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Andrew McFarlane as Roger in “Family Values”. Photo: Brett Boardman.

POPULAR playwright David Williamson lays into everything in his “last play” called “Family Values” at the Canberra Playhouse, March 11-14. Bookings canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

THE National Film and Sound Archive presents a special scratch ‘n’ sniff screening of Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic “Pulp Fiction” during Art, Not Apart, conjuring up the French “Royale” burger. 8pm on Friday, March 13. Then on Saturday, March 14, the NFSA will join in hosting the 10th anniversary of the provocative festival, which will feature exhibitions, performance art, multiple music stages, interactive installations, film and moving image, spontaneous interventions, food and drink and wild after-parties. Visit nfsa.gov.au

Dancer Catherine Moore in the film. Photo: Gourav Gandhi.

ALSO for Art, Not Apart will be “Text Messages from the Universe”, a live poetry performance by writer, director, choreographer, producer and performer, Richard James Allen and producer Marie-Stella McKinney. The performance is accompanied by a dance-film screening that takes the audience on an immersive journey. Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, 1.30pm and 4.30pm, Saturday, March 14. Free, no bookings required.

Clown Anna Thompson. Photo: Theresa Harrison.

“FIX it”, a 35-minute clown show about climate change, is coming to the NewActon precinct at 1.40pm and 4pm this Saturday, March 14, Main Stage, 4pm show, John Avery Gardens. Free, all welcome.

A TEAM from Canberra’s architecture and interior design sector are putting on their dancing shoes in the name of raising funds for mental health. “DanceACT” will be the first team from outside Sydney to compete in the annual fundraiser, “Dance for Life” and the first DanceACT event, “A Jungle Picnic”, will be at National Zoo and Aquarium, 999 Lady Denman Drive, Yarralumla, 5.30pm–8.30pm, Friday, March 13. All funds raised will go to ReachOut bookings at nationalzoo.rezdy.com

“ANGELS and Waratahs” is a new exhibition featuring paintings by Major’s Creek artist Jane Ahlquist and ceramic pieces by Queanbeyan ceramicist Galia Shy. At The Queanbeyan Hive, 274 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan, 10am-4pm, Thursday-Sunday, and 10am-9pm, Fridays, March 14–29.

FORMER Australian Gospel Music awardee Katie de Veau will be singing with other talented choirs and singing groups at the Autumn Hymnfest. At Mosaic Baptist Church, 18 Dallachy Street, Page, 2.30pm, Saturday, March 14. Free community event, all welcome.

THE 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Australia, this year features 49 contemporary and classic French films across many genres — rom-coms, thrillers, animations, kids’ movies, farce and tragedy. Opening night on March 12 features the film, “The Extraordinary”, 6.30pm reception and 7.30pm screening. Palace Electric Cinemas, March 12 to April 8, bookings and details of special events at palacecinemas.com.au

MUSE café has journalist Sophie McNeill, the author of “We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know”, in conversation with Dan Bourchier this Friday, March 13. Then on Sunday, March 15,  from 3pm-4pm, Australian poet and journalist Zora Cross and SLNSW magazine editor Cathy Perkins will be in conversation with Mark McKenna. Bookings at musecanberra.com.au

Royal Opera House “La Boheme”.

THE Royal Opera House 2019-20 Live Cinema Season presents Richard Jones’ character-led production of Puccini’s opera about young love, “La Bohème”, Event Cinemas, (Capitol) Manuka, 10.30am, Wednesday, March 18. Bookings at eventcinemas.com.au

THE Darling Portrait Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize will be on show at the National Portrait Gallery. Bookings at portrait.gov.au and tickets include entry to both exhibitions.

Magic lantern at Calthorpe’s.

ARTISTS, musicians, actors, singers and performers will create a special entertainment using all the latest technology from 150 years ago as hand painted glass slides projected through authentic magic lanterns, which will dissolve one into another as stories are told and songs are sung. Calthorpes’ House, 24 Mugga Way, Red Hill, 7pm and 8pm, Friday, March 1. Bookings by emailing historicplacesbookings@act.gov.au or calling 6237 650.

FIRST up in the CSO’s Australian Series for 2020 is “Love, Kindness, Decency”, with “modern classical music composed exclusively by Australians… no Mozart allowed”. National Portrait Gallery, 6.30pm, Thursday, March 12, 5.30pm pre-concert conversation in the Liangis Theatre and 7.30pm, post-concert exhibition viewing. Bookings at cso.org.au or 6262 6772.

Laura and Mim from The Beanies.

CHILDREN’S band, the Beanies, who grew up in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region, return to Canberra/Queanbeyan after walking the red carpet at the ARIAs Award winning trio. Mim Rizvi, Laura Dawson and Michael Yore are bringing “The Beanies EGG-straordinary Day” to The Q, Queanbeyan from March 12-14. Bookings at theq.net.au or 6285 6290.

THE Art Music Awards, presented each year by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) aim to honour the music, the people and the organisations that make up Australia’s art music landscape. In 2020, new award categories and a simpler nominations process have been implemented, with nominations to apraamcos.com.au open until 5pm on Wednesday, March 18.

“Emerging Contemporaries”.

CRAFT ACT offers the chance to meet the artists from the exhibition “Emerging Contemporaries”, Abbey Jamieson (ceramics), Beverly Smith (mixed media), Cam Michael (mixed media) and Daniel Leone (ceramics), 1pm-1.30pm, Saturday, March 14. The exhibition continues until March 21.

THE Friends of Ireland Society invite guests to an Ecumenical/Interfaith Service for St Patrick’s Day at which emergency medical consultant from Calvary Hospital, Dr David Caldicott will be the keynote speaker. At Marist College, noon, Saturday, March 14, all welcome.

COMBINED choristers from Canberra, together with professional soloists and small orchestra, all directed by Judith Clingan, will present Australian compositions which look at the climate change and environmental crisis. Proceeds will go to injured wildlife and habitat restoration. At The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 7.30pm, Saturday, March 14. Bookings at trybooking.com or at the door.

GRAMMY-nominated US blues legend, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, will be at Queanbeyan’s Royal Hotel, 85 Monaro Street, for one night only on Friday, March 13. Bookings at royalhotelqbn.com.au

PERFORM Australia’s Advanced Diploma of Performance students will present the dark comedy, “The Beast”, by Australian writer Eddie Perfect, directed by Craig Alexander. Perform Australia Theatre, 11 Whyalla Street, Fyshwick, March 12-14, bookings at stagecenta.com

A work by Brenda Runnegar.

“CONVERSATIONS”, paintings by artist Brenda Runnegar, are on show at Kyeema Gallery, Capital Wines cellar door, 13 Gladstone Street, Hall, 10.30am-5pm, Thursday to Sunday, March 13-April 13. Official opening 2pm, March 15. All welcome.

“SUMMER Sounds” will be held on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Australina National Botanical Gardens, 5pm-7pm, Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15. Details at parksaustralia.gov.au

THE first woman to head an Australian state or territory government and the first ACT Chief Minister, Rosemary Follett, will give the Canberra Day Oration at National Library of Australia Theatre, noon, Thursday, March 12, free event. Registrations at nla.gov.au

CANBERRA-raised David Reccia Chynoweth will perform German organ classics from Bach, Brahms, Handel and Mendelssohn on St Andrew’s historic organ at 47 Elrington Street, Braidwood, 2pm this Sunday, March 15. Tickets at the door, cash only.



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