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Arts in the City

• CANBERRA’S Shortis and Simpson plan to out-Wharf the Wharfies with “Satire at Tuggers” in Tuggeranong Arts Centre, October 27 and 28 at 8pm. Julia calls Tony “petal”, Tony’s in Nauru and Kevin clocks up frequent-flyer points. There will be a repeat performance at 109 Barnet Drive, Mount Fairy, at 8pm on October 29, with the show retitled “Satire in a Lounge Room”. Bookings to 6230 4868.

Classic Yass... coming next month.
• YASS Valley Shire’s Classic Yass weekend calls itself a “Celebration of Community” and has at least four things – the Celebration of Heritage Motoring and the Rotary Billy Cart Derby on November 5, the Arts Trail on November 5 and 6 and the Red Cross Open Gardens on November 6 at “Matong”, “Olwem” and “Casamarah”, with our own Cedric Bryant on hand. Information at

• COOMA’S Barstars are a mob of renaissance men with talents in music and the visual arts. Together they will stage their first group art show in Canberra at the Yarralumla Gallery, with a music performance on October 30 at 3pm. Admission is free. Dave Twohill, a founding member of Mental As Anything and Gunther Gorman, a finalist in the 2011 Blake Prize and a member of Daddy Cool, join bush poet, musician, carver and stone mason Roger McCulloch and instrumentalist Mike Waddell.

• FLINT in the Vines, at Shaw Vineyard Estate in Murrumbateman, has the “Cielo & Cello” high tea series on from  3pm-5pm, November 4, 11 and 18  featuring cellist and “CityNews” Artist of the Year, David Pereira, who will play while the audience sips wine and tea and munches cucumber sandwiches. Bookings to   6227 5144 or

• ON October 29, noon until 8pm, Tuggeranong Arts Centre will celebrate its 13th Moon Festival with an oddly-spelt, fun event, “Divercity”. The focus is on diverse live music, modern and traditional dances, arts and craft activities, puppets, games and multi-ethnic food.

• “FOUR Flat Whites In Italy” is the smash-hit Kiwi comedy by Roger Hall, (NZ’s David Williamson) coming to The Street Theatre, October 25-29, in the Ensemble Theatre’s production by Sandra Bates. Canberra favourite Henry Szeps and TV stars Mary Regan, Michael Ross and Sharon Flanagan feature, along with Sara Bovolenta and Adriano Cappelletta. Bookings to 6247 1223 or

• THE Hellenic Club in the City, in Moore Street, is throwing an “authentic Cuban party” on October 29 from 6pm, featuring “five legends of the Cuban music”. It’s all part of the big “Clave contra Clave” Latin band competition, which concludes on November 5 at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion. Canberra’s Mi Tierra is one of the finalists.

• GEORGE Huitker and his band Junk Sculpture are staging “Jungleland: The Songs of Bruce Springsteen” on November 5 at Teatro Vivaldi.  Bookings to or 6257 2718.

• ART Song Canberra presents “Of Sunshine and Dreams” on October 30 at Wesley Music Centre at 3pm. Louise Page and Phillipa Candy perform Turina’s “Cantos a Sevilla” and songs of Korngold, Keats and Alma Schindler-Mahler. Tickets only at the door.

• CLASSICAL guitarist Bradley Kunda performs works by Villa-Lobos, Takemitsu and Tedesco Los Caprichos de Goya at Wesley Music Centre on November 2, 12.40pm to 1.20pm, $2 or paper-note entry.

• MELBOURNE country/folk singer-songwriter Nigel Wearne will perform on October 29 at 8pm in Gundaroo Colonial Inn and the Irish Club Weston at 2pm on October 30.

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