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Gallery searches for Canberra’s most compelling love story

Romantically-inclined Canberrans have only until the end of the weekend to enter the National Portrait Gallery’s most unusual competition.

What’s on in the arts this weekend?

HELEN MUSA previews what’s happening in the Canberra region this weekend.

New coin captures the strength of women cricketers

Women cricketers have featured on a new Australian coin to mark the International Cricket Council Women’s T20 World Cup.

New owl sculpture points towards hope

A new sculpture by one of Canberra’s best-known artists now adorns the approach to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children

Inspiring piano recital has the audience calling for more

Garrick Ohlsson presented a demanding recital of works by Brahms and Chopin, earning a standing ovation and the call for two encores, writes music reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

Songstress Lucy shines as folk youth ambassador

The Youth Ambassador for the 54th National Folk Festival will be Canberra songstress Lucy Sugerman, it was announced last night (February 18) at a launch by ACT Arts Minister Gordon Ramsay.

An addictive tale that ‘saved’ the playwright

Arts editor HELEN MUSA previews a new play about addiction coming to The Street that its author says: “The thing that almost killed me saved me”.

Saluting farmers and celebrating quality produce 

"Market Grill celebrates quality produce in all that it does. It's lucky to be able to pick from Pialligo Estate’s two-hectare market garden that thrives on the banks of the Molonglo River," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Comedy with a spicy twist at The Q

A night of spicy comedy is heading the The Q, in Queanbeyan, with an unusual line-up of comics across South-East Asia, reports HELEN MUSA.

Tongues wag with multicultural poetry

The 2020 Languages Showcase is at Stage 6, Petrie Plaza, 10am-12.30pm, Sunday, February 23.

Opera steps back into the local spotlight

In an unwonted outburst of harmony, Canberra's vocal performers are singing from the same song sheet – they all want opera to thrive in Canberra, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Tears and laughter for domesticated Fred Smith

Reviewer ROB KENNEDY felt the love in the room when Fred Smith introduced his new album "Domestic".

Sumptuous night of open-air theatre

Reviewer ARNE SJOSTEDT savouring a “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a Tuggeranong park.

Squeezing a new vision from ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Reviewer LEN POWER is full of praise for a new production of "The Grapes of Wrath".

Movie Review / ‘A Guide to Second Date Sex’ (MA)

DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews the new movie "A Guide to Second Date Sex".

Movie review / ‘Richard Jewell’ (MA)

"There is no denying that Clint Eastwood has again delivered a cracker of a film. The cast is good. The tempo and tensions hold up well." Thumbs up from reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD for "Richard Jewell".

Movie review / ‘Parasite’ (MA)

See it, even if you hate subtitled dialogue. reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has no qualms about the Oscar-award top dog "Parasite".

Song Company sings through psalms

GRAHAM McDONALD reviews the resurrected Song Company's first performance in Canberra for the year.

New pass takes students to a world of art

Arts and design students starting out at the University of Canberra this year will have the chance to immerse themselves into the world of art and history with UC's “Cultural Pass”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Combo cafe with a lot in store

"Braddon Merchant is a combo café, deli and grocer. The decor has a European feel and the menu celebrates fresh, tasty Mediterranean dishes made with artisan products and fresh deli offerings," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

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