It’s lining up to be a week of extremes for Canberra.
The Southern Cross Club in Woden will be serving coconut and trout in a tropical-themed dinner, while Haig Park will be turned into a winter wonderland. Meanwhile, a classical orchestra will be performing Queen’s rock hits in a ‘Bohemian Symphony’ at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
And just when we thought the circus tent was about to be folded up, Sesame Street Circus Spectacular has been extended for two more weeks. This really will be your last chance to see Elmo and his fuzzy friends live on stage. Hudsons Circus is also coming to Queanbeyan.
For those with an artistic bent, the Chopper Read art collection is still on display, as is an exhibition detailing the history of the Didjeridu. Meanwhile, at the ANU, journalist Julia Baird will also be launching her updated book about women in media and politics, Media Tarts.
As with everything at the moment, be sure to check the organiser’s website to stay up to date with any last minute COVID-related changes.
When: Friday 30 July to Sunday 15 August, various times
Where: Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco) – Majura Park
Cost: $40-$80, tickets from Ticketmaster. For more information, visit Sesame Street Circus Spectacular.
This 90-minute Circus featuring all your favourite Sesame Street characters was originally meant to finish up on Monday, 2 August, but has been extended for another two weeks.
Every element of the show was newly developed for the tour, written and produced by local talent. It also includes the original Sesame Street voices recorded in New York just for this production.
When: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Where: Aarwun Gallery, 11 Federation Square, Gold Creek, Nicholls
Aarwun Gallery is presenting an exhibition of works and memorabilia by the late convicted Australian criminal, gang member and author Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, titled ‘I Regret Nothing’.
The late gangland killer turned author, with the trademark hacked ears, has left a legacy through his paintings which will be on display until Sunday, 8 August.
READ MORE: Chopper canvases his colourful life of crime
When: Friday 25 June to Sunday 26 September, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: National Museum of Australia
Cost: Free; see National Museum of Australia for more information.
Discover the power of the didjeridu and its meanings with the Yolngu people, cultural custodians of the instrument they know as yidaki, in this exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.
When: Saturday 31 July, 7:30 pm and Sunday 1 August, 5:00 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $99.90 – $149.90; book tickets.
Bohemian Symphony is an orchestral tribute to Queen.
A 24-piece symphony orchestra, conducted by internationally renowned George Ellis, will perform Queen’s Greatest Hits including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘I Want to Break Free’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and more.
Experience a breath-taking celebration of Queen’s Greatest Hits as rock meets classical for this spectacular concert event!
When: Friday 30 July, 6:30 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip
Cost: $56 for four courses, with an optional package of matched wines available for $24. Tickets from the Canberra Southern Cross Club.
Be transported to a faraway tropical paradise with ‘A Taste of the Tropics’ dinner at Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden. Enjoy four delicious courses expertly crafted by Head Chef Brad Howden, including Cured Coral Trout, Rendang Beef Short Rib and Guava Bavarois.
When: Friday 30 July, 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start
Where: Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, Phillip
Cost: $50 per person, includes a three-course meal; tickets available from ACT RESC Awards.
Join Rotary in acknowledging and celebrating outstanding Community Service of ACT Emergency Service Members.
This year, there are eight finalists from the ACT Rural Fire Service, ACT State Emergency Service, ACT Fire & Rescue, and ACT Ambulance.
Two overall winners will be announced on the night; one in a paid capacity and one in a volunteer capacity.
When: Sunday 1 August, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Haig Park, Braddon
With twinkling lights, fire pits, a mulled wine and warm ale garden, festive workshops, roving children’s entertainment, roasted chestnuts and the smell of spices on the air – an overall magical winter experience will be set amongst the pines of Haig Park.
When: Sunday 1 August, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: QT Deck, QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit
Cost: Free entry; see QT Canberra for more information
Instead of hiding and hibernating during the frigid weather, QT is bringing a little bit of music and mulled wine to your Sundays. Say hello to QT Winter Twilight Series, an eight-week music series on the QT Deck, showcasing local and interstate talent throughout July and August.
This Sunday’s show is fifth in the series and will feature the Chris Harland Blues Band. With the first beat at 5:00 pm, take a seat for three hours of live music that will warm your soul.
When: Monday 2 August, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Auditorium, Manning Clark Hall, The Australian National University, Union Court
Julia Baird is one of Australia’s foremost journalists and political commentators. In her updated version of Media Tarts, she provides a powerful, sobering and incisive insight into how deep the currents of misogyny run and how the media continues to treat female politicians.
Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30 pm and available again after the event until 7:30 pm.
A bar will be open from 5:30 pm in the Kambri Cultural Centre lobby for drinks preceding the conversation.
When: Thursday 5 August, 7:00 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan
Cost: $15 to $60; book at Hudsons.
Hudsons Circus presents a two-hour traditional circus with a modern twist under the watchful eye of Australian Ringmistress Jane De Goldi! But bring your face mask – they’re mandated in Queanbeyan for indoor gatherings at the moment.