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Wine / Michael Jackson, bottles and bull

Wine columnist RICHARD CALVER wonders what's the meaning or rationale for the Old Testament Biblical names for varying bottle sizes

Canberra Theatre confirms new director

Canberra Theatre Centre has confirmed the appointment of Alex Budd as its new director about two weeks after "CityNews" arts editor Helen Musa reported the news. 

Simon says the world is a much crazier place  

Actor Simon Burke gets to play what he describes as “a conga line of monsters”: Scomo, Mark Latham Alan Jones Julian Assange and Boris Johnson in the new The Wharf Revue, subtitled “Unr-Dact-D”, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Book shares lost wartime music with everyone

Lost wartime musical works from the battlefields of World War I are now available to the public after the “Flowers of the Great War Collection” was officially launched in a gala day for Chris Latham yesterday (November 11).

Cultural precinct plans open for comment

Arts editor HELEN MUSA leads her "Arts in the City" column with news about a proposed cultural precinct in Queanbeyan. 

Inspirational concert’s professional but repetitive

With a little tightening, this accessible and professional-looking work would be ideal as a touring piece to events where inspiration is sought, and who doesn’t need a bit of that? writes reviewer HELEN MUSA after seeing “Still, We Rise".

Australian film unarguably gets top veteran festival award

The medals were out on Saturday (November 9) night for the announcement of awards at the fifth Veterans Film Festival at the Australia War Memorial.

New artistic director for Canberra Writers Festival

The Canberra Writers Festival has announced that literary agent, author and former publisher, Jeanne Ryckmans¸ will be its new artistic director.

Not your usual ACO concert, but enjoyable

Not your usual ACO concert, but a most enjoyable evening, says reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD.

Inspiring concert of moving poetry

Known for the extraordinary quality of her voice and her amazing vocal range, Katie Noonan’s abilities as a producer and songwriter were seen at a weekend concert in Canberra and they were just as impressive, says reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Canberra’s south prepares for a day-long party

“We’re a community that knows how to party,” said Tuggeranong Art Centre CEO Rauny Worm in the lead up to SouthFest.

Dancers move through a feast of innovative

“Matrix” is not only a feast of innovative and memorable dance theatre but also a remarkable example of the value of cultural exchange, writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Movie review / ‘Pain and Glory’ (M)

Five stars from DOUGAL MACDONALD for Pedro Almodovar’s latest movie. It doesn't get much better.

Movie review / ‘Last Christmas’ (PG)

“Last Christmas” turns out to be a subtle yet merciless, loosely disguised, satire on Christmas mercantilism, interwoven with a poignant romantic thread, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Happy Sad Man’ (M)

Costing relatively little to highlight the plights of four men with mental issues, "Happy Sad Man" is more than just a message movie, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

National awards shine a light on a local ‘Empire’

The addition of twin pavilions to a Canberra home has received a national commendation for residential architecture for home alterations in this year’s Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards held last night (November 7) in Brisbane.

‘Master’ crafter Phoebe knows her way around rings

Phoebe Porter is confident in her use of materials and techniques and knows where and when she can explore and experiment with different materials, writes craft reviewer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE.

Creative project challenges the ice addict stereotype

A group of creatives have turned the old idiom “skating on thin ice” into stark reality in a documentary project that comes to fruition tonight (November 7).

What’s on in the arts this weekend?

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

Airport blows up inflatable pods of possibility

“THE whole installation can fit into a pallet-size box, like a big suitcase,” said visiting Berlin technical advisor, Christoph Tettenborn, of “Twin Minigagarin”, a...

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