10 May 2018

Nine things to do around Canberra this weekend (11–13 May)

| Zoe Pleasants
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man and woman, Library up til late.

Stay up late at the National Library this Friday with an all adult-themed event set to raise a few eyebrows. Photo: National Library of Australia.

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday and if you haven’t organised something special for your Mum yet, here are some ideas. Take her to see the Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery and if you time your visit well, you can enjoy a free screening of a diamond-themed film while you are there. In the spirit of Eurovision, Dendy is having a sing-a-long session of Mamma Mia this Sunday afternoon, or take your Mum to see the high-energy cabaret show, Blanc de Blanc at the Spiegeltent—I’ve heard it’s good! Apart from Mother’s Day, the National Library is staying Up Late this Friday with an evening of comedy, music, talks and games to keep you entertained, the Brumbies are playing at home this Saturday and Eurovision is on with Jessica Mauboy singing for Australia!

All weekend


Where: Canberra Theatre forecourt
When: Friday & Saturday 6:30 & 8 pm, Sunday 5 & 8 pm
The Spiegeltent season continues this weekend with comedians Rove McManus performing 6:30 pm Friday and Celia Pacquola 6:30 pm Saturday, and the high energy cabaret show Blanc de Blanc showing at 8 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday and an extra 5 pm show on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, tickets for Celia’s show are all sold out but tickets for Rove are $45 for adults and $40 for concession, tickets for Blanc de Blanc start from $75 for adults and $65 for concession on Friday and Saturday and $69 for adults and $59 for concession on Sunday. Book here.

The Bleeding Tree

Where: Canberra Theatre
When: Friday 8 pm, Saturday 2 & 8 pm
The Bleeding Tree is an Australian gothic play by Angus Cerini. Set in a dirt-dry country town, it tells the story of a mother and her daughters who have shot the man of the house in an act of revenge and need to dispose of his body. The play first premiered at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre in 2015 and went on to win three Helpmann Awards in 2016. This production stars Paula Arundell. Tickets start from $59 for adult, $49 for concession and $39 for under 27s. Book here.


Library Up Late

Where: National Library of Australia
When: 7 – 10:30 pm
Expect the unexpected at the National Library this Friday night. Writer Ben Law and his mum, Jenny Phang will be dropping by to offer sage (and not-so-sage) relationship advice, there will be contortionists, live music, comedy — including a set by Sparrow Folk — talks, trivia and games including one called the Feast of Strangers where you get the opportunity to have a meaningful exchange with a stranger by choosing from a menu of questions. Check out the full program here. Tickets are $15 and an extra $15 to see Ben and his Mum, book here. Note this is an over-18 event only with plenty of craft beer flowing.


Rascals & Ratbags Roadshow

Where: The Royal Australian Mint
When: 10 am – 4 pm
The Mint is kicking off its national tour of the Rascals and Ratbags Roadshow this Saturday with an open day. Stamp your own coin and swap existing coins or cash for freshly minted 2018 coins or currently circulating commemorative coins. A great family day out.

Winter Clothes Swap

Where: Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston
When: 2 – 4 pm
The Currie Crescent Community Centre is hosting a Clothes Swap this Saturday. Bring up to five items of clothing in good condition and buy other items of clothing for a gold coin. There will be volunteers on hand to help you mend, alter or upcycle clothes. All proceeds will be donated to the Queanbeyan Nurturing Womanhood and items unsold at the end of the event will be donated to the Salvos.

Brumbies home game

Where: GIO Stadium
When: 7:45 pm kick-off
The Brumbies are playing at home this Saturday when they take on the Melbourne Rebels. To celebrate rugby in the community, the Brumbies are encouraging you to come to the game dressed in your local rugby club’s colours and to register with a Vodafone promotional staff member for a chance to win a drone for your club.


Three Sixty Fashion Markets

Where: Fitter’s Workshop, Kingston
When: 10 am – 3 pm
The Three Sixty Fashion Market is on again this Sunday next to the Old Bus Depot markets in the Fitter’s Workshop. It is a market dedicated to sustainable fashion with both recycled and new items. There will be quality vintage, retro and other recycled fashion and new ethical fashion items for sale. There will also be coffee, food and live music. A great way to shop.

Mother’s Day Movie Marathon

Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: 10 am – 5 pm
The National Gallery is celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend with a Cartier inspired, diamond-themed movie marathon in the James O Fairfax Theatre. The marathon starts with To catch a thief at 10 am, continues with The Pink Panther at 12:30 pm and finishes with Diamonds are forever at 3 pm. The screenings are free, register here.

Mamma Mia Sing-a-long

Where: Dendy Canberra
When: 4:30 pm
Still looking for something to do with your Mum this Sunday? Why not take her to a to a sing-a-long screening of Mamma Mia? With its idyllic Greek isle setting, feel-good plot and wealth of ABBA songs to sing along to, this movie would be a great way to spend an afternoon with your Mum. Enjoy!

If you’re still after some ideas for Mother’s Day,click here.

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