Musical sunsets and other arts. The weekend in arts

YOU can watch the sun go down over Lake Ginninderra this Sunday July 6 at 5pm, as Shortis and Simpson, Worldly Goods Choir and the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra.

Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

THEY will perform music from Greece, Italy, Finland, Germany and France and Oz, at Belconnen Arts Centre. Bookings to

COMEDIAN Dayne Rathbone and his brother Clyde perform their brand new comedy play “It’s Me Mandela” at The Playhouse this Saturday July 5 at 8pm. Since starting his comedy career in Canberra (of all places) in 2010, South African immigrant Dayne has gone on to national and international success. Making his acting debut is ACT Brumby (and former Wallaby) rugby player, Clyde Rathbone. Proceeds go to two African charities, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Funda Nenja. Bookings to or 6275 2700

marcela fiorillo

BRILLIANT Argentine-born concert pianist Marcela Fiorillo is also a distinguished teacher. At 4pm tomorrow, Friday July 4, at 6.30pm her piano student Johanna Chia, Iris Bian, Heiman Mak, Ingrid Zhang, Aaron Choy, Lachlan Tang, Sheena Kan, Crystal Choy, Daniel Nguyen, Nicole Wang, Christine Thompson, Giselle Roberts, Sharon Robinson, Tristan Struve and Andrew Rumsey, will be performing Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Kabalewsky, Albeniz, Guastavino and others at Wesley Music Centre in Forrest. Free Entry.

RUNNING from July 4 to August 10 at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery in Kingsley St Acton is “Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: Storytellers of the Town,” the first major solo exhibition to be held in Australia by Thai artist Rasdjarmrearnsook. Her work is concerned with fundamental ideas of life and death, history and fate, the tragic limitations and absurd failures of communication, and the reconfigurations of self through a succession of artistic displacements.

Janet Angus, "Coincide," 2013

Janet Angus, “Coincide,” 2013

THE exhibition “Fowl Play” at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Furneaux Street, Manuka, until Sunday July 6 explores relationships between the domestic hen and society. Painter Janet Angus hopes it will lead to a better understanding of our feathered friends.

Leena Riethmuller "Fitting into yourself"  2013

Leena Riethmuller “Fitting into yourself” 2013

MEANTIME at CCAS in Gorman House Braddon until August 9, Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, curator Debra Porch’s exhibition “Intimate Spaces Revealed” looks at “the feeling of a close personal association of the deepest nature” in works by Caitlin Franzmann, Carol McGregor and Leena Riethmuller.

Image: Samuel Townsend You and Me 2014

FRIDAY is obviously a big day at CCAS Gorman House, as the gallery also launches “Art of Seduction” works by Natalie Randall, Samuel Townsend and Christopher Twiney. Art that is “seductive” is often spoken about as if it’s a bad thing, but CCAS and curator/director David Broker beg to differ. The show runs to August 9, Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Ursula Yovich

Ursula Yovich

TO celebrate NAIDOC Week, writer/actor Ursula Yovich joins writer Vanessa Bates and director Chris Bendall for a discussion and audience Q&A about the different forms of Indigenous and non-Indigenous story-telling that have helped shape the play “The Magic Hour,” coming to The Street Theatre from July 4-6 (bookings to 1.30–3pm, Saturday, July 5, Parliament House Theatre, free event but bookings essential to

Mariana del Castillo, "Mourning sketches," mixed media

Mariana del Castillo, “Mourning sketches,” mixed media

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre will today launch two new exhibitions, “and I stopped” by Mariana del Castillo and “More Than a Body: Organic Perception” by Fredrika Rose, winners respectively of the 2013 “LAKESIDE” Award and the 2013 Emerging Artist Support Scheme prize. The joint opening will take place today, Thursday, July 3, at 6pm, and be officiated by Member for Canberra Ms Gai Brodtman MP. It will also include a speech by artist G W Bot. The shows run until August 2 in Gallery 2.

