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What’s on in the arts this weekend?

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

Totally relaxed vibe but serious about food

“Sean McConnell has created a menu that is inspiring with dishes not seen elsewhere in Canberra. Think modern Australian with touches of Europe,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

How I get along with Hercule Poirot

Arts editor HELEN MUSA chats to Hercule Poirot actor David Suchet about his most famous role, and his unusual unscripted show “David Suchet, Poirot & More: A Retrospective”, coming to the Canberra Theatre in January

Peter plans a ‘big bang’ start to new opera company

IT’S “addio” Canberra Opera and “benvenuto” National Opera, as arts editor HELEN MUSA discovered during a recent meeting with celebrated Australian baritone Peter Coleman-Wright.

Bacon, eggs and a glass of fiano, anyone?

"There are a large number of elements that I look for in a wine, some everyday but objective, others more subjective," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER.

Psst, the Archives’ sharing secrets about spooks 

A fascinating new exhibition is shedding some light on the real stories of Australia’s security agencies, told through photographs, gizmos and gadgets, intelligence memos and candid interviews with real-life spooks. 

‘Operation Ouch’ docs have the fun, fascinating facts

What’s happening where… it’s all in HELEN MUSA’s weekly "Arts in the City" column.

Movie review / 1917 (MA)

“1917” feels like it’s observing real time – no editorial cuts, no jumps between places or actions or characters... delivering a look that’s new, memorable and discomforting for the best reasons, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Holiday movie / “Farmageddon” (G)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD wonders about Shaun the Sheep’s latest adventure.

Holiday show / Colour, exuberance and clever staging

“I don’t know about the kids, but this reviewer loved it!”. BILL STEPHENS reviews “The Little Mermaid”.

Holiday show / ‘Danny’ captivates the little people

LEN POWER reviews a “good school holiday show” for children over the age of seven and says adults will have a good time with it as well.

Movie review / ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’  (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD reckons “True History of the Kelly Gang” tells important parts of Ned’s story with more credibility than did its predecessors.

Holiday movie / ‘Spies in Disguise’ (PG)

“‘Spies in Disguise’ is an animated spoof of every super-spy hero movie ever made. And it’s not half bad!,” enthuses movies reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Holiday movie / ‘My Spy’ (PG) ***

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says “My Spy” is a comedy evoking the era when Hollywood comedies were smart rather than potboilers fuelled by American TV’s voracious demand for low-energy fodder for low-energy minds.

Celebrated theatre director dies aged 81

ONE of Canada’s – and Canberra’s -- most significant theatre leaders has died in Fredericton, New Brunswick aged 81.

Never mind the smoke, open-air cinemas open

UNDAUNTED by the atmosphere, the Open-air Cinemas returns to Canberra from tonight (January 8) with its annual festival  program of food and films.

The arts / What’s on this weekend?

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

Awards postponed in sympathy with fire victims

CAT Awards founder Coralie Wood, has alerted “CityNews” that the gala awards ceremony to have been held on February 15 has been postponed to April.

John Howard, warts and all, on Lazarus Lane

Arts editor HELEN MUSA takes a walk down Lazarus Lane – the library dedicated to former PM John Howard at Old Parliament House.

Big poster show from the titans of printmaking

Arts editor HELEN MUSA takes a closer look at a small exhibition showing large-format, post-war American prints. 

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