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ANDRAS Tuske is an amazing classical guitar teacher from Adelaide.

Guitarist Andras Tuske
Guitarist Andras Tuske

Tuske, who has students like Alex Tsiboulski and Andrey Lebedev, Bradley Kunda and Matt Withers for elite performance studies at the ANU with Timothy Kain, will be premiering a brand new work in his program this  Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm at St Peter’s Lutheran Church. Tickets at the door.

Crowd enjoying Holi
Crowd enjoying Holi

THAT most colourful of Indian festivals, Holi, will be marked in a joint celebration with Harmony Day this Saturday, March 29 from 11am to 5pm. Since Holi is a festival promoting brotherhood, friendships and the end of animosity, it makes a good match. The local Indian community is determined to internationalise the Holi festival by involving other multicultural communities such as the Chinese, Solomon Islander and Fijian communities. as well. After cultural presentations and dances from 11 to 2, from 2pm on the public will be able to play ‘Holi’.

Anya Anastasia
Anya Anastasia

IT’S the last weekend of “Weereewa: a Festival of Lake George”. Among the highlights are a cabaret by visiting Adelaide artist, Anya Anastasia, Ralph Wilson Theatre in Gorman House, 8:30 PM, Friday, March 28. There is also a charity fundraising soirée by DanceEcology and Zambezi Sounds to raise funds for the Wallaroo Bushfire Brigade and Canberra Refugee Support at two room, of the Wallaroo Road Hall, Saturday, March 29 6:56pm, bookings essential to 0419 477 959. On Sunday, March 30 from 1230 to 3 at Cafe Lerida, Lerida Estate, Federal Highway, Lake George there’s lunch and Spanish guitar music by Carlos Perez Martines, bookings to 6295 6640. The final event for the festival, “Walking on Water and Other Miracles,” features Mirramu Dance Company, a Chorus of Women and international guest dance artists. Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman House, 3pm to 5pm, Sunday, March 30. Bookings for the Gorman House performances to

Author Robert Holden is giving a talk about the music of World War I at the Australian War Memorial at 11am on Saturday March 29. Holden’s book, “And the Band Played on”, is described as “a timely addition to the literature generated by the ANZAC centenary.”

Tiffanie Brown, Leaf, seed and jam jar, 2014
Tiffanie Brown, Leaf, seed and jam jar, 2014
Andrew Smith, Autumn Stroll Nara Park Lennox Garden 2013
Andrew Smith, Autumn Stroll Nara Park Lennox Garden 2013

M16 ARTSPACE is outdoing its even itself with three new exhibitions. In “Beneath The Surface,” Tiffanie Brown, Peter Ranyard, Peter Rohen separately explore and elevate the most commonplace and pedestrian objects to become things of beauty. In his first exhibition, “Colour and Lighr,” Andrew Smith exhibits large vibrant canvases in oil and acrylic that capture the ever-changing landscape in an ‘impasto’ style. Finally, in “Ether,” Jen Fullerton, Llewellyn McGarry and Dierdre Pearce explore the materiality and impossible beauty of ephemera. At 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith noon to 5pm, Wednesday – Sunday, until April 13.

Pauline Mager, Little Window
Pauline Mager, Little Window

“EYE of The Beholder” is a multimedia exhibition by artists of the Belconnen Artists’ Network for its time-honoured “Summer Challenge.” “It is often the daily things we take for granted and walk past that have beautiful textures, colours and shapes, says exhibiting member-artist Pauline Mager of her work, “Little Window”. In gallery@bcs Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen, 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, until April 4.

A textile work at The Q
A textile work by Beth Miller, at The Q

“IN the Garden” is an exhibition by textile artists Beth Miller and Wilma Cawley, running at The Q Exhibition Space in Queanbeyan, until April 12. For centuries artists of all genres have been inspired by gardens, the artists say, and they are no exceptions.

AN exciting evening of “four hands” music by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert and some of their lesser known contemporaries of the 18th and 19th Centuries such as Ferdinand Ries, Johann Hummel and Friedrich Kalkbrenner. The artists are distinguished piano teacher

Arnan Wiesel,  Aaron Chew and Caleb Wong
Arnan Wiesel, Aaron Chew and Caleb Wong

Wesley Music Centre, Friday, March 28 at 7.30pm, tickets at the door.

MATTHEW Stuckings will direct the local Igitur Nos Chamber Choir in Dietrich Buxtehude’s cantata cycle for choir, soloists and orchestra, “Membra Jesu Nostri”. St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka, cnr. Captain Cook Cres. and Canberra Ave, 3pm Sunday, March 30, tickets at the door, with a special offer for school students of admission by gold coin at the door.

David Bridie
David Bridie

“100 SEATS” is a new initiative of the National Film and Sound Archive in the form of intimate sessions with renowned performers exploring their ideas and their art in the Archive Theatrette. The first guest is Australian singer/songwriter David Bridie performing tracks from his album , “Wake”. David will talk about his creative process, passions, and things that make his heart beat faster. At 7:30pm, this Saturday, March 29, bookings recommended to 6248 2000.

The Paez sisters, Andrea and Raquel,  in happier times
The Paez sisters, Andrea and Raquel, in happier times

CANBERRA’S Zumba community will come together to host a Zumbathon from which all profits will go towards rebuilding the Salsabor Dance Studio that was ravished in last month’s fire in Civic’s historic Sydney Building. Salsabor co-owners, Andrea and Raquel Paez, are determined that all the dance classes will resume as soon as possible. At the Italo Australian Club, 78 Franklin Street, Forrest 10am to noon, Saturday, March 29, tickets $25 at the door.

SPANISH harmonica player, Antonio Serrano performs his one man show Harmonious at Canberra Theatre Centre’s Playhouse on Saturday, March 29 for one night only. With seven albums released, he is visiting Australia for the first time. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

THE Acronym Orchestra will be launching their debut album, “Initially”, tonight, March 27, in Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga St, Canberra ACT, 8pm. Australian jazz legend Mike Nock describes the band’s album as an “abundance of ideas, in an upbeat collection of original compositions” that “features the cream of Sydney’s young jazz musicians playing music that’ll put a smile on your face”. $15 at the door.

MELBOURNE band Twelve Foot Ninja are playing at the ANU Bar in Canberra tonight, Thursday March 27, and are justifiably crowing that the crowd-funding campaign for their newly released video broke records by raising over $52,000.

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