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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!

  • Harrison Craig - Kings of Vegas

    Civic Square, London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory

    26 May 2017

    Harrison Craig's unique tone and crooning style sets him apart in his genre. See him live on stage during his Kings of Vegas: Lounge Sessions tour.

    The two-hour concert will showcase songs from the Craig's Kings Of Vegas album. Enjoy hits from the likes of Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Barry Manilow and The Righteous Brothers, among many more. Add the hits of the new Kings of Vegas – Elton John, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart and Michael Bublé – plus a string of Harrison’s own hits from his first two records and you’ve got a show that you definitely don’t want to miss.

  • Hayley Jensen - Past Tense & Pesent Peace Album Launch

    15 Childers Street, Australian Capital Territory

    26 May 2017

    Songbird Hayley Jensen has wowed millions of listeners and live music lovers for over a decade.

    From when she first captivated our hearts on Australian Idol '04 or blew us all off our chairs on The Voice '14 & at the thousands of other performances both nationally & internationally.

    Sydney based, Albury born Country songstress grew up on a property outside Canberra where she became a household name.

    Best known for her haunting ballads juxtaposed alongside emotive powerhouse vocals, her down to earth, warm nature, big smile and sequins have made Hayley a force to be reckoned with!

  • Drawing Birds

    Dairy Road, Fyshwick

    20-27 May 2017

    Learn how to draw birds with renowned illustrator, Peter Marsack from the Wildlife and Botanical Artists (WABA). No drawing experience necessary.

    All materials and morning tea included in the price. Maximum group size 12.

    Best suited to those aged 12 years and over.

  • Sammy J - Hero Complex

    Civic Square, London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory

    27 May 2017

    In 1996, Sammy J borrowed some Phantom comics from his school gardener. He wasn’t to know it at the time, but that moment set off a chain of events that led to the birth of his daughter, saw him committing a crime in Canberra, and ended with a federal policeman searching his attic. It’s an unbelievably true story from the star of ABC’s “Playground Politics”.

    Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, musician and writer. He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Montreal Just for Laughs festivals, been nominated for three ARIA awards, and provides the human half of the acclaimed man/puppet comedy duo “Sammy J & Randy”.

    Sammy J - Hero Complex is directed by Chris McDonald.

    Note: This performance is not suitable for children.

  • Sydney Dance Company Presents - Orb

    Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City

    25-27 May 2017

    Be captured by ORB, an extraordinary lunar mystery. ORB presents the world premiere of Full Moon by Cheng Tsung-lung. This striking piece by the Artistic Director of Taiwan’s phenomenal Cloud Gate 2, harnesses the power of the moon and the mythology, fable and poetry of mankind to thrill the audience.

    The moon, nature’s symbolic beauty of night, shines light into my eyes and helps me uncover the mysteries of the unconscious world which I do not know, yet I feel exist. Cheng Tsung-lung

    Together with Ocho, the latest collaboration in eight parts by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and Nick Wales.

    Rafael Bonachela’s Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Awards for Best Choreography in a Dance Work and Best Dance Work.

  • The Makers & Shakers Market Canberra

    100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

    27 May 2017

    The Makers and Shakers Market is an indoor, curated, retail event that brings together people who care about where things come from, how things are made and what they are made of.

    Whether it's home-wares, furniture, food, flowers, stationery or photography, jewellery or fashion, The Makers and Shakers Market aim is to give quality makers an affordable and fun place to show and sell their wares and for shoppers to have a awesome day out, as well as pick up some wonderful new treasures along the way.

    Don't miss this amazing event with lots of talented makers.

  • Australian Piano Duo: Folkloric Enchantment

    Parkes Place, Parkes

    28 May 2017

    Australian Piano Duo will take their audience around the world in 60 minutes, all on a Sunday afternoon. Join the Duo at the High Court of Australia as they blend musical elements from both the East and West, through exotic Chinese melodies to imaginative Russian harmonies, including works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and transcriptions crafted by the Australian Piano Duo.

    Hailed as dazzlingly breathtaking and flamboyantly electrified, this dynamic team has been performing globally in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA and Vienna.

    Dr. Vicky Yang and Dr. Candidate Maggie Chen began their collaboration in 2003, focused on a shared passion of folk-influenced music repertoire. In the recent years the duo have been premiering works for Australian and European composers. In addition they are also collaborating with artists internationally including Choreographer Eric Lin (Taiwan), singer Koen van Stade (Netherlands), videographer/film maker Lewis Yu (Hong Kong) and photographer Jasper Tu (Shanghai).

    Registration essential via High Court website.

  • MIGRATION with the Australian String Quartet

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    28 May 2017

    Ralph Towner Guitar Quintet Migration
    Iain Grandage Guitar Quintet Black Dogs
    Schubert String Quartet in G major D887
    With guest artist Slava Grigoryan, guitar

    Slava Grigoryan, one of Australia’s favourite musicians, joins the Australian String Quartet in two works of contemporary sensibility, bringing his trademark virtuosity and lyrical warmth to the quartet.

