19 June 2020

Eleven things to do in Canberra this week (18 - 24 June)

| Sharon Kelley
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ABC parliamentary broadcast booth

The former ABC parliamentary broadcast booth features in the MOAD exhibition. Photo: Genevieve Jacobs.

You could be forgiven for thinking we were back in the 1980’s if you put together the return of the drive-in movie, Bea Smith from Prisoner ‘ironing’ the wrinkles from a hapless lag’s hand with a steam-press and Hawaiian pizza featuring on a restaurant menu.

But all this and more is happening in Canberra this week, and we’re loving the touch of nostalgia.

The launch of Park-In Pictures at Majura Park (with another drive-in movie spot coming soon to Questacon), a Q&A with Prisoner stars Val Lehman and Amanda Muggleton and the return of some Vikings food favourites are among a packed line-up of happenings across the capital.

Sign up for a cheese and wine masterclass, learn more about Australia’s sporting heroes or settle back into the sofa for some theatrical fun delivered straight to your door.

All weekend

Artist Anthea da Silva has won the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize with her portrait of Dr Elizabeth Dalman OAM.

An evocative portrait of dancer Dr Elizabeth Dalman OAM has won artist Anthea da Silva the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize. Photo: File.

Darling Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery

Where: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
When: 18 June 2020 until 26 July 2020, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

A revealing portrait of contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM has won the top award in Australia’s prestigious new annual prize for painted portraits, the Darling Portrait Prize.

Griffith-based artist Anthea da Silva has scooped the inaugural $75,000 award for her work, titled Elizabeth, now on display at the National Portrait Gallery. High commendations were given to Sibone Heary for her self-portrait, The In-Between, David Darcy for his depiction of 86-year-old Hunter Valley farmer Wendy Bowman, and Sean Hutton for his portrait of installation artist Tamara Dean. Forty finalists were selected for the exhibition.

Vikings Erindale The Cookery is open all week for a pub meal.

The Cookery at Erindale Vikings is open all week. Photo: File.

Dine in at The Cookery

Where: Erindale Vikings Club, 6 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa, book online or call 02 6121 2116
When: Daily between 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm for lunch, and from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm for dinner

All hail the chicken schnitty (and letting someone else do the cooking). The Cookery Bistro at Erindale Vikings Club has opened its doors to guests again, and we say thank goodness for that. Line the kids up with a plate of golden chicken nuggets while you tuck into a Prime Viking Burger or prawn and chorizo pasta on the outdoor terrace facing Viking Park. Come back for dinner, too, if you’ve really missed your favourite pub grub. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Journalists explain the struggles and challenges in the Truth, Power and a Free Press exhibition.

Journalists explain the struggles and challenges in the Truth, Power and a Free Press exhibition.

Truth, Power and a Free Press

Where: Old Parliament House, Parkes, bookings essential, ticketed timed entry (90-minute sessions)
When: Daily, 8.30 am to 5:00 pm

As the so-called leader of the free world Tweets incessantly about fake news and journalists are increasingly under fire for doing their job, the Museum of Australian Democracy’s ‘Truth, Power and a Free Press’ exhibition is timely. Twelve leading Australian journalists battling to deliver honest and accurate reporting tell their stories in this fascinating display, alongside artefacts including letters to his family smuggled out of journalist Peter Greste’s Egyptian prison, and the death threats and intimidation faced by investigative reporter Kate McClymont. A detailed analysis of how technology has impacted the way news is told completes the picture of an ever-changing, and challenged, media landscape.

The drive-in movies return to Canberra at Majura Park shopping centre.

The drive-in movies return to Canberra at Majura Park shopping centre.

Park in Pictures at Majura Park Shopping Centre

Where: Corner of Catalina Drive & Wellington Place (opposite Majura Park Shopping Centre)
When: See session times for titles and movie synopses

Just when you thought the days of watching a movie from an impossible distance, with tinny sound courtesy of a speaker perched on the car window and a dashboard covered in hotdog wrappers were long gone, someone goes and changes everything.

Majura Park Shopping Centre has teamed up with Canberra Airport and Screencraft to bring back the old-school drive-in, although with a modern bent. COVID-safe distancing between vehicles, food and drinks delivered direct to your car, and vastly improved images and sound (courtesy of a huge widescreen and audio via car radio) are star turns. Hot tip: if you drive a hybrid car that turns itself off, you’ll need to BYO a radio if you want to hear what’s going on.

Missing local bands? Kids’ shows? Live talks? Book club? CTC@Home delivers!

Missing local bands? Kids’ shows? Live talks? Book club? CTC@Home delivers! Image: Supplied.

