3 September 2020

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (4 - 10 September)

| Sharon Kelley
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Wattle you be doing this weekend? Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Welcome to springtime, Canberra! This weekend is Father’s Day, and there’s plenty of things to do to celebrate your special dad.

If your dad is a fan of the National Sound and Film Archives, check out the presentation on their building’s history this Friday. You could also spoil him at one of the ‘Man Teas’ being held across Canberra for Father’s Day, or take him for a coffee at Manolo’s on Botany and check out Lani Shea’s exhibition which they are hosting.

RISE Canberra’s #WhereYouAre Festival has some great events listed this week, including the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Centenary Poetry Event on Monday and the National Portrait Gallery’s Australian Love Stories: An Amorous Online Adventure. It’s a fascinating and thought-provoking look at relationships.

Also online, don’t miss the Canberra Innovation Network’s Festival of Creativity 2020 workshop on Creative Disruption, and if you’re looking for something fun to do on Wednesday, head down to Hopscotch and try Musical Bingo.

As always, be sure to check RISE Canberra‘s website for more on what’s happening around Canberra. Happy Father’s Day and have a great week, Canberra!

All weekend

Tommy Woodcock

See the story of Tommy Woodcock and his love for horses, and many other stories online. Photo: Supplied.

Australian Love Stories: An Amorous Online Adventure

Where: Online, on-demand
When: Daily
: Free.

Australian Love Stories is an interactive storybook of Australian devotion, family ties, close friendships, passion and lust. Not your usual online exhibition experience, these fascinating portraits and stories become a choose-your-own-adventure where you can navigate your way through the portraits and engage with the stories behind them.

At the end, you will be given your own ‘love profile’, based on how and where your love interests lead you. Featuring famous figures from the NPG collection, Australian Love Stories explores universal themes encompassed by ‘love’ and offers an exhaustive feast of love tales, from drama, lust, devotion, seduction and scandal.

Lani Shea: A Wall With Windows Exhibition is on at Manolo's on Botany until 27 November.

Lani Shea: A Wall With Windows Exhibition is on at Manolo’s on Botany until 27 November. Photo: Supplied.

Lani Shea: A Wall With Windows Exhibition

Where: Manolo’s On Botany, 17 Botany St, Phillip
: Daily, 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost: Free.

Lani Shea-An is an emerging artist based in Canberra. She’s a 2019 graduate of the ANU School of Art and Design and winner of Woden Arts and Manolo Coffee’s Emerging Artist Award.

Her painting practice uses a variety of found surfaces. This has been adopted both for reducing consumption as well as for the formal qualities of different materials that reference back to particular environments.

The resulting work simultaneously obstructs and responds to the original material, generating new, hybrid forms.

Bentspoke Brewery

Bentspoke Brewery is welcoming dads all weekend at the Cannery to celebrate Father’s Day and Spring. Image: Supplied.

Start of Spring Carnival

Where: The Cannery, 61-79 Lysaght St, Mitchell
: Friday 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: $10 – $40. Get your tickets here.

After WinterFeast in July, Bentspoke Brewery couldn’t wait to invite everyone back for their annual Start of Spring Carnival! They’re opening up the Cannery doors on the first weekend in September to say goodbye to winter and hello to warmer spring days. Join them for cold beer fresh from the brewery, great food from Black Bear BBQ and live local music.

Be sure to also check out their Father’s “WeekEnd” experience at the BrewPub, offering an unbeerlieveable 3-course set menu, carefully paired with three BentSpoke beers. They’ve also got you covered with exclusive Father’s Day Gift Packs, art experiences, brewery tours, and live guided beer tastings at this years Start of Spring Carnival.


The National Film and Sound Archive

The National Film and Sound Archive building’s history is a fascinating one. Photo: Supplied.

National Film and Sound Archive: Building History – If these walls could talk

Where: National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Cct, Acton
: 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Cost: Free, bookings essential.

Discover the fascinating history behind our heritage-listed headquarters and follow the story of a Canberra landmark in this 45-minute presentation.

As the former Australian Institute of Anatomy, the NFSA building has an interesting (and sometimes disturbing) history before its current role in preserving Australia’s audiovisual heritage.

Learn about the Institute’s establishment and the building’s construction and unique Art Deco design as they reveal the secrets that make this building a rare and wonderful landmark.


First Edition

Celebrate your dad with Father’s Day Beers & Buns at First Edition this Sunday. Image: Supplied.

