Song, film, art… arts on in Canberra this weekend

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CANDELO songstress Melanie Horsnell will be launching her new French album at The Street Theatre at 8pm this Saturday Nov 29.

Melanie Horsnell and girls in France
Melanie Horsnell and girls in France

The Pozible-funded new album “Dans la mer aussi il y a des étoiles (‘in the sea also there are stars’) was written in France where she travelled from Marseille to Bourgogne to Paris with her two young daughters, writing songs with French poet Alain Rivet and French pop icon Helen Noguerra. Bookings to or 6247 1223 or at the door.

DIRTY Dick’s theatre restaurant will be performing comedy sketches and risque songs over dinner, Erindale Vikings, 8 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa, 6.30pm to 10.30 pm, Nov 29, Dec 6 and Dec 13, bookings to 6121 2131.

SALUT! Baroque
SALUT! Baroque

SALUT! Baroque presents “The Bold and The Beautiful” Friday 28 November 7.30pm, Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue. Enjoy music by Couperin, Rameau, Corrette, Boismortier, Rebel, Charpentier, de Lalande and Dornel with Sally Melhuish, Recorder Hans-Dieter Michatz, Recorder Rachael Beesley, Baroque Violin Matthew Greco, Baroque Violin Valmai Coggins, Baroque Viola Jennifer Eriksson, Viola da gamba and Monika Kornel, Harpsichord. Tickets at the door.

?AFTER nearly two years of effort from nearly 300 local film practitioners, the anthology feature film ‘Locks of Love is’ gearing up for its red carpet premiere at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and Palace Cinemas in New Acton this Saturday 29 November with the after party also at the NFSA. ‘Locks of Love’ is made up of eleven short films exploring the theme of love, with all stories linked by padlocks on a gate. Shot in Glebe Park, it was entirely produced by Silversun Pictures and ScreenACT. Bookings to

SLIDE guitarist, a songwriter, banjo player, blues singer and busker Owen Campbell’s roots are in Queanbeyan, though he has a growing national and international reputation. He’ll be at Queanbeyan’s Summer Sunset Markets in Crawford Street from 5pm tomorrow Friday November 28, all welcome.

WILDLIFE and Botanical Artists Inc. is showing the 2014 annual members’ exhibition, ‘Art of Nature’ at Hellenic Club, Woden, 7 days a week until December 7. All welcome

ARTIST Jas Hugonnet’s innovative online gallery has something intriguing up now in Paul Sutton’s “Conduits of the Invisible.” Visit

Jo Cresswell &  Rita Woolhouse
Jo Cresswell & Rita Woolhouse

THIS Saturday 29 November there’s a concert of Celtic music from 7.30pm at historic Benedict House in Queanbeyan (Cnr Isabella & Crawford Sts). The first part of the night will be a blackboard concert where you are welcome to do a couple of Celtic numbers. The feature act Jo Cresswell & Rita Woolhouse plan to inspire and sooth with their contemporary and traditional Scottish music, the odd foray into Scandinavia and original compositions. Doors open from 7.15. BYO drinks. As room is limited bookings are required to Tim Keeble

Shortis and Simpson’s pre-Christmas show “We’ve Got Our Standards” is at Teatro Vivaldi tomorrow, Sat Nov 29, 5.30pm canapés and show, 7pm dinner and show, Bookings to 6257 2718 or

Octavio Garcia Alvarado, war, conquer, tribute, chemigram on glossy paper, 2014
Octavio Garcia Alvarado, war, conquer, tribute, chemigram on glossy paper, 2014

TERENCE Maloon of the Drill Hall gallery will be opening three exhibitions at PhotoAccess today, Nov 27, at 6pm in Manuka Arts Centre, all continuing until December 14. These are Madeline Bishop’s ‘80 Denier’, Octavio Garcia Alvarado’s ‘Ancient Mexican Codex’ and Ngaio Fitzpatrick’s video installation ‘Oblivion’. All three exhibitions explore notions of language, vision and obscurity, and will be quite beautiful and poignant shows. Bishop and Alvarado are EASS artists-in-residence, and Fitzpatrick is the recipient of the EASS exhibition prize.

THE National Archives’ new show “A Ticket to Paradise?” looks at government promotional campaigns which presented a utopian view of Australia as a welcoming country full of opportunity with beaches, jobs and housing – a safe home after the atrocities of war. Was it a ticket to paradise or something else? National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes until 2015.

KAREN O’Clery of Narek Galleries, 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Rd, TANJA, now has “Habitus,” an exhibition of new machine embroideries by Canberra artist Sharon Peoples. All are welcome to opening drinks with the artist at Narek Galleries, this Saturday 28 November at 6pm.

In  Inside-Out,  'Bleak Brake Past', by Grant McLindon, 2014
In Inside-Out, ‘Bleak Brake Past’, by Grant McLindon, 2014

BELCONNEN Arts Centre now has showing “Shapes in Space,” work by 16 visual artists who identify as having a disability have investigated colour, shape and pattern with tutor Nicola Lambert and “Inside Out: An Expert’s Guide to Mental Health,” work created by participants and staff from the Belconnen/Gungahlin Personal Helpers and Mentors program at Richmond Fellowship. Special event & Exhibition opening for both exhibitions: this Sunday 30 November at 2:00pm. All welcome.

MARSDEN Art Group’s annual exhibition “Steampunk” is still up at Watson Arts Centre, 1 Aspinall St, until this Sunday November 30, 10am – 4pm.

THE Australian Guitar Duo, former Canberrans, Rupert Boyd and Jacob Cordover, will be playing compositions and arrangements by Weiss, Giuliani, Ravel, Edwards, Pixinguinha and Rodrigo at Wesley Music Centre, 7:30pm this Saturday, Nov 29 (tickets at the door) and St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall, Cooma, at 3pm on Nov 30 (tickets at the door).

THE ACT Organ School End of Year Concert will be held in Wesley Church, Forrest, and tomorrow Friday 28 November 5.30-7.30pm. Talented local young organists will perform a variety of works. Free admission.

'Black Waratah', Louise Upshall, mixed media, 2014
‘Black Waratah’, Louise Upshall, mixed media, 2014

CANBERRA Contemporary Art Space, 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka has “Cleft,” a collaborative exhibition between Tara Braham and Louise Upshall that explores the body landscape and our human connections to the natural world, opening 6pm tonight Thursday 27 November, all welcome. Until 7 December, Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm

ANU staff, students and alumni are turning on a twilight end-of-year celebration in the ANU School of Art precinct from 5-8pm on November 27, with the School of Art Graduating Exhibition, live music and DJ sets from School of Music students and alumni, a bake-off and a chic lounge for ANU graduates.

NINA Stevenson’s company Pied Piper is staging a 50 minute pre-Christmas show performed by children aged 6 – 14 years at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall Manuka. For Sam and Harriet, the appearance of a Time Lord and his machine allows them to meet famous figures of old. 6pm Nov 28 and 3pm Nov 29. Tickets $5 at the door.

BRINDABELLA Orchestra, conducted by Rosalie Hannink, will be performing English Folk Songs by Vaughan Williams, Coriolan Overture by Beethoven, selections from Schubert’s Symphony No.6 and light classical music in in Queanbeyan Uniting Church, Rutledge Street at 2pm on Sunday, November 30. Entry at door by donation of $5.

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