    Ralph Towner is a celebrated jazz guitarist and his quintet, Migration, inspired by the wild nature of America’s Pacific Northwest, blends the melodic and harmonic language of jazz with a classical sense of development.

    Australian composer, Iain Grandage, also traverses classical, jazz and popular styles in his work. His theatrical flair comes to the fore in this guitar quintet, contemplating the mind’s mystery and complexity in music of kaleidoscopic colour.

    The poignant world of late Schubert forms the emotional apex of this concert. His final string quartet, in G major, is charged with the heartfelt emotion and eloquent lyricism that is the core of his genius.

  • National Botanic Gardens Open Day

    Clunies Ross Street, Acton

    28 May 2017

    The National Botanic Gardens Open Day celebrates the gardens with craft activities, behind-the-scenes tours, botanic art demonstrations, face painting, yoga and massage, and more.

    Learn about threatened plants and how the Australian National Botanic Gardens is helping to save them.

  • National Capital Rally

    Kowen Forest, Australian Capital Territory

    26-28 May 2017

    Get up close to international motor sport stars as the Australian round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship returns to Canberra better than ever for 2017 with the National Capital Rally.

    Drivers will be pushed to the limit over the weekend with valuable points on offer for the FIA Asia Pacific Championship and the Australian Rally Championship. See drivers tackle some of the best roads in the country.

    The free event kicks off on Friday afternoon with a ceremonial start and meet and greet of the teams at Hotel Realm, before heading out to the forests over the weekend.

    Spectating is free with plenty of activities for little and big kids alike at the spectator points.

    Check the National Capital Rally website for full details.

  • Raiders v Roosters

    Battye Street, Bruce

    28 May 2017

    Round 12 of the NRL Telstra Premiership sees the entertaining Roosters return to GIO Stadium to play the Raiders. This match promises some of the most entertaining rugby league of the season.

    There’s plenty to play for both teams, with the Sunday afternoon time slot the perfect way to end the week with your favourite people.

    Tickets available from Ticketek February 16.

  • Tom Rowney and Zeljko Markov, a joint exhibition

    11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

    5 Apr - 28 May 2017

    Tom Rowney and Zeljko Markov present a joint exhibition that explores concepts of highly skilled making, form, finish and thought. Both of these artists’ reference traditional forms and techniques within their chosen medium, glass (Rowney) and furniture (Markov), however their practice extends well beyond this.

    Each element, line, curve and piece is considered and developed, creating form and function so refined that the most subtle intersection or plane will melt into the next. This exhibition showcases two great artists who skills and sensibility makes them front runners in the production of the design classics of the future.

  • Artists of the Great War

    Parkes Place East, Parkes

    18 Nov 2016 - 31 May 2017

    Artists of the Great War explores the horrors of the First World War, palpably expressed in the work of Australia’s official war artists and their combatant and non-combatant peers.

    This powerful exhibition addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints featuring a a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.

    On show at the National Gallery of Australia til June 2017.

  • Bonnie Tyler

    Civic Square, London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory

    31 May 2017

    Lennard Promotions present the Welsh queen of rock and blues, Bonnie Tyler playing all of her greatest hits on her Total Eclipse Of The Heart 2017 Australian Tour. Joined by special guest Rick Price, Bonnie Tyler will take Canberra by storm.

    The voice is unmistakable, a smokey, husky thing of wonder, full of emotion and pathos; a voice that you’ve heard many, many times before. Bonnie Tyler’s string of massive hits has etched that inimitable voice on the psyche of a generation. These include It’s A Heartache, Holding Out For A Hero, Bitterblue and of course the worldwide number 1 single, Total Eclipse Of The Heart. Across 16 studio albums, 2 live albums, 4 EP’s, 83 singles and a large number of compilation albums, Bonnie Tyler has created a body of work that has won hearts and minds the world over. Her hits are still heard on radio, in TV advertising campaigns and on film soundtracks to this day.

  • Yotam Silberstein Quartet

    15 Childers Street, Australian Capital Territory

    1 Jun 2017

    Israeli ex-pat guitarist Yotam Silberstein is making waves globally with his precision bebop lines and fleet-fingered improvisations.

    Leading the Yotam Silberstein Quartet, Silberstein's Australian debut in Canberra (en route to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival) will showcase original compositions incorporating Brazilian, world, blues and traditional influences.

    From the age of 21 when Yotam won the coveted “Israeli Jazz Player of The Year” title through to receiving the Sundance Time Warner Award for film scoring Yotam has been praised for his technical precision and innate multi-faceted artistry. Yotam Silberstein has toured as a leader in major clubs and jazz festivals in Europe, Japan, South America, Asia and the US earning high praise for his performances.