Villa Zarlenga – Open Garden

50 Investigator Street, Red Hill, ACT
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 2023
10am to 4pm

An Open Garden fundraising for the Canberra Blind Society in an Italianate designed suburban garden. The garden boasts 31 fruit trees, a 50 metre grapevine, a prolific kitchen garden  a water feature known as ‘The Lagoons’ and three friendly laying hens called Delphine, Daphne and Delores.

Entry by donation $10.

All proceeds to the Canberra Blind Society.

Helen Machalias – This Rough Magic

World Premiere – A Street Produced Professional Theatre Production
The Street Theatre, Canberra
Friday 10 – Saturday 11 November, 7:30pm
Wednesday 15 November, 6:30pm
Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 November, 7:30pm
Sunday 19 November, 4pm
2h 20min including interval

Helen Machalias draws on Shakespeare’s The Tempest in this work about survival and the cost of pursuing the promise of a better life. Refugees Prospero, Miranda and Ariel are washed ashore on Christmas Island seeking asylum in Australia.

Reza Momenzada and George Kanaan talk to Barbie about This Rough Magic
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Castle of Kindness Refugee Sponsorship – Open Garden

19 Cockerill Pace, Mackellar ACT
10am to 4pm Saturday 11 November 2023

An Open Garden Fundraiser for Refugees with musical entertainment, children’s activities, art on display, plant and book stalls. Morning and afternoon teas will be available. There’s a horticultural talk at 11.30am.

Please note that there are many stairs in the garden.

Canberra Bach Ensemble – Bach Advent Cantatas

St Christopher’s Cathedral
Cnr Furneaux and Franklin Streets, Manuka ACT
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2023

The Canberra Bach Ensemble celebrates the Christmas season with its performances of Bach’s Advent Cantatas BWV 61, 36, 62, and 1 in the magnificent space of St. Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka, Canberra.

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Canberra Spinners and Weavers – Transformation with a Twist and a Turn

70 Maclaurin Crescent Chifley ACT
Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November 2023 10am to 4pm
Sunday 12 November 2023 11am to 3pm

The annual exhibition of the Canberra Spinners and Weavers includes open days, a silent auction, demonstrations and sales tables. Beautiful handmade garments, scarves and other textile objects are available for sale as well as hand spun yarns.

Lynne Johnson from Canberra Spinners and Weavers talks about Transformation with a Twist and a Turn


The Training Ground – Collections

Erindale Theatre
Saturday 28 October 2023
One show only
Duration 1 hour 20 minutes

The Training Ground presents a selection of group, solo, duet and trio dance works, as well as a few student-devised works, showcasing the strength of the company’s dancers, their studio and their achievements in 2023. Hurry – tickets are very limited.

Sam Vincent – My Father and Other Animals

Black Inc, an imprint of Schwartz Books Pty Ltd, Australia, 2022; second edition 2023
Cover design Akiko Chan
Cover image Getty/221A

Sam Vincent’s memoir/philosophy about country, community and heritage is a highly readable work which has us both laughing at the author’s self-deprecatory accounts of his introduction to sustainable farming and deeply considering matters of succession, inheritance and First Nations connection with the land.

Barbie spoke to Sam Vincent about My Father and Other Animals
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