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FourPlay adds excitement to Good Folk in Queanbeyan

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.

In this interview with Richard, FourPlay violist Tim Hollo talks about the group, its history, and his environmental activism.
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Off the page and onto the stage: poetry from and in the heart of Queanbeyan

Omar Musa with Guyy and the Fox
2:30 – 4:15pm Saturday 3 April 2021
The Q, Queanbeyan

There may be more yarns than at a knitting bee when Omar Musa performs at the Good Folk event in Queanbeyan over Easter. And they’ll be carefully blended with songs and poems.

This interview with Omar Musa also features the first reading of his new poem, Flannel Flowers
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Fire and pandemic help forge new musical style

Kim Yang Trio
Royal Hotel Queanbeyan
7pm Sunday 4 April 2021

Expect to hear some jazz, blues and perhaps a little pop along with folk when Taiwanese-born singer-songwriter Kim Yang performs with her band at Good Folk in Queanbeyan at Easter.

Kim says her style has changed dramatically since her performance at the 2019 National Folk Festival. It’s hardly surprising, given what she’s been through over the past two years.

Kim Yang talks to Richard about the forthcoming performances at Good Folk. The interview includes her song Garden of Eden and her latest track, Dominoes
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Isla Patterson – Hall Countryside and Beyond

Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines
Open Thursday to Monday 11.30am to 5pm
13 Gladstone Street, Hall, NSW
Until 19 April 2021

An exhibition by Isla Patterson always excites much attention from her many fans. Her skilful and evocative depictions of our landscapes, flora and fauna never disappoint.

Barbie spoke to Isla Patterson at Kyeema Gallery
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Carolyn Fitzpatrick – Drawing

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.

Barbie spoke to Carolyn Fitzpatrick at the Woolshed Gallery
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Playful theme for new $25,000 sculpture prize

[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.

Graeme Shaw, from Shaw Wines, and Monica McInerney, Co-CEO of Belco Arts, spoke to Barbie about [email protected]
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Carmel McCrow – Just Add Water

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.

Barbie spoke to Carmel McCrow at M16
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Polonius Productions – A reading of the classic Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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.

Phillip Mackenzie speaks to Barbie about the Rubaiyat
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Jo Portelli and Michelle Peddle – Animal Fair

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.

Roz Dibley, a partner at Bungendore Fine Art, talks to Barbie about the Animal Fair exhibition

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.

Michelle Peddle, Twilight Rambler

Top image: Jo Portelli, Move along. Images courtesy Bungendore Fine Art


Rebus Theatre – The Beauty Thief

26 March at 7pm, 27 March at 2pm and 28 March at 5pm, 2021
Belconnen Community Theatre
23 Swanson Court Belconnen ACT

Devised by a cast of people with differing abilities, The Beauty Thief is a reflection on the idea of beauty, and its relationship to worth and power.

Barbie spoke to some of the cast and crew of The Beauty Thief

In the form of a traditional fairy tale, the story unfolds using minimal dialogue, relying on movement and music to tell the tale, with dance sequences performed by the CDTeens from Canberra Dance Theatre.

Dialogue is projected to assist people who are hard of hearing or deaf. The show is not recommended for very young children.

The Song Company – Dances of Passion

The Street Theatre
Sat 20 March 2021 at 7pm

The first of The Song Company’s ‘Salon’ series is a program of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and the Tonadillas en un Stile Antiguo by Enrique Granados.

The concert also  includes Fables for a Prince by contemporary American composer Juliana Hall. Fables evokes images of a young prince taught his lessons by both animals and humans, learning right from wrong as he is primed to become king and protector of his people.

Barbie speaks with Antony Pitts about Dances of Passion
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Then Came You – Film Review

Romantic comedy, 2020
97 minutes

Written and produced by, and starring, Kathie Lee Gifford
Review by Barbie Robinson

Annabelle, a lonely widow, plans a trip around the world, carrying her husband’s ashes, to visit places in movies they loved. She arrives at the Inn in Loch Lomond, run by also grieving and already engaged Scotsman, Howard. Their meeting changes their lives, providing a second chance for love.

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The Q comes alive with The Sound of Music

Presented by Queanbeyan Players
The Q, Queanbeyan
11-21 March 2021, with streamed filmed performance on 20 March

This evergreen musical in its Broadway iteration has been postponed twice due to COVID, but now comes to The Q with all physical tickets already sold.

With music well known and loved by most musical theatre goers, this production will be a welcome start to Queanbeyan Players’ performance year. The Q theatre provides an excellent live venue with great sightlines and audibility around the auditorium.

Barbie talks to Sound of Music co-director Anthony Swadling at The Q
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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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