It is a truth universally acknowledged that the anticipation of a long weekend kills any desire to be productive at work. You could alternate between refreshing Facebook and checking personal emails for the next seven hours, or you could use that time to plan the perfect three-day weekend.
From the RiotACT team…
Steven Bailey is going to “confront the notion of hybridity in a phantasmagorical exploration of the imaginary” at Imaginarium at the Belconnen Arts Centre. It’s free and open all weekend.
Emily Morris is heading down to the Bay on Sunday for fish and chips, and will be back in time for the big breakfast at Stage 88 on Monday morning.
Elsewhere in Canberra…
If you’re looking for Australia Day festivities, check out our updated guide to what’s on in Canberra on Australia Day.
Sticking to the Australia Day theme, Four Winds Vineyard has teamed up with Eden Road Wines for a two-course, two-wine Shiraz-a-roo dinner in Murrumbateman on Sunday. As the name suggests, the stars of this dinner are shiraz and kangaroo, and the winemakers will be on hand to provide a run-down on their wines and the matching dishes. Yum.
While we’re talking about food, Sophia put the call out for Canberra’s best chicken wings this week, so it seems pertinent to mention that Tongue and Groove does all you can eat wings for $20 every Sunday and Monday. Available by reservation only.
In live music, Annie and the Armadillos are playing at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday from 5.30pm as part of Summer Sounds; Transit Bar is hosting Summer Slam ’15 (featuring six bands of “punk, rock and punk/rock deliciousness”) on Saturday from 6pm; and Brisbane instrumental band Ghost Notes will play at Smiths Alternative on Monday night from 8pm.
On the film front, Palace Electric is showing sneak previews of The Theory of Everything (6.30pm on Saturday) and Foxcatcher (6.30pm Saturday; 4pm Monday); prisoner of war film The Colditz Story (1955) will play at the Australian War Memorial at 1.30pm on Saturday; and Dendy Canberra has advance screenings of Still Alice from Friday to Monday at 2.30pm.
It’s a quiet weekend for sport, with one exception: The AFC Asian Cup quarter final. Iran will take on Iraq at Canberra stadium on Friday night from 5.30pm.
Keep the kids entertained with a Frozen sing-a-long at Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema on Saturday night. Or, if you value your sanity (there are only so many times an adult can listen to Let It Go before permanent hearing loss seems like a pleasant alternative), Lilo and Stitch is screening for free on Saturday at the National Portrait Gallery from 2pm. Jimmy Giggle and the owls are also visiting Canberra Theatre this weekend for Giggle and Hoot and Friends, a 50-minute stage spectacular with multiple sessions on Saturday and Sunday.
What are you doing this long weekend?