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Tony Barber, Normie Rowe and Max Gillies.

THE smash hit revue, “Senior Moments”, returns with new jokes and old performers like Max Gillies, Tony Barber and Normie Rowe in the sequel, “Senior Moments 2: Remember, Remember”. Other actors are former Canberran David Callan, Kim Lewis, Dave Gibson and young virtuoso Mitchell Price-Norgaard on piano. Playhouse, February 21-22. Book at canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

Malaysian comedy queen Joanne Kam.

QUEANBEYAN Performing Arts Centre has four Asian comedy stars in the revue “Spice Night”, performed entirely in English and featuring Malaysian comedy queen Joanne Kam, Singaporean YouTube star Hirzi Zulkiflie, Indian stand-up Navin Noronha and Filipino-Australian Margot Tanjutco. The Q, 8pm, Sunday, February 23, book at theq.net.au or 6285 6290.

CARL Rafferty’s “Opera by Candlelight”, at Albert Hall, February 21, 22 and 23. Doors open at 5.30pm, performances start 6.45pm, bookings for tables essential at operabycandlelight.net

A still from “Animals” by Sophie Hyde.

“GIRLS to the Front” is a quarterly series at the NFSA showcasing content produced by Australian female creative talent. First up is a focus on the award-winning work of Adelaide film director, writer and producer Sophie Hyde. “Animals” and Q&A at Arc Cinema, 6pm, Friday February 21, then “52 Tuesdays” and Q&A, Arc Cinema, 6pm, Saturday, February 22. Bookings nfsa.gov.au

THE 2020 Languages Showcase, Stage 6 in Petrie Plaza, between the Carousel and London Circuit, 10am to 12.30pm, Sunday, February 23, all welcome. Then near Stage 6 at Petrie Plaza at 12.30pm, the 2020 Mother Language Walk will commence. Participants can wear something traditional or colourful dress, and bring banners or posters that celebrate language identity.

Phoenix Quartet, Dan Russell in foreground.

VIOLINIST Dan Russell is kicking off his Phoenix Collective’s 2020 concert series with “Intricate Machines”, a concert inspired by mechanics, wheels, cogs, precision, construction and repetition, including works by Reich, Bach and Dvořák. ANU, School of Music, 7pm, Friday, February 21 and Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 3pm, Sunday, February 23. Bookings phoenixcollective.com.au

(Deleted Scenes) From an Untouched Landscape #7, Knocklofty Reserve, West Hobart, Palawa Land, 2013, Inkjet print on hahnemühle paper, velvet.

“VOID” is an exhibition curated by Emily McDaniel, in conjunction with UTS Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, and brings together contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice from across the country across the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, video and photography. At Canberra Museum and Gallery, February 21-May 2. 

NATIONAL Capital Bootscooters are keen to have more participants in their “come and try” line dancing with choreographed steps to all styles of music. Main hall, Southern Cross Early Childhood School, Ross Smith Crescent, Scullin, every Friday morning from 9.30am. Inquiries 0402 235825 or visit nationalcapitalbootscooters.webs.com

Michael Veitch

“HELL SHIP”, performed by Michael Veitch, tells how the emigrant vessel Ticonderoga, on which his forbear was a doctor, limped into Port Phillip Bay in 1852 after a nightmare voyage from England in which nearly 200 people died from typhus. The Q, 8pm, February 21-22, bookings at theq.net.au or 6285 6290.

“DEMONSTRATOR” is a Canberra feature film, telling a 1970s story of political conflict and the generation gap. It stars Slim de Grey as Australia’s Prime Minister, Noel Ferrier as the Governor General, and Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang as the main protagonist who incites university student demos. There will still be Canberrans around today who were extras in this film. Theatrette, National Film and Sound Archive, drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm, screening at 6pm, February 21. Admission: free for Friends of the NFSA; gold coin donation for others.

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