See all the highlights of what’s on across Canberra throughout April 2021, featuring everything from exhibitions to live theatre, music and more.
Andrew Farriss: INXS founding member and legendary songwriter plays two shows at Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 9 April 5.30pm and 8.30pm; royalhotelqbn.com.au
Così: A production of Louis Nowra’s poignant comedy by Canberra REP, 9-24 April, Wednesday to Saturday 8pm at Canberra REP Theatre, Acton; canberrarep.org.au
Stir-fried Science: Dramatis Scientificae serves up a night of laughs with skits, science, stand-up and songs, 9 April 8pm, Smiths Alternative, Civic; $20
Canberra Blues Society: Presents the Lachy Doley Group, led by the acclaimed Australian Blues Soul Rock Organ player, Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, 9 April 8pm; Tickets: humanitix.com
Disney’s Aladdin Jr: Can’t get a flight for the April school holidays? Pied Piper Productions will show you the world at Canberra College Performing Arts Centre, Woden, 9-17 April; trybooking.com/BOONE
Canberra Jung Society: Shauna Winram discusses PhD work Structure of Consciousness, MacKillop Conference Centre, Lyneham, 9 April, 7.30pm; canberrajungsociety.org.au
Snez: The NSW singer/songwriter brings her Fisher on the Sea album tour to The Front, Lyneham, 9 April; snez.com.au
Don’t Forget the Milk: An exhibition celebrating 50 years of Canberra Milk at CMAG, Civic, until 31 July; cmag.com.au
ANU Classics Museum: Tours of the museum’s collection of ancient Greek and Roman antiquities run on the second Friday of each month; call 0438 883 373.
Kuban Firez: Bring their Save the Planet Tour to Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah 10 April, 7.30pm; tickets via Eventbrite.
The National Opera: Premiere their 2021 season with La Clemenza di Tito at Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 10, 13, 15 and 17 April; nationalopera.org.au
Pheno: The Canberra pop-art-electro sensation plays The Street, City West with a band Saturday 10 April 8pm; thestreet.org.au
The Rainbow Underground: Bring the Circus Drag Show to Kambri, ANU on 10 April 7pm; moshtix.com.au
Canberra Glassworks: Final days to see Scott Chaseling’s The Redemption of Colour, showing until 11 April, open 10am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday; canberraglassworks.com.au
Beaver Galleries: Hosts exhibitions Belonging a landscape memoir by Holly Grace and waterholes and wetlands by Sue Lovegrove at the Deakin venue until 11 April; beavergalleries.com.au
Don’t Shoot the Messenger: An exhibition featuring 54 hand-cut stencil works from E.L.K. (Luke Cornish) at aMBUSH Gallery, Kambri, ANU, until 11 April; ambushgallery.com.au
Canberra Potters: Acclaimed ceramicist Jeff Mincham presents his 90th solo show, Vive La Vrai Céramique: Adventures In Clay, at the Watson gallery until 11 April; canberrapotters.com.au
Mamma Mia!: Through the story-telling magic of ABBA, Free-Rain Theatre Company presents the beloved musical romantic comedy at The Q, Queanbeyan, 13-17 and 20-25 April, 28 April to 2 May, and 5-8 May; theq.net.au
John Bell: His solo show One Man In His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare at Canberra Theatre Centre, 14-15 April; canberratheatrecentre.com.au
GOST: The Watson gallery is hosting a dotty Pop-Up project showcasing jewellery and home décor 15-18 April; galleryofsmallthings.com
The Clarity Seminar: Presented by well-established local clinical psychologist, Nicole Daly, at the Federal Golf Course, Red Hill, 15 and 17 April 9am-5pm; nicoledalyseminars.com.au
Canberra Glassworks: Architect Eric Martin AM hosts a free private evening tour of the iconic Kingston venue for the 2021 Heritage Festival, 15 April 6pm; canberraglassworks.com
The Festival of Small Halls: Some of the country’s best folk and acoustic performers play St Saviour’s Cathedral Hall, Goulburn, Friday 16 April 6.30pm; smallhalls.iwannaticket.com.au
Canberra Potters Autumn Market: Discover some of Canberra’s finest potters and ceramic artists at the Watson art space, 16-18 April; canberrapotters.com.au
Aarwun Gallery: Hosts exhibition Autumn Elements, by artists Carlos Barrios, Wendy Wooden and Sandra House at their Gold Creek gallery until 16 April; aarwungallery.com
Simple Pleasures: A vibrant solo exhibition by Jack Irvine at aMBUSH Gallery, Kambri, ANU, 16 April to 16 May; ambushgallery.com
Flickerfest Tour: Australia’s largest short film festival is on the road, stopping off at Palace Electric, 16 April from 7pm; flickerfest.com.au/tour/canberra
MoAD: Has a fun-filled school holidays program throughout April led by a brand-new zine-making workshop; visit moadoph.gov.au for more.
The Wiggles: We’re All Fruit Salad Tour! featuring their classics and new songs at Canberra Theatre, 17-18 April; canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Cuban Latin Fiesta: An all Latin experience with proceeds going to the Las Tunas Children’s Hospital in Cuba, 17 April from 6pm, St James Church Hall, Curtin; tickets $15 at the door.
