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Review: “Contraband” (MA) ? ? ?

IN Icelandic film-maker Baltazar Kormakor’s energetic crime thriller, Mark Wahlberg plays Chris, once a smuggler at the pinnacle of his profession, now going straight...

Margolyes reads Dickens for Civic Library

CELEBRATED actress, Miriam Margolyes, will read from Dickens’ books at Civic Library tomorrow at noon. Margolyes is in Canberra performing “Dickens’ Women”, her eccentric one...

Gallipoli Art Prize calls for entries

THE Gallipoli Memorial Club is calling on Australian, New Zealand and Turkish artists to submit paintings to the $20, 000 Gallipoli Art Prize. Entries for...

Two birthdays celebrated in piano

TWO birthdays, Claude Debussy's 150th and Canberra’s 99th, will be celebrated in a concert capturing the colour and sound of favourite Debussy piano works...

Artistic fight for Ginninderra Falls

VETERAN Canberra landscape artist and watercolourist, Dirk Bouma,  has used his art to join a group of concerned citizens in the fight to reserve...

White, silent ice in film

THE Autumn Silents season at the NFSA’s Arc Cinema, is focused on early polar cinema heritage in celebration of the centenary of Sir Douglas...

Hot Ukuleles for Canberra

THE Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is hot. The past 25 years has seen them develop from an orchestra playing in a London pub,...

Arts in the city: David’s wooden alter-ego

• DO you find ventriloquists dummies terrifying? Well, prepare to be terrified when puppet master David Strassman returns to the Canberra Theatre soon with “Careful...

Into the mind of skaters

VISUAL ART: “Skaters: portraits by Nikki Toole”, National Portrait Gallery, until May 2. Reviewed by Johnny Milner

Joy among the intrigue

THEATRE: “To Silence” By Subhash Jaireth, directed by Caroline Stacey and Camilla Blunden, The Street Theatre, until February 26. Reviewed by Joe Woodward

There’s funny business everywhere

NEXT month the Melbourne International Comedy Festival looks set to take over Canberra. And why not? We have plenty of seriously funny people here. There’s...

Friendly Corinbank calls the festival faithful

WHY is a small music festival in the Brindabella Mountains proving immune from the phenomenon of “festival fatigue” and succeeding where many other such...

For the love of chardonnay

POOR chardonnay. It long had a reputation as a sensational white wine until – boom – the new fashion became “ABC” (anything but chardonnay). I’ve...

Rod’s mandate for laughs

COMEDIAN Rod Quantock was a second-year architecture student at the University of Melbourne when he discovered his knack for performing on stage. As part of...

Coffee thrown over Library tapestry

A serious act of vandalism has taken place at the National Library of Australia. A man has been charged today after throwing a cup...

Films open window to South Asia

The Fourth South Asian Film Festival opens tonight at Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Organised by the South Asian diplomatic missions in Canberra in association with the...

Courtenay launches book donation

IN a whirlwind speech this morning at the ANU’s Menzies Library today, best-selling author Bryce Courtenay helped unveil the donation of a significant collection...

Review: “One For The Money” (M) ** and half

JANET Evanovich struck gold when she created a romantic crime comedy novel series, 18 to date plus a few slim bagatelles to keep the...

Review: “My Week With Marilyn” (M) ****

AFTER graduating, Colin Clark’s first job was third assistant director on Laurence Olivier’s 1956 production of “The Prince and The Showgirl”, co-starring Marilyn Monroe. Colin’s...

Review: “Buck” (PG) ****

THE impetus for telling equestrian educator Buck Branneman’s story on film was his theories and practical abilities giving rise to books and the feature...

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Digital edition July 11

THIS week's cover subject, Leonard Weiss, was a good sport in providing lots of animated poses for star snapper HOLLY TREADAWAY, whose images were then entrusted to graphic designer KARL SPELLER, who meticulously built the wonderful published montage.

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