Anna Blackie – How to Adult

(A guide to not being a trash human and other life issues)
Illustrated by Alex Nicol, @perceptioninfection
Pantera/Lost the Plot, Australia 2020

This excellent survival manual for millennials is Anna Blackie’s first published work. It covers in useful detail and with reference to expert advisers, an array of problematic practical life issues including finance including tax, cooking, legal, social media, professional, health and fitness.

Whilst with serious intent, How to Adult is written in an engaging, readable and highly accessible style, deftly laced with goodly doses of sardonic humour. Think the opposite of po-faced.

Anna Blackie talks about How to Adult

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Scottish music showcase comes to Smiths Alternative

Brighde Chaimmbeul

Brìghde Chaimbeul with Jamie Murphy
Smiths Alternative, Canberra City
Friday 24 January 2020 at 6pm

Award-winning Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul (Campbell) is currently touring Australia as part of The Year of Scotland 2020 showcase.

Richard spoke to Brigde Chaimbeul. The music is Tornala Maika, from her debut album The Reeling

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Australian Haydn Ensemble – Emperors & Armies

7pm Thursday 6th February 2020
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest

Boccherini’s playful flute quintet Las Parejas (The Couples) opens AHE’s 2020 season. The title refers to a Spanish horse race in which two horsemen ride hand in hand. Boccherini infuses the quintet with a military flavour, reminiscent of his famous work Night Streets of Madrid.

Barbie speaks with Australian Haydn Ensemble Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh

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Pinned and Stitched

Textiles by Belconnen Community Gallery Emerging Artist Support Scheme prize winners Angela Coleman, Portia Lawson, Anna Roufogalis and Rosie Armstrong
21 January to 14 February
Opening celebration Wednesday 22 January at 5.30pm, all welcome

  • Rosie Armstrong uses the techniques of laser cutting and watercolour paints to create a narrative of insect decline.
  • Anna Roufogalis looks into the functionality and beauty of the human body through the lens of textiles. 
  • Portia Lawson’s collection of scientific-like specimens explores the synergy of spontaneity and individuality, and order and uniformity in natural systems of growth through the medium of automated machine embroidery and hand beading. 
  • Angela Coleman’s work investigates our memories attached to and imbued in clothing. The ephemeral nature of both is conveyed through the fragile materiality.

BCS Gallery is in Swanson Court Belconnen.

David Burton – The Man in the Water

University of Queensland Press, 2019
Available at independent bookstores and online sellers

This is David Burton’s debut novel, billed as young adult fiction and with two teenage boys, Shaun and Will, as the main protagonists, but an entertaining, fast-paced and thought-provoking read for adults (certainly for this one).

David Burton has previously written 30 professionally produced theatrical works and has directed productions for the Queensland Music Festival. His memoir How to be Happy won Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2014.

Barbie talks to David Burton about The Man in the Water
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Bush Fire Relief Yoga

Chambers Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton ACT
Sunday 5 January 2019, 10am and 4pm

Writer and teacher Valerie Albrecht invites you to join a one hour class of Bhakti Yoga – its nature and practice is love, gentleness and respect for all phenomena on our Earth, all beings and ourselves.

Classes will include seated chair poses, relaxation & meditation.

Parking is at P1, near to the Pavilion.

Attendance by donation to : Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Relief; Salvation Army Disaster AppealSt Vincent de Paul Society Bushfire Appeal (NSW)

Enquiries: 0406 052 339

Exhibitions at M16

16 January – 2 February 2020
21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-5pm

Unnatural Histories – Dan Power and Luke Hadland

An investigation into the anthropogenic erosion of biodiversity in the natural world, which explores the disruption of ecosystem structure and impact of invasive species by illustrating the story in a personal way.

Migration – Sian Watson

Migration is an investigation into the movement and environmental displacement of humans and birds. Watson uses sculpture and photo mediums to explore the human/animal figure in contrasting and sometimes extreme environments. Through varied landscapes, Watson shows the seemingly inhospitable habitats utilised by necessity in the current global climate.

Barbie speaks with Sian Watson about Migration

A Month of Sundays – Brenda Goggs

This body of work comprises 31 woven tapestries, that provide glimpses of iconic Australian moments and explore Australian Identity.

Chutespace  Meditations in Glass – Susan Wiscombe

Chutespace is curated by Kerry Shepherdson & Jeffree Skewes, (M16 studio artists) – a former library book return chute, artists exhibiting in this space create works which respond to the unusually small dimensions of the space

Clear Blue Sky – The Song Company 2020 season

Antony Pitts (photo by Nick Gilbert)

Antony Pitts – artistic director
Francis Greep – associate artistic director

The Heavens inspire the 2020 season with  works from Hildegard of Bingen via Dieterich Buxtehude to Gavin Bryars.

 ‘The spiritual in music has always been there – in the songlines and ritual traditions of First Peoples around the world to the enigmatic musical notation in the 3000-year-old Jewish Book of Psalms – and composers down the centuries have created some of their most enduring masterpieces on sacred texts.

Barbie speaks with Antony Pitts about the Song Company’s 2020 season
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Gunning Arts Festival

17-18 April 2020

With the theme Celebrating Nature, the first Gunning Arts Festival will be held on 17 and 18 April 2020. Many artists and artisans live in Gunning and region and they have come together to present the festival, espousing the philosophy that arts has much to offer in challenging times.

Barbie speaks with Margarita Georgiadis about the festival
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Behind the Lines – The Greatest Hits Tour

The year’s best political cartoons 2019
Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra

The winner of this year’s Cartoonist of the Year Award  is Jon Kudelka. Kudelka’s cartoons have appeared in The Australian and he has recently joined the team at The Saturday Paper. He sees the main aim of political cartooning as ‘puncturing the pompous and the puffed- up.’

Barbie spoke with curator Jennifer Forest
Sydney Morning Herald cartoonist Cathy Wilcox spoke to Richard about political cartooning
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Diane Armstrong – The Collaborator

Fiction HQ, Australia 2019

This historical novel is based on the life and deeds of Rezsö Kasztner, a controversial figure who saved over a thousand Hungarian Jews on a rescue train in 1944.

His fictional equivalent is Miklós Nagy and much of the detail is imagined but the significant plot details are taken from history including the meetings with Nazis Eichmann and Becher.

Diane Armstrong talks about The Collaborator
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Maria Pfohl and Siva Nathan- A Peaceful World

Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines Cellar Door
13 Gladstone Street Hall ACT
Until 2 February 2020
Open Thursday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm

Hungarian born Australian artist Maria Pfohl works in watercolour, taking her inspiration from nature and telling stories with each work. She specialises in birds,  flowers and landscapes and her work speaks of her love of colour and natural beauty.

Barbie speaks with Maria Pfohl and Siva Nathan
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