12 February 2018

Seven things to do around Canberra this weekend (16–18 June)

| Zoe Pleasants
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With a Brazilian Festa Junina and the Canberra Glass Work’s Winter Glass Markets on, this weekend feels like a celebration of winter. EPIC is going to the dogs, hosting A Pooch Affair this Saturday. An indoor event for dogs also seems like something that would only happen in winter. Buy your pooch a new coat, treat them to a Doggie Day Spa, or test out their skills on an agility course. The ANU bar is also celebrating, after 60 years and thousands of gigs, it is time for the Bar to host its final gig ahead of its demolition. I have many good memories of the gigs I have seen there.


Beth Orton
Where: The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre
When: 8 pm
Singer and songwriter, Beth Orton is in town this Friday night. With her distinctive voice and folk electronic sound, Orton is an incredible performer. This intimate performance promises to be a real treat. Orton came to prominence in the 90s with songs such as She Cries Your Name and Central Reservation, and she is still going strong, with her latest album, Kidsticks, released last year.

A Pooch Affair
Where: Exhibition Park, Mitchell
When: 10 am – 4 pm
All things doggie will be taking over EPIC this Saturday. There will a Doggie Mall selling an array of pet products and services, including grooming products; toys, clothing and bedding for dogs; and books about dogs. For those of you who want to spoil your pooch, there will be a High Tea with Dogs — with prizes for the best-dressed (dogs) — and a Doggie Day Spa! There will also be a complimentary Paws & Pose photo booth, dog obedience demonstrations, and an agility course set up by the RSPCA ACT. If you don’t have a dog, don’t feel left out. There will be plenty of people there from dog clubs to discuss which dog would be best for you, and there will be twelve animal rescue groups bringing along dogs that need to be adopted! And a new feature this year is Adoption Lane, because not all dogs that need to be adopted can be brought along, there will be display boards with the profiles of dogs needing to be adopted in this area. See if you can resist their puppy-dog eyes. Entry is $10 for Adults, $7 for Concession, children under 12 are free and dogs are gold coin donation to RSPCA ACT.

Brazilian Winter Party: Festa Junina
Where: Pavillion Hall, Gladstone Street, Hall
When: 6 – 11 pm
Celebrate winter Brazilian style. The Brazilian Association of Canberra and the Embassy of Brazil are hosting a free Brazilian Winter Party—Festa Junina—this Saturday night. There will be music, a bush dance and stalls selling typical Brazilian food and drinks. So, find some denim, gingham or flannel, grab a straw hat and dress Caipira-style to fully join in this celebration of Brazilian culture. It is a family-friendly event.

Winter Glass Markets
Where: Canberra Glassworks
When: 10 am – 8 pm
The Canberra Glasswork’s annual Winter Glass Markets are on this Saturday. Open until late there is much to see and do at this event. There will be market stalls to peruse; demonstrations to watch; exhibitions —The Chandelier Show and Hindmarsh Prize 2017—to see; and activities such as upcycling snow globes, silhouette lanterns, beaded snowflakes and string-a-beads to do. The popular make-your-own sessions will be on, next door Melago will be serving mulled wine to wash down food from local vendors including Pialligo Estate, Molto Italian and Cafe 38 Expresso. There will also be facing painting and hair styling and you can help to build giant snowflake mandalas with white pebbles in the grey stone landscape outside the Fitters Workshop.

The ANU Bar Finale
Where: ANU Bar
When: Doors open 1 pm
This Satuday the ANU Bar will host its final gig. After 60 years and thousands of gigs, it is being demolished, presumably to be replaced by a new bar, but the sweaty, sticky venue of your uni days will be gone. When it was first announced, this gig came under fire for not having any women in the line-up. As a result, Regurgitator pulled out. Tonk, Citzen Kay, Casual Projects, Liquid, Super Best Friends, Mondecreen, Penguin, Jack Biilmann & The Bronze Whalers and Kirkland will be playing and will aim to give this Bar a fitting send-off. There will be drinks specials and food available from 4pm to keep you going.

Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
The National Gallery is encouraging you to get out an iPad and draw. There will be workshops throughout the Gallery this Sunday and people of all ages are welcome to join in (children to be accompanied). Look at the art more closely as you attempt to draw it, or are inspired to draw because of it. Book here, $8 per person which includes access to an iPad, children under 5 are free.

Sunday Assembly: Democracy
Where: Majura Hall
When: 2:30 – 4 pm
Sunday Assembly’s theme for this month is Democracy. Do we take democracy for granted? Is there more to democracy than just voting? If we are dissatisfied with our democratic system, can we improve it? This discussion will be facilitated by one of Sunday Assembly’s own, Dr Wendy Russell. There will also be readings and songs based on the theme, and at the end, it can all be washed down with tea and cake.

If you’re looking for live music around Canberra check out The RiotACT Gig Guide (14-20 June).

Top photo: By Sean Davey

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