Sunset Boulevard is a waste-heap of broken dreams and the wreckage is visible everywhere. The bric-a-brac backstage at Paramount Studios blends into the shabby luxury of faded star Norma Desmond’s mansion-mausoleum. Director Steven Pike’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful and gaudy musical is appropriately lavish and gritty, relishing every desperate moment in a story [...]
Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO) announced the winners of the 14 awards for 2015. It’s the philanthropic organisation’s 31st Annual Grant Round where the winners of the awards are announced at CAPO’s Annual Art Auction fundraiser and celebration, which is the culmination of CAPO’s work to support and celebrate local artists and arts patronage. Held [...]
Opposition Arts Spokesman Brendan Smyth has again attacked Arts Minister Joy Burch for providing funding for a controversial artistic production. Funding of $19,000 will be awarded to the Aspen Island Theatre Company for the development of a production titled Kill Climate Deniers. The controversy exists in the context of the Opposition’s attack, earlier this year, [...]
The Handmade Markets were on this long weekend at the National Convention Centre, with everything on offer from clocks fashioned out of bicycle wheels and gears, to a stall full of delicious marinades for meat, to hand-sewed foxes wearing trousers.
I went along on Saturday morning, at around 11.00am. The markets had only been open for [...]
I like Little Brooklyn. It’s a quaint little venue but it’s always had quite a big crowd. It keeps gigs intimate, but there’s still that popularity factor that entices the less musically inclined to venture in for a drink, or dinner, thus involving them with the local music scene – intentionally or not.
Kate Watts is [...]
[ 26 September 2014 9:00 am to 9 November 2014 5:00 pm. ] From tomorrow, Canberrans can see nature through the eyes of the artist with the winning and highly commended artworks from The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014 at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra.
This prestigious exhibition, on show for a limited time, is an annual favourite at the Archives, the only venue outside Adelaide to [...]
Minister for the Arts Joy Burch today announced that a visual artist mentorship program, a contemporary pop band, and a dance theatre group are among the 49 successful applicants who will share in arts funding worth $720,000.
“The ACT Government is extremely pleased to have been able to increase the number of projects being funded for [...]
I caught up with Melbourne based musician James Southwell, we talk fame, influences and preparing to record.
What was the first song you learnt how to sing and play as a kid?
Dammit Blink 182. I remember standing in my bedroom in front of my mirror with my stereo blaring the song, as I was playing along. [...]
With Floriade in full swing and predictions for some pretty cracking weather for the Capital, we’ve got a few suggestions for weekend activities.
Add your own tips in the comments.
From our team:
Amy Birchall is off to Floriade on Saturday for one of Emma McMahon’s cake decorating demonstrations
Heather Lansdowne is going to check out the Roller [...]
I’ve always been so charmed by Angus and Julia Stone – the balance between those two polar opposite voices meeting in the middle to create the music that they do has always incited a chill down my spine. The haunting richness in Julia’s unique soprano is so raw and unrestricted – there’s nothing like it. [...]
Chenoeh Miller is well-known in Canberra for the work of Little Dove Theatre Art with shows like Six Women Standing In Front Of A White Wall and Cordelia. She was recently chosen by an independent panel as director of next year’s Canberra Fringe Festival. Chenoeh sat down with us for a chat about her creative [...]
CYT’s School Holiday Program for 7 – 12 year olds
[ 6 September 2014 to 21 September 2014. ] To mark a very significant occasion, Designcraft is proud to present “Master Modernist Icon”, a retrospective exhibition celebrating Hans J. Wegner’s 100th birthday.
In the world of design, it would be difficult to find a furniture designer, craftsperson, architect, artist or design student who has not heard of, or been inspired by the work of legendary [...]
Earlier this year the Gorman Arts Centre was presented with an opportunity to run a short program ‘The Project Space‘ in a temporarily vacated Currong Theatre wing. They decided to explore using the space as a co-working area for creatives.
They put a call out for applicants in July and by mid August they made a [...]
As we approach our penultimate Winter weekend, there is plenty going on in the Capital.
