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Canberra Weekender: November 21-23

Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

New films

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (M): Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in District 13 and fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. 

The Dark Horse (M): Based on the story of Genesis 'Gen' Potini (Cliff Curtis), a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand hero and chess champion.

All Weekend

DESIGN CANBERRA A four-day festival celebrating Canberra's design community. The city will be reactivated by pop-up installations, talks, exhibitions, shops, markets, lectures and more. For a full list of events, visit

BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL Returning for its second year, the Emirates British Film Festival presents a mix of comedies, cinematic adaptations, first-time features and award-winning titles. Palace Electric Cinemas until November 23. Tickets from

MAJORS CREEK FESTIVAL Small music festival Majors Creek Festival returns after a three-year break. Live music, dance, poetry and a kids festival. November 21-23. Single day or weekend passes available from



6.30pm SUNSET CINEMA Watch movies on the big screen under the stars throughout summer at Canberra Sunset Cinema at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Tonight is kids flick Planes: Fire and Rescue (PG). Tickets: adult $20, concession $17, child $14, from

7pm CRAFT BEER DINNER Spend an evening dedicated to the enjoyment of beer with a four-course menu matched with six craft beers from James Squire. Hosting the evening will be renowned beer diva Kirrily Waldhorn. Canberra Southern Cross Club, Jamison. Tickets $58.77 from


From 9am BEST DRESSED FASHION SALE Shop stylish pre-loved, smart, dressy and special occasion fashion wear, including designer labels. All proceeds support Communities@Work's Social Programs. 9am-12pm. Tuggeranong Community Centre, Greenway. Entry $5.

10am KIDS GLASS DESIGN COMP Kids aged 3-13 can flex their creative muscles in the Canberra Times Kids' Glass Design Competition, as part of Design Canberra, by designing a face to be made in glass by a professional artist. Canberra Glassworks. Free. For more information:

From 10am OPEN GARDEN The gardens of Werriwa Homestead Bungendore will open to the public in support of people with intellectual disability living in the Canberra community. November 22 and 23 November. 10am-4.30pm. 866 Tarago Road, Bungendore, NSW. Entry is $8/children free.

10.30am A MOZART MASTERPIECE James Levine conducts a new Met production of Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of the comic opera in a 19th-century manor house in Seville during the golden age of the late 1920s. Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title  role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride Susanna. Peter Mattei plays the philandering Count they work for and Marina Poplavskaya is the long-suffering Countess. Live broadcast at Dendy Canberra. Also on Sunday at 1pm. Tickets $25-$28 from

From 2pm MODERN MARKET Hosted by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, MODERN market features more than 30 stallholders selling local and national craft and design. Live music and signature 'Post Modern' cocktail designed by Monster Kitchen and Bar. 2-8pm. Ground floor and level 8, Nishi Building and Hotel Hotel, New Acton. Free entry.

2pm FAMILY MATTERS Jerry Herman musical La Cage aux Folles is about long-time partners Georges and Albin, who find their lives thrown into chaos when their son announces he is getting married. This Supa Productions Canberra premiere features the hit song I Am What I Am. ANU Arts Centre, tickets $29-$45. Also on at 8pm. Tickets from

From 3pm HUSTLE AND FORAGE Twilight food and fashion markets Hustle&Scout and The Forage are back. This time, the event will feature 55 independent Australian fashion designers and 30 of the region's street-food vendors, wineries, breweries and bakers, plus live music and a pop-up barber shop. 3-8pm. Hangar #47, 9-10 Point Cook Avenue, Canberra Airport. Gold coin donation entry for Movember. For more information visit

6.30pm SUNSET CINEMA Watch movies on the big screen under the stars throughout summer at Canberra Sunset Cinema at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Tonight is The Skeleton Twins (M). Tickets: adult $20, concession $17, child $14, from

6.30pm MMA GRAND FINAL Six Australian mixed martial arts titles are on the line at AIS Arena. The best fighters from across Australia have competed throughout the year in knock-out elimination tournaments all for this one night. Tickets $25.49-$152.92 from

8pm GHOSTLY GIGGLES In Noel Coward's comedy Blithe Spirit, after a seance a writer finds himself haunted by the ghost of his first wife - much to the annoyance of his second. Canberra Repertory Society's production is on at Theatre 3. Tickets $40/$35 from

7.30pm LITTLE MAY Emerging band Little May bring their emotionally connective, charged lyrics and smouldering hooks to The Front Gallery. Supported by Winterbourne. Tickets $22.40 from 18+.

8pm NEW NAVY After supporting Andy Bull on his recent album tour, New Navy hit the road on their own headline tour. Transit Bar. Tickets $15.30 from


From 7am RUN FOR YOUR LIFE Get your running shoes on and experience the first chance to walk on Majura Parkway. Lifeline Canberra's Fun Run includes 5-kilometre, 10-kilometre events, plus a half-marathon, which participants can run or walk. Live entertainment, kids activities, massages and food. To register, visit

From 10am FASHION MARKET Shop vintage, retro, handmade and preloved fashion at the Three Sixty Fashion Market. 10am-3pm. Fitters Workshop, Kingston Foreshore. For more information visit

12:30pm JAZZ AND SHIRAZ Listen to live jazz from Canberra pianist Leisa Keen over lunch at Lerida Estate. 12:30-3pm. For more information visit

1pm CHRISTMAS MARKET Browse and buy a wide range of jewellery, food and wine, art and clothing, plus Christmas puddings and mince pies at the Belconnen Arts Centre Christmas markets. 1-6pm. Belconnen Arts Centre. Free entry. For more information visit

1pm PAWS N PEOPLE This annual fund-raiser supports rescue animals and wildlife conservation. Take your furry friends along for entertainment and information plus a sausage sizzle. 1-5pm. Oatley Court, Belconnen.

2pm BUILDING REFLECTIONS In this free talk, Graeme Dix, chief architect of Johnson Pilton Walker, who built the National Portrait Gallery, reflects on how the building has embedded itself in the capital's landscape and consciousness. National Portrait Gallery, 2-3pm. For more information visit

4pm SCANDALOUS BOY Scandalous Boy offers a striking rereading of the story of Emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous. Featuring Nicholas Eadie as the Emperor Hadrian with Ethan Gibson, James Hughes, Peter Robinson and Emma Strand. The Street Theatre. Running until November 23. Tickets: adult $35, concession $33, student $25, from