Artsday / Open studio shows fashion and jewellery

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Model Kate Cooper wearing a three-layered cotton face mask and striped top by Edition, with rings by Phoebe Porter.

DESIGNER Alice Sutton and jeweller Phoebe Porter will be coming together for an open studio event as part of the 2020 DESIGN Canberra. Sutton’s label, Edition, has released a range of sustainable designer masks, while Porter has been offering private consultations at her Gorman Arts Centre studio. With an all-local team of photographer Lauren Sutton, hair and make-up artist Hayley Boyle and models Kate and Nicola Cooper, they’ve recently shot their latest collections in local settings that capture the “bush capital”. Open Studio, 12 Warrai Place Waramanga, 10am-4pm, Saturday, November 28. 

DESIGN Canberra will transform the CCAS gallery into its own “Third Place”, a place between home and work, to exchange ideas, have a good time and build relationships, an idea based on sociologist Ray Oldenburg’s work. The closing party will feature a lighting installation, live music, wholefood supper boxes, custom tonics and more. CCAS, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes, 6.30pm, Saturday, November 28. Book here.

“ETERNAL” is the third and final show in the 2020 “Darkfield Radio” trilogy of “Sinister Soundscapes”. Inspired by “​Dracula​”, it was commissioned by the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin and is the sixth scary “Darkfield” experience to be produced in Australia. Unlike its predecessors, “Visitors” and “Double”, created for audiences to experience in pairs, “Eternal” can be experienced in bed by one person. All three shows are now available here.​ “Double” runs at 8.30pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, “Eternal” at 9.30pm and “Visitors” at 9pm.

CANBERRA Qwire, proudly LGBTIQ+, is giving a free outdoor picnic-style concert, “Qwire in the Park” with the theme of “Nature” at the Rotunda, Glebe Park, from noon on Saturday, November 28. Audience/picnickers are requested to register in advance here and bring the tickets to check-in. 

Dorothy-Jane. Photo: Geoffrey Dunn.

“THE Witness” is the ninth release by Canberra singer-songwriter Dorothy-Jane and her most important work yet, she believes, dealing with child abuse, family betrayal and marriage breakdown (the real-life events occurred in 2016) in a raw, bluesy style. “DJ” sings and Mike Dooley plays keyboard at Smith’s Alternative, Alinga St, Civic, 4pm and 5.30pm, November 29. Book here.

JASON Maynard and his band Woodface will be at the Artists Shed, 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, from 6-9pm this Saturday, November 28. Danny Velnaar (Danny V) will kick off at 6pm. Book here.

I Progetti. Photo: Eva Schroeder.

CHAMBER choir I Progetti will perform “Miracles From Times of Plague”, a selection of works composed during pandemics, epidemics and highly contagious diseases that celebrate the beauty that can be created in, and despite, the darkest of times. Gordon Darling Hall (main entrance area), National Portrait Gallery, 1.30-2pm this Sunday, November 29. Free but registration advised.

MUSICACT’S LAST music chat of the year will be with Jane Slingo, electronic music professional with 25 years’ experience including artist management, programming, media and government relations, events and touring and now director of three companies. aMBUSH Gallery at ANU (near Harry Hartog), 4-6pm, Sunday, November 29, book here.

Busking at Braddon.

NOT-for-profit community group, the Braddon Collective, will stage the grand finale of the 2020 Braddon Busking Festival this weekend. The festival has been running from November 19-26 to support local musicians and performers, who have been hit hard by the pandemic. Waves Carwash, corner Lonsdale and Elouera Sts, Braddon, 2-4pm, Sunday, November 29.

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre’s “almost” end-of-year party, “Strut, Skank and Boogie”, will be held on the lawns by Lake Tuggeranong this Saturday, November 28, from 5pm, book here.

FLAUTIST Sally Walker and pianist Simon Tedeschi.

FLAUTIST Sally Walker and pianist Simon Tedeschi will perform music by Bizet, Satie, Arvo Pärt and more, Chapel of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton, 4pm and 7pm, Sunday November 29. House of Bubbles will be onsite from 3-6pm to provide refreshments. Book here. 

CANBERRA Symphony Orchestra is premiering “Moon Saturn Jupiter” by Stuart Greenbaum, performed by Teresa Rabe, CSO principal flute as part of Australian Miniseries. It was written during Melbourne’s stage four lockdown, in response to the alignment of those celestial bodies. Available via YouTube and Facebook from 6.45pm AEDT, Friday, November 27.

THEA Katauskas’ bird sculptures.

THEA Katauskas’ installation of bird sculptures has grown out of an awareness of our changing environment in both North America and Australia. Her response to this loss has been to create stoic bird creatures, celebrating the extraordinary uniqueness and variety of birdlife. Belco Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen, November 30-December 18.

KOMPACTUS Youth Choir will be performing choral pieces in “Chilli Con-Pactus” at Weston Neighbourhood Hall, 6 Gritten St, Weston, 4pm, Sunday, November 29. Book here.

GOULBURN Film Group presents “Bran Nue Dae”, the musical comedy-drama film starring Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, Missy Higgins and Geoffrey Rush, adapted from the 1990 stage musical by Jimmy Chi. Lilac City Cinema, 1 Lilac Pl, Goulburn, 4.15pm, Sunday, November 29, book here

A NEW online Russian film festival is now available on Hyvio’s streaming platform until Monday, November 30, free and ad-free, with local subtitles. Eight Russian movies will feature. Accessible here.

A still from Dandelion Wine’s ISO-created music video.

BERENDINA De Ruiter’s sculptures in marble and bronze Wojciech Pietranik’s sculptures in marble, limestone, and basalt can be seen in an open studio event as part of the 2020 DESIGN Canberra at Unit 4/6 Aurora Place, Queanbeyan, 10am-5pm, November 28 and 29.

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