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Review: Foot stamping ovation for young flautist

The Australian Flute Festival, gala concert, October 6, at Llewellyn Hall. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: ‘Machete Kills’ (MA) ** and a half

IN 1992, independent filmmaker Robert Rodriguez released “El Mariachi” (production cost less than $US8000), fresh, with high energy, unabashed in its violence and erotic...

Review / Contrasting pieces inspire standing ovation

music Concert 21, Canberra International Music Festival ‘Double Quartet’, May 9. Reviewed by Clinton White

Soaring Sarah wins aria

By Clinton White NZ claimed top honours in this year’s National Operatic Aria Final, held at Albert Hall, with the $15,000 purse going to soprano...

Christie play at REP – roles to die for

TO WATCH or  not to watch the 1957 Billy Wilder film – that was the question for the team behind Canberra REP’s new production...

Review / ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ (PG) **** and a half

I WONDER how many elected politicians, captains of industry, financiers, opinion pundits, media stars and others vicariously engaging in opinion forming understand the difference...

Thai Music Festival kicks-off

THE Thai Music Festival kicks-off on Wednesday – celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Australia. Headlining the festival is two Thai ensembles: Korphai,...

Bhutanese royalty in Canberra today

HERE’S a royal visit with a difference. The Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, is in Canberra today and tomorrow, October...

Arts / Queanbeyan snapper wins prize for whale photo

A PHOTOGRAPHER from Queanbeyan has won the People’s Choice award in the Nature Conservancy Australia 2017 photography competition. Nitin Jayanand’s image captured a breaching humpback...

What’s on this weekend?

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

Arts / Celebrations begin for REP’s big 85

CELEBRATIONS have kicked off today, October 27, marking Canberra's first theatre company's 85th anniversary.  ACT Minister for the Arts, Gordon Ramsay, today helped start the...

Dimity takes the biggest ballet prize

QUEANBEYAN’S Dimity Azoury has been crowned the 2014 winner of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, the most prestigious prize for ballet in Australia and...

Dining / David’s daring adventure at the bay

"The dessert looked so gorgeous on the plate, it was almost a crime to tamper with it, " writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Arts / Belly dancing wiggles its way to the surface

THERE’s a booming underground Canberra belly dance scene and amidst the stalls, the talk and the food of this month's National Multicultural Festival there’s...

‘Monument’- something to tell our grandchildren

  WHO remembers when the prescient indigenous elder Matilda House welcomed then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the new National Portrait Gallery as the ‘horrible’ Kevin...

Arts / Young music group wins top, national award

CANBERRA’S Young Music Society has been awarded the 2018 Art Music Award for Excellence in Music Education at the national Art Music Awards in...

Record crowds for Multicultural Festival

YOU could hardly move in Civic on the weekend, with crowd numbers exceeding 250,000 according to the latest calculations.  ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy...

Review: ‘Chef’ (M) ***

REGULAR customers come to the Los Angeles restaurant where chef Carl (writer/director Jon Favreau) has offered the same menu for a decade. Carl resists...

Review / When Mr Haydn went to London

Music / “Haydn & London”, Australian Haydn Ensemble. At the Great Hall, University House, March 8. Reviewed by GRAHAM McDONALD

Arts / Musical inspiration by the score

THE Young Music Society’s coming summer school looks like being the liveliest ever. With more than 400 students in attendance, this year's event will see...





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