DRAT! I forgot to pick up the spray-can of insecticide before leaving home to see joint directors Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsay’s foray into fantasyland in search of a serious message delivered by an arachnid […]
CELLIST Christopher Pidcock will join the National Capital Orchestra and conductor Leonard Weiss to perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto in a packed concert also featuring Holst’s Somerset Rhapsody, Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 8 and the world premiere performance of a new work by an up-and-coming Australian composer Chloe Sinclair. At The Q, Queanbeyan, 3pm, Sunday, August 5. Bookings to nco.org.auTHE Australian Chamber Orchestra will be performing the Australian premiere of Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie’s string arrangement of Bach’s keyboard work, “Goldberg Variations”, along with Thomas Adès’ “Nightfalls”. Llewellyn Hall, 8pm, Saturday, August 4. Bookings to aco.com.au or 1800 444444.
JACQUI Malins’ next Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry Night will be, she says, “a great opportunity to meet other writers who are interested in the power of words beyond the limits of English”. At Smith’s Alternative, 7pm-9pm, Monday, August 13. Tickets at the door.ADHOC Baroque has chosen the dramatic title “The Cruel Game of Love” for its coming concert of music on that subject by Caldara, Steffani, Clari and Marcello. At St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka, 3pm, Sunday, August 5. Exit donations will be welcomed.
VIBES player Arthur Lipner will be performing a concert featuring a mix of classic jazz and world influenced repertoire in an intimate setting. Lipner will be available for a meet and greet at a reception after the concert. The Groove Warehouse, 5/1 Sawmill Circuit, Hume, 8pm, August 2. Bookings to groovewarehouse.com.auTHE Embassy of Switzerland in collaboration with RUAG Aviation will celebrate the 727th Anniversary of the Swiss Confederation and the 50th Anniversary of the Australian Army Band Corps in a concert by The Swiss Military Small Band and The Royal Military College Band. At the Australian War Memorial, Poppy’s Café forecourt, 12pm, Friday, August 3. Free event.
ANU Dance is presenting “Class A Affair”, which revisits the adolescent high school spirit, at Gorman Arts Centre, Ralph Wilson Theatre, 7pm-9pm, August 3–5. Bookings to eventbrite.com.auTHE 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 popular 24-year-old tenor, Mark Vincent, is bringing his new show “Young At Heart” to The Q, Queanbeyan, 2pm, Saturday, August 4. Bookings to theq.net.au or via 6285 6290.SUPER-guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will perform old and new works at Canberra Theatre, 7.30pm, Thursday, August 2. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
SINGER-song writer and instrumentalist Xavier Rudd will be performing as part of his “Stormboy” album tour, at the UC Refectory, 8pm, Thursday, August 2. Entry is only open to people 18 and above. Bookings to oztix.com.au
“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, Canberra Theatre Centre, 6.30pm, August 3, and 10.30am & 2.30pm, August 4. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
“STRONGER Than Fiction” is the coming Canberra documentary festival curated by Deborah Kingsland, full of films created by insightful directors. At Palace Electric, August 2-5. Booking to palacecinemas.com.auIF you’re in Sydney, there’ll be a tribute concert to composer Ross Edwards on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Featured is Canberra’s Olivia Swift, whose tribute to Edwards is “Dew”, based on poetry by Sara Teasdale and one of a series of six madrigals she has compose. “Ross Edwards: Dance Chants”, City Recital Hall, Sydney, 7.30pm, Saturday, August 4. Bookings to cityrecitalhall.com
MUSE Café has writer Maria Tumarkin presenting a workshop on literary nonfiction, at East Hotel, Kingston, from 1.30pm-4.30pm, Saturday, August 4. Also, Tumarkin and David Hansen of Griffith Review examine multiculturalism in twenty-first century Australia, from 3pm-4pm, Sunday, August 5, Bookings for both to musecanberra.com.au
CANBERRA BLUE SOCIETY presents 12 blues acts on two stages at the Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, from 1pm to 11.30pm this Saturday, August 4. Tickets at the door or at harmonieclub.com.au