Krys Saclier – Super Nova

Ford Street Publishing, Australia, 2019

This gentle story of girl power is told in the voice of Super Nova’s brother. She is always up to mischief but has everyone fooled except for him. Despite the challenges of being an older brother to Nova, he is always there to cheer her on – even through tussles with aliens.

Barbie speaks with Krys Saclier, author of Super Nova
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Valentyna Crane, Jennifer Baird, Elena Bozhko Marshall – A Road Home

An exhibition of paintings and ceramics
Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick
10 to 28 March 2021
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

The evocation of home is at the heart of these works as we travel from the sea, along the many roads to Canberra city and region. In the airy upstairs gallery at Humble House, the works in this exhibition are a burst of colour and light.

Barbie speaks to the artists at Humble House Gallery
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Give old phones their March-ing orders, says mobile recycler

MobileMuster, an initiative funded by the mobile phone industry, is aiming to collect and recycle many of the estimated 5 million broken mobiles in Australia in its Go For Zero campaign during March.

The head of MobileMuster, Spyro Kalos, says that MobileMuster extracts 95 per cent of the materials in phones, including glass, plastics and rare materials, by hand in Australia and sells them for reuse.

Richard spoke to Spyro Kalos about MobileMuster and ways of extending the life of mobile devices
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Celebrate Gungahlin calls for local talent

20 to 28 March 2021
Various venues including Gungahlin Town Centre

Celebrate Gungahlin will present a program of around 30 arts and community events across the Gungahlin region. including a talent quest, the Rotary Local Community Market, children’s activities, a family picnic day, a variety of workshops and performances of all sorts.

Connection to neighbours and community will be at the heart of the festival.

Barbie speaks with Michele Grimston, Gungahlin Programs Officer at Belco Arts
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Sands of time: Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop’s retrospective

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Until 1 August 2021

This is a survey exhibition drawn from the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) collection, the artist’s private archive, and sound and moving image from the NFSA. It includes probably Bishop’s his most famous photograph – then prime minister Gough Whitlam pouring a handful of earth into the hand of Vincent Lingiari.

Bishop was Australia’s first Indigenous press photographer and the photographs in the NFSA exhibition are from his 60-year career as a photojournalist, personal images of family and friends and intimate portraits of members of the Aboriginal community.

Barbie spoke with Mervyn Bishop at the NFSA at the launch of the exhibition
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Canberra Sinfonia – Rain of Diamonds and Appalachian Spring

Conducted by Leonard Weiss
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
Saturday 13 March 2021 at 3pm

The deliciously titled Rain of Diamonds by Chloe Sinclair opens the Canberra Sinfonia 2021 season. The work was commissioned by the Sinfonia and is followed by Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Barbie talks to Canberra composer, Chloe Sinclair
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Jack Featherstone, Nigel Featherstone and Anna Georgia – Jack, John and Kempsey

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Until 27 March 2021

This engaging exhibition, which begins TAC’s gallery year, is in three parts – the paintings of artist Jack Featherstone, an essay about his father by writer Nigel Featherstone and a film by Anna Georgia, with Jack as raconteur.

Nigel Featherstone talks to Barbie about Jack, John and Kempsey
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Australian Haydn Ensemble – Prussian Quartets

String quartets recalling musical dedications to the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm II
Thursday 11 March 2021 7pm
Wesley Uniting Church Forrest

The reign of King Friedrich Wilhelm II was relatively brief and his greatest claim to fame today is the building of the Brandenburg Gate. But as a patron of the arts, many notable chamber works were penned for him, including all three quartets featured in this program.

Richard spoke to AHE’s artistic director, Skye McIntosh, about the Prussian Quartets concert and the rest of the 2021 season
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Elena Moriarty – The Hunt of the Halfling

Independently published, Australia, 2021

The Hunt of the Halfling is the first of a planned series under the title Crimson Tale. Fans of the Twilight series will be interested in this new Brisbane based writer.

The story is full of vampires, faeries, werewolves and the sort of burgeoning romance that young people will know only too well, and older readers too perhaps, depending on their circumstances. But at the very least older readers will recall that stomach twisting sense that a relationship is going to be more than getting to know a new best friend.

Elena Moriarty talks about The Hunt of the Halfling
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Katie Pollock – People Inside Me

The Street Theatre and online
5pm Friday 12 March 2021
Duration: 90 Minutes
Tickets by Donation

There’s death, sex and humour in this three-hander, which was awarded the 2018 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award for works that give hope.

Lauren works at a crematorium and is afraid of death. She picks up men in bars and is afraid of commitment. She remembers little of her childhood and is afraid of forgetting even that.

Barbie speaks with playwright Katie Pollock about People Inside Me
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World premiere for Musica Viva’s 2021 season opener

Diana Doherty & Streeton Trio
Llewellyn Hall, ANU
7:00 PM Thursday 12 March 2021

Sydney oboist Diana Doherty is acclaimed worldwide for her unparalleled command of a famously tricky instrument. The Streeton Trio perform with Diana and alone in masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire.

Christina Cook, from Musica Viva Canberra, talks to Barbie about the concert
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Australian Dance Party – Symbiosis

An Enlighten Canberra performance
Australian National Botanic Gardens
5 to 14 March 2021

Symbiosis takes the audience on a guided walk through different environments in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, exploring our human connection with Nature, our part in the natural world and its delicately balanced ecosystems.

It aims to direct focus back onto the urgency of climate action and to remind us of our role in protecting the precious.

Alison Plevey talks to Barbie about Symbiosis
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Selby and Friends – Exotic Strudel

Tour one of the five- concert 2021 series
Llewelyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Thursday 15 March 2021

Selby and Friends will present a year of piano trios in 2021. The first concert features Franz Schubert and three important 20th century composers:, Ernest Block, Joaquin Turina and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Barbie spoke with Kathryn Selby about Exotic Strudel
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First Nations composers turn parliamentary voices into song and story

Songs from a Stolen Senate
Presented by the Griffyn Ensemble and Belco Arts
2pm & 7pm Saturday 13 March 2021
Belconnen Arts Centre

Songs from a Stolen Senate is the beginning of a series from The Griffyn Ensemble that challenges how Australian identity had been forged since European settlement.

In this instalment, First Nations composers from across the country have taken parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling from their Indigenous perspective.

Michael Sollis from the Griffyn Ensemble talks to Barbie about Songs from a Stolen Senate

Eight of Australia’s most prolific First Nation musicians from a diverse genres and backgrounds join The Griffyns in this work:

  • Aranda country music icon Warren Williams
  • inspirational Noongar singer-songwriters Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse
  • Norah Bagiri from Mua Island in the Torres Strait
  • Ngunnawal custodian Richie Allan
  • Larrakia hip-hop artist Jimblah
  • Canberra-based Christopher Sainsbury from the Dharug Nation
  • Yuin composer Brenda Gifford.

From Stolen Generations to climate politics, Songs from a Stolen Senate offers different perspectives of our national past and the Australian parliament.

COVID seating applies: One empty seat will be left between separate bookings to aid in social distancing. Tickets purchased in the same booking will be seated together.

Image courtesy Belconnen Arts Centre