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Valerie weaves together threads of the unknown

Textile artist Valerie Kirk has woven a suite of striking tapestries to honour the work of our most brilliant scientists. Arts editor HELEN MUSA reports there's a new one.  

ACT musicians head to Art Music Awards

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre have today (Tuesday July 16) announced the finalists for the 2019 Art Music Awards and the Canberra International Music Festival is in the running to win the "Award for Excellence" in the organisation category.

King’s College choir to sing in Canberra

Arts in the City is arts editor HELEN MUSA's weekly sweep of what's happening where in the local arts scene. 

Uplifting paintings reveal the unseen

Art such as this asks the audience quietly to open their eyes, enjoy what they have and think a bit more about what they're doing, writes JOHN LANDT after viewing Janet Dawson's exhibition “Clouds All the Way”.

Community Chorale sings with promise

This was an interestingly programmed concert from the Canberra Community Chorale, writes reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD. 

Young choir doesn’t miss a beat

Reviewer LEN POWER praises Luminescence Choir for its high standards and singing abilities.

Fine future for the swansong singer

Reviewer CLINTON WHITE see a strong future for a singer who was performing a swansong in Canberra.

Movie review / ‘Crawl’ (MA)

“Before the alligators reach them, Haley is going to get Dave safely up to the roof, where hopefully a rescue helicopter will see them...” “Crawl” is all two-star tension for film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Stuber’ (MA)

“Stuber” is a ho-hum movie in which Stu’s electric car is a recurring motif providing the film with a silent but important comic personality, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Booksmart’ (M)

“Molly and Amy have spent the year achieving stellar academic records, at the expense of social skills. And they decide that they need to rectify that oversight big time,” writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

’Kinky Boots’ delivers the goods

“Kinky Boots” is a feel-good musical and great entertainment. This production at The Q really delivers the goods, says reviewer LEN POWER.

What’s on this weekend?

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

Assembly dining and the ‘ayes’ have it

"This is a place to hang out with family and friends to do pretty much whatever you’d like; watch sports on the big TV screens, settle into cosy leather booths or head to the sunny beer garden," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

The baton man takes a final bow, for now

For the past few years, whenever there’s been a classical music concert in Canberra, it’s been a fair bet Leonard Weiss was conducting it. But now he's off, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Around the galleries

Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

Bruce Carmichael brings down the curtain on long career

Long-time Canberra Theatre Centre director Bruce Carmichael is to retire in late November.

Feat of passion, millenniums in the making

An indigenous dance company celebrates 30 years of existence and a heritage that spans thousands of years. Arts editor HELEN MUSA talks to its artistic director.

Russian music with a licence to thrill

In their concert, "From Russia With Love", Selby & Friends clearly demonstrated they have a licence to thrill, writes reviewer LEN POWER.

‘Jack’ gets a leg up from the kids

Arts in the City is arts editor HELEN MUSA's weekly wrap about what's where and who's who on the Canberra arts scene. 

You’re still wonderful, Muriel!

Reviewer BILL STEPHENS was at the first night of the new production of “Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical”.




Five people rescued as car hits house

FIVE people were rescued from house in Taylor after a car slammed into it this morning (July 13).

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin


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