What’s on in the arts this weekend?

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The Ghosts in “A Christmas Carol”, from left… Chris McGrane, Kristofer Patston-Gill, Mark Molloy and Amelia Forsyth-Smith. Photo: Greg Gould.

BUDDING Theatre’s hilarious “A Christmas Carol Goes Horribly, Terribly Wrong”, will be at Belconnen Theatre, 8pm, December 11, 13 and 15, and 11am, December 14. Bookings to buddingtheatre.com or tickets at the door. The show contains strong language and is suitable for teenagers and adults.

CANBERRA’S 75th Carols by Candlelight will be held at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, 7pm, Saturday, December 14. Free event, all welcome.

ADHOC Baroque will be telling the familiar Christmas stories of the angel, the shepherds, the Magi, Herod, the star of Bethlehem, the Christ child and his mother, along with a work by 17th century composer-nun Maria Xaveria Peruchona and works by Charpentier, Stradella, Buxtehude and Schutz. “Christmas Treasures,” Chapel of the Annunciation, Canberra Girls Grammar School, 3pm December 15. Bookings at trybooking.com

Anna Lewandowska on the Cyr wheel for Cirque Stratosphere.

THE entirely new Cirque Stratosphere is here. It’s from the Works Entertainment, a division of the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group who created “Circus 1903” and last summer’s “The Illusionists: Direct from Broadway”. At Canberra Theatre, until December 21. Bookings at canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

Manus McGuire

IRISH fiddle player Manus McGuire will be accompanied by Ben Stephenson, one of Australia’s most sought-after Irish musicians, known for his guitar work, flute playing and crisp whistle sound. At Canberra Irish Club, 7.30pm, Friday, December 13. Bookings at trybooking.com or 6288 5088.

“PEOPLE Might Hear You” is a work-in-progress showing of a new play by Helen Machalias, adapted from the novel by Robin Klein. Teenage orphan Frances lives with her restless Aunt Loris. When her aunt marries the forbidding Finley Tyrell, she is excited by the idea of a more comfortable lifestyle and a new family of sisters, but she finds herself in the middle of a restrictive cult. At The Street Theatre, 5pm, Friday, December 13. Free but bookings essential at thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.

Luminescence Children’s choir. Photo: Holly Treadawy

LUMINESCENCE Chamber Singers and Luminescence Children’s Choir will herald in the festive season with their heavenly voices at All Saints’ Anglican Church, 9 Cowper Street, Ainslie, 7pm, Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14. Bookings at eventbrite.com.au

THEN on Sunday, the chamber singers will head to Windsong Pavilion to present a program of traditional carols from different backgrounds and cultures across the centuries. The concert will conclude with mass carols, mulled wine and mince pies. Four Winds at Barragga Bay near Bermagui, Sunday, December 15. Gates open 7pm, concert 8pm-9.30pm. Bookings to fourwinds.iwannaticket.com.au

THE Wayne Kelly Jazz Trio will perform its “Christmas Jazz Meltdown Concert” at The Crisp Galleries, 28234 Hume Highway, Bowning, NSW, 2.30pm, Saturday, December 14. Book by emailing peter@petercrisp.com.au or calling 0427 488373.

Frocks in “Muriel’s Wedding”.

THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia will present “Muriel’s Wedding Silver Jubilee”, with a chance to see the original costumes from the movie before they go back into the NFSA vault. At Arc Cinema, 2pm, Saturday, December 14. Bookings at nfsa.gov.au.

QL2 dancers

“ON course” is QL2 Dance’s annual showcase of new contemporary dance works created by students at university or university-level courses from around Australia and New Zealand. This year there are 13 young choreographers at work, mentored by Alison Plevey and Steve Gow. At Ql2 Theatre, Gorman Art Centre, 7pm, December 14, and 3pm and 7pm, Sunday, December 15. Bookings to ql2.org.au or 6247 3103.

Recorder star Alicia Crossley

ACACIA Quartet will perform a concert called ”Muse” with recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley, featuring Australian compositions inspired by poetry, mythology, historic tunes and storybook characters. At Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 7pm, Friday, December 13. Bookings at trybooking.com

TWO days after Human Rights Day, the Embassy of Switzerland and Amnesty International will be celebrating the day with a screening of the Swiss film “Mario” by Marcel Gisler on Thursday, December 12. At Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU, starting at 5.30pm followed by a panel discussion at 8pm with former Socceroo and Human Rights Advocate Craig Foster. Registrations essential at eventbrite.com.au

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