SHORTIS and Simpson will perform their newest show “Happy Little Copyrights”, a tribute to the noble art of song-stealing. They’ll be accompanied by musos Dave O’Neill, Ian Blake and Jon Jones. At Carrington Inn, Bungendore. The three-course meal begins at 6pm, and the show at 8pm, May 17-18. Bookings to trybooking.com
SCUNA, the ANU Choral Society, launches its concert season for the year with “Gloria!” a celebration of two favourite Baroque composers, Henry Purcell and Antonio Vivaldi. It’s conducted by Leonard Weiss and features soprano Veronica Milroy, mezzo soprano AJ America and pianist Anthony Smith. St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6 Boolee Street, Reid, 5pm, Sunday, May 19. Bookings to trybooking.com
PAPERMOON Theatre, formed at the ANU 25 years ago, vanished when the university decided to close its drama department. Now it’s back with a vengeance as one of the three original directors, Tony Turner directs Alma de Groen’s play, “Wicked Sisters”. In it four former friends meet after the death of one of their husbands and uncover multiple betrayals during a night of wine. At Courtyard Studio, May 15-18. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
JESSICA Cottis returns to conduct Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s opera gala, “Richard Gill – In Memoriam” featuring works by Monteverdi, Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Cole Porter and Sondheim, sung by soprano Jacqueline Porter and bass-baritone Jeremy Kleeman. At Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, Saturday, May 18. Bookings to cso.org.au
“THE World Goes ’Round”, directed by Jarrad West in his fourth directorial role with REP, is a musical full of songs from some of Broadway’s biggest hits, including “Cabaret” and “Chicago”. In the show, five individuals find themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee. Canberra REP Theatre, Acton, May 16 (preview) to June 1. Bookings to canberrarep.org.au or 6257 1950.
ART Song Canberra’s next concert, “Russian Lullaby”, songs and duets by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Kabalevsky and Shostakovich, will be performed by Songmakers Australia, Merlyn Quaife, Christina Wilson, Andrew Goodwin and Andrea Katz. At Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, May 19. Bookings to trybooking.com or at the door.
“JUMP First, Ask Later” tells the stories of six young champions of Fairfield’s underground “parkour” and street style community. The performance combines street culture, parkour, breakdancing, gymnastics, kinaesthetics and martial arts with humour and wit. Performed in the Bicentennial Hall, Queanbeyan, 10.30am and 8pm, Friday, May 17. Bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.
“BETTY Boop Meets Kit Carson: The Beginnings of Australian Television” will see Ray Edmondson, home movie aficionado and curator emeritus of the National Film and Sound Archive, will recall this era and introduce a rare screening of original prints from the former 16mm film libraries of what later became the Seven and Nine networks. Canberra Museum and Gallery, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, this Friday, May 17, Admission: free for Friends of NFSA and members of CMAG; gold coin donation for others.
AGATHA Christie’s tale “Towards Zero” has only recently been made available for performance and production. In it, there’s a brutal murder and all the house guests have opportunity and motive. At Belconnen Community Theatre, May 17-25. Bookings to canberraticketing.com.au or 6275 2700.
MELBOURNE band, Bush Gothic, tells tales from Australian history, with a twist. They’ll be in town performing numbers from their new album “Beyond the Pale”. Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic, 7pm, May 18. Bookings to smithsalternative.com
HONEST Puck theatre’s latest show, “The Woman in Black”, tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a dark woman. Directed by James Scott, it features Scott himself, Brendan Kelly, and Katherine Berry. At Perform Australia Theatre, 11 Whyalla Street, Fyshwick, May 17-26. Bookings to honestpuck.com.au
THE South Coast’s annual River of Art Festival kicks off this weekend with Wendy Sharpe opening the event on Friday, May 17, at Moruya’s Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre. There’ll be Narooma’s Kinema Kabaret, Art on Parade, conversations and many other events. The festival continues until Monday May 27. All program details to riverofart.com.au