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Norma seizes the limelight again in ‘Sunset Boulevard’

BRONWYN Sullivan is no has-been – in fact she's just about the most thrilling voice on the Canberra musical theatre scene – but she'll...

Arts / Unmaxed: Gillies salutes his great writers

Comedian Max Gillies tells arts editor HELEN MUSA he is abandoning his customary use of prosthetics to show us the real Max.

Arts / Filmmaker wins ‘Artist of the Year’ title

A MODEST but keenly observant documentary filmmaker with an eye for world events has been named the 2018 “CityNews” Artist of the Year, it...

Next generation of composer steps up in competition

IF Canberra classical guitarist Matthew Withers has anything to do with it, it's time for the next generation of young guitarists to step up. Withers,...

The Three Musketeers (PG) ★ ★

SINCE World WarII there have been four major English-language productions of Alexandre Dumas’s rollicking adventure yarn. It presses many escapist buttons, ticks many boxes....

Canberra Opera’s Night of Nights – Icon Water Gala

IN what the Canberra Symphony Orchestra is billing as “Opera’s Night of Nights", rising stars, tenor James Egglestone and soprano Olivia Cranwell, join the...

Trees in art at The Q

CANBERRA artist Angharad Dean will exhibit her recent works at The Q’s  exhibition space in a solo exhibition opening at 6pm today,  Tuesday,  October...

New musical to provoke discussion – and empathy

AN original Canberra-grown musical is coming to Belconnen Arts Centre this week – but it’s anything but an average Broadway-type show. “The Last Time: A...

Arts / When King lear loses his way

WE’RE about to experience a little bit of Viennese-Australian artist Justus Neumann’s unorthodox magic when he appears at The Street Theatre in the prize-winning...

‘Engaging narratives,’ Arab Film Festival

IT'S the most up to date film festival of them all and almost upon us, as the 10th Arab Film Festival Australia prepares to...

Review / ‘Stan & Ollie’ (PG) ****

PAY no attention to reports of historical inaccuracies in director Jon S Baird and writer Jeff Pope’s film memorialising the two prolific comedians whose...

Canberra’s freakshakes that conquered the world

IN February "CityNews" featured Canberra's Mother and Daughter "My Kitchen Rules" team Gina and Anna Petridis, who had not had a happy time on...

Coins honour moon landing

THE Royal Australian Mint is celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing with the world’s first dome-shaped coloured nickel plated coin.

Wine / An ‘acid bomb’ from the cold climes

“The Carpenters, who founded Lark Hill, are reputedly the first to have planted gruner veltliner in Australia. It does well at the altitude of the Lark Hill winery,” writes RICHARD CALVER

Disney-inspired cabaret at Smith’s

SYDNEY musician and performer Annaliese Szota will tour her latest show, “DizzKneeLeeks”, to Canberra this week. Nowra-raised Szota is an honours graduate of the University...

‘Unstoppable’ kids on stage bring hope

“UNSTOPPABLE!”  It’s a great word for a theatre spectacular made by young people and it’s one that executive teacher of performing arts at Lyneham...

Richard Gill joins Musica Viva

Former Canberra Symphony Orchestra artistic director, and eminent music educator, Richard Gill, today commences as Artistic Advisor of Musica Viva In Schools, Australia’s largest...

Designers take a bow at new show

WE'RE used to hearing about ANU’s premier fine artists, but the spotlight is rarely turned on our top designers. A new show at the ANU School...

Show shock: Star cancels after surgery

RENOWNED  Australian operatic diva, Yvonne Kenny, has broken her ankle in two  places and has cancelled her starring role at the "Voices in the...

Centenary theme for ASOC show

"ALONG the Molonglo 2013" is one of the major activities for the venerable Artists’ Society of Canberra, which this year has chosen a logical...




What’s on this weekend?

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


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