Arts / What’s on this weekend?

Share Canberra's trusted news:
CSO by the river in Queanbeyan

“MUSIC by the River” is a free concert of orchestral classics including Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro Overture”, Handel’s “Queen of Sheba” from “Solomon” and Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides”, performed by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, in the Queen Elizabeth II Park on the banks of the Queanbeyan River, 6pm, Saturday, March 2. All welcome.

PADMA Menon presents a dance and lecture called “Indian Dance, the Agama Traditions and Direct Experience as Knowledge”, for the Canberra Jung Society, MacKillop Centre, 50 Archibald Street, Lyneham, 8pm,  Friday,  March 1. Bookings to or at the door.

Rufus Wainwright

ONE of the top male vocalists and songwriters of his generation, Rufus Wainwright, brings his “All These Poses” show to Canberra, with experimental jazz-pop artist Rachel Eckroth supporting. The Playhouse, 8pm this Thursday February 28, Bookings to or 6275 2700.

THE Ntaria Choir, from Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, will be a highlight of the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival in May and the   documentary following them as they take their Arrernte-language Bach chorales from the Central Desert to Germany and back. “The Song Keepers” will be screening at the National Film and Sound Archive, 4.45pm, Saturday, March 2. Bookings to

THE Manhattan Transfer will be performing hits such as “Birdland”, “Route 66” and “The Boy from New York City” at Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, Friday, March 1. Bookings to or 6283 7200.

COOMA author Rowena Evans, is launching her young adult novel (for readers from 12 to adult) “Switch”, at Snowy Monaro Regional Library, Vale Street, Cooma, 11.30am, Saturday, March 2. All welcome. The book continues the adventures of characters Ivan, Cassie, Reenie, Wilfred and Cal in   Cooma, the Monaro and Canberra.

THE Song Company presents “Treble Helix Unlocked”, featuring the original musical notation of the 500-year-old Eton Choirbook. At Wesley Uniting Church, 7.30pm, Friday, March 1. Bookings to

FOR three nights Haig Park will be transformed into a giant outdoor cinema for the inaugural “Haig Park Pickture Festival”, directed by Yanni Pounartzis and Alice Taylor. Billed as “more fun than highbrow”, it will have three cinema screens showing “retro-fun classics” like Woody Allen’s “Purple Rose of Cairo”, Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” and Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands”. March 1-3. Bookings to

PIANIST Kathryn Selby’s Selby & Friends first concert for 2019 will be at Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm Thursday, February 28. Bookings to

Christopher Samuel Carroll in rehearsal at The Street. Photo: Shelly Higgs

IRISH-Australian actor Christopher Samuel Carroll is performing his one man show “Icarus”, a modern story about an ordinary man whose life is thrown into turmoil and he looks for a means of escape, at The Street Theatre, until March 3. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

THE five-piece Alma Orquestra plans to transport Smith’s to Lisbon with Fado and folkloric songs of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as music from Portuguese-speaking nations of Cape Verde, Angola and Brazil. At Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic, 3.30pm Sunday, March 3. Bookings to

THE National Film & Sound Archive of Australia’s “Vinyl Lounge” is where vinyl lovers can bring their favourite records and share music stories. At NFSA Theatrette, 5.30pm-7pm, Friday, March 1. All welcome.

Darren Coggan

DARREN Coggan’s new show “Like a Rhinestone Cowboy – The Best of Glen Campbell” is coming to The Q, Queanbeyan, 2pm, Saturday March 2. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

“UP-OPPING@LIMESTONE” is billed by its organisers as “so much more than an op shop” and “a really great place to hang out”, with musical entertainment and things to buy. 82 Limestone Avenue, Ainslie, 10am to 2pm. All welcome.

THE Sharon Shannon Band, with famed Irish traditional musician, Susan O’Neill, will be at Ainslie Arts Centre’s Main Hall, Elouera Street, Braddon, 7.30pm, Thursday, February 28. Bookings to

Shane Howard Trio on the road

VICTORIAN muso Shane Howard, famous for songs like “Let the Franklin Flow”, will be in Braidwood with his trio to perform numbers from his 13th album, “Deeper South”. At National Theatre in Braidwood, 7.30pm, Friday, March 1. Bookings to

MARGARET Wright’s National Eight Foot Pitch Recorder Orchestra for the larger and deeper recorders will see more than 57 recorder players here for NEFPRO ’19, Hall 1, Woden Seniors Club, Corinna Street, Phillip, from 10am to 4pm, Sunday, March 3. Bookings and details to

THE first session of Poetry at Manning Clark House will feature Canberra poets Kathy Kituai and John Foulcher, 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest, 7pm for 7.30pm, Thursday, February 28. Tickets at door.

Pianist Lucus Allerton. Photo: Peter Hislop

ANU Honours graduate in piano, Lucus Allerton, is taking a look into childhood in a concert for grownups, built around Robert Schumann’s “Scenes from Childhood”, Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 3.30pm, Sunday, March 3. Bookings to

LIMESTONE Consort are performing a concert of trio sonatas this Sunday, 2pm, at St Paul’s, Manuka. Exit by donation.

CANBERRA “Duo Merindah”, classical guitarist Minh Lo Huang and flautist Teresa Rabe, will be performing “Songs and Dances” in St Andrews Anglican Church, Braidwood, 2pm, Sunday, March 3. It’s part of the St Andrew’s Autumn Concert Series.

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleReview / Big sculpture artists think small
Next articleThe interesting surprises of exploring Hume
Helen Musa
“CityNews” arts editor

Leave a Reply