Sip and Sketch at Flazéda – Life Drawing Session

Sunday 18 July 2021
From 6pm (with doors opening at 5.30) to approximately 8pm. 
Flazéda 68 Emu Bank Unit 4 Belconnen, ACT 2617

Presented by local artist Elise Miller, Sip and Sketch is an 18+ life drawing event for artists of all skill levels, centring on diverse bodies in art and connecting artists from intersectional backgrounds.

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Steelers – film review

Running time 80 minutes
Rating M
Available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play and Amazon Prime Video
Also available on: Fetch, YouTube, Foxtel Store, PlayStation Store and Microsoft

In his debut feature length documentary film, Australian journalist and rugby player Eammon Ashton-Atkinson tells the story of the 2018 campaign by the English Kings Cross Steelers rugby club for the Bingham Cup – the world tournament of gay rugby.

Unable to play in the tournament because of injury, Ashton-Atkinson shot, wrote, edited, directed and narrated the film. He tells his own story about being bullied and outed at school, which led to loneliness and depression in his adult life, before he found happiness at the Steelers.

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Dee Copeland – Now and Then

Kyeema Gallery, Hall, ACT
Until 1 August 2021
Open Thursday to Monday 10.30am to 5pm
Official opening by Tara Cheyne MLA, ACT Minister for the Arts and Member for Ginninderra on 3 July at 5.30pm (booking required)

Dee Copeland has had a lifetime interest in art. She is mainly a landscape artist using acrylic, watercolour, pen, pencil and charcoal mediums. This is Dee’s first Solo Art Exhibition featuring artworks based on her travels overseas and locally, most painted en plein air and later completed at home.

Barbie spoke to Dee Copeland at Kyeema Gallery
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Amelia McInerney and Adam Nickel – Who Fed Zed?

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2021

Humour is great way to impart serious messages to readers of all ages and especially to children. This book covers current issues including food allergies and how to respond to them, and the need for the utmost care in reading all labels on foods and chemical products used in the home.

Barbie talks to Amelia McInerney about Who Fed Zed?
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I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You – The Street Canberra

Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th July 2021, 7:30pm
Saturday 10 July at 3pm
60 minutes
Q&A with Creative Team from The Good Room on 10 July at 6.30pm

I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You is a joyous and revealing one hour tell-all that tackles life’s big (and little) questions, designed in collaboration with, and performed by, young people.

The Street and Canberra Youth Theatre have joined to bring award-winning performance collective The Good Room to Canberra with their show full of questions asked by young people and answered by adults. Eighteen talented young people chosen from 50 auditionees bring the voices and ideas of young Canberrans to the stage in a genuine exchange between generations.

Barbie spoke with Cienda McNamara, Resident Director of The Good Room (pictured above)
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Wilding: The Secret Life of Urban Plants

A Tuggeranong Arts Centre Public Program
Postponed until further notice because of COVID restrictions – see TAC website

Wilding includes a wild edibles foraging workshop and a symposium on human relationships with nature.

Barbie spoke with Diego Bonetto about his wild edibles foraging workshop
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Mandy Foot – Lucy and Copper

Lothian Books, Hachette, Australia, 2021

Artist-writer Mandy Foot has tackled some interesting and important issues in this beautifully presented work.

The surface story is of a little girl growing up and having to stop riding her beloved pony. The application of this to a wider context is clear – we all have to cope with change and loss and to support others as they do so. Lucy’s Pa is a gentle adult figure in the story guiding her through the difficult path to acceptance and the finding of new joy.

Mandy Foot talks to Barbie about Lucy and Copper
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Invocation – creative development showing

Belconnen Arts Centre
8pm Saturday 26 June 2021

Suitable for all ages
1 hour, no interval

Invocation is an end-of-residency creative development about climate change, by Earthbound, a collaboration which brings together dance, visual arts, storytelling and music.

Eathbound’s five artists are the inaugural recipients of Belco Art’s Rhizome Performing Arts Residency.

Richard spoke to performer Glenda Cloughley and theatre consultant Elizabeth Cameron Dalman about Invocation
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Canberra connection for new Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre

Living Arts Canberra congratulates Daniel Riley on his appointment as Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre. He succeeds the long serving (22 years) Garry Stewart (pictured) at the end of 2021.

A Wiradjuri man, Daniel began contemporary dance as a 12 year-old at the invitation of ADT’s founder and first Artistic Director, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, in Canberra. Elizabeth and her colleague Vivienne Rogis suggested that Daniel apply to Canberra based QL2 (then Quantum Leap).

Barbie talks to Ruth Osborne, Artistic Director of QL2 Dance Canberra, about Daniel Riley
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Stronger than Fiction – Set!

Sunday 4 July 2021 at 2pm
Dendy Canberra Centre
Free child care available – see below

This third film in Stronger Than Fiction’s 2021 Series, from the US, takes a deep dive into the wacky and wildly entertaining world of competitive table setting. 

Barbie speaks with Stronger Than Fiction’s Deborah Kingsland about Set
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Burlesque Brunch

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.