HELEN MUSA This week’s “Arts in the City” column tops some “Hot” news from Queanbeyan.
THE Q, in Queanbeyan, will switch to summer with âSummertime: a Hot Night of Gershwin Favoritesâ which will be performed by two virtuosos – concert pianist Simon Tedeschi and singer and jazz violinist George Washingmachine. They will play Gershwin classics and classic jazz standards by Cole Porter, Oscar Peterson and Fats Waller in “The B” (the refurbished Bicentennial Hall) on Friday, December 3rd. Book on qprc.sales.ticketsearch.com
The local radio drama show on ArtSound FM, which celebrated its first anniversary, is a 30-minute episode heard Sunday at 4 p.m. (and repeated Tuesday at 4 p.m.). It features one or two short plays, original works by local playwrights such as Harriet Elvin, Kirsty Budding and John Lombard, and others from the ArtSound archives or new productions of classics. The program’s producer, Bart Meehan, wants to hear screenwriters whose pieces are no longer than 25 minutes, or scripts suitable for serialization. Contact [email protected] or 6295 7444.
CANBERRA Art Workshop chose painter Sonya Jane Thoms for the first grant from the Mavis Hall Arts Trust, which provides materials for one year. Relatively new to painting, although with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and printmaking from ANU, Thoms plans to produce a portrait series, video blog and visual journal during what she calls “my year of life.” curious â.
“RE-AWAKENING” is the post-confinement title of a concert of works by Bach, Saint-SaÃ«ns and Morricone which will be performed on violin, harp and oboe by Lucy Macourt, Rowan Phemister and ZoÃ« Loxley Slump at the Wesley Music Center, Forrest, from 12:40 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., Wednesday, November 24. Book on trybooking.com or at 6232 7248.
JAZZ artist Elise Walsh tells us that her band, Bella Groove – herself, John Black, James Luke, Matt Lustri and Steve Richards – released a live EP recorded at Smith’s Alternative just before the lockdown. The EP contains six original tracks, with co-arrangements by Black. Access the EP via bellagroove.bandcamp.com
Finally, the postponed performances of “The Stranger” by actor Christopher Samuel Carroll will take place in early December. The Stranger âis the masterpiece of Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus, adapted for the stage as a solo tour de force by Carroll. At the Ralph Wilson Theater, Gorman Arts Center, December 8-11. Book on events.humanitix.com
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Ian Meikle, editor