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What's on in Canberra this weekend.


Chasing Ice (M): Documentary about a man on a mission to gather undeniable evidence of climate change. Watch the trailer.

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (PG): Dolly (Felicity Jones) is hiding in her bedroom, fearful she is about to marry the wrong man. Watch the trailer.

The Company You Keep (M): A former militant hiding from the FBI (Robert Redford) is exposed by a reporter (Shia LaBeouf) and must try to clear his name. Watch the trailer.

No (M) : In 1988, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. Subtitled. Watch the trailer.

Olympus Has Fallen (MA): A terrorist kidnaps the US President and holds the White House hostage, and a disgraced former Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) must help. Watch the trailer.


The Other Son (M): Israeli Joseph discovers he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. Subtitled. Watch the trailer. 



For the fifth year running, Record Store Day Australia will promote independent record retailers around the country. In Canberra, Landspeed Records in Civic will be running a second-hand record fair out the front of the store, with more than 2000 second-hand records, and  DJs will be spinning nothing but vinyl all day. Songland at Cooleman Court, Weston Creek will host a sale on Saturday and Sunday of donated records, tapes, CDs and DVDs, with all proceeds being used to buy needed items for the local RSPCA shelter. See recordstoreday.com.au.


The Monaro Folk Society Australian Heritage Bush Dance is on at All Saints Church, 9-15 Cowper Street, Ainslie at 8pm.

Dress up in your Australian Heritage attire – long skirts, frilly blouses, moleskins, waistcoats and other day-time heritage gear – or smart casual and dance the night away to the Bush Capital Band. No need to bring a partner, no need to book, just turn up at the door wearing comfortable shoes for a great night out.

Entry: full, $18,  groups and concession $16, MFS members $14. 


Show me the Magic (2012, classification TBC), directed by Cathy Henkel, is the story of Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine, from a small town in outback New South Wales to award-winning Australian films like My Brilliant Career to working on blockbusters including Predator and Moulin Rouge!. Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 4.30pm. Tickets $11/$9. Bookings: 6248 4000.


Supa’s production of the musical Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision ends today. Come and enjoy a parody of the Eurovision Song Contest, complete with national stereotypes, over-the-top costumes, weird lyrics and catchy tunes. And the audience votes for the winner. ANU Arts Centre, Saturday at 2 and 8pm. Tickets $35/$25 from canberrarep.org.au, or at the venue one hour before the show


Dylan Thomas’s play Under Milk Wood is about the inhabitants of the Welsh coastal town of Llareggub (say it backwards!) – their loves, lusts, dreams and fears. The Canberra Rep production is on at Theatre 3 on Saturday at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets $40/$35. For bookings, see: canberrarep.org.au.


Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans indulge in everything Regency – including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. It’s on until Sunday at St John’s Church, Constitution Avenue, Reid. 

For information and ticket purchases, see earthlydelights.com.au/janeaustenfestival.



Have a fun Sunday morning at the Rotary Trash and Treasure Market at Jamison Centre car park in Macquarie. The market operates every Sunday, 6am to 1pm. A wide range of goods including home-grown fruit and vegetables, art and craft items, garden plants, tools, clothing and household items are available for sale. Either take a stall for $20 or just come and browse for a bargain. Entry by donation. All proceeds support local, national and international community service projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Belconnen. See belconnenrotary.org.au for further information.


Dust off your platforms, get off the Featherston chair, and channel your inner hipster at Retro Depot, a new theme event at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, which starts today with additional stallholders selling retro fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery, accessories and more. Open 10am to 4pm. 


A family pass (two adults, two children) to the Marymead Family Day Out from 10am to 4pm at the Kingston Miniature Railway costs $30 and includes unlimited rides, face painting, balloons, a sausage sizzle, cakes, drinks, lolly bags and more. It’s at Geijera Place, Kingston. 


The National Carillon Frolic from 11am to 3pm on Aspen Island, features recitals on the National Carillon and music from the RMC Band and the Kevinwood Bell ringers. Children’s activities will be provided by the Gecko Gang and there will be refreshments to purchase on site. A limited number of guided tours inside the National Carillon will be conducted on the day. These will be allocated on a first in, first served basis.  


My Friend, Ivan Lapshin

(1984, MA) was the first film by Aleksei Guerman to receive wide international exposure. The narrator recalls his youth in a crowded communal flat with residents including the socially awkward police inspector of the title. Sunday, April 21, 2pm. National Film and Sound Archive. Tickets $11/$9. Bookings: 6248 4000. Watch the trailer.