Capital Blues Inc, Wellington New Zealand

Weekly blues at Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub, corner of Dixon and Taranaki Streets Wellington – every Thursday from 8.30pm
Free for Blues Club members and guests

Wellington is one of Canberra’s sister cities, and we attended the 3 October blues night featuring Carol Bean, Terry Casey and Dave Murphy. What a great night out!

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In Conversation: Liz Nugent and Kirsten McDougall

Thursday 3 October 2019 at 6.30pm
Karori Library Wellington New Zealand

We attended this delightful free event at Karori Library whilst in Wellington. It was a friendly and well organised gathering with a cup of tea and light refreshments on arrival and a well-paced discussion between the two writers. The Wellington Library service is to be congratulated on providing high quality free events like this one. Great to be introduced to a local (NZ) writer’s work as well as the dark tales of Liz Nugent.

Liz Nugent, who was named Irish Woman of the Year in Literature in 2017, chats to Wellington writer Kirsten McDougall about turning to psychological thrillers after a career in Irish radio and television, and the art of getting inside the heads of monstrous characters.

Liz has published three novels Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait, and Skin Deep – which have all been  bestsellers and have collectively won four Irish Book Awards. Lying in Wait was voted Readers’ Choice for the British Richard and Judy Book Club.

In 2018, Kirsten McDougall’s second book Tess was a finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel and longlisted for the Acorn Prize for Fiction at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

12-13 October 2019
Canberra High School, Bindubi Street, Macquarie

This display will feature high quality bonsai from the collections of CBS members, including some created by local artists who are currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum, Canberra. It will include both traditional exotic plant species and Australian species.

Barbie speaks with Jennifer Motley from Canberra Bonsai Society
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Exhibition on Screen – Rembrandt

Narrated by award-winning British actor Robert Lindsay
Dendy Canberra: 26 Sept 10am; Sept 27 at 1pm: Sept 28, 1pm
Palace Electric: Sept 28 at 12pm.

To mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death and the Year of the Dutch Golden Age, Exhibition on Screen presents Rembrandt. Filmed in exquisite detail, the camera offers a privileged view of the once-in-a- lifetime 2015 Late Works exhibition at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and London’s National Gallery.

Barbie speaks with producer Phil Grabsky
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National Capital Orchestra – Mozart Clarinet

The Q Queanbeyan
Sunday 13 October 2019 at 3pm

Guest conductor Alan Cook
Pre-concert talk at 2.15

Orchestral Equations by Melbourne-based composer May Lyon opens the concert. Her music explores themes from deep human emotions, history and mythology, through to mathematical concepts. 

Richard speaks with conductor Alan Cook
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The Song Company – pop-up concert, Sydney

Friday 20 September 2019 – 7pm, St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, Sydney (n.b. Crypt rather than main Cathedral
Saturday 21 September 2019 – 7pm | Verbrugghen Hall, Conservatorium of Music, Sydney (n.b.. change of venue)

In a celebration of the Vernal Equinox, The Song Company presents the second pop-up concert featuring the resplendent Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium.

Antony Pitts talks about the pop-up concerts and The Song Company
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Canberra Sinfonia – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT
Saturday 28 September 2019 at 3pm
Guest Director Harry Ward

Popular for new and returning audiences alike, the four concerti comprising the ‘Four Seasons’ are probably the most well-known pieces of the Baroque repertoire. Noted for stylistic brilliance, each demonstrates a true mastery of melody and orchestral colour, particularly showing off the soloist in passages of dazzling musical nuance.

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Australian Haydn Ensemble: Handel & Delirious Love

Albert Hall Canberra
7pm, Thurs 26 September 2019

Acclaimed Australian soprano Sara Macliver and Australian-born International conductor and harpsichord director Benjamin Bayl join the Australian Haydn Ensemble for a program of Handel and Scarlatti.

Richard speaks with AHE’s Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh, about the concert
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Friends of the School of Music ANU embassy concert

Austrian Ambassador’s Residence
Thursday 19 September at 7pm for 7.15pm

A concert of beautiful music by tertiary students, who are prize winners and grant recipients of the Friends of ANU. The performers will introduce themselves and the music they have chosen. 

  • Katrina Tang (piano), 
  • Ariel Chou (cello) accompanied by Ella Luhtasaari
  • Emmeline Booth (mezzo soprano) also accompanied by Ella Luhtasaari
  • Olivia Faletoese (bass and vocals), Lachie Wheeler (piano and vocals) and Ally Howe (violin and vocals).

The concert will be followed by a light supper.

Tickets must be booked at  and will not be available for purchase at the door.

The Artists’ Society of Canberra Spring Exhibition

The Fitters Workshop, Kingston Foreshore
Until 4pm on 15 September 2019

More than 300 works including wall works in oil, pastel, pencil and acrylic and a small collection of beautiful sculpture await visitors to this year’s Spring exhibition by members of the Artists’ Society of Canberra.

Barbie speaks to Artists’ Society president, Vicki Hingston-Jones
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Italian Film Festival 2019

Palace Electric Canberra
24 September – 16 October 2019

The 20th Italian Film Festival features 26 recent films and two retrospectives including Bertolucci’s five-hour epic, 1900.

It opens with The Champion, set in in the world of professional, millionaire footballers, and finishes with the Australian premiere of Ron Howard’s biopic Pavarotti, the tenor who became an international superstar from the early 1960s until his death in 2007.

Richard speaks with Festival director, Elysia Zeccola
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Musica Viva – Emerson String Quartet

Monday 16 September 2019 at 7pm
Llewellyn Hall ANU Canberra

The celebrated Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in more than 19 years. Founded in 1976, and with all but one of its members unchanged, the ensemble has made more than 30 recordings and won many awards.

This interview with State Manager ACT for Musica Viva, Christina Cook, includes the 1st movement of Mozart’s String Quartet no 21, played by the Emerson String Quartet
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Wild Voices Music Theatre – An Italian Country Afternoon

Gunning Court Room
Sunday 15 September 2019 at 2pm

Twenty- four Italian songs and arias by three regional performing artists and an invitation to spend the afternoon in Gunning – bring a picnic and folding chair or rug or try one of the coffee shops for lunch before the concert.

Dianna Nixon speaks with Barbie about the Italian Country Afternoon

Tickets $30 full, $25 concession, $20 GFG members.

Bookings: Gunning Focus Group – Michael Coley 0415 378 816 or email

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The Song Company – Mind Over Matter

Friday 23 August 2019 at  7.30pm   
The Street Theatre Canberra

Return to the 1980s with a chamber comic opera featuring a computer virus, five courageous singers, two pianists… and two lifts with minds of their own. Directed by Leonie Cambage, with music and words by Antony Pitts, Mind Over Matter presents man against machine in a musical comedy from the golden age of pop.

With high-energy direction by Leonie Cambage, choreography by Broadway powerhouse Leslie Bell, witty inspired set and costume design by Isabel Hudson, and accompanied with four hands at one piano by Sally Whitwell and Antony Pitts, Mind Over Matter promises to be a show to entertain across the generations, and to get the feet tapping and the tunes bringing back and making new memories

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