The Conversation Yearbook 2016
Dec
5
6:00 pm18:00

The Conversation Yearbook 2016

Join Laurie Oakes, Michelle Grattan and Alex Sloan for a lively discussion of the year that was and what might follow in federal politics. This is also a launch for The Conversation’s 2016 Yearbook with 50 articles ranging through politics, health, education, science and the arts. SOLD OUT

Live Music - Aloft
Dec
2
7:00 pm19:00

Live Music - Aloft

We're dusting off the piano and putting it to good use! We will be starting a program of live music on Friday evenings between 7pm-9:30pm beginning with Aloft. Aloft is Mike Dooley (piano and vocals) and Richard Manderson (saxophones). They play accessible, intimate jazz in a range of genres, covering blues, standards, cool, bebop and latin. (Click image for more info...)

BOOK LAUNCH - So You Can See In The Dark
Nov
29
6:00 pm18:00

BOOK LAUNCH - So You Can See In The Dark

Claudia Hyles, in a lifetime of journeys to the sub-continent, has never been deterred by someone saying ‘Don’t go, there’s nothing to see’. From paradise gardens to cautionary tales for children; cricket balls to carrots; solitary days in country buses to bathing in the Ganges with 30 million others, India’s colour, complexity and vitality is painted vividly. (Click image for more info...)

Melina Marchetta – Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil
Nov
27
3:00 pm15:00

Melina Marchetta – Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

Set against the unsettling backdrop of the refugee crisis in Calais and rising tensions around racism and religion in the UK, Melina Marchetta’s stunning crime fiction debut delves deep into the psychology of the persecuted, the perpetrators and the prosecutors – none of whom can be so easily labelled. SOLD OUT

Book Launch - Home Grown
Nov
23
6:00 pm18:00

Book Launch - Home Grown

How would Australia respond to a series of devastating terrorist attacks? Would the blame automatically fall on the Muslim community? Are there other factors at play? Home Grown is a political-action thriller which delves into the dark shadows at the periphery of Australian society, and the political machinations that erupt after the attacks. (Click image for more info...)

Madeleine O'Dea - The Phoenix Years
Nov
20
3:00 pm15:00

Madeleine O'Dea - The Phoenix Years

As a young foreign correspondent in China in the 80s, Madeleine O’Dea witnessed great change. But her true love is art and The Phoenix Years details the role of visual art and its power to foment social change. (Click image for more info...)

ARUM Floral Design Pop Up Florist
Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

ARUM Floral Design Pop Up Florist

POP UP FLOWER SHOP Join French florist Djiwo this Saturday. She'll be filling the bookshop with vibrant colours and fresh flowers from 10am - 1pm selling posies and made-to-order bouquets! Nothing says "I love you" like flowers. Except maybe money but that's so crass.

Nov
14
6:00 pm18:00

Nicolas Rothwell - Quicksilver

Rothwell’s chief subject is always the inland: the mystic Kurangara cult that flourished in the Kimberley; the story of the Western Desert artists, their works and their eventual fate; the tracks across the wilderness of Colonel Warburton and George Grey; the bush dreams and intuitions of DH Lawrence and the landscape word-portraits by the great biographer of nature Eric Rolls.

‘A caster of spells.’ (Australian Book Review)

His latest novel, Quicksilver begins on a quiet day in contemplation of a lizard deep in the heart of the outback, but quickly moves to the Russia of Tolstoy and Gorky, and on to other lands and times, bringing into play universal questions about the essential nature of the human condition. In Quicksilver Rothwell masterfully takes us in search of the sacred through place and time, in an enchanting reverie of calm wondering.

Join Nicolas for an ‘in conversation’ event with Professor Nicolas Peterson, Director of the Centre for Native Title Anthropology, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Image credit: Darren James

Image credit: Darren James

Nicolas Rothwell is the award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction including BelomorWings of the Kite-HawkThe Red Highway and Journeys to the Interior, and Northern Australia correspondent for The Australian reporting predominantly on Indigenous and artistic affairs. 

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

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Nov
12
6:30 pm18:30

Matthew Mitcham - Twists & Turns

Canberra Debut

 

“…a delightful, energetic and warm ride that’s brimming with charm…pure gold"  (ArtsHub)

 

On the 23 August 2008, a young Australian athlete made Olympic history. Coming from 30 points behind, and on his final dive, he scored 112.10 to shock himself and the diving world and rob the Chinese of a full sweep of Olympic diving gold medals. 

