What’s on in the arts this weekend

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AFTER SELL-OUT SEASONS at the Melbourne and Sydney Fringe Festivals, Brisbane Festival and Theatreworks St Kilda, the award-winning Australian theatre production, “Cut Snake”, will play at Gorman Arts Centre for a two-night season on March 13 and 14.

Lounge-room antics from the cast of  "Cut Snake"
Lounge-room antics from the cast of “Cut Snake”
“Think cabaret, slapstick, acrobatics and sock puppets as well as cameo appearances from Jesus and John Lennon,” they’re saying. Bookings to cytc.net/buy-tickets or tickets at the door.

TONIGHT, West Australian poet Maitland Schnaars and local violinist Emma Kelly will perform a special musical collaboration before “Cut Snake”, then tomorrow, Friday, from 8pm to midnight in the Gorman House Courtyard will be bands performing as part of “Free Music for Rich Kids” during the “You Are Here” festival’s opening weekend.

Daniel O'Donnell
Daniel O’Donnell
DANIEL O’Donnell, justly billed as Ireland’s most popular easy-listening singer, will be at the Royal Theatre this Friday, March 14. During his stupendously successful career, he’s sold over 7 million albums and 3 million DVDs and 2012 O’Donnell became the only artist to have had a new album in the UK charts for 25 consecutive years. His latest DVD, “From The Heartland,” was released in November and reached #5 on the ARIA Music DVD chart. Bookings to 132 849 or ticketek.com.au

“REINA DE LA PILETA” is the debut album from the brand new collaboration between Wanderlust and MC/composer/double-bassist Simon Milman, better known as Coolio Desgracias and a self-described “Struggletown native”. You can catch the official launch concert at The Street Theatre, this Friday, March 14 at 8pm. Tickets at the door. Click here to read more.

“Reina De La Pileta” cover
“Reina De La Pileta” cover.

Bleached Platform, Jacqui Malins, 2013
Bleached Platform, Jacqui Malins, 2013
TO CELEBRATE Seniors Week 2014, Belconnen Arts Centre presents a mix of free visual and performing arts experiences for all, from top local senior artists from 2 PM this Sunday, March 16. There will be an exhibition tour led by exhibiting artist Jacqui Malins, and performances by some of the ACT’s more inspiring performers, including dancer Elizabeth Cameron Dalman. Artists Ann McMahon and Jane Whitten will present a free hands-on workshop using materials based on their “Urban Weavings” exhibition, which will be on display. A free afternoon tea will be served, no bookings are necessary.

BELCONNEN Arts Centre is ALSO hopping with 3 exhibitions formally opening at 5:30 PM on Friday, March 14, to which all are invited. The shows are “Fossilised Water and Petrified Air”, Jacqui Malins, and “Urban Weavings,” by John Garrett, Ann McMahon, Gabrielle Powell and Jane Whitten. A heritage related exhibition by museum-trained photographer, Ray McJannett, “The Rural Series”, is showing in the foyer. The centre is open 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday to Sunday at 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

After the Rain, Ray McJannett, 2013
After the Rain, Ray McJannett, 2013
MEANTIME, around the corner at Belconnen Community Centre, gallery@bcs is hosting its 2014 Seniors Week Exhibition, “Hues of Grey,”. It’s already open, and runs until March 21, but there will be an opening celebration at 6 PM this Monday, March 17.

Tracey Pearce: Skylight#3
Tracey Pearce: Skylight#3
“PERSONAL Traces” is an exhibition by participants in a year-long personal photography project workshop, undertaken at PhotoAccess in 2013 and now running at the Huw Davies Gallery in Manuka Arts Centre until March 30. The work shown is by local photographers Allen Bills, Deidre Campbell, Sean Davey, Gillian Freeman, Miguel Gallagher, Laila Kazak, Mila Logan, Michael Masters, Scott McFarlane, Tracey Pearce and Francine Steinbacher. Open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and weekends 12 noon to 4pm.

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