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Arts in the City is arts editor HELEN MUSA’s weekly wrap about what’s where and who’s who on the Canberra arts scene. 

Child Players ACT… “Jack and the Beanstalk”, July 17-20.

CHILD Players ACT will stage “Jack and the Beanstalk”, a musical adaptation by BJ Anyos, Katie Kavanagh and Georgia Pike, at Belconnen Community Centre, Swanston Court, 11am and 2pm, July 17-20. Book at canberrarep.org.au or 6257 1950.

TrashFest scene from “Disco Dancer” (India, 1982)… playing in Watson, July 20.

TRASHFEST 2019 is a wild film event culled from Andrew Leavold’s 30 years of collecting and sharing film oddities. It’s suitable for anyone into horror, cult movies or strangeness. Comprising two hours of clips from Africa, South-East Asia and Bollywood, it features the Filipino midget James Bond, the North Korean “Godzilla”, and the Turkish “Star Wars”. At Sanguineti Media, Block C, Unit 103, 49 Phillip Avenue, Canberra Technology Park, Watson, 7pm-9pm, Saturday, July 20. Tickets at the door.

Iceland’s “White White Day”… playing at the Scandinavian Film Festival.

THE Scandinavian Film Festival is running a selection of 21 films from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland. The centrepiece is Iceland’s “A White, White Day”, billed as a darkly humorous new drama about a stoic man whose emotional reserves are pushed to their limits. In “Aurora”, a commitment-phobic party girl Aurora and Iranian refugee Darian agree to help each other. At Palace Electric, until July 31. 

Soprano Chloe Lankshear… North Belconnen Uniting Church, Melba, July 14. Photo: Peter Hislop

CANBERRA Community Chorale, directed by Dan Walker and accompanied by a string quartet, will perform “This Shining Night”, an eclectic concert of Schubert’s Mass in G, interspersed with clever re-workings of songs by pop group Depeche Mode and solo art songs from American composer Samuel Barber. Soloist is soprano Chloe Lankshear with Lucas Allerton on piano. At North Belconnen Uniting Church, Melba, 2pm, Sunday, July 14. Book at trybooking.com or cash tickets at the door.

THE “Michael Buble Christmas in July” show is coming to town with Mitch Capone playing the Canadian singer who has won four Grammy Awards. At Harmonie German Club, 7pm, Saturday, July 20. Book at  harmonieclub.com.au

“ACTIVISM: forces for change in Canberra” at the Canberra Museum and Gallery honours Canberra’s special relationship with activism. It includes the well-known story of the fight for women’s rights, for marriage equality and the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, but also stories of quiet activism. At CMAG, until November 2.

THE Sweet Dreams Festival is a popular music event created by local musical identities Rohan Thomas and Marty Khoundavong, which will come complete with a “glow-in-the-dark ball pit and giant neon animals”. At the Truffle Farm, Majura, Saturday, September 21. Book at atticketbooth.com.au

THE cold weather has inspired the early announcement of “A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas”, a two-hour spectacular on Saturday, November 30. Book at canberracomedyfestival.com.au 


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