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Review / ‘Bumblebee’ (PG)*

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says kids of or even beyond double-digit age may well go wild about “Bumblebee”.  Adults may find its 113 minutes of same-old same-old to be a bore. You have been warned!

Arts in the City / Summer lovin’ in the gallery garden

SWEPT away by the romance of “Love and Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate”, the National Gallery is cooking up a season of "Summer...

Inspirational play about World War I nurses

THE ever-vigilant Q in Queanbeyan has come up with a beauty in its Anzac Day programming. Written by Caroline Bock and Helen Hopkins, “The Girls...

Review / ‘Peppermint’ (MA) ***

With holidays almost here, movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD enjoys “Peppermint”, effective summer holiday escapist cinema that makes few demands of its audience.
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Don’t miss the Tidbinbilla Extravaganza

The annual Tidbinbilla Extravaganza is fast approaching with a day of free entertainment, live music, children’s activities and nature-based experiences held in the greatest...

Arts / ‘Circularsawruses’ take mystery out of making music

MEMBERS of Canberra's Griffyn Ensemble are keen to continue one of the most extraordinary exercises in music making ever seen in the nation’s capital. “We’ve...

Arts / Looking between the stars for the Dark Emu

LOOKING to the night sky, south to the Southern Cross, you might see the Dark Emu. That’s the mixture of negative space and dust cloud...

More the people than music in art show

ARTIST Steve Roper takes an entertaining look at music, music and music in his newest show “Dig that Crazy Beat”, opening tomorrow. In this show...

Review / ‘Maggie’s Plan’ (M) ***

COMEDY comes in several flavours. Stupid gets short shrift. Silly gets a better ride when it offers a mote of clever. Intelligent is sheer...

Arts / Dogs welcome but not when the fur flies

BILLED as “doggy-friendly”, the American Express Openair Cinemas program has now become a regular fixture on the Canberra calendar. Dog owners may bring their best...

Review / ‘Dud’ play draws uneven performances

"Happy Birthday, Wanda June," written by Kurt Vonnegut, directed by Cate Clelland, Canberra REP at Theatre, until August 4. Reviewed BY LEN POWER

Arts in the City / Opera with the fireworks offstage

OPERA Australia tells us there are still seats available for “The Opera Gala”, featuring favourites by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and more, in Sydney Opera...

Wade reveals Canberra’s newest ‘secrets’

CANBERRA writer and broadcast and tour guide Marg Wade has written two sellout editions of “Canberra’s Secrets” in 1999 and 2003 and the third...

Review / Paintings, and other things, explore today’s world

art / “Painting Amongst Other Things”, at ANCA Gallery, until August 26, at ANU School of Art and Design Gallery, until September 1, and ANU Drill Hall Gallery until October 7. Reviewed by JOHN LANDT
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Review / ”10,000 Miles” at The Q

Dance / 10,000 Miles Presented by QL2 Dance and The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland. The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. 17th April. Reviewed by Bill Stephens.

Film about Zach’s coming of age

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre will mark the ACT’s inaugural Reconciliation Day public holiday and the commencement of Reconciliation Week with screening of the feature documentary...

Arts in the City / Musical homage to a painting hero

INDEFATIGABLE 2013 “CityNews” Artist of the Year, Chris Latham, is behind a concert at the NGA called “Invocations: Eight meditations on paintings by Arthur...

Review / ‘The Conjuring 2’ (MA) ***

ON June 9 only three new films opened in Canberra. On paper, none promised much. On the day, Australian filmmaker James Wan’s recounting of...

Local sweet success

FOLLOWERS of award-winning restaurants tremble with excitement when opening Australia’s only annual restaurant guide, to see how Canberra has performed on the national food...

Review / ‘They’ve Already Won’

theatre / "They've Already Won". Devised and performed by Harriet Gillies and Pierce Wilcox. At Gorman House until 20 February. Review by John Lombard





Black hands represents indigenous deaths in custody

Black hands placed outside the Aboriginal Tent Embassy this morning (April 15) represent the 474 known indigenous people who have died in police custody.


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