MonthOctober 2019

Canberra Brass and Zackerbilks – Prohibition

Presented by BentSpoke Brewing Co. 
Albert Hall
Friday 1 November 2019, 7pm till late

You are invited to kick up your heels to the music of the ’20s and ’30s with an evening of music and dancing. Bring your own banquet to share with your friends.  Drinks on sale.

  • Early Bird Special – $40 per person until 18 October 2019
  • Table seating of 10 people per table
  • Bookings: TryBooking:  https://www.trybooking.com/BFJCQ
  • Door price $80 per person

LJM Owen – The Great Divide

Echo, Australia, 2019

LJM Owen is the Director of the Terror Australis Festival in Cygnet Tasmania and will appear at the festival between 1 and 3 November 2019.

LJ departs from her inter-millenial sleuth series to introduce us to a new hero, Jake Hunter, in a dark tale of decades of child abuse in a small fictitious Tasmanian town called Dunton.

Leaving his police job in Melbourne to escape a personal drama, Jake thinks his posting to Dunton will be a chance for a quiet time to regroup and consider his future, enjoy the peace and mind-space of the rural setting and do some rock climbing.

Barbie talks to LJM Owen about The Great Divide
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You are here festival

25 to 27 October 2019
Various locations in Civic and Braddon, Canberra

You are here is an experimental arts festival and focusses in 2019 on responding to societal malaise – it aims to be restorative and relaxed.

Ketura Budd talks to Barbie about You Are Here

There is music, dance, workhsops, spoken poetry, installations, discussions, community making, sleep training, projection art and even a dinner party.

The festival is funded by the ACT Government, Sydney Myer Fund, Nelson Meers Foundation, W and A Johnson Family Foundation and Keir Foundation.

Most events are free. Some however require booking. Find out more at facebook.com/YouAreHereCanberra/

Livia Day – Keep Calm and Kill the Chef

Deadlines, an imprint of Twelfth Planet Press, Australia 2019

Livia Day, who also writes as Tansy Rayner Roberts, will appear at the Terror Australis Festival in Cygnet Tasmania from 1 to 3 November 2019.

This is a cozy café crime novel and hence about murder and some mayhem, but it is also a book about friendships, both female and male-female.

We are treated to lots of fun in this somewhat kooky and very youthful novel, the fourth in the Café la Femme series. You don’t need to have read the previous three, but this has whetted my appetite to do so.

Barbie talks with Livia Day
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Painting with Parkinson’s – Silver Lining

Exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre
1 to 24 November 2019

The Painting with Parkinson’s program celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019 with an exhibition of work by artists Adrian Aylott, Kathy Drake, Ann Gould, Margaret Healey, Charles Jordaan, Katrina Muir, Marilyn Nelson, Ann Nugent, Jan Robbins, Ann Somers, Dennis Thorncraft, Nazli Underwood, Barbara van der Linden and Helen Woodbridge.

Barbie talks to artist and tutor at Painting With Parkinsons, John Pratt

Belconnen Arts Centre is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Information at https://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/

Image credit: Untitled by Dennis Thorncraft.

Angela Meyer – A Superior Spectre

Ventura Press, Australia, 2018
Angela Meyer will appear at the Terror Australis festival in Cygnet Tasmania between 1 and 3 November 2019

Richly redolent of Mann and Kafka, this is a disturbing surreal debut novel by Angela Meyer.

Two principal characters  occupy this story – Leonora Duncan in the 1860s in Scotland and the person we eventually learn to be Jeff in a just slightly future present, a dying man who moves from Australia to Scotland to escape his own life and the possible surveillance of the unnamed authorities. He is in search of release and freedom in a way, but is unable to govern his own parasitic desires.

Angela Meyer talks to Barbie about A Superior Spectre
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World premiere: Flight Memory

The Street Theatre, Canberra
14-17 November 2019

Information and bookings: thestreet.org.au

The so-called ‘black box’ flight recorder is probably Australia’s greatest gift to global aviation safety. Flight Memory, a new song suite at The Street Theatre, tells the story of its inventor, Dr David Warren AO.

Caroline Stacey tells Richard about Flight Memory
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Shiny Bum Singers – Kerry Kennedy Tribute Concert

Sunday 27 October 2019 at 2pm
The Artists Shed
88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick
Entry by donation

Kerry Kennedy contributed many songs to the Shiny Bums’ 20-year collection of parodies about the Public Service, politicians and other issues. Kerry sadly died on 10 April this year and the Shiny Bums will pay tribute to their dear friend by performing their favourites from his oeuvre.

