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FIFTY years ago, in June 1964, Menzies-era Australia was rattled by a visit to our shores by the ear-splitting, long-haired, yeah-singing phenomenon of The Beatles.

Shortis and Simpson, Beatles-lovers
Shortis and Simpson, Beatles-lovers
Shortis & Simpson, unabashed Beatles-lovers (like me) will perform “When It Was ’64” at the Canberra Southern Cross Club tomorrow Friday June 13. Expect story-telling,   bursts of the Atlantics, Little Pattie, The Beach Boys, as well as Leslie Gore, Del Shannon, and our own canberran ‘Fab Band’ – Kate Hosking, Jon Jones, Dave O’Neill, Bob Rodgers. Prepare to dance. Dinner and show $64, 6.30pmShow only $29, 8.30pm, bookings to 6283 7288.

“CONTEMPLATING Crace: First Thoughts” is a show resulting from research and teaching partnership headed by University of Canberra health researcher Professor Helen Berry and ANU Emeritus Fellow John Reid. by undergraduates, postgraduates and practising artists from ANU’s School of Art have in part responded to “The Crace Study,” is a yearly survey that aims to establish what makes a suburb a great place to live a happy and healthy life. It’s opening tonight, Thursday June 12, in ANU’s School of Art Foyer Gallery and runs until Saturday, June 21.

Wunderkind Siobhan McGrath
Wunderkind Siobhan McGrath
OUTGOING ‘Oddfellow’ at the Oddfellows’ Hall in Comur Street Yass, the artist Kim Nelson, is hosting a concert by The String Contingent tomorrow, Friday, June 13 at 7.30pm that features Yass’s “very own wunderkind”, youthful singer-songwriter Siobhan McGrath. Tickets at the door.

Soursob Bob
Soursob Bob
THE Artists Shed at 14 Foster Street, Queanbeyan will be closing its doors on Music and Art from the end of this month. But Soursob Bob is heading for the Artists Shed, this Saturday June 14 at 7.30pm, supported by Queanbeyan singer Juliet Ward, who was the singer from 80s band The Lighthouse Keepers. Soursob takes his name from a weed (Oxalis pes-caprae) is a songwriter and performer of “mythic storytelling and observation from his own perspective”. Oh yes, Local comedian and clown Jasper Burfoot will open proceedings with a short set of new work. Bookings to music@artistsshed.com – payment at the door on the night. On Sunday there’ll an extended Sunday Sessions from 2pm to 7pm or later with many of the shed’s regulars. Readers, fear not, they’re planning to reopen in new premises just around the corner from September 1.

Momento-mori by Marilyn Stretton
Momento-mori by Marilyn Stretton

EXHIBITIONS at Belconnen Arts Centre running until June 29 are painter Marilyn Stretton’s “The Water Element: reflection on water”, “Fabrique” by jeweller Maria Klingner Meet the artists: Sunday, June 22, Klingner at 1pm, Stretton at 2pm. All welcome.

BARONESS Bianka yearns to live a normal life free from the passion which plagues her… Her “Songs of blood” prove the way towards healing and self acceptance in this dark premiere of the 10th one woman show from songwriter Joanna Weinberg, at in “ Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs,” directed by Lisa Freshwater and designed and photographed by Brigette Thorn. You can catch it at Smith’s Alternative on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14. Bookings to trybooking.com/89212

Alan Hicks
Alan Hicks
BELCONNEN Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, will host a concert directed by Alan Hicks when, at 2.30pm this Saturday June 14 with the University of Canberra Chorale in ‘Songs of Peace and War’. The concert will feature Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’, songs of WW1 and works by Bach, Purcell, Butterworth, Ireland and Wrango. Also featured will be guest soloists Jessica Harper, soprano, Christina Wilson, mezzo soprano, David Yardley, countertenor, and Rohan Thatcher, baritone. Tickets, full $30, concession $25 and children 15 years and under, $10 available online at www.canberra.edu/music or at the door.’

Caren Florance, Detail of 'The One who Stopped', poem by Sarah RiceMR
Caren Florance, Detail of ‘The One who Stopped’, poem by Sarah Rice
STAFF of the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra are experimenting with ways of thinking and making that allow them to build knowledge, while expanding the vigour and creativity of their art practice. You can see some results in “Unruly Orchestrations,” running at the faculty’s gallery from tomorrow, June 13 to 29. Meet the artists: Sunday, June 22 at 3pm

A new exhibition of sculptural assemblages and painting installations called “Intimate Obsessions” by Kael Stasce and Hayley Lander opens at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka at 6pm tonight Thursday, June 12. Stasce’s constructions deal with relationships between the experience of the machine and Lander portrays her interaction with sites of anthropogenic change in Canberra. All welcome.

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