MonthOctober 2018

British Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra 24 October to 13 November 2018

We were guests of Palace Electric and the British Film Festival this week for a media preview of My Generation. I love this film and want our kids to see it to better understand the social revolution that was the backdrop to our youth.

Directed by David Batty, My Generation is narrated and told from the point of view of the wonderful Michael Caine, wonderfully being himself.

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Anne Warren – Mergence

An exhibition of collage works at Tuggeranong Arts Centre foyer gallery until 27 October

These quirky surreal works combine unexpected objects to make a new view of something ‘ordinary’.

Warren  says, “When somebody tells me how much they adore fishing, or how much they love their dog, or their house,  I wonder how much of themselves this love has occupied.  The works suggest that we become what we love or what we love becomes us. for more information

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Anne Warren

Sarahlouise Owens and Colleen Rae-Gerrard – The Degenerate and the Fop

Art Song Canberra – Season of Song
Sunday 21 October at 3pm at Wesley Music Centre

A recital featuring the music of the revolutionaries, considered decadent and depraved in their time – Poulenc, Hahn, Satie, Argento, Eisler, Weill and Casey.

Soprano Sarahlouise Owens presents an entertaining mix of cabaret and café music – but expects her audience to work too. She is accompanied by long time colleague Colleen Rae-Gerrard on piano.

Admission $35, conc $30, Artsong members $25, full time students $15
Tickets at the door or
Phone enquiries 6286 7373

Listen to an interview by Jon Millard with Sarahlouise Owens

Christine Scott – Land and Sea

An exhibition of papercut pictures and woven baskets
Tuggeranong Arts Centre Gallery
Until 27 October

Christine Scott comments on order and chaos, growth and decay in this collection of intricate papercut works and with her baskets woven from a variety of fibres including recycled tea bags. Scott ably demonstrates the tension between visual beauty and ugly messages.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm for more information.

Barbie’s interview with Christine Scott

Meredith Jaffé – the making of christina

Published in Macmillan by Pan Macmillan Australia PL, 2017

From page one Meredith Jaffé lets us know what this book delves into – paedophilia and the destruction it wreaks on families. While there is no mystery therefore about the crime at the core of the novel, it is nevertheless a page turner.

We are focused throughout on the inner workings of the main character after whom the book is named – Christina. There is a gradual  unfolding of the story and the relationships between its people – Christina and her daughter Bianca, Christina and her mother Rosa, Christina and her partner Jackson (the perpetrator), Christina and her friends and so on.

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The Diggers’ Requiem – Australian Première

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Saturday 6 October at 7.30pm

Details of the performance and the Flowers of War project may be found at

An excerpt follows:

The Diggers’ Requiem is a major new Australian work  and a concert not to be missed. The Australian Premiere is a significant event to commemorate the end of World War One, 100 years on.

The Requiem was jointly commissioned by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), produced and directed by Christopher Latham and will be performed at Llewellyn Hall by a large orchestra and choir. The concert will be recorded for CD release as well as being broadcast by ABC Classic FM.

In an astonishing piece of musical teamwork, The Requiem has been composed by seven contemporary Australian composers working with Chris on existing and new pieces. Composers Nigel Westlake, Elena Kats-Chernin, Richard Mills, Graeme Koehne, Ross Edwards, Andrew Schultz and Chris have all written movements.’

Tickets via Ticketek

Listen to Barbie’s interview with publicist Marilyn Chalkley

Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

13 to 14 October 2018 at Canberra High School (Bindubi Street, Macquarie)

An exhibition of high quality bonsai by members of the CBS, featuring traditional exotic and Australian native plants.

Demonstrations will be held both days at 11am and 2pm covering aspects of designing and maintaining bonsai. Bonsai Basics sessions will be held at 10am and 1pm daily.

The exhibition opens 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. Admission $5 adults, $3 conc and accompanied children under 12 free.

Information at

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Jennifer Motlee and Steve Liston