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CHRIS Sebastian, winner of “The Voice Australia” in July, will perform a wide selection of material including singles “Soon”, “Take Me Back” and “Bed For 2” and will be at The Street Theatre, in “An Intimate Evening with Chris Sebastian”, 8pm this Friday, October 23. Limited seats, details here.

THE 17th annual Canberra-Nara Candle Festival won’t run in its usual format this year because of COVID-19. Canberrans can celebrate the sister city relationship in the foodie weekend “Itadakimasu” (pronounced e-tad-a-kim-as) from October 22-25, with Japanese-style dishes from more than 20 participating restaurants. Meanwhile in Canberra Nara Peace Park, people will have an opportunity to strike the Rotary Peace Bell from 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. All details here.

Holly Ross as Poppy. Photo: Lightbulb Studio.

IN the play “Normal” by Katie Pollock, teenager Poppy falls victim to a mysterious illness characterised by a twitch that spreads through her body. Others soon follow, in a scenario based on a true story from the town of Le Roy, New York, where a handful of teenage girls suddenly developed symptoms that looked like Tourette’s syndrome. The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, book here or call 6275 2700. Suitable for ages 15+.

THE Young Music Society will not offer its usual summer music school in 2021. Instead, smaller music programs for school-aged children from the ACT and region will be offered in centres throughout Canberra on weekdays from January 11-22, 9am-3.30pm. An after-school program until 5.30pm is available for an additional fee. Apply here.

‘Intimacy’ explored.

BURLESQUE artist Jazida, dancer Noa Rotem, director of Lingua Franca dance and theatre company, Adam Deusien and costume designer Tiffany Abbott have been engaged by Belco Arts to explore the paradoxes of getting closer in “Intimacy”, a new production running from October 22-23. Bookings essential. Rotem will also hold a movement-focused workshop on October 24, book here.

A still from ‘People You May Know’.

ANOTHER provocative film from documentary and current affairs streaming service, iWonder is on from Thursday, October 22. “People You May Know” is a timely investigation into covert US forces and Cambridge Analytica on a mission to subvert the far-reaching influence of the church to fuel a far-right political agenda.

MUSIC for Canberra’s annual general meeting for members will be held in the Main Hall of the Ainslie Arts Centre at 1.30pm on Saturday, October 24. Inquiries to

Soprano Roberta Diamond.

THE Song Company’s principal artist, soprano Roberta Diamond is joined by guest artist, harpist Hannah Lane for voyages in music from the Iberian Peninsula. Traditional melodies in Spanish and Ladino from the Sephardic diaspora are intertwined with theatre music from the Spanish Golden Age along with popular compositions. Wesley Music Centre, 7pm, Friday, October 23. Book here.

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