On that day Matthew Mitcham OAM became Australia's first male diving Olympic gold medallist since 1924, and the only diver ever in Olympic history, to produce a perfect 10 point score from all judges – winning the 2008 Beijing Olympics 10m platform title.

Grinning with pride from front pages around the world, there was no hint of the personal demons that had led this supremely talented young dynamo to quit diving less than two years before his famous win at Beijing.

Joyously out and proud as an openly gay man, Matthew was a role model for his courage both in and out of the pool. Yet the crippling self-doubt and shadow of depression that had plagued him all his life forced him into premature retirement, at one point reduced to circus diving to earn money. 

Surprising audiences with actual talent and a lovely voice Matthew burst onto the cabaret scene in 2014 with Twists & Turns which in the same year won Best Cabaret (Perth Fringeworld). 

“Matthew Mitcham…gives an audience plenty of crash-and-burn stories and leaves them cheering for him to succeed.” Kate Herbert (Herald Sun)

Based on his autobiography of the same name, and told with the honesty and courage he is admired for, this acoustic, live production of Twists & Turns is an inspiring story of a true champion – in and out of the pool. In it Mitcham shares stories about his unorthodox upbringing, his history of depression and addiction, and his perceived inability to “adult" with refreshing candour and his trademark effervescence.

Joining Matthew in this very special, intimate Canberra first performance is pianist Matthew Ogle. 25 year old Ogle is currently recording his first EP and has been teaching at the renowned Brent Street School since 2012. In addition to accompanying Mitcham he has played for his neighbours at 2am and had them yell at him to shut up from their window.

Twists & Turns was created by Matthew, award winning director Nigel Turner-Carroll and international cabaret sensation Spanky (aka Rhys Morgan) under the musical direction of Jeremy Brennan of Jersey Boys fame, guided by the expert team behind the Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

 

Tickets: $95 (includes a two course dinner, glass of wine and performance)

Doors open 6:30pm
Performance at 8pm (approximately 45minutes, no interval)

Owing to restaurant layout please note that some guests may be seated at a communal table. For groups of 6-10 please contact us directly. If booking separately from friends but you wish to be seated together, please contact us before the event. Tables will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact us if you have any specific dietary requirements.

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Nov
6
3:00 pm15:00

From Brain to Book - Authors & Publishers

Join local author Dr L.J.M. Owen and Echo Publishing commissioning editor Angela Meyer as they demystify the process of writing and publishing a book.

In December 2014 L.J. posted Olmec Obituary, her first novel and the beginning of a Canberra-based crime fiction series, on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Five days later Angela spotted it online and the rest, as they say, is history. Echo published Olmec Obituary in November 2015 and has just released the second book in the series, Mayan Mendacity.

In this Muse Sunday Salon L.J. will describe her experience of writing a book, getting an offer from a publisher and the occasionally disorientating world of traditional publishing from an author’s point of view. Angela will discuss what catches her eye, how she signs new authors and what the process of publishing looks like from the inside.

There will be plenty of time for questions about the joys and challenges of bringing books to life.

Dr L.J.M. Owen, author of the 'Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth' series, escapes dark and shadowy days as a public servant by exploring the comparatively lighter side of life: murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history. Recipes in the series are tested under strict feline supervision. L.J. will sign copies of Olmec Obituary and Mayan Mendacity at the conclusion of the salon.

Angela Meyer is a commissioning editor for Echo Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Australia. She is also the author of a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt), and has published short stories, essays and reviews in Best Australian StoriesIslandCrikeyThe AustralianThe Lifted BrowKillings and many other publications.

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

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Stephanie Alexander – The Cook's Table
Nov
5
2:00 pm14:00

Stephanie Alexander – The Cook's Table

Beloved cook and food educator, Stephanie Alexander, shares some of her favourite menus, most precious memories, and decades of experience in the kitchen, with The Cook’s Table. In conversation with MasterChef’s Trent Harvey.

Oct
30
3:00 pm15:00

Twenty Questions – Laura Tingle

What do you get when you ask a prominent someone twenty rapid-fire, unrehearsed questions? Truth, dare, obfuscation or heartfelt honesty? We’re hoping for a bit of all of these when we put Australian Financial Review Political Editor Laura Tingle in the hot seat for Question Time. 

We know she’s a twice Walkley-winning journalist whose coverage of politics and economics over 30 years is second-to-none. But did you know that she’s also a passionate choral singer and a member of the Canberra Choral Society’s naughty alto corner?

