Arts & Entertainment

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

Arts in the city / Geoff and all that jazz are back

GEOFF Page’s “Jazz in Concert at The Gods” kicks off on February 3 for 2015 with “The South African Project”. Sax player Mark Ginsburg...

Review: Bringing ‘Home’ a hit

children’s theatre “Rolling Home” Writer, director and producer, Greg Lissaman Composer John Shortis Performed by Catherine Hagarty and Chrissie Shaw The Courtyard Studio Canberra Theatre Centre Until September 22 Reviewed by Joe Woodward

Arts / Grammar hosts schools music festival

CANBERRA Grammar School is hosting over 300 young musicians from around the country for the 20th Australian Combined Schools Music Festival, starting today (June...

Dining / Where the set lunch really sings

“The chef understands that we do eat first with our eyes and so great care is taken with plating," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

‘Just magical’ Arena

IT has been more than eight  years since Tina Arena last performed in Canberra but now she’s bringing her band, along with  a string...

Dining / Amazing taste of Cantonese

“This is one of the best ‘meal deals’ in town, especially given the quality of the food, the relaxing ambience and the knowledgeable, attentive service," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Arts / All for the music of Nashville

LARS Pluto seems like an unlikely name for a country star, and it is. For as “CityNews” found when we caught up with the Atlanta-born...

Review: ‘Macbeth’ in sex, dirt and death

THEATRE “Macbeth” By William Shakespeare Directed by Peter Evans Bell Shakespeare The Playhouse, until June 2. Reviewed by Simone Penkethman BELL Shakespeare played “Macbeth” with blood, sex, dirt and death in...

The curry festival returns to Civic

THE World Curry Festival is returning to Canberra. CEO of In The City Canberra Jane Easthope says that the festival, taking place along City Walk...

Something French in music

THE Telopea Chamber Players comprising students and staff at Telopea Park School will present a varied program in their Wednesday Lunchtime Live Concert at...

Music to our ears from the RMC Band – and it’s free!

THE Band of the Royal Military College will be performing a free lunchtime concert this Thursday as part of the ANU’s Lunchbox Series. This, the band’s...

Wildlife science and art under the spotlight

COCKROACHES, if the director of the CSIRO Discovery Centre Cris Kennedy is to be heeded, have long suffered from an undeservedly bad reputation. Small...

Jason Yeap to the National Gallery Council

COMMONWEALTH Minister for the Arts George Brandis has announced the appointment of Mr Jason Yeap OAM as a member of the Council of the...

Voices in the Forest set to return

ONE of Canberra’s premiere musical events, the Voices in the Forest concert, returns in November.  The concert, to be held in the National Arboretum amphitheatre on...

Nights of creative expression and other arts this weekend

TONIGHT Thursday April 2, Tuggeranong Arts Centre will host a “night of creative expression” featuring live readings by author Nigel Featherstone, a performance by...

What’s on and Where in the Arts this Weekend

THE Canberra International Music Festival, directed by Roland Peelman, winds up this Sunday, May 8. HIGHLIGHTS coming up in the next few days include...

Arts in the City / Fashion with an artisan touch

CANBERRA Region Feltmakers have got together with the ACT Textile Arts Association to stage the "Fibre Couture" fashion parade and high tea, showcasing locally...

Movie review / ‘Toy Story 4’ (G)

"Biased toward happy-ever-after, the 'Toy Story' series is being made for a target child audience conditioned by what some might call the pernicious influence of TV," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Arts / Rob Mills to star in a ‘ritzy’ musical show

A NIGHT of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin numbers is coming up in September at the Canberra Theatre, and bookings are now open. The...

Review: ‘Robot and Frank’ (M) ***

THIS is director Jake Schreier’s debut film and Christopher Ford’s first screenplay for the big screen. Do these novitiates entitle them to special consideration...





Political spinners give lie to the science

"Canberra continues to be degraded through ad hoc regulations, through loopholes that developers exploit and by planning regulators who are very good at the job they do – looking the other way," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 


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