Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Canberra Repertory Society presents Tennessee Williams' award-winning classic about a dysfunctional Southern family gathering to celebrate the patriarch's birthday and the secrets and lies that emerge over the course of the evening. Canberra Repertory Society Theatre (Theatre 3), off Ellery Crescent, Acton. Directed by Anne Somes. Saturday, February 20 at 8pm. Season ends on March 6, 2021. More information: canberrarep.org.au.
Echo Theatre presents Hillary Bell's play set in a small Tasmanian town in which nine-year-old Lizzie is suspected of murdering another child, presenting a painful choice for her mother. Bell won the Jill Blewett Playwright's Award in 1998. Suitable for ages 15+. Directed by Jordan Best. It's on at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, on Saturday February 20 at 2pm and 8pm. Season ends on February 27, 2021. theq.net.au.
Art Song Canberra's first concert in 2021 will be given by Canberrans Jade McFaul (soprano) and Lucus Allerton (piano). The concert will feature Australian art songs by Sutherland, Glanville-Hicks and others about the varied and brilliant colours of the Australian landscape. It's on at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest on Sunday February 21 at 3pm. Tickets: trybooking.com/BNWCE or at the door.
PhotoAccess open day
On Saturday February 20 from noon to 4pm is PhotoAccess Open Day, at 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith, ACT. Explore VIEW2021, the current exhibition inHuw Davies Gallery, and meet some of Canberra's early career artists as they talk about their works. Learn and see how the current artists-in-residence are experimenting with new photo-media practice, in the darkroom and the digital realm. There will also be all-ages, photo-fun activities such as designing your own cyanotype T-shirts, creating lenticular magnets, hunting for augmented reality treasure and sitting for a take-home, large format family portrait. The Open Day is free and there's no need to book. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Live music is back at The Street Theatre with a performance by Canberra jazz composer-pianist Wayne Kelly with Brendan Clarke on double bass and Andrew Dickeson on drums. The Wayne Kelly Trio are set to swing to the music of American jazz legend Thelonious Monk and Kelly's original music written in Canberra during the time of COVID. Saturday February 20 at 7.30pm. thestreet.org.au.
Chinese Lantern Festival
In Chinese culture the Lantern Festival marks the formal end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. The ACT Branch of the Australia China Friendship Society will hold the Lantern Festival on Saturday, February 27 2021 from 6 to 8.30pm at the Beijing Garden, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. There will be performances of Chinese music, dancing, and martial arts. The festivities will conclude with a lantern parade. Bring a picnic and rug and enjoy a family evening by Lake Burley Griffin. Water and lanterns will be available for purchase. If there is rain the event will be cancelled - please check the website (acfs.org.au) on the day. This event is free but attendees are urged to register at trybooking.com/BODHE.
On Wednesday February 24 from 12.40pm to 1.20pm in the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert series, Canberra pianist Charles Huang continues his journey through the keyboard suites of Johann Sebastian Bach, this time presenting the Partita No. 4 in D Major. He will also play works by Chopin and Debussy including the well-loved Clair de Lune. $10 includes program and refreshments. Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, Bookings essential: trybooking.com/BODOX or by phone 6232 7248.