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Jazz graduate busks her way to a win

SECOND place-winner in the under-18s category, duo TacocaT, stole the show with their showbiz savvy when the Braddon Busking Competition for 2020 wound up...

Jordan Best’s new starring role at The Q

ONE of the Canberra region’s best known – and most outspoken – directors has been chosen to replace Stephen Pike at the helm of The Q, the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. 

Royals not amused by new ‘Crown’ series

"Every time 'The Crown' is mentioned, be it a positive or negative reception to its telling of history, it just gets more popular. People want to see what the fuss is about and get to weigh in with their own views," writes streaming columnist NICK OVERALL.

Outrage and sorrow at art school cuts

Outrage and sorrow have fuelled arts community responses to news of cuts and amalgamations at the ANU School of Art & Design, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Movie review / ‘Misbehaviour’ (M)

"Misbehaviour" is the comfortable telling of an uncomfortable story about the lead up to and disruption of the Miss World judging, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Happiest Season’ (M)

"'Happiest Season' may be the first film linking lesbian with Christmas, but that doesn’t make it gay," writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘In the Name of the Land’ (M)

"You don’t have to be a farmer to take satisfaction from 'In the Name of the Land',' says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Melody’s ‘Cudgewa’ wins drawing prize

The M16 Drawing Prize winners were announced yesterday (November 26), writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

How good it was to hear live music again

How good to hear live music again, and played so very well, writes reviewer IAN McLEAN of the CSO's 'Live at Llewellyn'.

Artsday / Open studio shows fashion and jewellery

Designer Alice Sutton and jeweller Phoebe Porter will take part in an open studio event as part of DESIGN Canberra this Saturday (November 28), writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her arts round-up.

Aya flies swiftly to the top

Canberra singer/songwriter Aya Yves has been selected as one of two emerging artists to perform at the first “Express Yourself – Queer Discovery" music showcase this weekend. 

Swifty’s personality leaps onto the page

Publicist Marilyn Chalkley's new children's book about her cheeky rescue greyhound, Swifty, will help raise funds for the charity Greyhound Connections.

Wine / Surviving a pretentious homage to twaddle

Wine columnist RICHARD CALVER finds his blood pressure rising as he makes his way through a book that, if it hadn’t been from the library, he would have tossed it on the fire (if he had a fire).

When only a (gourmet) toastie will do

Sometimes, all dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON wants is an amazing coffee and a yummy toastie. But not just any toastie…

Artsday / Lucy ventures into the adult world

Leading arts editor HELEN MUSA'S latest "artsday" column is Lucy Sugerman, who will be launching her new debut single “i wanna kiss boys cos i'm bored”.

Winning paintings pay homage to Ramsay

When the Hive owner and curator, Helen Ferguson, agreed to provide an exhibition award for the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Regional Arts Awards, she had no idea of how challenging it would be, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Latham’s marches on to a new battlefield

Chris Latham has turned his attention to the Vietnam war for 'The Vietnam Requiem', and it’s been quite a learning curve, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Photos unveil the hidden side of life at the coast

Artists Amadis Lacheta and Lee Grant ask what makes life in the Eurobodalla area special, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Long, chilly night pays off for top photo winner

The "chilly, long night" taking photos out at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve was worth it for professional photographer Matt Tomkins, who was awarded a top photo award yesterday (November 23). 

Winton’s ‘Breath’ inspires alternative rock song

Sputnik Sweetheart's new single “Rolling” comes out on December 3, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly Arts in the City column.

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