Arts in the city: Soloists’ sleepover at Yarralumla

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• THOSE sophisticates, the Southern Cross Soloists from Brisbane, gave selected music-lovers a taste of their talents at Government House last weekend. Governor General Quentin Bryce, who had been their patron since her days as Governor of Queensland, told us she’d been missing them. Not to worry, the entire ensemble was invited for a sleepover at Yarralumla on Sunday night – and yes they’d brought their pyjamas.

• “1942” – it’s got Shortis and Simpson and musos Ian Blake, Dave O’Neill, Jon Jones and Peter J Casey hopping, as they take us back to the days of the Tivoli, smoky nightclubs, Changi, and even “desolate Darwin”. At the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden, Friday, 8.30pm, October 12, 8.30pm, bookings to 6283 7288

• COINCIDENTALLY, it’s the swing music of the 1940s that’ll be on the collective minds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Rick Gerber, when it performs at the Canberra Theatre at 7.30pm on October 20. There’ll be 25 musicians, singers and dancers on stage. Bookings to 6275 2700 or

• IS there too much burlesque in Canberra? Even as Jorian Gardner’s burlesque extravaganza gears up to hit the Courtyard Studio from October 10-13, The Abbey, in Nicholls, is hosting The Stage Door Johnnies, billed as “hand-picked from The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas,” from October 9-10, with acrobatics, dance and a “very cheeky striptease”.

• IT’S bound to be a more sedate affair when country music lovers line up to see James Blundell and The Sunny Cowgirls at The Abbey on October 13. Bookings to

• “HELEN Mirren did it,” the directorial blurb reads. No, we’re not talking about getting it all off (Mirren did that in her youth when she appeared in the 1968 Aussie film “Age of Consent”), but rather having a woman play the lead character of Prospero in “The Tempest” as Year 11 student Irena Reedy will do when she plays “Prospera” in Daramalan Theatre Company’s production. At McCowage Hall, Daramalan College, 7.30pm, October 24-27, bookings to 6245 6351.

• THE Griffyn Ensemble is back at Belconnen Arts Centre, 5pm, October 13, with “Behind Bars”, music written and performed in concentration camps and prisons, ranging from Messiaen to Johnny Cash. Bookings to

• THE Marsden Arts Group of mixed media artists celebrate 10 years of art-making together with their appropriately-titled show “10” at Watson Arts Centre, 1 Aspinall Street, until October 14. Meet the artists at 11am, Sunday, October 14.

• SEVEN members of the newish Gungaderra Community Arts Program are staging an exhibition and sale of original art and jewellery, with music by Madeleine Novarina and Joshua Waterhouse, at Gungaderra Homestead, Mapleton Avenue, Harrison, 11am-5pm, October 13 and 14.

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