Arts in the City: Open for funny business

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Simpson and Shortis… new show.
Simpson and Shortis… new show.
THAT unrepentant satirical duo, Shortis & Simpson, have a new show, “Open for Business”. (I wonder where they got that title?) “As the Age of Entitlement sinks slowly in the west”, they promise they’ll be singing of “repealing and concealing, boat-stopping and public service-lopping… and more.” At Teatro Vivaldi, April 12-13. Bookings to 6257 2718.

“MIRROR Image – reflections on people and land” is a contemporary dance-theatre creation by Mirramu Dance Company, Dancecology (from Taiwan) and Jyh Shyong Wong of DPAC (Malaysia). At ANU Arts Centre, 8pm, April 4-6, bookings to

THE Craft and Design Centre of CraftACT has announced its three artists-in-residence – Melbourne sculptor Annee Miron, Japanese wood artist Satoshi Fujinuma, and textile artist Sally Blake, who will participate in the 2014 program, “Bogs and Fens”. Blake and Miron will do their residencies during April at Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Mel Douglas’ prize winner, “Camber”.
Mel Douglas’ prize winner, “Camber”.
CONGRATULATIONS to local glass artist Mel Douglas, who has carried off the acquisitive Tom Malone Prize in Perth, meaning that her winning work, “Camber”, will now become part of the State art collection at the Art Gallery of WA. The judges declared themselves “blown away” by her work.

MUSICA Viva has the Sitkovetsky Trio playing Smetana, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Vine on April 10 at Llewellyn Hall, but that’s not enough for them. They’re adding on a pre-concert demonstration of violin-making, Music in the Courtyard, a “Young @ Heart Activity” instrument-making session with Jim Sharrock, music from the Tribe Program at interval and a post-concert “meet the artists” session. Bookings to

COMING to the stylish Embassy of Finland on April 7 is Finnish operatic baritone, Juha Kotilainen, accompanied by young pianist Joel Papinoja, performing works by Sibelius, Kuula and Rautavaara and others. A reception follows. Bookings to 6273 3800 or

 THERE’S an arty side to the annual “Wine Harvest Festival”, April 5-6, with live jazz at Brindabella Hills Winery, craft markets at Tallagandra Hill, French harvest dishes at Yarrh Wines and art exhibitions at Barton Estate and Shaw Vineyard Estate. For access to a “passport,” visit




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