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Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra February 5-8

All weekend

LAWRENCE MOONEY The stand-up comedian and host of TV's Dirty Laundry Live is coming to Canberra to trial material for his new show. Canberra Theatre Centre. Shows at 7.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $25+bf from

Friday February 5

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

8pm DIANA KRALL The five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer will perform her Wallflower World Tour show at Canberra Theatre in support of her 12th album release. $102.30-$266.15+bf from

Saturday February 6

From 10am SING FOR YOUR SUPPER A whole 12 hours of live music from lots of local talent including Ariana Strmota, Drew Southwell, Portly & Co, Paul James, Sara Flint, Daniel Gillis, Minh Ha, Afi Ayup, Jack Biilmann and many more. George Harcourt Inn, Nicholls. The event is free but raising funds to Lifeline. Canberra. 10am-10pm. See

10am WAITANGI DAY Join in the celebrations of all things New Zealand in Queanbeyan Park marking New Zealand's national day, with Maori and Polynesian entertainment, live music, food and dancing. Free.

2pm THE BOUNTY A free screening at the National Portrait Gallery of this PG-rated 1984 movie starring Anthony Hopkins as Lieutenant William Bligh, many of whose crew mutinied – including Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson). Limited spaces, no bookings required.


5pm GOOGFEST The free, all-ages music festival is back with music from SAFIA, Amber Nichols, The Burley Griffin, Guyy and the Fox and the Kaleid Trio, followed by a fireworks finale. Take your picnic and rug – there will also be food stalls on the night. Free buses from Queanbeyan, Woden and Tuggeranong bus interchanges. Rockely Oval Googong. 5-9pm. See

5.30pm SUMMER SOUNDS Singer Justine Clarke – a regular Play School presenter – will perform familiar favourites and jazz standards, supported by Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows, at the Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens. $2-$5 at the gate. See

6.30pm THE GOOD DINOSAUR This Pixar-animated flick (rated PG) about a dinosaur named Arlo who makes an unlikely human friend is on 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

7pm BY THE WATER CONCERT ARIA Award-winning Dan Sultan and singer-songwriter Thelma Plum will play by the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for the National Museum of Australia's annual outdoor concert, By the Water. 7pm. $20-$100 from All ages.

8pm BEETHOVEN AND THE 21ST CENTURY To kick off the Australian Chamber Orchestra's 2016 season, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto leads the ACO Collective in a program that interweaves contemporary works by living composers along with pieces by Tippett, Sibelius, and Beethoven. Llewellyn Hall. $46-$98 from

8pm JAMES REYNE The Aussie rocker will perform his solo hits and all of those from Australian Crawl. He'll share the stage with Moving Pictures who have re-formed for the tour. Canberra Theatre. $65-$75 from

Sunday February 7

From 10am WORLD WETLANDS DAY There is an open day at Jerrabomberra Wetlands until 3pm to celebrate World Wetlands Day, with stalls, wetland walks, heritage tours, live music, art displays, Indigenous cultural activities and outdoor photo exhibitions. Entry by coin donation with proceeds supporting Jerrabomberra Wetlands. See

1.30pm CHARLOTTE GRAY This M-rated 2001 drama is screening as part of the annual free Australian War Memorial Sunday film screenings series in the memorial's BAE Systems Theatre. Directed by Gillian Armstrong, it stars Cate Blanchett as a young Scottish woman who joins the French Resistance during WWII to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France. No bookings required.

2pm CHINESE NEW YEAR FAMILY DAY Celebrate Chinese New Year at the National Library of Australia with decorations, lanterns and a range of activities and performances. Free entry. See:

3pm CAPITALS CLASH The UC Capitals play Dandenong at AIS Arena. $7.14-$15.29 from

3.30pm BOOK TALK Muse's literary program kicks off again this Sunday with author Mark Dapin talking about his new book R&R with Paul Daley. East Hotel, Kingston.

From 5pm CLUELESS The classic '90s comedy starring Alicia Silverstone is on under the stars at the Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema. Sundays mean Sundae Sessions, which include live music, lawn games and free Ben & Jerry's ice-cream before the flick. Patrick White Lawns. Gates open 5pm, movie starts at 8.30pm. $17-$39 from

5.30pm SUMMER SOUNDS Local indie pop rockers Young Monks play as part of Summer Sounds at the Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens.  $2-$5 at the gate. See

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