MonthAugust 2018

A Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots

Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Friday 24 August 7pm and Sunday 26 August 2018 at 5pm

A cross disciplinary collaboration from Revival House Project in conjunction with TAC.

The life of Mary Queen of Scots was a source of fascination for artists and composers of the Romantic period. In this innovative work, Louise Keast and Shikara Ringdahl have devised an artsong performance, which includes the works of Schumann, Wagener, Elgar Loewe and Raff. Live-time drawing by artist Shags will illuminate the specially designed costumes designed by Hue MacCulloch and worn by the singers.

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Sian Evans – Thorns Single Tour

2016 and 2018 Queensland Music Award finalist Sian Evans has just released a single called ‘Thorns’, a lyrical folk song/love song about the adjacence of beauty and pain.

She’ll be touring in September, but sadly not to Canberra. She goes to the Maleny Music Festival on 1 September, The Junk Bar Brisbane on 2 September and Bar Open in Melbourne on 8 September.

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Tuggeranong Arts Centre Gallery

An exhibition by 21 artists from Art in the Garage, Tulgeen Disability Services, Bega Valley. With works in watercolour, gouache, acrylic, paste, and pencil and pen on paper, this exhibition is a vibrant expression of the power of art to bring joy and connection. There are landscapes and many works featuring animals both domesticated and wild.

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The Lost Jewels

Masters and Masterworks Lost to the Great War
James O Fairfax Theatre, NGA, 11 August 2018

This was a concert within The Flowers of War project, under the artistic direction of Chris Latham, currently Artist in Residence at the Australian War memorial. The Lost Jewels remembers visual and musical artists who died during and/or because of the Great War.

Combining beautifully selected projected images of works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Franz Marc, August Macke, Wilhelm Morgner, Unmberto Boccioni and Pavel Krastev with music by 13 composers of the era, this concert was a moving reminder of what was lost.

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Tiffany Tsao – under your wings

Published by Penguin/Viking/ Penguin Random House Australia 2018

Falling somewhere between a crime novel, a psychological thriller and a work of speculative fiction, this latest Harry Hartog Book Club choice got a tick from this month’s participants.

In fact, it excited a great deal of discussion – would we recommend it to our friends? When did we twig to the startling reveal – was it in fact startling by then? The more we talked, the more some people liked the book. The more we talked, the more horrified we were at some of its strands and the more disturbing we found it.

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Darcy Delany – Charm offensive

Published by the author and available as an e-book and print on demand in all the usual places.

This is one of Darcy’s Modern Day Fairy Tale series, a short story/novella examining the world of politics and press. It is a romance but Darcy is a writer who interests herself very much in politics, social issues and the power of the media (social and other).

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out of silence – Marcel Marceau (review)

out of silence

Realisation: Andreas Dalman and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman*
French translation by Anne Prost
Published 2018 by Dalman Productions

This coffee table style book contains 75 exquisitely personal and highly evocative photographs by Jan taken between 1965 and 2003 of Marceau  as he performed to audiences in Adelaide, South Australia and Melbourne, Victoria. There are also stories, in English and French side-by-side, of the meeting and life-long friendship that developed between the two artists. Continue Reading“out of silence – Marcel Marceau (review)”

Agatha Christie – The Mystery of the Blue Train

Harper Collins Publishers, this paperback edition 2015

Okay, I admit this is an indulgence. I am such an Agatha Christie fan. I have even been watching the French adaptions of Christie stories (‘after Agatha Christie’) in the series Les Petits meutres d’Agatha Christie on SBS on demand. They are rather bizarre and very sexist, but still irresistible, starring Blandine Bellavoir as journalist Alice Avril, Samuel Labarthe as the suave but irascible detective Swan Laurence and Élodie Frenck as his love-lorn Monroe-esque secretary Marlène Leroix. Continue Reading“Agatha Christie – The Mystery of the Blue Train”

Rhonda Castle – Winged Fables – an exhibition of sculpture

Showing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre Gallery until 25 August 2018

Rhonda Castle was the 2017 winner of the TAC Sculpture in The Paddock Exhibition Award. Winged Fables at TAC Gallery is a beautiful exhibition of metal sculpted birds, drawing on the artist’s love and keen observation of avian life. Rhonda is interested in the mythology and superstition about birds across many cultures, their stories and connection with human beings. Continue Reading“Rhonda Castle – Winged Fables – an exhibition of sculpture”


The Australian Haydn Ensemble – Schubert Songs

The Great Hall, University House ANU
Wednesday 15 August at 7pm

AHE is joined for this concert by stellar baritone David Greco. The repertoire includes a selection of some of Schubert’s most loved lieder in newly commissioned chamber arrangements, some soiree movements from French composer Felicien David’s Les Quatre Saisons and Schubert’s emotive string quartet – The Rosamunde, performed on period instruments.