We love her appearances on Insiders and Q&A, but what else is there to know? What’s her favourite book, drink, social media meme? Is she obsessed with 'The Americans' like the rest of us, or will nothing surpass 'Thunderbirds'? And why does she love to sing?

Muse’s own literary guru Nikki Anderson will have clipboard in hand for a gentle interrogation of this favourite of the press gallery, and is confident that when the tables are turned that she can promise a revelation or two!

The Australian Financial Review's political editor Laura Tingle has spent most of her 35 year career covering federal politics, writing on both economics and politics for The Australian, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the AFR. She is the author ofChasing the Future - a book about the recession of the early 1990s - and two Quarterly Essays: Great Expectations: Government, entitlement and an Angry Nation (2012) andPolitical Amnesia: How we forgot how to govern (2015). She has won two Walkley Awards and the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery Journalism.

 

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

SOLD OUT

 

Oct
27
6:00 pm18:00

Cellar Door Experience - Alpine Valleys

Tradition meets innovation for our next Cellar Door Experience at Muse! Two of Australia's coolest cool-climate winemakers will be pouring a selection of their wines in bookshop accompanied by a range of Australian cheese at this very special event. At this informal wine tasting there is a start time and an end time but otherwise feel free to rock up when it suits you!

Winemaking at Mayford Tends Towards Tradition

High above the Ovens River, overlooking the sleepy township of Porepunkah, the family-owned Mayford Vineyard lies tucked away from view. Nestled in a hidden valley, with unsurpassed views of Mount Buffalo, the shaley hillside plantings give rise to low yielding vines and wines of intensity and finesse.

For winemaker-vigneron couple, Eleana Anderson and Bryan Nicholson, the small range of Mayford Wines is the culmination of many years of toil together, which accounts for a large number of lost weekends and fishing opportunities. Their preference is to let the naturally occurring yeasts dictate the timing and expression of the fermentation process. Eleana and Bryan try not to interfere unnecessarily with the wines, preferring them to be a natural expression of their unique site and region.

The Billy Button Philosophy

Jo Marsh is not a box ticker. Nor does she do things by halves. She embraces every task with great expectation and seeks out the path less travelled. So when you drink a Billy Button Wine, expect it to be unlike the others, possibly an alternative variety that’s balanced, complex and delicious. Jo is a Young Gun of Wine finalist for 2016.

Unlike the serious fat cats in this somewhat traditional industry, Jo has super fun making her wines and doesn’t like to create a barrier to entry – her wines make her laugh and smile, and her primary aspiration is to make drinkers of Billy Button Wines laugh and smile with her. They’re wines that impress the socks off serious enthusiasts and everyday drinkers alike.

In the winemaking rulebook, the standard path involves following a prescription of guidelines that result in perfectly acceptable drops. In the Billy Button rulebook, well, there is no rulebook. Jo believes in doing what’s best for the wine, polishing and perfecting, highlighting the fruit and sculpting the palate so the wine flows through the mouth with texture and interest. Jo has a technical approach, but also relies strongly on her gut instinct.

Tickets: $30 (includes tasting and food)

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Oct
23
2:00 pm14:00

Susan Varga – Rupture

FREE

Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be provided
Please note the earlier start time of 2pm for this event

Having always considered herself a prose writer, poetry took over completely for Susan Varga after a stroke. There is nothing obscure in these poems. They have the pace and power of a short novel as they chart the confronting journey of recovery. The resulting Rupture is at times bold, dark, humorous, and ultimately outward-looking.

"Susan’s is not a dark book, it’s a book that thumbs its nose at death and disease, it cocks an undaunted snook at them…"

Robert Dessaix

Hear Susan Varga read from and talk about the book with author of The Petrov Poems, Canberra’s Lesley Lebkowicz. 

 

"The directness and simplicity of these poems, beautifully arranged as stages in a recovery, carry the urgency, honesty and celebration of a life reclaimed."

Joan London

 

Oct
17
5:30 pm17:30

Only in Australia – Book Launch

This book is about the Australian difference. It is about how in economic and social policy, Australia now diverges significantly from comparable countries. 

This volume brings together economists, historians, and political scientists to delve into what makes Australia so different. The book suggests that the 'special path' that Australia has followed for over a century is the product ofphysical circumstances, historical accidents, fateful choices, and the unique personalities thrown up by an extraordinary land.

Contributors to Only in Australia include Geoffrey Blainey, Henry Ergas and John Nethercote.

