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Sharon Field – Only this and nothing more

Suki & Hugh Gallery
Bungendore NSW
Until 25 July 2021
Confirm opening hours with the gallery;  phone 02 6238 1398

Titled from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven, the works in this exhibition are from Sharon Field’s home studio in the rural setting of Burra, inspired by the local landscape.  

They carry a message of environmental conservation, speaking of the human bond with the plants, animals and insects around us. The exhibition questions how well life around us will survive with the impact of global warming and the actions of people more generally.

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Win a family pass to Cranston Academy – Monster Zone

Rated PG
Running time 80 minutes
In cinemas from 24 June 2021

email [email protected] to win family passes

Bullied for his intelligence and struggling to fit in at school, Danny is a 15-year-old genius who is always coming up with crazy inventions. When he is unexpectedly offered a scholarship to Cranston Academy, a secret, prestigious boarding school for geniuses, Danny views it as a place where his intelligence will be recognised and where he will have a chance to fit in.

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Catherine McCullagh – Secrets and Showgirls

Big Sky Publishing, Australia, 2021

Catherine McCullagh’s fictionalised history joins a swathe of current works about the WW2 European experience under the Nazis. Whilst set in a Paris cabaret, Le Prix d’Amour, it interests itself largely with how the ‘normal citizen’ coped with the many privations and difficulties of Vichy France, at the time of the German Occupation and then under its total control.

Barbie talks to Catherine McCullagh about Secrets and Showgirls
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Arnan Wiesel – Clavichord Recital in Gunning

Sunday 18 July 2021, 2pm to 4.30pm
Gunning Courtroom, 101 Yass Street, Gunning NSW

Yass resident and internationally-known musician Arnan Wiesel plays J.S. Bach’s favourite keyboard instrument in this recital.  Wiesel will play a modern reproduction of Joseph Haydn’s circa 1790 instrument and will present the music of J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Johann Forkel and others. 

The Courtroom’s acoustics and ambience are a perfect fit for the clavichord in this intimate concert.

There is a strict limit of 35 patrons for this performance.  Booking strongly advised.

GOLD 10th anniversary dance performances

Saturday 19 June 2021, 2.00-4.00pm at the National Portrait Gallery
Saturday 7 August 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm at Belconnen Arts Centre
Wednesday 18 August 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm Tuggeranong Arts Centre 
Wednesday 1 September 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm at COTA Hall, Hughes Community Centre

The GOLDs are a Canberra Dance Theatre dance class and performance group for movers and non-movers who are over 55. The focus is on fitness, mobility, sociability and creativity.

To celebrate their 10th anniverary, the GOLD dancers will be performing at a number of venues in Canberra to promote the benefits of dance for seniors. GOLD actively challenges stereotypes of older people and espouses the philosophy that dance is not just for the young!

Barbie talks to dancer Penny Richards and artistic director of Canberra Dance Theatre, Jacqui Simmonds
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Expressions of interest open for LGBTQIA+ performing arts scholarships

Apply by 5pm Monday 24 June 2021
Information www.flazedahub.com/Mentorship-Program

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.

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Percy Vs. Goliath – film review

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.

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Artists Shed – Namatjira Family and Hermansberg

1-3/88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick ACT
19 June to 13 July 2021

Albert Namatjira’s family embraced their father’s painting style, and the Hermansberg School of Art was adopted by other notable Indigenous artists.

The works in this exhibition have been saved and reframed by the Artists Shed as important and appreciated works.

Official opening 6pm Friday 18 June 2021. To attend contact 0418 237 766

Christine Sykes – Gough and Me: My Journey from Cabramatta to China and Beyond

Ventura Press, Australia, 2021

Christine Sykes’ memoir will strike a chord with many baby boomers, not just because of the Whitlam connection but because of her experience growing up in an age of change and reform.

Barbie spoke with Christine Sykes about Gough and Me
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Deliver us from Evil – Film Review

South Korea, 2020
In Korean, Japanese, Thai and English with English subtitles
Written and directed by HONG Won Chan
Rated MA15+
In cinemas from 10 June 2021

This film will appeal to fans of the Asian gangster movie genre. It is action from start to finish, very violent, but with an overarching moral about caring for children and their welfare.

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Domenic Mico – In the Shadow of Light

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.

Domenic Mico spoke to Barbie at Kyeema Gallery
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Pamela Hart – Digging up Dirt

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.

Barbie spoke to Pamela Hart about Digging Up Dirt

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.

Lydia Williams and Lucinda Gifford – Goal!!!

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2021

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.

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Melanie Tait – The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

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.

Melanie Tait talks about The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race
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Australian Haydn Ensemble – Beethoven’s Pastoral

Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT
Thursday 3 June at 7pm

Wait list for tickets

AHE continues its exploration of large-scale works in 18th century chamber versions with a premiere of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony by Watts along with Masi’s chamber version of Mozart’s Haffner Serenade, arranged for a septet with flute, string quintet and double bass. The ensemble also performs a beautiful, dark and moving string sextet in F minor by Luigi Boccherini.

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