On Point: Li Cunxin
5pm: Mao's Last Dancer Li Cunxin delves into his early life in China and the ballet career that made him famous across the world in this talk at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Li shares some deeply personal stories and experiences that led him to the pivotal moment that changed his life forever. Tickets from $60 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
Katie Noonan with the Australian String Quartet
8pm: Five-time ARIA winner Katie Noonan has teamed up with the Australian String Quartet for the first time to bring pieces written by composers such as Carl Vine, Elena Kats Chernin, Richard Tognetti, Iain Grandage and of course, Noonan herself specifically for the group's The Glad Tomorrow project. As a whole, the project brings together four distinct worlds - Contemporary Australian and Queensland Composers, the searing poetry of Queenslander Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian String Quartet and Katie Noonan's unique voice. Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets from $55 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
Brahms and Dvorak
8pm: The final concert in Australian Chamber Orchestra's National Tour Season will be a celebration. The orchestra will more than triple in size to perform works by two of the Romantic era's most beloved composers, Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak. Artistic director Richard Tognetti and principal cello Timo-Veikko Valve will take centre stage in Brahms' vast and brilliant Double Concerto. Tognetti will then lead the orchestra through Dvorak's Symphony No.8. Llewellyn Hall. Tickets from $25 from Ticketek.
Living Rooms: Week One
11am: The combination of architecture, design and craft makes this an open home with a difference. Explore the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses that employ the concept of utopia for DESIGN Canberra and each has been designed by a Canberra architect. House one - a New Acton apartment - is open from 11am-12.30pm at unit 1601, 19 Marcus Clarke Street. Home two, a loft house, is open from 12.30-2pm at 10 Waratah Street, O'Connor. Home three, a BareStone house, is open from 2-3.30pm, at 24 Stanley Street, Hackett. Free event.
Piano Inside a Bird Cage
1.30pm: Join Emili Rackemann in a concert that will feature a selection of contemporary classical compositions from both her upcoming album Elysian and her previous albums. As one of the few women composers to perform at the International Composers Festival in London, Rackemann has more than 140 compositions and seven album releases. High Court of Australia. Free event, with registrations from Eventbrite.
3pm: This pop-up exhibition of ceramics by Sarit Cohen features a selection of works that follows on from Cohen's participation in the 2018 group exhibition The Void: Re-imagining Enrico Taglietti. Taglietti's description of Canberra when he first saw it in 1955 was a perfect void. This resonated with Cohen and her understanding of the vessel as a container. Drill Hall Gallery. Continues until November 24. Free event.
The Wharf Revue 2019
8pm: The Wharf Revue returns for another year to provide a hilarious recap of 2019's biggest political moments. From the movers and shakers, to the winners and losers, the stage will come to life with impressions of the year's most memorable characters, recreating the moments that will be hard to forget. Canberra Theatre Centre. Continues until November 23. Tickets from $40 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
Skride Piano Quartet
7pm: Sisters and soloists Baiba and Lauma Skride have joined forces with chamber music colleagues Lise Berthaud and Julian Steckel to present an evening of joyful music. Llewellyn Hall. Tickets are $40 from Ticketek.
8pm: Art and science come together in this mesmerising song cycle about David Warren and the invention of the black box. This story of a visionary scientist explores the core human emotions behind an invention that, while at first was dismissed, went on to become world-changing. The Street Theatre. Continues until November 17. Tickets are $49 from thestreet.org.au.