Only in Australia will be launched at Muse by Senator David Leyonhjelm with contributors Phil Lewis and Nick Cater, and introduced by its editor Dr William Coleman from the ANU College of Business and Economics.

FREE EVENT

Oct
8
3:30 pm15:30

Tim Winton: The Boy Behind the Curtain

In Tim Winton’s fiction, chaos waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control.

Winton’s own life has also been shaped by havoc. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up his latest collection, The Boy Behind the Curtain, take us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents - both serendipitous and traumatic - that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision.

Join us at Muse for a rare opportunity to hear from one of Australia's most beloved authors. In this intimate event, Winton will share from his new memoir and converse with the audience. A special Saturday salon that is not to be missed.

Tickets: $50 (includes a copy of The Boy Behind the Curtain (RRP $45) and a complimentary glass of WA wine or soft drink)

SOLD OUT

Oct
5
6:00 pm18:00

Holly Throsby: Goodwood

One of Australia's most acclaimed singer-songwriters has turned her hand to fiction, producing an exceptional debut novel. Holly Throsby's Goodwood is a compelling ride into a small community torn apart by dark rumour and mystery. 

Goodwood is a town where everyone knows everything about everyone. It’s a place where it’s impossible to keep a secret. In 1992 when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood’s most popular resident, Bart MacDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes back. In Goodwood, people don’t just disappear...

As the intensity of speculation heightens, mystery, fear and suspicion grips the town. Jean, who is keeping secrets of her own, and the rest of Goodwood, are left reeling.

Join Holly Throsby for a special mid-week evening event at Muse in conversation with local author and writer Sam Vincent.

Sam Vincent is a freelance writer and author of Blood and Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars. His writing has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Saturday Paper, Griffith REVIEW, the Monthly, the Australian and Monthly. 

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

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Sep
25
3:00 pm15:00

Stranger than Fiction – Light in the Dark?

Authors Sulari Gentill, Kaaron Warren (picture by Art Atelier) & Sean Williams (picture by James Braund)

Authors Sulari Gentill, Kaaron Warren (picture by Art Atelier) & Sean Williams (picture by James Braund)

Fiction acts as a way of analysing the world, often addressing complex experiences, including grief, loss and fear. By exploring strong emotions we can work through them, and perhaps, lighten the load. Sometimes a bit of humour helps too. Meet three writers of fiction – with a focus on ‘genre’ – all unafraid of the dark as they explore the need for a light side to it all.

Not so long ago, Sulari Gentill was a corporate lawyer serving as a director on public boards, with only a vague disquiet that there was something else she was meant to do…other than turning off the iron. That feeling did not go away until she began to write. And so Sulari became the author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries: an award-winning series of, thus far, seven historical crime novels set in the politically tumultuous 1930s, and The Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world.

Kaaron Warren has been publishing horror and science fiction for more than 20 years. She’s won awards close to home (Canberra Critics Circle Award) and far away (the Shirley Jackson Award (USA)). She’s sold more than 200 short stories, four novels (the latest of which, The Grief Hole, was launched at the Canberra Writers Festival) and six short story collections including the multi-award-winning Through Splintered Walls. She recently completed a Fellowship at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, where she researched murder, politics and art.

Sean Williams is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling author of over forty novels and one hundred stories, including some set in the Star Wars and Doctor Who universes, and some written with Garth Nix. His latest is Twinmaker: Fall, the concluding volume of his Twinmaker trilogy. Sean Williams is the 2016 ACT Writer-in-Residence, an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The initiative is funded by artsACT, ACT Government. Normally he lives up the road from the Australia’s finest chocolate factory with his family and a pet plastic fish.

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

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Sep
21
6:30 pm18:30

Soul Grower's Wine Dinner

The Soul Growers: Tom, Leigh, Stuey & Paul

The Soul Growers: Tom, Leigh, Stuey & Paul

Traditional. Small Batch. Basket Pressed. Wine for the Soul.

Soul Growers wine grew from the friendship of four uncomplicated fellows. Paul, Tom, Leigh and Stu had, in a previous life, worked in the corporate world of suits, pens and rats. But their love of the grape and, more importantly, of the Barossa Valley as the soul of South Australian - possibly Australian - winemaking meant that the neon lights of office buildings eventually gave way to the flicker of starlight and the loam of the valley.

We’re very excited to be able to bring a selection of the sensational wines produced by the boys to Canberra. Presented in partnership with The Wine Crowd, we’ll be pairing four wines with four courses for a mid-week supper that celebrates the very soul of the Barossa Valley - the history of the vineyards, family growers, the handing down of knowledge from the generations and establishing a winemaking style for generations to come.

