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Another fine work of historical fiction by Kayte Nunn, The Last Reunion focusses on the women of the Women’s Auxiliary Services Burma (WASBies). It’s another of the largely untold stories of the contribution of women to the Second World War effort – these plucky women were the closest to the frontline of any servicewomen in this conflict, their role being to run a mobile canteen for the soldiers in the battlefield.
PhEnO – Jess Green with her band The Street, Canberra City 8pm Saturday 10 April 2021
Jess Green, aka Pheno, is widely known and most recently for the success of We are the Skywhales in collaboration with Patricia Piccinini.
After performing Pheno shows for the past two years as a solo act, Jess is joined by long time musical collaborator Lachlan Coventry, who has featured in many of her jazz projects, drummer James Hauptmann and Alyx Dennison on synths.
This charming picture book with words by Shelly Unwin and pictures by Jedda Robbard is the perfect gift for people expecting a baby into their lives. It would also be a lovely read for parents and grandparents wishing to spend time with the sibling of a newly arrived or expected baby.
FourPlay String Quartet at Good Folk 5.30pm Sunday 4 April 2021 Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall
In 1995, four members of the Australian Youth Orchestra started ‘mucking around’ and playing covers of artists such as Jimi Hendrix. As a joke, they entered a university band competition – and won.
After 25 years, FourPlay is still a string quartet, comprised of violinist and singer Lara Goodridge, viola players Tim Hollo and Shenzo Gregorio, and cellist (and Tim’s brother), Peter Hollo. But there’s no penguin suit or evening gown in sight.
Strathnairn, Woolshed Gallery 96 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT Until 18 April 2021 Open Thursday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday – Sunday 12 pm – 3 pm
Carolyn Fitzpatrick’s superb drawings in ink and pastel carry a deep reverence for the landscape and for the tenacious power of nature Her sensitive evocation of land has found a perfect home in the woolshed at Strathnairn.
[email protected] Entries open nationally until 28 May 2021 Shaw Vineyards in partnership with Belconnen Arts Centre 4 to 19 September 2021 at Shaw Vineyards, Murrumbateman, NSW Ticketed event with COVID limitations on numbers
This new prize aims to celebrate outdoor public art that exudes a sense of play and imagination. Artists are encouraged to challenge viewers with experiential works that can be small, large scale, or site specific to the beautiful Shaw Wines and surrounding Murrumbateman countryside.
M16 Artspace 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT 2603 Until 4 April 2021 Wednesday to Sunday 12noon to 5pm Gallery open Easter weekend Saturday and Sunday
This exhibition by one of Canberra’s most accomplished artists depicts the many facets of water in the Australian landscape. Possessed of a great love and respect for the landscape, the artist has made many travels inland and to coastal regions, translating to canvas her impressions of colour, light, movement, atmosphere and her own feelings.
This memoir of Jewish Iranian Esther Amini is at once moving and sad, funny and joyous; it is also highly instructive. For those of us who knew nothing of the history of the hidden Jews in Iran, how they came to be there and what they endured, this is indeed eye-opening.
Sunday, 28 March 2021 Riverbank Cafe, Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan (weather permitting) Performance begins at 4.30pm; concludes approx 5.15pm
Phillip Mackenzie, who has a life-long attachment to the Rubaiyat, is joined by Dawn Gardiner in a witty and wistful conversation between the ageing poet and his slightly more worldly houri; they are supported with traditional dance by Alli Jury Gereige and music by John Mimellis.
Selected verses will be read in the original Farsi by Sam Sharifi.
Bungendore Fine Art Until end of April 2021 Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm
Jo Portelli’s work depicts lively, colourful, and often humorous, animal subjects. Her modernist representation in impasto acrylic on board is bright, cheerful and edgy. Jo is based in the Southern Highlands and also often paints domesticated animals in her locality.
Michelle Peddle is a scraperboard artist who creates images using this skilled traditional method to depict Australian fauna. Michelle is passionate about her local wildlife and is particularly interested in showcasing endangered and vulnerable species. She has won many awards throughout the district and was the winner of the Memorial Art Award at the International Scratchboards Assoc Exhibition. She is based in the Southern Highlands.
Top image: Jo Portelli, Move along. Images courtesy Bungendore Fine Art
This is a rip-snorting thriller with all the elements of a Matt Damon movie – gun toting, the drug trade, a body count to rival Midsomer Murders, conspicuous wealth, punch-ups, car chases and stuntman-worthy driving feats, conspicuous acts of daring by our hero and to some extent by our heroine, a certain chemistry between the male and female leads and a little discreet sex.