CANCON 2016 Canberra Wargames Society hosts Cancon 2016 at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell, Friday to Monday, with board games, card games, fantasy role-playing tournaments, retail stalls and more. Entry for spectators is free. Games Library is $10 a person, 12-plus years old. cgs.asn.au/cancon/
Friday, January 22
11am, 2pm, 4pm THE SLEEPING BEAUTY The fairytale will be brought to life through ballet in this production for kids age three and up. Also on Saturday at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Canberra Theatre Centre. $24-$44+bf from canberraticketing.com.au.
From 5pm LATE NIGHT OPENINGS The Portrait Gallery will open late until 8pm on Fridays from January 8 – February 26 with a bar, adults-only tour of Sideshow Alley plus live comedy, music, magic, tarot readers, horror make-up styling and a twisted art installation. See the full program at portrait.gov.au/calendar/late-night-opening.
6.30pm TRUTH Watch this true-life political thriller under the stars at Openair Cinemas. Gates open at 6.30pm, with live music from DJ Felixx and a free Aperol Spritz for the over 18s. Movie starts at 8.30pm. Patrick White Lawns. Tickets $15-$37 from openaircinemas.com.au.
6.30pm SEX, MURDER AND MAYHEM TOURS The National Portrait Gallery will be staying open late for tours of the Sideshow Alley exhibition. $8-$10 from portrait.gov.au/exhibitions.
7pm GLAMOUR AND MOIST Parody songstress Tammy Paks will emcee an evening of cabaret and burlesque performances. Polit Bar, Manuka. $24 on the door. 18+.
8pm TOM GLEESON Australian comedy superstar Tom Gleeson headlines a night of stand-up at Uni Pub. Sold out.
8pm TALIESIN Canberra-based four-piece Taliesin headline a night of prog metal at The Basement, with guests Psionic Tide, CHUD, and Sewer Sideshow. $10 at the door. 18+.
9pm DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE NIGHT A celebration of the life and music of David Bowie at The Durham pub in Kingston, with music by Bowie tribute band Ashes to Ziggy. Free but there will be fundraising activities for the Cancer Council. 18+.
9.30pm THE BUTTON COLLECTIVE Folk group The Button Collective will launch their new CD, The Lonesome Sea. Smith's Alternative. $10 from smithsalternative.com.
Saturday, January 23
From 10am FREE BARBECUE Westfield Belconnen is holding a free barbecue with beef and lamb gourmet sausages plus free activities for the kids in the fresh food car park next to Terry White Chemist.
10.30am GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE BEARS Centrepiece Theatre presents Peter Best's musical theatre show adapted from the classic tale. Suitable for children up to eight years old. The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Tickets $20/$15. Also Sunday at 10.30am and 1pm. theq.net.au.
11am SLEEPING BEAUTY This Storytime Ballet at the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, tells the familiar fairytale in under an hour through dance and narration. Also at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets at canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
11am SHOW 'N' SHINE The Canberra Hot Rod Association's show 'n' shine is at Queanbeyan Park until 1pm. There will be a charity donation and bucket collection for Queanbeyan Special Needs Children Group and entertainment by the Cross Bones.
2pm BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ickle Pickle's final performance of the Disney fairytale musical is on at Belconnen Theatre. Tickets $30/$25 from canberraticketing.com.au.
2pm CROSSING BOUNDARIES Join Brian Robinson in the National Gallery of Australia's Torres Strait Island Gallery as he discusses the customs and traditions of the Torres Strait Islander people and the inspiration for his work. Free. nga.gov.au.
5.30pm SUMMER SOUNDS Canberra big band Big Boss Groove – with three vocalists, horn section and rhythm section – will perform at the Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Black Mountain. $5 adults, $2 concession, children 12 and under free. parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/summer-sounds.html.
6.20pm NATHAN HAWKES The 18-year old Central Coast native is touring his signature acoustic-folk sound around Australia in 2016. All ages show. Canberra Theatre Centre. $30+bf from canberraticketing.com.au.
