OUR theatre spies tell us sex lies not much further beneath the surface than death in Jordan Best’s provocative “Macbeth” for Rep, starring Chris Zuber and Jenna Roberts as the murderous duo. As well, there’s original music by Tim Hansen. Theatre 3, Acton, August 4-20. Bookings to canberrarep.org.au or 6257 1950.
EVER-relevant, the Arab Film Festival kicks off on Friday, August 5, with the Lebanese comedy “Halal Love” – elsewhere titled “Halal Love (and Sex)” – where director Assad Fouladkar shows Beiruti Muslims trying to manage their love lives and desires without breaking their religion’s rules. At the National Film and Sound Archive until August 7. Bookings to trybooking.com
THE go-ahead Spanish embassy is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Miguel Cervantes’ death with a project called “Money to Read”, where $1500 goes to an Australian citizen or permanent resident to silently read his great novel “Don Quixote” (in English) at the National Library during October-November. I did just that a couple of years ago while stuck at an airport and what fun it was. Entries close Thursday, September 22 at moneytoread.com
LOCAL musical heroines Louise Page (soprano) and Phillipa Candy (piano) will perform “Where Go the Boats?”, “a concert for the depth of winter”, for Art Song Canberra, at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, 3pm on Sunday, July 31. Tickets only at the door.
PIANIST and Canberra medical specialist Robert Schmidli will perform a benefit concert of Beethoven, Bach and Chopin for L’Arche Genesaret, which provides community living for people with an intellectual disability in Canberra. At Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 3pm on Sunday, August 7. Bookings to trybooking.com/205687 or tickets at the door.
AUSSIE and international country entertainer Wayne Horsburgh is coming to the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre with a “Morning Melody” concert featuring plenty of yodelling, at 10.30am, August 3. Bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.
GUITAR and violin duo, the Mimosa Duo, Morgan Haselden and Phoebe O’Shea, will perform a mix of classical and gypsy jazz compositions in the High Court, 1.30pm, on Sunday, July 31. Free, but bookings to hcourt.gov.au/about/concerts