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Making music for the sheer pleasure

“Hopes, Dreams & Memories” was a concert to launch the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra’s first CD, recorded, as it happens, in the same venue as the afternoon’s performance.

Netflix doing well from the devil’s work

The good people at Netflix have found a way of getting the devil to work miracles for them by turning "Lucifer" into a smash hit, writes streaming columnist NICK OVERALL.

Kisses and accolades for spectacular ‘Kate’

"Kiss Me Kate" at The Q gets the thumbs up from reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Finalists announced for Sculpture@Shaw

Sixty finalist artworks for “Sculpture@Shaw” have been selected out of 153 entries from across the country, it was announced today (June 18).

Movie review / ‘The Mole Agent’ (G)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says "The Mole Agent" is a deeply moving film that expands the conventional boundaries of documentary storytelling by going into a Santiago aged persons’ home.

Movie review / ‘Fast and Furious 9’ (MA)

“Fast and Furious 9” scarcely wavers from the formula. "It’s a money mine for director Justin Lin and his team. Same old same old. And whose money? Yours," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘From the Vine’ (M)

"Marco’s ambition, intention, desire, yearning – call it what you like – lead the film out of the realm of possibility and abandon it on the crags of ridiculousness." Two stars for "From the Vine" from movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Star conductor sacked days before youth concert

Just days before she was due to conduct the Canberra Youth Orchestra in its winter recital, well-respected musical director Rowan Harvey-Martin has been sacked by Music For Canberra.

Artsday / Funky ‘Chocolate Factory’ in dance

Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Fresh Funk program is showing a twisted remake of a classic story, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her arts round-up.

‘Sesame Street’ is back on the road

Following delays last year and more recent cancellations caused by covid in Victoria, the "Sesame Street Circus Spectacular" is coming to Canberra, opening at Majura Park on June 25.

Artsday / ‘Less’ is more in new public art work

From celebrating the winter solstice at Dairy Road to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's exploration of the elements, it's all in arts editor HELEN MUSA's arts round-up.

When clouds and silver linings may ring true 

Wine columnist RICHARD CALVER is surprised to see numbers that suggest the state of the wine industry is far from grim...

French through-and-through and the food is fine indeed

The Bowral Brasserie was dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON's destination on a quick getaway from the capital and, my-oh-my, she says, every dish was 'délicieux'.

Artsday / Classic musical comedy refreshed at The Q

From "Kiss Me, Kate" at The Q to a guided walk with Tim the Yowie Man and the return of the StoryFest festival at the south coast, it's all in arts editor HELEN MUSA's arts round-up.

CSO to celebrate China’s cultural and musical heritage

In “East Meets West”, Guy Noble will conduct a 50-piece orchestra comprising musicians from leading symphony orchestras, says arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly "Arts in the City" column.

A great grief with a look into the future

When Elaine Crombie steps on stage at The Playhouse to perform in “The 7 Stages of Grieving”, there’ll be a strong element of déjà vu, but a clear look into the future, too.

Russell sparks fireworks from his violin

Musica da Camera's "Music for the People catches the ear of reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD.

Scoop that makes a sub-cub reporter 

It's all about young achievers – a teenage musical prodigy and a nine-year-old journalist – for streaming columnist NICK OVERALL, who rather tellingly also admits: "When I was nine I think I was still chasing my dream to become a dinosaur."

Movie review / ‘Cousins’ (M)

"Cousins" is a film with an intensity that examines the status of M?ori women from, in one case, kindergarten to old age. DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews it.

Movie review / ‘Heroic Losers’ (M)

“Heroic Losers” was Argentina’s entry at the 2020 Oscars and reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD gives it whopping 4.5 stars!





Failing Greens fall into line for Labor land sales

"The ACT Greens keep failing on crucial planning and urban climate issues. The ACT Liberals are starting to make the right noises. As for Labor, in order to be polite – better to say no more," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 


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