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GEOFF Page’s “Jazz in Concert at The Gods” kicks off on February 3 for 2015 with “The South African Project”. Sax player Mark Ginsburg leads a top group to play the great South African jazz composers, including Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and Bheki Mseleku. At The Gods Café, ANU Arts Centre, dinner 6pm, music 7.30pm, bookings to or 6248 5538.

THEN from 5-7pm on February 6, The Night Café at Tuggeranong Arts Centre promises a musical journey spanning French, Latin, Gypsy Swing and jazz. Entry free.

FORMER Supa Productions performer and now doctor, Sarah Golding, is producing and performing in a professional co-op of the Sesame Street parody “Avenue Q” for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Golding was in Supa’s 2011 hit version of the show.

M16 Artspace, at 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, has re-opened with four exhibitions that juxtapose experiences of the modern and natural worlds. The shows are “A Pinch of Salt” by Kerry Shepherdson”; “Bubble ’n’ Squeak” by Dash Kossmann, Fran Meatheringham and Michele England; “Square Eyes” by Josh Owen, Julian Rouch and Kai Wasikowski, and “Beauty Through Motion” by Kelly Hayes. The show runs to February 8.

GOOD news that Canberra printmaker and artist Gary Smith, recently awarded a Canberra Critics Circle award, is staging an exhibition of new artworks at Artereal Gallery in Rozelle, Sydney, opening on February 4. Smith’s day job is at CMAG, and he uses a rare printer at the ANU to make his works.

M16 Artspace has announced that its next Emerging Exhibitions Prize applications are open until February 9. Two exhibitions from May 28 to February 14 will be awarded to emerging artists and/or curators. Application details to

Students outside Chifley Library in 1971 at the ANU Aquarius Festival of University Arts. Photo by Lin Richardson.
Students outside Chifley Library in 1971 at the ANU Aquarius Festival of University Arts. Photo by Lin Richardson.
“ON Film,” an exhibition presenting works by more than 30 members, kicks off the year at PhotoAccess. As well, “Light Years” is a curated exhibition presenting works from the PhotoAccess collection by the late Lin Richardson, alongside newly-commissioned works by six contemporary artists. At Manuka Arts Centre, until February 22. An in-conversation event with Claire Capel-Stanley and the artists from “Light Years” and a story-share presented by Rip publishing, will accompany the latter show. Details at

THE High Court will have Coro Chamber Music performing from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras in the first of the year’s free concerts, 1.30pm on Sunday, February 1. It is the first time this exquisite choir has sung at the court.

NOTED classical guitar quartet Guitar Trek, currently made up of Tim Kain, Minh Le Hoang, Bradley Kunda and Matt Withers, is running a crowd-funder for their next album that has so far raised more than $3000 towards a $12,000 goal by March 10. Although this is their first album together it is Guitar Trek’s sixth disc in 28 years. Donate via Trek.


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