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Lawrence Mooney
Comedian Lawrence Mooney… at the Courtyard Studio.
COMEDIAN Lawrence Mooney is coming to Canberra to trial material for his newest show. Best known as the host of “Dirty Laundry Live” on ABC TV, he’ll be up close and personal at Courtyard Studio at 7.30pm from February 3-10, bookings to or 6275 2700.

IN Amy Herzog’s play “4000 Miles”, the winner of the 2012 Obie for Best New American Play, 21-year-old Leo rocks up unannounced at the Manhattan apartment of his 91-year-old Jewish grandmother Vera and stays. This couch-surfing comedy-drama is coming to The Q, February 11-13, Bookings to or 6285 6290.

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre will host a pre-Valentine’s Day screening of the documentary “Love Between the Covers” followed by a Q&A with Canberra romance writers Rhyll Biest, Bec Fleming, Stella Francis/Estelle Muspratt, Elyse Huntington and Justine Lewis at the Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway, noon to 3pm, Saturday, February, 13, all welcome.

CANBERRA/Braidwood artist Colin Grant is exhibiting canvases as large as 1.2m high at Agora Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, from February 12 to March 3. The artist describes his most recent work as an inquiry into the intersection of “two worlds, the visible and the invisible.”

CONGRATULATIONS to CSO conductor and artistic director Nick Milton on having been named a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the arts in the Australia Day honours list.

Winehouse tribut
“We May Never Meet Again”… tribute to Amy Winehouse.
“WE May Never Meet Again” pays tribute to Amy Winehouse’s lifelong love of jazz in a concert led by ANU jazz graduate Joe McEvilly, Melbourne nine-piece Movement 9 and vocalist Elly Poletti. At The Street Theatre, Friday February 12. Then Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck (Sydney trio The Necks) will be back at The Street as part of their national tour on Saturday February, 13. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

The Rugby Choir
The Australian Rugby Choir… looking for new voices.
THE Australian Rugby Choir, Canberra’s largest male community choir, is beginning its annual recruitment drive with a new members’ welcome night at 7pm on Thursday, February 11 in Curtin Primary School. There’s no obligation to join and prospective members get three free visits. More information at or call 6291 9038.

“FUTURES” is the first in a series of six emerging arts showcases to be run in Canberra this year by “RAW: natural born artists,” with a mission to provide independent artists of all creative genres, with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. At Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, 6.30pm, Friday, February 12. Bookings to or at the door.

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