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 Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

Discovering another side to the Potter people

“Magic and witchcraft maybe the driving forces behind the Melbourne hit success ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, but it’s the human elements of the play that give it flesh and blood,” says arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Contrasting sounds paint an eerie reality

You could have heard a pin drop... People were moved, sometimes shaken, writes TONY MAGEE after watching the Emerson String Quartet play at Llewellyn Hall yesterday.

First solo outing for Modernist furniture designer

Craft writer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE reviews an exhibition of work by modernist furniture designer George Kóródy.

Apocalyptic images haunt new Cornish exhibition

Canberra-born street artist Luke Cornish (also known as E.L.K.) is back in town with a controversial new exhibition.

Country legend coming to town

American singing legend Kris Kristofferson is coming to town accompanied by country music band, The Strangers. HELEN MUSA has all the arts news with this week's "Arts in the City" column.

Emotive choral work draws a large audience

"An opportunity to see and hear Pergolesi’s 'Stabat Mater' performed live is not to be missed," writes reviewer LEN POWER.

Review / Orchestra’s ‘booming’ start slips towards the end

Beginning with Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” Overture, the Maruki Community Orchestra started with a tremendous boom, writes ROB KENNDY.

Review / Choir’s spring salute to the sun, moon and stars

An excellent spring concert by the Canberra Choral Society has a well-sung surprise at the end, reports reviewer LEN POWER.

Crowd-pleasers bring Rep back from its ‘Edge’

Arts editor HELEN MUSA previews Canberra Rep's new season, 'From the Edge', and discovers there's to be a new name for Theatre 3.

Movie review / ‘Downton Abbey’ (PG)

"It’s all good British fare, to which in this genre there are few if any equals." Film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD tugs a forelock for the big-screen "Downton Abbey".

Movie review / ‘Little Women’ (PG)

"I watched this 112 minutes’ modernisation of the 'Little Women' story free of expectations and found it an agreeable experience," writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Freaks’ (MA)

"The violence, the mystery, the fantasy, combine to create an enigmatic outcome, par for the course in this genre," writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD after seeing "Freaks".

What’s on this weekend?

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

DreamWorks exhibition draws on great storytelling

The National Museum of Australia’s summer blockbuster “DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition” got off to a fine start this morning (September 11) when children from St Joseph’s Primary School in Wee Waa mobbed "Po" the Kung Fu Panda and their classmates called out “How’s Fiona?” to Shrek. 

Winners bloom at spring art show

THE Artists Society of Canberra has been going strong since 1927 and its 78th annual spring exhibition, held at the Fitters Workshop in Kingston,...

Canberra man turns ‘solace’ into a winning poem

Once again a Canberra poet has won the $10,000 Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry.

Dust settles, ‘amazing’ Ostani emerges

"Ostani's amazing fit-out, by award-winning design studio, Capezio Copeland, is inspired by the Australian alpine landscape," writes food reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Composer Larry returns to Russia, with love

Canberra-based composer Larry Sitsky will be honoured with a long weekend this month of musical festivities by the Moscow Conservatory as an artist who, though not born in Russia has, through his heritage, contributed to the Russian musical tradition, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Wine / Steve knows how to make a big Barossa red

Steve Kurtz is a Barossa winemaker who knows how to make full-bodied wine. Wine writer RICHARD CALVER says his favourite is the 2016 Lunar Block shiraz, which is Steve's flagship wine.

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Gardening / Camellias grow their rewards

The camellia family is one of the most rewarding of ornamental plants, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT. 

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