6.30pm SPECTRE The latest James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig is screening at Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas Canberra on the Patrick White Lawns, Lawson Crescent, Canberra, with pre-show music. The film starts at 8.30pm. openaircinemas.com.au/canberra.
From 8pm TRIBUTE: A NIGHT OF BOWIE Farewell the Starman all night at Transit Bar. Entry by donation the the Cancer Council ACT. 18+.
8pm DEREB THE AMBASSADOR The Ethiopian soul collective join Canberra-based Zambesi Sounds at the Polish White Eagle Club. $12-$20 from trybooking.com/kaip.
10pm MOOSEHEADS BEACH PARTY The Moose is celebrating with themed cocktails, confetti, a bucking surfboard, a balloon drop and giveaways. Dress rules are relaxed so get our your boardies, bikinis, singlets and sunnies. Free entry. 18+.
Sunday, January 24
10am SNAKES ALIVE Get up close and see live displays of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and crocodiles. Presented by the ACT Herpetological Association, this event raises funds to assist with research into herpetology. Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Until 6pm. Also Saturday 10am-6pm. $6 adults, $5 concession, $3 child.
11am PORTRAIT PLAY "Eyes, ears, mouth and pose" is the theme for this exploration of portraits through drawing and creative activity in the National Portrait Gallery for children aged four to eight accompanied by an adult. $5 a child. Bookings essential. portrait.gov.au.
1pm SUNDAY JAZZ Hoi Polloi at Old Parliament House hosts free Sunday afternoon jazz sessions until 2.30pm by Canberra artists, with meals and drinks available for purchase. moadoph.gov.au.
5pm FROM BACH TO GERSHWIN Pavel Kohout and Stefanie Dingnis play instrumental works by Bach, Chopin and Eben, and classical jazz by Gershwin, Hamilton, Arlen and Howard. Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest. Tickets $5-$35 at the door or at trybooking.com/JYZK.
5pm HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas is screening this animated sequel in which Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his friends are trying to bring out the monster in his half-human, half-vampire grandson. This Sundae Session includes free ice-cream. The movie starts at 8.30pm on the Patrick White Lawns, Lawson Crescent. Tickets from openaircinemas.com.au/canberra.
5.30pm SUMMER SOUNDS Folk/bush band Franklyn B Paverty will perform old bush songs supported by Celtic band Humbug at the Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens. Adults $5, concession $2, under 12 free. parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/summer-sounds.html.
Monday, January 25
From 5pm AUSTRALIA DAY CONCERT Jimmy Barnes headlines the Australia Day concert on the lawns of Parliament House, with support acts Samantha Jade, Nathaniel and Cyrus Villanueva. Gates open from 5pm and the Australian of the Year awards ceremony starts at 7.30pm. Bring a picnic blanket and food. Free. See australiaday.org.au.
From 6.30pm THE DRESSMAKER Watch this Australian comedy-drama under the stars at Openair Cinemas. Gates open at 6.30pm with live music, and food and drinks, and the movie starts at 8.30pm. Patrick White Lawns. Tickets $15-$37 from openaircinemas.com.au.
Tuesday, January 26
From 3pm AUSTRALIA DAY AT LA-DE-DA La De Da in Belconnen will be celebrating Australia Day with live music, a blow-up pool and free chicken wings for all. Free entry. 18+.
From 4pm | AUSTRALIA DAY AT HIGHBALL EXPRESS Enjoy Australia Day on the balcony at The Highball Express, with a sausage sizzle, a one-day-only lamington cocktail or an all-Australian rum flight. Free entry. 18+.
From noon | CBR HOTTEST 100 BEACH PARTY Westside Acton Park will have a giant water slide, triple J's Hottest 100 countdown and a sunset screening of classic Australian film, The Castle. $35+bf from moshtix.com.au. 18+.
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