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Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra January 8-10

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

All weekend

SUMMERNATS The annual celebration of horsepower and street machines is on at Exhibition Park from Thursday to Sunday. There will be cars from all around the world on display plus the city cruise, a burnout competition, the crowning of Miss ​Summernats and more, plus live music from You Am I, Seth Sentry and the Hoodoo Gurus. For tickets see

DIGRESS REOPENING Digress Lounge and Bar in Civic has had a makeover and is reopening as a pool hall. They're celebrating all weekend with free pool, DJs and drink specials, plus old school video games on Friday night and a fancy dress competition and live art on Saturday night. See

CANBERRA ATP CHALLENGER is on at the Canberra Tennis Centre, Lyneham, from January 9-16, with both local and international players. The event is part of the Australian Pro Tour and a lead-in to the Australian Open 2016. Entry to the event is free. See


SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THREDBO The School Holidays Adventure Festival is on at Thredbo, with free activities from mountain biking workshops to circus classes on until January 10. See

Friday January 8

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 makeup styling and a twisted art installation. See the full program at

7.30pm TRUCKFIGHTERS After a near-sold out 2015 Australian tour Swedish fuzz rockers Truckfighters are back with a show at The Basement. The trio are supported by F--- the Fitzroy Doom Scene, Witch Fight and Hence The Testbed. Transit Bar. Tickets $34.20 from 18+.

9pm TRNT Transit Bar is kicking off 2016 with a line-up of local acts – Mighty Morfin, Strides, Ced Nada and HUDAK. Free entry.

9.30pm SETH SENTRY Aussie hip hop rising star Seth Sentry will perform on the main stage on night two of Summernats. This year he released his second album and also just performed at Falls Festival. Exhibition Park. Tickets from or at the gate.

Saturday January 9

12pm SHAKESPEARE'S LOST YEARS Bill (2015, PG) is about hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare, who leaves home to follow his dream in this comedy from the team behind TV's Horrible Histories. National Film and Sound Archive, $10. Also 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

2pm BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ickle Pickle Productions presents the Disney fairytale musical at Belconnen Theatre, Belconnen Arts Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen. Tickets $30/$25.

3pm ART AND FILM At the Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, watch a film and create a visual response. In Frankenweenie (2012, PG), young Victor's attempt to resurrect his dog Sparky has unintended consequences. All materials provided. All abilities and ages welcome. Children must be accompanied. $5. Bookings required on 6102 7000.

4pm EVENSONG At the National Portrait Gallery, enjoy a free 30-minute musical performance by Clarion, a vocal ensemble led by Tobias Cole. Also on Sunday at 4pm.

4.30pm and 8pm AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERT The first of two free Australian Youth Orchestra National Summer Camp concerts at Llewellyn Hall features works by Handel, Veress, Ravel and Schumann, from 4.30pm. Then at 8pm there will be music by Weber, Elgar, Piazzolla, Adams and Ravel. See

From 6.30pm BLUES NIGHT At the Harmonie-German Club, four bands are playing in a free gig – Rodeo Clowns (6.30pm), Cletis Carr (7.30pm), Groove Kings (8.30pm) and Chris Harland Blues Band (9.30pm). 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah. 

7pm THE WINTER GYPSY Five guys from Adelaide who create, "ambient sounds and choir-like harmonies". They're supported by Bromhan and Snaggletooth. Smith's Alternative. $5 at the door. 18+.

9pm HEADCAVE Three Canberra DJs – Fourthstate​, Peekz​ and Dante – will hit the decks. Transit Bar. Free entry all night with doors from 9pm.

9.30pm HOODOO GURUS Closing day three of Summernats for 2016 is live music from Australian rock band, Hoodoo Gurus. Included in entry to Summernats. Exhibition Park. Tickets from or at the gate.

Sunday January 10

1pm DRAWN IN Pick up a pencil and draw while listening to Hope Street Band at the National Portrait Gallery. Ideal for all ages and abilities, all materials are provided. Free but donations accepted. See

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