Arts in the City / Tom’s second serve of cheer

Comedian Tom Gleeson… second show.

COMEDIAN Tom Gleeson had no idea how popular he was in what he calls the “bloated public service”, so has put on a second show when he comes to town to perform. “Cheer Up” is at The Playhouse, August 19, 7pm & 8.45pm. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

Shaun Parker’s “Blue Love” at The Playhouse, August 16-17.

CHOREOGRAPHER Shaun Parker’s “Blue Love” is billed as a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. Infused with intense physical theatre, film and dance, the show sees Glenn and Rhonda Flune take the audience on an expedition in search of the perfect relationship. At The Playhouse, August 16-17. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

Hector McDonald photo by Heide Smith

FORMER staffer at the School of Music, then principal horn with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Concentus Musicus Wien, Hector McDonald, returns as featured performer in the next Canberra Symphony Orchestra concert, supported by Meriel Owen on the piano, to perform horn works by Krol, Beethoven, Dukas and Messiaen. At Llewellyn Hall, August 16-17. Bookings to

THE Gospel Folk plan to join with Alchemy Chorus for a lively program of gospel music and folk songs, as part of the Wesley Music Centre’s Wednesday Lunchtime Live series. At Wesley Uniting Church, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, 12.40pm-1.20pm, Wednesday, August 16. No bookings required.

THE poetry of Canberra’s Joshua Bell is the inspiration for Canberra Youth Theatre’s The Company Ensemble’s next work, “Poem Every Day”, which we hear will be “highly theatricalised” in drawing on the practices of Pina Bausch, Omar Naharin and Bertolt Brecht. At Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon, 7pm, August 17-19. Bookings to

Flautist Jodie Petrov… at the Holy Covenant Church, Cook, on August 19.

THE next concerts by Musica to Camera will be conducted by Leonard Weiss, with flautist Jodie Petrov as soloist. At the Holy Covenant Church, Dexter Street, Cook, 2.30pm, on Saturday, August 19 and 2pm on Sunday, August 20, in Gunning Shire Hall. Children aged under 15 are free. Tickets at the door, online bookings to


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