Arts editor HELEN MUSA takes a look at what’s what around the arts scene this week.
THERE’LL be fun and games when the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour lands at Canberra Theatre on December 12 for a night showcasing the “ best of the fest” – Cameron James, Nikki Britton, Sean Woodland, Bonnie Tangey, Daniel Muggleton, Bec Melrose, Suren Jayemanne and Canberra’s own Chris Ryan. Book at canberratheatrecentre.com.au
IN an entirely different mode, the theatre centre will also present the long-awaited “Nothing Else Matters”, a symphonic tribute to heavy metal legends Metallica performed by the George Ellis 24-piece symphony orchestra with Damage Inc. At Canberra Theatre, Friday, December 17. Book at canberratheatrecentre.com.au
HAIG Park’s arty Christmas Markets and picnics in the park continue apace this month, with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Christmas carols performed by the Canberra Chordsmen, Christmas medleys by the string quintet Scribbly Strings and Christmas-themed craft stalls. The next markets are at Haig Park, Braddon, 9am-2pm, December 12.
VETERAN local artist Valda Johnson is holding an open studio exhibition and sale of her watercolours, 10am-4pm, from Friday, December 10 to Sunday, December 12, at 10 Mainoru Place, Hawker, with 10 per cent of sales going to the Cancer Society. Inquiries to 6254 5941.
THE latest bunch of Wesley Music Scholars will perform “Sound Unseen”, a concert including a two-violin arrangement of Johan Halvorsen’s “Passacaglia”, movements from Bach cantatas and some Christmas inspiration, including a piano/cello arrangement of the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. At Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 3pm, Sunday, December 12. Book via trybooking.com
CANBERRA Big Band Collective presents an end-of-year afternoon of swinging big band music featuring two of Canberra’s big bands, Spectrum and ConneXion, both directed by Justin Buckingham, and a swing dance display by the Swing Katz. At Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, 2pm-4pm, Sunday, December 12. Book via trybooking.com or at the door.
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