Suggestions from some of our team:
Amy Birchall is indulging her not-so-inner nerd to see astronaut Chris Hadfield speak at Llewellyn Hall for National Science week on Sunday 24th of August
Josh Mulrine is taking his daughter along to the Geoscience [...]
[ 28 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 29 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 30 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]
Come and join us in the Underground…
The Canberra Youth Theatre Teen and Senior Ensembles have been bringing their considerable talents to bear for STUDIO UNDERGROUND – a secret theatre experience where you only find out what you are seeing when you arrive at the theatre! How many times do we dismiss an interesting looking show [...]
Could a Kandinsky painting protect that expensive bottle of red wine you have stashed downstairs? That’s the question posed by a yarn I wrote in Feburary. The request was for a short story set in Canberra featuring:
Painting by Kandinsky + Bottle of Grange Hermitage + A Chainsaw
My yarns stay up for around six months, [...]
The Australia Israel Cultural Exchange (AICE) is teaming with Palace Cinemas to present the AICE Israeli Film Festival. The Festival comes to Canberra 19th-31st August, showing at Palace Electric Cinema in New Acton.
The festival includes a range of films from rollicking comedies to sensitive dramas, from riveting, political documentaries to hot-blooded romance. Now [...]
I would like to tell you about a fun fundraiser that is occurring on 19th, 20th and 21st of August in the foyer of the the Canberra Hospital starting at 8am and finishing on the Thursday at 10am.
I with lots of help from others we will be attempting to gain the World Record for [...]
Many of you may remember that I released a book back in 2012 called “A Case for Ghosts” which was critiqued here on RiotACT.
Thank you to all those who purchased the book and I hope you enjoyed it.
Just recently, and following the supernatural/ paranormal theme of “Ghosts”, I have had another book published, this [...]
With a strong international line up of award-winning documentaries from France to Bangladesh, the Stronger than Fiction festival will provoke thought, inspire discussion, and embrace the richness and diversity of different cultures within our city.
Co-directors of the festival Simon Weaving and Deborah Kingsland, envisage a bold future for the festival with a vision to transform [...]
In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]
The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]
I received a letter from my daughter’s school some time ago letting parents know that the board had met and decided that should Rolf Harris be found guilty, a painting of his would be removed from display at the school. They have since removed the painting and returned it to the ACT Government, for [...]
[ 25 July 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]
The Canberra Poetry Slam returns to the Front Gallery and Cafe on Friday, the 25th of July!
Artists Geoffrey Dunn and Marina Talevski are exhibiting their collaborative project Two Tens and a Tomato in the gallery section, and they will feature their Poetry and Pictures collaborative pieces over the course of the night.
Come along at 8pm [...]
It’s most appropriate to kick off my reviews for RiotACT with this show presented by gallery@bcs as part of its RESPECT series celebrating NAIDOC week. Munyunga, meaning Eagle Hawk in the Ngarigu language, is a mixed media exhibition exploring the theme of “Kootopan” (Oneness) featuring local and South Coast artists Colleen Dixon, David Dixon, Dianne [...]
Readers of Canberra street press magazine BMA got to know him as an affable, witty, incredibility talented columnist. His column was called Struth Be Told, and it was Justin Heazlewood’s first fortnightly column in a widely read publication.
Releasing three albums, including Songs from the 86 Tram, which spawned his hit Northcote (So Hungover), and publishing [...]
As we face a cold weekend of sub -zero nights, what’s on in the Capital to keep you warm?
This week, we asked our entertainment editors their hot tips for the weekend (they’re a picky bunch so hopefully they will provide some good leads).
Theatre Reviewer John Lombard is attending Cabaret on Saturday night – a performance [...]
There’s an old saying ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ – the same can be said for too many Aussie hip-hop artists spoiling an EP launch. While each artist put on a wicked performance, Keech with hard lyricism and some awesome beats, Jimmy Pike who is a personal favourite local artist of mine, Nix touching [...]
What do we get when we combine all the key people of influence from the Canberra creative scene together and grant them access to an abandoned warehouse in Braddon for 4 months?
Well, we get The Chop Shop!
Pat Rose from Coy and Sancho Murphey from Sancho’s Dirty Laundry have joined forces to bring us the ultimate [...]