Arts in the City / When Les shuffles off this mortal coil

Cast of “The Inheritance”, playing in Belconnen, August 16-17.

WRITTEN by Greg Gould and directed by Cate Clelland, “The Inheritance” is a new Australian comedy with an all-star cast of young and older actors. When billionaire Les Essington dies, his estranged daughter Gina is forced to put her medical career on hold to come home for the will reading. At Belconnen Community Theatre, August 16-17. Bookings to

Playwright Lally Katz… raised in Canberra.

LALLY Katz, author of “Neighbourhood Watch” now running at Theatre 3, was raised in Canberra before studying theatre interstate. Since then she’s had plays performed by Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse, La Boite and Belvoir (where the play premiered in 2011). We hear she is now working on a film version for production by Gillian Armstrong.

THE National Capital Orchestra is not only performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with pianist Katherine Day, but also the Canberra premiere of Australian composer Nigel Sabin’s “Symphony” and the world premiere of a suite from the Australian TV series “Moby Dick” by Australian film composer Christopher Gordon. At The Q, Queanbeyan, 3pm, on Sunday, August 6. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

Shortis and Simpson… sharing their influences.

FRESH from receiving OAMs, Shortis and Simpson are staging “Under the Influence”, a tribute to the singers, songwriters and seminal moments that have inspired them. At Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon, 8pm, Friday, August 11. Bookings to or 6182 0000.

CANBERRA medical specialist and pianist Robert Schmidli is about to perform his annual concert from which all proceeds go to L’Arche Genesaret, which provides community living for people with intellectual disability. He will perform works by Scarlatti, Poulenc, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. At the Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 3pm, on Sunday, August 13. Bookings to, 6282 9066 or at the door.

Jan van de Stool… aka music star Queenie van de Zandt.

IT was good to see the outrageous Jan van de Stool on Foxtel and ABC TV co-hosting the 2017 Helpmann Awards. In real life she is former Canberra music star Queenie van de Zandt, who has invented a stage persona that must have her Canberra family members in tears.

GEOFF Page’s phoenix-like venture Jazz in Concert at the Village continues apace at the ANU’s new pop-up with the Ross Clarke Quartet’s “An Evening of Soul Piano”. At the ANU’s “concert hall” behind the Family Law Court, 6pm for food, with music starting at 7.30pm, Tuesday, August 8. Bookings to

IGITUR Nos Chamber Choir will perform for the next Sunday concert at the High Court, 1.30pm, August 6. It’s free but registration is essential to

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