Arts in the City. Melinda’s show will be, will be

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Melinda Schneider… bringing “Doris” to town.
Melinda Schneider… bringing “Doris” to town.

“QUE Sera, Sera”, “Everybody Loves a Lover” and “Secret Love” – they’re all songs by Doris Day, whose 90th birthday this year is being marked by artist Melinda Schneider, who’ll be performing her show “Doris” at the Canberra Theatre, 7.30pm, Friday June 13. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

WHEN it comes to quirky exhibition titles, I’m tossing up between The Q Exhibition Space’s last one, “Warped and Twisted” (from Canberra Spinners and Weavers), and its current one, “Rapt in Felt”, from Canberra Region Feltmakers, running until Saturday, June 14, with a fashion parade at 11am on the last day.

WE can only speculate on what will be in “The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry”, a new book of verse co-edited by local poet, P.S. Cottier. Locals Lizz Murphy, Paul Hetherington and Alan Gould have work included and Canberra horror fiction novelist, Kaaron Warren, will launch the book at 7pm on June 12 in Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest.

CLASSICAL guitarist Bradley Kunda is celebrating the launch of his debut solo CD, “In the Woods”, with a concert at Wesley Music Centre on June 14 at 7.30pm. Supported by John Gould on viola, he’ll be joined by his talented soprano wife, Rebecca MacCallion (like him, a former Wesley Music Scholar) performing Kunda’s arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s “Five Greek Folksongs”. Tickets at the door.

THAT remarkable pianist and voice teacher, Alan Hicks, is directing the University of Canberra Chorale in “Songs of Peace and War,” with soloists Jessica Harper, Christina Wilson, David Yardley and Rohan Thatcher, at Belconnen Arts Centre, 2.30pm, Saturday, June 14. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

PRO Musica is looking for donors willing to make a minimum tax-deductible contribution of $100 to help top up its commissioning program, which has recently seen original works composed and/or rearranged for the festival by Calvin Bowman, Elena Kats-Chernin and others. Phone 6230 5880, or email

AS part of its ongoing “Respect” series, gallery@bcs has “Cultural landscaping”, a photographic exhibition by Tyronne Bell, director of Thunderstone and Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporations, running 9am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday, June 11-20, with the official opening at 6pm on Thursday, June 12 at Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court. All welcome.

ENTRIES are open until July 7 for Australian Catholic University’s annual Literature Prize, with prizemoney totalling $10,000 and the 2014 theme of “The Language of Compassion”. The winners will be announced during the Melbourne Writers Festival. Applications to

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