FORMER Canberra soprano Lorina Gore, pictured, has told “CityNews” of her big year coming up. Not only is she a headliner (for the third time) in Opera Australia’s free “Opera in the Domain” concert at twilight on February 1 in Sydney (all welcome), but she’ll soon be heading for Auckland and Wellington to play the tragic Violetta in “La Traviata”. It’s a big role for the petite soprano who started her singing career at Tarzan’s restaurant in Kippax.
THE newest term for Wayne Alford’s school, “African Culture”, kicks off on February 5 at the Baptist Church Hall, Kingston, with drumming and dance classes. Dancing is barefoot and drums can be hired. Bookings to africanculture.com.au
CSIRO invited the Artists’ Society of Canberra’s Abstract and Experimental Group to respond to images produced by CSIRO staff and telescopes far away from city lights. “Capturing the Cosmos” will run at CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, until March 28. All artworks are for sale.
THE first “Jazz at the Gods” concert of the year will feature the Jonathan Zwartz Septet. At The Gods, ANU Arts Centre, Tuesday February 4, Bookings to 6248 5538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BANDLEADER and composer Joe McEvilly, pictured, tells us his jazz ensemble, Movement 9, has released its debut album “Wings” (accessible at movement9.com), inspired by the ANU School of Music protests. McEvilly, now living and working in Melbourne says: “It’s great to see the school moving forward, thanks to people there who are intent on keeping the music scene in Canberra alive and thriving.” Really?
CARL Rafferty’s popular “Opera by Candlelight” series continues at Albert Hall with opera highlights, operetta and gypsy music. Polish soprano Aleksandra Wiwale will join baritone Peter Tregear (also director of ANU School of Music), tenors James Adams and Michael Johnson and regular soprano Kate Rafferty. Friday and Saturday February 7 and 8 are BYO banquet nights, but Sunday, February 9, provides theatre-style seating with a buffet supper. Bookings to email@example.com or 0417 429899.
AUSTRALIAN born but US-based comedian Jim Jefferies, pictured, is in town to perform in Daniel Sanguineti’s movie “Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse”. He’ll play one show only at the Ainslie Football Club, 8pm, Sunday, February 2. Bookings to moshtix.com.au
Letter writer MURRAY MAY, of Cook, says his rates have risen "an astounding" 161 per cent or 20 per cent per annum over the past eight years. "In a low-interest environment, where does Andrew Barr think the money is coming from to pay for these outrageous increases?" he asks.