12 February 2018

Eight things to do around Canberra this weekend (14–16 July)

| Zoe Pleasants
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This weekend features good theatre shows, great live music, performance art and volleyball. The Street Theatre is opening its production of Nick Payne’s critically acclaimed play, Constellations which crosses parallel universes. Canberra Youth Theatre is remounting its engaging 2016 work, The Verbatim Project which crosses generations. Pool B of the Asian Qualification Tournament for the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Men’s World Championships continues at the AIS Arena, with Australia in action on Saturday and Sunday. There is another Sound and Fury party on Saturday night, and the good people at Sunday Assembly want to wake you up and warm your heart with a good coffee.

All weekend

Where: The Street Theatre
When: 14–29 July
The Street Theatre’s production of Constellations opens this weekend. Written by young British playwright, Nick Payne, the play tells the multiple stories of Marianne, a quantum physicist, and Roland, a beekeeper, who meet at a BBQ. Think string theory, parallel universes and sliding door moments. The play questions how much choice, control and certainty we actually have in our lives. From London’s West End to New York, Constellations has been selling out around the world and now it is Canberra’s turn to see what all the fuss is about. This production stars Kristian Jenkins and Lexi Sekuless; and is directed by the Street’s Artistic Director, Caroline Stacey. This weekend it is on Friday (preview) and Saturday nights at 7:3opm, tickets start from $35. Book here.

FIVB Men’s World Championship Asian Volley Ball Confederation Qualification Tournament
Where: Australian Institute of Sport Arena
When: 12–16 July
Australia’s Men’s Volley Ball team is currently vying for a place in the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Men’s World Championships. To succeed the team needs to finish either first or second in Pool B of the Asian Qualification Tournament, which is being held right here in Canberra. The World Championships are held every four years, and the current champions are Poland. The countries Australia is competing against in Pool B are Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. There will be two games played each of the five days of the tournament. Over the weekend you can catch:

  • Chinese Taipei vs New Zealand, Friday 11am
  • Japan vs Thailand, Friday 2pm
  • Thailand vs Chinese Taipei, Saturday 5pm
  • Australia vs Japan, Saturday 8pm
  • New Zealand vs Thailand, Sunday 2pm
  • Australia vs Chinese Taipei, Sunday 5pm

The Verbatim Project
Where: The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre
When: Friday 7pm & Saturday 2pm
Ahead of a couple of performances in Sydney, Canberra Youth Theatre is remounting its 2016 production, The Verbatim Project at the Courtyard Studio this weekend. The work is a piece of physical theatre performed by 13–16 year old kids from CYT, and over-65 year old seniors from Canberra Dance Theatre’s troupe of GOLD dancers. It was developed by using the cast’s stories of their experiences at different stages during their lives and asks: does age matter or are we all having human experiences?


Bastille Day Festivitiés
Where: The Boat House
When: 7–11pm
The Boat House is celebrating Bastille Day with truffles, French food, cheese and wine. Chef John Leverink will discuss the French influences in the menu, which will include truffles from The Truffle Farm, and sommelier Kate Hibberson will discuss the wine regions from which the accompanying French wines come from. The evening will be hosted by cheese expert, Olivier Bruge of Mart Delicatessen who will share his knowledge of cheese and some of the history of France’s national day. The Boat House will be fitted out by Lean Timms with French provincial styling for the evening.


The Nature of Consciousness: the Philosopher, the Scientist and the Contemplative
Where: James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia
When: 2–5pm
The Contemplary are hosting a forum this weekend at the National Gallery on the nature of consciousness. They are bringing together a panel of experts, philosopher David Chalmers, neuroscientist Olivia Carter and Buddhist contemplative Alan Wallace to discuss whether we will ever really understand the nature of consciousness? Tickets are $25+bf here.

Sound and Fury: Cold Winter, Hot Party
Where: Nishi Gallery, New Acton
When: From 8pm
After a sold-out event earlier this year for Art Not Apart, Sound and Fury returns this weekend to help you beat the winter blues. Curated by Chenoeh Miller, this event brings together music, theatre, dance, spoken word and song into a melting pot of sights and sounds. Canberra performance art at its best. An over 18s event; tickets $20+bf here.

Hello Tut Tut
Where: Phoenix Bar
When: From 8pm
Melbourne world music band Hello Tut Tut is bringing its catchy tunes to the Phoenix this Saturday. The band formed from a group of friends with a common interest in Eastern European music and together they make music that merges traditional and modern aesthetics, and crosses cultures, generations and genres. Be sure to get this show early as supporting Hello Tut Tut are the fabulous local bands East Row Rabble and Guyy and the Fox.


Sunday Assembly: Coffee
Where: Majura Hall, Rosevear Place, Dickson
When: 2:30–4pm
This month Sunday Assembly is discussing Coffee. The guest speaker is Hugh Kelly, the current Australian Barista Champion and head trainer at Ona Coffee. Hugh will talk about the secret of making a good coffee, competing at the Australian Barista Championships and his upcoming trip to Korea to represent Australia in the World Barista Championships. Is Australia’s coffee as good as we think it is? Sunday Assembly also includes a reading, a personal reflection, songs and tea and cake at the end.

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