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Canberra Weekender: What's on January 15-17

Comedian Tony Martin will perform stand-up for one night only at Uni Pub.
Comedian Tony Martin will perform stand-up for one night only at Uni Pub. Photo: Supplied

All weekend

THREDBO BLUES FESTIVAL More than 25 Australian blues acts on stage across three days at Thredbo. January 15-17. Tickets from thredbo.com.au/thredboblues.

LIVE PRO TENNIS The Canberra ATP Challenger is on at the Canberra Tennis Centre, Lyneham, until January 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 tennis.com.au.

GIFTS ON SHOW Open now at Parliament House is an exhibition of official gifts presented to the Prime Minister. Rarely seen in public, the display presents a small selection of the jewellery presented to Australian Parliamentarians and their spouses over the past 40 years. Showing until 28 February 2016 at the Presiding Officers Exhibition Area, Level 1, Parliament House. Free entry. 

Friday January 15

12pm and 2.30pm 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 from trybooking.com/JJFG.

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 portrait.gov.au/calendar/late-night-opening.

From 6.30pm SPECTRE See the latest James Bond flick under the stars on night two of the Openair Cinemas. Gates open at 6.30pm, with food and drinks available plus live music from DJ Felixx​, with the movie starting at 8.30pm. Patrick White Lawns. Tickets $15-$37 from openaircinemas.com.au/canberra.

8pm TONY MARTIN Following a sold-out season at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, comedian Tony Martin is doing standup in Canberra for one night only at Uni Pub. Tickets $20 from trybooking.com.

8pm HEAVY METAL NIGHT Live Evil presents a night full of metal classics at Transit Bar. Tickets $23.50 from moshtix.com.au. 18+.

8pm FORTAY AT LARGE Up and coming Sydney rapper Fortay at Large brings his brand of hardcore hip hop to The Basement. Tickets $24 from oztix.com.au. 18+.

9.30pm SMILK Victorian electronic artist Smilk will perform an intimate DJ set at Digress Lounge and Bar, with sets also by Eukali and Genius. Free entry. See facebook.com.

Saturday January 16

From 12pm FESTIVAL ALLSORTS The Basement in Belconnen is showing off Canberra's diverse musical talent with a music festival going for more than 12 hours. Artists include Queen B and the Archers, Critical Monkee, Foreign Kings, Positive Feedback Loop, The Naddiks and many more. Entry $25. See facebook.com.

3pm CORPSE BRIDE Tim Burton's macabre PG-rated musical movie about a bridegroom who marries a girl from beyond the grave will be screened at the National Portrait Gallery with follow-up children's activities. Children must be accompanied. $5 a person. Bookings essential on bookings@npg.gov.au.

4.30pm AYO CONCERT This free Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp Orchestral Concert at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music features works by John Adams, Carl Vine and Ludwig van Beethoven. See ayo.com.au.

From 5pm INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE The Latin Heat will be playing the Thailand Stars at Raiders Belconnen, with the main game kicking off at 7pm. Beforehand, the under 18s Latin America team will play the Mediterranean team from 5pm. Tickets $5 at the gate. See facebook.com/SouthAmericanRugbyLeague.

5.30pm AMBER NICHOLS Opening the Summer Sounds concert series in the Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens is the Canberra singer who gained fame on TV's The Voice. She will be supported by Mickey Sulit. Adults $5, concession $2, under 17 free. See parksaustralia.gov.au.

From 6.30pm FROZEN SING-A-LONG Watch the animated favourite under the stars at Openair Cinemas in this family-friendly screening where singing is encouraged. Gates open at 6.30pm, with food and drinks available plus live music from DJ Cali, with the movie starting at 8.30pm. Patrick White Lawns. Tickets $15-$37 from openaircinemas.com.au/canberra.

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 eventbrite.com.au

7pm TALES OF WOE AND HAPPINESS Singer and pianist Joshua McHugh performs a mix of classics and original music. Guess the tune and request the next song. Smith's Alternative. Tickets $10 from smithsalternative.com

8pm AYO CONCERT This free Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp Orchestral Concert at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music features music by CPE Bach, William Walton, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky and Elena Kats-Chernin. See ayo.com.au.

8pm JFB Full/Frequency presents DJ and UK DMC Champion JFB at Transit Bar. Free entry. 18+.

Sunday January 17

10.30am SUFFRAGETTE SUNDAY $1 from every ticket sold to this session of Suffragette at Dendy goes to UN Women. Tickets from dendy.com.au.

1pm SUNDAY JAZZ is back on at Old Parliament House from this weekend, with some of Canberra's most prominent jazz artists performing each week until February 28. 1-2.30pm at Hoi Polloi. Free. See moadoph.gov.au/events/sunday-afternoon-jazz.

2pm BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ickle Pickle Productions presents the Disney fairytale musical at Belconnen Theatre, Swanson Court, Belconnen. Also Saturday at 2pm. Tickets $30/$25 from canberraticketing.com.au.

5.30pm SUMMER SOUNDS Gypsy swing sextet Lulu Swing a Manouche along with vocalist Monica Moore will perform on the Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens. Adults $5, concession $2, under 17 free. See parksaustralia.gov.au.

6.30pm MOCKINGJAY PART II Watch the Hunger Games flick under the stars at the Openair Cinemas. Gates open at 6.30pm, with food and drinks available plus live music from String Elephants and DJ Felixx, and the movie starts at 8.30pm. All sessions on Sundays also include free Ben & Jerry's ice cream before the movie. Patrick White Lawns. Tickets $17-$39 from openaircinemas.com.au/canberra.

8pm JIMMY CARR The English stand-up comedian, television host and actor will perform his new show Funny Business at Canberra Theatre Centre. Sold out.