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Canberra Blues Society birthday bash and charity gig

Bucky’s Budweiser Big Birthday Bash & ALOHA! Blues & Roots Charity Gig
All proceeds to Rise Above Capital Region Cancer Relief
Saturday 26 March 2022, 1pm – 11pm
Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave Narrabundah ACT

This annual event is held in memory of our CBS friend Bucky and boasts over 9 hours of live music and 8 acts.

A silent auction and lots of raffle prizes are also part of the day.

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Andrew Vukosav – Longitude, Latitude, Solitude +

Yering Station, Yarra Valley, Victoria
15 January – 20 February 2022

Andrew Vukosav’s sublime aerial images of the Australian landscape would improve any public building or corporate foyer. They are large works appropriate to the vast country they capture, and were shown in Canberra at Humble House Gallery, Fyshwick from June 2 – 27 2021.

Shot from his single-engine Cessna 182, using a professional digital camera mounted over an inspection port, the photographs are mostly of pristine, if not untouched, places in Western Australia and South Australia. The images are inland and coastal, though his preference is for inland.

Andrew Vuikosav spoke to Barbie about Longitude, Latitude, Solitude + during its Canberra exhibition in 2021
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Storytorch Press grows wings

Canberra publisher launches new books in 2022
First event at Book Cow in Kingston, ACT, on Saturday 29 January 2022 at 3pm

Author Samantha Tidy was inspired by the positive community reaction to her book Our Bush Capital (2020), She decided to re-invest her author royalties from this and her other published books and to open her boutique publishing house Storytorch Press to public submissions.

Samantha Tidy talks to Barbie about Storytorch Press
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Folk Dance Canberra – free ‘Come and Try’ afternoon

Folk Dance Canberra Hall, 114 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT
Saturday 29 January 2022, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Folk Dance Canberra offers traditional, modern, energetic and easy dances from countries around the world. It is a welcoming community providing physical and social well-being through world dance.

You are invited to a free pre-term introductory session.

Beginner Classes start the following week from Wednesday 2 February, 7.30 to 9pm and Thursday 3 February, 10.30am to 12pm. Cost of classes – ($10.50 per class, discount for term payment).

Please register by emailing: [email protected] or phoning 62866402 (Lesley)

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Ausdance ACT – Youth Dance Festival download available

Following the successful Digital Dystopia Utopia Youth Dance Festival in November 2021, Ausdance ACT has announced that the festival download is now available for purchase.

Barbie speaks to Ausdance ACT’s Cathy Adamek about the downloads
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The Canberra Big Band Collective – Sunday afternoon special

Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabombera Ave, Narrabundah ACT
Sunday 12 December  2021 at 2pm – 4pm (doors open at 1.00pm)
Musical Director  – Justin Buckingham

Two of Canberra’s beloved big bands, Spectrum and ConneXion bring you an afternoon of hot swinging jazz.  There will also be a special swing dance display by the Swing Katz.

The program will consist of many favourites along with music by local arrangers and composers.

Tickets – $20 for adults; $5 for children under 13; $10 concession, or $45 for a family (includes two adults and up to three children).

Reserve a table of 6 for $100.

Food and drinks can be purchased at the club.

Booking recommended:

QL2 Quantum Leap – Hot to Trot

18-19 December 2021 at 6pm
QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon ACT

QL2’s senior Quantum Leapers, mentored by staff and supported by others in the ensemble as collaborators and performers, try their hand at choreography.

Ten young artists supported by additional dancers explore different models of creative practice both live and filmed. This project is an important starting point in the development of their choreographic practice and leadership potential.


The Song Company – HARK!

A Concert of Christmas songs and carols
Online Livestream – Australian Digital Concert Hall
Tuesday 21 December 2021 at 6pm
(ticket enables on demand stream for further 72 hours)

The Song Company presents exquisite carols from the Renaissance and perennial audience favourites.

The concerts will also be performed live in Sydney, with families welcome and sing-along opportunities

  • Garrison Church, Millers Point, Sydney NSW
    Monday 20 December 2021 at 6pm
  • St Philip’s Church, York Street, CBD, Sydney NSW
    Tuesday 21 December at 3pm and 6pm
    Wednesday 22 December at 3pm and 6pm


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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