Our pick of what to do in Canberra this weekend.
1. Just the essentials
Former co-host of At the Movies David Stratton and the Sydney Film Festival are highlighting the work of 10 female directors with a special program at the National Film and Sound Archive. Essential Australian Women Directors begins this weekend, screening five of the 10 programmed films including High Tide - directed by Gillian Armstrong - Jane Campion's Sweetie and Nadia Tass' Malcolm. Make it a two weekend feature when they screen five more classic films from July 5, including Bedevil, Blessed and Beautiful Kate. Friday-Sunday. Check session times. Tickets from $13 from nfsa.gov.au.
2. 'Wine' down and get creative
Forget paint by numbers, this is a whole new way of getting colour on the page. Canberra artist Mick Ashley will host a workshop this weekend, which will see you create your own masterpiece using wine instead of paint. Mick Ashley is known for his quirky and vibrant artworks showcasing the every day Canberra. All materials will be supplied and there will also be wine served for drinking, as well as painting. Friday, 6-8pm. Hops & Vine. Tickets are $65 from hopsandvine.com.au.
3. Let's dance
Elton John said it best when he sang: "I guess that's why they call it the blues". What he failed to mention is that the blues can also be a lot of fun. Savoy Dance is hosting a blues class where you can pick up a few moves before their social dancing an hour later. And what's more there will be a live blues band giving you only the best tunes. Friday, 8-11pm. Kmotion Dance Studio. Tickets are $15 for the social and $20 for the class plus the social. Pay at the door.
4. Shop up a storm
It's that time again; the Handmade Markets are taking over EPIC. The event brings together some of Australia's most talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and producers all under one roof. With more than 270 producers on show, 100 per cent of the products on sale are Australian made and designed. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. The event is free, but there will be door greeters with donation buckets for charity.
5. I, for one, welcome our new quiz night overlords
They're television's favourite yellow family and also, the key focus of this weekend's trivia night at The Durham. What's more, this Simpsons quiz only focuses on the golden years - seasons one to 10. So get your crew together, name your team after Bart Simpson's best friend, and prove once and for all that everything is coming up Milhouse. And if it doesn't go your way? You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is: never try. Saturday, 7-10pm. The Durham Castle Arms. Tickets are $11.64 from Eventbrite.