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Baby et Lulu – The Street Theatre

Saturday 25 July 8pm 
Virtual tickets available https://www.thestreet.org.au/
Live audience tickets fully booked

A night of song, witty banter, magnifique music and sheer joie de vivre is promised as  chanteuses Abby Dobson – ‘Baby’ (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge – ‘Lulu’ (FourPlay) preview a little of their upcoming Album Trois and present an evening of beauty, elegance and general Frenchiness. Their band will accompany them at this live and streamed performance.

Lara Goodridge talks about Baby et Lulu
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Music at The Artists Shed

The Johnny Reynolds Band and Dan Fernandes  
Sunday 5 July from 2-5pm
88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick

The Johnny Reynolds Band has been playing in Canberra for a few years now. They sing original Johnny Reynolds compositions and a few classic covers. The style of music is best described as funky, bluesy, atmospheric rock.

Dan Fernandes has been playing and writing music for over 40 years. He covers a broad range of genres – R&B, soul, funk, reggae, pop, country, blues. Dan performs mostly original music but will always have a Bob Dylan song or two to share.

For this one time only, tickets are $10 – half price!  

Margaret and Frank have social distancing and cleaning requirements in place. Hand sanitiser too!

The café will be open and there is a BBQ in the break – a variety of food will be available at a very reasonable price.

Come along and enjoy live music and the great atmosphere at the Artists Shed.  Come a little earlier and you will have time to wander around the gallery and get drinks at the café before you settle in.

More information at the Artists Shed Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/707226603399025/

PLATFORM – multi-sensory mobile art space

Live online festival  at www.platformriverina.com
2pm – 8.30pm 27 June 2020

Eastern Riverina Arts presents PLATFORM, a space purpose-built within a modified shipping container. Configurable as a sensory space, chill-out area, exhibition space or small stage, throughout the course of an event, festival-goers can visit Platform to engage the senses or take some time out in a calming environment.

Barbie speaks with Scott Howie about Platform
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Canberra to come alive with sounds of driveway music

Musicians and singers of all levels
2pm – 2.20pm on International Make Music Day, Sunday 21 June 2020
Patios, balconies and driveways across Canberra region

International Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fete de la Musique. It is now held in more than 750 cities in 120 countries, with millions of musicians participating.

MusicACT director Daniel Ballentyne, says that ‘Our live music culture has experiences a huge negative impact with the necessary response to COVID-19. We want live music to become and essential part and a marker of our COVID-19 response.’

More information is available at www.musicact.com.au and makemusicaustralia.org.au

Music at the Artists Shed

88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick
Sunday 21 June from 2-5pm.
Grace Notes and Daniel McFeeley

Grace Notes are three women who sing beautiful harmonies in songs from many genres

 Daniel McFeeley is the creator of witty, thoughtful, unpredictable music – often all three at once! He plays a variety of music from foot stomping rhythms to lilting melodies.

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Sara Freeman: No such thing as solid ground

Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore
23 May 2020 to 28 June 2020
Paintings in egg tempera & beeswax
Gallery open (with social distancing) : 10am to 4pm Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May
Also online from 22 May at https://www.sukihugh.com.au

Text courtesy Susan Foxlee

The making of No such thing as solid ground has been a purifying experience for Sara Freeman, a way of processing the events of the past six months.

For Sara, like many of us, the chaos of the pandemic compounded the anxiety of a Summer of fires. These events further exacerbated the trauma she was already suffering following the death of her father in October last year.

Barbie talks to Sara Freeman about No such thing as solid ground
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St Nicholas – The Street Canberra

Online via Vimeo
Friday 5 – Saturday 6 June 2020 8pm
Sunday 7 June 2020 3pm

A cynical and jaded theatre critic in his late fifties falls for a beautiful young actress. In pursuing her, he meets a group of modern-day vampires who offer him eternal life – his part of the bargain is to feed their bloodlust.

Actor Craig Alexander from St Nicholas
Shelly Higgs, Director of St Nicholas
  • Written by Conor McPherson
  • Starring Craig Alexander
  • Direction: Shelly Higgs
  • Musician: Den Hanrahan
  • Production Design: Imogen Keen

Tickets: Free, but bookings essential at: https://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/st-nicholas

Password will be provided prior to the performances.

