WHAT: TEDxCanberra Talks WHEN: Fri Dec 6 WHERE: Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia
For the second year, TEDxCanberra will be joining up with TEDWomen to host a satellite event. In what is a special opportunity to share and discuss ideas with a diverse group of women and men, this year's event, titled Invented Here, will include a session with the TEDWomen event on screen, and a session with Canberra women presenting talks. The talks will run from 1–4:30pm, and as it'll be held at the National Museum, there will be plenty of free exhibitions to check out before and after, including activities suitable for children. Tickets are $40, and registration for the event is open now. See tedxcanberra.org for more information.
Hustle&Scout is a seasonal market that brings local musical talent and innovative, exciting fashion straight to the public. The upcoming December market will take place across two floors of the Nishi building in NewActon, and will display work from 32 designers and vintage collectors. Local musicians Lavers, Beth n Ben, and DJ Louderest, will be performing, with Lavers playing songs from their forthcoming album. There'll also be performances from Canberra showgirl Sarina Del Fuego; April's Caravan will have roaming models; and there'll be a styling suite presented by Haus Models and stylist, Annie Brown. Entry is free, and the markets will go from 3–8pm.
After selling out performances in 2009 and 2010, Everyman Theatre is bringing back The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) with its original Canberra cast and production crew! This is one of Off-Broadway's most successful musicals. Directed by Duncan Ley and Duncan Driver, and written by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart, it's a clever homage to five of the most prolific composers of musical theatre. The core story turns into the plot for five separate musicals, each exploring the style of another composer, and the five talented performers leap between roles and musical styles, resulting in something everyone will love. Tickets are $42 + bf for adults through canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
The Canberra Environment Centre will be holding its third annual Christmas night market this December. Featuring fair, handmade, and organic goods, this year will be bigger than ever, with more stallholders who will be selling eco-friendly fair trade goods. There'll be plenty to pick up and put under the tree – plus you won't feel bad about contributing to the consumer waste that so often comes along with Christmas. Get away from the shopping malls, grab some food from the stalls, and visit the pop-up wine bar stocked with local produce. Brother Be will be providing delicious tunes, and entry is free, with the market going from 5–9pm.
That end of year rush to find Christmas gifts is often far more stressful than it should be. Thankfully, the Old Bus Depot Markets are here to solve that problem all through December. 'You can stock up on Christmas decorations, food and gifts for family and friends, without all the crowds and mass produced items you find in the major shopping centres,' Director Morna Whiting says. Don't forget to check out all of the deals at the Annual Christmas Stallholder Sale on Sat Dec 7 too. Entry to the markets is free, and they open from 10am–4pm. See obdm.com.au for more information.
Hide is a showcase of new work from emerging artist Haeli Van Veen. A graduate of the ANU School of Art and recipient of the 2012 ANCA EASS (ANU School of Art Emerging Artist Support Scheme), Van Veen is a talented, multi-disciplinary artist, who makes use of drawing, photography, and mixed media sculpture to explore the traditions and protective rites of a number of Indigenous cultures (such as the Inuit and Berber). Hide also examines the cultural significance of animals in legend, and how that impacts upon ethnographic tattoo. Hide opens at 6pm on Wed Dec 4. ANCA is open from 12–5pm, Wed–Sun.
Bilk Gallery will be looking back on a successful year of exhibitions, while celebrating 2014 with its annual Christmas exhibition this December! The exhibition will feature work by Kath Inglis, Sarah Murphy, Mio Kuhnen, Tanja Taglietti, Lisa Cahill, Mel Douglas, Marian Hosking, Sue Lorraine, Jess Dare, Alice Potter, Johannes Kuhnen, Bin Dixon-Ward, and Catherine Truman. You can make use of their Wishing Tree – an ingenious solution to the problem of finding people the gifts they want – and if you're just gift shopping, they have amazing jewellery and glassware in stock along with gift vouchers. The opening celebration is on Fri Dec 6, 6–8pm.
Simon Wilde's art shows a love for exploring the unknown. As a traveller, his work is inspired by his wanderings, and so it seems only appropriate that his latest exhibition is titled Wanderlust. Wilde has lived in places as far afield as China and West Africa, visited over 60 countries in total, and even hitch-hiked across the Sahara Desert. Set inside the atrium of the boutique East Hotel, Wanderlust will show pieces at different stages in Wilde's artistic evolution, with Wilde linking his travels and art. 'Creating art has the same mentality as traveling – for me it’s about doing something different and seeing what happens.' Entry is free.