TONIGHT (Friday, December 6) at 6pm, M16 Artspace has the opening of its Drawing Prize Exhibition of Finalists.The exhibition will feature a performance from the group “Schwa”, who combine improvised drawing with dance and music. The winner gets $1500, and $500 goes to both second and third places. The judges are artist Jim Kuacz and Molonglo Group director Nectar Efkarpidis. As well there’s a celebration of work by Canberra Art Workshop members in M16′s Gallery 03. M16Artspace is at 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith.
AFTER playing to sold out crowds in 2009 and 2010, Everyman Theatre is bringing back one of Off-Broadway’s most successful musicals, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), featuring the original Canberra cast. The plot combines five musicals, each written in the style of a different composer: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb. At the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre, until December 21, bookings to 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au
IMB Sunset Cinema’s “Family Fridays” feature family oriented movies on the Northern Eucalypt Lawn at the National Botanic Gardens. Today (Friday, December 6), it’ll be “Smurfs 2″ (PG) and on Friday, December 20, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ (PG). sunsetcinema.com.au/Canberra families: $45 (two adults, two kids)“DIRECTION Now” brings together a group of 10 artists for whom abstraction is their chosen visual language. Showing at Form Studio and Gallery 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan. Until December 16, the works are up for bidding at 0430 359 776 or formstudioandgallery.com.au
A NEW Australian documentary, “Fallout”, looks at the making of the ‘end of the world’ film “On the Beach” in Melbourne in 1959, and goes behind the Hollywood glamour to look at the book’s author, Neville Shute. “Fallout” screening at Arc Sunday December 8, 2pm Thursday December 12 , 2pm Saturday December 14, 4:30pm. “On the Beach” screens at Arc Cinema, Saturday, December 21, at 2pm. Bookings to 6248 2000.
TOMORROW (Saturday, December 7), Lifeline Canberra and April’s Caravan are throwing a Merry Old Soul Christmas Party at the vintage clothing store, Hipsley, in Braddon from 10am to 4pm. There’ll be soul records spun by DJ Degg from 10:30am and live music by Fun Machine and Moochers Inc. from noon, with face painting, Santa photos and cocktails. There’ll be 20 per cent off all vintage clothes and proceeds go to training Lifeline Canberra’s telephone crisis support volunteers. At 2/27 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.