Arts in the city: Warbling women at large

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• MORE than 1000 women, including the Brindabella Chorus, will gather in Canberra on May 17-21 for the 2012 national Sweet Adelines Women’s Barbershop Competition and Convention – 30 quartets and 20 choruses assessed by judges flown in from the US. You’ll catch a flash mob of warbling women in the food court of the Canberra Centre at 1pm on May 17. Information at  www.sweetadelines.org.au/convention/convention-2012

• IT’S back to the ‘30s at Tuggeranong Arts Centre with a new musical comedy, “The Court of Swing Caractacus”, by Canberra’s Andrew Hackwill and dancing by Jumptown. Three swindling mystics find themselves in a dilemma of astrological proportions. At the Tuggeranong Theatre, May 15-26, bookings to 6293 1443.

• WHILE you’re there, look at Michelle Harris’ colourful exhibition “I’m Like a Bird”, photographs taken around Lake Tuggeranong, featuring masks and costumes inspired by birds, until May 21.

• PHOENIX Players is staging “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, regarded as one of the funniest musicals of all time and starring the charismatic Adrian Flor as the ambitious J. Pierpont Finch. At the ANU Arts Centre until May 26, bookings to 6257 1950.

• JOSPEH Conrad said: “To move others deeply we must deliberately allow ourselves to be carried away.” In “Carried Away”, paintings by Angharad Dean and ceramic works by Caroline Reid, illustrate his point in paint and glaze. At Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, until May 27.

• GEOFFREY Lancaster and the Osmosis Wind Quintet will perform “Mozart – A Perfect Love”, in honour the memory of the late Jill Downer, the founder of Early Music Enterprises. At the Turkish Embassy, 8.15pm, May 15, bookings to 6275 2700.

• SOUTHERN Tablelands Arts and Queanbeyan City Council have a free session on grant writing techniques. At the Casuarina Room, RB Smith Community Centre, Queanbeyan, 2pm-5pm, Monday, May 14.  Bookings essential to 6285 6170.

• AN intensive weekend workshop on “How to write a 10-minute play”, with “Short+ Sweet” director, Alex Broun, will run at the ACT Writers’ Centre in Go•rman House, May 18-20. Bookings to 6262 9191.

Photo: Painter Angharad Dean’s “Light in Guerilla Bay” at Watson Arts Centre.

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