Arts in the city: Brilliance on the one bill

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YOU may have to claw your way into this recital.

Two of Canberra’s most brilliant musical products, violinist Kristian Winther and pianist Daniel de Borah, will perform at the Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, on July 7. Bookings to or at the door.

Kristian Winther
Kristian Winther

THAT diplomatic troubadour, Fred Smith, is back from Tarin Kowt to present a concert marking the 10th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville and the commencement of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, where Smith spent time. “Peace in the Pacific” concert in The Playhouse, 8pm, on July 13, bookings to 6275 2700 or

CONGRATULATIONS to Annette Blair, Canberra Glassworks Young Art awardee for 2013, who receives $1000 from the perennially generous Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society of Canberra to assist in her technical and creative development.

CANBERRA-raised soprano Amanda Forbes will perform the Duchess in Sciarrino’s “The Killing Flower” for Music Theatre Wales, first at the Buxton Festival in July and in October in a studio theatre at Covent Garden.

BRISBANE composer and singer R J Shearer joined forces last week with playwright and director Tessa Bremner to workshop an operatic treatment of her play, “The Darkside of Midnight,” which premièred in The Courtyard studio in 2001 by Free Rain Theatre’s Anne Somes.

THE Sydney Comedy Festival is staging a hand-picked two-hour showcase from the 2013 event next week at Zierholz @ UC, 7.30pm, July 10 (bookings to and The Q at 8pm, July11 (bookings to 6285 6290).

THE Canberra Short Film Festival needs local entries by July 15. With about 300 films expected in the categories of Schools, local, documentary, national and international, judges Michael Loebenstein, Charles Cottier and Demi Harman will be busy. Entries to

“ONE Man Star Wars” performer, Canadian Charles Ross, plans to perform the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in a one hour show. If you think it’s impossible, I once saw the one-hour “Ring” cycle at the Perth Festival. At The Playhouse, 8pm, on July 12, bookings to or 6275 2700.

MONDAYITIS Cabaret is about to stage a bacchanal, “Before the Tempest”, with profits going to the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service. At the Abbey, 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start, Monday July 8, Tickets at the door.

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