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YouTube isn’t the answer to tricky questions about film

By Giles Fielke, University of Melbourne LAST month a major restructure at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra was announced, including a...

Contemporary Chinese portraiture is all the go

CONTEMPORARY Chinese portraiture is all the go in the National Portrait Gallery’s latest show, “Go Figure!”   Exhibited simultaneously at the NPG and Sherman Contemporary...

Vinnies vintage at Foreshore

FORESHORE festival goers can dress to impress and help a good cause at the very first Vinnies Beauty Bar. For a gold coin donation, punters...

Warped Euro rock ‘n’ roll cabaret ride

Arts editor HELEN MUSA wraps up the creative week with her Arts in the City column.

Review / ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ (M) *** and a half

IN 1820 the Nantucket whaling ship Essex sank in the western Pacific. Of its 21 crew, only eight eventually came home after 90 days...

Heart and soles go into new ‘Kinky Boots’

With a star line-up and six over-the-top dancing drag queens, it’s hard to see how a new production of the Cyndi Lauper musical “Kinky Boots” could go wrong, says arts editor HELEN MUSA.

New prize for talented artists

IT’S time for the fifth College Express exhibition and this year one student from Year 11 or 12 will be chosen to receive the...

Ode to the small town

HAVE you ever driven very fast through a small, remote town? You may think it looks lonely and barren, but to people who live...

Baldessin’s creative power revisited

SCULPTOR, printmaker and teacher George Baldessin was just 39 years old when he died in a car accident in 1978, but his influence in...

Arts shock: CMAG chief resigns

In a surprise announcement Shane Breynard, director of the Canberra Museum and Gallery and Corporate Strategy for the Cultural Facilities Corporation, has resigned, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Review / ‘Learning to Drive’ (M)  ***

PATRICIA Clarkson’s acting chops glow in any role. As Wendy, she plays a character that Sarah Kernochan’s screenplay confronts with a litany of difficulties...

New bakery with a big taste for sourdough

DARREN Perryman’s face lights up as he tells me that a visitor from San Francisco complimented the sourdough bread made at Autolyse, the new...

Arts / Around the galleries

Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings
far from the madding crowd

Review / ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ (M) *** and a half

IN 1967, John Schlesinger directed Julie Christie as Bathsheba Everdene and Terence Stamp as Sgt Troy in a 157-minute adaptation of perhaps the least...

Review / ‘Rams’ (M) *** and a half

THE 2015 Cannes Film Festival jury for Un Certain Regard, recognising young talent and encouraging innovative and daring works, awarded its prize to Icelandic...

Review / Revolution in a fascinating and demanding repertoire

Music / ”Autumn Baroque”, Musica da Camera, directed by Bianca Porcheddu. At Holy Covenant Church, Cook, May 6. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA

Review / ‘The Finest Hours’ (PG) ***

IN its depiction of matters maritime, well-informed purists will probably find faults, goofs and technical errors in director Craig Gillespie’s film recreating the night...

SOS – exhibition space available

THE nicest kind of SOS has just arrived from curator Ben Drysdale at Belconnen Community Centre’s gallery, gallery@bcs,  inSwanson Court, opposite Belconnen Bus Interchange. A...

Arts / Comedian Bill makes a name for seriously caring

“WON’T you come home, Bill Bailey?” Yes, they’re the opening words of one of the most popular songs in the "trad" repertoire, but...

Famous faces gather at last in Parliament House

AUSTRALIA'S prime ministers are meeting in Parliament House for the first time — in a manner of speaking. Even as the Museum of Australian Democracy...

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