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Canberra’s best coverage of local arts news plus reviews, including dining, film, theatre, music, visual arts and dance

‘On-country’ painting captured in photographs

Five senior artists from Tjungu Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands of SA have been painting not just "in" country but directly "on to" country, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

New ensemble brings life to rare music

Music / "Breathtaking". Van Diemen’s Band. At Wesley Uniting Church, March 17. Reviewed by Graham McDonald

A Canberra twist on Mozart

Music / “The Prime Ministerial Impresario”. Directed by Stephanie McAlister, music by Mozart, libretto by Robert Little. Art Not Apart, March 16-17. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA.

Fogwell wins $10,000 ‘Megala’ prize

One of Canberra’s most eminent printmakers, Dianne Fogwell, has been announced as winner of “Megala”, the $10,000 inaugural Megalo International Print Prize.

Movie review / ‘Pimped’ (MA)

"Pimped" is an Australian film is about nasty people doing nasty things to each other. But that doesn’t make a nasty film, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Dancers prepare for a ‘BOLD’ celebration

AFTER a lively start to Liz Lea’s second dance summit, “BOLD II”, the weekend offers more to dance lovers from the broader community. The high...

Movie review / ‘Sometimes Always Never’ (PG)

This British comedy/drama comes wearing a likeable outfit of drama, humour, bathos and pathos, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD

Movie review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’ (MA)

This full-on movie telling the story of the 2008 terrorist attack that left 166 dead and 293 wounded in Mumbai has much to tell filmgoers with the wit to read between its lines.

NGA ignites new ‘innovative’ sculpture

“I have had safety training", said National Gallery of Australia director Nick Mitzevich, as he held a blow torch this morning (March 15) during the unveiling of a new sculpture. 

Heritage Library celebrates moon landing in new spot

HIDDEN behind closed doors on Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick, is the newly located ACT Heritage Library and ArchivesACT is well worth a visit, but the signage...

The power of percussion drives the show

music / “The Power of One”, Claire Edwardes, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Australian Series, National Portrait Gallery, March 14. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Young Canberra artist wins massive prize

A YOUNG Canberra-raised artist has been awarded the $50,000 Muswellbrook Regional Art Prize. Sacha Jeffrey painting as Sacha Pola, beat a field of to 31...

What’s on this weekend?

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

Leading professor says music moves minds

A leading world authority on music and neurophysiology is coming to the ANU School of Music this week, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Around the galleries

Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

Waiting brings a dent to Ego

"Alter Ego’s menu has great variety and we had no trouble choosing refreshingly different dishes. I think the kitchen team is on to something," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Biggins is preaching to the converted

Jonathan Biggins somehow transforms himself into Paul Keating and his success is the subject of a terrific story he’s been dining out on for years, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Sarah’s sweet riesling has an acid bite

Sarah Collingwood, the CEO of Four Winds, says their riesling was designed to be food friendly. “Yes, we went for a light, citrusy, refreshing flavour, a little sweet but with a bit of an acid bite," she tells wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Cuban flair gets a twist of American jazz

THE Afro-Cuban All Stars are coming to town and with them a whiff of the Buena Vista Social Club. Those famous names are intertwined with...

A matter of trust for funny Frankie

LOCAL comedian Frankie McNair is staging her first solo show, "Frantasia”, at the Canberra Comedy Festival, running from March 18-24 all around town. McNair,...

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