MonthApril 2019

Bettina Ehrlich – The Goat Boy

Second edition published by For Pity Sake Publishing, 2019
First published by Oxford University Press 1965

This is the second in a series of picture books by the late Austrian artist Bettina Ehrlich to be re-published by For Pity Sake Publishing.

Working from the artist’s originals, the company has brought these books back to life for a new generation of children and their parents. The original books are much loved possessions of For Pity Sake founder Jennifer McDonald’s family, so much so that FPS obtained the rights to re-publish a series of them.

The Goat Boy is a tale within a tale. Miss Patricia Higgins who teaches German in an English girls. School goes to Austria for her holiday to practice the German language and enjoy the mountain scenery. Whist on her walk one day she encounters an elderly gentleman, who recounts the story of Toni, a goat boy who must take his family’s herd to the mountain pastures each day to graze.

He is a very good child but suffers from a terrible fear of thunderstorms. And it is this that brings him undone for he is caught in a storm one day and flees, losing three of the herd. However, a touch of magic, in the form of a naiad, saves the day for Toni.

We are left to wonder if the story may also bring something magic into the lives of Miss Higgins and the elderly gentleman.

Bettina Ehrlich tells her stories with a delicate touch, with great empathy for her characters and with deceptively simple, graphic prose. These are stories to be read aloud to children and grandchildren many times, searching in the pictures for details and in the layers of the story for secrets and nuances.

Sarah Ford: BE A UNICORN, & live life on the bright side

Illustrated by Anita Mangan
Spruce, an Hachette UK Company, 2017

I received this charming little bright pink book as a gift, possibly prompted by my recent habit of signing off my texts with three unicorn emojis (since visiting the Lady and the Unicorn exhibition at Art Gallery of NSW last year).

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Michaela Burger – Exposing Edith

The Spiegel Tent Canberra
Thursday 18 April 2019 at 6.30pm

Nominated for a Helpmann Award, this critically acclaimed show charts the life of French icon, Edith Piaf.  Created and performed by Michaela Burger [vocals] and Greg Wain [guitar], Exposing Edith is a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds.

Hear an interview with Michaela Burger
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Four Winds Easter Festival

18 to 21 April 2019
Full program details at
http://fourwinds.com.au/

Update 16 April 2019

There are two glorious days in the sound shell and separate evening performances in the Windsong Pavilion on the festival site at Barragga Bay, along with a variety of events including house concerts in Wapengo and Tanja, workshops and performances in Tilba Central Hall and after dark performances in Bermagui Surf Club.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with James Crabb.
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National Folk Festival

Queensland harp player Elska

Exhibition Park In Canberra
Easter 2019 Thursday 18 to Monday 22 April

The National Folk Festival has had a permanent Canberra home since 1992 and the 2019 iteration brings its faithful audience music, dance and spoken word in the now customary relaxed and joyous atmosphere. Hear from some of the performers below.

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Ausdance ACT – Escalate IV

Ralph Wilson Theatre Gorman House Arts Centre
12 April 6pm and 13 April 2pm and 6pm

Emerging ACT based dance artists working across dance, film and theatre have been working in a three-month intensive mentoring program with local and interstate mentors including Eric Avery, Kim Beamish, Liz Lea and Caroline Wall.

Barbie speaks with emerging dance artist Natsuko Yonezawa
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Maya Pearce – The Missing Garden

Strathnairn Arts Gallery 1, 90 Stockdill Drive Holt
Until
28 April 2019

Maya Pearce is a contemporary artist from China. She started watercolour painting when she moved to Australia three years ago.

Maya has always been interested in exploring the emotional state that lies beneath the surface. In this exhibition. Her latest works show her feelings as a recent immigrant.

Information at http://strathnairn.com.au/

Tuggeranong Arts Centre: Two Worlds and Corin Dam/Space Above

Tuggeranong Arts Centre until 27 April 2019
Mon to Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Hugo Toro was the 2018 recipient of an award for a CIT diploma of Visual Art graduate collection. In Two Worlds he has reworked some of his originals in Photoshop, then printed them to canvas and added a new layer with paint.

Listen to an interview with Hugo Toro
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