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Geeks and nerds theme party

By 26 May 2015
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[ 6 June 2015 at 9:30 pm; ]

Nerd up people. Now here is the opportunity to take a break from your busy work schedule or mundane life to cut loose and dance the night away at Digress Lounge and Bar.

Hike up your pants to get down and nerdy. This not to be missed dress up and dance event promises to be nerdastic. [...]

13 things to do in Canberra this weekend (23 and 24 May 2015)


This weekend’s highlights include a Tintin adventure night, a Raiders home game and a chance to explore the solar system at Mount Stromlo Observatory’s May public night.

1. Lurch & Chief at Transit Bar
Melbourne stoner-swirl jam-psych band Lurch & Chief return to Canberra in support of their sophomore EP Breathe, which was written and recorded at [...]

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival returns to Canberra + Giveaway


[ 22 May 2015 to 25 May 2015. ]
Seeking to move and actively engage audiences on human rights issues, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will return to Canberra as part of its national tour this year with an impressive line up of film highlights from its festival program.

The Festival will open in Canberra on 22 May with Australian documentary I [...]

Food fans in for a feast

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[ 23 May 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

Foodies are in for a treat as Ainslie Parties at the Shops celebrates local produce, dines on international cuisine, and crowns Canberra’s best baker.

Ainslie Shops has long been home to some of Canberra’s finest and most popular pubs and restaurants, and on Saturday 23 May from 10am-4pm, the businesses of Ainslie will join forces for [...]

Book launch – Turning Point by Don Aitkin

By 19 May 2015

[ 27 May 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Please join us for the launch of Turning Point by Don Aitkin. The book will be launched by Professor Satendra Nandan.
In 1977, Angus & Robertson, then the grandfather of Australian publishers, brought out a novel by a young professor at Macquarie University, Don Aitkin, well known as a political scientist, an election-night and political commentator [...]

Community film event -The Mask You Live In

By 18 May 2015

[ 3 June 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Canberra business will present a screening of the documentary The Mask You Live In at Dendy Cinemas on Wednesday 3 June at 6pm.

This community event is a proactive catalyst for awareness and action tackling issues such as male violence, addictions, depression and suicide.

The film is a documentary examining masculinity in our modern world, questioning how our [...]

Photography competition: Australian rock star (photos) wanted

By 15 May 2015

[ 15 April 2015 10:00 am to 1 September 2015 5:00 pm. ]

Geoscience Australia is on the look-out for photos with rock-star qualities, with entries now open for the 2015 Top GeoShot photographic competition.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Rock Stars”. Entry to the Top GeoShot competition is open to all members of the Australian public and we encourage everyone to start taking photos that capture [...]

Free workshops at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Bringing the Streets to Tuggeranong A5 flyer

[ 16 May 2015 at 1:00 pm; 23 May 2015 at 1:00 pm; 30 May 2015 at 1:00 pm; 6 June 2015 at 1:00 pm; 13 June 2015 at 1:00 pm; 20 June 2015 at 1:00 pm; 27 June 2015 at 1:00 pm; ]

For the first time in its 15-year history, Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Messengers program is offering free Saturday workshops for young people (aged 13 to 18).

From Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s media release:

Artists Houl, Smalls, Polly and Sayan & Libby team up to present Bringing the Streets to Tuggeranong Arts Centre on Saturday afternoons in May and June.

The [...]

Comedy – LOLPol with Danny Bensley

By 14 May 2015

[ 21 May 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Danny Bensley was a RAW Comedy crowd member and winner of the participation award in Year Three mathematics. He has since bumbled through his life with little to no idea of what the hell he is doing. What whacky adventure he gets himself into next?

Supported by Wunderkinder; Simon Bower, Bill Benson, Andrew Bensley and James [...]

13 things to do in Canberra this weekend (16 and 17 May 2015)

By 14 May 2015

[ 16 May 2015 to 17 May 2015. ] This weekend’s highlights include Fashfest, Transit Bar’s ninth birthday celebrations and an x-rated science night for adults at Questacon. What are your plans?

1. Fashfest, Wednesday 13 May to Saturday 16 May
Canberra’s largest annual red carpet fashion event, Fashfest, kicked off earlier this week and continues until Saturday evening. This year, over 30 fashion designers will launch [...]

Five Fabulous Tenors, Albert Hall

By 12 May 2015
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[ 22 May 2015 at 7:30 pm; 23 May 2015 at 5:30 pm; 24 May 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Carl Rafferty has assembled a cast of fabulous tenors, and they’re going to take you on a thrilling journey through all of the great songs that make tenors the most popular and exciting of all singers. You’ll hear these fantastic singers in wonderful acoustic and beautiful setting of Canberra’s historic Albert Hall. You’ll be thrilled [...]

