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Canberra Confidential / Fashion with an uppercut

IN possibly a world first, boxing gloves will make their debut on a catwalk when local designer Red Corner launches its new range of boxing accoutrements at Canberra’s awfully fashionable Fashfest on May 15. “It’s not such a stretch when you realise how fashion-forward this Canberra company is with its new selection of anything-but-boring boxing […]

Canberra Confidential / Turning the theatre inside out

CANBERRA Theatre is to be transformed into the round next month when “Le Noir – the Dark Side of Cirque’s” world tour makes it to town. The theatre promises that the transformation will give “audiences an exhilarating 360-degree view of the show”, though CC isn’t sure that’s physically possible. No matter, the audience will find […]

Canberra Confidential / Music to get your teeth into

NEW artistic director of Canberra International Music Festival, Roland Peelman, is opening his first festival with a “Chefs of Canberra” night of fine music and top nosh at the National Arboretum on Thursday, April 30. It’s to be co-hosted by Mildura chef, restaurateur and telly star Stefano di Pieri. The four-course degustation will come from […]

Canberra Confidential / Messengers don’t get the message

OH, no! What’s this? An unthinkable tiff between the ACT Government and reporters from the “Canberra Times”? Unhappy reporter Tom McIlroy, sniffily tweeted that it was “strange” the Chief Minister and his deputy “hide press conference on asset sales from ‘Canberra Times’ reporters. What’s got their goat?” Tom’s big call had CM Andrew Barr growling […]

Canberra Confidential / Brandon’s Mickey Mouse award

WINNING an art award proved to be a pretty Mickey Mouse (and Pluto) affair for year 12 Gungahlin College student Brandon Mackintosh. Brandon took out the Ray White People’s Choice Award of the recent “College Express” exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre for his Mickey and Pluto “icons” made from old aluminium drink cans. Gungahlin College […]

Canberra Confidential / ‘Saucy’ Trumble painting raises eyebrows

LIVEWIRE director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble, proved himself a nifty dancer last year in the behind-the-scenes at the NPG entry in the international “Museum Danceoff” video contest (it’s on YouTube). Now he’s raising eyebrows again with the revelation on Radio National’s “Books and Arts Daily” that his own portrait had been painted […]

Canberra Confidential / Lauren for the Assembly?

THE mysterious Braddon Punter’s Club has assembled the odds in what it calls its “New Year’s Stakes” and has Barnaby Joyce a 2/1 possibility of becoming Deputy Prime Minister; it’s predicting (3/1) a hung parliament in Queensland; a 4/1 chance of Tony Abbott facing a leadership challenge and, most intriguingly, the club is tipping basketballer […]

Canberra Confidential / New hands for Floriade?

FLORIADE’S future in Commonwealth Park looks uncertain and the ACT Government is rehearsing getting out of staging it, according to CC’s snouts-in-the-know. Early this year the ACT Government was, apparently, notified in writing by the NCA that its lease on Commonwealth Park to stage the annual flower festival would not be renewed, they want their […]

Canberra Confidential / In memory of Clarrie whatshisface

REGULAR readers will know that this column can’t resist dozy bureaucratic cock-ups and this is a doozy. Spotted by one of CC’s favourite sharp-eyed snouts, who was city bound along the Barton Highway, near Gungahlin. We’re thinking of offering TAMS the services of our revered proofreader Glenda Anderson. Can you spot the difference? ‘Cos all […]

Canberra Confidential / Poppin’ up it ain’t

THE Floriade came and went but, it seems, Andrew Barr’s “pop-up” shipping-container village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin is still in transit. The Deputy Chief Minister launched Westside @ Acton Park on July 23, at the old futsal pitch folly, promising grandly that it would “dramatically change the way Canberrans […]

Canberra Confidential / Graffiti in a new guise

ONLY in clever-clogs Canberra? Watson reader and gardening writer Cedric Bryant loves reading biographies, so much so that to feed his insatiable appetite he’s joined the Dickson library and is cutting a swathe through their shelves. With no little distress and irritation he reports of the curious habit of previous borrowers scarring the margins of […]

Canberra Confidential / The sexy ‘spooktacular’

“EERIE ecdysia” is the promise from Canberra’s burlesque and cabaret-inspired Sass and Tease Collective, who are putting together a sexy halloween “spooktacular” at Teatro Vivaldi in the ANU on October 31. Ecdysia? Nude dancing, and the night’s stars include local burlesquers  Ivy Ambrosia, Ursula Wolfe and Şeker Pare, Tiffany Blue and Abel Fox and the […]

Canberra Confidential / Snappers showing off

THIS is photographer Geoff Comfort’s aerial shot of a gravel carpark, in Tuggeranong and it scored him a gold award at the recent Australian Professional Photography Awards. Geoff has curated the work of 15 leading Canberra photographers for a special exhibition of award-winning images inspired by Floriade’s final-week outdoors and adventure theme. The exhibition will […]