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Glorious flavours that are just so darn good

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON was impressed with the food, service, fitout and laid-back vibe of Morning Glory.

Artsday / Festival brings live music to ‘Ya Lounge’

Musicians continue to get creative with how and where they're performing, with festivals streamed live in your lounge room, kitchen or wherever you are! Arts editor HELEN MUSA has the story.

Hart’s had fun with clones in ‘Canberra’

Local filmmaker-actor-academic Ian Hart has turned from stage and screen to books with his young adult novel “Ben: The Boy From Nowhere”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Gigfest’ creates a buzz for local musicians

The Canberra region is suddenly awash with arts festivals and “Covideo Gigfest” is the newest festival on the block, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Fund gets Withers’ songs on the radio

Canberra classical guitarist Matt Withers is one of the lucky recipients of a series of newly-announced commissions resulting from the new Australian Music Fund, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Casting director Kirsty’s in the Academy

What's happening where… it's all in arts editor HELEN MUSA's weekly Arts in the City column.

CMAG’s on the hunt for a director

After Shane Breynard resigned as the director of the Canberra Museum and Gallery last year, the Cultural Facilities Corporation, which manages CMAG, has finally announced its desire to find a new director. 

Artwork takes a seat in Canberra after difficult start

The exhibition, "Differing Perspectives", by Adelaide artists Calum Hurley and Jordan Leeflang had a difficult beginning due to COVID-19, but they managed to make it work, writes craft reviewer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE

Artsday / Revealing narrative rediscovers Olive

Arts editor HELEN MUSA reports on what's happening in Canberra's arts scene this week.

Teasing ache of the unsolved mystery

WHO doesn’t love a good mystery? Not many, it would seem, with Netflix’s newest documentary show hitting number 1 in Australian streaming in the past week, says streaming columnist NICK OVERALL.

Movie review / ‘A White, White Day’ (M)

“A White, White Day” offers rewards to amaze and delight, coos movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Shirley’ (M)

DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews a mystery drama movie that turns out to be a homage to horror and mystery novelist Shirley Jackson, who may have by now faded from the memories of all but her most devoted aficionados. 

Movie review / ‘Waves’ (MA)

On learning that the running time for "Waves", a film about an African-American family, is 135 minutes, you might be forgiven for approaching it with reservations and a little caution. Don’t do that, advises reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

New arts festival’s got vigour but could get confusing

While the program announced today seems full of bounce and vigour, in contrast to the clear and self-explanatory “Enlighten” and “Floriade”, the enigmatic title is reminiscent of some other Canberra festivals, “You Are Here”, “I am Me” and “Art Not Apart”, with the potential to confuse rather than enlighten the public, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Judy snaps up a top prize 

Veteran Canberra photographer Judy Parker is the winner of the $10,000 Mullins Australian Conceptual Photography Prize, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Artsday / ‘Blue Poles’ goes under for conservation

Pollock’s “Blue Poles” has gone under the microscope for its most comprehensive conservation project to date, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA in her regular round up of what's on in Canberra's arts scene.

Arstday / ANU academics win top book prize

ANU academics Tim Bonyhady and Greg Lehman have won Tasmania's biggest literary prize, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her Artsday column.

Caribou’s home-style Canadian comfort

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON headed to ‘super relaxed’ Caribou for home-style Canadian comfort food.

Virtual variety in Endrey’s world

Arts editor HELEN MUSA meets Chris Endrey, host of the virtual variety show, “The World From Here”, streaming live from the stage of the Canberra Theatre.

‘Safety Net’ up for best short film in NZ

'Safety Net', the short film featuring young Canberran Will Best, is up for Best Short Film at the “Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly Arts in the City column.

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