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Review: Beauty and the Beast

An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. (As if you didn’t know …) IMDb I had real reservations about seeing yet another re-interpretation of a Disney film – where are the new ideas? Then I saw Emma Watson would be playing Belle … and […]

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This Week In The Can

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week! HAVE AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO SEE LISTED IN THIS WEEK IN THE CAN? SUBMIT IT HERE BY COB WEDNESDAY PRIOR. 10 THINGS NOT TO MISS CANBERRA DISTRICT WINE WEEK The Canberra District Wine Week offers an exciting program of wine dinners, tastings and themed events in […]

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Fanny Lumsden: Enthusiam and a scrunchie

She’s been coined as Australia’s answer to Americana, was nominated for an Aria last year, and already this year has picked up a prestigious Golden Guitar Award. It’s pretty clear that Fanny Lumsden’s star is on the rise. With long brown locks and a cheeky sparkle in her eye, donning vintage frocks and cowboy hats, […]

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Birds from the bogs of northern Finland perform with the CSO

“When I conducted…that piece, I felt as if my grandfather had spotted me buying a porn magazine” – Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen on the work of Rautavaara. Finland – it’s a great place. Home of the sauna, Santa Claus, and so many watery bogs. It was also the home to Einojuhani Rautavaara, the leading Finnish composer […]

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Chicago: Hot jazz and bad broads

He had it coming, he had it coming He only had himself to blame If you’d have been there, if you’d have seen it I betcha you would have done the same – Cell Block Tango My theatre reviews have seen me time travelling around the early and mid 20th century of late. Ladies in […]

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This Week In The Can

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week! HAVE AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO SEE LISTED IN THIS WEEK IN THE CAN? SUBMIT IT HERE BY COB WEDNESDAY PRIOR. 12 THINGS NOT TO MISS Ladies in Black The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip […]

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Capturing the heart and soul of our city

When acclaimed Danish urban planner Jan Gehl visited Canberra a few years back, he warned that we were “trying to have a party in too many rooms”. Many Canberrans agreed with Gehl – and looked at the faded for-lease signs, peeling paint and boarded up windows in Garema Place as evidence that something needed to […]

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Emma Pask: Expect the unexpected

The mercury is falling in the nation’s capital. Like most Canberrans, I’m soaking up the last of the summer sunshine, and steeling my resolve to keep the heater off until ANZAC Day. Fortunately, autumn brings a host of spicy acts to Canberra stages to help ease the transition, including acclaimed jazz songbird Emma Pask. Emma’s […]

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Meet Canberra’s Ladies in Black

Department stores have always been synonymous with glamour, sophistication and luxury. For many of the ladies of Canberra, David Jones has been such a destination. It’s the backdrop for many of our first memories of fashion, and for a time, one of the only sources of luxury fashion labels. My own mother once declared that […]

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Cold Light: Canberra, cumquats and communism

If you think 1950s Canberra was sterile and sexless, Cold Light at The Street Theatre might change your mind.  Based on Frank Moorhouse’s 2011 novel, the third and final in his Edith Trilogy, Cold Light is a reminder that the personal, political and place are all connected, particularly in Canberra. Gender politics, sexual politics and […]

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