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“Queany”, Neil Dickinson’s sculpture.
“Queany”, Neil Dickinson’s sculpture.
“QUEANY” seems like a bland name for the platypus sculpture created last year by Neil Dickinson and set in blue, water-like tiles designed by Freya Jobbins. She’ll (we assume it’s a she) be unveiled just near the Queanbeyan River Bridge, opposite the Art Society house at 11am, Tuesday, March 8.

Peter Fock… playing the great stirrer Machiavelli
Peter Fock… playing the great stirrer Machiavelli

NICCOLO Machiavelli was either a fearless genius or a broken man. You’ll find out in Spread the Wyrd theatre company’s new adaptation of his 1512 play “Mandragola”, when Peter Fock plays the great stirrer in “An Audience With Machiavelli”. Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 7pm, March 3-12, bookings via

OPERAS from the ANU School of Music voice program’s glory days, as filmed by the late Michael Grafton-Green, have been remastered to Blu-ray. Beginning with the 1995 “Cosi fan Tutte”, you’ll see now-famous stars such as Jaewoo Kim, Catherine Carby, Richard Anderson, Terry Den Dulk and Christopher Steele strut their stuff in “Nights at the Opera”, Wesley Music Centre, 7pm, March 8, no bookings, $5 entry.

WELCOME back to composer and conductor Stephen Leek, who’s just returned to the city of his youth, taking up the new role of general manager of the Young Music Society. For the past 30+ years he has been freelancing around Australia and the world, establishing ensembles and arts organisations around the country.

SCULPTOR Stephen Harrison is in Perth from March 4-20, at the 12th annual “Sculpture by the Sea” on Cottesloe Beach. He’s exhibiting a piece called “Barrel and Dagger (Macbeth)”, seen last year at “Sculpture in the Paddock”, and will join more than 75 artists from all around the globe. They’re expecting 250,000 visitors.

THE Sydney Consort, joined by Israeli virtuoso harpsichordist Michael Tsalka, will present “1+2+3 (Bach’s Concerti)” at Wesley Uniting Church, 3pm, Sunday, March 6, bookings via or at the door.

“CANBERRA Shorts” is a screening of local and nearby filmmaker talent at Debacle Bar, Braddon from 8pm, March 6, free entry.

Australian String Quartet… inaugural Canberra concert season Sunday, March 6.
Australian String Quartet… inaugural Canberra concert season Sunday, March 6.
ADELAIDE-based Australian String Quartet’s inaugural Canberra concert season begins with “Alleged Dances” at the NGA’s Gandel Hall, 2pm, Sunday, March 6. It’s a percussion quintet commissioned by the ASQ from Matthew Hindson and will be played by Claire Edwardes. Bookings to or 6240 6701.

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