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ACT Rescue and Foster Fundraiser – Greg Fleet and Steady Eddie ‘stand up’ for the dogs

By 1 December, 2013

[ 7 December, 2013; ] If you’re looking for a different type of Christmas celebration for your workplace or groups of friends this year, we could have exactly what you need… It’s a Christmas Dinner with a difference – We have world class comedians Greg Fleet and Steady Eddy, local comedians and a rising star magician who will keep you guessing [...]

Smith’s Alternative Bookshop hosts Sparrow-Folk and their very Nestie Christmas.

By 1 December, 2013

[ 3 December, 2013; 7:00 pm; ] Join Fox and Lark in a night of festive musical hilarity. Two ukes, one nest and lots of feathered goodness. Escape the silly season with a night of silliness.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 for groups of 5+

Book here: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=68043

Tease and Tearaways presents: The Canberra Custom Culture Festival

By 1 December, 2013

[ 14 December, 2013; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] Canberra’s hottest bands and burlesque event is celebrating its 1st birthday – and you’re all invited!

The Canberra Custom Culture Festival will be bringing you some of the country’s best Rockabilly bands and a day jam-packed with entertainment!

Charlie Greaser,
Dave Rumbler and the Matadors,
A Rockabilly acoustic set by Cam (Casino Rumblers) and Luke (ex- Little Mac and [...]

Canberrans helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan

By 30 November, 2013

Come celebrate Christmas at the Philippine Embassy while helping to raise funds to assist victimes of typhoon Haiyan.
Canberra’s local Filipino community will be hosting its annual Christmas celebration tomorrow in the grounds of the Philippine Embassy while there’ll also be a fundraising drive to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Alistair [...]

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, Their Makers and Readers at the National Library

By 29 November, 2013

For those who like their culture historical, their history cultural, or just really dig knights and stuff like that, the NLA are holding a lecture on Medieval manuscripts:
Join Michelle Brown, Professor Emerita at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Visiting Professor at University College London and Baylor University (Texas), as she reveals [...]

Meet the author of Blossom Possum And The Christmas Quacker at Paperchain

By 28 November, 2013

Paperchain are doing another ‘Meet the author‘ day, this time featuring Gina Newton.
Gina Newton is the Canberran author behind the Blossom Possom series.
Blossom Possum And The Christmas Quacker by Gina Newton
It was Christmas Eve down under. Koala Claws’ last stop for the night. I’m sooo hot and tired, he thought. A quick nap will [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 28th of November 2013

By 28 November, 2013

[ 28 November, 2013 to 2 December, 2013. ]

Hey gang,

Have you recovered sufficiently from last weekend yet?

Don’t both answering. This is a website, I can’t hear you.

I will assume you have, because you had better.

It’s time to plan the next weekend!

As always leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Hustle & Scout Twilight Fashion Market returns to New Acton

By 28 November, 2013

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

It seems the afternoon/evening clothing market turned event was a success last time because they’ve returning on the 14th of December for a Summer edition.

The new and improved Hustle & Scout Twilight Markets will be bigger, better, and more multi-storied than ever before. There will be bands, DJs, fashion shoots, and cocktails to spruce up [...]

2013 Going out with a Bang at the Polo!

By 27 November, 2013

[ 5 December, 2013 to 6 December, 2013. ]

The CMC stage at the Polo, lurking in the shadow of Canberra’s inner north real estate boom is winding up next week with some more awesomeness. On Thursday December 5 Tiger and Me with support from the Bearded Gypsy Band will start festivities.

Then on Friday December 6 The Crooked Fiddle Band will unleash their [...]

Get Shaken & Stirred by the Sass and Tease Collective at the Polit Bar

By 27 November, 2013

[ 28 November, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s craftiest bunch of burlesque performers are starting something new!

The Sass and Tease Collective are putting together a new regular night at the Polit Bar, and the opening night is this Thursday!

You should go!

Polit Bar “la Burlesquerie” presents…

Shaken & Stirred

A night of Glamour and Elegance, Burlesque and Cabaret

Tickets $20 from the bar or [...]

Music at Midday announces its supported charities for this year

By 27 November, 2013

[ 4 December, 2013; 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. ] Like music? Dislike staying up late?

Music at Midday seems like it’s for you then!

