Arts in the City / ‘Chicago’ takes another run around the block

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Chicago murderesses Roxie Hart (played by Vanessa Valois) and Velma Kelly (Kelly Roberts).

“CHICAGO” is the longest-running American musical ever to play the West End and now Canberra Philharmonic is testing its popularity with Canberra audiences, who have seen this show often. This time around as the merry murderesses are Vanessa Valois playing Roxie and Kelly Roberts playing Velma. At Erindale Theatre, March 9-25. Bookings to

Dami Im… returning to the Canberra Theatre.

DAMI Im is coming back to Canberra after her sell-out show last year. Her performance at Eurovision 2016 with “Sound of Silence” was viewed by more than 200 million people worldwide. Her encore show, “Yesterday Once More”, is at Canberra Theatre, 8pm, Saturday, March 11. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

CANBERRA Wind Symphony’s Pentabrass Masters are taking to the spaces of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, amidst the paintings of Elisabeth Cummings, for a champagne recital called “Brass Sketches” featuring, among other things, “Cantina Band” by John Williams and “Promenade/Baba Yaga/Great Gate” from “Pictures of an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky, with instrumentation by Dixon. It’s at Kingsley Street, Acton, March 9. Bookings to

THE Friends of the Albert Hall in collaboration with the ANU Open School of Music will host a free music concert at 6.30pm, on March 9, after the Friends’ AGM at 5.15pm. Co-ordinated by string teacher Lindy Reksten, it will showcase the rising stars of our classical music scene performing late nineteenth and early twentieth century music. Free, but bookings advisable to

“FESTIVAL Muse”, billed as a long-weekend “Festival for the Brain and Belly” is Muse Café’s gambit to keep people in town during the Canberra Day weekend with curiosity, conversation, creativity, coffee, wine and canapés. The list of conversational celebs includes political journalists, writers, musicians and chefs. At Muse, East Hotel, Kingston, March 10-13. Bookings and details at

“BURLESQUE Idol” is a competition that features rising cabaret performers competing for the crown of Burlesque Idol Australia 2017. The prize includes a year-long ambassadorship offering performance and promotion opportunities all over the world. At The Playhouse, 8pm, Saturday, March 11. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

“Revolutionary” pianist Roland Peelman. Photo by Anthony Browell

WESLEY Music Centre’s next “Wednesday Lunchtime Live” recital will see Roland Peelman, from the Canberra International Music Festival, performing piano works by Schumann, Satie and Kate Moore under the title “Revolutionary Piano”. Wednesday, March 8, 12.40pm-1.20pm. No bookings required, entry by paper note or donation.

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