This week, we’ve selected six events that are definitely worth checking out. Head to Ainslie Arts Centre and listen to some organic and experimental music with SoundOut Festival; check out Forrest Tennis Club where they are having an open day and you can get yourself a free membership; or consider seeing Josh Pyke perform at Canberra Theatre Centre to support his new album.
Where: Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon; Tickets: available online from $35 (per session, adult), $20 (per session, concession).
Head to SoundOut this weekend: an incredible, bristling, explorative sonic arts event. In its seventh year, founded and directed by clarinet and sax player Richard Johnson, this improvisational jazz and experimental music festival aims to uplift tired ears, explore the unknown and see within the fabric of sound. Artists come from all over the world, providing very organic music that will inspire. It was funded this year not through an ArtsACT grant but via a successful crowdfunding campaign on Pozible that wrapped up this morning.
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, New Acton; When: daily 11am and 2pm, until 28 March; Tickets: adults $10, children $5, concession $8.
The best way to experience the rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum on display in the National Museum’s Encounters exhibition is via a guided tour. I took the tour during earlier this month and it was probably the best exhibition tour I’ve ever been to – so this is not to be missed! The guides are highly knowledgeable bringing the objects to life by explaining the history and stories behind them.
Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema Canberra
Where: Patrick White Lawns, Parkes Place West (in front of the National Library of Australia), Parkes; When: various dates, from 5:30pm; Tickets: From $19 online and $24 at the gate ($15/$20 concessions)
With music by day and movies by night, you won’t want to miss the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema setting up beside Lake Burley Griffin this summer. Music is performed by local emerging artists and bands, while the blockbusters of 2015 light up the screen from dusk. Best of all, every Sunday is the Sundae Session where everyone scores a free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Catch Thelma & Louise on its 25th birthday on Friday, Sylvester Stallone in Creed on Saturday or Suffragette on Sunday.
Forrest Tennis Club Open Day
Where: 31 Dominion Circuit, Forrest; When: from 9.30am
Join the festivities as Forrest Tennis Club celebrates its 90-year anniversary. With activities like cardio tennis for adults and Hotshots for kids starting mid-morning, settle in with a free sausage sizzle to watch the exhibition match between top junior players at midday. Coaching, giveaways and free two-month memberships are also available on the day.
Lola Montes Film Screening
Where: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes; When: 3pm.
Once the most expensive European film ever made, Max Opüls’ retelling of the scandalous and eventful life of celebrated Irish dancer Lola Montes has had a long-lasting cinematic influence. Bookings are not required and nor is there any charge to see this French film with English subtitles which is rated M.
Josh Pyke’s But For All These Shrinking Hearts tour
Where: The Playhouse, London Circuit, Civic Square, Canberra City; When: 8pm; Tickets: door sales at $56.60.
Award winning Sydney singer/songwriter Josh Pyke released his most recent (and arguably best) piece of work in July 2015, achieving an ARIA chart debut at number 2 before topping the Australian charts. Following his collaborations with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Toowoomba Concert Orchestra, Pyke completed a run of sold out Fan First gigs to promote this latest album. Now it’s time for the rest of the country to experience Pyke’s newest works live on stage, along with all his old favourites.
Are you going to something that we haven’t mentioned? Make sure you let us know about it in the comments.