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Canberra Weekender: What's on January 29-31

All weekend

LO BROW OPENING WEEKEND The brand new LoBrow Gallery and Bar will open on City Walk with two nights of celebrations. Friday has hip-hop from Benjamin Reeve, D'opus + Roshambo, Ansah Brothers, Coda Conduct and more (free from 6pm, $10 after 8pm). Saturday night has a disco with Isaac Dugdale, YoYo DJ's, Me Again, Pickle DJ's and Skinny on the decks ($5 entry from 6pm). Level 2, 181 City Walk. See

Friday January 29

From 4pm FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS are back on at Old Parliament House. Kick-start your weekend in the courtyard with live DJs, snacks and cocktails. Free entry.

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

From 6.30pm THELMA AND LOUISE Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Oscar-winning classic at this special screening at the Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas. Over 18s get a free Aperol Spritz​ before the film. Gates open at 6.30pm, film starts at 8.30pm. Patrick White Lawns. Tickets $15-$42 from

7pm THE HOLLANDS A full-time touring family band from the US, The Hollands will play their version of Americana Folk at Smith's Alternative. Supported by Pocket Fox Stripped. $7/$10 from

8pm THE KINGSTONS Timeless summer rocksteady and '60s ska by locals The Kingstons. Transit Bar. Free entry. 18+.


Saturday January 30

From 9am MEET THE WIGGLES Dorothy the Dinosaur and Captain Feathersword​ will be at Fantastic Furniture in Fyshwick on Saturday January 30 to launch the store's range of Wiggles bedroom furniture. These will be free activities and giveaways for the kids plus morning tea for the grown-ups. 9am-midday.

From 9.30am TENNIS OPEN DAY Forrest Tennis Club is holding its open day on Saturday 30 January to celebrate 90 years. There'll be activities for adults and kids from 9.30am and from midday there will be an exhibition match of two of the ACT's best junior players, with a free sausage sizzle and giveaways. There's also free two-month memberships available on the day. 31 Dominion Circuit, Forrest.

5.30pm INSANE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING Rob Mezzenger, Russell The Love Muscle, Chris Shadows, Nyx Jade and more will battle it out in the ring at Belconnen Community Centre. All ages. Doors at 5.30pm, show starts at 6pm. $5-$10 at the door, under 5s free.

5.30pm SUMMER SOUNDS Canberra R&B, groove and modern dance band Annie & the Armadillos will perform at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. $2-$5, under 12s free.See

From 6.30pm CREED See this boxing flick starring Sylvester Stallone under the stars at the Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas. Gates open at 6.30pm, film starts at 8.30pm. Patrick White Lawns. Tickets $15-$42 from

7pm JOSH PYKE In support of his fifth studio album But For All These Shrinking Hearts, Josh Pyke is touring the country to show off his new work live, along with his hits. The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre. $50.50+bf from

7pm ELWOOD MYRE​ An Americana folk duo based in Sydney who combine observant lyrics, rustic vocals and lush instrumentation and harmonies. Smith's Alternative. $10 from

8pm ELECTRO SWING SOIREE Swing music, crunchy basslines, cocktails and music from Mr Manifold. Digress Lounge and Bar. 18+.

8pm GUILTY SIMPSON & KATALYST are headlining at Transit Bar in support of new album Detroit's Son. The US hip-hop artists are supported by Jimmy Pike, Corpus Colleseum and Tak-un-da. $28.60 from

8pm THE LAST TIME Acoustic Theatre presents a new Canberra show in which boy meets girl, girl meets girl, they all fall in love, and one night on tequila may destroy the happy ending. Belconnen Arts Centre. Also Sunday at 2pm. Tickets $25/$15. 16+.

Sunday January 31

1pm DRAWN IN Draw while listening to As Famous as the Moon at the National Portrait Gallery. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Free. See

1.30pm A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT A free, introduced screening at the Australian War Memorial of this French drama starring Audrey Tautou as a woman who embarks on a search to discover the fate of her lover after World War I. No bookings required.

3pm CAPITALS CLASH The Canberra Capitals take on the Adelaide Lightning at AIS Arena. Tickets $$7.14-$15.29 from

5.30pm SUMMER SOUNDS Belle Whyte, descended from the Murrawarri people of north-west NSW, writes her own music and performs in various genres including pop, soul and jazz. She'll be performing at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. $2-$5 and under 12s free. See

From 6.30pm SUFFRAGETTE The new Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep film about those who fought for women's right to vote is on at the Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas. It's also a Sundae Session, with free Ben & Jerry's before the film starts, plus live music. Gates open at 6.30pm, film starts at 8.30pm. Patrick White Lawns. Tickets $17-$44 from

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