“TREASURES of Canberra” co-author Lucy Quinn reveals her three favourite items from the National Film and Sound Archive collection. The NFSA was among the collecting institutions to contribute to “Treasures”. You can join her in conversation with curator Jennifer Coombes as they discuss her book and the work of the NFSA. Friday, July 25, from 5:30-6:30pm in the NFSA Theatrette, Acton. Free Talk.
WE keep hearing great things about Sui Jackson’s unusual exhibition “Nature-Mache” at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place Dickson, which consists of great banners of beautiful hand-made paper made from organic matter. It’s up until this Sunday, July 27.
TO bring some warmth and magic to the long Canberra winter, Margaret Dimoff Gallery in Deakin is presenting a special ‘Christmas in July’ event featuring Margaret’s multi-layered paintings, Camille Thomsett’s kinetic art sculptures, magic and laughter by Majura, the Magician, acoustic music performed by Rob Thomsett and Christmas hors d’oeuvres. From 5 to 7pm on Saturday, July 26 at the Margaret Dimoff Gallery, 36-38 Grey Street, Deakin. All welcome.
“THE Anatomy of Life” is Angela Parragi’s new body of work, inspired by the artist’s father’s sudden and surprising triple bypass heart surgery. The sometimes confronting exhibition is composed of traditional portraits of Parragi’s father alongside more anatomical works. Opening 6pm today, Thursday July 24 Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka. Until August 3 Wednesday to Sunday 11pm to 5pm.
GEOFFREY DUNN & Marina Talevski have a collaborative show of fresh art and words at The Front Gallery in Wattle Street, Lyneham, mixing poetry, photography, sculpture and installation into works exploring the written word and visualisations of poetic elements. “2 Tens & A Tomato” runs until July 28 and will feature a poetry slam this Friday, July 25, at 8pm.
THE multi-pronged exhibition, “Japanese Encounter,” continues at M16 Artspace until July 27. It includes: “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art;” “Hbiki”— textiles, painting, print, photography and sculpture inspired by Japan from Emily Casey, Maija Fredrika, Melinda Heal, Jed Henry, Alan J Jones, Amy Kerr-Menz, Patrick O’Keeffe and Stephon Russell.
THE Australian-German Institute, Das Zentrum, is holding a Bilingual Trivia Evening in both English and German at 7pm this Friday, July 25 in The Keller at the Harmonie German Club 49 Jerrabomberra Ave. Narrabundah, but you need to rsvp to 6281 0486 or email email@example.com Sponsors are Lindt Master Chocolatier, the Austrian, German and Swiss Embassies.
CANBERRA Classical Guitar Society is proud to presenting Swedish guitarist and composer Johannes Möller this Saturday, July 26 at 7.30pm in Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the GFA Concert Artist Competition, considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world. Tickets at the door or online at http://www.trybooking.com/FBTX
ART historian Anthony Russell an, authority on fine furniture and a visitors’ guide at the British Museum, will give the next Molonglo Plain ADFAS lecture, “Blenheim Palace – The Agony & the Ecstasy,” at the Airport International Motel (now Comfort Inn Airport International) 57 Yass Road, 2 pm on Thursday, July 24 Queanbeyan. Visitors $25, members FREE of charge.
STRATHNAIRN Arts is presenting “Out of the blue: an exhibition of ceramic works by Craig Edwards” from July 25 to August 10. Ceramicist Janet DeBoos will open the show on Saturday, July 26 at 4 pm. Stockdill Drive, Holt. Strathnairn Gallery + Shop + Cafe open Fri to Sun 10-4.30pm.
PIANIST Colin Forbes plays some of Beethoven’s piano masterpieces, including the hugely popular “Pathetique” and the “Les Adieux” (Farewell) sonata, at St Philip’s Church, corner of Macpherson and Moorhouse Sts, O’Connor, Saturday, July 26 at 7.30pm. Bookings to www.camra.asn.au and tickets at the door.
CRAFTACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre in the North Building has 3 exhibitions that are opening at the Centre next Thursday at 6pm and running until August 30. The fourth instalment of their “Embracing Innovation” series, will feature work by craft and design practitioners who are incorporating new technologies into their practices. South Australian glass artist Kristel Britcher will also be featured in our gallery, with her solo exhibition “Metamophosi,” while in their Crucible Showcase is “Material and Structure,” contemporary Jeweller Phoebe Porter’s first solo exhibition in Canberra in 7 years.
STEVE Lane & the Autocrats were featured on The Wiggles tribute album alongside the likes of Sarah Blasko, Busby Marou and Clare Bowditch. Their new album “#2 Birds Taking Flight” was written and produced by Lane and recorded mostly with the same artists as the first album. They’ll be at The Front Gallery and Cafe, in Lyneham this Thursday July 24.
“STARS of the Tokyo stage” explores kabuki and modern Japanese printmaking in the context of the astounding changes taking place in Tokyo as the 20th century unfolded. It’s at the National Gallery of Australia, until October 12. Free.
COMING to The Abbey this Saturday July 26 are two separate shows, “Burlesque Idol” at 6.30pm and “Noir Revue” at 10pm, doors open 6.30pm, bookings to theabbey.com.au
AT the Canberra Irish Club from 7pm on Saturday July 26, you can see local entertainers from Miss Kitka’s House of Burlesque in “Searchlights and Sirens: Minnie the Moocher,” bookings to eventbrite.com.au/e/searchlights-and-sirens-minnie-the-moocher-tickets-11746777929
CONTEMPORARY folk singer Fred Smith will be back again at the Canberra Theatre’s Courtyard Studio until July 27 with a revamped version of his “Dust of Uruzgan”, complemented by projected photographs from Afghanistan. Smith wrote songs while working for DFAT and playing concerts on the Multinational Base in Tarin Kowt. Bookings to 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au