Here’s arts editor HELEN MUSA‘s latest arts news – today’s “Artsday” column.
RYAN Paranthoiene makes his Lieder Theatre directorial debut with Sam Shepard’s oddly funny drama “Fool For Love”. The twisted “cowboy romance” reunites ex-lovers Eddie and May, who rediscover the surprising depths of their past conflicts. Lieder Theatre, 52 Goldsmith Street, Goulburn, Friday-Saturday, until August 21. Book here or at the door.
CANBERRA Potters are presenting “Fired Up 2021”, a festival celebrating Canberra’s ceramics community featuring food and beverages, soup in a handmade pottery bowl, artist demonstrations and meet-the-maker sessions, with handmade ceramics in a pop-up mini market. Entertainment includes live music by Ariana Strmota and the Dylan Slater Duo. 1 Aspinall St, Watson, 3pm-8pm, Saturday, August 7. Admission is free, but pre-bookings are required for some paid activities. Details here.
LUMINESCENCE Chamber Singers joins ANU Chamber Choir in “Sublime Voices”, a side-by-side program, hosted by Tobias Cole, of delicious a cappella treats. Book here.
FOR National Homelessness Week, the National Film and Sound Archive is partnering with the Clemente Canberra Program and the St Vincent de Paul Society to present a special screening of “A Reckoning in Boston” about breaking the cycle of poverty, inequality and social injustice. August 6, book here.
THE Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival continues apace this Friday, August 6, at Dendy Cinemas with “System K”, a dive into the urban jungle of Kinshasa. With a soundtrack by Kokoko, a music collective that makes and plays instruments made out of broken typewriters, old coffee tins, wire, string and rubber bands, the film showcases a group of street artists and their confronting works of art. Friday’s booked out, but it will be re-screened at 2.15pm on Sunday, August 15. Bookings here.
GOLD (Growing Old Disgracefully), the ACT’s outrageous dancing seniors, are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year by popping up all over Canberra to challenge stereotypes of older people and proving that dance is not just for the young. You can next catch them at Belconnen Arts Centre from 2pm-3.30pm on Saturday, August 7.
LONG-TIME Canberra artist Eleanor Cole will be exhibiting works that use different media including print, paint, ink and pencil artworks under the theme theme, “The Garden”, based on her love for wild and cultivated nature. Kyeema Gallery, 13 Gladstone St, Hall, 10.30am-5pm, Thursday to Monday, August 5 to September 5.
QT HOTEL’S Winter Twilight Series continues on Sunday, August 8, with live music on the QT deck between 5pm-8pm. This week features blues-rock-soul singer, Glenn Whitehall. Bring a blanket.
M16 ARTSPACE has doubled its main prize for the 2021 Drawing Prize, now valued at $10,000. The prize is for drawing in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice. Additional prizes are the People’s Choice Award, Delta Cleaning Services Award and the Local Artist Award. Entries here close on Sunday, October 24.
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