Arts in the city: The ups and downs of baby love

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  • “ANCraig Alexander and Caroline Simone OBrien001_by Chuckle PhotographyD Then There Were 3” sounds like the title for a murder mystery, but it’s a love story/play dealing with a couple’s journey to pregnancy and birth, touching on the rarely-discussed topic of paternal postnatal depression. The highly theatrical show features a singing baby puppet and actors Craig Alexander, Caroline Simone O’Brien, with our own Raoul Craemer. At The Street Theatre, December 4-8, bookings to 6247 1223 or thestreet.org.au
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the two Canberra dancers, 21-year-old WA Academy of Performing Arts graduate Sam Young-Wright, of Wanniassa, and 19-year-old Tara Gower, of Monash, who have been chosen to take part in Sydney Dance Company’s inaugural Pre-Professional Year program.
  • Moya Simpson… bringing Christmas to Smith’s.
    Moya Simpson… bringing Christmas to Smith’s.
    SHORTIS & Simpson will present their 2013 Christmas show at Smith’s Alternative in Civic this year. Billed as “an evening of satire, song and silliness” it’s called “The Pollie and the Ivy” (get it?) and the pair promise that “turkeys abound as Canberra’s leading satirists sing of the foibles and follies of Abbotts and Bishops”. It’s on December 6-8, bookings to 6247 4459 or SmithsAlternative@gmail.com
  • THE Canberra School of Bollywood Dancing will stage “Aladdin” at Erindale Theatre on December 6 with no fewer than 60 performers. They’re telling us that it’s “a classic fairytale with a sub-continental twist”. Right, but don’t forget that it’s supposed to be set in China. Bookings to trybooking.com/65025
  • AMERICAN singer-songwriter Dale Watson will be at the Harmonie German Club from 7pm on Wednesday, December 4. Watson, famous for his drinking songs “I Drink to Remember”, “Thanks to Tequila” and “I Lie When I Drink”, which he performed recently on the “David Letterman Show”. Bookings to tombowler.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=38148
  • THE Strange Weather Gospel Choir will perform at a fundraising concert for disadvantaged children in Botswana. At the High Commission of the Republic of Botswana, 130 Denison Street, Deakin, 7.30 pm, Wednesday, December 4. Bookings to strangeweather.org
  • THE Song Company will soon be back in town to present “Of Birds and Angels”, billed as “angelic and magical Christmas music from Australia and around the world”. At the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton, 5pm, Sunday, December 1, bookings to songcompany.com.au/concerts

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