What’s on and where in the arts this weekend

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CANBERRA School of Bollywood Dancing presents “Straight Outta Bollywood,” featuring over 60 dancers from tiny tots to adults.

Ticket to India (29 of 350)

THE spectacular show is at the ANU Arts Centre, 6pm, Saturday December 5, bookings to trybooking.com

Festivals and events:

RAW art
RAW art
‘UPRISING’ is the sixth and final emerging arts extravaganza to be run by RAW Canberra this year and promises to be packed with Canberra’s best emerging creatives. At Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, from 6:30pm this Friday, December 4. Bookings to RAWartists.org/canberra/uprising or $25 on the door.

GORMAN Arts Centre is hosting a Summer Garden Party at 55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon, from 6pm tomorrow, Friday 4 December. FREE entry.

vinylRECORD fans are invited to bring along their vinyl s and play a track on the NFSA’s pure analogue sound system. The Vinyl Lounge, at the NFSA Theatrette, 5.30–6.30 pm tomorrow, Friday Dec 4. The Bench Room cafe is open from 5pm for drinks and snacks. Free entry, no booking required.

MELBOURNE designer Dale Hardiman is holding a workshop that combines old and new methods of making your own camp furniture. Participants will explore colour, form and texture to create practical furniture from a range of natural and biodegradable materials. Bookings to hotel-hotel.com.au

“SUMMER Lunch in the Garden with the Röhn Family”, a fundraiser for the Canberra International Music Festival, at the Crisp Galleries, Hume Highway, Bowning, 11.30am-3pm, Saturday, December 5. Bookings to cimf.org.au or 6230 5880.


Writer Robyn Cadwallader
Writer Robyn Cadwallader
EDITOR and writer Robyn Cadwallader will tells the story behind her prizewinning novel “The Anchoress”, at Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Lakeside Literary Lounge at 7pm today, Thursday December 3.

IN “Why ‘Messiah’,” Canberra Choral Society artistic director Tobias Cole and Coro Chamber Choir co-founder Paul Eldon take the floor at Muse cafe, East Hotel , 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston at 3.30pm this Sunday, Dec 6, to discuss the everlasting popularity of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in the lead-up to the Choral Society’s performance in Llewellyn Hall at 7.30pm Saturday December 12. (Messiah bookings to Ticketek.com.au)


CANBERRA Opera has Puccini’s “La Bohème” until December 6. Director Elisha Holley has set it in 1840, the time of the original story, depicting the characters as “an eclectic group of Bohemians”. Bookings to eventbrite.com.au/e/la-boheme-tickets-1898854


IMB Bank Sunset Cinema, is back at the Australian National Botanic Gardens until December 19 for 4 sessions per week, with a mix of blockbusters, dramas, thrillers and family films, live music, beanbags, food and a fully licensed bar. Bookings to sunsetcinema.com.au


“A VERY Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas” will see some of the best comedians from the 2016 festival perform in a showcase show at the Canberra Theatre at this Saturday December 5. Bookings to canberracomedyfestival.com.au

“EVANGELINE (or, the grief that does not speak whispers the o’erfraught heart, and bids it break)”is the testing title of a new live art work by Chenoeh Miller. Courtyard studio, Canberra Theatre, 8pm, December 3-5, bookings to canberratheatre centre.com.au or 6275 2700.

Shortis and Simpson
Shortis and Simpson
MUSICAL satirists, Shortis and Simpson, have a whole new batch of songs and new political leaders to laugh at in their Christmas show, at Teatro Vivaldi, ANU campus, 7pm Fri/Sat December 4/5. Bookings to 6257 2718.

GRADUATING performers at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art, Claire Birbara, Takudzwa Chipangura, Colin Giles, Katharine O’Bryan, and Michael Ubrihien, will perform a showcase act alongside students training in the Advanced Diploma of Performance program. At CADA Studios, 1/9 Lithgow St, Fyshwick, 7:30pm, December 2, 3 & 4, bookings to cada.net.au/shows.html

REP has “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” on stage now. IN the play Bernard plans to entertain his chic Parisian mistress for the weekend while his wife is away, but things go wrong. Perfect pre-Christmas fare. At Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton, until Dec 5, bookings to canberrarep.org.au or 6257 1950.


