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Springtime in Yarralumla – Japanese style

The cherry blossoms of Yarralumla may have already blown away, Japanese Ambassador Yoshitaka Akimoto remarked today —that was their way — but there was always time for a cup of tea. In a distinctly Japanese springtime act of hospitality at his residence, the ambassador turned on a “performance” of the ancient Japanese tea ceremony, which […]

John Olsen launches new art fund at CMAG

THE Canberra Museum and Gallery has just declared itself a teenager. The 16-year-old has just marked its coming-of-age by launching a major funding initiative, “the CMAG Fund for Canberra Region Treasures.” First in line to donate at an exclusive launch late last week in CMAG, was one of Australia’s most eminent artists, the 86-year-old John […]

From the attic to the beach bungalow: NGA Contemporary opens

The DJ was playing well into the night at what the National Portrait Gallery used to call the “beach bungalow” down on the lake. But this wasn’t the NPG, nor its successor in the venue, the Gallery of Australian Design, but rather NGA Contemporary, a new contemporary art space located on the foreshore of Canberra’s […]

Review / ‘The Immigrant’ (M) ***

THE plaque attached to the plinth supporting the Statue of Liberty quotes from Emma Lazarus’s sonnet “New Colossus”. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Writer/director James Gray’s intense drama opens with a shot of Liberty shrouded in fog. The next two hours are spent demonstrating a microcosm of […]

Review / ‘The Little Death’ (MA) ** and a half

THE title of writer/director/actor Josh Lawson’s film is the literal English translation of the French colloquial expression for orgasm. No love-making should finish without at least one each. In Sydney, partners in hetero couples confess their secret yearnings for special experiences to enhance orgasmic intensity. While convention might consider the centre of human sexual satisfaction […]

Queanbeyan Art Society Charity Art Show running on City Walk

THE 7th Queanbeyan Art Society Charity Art Show is currently on in Civic’s City Walk. With 310 art works from the Queanbeyan Art Society members and artists from the Canberra Region, Queensland, Southern Highlands and the South Coast this year’s popular Art Show is definitely the best so far. There has been a willingness by […]

Snappers to show off at Floriade

THE work of Canberra’s best photographers will be on show during the final week of Floriade in a special exhibition of award-winning images.  Inspired by Floriade’s outdoors and adventure week theme, the exhibition will showcase silver and gold award-winning entries of landscapes, exterior architecture, outdoor wedding and portrait photography, travel and sporting images by leading local […]

Film festival that ‘likes to have fun’

“DOESN’T  film really bring out all that passion, all that emotion?” board member Kate Ingram asked rhetorically at today’s launch of the 2014 Canberra International Film Festival. She was talking to true believers, evidently delighted by the snazzy festival trailer created by Canberra’s Wildbear Productions and the colourful new logo by Giraffe and Some Cowboy. […]

Gruffalos and other arts creatures on show this weekend in arts around Canberra

“THE GRUFFALO,” that delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators, returns after sell-out seasons to Canberra Theatre Centre on September 26 and 27, bookings to 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when […]

Like-minded artists celebrate spring at Albert Hall

ASOC, the Artists’ Society of Canberra was founded in 1927 and tonight’s its annual night of nights, as curator, writer and heritage advisor Peter Haynes opens its Spring Art Competition and Exhibition in Albert Hall. Billing itself as “a supportive creative community for visual arts and artists” the society aims to develop skills, knowledge and […]