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48 hours: plan your weekend in Canberra

The weekend is here again, and it's time to start planning ... here's our pick of events and activities on this weekend.

New films

Before Midnight (MA15+): Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke),  nine years after their last rendezvous, in Before Sunset and nearly 20 after Before Sunrise.

The Conjuring (MA15+): Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) try to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Only God Forgives (MA15+): A Bangkok-based drug kingpin (Ryan Gosling) goes on a mission of revenge when his brother is discovered to be dead. This is the End (MA15+): After a series of unusual events devastate Los Angeles, a group of friends find themselves trapped in a house together. Stars James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, .


At Home at the Zoo

Something Borrowed Theatre's debut production is At Home At The Zoo by Edward Albee about a man who finds it hard to  connect with his family and a chance encounter he has in a park.  It's on at Smith's Alternative  at 8pm. Tickets: $15/$12/$10 for groups of five or more. Bookings at the venue or on 62474459.


For those willing to brave Canberra's winter cold, Skate in the City is a chance to have some frosty fun at the open-air skate rink in Civic. Tickets $17/$15. Open 10am to 9.30pm.  On until July 27. More  information: www.inthecitycanberra.com.au


In Jack Charles v the Crown, veteran Aboriginal actor, theatre company founder and activist Jack Charles takes the audience through his life in story and song. The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, 8pm.  Tickets $30-$63. Bookings: 62752700.




The Russian Resurrection Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and at 7pm is a world premiere – not yet released in Russia! The Geographer, based on the novel by Alexei Ivanov, stars Konstantin Khabensky as biologist Viktor Sluzhkin who  takes a job as a teacher of geography where he battles with the schoolchildren and principal, struggles to raise his daughter and tries to cope with all of life's little disturbances, including falling for one of his own students. Screens at Palace Electric: palacecinemas.com.au


Celebrate and enjoy a warming midwinter celebration at the Belconnen  Arts Centre, overlooking  Lake Ginninderra, from 1 to 5pm. The stallholders will offer a wide range of unique, handmade goods and products – for wearing, enjoying, decorating, eating or drinking, including chocolates, wine, jewellery, ceramics, artworks, prints, paper products, felted and knitted clothing, textile products, rainmakers and dream-catchers. Throughout the afternoon The Vietnamese School will be providing  Vietnamese food and a number of local musicians and the centre's resident choir – Shades of Monday – will be performing live music. Entry is free. Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Website: belconnenartscentre.com.au


Comedy theatre improvisers from around the world and around Australia will gather for one night only at the World Impro Gala at the Playhouse at 8pm. Thank God You're Here's Daniel Cordeaux meets headline guest from Chicago  Joe Bill meets Germany's triple-trouble Playground Club and every moment is  improvised, ensuring a spontaneous, seat-of-your-pants ride from start to finish. Tickets $27.50-$38.50. Tickets: 62752700.


Skate in the City is on in Garema Place from 10am to 9.30pm. Tickets $17/$15. More  information: www.inthecitycanberra.com.au


Little Big Shots Children's Film Festival: Best of the Fest at Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive (15+; children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) is an hour-long collection of short films from around the world  for children aged eight to 15. Arc Cinema, 1pm. All tickets $5. Bookings: 62482000.



Brighton Rock (1947, PG) stars

Richard Attenborough as teenage thug ''Pinkie'' Brown (Richard Attenborough) who needs to conceal a murder he's committed. Naïve waitress Rose (Carol Marsh) is one potential witness and the best way to shut her up is to ask her out. Graham Greene's story combined Catholicism and pulp fiction. Preceded by  the 1953 short Sunday by the Sea (Dir: Anthony Simmons, a celebration of a Margate holiday summer. Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, 2pm. Tickets $12/$9. Bookings: 62482000.


Blues-harp  and Hammond organ heaven will combine with a rock solid rhythm section when the Dorothy-Jane Band hosts the Canberra Blues Society Jam on Sunday July 21st at The Harmonie German Club from 2 to 5.30pm.

Singer/songwriter/harp player DJ Gosper is joined by Paul Leader on bass, Baz Cooper on keys and  Mikey Stafford on drums.

Adding to her swag of Canberra Blues Society awards, Gosper made the top three  as a vocal finalist in the Australian Blues Music Awards and won  Best Blues/Jazz Artist in the  Music ACT Music Awards. Canberra Blues Society Members $3, Non-members $5. 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.


The annual Christmas In July Markets are being held in 'The Q' Foyer and Exhibition Space (via Lowe Street, Queanbeyan) from 11am to 3pm. Escape the winter chill and check out the market stalls – antiques, arts and crafts, jewellery, cushions, ceramics, and more – and tasty Christmas fare. Enjoy performances by the Ukulele Republic of Canberra as you indulge in traditional German kransky and sauerkraut rolls, and  gourmet cupcakes. There will be face painting and balloon modelling for the kids.


Legend No. 17 is the highest grossing Russian film ever at Russian box office. Based on a true story, the film tells of the victories and deprivation of ice hockey great Valery Harlamov. Screens at Palace Electric as part of the Russian Resurrection Film Festival at 8.45pm. Website: palacecinemas.com.au