At the 2019 Art Music Awards, Canberra International Music Festival won the ACT Award for Excellence by an Organisation "for sustained creative excellence, exceptional growth and cultivation of Australian music". The NT Award for Excellence in a Regional Area went to Warren H. Williams, Canberran Michael Sollis and Barkly Arts for One Sky Many Stories, "inspiring audiences as they explore their relationship to the night sky, Indigenous culture and the world around us".
Come & Sing Messiah
Applications are now open for Canberra Choral Society's annual Come & Sing, when music-loving members of the Canberra community can join in rehearsing choral masterpieces, culminating with a performance with Handel's oratorio with a professional conductor, soloists and a full orchestra in Llewellyn Hall on November 23 at 7.30pm. There are no auditions required, just a love of singing. Applications close on September 30, rehearsals begin on October 14. More information and registration: trybooking.com/book/event?eid=532154&.
Two shows at Strathnairn
10am: The 13th people's choice SQUARES exhibition and Robert Riggs' Light in a Dark Place oil painting exhibition are on at Strathnairn Arts Homestead. SQUARES ends with a prize-giving event on September 8 at 2pm; Riggs' exhibition ends on September 15. strathnairn.com.au.
8pm: Echo Theatre presents Jaki McCarrick's play about five young women fleeing the Potato Famine in the 19th century in the hope of a better life in Australia. Adult themes. Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Also Sunday at 2pm, Wednesday to Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm. theq.net.au.
Legally Blonde: the Musical
8pm: Philo presents the musical about sorority girl Elle who chases her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School and learns a lot about herself and life in the process. Erindale Theatre. Also next week Wednesday to Saturday. philo.org.au.
4pm: Franz Kafka's story, adapted by Steven Berkoff and directed by Adam Broinowski, is a comic tale of alienation in which Gregor (Dylan Van Den Berg) wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a giant insect. Before this performance at The Street Theatre will be Meet The Makers, a free pre-show conversation in the foyer at 3pm with artistic director Caroline Stacey and the creative team of Metamorphosis - director Adam Broinowski and designers Imogen Keen, Kimmo Vennonen and Andrew Meadows. Also Saturday. thestreet.org.au.
Shakespeare in Love
6.30pm: Adaptation of the romantic comedy movie about Will Shakespeare overcoming writer's block when he meets Viola, who has a secret or two. Also Saturday at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Canberra Theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre. canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
9am: Disembodied, an exhibition of paintings by Thomas Stevens, is on at the Belconnen Community Gallery until September 13. There will be an opening celebration on Wednesday at 5.30pm. Open weekdays 9am to 5pm.
The Good Doctor
7.30pm: Limbo Theatre and Honest Puck present Neil Simon's adaptation of comic short stories by Anton Chekhov. Perform Australia, 11 Whyalla Street, Fyshwick. Until Saturday August 31. honestpuck.com.au/tickets.html.
Angel Has Fallen (MA): Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is framed for the attempted assassination of the president and must evade the SS and the FBI while seeking the real threat.
The Australian Dream (MA): Documentary that uses the story of AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper story about race, identity and belonging.
Overcomer (PG): A high school basketball coach must face challenges confronting his family and his team when the town's largest manufacturing plant shuts down.
Weathering With You (PG): Hodaka meets Hina, a girl who has the power to stop the rain and clear the sky. Japanese animation, English subtitles.