Work by Fran Romano

Work by Fran Romano

AT Watson Arts Centre,  from today until July 20, you can see ceramics by selected 2013 ANU School of Art graduates, Julie Barnett, David Lea, Fran Romano and Tanya Roberts. Opening today, July 3, at 6.30pmn by Maryke Henderson, president of the Canberra Potters’ Society. All welcome. Gallery hours 10am – 4pm Thursday to Sunday.

USING a range of clips from the National Film and Sound Archive collection, Anne Pender, will be at the NFSA Theatrette tomorrow Friday July 4 at 5.30pm to illustrate the extraordinary contribution made by various actors to television in its first 20 years, highlighting the work of Ron Haddrick, Nick Tate, June Salter, Garry McDonald, Kate Fitzpatrick, Helen Morse and others. Pender is an Associate Professor at the School of Arts, University of New England.

GEOFFREY Dunn’s solo exhibition of new photographic work entitled “Zoologica,” a collection of 12 monochromatic prints, it is a photographic study of life through death exploring zoological specimens. At Kaori Gallery, Corner London Circuit, Hobart Place, Canberra City until August 2.

NAIDOC week is up and running at Belconnen Arts Centre. From 3pm to 5pm this Friday you can hear stories from the creative frontline of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture in the ACT region. Featuring arts and cultural professionals Duncan Smith (Wiradjuri Echoes), Linda Huddleston (Burrunju Gallery), Jo Donovan (Bandu Catering) and Michael Weir (Stik n Move) in conversation with Cara Kirkwood (Indigenous Program at National Gallery of Australia). Free, including afternoon tea by Bandu Catering.

Duncan Smith, "Kangaroo Hunting," 2013

Duncan Smith, “Kangaroo Hunting,” 2013

MEANTIME from July 4-27 in the BAC Gallery, Duncan Smith’s “Patterns of the Past” is on show as he makes patterns to remember his Wiradjuri ancestors, the things they did and where they lived. Meet the artist 3pm, Sunday July 13.

Regional Weave- 'Cuppa Time,' Alana Garwood Huong, 2014

Regional Weave- ‘Cuppa Time,’ Alana Garwood Huong, 2014

ALSO until July 27 in the Foyer at BAC is a show of works by Indigenous weavers of the ACT and region, who to explore and express cultural identity through weaving. Meet the artists at 3pm, Sunday July 13. All the while, in the Arts Lounge is a show about Price’s Café, one of the few places on the south coast where the Aboriginal community was supported and made welcome in 1950s Australia. All shows at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, 10:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Neel Kolhatkar

Neel Kolhatkar

YOUTUBE sensation Neel Kolhatkar is one of Australia’s fastest-rising young comedians. In 2013 he was named as one of the best up and coming comedians in Australia and now he brings his debut stage show, “GENeration comedy,” to Canberra. Kolhatkar already has 200 000+ Facebook fans and he’s only 19. At Zierholz @ UC, Bruce, 7:30pm this Saturday July 5, bookings to 1300 762 545 or

Dave Hughes

KNOWN as much for his drawling accent as he is for his ability to skewer the absurdity of normal life, comedian Dave Hughes accurately captures the caustic Australian sense of humour. He’ll be at the Royal Theatre tomorrow, Friday July 4, at 7:30pm. Booking to  or 132 849.

7Squares_June 2014

TODAY Thursday, July 3 at 6.30pm, Strathnairn Arts is launching “Squares 2014,” its annual People’s Choice Exhibition, which will run until July 20, when this year’s winners will be announced at 3pm. Stockdill Drive Holt.

Mirka Mora artwork

Mirka Mora artwork

MANNING Clark House has an exhibition of new work by Mirka Mora, one of the big personalities from the heyday of art in Melbourne. Opening at 4pm on Sunday July 6 at 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest. Bookings essential to or 6295 1808.

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