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Dancers in ‘The Merry Widow’. Photo by Daniel Boud
THE Australian Ballet’s “The Merry Widow”, appears with Orchestra Victoria at the Canberra Theatre from May 25-30. Artistic director David McAllister will be in conversation at the Canberra Theatre 5pm, Saturday, May 26. Bookings for both to

Philip Meddows as Sherlock Holmes or 6275 2700.

CANBERRA band Willie and the Correspondents will appear, along with 30 bands, including the Hoodoo Gurus, 1927, Ol’ 55, and The Badloves at a fundraiser for the Tathra Bushfire Relief fund. Sapphire Coast Turf Club, 1695 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot, 12pm-9.30pm, May 26. Bookings to

TEMPO Theatre is turning to that great Sherlock Holmes mystery, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. At Belconnen Community Theatre, May 25 to June 2. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

THE German Film Festival has a youthful focus this year, with the opener “The Silent Revolution” following 1956 true events in which a group of East German high school students stage a silent protest. Palace Electric, May 23 to June 6. Bookings to

Tafelmusik players
MUSICA Viva is bringing Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra to town with “Bach and His World”, the newest multimedia creation for them by Alison Mackay. The all-Bach program is performed entirely from memory on instruments of the composer’s own time, and is narrated by actor Blair Williams. Llewellyn Hall, 7pm, Thursday, May 24. Bookings to

ANTHONY Mara will be here with his Billy Joel tribute concert marking 45 years since the song “Piano Man” was released. The show is backed by a five piece band and features hits like “Piano Man” and “Just the Way You Are”. Southern Cross Club, Thursday, May 24. Bookings to or 132 849.

Salut Baroque with Colin Milner
SALUT! Baroque, directed by Sally Melhuish, presents music by Vivaldi, Handel, Caldara, Hasse, Pergolesi and Avison, the latter best remembered for his controversial “Essay on Musical Expression”. At Albert Hall, 7.30pm, Friday, May 25. Bookings to

FIFTY-year-old SCUNA, the ANU Choral Society, will be joined by soloists David Greco, Rachel Duncan and Charles Hudson to perform Haydn and Brahms, at St Andrew’s Church in Forrest, 7pm, May 26. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

I PROGETTI will present “Via Hibernis”, a Winter Journey. Similar to, and yet quite unlike Franz Schubert’s great song cycle “Winterreise”, the program follows the imagined path of a young man, as he moves through a chill landscape. At the High Court of Australia, 1.30pm, Sunday, May 27. Free event, but registration essential to

RECONCILIATION Day is coming up on May 28, celebrated for the first time as a public holiday in the ACT, and the Canberra Theatre is marking the occasion the night before with a big party. Archie Roach and Tiddas at The Playhouse, 8pm, Sunday, May 27; Bad Apple Music House Party, Canberra Theatre bar. Bookings for both to or 6275 2700.

‘Magnify’ artist
“MAGNIFY”, billed as a kaleidoscope of visual art, stirring musical and dance performances, with an electrifying fashion runway finale will be at Albert Hall, from 6.30pm, Thursday, May 24. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

MANNING Clark Poetry this month will feature Chris Mansell and Alison Thompson from Berry and Kathleen Bleakley from Wollongong. 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest, 7pm, Thursday, May 24. Inquiries to 0417 140741.

SINGER/songwriter Lucy Wise has toured two albums and two EPs to music festivals in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK over the past eight years, and is now touring her third album, “Winter Sun”. She will be at Smith’s Alternative, Alinga Street, Civic, 7pm, Friday, May 25. Bookings to

Diana Anaid
ON the same night, Rock singer-songwriter Diana Anaid appears as part of her “The Better Girl” tour with performer Ben Camden, in a show partly inspired by the Australian “yes” vote for marriage equality. But the main inspiration for the music and the tour, she says, is an ode to her own transgender sister. Smith’s Alternative, 10pm, Friday, May 25. Bookings to or 6257 1225.

TONY King is an expat Canberran who went on to be Australian Songwriter of the year in 2009. He’ll be here with the band Beautifully Mad, who were awarded Best Lyrics by Tom Waits at the International Song writing Awards. Smith’s Alternative, 4pm-6pm, 76 Alinga Street, Civic, Saturday, May 26. Bookings to or 6257 1225.

Peppa Pig. Photo by Dan Tsantilis
“PEPPA Pig’s Surprise” sees Peppa Pig back in town in a colourful new show with new songs and new life-size puppets, at the Canberra Playhouse, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, Saturday, May 26 and 10am and 12pm, May 27. Bookings to and 6275 2700.

PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Piss Weak Karaoke, 9pm, Thursday, May 24; Friday Night Fiesta and Los Chavos, 9pm, Friday, May 25; Neon Highways, The Postmasters, Slow Dial, My Pet Ant, 8pm, Saturday, May 26; and,Bootleg Sessions, East Row Rabble, The Tugs and Borok, 8pm, Sunday, May 27.

MUSE Café has Bri Lee discussing her #metoo memoir, “Eggshell Skull” in conversation with “Feminartsy’s” Zoya Patel. East Hotel Kingston, 3-4pm, Sunday, May 26.

THE Centre for Classical Studies has a launch of Dr Sonia Pertsinidis’ book, “Theophrastus’ Characters: A New Introduction” in the Classics Museum, ANU, at 5.30pm for 6pm on Friday, May 25. 

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