See all the highlights of what’s on across Canberra throughout March 2021 and early April, featuring everything from exhibitions to live theatre, music and more.
Beaver Galleries: Hosts new exhibition Waterholes and Wetlands by Sue Lovegrove, 25 March to 11 April; beavergalleries.com.au
Recycling Discovery Hub: In the lead up to Earth Hour (27 March 8.30pm) visit the Recycling Discovery Hub at 1 Recycling Road, Hume on Thursday 25 March 4.30-5.30pm to see behind-the-scenes of the recycling facility, what happens to your waste and make your own sustainable cutlery set to take home to help switch out some common pesky plastic items. This is a family-friendly event and recommended for ages 5 and up. Bookings essential: bit.ly/EarthHourHub
Boozy Bob Ross painting: Learn to paint with Bob Ross (and a cocktail), Thursday 25 March 6pm at Escape Rooms Canberra, Phillip; colaboratorycbr.com
Mi Sex: The legendary New Zealand new wave outfit play The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, Friday 26 March at 5.30pm and 8.30pm; oztix.com.au
Belco Arts: Four new exhibitions, Fluid Cartographies, Formation, On Forgetting, and The Divided Self, 26 March-9 May; belcoarts.com.au
The Beauty Thief: Reflections on a fairy tale, by thespians of differing ability, 26-28 March, Belconnen Community Theatre, Belconnen; rebustheatre.com
1950s to 1980s Music Quiz: Hosted at Eastlake FC, Griffith with proceeds going to ArtSound FM, Friday 26 March 7.15pm; $30 + booking fee via artsound.fm
Canberra Short Film Festival: Featuring a local band and 16 films on the theme of culture and identity in theatre, 26 March 6-10pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre; tuggeranongarts.com
Boorowa Rotary Makers & Growers Community Market: Featuring food, craft, clothing and more Saturday 27 March, 9am-1pm at Old Court House grounds, Boorowa; click here for more.
Margaret Fulton the Musical: See the story of the woman who changed Australian home cooking forever, at The Q, Queanbeyan, until 27 March; theq.net.au
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
IGNITE Gallery: Showcases John Brookes current Journeys exhibition at 23 Brindabella Circuit, Brindabella Business Park until 15 September.
Fun in Franklin: Sausage sizzle, balloon twisting, crafts and games at Franklin Recreational Park, Saturday 27 March, 11:30am-1:30pm; gungahlinchurch.com.au
Hachiku: The Melbourne dream pop outfit’s I’ll Probably Be Asleep album launch 27 March 7pm, Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon; events.humantix.com
Wine Machine Canberra: Peking Duk, Lime Cordiale and Nyxen head a stacked line-up at Commonwealth Park, Saturday 27 March; hotdub.iwannaticket.com.au
Bandaluzia Flamenco: Musicians Damian Wright, James Hauptmann and Yuhki Mayne accompanied by dancers at The Street, City West, Saturday 27 March 7.30pm; thestreet.org.au
The Superstars of Country – Then & Now: A new show starring Hayley Jensen and Jason Owen at Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, Saturday 27 March from 6pm; cscc.com.au
Bonsai Market Day: Pick up everything you need to start or expand your bonsai collection, 27 March 9am-4pm at the National Arboretum; nationalarboretum.act.gov.au
Jack, John and Kempsey: Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s first exhibition of 2021 showcasing the work of self-taught painter Jack Featherstone until 27 March; tuggeranongarts.com
The CBR Woman’s Pop-up Boutique: A market style event featuring stalls from over 20 local businesses, The Social Club, Kingston, 28 March, 11am-2pm; more info via Facebook.
Creatives in-the-park: A picnic in Haig Park, Braddon with artist-led conversations to spark new and ongoing relationships, 28 March, 2.30-5pm; youareherecanberra.com.au
Music for Canberra: Their first concert for 2021, A New World, featuring music by Gershwin and Dvorak, at Canberra Girls Grammar Senior Hall, 28 March 12pm; musicforcanberra.org.au
Victor Martinez Parada: The Chilean Latin music legend will appear at Smith’s Alternative, Civic, 28 March 5.30pm; smithsalternative.com
Art Activism by Great Women Conference: A one-day event presented by Lerida Estate and aMBUSH Gallery, ANU, Sunday 28 March 2-7pm; book via Eventbrite.
