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Classic cinema come to town


One of the classics

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958, PG) topped the 2012 Sight & Sound critics’ poll of the greatest films of all time.  It’s a dark, dreamlike film in which a retired police detective, Scotty (James Stewart) is hired to follow Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak) and is drawn into a world of obsession, mystery and deceit. Bernard Herrmann’s haunting score is just one of the film’s many assets. National Film and Sound Archive, special ticket prices apply, doors open at 7pm for a sunset start (about 8.30pm). Tickets: $15, $12.50 concession. Bookings: 6248 2000.

Antiques fund-raiser

From 10am-2pm Canberra Antiques Centre will hold a charity antiques and collectables valuation day, raising funds for Organ Donation Australia. You can take along as many items as you wish and have them valued for $5 an item. The dealers donate their time and expertise to discuss or research and evaluate the treasures (or otherwise!) and a representative of the Organ Donation Awareness Foundation is on hand to issue official tax-deductible receipts. Complimentary refreshments are provided. It’s at 37 Townsville Street, Fyshwick.

Fun for the kids

The Crace Carnival is back with more fun for local families from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome at this free event and donations are being encouraged to raise funds for the Gungahlin Brigade of the ACT Rural Fire Service. Entertainment this year includes a 35-metre super slide, swinging pirate ship, [ital]Jurassic Park[end ital]-themed giant jumping castle, mini jeeps and mechanical tea cups, clowns and balloon modelling. It’s at Crace Recreation Park, Narden Street, Crace.

Balinese dance

Three Canberra dancers who attended an international dance workshop in Bali last year are holding a Back to Bali morning to share the new dances and experiences with fellow dancers. All are welcome to try beginner to intermediate dances. This event will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Folk Dance Canberra Hall, 114 Maitland Street, Hackett. Cost is $15 ($12 FDC members). No need to book. For more information, phone Lesley on 6286 6401.


 Fly a kite

 Community groups and organisations are invited to come to a free information session (1pm-2pm) and free kite-making masterclasses (2pm-5pm) at Belconnen Arts Centre, working with Michael Richards from Kite Magic to create their own flying masterpiece. The information session will focus on the art and history of making kites, some insights into the many and various kite designs that exist around the world, and the program of kite activities as part of the Centenary celebrations. The kite-making masterclass is for representatives from community groups and organisations who want to learn the skills and techniques to work with their group over several months on unique, meaningful and collaborative works of art representing the individuality and the togetherness of each group. Bring ideas, images, designs and questions. There will be materials and a variety of kite kits available, and the first 20 groups to apply will receive free kite kits. Bookings recommended: 6173 3300. Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. See

Calling all brides


At the Canberra Wedding Fair, from 10am to 4pm at the Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce, you will find everything from cakes to hair and make-up demonstrations, honeymoon ideas jewellery and so much more. Parades take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Admission: $15, concession $10. Accompanied child under 10years, free. 


 Polifemy, a small female vocal ensemble directed by Joan Milner, with the recorder group Walking the Dog led by Robyn Mellor, will present a concert of mediaeval and Renaissance music at 2pm in the Old Catholic Cathedral of saints Peter and Paul in Goulburn with works by Dufay, Dunstable, Palestrina, Tartini and Charpentier, and a new carol by David Yardley. Admission is by donation to the organ fund.  Phone 6236 9212 or email

 Jail break

In Brute Force (1947, G), the brutalised and bitter convicts of Westgate Federal pen (including Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, John Hoyt and Howard Duff) plan to break out of jail together. Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, 2pm. Tickets: $11, $9 concession. Bookings: 6248 2000.

Wog boys

The Australian film Dead Europe (2012, MA) is having its Canberra premiere season at Arc Cinema. Greek-Australian photographer Isaac Raftis (Ewen Leslie) travels to Athens for an exhibition of his work augmented by necessity of returning his father’s ashes to the small village in which he was born and to seek out his estranged brother Nico (Marton Csokas), last heard of in Budapest. Christos Tsiolkas’s novels and their previous screen adaptations Head On, The Slap) have often thematically opposed new (Australian) world and old (European) world values. But the first feature from short film and documentary maker Tony Krawitz is a darker expression of Tsiolkas’s themes. It is on at 4.30pm. Tickets: $11, $9 concession.