Your guide to what's on this weekend
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Your guide to what's on this weekend

From film premiers to book fairs, there's plenty happening in Canberra this weekend. Here's our pick of what's on.

New films

100 Bloody Acres (MA15+): Fertiliser makers Reg (Damon Herriman and his brother Lindsay (Angus Sampson) use car crash victims as their secret ingredient in this horror comedy.

Greetings from Tim Buckley (M): In 1991 unknown musician Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley), is invited to participate in a tribute concertfor his late father Tim Buckley ( Ben Rosenfield), the folk rock star.

The Act of Killing... screening at the  Arc Cinema on Saturday.

The Act of Killing... screening at the Arc Cinema on Saturday.

The Way Way Back (M): On a summer holiday, shy teenager Duncan (Liam James) dislikes his mother’s new boyfriend (Steve Carrell) but comes out of his shell at a water park run by Owen (Sam Rockwell).

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The World’s End (MA15+): Five friends reunite to try topping their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier and become humankind’s only hope for survival. Stars Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Martin Freemann.

Dancer Jack Riley is performing in Hit the Floor Together, which opened at the Playhouse.

Dancer Jack Riley is performing in Hit the Floor Together, which opened at the Playhouse.Credit:Jeffrey Chan

SATURDAY

Canberra premiere

The Act of Killing (2012, MA15+), directed by Josh Oppenheimer, is a documentary about the 1965 turmoil in Indonesia during which hundreds of thousands of people were slaughtered. It is on at Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, at 2pm. Tickets: Adults $111, concessions $9. Bookings 6248 2000. After this 2pm screening , there will be a free panel discussion at 4.45pm, featuring experts on Indonesian culture and history.

Party time

Don Parties On is David Williamson’s sequel to his hit play Don’s Party. It revisits the characters at another election party four decades later to see what’s changed, and what hasn’t. Directed by Aarne Neeme for Canberra Repertory Society. Theatre 3, Ellery Crescent, Acton, 8pm. Tickets $40/$35. Bookings canberrarep.org.au

Hit the dance floor

Hit the Floor Together, presented by QL2 Dance, is a collaboration between 30 creative Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people from the Canberra region with visiting dancers from around Australia. This new contemporary dance work is created by Bangarra’s Daniel Riley McKinley and Kurruru Youth Performing Arts’ Deon Hastie, with choreographer Dean Cross and QL2 artistic director Ruth Osborne. The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, 7pm. Tickets $20-$28. For bookings call 62752700 or go online.

Last chance

The final performances of Queanbeyan City Council’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are on today. Directed by Jordan Best, the play, by William Shakespeare explores the worlds of humans and fairies with romance, comedy, mischief and magic. The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 2 and 8pm. Tickets $42/$37 evenings, all matinee tickets $32. Bookings theq.net.au

Don Parties On: from left, Peter Robinson, Isha Menon, Liz St Clair Long and Len Power.

Don Parties On: from left, Peter Robinson, Isha Menon, Liz St Clair Long and Len Power.Credit:Cliff Spong

Find a book

The Queanbeyan Charity Bookfair at the Queanbeyan Community Centre, 11 Farrer Place, Queanbeyan, has thousands of fiction and non-fiction books. This month's book fair is helping to raise funds for Queanbeyan Children Start-in-LifeProgram. Open 10am to 2pm.

Winter blues

Australian blues band Blue Eyes Cry will headline this year’s Canberra Blues Society Winter Blues Party at The Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah. This year the event will be held in celebration of the Centenary of Canberra on August 3, which is also the inaugural International Blues Music Day. Blues Eyes Cry will be joined by support act from Sydney, Chris Mawer. Doors open at 7pm. Music starts at 7.30pm till late. Members $20. members concession $15. Non-members $25. Non-members concession $20. Contact Kerry Sattler on 0419607710.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Q, 2013): from left,  Jenna Roberts as Helena,  Rachael Clapham as Hermia  Chris Zuber as Lysander.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Q, 2013): from left, Jenna Roberts as Helena, Rachael Clapham as Hermia Chris Zuber as Lysander.Credit:Family Fotographics

SUNDAY

Duo trystero

Art Song Canberra’s Season of Song 2013 presents The New English Renaissance performed by Duo Trystero: Robert Macfarlane (tenor) and Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar). It features music written for the duo of Peter Pears and Julian Bream by Benjamin Britten, William Walton and Michael Tippett. It’s on at 3pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. Admission, including program and light refreshments: Full price $35. Concessions $30. Art Song Canberra Members $25. Full-time students $15. Tickets available only at the door.

Mozart and more

The Maruki Community Orchestra, founded in 2005, is performing its Winter Concert 2013 at 3pm at the Albert Hall. Conducted by John Gould it will present Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro Overture, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 (soloist Anne Stevens) and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Tickets: full price $25, concession $20, available at the door.

Capital Jazz

In the wake of disaster

Fatal Assistance (2013, unclassified 18+), directed by Raoul Peck, is about what happened in the wake of the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake. Out of the tragedy should have come an opportunity for a fresh start, but Peck argues that Haiti might have been better left alone than killed all over again by the kindness of the international community. This is a Canberra premiere. Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, 2pm. Tickets $11/$9. Bookings: 62484000.

Ron Cerabona is an arts reporter for The Canberra Times.

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