Featured Wine

2015 ‘Wild Iris’ Eden Valley Chardonnay

2014 'Cellar Dweller' Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 'Slow Grown' Shiraz

2006 ‘Black Cellar’ Sparkling Shiraz

We’ll be joined by some of the boys from the Barossa who will also show a range of their other wines for a mini-tasting throughout the evening.

Tickets are limited so gather other kindred souls together for an exclusive evening of wine, food, mates and fun!

Tickets: $95

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Sep
18
3:00 pm15:00

ACT Election Special

Jack Waterford, Kirsten Lawson, Charlotte Harper

Jack Waterford, Kirsten Lawson, Charlotte Harper

After 15 years in government have Canberrans fallen out of love with ACT Labor? Electoral boundaries have changed, the Legislative Assembly is expanding and, it seems looking at the pledges of both government and opposition, that local politics has been turned on its head.

We've invited Jack Waterford, Kirsten Lawson and Charlotte Harper, three of Canberra's top journalists and political thinkers, to discuss, debate and ask the questions that matter most to Canberrans this election.

Jack Waterford is former Editor-at-large at The Canberra Times, Kirsten Lawson is The Canberra Times chief ACT political reporter, and Participating Chair Charlotte Harper is a Walkley Award winning journalist, author and acting editor of the RiotACT.

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

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Sep
11
3:00 pm15:00

Basically Beethoven - Open Mic

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!

FREE

Sep
3
3:00 pm15:00

Fred Smith: The Dust of Uruzgan

Fred Smith has been described as "Australia's secret weapon" in international diplomacy. As a career diplomat, he served for two years in southern Afghanistan. Working alongside Australian soldiers in Uruzgan Province, Fred's second career as a musician came to the fore, his guitar serving as a bridge not only to the troops, but also to the people and tribal leaders of that war-torn region. His song, "Dust of Uruzgan", captured the hearts of many serving in Afghanistan, and "Sapper's Lullaby" has become an anthem for soldiers and their families. His acclaimed album, Dust of Uruzgan, earned him comparisons to Eric Bogle, John Schumann and Don Walker.

Now, with Australian forces out of Uruzgan, Fred has written a book – The Dust of Uruzgan - the first comprehensive on-the-ground account of Australia’s involvement there. Part memoir, part history, part eyewitness reportage, it offers a sympathetic explanation of an obscure and impoverished province where tribal leaders conspire against one another in a society devastated by thirty-five years of warfare.

In conversation with Genevieve Jacobs, Fred Smith offers reflections from two years working as a diplomat, political officer and songwriter on the frontline of Australia’s mission in Afghanistan, recently distilled into his fascinating memoir, The Dust of Uruzgan.

 

Aug
21
3:00 pm15:00

Candice Fox – Crime & Collaboration

'A bright new star of crime fiction - Candice Fox's writing is inventive, thrilling and totally addictive. It has been such a pleasure to work with her on Never Never.' James Patterson

Award-winning crime writer Candice Fox has teamed up James Patterson,one of the world’s bestselling authors, to co-write a thriller set in the Australian outback.

Never, Never is set in WA mining country, where detective Harriet Blue has been sent to track down three missing young people. But this is no any ordinary case! Burdened with a secretive new partner and a deadly setting, things are further complicated by Harry distracted by her brother ’s arrest for series of murders back in Sydney.

Candice is joined by L.J.M. Owen, author of Canberra's own crime fiction series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, to talk about this stunning new book, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and just how one goes about co-writing with an über-famous colleague!

 

Aug
16
6:00 pm18:00

Peter Mares – Not Quite Australian

Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia and today, there are more than one million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens. All the while, this rise in temporary migration is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity.

In Not Quite Australian, award-winning journalist Peter Mares draws on case studies, interviews and personal stories to investigate the complex realities of this new era of temporary migration.

Mares will discuss his insight and ideas for understanding Australia’s growing culture of temporary migration, including  the internationalisation of Australia’s education system and our highly politicised asylum-seeker policies with author and ANU associate professor of history, Frank Bongiorno.

Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher, who has written about migration for many media outlets including The Age, The Australian Financial Review and Griffith Review. He was a broadcaster with the ABC for twenty-five years and is the author of Borderline: Australia’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa.

