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Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra February 19-21

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

All weekend

WANDERLUST A celebration of healthy living with yoga and meditation workshops, inspirational talks and live music at Thredbo. February 18-21. Tickets from

LA CLIQUE The feature show of The Famous Spiegeltent, set up in front of Canberra Theatre Centre, the award-winning La Clique redefines cabaret with magic, burlesque, acrobatics and death-defying aerial feats. Until March 14. $55-$65 from

OBSTASPLASH A 5km inflatable obstacle course, for 13 years and up. Splash your way through 12 inflatable obstacles at Bungendore Showgrounds. Saturday and Sunday with sessions at 8am, 10am and 12pm. $85 from

CANBERRA FOOD AND WINE EXPO An event dedicated to celebrity chefs, food and wine, cheese, cocktails and everything gourmet, with free tastings and samples from exhibitors. It's on at the National Convention Centre. Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. $20 at the door. See

HEALTH HARMONY SOUL EXPO Three days of speakers, exhibitors, massages and psychic readings at the National Convention Centre. Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm and Monday 10am-5pm. Tickets at the door or online here.

AUSTRALIAN COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL A two day festival about comics, cartooning, illustration, storytelling and the business of comics. Special appearances by Mark Sexton (Judge Dredd, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Tristan Jones (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), plus many more. Tickets at the door, under 12 free. See


Friday February 19

From 5pm LATE NIGHT OPENINGS The Portrait Gallery will open late until 8pm on Fridays from January 8 to February 26 with a bar, adults-only tour of Sideshow Alley plus live comedy, music, magic, tarot readers, horror makeup styling and a twisted art installation. See the full program at

6.30pm SUPPER CLUB The National Museum of Australia is hosting a supper club at their waterfront cafe. Get a two-course dinner of shared plates matched with local wines and an after-hours tour of the Encounters exhibition. Also on February 12, February 19 and March 5. $105 per person from

6.30pm THE BIG SHORT Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale all star in this flick telling the true story of a group that takes on the big banks post the mid-2000s financial collapse. Showing at the Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema. Patrick White Lawns. Gates open 6.30pm, movie starts at 8.30pm. $15-$37 from

7pm BOWIE TRIBUTE NIGHT Another tribute night for the late, great David Bowie, this time at the Polish White Eagle Club, Turner. Prizes for best dressed Bowie. $10 from with proceeds going to the Cancer Council.

7.30pm WIL ANDERSON The comedian is in town for six nights to test out his new material before he takes his show across the country. Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre. Also on Saturday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. $35+bf from

8pm JEFF GREEN The award-winning British comedian headlines a night of comedy at Uni Pub. $20 from

8pm RADIO MOSCOW Californian-based, psychedelic troubadours Radio Moscow are touring Australia for the first time. They'll share the stage with Kings Destroy from the US and Holy Serpent from Melbourne. Transit Bar. $34.70 from 18+. 

10pm WOZ Hailing from Bristol in the UK, this beatmaker is only in his 20s but is already being recognised by some of the industry's finest. He's playing at Mr Wolf, supported by Nigiri, Me Again and Alex York. 18+.

10pm WAREHOUSE PARTY Escape Ferocity presents Boris Brejcha and Ann Clue, both from Germany, in an all-night, BYO warehouse party. BYO drinks but no glass allowed. The warehouse location is secret until the day - follow Escape Ferocity on Facebook. Tickets $27.06 – $34.36 from

Saturday February 20

11am TRY OUT ICE HOCKEY Women aged 14 and up can try out ice hockey for free at this open day at Phillip Ice Skating Rink. The local non-contact women's league is looking for new players. 11am-1.30pm. Take your own skates or borrow some on the day. Register at

3pm FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE The National Portrait Gallery's free film screenings continue with this G-rated 1927 silent adaptation of Marcus Clarke's story of wrongful conviction and transportation to colonial Australia. No bookings required.

