Don't miss ... The Lifeline bookfair.

Don't miss ... The Lifeline bookfair. Photo: Colleen Petch

FRIDAY

CHARITY BOOKFAIR

Looking for something to read this weekend? Lifeline Canberra is holding their Southside Bookfair from 2pm-6pm. Second-hand fiction and non-fiction books will be available for adults and children. Categories include cooking, travel, DIY, and parts of Canberra’s history marking the Centenary. Games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs and collectables will also be available to purchase. Gold coin donation. The Auditorium, Vikings Erindale. 6 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa. For further information, phone Lifeline Canberra on 6204 6405, email vasili.skountzos@act.lifeline.org.au. Books are also available to purchase online at act.lifeline.org.au/Online-Sales.

Guy Sebastian.

Guy Sebastian.

EARTHY DELIGHT

Friday kicks off the truffle festival here in the capital. The region will be celebrating the highly prized and flavoursome fungus until early August. Local restaurants, cafes and wineries will be taking part in the festivities and showcasing celebrity chefs and truffle experts for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. See trufflefestival.com.au for the full list of events.

FOR THE LOVE OF TECH

A Skywhale cake after judging during the Centenary Street Party at the M16 Artspace.

A Skywhale cake after judging during the Centenary Street Party at the M16 Artspace. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Energy for the future? Yes please, we could all use some of that. Dr Neeraj Sharma from The Royal Australian Chemical Institute will be giving a lecture on the possibilities of future energy alternatives from 4pm. Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. This is a free event.

SCI-NIGHT

Questacon is holding an after-dark special and closing their doors to anyone under 18. This ‘‘geeky night for grown-ups’’ is designed to allow the exploration of more than 200 interactive exhibitions without the kiddie cues. From 6pm-10pm. Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Tickets $10, available at Questacon from 6pm Friday.

SATURDAY

SINGING LOUD

The Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire will pay tribute to the most popular song from the past 20 years. This non-auditioned community choir is hosting the event as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. If you’re looking to feel a little bit nostalgic with tunes from the past two decades then head to Llewellyn Hall, Childers Street, Canberra city, 7.30pm. Tickets $23.95 to $29.95 from ticketek.com.au.

THE FRO RETURNS

The nation’s first Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian, is making an appearance in Canberra on Saturday night. He might have shaved off his afro, but as the only male artist in Australia to achieve six chart-topping singles, he’s still worth a good listen to. This tour will showcase songs off his latest album Armageddon, as well as some old favourites. From 8pm. Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue. Tickets $66/$89, from ticketek.com.au.

PLAYING THE FIELD

In a bid to bring together Canberra artists, Playing Field Studio is hosting a casual meet and greet for all art enthusiasts. This gathering of creative minds offers scope for networking in and around artistic industries, and includes lunch. From 12.30pm-3pm. Playing Field Studio, 2 Kingsley Street, Acton. Tickets $5. Phone 0413 556 328 or email playingfieldstudio@gmail.com for inquiries or bookings.

SLEEPING ALONE

Two women’s paths collide in ways they were not expecting in She Doesn’t Want To Sleep Alone (No quiero dormir sola). The film, directed by Natalia Beristain, is showing as part of the 2013 Spanish Film Festival. Virginia Haussegger will have a Q&A with Beristain following the premiere. She Doesn’t Want To Sleep Alone won best picture at both the 2012 Morelia International Film Festival and the 2012 Venice Film Festival. 2pm. Palace Electric Cinema. Tickets $15/$19.50. Phone 02 6222 4900 or see palacecinemas.com.au.

WINTER SOLSTICE

As we prepare to bunker down against Canberra’s winter bite, the Belconnen Arts Centre will be celebrating the longest night of the year. This winter solstice event will have all the comforts of a warm night in: good food and a selection of local artists to entertain. Free. For more information, phone 02 6173 3300 or see belconnenartscentre.com.au.   

SUNDAY

CRASH CHALLENGE

Would you know what to do in a car-crash situation? ACT Fire & Rescue will be conducting their annual car-accident rescue challenge. Teams of six will work together to figure out the best care possible for car-crash victims. Being the last day, rescuers will be taught the latest in car construction, medical care and new technology. Gold coin donation, proceeds go to the ACT Fire Brigade Historical Society. Exhibition Park. Corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell. For more information, email canberrafiremuseum@gmail.com or see canberrafiremuseum.com.au.

NATURAL PHOTOS

Nothing says ‘‘modern day nature’’ better than the technology to capture it. ‘‘Photoecology’’ is a new project, encouraging people to use photography to come together to explore nature. A small group of amateur photographers captured their interpretation of the Black Mountain Nature Reserve. An exhibition of the artists’ work will be opened by Canberra-based naturalist, Ian Fraser. North-Science Road, Acton ACT at 3pm. For more information, phone Anh Nguyen on 6246 4646, or email a.nguyen@csiro.au, or see csiro.au.

SKYWHALE CAKE

Just when you thought the media attention was simmering on the Skywhale, it is now viewable in cake form. The ACT Cake Decorators’ Association is displaying its range of Centenary-themed cakes, including a representation of Parliament House. But will it be a sponge or mud creation? Cakes are on display until June 30. Belconnen Library, Swanson Court. Entry is free.  

BLACK AND WHITE

Sunset Boulevard (G): A vintage screening from director Billy Wilder. The story, set in 1950s Hollywood, follows the obscure writer Joe Gillis (William Holden) who writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has become a faded, Hollywood recluse. 3pm. Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra. Tickets $8/$10. Phone 02 6222 4900. See palacecinemas.com.au.

JAZZ AND JEWELS

Be transported to Spain with a special screening of Argentinian film, Hold Up. A jewellery store in Madrid is robbed in 1950s Spain and Panama, as a heroic recovery effort is made. Drinks, live jazz and tapas will be offered. 6.15pm. Palace Electric. General admission $26.  

OLD TREASURES

Lifeline Canberra’s second-hand bookfair for children and adults will continue on from Friday. 2pm-6pm. The Auditorium. Vikings Erindale. 6 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa. Gold coin donation. For further information, phone Lifeline Canberra on 6204 6405, email vasili.skountzos@act.lifeline.org.au. Books are also available to purchase online at act.lifeline.org.au/Online-Sales.