Courtenay Cleary: Performs works by Poulenc, Bartok and Arthur Benjamin in an intimate recital in the National Gallery’s picturesque Gandel Hall, 28 March; cso.org.au
ACT Porcelain Artists’ Association: Host upcoming exhibition A Brush with Porcelain at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre, until 28 March.
Humble House Gallery: Hosts A Road Home, a group exhibition by Baird, Bozhko Marshall and Crane until 28 March at the Fyshwick space; humblehouse.com.au
Fangirls: The sparkling new Australian musical telling a comedic coming-of-age story comes to The Playhouse, Civic, until 28 March; canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Celebrate Gungahlin Festival: A week-long celebration of all things Gungahlin with a host of events until 28 March; celebrategungahlin.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.
Manning Clark House Chats: Bernard Hardy, poet and artist, in conversation with Mark O’Connor, followed by discussion with the audience, in the garden of Manning Clark House, 29 March, 12-2pm; trybooking.com/BPNCC
Garden Design Workshop: An interactive small group experience learning design techniques with practical examples, includes catering; 30 March and 20 April: gardenswithfleur.com.au
Llewellyn One: Seven Deadly Sins: Sees the orchestra performing Korngold’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Jessica Cottis, 31 March and 1 April at Llewellyn Hall, ANU; cso.org.au
Roland Peelman at the Piano: Playing music by Schumann, Haydn and Schönberg, 31 March 12.40-1.20pm in Wesley Music Centre, Forrest; trybooking.com/BOJVF
French Film Festival: Alliance Française brings 37 great French films to Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton, until 31 March; affrenchfilmfestival.org
No Lights No Lycra: Dance in the dark fun at Flynn Community Hall, 31 March 7:30-8:30pm; visit @nlnlcanberrabelconnen on Facebook or trybooking.com
Good Folk: A folk experience in Queanbeyan presented by the National Folk Festival with a program of concerts throughout Queanbeyan this Easter, 3-4 April; folkfestival.org.au
A Taste of Ireland: Bringing the ‘craic’ to the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic, 3 April 7.30pm; atasteofirelandshow.com
From the Desert to the Sea: The Friends’ Botanic Art Group’s 14th annual art exhibition at the Visitor Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens, 3 April – 2 May; free entry.
Skywhales – Every Heart Sings: Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhalepapa, a new companion piece to Skywhale, will launch near the NGA Saturday 3 April 6am, weather permitting; nga.gov.au/calendar
Strathnairn Arts: New exhibitions The Precious Few: Threatened Species of Canberra until 4 April, and Drawing by Carolyn Fitzpatrick, until 18 April, at their Holt gallery; strathnairn.com.au
The Courier: Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise presents a movie night fundraiser, Thursday 8 April 7pm, Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton; trybooking.com/BPLRB
Canberra Glassworks: Architect Eric Martin AM hosts a free private evening tour of the iconic Kingston venue for the 2021 Heritage Festival, 8 and 15 April 6pm; canberraglassworks.com
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
Tuggeranong Arts Centre: Displays multi-disciplinary exhibition Deqolonise: The Erotic as Power by Melbourne artist TextaQueen, 9 April to 5 June; tuggeranongarts.com
Kuban Firez: Bring their Save the Planet Tour to Harmonie Germand 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
Don’t Shoot the Messenger: An exhibition featuring 54 hand cut stencil works from Sydney-based artist Luke Cornish (E.L.K.) at aMBUSH Gallery, Kambri, ANU, until 11 April; kambri.com.au/event/dont-shoot-the-messenger/
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
Hall Countryside & Beyond: A collection of watercolours by Isla Patterson at the Kyeema Gallery, Capital Wines, Hall, until 19 April; capitalwines.com.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]
CCAS: New group exhibition Homebound at their Parkes gallery until 2 May; ccas.com.au
Insight Out: A visually stimulating and highly innovative exhibition of 24 mixed media works at Exhibition Avenue, Kambri, ANU until 7 May; kambri.com.au/event/insight-out
NGA: Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London, the first major international exhibition in Australia since COVID-19 at the National Gallery of Australia until 14 June; nga.gov.au
Mervyn Bishop: National Film and Sound Archive will showcase the work of the award-winning photographer, until 1 August; nfsa.gov.au
Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion: A stunning exhibition shining a light on Australia’s leading First Nations creatives and a design movement at the National Museum of Australia until 8 August; nma.gov.au
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