Arts funding website
ANU School of Music graduate Sarah Grey has launched an arts-exclusive funding website enabling artists to gain support from art lovers in an arts-exclusive web space, so it is unlike every other funding option. An individual page for each artist champions their work, and art lovers can subscribe to help them from $12.50 a month. See ArmchairPhilanthropy.com for more information.
Warehouse Circus Holiday Program
Entry is open for January circus courses for all ages and skill levels, especially beginners. Participants can learn skills like tumbling, mini trampoline, stilt walking, unicycling and juggling. For more information telephone 6260 3626 or visit the website: warehousecircus.org.au.
11am: Grace Blake's exhibition explores hypothetical (i.e. non-human) bodies to craft a speculative reality and examine what is compelling about creating science-fiction futures. Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka, Friday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm until December 22.
A Christmas Carol Goes Horribly, Terribly Wrong
11am: Writer-director Kirsty Budding's farce presents the disasters and difficulties - on and off stage - that bedevil a production of Charles Dickens' classic story. Also Sunday at 8pm. Belconnen Theatre. buddingtheatre.com.
Canberra Carols by Candlelight
7pm: Since it began in 1945, Canberra's Carols by Candlelight has brought people together in song. Woden Valley Youth Choir will be accompanied by Canberra City Band, with special guest artists. Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Canberra. BYO picnic, blanket and chairs. Food and drink will be for sale. All proceeds from candle and carol-sheet sales to charity. Free.
Behind the Lines 2019: The year's best political cartoons
9am: The new Behind the Lines exhibition includes the year's significant political cartoons. Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. Free after admission: $2 adults, $1 children (free for children under five) and concessions, $5 family. 9am to 5pm daily except Christmas Day.
3pm: This show features stunts on rollerskates, death-defying acrobatics on a Russian Bar and more. Canberra Theatre. Also 7pm. Until December 21. Canberra Theatre. canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
I Am, Because We Are
9am: This is a mixed-media exhibition by the young artists of the Ginninderra Early Childhood Centre. There will be an opening celebration at 3.30pm on Wednesday, December 18. Belconnen Community Gallery, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm until January 10, 2020.
Welcome to Leopard Beach
6pm: Writer, performer and artist Omar Musa has made woodcuts about a place of longing and escapism that will be accompanied by DJ Roshambo's tropical-themed music set and Musa's 30-minute set of poetry and music. With food and pina coladas. M16. Tickets $15 from eventbrite.
Black Christmas (M) A group of female students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. Third version of this horror story, filmed previously in 1974 and 2006.
Children of the Sea (PG): Ruka discovers she has the same supernatural connection to the sea as Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs, Japanese with English subtitles.
The Ideal Palace (PG): Based on the true story of a postman who spent 33 years crafting an "Ideal Palace" for his daughter. In French, English subtitles.
Machine (M): Documentary about the growing impact of artificial intelligence.
Playing With Fire (PG): A crew of rugged fighters meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids. Stars John Cena.
Playmobil: The Movie (PG): Siblings Marla and Charlie are sucked into a world of Playmobil toys including Vikings and pirates. Live action and animation.
The Queen's Corgi (PG): Rex, the British monarch's most beloved dog, gets lost and stumbles across a dog fight club during his attempt to go home.