Aug
14
3:00 pm15:00

Incontro Opera – a special Basically Beethoven

Incontro Opera feat. ANU School of Music soprano Daphne Maddock(Picture by Peter Hislop)

Incontro Opera feat. ANU School of Music soprano Daphne Maddock(Picture by Peter Hislop)

For this special Basically Beethoven P&P Eventi presents an afternoon of Italian opera with young soprano Daphne Maddock.

From Mozart to Giordani Muse will be awash with music, aperitivo and stuzzichini, small Italian antipasto.

Daphne Maddock is a 16 year old soprano studying at the ANU School of Music. She has performed in the USA and in Australia including at the 2016 Italian Cultural Festival. She is currently taking lessons with Fleur Millar under whose supervision she has expanded her range and ability. Daphne has performed with choirs at the Hungarian Embassy and Parliament House. She is very thankful for this opportunity and is excited to be able to perform this repertoire at Muse.

Program

Caro mio ben Tommaso Giordani (c.1730 - 1803)
Amarilli, mia bella Giulio Caccini (1551 - 1618)
L'ho perduta, me meschina, 'Le Nozze di Figaro' W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Ombra mai fu, 'Serse' G.F. Handel (1685 - 1759)

 

This event is being organised by P&P Eventi. For more information please contact Paola Cerrato on 0402 475 819 or send an email to cerratopaola@gmail.com

Aug
7
2:00 pm14:00

Anita Heiss – Barbed Wire & Cherry Blossoms

On 5 August 1944 over 1,000 Japanese soldiers broke out of the Cowra POW camp. In this evocative retelling of events one soldier, Hiroshi, escapes and finds safety at Erambie Station, a nearby Aboriginal mission. Community elder Banjo Williams takes him in and Hiroshi is cared for by Banjo’s daughter Mary. Love blossoms against the backdrop of wartime Australia, the cruel policies of ‘protection' and assimilation and rural hardship.
 
Indigenous literature activist, chick-lit writer extraordinaire, Twitter tragic and ‘creative disruptor’ Anita Heiss has turned her attention to this little known point in Australian history - to dazzling effect.

Join Anita in conversation with Professor Peter Radoll, Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy at The University of Canberra.

Aug
6
2:00 pm14:00

Zoe Foster Blake - Amazinger Face

Amazinger Face is the fully revised and updated version of bestselling beauty bible, Amazing Face, by former beauty editor, the founder of Go-To, and one of the most respected and irreverent writers in Australia, Zoë Foster Blake.
 
To celebrate all things Amazinger Face, join Zoë for a wine and some nibbles at Canberra’s gorgeous Muse Bookshop, as she shares her fun and easy advice on all things beauty including tips and tricks such as:
 
• How to convincingly hide a big, angry blemish, or dirty hair
• The full, correct order of skin care application, from cleansing to primer
• The sneaky cheat for easy hair when you have a teeny newborn

Zoë Foster Blake is the founder and creative director of all-natural Australian skin care line Go-To. She has worked in print and online journalism for 15 years, writing for titles such as Cosmopolitan, Harper’s BAZAAR and Sunday Style; has written four novels: Air Kisses, Playing the Field, The Younger Man and The Wrong Girl, as well as a dating and relationship book, Textbook Romance, which was written in conjunction with Hamish Blake.

The Wrong Girl is currently being made into a TV series for Channel 10, airing late 2016.

 
Jul
31
3:00 pm15:00

BOOK LAUNCH: Ellen van Neerven - Comfort Food

We are delighted to launch the poetry debut of acclaimed Queensland author, Ellen van NeervenComfort Food. Using food as her inspiration, van Neerven offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar, moving between place and culture to explore identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love.

Launcher Omar Musa says, ‘Ellen van Neerven is the real deal. This is nourishing, soulful tucker for the here and now.’

Van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage, whose first book, Heat and Light was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award and the Dobbie Literary Award, as well as being shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. 

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

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Jul
30
9:30 am09:30

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.

FREE BOOK SIGNING EVENT

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

Jul
24
12:30 pm12:30

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 four course 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.

Tickets (price per person)

Lunch $65
Lunch & matching wine $95
Lunch & signed book $105
Full package: lunch, wine & signed book $135

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When booking please select 'regular' (meat) or 'vegetarian'. All dishes are either gluten free or can be gluten free on request. Please contact us if you have any special dietary requirements. Please note that while every effort is taken to cater to those with allergies, nuts, dairy and gluten are used in the kitchen and, as such, trace amounts may be present in all dishes.

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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.