Our pick of what to do in Canberra this weekend.
1. Here I am
Inspired by the global Know My Name movement, and in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia, Here I Am: Art by Great Women is a showcase of contemporary artists. Presented by Kambri at ANU and curated by aMBUSH Gallery, the group exhibition is accompanied by a summer-long festival that aims to re-energise the cultural landscape by showcasing some of Australia's best female creative talent. This Saturday sees a performance from musician Eva Sweekhorst at 12pm and the screening of Martha: A Picture Story at 7pm. The exhibition is on Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm to 5pm. Continues until February 28.
Saroo Brierley's journey home to a small village in India became an internationally bestselling book and inspired the award-winning film, Lion. But the inspiring story of how his adoptive mother, Sue, came into his life is also riveting. The daughter of a violent alcoholic whose business gambles left her family destitute, she grew up in geographic and emotional isolation. This weekend, Sue and Saroo Brierley will be in an intimate conversation following a showing of Lion. Friday, 6pm. National Film and Sound Archive. Tickets are $12 from nfsa.gov.au.
3. Eat the Bourgeoisie
Subsdance Dance Studio and Phish and Phreak Productions are host their Canberra Pride edition of Eat the Bourgeoisie: A Night of Drag, Dance and Other Worldly Delicacies. The performance will showcase Canberra performers in ways you may have never seen them before. Saturday, 7pm and Sunday, 6pm. Subsdance Dance Studio. Tickets are $40 from phishandphreak.com.
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4. Canberra Kings
It's all drag kings, all night long. The Canberra King Showcase held for Pride will present all sorts of manly swagger served up by sexy kings, campy kings, stunning kings, kings of comedy, kings of cool, kings of kitsch, and more. There will also be a few princes, building themselves up to the status of king. The line-up includes Zapp Backagain, Guy Alias, Xenon Revolution, Daddy Charles and Cockington Black, with more to be announced. Friday, 8pm. Subsdance Dance Studio. Tickets are $30 from Humanitix.
5. Rai Thistlethwayte
Thirsty Merc frontman, virtuoso musician and singer-songwriter Rai Thistlethwayte is heading to Kambri at Australian National University on Saturday. Performing on a multitude of instruments including guitar, keyboards, loop pedals and vocals, Thistlethwayte will showcase well-known songs from his extensive catalogue, plus brand new material and his solo work - released under the name Sun Rai - such as San Francisco Street. Saturday, 7pm. Tickets are $29.73 from Moshtix.