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Melissa King and Jeff Michel in "Simon's Final Sound".
Melissa King and Jeff Michel in “Simon’s Final Sound”.
“SIMON’S Final Sound” is a knockabout, adult comedy by prolific Aussie playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer about unemployed dreamer Simon, who proves the perfect example of “people who try and fail, try again, and fail better”. At The Q, August 11-13, bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.

Griffyn Ensemble soprano Susan Ellis… here comes  “Sex and Dragons”.
Griffyn Ensemble soprano Susan Ellis… here comes  “Sex and Dragons”.

THE Griffyn Ensemble has been working alongside scientists from the UC’s Institute for Applied Ecology to create “Sex and Dragons”, a multi-media journey into the sexual reproduction of bearded dragons with music, wildlife footage and interviews. At the CSIRO Discovery Centre, 7pm, August 11-12, bookings to griffyn.iwannaticket.com.au

FISHER-based mother-daughter business Alt Yarn, run by Lee Scott and Stephanie Hamilton, resulted from the difficulty in finding wool and yarn produced in an ethical and local way. They’ll have work on show at the 2016 Craft and Quilt Fair, Exhibition Park, Mitchell, August 11-14.

Cine Latino's closing night film "Argentina".
Cine Latino’s closing night film “Argentina”.

CINE Latino is a new national festival of Latin American cinema featuring films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Among the many arty inclusions are the opening-night film “Neruda” and closing-night music and dance film “Argentina” by Carlos Saura. Palace Electric Cinemas, August 10-21.

THE Pastel Explorers group is about to present its inaugural public exhibition of 50 works. The 11 artists are quick to note that among the many artists who used pastels were Leonardo and Degas. “Pastels: Passion for Colour”, Old School House Gallery, Sweet Copper Cafe, Ginninderra Village, until August 28. All welcome to the opening, 2.30pm, on Sunday, August 7.

CANBERRA Philharmonic is warming up winter with Cole Porter’s smash-hit musical “Anything Goes”, featuring songs such as “It’s De-Lovely” and “I Get a Kick Out of You”. Erindale Theatre, August 11-27. Bookings to philo.org.au or 6257 1950.

ORIANA Chorale and Luminescence Chamber Singers will present “Lily of the Valley”, a concert of works by Purcell, Grieg, Durufle and Bruckner at Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 5pm, Saturday, August 13. Bookings to trybooking.com

Australian war hero and musical genius Frederick Septimus Kelly… celebrated in Bermagui concert.
Australian war hero and musical genius Frederick Septimus Kelly… celebrated in Bermagui concert.

CHRIS Latham, just back from France, will lead a musical celebration of Australian war hero, Olympic gold medallist and musical genius, Frederick Septimus Kelly. Carrillo Gantner will read excerpts from Kelly’s diaries relating to the Bermagui area. “Race against Time”, Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds, Bermagui, 2pm-5.30pm, Sunday, August 7. Bookings to fourwinds.iwannaticket.com.au

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