Strathnairn Arts: New exhibition Drawing by Carolyn Fitzpatrick, until 18 April at their Holt gallery; strathnairn.com.au
Matt Keegan: Performs Vienna Dreaming, a Canberra International Music Festival presentation at The Street, City West, Saturday 17 April 8pm; thestreet.org.au
Grainger Gallery: The Fyshwick venue hosts Benjamin Shine’s exhibition, Defining Moments, until 18 April; graingergallery.com.au
Mini Psychic Fair: Karmic Soul is back Sunday 18 April 10am-5pm, at Ainslie Football and Social Club; see Karmic Soul Facebook page for more.
Rainbow Ring Pour: An afternoon of painting for women and non-binary folk at the Diversity ACT Community Hub, Kambah, 18 April 12.30-3pm; diversityact.org
Hall Countryside & Beyond: A collection of watercolours by Isla Patterson at Kyeema Gallery, Capital Wines, Hall until 19 April; capitalwines.com.au
Ben Elton: The UK funny man brings his Live 2021 tour to the Canberra Theatre, 20 April 7.30pm; benelton.net
Garden Design Workshop: An interactive small group experience learning design techniques with practical examples, includes catering, 20 April; gardenswithfleur.com.au
Spanish Film Festival: Brings a selection of films we missed last year as well as some brand-new titles to Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton, 21 April-9 May; spanishfilmfestival.com
Renovate Your Space: Goulburn Mulwaree Library hosts ‘Australia’s Renovation Queen’ Cherie Barber, Wednesday 21 April 12.30pm; free, bookings essential via trybooking.com/BOXDL
Canberra Potters: The Watson art space hosts new exhibition Inside by Julie Roberts and Josephine Townsend, 22 April-9 May; canberrapotters.com.au
Melinda Schneider: The award-winning singer-songwriter brings her A Farewell to Doris Day tour to Canberra Theatre Centre 23 April; canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Neil Murray: The maverick song man and founding member of the Warumpi Band brings his Keep Rolling On tour to The Street, City West, Friday 23 April 8pm; thestreet.org.au
Bowie Orchestrated: The 24-piece Symphony Orchestra will perform the Best of Bowie, Saturday 24 April 7.30pm, Canberra Theatre; canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Barkfest 2.0: A dog’s day out filled with fundraising, feasting and fun at QT Canberra back carpark, Civic 24 April 11.30am-3.30pm; book via Eventbrite.
Tallagandra Hill: The Gundaroo vineyard and venue hosts the Badloves, with King Canyon, Saturday 24 April 4pm; tickets via Eventbrite.
Craft ACT: Host their 2021 artist-in-residence open day at Namadgi National Park, 24 April, with a shuttle service available; book via Eventbrite by 22 April.
Watch and Clock Display: See watches, clocks and clockmaking tools hosted by Canberra Chapter of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, 24 April 10am-4pm, Canberra Irish Club, Weston; gold coin entry.
Jeff Lang: The guitar extraordinaire bring his Some Memories Never Die tour to The Street Theatre, City West, 24 April 7.30pm; thestreet.org.au
Nancy Sever Gallery: Hosts Greg Daly’s exhibition Dappled Light at their Civic venue until 25 April; nancysevergallery.com.au
SEE-Change Tuggeranong Repair Cafe: Bring in broken items and learn repair skills on the last Sunday of each month, 1-4pm at Tuggeranong Community Centre, Greenway.
Stronger than Fiction: The Documentary Film Festival’s 2021 iteration launches with a screening of The Mole Agent at Dendy Canberra, 25 April 2pm; strongerdocs.com
Joan Mitchell – Worlds of Colour: Works on paper produced by the American painter and printmaker during the final stage of her career, at the NGA until 26 April; nga.gov.au
Daniel Sloss: The Scottish comedian brings his highly anticipated 11th show, Hubris, to Canberra Theatre, 27-28 April; canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Australian Dance Week 2021: Featuring free classes, workshops, films, performances and more across Canberra, 29 April-9 May; ausdance.org.au
The Point: A dance performance by Liz Lea Dance Company at Belconnen Arts Centre 29 April to 1 May; belcoarts.com.au/point
2021 CIMF: Canberra International Music Festival brings Vienna and its 250 years of musical history to Canberra with a dynamic program of events, 30 April-9 May; cimf.org.au
2021 Seasonal Photo Contest: Organised by Canberra Multicultural Service (FM 91.1) highlighting all Canberra has to offer, accepting submissions until 30 April; [email protected]
Thor’s Hammer: Hosts exhibition Curious Nature, featuring recent works by Amanda Stuart and Hayley Lander at their Kingston Mixing Room Gallery until 30 April; thors.com.au
Wesley Music Centre: Hosts a series of events throughout April at their Forrest venue; visit wesleycanberra.org.au for more.
NFSA: The Acton Archive hosts a range of events throughout April and the Easter holidays, from Saturday morning cartoons to a screening of Enter the Dragon; nfsa.gov.au
Megalo Print Studio: The Kingston art space hosts Shifting Spaces by Marilou Chagnaud until 1 May; megalo.org
From the Desert to the Sea: The Friends’ Botanic Art Group’s 14th annual art exhibition at the Visitor Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens, until 2 May; free entry.
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