9 June 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (10 - 16 June)

| Ben Arnedo
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Add some new life to your wardrobe without costing the Earth. Photo: CBR GALS.

Warm up with heartening music, renew your wardrobe (without the guilt), join a book club, play semi-professional FIFA or learn something new, such as how cocktails are made. For up-to-date information, check with the official sources. Otherwise, enjoy the exciting things happening in Canberra this week.

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Marking 50 years of the landmark song. Image: Supplied.

Shortis & Simpson In American Pie

When: Friday 10 June and Saturday 11 June, 7 pm
Where: The Theatre, Belconnen Arts Centre
Cost: $45 General Admission / $210 Full Table. Get your tickets here.

Fifty years ago, ‘American Pie’ was the number one song in Australia. This time-proof classic has since become an anthem you either love or loathe.

Canberra’s beloved cabaret duo Shortis and Simpson is celebrating its 50th year at Belconnen Arts Centre. The show combines Shortis’s unconventional delivery with Simpson’s talent to switch between classics during their performances. This show embodies life in the 50s with a mixture of songs, stories and nostalgia.

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Bring your mate and demonstrate in the virtual field. Image: Supplied.

FIFA 22 Doubles Tournament

When: Friday 10 June, 8 pm
Where: Token Arcade and Kitchen
Cost: $22 / $53. Sign up here.

As the European soccer season ends and the itch for more starts to kick in, Token Arcade & Kitchen will convert their space to a FIFA festival zone. From 8 pm, the best teams will compete in a series of Swiss-style tournament rounds to decide a winner. The victorious pair will be rewarded a private hire party package in 1Up’s Greenroom (with 2 hours of free play pool, digital darts, snack platters and more). This is an 18+ event.

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Zoo Bar presents India’s number one Dj: Suketu. Image: Supplied.

India’s No.1 Dj Suketu

When: Friday 10 June, 9 pm
Where: Zoo Bar, 17 London Circuit
Cost: $35. Get your tickets here.

Suketu Radia (aka DJ Suketu) is an Indian-born DJ, music producer and social media personality. Known in India for hits like ‘Bin Tere Sanam’, ‘Pyaar Zindagi’ and ‘Woh Lamhe’, Suketu has been hailed as the No 1 DJ of Bollywood music. His remixes are extremely popular in nightclubs all around Mumbai. He is also the only Indian producer to have collaborated on mixes with Flo Rida, Iyaz and Sean Kingston … and now you can catch him at Zoo Bar.


Jasper Johns, Gemini G.E.L., Bent’ Blue’; from Fragments – according to what, 1971, National Gallery of Australia. Image: Supplied.

Rauschenberg & Johns Significant Others

When: From Saturday 11 June to Sunday 30 October
Where: National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Free. More information about the exhibition here.

The exhibition will feature prints from the Kenneth Tyler Collection of the National Gallery with works by Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. In 1950, at the peak of the Abstract Expressionist movement, two young artists began to develop a distinct avant-garde style. Johns and Rauschenberg’s work together is pure radicalism. By portraying everyday objects, they subverted the myth that all artists are visionaries.

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By the time you leave High Jinks after this interactive class, you may start considering a second career in mixology. Photo: Supplied.

Interactive Cocktail Making Class

When: Multiple dates from Saturday 11 June, 3 pm
Where: High Jinks, 15 Edinburgh Avenue
Cost: $75. Register here.

Discover the basics of bartending, including spirits, liqueurs, flavours, and other trade secrets. This Interactive Cocktail Class will teach you how to make the perfect cocktail while enjoying the exclusivity of the private venue. The ticket price includes beer, wine, or champagne upon arrival with a sharing platter of antipasto.

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Canberra Clothes Swap is Sunday 12 June at 10 am. Photo: CBR GALS.

The Canberra WorkLeisure Clothes Swap

When: Sunday 12 June, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Sound CBR Governor Place, Unit 175/44 Macquarie St, Barton
Cost: $15 minimum spend. Get your tickets here.

The Canberra WorkLeisure Clothes Swap will see Canberrans gathering to disrupt consumption in a fashion industry that values quantity over quality. The deliberate act of swapping clothes encourages everyone to take a closer look at the items in their wardrobes. Combining an invigorating refreshment of our wardrobes with roundtable discussions with thought leaders and provocateurs, this event will cover a range of issues from #WhoMadeMyClothes to how to care for your clothes and a closer dive into the materials, dyes, plastics, microfibres and chemicals by asking, “what’s in my clothes?”

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Join the Networking Book Club at Hyatt Hotel on Monday, 13 June. Image: Supplied.

Networking Book Club

When: Multiple dates starting Monday 13 June, 6 pm
Where: Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Cost: Free.

If you’ve ever been a member of a book club, you know how much fun it is to talk about fascinating books with people who share your interests. The club meets once every two months (or thereabouts) to discuss a book over wine and cheese at the QT lounge.

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The Initiation is on from 15 to 19 June at Canberra Theatre Centre. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

The Initiation

When: From 15 to 19 June, 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $24 to $30 plus transaction fee. Tickets at Canberra Theatre Centre.

A double-dare draws six seemingly normal teenagers into the twilight bush of Black Mountain. As night falls and time keeps shifting, they realise they are lost. When a knife keeps turning up, they fear they’ll never come out alive despite their efforts to get rid of it.

The Initiation is about the horrors of the early teen experience, that uncanny period between childhood and fully becoming an adult, and the scary things you feel you have to do to get through. Exploring teen horror movie tropes, real teen experiences and the deeply spiritual side of Black Mountain, The Initiation asks us to find our way to the core of our fears to discover where the real threat lies.

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Deadly Dialogues with Rihanna Patrick. Image: National Library of Australia.

Deadly Dialogues: Deborah Cheetham

When: Thursday 16 June, 6 pm to 7 pm
Where: The National Library of Australia and live-streamed on the Library’s Facebook page
Cost: Free. Bookings essential. No bookings are required to watch the online stream.

Join Deborah Cheetham as she discusses creating an opera, Pecan Summer, in her own language. Deborah will be in conversation with Rhianna Patrick. They will be discussing the journey Deborah took while crossing cultures and her experience of creating a new work of art.

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Experience the taste of Italy through its wines. Image: Supplied.

Italy In A Glass: Wines Of Veneto

When: Thursday 16 June, 6 pm
Where: The Italian Place Providore & Bottega, 40 Mort Street
Cost: $79. Get your tickets here.

Discover the Wines of Veneto with Jenny Polack. Veneto produces more than Prosecco. Try classic wines such as Garganega, Valpolicella and the famous Amarone. The evening includes wines and antipasto.

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River reunites the creative team of director Jennifer Peedom, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, narrator Willem Dafoe and writer Robert Macfarlane. Photo: Pete Mcbride.

Doco Of The Month: River

When: Thursday 16 June, 6 pm
Where: National Sound and Film Archive
Cost: $10 / $12. Book here

Rivers have shaped our landscapes, travelled through our cultures, and inspired our dreams throughout history. River takes us on a journey through space and time. Filmed on six continents and with extraordinary contemporary cinematography, including satellites, this film depicts rivers on a scale and from perspectives never seen before. The film’s union of image, music, and poetics creates a dreamlike and powerful film that honours rivers while also highlighting their vulnerability. A sequel to the 2017 hit documentary Mountain, River reunites director Jennifer Peedom, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, narrator Willem Dafoe and writer Robert Macfarlane.

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