Arts in the City / A big year from a big year

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Bungendore satirists’ Shortis and Simpson… Ainslie Arts Centre, September 7.

BUNGENDORE satirists Shortis and Simpson are cooking up “The 1948 Show” in a tribute to the year of their births. And what a year it was, they say; the Holden was launched, Israel, North Korea, apartheid, Scrabble and the Polaroid camera were born. They’ll be performing numbers such as “Nature Boy”, “Too Darn Hot”, anti-apartheid protest songs and classics from other 1948 babies such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Lulu. At Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon, Friday, September 7. Bookings to or 6182 0000.

Wendy Edwards’ “Ravens Return” in Rookwood Cemetery’s “Hidden” exhibition last year.

NOW in its 10th year, the unusual “Hidden” outdoor sculpture exhibition at Sydney’s huge necropolis, Rookwood Cemetery, showcases more than 40 artworks to be strategically placed alongside the historic monuments. Artists include Barak Zelig, from Kambah, and Melinda Brouwer, who lives in Ainslie, to where the Rookwood Mortuary Station was relocated in 1958, becoming All Saints Anglican Church. At Rookwood Cemetery Village Green, September 1-October 1.

MARUKI Community Orchestra returns under the baton of John Gould, with Wagner’s “Rienzi Overture”, solos from Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 and Rachmaninov’s Symphony no. 2, said to be “music of hope and redemption”. At Albert Hall, 3pm-5pm, Sunday, September 2. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

POET Paul Hetherington, from the international poetry studies at the University of Canberra, is launching his book “Moonlight on Oleander: Prose Poems” with Cassandra Atherton as guest speaker. At the National Library Foyer, 6pm, September 6. RSVP to 6262 1424.

Antony Pitts and The Song Company… The Street Theatre, September 7.

THE Song Company and director Antony Pitts will be here with “Four Colour Season”. The program focuses on the seasons, the sky and the gum leaves in voices and dance from Chance to Vivaldi as the vocal ensemble collaborates with Bundjalung and Wiradjuri dancer and choreographer Thomas E.S. Kelly’s Karul Projects. Music from young Australian composers Alice Chance and Patrick Baker will feature. At The Street Theatre, September 7. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

TEDxCanberra is organised entirely by Canberra volunteers who are passionate about ideas. The theme this year is “Divergence” and will feature 16 bright ideas derived from thinking outside the norm. Among them are Jackson Thomas, a UC scientist who is researching how bush medicine could cure scabies; Megan Gilmour who founded MissingSchool, an organising using Telepresence robots to ensure seriously sick kids can go to school and Shanna Whan, whose social media platform Sober in the Country addresses rural Australia’s casual alcoholism culture. At The Playhouse, Saturday, September 8.

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