MOVIES

The Best Offer (M): High-end antiques dealer Virgil  (Geoffrey Rush) is asked by a mysterious woman  (Sylvia Hoeks),  to evaluate some family works of art.  

Jobs (M): The story of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher).  

Red 2 (MA): Retired  CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reunites his  operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. 

The Rocket (M): A boy believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. 

Stoker (MA): The lives of India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) and her mother Evie (Nicole Kidman) are upended when Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) moves in.

You're next (MA): A vacation for Crispian (A.J. Bowen), his family and his girlfriend turns to terror when mysterious killers stalk the family. 

SATURDAY

Return of Arj

American comedian Arj Barker returns to Canberra with his show Go Time at 7pm and 9pm at the Canberra Theatre. Tickets $46.90/$42.90. Bookings: 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

At your defence

Open Day at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is an  opportunity  to experience first hand this training and educational facility. It’s a chance to see a range of  displays by the Navy, Army and Air Force and learn about life at ADFA. Defence and University staff will be on hand providing careers and course information. Northcott Drive, Campbell, open 9am to 4pm, admission free. Saturday, 9am-4pm, free entry. Website: openday.adfa.edu.au/index.html.

Out of the dark

In Dark City (1998, M), a man (Rufus Sewell) is pursued by a detective (William Hurt) over a series of brutal murders. While trying to establish his identity he comes across a mysterious underworld run by the Strangers. Australian director Alex Proyas’s film screens with the 1957 cartoon Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century. Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, 2pm. Tickets $11/$9. Bookings: 6248 4000.

A day for classics

In F.W, Murnau’s Sunrise: a Song of Two Humans (1927, G) the idyllic life of a man (George O’Brien) and a woman (Janet Gaynor, who won the first best actress Oscar) on a small farm is threatened when a femme fatale tries to coax him into running away with her to the city. Screens with Toccata for Toy Trains (1957). 4.30pm.  Tickets $11/$9. Bookings: 6248 4000. 

Historic opening

The Gundaroo and District Historical Society is opening its doors for the first time. The society is located in the Gundaroo Literary Institute in Cork Street, Gundaroo and is open from noon to 5pm. Inquiries: 0413 301 917.

Get a bit creative

Canberra Creatives Mega Craft Day will have 20 creative workshops on offer starting from $5. They include glassmaking, candlemaking, crochet, origami, felting, portrait photography, cupcake decorating and embroidery. A free kid’s art station will also be set up for littlies. The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary goodie bag including more than $50 worth of products and vouchers supplied by small business owners. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available to purchase during the event, along with handmade items, craft supplies and a range of DIY project kits. It’s at Dickson College, Phillip Avenue, Canberra from 11am to 3pm. For more information  call 0404 845 611 or see canberracreatives.com.au.

Working with wood

The Timber and Working with Wood features woodworking, tools and timber and is open from 10am to 5pm at the Coorong Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell. Admission: adults $16, concessions $14.

A girl havin' fun

Cyndi Lauper is performing hits such as Girls Just Want To Have Fun and Time After Time at the Royal Theatre, National Convention Convention Centre at 8pm. Tickets $99.90-$139.90. Bookings: ticketek.com.au.

Cabaret of class

Bijou: A Cabaret of Secrets and Madness presents ribald tales, French and German songs and the unravelling of a life story. Chrissie Shaw stars as Bijou. The Street Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets $35/$30. Bookings: 6247 1223 or thestreet.org.au.

SUNDAY

The Timber and Working with Wood features woodworking, tools and timber and is open from 10am to 4pm at the Coorong Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell. Admission: adults $16,  concessions $14. Bijou: A Cabaret of Secrets and Madness presents ribald tales, French and German songs and the unravelling of a life story. Chrissie Shaw stars as Bijou. The Street Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets $35/$30. Bookings: 62471223 or thestreet.org.au

To the Wonder (2012, M) at 4.30pm at Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, is the new film from director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life). Travelling in Europe, American engineer Neil (Ben Affleck) meets and quickly falls in love with Ukrainian divorcee Marina (Olga Kurylenko). Yet when he brings her and her 10-year-old daughter Tatiana back to his native Oklahoma, the realities of conflicting desires, loneliness and homesickness frustrate and distract their natural passion. Tickets $11/$9. Bookings: 6248 4000.

Prehistoric times

Can you identify which teeth belonged to which prehistoric beast? Can you identify what different animals eat by looking at their bones? Visit the National Dinosaur Museum and children (and big kids alike) will be able to complete  fun (and educational) quizzes on this prehistoric past with the answers located throughout the museum. On completion, each child will receive a certificate and a real, 50-million-year-old fossilised shark tooth to take home. It’s at 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls. Admission $9.50-$14.50. Open 10am to 5pm, last admissions at 4.30pm. Website: nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au.

The historic vote

In the lead-up to the 2013 federal election, Old Parliament House has events, displays, performances and activities including 1901 Unearthed: The Lost Election Papers, a rare discovery of ballot papers from Australia’s first Federal Election. 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. Open 9am to 5pm. Admission $2 adults, $1 children and concessions. Website: moadoph.gov.au.