Burlesque girls tough it out for the title

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2019 Miss Burlesque ACT competitors… The Abbey, June 29. Photo: Captavitae Photography

Eight performers will compete for the title of Miss Burlesque ACT, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly Arts in the City column.

Miss Burlesque Australia Artemis Seven (Morgan HeathWilliams, of Nicholls). Photo: Etphemera Photography

EIGHT performers will compete for the title of Miss Burlesque ACT with the winning concoctor of striptease, sexuality and satire winning $1000 cash, more than $2600 worth of prizes plus flights and attendance at the Miss Burlesque Australia finals in Perth on August 24. Last year’s winner, Artemis Seven (Morgan HeathWilliams, of Nicholls) later represented Australia at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. At The Abbey, Gold Creek, 8pm, June 29. Book at eventbrite.com.au

THE 40th annual Midwinter Arts and Crafts Show will feature more than 100 local artists, crafters and entertainers. At Yarralumla Uniting Church Centre, Denman Street, Yarralumla, over the weekend of June 28-30 with the official opening and fashion parade at 5.30pm on Friday.

MUSIC for Canberra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra, joined by soloists Rachael Duncan, Tobias Cole and Andrew O’Connor, Canberra Choral Society, Canberra Children’s Choir and Seasoned Voices, will perform Carl Orff’s hit cantata “Carmina Burana” at Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm. Saturday, June 29. Book at premier.ticketek.com.au

Sarahlouise Owen… At Wesley Music Centre, June 23.  Photo: Peter Hislop

THE Art Song Canberra concert “Venus Unwrapped” is an exploration through the repertoire of female composers throughout history. It features soprano Sarahlouise Owens with pianist Natalia Tkachenko. At Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 3pm, Sunday, June 23. Book at trybooking.com or tickets at the door (cash only).

Comedian Frankie McNair… at Civic Pub, June 27.

CANBERRA comedian Frankie McNair sold out her debut show  “Frantasia” at the Canberra Comedy Festival early this year and has since performed to sell-out crowds at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She’ll reprise “Frantasia” at Civic Pub, Braddon, 8.30pm, Thursday, June 27. Book at canberracomedyfestival.com.au

CANBERRA’S A Chorus of Women, joined by the Luminescence Children’s Choir and conducted by Johanna McBride, present an updated performance of “The People’s Passion” by Glenda Cloughley, re-inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg and NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. At Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 7.30pm, Friday, June 28, and 5pm, Sunday, June 30. Book at trybooking.com or tickets at the door (cash only).

LEONARD Weiss will conduct Musica da Camera in “Reimaginings” –  Arensky’s “Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky” and “Like Snowdrops You Will Shine” by Sydney composer, Katia Beaugeais and Max Richter’s re-composition of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with violinist Helena Popovic as soloist. At Holy Covenant Anglican Church, Cook, 2.30pm, Saturday, June 22. Book at musicadacamera.org.au or tickets at the door.

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