MonthAugust 2019

Mindful wisdom: the School of Practical Philosophy

Classes commencing September 17, 2019
27-29 Napier Close Deakin 2660

The School of Practical Philosophy is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization. First of all the primary aim of the School is freedom. The sort of practical freedom which allows a person to simply be themselves, with the confidence that comes from complete self-knowledge.

Courses consist of 11 sessions of 2.5hrs each and include a break for refreshment. Included in the course fee is a complimentary half-day weekend workshop to explore and put into practice concepts introduced in these classes.

Suzanne Edgar – Catching the Light

Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide, 2019

This is Suzanne Edgar’s fourth solo collection of verse. Divided into sections that lead us through a kind of story line, it is a collection of intimate vignettes, in which there is remembrance and much pain along with conscious happiness. These are intimate poems in which the writer has allowed us to glimpse her vulnerable joys and sorrows.

The sections are: The healing light, Where two walls meet, True minds, Watchers, For want of a spoon and Water sleekly falls.

Suzanne Edgar talks about and reads from Catching the Light
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Cellist takes lead for Canberra Sinfonia

Tchaikovsky & Haydn
3pm Saturday 31 August 2019
Wesley Uniting Church

Virtuoso cellist Christopher Pidcock returns to his Canberra roots as guest conductor and soloist for this program of Tchaikovsky, Haydn and

Richard interviews Chris Pidcock at the ANU School of Music
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Lauren Chater – The Lace Weaver

Simon and Schuster 2018

This is a debut novel for Sydney writer Lauren Chater, a story set in Estonia mostly between 1939 and 1941, that exposes the dire human consequences of WWII and successive occupations by the Russians, the German Nazis and the Soviets.

It is also about the importance of cultural identity and the objects and practices that allow a people to hold onto this despite awful events unfolding around them.

Barbie speaks with Lauren Chater
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Well Read Cookies

Beautiful Biscuits inspired by Great Literature
Simon and Schuster 2018

Proving that not only is she a fine writer of historical fiction, Lauren Chater has also shown her domestic goddess side with this delightful cookie cookbook based on her popular The Well-Read Cookie blog.

Drawing on her eclectic personal reading list – as diverse as Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) and It (Stephen King) – Lauren has created bespoke cookies inspired by themes or characters therein. She includes information about how to wrangle royal icing, necessary and desirable equipment, baking techniques and the like.

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The Song Company – Mind Over Matter

Friday 23 August 2019 at  7.30pm   
The Street Theatre Canberra

Return to the 1980s with a chamber comic opera featuring a computer virus, five courageous singers, two pianists… and two lifts with minds of their own. Directed by Leonie Cambage, with music and words by Antony Pitts, Mind Over Matter presents man against machine in a musical comedy from the golden age of pop.

With high-energy direction by Leonie Cambage, choreography by Broadway powerhouse Leslie Bell, witty inspired set and costume design by Isabel Hudson, and accompanied with four hands at one piano by Sally Whitwell and Antony Pitts, Mind Over Matter promises to be a show to entertain across the generations, and to get the feet tapping and the tunes bringing back and making new memories

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M16 Artspace – Restoring the Balance

New works by Kerry Shepherdson, Leo Robba, Narelle Phillips and Di Broomhall.
5 to 22 September 2019

  • Opening event Thursday 5 September 6pm to 8pm
  • Special event with Professor Anthony Capon Saturday 14 September 4pm to 6pm

Four artists explore our connection to the natural world and the sense of well being we experience through our relationship to plants and gardens.

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Gallery opens Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm at 21 Blaxland Street, Griffith ACT

Canberra Opera – Gianni Schicchi and Cavalleri a Rusticana

Belconnen Theatre, Swanson Court Belconnen
23 August to 1 September 2019

Opera lovers are in for a treat with director Kate Millett’s contemporary take on these two short operas,
with glorious music and a chamber orchestra. Both performances are in English.

Kate Millett from Canberra Opera speaks with Barbie.
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A Brush With Bungendore

Bungendore Fine Art Gallery, August 2019

When eight artists came to Bungendore to set up Bungendore Fine Art many years ago – they thought for the first exhibition it would be good to have a show with Bungendore as the subject of the paintings.  Fourteen years on and they are doing it all again.

Barbie speaks with Bungendore Fine Art’s Marion Schumacher
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Ping Qin – Gaze: The Useless Object

Belconnen Community Services Gallery
Swanson Court, Belconnen

Mon – Fri 9am-5pm, until 30 August 2019

Ping Qin is a Chinese artist who has been studying at the Australian National University School of Art and Design since 2016. Under the guidance of Ashley Eriksmoen, Ping majored in the furniture department.

Barbie speaks with Pin Qin
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Ingrid Bowen & Larissa Warren: Scripted by Nature

17 August – 29 September 2019
Opening reception 17 August, 3-5 pm

Artists Ingrid Bowen and Larissa Warren present work inspired by the earth and landscape. Land and forest show the scars, layers and stories of all that takes place, including the voids.

Image: Larissa Warren, Argile, porcelain, various stoneware, stains, 21h x 23w x 10.4d, 2019. Image courtesy of Larissa Warren.


Lisa Kalma – My llama Drama

Illustrated by Eduardo Paj
Created by Bear with Us Productions UK
Published by Brindie Books 2019

This charming debut book by Canberra author and teacher Lisa Kalma will delight early readers and young story listeners.

It is written with a sense of fun and a teacher’s knowledge of the importance of rhyme and rhythm in the development of early readers’ love of language. Lisa is the sort of teacher we all wish we had and would wish for our own children and  grandchildren.

Lisa Kalma talks about and reads My llama Drama
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Canberra Brass and The Band of the Royal Military College: Motor On

A fund raiser for Motor Neurone Disease NSW/ACT
Saturday 17 August 2pm
Radford College, Bruce ACT

This afternoon concert brings together the talents of Canberra Brass under the baton of Kevin Knapp and The Band of the Royal Military College with recently appointed director Major Darren Cole

Kevin Knapp from Canberra Brass

Motor On presents a repertoire which showcases the bands separately and together along with the special talents of soloists.

There will be a superb line up of toe tapping favourites, heart-string pullers and lesser known tunes.

The event will benefit Motor Neurone Disease NSW/ACT – tickets are by donation eat either  or at the door. You decide how much to pay.

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Jane Sullivan: Storytime – Growing up with Reading

Ventura 2019

On one level, Storytime is an exploration of children’s literature. On another it is a journey of self-discovery for author Jane Sullivan, both the child self and the now adult self.

Jane Sullivan is a literary journalist, writing Tuning Pages for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald as well as contributing the odd feature, essay and interview to various publications including Australian Book Review. She is also the author of two novels.

Barbie speaks with Jane Sullivan about Storytime
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