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Kris Kristofferson is coming to town. HELEN MUSA has all the arts news with this week’s “Arts in the City” column.

Singer Kris Kristofferson… Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, September 25.

AMERICAN singing legend Kris Kristofferson is coming to town accompanied by country music band, The Strangers. Creator of hits such as “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night”, he’s also a three-time Grammy winner, a Rhodes Scholar, and actor. At last count there were still tickets to his concert in Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, Wednesday, September 25. Book at

The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra… Albert Hall, September 28. Photo: Michael Szabo

“AFTER the War”, music brought to Australia by more than four million immigrants between 1945 and 1985, will be performed by the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra, with massed mandolins, mandolas, mandocello, guitars and bass playing at Albert Hall, 2pm, Saturday, September 28. Book at, call 0417 691404 or at the door.

“The Champion”… Italian Film Festival, September 24.

“THE Champion”, set in the glossy world of professional, millionaire footballers,  opens the Italian Film Festival at Palace Electric on September 24. Following the death of Bernardo Bertolucci in November, a highlight  will be “1900”, the five-hour epic historical drama featuring actors such as Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu and Donald Sutherland, as well as Bertolucci’s political thriller “The Conformist”. The festival runs until October 17. Book at

Super-baritone José Carbó… Wesley Uniting Church, September 22

THE José Carbó Trio – super-baritone José Carbó with classical guitarists  Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi – will perform for Art Song Canberra in a concert titled “L’Heure Exquise” (The Exquisite Hour). At Wesley Uniting Church, 3pm, Sunday, September 22. Book at or cash tickets at the door.

THE tenth annual Come Alive Festival will be held a month earlier than usual in the Courtyard Studio of the Canberra Theatre Centre from September 24-27. Hosted by the National Library, it will see participating schools create theatre pieces inspired by the library’s collection. Book at

THE Australian National Poetry Slam ACT finals will be held at Gorman Arts Centre, 7.30pm-10.30pm, Saturday, September 28. Book at  

ART-lovers were saddened by the abrupt closure of FORM Studio and Gallery in Queanbeyan just days before an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Kate and Keith Bender was to open. The gallery has given eight years of service to local artists and was known to have been struggling.

MUSICAL identity Mikel Simic (Mikelangelo to his fans) is Music NSW’s newly announced regional music officer for Goulburn, Queanbeyan and Bowral.

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