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Revealed: The ‘Princess of Canberra’

A painting of the “Princess of Canberra” has gone on show in Queanbeyan. HELEN MUSA reports...

Arts / Culturally sensitive version of ‘Peter Pan’ opens tonight

AUDIENCES can confidently expect the evil Captain Hook to take centre stage in Ickle Pickle Productions’ holiday production of “Peter Pan”, opening at Belconnen...

Lunching with Giacomo, a taste of opera

EVEN as Opera Queensland announces its big regional tour of La Boheme aimed at involving audiences directly in opera, “Project Puccini”, news is to...

Comedy at the pub – Uni-style

THE UNI PUB in Civic is hosting the newest Comedy Club in Canberra, opening today, Friday,  with Melbourne International Comedy Festival favourite Adam Rozenbachs...

Review / Cast ‘rocks’ the audience out of the arena

theatre / "We Will Rock You", PeeWee Productions, AIS Arena, until November 10. Reviewed by SAMARA PURNELL

Arts / Noeline thrives on the Mother load

RUMOURS of veteran actor Noeline Brown’s retirement have been much exaggerated. Although living with her husband at Mount Murray with breathtaking views of the ocean,...

Secrets revealed too soon

BOOK REVIEW  “Fall on Me” By Nigel Featherstone, Blemish Books. Reviewed by Helen Musa This novella by Canberra region writer  Nigel Featherstone was based on a 2010  artist’s...

Review / ‘Wonder Wheel’ (M) *** and a half

TELLING a tale of love and life against a dramatic foreground of passion and domestic turmoil, the screenplay for this 1950s melodrama may remind...

Archi-TEENS redesign Garema Place

A teen-focused competition for young designers kicks off in Civic tomorrow - but entries close today. The brainchild of the Australian Institute of Architects’ ACT...

Possible Worlds Film Festival opens tonight

CANBERRA may be inundated with rain and festivals, but the ten-year-old Possible Worlds Film Festival running today and tomorrow, aims at being different. Dedicated to...

19-year old artist wins top ASOC award

A 19-YEAR-OLD ARTIST from Sydney has won the ASOC Best in Show award, it was announced last night at the opening of the Artists’...

New opera company shares the love

“I’M feeling like the bride on the wedding night,” says founder and artistic director of Canberra Opera Workshop, David Reedy. No wonder, his new company...

Master class first step to reviving National Aria

AS part of a heroic effort to get the National Aria back on track, local opera singer Fleur Millar has organised a master class...

Woden comes alive with music and more

  “WODEN Alive!” is an annual festival of free poetry, storytelling, circus, dance, comedy and music events that sees the Valley alive and hopping  until...

Quartet’s gusto wows the audience.

"Youth, creativity and the natural world were on the program for this concert by the Australian String Quartet," writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Weiss brings out the best of the orchestra

Leonard Weiss had the orchestra sounding the best I had heard, writes CLINTON WHITE.

Singer Cebrano to head free festival show

SINGER Kate Ceberano returns to Canberra to headline February's three-day Multicultural Festival. The award-winning pop and jazz performer will star in the opening-night show on Friday,...

What’s on this weekend?

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

School of Music: Pereira rebukes ANU’s ‘indecency’

'I will only say here that as a human being caught up in a senseless war that quickly has ruined the reputation of my primary workplace I rebuke those that are responsible. I rebuke them for their indecency and for their arrogance; I rebuke them for their managerial inexpertise and their ignorance; I rebuke them for their vandalism.'

Mad, bad and entertaining – The Lord Byron 5

QUIRKY is the word that comes to mind in describing the next dinner show at Teatro Vivaldi, as The Lord Byron 5 take the...





Driver dies in Yass after failing to stop for police

A driver who failed to stop for police in Yass last night (March 22) was found dead a short distance away after he left the road and crashed into a tree. 


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