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“Spamalot”. Photo: John McRae

“SPAMALOT” is for everyone, but especially for Monty Python tragics, with lots of horseplay in pursuit of the Holy Grail and songs famous from the movie. At Canberra Playhouse, Theatre, until March 1. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

MUSE Café has Katherine Johnson, author of “Paris Savages”, in conversation with novelist Karen Viggers. East Hotel Kingston, 6-7pm, Thursday, February 27. Bookings to musecanberra.com.au

“Cease and desist” by Caroline Ambrus.

M16 Artspace has four new exhibitions opening this week: “Mark Making”, curated by Jas Hugonnet; “Trajectories” by Justin Wasserman; “Cease and Desist” by Caroline Ambrus and Annette Schneider: And Jacqui Malins’ Chutespace installation “Re-pose”. The exhibitions open at 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, 6pm, Thursday, February 27. All welcome. It then runs noon-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, until March 15.

“H.M.S. Pinafore” with Little Buttercup in the centre.

“H.M.S. Pinafore” from the Hayes Theatre, is a riotously over-the-top take on Gilbert and Sullivan, at The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, February 25-29. Bookings at theq.net.au or 6285 6290.

IN “L’invitation au Voyage” mezzo-soprano AJ America and pianist Ella Luhtasaari present an evening of French melodies by Duparc, Debussy, Poulenc and Fauré. At Drill Hall Gallery, 6pm, Sunday, March 1. Bookings at trybooking.com

THE first instalment of this year’s Drill Hall Gallery Lecture Series will see architectural historian Peter Kohane discussing Le Corbusier as a highly influential – and highly controversial – theorist and polemicist. ANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Childers Street entrance, 3pm, this Sunday, March 1. Tickets at the door.

“ENLIGHTEN 2020” lights up at 8pm tomorrow (February 28) and continues until March 15 with events like the Canberra Night Noodle Markets, “Lights!Canberra!Action!”, Enlighten Alley and “Attractions after Dark” in Canberra’s national buildings. All details at enlightencanberra.com

“UNDERTOW” is a female-driven film created by a female-strong crew, which tells the story of two women whose lives become dangerously enmeshed. Q&A session, Dendy Canberra, 7pm, Saturday, February 29. Bookings at dendy.com.au

“MUSIC by the River” kicks off at 5pm this Saturday, then the Canberra Symphony Orchestra performs orchestral favourites, from the overture to Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” to “Summer” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” from 6pm in Queen Elizabeth II Park, Queanbeyan. Free general admission on the grassed riverbank. Pack a picnic or purchase food onsite.

SOPRANO Madeline Anderson and accompanist Grant Roberts will present a variety concert of opera classics, jazz and more at St Andrews Anglican Church, 47 Elrington Street, Braidwood at 2pm, this Sunday, March 1. Tickets at the door from 1.15pm. Cash only.

Campbell Diamond

“A WALK in Rio” will see Campbell Diamond, a classical guitarist and graduate of the ANU School of Music now based in Cologne, perform a kaleidoscopic program of music from Brazil, Hungary, Italy and more. At Wesley Music Centre, 7.30pm, Friday, February 28. Bookings at eventbrite.com.au

TASMANIAN country rockers, The Wolfe Brothers, big winners at the 2019 Golden Guitars, will be in town with their “No Sad Song” tour, at Harmonie German Club, 7.30pm, Friday, February 28. Bookings at harmonieclub.com.au

Peter Cook. Photo: Shelly Higgs

“BREAKING the Castle” revolves around the character “David”, played by Peter Cook, a jobbing actor who’s reached the point in his life when everything has crept up on him. At Street Theatre, February 28 to March 14. Bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.

ART Song Canberra’s first concert for the year, “Girls Wearing the Trousers”, will see soprano Sarahlouise Owens and pianist Natalia Tkachenko performing works set for men by Schumann, Boulanger and Shostakovich. At Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, Sunday, March 1. Bookings at trybooking.com or at the door.

POETRY at Manning Clark House will this week feature poets Jill Sutton, Kathleen Bleakley and Amelia Fielden, 11 Tasmania Circuit Forrest 7pm for 7.30pm, February 27.

“CLIPPED.TV” will be a night of Australian music video premieres, featuring Q&As with the filmmakers and artists. Canberran music videos premiering on the night include “L.I” by Hope Wilkins (directed by Claire Warren), “With Your Body” by Kirrah Amosa (directed by Nic Vevers), “Two Steps” by Betty Alto, (directed by Dan Unsworth) , “Begin Again” by Jason Maynard (directed by Ashlee Kate Robertson) and “Sink Like A Stone” by Biilmann (directed by Anthony Bowler) featuring rapper Citizen Kay. At the National Film and Sound Archive, 6pm, Friday, February 28. Booking at nfsa.gov.au

Joseph Tawadros

THE Joseph Tawadros Quartet returns to Canberra with its popular blend of middle-eastern, classical and contemporary jazz. The other band members are percussionist brother James, bassist Karl Dunncliff and jazz pianist Matt McMahon. The Street Theatre, 4pm, Sunday, March 1. Bookings at thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.




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