DAVID Reedy’s Bel Canto Studio students and graduate friends will be taking “a delightful journey beyond opera” at Queanbeyan Uniting Church, 13 Rutledge Street, Queanbeyan, 7.30pm – 10pm Saturday December 5. Bookings to trybooking.com/167167 or 62491831. Tickets at the door from 6.45pm.

MALE barbershop chorus “Canberra Chordsmen appear in in “A Very Merry Concert”. At Wesley Music Centre 2pm, Saturday December 5, bookings to trybooking.com/JBSA. Children under 10 free.

THEN in the same venue, the choir of St James’ Church, King St Sydney present seasonal choral music – sacred and secular, spanning over 500 years. At Wesley Music Centre, 5pm, bookings to trybooking.com and at the door.

Leonard Weiss conducting, photo Peter5 Hislop
Leonard Weiss conducting, photo Peter Hislop
CANBERRA Youth Orchestra presents ‘Folk Tales’, including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and Grieg’s Symphonic Dances, at Llewellyn Hall, conducted by Leonard Weiss , 7:30pm this Saturday December 5, tickets at the door. Also at Llewellyn Hall on Saturday, from 3– 4:30pm, Music for Canberra (CYO is one of its orchestras) will present its first showcase concert. Tickets at the door.

THE Griffyn Ensemble presents “The Utopia Experiment “, music by George Dreyfus, Nigel Westlake, Eric Gross and Vincent Plush, at the National Portrait Gallery, 7pm, Friday and Saturday Dec 4 and 5, bookings to griffyn.iwannaticket.com.au or phone 0466 480 104.

“AN Evening with Keith Potger”, founding member of The Seekers, at the National Theatre, Wallace Street, Braidwood,, Saturday, December 5. All bookings to 4842 1700.


“THE Great Pretenders” will revisit hits from the 60s on, with artists like Queen, Beyoncé, and Kiss as well as bit of Christina Aguilera’s “Burlesque”. At the Vikings Club Erindale, until Dec 6. Bookings to premier.ticketek.com.au


Public viewing 'Tom Roberts'
Public viewing ‘Tom Roberts’
THE “TOM Roberts” blockbuster opens to the public at the NGA tomorrow, December 4 and runs until March 28, bookings to Ticketek.com.au .

THE National Portrait Gallery’s new show ‘Sideshow Alley’ featuring bushrangers, oddities, true crime and scandal, will be on display to the public at the NPG from Saturday December 5 until Sunday February 28.

“BEHIND the Lines 2015: the year’s best political cartoons”, is running again with a selection of 80 cartoons from 39 cartoonists and some of Australia’s most controversial cartoons. At MoAD, Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, daily 9am–5pm (closed Christmas Day).

Wendy Saddington
Wendy Saddington
IN “Wendy Saddington: Underground icon” artist Peter Maloney uses his own archives to follow the development of Saddington’s career as a cult celebrity singer and a key figure in Australian popular music history. Canberra Museum and Gallery open collection gallery Square until April 17. Also, “Exhibition, Capital and Country: the Federation years 1900–1914” is now at CMAG, Civic Square.

Capertee Valley by Isla Patterson
Capertee Valley by Isla Patterson
PAINTER Isla Patterson is opening her studio for a pre-Christmas art exhibition of her watercolours at 10 Mainoru Place, Hawker, 10 am to 4pm, Friday Dec 4, Saturday Dec 5 and Sunday Dec 6.

“BIRTH of the Cool” is a selection of major works by David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Michael Johnson and Dick Watkins, it surveys the decade between 1963 and 1973, a golden era of Australian art, at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, 12 – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday until Dec 13.

THE exhibition ‘Oh me, oh my!’ sees the gallery for contemporary metal and glass decorated and filled with rings, bracelets, pendants, objects and brooches from artists new and old, at Bilk Gallery Palmerston Lane Manuka, runs until December 24.

AN exhibition and celebration of the tree run at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery until December 6.

Face to Face image
Face to Face image

THE GALLERY@BCS Piece of Mind Series presents “Face to Face,” A showcase of recent work, especially portraiture, from Canberra artists in celebration of International Day for People living with a Disability, at Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Crt Belconnen, Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm until Dec 11.

