This portrait of Dally Messenger, ‘The Master’ was taken during the 1908-09 Kangaroos tour of Great Britain.
The National Museum of Australia would really like you to come check out its Glorious Days: Australia exhibit.
It wants this so much, that it’s letting you get free entry on Sundays.
That’s a pretty good deal.
Glorious Days celebrates life in [...]
[ 18 October 2013; 5:00 pm; 5:00 pm; 5:00 pm; 5:00 pm; ]
See Greg Kimball’s Man Baby at Civic Pub on October the 18th.
Man Baby is Greg Kimball’s show. That’s its name. He is not, to our knowledge, bringing a man sized baby to the pub.
That joke was mine, so it in no way represents the quality of Greg’s jokes.
Hilarious, popular and good looking Canberra comedian (wrote [...]
[ 17 September 2013; 1:00 pm; 21 September 2013 to 22 September 2013. ] Models are cool.
The Canberra Model Shipwrights Society are putting on their annual expo this weekend at the Belconnen Arts Centre,
You can go, if you like.
Marking Canberra’s Centenary and the Canberra Model Shipwrights Society’s quarter-century, the expo will include up to 150 museum-quality period ships and warships, as well as radio-controlled vessels on Lake Ginninderra. The [...]
[ 21 September 2013 to 22 September 2013. ]
Hackett is turning 50, and it’s inviting you to its birthday party.
It’s not called the “Hackett Half Centenary” for reasons unknown.
Hackett’s 50th birthday bash will be held over the weekend 21 – 22 September 2013 to commemorate 50 years since the suburb was officially established.
The celebrations will be officially launched at 12 noon on the [...]
[ 19 October 2013; ] The TAMS depot in Fyshwick is a bloody astonishing space and just how an aircraft hangar manages to hide out there is just as astonishing.
So it’s great it’s going to be getting community use as part of the SPIN festival.
Particularly the Centenary Team are waving the flag for what will be a fantastic way to [...]
Tim Ferguson is a rather friendly and funny man.
If you’d like to meet him, you should head to Paperchain Bookstore on the 28th of September. That would be a solid plan.
Tim will be signing copies of his new book Carry a Big Stick.
The frank and fearless story of a man fighting MS with comedy.
This is cool, there’s an expo dedicated to groups that do things that allow people to engage socially.
The Connect and Participate Expo is dedicated to those groups that bring people together, which is a good thing.
They’re looking for groups to get involved now, so if you run a book club, operate a hacker-space, or [...]
[ 27 September 2013; 8:00 pm; ]
Canberra’s only poetry slam named after Canberra is at the Front next Friday (the 27th) and it’s featuring local slam poet and championship boxer Ellie Malbon which will be all sorts of awesome.
One of the things I just claimed isn’t true.*
Canberra Poetry Slam returns on the 27th of September, with the lovely Ellie Malbon [...]
Who likes wine?
“We like wine.”
For the wine lovers amongst you, Canberra Wines is doing something in early November.
Details are sparse at the moment, but the most important detail is the word wine so save the date.
Cellar doors in the Canberra District come alive with entertainment, food, activities and of course wine tastings during the [...]
[ 21 September 2013; ]
CRDL will celebrate its 5th birthday with their next home season in what has become the most anticipated match of the year, the Black ‘n’ Blue Belles and the Brindabelters will be going head to head looking to steamroll their way into the final. Both teams are undefeated this season and both are looking incredibly [...]
I attended the Floriade launch this morning, and managed to get a free pie and a quiche for my efforts.
Both were wonderful.
A hundred or so members of the government, the press, and various marketing departments all met to exchange excited chatter and glasses of orange juice in Cafe Valenti while a selection of television [...]
Farrer Ridge is looking to get in on that sweet, sweet flower-loving tourist market.
If you’re a lover of perambulating amongst nature, you may want to check it out.
Floriade isn’t the only place you can take in the beautiful flowers this spring, the Farrer RidgeParkcare Group will make the most of the season on their [...]
[ 3 October 2013 to 17 October 2013. ]
October the 6th to the 14th is mental health week, and Mindscapes Festival has a stack of events during and surrounding that week for you get sink your mind-teeth into.
Have a look at the flier above (larger version here) or head over to the Facebook page to get started with the mind-teeth sinking.
[ 21 September 2013 to 13 October 2013. ] Andrew Barr just launched Windows to the World, a Centenary program in which visitors will be permitted to go explore Canberra’s embassies and high commissions.
Over four spring weekends from September 21-22, 33 missions will showcase their nation and culture to visitors.
This unique event could only happen in Canberra, where missions form part of the suburban [...]
[ 13 September 2013 to 14 September 2013. ] One of my favourite pieces of stupidity is people who try and live “chemical free”.
It’s by far the most wonderfully ridiculous of all the ‘new age’ nonsense that people like to sprout.
Short of ejecting their consciousness from their bodies and floating around some astral plane, I really don’t see it happening.
Peter Wothers is presenting a [...]
[ 18 September 2013; 7:30 pm; ]
EVERYTHING IS OK NOW.
