The exhibition Insectarium, curated by Cheryl Hodges, brings together works by seven artists living in the Canberra region of insects ranging from moths to beetles, bees to caterpillars. It opens on Sunday, September 20 at 2pm and runs until October 25. It's on at Helen Stephens Gallery, 39 Murray Street, Collector, NSW. Open Friday to Sunday 11am to 4pm or by appointment. Phone: 0406 836 393. helenstephensgallery.com.
Women's vocal ensemble Polifemy (directed by Robyn Mellor) is emerging from its COVID chrysalis to shake its wings out with a performance of early music of reflection and introspection on Sunday, September 20 at 4pm, Wesley Church, Forrest. The program includes Byrd's Mass for Three Voices and pieces by Palestrina and Morales. Seats ($20) are limited because of COVID-19 restrictions. Bookings: trybooking.com/BLDJDV. Enquiries: 0406 377 762.
Soprano Eleanor Lyons and her husband, pianist Vladimir Fanshil, will perform a concert including opera arias, Grieg's Six Songs op.48, Rachmaninov's Elegie (for solo piano), and a piece composed especially for them by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin called Wandering Hearts. It's on Saturday, September 26 at 2pm and 7.30pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. Bookings: trybooking.com/BLAVE.
The Street Theatre initiative Early Phase will see six $5000 grants made available for creatives - including writers, actors, dancers, musicians, designers and video artists - with an idea to pursue in this program designed to support early work from creative investigation to concept treatments or even first draft stage. The program runs from October 1 to December 11, 2020. Applications close on Friday, September 25 at 4pm. thestreet.org.au.
Composer and ANU lecturer Dr Christopher Sainsbury has picked up the inaugural National Luminary Award at the 2020 Art Music Awards - scooping one of classical music's top honours. He was recognised on Tuesday night for founding and driving the Ngarra-Burria: First Nations Composers program. Dr Sainsbury said, "The Ngarra-Burria program has managed to show that Indigenous composers are there. Indigenous composers have been on the periphery for years, and thankfully, through the program, the industry has really jumped forward, stepped up, and to their credit have effectively said; 'Wow, we've been waiting for this'. I'm really pleased that this award will lift again the profile of Indigenous composers, or as we call it, the Indigenous voice being expressed through classical music and jazz music and art music more broadly."
On Wednesday, September 23 from 12.40 to 1.20pm, the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert series presents students from the piano studio of Natalia Tkachenko performing works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev. $10 includes program and light refreshments. Additional donations welcome. Bookings: trybooking.com/BKYXQ or by phone 6232 7248.
The National Film and Sound Archive has a busy and varied week of screenings. The films are: The Battle of Algiers (1966, Saturday, September 19 at 2pm), about the battle between the Algierians and the French; the documentary Homeland Story (2019, Thursday, September 24 at 6pm) about a white man who spent many years living with a remote Indigenous community; the detective movie The Maltese Falcon (1941, Friday, September 25 at 10.30am); an Arc Out Loud (interactive screening) of the musical Cats (2019, September 25 at 8pm); the documentary The Story of Film: The Arrival of Sound (Saturday, September 26 at 1pm) and the screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938, Saturday, September 26 at 2pm). nfsa.gov.au.
Sound and sight
At the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, five musicians come together to expound Miroslav Bukovsky's new jazz composition inspired by sculptures in James Rogers' survey show Tunnelvision. John Mackey (saxophone), James Luke (bass), Luke Glanville (drums), Richard Johnson (saxophone and electronics), and Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) will perform a concert that includes percussive sound samples from James Rogers' studio in Walcha, NSW. It's on September 19 and 26 at 6pm. eventbrite.com.au/e/sound-and-sight-with-miroslav-bukovsky-tickets-120347369221.
Movin' Car Canberra is returning for another season of drive-in cinema with up to 80 cars at Questacon car park. Dirty Dancing screens on September 24, Jumanji: the Next Level on September 25 and Spies in Disguise screens on September 26, to name a few. For more information and viewing times, see movincar.com.au.
Art Song Canberra
Art Song Canberra's next concert will be given by Sonia Anfiloff (soprano), Kylie Loveland (piano) and Rowan Harvey-Martin (violin, viola). The Unexpected Journey Back will take place in Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, on Saturday October 17, twice - at 3pm and again at 4.15pm, with auditorium capacity 30 at a time. Pre-booking is necessary. trybooking.com/BLJNH.