Wednesday the 4th of December at 11AM and again at 12.30PM, the RMC Band will be playing tunes and raising money for charity at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

The concert goes for 60 minutes and the entry is by gold coin donation, [...]

Vinyl Lounge at the NFSA part 2

By 26 November, 2013

[ 1 December, 2013; 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. ]

The NFSA threw one of these events on back in October, and obviously everyone had such a good time they’ve decided to do it again.

The records are ready to spin again !!!

Sunday 1 December from 2.30pm at the Vinyl Lounge, the newly renovated Theatrette at Canberra’s National Film and Sound Archive.

NFSA [...]

End of Movember Fundraiser at Knightsbridge

By 26 November, 2013

[ 29 November, 2013; 7:00 pm; ]

Who Movembered up this year?

Love them or hate them, the simple moustache has an amazing power to transform the face.

Knightsbridge are putting on an end of Movember basht his year so head along and celebrate the mo’ (or if you’re not a fan celebrate the banishment of them for another year) and raise some funds [...]

Desecrator and Malignant Monster @ The Basement

By 26 November, 2013

[ 19 December, 2013; ]

Desecrator are an Melbourne act that have been bouncing around overseas for a while and they’re joining forces with Malignant Monster from WA to bring their thrash metal sound to Canberra.

Canberra has a fairly dedicated metal scene that you might not have come across unless you frequent the Basement in Belconnen, so if you’re a [...]

ACT Libraries full of Christmas crafts, story times, and also books.

By 26 November, 2013

ACT Libraries always seems to have some massive program or another running, it’s amazing they find the time to loan out books.
Here are their plans for the Christmas period, make sure to book ahead by visiting www.library.act.gov.au or calling 6205 9000.”.
The festive season is starting early at the ACT’s public libraries this year, with special [...]

UC Architecture Grads showcase their final works for 2013

By 26 November, 2013

The University of Canberra Student Architecture Society are pleased to announce the Graduate Exhibition, showcasing the talent of students in both the Masters of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture courses from the University of Canberra in 2013.
These end-of-semester works are themed according to the studies of each course, with the Masters’ theme ‘Interrupt’ under the [...]

Joint Strike Fighter Seminar & Networking Function – Monday 2 December

By 21 November, 2013

To celebrate the end of 2013, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) proudly presents
by Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley, AM, CSC – Program Manager, RAAF’s New Air Combat Capability
Date: Monday 2 December 2013
Time: 6:30pm till 8:30pm
Location: The Deck & Nottingham Room, Forrest Hotel & Apartments, 30 National [...]

Walk around the lake for charity

By 21 November, 2013

[ 24 November, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ]

This Sunday the 24th just so happens to be Lakewalk 2013, so you know what to do.

Lake/walking/fitness/charity win/win/win/win.

It’s simple math.

The walkathon is on this Sunday 24th November, between 10am and 1pm. It starts at regatta point, commonwealth park and takes a loop circuit to Aspen Island and back. All monies raised go towards funding therapies [...]

‘Zoology for Beginners’ A Doctor Stovepipe Family Show at Gorman House

By 21 November, 2013

[ 24 November, 2013; 3:00 pm; ]

Peddlers of good old fashion tunes, Doctor Stovepipe have put together a family show!

Doctor Stovepipe presents their musical family show ‘zoology for beginners’. It’s a show that features songs about chickens and many of the lesser animals known to science. There will be three part harmonies, guitar, double bass, fiddle, dancing, audience participation and medical [...]

21 Reasons at BCS Gallery

By 21 November, 2013

[ 3 December, 2013 to 13 December, 2013. ]

The ever busy folk over at Belconnen Community Centre have a new exhibit coming up.

21 Reasons
A multimedia exhibition in celebration of I-Day by Belconnen Community Service and Woden Community Service
December 3rd – 13th
Official Opening Wednesday December 4th 3pm
Open 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen

Join local artists and play-makers to celebrate the 21st anniversary of [...]

100 Canberra Houses at Paperchain Manuka

By 21 November, 2013

Tim Reeves and Alan Roberts wrote a book about houses in Canberra for the centenary, because centenary.
They’re going to be at Paperchain Bookstore on the 30th if you’d like to meet them, or ask why your house was/was not included in their book.
In celebration of Canberra’s Centenary, a new book, 100 Canberra Houses, tells the [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 21st of November 2013

By 21 November, 2013

[ 21 November, 2013 to 25 November, 2013. ]

Let no man say that there is nothing to do in Canberra!

