What's on in Canberra arts

Remembering Ralph

To mark the 25th anniversary of the death of prolific Canberra theatre director Ralph Wilson, a group of Canberra theatre practitioners are mounting a celebration of his life in "The Ralph", the theatre in Gorman Arts Centre which was named after him. On Tuesday, May 28 from 12.30pm to 5pm, events will include reminiscences and play excerpts including parts of his favourite play, Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. It's a fundraiser and proceeds will help pay for a memorial plaque, catering, a program and framing: gofundme.com/help-us-to-remember-ralph-wilson-at-the-ralph?utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email%2B4803-donation-alert-v5, To book: eventbrite.com.au/e/ralph-wilson-day-at-the-ralph-tickets-61136828901?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

Record attendance

The 25th Canberra International Music Festival, themed re/discover Bach, was the most successful in its history, with record attendance and 8000 tickets sold, representing a 12 per cent increase in attendance compared to the previous year. About 40 per cent of the resources for the festival came from individual donors, the business community, venue partners, embassies and more than 120 volunteers. ANU School of Music Associate Professor Kim Cunio said he looked forward to building "a deep and profound relationship" with the festival in coming years.

Saturday

Art on Screen: Gauguin in Tahiti

Noon: In 1891 artist Paul Gaughin left Marseille for the Pacific, spending time in Tahiti and Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, where he built houses with bamboo and leaves, and discovered light and colours which changed his painting forever. The film will travel to Paris, Bretagne, Edinburgh, and to the art museums of the United States. Palace Electric, also Sunday at noon. palacecinemas.com.au.

Loser

7.30pm: South African-born comedian Urzila Carlson tackles the subject of failure in her show at the Canberra Theatre. canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

Urzila Carlson is bringing her one-woman show, Loser, to Canberra. Picture: Supplied

Urzila Carlson is bringing her one-woman show, Loser, to Canberra. Picture: Supplied

The World Goes Round

8pm: Canberra Rep presents this show featuring the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb including numbers from the Broadway musicals Chicago and Cabaret and the Theme from New York, New York. Tickets at the venue one hour before the performance. Theatre 3, Acton. canberrarep.org.au.

Samantha Marcheddo, Joel Hutchings, Louiza Blomfield, Isaac Gordon and Julia Walker in The World Goes Round. Picture: Helen Drum

Samantha Marcheddo, Joel Hutchings, Louiza Blomfield, Isaac Gordon and Julia Walker in The World Goes Round. Picture: Helen Drum

Towards Zero

2pm: Tempo Theatre presents this classic Agatha Christie whodunnit with a murder or two and a houseful of suspects, at Belconnen Community Theatre. Also 7.30pm and Sunday at 4pm. canberraticketing.com.au or cash at the door.

Sunday

Ben Taylor: Paintings

11am: Nancy Sever Gallery is showing this exhibition of works curated by Peter Haynes. Until June 16.

Ben Taylor's Fettler's Hut, 2019 at Nancy Sever Gallery. Picture: Supplied

Ben Taylor's Fettler's Hut, 2019 at Nancy Sever Gallery. Picture: Supplied

Russian Lullaby

3pm: Art Song Canberra's next concert will be given by Songmakers Australia - Merlyn Quaife (soprano), Christina Wilson (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Goodwin (tenor) and Andrea Katz (piano) in the Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, at 3pm. Admission $15-$25. Tickets at the door (no EFTPOS available) or trybooking.com/BBEPV. Inquiries: 6286 7373.

Next week

From My Mother Unto Me

6pm: On Wednesday at ANCA Gallery at 6pm this exhibition, curated by Ngema woman Erin Vink, opens. It features the work of six female First Nation artists from various parts of Australia. Until June 9. anca.net.au.

The 12th Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Thursday: The festival, intended to shine a light on gender equality, conflict and the global movement of people, economic justice and LGBTIQA+ rights with a variety of films, is on at the National Film and Sound Archive from May 23-25. See 2019.hraff.org.au.

New films

Keanu Reeves in a scene from John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Picture: AP

Keanu Reeves in a scene from John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Picture: AP

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (M): Super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild, the world's most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn. Stars Keanu Reeves.

Peterloo (M): A portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest episodes in British history.