4pm THE BEAN PROJECT Victorian brass-clad acoustic duo The Bean Project are on at Smith's Alternative. Their sound has been described as "the odd marriage of Cake, City and ​Colour and Kings Of Convenience". Smith's Alternative. $10 from

5pm SHELL PROM PICNIC CONCERT The Canberra Symphony Orchestra will perform a program of music from the Netherlands to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing on the west coast of Australia by Dutch explorer, Dirk Hartog. Government House, Yarralumla. $20-$35 at or the gate.

5pm THE CAT AWARDS The 21st Canberra Area Theatre Gala Awards Ceremony celebrates the best of local theatre in the ACT and the region with awards and performance highlights. Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music.

6.30pm THE REVENANT See The Revenant, which is nominated for Best Picture at next week's Academy Awards and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, under the stars at the Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema. Patrick White Lawns. Gates open 6.30pm, movie starts at 8.30pm. $15-$37 from

6.30pm ROBYN ARCHER In the Spiegeltent outside the Canberra Theatre, the Australian singer will be performing The (Other) American Songbook, a show with numbers ranging from Stephen Foster to Pink that portray a different side of the US. Tickets $50/$45.

7pm CAPITALS CLASH The UC Capitals take on Bendigo at AIS Arena. Doors open at 6pm, game from 7pm. $7.14-$15.29 from

8pm HEATH CULLEN Hailing from the southern New South Wales coast, Heath Cullen is back at The Street Theatre with his third album, Outsiders, recorded over two days with Elvis Costello's longtime band The Imposters. $25/$30 from

8pm EMPIRE STRIPS BACK If you haven't been able to get enough Star Wars – now you can watch the burlesque version. The Empire Strips Back takes the classic characters from the beloved Star Wars film franchise, and drops them into the world of burlesque. Canberra Theatre. $65-$85 from

9pm CHROME A night of Industrial, EBM, dark electro, industrial and alternative music from DJs Salem, Dreddseppelin​ and datacipher​. The Basement. $5/$10 at the door. 18+.

10.30pm RUFINO AND THE COCONUTS Rufino and The Coconuts recall Serge Gainsbourg's tropical recordings, Belafonte's bombastic island croon, Grace Jones' theatrical Caribbean groove and the primal stomp of The Birthday Party. They perform in the Spiegeltent outside the Canberra Theatre. Tickets $23.

Sunday February 21

From 10am INTERNATIONAL MARKETS The Old Bus Depot Markets celebrate Canberra's multicultural community with international themed markets. Food, live entertainment and handcrafted goods. Old Bus Depot, Kingston. 10am-4pm. Free entry.

1.30pm LANTERN-MAKING WORKSHOP The Australia China Friendship Society is organising a lantern-making workshop for adults and kids in preparation for the Lantern Festival on February 27. $3 per person – bookings on Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook.

3pm CALVIN BOWMAN FAREWELL CONCERT Works for solo voice, choir and string quartet by performers including Calvin Bowman, Colin Milner, Louise Page, Wesley Uniting Church Choir and The Oriana Chorale at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. Tickets $30 full, $25 concession, $10 students at and at the door.

4pm PETE WILD AND THE ONLY ONES These artists, performing in the Spiegeltent outside the Canberra Theatre, present contemporary small-town Australian indi-folk-pop incorporating Broadway comedy, rock, polka, romantic bluegrass, and epic-dirty-melancholic-folk ballads. Tickets $23.

6.30pm SISTERS The very last night of this year's Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema has the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters. Patrick White Lawns. Free ice cream before the movie starts, plus food, drinks and live music. Gates open 6.30pm, movie starts at 8.30pm. $17-$39 from

6.30pm SHORTIS AND SIMPSON Canberra musical duo John Shortis and Moya Simpson will be performing their up-to-date satirical Cabaret Politico in the Spiegeltent outside the Canberra Theatre. Tickets $35/$30.

7pm THE WAYWARD HENRYS A husband and wife duo from Newcastle playing alt-country tunes at Smith's Alternative. $7-$10 from

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