Lifeline Book Fair
9am: The July book fair that raises funds for Lifeline Canberra is at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium, 7 Pitman Street, until Sunday and features thousands of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and more. Entry by gold coin donation. lifelinecanberra.org.au.
The Young King
11am: Oscar Wilde's story about a young boy raised by a kindly goatherd in a deep forest who discovers he is the king's grandson and heir to the throne is presented by Adelaide theatre company Slingsby. The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre. Also 2pm. canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
Craft ACT shows
Noon: Now on at Craft ACT are three exhibitions, Shifts in Japanese Materiality (includes work by Guy Keulemans, Julie Bartholomew, Kyoko Hashimoto), Pattern Translation (Al Munro) and Form Follows Fold (Gilbert Riedelbauch). Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday noon to 4pm.
2pm: Free Rain presents the award-winning musical, with songs by Cyndi Lauper, about a young man who inherits his father's struggling shoe factory and, with the help of a transvestite entertainer, finds a new way for it to succeed. Also at 8pm. Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. theq.net.au.
3pm: Tom Farrell's exhibition contains figurative paintings composed from a union of sporadic source material. He employs the spirit of the "cut-up technique", a literary approach that engages chance and free-association. Instead of cutting up fully realised texts to create something new, the artist lets the works present itself through film, music and art history. The result is a series of narrative works featuring sleepwalkers that inhabit dramatic interiors. It's on at Tributary Projects, Unit 9, Molonglo Mall, 105 Newcastle Street, Fyshwick until July 21.
Cosentino: Anything is Possible
7.30pm: This world-renowned illusionist and escapologist will perform death-defying escapes, stage illusions and street magic at the Canberra Theatre. canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
Anthony Callea: Unplugged and Unfiltered
8pm: Anthony Callea will perform songs from his seven albums and more, as well as sharing stories and experiences from his life in and out of music. The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre. canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
11am: Becky Gibson's exhibition is about the poetics, strangeness and unexpected drama to be found on building sites and gardens through the medium of painting. It's on at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka until July 21 and is open Friday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
Long Way Around
Noon: aMBUSH Gallery Kambri's second exhibition explores space, landscape, the built environment and the effects of mankind. Co-curated by aMBUSH Gallery and Anna Raupach from the ANU School of Art and Design, it includes works by ANU Printmedia and Drawing students Allison Barnes, Bronte Bell, Chin-Jie Melodie Liu, Elizabeth Mogford, Hannah Hooge and Isabelle Turner. The artists scrutinise and comment on political, environmental and scientific themes - made in response to visual, sensory and conceptual elements of the Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra. Techniques employed include etching, illustration, laser cutting, painting, and photography. It's open weekdays from 10am to 6pm and noon to 5pm weekends until August 4. Admission is free.
This Shining Night
2pm: Canberra Community Chorale's winter concert features old and new works, both sacred and secular, in a format that reflects the arc of the traditional Latin mass. As well as Schubert's Mass in G there are reworkings of pop songs by Depeche Mode and art songs by Samuel Barber. North Belconnen Uniting Church, Conley Drive, Melba. $15-$30. Cash at the door.
Icon or eyesore?
6.30pm: In this UnCover Event, Canberra Times features editor Sally Pryor will moderate a discussion with industrial designer and University of Canberra alumnus Dan Armstrong (Formswell Design), architecture expert Erin Hinton (UC Senior Lecturer Architecture), Senior Curator Shaune Lakin (NGA) and public art facilitator Cathy Hope (UC Assistant Professor) on the merits - and otherwise - of Canberra's public art aesthetic. You can get a drink at the Monet bar from 5.30-6.30pm. Present your UnCover Event ticket to get a member's discount to Monet: Impression Sunrise from 5pm-6.30pm on July 15 only. National Gallery of Australia Café. Free, register at eventbrite.com.
Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand
7.30pm: This dance work carries the spirit of Bangarra into its fourth decade. Also Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Canberra Theatre. canberratheatre.com.au or 6275 2700.