Beaver Galleries’ 40th birthday celebration and opening of “Small Works 2015” exhibition, at 81 Denison Street, Deakin, 6pm, Friday, December 4.

THE final Canberra Glassworks exhibition for 2015, “Borland + Borland”, is an exhibition celebrating the work of sister artists photographer Polly and glass artist Emma. Members of the public are invited to hear from Emma and Polly Borland in conversation with Glassworks director Magda Keaney at 6pm tomorrow Friday December 4 in the Hotshop at the Glassworks.

CANBERRA emerging artist and ANCA EASS Award recipient, Ruby Berry, has a solo show, “Cocoon” at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear St Dickson, until December 13.

ART in Miniature’s 2015 exhibition of 170 tiny art works in watercolour, acrylic, oil, gold leaf, embroidery, mixed media, will be at Yarralumla Gallery, near the nursery, until January, 10 am – 5pm Mon to Fri and 8:30 am – 5pm Sat & Sun.

'Springtime on the Shoalhaven' by Kate Carruthers
‘Springtime on the Shoalhaven’ by Kate Carruthers
BRAIDWOOD artist Kate Carruthers returns to X Gallery, Bungendore for the fourth time with her exhibition ‘At the River’. At X Gallery, 32 Gibraltar St Bungendore from Dec 4 to Feb 8. All welcome to the opening at 2pm this Saturday December 5. Open Friday to Monday 11-5 or by appointment.

BRISBANE artist Ros Paton’s exhibition “Lamina” celebrates the transience of our built environment, a subject initially inspired by the1989 Newcastle earthquake. Also at Belconnen Arts Centre, until December 13.

Thea Mcgrath 'A place within'
Thea Mcgrath ‘A place within’
PHOTOACCESS has an intriguing trio of solo exhibitions by artists-in-residence Hayley Boyle and Thea McGrath, and darkroom resident David Flanagan. Boyle presents “Akin to Lust,” in Huw Davies Gallery Manuka Arts Centre Dec 3-13, opening by NGA curator Anne O’Hehir 6pm on Dec 3. All welcome.

“Skew-whiff,” at M16
“Skew-whiff,” at M16
NICOLA Dickson’s fascinating current installation is seen in the glass-walled Gallery 4 of Canberra Museum and Gallery facing Civic Square, visible 24 hours of the day until February 13. Being means it can be seen every day of the week at any hours.

MARSDEN Art Group’s 2015 exhibition of works by 13 Canberra artists is at Watson Arts Centre in Aspinall Street Watson 10-4 Thurs-Sun until December 6.

BELCONNEN Arts Centre has “Hidden Faces”, its Community Cultural Inclusion Program exhibition until December 13 and “Coexistence,” by Paul Dumetz and Maryke Henderson, until December 13. Meantime in the Outdoor Gallery at BAC, recipient of the Emerging Artist Support Scheme, artist Anton Poon has used the metaphor of a bridge to explore the concept of cultural transition. Until Dec 13.

At Strathnairn, Majolica Sturt Pea Teapot by Monika Leone
At Strathnairn, Majolica Sturt Pea Teapot by Monika Leone

STRATHNAIRN’S Christmas exhibition “Conviviality” will be themed around food, festivity and friendship. It runs at 90 Stockdill Dr Holt, 8.30 – 8pm Saturday 8.30pm – 4pm Sunday, until December 20.

IVY Hill Gallery has “Take a Line,” drawings by Veronica O’Leary, Peter Tucker and Simon Weber, at 1795 Tathra-Bermagui Road, Wapengo, Thursday to Sunday until December 6.

“Skew-whiff,” at M16
“Skew-whiff,” at M16
M16 ARTSPACE IN Griffith has three new shows, “Linea: from eye to hand” – paintings and sculptures by Bruce Tunks,   “Vivid perceptions,” an interactive exhibition by John Carolan and “Skew-whiff, for which M16 studio artist Jane Dunn has worked collaboratively with Hands On Studio artists. All open 12 – 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday until Dec 6.

‘WOMEN of Canberra’, stories of 100 women from Canberra ‘Seeking Utopia’ by Fredrika Rose and ‘Light and Grain’, photography by select students from Lake Tuggeranong College are the three newest exhibitions at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, running until Saturday, December 5.

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