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Best Sellers – film review

Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra
To 8 December 2021 as part of the British Film Festival
Comedy, 100 min

Reviewed by Barbie Robinson

I must be honest and say that I would happily watch Michael Caine in almost anything on screen – oh that voice!. This film was classic Caine in the role of crotchety, cantankerous alcoholic writer Harris Shaw, whose novel (decades before the start of the film) put the Stanbridge family publishing house on the map.

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House Planet: A Discovery of Recovery – the Musical

An original musical created by Mr Tim Enterprises
Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Friday 10 December at 7pm and Saturday 11 December at 2pm
90 minutes, Tickets $15

This original musical was devised by program participants (aged 7-13 years) with Tim & Nathalie Bevitt from Mr. Tim Enterprises.

It has provided an artistic platform for young people to express their concerns and find solutions, confirming the directors’ strong belief that young people have important things to say, whilst realising Tim and Nathalie’s  passion for giving children a voice.

Tim and Nathalie Bevitt talk about the production
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Exhibition on Screen – The Danish Collector, Delacroix to Gauguin

Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra, ACT
Friday 3 December 2021 at 1pm and Sunday 5 December at 1.30pm
Nationally from 2 December 2021

Directed by award-winning Australian-born filmmaker and artist, David Bickerstaff, this documentary showcases a treasure trove of Impressionist artworks, currently held at Denmark’s acclaimed Ordrupgaard museum.

Barbie spoke to executive producer Phil Grabsky about the latest Exhibition on Screen
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The Stories we tell ourselves

Online and free
30 November to 2 December 2021

This event brings together a range of writers, publishers and academics from Britain and Australia to discuss equity and social justice and the stories we get to hear.

It will feature three thought-provoking panel discussions exploring power, representation and diversity in publishing in Australia and the UK, hosted by the Wheeler Centre, Spread the Word and the Melbourne City of Literature Office.

Author Cath Moore talks about The Stories We Tell Ourselves
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East Meets West Orchestral Evening

Conducted by Guy Noble
Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Saturday 12 February 2022

East Meets West Orchestral Evening is an opportunity to hear Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Yellow River Piano Concerto, two hugely popular Chinese classics, rarely performed live on Australian stages. The artists will be accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.

Barbie spoke to Guy Noble about East Meets West
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2021 BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

2-5 December 2021
State Library of NSW

BAD presents a program of nearly 40 different sessions, panels and special events. All sessions will also be available on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person. BAD will present sessions about fiction, true crime and social justice.

Barbie spoke to Bad Sydney’s Artistic Director, Catherine du Peloux Menagé
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ASOC Printmaking Workgroup – Handprinted

Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines
13 Gladstone Street, Hall, ACT
Until 20 December 2021
Open Thursdays to Mondays 10am to 5pm

This exhibition is work by some of the members of this regularly meeting group of printmakers from the Artists Society of Canberra. It is a varied collection, made using a variety of printing techniques including drypoint, colograph, monoprint and linocut.

Barbie spoke to ASOC’s Simone Doherty about the printmaking exhibition
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Jonathan Jones – untitled (transcriptions of country)

In collaboration with women from the Information and Cultural Exchange and Adorned Collective
Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France
24 November 2021 to 20 February 2022

Artspace Sydney in 2022

The work explores colonial contact and theft, and draws on the collections gathered by the French expedition from 1800 to 1803, led  by Captain Nicolas Baudin to what was then known as New Holland.

Yamane Fayed and Jonathan Jones talk about the exhibition
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Belco Arts reopening events


Late Night by the Lake
10am to 8pm 26 November 2021


Graeme Base exhibition until 6 February 2022
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT

Other Worlds: Exploring the Universe of Graeme Base features original illustrations from the book, The Worst Band in the Universe, and is complemented by exhibitions from local artists byrd, Hanna Hoyne and Tom Buckland.

Barbie talks with Belco Arts’ Artistic Director Monika McInerney about the reopening
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ZEST Dance for Wellbeing program

Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres
Ongoing, 10 week terms, parallel to the ACT School Terms

ZEST classes are designed for adults who want to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. This program is managed and conducted by Philip Piggin, Jan Ingall, Debora di Centa and Jacqui Simmonds.

Philip Piggin talks about the ZEST Dance for Wellbeing program
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Melanie King – The Secret History of English Spas

Bodleian Library Publishing, UK, 2021
Cover design Dot Little, Bodleian Library

This book is a pleasure both to hold and to read, its exquisite production just what we might expect from the Bodleian. The aim of this press is to make accessible things which otherwise might be the province of academic research, to bring to the public some of the ‘riches of Oxford’s libraries’ (https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about/work-with-us/bodleian-library-publishing). I for one am deeply grateful for this.

Barbie spoke to Melanie King about The Secret History of English Spas
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Sally Dunbar – Classic Canberra

Mixed media picture of Parliament House Canberra by artist Sally Dunbar

Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT
Until 5 December 2021
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

If we were to write a love song to Canberra, it would look like this – an original and quirky pop song full of love, colour, life and humour.

Sally Dunbar, who was an ANU art school graduate in printmaking and mixed media and who works as a primary school art teacher, has used collage, paint and marker pen to depict the glorious everyday of Canberra.

Barbie visited Humble House Gallery to talk to Sally Dunbar about Classic Canberra
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