WIRADJURI dancer, writer and performance-maker Joel Bray will perform the world premiere of “I liked it but… I didn’t know what the f#!k it was about” at the Courtyard Studio from July 30 to August 1. Modelled on the Politics in the Pub and Science in the Pub, the show will transform the Courtyard Studio at The Canberra Theatre into a bar, complete with a house band and a free drink on arrival. Bookings here or on 6275 2700.
LIVING Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize, the 2021 edition of the National Portrait Gallery’s popular annual National Photographic Portrait Prize, received more than 3000 entries, and the judges, NGA director Nick Mitzevich, NPG director Karen Quinlan and photographer Bill Henson have selected 80 works for the exhibition of finalists. Opens July 31 and closes November 7.
AS a 100th birthday celebration of Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla and Argentina’s Independence Day, pianist Marcela Fiorillo will perform his revolutionary and passionate “New Tango” works in the Senior School Hall of Canberra Girls Grammar School at 6.30pm on Friday, July 30. Free but bookings essential here.
JEWELLERY artists Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen will be in conversation with Drill Hall curators about the exhibition, “A Shared Enchantment: Japanese, Australian and New Zealand Contemporary Enamelling”, at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street Acton, noon, Friday, July 30. Bookings essential here.
QT Hotel’s Winter Twilight Series continues throughout July and August with live music on the QT deck between 5pm-8pm, Sundays. This Sunday, August 1, will feature the Chris Harland Blues Band. Bring a blanket.
“SUE’S Legacy”, a digital storytelling project between Women With Disabilities ACT, Gen S Stories, and PhotoAccess, will be launched at T2, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU, level 2, building 153, Acton, at 6pm Friday, July 30, followed by a Q&A with Penny Grist. The late Sue Salthouse was a campaigner for human rights and a mentor to many in Canberra’s disabilities community and the project provided an opportunity for seven members and allies of the ACT disabilities community to make a short film exploring her mentorship and friendship. Bookings here.
POLIFEMY female vocal ensemble and Block Sounds recorder ensemble both directed by Robyn Mellor will be presenting a concert of work by Palestrina, “Cantatas in noctem”, interspersed with a selection of music from Palestrina’s time arranged for recorder ensemble. At Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 6pm, Sunday, August 1. Bookings here.
THE 2021 inaugural Poetry Month kicks off on August 1 with a surprising line-up of ambassadors including Grace Tame, Dr Karl, Megan Wilding, Peter FitzSimons, Steven Oliver, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Tenzin Choegyal. There’ll be workshops, showcases and events plus newly commissioned work from a diverse range of writers, poets, artists and public figures to be released throughout the August. Details here.
MEGALO Print Studio has a new exhibition titled, “Colour Separations”, which sees works of etchings, screen prints and lithographs produced in collaboration with VCA Editions, Cicada Press at UNSW, and Megalo Print Studio by Canberra artist Tony Curran. The series includes abstract prints alongside paintings and digital artworks, which the artist collectively calls “Attention Machines”. At 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, 9.30am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday, July 31 –September 4. Meet the Artist, noon to 4pm, Saturday, July 31.
A THREE-part digital workshop hosted by Colorado-based music marketing strategist, Dayna Young, who will be joining MusicACT via Zoom at 10am, Sunday, August 1. In the first session, “How to Define Your Artist Brand”, Young will share her process for how she approaches defining artist brands. Registrations here.
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