THE National University Theatre Society (NUTS) is staging a unique adaption by playwright Tom Wright of “Picnic at Hanging Rock”, at Kambri Drama Centre, ANU campus, Acton, 7.30pm, May 8-11. Bookings to nutspresentspicnic.getqpay.com
THE 2019 Canberra International Music Festival continues this weekend with Andrew Schultz’s chamber opera “The Children’s Bach”, based on Helen Garner’s novella, “Bach in Africa”, and many other Bach concerts, culminating in the festival finale at the Fitters workshop, 6.30pm, May 12. Bookings and program for all session to cimf.org.au
AMERICAN saxophonist Branford Marsalis will appear with the Australian Chamber Orchestra performing a Latin American inspired program featuring the music of Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla and Ginastera. Marsalis’ performances will alternate with principal violinist Satu Vänskä, who will also direct the concert. At Llewellyn Hall, 8pm, Saturday, May 11. Bookings to aco.com.au
THE Song Company presents the sounds of 12th-century French composer Perotin, with the metal strings of The Omnific’s Matt Fack and Toby Peterson-Stewart. The Street Theatre, 7.30pm, Saturday, May 11. Bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.
THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is screening the first episode of the documentary series “Australia in Colour”. It’ll be followed by a panel discussion with producer Jo-Anne McGowan and the NFSA staff who worked on the project. Arc cinema, 1pm, Saturday, May 11. Booking sot nfsa.gov.au
AS part of Canberra Opera’s recital series, soprano Louise Keast will return to perform “Letters: Scribed & Sung” in excerpts from Italian, French, German and Russian opera, which centre upon the theme of letters. Wesley Music Centre, 2.30pm, Sunday, May 12. Bookings to trybooking.com
COLLECTIVE saxophone ensemble Psithurism Trio and The Phage Trio are performing at the Drill Hall Gallery, 7.30pm, Friday, May 10. Tickets at the door.
PHOENIX Baroque Trio will be in Canberra with “The Baroque Bizarre”, playing quirky, intoxicating and virtuosic works by Bach and Vivaldi, and impressive works by composers Castello, Biber and Schmelzer. Larry Sitsky Room, ANU School of Music, 7pm-9pm, Thursday, May 9. Bookings to phoenixcollective.com.au or 0402 544016.
THE Street Theatre’s dramaturgical project, “First Seen”, hosts original performance work and encourages debate. Next up is a public presentation of Dylan Berg’s work in progress, “Milk”, at The Street Theatre, 4pm, Sunday, May 12. Bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.
THE Royal Opera House’s live cinema season will present Verdi’s opera “La forza del destino” (The Force of Destiny) on screen. It’ll star Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko, who are playing the ill-fated lovers Don Alvaro and Leonora. Event Cinemas Manuka, 1pm, Saturday, May 11. Bookings to eventcinemas.com
CANBERRA Girls Grammar School’s production of “Wicked,” directed by Kieran Branson, opens in the Senior School Hall, Senior School Campus at 7pm, May 9-11, and 1pm, May 11. Bookings to trybooking.com
CARL Rafferty will be joined by flautist Elissa Koppen, clarinettist Thomas Azoury, percussionist Morgan Merrell and pianist Grant Roberts for “Champagne Classics”, a night of frivolous classics. ANU Drill Hall Gallery, 5pm for 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12. Bookings to operabycandlelight.net
PERFORM Australia (formerly the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art) is holding a 10th birthday gala performance in their theatre at 11 Whyalla Street, Fyshwick, 7.30pm, Saturday, May 11. The night involves a variety of songs, scenes and monologues, performed by Certificate and Advanced Diploma students, as well as a performance of “Boat” by Lindsay Price, performed by students in Years 7-10 from the “Thrive” day school program. Bookings to stagecenta.com