday 6 October 2013, from 9am to 2pm at Fitzpatrick Trackhead Reserve.
The Reserve is 4km South from the village, follow the signs. Wee Jasper is 45 minutes from Yass or just over an hour from Canberra.
The Markets take place on Wee Jasper’s busiest weekend of the year when [...]
Take this rare opportunity to visit the ANU Classics Museum on a weekend and enjoy free parking.
The Classics Museum was established in 1962 by Professor Richard Johnson, Professor of Classics at ANU. Amongst its first acquisitions were an Attic wine bowl, a gold lion’s head earring, and some coins. From those [...]
The Belconnen Community Centre is excited to announce our upcoming Spring Sessions Art Taster program. We are offering a series of six evening Art Workshops open to anyone interested in learning something new – no artistic experience is necessary!
In our first workshop, on the 2nd of September, you will explore basic glassmaking techniques as you [...]
[ 16 August, 2013 to 28 September, 2013. ]
Erica Seccombe is using the ANU’s 3D Microcomputed X-ray Tomography (XCT) unit to get some stunning and otherworldly images of everyone’s favorite backyard crustacean, the slater.
Erica’s work will be shown at her exhibition Science Fiction, opening this week at Canberra Contempory Arts Space.
The image data from the XCT was run through a computer program developed [...]
Today the Winter Vigil bed welcomed its first residents. Bushfire survivor, Jane Smyth, Big Issue vendor and Big hART film participant, Deb Bult, and former Canberra Times cartoonist, Geoff Pryor all tucked in to help raise awareness for the homeless in Canberra.
Robyn Archer claims she was moved by Jane Smyth’s story to create the Winter [...]
At 12PM on Saturday 24 August the Canberra Refugee Action Committee is holding a rally in Garema place as part of a ‘National Day of Action’ with organisations in other cities around the country.
There’s never a better time to have your voice heard than during an election, so if you think the PNG “Solution” has [...]
There are only three more public viewing nights scheduled for this year on Mount Stromlo. Daylight savings makes dates over summer too late for the kids.
So far the weather forecast is looking good, which will make a nice change. But it always pays to check the all-sky camera on the MSO website to make sure [...]
[ 15 August, 2013 to 19 August, 2013. ]
The weather is improving!
Obviously because we live in Canberra we should all keep up a healthy level of paranoia. Actually trust the sunlight not to retreat rapidly the second we walk out in anything less than full winter gear would be foolish.
Still, it’s nice to look at.
Now, what can we do over the weekend?
I love the National Folk Festival, I love it a lot. However I do have to admit that the tickets are rather expensive.
Many people admit this actually, some even complain about it.
The National Folk Festival have heard those admittances and complaints and responded with a “Pay By Instalment” plan, which is probably not quite what [...]
The Children’s Book Council of Australia are running this years Children’s Book Week, which will take place between the 17th and 23rd of August.
This year’s theme is “Read Across the Universe”.
“We’re celebrating this year’s Children’s Book Week with a range of Story Time activities held across our libraries,” Karen Hansen, Acting Director, Libraries ACT said [...]
The charming folks over at the ACT Writers Centre have let us know about a couple of workshops that they will be running this weekend to help writers push through writers block:
This weekend, the folks at the ACT Writers Centre are hosting a two day jaunt that tackles writers block with lecturer and poet Charlotte [...]
The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc are holding the fifth Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture tomorrow at the Shine Dome.
If you’re interested grab some tickets now.
The Magic of Australia by Caroline Pidcock
Thursday 15 August 2013 at 6.00pm
The Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science, Gordon Street,
The talk will be followed by light refreshments
$20 (WBGS and National Trust [...]
BCS have just let us know about a series of interesting sounding workshops taking place around Canberra in late August.
Changing Places is based on the idea that good and bad mental health are in part made by our environment- physical and social.
Changing Places is an opportunity to explore, comment on and interact with places in [...]
[ 18 August, 2013; ] The CSIRO is hosting a couple of rad looking lectures at the Discovery centre for those of you who want to get your Science Week on in style:
Click here for a higher res version.
Seems like Canberra just isn’t getting enough of the golden oldies when it comes to movies. Dendy has their Cult Classics series, Palace has their Vintage Electric stuff and even Limelight gives it a fair go with their Limelight “Classics” (if you can count stuff like Mean Girls a classic). And now it appears the [...]
