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Spirited discussion

A composer, a philosopher and a journalist walk into a bar … or a restaurant, in this case. Chamber Made Opera's first salon event for the year has just been announced, and it brings together as fascinating a collection of folks as you could hope for.

Two are from that moonscape of the far north, Iceland - composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, recipient of the 2012 Nordic Council Music Prize, and Hrafn Asgeirsson, a philosopher at Monash University whose areas of interest range across language, law, metaethics and decision theory. They'll be joined by The Age's investigative reporter Nick McKenzie to explore corruption and the failed state. Holding the conversation together will be David Young (above), in his final year as the company's artistic director. A vodka trolley will be on hand to keep the conversation fluid. The evening - titled Dr Young's Salon of Icelandic Knowledge - will be held on April 9 at The Crimean in North Melbourne, and at a measly $10 is quite the steal.

Bookings at trybooking.com/CKJN


There's always been a hint of the contrarian to Phillip Adams, Melbourne's most idiosyncratic choreographer. That might go some way to explaining why his new work as part of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is performed nude. Tomorrow is inspired by his visit to a supposed UFO landing site in the Mojave Desert, at which is located a strange tabernacle that was built in the 1950s.

Audiences of Tomorrow will help construct their own alien abduction site, into which they will be inserted. The work is part of a double-bill - Adams' long-time collaborator and muse Brooke Stamp will also present And All Things Return to Nature, exploring the inaudible background hum of the universe. Both will premiere at The Lawler at Southbank Theatre on 15 March, with details at mtc.com.au or 8688 0800.



The Australian Ballet's Telstra Ballet in the Bowl is one of the most-loved family events on Melbourne's cultural calendar, so it's good news to hear it's returning to the city after a five-year absence. The free program will feature excerpts from the AB's 2013 season, including Don Quixote and Swan Lake, with Orchestra Victoria providing accompaniment.

The evening will be the first time Victorian dancer Amy Harris performs in Melbourne since winning the company's Telstra Ballet Dancer Award last year. The event is free but ticketed, with tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au from Friday.


It's been three years since husband and wife duo Nicholas Coghlan and Ming-Zhu Hii collaborated on a new stage work, so expectations are high for their upcoming Until Then, Then at La Mama.

The show promises something worth waiting for, too: ''An epic, opulent experience of ecstasy, death, and the patently absurd'', somehow squeezed into the intimate space of the tiny Carlton venue. The work is an audio-video installation that draws on the Baroque tradition of the ''vanitas'' - reminders of mortality that featured in European visual art of the period.

The show opens on March 6, with bookings on 9347 6142 or via lamama.com.au.