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Movie review / ‘Destroyer’ (MA)

“Destroyer” may not be the greatest thriller that ever came out of Hollywood, but inputs made to it by two women make it high-grade cinema for the right reasons, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

‘Puberty Blues’ co-author named Coombs Fellow

Australian author Gabrielle Carey has taken up residency at the Australian National University as the H.C Coombs Creative Arts Fellow for 2019.

Exhibition celebrates Māori art and culture

ONE minute’s silence will be observed tomorrow (March 22) at 11.45am in the National Gallery of Australia’s Australian Garden to remember the victims of...

Fellowship offers Antarctic experience

Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship application are now open to artists looking for the ultimate inspiration.

Arts / What’s on this weekend?

HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts, events and shows in Canberra

Bin Laden play contests stereotypes

COMING to the Canberra Theatre Centre next week is the last thing expected in the wake of recent events in Christchurch — a show...

Unusual concert of music that heals

An unusual concert last night at the Larry Sitsky Room, ANU School of Music, saw the culmination of a week-long residency involving German neurologist/flautist Prof Eckart Altenmüller, an authority in the area of music and the mind.

Program takes writers on an arts adventure

The ACT Writers Centre is gearing up to take an applicant on a writing journey through the program “New Territory: adventures in arts writing", writes HELEN MUSA.

Arts / Around the galleries

Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

New menu doesn’t disappoint, pity about the service

"It took more than 30 minutes for starters to start arriving. We went inside to enquire but were just told it wouldn’t be long (it already was)." Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON endures a slow start to what turned out to be a good meal.

Young stars bolster Anne’s Rep debut

Anne Somes makes her directorial debut for Canberra Rep with an upcoming season of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, arts editor HELEN MUSA reports in this week's Arts in the City column.

Audiences go wild for hot property Nakkiah

“Audiences have been going wild; people are hungry for Nakkiah,” says Paige Rattray, director of the Sydney Theatre Company’s newest comedy, “How to Rule the World”, which opens soon in Canberra.

Refugee focus for World Poetry Day

Canberra poets and people of conscience will descend on Garema Place in Civic on Thursday (March 21) for the UNESCO-designated World Poetry Day, writes HELEN MUSA.

Open project draws homes of the past

review / "The Share House Project", Stephanie Jones & Janine Mikosza at Art Not Apart, March 16. Reviewed by CAREN FLORANCE.

Where big ideas and young minds collide

Canberra Youth Theatre’s twilight performance showcase is back for the second time in early April, reports HELEN MUSA.

Canberra musicians at home in highland festival

A boutique music festival amid the autumn leaves of the Southern Highlands is coming up in historic St Jude’s Church, Bowral, and Canberra artists have a strong presence, writes HELEN MUSA.

Concert celebrates Canberra’s young musicians

CANBERRA’s Young Music Society celebrated its 50th birthday yesterday (March 17) in a relaxed, community-friendly concert at Albert Hall.  Guests were welcomed in music by...

‘On-country’ painting captured in photographs

Five senior artists from Tjungu Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands of SA have been painting not just "in" country but directly "on to" country, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

New ensemble brings life to rare music

Music / "Breathtaking". Van Diemen’s Band. At Wesley Uniting Church, March 17. Reviewed by Graham McDonald

A Canberra twist on Mozart

Music / “The Prime Ministerial Impresario”. Directed by Stephanie McAlister, music by Mozart, libretto by Robert Little. Art Not Apart, March 16-17. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA.

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Canberra musicians at home in highland festival

A boutique music festival amid the autumn leaves of the Southern Highlands is coming up in historic St Jude’s Church, Bowral, and Canberra artists have a strong presence, writes HELEN MUSA.

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