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Dining / A striking taste of modern Japanese

"It’s fascinating to sit at the bar and watch the team carve out beautiful food, plated to perfection," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Latham’s revival of a forgotten composer

Arts editor HELEN MUSA chats to Chris Latham, director of “The Flowers of War”, about his fascination with composer and WW1 hero, Frederick Septimus Kelly.

Arts / George plans to bring down the house

IF teacher, actor, rock musician, sportsman/coach and writer George Huitker has anything to do with it, there won’t be a dry eye in the...

Review / Band soars as circus acts drop their bundle

"Unfortunately, none of the tricks were performed without major errors with hats, juggling sticks and other props being dropped at regular intervals". The circus acts let down the "Swingin' Circus Cabaret", says reviewer IAN McLEAN.
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Short list announced for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year

JOY Burch has announced that four books have been shortlisted for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year Award. “My sincere congratulations go to...

Arts / Amber sings of ‘mateship’

WHEN Australian country singer-songwriter Amber Lawrence steps on stage at the Harmonie German club in Narrabundah this weekend, she’ll be remembering a special song...

Paintings create ‘a feeling of wellbeing’

KEITH Carfrae has  lived in Canberra for around 12 years and  says that for him, painting and the arts are very important, as they...

Review / ‘Birdman’ (MA) **** and a half

AS I write, I hear the news that “Birdman” has garnered this year’s longest list of Oscar nominations. I’m not surprised. It’s a cracker...

UC’s advertisement – trivial pursuits?

CONCERNED Members of the ACT Arts Community  have drawn "CityNews'" attention to a very strange advertisement by the University of Canberra on our city's...

Rare treat in Tokyo sayonara

MUSICA Viva is bringing a rare treat to Canberra this week with the  Tokyo String Quartet, now bidding  farewell after more than 40 years...

Calver / The secret of knowing when to breathe

"The French muscat is as far away from the Rutherglen brown-tinted fortified, fruit-cakey muscat as Paris is from Dubbo," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER

Enjoying the European experience

WHILE the Kingston Foreshore is piping hot with development on the food, wine and coffee front, the main part of this historic part of...

Centenary sculpture show in Tuggeranong

 “LAKESIDE” is one of 51 community projects funded through the Community Centenary Initiatives Fund. The large outdoor sculpture exhibition will be unveiled at the...

Dining / Despite the chips, Snapper’s a super spot

“I’ll be back because Snapper is a super place to hang out on the weekend. The view is free, by the way," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Are you the next Kath or Kim?

AWARD winning film producer/director Murray Fahey, know for “Dags”, “Cubbyhouse” and “Encounters” will be auditioning performers this weekend for an improvised feature film being...

Final Destination: 5 (M) ½ a star

THE flimsy plot of this fantasy splatter melodrama proposes that a bridge collapses. One member of a group in a bus crossing it, who watches...

Richard joins ‘The 100’

WHEN the new Australian reality television music competition “All Together Now” hits the screen on Sunday, there’ll be local region talent to look out...

Review / Kathryn’s friends indeed!

music Selby & Friends “The Czech Connection” At James O Fairfax Theatre, NGA, June 1. Review by Clinton White

Review / Jazz fusion a blast to the senses

Music / Satoko Fujii + Natsuki Tamura & Sirens Big Band, The Street Theatre, Friday, June 2. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY

‘Windows into nature’ – a new art school for Canberra

THERE’S a new art school for Canberra, and it’s based in the world of nature. NatureArt Lab opens its doors from early October at M16...

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