Nigel Featherstone – The Story of the Oars

Friday 15 May 2020 at 5pm
The Street – public showing via Zoom
Register online at https://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/first-seen-story-oars-nigel-featherstone

Top picture credit: Barbie Robinson

You are invited to join an online in-progress showing of this new stage work, a play with songs,  which is part of the First Seen initiative of The Street Canberra.

  • Playwright: Nigel Featherstone
  • Dramaturg: Anne-Louise Rentell
  • Director: Zsuzsi Sobolsay
  • Cast; Tracy Bourne, Tom Byrne, Sally Marett, PJ Williams
  • Duration: 120 minutes
Barbie speake with Nigel Featherstone about The Story of the Oars
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ANCA Gallery puts Tree Conversations exhibition on line

Until Wednesday, May 13, 2020
https://www.anca.net.au/gallery
https://www.anca.net.au/whats-on/2020/4/22/digital-exhibition-tree-conversations

Following a successful season at Wagga Regional Art Gallery, where it was scheduled to show until 3 May 2020, Conversations with Trees has moved to ANCA Gallery in a digital format during the closures of Covid-19.

Barbie speaks with Anne McMahon, Public Programs Officer at Belconnen Arts Centre
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Fitness centre offers free online classes

Online at https://bfitathome.com.au

The BlueFit Group has begun offering free live and on-demand fitness and sport training classes for people of all ages.

Among the sports for which skills training is on offer are soccer, basketball, golf, swimming and gymnastics.

BlueFit, which has facilities in all Australian mainland states, says that ‘staying active is vital during this time in order to prevent unhealthy weight gain, maintain a clear mind and to keep our immune systems strong.’ The website also aims to encourage communities to stay connected.

Schools Program Manager for BlueFit Kids, Ali Karouche, talks about Be Fit at Home

Canberra musician strums to a worldwide audience

Multi-instrumentalist Garry Owen was involved with several music groups before the COVID-19 emergency.

He’s now leading ukulele groups in Canberra and further afield via live YouTube streaming, and they’re open to everyone.

He recently contacted ukulele groups in New York City and presented a 90-minute ‘strumalong’ session with words, chords and music.

In this interview, Garry Owen describes how he set up virtual ukulele sessions, and offers advice for others wishing to present material online.

The Ukes aLive Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/Ukemeister, and it has links to the YouTube channel

Jig’s up for COVID-19 as mad kelpies chase online audience

While the world’s reeling from coronavirus, there’ll be reels and other Celtic music a-plenty at the online Gunning Arts Festival on 17 and 18 April 2020.

Queanbeyan five-piece group Mad Kelpie Playdate has put together two YouTube playlists especially for the festival.

The Mad Kelpie’s Sean Hodgman talks about the group’s origins and name, and gives us a taste of what’s in store for the weekend

Colleen Southwell – The Shadow of Wings

Online at suki & hugh Gallery, Bungendore
https://www.sukihugh.com.au/collections/colleen-southwell-the-shadow-of-wings

Not only can you see the catalogue of Colleen Southwell’s exquisite work online at this website, you can also view a beautiful video of her speaking about her work – what motivates her, why it matters. There are also soul-lifting shots of the beautiful green Orange countryside and her delightful bounding (or snoozing) dogs.

Barbie discusses the exhibition with Colleen Southwell

All the work is for sale, as indicated in the catalogue and you can contact the gallery for more information:

Image: Colleen Southwell Unfound #8 2020 – Arches cotton paper, pigment, watercolour, archival adhesive, coated copper wire, entomology pins, framed in raw Australian Oak with non-reflective UV glass, 30 cm x 23 cm x 6 cm.

Online wearable art for Gunning Arts Festival

17 to 19 April 2020

With the inaugural Gunning Arts Festival moving online due to COVID-19, it is pleasing to note that the Wearable Art exhibition and fashion parade items will both be available via https://www.gunningartsfestival.com/

Organiser Helen Vooren tells us that there will be a great variety of wearable art on digital display and that items made for the fashion parade will be held over until the festival can occur live in 2021. Information about and by the creators will also be posted.

Helen Vooren talks about online wearable art