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Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson.

GOLD Logie winner Tom Gleeson performs his “Lighten Up” tour at Canberra Theatre, 5.30pm and 8pm, Saturday, November 21, book here

BILK Gallery has completed a full circle. The gallery space is once again connected to a workshop in a rural setting 10 minutes out of Canberra, and its first exhibition there will showcase new pieces from 19 artists. 403 Captains Flat Road, Carwoola, 11am to 5pm, November 21-22, then Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm or by appointment at 6232 9411 until December 20. Purchases can be taken home on the day. RSVP for opening weekend to

‘Interconnect.’ Photos: Kevin Thornhill and Andrew Sikorski. Design: Andrea McCuaig.

CHOREOGRAPHER Liz Lea’s “Interconnect” will share moves from 80,000 years of history of the land, to the designs of Burley Griffin and the present Covid restrictions. Lea is joined by classical Indian dancers from Apsaras Arts Canberra, Vanaja Dasika and Ira Patkar along with Debora di Centa and Rainbow. F Block, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, 2.30pm and 4.30pm, Saturday November 21, book here

“THE Blade: Australia’s Love Affair With Lawn”, curated by Richard Heathcote in conjunction with the Australian Garden History Society, explores the history of lawn, modern gardening and lawn innovations and Indigenous land management. Also, “Sign of the Times” is an exhibition of Canberra signs representing life in the nation’s capital from the early 1900s to the present day. Both at CMAG, London Circuit & Civic Square, November 21-February 20.

Work by Brenda Runnegar.

BRENDA Runnegar’s open studio takes place at 63 Ambalindum Street, Hawker, (Cnr Erldunda Street, opposite the primary school). From 10am-4pm this Saturday, November 21. Available for sale are textile, sculptures, cards, paintings and prints and hand-knitted scarves.

SNEAKY Jeremiah is back at the Artists Shed from 6-9pm on Saturday, November 21. Then three bands, Tennessine, KillWater and Skinny Wolf will be at the shed from 2-5pm on Sunday, November 22. The café will be open and there is a BBQ in the break on both days. 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, book here.

Work by Avi Amesbury.

ARTIST-potter Avi Amesbury makes bold marks on each piece, in the form of scraffito, and has designed her Black + White range so that every piece works together. She’s exhibiting as part of Design Canberra Open Studios, at 12 Todd Street, O’Connor, on Saturday, November 21, from 10am-4pm.

PHOTOACCESS and street artist Kate Matthews wants people’s help to create a photographic paste-up mural on the streets of Braddon, to show the diversity of Braddon from the perspective of those who live there. To have your face added to a collaged, photographic mural, taken and instantly printed to paste up, turn up at 26 Mort Street, Braddon, opposite Gather Café, Sunday, November 22.

GUNGAHLIN Arts is hosting “POP! Goes the Muso” free, family-friendly live music curated and MC’d by Dylan Elks at Yerrabi Pond district park (entry via Wunderlich Street) this Saturday afternoon, 3.30-5.30pm. Bring a picnic rug.

Rai Thistlethwayte.

RAI Thistlethwayte, virtuoso musician and singer-songwriter, is appearing at Kambri, ANU, 7pm, Saturday, November 21. Performing on guitar, keyboards, loop pedals and vocals, Rai will be showcasing well-known songs from his extensive catalogue. Book here.

IN “By Royal Favour”, soprano Sarahlouise Owens and pianist Natalia Tkachenko will perform favourites of royals of the 19th century at Wesley Music Centre, 3pm and 4.15pm, this Sunday, November 22. Book here

A still from “Martha: A Picture Story”.

OVER six weekends in November and December, the “HERE I AM: Art by Great Women” festival at Kambri will present a free program of films that celebrate influential female artists. Launching the program at 7pm, this Saturday, November 21, with “Martha: A Picture Story” about American street art photographer Martha Cooper. Following the movie, Sancho (from Sancho’s Dirty Laundry) will moderate a short Q&A session with director Selina Miles. Visit

PHOENIX Collective performs “Songs & Folk” at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 7pm, this Saturday, November 21. Traditional music from Australia, Ireland, America, Czech, Scandinavia and Russia. Book here

Elizabeth Paterson, work in progress, Cotter Catchment, 2020. Wire, paper, glue.

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre presents “Double Vision: Corin Dam Residency”, the creative outcome of the 2019 Craft ACT Spring Residency, from November 21-December 18. In the exhibition, recipients Annika Romeyn and Elizabeth Paterson, offer two very different approaches to the Namadgi landscape. Launch at 2.30pm-3.30pm to or 3.30pm-4.30pm this Saturday, November 21, registrations essential.

SOUNDOUT will have a concert at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery from 7.15pm this Saturday, November 21, in which musicians perform solos, a duo and collective interpretation of the works at the Drill Hall Gallery Exhibition. “Lightworks” art works by Lesley Dumbrell, Trevor Vickers, Virginia Coventry and Richard Dunn. Limited tickets, bookings essential

MUSICA da Camera will perform its next concert, “Violin Favourites”, conducted by Rosemary Macphail and introducing young violinist Fumiyo Yamamoto, at Holy Covenant Church, 89 Dexter St, Cook, 2.30pm this Saturday, November 21. Book here.

ConneXion Big Band.

CONNEXION Big Band, directed by Justin Buckingham, is swinging back into action with its first event of the year, featuring Neille Williams and Tony Haley singing songs from the big band era, at the Harmonie German Club from 12.30-3.30pm, on Sunday, November 22. Details via Facebook.

THE Final Mother Tongue for 2020 takes place live at Smith’s Alternative, and online via Zoom on Monday, November 23. To sign up and share a poem in a language other than English, email Poets have four minutes to share their poem, plus any introduction or translation into English.

“Sheepish” by Deborah Van Heekeren, 2020.

THE next exhibition at Humble House is “Beings”, a joint show by Anna-Karina Hermkens and Deborah Van Heekeren. Human-animal relations in an Australian context are explored in figurative painting and ceramic figures. Humble House, 90 Wollongong St, Fyshwick, 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

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