On the cultural tourism radar: weekend arts

KIM Nelson’s exceedingly popular open studio style gallery at 67 Comur Street Yass (the historic Oddfellows’ Hall) will soon morph into an artist collective.

A painting by Kim Nelson

A painting by Kim Nelson

Nelson is staging a clearance exhibition of his limited edition prints, booklets, cards and original artwork Saturday & Sunday May 24 and 25, 10 am to 4 pm. “I’m glad to say that the venue has really come of age and ended up on the cultural tourism radar,” Nelson tells us.

Sharik the Dog becomes Man - costume designs by Imogen Keen

Sharik the Dog becomes Man – costume designs by Imogen Keen

DOG becomes Man in the Frankensteinian musical “Heart of a Dog,” written by local playwright Jim McGrath with music by Canberra rock musician, Marc Robertson. With an all-star team of cast and creatives, it runs at The Street until Saturday May 24. Booking to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.

“GOOGLE Goggling” is one of the games to be played in community radio station ArtSound FM’s trivia night at Eastlake Football Club in Kingston, 7pm this Friday, May 23. “Citynews” music writer Clinton White will be the host and there’ll be a “Sing the Jingle” game with live music accompaniment by Franklyn B Paverty. Bookings to 6295 7444 or http://artsound.fm


ROCK band Dragon, Todd Hunter, Mark Williams, Pete Drummond and Bruce Reid, are on the road to celebrate its own ‘three ages’ (the Young Years (1973 – 1979), the Glory Years (1982 – 1998) and the Phoenix Years (from 2006 on) in “Dragon – The Trilogy Concert tour. At The Abbey, gold Creek, tomorrow, Friday, May 23, bookings to theabbey.com.au | or 6230 2905.


“KENSUKE Todo: A Survey” is now on show at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton, 12 – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, until June 29. Curated by former director of the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Peter Haynes, exhibition of “Mild steel sculptures” takes a look at the ‘paradoxical works’ of Japanese-born, Canberra-resident, and Kensuke Todo. Born in Kyoto, educated in Japan and Australia.

AS part of “The Mountains Tour,” the group Chaika will perform original and traditional pieces, “gently wandering through foreign lands,” tomorrow at 7.30pm May 23, in the Artists Shed 14 Foster Street Queanbeyan. They’ll be supported by husband and wife performers, musician Mahesh Radhakrishnan and dancer Jennifer White. Bookings to music@artistsshed.com

CANBERRA artist and illustrator, Kylie Fogarty

CANBERRA artist and illustrator, Kylie Fogarty

CANBERRA artist and illustrator, Kylie Fogarty, is joined in the exhibition, “Azure Assurances”, by Lilli Pilli artist, Ian Lakey, Sydney designer-artist Simon Palmer and at Aarwun Gallery in Gold Creek, until June 22.

THE Australian National University Choral Society, SCUNA, under the direction of Andrew Koll, will perform “Jubilate Deo”, it includes sounds of great composers such as Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli and Josquin performed by top instrumentalists and three different choruses, at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka, 7.30pm Saturday, May 24, bookings to trybooking.com/80898 or tickets at the door. (Best to arrive about half an hour early, as seating is unallocated).

CANBERRA Contemporary Art Space, Gorman House, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, has works by photographers Dean Butters and Graham Sorrell and mixed media drawings by Aldo Iacobelli, Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm until June 21.

Shawl from Warped and Twisted

Shawl from Warped and Twisted

THE Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre still has the Canberra Spinners and Weavers show “Warped and Twisted” until this Saturday, May 24,.weekdays 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm.

