25 July 2021, from 11am to 1pm Flazéda Hub in Belconnen
Flazéda Hub (the brainchild of Canberra powerhouse performance artist, Jazida) presents a high tea brunch, a collaborative effort of the alternate performing arts hub with local catering business Capital Roast, and interstate performer Diesel Darling (Winner – Miss Burlesque NSW 2020).
Burlesque Brunch boasts multiple tiers of high tea menu inclusions from Capital Roast, paired with customised drinks options (including a range of alcohol-free cocktails) curated by the studio’s resident bartender, all accompanied by burlesque entertainment from Diesel Darling and Jazida.
Flazéda presents a LGBTQIA+ Mentorship Program, supported by the ACT Government and designed to allow LGBTQIA+ people to have equal access to opportunities to develop new performing art work in a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. It is particularly for people who identify as non-binary or transgender.
Biographical drama Canada, 2020, Rated PG Directed by Clark Johnson Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra
This film is based on the true story of an independent canola farmer’s six-year crusade against global corporate monolith, Monsanto. Accused of growing the company’s genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without a licence and forced to risk losing his land, 67-year-old Percy Schmeiser (Christopher Walken) takes his fight all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court.
Special guests Canberra Chordsmen St Mary McKillop College Canberra Mc Kinnon Crescent Wanniassa Friday 18 June 2021 at 7.30pm
In this time when overseas travel is not possible, Canberra Brass invites you to journey with the band and experience music from around the world. The concert will also feature special guests, Canberra à cappella chorus, the Canberra Chordsmen.
Domenic Mico – In the Shadow of Light Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines 13 Gladstone Street, Hall, ACT Thursday to Monday 10.30am to 5pm Until 27 June 2021
Canberra arts mover and shaker Domenic Mico has found time in retirement to paint. He has held successful exhibitions from 2018 – at FORM Gallery Queanbeyan and at M16.
The collection of large, brilliantly coloured oil paintings in this body of work are abstract expressions of joy and celebration. Carrying titles merely suggestive of their subject matter, they are in fact an open book for the imagination.
Strathnairn, 90 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT Until 27 June 2021
Cartography of Cloth is the first Australian Complex Weavers members-only exhibition and has been four years in the making. It is a judged exhibition, and what a stunning display of weaving artistry it is. Each piece is a clear demonstration not only of consummate skill but of the love of making by each artisan.
Nicolas Fleury – Horn (appears courtesy of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) Emily Sun – Violin Amir Farid – Piano
Johannes Brahms’ 1865 horn trio was composed in memory of his mother, and brought together an interesting combination of instruments. No doubt inspired by this piece, in 1910 the composer Ernst Naumann made an imaginative arrangement of Mozart’s Horn Quintet for the same line-up.
Playing both works on the same program is demanding for a horn player. Nicolas Fleury has lived in Australia since 2019. He studied in his native France, undertook postgraduate tuition in London, and spent a decade as a soloist and Principal with orchestras throughout the world.
HQ Fiction, an imprint of Harlequin, a subsidiary of Harper Collins Australia, 2021
Let’s get this clear straight away – I loved this book. It’s a delicious piece of contemporary cosy crime, well written, full of relatable characters and social issues, all rendered with a delightfully light touch.
The book falls into the category of the ordinary Joe or Jane prompted to investigate a crime due to a personal connection. In this case, our heroine is Poppy McGowan, researcher for ABC children’s education section. She’s staying with her very nice Mum and Dad during renovations to her little historic cottage, when the builder unearths a set of bones.
Work is interrupted so that the nature of the bones and their historic significance can be assessed. Sadly, an ex-colleague, Dr Julieanne Weaver, with whom Poppy has had a chequered relationship, turns up to do the investigation. Not long after that, said colleague also turns up dead in the excavations – not until after she has organised for the local council to execute a stay order on Poppy’s building work, despite the bones turning out to be from sheep and other livestock and not particularly special although quite old.
Hence, the motivation for Poppy’s investigations to clear her name when she is dubbed suspect number one.
What follows is a twisting tale delving into right wing religious groups and the mirky mire of politics. Poppy proves to be not only intelligent, feisty and fearless, but a dogged investigator, though one who mostly defers to the investigating police, under the leadership of the redoubtable Detective Chloe. She also demonstrates her prodigious people skills – we understand her to be a person who treats others with respect and hence is a loved friend, family member and colleague – all very refreshing in the world of crime fiction.
The book is also laced with witty humour. Its supporting cast are well observed, roundly drawn and always recognisable. We do know people like the stalwart, laconic Terry and Dave, her newshound cameramen buddies. We also know builders like the wonderful Boris (am a bit in love with this character), boyfriend types like Stuart and certainly local Councillors like Cardigan Man. Pamela Hart writes her people so that we can like or loathe them, but there is often still compassion for the badduns, even those we are glad to see get their comeuppance.
Digging up Dirt is definitely a ripping yarn with a contemporary bent. We can get our teeth into the social issues addressed, but we can also just enjoy this as a crime romp. Justice is served, as we expect it to be and goodness wins the day. There’s even a dash of romance, but not mindless abandon – our likeable heroine is not all head, but then not all heart either.
Such a pleasure to learn that Poppy and some of her compatriots will ride on into a series of books. The next cannot come soon enough for me.
Thank you to Harper Collins for the review copy and to Pamela Hart for such an informative and pleasant conversation about the book and other important things.
Palace Electric Canberra from 3 June 2021 2020, 115 minutes Rated MA15+ Directed by Andrew Levitas
This moving film, based on real events and people, opens with a mother bathing her seriously deformed daughter.
It then takes us to 1971 New York, where, following his days as one of the most revered photojournalists of World War II, W. Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp) had become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But a commission from Life magazine editor Robert Hayes (Bill Nighy) sends him to the fishing village of Minamata, Japan, ravaged by mercury poisoning caused by decades of gross industrial negligence by the country’s Chisso Corporation.
Lucinda Gifford is a children’s book author and illustrator based in Melbourne Australia, who also spends a lot of her time drawing in front of an audience.
Lydia Williams is an Indigenous Australian soccer player, goal keeper for the Australian Matildas and for Arsenal in the UK. She spent her early childhood in outback Australia, then moved to the city with her family.
An Ensemble Theatre production Canberra Playhouse Theatre 3 to 5 June 2021 Approximately 90 minutes, no interval, not suitable for children
Inspired by an experience in 2018, Melanie Tait has scripted The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race, a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the status quo and standing up for your principles.