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Moonbound – Film Review

Now showing at Palace Electric and Limelight Cinemas, Canberra
Family – Rated PG
81 minutes

This film is based on a popular chldren’s book, Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon by German author and playwright Gerdt von Bassewitz (1912), and is generally recommended for children from age 6 up.

Peter sets out on a magical journey to the moon rescue his little sister Anne, who wasn kidnapped by the evil Moon Man when she was trying to help a beetle, Mr Zoomzeman. Peter is helped in his quest by the sleepy Mr Sandman.

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Dee Copeland – Now and Then

Kyeema Gallery, Hall, ACT
Until 1 August 2021
Open Thursday to Monday 10.30am to 5pm
Official opening by Tara Cheyne MLA, ACT Minister for the Arts and Member for Ginninderra on 3 July at 5.30pm (booking required)

Dee Copeland has had a lifetime interest in art. She is mainly a landscape artist using acrylic, watercolour, pen, pencil and charcoal mediums. This is Dee’s first Solo Art Exhibition featuring artworks based on her travels overseas and locally, most painted en plein air and later completed at home.

Barbie spoke to Dee Copeland at Kyeema Gallery
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Art in Miniature Annual Exhibition

The Link, Ginninderry, 1 McClymont Way Strathnairn ACT
7 July to 15 August 2021
Bookings essential for official opening Saturday 10 July 2pm by Anne Masters, Director of Gallery of Small Things

We have come to expect a very high standard from these artists who work in miniature. The annual exhibition is always a celebratory event and is a huge temptation to purchase works, with such a variety of subject matter and styles on show.

Barbie speaks with Camelia Smith about the exhibition.
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I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You – The Street Canberra

Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th July 2021, 7:30pm
Saturday 10 July at 3pm
60 minutes
Q&A with Creative Team from The Good Room on 10 July at 6.30pm

I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You is a joyous and revealing one hour tell-all that tackles life’s big (and little) questions, designed in collaboration with, and performed by, young people.

The Street and Canberra Youth Theatre have joined to bring award-winning performance collective The Good Room to Canberra with their show full of questions asked by young people and answered by adults. Eighteen talented young people chosen from 50 auditionees bring the voices and ideas of young Canberrans to the stage in a genuine exchange between generations.

Barbie spoke with Cienda McNamara, Resident Director of The Good Room (pictured above)
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Wilding: The Secret Life of Urban Plants

A Tuggeranong Arts Centre Public Program
Postponed until further notice because of COVID restrictions – see TAC website

Wilding includes a wild edibles foraging workshop and a symposium on human relationships with nature.

Barbie spoke with Diego Bonetto about his wild edibles foraging workshop
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From the Vine – Film Review

English with some subtitled Italian language
Rated M, 94 minutes
Now showing at Palace Electric, Canberra

Lawyer and automotive company executive Mark Gentile takes a stand against a corporate policy he finds unethical. He resigns his job and ecides to travel to his childhood home, the tiny village of Acerenza in Southern Italy, to visit the vineyard where he grew up, finding it in a state of disrepair.

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Invocation – creative development showing

Belconnen Arts Centre
8pm Saturday 26 June 2021

Suitable for all ages
1 hour, no interval

Invocation is an end-of-residency creative development about climate change, by Earthbound, a collaboration which brings together dance, visual arts, storytelling and music.

Eathbound’s five artists are the inaugural recipients of Belco Art’s Rhizome Performing Arts Residency.

Richard spoke to performer Glenda Cloughley and theatre consultant Elizabeth Cameron Dalman about Invocation
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Sharon Field – Only this and nothing more

Suki & Hugh Gallery
Bungendore NSW
Until 25 July 2021
Confirm opening hours with the gallery;  phone 02 6238 1398

Titled from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven, the works in this exhibition are from Sharon Field’s home studio in the rural setting of Burra, inspired by the local landscape.  

They carry a message of environmental conservation, speaking of the human bond with the plants, animals and insects around us. The exhibition questions how well life around us will survive with the impact of global warming and the actions of people more generally.

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Win a family pass to Cranston Academy – Monster Zone

Rated PG
Running time 80 minutes
In cinemas from 24 June 2021

email [email protected] to win family passes

Bullied for his intelligence and struggling to fit in at school, Danny is a 15-year-old genius who is always coming up with crazy inventions. When he is unexpectedly offered a scholarship to Cranston Academy, a secret, prestigious boarding school for geniuses, Danny views it as a place where his intelligence will be recognised and where he will have a chance to fit in.

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Arnan Wiesel – Clavichord Recital in Gunning

Sunday 18 July 2021, 2pm to 4.30pm
Gunning Courtroom, 101 Yass Street, Gunning NSW

Yass resident and internationally-known musician Arnan Wiesel plays J.S. Bach’s favourite keyboard instrument in this recital.  Wiesel will play a modern reproduction of Joseph Haydn’s circa 1790 instrument and will present the music of J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Johann Forkel and others. 

The Courtroom’s acoustics and ambience are a perfect fit for the clavichord in this intimate concert.

There is a strict limit of 35 patrons for this performance.  Booking strongly advised.

GOLD 10th anniversary dance performances

Saturday 19 June 2021, 2.00-4.00pm at the National Portrait Gallery
Saturday 7 August 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm at Belconnen Arts Centre
Wednesday 18 August 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm Tuggeranong Arts Centre 
Wednesday 1 September 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm at COTA Hall, Hughes Community Centre

The GOLDs are a Canberra Dance Theatre dance class and performance group for movers and non-movers who are over 55. The focus is on fitness, mobility, sociability and creativity.

To celebrate their 10th anniverary, the GOLD dancers will be performing at a number of venues in Canberra to promote the benefits of dance for seniors. GOLD actively challenges stereotypes of older people and espouses the philosophy that dance is not just for the young!

Barbie talks to dancer Penny Richards and artistic director of Canberra Dance Theatre, Jacqui Simmonds

Stronger than Fiction – Set!

Sunday 4 July 2021 at 2pm
Dendy Canberra Centre
Free child care available – see below

This third film in Stronger Than Fiction’s 2021 Series, from the US, takes a deep dive into the wacky and wildly entertaining world of competitive table setting. 

Barbie speaks with Stronger Than Fiction’s Deborah Kingsland about Set
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Burlesque Brunch

25 July 2021, from 11am to 1pm
Flazéda Hub in Belconnen

Flazéda Hub (the brainchild of Canberra powerhouse performance artist, Jazida) presents a high tea brunch, a collaborative effort of the alternate performing arts hub with local catering business Capital Roast, and interstate performer Diesel Darling (Winner – Miss Burlesque NSW 2020).

Burlesque Brunch boasts multiple tiers of high tea menu inclusions from Capital Roast, paired with customised drinks options (including a range of alcohol-free cocktails) curated by the studio’s resident bartender, all accompanied by burlesque entertainment from Diesel Darling and Jazida.