Arts in the City / Ballet showcase comes to Canberra

Arts editor HELEN MUSA’s weekly look at what’s what on Canberra’s arts scene.

The Australian Ballet School… The Playhouse, September 22.

THE Australian Ballet School always takes its annual showcase by students to one other capital city. This year it’s Canberra’s turn and the program includes “Wolfgang Dance” and “Danza de la Vida”. At The Playhouse, 1.30pm and 7.30pm, September 22.

WESTON Creek Community Centre turns 40 this year. President Maurice Sexton turned the first sod back in the late ’70s and he’s still president today. He, centre manager Yung Tran and members of the community are organising a public birthday bash with entertainment and a barbecue at Cooleman Court, 10am-2pm, on Saturday, September 15. In the week preceding the festivities there will be free “come and try” classes in yoga, fitness, squash. All details at

“Jurassica”… At The Q, Queanbeyan, September 19-22.

“JURASSICA”, by Dan Giovannoni, is a play about family, migration, language, growing old and dinosaurs of the human variety, spoken in English and Italian. The play provides a contemporary perspective on the importance of family and what it is to be displaced. At The Q, Queanbeyan, September 19-22. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

THE October 7 finale to the Italian Film Festival will be a digital remastering of Dario Argento’s cult film “Suspiria”, the most famous Italian horror film of all time, in which ballet student Suzy arrives at a dance academy plagued by supernatural happenings. At Palace Cinemas.

Guitarist Andrew Blanch… Wesley Music Centre, September 20.

JUST before Cate Clelland’s production of Paul Kauffman’s play “Shakespeare and His Mistress” opens at the ANU, Wesley Music Centre’s Wednesday Lunchtime Concert on September 19 will be “Shakespeare in Music”. Tenor Michael Smith, accompanied by Andrew Blanch on guitar and Lucas Allerton on piano, will perform songs with words from “Twelfth Night”, “As You Like It” and “The Tempest”, set to music by Quilter, Finzi, Byrd, Johnson and Wilson. At 20 National Circuit, Forrest, 12.40pm-1.20pm. No bookings required.

GOOD news for Claire Primrose, of FORM Studio and Gallery in Queanbeyan, that her paintings are being exhibited by Stanley Street Gallery on the final two days of the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair running at Carriageworks, Redfern, September 13-16.

SOPRANO Louise Page and conductor Leonard Weiss join Musica da Camera as the string orchestra joins the woodwinds to perform Mozart’s G minor symphony, and Page sings a string of opera arias by Gluck, Mozart, Handel and Purcell. At the Holy Covenant Anglican Church, Cook, 2.30pm, September 22. Bookings to or at the door.

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