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Shiny Bum Singers – Rampant Bureaucracy

Sunday 17 November 2019 at 2pm
The Artists Shed, 88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick
Tickets $20 including refreshments

This musical is a fictional story about an important time for MP ‘Wally Doodle’ in the leadup to a Federal election.

Shiny Bums Donna O’Brien and Frankie Seymour preview Rampant Bureaucracy

Wally wonders what he could offer older Australians which would help him win.

Sensitive areas are probed including cut backs, politicisation and whistle blowing!

Tickets at Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rampant-bureaucracy-tickets-74965051487 or at the door if not sold out.

For more information, email annette.selwood@bigpond.com, or
phone 0412 101 543

Information at https://shinybumsingers.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/103141799725391/

Open Garden weekend at Terroux

16 and 17 November 10am to 4pm
88 Rochford Road Hall (off Wallaroo Road)

Barbara Baikie and Peter Fletcher invite you to be part of the ever-evolving story of their gardens at Terroux. Take time to stroll around the established and new plantings – the newly planted blossom trees in the developing Japanese garden, rose beds, dedicated and memorial gardens.

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Terroux – Rufus//Sheridan performance and CD launch

Fundraising Spring Soirée
17 November 2019 4pm to 6pm
Information – 
www.terroux.com.au

Local jazz duo Rufus//Sheridan will launch the hardcopy of their CD Documentation during this year’s spring soirée at the beautiful rural property of Terroux near Hall. The album has been described by Smiths Alternative Canberra as an ‘ intimate exploration through the worlds of traditional and modern jazz, paying homage to the greats while exploring the harmonic freedom of modern jazz.’

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Innovative painting and dancing with Parkinson’s combined classes

Belconnen Arts Centre
Tuesdays 12 and 19 November 2019
From 2.15pm, all welcome

People with Parkinson’s, their family and carers are invited to attend an exciting and innovative ‘come and try’ session on either or both dates, incorporating dance and painting.

John Pratt and Philip Piggin at the first combined painting and dance classes for Parkinsons at Belconnen Arts Centre
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Skride Piano Quartet – Musica Viva

Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra
Thursday 14 November 2109 at 7pm
Touring nationally until 19 November 2019

The Skride Piano Quartet is a new classical quartet of four leading European soloists. Sisters, soloists and regular duo partners, Baiba and Lauma Skride are joined by two of their favourite chamber music colleagues, Lise Berthaud and Julian Steckel.

Barbie speaks with Musica Viva’s Christina Cook about the Skride Piano Quartet
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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

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/

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.

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.

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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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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