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Movie review / ‘The Third Wife’ (M)

DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews the new movie, “The Third Wife”.

Teen pianist wins a place at top Austrian academy

Sixteen-year-old Canberra pianist Bernice Chau has won a place in the degree program at Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, a specialist music academy in the home town of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Gallery conversation traces ancient stories

PhotoAccess is holding a conversation tracing the stories of Maruku Arts on Saturday (July 6).

What’s on this weekend?

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

Around the galleries

Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

Where friends might graze

"We were thrilled with the creamy duck pate that wore a wonderful slice of limoncello gel on top. It was bursting with flavour and inspired us to duplicate it at home (wish us luck)," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON as she reports from Civic. 

By the time we got to Woodstock…

It's nearly 50 years since "Woodstock" and, after wearing out her vinyl album in six only months in 1969, our love-not-war, boomer arts editor HELEN MUSA is getting a little nostalgic...

Pure young voices shining for the world

Canberra’s Luminescence Children’s Choir, a lively bunch of youthful treble choristers aged 10-16, will take the stage of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall between July 15 and 21 in the Gondwana World Choral Festival, reports HELEN MUSA.

Spotlight on the terrible Twits

Arts editor HELEN MUSA'S weekly wrap of who's and who and where on the Canberra Arts scene.

Jewellery trio use surprising materials

The three jewellers use materials not generally used in jewellery, writes reviewer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE

‘Madama Butterfly’ a sensation but is it opera?

Reviewer HELEN MUSA thinks Graeme Murphy's production of “Madama Butterfly” signals a move into an area of art that has more to do with sensation than opera.

Large audience thrills to triumphant performance

Conductor Leonard Weiss has experienced quite an incredible past few weekends, says reviewer IAN McLEAN.

Movie review / ‘Parasite’ (M)

“'Parasite' led me to laugh outright in a cinema more often than in a long while," writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Yesterday’ (M)

"You are entitled to expect a good experience when Danny Boyle’s name appears on a film’s masthead as director. When Richard Curtis’ name appears on the next line in the credits as writer, expectations soar even further." Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD'S at "Yesterday".

Artists bring together Indonesian past and present

JOHN LANDT reviews “Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia”.  

Beneath the bravado, there’s vulnerability

"If theatre, or all art, is supposed to enable us to experience the incomprehensible inner worlds of other humans, then this show strikes a chord that keeps ringing long after the applause dies down," writes reviewer SIMONE PENKETHMAN.

What’s on this weekend?

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

Upcoming concert plans to open on a high

Tobias Cole is debating whether to wear a back or a white feather boa when he sings the grotesquely beautiful "Roasting swan" aria, “Olim lacus colueram” (Once I swam in lakes), from Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” this weekend.

Art exhibition promises ‘new tricks’

“NEW Tricks” is the title of the graduating exhibition for the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Diploma of Visual Arts, opening tomorrow (June 26). 

When the answer is no, the question is how hard?

"We cheerfully asked if we could order a half-and-half pizza. We weren’t concerned about asking because the place was virtually empty. The answer? A flat 'no'," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

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