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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...

A new Mozart for Canberra

CANBERRA pianist, director and entrepreneur Carl Rafferty has circulated a fascinating letter about his forthcoming presentation of a previously unperformed work by Mozart. Rafferty writes:...

Arts / Eisteddfod bands take the stage

HIGH-level concert and brass band music will be the focus at Llewellyn Hall on Friday (May 18) when the "open bands" section of the...
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Tom Roberts anyone? A national survey finds the line in art appreciation

Tony Bennett, Western Sydney University ON DECEMBER 4, The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) opens its exhibition of Tom Roberts' work as the centrepiece of...

$1.07 million goes to struggling ACT arts organisations 

More than $1 million of funding will go to nine ACT arts organisations that have been "significantly impacted" by the pandemic. 

Replacement director for ‘Phantom’

NEWS is to hand that Mark Grentell has pulled out of Free Rain Theatre Company’s production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” after a...

Review: Marti’s shaking up Manuka

Wendy Johnson dining

Canberra DJ heads for Big Apple

IT'S hard for Canberra DJ Ashley Feraude to get the excitement out of his voice – he’s one of a small handful of musicians...

Arts / Weave an end to violence

THE Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House has reminded “CityNews” that the very last of its Sunday "Crafternoons" is coming up this...

Not packed, but dining is a thrill

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON galloped into Lamshed’s in Yarralumla as soon as restrictions allowed diners to return.

Wine / The plonk, the passion and the picnic

"He stared long and hard into his glass, confessed he was married and that, whilst fat, the woman was sufficiently attractive to, uh, become involved with at a superficial level," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Review / ‘A Monster Calls’ (PG) *** and a half

GIVE thanks that the monster in Spanish director JA Bayona’s gentle fantasy based on Patrick Ness’ novel isn’t an angry alien intent on destroying...

Melba, toast of kings and emperors

WE'VE told you about Canberra Choral Society's 1930s Soiree this Saturday, July 7, as part of the Society's Albert Hall Festival, but only hinted...

Arts in the City / Dervishes whirling for free

THE Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism will mark 100 years of peace between Turkey and Australia with a visit from the UNESCO-rated Sufi...

Review / Ancient ink art marches into the 21st century

art “Ink Remix” at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, until October 18 Reviewed by Johnny Milner

Milton breaks down the walls with 2017 CSO season

THE CANBERRA Symphony Orchestra chose a glorious late winter morning to welcome into being 2017's subscription program at the Arboretum. Hosting the occasion was CSO...

$80 million upgrade puts ANU’s art school on the map

The Australian National University has announced $80 million upgrade for School of Art and Design to make it into "an exciting new space for 21st century art and design".

Arts / Sweet Lucy plays with strings attached

SINGER-songwriter and 2017 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Lucy Sugerman is pink with excitement when she arrives for a “CityNews” photo-call at the...

Sartre inspires ‘gentle’ digital art

TASMANIAN artist Nik Lee has won the $10,000 Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award for his work “our only concern is the void 2013”, it was announced...

‘Unexpected dimension’ in piano works

“The Pianist” Canberra International Music Festival Fitters’ Workshop, May 10 Reviewed by Clinton White





Don’t dismiss the reliable classics

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT says “old-fashioned", reliable plants like rosemary, thyme, heaths and heathers will never go out of fashion.


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