“THE Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark,” an irreverent riff on “Hamlet” by comedy duo The Listies, involving Shakespeare, ninjas, sword fights, bodily fluids and zombies, will be at The Playhouse, 6.30pm, August 3 and 10.30am & 2.30pm, August 4. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
LEADING contemporary Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s installation “Namako” will feature as the inaugural ephemeral architecture project to launch November’s DESIGN Canberra Festival. Kuma designed Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium for the 2020 Games and the huge new work will be installed on Aspen Island.
“STRONGER Than Fiction” is the fabulous title of the coming Canberra documentary festival curated by Deborah Kingsland. It’s full of films about feisty kids, adults and cute puppies created by insightful directors. Palace Electric, August 2-5. Bookings to palacecinemas.com.au
THE Turner Brown Band, a collaboration between Australian slide guitarist and music producer Dom Turner and Ohio’s Sacred Steel lap-slide guitar and vocalist Nikki D Brown will visit Tuggeranong Arts Centre Theatre at 7.30pm, August 3. Bookings to trybooking.com
THE Australian Dance Awards are coming up in September and the good news is that the creative program officer at Belconnen Arts Centre, Philip Piggin, long-time Canberra dance critic and former national joint co-ordinator of Ausdance, Hilary Trotter, and Quantum Leap’s “This Poisoned Sea” have all been nominated in the top categories.
VETERAN Canberra artist Val Johnson, whose practice runs from wicked entries in The Bald Archys to refined townscapes, travelled to Cornwall in 2016. The result is “Colours of Cornwall”, picturing whitewashed houses, blue waters, yellow sand and colourful boats. At Strathnairn, Stockdill Drive, Holt, until August 19.
NEXT up in M16’s “Confident Collecting” series is “Porcelain Power and Portraits”, where ceramic sculptors Julie Bartholomew and Patsy Hely will tell how the ceramics world is being turned on its head. M16Artspace, Blaxland Street, Griffith, 6pm-8pm, Monday, July 30. The final session on August 6 will see weavers Valerie Kirk, Jennifer Robertson and Ruby Berry explore the textile world. Bookings to m16artspace.com.au
MEZZO-soprano Bronwyn Riley and pianist Colin Forbes will celebrate life and love with songs by Schumann, l’Estrange, Kosma, Trenet and Louiguy at Kangara Waters’ Cooinda Hall, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen, 2.15pm on Sunday, July 29. Tickets at the door.
THE Indonesian embassy is hosting two performances of the Wayang Kulit shadow play “Bima in the Forest of Marta” at the National Gallery on July 29, but they’ve booked out well ahead of time. Time perhaps for a larger venue?