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‘Due to popular demand’ – more ‘Sweet Charity’ matinees.

THE “Due to popular demand” signs have gone up as, flushed with the success of  “Sweet Charity” at the Sydney Theatre Awards on Monday night, the Canberra Theatre has just announced three additional matinee shows of the popular musical coming to town in February. This touring revival of “Sweet Charity” opened at the Sydney Opera […]

Arts in the city / Horrible history for kids

BILLED as “the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in,” the kids’ show, “Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain” is at Canberra Theatre,  January 27-28. Scripted by Terry Deary and Neal Foster, the hit show from the Birmingham Stage Company, accompanied by 3D effects, introduces lovable characters such as Boadicea, Henry VIII, Guy […]

Thredbo Blues Fest ‘unique’

THREDBO Blues Festival returns this weekend as part of Thredbo Village’s summer event schedule, the festival and, this year celebrating its 21st birthday, is boasting the “biggest and best line-up yet”’ with 22 acts spanning three days. Thredbo’s annual musical celebration has become a regular summer pilgrimage for Blues-lovers, as the alpine village is almost […]

Review / ‘Birdman’ (MA) **** and a half

AS I write, I hear the news that “Birdman” has garnered this year’s longest list of Oscar nominations. I’m not surprised. It’s a cracker of a film, packed with subtleties exploring, for example, the crassness of blockbuster movies, the fragility of celebrity, how wit differs from slapstick, indeed the whole wonderful range of the building […]

Review / ‘Paper Planes’ (G) ***

DIRECTOR Robert Connolly and novelist Steve Worland have created a sweet, structurally linear, dramatically simple film about youthful determination, great children’s cinema that grown-ups might perhaps consider too simplistic but heck, we were all kids once. Ed Oxenbould plays 12-year-old Dylan, living on a hardscrabble rural property with his dad Jack (Sam Worthington) effectively catatonic […]

Entries open for IPhone and Instagram photo show

PHOTOGRAPHERS inspired to snap an iPhone photo illustrating summer are invited to join Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s “The Long, Hot Summer” photography exhibition coming up in February. “Anyone and everyone” can enter and the centre stresses that no costs are involved and exhibitors have the chance to sell their work. The idea is to make the […]