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is a poetry slam at the Phoenix Bar Canberra.
It has been called Canberra’s best night of free entertainment.
Poets will POET into a MICROPHONE which will then poet into your ears through TECHNOLOGY.
This month we feature Candy Royalle.
Candy Royalle is a performance artist and poet who fuses cinematic storytelling, poetry [...]
[ 23 September 2013 to 13 October 2013. ] CAMEL RIDES AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM!
Sorry I just really enjoy camel rides.
The National Arboretum is putting on a whole pile of events these school Holidays, including camel rides and a whole bunch of stuff that is not camel rides so I don’t care about it anymore.
The best part of the camel ride is the start [...]
[ 21 September 2013; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. ]
Hey Zine lovers!
Some more sweet Zine action is happening at Gorman House as a part of the Bloom Festival.
Check it out.
step into spring by purchasing some new ZINE wares!
as part of the gorman house arts centre ‘bloom’ festival – the CZE collective are holding a ZINE FYRE.
check out the hotbed of ACT / surrounding [...]
[ 14 September 2013; 1:30 pm; 15 September 2013; 1:30 pm; ]
If you’ve ever seen the Princess Bride, I don’t need to sell you on going to see it at the movies. So instead watch this terrible trailer for it and get excited.
If you have not seen the Princess Bride, don’t watch the trailer. It reveals way too much, has terrible music, and it might turn [...]
[ 11 October 2013 to 13 October 2013. ]
Duck Bunny Theatre are hitting the Street Theatre with their new satyrical work The Fridge next month.
In a re-imagining of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Duck Bunny Theatre’s new satirical play The Fridge, mocks the powerful, and exposes the foolish in a comedic fable about the clash of want versus need premiering at The Street Theatre [...]
[ 20 September 2013 to 22 September 2013. ]
An Opera set during the 2003 bush fires is kicking off its season on the 20th of September at the Street Theatre.
In January 2003 when the fires raged and the seemingly impossible happened in Canberra, our city and the people in it changed. From a Black Sky is a gripping chamber opera set in the [...]
In episode one of Radio National’s The Science Show, hosted by Robyn Williams AM, the publisher of Scientific American said there was a stampede away from science. Was there? On 31 August 2013, almost two thousand episodes later, The Science Show celebrated its 38th birthday, and is still going strong.
Robyn has witnessed firsthand how [...]
[ 6 December 2013 to 21 April 2014. ]
Andrew Barr has announced that the last Gallery blockbuster for 2013 will be: Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru.:
This new exhibition – which I launched this morning – is a one-off exclusive to Canberra. It will open in December and run over the first three months of next year.
It will provide another compelling [...]
[ 13 September 2013 to 16 September 2013. ]
The Canberra Short Film Festival is about to turn 18, and will celebrate the coming of age milestone with a three-day event featuring a line up of the best short films from Canberra, Australia and around the world.
The festival received over 300 entries – a new record – and the best 49 films will be screened at [...]
[ 13 September 2013; 5:30 pm; ]
The National Museum of Australia are putting on an evening event based around superstitions.
I’d say it sounds cool, but I don’t want to jinx it.
Why do superstitions still exist in the modern age? Have you ever tried to ward off bad luck by ‘touching wood’ or wearing a charm?
This Friday the 13th of September, [...]
[ 28 September 2013; 1:00 pm; ]
TJ James is launching his new album “All the Pieces Fit” at Belconnen Arts Centre on the 28th this month.
SOMETIMES IT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC … THAT MAKES THE MUSIC COME ALIVE
You may remember him as the guy who used to busk outside McDonalds in Woden, playing at the Hellenic Club or one [...]
Canberra’s biggest and worst named battle of the bands festival “Smells Like Centenary Spirit” is kicking off this Saturday at Belconnen Arts Centre.
Festival names that are both dated and miss the point thematically of the original name they’re referencing aside, this is a pretty cool thing and I hope it finds life past the centenary [...]
[ 5 September 2013 to 9 September 2013. ]
Hey sex party, you sure have just pasted your posters over a bunch of gig posters for gigs that are still yet to come… so that’s kinda wrong.
Poor poster board etiquette. TSK TSK.
Anyways, it’s almost the weekend!
How did that happen?
Time happened, and speaking of time and happenings, it’s time to check what is happening this [...]
[ 11 September 2013 to 25 September 2013. ] Those fine fellows at the Front have let us know what’s coming up with their gig guide.
11th September 2013: Wattleseed Pavlova (Comedy)
“Whether it be collecting Pez, gardening or relationship advice, we’ve got it covered with the ‘best’ of Australian radio.”
This show is an 8 episode digest of the “best” of Australian radio.
EPISODES 4 [...]
[ 12 September 2013; 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ]
Canberra’s film-making scene is as talented and rich as any of its arts scenes, which is to say heaps talented and rich.
Those interested in what’s going on or wanting to get involved could do worse than to check out this panel coming up at the NFSA.
Canberra, 100 years old, has an interesting film history, and [...]