Massive MMA fight night featuring 2 x women’s fights

By 11 May 2015

[ 23 May 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

The BRACE 2015 Australian MMA Championship continues in the nation’s capital on Saturday 23 May.

Live from the AIS Arena, BRACE will bring a night of explosive mixed martial arts action. Secure your tickets now for a night of dynamic sports entertainment and you will witness Australia’s best fighters battle it out in the cage.

BRACE 34 [...]

Free Mother’s Day festival in the City this Sunday!

By 9 May 2015

If a day of free beauty pampering, gourmet food tasting, live music, dance and cycling events plus entertainment for the kids sounds good, then we have a great event for you!
This Mother’s Day, Bunda Street is hosting a free event for the community!
Event: Mother’s Day on the shareway
Where: Bunda Street, from Genge Street  to Akuna [...]

What’s on this weekend? 9th and 10th May 2015

By 7 May 2015

[ 9 May 2015 to 10 May 2015. ]

This weekend’s highlights include Mother’s Day festivities (if you’re still looking for somewhere to treat Mum, our Mother’s Day guide has you covered), a Raiders home game and the final performances of Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

As always, let us know what else is happening in Canberra over [...]

The Mighty Bluzicians host May Blues Jam

By 6 May 2015
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[ 17 May 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]

The Mighty Bluzicians was formed when some of the best rock & blues musicians in Canberra came together 12 years ago with a dedication to musicianship & love of blues. Feel the passion of Rick Bamford – guitar, slide and vocals, Dean Edgecombe – bass guitar and vocals, Gavin “Larry Spoons” Kelly – drums, percussion [...]

Warren Miller’s 65th ski and snowboard film

By 5 May 2015

[ 31 May 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

Introducing Warren Miller’s highly anticipated 65th ski and snowboard film. Take a journey with Warren Miller to the deepest of destinations, from beneath the blankets of powder in Niseko, Japan to the top of Greece’s Mount Olympus, and the edge of Alaska’s Chugach.

Showing one night only on Sunday 31 May at 5.00pm, Warren Miller’s ‘No Turning [...]

Mother’s Day on the shareway

By 4 May 2015

[ 10 May 2015 at 11:00 am; ]
This Mother’s Day, Bunda Street is hosting a free event for the community.
Event: Mother’s Day on the shareway
Where: Bunda Street, from Genge Street  to Akuna Street
When:  Sunday 10 May 2015
Time: 11 am until 3 pm
Make this Mother’s Day one to remember at a fun-filled street festival for all mothers, and those who love them, with entertainment and activities [...]

Event: Ammonia – The clean renewable fuel for the future?

By 4 May 2015

[ 7 May 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] This presentation by Bryan Furnass is hosted by the Frank Fenner Foundation – all are welcome.

Almost all climate scientists are convinced that the main cause of global heating and climate disruption is the prodigious combustion of hydrocarbons over the past century, with anthropogenic pollution with greenhouse gases causing grave threats to biodiversity, food security and [...]

A Passion for Peace festival

By 30 April 2015
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[ 27 April 2015 6:00 pm to 2 May 2015 6:00 pm. ] Chorus of Women is presenting a five-day Festival for Peace featuring music, public forums, conversations, a one-day workshop hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom on the theme ‘Women’s Power to Stop War, storytelling for children, schools events, displays and more.

The festival is inspired by over 1200 women from 12 warring [...]

What’s on this weekend? 2nd and 3rd May 2015

By 30 April 2015

Early morning raves, Gregorian chants and speed dating are just a few of this weekend’s highlights. Let us know what we’ve missed in the comments.
Sports/outdoor activities

See the Brumbies take on the Waratahs at GIO Stadium on Friday. Kick off is at 7.40pm.
Join Kayakcameraman Paul Jurak and Hilary Wardhaugh for #PhotowalkCanberra Afloat! Meeting at 5.30am on Saturday, the [...]

Start playing blues harmonica

By 29 April 2015

[ 7 June 2015; ]

Do you nurse a burning desire to pick up a harmonica and play some wailing blues riffs?

Here’s your chance. Tony ‘Mouth from the South’ Maguire is holding a half-day beginners’ workshop at the Statesman Hotel in Curtin on Sunday June 7.

Tony (pictured) promises he’ll get you playing tasty-sounding riffs within the first 15 minutes on his song Spearfishin’ [...]

Griffith Street Party this Saturday!

