Greyhounds Rescue will have  a stall at the Hall Markets on Sunday.

Greyhounds Rescue will have a stall at the Hall Markets on Sunday.

New films

Backyard Ashes (M): Personal and professional animosities in Wagga Wagga are to be settled by a game of backyard cricket.

Grudge Match (M): Boxing rivals (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout – 30 years after their last match.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from <i>12 Years A Slave.</i>

Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from 12 Years A Slave.

12 Years a Slave (MA15+): In the mid-19th century,  Solomon North (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is betrayed and sold into slavery. Based on a true story. 

Saturday

SPINNING AROUND

Axis of Awesome play at FLix in the Stix.

Axis of Awesome play at FLix in the Stix.

Like the sound of the old-fashioned black record? The big  second-hand vinyl sale is on at Songland Records this weekend (Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm). All proceeds  will be donated to the RSPCA ACT. Songland Records is at Cooleman Court in Weston. Phone: 62934677. Website: songland.com.au.

FLIX IN THE STIX

Flix in the Stix is a unique night out with short film, live music and comedy combined. Gates open to the Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens at 6.30pm. At 7:10pm the CommBank Boost-a-Band winner performs followed by the comedy of The Axis of Awesome at 7.50pm. At 8.45pm the short film collection will be screened and at 10.10pm Eskimo Joe will perform. For more information and bookings visitflixinthestix.com.au.

<i>Antonio Gaudi</i> is about the architect closely associated with Barcelona - and the Sagrada Familia.

Antonio Gaudi is about the architect closely associated with Barcelona - and the Sagrada Familia. Photo: act\ron.cerabona

THE WHEEL THING

The 4 Wheel Drive Spectacular is back for 2014 at the Queanbeyan Showground this weekend. This event features many static and action displays of four-wheel drive activities and trials. This gives  the enthusiast and prospective 4WD enthusiast an  opportunity to experience the fun and adventure of four-wheel driving, while also learning the necessity for sensible training, and respect for the trails and environment. This year will see more than 140 exhibitors with many things to see and do, including 4WD vehicles, offroad caravans, camping demos, a great line-up of activities for the kids, and an exciting test track. For more details, go to 4wdspectacular.org.au

HELLO, BROLLIES

In the French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg  (1964*, PG) a young mechanic falls in love with an umbrella-selling girl in a port town but when he is sent off to fight in Algeria passions get distracted. The  music is by Michel Legrand. Outdoor screening at the National Film and Sound Archive at sunset (about 8.30pm), doors open at 7pm. Tickets $14/$12. Bookings: 62482000.

Sunday

HOUNDS AT HALL

At the Hall Markets Greyhound Rescue (GR) will have a stall. GR was founded to find homes for the many greyhounds surplus to the requirements of the racing industry. GR is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity with no official funding, relying solely on tax-deductible donations. Funds raised go to pay for initial veterinary costs to desex, vaccinate, microchip and heartworm-test the greyhounds and long-term costs to provide food and shelter to greyhounds looking to be rehomed. There will be greyhounds to meet and experienced owners of greyhounds to chat about why greyhounds make great pets. For a gold-coin donation you will be able to buy homemade dog treats. In addition,  second-hand clothing will be on sale with funds going to GR. There will be plenty of other stalls from local and interstate vendors selling fruit and vegetables, plants, sculpture and more. The Hall Markets is located at the Hall Village Showground and open from 10am to 3pm. Entry to the markets is by a gold coin donation helping fund Hartley Lifecare’s disability services.

LIVE AT LERIDA

Cafe Lerida at Lerida Estate  presents Live Music in the Barrel Room from 12.30pm to 3pm. Enjoy lunch in the cafe while Dirk Zeylmans and Lachlan Coventry (members of the band As Famous as the Moon) play live jazz and Latin music.  Bookings for lunch are recommended on 62956640. More information: leridaestate.com.au.

GOD’S ARCHITECT

Antonio Gaudi (1986, unclassified 18+) is about the architect associated closely with Barcelona, with at least nine of his buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage register. Some Catalans call Gaudi ‘‘God’s architect’’, but this response to his work is  also shared by many in Japan, including director Hiroshi Teshigahara, who sees Gaudi’s city not just through the eyes of a filmmaker, but also through his training in sculpture and ikebana traditional floral arrangement. Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, 2pm. $10/$8. Bookings: 62482000.

ARCHYS COME OF AGE

Watson Arts Centre presents the Bald Archy Prize, that eccentric icon of the Australian art calendar. Known internationally as the only art competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment. It provides an opportunity for artists of all styles and standards to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature. Not only does the 2014 exhibition bring a fresh wave of portraits, it’s also the 21st birthday of the prize, definitely something to be celebrated. Aspinall Street, Watson, open 10am to 4pm. $5/$4.