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Upcoming events

Here are a few things happening around town that we thought you and your family might be interested in. Enjoy!

  • King of Improv Wayne Brady Brings New Show to Australia

    London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory

    19 Jun 2018

    Five-time Emmy winner and Grammy nominee, Wayne Brady, returns to Australia this winter with his brand-new show, Brady AF. It promises to be an evening of "no holds barred, did he just say that, I make sh%$ up, that boy can sing" comedy from the king of improvisation!

    A true showbiz renaissance man, Wayne has seen success as an actor, singer, dancer, improviser and songwriter - he's done it all throughout his long career! He got his big break on the UK version of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' before becoming a regular on the American show, where his name became synonymous with off-the-cuff brilliance.

    Wayne has showcased his acting ability in films such as Crossover, The List (a romantic comedy with Sydney Tamiia Poitier) and, most recently, 1982 from director Tommy Oliver. He has also guest starred in a number of hit television shows, including 30 Rock, Everybody Hates Chris, Dirt and How I Met Your Mother, where he had a recurring role-playing James Stinson, the gay brother of Neil Patrick Harris' character, Barney Stinson.

  • NFSA Restores: My Brilliant Career

    McCoy Circuit, Acton

    20 Jun 2018

    During the drought of 1898, headstrong and vivacious Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) dreams of escaping the drudgery of farm life for a career as a writer. On an extended visit to her aristocratic grandmother (Aileen Britton), she meets Harry Beecham (Sam Neill), a well-to-do grazier. Sybylla must decide if love will interrupt her plans for a brilliant career.

  • Cartier and the art of the Tiara

    Parkes Place East, Parkes

    23 Jun 2018

    Art historian, Michael Carr explores the art of the Tiara within Cartier: The Exhibition at the NGA.

    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre

    Price: Free (bookings essential)

  • Diamonds for Lunch

    25 Mort Street, Braddon

    23 Jun 2018

    Explore the dazzling world of Cartier: The Exhibition with coordinating exhibition curator, Simeran Maxwell, while you sit back, relax and enjoy a three course lunch. Price includes a complimentary exhibition ticket.

    Cartier Paris
    Two crocodile brooches 1975
    Gold, 1023 brilliant-cut fancy intense yellow diamonds, two navette-shaped emerald cabochons, 1060 emerals, two ruby cabochons.
    30 and 27.3 cm (length each)
    Collection Cartier © Cartier
    Photo: Nick Welsh

  • Guy Sebastian Then & Now 2018

    Civic Square, London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory

    23 Jun 2018

    One of Australia’s most popular and successful male artists Guy Sebastian brings his hit-laden Then & Now tour to Canberra for one night only.

    Supporting Guy is Aussie born, Chicago based singer Fata. Since releasing her debut single Purple in late 2015 and then her debut EP Undone, Fatai has gone on to sell out multiple headline tours in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Hammerhead

    15 Childers Street, Australian Capital Territory

    23 Jun 2018

    Evoking the sound and spirit of the late 50s and 60s Hard Bop movement, but reflecting a more contemporary take on this great music, internationally acclaimed saxophonist Jason Bruer and his sextet Hammerhead take no prisoners in their energetic, free-spirited approach to this music.

    They were one of the featured bands in The Capital Jazz Project at The Street in 2015, playing to a sold out house. The Canberra Times hailed their performance as:

    “An outstanding set of uncompromising Hard Bop.”

    A repertoire made up mostly of Bruer’s original compositions reflects the re-imagining of the Hard Bop template to include an eclectic mix of Urban Jazz, Funk, Chamber Jazz and Latin styles. Featuring a stellar line up of Sydney’s finest musicians including pianist Greg Coffin, trumpeter Ray Cassar and alto sax and flute maestro Andrew Robertson (plus Brett Hirst on bass and Nic Cecire on drums), they have gained widespread notoriety for their exciting performances at festivals and venues around the country including Wangaratta, Thredbo, Canberra (at The Gods), Capitol Jazz Festival (Canberra) Wollongong and Wodonga. They also regularly perform around Sydney at Lazybones Lounge, Venue 505 and Foundry 616.

  • Just Like Clockwork: A musical

    137 Reed Street, Greenway

    22-23 Jun 2018

    In this kooky, creative and off the wall musical created by children aged 7-14 working with Tim and Nathalie Bevitt, curious inventor Alberta Clausius Thompson Morowitz and her philosophical snow leopard friend Morbid Redfrost join a motley crew of Questers drawn by trickery through a clock faced portal into a decaying theme park.

    Just Like Clockwork is a self-devised musical, written, developed and performed by local children in response to Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s 2018 theme ‘Entropy.’ Participants worked to create the musical with Tim and Nathalie Bevitt in a series of weekend workshops and holiday intensives over a six month period.

    Designed to provide an accessible performance development opportunity to children in Southern Canberra, the Just Like Clockwork project has instilled participants with new confidence and creativity, developing their skills across writing, drama, song and dance as well as building capacity for creative thinking and teamwork.

    Now, we invite audiences to come and see their talents shine on stage in this truly one-of-a-kind musical!