[ 22 August, 2013; 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ] It’s time we got back to basics in Canberra. We’re about getting organised, thorough and providing as much help to upcoming hip hop artists as we can. We’re putting on a series of events in order to bring the music back to the capital, and inject some hip hop sensibilities into our town. More opportunities [...]
I have little talent at fishing, however you might be good at it! In fact you may be so good at it that you’ve gotten really into it, and spend your time watching fishing programs and reading fishing books.
I think that’s kinda weird, but you would probably think the things I’m into are weird so [...]
[ 14 September, 2013; 7:00 pm; ] SAN QUEANBEYAN
Counterfeit Cash’s tribute to the Man in Black.
To commemorate the 10 years since Johnny Cash’s passing and to pay tribute to his world famous Folsom/San Quentin Prison concerts.
Come and be a COUNTERFEIT PRISONER for the night and enjoy a great night of entertainment and live music. Relive the sounds of Johnny Cash and the [...]
Afghanistan and the Middle East are now indelibly linked to Australia’s national story.
Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to help stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys [...]
[ 24 August, 2013; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]
Those crazy cats behind all of Canberra’s best foam related events are at it again with a massive zombies versus NERF battle planned for the 24th of August.
I’ve gone and witnessed these guys in action and you couldn’t hope for a more welcoming and fun group to play with, so if you’ve got the slightest [...]
[ 17 August, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]
Rufino from Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen is bringing some Caribbean beats to the Polish Club with his new band Rufino and the Coconuts.
You can just tell that this is going to be a bit special.
Get ready for the sensual primitive jungle grooves of Rufino and the Coconuts. One night only – plus local [...]
Dendy have announced their Spring season of cult classics, which looks awesome.
Aliens on the big screen? YES.
Good to see Gemlins getting some love too.
I imagine the Labyrinth session will be rather difficult to get tickets to.
[ 24 August, 2013; 5:00 pm; ] The Canberra Roller Derby League’s 2013 season continues with the fourth bout on August 24th. Clashing on the track for the first time since the 2012 grand final will be last year’s champions, the Black ‘n’ Blue Belles and the always fierce Red Bellied Black Hearts. Previous bouts have seen these teams alternate in defeating [...]
[ 28 September, 2013 10:00 am to 12 October, 2013 10:00 am. ]
Jigsaw Theatre are inviting families to join them on a puppet filled adventure down the plughole and into the land of Elohgulp, which is where all the gross stuff that we wash down the drain ends up living.
Jigsaw do great work and you couldn’t hope for a better cast so this will probably be pretty [...]
[ 24 August, 2013; 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
On Saturday the 24th of August, the Belconnen Arts Centre will play host to One River, an interactive arts event that celebrates the mighty Murray.
We’ve been promised light projections, water based art, fire installations, interactive art, dance, and music as well as local food and wine.
The event is free, so get to it.
One River is [...]
[ 5 October, 2013 to 3 November, 2013. ] The National Gallery have announced they’re bringing a William Kentridge retrospective to town:
William Kentridge (born 1955) is a major figure in contemporary art, who has established an international reputation as a gifted figurative artist. Working in the tradition of William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier, Kentridge explores themes of the society in which he lives, [...]
[ 31 August, 2013; ] On Saturday 31st August, the Bureau of Meteorology will be running a public event on “Canberra and the Bureau – together for 100 years” at the Shine Dome of the Australian Academy of Science. This will include presentations on:
Canberra’s weather and climate – what makes it tick?
[ 22 August, 2013; 6:00 pm; ]
This just in:
Please join us to hear Peter Cotton speak about his political thriller, Dead Cat Bounce.
Thursday August 22
5.45 for 6.00pm
Telephone 6295 6723 or
A federal election campaign is thrown into chaos when a popular government minister goes missing and then turns up dead on the shores of Lake Burley [...]
[ 9 October, 2013 to 18 October, 2013. ]
The Mindscapes Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates mental health recovery, and we’ve got the dates for their upcoming events right here:
Mindscapes Short Film Festival
When: Wednesday 9 October
Where: National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601
Mish Mash Variety Night
When: Thursday 10 October
Where: Polish white eagle club Canberra, 38 David St, [...]