26 July 2015

13 things to do in Canberra this weekend (25 and 26 July 2015)

| Amy M
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This weekend: The GWS Giants return to Canberra for their third match at Manuka Oval this season, Mount Stromlo hosts a public observatory night and the Embassy of Brazil invites you to celebrate an evening of Brazilian food and dancing.

What are your plans? Let us know in the comments below.

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1. GWS Giants vs Geelong Cats at Startrack Oval
With just six weeks until the AFL finals series, the Giants are hoping to make their first ever finals appearance this year. There’s no doubt a victory over Geelong this Saturday afternoon would help their efforts. They’ll be looking for their third straight win in Canberra, having beat Melbourne and the Gold Coast Suns earlier this season. More info.

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2. We may never meet again: The music of Amy Winehouse
Melbourne outfit Movement 9 and singer Elly Poletti have joined forces to present a unique perspective on the music of Amy Winehouse. After a series of sold out shows in Melbourne, catch their only show in Canberra this Friday night at the Street Theatre. More info.


3. The Maker’s pop up paper pom-pom party
Come along to the Maker’s Collective space on Saturday and learn how to make paper pom-poms. Enjoy a communal creative chat and help Pop Up Office and friends make pom-poms to be used as decorations for the Pop Up Small Business Fair, to be held at Belconnen Arts Centre on Friday 31 July. More info.

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4. Youth-organised walk for marriage equality
This is a peaceful walk organised by Canberra youths to raise awareness for marriage equality (all ages are welcome). The walk will commence at 11am on Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Terrace. Wear your brightest colours! More info.

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5. Mount Stromlo Observatory public night
See the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon and beautiful star clusters and nebulae at Mount Stromlo Observatory on Friday night from 7pm. There will be talk by astronomers and observations on several telescopes. In the event of cloudy weather, star gazing will be cancelled but the talks will occur regardless of the weather. Check the weather using the Mt. Stromlo all-sky camera. More info.

6. Disco kids and parent dance off at Polit Bar
Are you a parent? Do your kids like to dance, or simply have too much energy? Not a problem. Bring your kids (under 13) to Polit Bar’s Disco Kids Dance Off with DJ Lulu. Polit Bar is a licensed venue usually catering to adults, but for this event the space is restricted to parents and their kids. It’s on Saturday from 4pm to 5.30pm. More info.

nova and the experience

7. Nova and the Experience at the Polish Club
Sydney-based indie pop band Nova and the Experience have just released their latest single, Whole Body. They’re performing at the Polish White Eagle Club this Saturday with Cracked Actor and Ella Hunt. More info.

Frank van de Loo Mount Majura

8. Truffle infused winter weekends at Mount Majura Vineyard
Come to the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard (run by Frank van de Loo, pictured above) to taste a flight of three wines matched with truffled brie. Tastings are served individually and cost $25 per person. Available Saturdays and Sundays. More info.

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9. Brazilian Festa Julina at the Brazilian Embassy
The Embassy of Brazil invites everyone to attend a Festa Julina. ‘Festa Julina’ is the term used to describe the traditional festivities that happen during Brazilian winter in July. It’s also a month to commemorate the harvest season. Be treated to delicious food, dress like a farmer and dance the Brazilian bush dance. It’s on Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. Entry is free. More info.

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10. Stripey – The Eggscellent Adventures of an Emu Chick
Stripey – The Eggscellent Adventures of an Emu Chick is based on the award-winning series by Wendy Binks. Stripey will make you laugh and make you cry, but most of all Stripey will simply steal your heart away. With oodles of audience participation, sing-a-long songs and a very cool emu chick called Stripey, Fair Dinkum Flats will never be the same! The last performance is 11.45am this Saturday. More info.

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11. Canberra premiere of Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse
This Canberra-made zombie flick is the first official Australian zombie comedy (oz-zom-com). We’re told it’s an outrageous comedy about friendship, loyalty, beer and zombies. Your first chance to see it is this Saturday 25 July at Dendy Cinemas. More info.

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12. Camp Quality ACT launches Dine at Mine
For the months of August and September, Canberrans are invited to host a unique and personal dining experience and ask guests to make a donation to Camp Quality for their meal. The campaign will launch at Telstra Tower on Sunday afternoon with a Wine at Mine event. There will be wine, cheese, raffles and prizes. More info.

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13. Psychic Fair at Hughes Community Centre
Meet readers, mediums and healers at the Psychic Fair this Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Entry is $5 and includes free workshops and mediumship demonstrations throughout the day. Proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. More info.

Have a good weekend!

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Sir Q. Mozart-Sprong8:03 am 24 Jul 15

CORO’s performance of HANDEL’S MESSIAH. This could well be the finest Messiah you’ve ever heard in Canberra!

4pm Sunday 26th July 2015 at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka.

Conducted by Joseph Nolan (St George’s Cathedral, Perth), with Barbara Jane Gilby (Orchestra Leader) and Calvin Bowman (Harpsichord)

$45 (Full), $40 (Senior), $25 (Concession and under 27)
10% discount for advance online purchases from: http://www.corocanberra.com/tickets

Messiah may be one of the most performed works in the choral cannon, but there is no definitive version of the piece. Performances can vary wildly with conductors making cuts and additions to suit style and occasion. The first performance in Dublin differed from Handel’s original vision for the piece, and the composer continued to edit the work throughout his life.

Coro is delighted to welcome Joseph Nolan (Organist and Master of the Choristers, St George’s Cathedral, Perth) as guest conductor for a rare performance of the 1742 Dublin premiere version of this enduring masterpiece. This exciting musical event features a stellar ensemble of musicians including Canberra Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Barbara Jane Gilby as orchestra leader, and The Helpmann Awards nominated keyboardist and noted Australian composer Calvin Bowman on harpsichord continuo. We are also pleased to be joined by sensational tenor Paul McMahon as a guest soloists, and to welcome back to the chorus and as a soloist Peter Tregear, the ebullient Head of the ANU School of Music.

In this version of Messiah we will perform as close to the 1742 premiere performance as possible. The orchestra is notably simply made up of just strings – no oboes and no bassoons – while the trumpets and timpani play in just three movements, with the lack of woodwind accentuating their effect.

This stunning performance is not to be missed!

Coro – A Blissfully Mind-Altering Experience (The Canberra Times):

Truffle infused winter weekends at Mount Majura Vineyard… give it a go!!!!

go cats! superstars on show this weekend; can’t wait! did i say ‘go cats!’?

GO GIANTS!! I honestly can’t see them beating Geelong but it should still be awesome to see Manuka full!!

Less than 500 general admission tickets left – record crowd pretty much guaranteed!!!

Amy Birchall12:04 pm 23 Jul 15

Raging Tempest said :

For those who’d like to have a social dance, there is a Nordic folk dance afternoon on from 1pm to 4pm Saturday at the St Peters church hall in Reid (the triangle church behind Glebe Park).

Sounds like a great event. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Raging Tempest8:55 am 23 Jul 15

For those who’d like to have a social dance, there is a Nordic folk dance afternoon on from 1pm to 4pm Saturday at the St Peters church hall in Reid (the triangle church behind Glebe Park). No experience or partner necessary, fully instructed, live fiddler, just a bit of fun. Run by the Scandinavian Australian Association and Revontulet Folk Dancers. https://www.facebook.com/275192135894366/photos/a.388750081205237.95464.275192135894366/863189293761311/?type=1&theater

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