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French film festival highlight, the prize-winning winning masterpiece “Dheepan”.
French film festival highlight, the prize-winning winning masterpiece “Dheepan”.

THE 27th Alliance Française French Film Festival will celebrate “the Indomitable French Spirit”, and director Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller has secured 48 films featuring the acting talents of people such as Fanny Ardant, Louise Bourgoin and Patrick Bruel and, of course, Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. Highlights include 2015 Palme d’Or winning masterpiece “Dheepan” and the opening episodes from five of France’s most popular television shows. At Palace Electric Cinema, March 3-29, bookings topalacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/electric/

Dorothy-Jane “DJ” Gosper… at “Jazz in the Key of Blues”.
Dorothy-Jane “DJ” Gosper… at “Jazz in the Key of Blues”.
THEY’VE always been mad about jazz at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and now we hear the café there will host a three-course dinner and concert show “Jazz in the Key of Blues”, featuring Dorothy-Jane “DJ” Gosper and In2deep – Rachel Thorne and Mike Dooley performing originals and standards. At 6pm Saturday, February 20. Bookings to 6238 1688.

LAST year Canberra Theatre Centre and the RMC Band, supported by the Canberra Labor Club Group, raised $12,850 through the “Music at Midday” concert series. Next concert up, promising “big sounds delivered with military precision”, is at Canberra Theatre, 11am and 12.30pm, Tuesday, February 16. Entry is by gold-coin donation.

Harriet Schwarzrock’s “Swell”, hand-blown glass with stainless steel armature… at Form Studio and Gallery. Photo by Rob Little
Harriet Schwarzrock’s “Swell”, hand-blown glass with stainless steel armature… at Form Studio and Gallery. Photo by Rob Little
A CONCATENATION of Queanbeyanites (top artists Matthew Curtis, Pamela Honeyfield, Mel George, Meagan Jacobs, Jo Hollier and Harriet Schwarzrock) will show their latest artwork at Form Studio and Gallery 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan, February 15-March 6. Opening 6pm Tuesday, February 16, all welcome.

Harriet Gillies and Pierce Wilcox in “They’ve Already Won”. Photo by Jack Toohey.
Harriet Gillies and Pierce Wilcox in “They’ve Already Won”. Photo by Jack Toohey.
PANTSUITS, pompoms and vaudevillian panache are promised by creators Harriet Gillies and Pierce Wilcox when they bring their one-hour play “They’ve Already Won” to the Ralph Wilson Theatre. Showing off the worst versions of themselves, they argue that the world is a fundamentally evil and selfish place. Gorman Arts Centre, February 16-20, bookings to agac.com.au

THE Childers Group is staging a forum to spark public conversation about the arts in the lead up to the 2016 ACT election. Arts Minister Chris Bourke (Labor), Shane Rattenbury (Greens) and Brendan Smyth (Liberals) will face a panel comprising Paul Daley, Helen Ennis, Chris Endrey and Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, at Gorman Arts Centre Main Hall, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Wednesday, February 24, bookings via eventbrite.com.au.

IN another talkfest, journalists Lenore Taylor and the aforementioned Paul Daley, with Karen Middleton moderating, will kick off the first of Muse Café’s Bipartisan events at 3.30pm on Sunday, February 14. I hear it’s booking out though, so keep an eye on musecanberra.com.au for future such events.

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