  • My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Winter Revival Tour

    London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory

    23 Jun 2018

    Quintessentially Australian chamber pop noir group My Friend The Chocolate Cake take to the road for a series of concerts this June and July performing songs from their highly acclaimed 2017 album, The Revival Meeting, alongside some old favourites from their extensive back catalogue.

    The Revival Meeting is the name of their new album, but My Friend The Chocolate Cake were playing to the converted….. If there were any non-believers at a packed Lizotte’s, they were soon swept away by the charisma of this tight outfit….Bridie charmed the socks off everyone with his observations on all manner of subjects, including Pauline Hanson, the general populace being glued to their mobile phones and the joys of PNG’s culture. Stori Rabaul, even sparked some righteous dance moves by the lanky frontman. ……. closing what was an inspiring, joyful, touching and deeply satisfying performance.

    Hallelujah, all praise The Cake…

  • The Makers and Shakers Market

    100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

    23 Jun 2018

    The Makers & Shakers Market is an indoor event that focuses on beautiful handmade homewares, delicious gourmet foods and stunning lifestyle products.

    With 50 top-notch quality stalls, you will meet established makers (from the ACT and beyond), as well as get to support emerging new talent.

    There will be coffee! Donuts! Cannoli! And many more tasty things. The full stallholder line up will be announced soon.

    The Makers & Shakers Market aims to bring together people who care about where things come from, how things are made and what they are made of.

    There is plenty of free parking around the venue. We do recommend that shoppers bring some cash. There will be an ATM in the foyer. Most of the stallholders accept card.

  • The Mid Century Project: with Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    23 Jun 2018

    Join Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst for the Mid Century Project following the sell-out season as part of Melbourne Design Week and the London Festival of Architecture. Tim and Kit skillfully blend storytelling, music and design in a mold-breaking format, and are thrilled to perform at the National Library as part of the building’s 50th anniversary.

    Includes a night-time viewing of the 1968: Changing Times exhibition covering the momentous year the Library opened, a mid-century inspired film installation, and the latest version of Tim Ross’s hit show Man About the House.

    Presented in association with Tim Ross.

  • AGC Canberra Open Day

    48 Melbourne Avenue, Deakin

    24 Jun 2018

    The Australian Girls Choir (AGC) is thrilled to be opening a new venue in Canberra in July 2018! Join more than 5,500 girls around the country learning to sing, dance and perform.

    At the AGC we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they grow in confidence and take pride in developing music and presentation skills in our dynamic classes.

    We are delighted to invite girls in Kindergarten to Year 7 to come along to our Open Day. Join in a fun complimentary class, meet our staff members, and experience what it’s like to be a part of the AGC!

    Bookings are essential – please contact us if you would like to attend.

  • Block Sounds & Walking the Dog: Echoes in the Ether

    40 Parkes Place East, Parkes

    24 Jun 2018

    Echoes in the Ether provides a program to suit the vaulting spaces of the High Court of Australia by focusing on the music of Giovanni Gabrielli. His music was inspired by the magnificence and huge size of St Marks in Venice and reflected the architecture of that building. His contemporaries were similarly moved by their places of worship and wrote daring and spirited music that challenged performers and listeners alike.

    Contrasting with these structural works are those by modern composers such as Arvo Part and other contemporary composers, whose music focuses on creating moments of stillness. Works by these composers aim to fill performing spaces with clouds of drifting colour and should provide moments of contemplation.

    Block Sounds is Canberra’s newest recorder ensemble. Comprising Olivia Gossip, sisters Elana and Shae Leske and directed by Robyn Mellor, the ensemble has enthralled audiences with its spirited performances and virtuosity. Block Sounds will be supported by Robyn’s recorder quintet Walking the Dog.

    Duration 60 minutes.
    Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop.

    Please note: Admission to this concert is strictly by registration only. Registration opens 17 May 2018.

  • The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804

    Acton Peninsula, Canberra

    30 Mar - 24 Jun 2018

    See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.

  • Kids High Tea Teddy Bear Picnic

    65 Northbourne Avenue, Level 1, Australian Capital Territory

    25 Jun 2018

    First Edition Canberra has a BEARY exciting event coming your way... we can BEARLY control our excitement!

    Pack your favourite teddy bear, bring a rug and get ready for a Teddy Bear Picnic at First Edition Canberra!

    Take some time out of your TEDDYous week and let your little ones indulge in the following:

    - Kids high tea
    - Face painting
    - Teddy bear colouring in
    - Teddy bear t-shirt decorating
    - Tea party with your teddy bear
    - Games
    - Music and dancing
    - And much more!

    Mums and dads, enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, some delicious food and get ready for some cute photos of your little ones enjoying a tea party!

    So, if you go out to the woods alone... you better bring your Teddy Bear!

  • Asian Formed Collections

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    13-27 Jun 2018

    The Library has a rich collection of Western language formed collections on Asia. These collections have been acquired from scholars and bibliophiles and contain valuable retrospective holdings. They range from the Coedes Collection on the history and culture of Indochina to the Walter Simon Collection on the Chinese, Tibetan, Manchu and Mongolian languages; from the Braga Collection on the Portuguese in Asia to a set of original documents from the Japan Socialist Party.

    Join our Asian Collection staff as they explore this rich cultural material and learn about the intrepid collectors who brought these collections together.