The Weekend Cometh: 10-12 May 2013

by The Editor

Well, here we are again. Weekend 19 for the year (yikes!) is upon us and the weather is looking fine. Here’s what we’ve found to get you out and about through the days and nights.

Vintage Electric
The groovy gang in Nishi’s cinema have released a brand new programme of film classics for Sunday afternoons. From The Ten Commandments to The Breakfast Club, these films are remembered for their impact on cinema and broader culture. We’ve got a double pass to this weekend’s screening of the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow to give away. To be in the running, simply tell us your favourite aspect of the 1920s and why. Throw your answer in the comments by 5.00pm tomorrow to be in the running for the tickets.

Vintage Electric
3.00pm Sundays
Nishi – New Acton
Tickets and programme here


Sky Whale.
Already proud owner of its own Twitter account (as well as a parody version), there is no doubt this latest Centenary project has been highly divisive. From the moment the story leaked yesterday morning until late afternoon social media was in tizz as to whether the airborne curiosity was a horrendous waste of money or a bold and daring statement. We’ll take the latter, suggesting Canberrans will grow to love it in the years to come (though why its not taking off until Monday is ‘udderly’ bewildering).

National Gallery of Australia
From Saturday morning
Inaugural flight on Monday (why?)

The Duxton

The Loft
After taking over All Bar Nun a couple of years ago, the gang at Duxton have worked hard to return the spot as a focus for entertainment in the Inner North. Finally, the long-promised Loft is open, taking advantage of the large space upstairs and taking The Duxton into the realm of cocktails and tapas.  One wonders if, in a world of spiced ciders served in jam jars this represents a leap into the future or a step back to the 2000s, but the drinks list looks tempting enough for those who can’t bring themselves in to the city (and, yes – there are jam jars).

The Loft at Duxton
O’Connor Shops
Wed – Sun: 5.00pm – Late
6247 7330


Canberra International Music Festival – Kingston

Norgrove Park in the Kingston Foreshore acts as a safe harbour in a swirling sea of mediocre architecture. Finally this week we get a glimpse of what the city’s least-loved development has to offer when the park plays host to a twilight concert as part of the Centenary celebrations.  There will be a broad range of music, from Jazz to Latin to the curiously-named ‘world music’, with a range of international foods, coffee and mulled wine available as the sun disappears and the temperature drops.  This forms only a small part of the broader festival, with further details available from the website (see below). Grab a blanket (or two) and get some kulcha into ya.

Canberra International Music Festival – Kingston
Norgrove Park
Kingston Foreshore
3.00pm – 6.30pm

There you have it. Our pick of the best for the days ahead. If there’s something else our readers may be interested in, throw it in the comments below (keep the shameless self-promotion to a minimum, if you will…)