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Wharfies Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott, with Mandy Bishop.

AFTER 20 years, “The Wharf Revue” will bid farewell to the gifted trio of satirists, Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott, live at The Playhouse. We’ll believe their departure when we see it. The Wharfies will reunite with Mandy Bishop for “Good Night and Good Luck”, December 1 to 12. Book here

DRUMMER Leanne Thompson tells “CityNews” that the over-50s all-girl grunge band Matriarch is hosting a blue moon grunge night at Smith’s, supported by Dead Lazarus. Matriarch is proudly challenging ideas of what older women are expected to do, she says. Smith’s Alternative, Alinga Street, Civic, 8pm and 10pm shows, October 30, book here.

Christopher Sainsbury.

THIS Friday, as part of the CSO’s Australian Miniseries, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra premieres “From the Deep” by Christopher Sainsbury, performed by Max McBride, CSO principal double bass. The work explores not only the dexterity of the double bass but its capability for song. Premiering at 6.45pm Friday, October 30, via Facebook and YouTube.

QUEANBEYAN-Palerang Regional Council will update residents on a range of projects, including the planned civic and cultural hub, at an online community meeting at 6pm on Thursday, October 29. Members of the public can register and submit agenda items here.

Singer Gordi.

FOLLOWING her debut at Sydney Opera House, folk-pop singer Gordi is performing an intimate show based on her album “Gordi: Our Two Skins”, which was recorded on her farm in Canowindra in rural NSW. Canberra Playhouse, 8pm, October 30. Book here.

FIVE local singers took part in the first National Opera “In the Studio” series in May. Singers Sarah Darnley-Stuart, Emma Mauch, Katrina Wiseman, Thomas Nolte and Madeline Anderson performed alongside pianist Ella Luhtasaari for director Peter Coleman-Wright in “In the Studio”. Filmed versions will be available to National Opera subscribers, each fortnight. Subscribe here.

Carl Rafferty.

CARL Rafferty will present “Halloween at the Full Moon”, a celebration of romantic and mysterious piano music at St John’s Church in Reid. The grounds will be set up as a candlelit outdoor “restaurant”, ready for the full moon to rise as Rafferty plays works like “Moonlight Sonata” alongside spooky tunes, to mark Halloween. Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, with reserve dates for bad weather Sunday, November 1, Friday, November 6, Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8. All details here.

GUITAR Case Troubadours are back at the Artists Shed from 6-9pm this Saturday, October 31 playing a blend of original music and covers from their music heroes. Danny Velnaar (Danny V) will play acoustic original songs. 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick. Book here.

Anthony Hopkins and Janet Leigh in a still from “Psycho”.

THE National Film and Sound Archive is marking Halloween in the Arc Cinema with Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” at 10.30am on Friday, October 30, “Scream” at 6pm and “A Quiet Place” at 8.15pm on Saturday, October 31, book here.

Mellissa Read-Devine, “Gold Grows on Trees”.

HUMBLE House gallery is presenting “Between Earth and Sky”, a solo exhibition by Mellissa Read-Devine which features paintings which portray the natural world in a kaleidoscope of colour, shape and texture. Virtual opening here at 8pm, Thursday October 29, then opens to the public at 90 Wollongong St, Fyshwick, 10am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday from October 30 to November 15. Bookings essential here for “meet the artist” at 2pm, November 15.

DANCE for Wellbeing: for people living with dementia resumes for term 4 at Belconnen Arts Centre from 2pm-3pm Friday, 30 October, for an eight-week term. Classes include a variety of dance and movement activities that can be enjoyed while seated, standing by a chair, or moving independently – always to good music. Details and bookings here.

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