You've got a long weekend ahead of you in Canberra, and if you get a little bit Centenaried out, here's some other things on around town and in the cinemas to keep you occupied.

NEW MOVIES

BARBARA (M): A tale of communist east Germany. German with English subtitles.

BLINDER (M): Aussie film about an AFL player returning to small town. (Oliver Ackland, Jack Thompson.)

BROKEN CITY (MA): New York ex-cop uncovers corruption, sex and murder. (Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe.)

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (M): New adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel stars Helena Bonham Carter and Jeremy Irvine.

OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (PG): Fantasy tale of the man who became the Wizard of Oz. In 3D. (James Franco, Mila Kunis.)

21 & OVER (MA): Comedy about a 21st birthday from the writers of The Hangover.

FRIDAY

CANBERRA SHORTS

The 10th Lights! Canberra! Action! film screening will be held in the Senate Rose Gardens at Old Parliament House from 7pm. This festival features a bunch of locally made seven-minute short films with a theme and 10 specific items included. Bring your own chair or blanket and movie snacks. Admission is free.

PARIS IN CANBERRA

Take an evening stroll along a lamp-lined boulevard as the National Gallery's forecourt is transformed into the Parisian streets of the Belle Epoque from 6.30pm to 10pm tonight and Saturday with live music, performances, and French-inspired refreshments. The gallery's late openings will also include free screenings of Midnight in Paris on Friday at 9.30pm and Paris, je t'aime on Saturday at 9.30pm (both in the James O.Fairfax Theatre).

HAIR AFFAIR

Fresh from Barcelona comes Sienta la Cabeza with a DJ and two hairdressers who will create head sculptures live on stage. West Zone, Friday and Saturday, 7.30pm-10.30pm, free.

POLITICAL REFLECTIONS

Reflect on the political year through the eyes of Australian best cartoonists in Behind the Lines 2012, or simply follow the journey of Australia's democracy – its past, present and possible future in the Museum of Australian Democracy's public galleries. Friday and Saturday nights, 6.30pm-11pm.

SATURDAY

ALICE & ALICE

Alice in Wonderland meets A Clockwork Orange in a performance troupe event billed as a bizarre and meandering stroll through the back-blocks of reality. May not be suitable for children under 12 (occasional coarse language and adult themes). National Zoo, Lady Denman Drive, 6.45pm. Tickets $30 adults, $25 concessions, $20 children.

UP AND AWAY

Watch hot-air balloons drift into the sky at sunset as part of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Free. John Dunmore Lang Place. 7.45pm.

LAST CHANCE

Final performances of Bell Shakespeare's Henry 4, with John Bell as Falstaff, are on at the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, at 1pm and 7.30pm. Bookings: 6275 2700.

SPACE TRIP

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, G) is screening at the National Film and Sound Archive, alongside George Melies's A Trip to the Moon (1902). 7.30pm. Tickets: adults $11, concession $9. Bookings: 6248 2000.

 

FASH 'N' TREASURE

Local wardrobes, fashion designers, milliners and others sell vintage and new clothing. Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell, 10am to 3pm. Admission: $3. See fashntreasure.com.au

SUNDAY

ALL THAT JAZZ

The Michelle Nicolle Quartet plays the music of film composer Henry Mancini, who wrote The Pink Panther theme, among other tunes. Teatro Vivaldi, ANU Arts Centre, Sunday 4pm. Tickets adults $15, concession $10.

OLD SCHOOL

Old-time schooling is on display with ''hands-on'' opportunities for young and old at Tuggeranong Schoolhouse Museum Open Day. Entry by gold coin donation. 34 Enid Lorimer Circuit, Chisholm. 10am to 4pm. Inquiries: 6161 6383.

CAMP SPIES

Modesty Blaise (1966, PG) was director Joseph Losey's entry in the 1960s superspy craze. Based on the newspaper cartoon strip, it featured Monica Vitti as the title character, Terence Stamp as her sidekick Willie and Dirk Bogarde as supervillain Gabriel. Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, 4.30pm.

AT THE RACES

The Black Opal Stakes & ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup Race Day will be held at Thoroughbred Park. Bring the family along for free amusement rides as well as roving entertainment, food stalls and thoroughbred horse racing. Randwick Road, Lyneham from 11am to 6pm. Cost: $25 adults, $5 aged pensioners, free for children under 18 (must be accompanied by an adult). See thoroughbredpark.com.au

NIGHT GARDEN

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian National Botanic Gardens' native Australian flora by night in Starry Starry after Dark, suitable for adults and children over five years, at 7pm. Cost: $20 adult; $15 concession/children. Tickets from ticketek.com.au

BACK TO THE DEPOT

The Old Bus Depot Markets pays homage to its place in Canberra's transportation history with Back to the Depot, a historical display that includes Matilda, a 1949 ACTION bus, and a historic 1942 Commonwealth Car. From 10am to 4pm, 22 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.