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 Halls Gap in Victoria. Catch them on Saturday 23 May at Transit Bar. More info.
2. Ainslie Parties at the Shops
Ainslie shops has long been home to some of Canberra’s most loved pubs and restaurants, and this Saturday they’ll join forces for a special event to demonstrate why Ainslie is a gourmet food destination. Enjoy lamb and pork on a spit, crepes, traditional Moroccan soup, mulled wine and cider – and for dessert you can try your hand at picking the winner of the Ainslie baking competition. It’s on from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 23 May. More info.
3. Human Rights Arts and Film Festival
The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival returns to Canberra this week, opening on Friday 22 May with Australian documentary I Will Not Be Silenced, which follows the true story of Australian Charlotte Campbell Stephen who after being raped by a gang of men while living in Kenya in 2006, embarks on a seven-year struggle through Kenya’s legal system. The festival runs until 25 May at Palace Electric. More info.
4. Canberra Raiders take on the Bulldogs at GIO Stadium
Be a part of the action at GIO Stadium on Sunday 24pm as the Raiders play the Bulldogs in Round 11 of the competition. Tickets on sale from Ticketek.
5. Doug Anthony All-Stars – Reunion. Rebirth
Paul McDermott, Tim Ferguson and Paul “Flacco” Livingston have teamed up for a sublime night of the songs, sex, violence and feminism that revolutionised the world of comedy and made Doug Anthony All-Stars feared, loathed and adored comedy rock stars. 22-23 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre. More info.
6. Eurovision final – Offical Canberra viewing party
Dress up and head to the National Film and Sound Archive on Sunday 24 May for a night of trivia, prizes and music to mark the Eurovision final. There will be karaoke. There will be costume contests. Please note that this event is sold out, but you can put your name down on the waiting list – and if you know of other Eurovision final parties let us know in the comments. More info.
7. Mount Stromlo Observatory May public night
See the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon and beautiful star clusters and nebulae on Friday 22 May from 7pm. On the night, there will be talks by astronomers from Mount Stromlo and observations on several telescopes. More info.
8. Port Moresby | Second Contact – artist talk
Our local leader for this week was Canberra photographer Sean Davey, whose exhibition, Port Moresby | Second Contact, is on display at PhotoAccess until Sunday 24 May. Sean will deliver a public talk at PhotoAccess about the exhibition at 2pm on Sunday.
9. Three Sixty Fashion Market – Autumn
Head to the Fitters Workshop on Wentworth Avenue this Sunday from 10am for the Three Sixty Fashion Market, an exciting, niche market dedicated to recycled, up-cycled, handmade and locally-designed fashion. It’s creative, community-based and promotes local talent. More info.
10. Tintin’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventure Night at the Polish Club
Tomorrow (Friday 22 May) is the 108th birthday of Herge, the creator of Tintin. Come and celebrate at the Polish Club with Faux Faux Amis, The Blade Winner, The Wrst and Dead DJ Joke. One lucky punter will also win a copy of Tintin & I, the acclaimed documentary on Herge and his meisterwork. More info.
11. Size Does Matter: Pluto, Black Holes and the Little Bang Theory
Size sure matters to Pluto, but does it matter to a black hole? Could you form a nano-black hole in the large hadron collider? And could it consume the earth? Find out how you compare in the cosmic scale as Dr Phil takes you through a unique evening of songs, stories, and experiments on Friday 22 May at Beyond Q in Curtin. More info.
12. Brace Mixed Martial Arts at the AIS
Brace is bringing the world’s fastest growing sport, MMA, to the nation’s capital this weekend. Witness Australia’s best fighters battle it out in the cage for their chance at championship glory. It’s on Saturday at the AIS Arena. More info.
13. Treehouse’s second birthday celebrations
Advanced bookings receive a complimentary glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival at Treehouse’s birthday party on Saturday. Tom Hathaway of Sneaky Saturday will start the night off from 9pm with house tunes, followed by NORM from Playtime at 10.30pm and DJ Daz at 1am. More info.
What are your plans? Let us know in the comments below, and have a good weekend!