By 27 April 2015
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[ 2 May 2015 at 12:00 pm; ]

The annual Griffith Street Party hosted by M16 Artspace and the Griffith-Narrabundah Community Association will be held again at M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, this Saturday 2 May from 12pm to 4pm. Don’t miss this significant and popular family friendly community event that combines wonderful art with food and jazz.

On the day M16’s three [...]

Tommy Balogh’s Stretch Marks of the Universe at Nishi Gallery

By 27 April 2015
he Three Disciples by Tommy Balogh, photo by Cole Bennetts

[ 27 April 2015 to 3 May 2015. ]

Nishi Gallery Tommy Balogh’s universal expression invites us into the sublime.

Stretch Marks of the Universe is an ambitious exhibition of contemporary abstract paintings by Canberra based artist Tommy Balogh.

The show includes his 6x3m triptych painting The Three Disciples, which was both created and featured at Art, Not Apart 2015. Nishi Gallery will also house [...]

Australia’s Young Performer of the Year comes to Canberra


[ 6 May 2015 at 7:30 pm; 7 May 2015 at 7:30 pm; ]

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra returns to Llewellyn Hall on May 6 & 7, to join forces with acclaimed young Australian pianist Hoang Pham, to perform Tchaikovsky’s first and most famous piano concerto.

Hoang Pham was named Australia’s Young Performer of the Year in 2013 by Symphony Australia, and has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne, [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (25th and 26th April 2015)

By 24 April 2015

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Chifley, Kaleen, Franklin, Amaroo and Page. Happy Friday!
Saturday 25 April
12 Mornington Street Amaroo
7.30am to 1pm
Stools, lights, books, kitchen appliances dog kennel and lots more. All must go!!!
26 Salmond Street Chifley
9am to 2pm
Kitchen items, wok, electric frypan, George Forman steamer, dust buster, vacuum cleaner, cushions, garden pots, mature yuccas, heating, [...]

Anzac Day bus services

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ACTION is offering free special services to the dawn service and the national ceremony plus free bus travel for anyone wearing a service medal on regular route services on Anzac Day (Saturday 25 April 2015).

Passengers are reminded a Sunday bus timetable will operate on Anzac Day.
Buses to the dawn service will depart from Gungahlin, Woden, City [...]

Canberra launch of Home Truths by Mandy Nolan

By 23 April 2015

[ 6 May 2015 at 5:45 pm; ]
For anyone who has ever dreamt of owning, building, renovating or perhaps bulldozing their home, or for those who have actually done it and survived, this collection of witty insights and reflections on how and where we live makes compulsory reading.
In Home Truths, Mandy explores poet Anne Sexton’s assertion that ‘women marry houses’. With great [...]

What’s on this weekend? 25th and 26th April 2015

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[ 25 April 2015 to 26 April 2015. ] Another week almost over! Here’s your guide to what’s on this weekend, including Canberra’s Anzac Day Centenary commemorations.

Anzac Day 2015

The Australian War Memorial is hosting two ceremonies to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who have served Australia during times of war and peace. The dawn service starts at 4.30am and the Anzac Day [...]

Pain in the brain: the overlap between physical, social and empathy for pain

By 20 April 2015

[ 9 June 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Come and join us at the Academy of Science for our public lecture series, Science stars of tomorrow.

This month: Pain in the brain: the overlap between physical, social and empathy for pain.
“Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” – Miss Piggy
When we think about [...]

Small is Beautiful documentary screening

By 20 April 2015

[ 29 April 2015 at 6:30 pm; ]
Small is Beautiful is a movie documentary about tiny houses, and is directed by Jeremy Beasley from Melbourne.
Just a few more tickets need to be reserved and it’ll be showing! There will only be one session.
I’ve been interested in minimal housing for years, especially for its financial and environmental aspects. It’d be great to get some [...]

National Portrait Gallery exhibition highlights


The National Portrait Gallery is currently running a special exhibition as its contribution to the Anzac centenary. The exhibition is titled All that fall — Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War.

The first thing to report is that this exhibition isn’t about portraiture. Most of the exhibition is made up of rooms of posters. [...]

Calling budding performers for holiday theatre program!

By 18 April 2015

[ 20 April 2015 to 24 April 2015. ]
Budding Theatre is pleased to launch its much-anticipated school holiday program for children and teenagers aged eight to sixteen. Over five days, participants will learn about the fundamentals of:
•    Performance (audition skills; interpreting text; taking direction; inhabiting character)
•    Playwriting (structure; style; creative inspiration & process)
•    Directing (blocking; working with actors; artistic imagination)
•    Stage Management (organisation [...]

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