All are welcome to celebrate the musical work of Kerry Kennedy at this event.

Art in Miniature Canberra -exhibition

Strathnairn Homestead Gallery
Until 10 November 2019

Eighteen artists showing ninety-nine works make this a big exhibition of small works. Some of Canberra’s best known and loved artists have works in this exhibition with subject matter so varied there is sure to be something for every taste.

Barbie speaks with artist Camelia Smith

There are still life studies, flowers and fruit along with tiny detailed landscapes and seascapes. There are boats, birds and other animals, bonsai trees, cityscapes and festival scenes. Armchair travelers will find scenes from around the world.

With the constraint of making an image 10x10cms or no larger than 100 square centimetres, the artists in this exhibition prove that it is possible to do a great deal with very little space.

The artists are: Sharon Buckland, Margaret Bice, Margaret Carr, Lyn Cottingham, Kylie Fogarty, Jocelyn Godber, Eva Henry, Cheryl Hodges, Janet Hicks, Sandra House, Val Johnson, Michaela Laurie, Stuart Marshall, Isla Patterson, Neil Renfree, Camelia Smith, Jan Vincent and Arlene Williams.

Strathnairn is open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm at 80 Stockdill Drive Holt.

Information at http://strathnairn.com.au

Canberra Opera Recital – The Magic of Mozart

Featuring  Clare Therese Hedley, Katrina Wiseman and Nathaneal Patterson
Saturday 26 October 2019 at 3:30pm – 5pm
St Philip’s Anglican Church, MacPherson Street O’Connor

Canberra Opera’s final recital brings the much-loved works of Mozart to Canberra audiences  with pieces from The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte and The Magic Flute.

Barbie speaks with Clare Therese Hadley about the concert

Clare Therese Hedley has been involved with Canberra Opera since 2016 and was a part of the chorus in their 2017 production of Die Fledermaus. Clare took on her first principal role with Canberra Opera as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte in 2018 where she again had the opportunity to work with Ghillian Sullivan.

Joanna Nell – The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker

Hachette, Australia, 2019

Joanna Nells’ second novel is a sensitive, gently humorous story that takes us into the mind of a woman with dementia.

To say this baldly however does scant justice to a beautiful work in which the story of a life unfolds both through the failing mind of Mrs Henry Parker and those around her on the Golden Sunset cruise ship.

Mrs Parker spends most of this story looking for her husband Henry, who has mysteriously disappeared from the ship (perhaps, she thinks) or perhaps she just keeps missing him as their paths fail to cross. We know there is something going on but we are not allowed to know what until the very end – satisfyingly.

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Opera Australia: West Side Story

Directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely
Canberra Theatre Centre
Until Sunday 27 October 2019

This production of Leonard Bernstein and Steven Sondheim’s classic musical retelling of Romeo and Juliet comes to Canberra after touring to Melbourne, New Zealand, Germany and Sydney.

It stars Todd Jacobsson (alternating with Nigel Huckle) as Tony, Nigel Sophie Salvestani as Maria, Chloe Zuel as Anita, Noah Mullins as Riff and Keanu Gonzalez as Bernardo.

Richard spoke to Chloe Zuel (pictured), who plays the part of Anita, at the Canberra media preview
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Tara Moss – Dead Man Switch

Harper Collins, Australia , 2019
Tara Moss appeared at the Terror Australis Festival, 1 to 3 November 2019 in Cygnet, Tasmania

Dead Man Switch is Tara Moss’s first foray into historical crime fiction, set in Sydney in 1946. It is her 12th novel and introduces us to a new character, Private Investigator Ms Billie Walker.

(And yes, Wiki tells us that Ms was an acceptable abbreviation for Mistress, in England, in the 17th and 18thcenturies, which then enjoyed a revival in the 20th century, a surprise to all of us who thought it was a modern phenomenon.)

Barbit talks with Tara Moss about Dead Man Switch
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WOW in wonderful windy Wellington NZ

Opinion, by Barbie Robinson

What’s WOW and why were we there? Canberrans will know that Wellington, like Nara and Beijing, is one of our sister cities. Canberra’s population is about 390,000; Wellington’s is about 413,000. Both are the capital cities of our nations.

Our experiences of Wellington over many years confirm that it is a city which does well in the arts and culture stakes as well as being very live-able and pleasant to visit as a tourist.

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