The Story of Film: Birth of Cinema and Early Cinema Short Films
1pm: Make it a double feature at the National Film and Sound Archive with the first two installments of its The Story of Film programming. Kicking off at 1pm is The Story of Film: An Odyssey which focuses on the birth of cinema, examining the period 1895-1918 when early film pioneers created the first moving pictures. Continue the experience from 2pm with quintessential silent films including titles from Georges Méliès (A Trip to the Moon, The Astronomer's Dream) and the Lumière brothers, and restored footage of the first ever feature film, Australia's own The Story of the Kelly Gang. Tickets are $12 from nfsa.gov.au.
Shakespeare by the Lake III: A Midsummer Night's Dream
6.30pm: Lakespeare & Co returns for its third year, presenting free public performances of William Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Pick a spot on the grass, grab a glass of champagne, a cup of coffee and some food from the mobile eateries and soak up the serenity (and the words of Shakespeare). Don't forget to bring your own comfy chairs. Tuggeranong Town Park. Continues on Sunday at ANU Outdoor Amphitheatre, Friday at Glebe Park, and other dates until February 28. Free event. Bookings at Eventbrite.
Carl Barron: Skating Rink for Flies
8pm: Some questions stick with you and for comedian Carl Barron that question is 'how do ants feel?' He first asked it of a teacher while at school but never received an answer and is still wondering. Barron's latest show Skating Rink for Flies is a night where he ponders things we all think but nobody says out loud. There is no point to this show other than to make you laugh. Saturday and Sunday. Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets are $79 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au
8pm: The past year has seen The Necks perform a double bill at the Art Ensemble of Chicago, take to the stage in a Polish salt mine with a symphony orchestra and receive the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. Now the trio - also known as Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton - are touring with the release of their 21st album, Three. The Street. Tickets from $39 from thestreet.org.au.
In Conversation with Margaret Atwood
7.30pm: The publication of The Handmaid's Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy-award winning television series have created a sweeping global cultural phenomenon, as ''handmaids'' have become a symbol of women's rights, standing against misogyny and oppression.Join the author for In Conversation with Margaret Atwood, an Australian premiere literary event which spans the breadth of the author's career, her diverse range of works and why she returned to her seminal story, 34 years later, with The Testaments. Tickets from $69 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
Senior Moments 2: 'Remember, Remember'
2pm and 7.30pm: Australian showbiz legends Max Gillies, Tony Barber and John Howard are following up the hit Senior Moments with Senior Moments 2: "Remember, Remember". This silly comedy revue is a collection of comic sketches and songs performed by a cast that are old enough to know better. Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets from $55 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au. Continues on February 22.
2020 National Multicultural Festival
4pm: The National Multicultural Festival returns for another year, bringing with it an array of colours, cultures, food and entertainment. Day one of the three-day event sees Australian singer Vanessa Amorosi and Canberra's Liv Li take to the stage, as well as performances from different cultures. Former MasterChef winner Adam Liaw will also be sharing his culinary skills. Canberra City. Free event.
Fifty Shades of Ethnic
7.30pm: Comedy trio Sooshi Mango exploded onto the crowded viral video scene four years ago. Since then they have amassed more than 70 million views. Sooshi Mango formed when brothers Joe and Carlo Salanitri and friend Andrew Manfre started larking around and put their madness to tape. For the first time in Australia, the Sooshi Mango trio are bringing an all-new two-hour theatre show comprising live skits, videos and hilarious musical numbers. Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets are $65 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.