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Movie review / ‘The Good Liar’ (MA)

"The Good Liar", says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD, is "a quite delightful, intense combination of thriller and romantic styles".

Movie review / ‘The Addams Family’ (PG)

"Frankly, I can’t understand why any self-respecting cinema chain would bother with this movie." Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD is underwhelmed by "The Addams Family".

Movie review / ‘The Two Popes’ (M)

A film about two old bachelors mulling over each other’s moral attitudes may not sound like much fun and jollity, but in "Two Popes" they come across pretty convincingly, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Kudelka named Cartoonist of the Year

Modest cartoonist Jon Kudelka has been named Cartoonist of the Year, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA. 

Haig Park festival ends with a ‘POP!’

The final event for the City Renewal Authority’s Haig Park experiments will top off the program’s six-month long trial of events, activities and light-touch improvements aimed at revitalising Haig Park.

Locals write some big wins in publishing awards

At its annual awards night held this evening (December 5) in The Street Theatre, the ACT Writers Centre announced the winners of its 2019 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.

‘Psychedelic’ insight into awe-inspiring art

Psychedelic Realism will make visitors smile, wonder and feel a lot in awe of Mombassa’s tremendous talent, originality, drive and versatility, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Exhibition opening draws on more than Hawkie’s face

Reminiscences ranged from the affectionate to the raunchy when former labor ministers Graham "Richo" Richardson and Gareth Evans helped unveil an exhibition of cartoons about the late Bob Hawke at the Hotel Kurrajong today (December 5).

‘Powerful’ exhibition draws from indigenous cultures

For Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies CEO and proud Dhunghutti/Biripi man Craig Ritchie, yesterday (December 4) was a great day for AIATSIS, with the launch of an important new exhibition.

Omar’s longing to escape to ‘Leopard Beach’

Omar Musa will explore longing and escapism in his one-night only exhibition and performance at M16 Artspace, “Welcome to Leopard Beach”. 

What’s on in the arts this weekend?

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

Theatre gives its biggest donation yet

Dramatic Productions and Masonicare ACT/NSW joined together today (Wednesday, December 4) for a happy cheque handover in which theatre contributes to charity.

Around the galleries

Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

Art’s turbulent friends and fruitful competitors

Arts editor HELEN MUSA previews the national Gallery's summer blockbuster “Matisse & Picasso”.

Turkish delights down at the foreshore

"Turkish food is so colourful and exotic. Zeytin’s impressive line-up of dishes includes traditional, all-time faves and intriguing specialty creations," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON. 

The Q’s salty, twisted, immersive year of theatre

The Q’s Stephen Pike has confirmed his position as the canniest and most imaginative theatre programmer in town, with a mix of camp comedy, nights of song, musicals and hard-hitting drama for its 2020 program, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA

Anna’s balancing act to thrill and bewilder

Cyr wheel artist Anna Lewandowska is coming to Canberra Theatre as part of "futuristic, space-age" Cirque Stratosphere, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA

Recorder rock star in concert of whimsy

Recorder rock star Alicia Crossley and the Acacia Quartet are bringing their “beguiling concert full of whimsy and musical storytelling” to Canberra, reports "Arts in the City" columnist HELEN MUSA

Pianist revels in the beating heart of Polish music

Pianist Peter de Jager met all the concert's challenges head-on with confidence and superior virtuosity, writes music reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

Poignant photograph wins student a trip to Timor Leste

A poignant reworking of Max Dupain’s 1937 photograph, “Sunbaker”, by Canberra Institute of Technology student Eunie Kim, has won her the United Nations Internship to Timor Leste. 

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