Father’s Day Beers and Buns

Where: First Edition Restaurant and Bar
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm or 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Cost: $27.46 – $138.24. Get your tickets here.

This Sunday, First Edition Bar and Restaurant is hosting a high tea inspired Father’s Day event with beer tasting, kids entertainment and tasty treats. Treat your dad with this special experience fit for a king, hero, handyman, dad joke extraordinaire, workaholic, sports fanatic and every other kind of dad.

On offer will be a selection of gourmet beef sliders, rich Guinness beef pies, crispy pork belly bao buns, First Edition’s sweet potato waffle fries and an assortment of desserts. Dads will also receive a tasting pallet of four locally brewed craft beers thanks to BentSpoke.

Enjoy Fathers Day with a set menu at Monster Bar and Kitchen

Enjoy Father’s Day with a set menu at Monster Bar and Kitchen. Photo: Supplied.

Father’s Day Set Menu

Where: Monster Kitchen and Bar, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra
When: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
: $75.00 per person, add $25.00 per person for beverage match (3 beers). Get your tickets here.

Monster Kitchen and Bar also has you covered this Father’s Day. The dining room will be set for two-sittings, 12.30 pm and 6.30 pm. This is perfect for fathers who are into seasonal flavour, with a bold and confident menu showcasing exceptional culinary standards.

For further information, head to the event page.

Man Tea for Father's Day

QT Hotel Capitol Bar and Grill is having a Man Tea for Father’s Day on Sunday. Image: Supplied.

The Father of All Tea Parties: Capitol X Capital Brewing

Where: QT Hotel Capitol Bar and Grill, 1 London Cct, Canberra
: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $89 per person. Get your tickets here.

Also celebrating Father’s Day is Capitol Bar and Grill at QT Canberra. They’re throwing a tea party just for your dad – with a little less Earl Grey and cucumber sandwiches, and a little more braised Wagyu and local Capital Brewing Co beers.

The Father of all Tea Parties includes a special Capital brew on arrival and a three-course dapper feast matched with Capital beverages. Dads will also receive a little gift to take home.


Where You Are Festival

That Poetry Thing and Geoff Page Present: Oodgeroo Noonuccal Centenary Poetry Event. Image: Supplied.

That Poetry Thing and Geoff Page Present: Oodgeroo Noonuccal Centenary Poetry Event

Where: Online and Smiths Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga Street, Civic
When: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $10 live, free online. Get your tickets here.

That Poetry Thing continues this week, presented by well-known ACT poet and critic Geoff Page and the #WhereYouAre Festival.

This Monday is a celebration of poet Oodegeroo Noonuccal (also known as Kath Walker). Watch as Jennifer Harrison and acclaimed ACT poets Judith Nangala Crispin, K A Nelson and Paul Collis read from the work of Oodgeroo Noonuccal to celebrate her centenary.

Combination live and streamed event; live attendees should book tickets in advance. Zoom attendees should check back with the event page on the night for the streaming link.

To find out more, please visit the RISE Canberra website.


Play musical bingo at Hopscotch!

Play musical bingo at Hopscotch! Image: Supplied.

Musical Bingo at Hopscotch Bar and Grill

Where: Hopscotch Bar and Grill, 5 Lonsdale St, Braddon
: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free.

Forget numbers, Musical Bingo is all about old school and current beats and being the first to get a line! Join Hopscotch as they play good beats, put on delicious eats, and serve some liquid treats.

It’s free to play and tables will fill fast so don’t forget to book your table.


CBRIN presents Where Innovation & Creativity Collide - Festival of Creativity 2020

CBRIN presents Where Innovation & Creativity Collide – Festival of Creativity 2020. Image: Supplied.

Festival of Creativity 2020: Creative Disruption

Where: Online
: 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: Free.

Learn like a startup and see how a ‘lean methodology’ can help harness creativity through innovation and turn your creative inspiration into a reality. Test your ideas, find your why, and discover how to make a sustainable, meaningful impact. Explore how creativity can disrupt the status quo, break down old habits, and reimagine what’s possible.

The Festival of Creativity is a collaboration between the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Canberra Innovation Network, University of Canberra, and PWC to explore the social, economic, and cultural benefits of creative practice.

For further information, see the Canberra Innovation Network website.

If you’re looking for more events around Canberra, check out the RISE Canberra website.

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Ye Gods. That “Australian Love Stories” sounds a bit rank. And that photo is just shocking. Really, NPG is this the best you can do? No wonder I’ve never bothered to visit the place.

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