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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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DVCS Blue and White Gala Ball

Gender, nationality, race, age, religion, disability, financial status. Domestic violence does not discriminate. For people subjected to domestic violence the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) ACT provides invaluable support and assistance to ensure that there is always help available. “The current rate is one in four women will experience physical violence in her lifetime—and most […]

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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. 13 THINGS NOT TO MISS HIT104.7 SKYFIRE Join over 100,000 people around the iconic Lake Burley Griffin in the nation’s capital, Canberra, to watch Skyfire […]

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Why art is at the heart of the matter

The first time I saw a Bison vase, I was taking a stroll through Harvey Nichols, the swanky department store in London’s upmarket Knightsbridge. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this beautiful object wasn’t, as I’d first thought, an unfamiliar specimen of modernist Scandinavian design. Nor was it an example of stylised Asian ceramics. […]

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