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Julie Bradley – evocation

Belconnen Arts Centre
Until 25 October 2020
10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday, closed public holidays.

Julie Bradley’s work in evocation is refined and elegant, mostly homage to Australian and Irish landscapes and the feelings they have left her with or that she has taken to them.

She works in collaged Japanese papers, gouache washes and line, and is often inspired by words from poems and songs as well as by the landscapes she visits. The layering is delicately wrought, but powerful in effect.

Barbie speaks to Julie Bradley about evocation
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Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

10-11 October 2020
Canberra High School
Bindubi Street, Macquarie ACT

The display will feature high quality bonsai from the collections of CBS members, including some created by local artists currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum, Canberra (NAC).

Barbie speaks with Brenda Berkeley from Canberra Bonsai Society
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Sputnik – Film Review

Dendy Canberra
1 to 14 October 2020

Horror, sci-fi
In Russian with English subtitles
113 minutes, rated MA 15+

This ‘alien taking possession of a space traveller’ film will initially remind sci-fi fans of Alien. Sputnik, set in the Soviet era, has all the violence and horror of any such scenario – we are immediately repelled by the strangeness, the physicality of the invasion of the human body.

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On the Rocks – Film Review

Palace Electric Canberra
From 2 October 2020
Comedy/drama (dramedy)
97 minutes, rated G
Directed by Sofia Coppola

A young New York mother (Rashida Jones) faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her playboy father (Bill Murray) to tail her husband (Marlon Wayans). The ensuing comic adventure draws father and daughter closer.

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Four Kids and it – film review

At Palace Electric
110 minutes, rated PG
Directed by Andy De Emmony

Alice and David take their children from previous relationships to meet each other for the first time.on a family holiday in a Cornwall cottage

The holiday takes an unexpected turn when the kids discover a magical (and very grumpy) creature, with the power to grant wishes, on the local beach. And then there’s the oddball Tristan, the local lord of the manor. The ensuing adventure brings the new siblings together and teaches them to accept their parents new-found happiness.

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Mess – Belconnen Arts Centre

1-2 October 2020
COVID-safe restrictions apply – bookings
No door sales

Director Natsuko Yonezawa delves deep into the psyche of Hikikomori – the phenomenon in which people elect to be socially and physically isolated. Mess employs physical theatre, dance and live sound composition and plays experimentally with the shadows and light found in isolation and self-made mess.

Barbie speaks with Mess director Natsuko Yonezawa and performer Christopher Samuel Carroll
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Susie Dureau – I am not an Individual

Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore NSW
Weekends 10am to 4pm , other times by appointment
Until Sunday 11 October 2020

Susie Dureau’s new paintings express our relationship with the natural world. They are dream like evocations with combined memories and observations of both the natural and the built environment, the outer skin of things and the internal organisms.

Susie Dureau talks about I am not an Individual
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Italian Film Festival 2020

Palace Electric Canberra
1 to 18 October 2020

The 21st Italian Film Festival showcases a selection of the best new films from Italy, opening with a spectacular live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale Pinnocchio. From the Director of Gomorrah and Dogman, Matteo Garrone’s seven-time Nastro d’Argento award-winner is an enthralling gothic fantasy starring Roberto Benigni as the woodcutter Geppetto.

With dramas and comedies, the Festival includes films from locations including including Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cernobbio and Morocco.

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Milena Cifali – Mallacoota Time book launch and event

Music, poetry and readings from Mallacoota Time a memoir of recovery
Windsong Pavilion | Four Winds Road| Barragga Bay NSW
4pm Satuday 26 September 2020
Free, but registration essential (see below)

Highly-regarded creative talent Milena Cifali is an award winning singer-songwriter and poet,   who, along with her partner Jim Horvath, lost her home, instruments and beloved parrots  in the Mallacoota bushfires on New Year’s Eve 2019.

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Canberra Theatre Centre reopens with school holiday production

Canberra Theatre Centre & CDP with Tall Stories
Thursday 1 October 2020, 12pm & 4pm
Friday 2 October 2020, 10am & 12pm
Saturday 3 October 2020, 10am, 12pm and 4pm

Room on the Broom is a dramatisation of Julia Donaldson’s hit picture book, featuring songs, comedy and scary fun for children aged 3 and up It will be the first production at the Canberra Theatre since the March closure due to COVID-19.

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David Roberts – It’s Elementary

Belconnen Arts Centre
Until 25 October 2020

David Roberts’ first solo exhibition is an evocative collection of landscapes, showing the artist’s keen observation of the relationship between land and sky. He depicts the varying moods of nature with skilful execution of clouds, earth and water.

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Sneaky Jeremiah with Jen & Jim at the Artists Shed

5 – 8pm, Saturday 29 August 2020
88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick.

Get ready for a toe tapping fun night!

Here for a good time (not for a long time!), Sneaky Jeremiah promise to have your toes tapping and your booty swaying… rock and roll, soul, rhythm and blues, popular anthems and a little bit of country.

Jen and Jim will kick off at 5pm.  They  are a popular local duo that play unique arrangements of original and well known songs.  Jenny Sawer’s powerful voice and musicianship are complemented by James Halligan’s seductive harmonies and rhythmic guitar.

More information is on the Artists Shed Facebook page at

FlashWrite – a Gunning Arts Festival project

Short stories up to 1500 words
Submissions open until 8 February 2021

The Gunning Arts Festival invites people to participate in the FlashWrite short story writing project by submitting stories of up to 1500 words encapsulating local life experiences. Stories related to the 2021 Festival theme Rejuvenation are especially welcome.

Barbie talks to Greg Baines about FlashWrite
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