Arts / What’s on this weekend

HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts and shows in Canberra.

Shortis and Simpson. Photo by Sabine Friedrich

BUNGENDORE’S John Shortis and Moya Simpson are presenting “Thank Q for the Memories”, to mark the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre’s 10th anniversary, complete with cultural history, museum records and snippets from the last 10 years. Performers include Dave Evans, Jenna Roberts, Jordan Best, Christine Forbes, Gordon Nicholson, Peter J Casey, The Queanbeyan Players, Free Rain, The Worldly Goods Choir, and a band made up of Dave O’Neill, Jonathan Jones and Ian Blake. At The Q, March 8 to 10. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

ADHOC Baroque will perform seasonally-appropriate works by Scarlatti, Buxtehude, Stradella and Telemann, in “The Greatest Sorrow”, with featured artists Peter Young, Greta Claringbould and Maartje Sevenster. At St Paul’s Church, Manuka, 3pm, March 11. Bookings to

“JESUS Christ Superstar” is a full-on rock musical set against “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Jim McMullen directs, at Erindale Theatre, March 8-24. Bookings to or 6257 1950.

YolanDa Brown

CHAMPION of youth music the premier female saxophonist in the UK, YolanDa Brown, will be performing on International Women’s Day as part of her Australian Tour, “Love Politics War”. “There is NO limit to what a WOMAN can do,” she says. Street Theatre, 7.30pm, Thursday, March 8. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

ENLIGHTEN Festival 2018, has bands, exhibitions, roving performers, giant architectural projections, exotic food, balloons, fireworks, symphonic music in the park and a big happy birthday celebration for Canberra. Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra’s major institutions, the ANU and the city CBD. Program and booking details to

THE Australian Haydn Ensemble will conjure up London as it was in Haydn’s day in a celebration of his influence on the city’s musical life. 7pm, the Great Hall, University House, ANU, 7pm, Thursday, March 8. Bookings to 1800 334388 or or at the door.

Liz Lea In RED

“RED” by Liz Lea, is billed as “a rom-com that deals with health and well-being”. She he has also mounted “20:20 a retrospective”, a costume exhibition of 20 costumes from 20 years of Liz Lea Dance, at C-Block theatre, Gorman Arts Centre. “RED”, QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, March 8-11. Bookings to

PHOENIX Pub in Civic has a range of gigs running all week starting tonight, Thursday, March 8 at 9pm, Friday, March 9,  and then at 8pm on both Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11.


David Strassman and friends

COMEDY star, David Strassman returns with his new show “iTedE”, billed as his most technically advanced stage production yet. Advanced puppetronics help Strassman and his puppet characters bring mayhem and theatrics to a set by New York designer, Luke Cantarella. Canberra Theatre, March 8-10. Bookings to or 6275 2700. It’ll then be on at Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, March 11. Booking to or 6285 6290. 

BLUES/soul troubadour Shaun Kirk is on the road in support of his new single “Howlin At The Moon” and will be at Smiths Alternative, 7.30pm, this Sunday, March 11. Bookings to

Thando. Photo by Wilson Liew

ZIMBABWEAN-born singer, songwriter and actor Thando has released her brand new single “Numb”, featuring hip-hop artist Remi; it’s a track about assimilation as a minority Australian. Also at Smiths Alternative from 6pm on March 10. Bookings to


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