“PAPILLON Unplugged” is billed as a spectacular and debaucherous buffet of circus, cabaret and comedy, and is part of the Wintervention Festival, Canberra Circus Winter Wonderland. But, it’s rated M15+ so they recommend anyone under 18 to be accompanied by an adult. La Petite Grande Theatre, City Walk, (opposite the carousel), 7pm, July 12 to 14 and 19 to 21. Bookings to canberra.tailoredticketing.com
TOBY Cole’s Handel in the Theatre is preparing for its September production of “Susanna”, with over 30 professional artists. The first chance to hear the auditioned 10-voice dramatic chorus is at the open rehearsal, National Portrait Gallery, 10.30am-12pm, this Sunday, July 15. Just drop in.
GARY France’s 2018 release, “Vibelicious To Cal With Love” features France on jazz vibraphone leading an Australian all-star line-up of players from the Australian east and west coasts. The launch is at the ANU Popup Village, 7.30pm, July 12. Bookings to groovewarehouse.com.au or 6260 2847. Dinner available.
CANBERRA Academy of Dramatic Art’s production of “Ruthless! The Musical” takes the stage this week at 11 Whyalla Street, Fyshwick, July 12-21. Bookings to 1300 908905 or stagecenta.com
CANBERRA Wind Symphony’s “Sapphire” concert will feature two capital region premieres, an Australian premiere and two memorable works by living composers. At The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 7.30pm, Thursday, July 12. Bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.
LOVERS of singing Dianna Nixon in “bipARTisans” can, in a weekly drop-in choir rehearsing inside the galleries and celebrating winter wellness at the National Gallery of Australia, next session 12pm-1pm, Friday July 13,.Meet at information desk. Free but bookings recommended to nga.gov.au
AUSTRALIAN political journalist and novelist Chris Uhlmann will deliver the 19th Manning Clark Lecture, “Secret City: Fact, Fiction and Australian politics”, in the RN Robertson Lecture Theatre, Building 46, ANU, 7pm, July 12. Tickets at the door.
CHRIS Baldock’s Mockingbird Acting Studio presents its inaugural “MuSE” directing showcase, under the title “First Scene”. The first five student directors to complete the studio’s theatre directing course will be at the Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 2pm and 6pm, Saturday, July 14. Bookings to Eventbrite.com.au or tickets at the door.
DAVE “Rod” Patten plays Rod Stewart and Shannon G Brown plays Elton John, at The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 8pm, Saturday, July 14. Bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.
“BORDER Politics”, produced and directed by Judy Rymer, follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment meted out to refugees by most western democracies. Q&A screening at Dendy Cinemas, Civic, with Burnside and Rymer, 4pm, Saturday, July 14. Bookings to dendy.com.au/cinemas/canberra
PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Piss Weak Karaoke, 9pm, Thursday, July 12; Lower Body, Earache, Sob Story, and Alien Abduction, 8pm, Friday, July 13; and, Slow Dial, An Inconvenient Groove, Ghyti and Greg’s Intervention, 9pm, Saturday July 14
THE coming Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival will offer films from across Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland, representing original cinema from the Nordic region, such as the sell-out Norwegian supernatural drama, “Thelma”, which follows a student who moves to Oslo where she discovers that she has terrifying powers. At Palace Electric, July 11-29. Bookings to palacecinemas.com.au
“JAMES and the Giant Peach” is Roald Dahl’s story about a young boy who lives with his dreadful aunts until, one day, something magical happens. Child Players ACT is presenting Richard George’s adaption for the stage at Belconnen Community Centre, July 12-21. Bookings to 6257 1950, canberrarep.org.au or tickets at the door.
TO mark Bastille Day, Australian flautist Jane Rutter, will perform music from Debussy, Marais, Ravel, Aznavour, Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” and Cole Porter’s “I Love”, James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, 2pm-3pm, July 14. Bookings to nga.gov.au
THE National Film and Sound Archive is bringing “Ozploitation” to Canberra through a comprehensive retrospective of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s films, tele-movies, TV shows and other rare materials from the filmmaker’s own collection, from July 13- 26. Trenchard-Smith will attend the opening night screening of “DeadEnd Drive-In” and participate in a Q&A at Arc cinema. It all kicks off Friday, July 13 with Dead End Drive-In at 6.30pm, followed by the Q&A then at 8.45pm “Night of the Demons 2″. Bookings to nfsa.gov.au
CELLIST Julian Smiles and violinist Dimity Hall will perform cello and violin pieces on at Wesley in a program of “firsts”, such as Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G major, a new work by Matthew Hindson and Ross Edwards’ “Ecstatic Dance” for violin and cello. Recital Series, Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, Sunday, July 15. Bookings to cso.org.au or 6262 6772.