Arts / What’s on this weekend

HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts and shows in Canberra.

Johnny Carr and Zindzi Okenyo in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. Photo by Heidrun Lohr

BELL Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”, directed by Peter Evans, is at the Playhouse, April 12–21. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

“A CAPITAL Evening with The Spooky Men’s Chorale” is coming to Canberra, promising “the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male, armed only with their voices”. At Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 7.30pm, Saturday, April 14. Bookings to or at the door.

PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: “Piss Weak Karaoke”, 9pm, Thursday, April 12; “The King Hits”, 9pm, Friday April 13; and “The Bee Cons”, Saturday, April 14.

JIm McGrath reading ‘Journey to the West’

THE Street is unveiling a new work in development this weekend, “Monkey Madness” by Jim McGrath—his look at a very famous Chinese monkey, with a feedback session after the showing. Street Three, this 6.30pm-7.30pm, Friday, April 13. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire conducted by Leonard Weiss.

THE “To the Riptide” concert introduces the Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire’s silver anniversary year, featuring Australian songs by everyone from from Kylie Minogue to Vance Joy. Gungahlin College Theatre, 4pm, this Sunday, April 15. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

JENNIFER Rayner will be in conversation with Frank Bongiorno on Rayner’s new book, “Blue Collar Frayed: Working Men in Tomorrow’s Economy”. At the Auditorium, Australian Centre on China in the World, 188 Fellows Lane, ANU, 6pm, Thursday, April 12, signing from 5.30pm. Bookings to

A still from ‘Night of the Living Dea’.

THE National Film and Sound Archive’s Cinema ’68 season celebrates 40 years with the Australian premiere of the new 4K digital restoration of George A. Romero’s zombie film, “Night of the Living Dead”, restored by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Foundation. Arc Cinema, 7pm, Friday, April 13. Bookings to  Costumes and makeup are encouraged.

Pianist Victor Sangiorgio

MUSICA da Camera will mark being part of the Canberra music scene for 40 years with a concert of string orchestra, directed by violinist Barbara-Jane Gilby, High Court of Australia, 1.30pm, Sunday, April 15. Free but registrations essential to

CARL Rafferty is presenting a concert featuring pianist Victor Sangiorgio, playing Clementi, Beethoven, Schubert and Gershwin. ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton, 6pm for 6.30pm, Friday, April 13, and 5pm for 5.30pm, Saturday, April 14.  Bookings to

SOLO guitarists Paco Lara from Spain and Damian Wright from Australia, will join with percussionist James Hauptmann in “Guitarra Flamenca”, The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra, City West, 4pm, Sunday, April 15. Bookings to or 6247 1223.



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