Bookings: or tickets at the door.

  • Listen to Richard’s interview with David Greco

Barnum – Canberra Philharmonic

Erindale Theatre 23 August to 8 September.
Evening performances at 8pm Saturday matinees at 2pm.

Philo partners with Warehouse Circus to present the story of P.T. Barnum, the greatest showman on earth who combines razzle dazzle with charm and brass to sell ‘humbug’ to cheering crowds

Directed by Anita Davenport and with a talented cast, Barnum will be a crowd pleaser here in Canberra. Early booking is recommended as Philo shows have sold out in past years. for details

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Philo President Jim McMullen

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Canberra

ADFAS logo

The Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Canberra (ADFAS Canberra) has been a presence in Canberra since 1986. ADFAS Canberra is all about the arts and is for everyone.

It is a membership based Society that welcomes visitors to its program of 8 yearly lectures presented by leading International and National experts in their field.

The lecture topics cover Fine art paintings, Indigenous art, Sculpture, Architecture, Photography, Literature, Garden design, Music and Dance. These lectures cater for all levels of interest, knowledge or curiosity. Every ADFAS meeting includes a lively social forum and light refreshments and an opportunity to chat with the experts.

The lecture program, times and locations are available on the ADFAS Canberra website or contact the Membership Secretary Sally Petherbridge on [email protected] or telephone 0420536409. Currently the 6pm lectures are held at the Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton.

Selby and Friends

Picture of Kathy Selby
Kathy Selby

Selby & Friends is the only touring chamber music series in Australia that centres on one performer, pianist Kathryn Selby AM, with an ensemble cast of extraordinary and brilliant musical partners.

In 2019, Selby & Friends marks its first season in a new home in Canberra – the beautiful Llewellyn Hall in Chamber Music Mode

“It is to Selby’s credit that she is able to employ an ever-changing ensemble of musicians, whilst maintaining a symbiosis that most established piano trios would kill for. There are few musicians in the country who could achieve this so consistently.” Limelight Magazine

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Craft ACT – Design Canberra 2018, the shape of things to come

5 to 25 November 2018

This is a festival of design responding to geometry and one in which you can be involved in a number of ways. While the festival is not till November, there are some key dates and dos to note right now:

  • City Art Call out for Graphic Interventions (murals on the ground, as Craft ACT Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan describes them) – proposals must be in by 19 September
  • A symposium celebrating the work of Enrico Taglietti, Friday 16 November at 5pm, NGA. This is a ticketed event so get onto the website to check when bookings open
  • Maybe you’d like to be a volunteer for the festival -contact is through the website form on the Get Involved page.

Everything you need to know about Design Canberra 2018 is at

Image: 5foot Photography

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Craft ACT Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan

The Turner Brown Band at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

7.30pm Friday 3 August 2018

Wow! What a night of blues and gospel we had with this Australian/US band. The theatre was like a moving sea, not a still body to be seen as people foot tapped and hand clapped their way through the generously presented repertoire.

The band consists of Dom Turner (guitar and vocals, of Backsliders fame) Nikki D. Brown (sacred lap steel guitar and vocals –  oh gosh what vocals!), Gloria Brown (guitar and vocals)and Tomika Webb (drums).

Apologies to the ‘tall handsome’ Sydney bass player whose name we didn’t catch. Before working with Dom, Nikki had only sung in church. And aren’t we all glad that they teamed up – this driving gospel music put us all in a southern church revival frame of mind and left the crowd joyous and exhilarated. Don’t miss them if they come to a venue near you.

  • Hear Barbie’s pre-concert interview with Dom Turner.