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What's on in the capital this weekend

Want to know what's on this weekend? We've got you covered.


9:30am and 12:30pm CHOCOLATE EGGS: It’s almost that time of year! Canberra chocolatiers Lindsay and Edmunds are running classes in making handmade Easter eggs. Learn where the chocolate comes from, techniques for tempering it and then design and hand-paint your own Easter egg. You also get to pipe out chocolate Easter bunnies and make some miniature eggs. And of course, you get to taste a variety of chocolate. Classes run for two hours, starting at 9:30am and 12:30pm, and will also be held on Saturday April 5. Cost is $99. Book at lindsayandedmunds.com.au.

From 10:00am THRIFTY SHOPPING: Indulge in a day of shopping for clothes, shoes, bags, hats and accessories. Fash 'n' Treasure brings together local wardrobes, fashion designers, fashion shops, milliners and stylists. 10:00am-3:00pm. $3 entry. Exhibition Park in Canberra. fashntreasure.com.au.

From 11:00am CRAFTY BREWS: Taste over 80 beers and ciders at the 2014 Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival. For the seventh year in a row, big and small brewers will be on show, alongside a live band, guest speakers, food stalls, beer and food matching and a jumping castle for the kids. Tickets from $20 from moshtix.com.au or at the door. Entry ticket will get you a tasting cup and 5 tasting tickets. Extra tasting tickets can be purchased for $1. From 11:00am. Mercure Canberra, Limestone Ave, Braddon.

2:00pm and 8:00pm MUSIC AND LYRICS: Can an uptight composer and a passionate lyricist make beautiful music together in life as well as art? That’s the question asked by the musical They’re Playing Our Song by Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch and Carol Bayer Sager, which is on at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets at the venue one hour before the performance.

2:00pm and 8:00pm WITCHES FLY OFF: Supa’s production of the musical The Witches of Eastwick – about three bored women in a small town who conjure up their ideal man, only to find he’s a bit of a devil – has its final performances at the ANU Arts Centre at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets $35 adults, $25 children under 16 at the door.


5:00pm and 8:30pm FUN MACHINE: Canberra band Fun Machine’s album launch for their latest album Bodies On. Fun Machine is a confident sex-pop quartet that plays upbeat, energetic music. Armed with dance-moves, a skin-heavy dress code and playful antics. Under 18 show at 5:00pm, and 18+ show at 8:30pm. White Eagle Polish Club, Turner. Tickets $20 adults/$15 conc from trybooking.com/EGSX

7.30PM 100 SEATS: The National Film and Sound Archive’s 100 Seats is a unique, intimate session with renowned performers exploring their ideas and their art. The first guest to the event, held in the NFSA Theatrette, is Australian singer/songwriter David Bridie performing tracks from his album Wake. David will talk about his creative process, passions, and things that make his heart beat faster. National Film and Sound Archives, Acton. Tickets $35 from nfsa.gov.au. Limited to 100 seats.

8:00pm LOVE GAMES: ‘‘If music be the food of love, play on ...’’ William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, or  What You Will a story of twins and romantic entanglements, is on at Theatre 3 at 8pm. It’s produced by Canberra Repertory Society and directed by Ed Wightman. 3 Repertory Lane, Acton. Single ticket prices; Adult $40 Concession one hour before the performance.

8:00pm AEON OF HORUS: Aeon of Horus featuring Inhumane album launch. Aeon of Horus is a progessive death metal band from Canberra and includes the members Andy Annand on vocals and keyboard, Carlo Beasley on guitar, Adam Brown on bass, Ben Hocking on drums and Peter Meere on guitar. The Basement, Belconnen. Tickets $15 at the door. 18+.

8:30pm LIGHTS OUT: Celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday night. Hundreds of candles will be lit on the lawn of Parliament House from 6:30pm. Or stay at home, switch the lights off at 8:30pm and enjoy a night in by candlelight. earthhour.org.au


From 10:00am PRIME TIME SNAPS: PROMO: Portraits from prime time at the National Portrait Gallery takes you behind-the-scenes and into the spotlight of the entertainment industry. Portrait subjects include Hamish Blake, Asher Keddie, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Stephen Curry, Chris Lilley, Eddie Perfect, Cal Wilson, Myf Warhurst. Open daily 10am – 5pm. Tickets $10 (includes entry to National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014).

From 10:00am READ ON: Lifeline Canberra is holding its Autumn Bookfair this weekend at Exhibition Park. The sale includes more than 200,000 books and a wide range of rare collectable items such as vinyl records and maps. There’s a wide range of categories for everyone such as: cookbooks, travel books, gardening books, fiction and non-fiction and games. Entry is via gold coin donation. Open 9am to 5am Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday.

6.30pm SMITH STREET BAND: Melbourne five-piece The Smith Street Band channels The Weakerthans and Billy Bragg into their distinctly-Australian brand of folky punk-rock. Supported by The Menzingers (US) and Grim Fandango. Transit Bar. Tickets $28.60 from oztix.com.au. 18+.