Arts in the city: Cuban thinks big with gift

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CUBAN artist Nelson Dominguez has created a great birthday present for Canberra – a commemorative sculpture. Dominguez has been in town for the past couple of months working on it and also found time to hang a huge exhibition of his works at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery.

Colombian Ambassador Clemencia Forero and Nelson Dominguez
From left, Colombian Ambassador Clemencia Forero with Cuban Artist Nelson Dominguez at the launch of his sculpture. Photo by Silas Brown
IT’S a happy first birthday for the independent arty magazine “Us Folk”, who’ll throw a party at the La De Da bar in Belconnen at 7pm on March 15, with copies available on the night and at their stall at the “Art Not Apart” festival in the laneway, courtyard and gardens of NewActon from 1-7pm on March 16. All welcome.

TENOR Kent McIntosh, alto Maartje Sevenster and pianist Colin Forbes will perform music by Janá?ek for “CAMRA” (Canberra Academy of Music and Related Arts) at St Philip’s Church, Turner. 7.30pm, March 15, bookings to 0406 375 051 or

STARTING on March 16, the Waldorf on London Restaurant in Civic is bringing a touch of Las Vegas to Canberra with dinner and show nights on Saturdays. Bookings to 6229 0141 or

THE Acting Company is staging “The Chalk Pit”, by Canberra writer Peter Wilkins, which tells of the 1940s convicted murderer Thomas John Ley. At the Courtyard Studio, 8pm, March 15-16, bookings to 6275 2700 or

KATHRYN Scott’s “The Play of Light”, at Belconnen Arts Centre until Sunday, March 17, is notable for the richly patterned surfaces in her paintings, created directly “en plein-air” – 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday.

Kathryn Scott’s “The Bones of Nature's Cycles, Wamboin”... at Belconnen Arts Centre until March 17.
Kathryn Scott’s “The Bones of Nature’s Cycles, Wamboin”… at Belconnen Arts Centre until March 17.
THE Royal Military College’s hot Saxophone Ensemble will perform in the Wesley Music Centre’s Wednesday Lunchtime Live series, 12.40pm-1.20pm, on March 13. Paper note entry or $2 (concession).

ALL three galleries at M16 in Griffith are celebrating the “unexpected pleasures” of this city. There’s Martin Paull’s “See Canberra and Die”, Michael John Hood’s “Civic Skin” and Brenton McGeachie’s “When I saw you in my rearview… at 60 miles an hour”. At 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, noon-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday, until March 24.

WESLEY Music Scholarship applications are open until March 11. Contact Garth Mansfield, secretary of the Wesley Music Foundation, at or call 6248 6230.

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