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Human mannerisms explored by painter

EVERY year gallery@bcs -- not in the Belconnen Arts Centre, but Belconnen Community Centre at Swanson Court, contributes a three week exhibition, print and...

Review / ‘Freedom’ (M)  ***

TIMOTHY Chey’s screenplay draws on verifiable historical characters for Australian Peter Cousens’ directing debut. In 1748, slave-ship master John Newton (Bernhard Forcher), after witnessing the...

Huge range in Illawarra Folk Festival

THE 31st Illawarra Folk Festival kicks off today in Bulli with a huge range of acts. Beginning today, Thursday Jan 14 with a Charity Concert,...

Arts / Musical by kids, for kids, starring kids

A JOYOUS new musical will be on show this weekend at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, the result of six months’ hard work by a group...

Review / ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ (MA) ***

THIS is a sort-of sequel to director Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 actioner about a somewhat clandestine US government agency tasked to eradicate bad behaviour south...

Spoilt for choice at M16

IN the two years or so that M16 Artspace has been running in what was the former Griffith Library, it has made itself a...

Review: ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ (MA) ? ? ? ½

DESPITE several things to quibble about, the 124 minutes of Nicholas Stoller’s film, co-written with lead actor Jason Segal, bring wit and strong performances...

Review: ‘Enough Said’ (M) ***

WRITER/director Nicole Holofcener’s film shrouded me in an increasing uncertainty about its genre. Is it a chick-flick? Its collection of women in major roles is...

Review / Soprano triumphs over songs of war

music / "The Man Who Painted Blue Horses, The Flowers Of War" concert. At the National Gallery of Australia, Tuesday May 17. Reviewed by Len Power
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‘So You Think You Can Drag’ for one night only in Canberra!

LOCAL audiences are in for something unique next month, when the smash hit of the Melbourne queer performance scene comes to Canberra for one...

Review: ‘Ida’ (M) **** and a half

IN 1960s’ Poland, Anna (Agata Trzebuckowska) has lived in a convent since she was a baby. Soon, at the end of her teens, she...

Stranger and stronger than fiction

  DIRECTING documentary films, it seems, requires a subtle mix of diplomacy and hard-nosed investigation. I’m talking to filmmaker Juliet Lamont by phone from Sydney. She’ll...

Arts / Canberrans shortlisted for Australian Dance Awards

EVEN as QL2 Dance prepares for its three-week production, “This Poisoned Sea”, at The Playhouse, news is to hand that its 2016 production “Connected”...

Indie rockers at Summernats

DRAPHT and Children Collide will headline next year’s Summernats 25 Friday night concert. In 2012, Summernats turns 25 and organisers said to celebrate they...

Arts / Big prize for best sculptor

THE Outdoor Sculpture Festival that was such a success in springtime 2014 is coming back to Canberra Grammar School, along with the new CGS...

Review / ‘Perfect Strangers’ (M) *** and a half

ON a balmy night with a lunar eclipse about to happen, plastic surgeon Rocco (Marco Giallini) and therapist Eva (Kasia Smutniak) are cooking up...

King Kong has a Canberra accent

YOU’VE probably been hearing about the new “King Kong” musical, now running in preview at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, and the six-metre-high silverback gorilla that...

Review: Revenge sweet in Co-opera’s ‘Bat’

“The Revenge of the Bat,” (Die Fledermaus) Co-Opera, Albert Hall, March 26 only. Reviewed by Clinton White

Strike up the Canberra City Band!

DO you love band music? One of Australia’s greatest Prime Ministers, Ben Chifley, did. He came back from a trip to England determined that...

Music Festival and other good causes – buy up!

‘COFFEE and Cake with a Cause’ is on tomorrow with not just one, but three causes. Canberra International Music Festival supporter, Anna Prosser, is turning...




Bill channels Gough in hope that his time is coming

At the end of what’s been for him a testing campaign, Bill Shorten chose to go to Blacktown, to the hall where Gough Whitlam nearly half a century ago delivered his famous “It’s Time” election speech, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.


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