7 August 2016

Seven things to do around Canberra this weekend (22-24 July)

| Michael Reid
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There is a feast of sensory delights to enjoy in the capital this weekend. You can treat your taste buds to some delicious hand-made chocolates and freshly brewed coffee, watch some top-level rugby, catch a film by one cinema’s great auteurs, and listen to classical music in beautiful surrounds.



Scorsese by Stratton

When Fri-Sun, various times | Where National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton

The Martin Scorsese retrospective continues this weekend at the Arc Cinema. The screening schedule is:

  • Friday 7pm: Casino
  • Saturday 2pm Hugo; 4.30pm Letter to Elia
  • Sunday 2pm All That Jazz; 4.30pm King of Comedy (4.30pm)

Tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 concession. The season, presented in association with David Stratton, Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, concludes next weekend.



Brumbies v Highlanders

When kickoff 6pm (gates open 4pm | Where GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce

The Brumbies expect Dunedin outfit the Highlanders to target David Pocock in his expected return from injury in Friday’s Super Rugby quarter-final. The flanker has not played since fracturing his eye socket six weeks ago in the Wallabies’ first Test defeat by England.

The union boys handed over the keys to the stadium to their Raiders cousins for their National Rugby League clash with the New Zealand Warriors at 3pm on Saturday.


Rugby for girls

When 9-11am | Where Griffith Oval, Captain Cook Crescent, Griffith

Empower Rugby is a program introducing rugby to girls aged 10-18. The skills-based program will run for six consecutive Saturdays starting this week and conclude on 27 August. Sessions will incorporate skills development and modified games, with expert tuition from some of the region’s best coaches, including Wallaroo Louise Burrows. The sessions will provide exposure to 15-a-side and Sevens rugby. Registration includes a rugby ball, playing shirt and drink bottle.

kids market

Canberra Baby and Kids Market

When 9am-noon | Where Fitzroy Building In Exhibition Park, 5 Flemington Road, Fitzroy Building, Lyneham

Come along and browse for bargain pre-loved items by well-known brands such as Country Road, Jack & Milly, Esprit, Fred Bare, Peg Perego, Mini Haha and Seed. From prams to cots, toys to books and clothes to shoes. Entry costs $4 for adults. Cafe open for snacks and coffee. Free parking.

Indulge Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2016

When 10am-4pm | Where National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue

The expo showcases some of the best local and regional coffee and chocolate producers. Come and sample a selection of hand-crafted chocolates (see main image), cakes and pastries over a freshly brewed coffee or a warming cup of hot chocolate. Tickets $11, children 12 years and under free.

Ensemble Pendulum

Ensemble Pendulum Presents: From Mannheim to Milan

When 5-7pm | Where Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon

Sydney-based Ensemble Pendulum performs rarely heard chamber music from the 18th and early 19th centuries. This program showcases the music of Alessandro Rolla, a director of La Scala; Johan Baptist Wendling, whose flute playing was praised by Mozart; Friederich Hartmann Graff, who served as a drummer in the Dutch army and was captured by the English; and Ludwig van Beethoven. Ensemble Pendulum consists of students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


choral music

Igitur Nos Chamber Choir

When Sunday 1.30pm | Where High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes

If sacred choral music is more your go, Igitur Nos Chamber Choir join Zach Raffan and The Trumpet Club to perform within the austere but grand halls of the High Court of Australia. Formed in 2003 by its director Matthew Stuckings, the choir has sung in many beautiful, sacred spaces, in Canberra and beyond, and live on the ABC. The choir rehearses weekly and presents numerous public concerts and performances in liturgical context throughout the year. Free entry.


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