Canberra Theatre at Home

Where: Online
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

It’s theatre, Jim, but not as we know it. Canberra Theatre Centre’s innovative CTC@Home program delivers performances direct to your lounge room, with a new line-up of family content, readings, music and drama streamed weekly. Headlined with a variety show by Chris Endrey and featuring Canberra artists, speakers and personalities, the mix of live interactive shows and pre-recorded performances offers something for everyone. Programs can be streamed any time after their premiere on Facebook Live. And the best bit? No insufferable popcorn munchers or loud talkers interrupting the show.

Vikings Town Centre

Treat yourself to a long-awaited pub feed at Vikings Town Centre. Photo: Supplied.

Vikings Town Centre BaaMoo Bistro & Grill is open for dinner

Where: Vikings Town Centre, 80 Athllon Dr, Greenway, book online or call 6208 6307
When: Tuesday to Saturday, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

After a long 11 weeks of enforced hibernation, Vikings staff have been working hard behind the scenes to reopen the popular Vikings Group Clubs. And Tuggeranong locals will be pleased to know they can tuck into staples including the seafood basket, chicken chilli tenders or a good, old-fashioned Hawaiian pizza at Town Centre’s BaaMoo Bistro & Grill for dinner, Tuesday to Saturday. But just because we’re all getting out and about again, it’s not an opportunity to go COVID-crazy. Vikings staff kindly ask guests to abide by their COVIDSafe measures to ensure a satisfying, and safe, time for all.


Aaron Williams

Mindstar CEO Aaron Williams will be at the next BAL HR Breakfast Club. Photo: Supplied.

HR Breakfast Club: Mental Health Policies in Practice

Where: Online
When: 8:00 am

The BAL HR Breakfast Club connects like-minded professionals in Canberra to share updates and insights on how to make your business a better place to work.

Making mental health at work as much a part of the daily routine as a gym workout is the focus of this week’s BAL Lawyers HR Breakfast Club event. Mindstar CEO and senior mental health clinician Aaron Williams offers his professional insights on keeping happy and healthy in the workplace, alongside HR tips and advice for Canberra professionals seeking to make their businesses a better place to work.

On the Inside features interviews with Val Lehman and Amanda Muggleton.

On the Inside features interviews with Val Lehman and Amanda Muggleton. Image: Supplied.

NFSA Live: On the Inside: A PRISONER Celebration

Where: Bookings via Eventbrite
When: 6:00 pm start

The good old days of Bea Smith, Lizzie Birdsworth, The Freak and a set that looked like it was held together with a packet of chewing gum are revisited in the latest NFSA Live session on Friday.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the insanely popular late-70s/80s TV series Prisoner, actors Val Lehman (Bea ‘Top Dog’ Smith), Amanda Muggleton (Chrissie Latham) and musician Allan Caswell (author of the theme song On the Inside) take part in a National Film and Sound Archive Q&A to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of the iconic show, and its lasting impact on audiences around the world.


Learn about cheese and wine at the QT Cheese and Wine Masterclass.

Learn about cheese and wine at the QT Cheese and Wine Masterclass.

Cheese and Wine Masterclass at QT

Where: QT Hotel, 1 London Circuit, Canberra
When: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

On the subject of all things cheesy, join Black Pearl Epicure’s general manager and cheese expert Peter Gross and Wine Selector’s Paul Diamond on a guided tour through the cheesemaking process, including insights into 12 of the best cheeses from around the globe. And no cheese masterclass is complete without gaining a keen understanding of which camembert to team up with that cheeky little chardy. Tickets are $120, available here.


Take a virtual tour through the National Gallery with a curator

Take a virtual tour through the National Gallery with a curator. Photo: File.

Professional Learning: Devotion, Nature, Time, People

Where: Online, tickets available
When: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Teachers hoping to gain deeper insights into using art in the curriculum have an excellent chance to learn from contemporary artists, educators and curators through the NGA’s Professional Learning series. The latest program, Devotion, Nature, Time, People, draws connections between cultures. The session is Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) accredited, and meets the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Standards.


Women's Football. Australia v Germany, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Loui Seselja, 2000, Women’s Football. Australia v Germany, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Photo: National Library (nla.cat-vn3010836).

Webinar – Aussie Sports Heroes

Where: Online, bookings essential
When: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The evolution of Australian women in sport comes under the spotlight in the National Library of Australia’s Aussie Sports Heroes Webinar, which explores what it means to be a sports hero in today’s world. Can a fallen hero rise again? Is our view of our sporting heroes changing as our view of Australia itself changes? The Australian sporting dream is further examined through the media’s representation of heroes such as Sir Donald Bradman, and AFL-champions Tayla Harris and Adam Goodes.

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