If you are staying in town this long weekend there is plenty to do. On Friday night, see Paradise Lost at the Belconnen Arts Centre, or view Jac Bradley’s art installation at the National Portrait Gallery. Get active on Saturday and attempt your first triathlon, or watch the Canberra United girls take on Melbourne Victory at McKellar Park. Then recuperate on Saturday night by listening to The Amity Affliction or Jack Colwell. If you do go to Jack Cowell’s gig, be sure to catch the local support act Julia Johnston.
When: Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm & 9pm
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre
Irish theatre maker Christopher Samuel Carroll has developed a one-man show that draws on the Japanese dance form, Butoh and is based on John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. Carroll originally developed this show in 2012 and further developed it whilst being an Artist in Residence at the Belconnen Arts Centre. Carroll says he was inspired to develop the show because Milton’s poem “is the most tremendous piece of writing about loss, redemption, passion and freedom that, either because of its age, status, or the scale of its ambition, has become wrongly consigned to academia. As a performer I’ve always wanted to breathe new life into those words, and share with an audience what Paradise Lost has always been for me: a visceral, vibrant experience that reaches to the depths of our humanity.” Carroll will perform his show this weekend in Canberra before taking it to the FRINGE WORLD Festival in Perth and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
When: Sat & Sun, 5:30–7:30pm
Where: Australian National Botanical Gardens
Summer Sounds is back at the Botanical Gardens for another year. The Funky Fedoras and Good Gosh are playing on Saturday night; and Dubba Rukki and Los Chavos are playing on Sunday night. Either bring a picnic to spread out on the gardens’ Eucalypt Lawn or purchase food and drinks from stalls. Entry is $5 for adults, $2 for concessions and children under 12 are free.
Climbing equipment 1–3
When: Fri 5–8pm
Where: The National Portrait Gallery
For those of you who are going to work this Friday, the National Portrait Gallery is again keeping its doors open late to provide a great venue for your after-work drinks. This week you will be able to view local artist Jac Bradley’s art installation and swoon to music played by members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Why not take an early-mark and head down early? It’s not like there will be anyone in the office to notice.
Canberra Triathlon Festival
When: Sat 6am–2pm
Where: Rond Terrace
Do you want to try a triathlon? You can this weekend at the Canberra Triathlon Festival. The festival’s Tryatri event involves a 200m swim, 10km bike ride and 2km run. And if it’s your first time, it’s free! For the more serious triathletes among you the festival’s Standard race is a National Standard Triathlon Qualifying Race and a qualifier race for the Age Group ITU World Championship to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands later in the year. It should be a competitive race. The festival is also running a range of races for kids aged 7 and over.
Canberra United Women vs Melbourne Victory Women
When: Sat, 4pm
Where: McKellar Park, Walkley Place, McKellar
It is the last round of the W-league’s regular season this weekend, and Canberra United are playing Melbourne Victory at their home ground, McKellar Park. Jump on Canberra United’s bandwagon because, as they head into the finals they are sitting second on the ladder, just two points behind Sydney FC.
The Secret Life of Pets
When: Sat, 3–4:30pm
Where: National Portrait Gallery
As it continues its celebration of all thing pets, the Portrait Gallery is screening The Secret Life of Pets for the kids, and the the kids-at-heart, this Saturday.
The Amity Affliction
When: Sat, 8pm
Where: ANU Bar
If you like your music hard and loud then you probably already have your tickets for The Amity Affliction this Saturday at the ANU Bar. After a successful 2016, in which the band played sold-out shows in London, New York and across Europe, The Amity Affliction are back in Australia doing a regional tour. Supporting them are Hellions, from Sydney and Ocean Grove, from Melbourne.
When: Sat, 7–10pm
Where: Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
Canberra audiences may remember multi-instrumentalist Jack Colwell from his support slot at Sarah Blasko’s gig last April. He is classically trained and, like Blasko, brings a classical sensibility to his pop music producing a rich, theatrical sound. Supporting Colwell will be talented local Julia Johnston and feminist garage blues band, Oranges, playing acoustically. Also note it is an all-ages show.
Sundaze at the Museum Bar
Where: Lakeside deck of National Museum of Australia
Squeeze the last out of your weekend with food, drink and music on the lakeside deck of the National Museum of Australia. This week Clay Stephens will be providing the tunes. And, if you haven’t seen the Museum’s exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects, this really will be the last chance before it closes on Monday.
Have we missed anything? Please let us (and RiotACT readers) know in the comments.