Arnold Zable - The Fighter

Henry Nissen was a champion boxer, the boy from working-class Carlton who fought his way to beat some of the world’s best in the 1970s. Now, he works on Melbourne’s docks, taking shifts as they come up. But his real work is on the streets - giving character statements and providing support for the disaffected in his community.

The Fighter is Arnold Zable’s account of this true battler - a man who used his fists to forge a career, but also his wits to negotiate a childhood in a community of Holocaust survivors, immigrants and damaged souls.

Arnold Zable is an highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate, whose books include The Fig TreesScraps of Heaven and Cafe Scheherazade. Hear him in conversation with the ABC’s Louise Maher.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)


Basically Beethoven - Open Mic

Musician Emma Griffiths joins Paul at the piano for some merry music making. (Image: Peter Hislop)

Musician Emma Griffiths joins Paul at the piano for some merry music making. (Image: Peter Hislop)

It's that time of the month again! We're very pleased to continue our Basically Beethoven classical music open mic series – Canberra's only classical and jazz open mic event!

Musicians one and all come and join us! Bring your fiddle or flugelhorn, choir and castanets, or sit down and play a tune on our gorgeous 1927 Schweighofer baby grand piano that used to belong to Australian composer Calvin Bowman, for an afternoon of acoustic music.

It's very (very) informal and we would encourage anyone to get up and have a go! No-one is here to judge but rather to congratulate you for having the courage to perform in public. Above all else it's just a bit of fun. So in the words of Cole Porter – anything goes!


Revenge and Terror from Bali to Afghanistan

On the evening of 12 October 2002 two suicide bombers detonated bombs inside Paddy's Pub and in front of the Sari Club in Kuta, one of Bali's main tourist districts. Two hundred and two people were killed including eighty-eight Australians and thirty-eight Indonesians. The 'field coordinator' of this terrorist operation was Abdul Aziz alias Imam Samudra, who was later executed for his role in the attacks.

Angus McIntyre's Imam Samudra's Revenge explores the social and political context in which Samudra's plans took shape and the controversies that surrounded his actions within Islamic extremist networks in Indonesia and beyond.

McIntyre joins us at Muse, along with James Piscatori (Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU) and journalist Karen Middleton (An Unwinnable War), to broaden the conversation around the global phenomenon of terrorism.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)



Angus McIntyre is an Honorary Associate at La Trobe University and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change at ANU. 

James Piscatori is Professor at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU and the author ofIslam in a World of Nation-States and co-author of Muslim Politics 

Karen Middleton is Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper and author of An Unwinnable War: Australia in Afghanistan.

Tongue & Cheek – Bryan Martin and David Reist

For around about a decade food writer and winemaker Bryan Martin has submitted a column on the Canberra food scene to The Canberra Times Food and Wine magazine.

During that time he was, is and continues to be, surprised by the wealth of produce that is available in the greater capital region. 

"Just about every week you can unearth another product that someone feels passionate about. The growth of the regional markets has also been a continuing source of inspiration.

"When you have great raw produce like grass-fed beef, fat lambs, Murray River cod, south coast oysters, sea urchins, truffles, seasonal fruits and vegetables, plus a huge range of wild game, well the rest is easy."

So it was that he and colleague, friend and photographer David Reist went on a journey getting snaps of all this wonderful produce being made. By combining Bryan's words, David's talents and both mens' passion, they have created a fabulous cookbook.

More than just a cookbook, however, Tongue & Cheek is a journal of life, of living and of all of us getting old together.

The book includes around 40 recipes that generally move through the seasons that was 2014. It's a journey of local produce, cooking and getting through life with a bit of humour and passion.

For this very special Sunday Salon we're inviting you to join Bryan and David in the restaurant for a set-lunch with dishes inspired by the book, and an optional wine pairing with wines selected by Bryan himself. We'll begin with a short pre-lunch talk where you can learn more about their food journey together, and at the end take home a signed copy of this instantly classic, Canberra cookbook.



David Reist is the sales and marketing manager at Clonakilla Wines and was more or less born with a camera in his hands. He provides all their photographic needs – covering everything from bottle shots of the latest vintage, the production process, to formal portraits of the winemakers. A passionate photographer he is "excited by the possibilities that photography offers – a way to see the world in front of me, to create and to share."

Bryan Martin makes wine under his own label Ravensworth with partner Jocelyn and brother David. He is also Operational Winemaker at Clonakilla where he manages the winemaking process. Bryan brings wisdom and intellect to the question of how to make better wine and is something of a food genius.

BOOK SIGNING: Rodney Dunn - The Truffle Cookbook

Join us at Muse for a truffle-filled winter weekend morning! Founder of Tasmania’s Agrarian Kitchen and Australia’s foremost authority on all things truffle, Rodney Dunn will be in the bookshop from 9.30am-10.30am signing copies of his latest collection of recipes and truffle lore, The Truffle Cookbook.

Meanwhile, head chef Steven Sweeney will be celebrating the occasion with a dish inspired by Rodney’s visit: Baked eggs, roast Jerusalem artichoke, smoked cow’s curd, beetroot oil, brioche crumble, mushroom dust & shaved local black truffles.


Bookings for breakfast can be made by calling 02 6178 0024.