From 'Love Lettters'

From ‘Love Lettters’

WHILE you’re there, you might catch the last few days of “Love Letters,” a touching performance by husband and wife team Huw Higginson and Hannah Waterman, Thursday May 22, 8 PM, Friday, May 23 8 PM and Saturday, May 24, 2 PM and 8 PM. Bookings to theQ.net.auTHE Australian National Eisteddfod’s Bands and Orchestras division is already up and running with 100 entries and 3000 individual performers. For program and bookings visit nationaleisteddfod.org.au

Ginar Maliyan  image

Ginar Maliyan image

THE gallery@bcs “Respect” series is now showing an exhibition of paintings and drawings by the Ginar Maliyan Mob in celebration of Reconciliation Week. The Ginar Maliyan Mob teaches art, dance, music, leadership, confidence and self-pride to young artists and this show is also working in conjunction with the Barnardo’s indigenous kids. All paintings are for sale to help raise funds to get resources for the program in the future. Until June 6 in the Gallery at Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Crt Belconnen, Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:30pm.

THE Sydney Consort will be at Wesley Music Centre at 7pm on May 25, performing an exciting mix of ‘old and new’ music by notable Dutch and Australian composers. Bookings to trybooking.com/DVJG or at the door.

AT Kangaroo Valley this weekend, Arts in the Valley has two Gershwin concerts. On Saturday May 24 at 7pm, Simon Tedeschi will perform classics by Gershwin and his admirers. Then, on Sunday May 25 at 2pm, jazz pianist Mike Nock, will do his take on Gershwin. Bookings to artsinthevalley.com.au or 0467 209 819.

Natalie Magee

Natalie Magee

NATALIE Magee will be performing alongside Sydney act Goldheist this Saturday, May 24 in Smith’s Alternative Bookstore for a concert to raise funds for the “We’re For The Bush” NSW Drought Appeal. A Canberra raised singer/songwriter, Magee is halfway through a confronting fundraising concert tour around drought affected regional NSW. There’ll also be a concert at Yass Memorial Hall on Sunday. Bookings and inquiries to Goldheistmusic.com or on the door.MEGALO Print Studio + Gallery at 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, still has Heather Burness’ show “Looking Back: down the river” until June 1, a reflection in print on this. Canberra artist’s relocation to the Bega River. Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm.

WESLEY Music Scholars’ Autumn Concert will be held this Sunday, May 25 at 3pm in the Wesley Music Centre. The continuing and newly-appointed scholars are Alys Rayner and Esther Wong (violin), Zanele Ramsay (soprano), Sarah Campbell (mezzo-soprano), Joshua Knol (baritone), Emma Rayner (cello and piano), Matthew Ventura (flute and bassoon), Ciaran Edwards-McKeown (guitar) and Rowan Phemister (harp), Caleb Wong (Cello and piano) and they will perform works by Haydn, Brahms, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Rodrigo, Delibes (The Flower duet) and Manuel de Falla – Kreizler (Danse Espagnole). Tickets at the door. Proceeds go towards the cost of the scholarships.

A work by Ann Gould

A work by Ann Gould

STRATHNAIRN Arts is presenting “Different Strokes,” an exhibition of works by 19 artists meet every Wednesday at the homestead on Stockdill Drive, Holt. The exhibition will feature traditional watercolours, bright expressive acrylics and oils, pastels and collages by Maria Bendall, Ian Bermingham, Rosemary Brock, Lyne Dingwall, Ruth Dodd, Desley Ferguson, Ann Gould, Adrienne Greenwood, Robyn Hanigan, Julie Hawkins, Eric James, Phillipa Kirkby-Jones, Margaret Langford, Ruth Lathlean, Maureen Lawrentin, Phil Mead, Jenny Nolan, Gael Parr and Judy Tokley. The group developed from a class run by Michael Winters, who will open the show on Saturday, May 24 at 4 PM. All welcome.

Rosie at the Mosaic workshop

QUEANBEYAN City Council has been running mosaic workshops with the community to work on panels for the new Federation Garden (construction underway) in Waniassa Park adjacent to the Queanbeyan Sensory Garden. The eight panels depict the floral emblems of each state and territory, but council needs Queanbeyan residents to help finish them off and is organising another workshop day this Saturday, May 24 at the Queanbeyan Library, 6 Rutledge Street, from 10am – 3pm. Refreshments, lunch and all materials will be provided – but you must be at least 12 years old to participate. Inquiries to Cultural Development Officer Georgina Perri at 6285 6170 or Georgina.Perri@qcc.nsw.gov.au

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