Arts in the City: Photo show draws dancers

Traditional  Javanese dancers… performing at the NGA, May 18.

Traditional  Javanese dancers… performing at the NGA, May 18.

THE Indonesian embassy is staging a free traditional Javanese performance by dancers from the Yogyakarta Palace to match the Indonesian photography exhibition, “Gardens of the East”. This refined courtly dance is very different from its Balinese counterpart, so don’t miss it. James O Fairfax Theatre, NGA, 1.30pm-2.30pm and 3.30pm-4.30 pm, Sunday May 18.

THAT indefatigable operatic entrepreneur, Carl Rafferty, is at it again, this time hosting a “Best of British” candlelight night at the Albert Hall on May 23 and 24, featuring the great tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Rafferty provides the table, the candles, the tablecloths and the entertainment, you provide the food and the wine. Normally tables come in eights. Bookings to or 0417 429899.

STOP press. The canine star due to play Rufus the Bulldog in Free Rain Theatre’s upcoming production of “Legally Blonde the Musical” has pulled out, pleading stage fright. Anyone with a potential Rufus should contact the show’s publicist, Coralie Wood at 6281 0250.

LADY’S Mantle is the Canberra women’s vocal ensemble that performs music from medieval to modern times under the direction of Maia Harrison. The mantles worn by the ensemble represent the shape of the leaves of a medicinal herb. They’ll be performing a free concert called “Heart and Home” at the High Court of Australia, 1pm, Sunday, May 18.

CANBERRA’S Dante Musica Viva Choir was formed just over nine years ago by Prof Francesco Sofo. The choir’s second annual gala concert will be held at the Italo-Australian Club, 2.30pm, on Sunday, May 18, and will feature popular and regional Italian songs, arias and Neapolitan evergreens. Tickets at the door.

QUEANBEYAN mayor Tim Overall has announced the new $3000 Clearwater Sculpture Prize and exhibition on the foreshore of the Queanbeyan River, coinciding with the inaugural Queanbeyan River Festival on October 11. Expressions of interest from artists of all abilities are now sought, closing on May 30. Inquiries to 6285 6170 or

OPERA composer Sandra France and librettist Helen Nourse are excited to be getting DVD versions of their prizewinning Canberra bushfire opera, “From A Black Sky”, performed professionally last year at The Street Theatre.


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