Well ok, do let him say it.

I mean it’s a free country after all.

He’d be wrong though.

As always add your suggestions to mine int he comments below, and have a rad weekend guys!

Music ACT Music Awards (MAMAs) 2013

By 21 November, 2013

Too often people define a city by what it lacks or compare cities of vastly different sizes and sociocultural structures. Canberra isn’t Sydney or Melbourne, and they’re not New York or Berlin. Our myriad arts communities have suffered because of the nation’s metonymic notion that Canberra is the Government and APS. What The MusicACT Annual Music [...]

Bela Farkas Sacrifical Poems CD Launch at the Phoenix

By 21 November, 2013

[ 20 November, 2013; 4:00 pm; 4 December, 2013; 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. ]

Bela Farkas is BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUITS! eternal sacrificial poet, and is launching his first CD of poetry next month at the Phoenix Bar.

You should probably go.

Serial celebrity name dropper Bela Farkas is a Canberra-based poet. A lot of his work has been heavily influenced by popular culture and current events. He has featured at Canberra’s BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Traverse [...]

What’s your favourite Harvey Weinstein movie? Part 2. [Competition]

By 20 November, 2013

Congrats to Wellington Sludge and BimboGeek for winning last weeks round, you both get a free double pass out of the deal.
Please send us an email at contact@the-riotact.com with your full name and home email address by lunchtime tomorrow and we’ll pass them on so you can get your tickets.
That was last weeks round, now [...]

Sex and death at the ANU

By 20 November, 2013

Today’s pre-made attention grabbing headline is courtesy of Dr Charles Lineweaver, an Associate Professor with the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences who tonight will be giving a lecture about the “linkages between the origins of multi-cellularity, sex and death” and “where we’ve come from and how the evolution of gender differences has shaped [...]

The Feldons and the Marji Curran Band at Smith’s

By 20 November, 2013

[ 22 November, 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

Just a quick one, The Feldons and the Marji Curran Band are doing their thing this Friday at everyone’s favourite bookstore turned venue.

Friday at Smiths Alternative Bookshop. Rock, blues, roots with the Marji Curran Band and mod rockers the Feldons.

$5.00 on door.

Write it up! and Hip Hop Live! at Tuggeranong Festival!

By 19 November, 2013

[ 23 November, 2013; 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. ]

Tuggeranong Festival is now official more street than you.

Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that there is a bunch of great talent in Canberra’s urban art scene, and that talent is going to be on display at the Tuggeranong Festival. Suppoting the artists will be a selection of Canberra’s finest DJ’s doing that [...]

Monster Fest at CIT Woden

By 18 November, 2013

[ 30 November, 2013 3:00 pm to 1 December, 2013 3:00 am. ]

12 monster movies coming for you.


I’ve got nothing.

Check out the Facebook page for more info!

12 films in 12hrs at the J Block Grindhouse, CIT Woden on Sat 30 Nov. 3pm to 3am.
It’s about the best horror and genre films, beer, food & music.

It’s about blackened cinemas with awe-struck patrons sitting on the edge [...]

Theatre of the Dead cinematic release!

By 18 November, 2013

[ 28 November, 2013; 6:00 pm; ]

It’s been a long time coming but Canberra’s own Zombie flic Theatre of The Dead has a cinematic release!

Sculpture in the Street hits Downer tonight

By 15 November, 2013

This just in from Nancy Porker:
Head on down to Rennie St, Downer from 6pm tonight for the first ever Sculpture in the Street exhibition.
Residents have made their front yards available for 32 artists to populate with installations for the weekend long event.
Organiser and Rennie St local, Stephen Harrison’s sculpture of a sea [...]

Canbeards, facial hair at the pub!

By 15 November, 2013

[ 23 November, 2013; 4:00 pm; ]

There’s a beard and moustache club in Canberra!

This is excellent!

If you’re facially endowed you should head along!

Canbeards – The Beard and Moustache Club of Canberra

“Canbeards is the inaugural Beard and Moustache Club of Canberra! Our aim is to promote facial hair growth, enjoy life and raise money for charity. We are proud members of Beard [...]


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