Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings
“EVOKING the intoxicating passion of late-night Buenos Aires,” they’re saying, “Tango Fire” heads to town for one performance only. Canberra Theatre Centre, 5pm, Sunday, August 21. Bookings to 6275 2700.
SUPA Productions is back on the boards with the musical “Funny Girl”, directed by Jarrad West, with Vanessa De Jager playing the part of Fanny Brice, the role that made Barbra Streisand famous. Hummable songs include “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “People”. At The Q, Queanbeyan, August 19-September 3. Bookings to theq.ne.au or 6285 6290.GOOD news that Canberra baritone Don Bemrose plays the co-lead role of the young lover Tarka in the new film opera “Shaped by Trees”, created by Amsterdam-based composer Konstantin Koukias, with libretto by Biasino William Pezzimenti. Bemrose is of Gungarri descent and is considered to be Australia’s foremost male Aboriginal classical opera singer. Details at filmoperashapedbytrees.com
US drummer Gregg Bissonette will hold a drum clinic, with an expected crowd of close to 300 people, at The Basement, Belconnen, on August 24, followed by a rock drumming master class at host organisation, the Groove Warehouse on August 25. Bookings to firstname.lastname@example.org
THOSE spirited gals at Feminartsy and the Fearless Initiative are presenting an evening of women in comedy, with stand-up performances from Juliet Moody, Cathy Crowley and Codie Bell. There will be a panel discussion about the status and experiences of, well, women in comedy. Part of the proceeds from the evening will go to supporting survivors of domestic violence. Gorman Arts Centre, main hall, 7pm, Thursday, August 25. Tickets at the door.
GUITAR duo, siblings Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, are back with their pigeonhole-defying performance of musical styles – classical, jazz, world, scored and improvised at The Street, 7.30pm, Saturday, August 27. Bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6243 1223.
THE Brioso Quartet presents “Russian String Quartets”, music by Shostakovich and Glazunov, at Cooinda Hall, Kangara Waters Retirement Village, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen, at 2.15pm, Sunday, August 21. Bookings to trybooking.comTHE Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Classical Twilight Concert Series has Canberra violinist extraordinaire Barbara Jane Gilby in the concert “Romance and Revolution”, 5pm-7pm, Sunday, August 21. “I love the mix of younger and more experienced performers, and not having to trek north of the lake to play,” Gilby says. Bookings to tuggeranongarts.com