Nancy Sever Gallery
Transforming Mountains and Rivers is an exhibition of the work Sydney landscape artists Peter Yu and Sam Lai. Curator Guan Wei says they both use ''skillful and powerful brushstrokes and have adopted a sort of free-form, calligraphic Chinese painting style". On show at Nancy Sever Gallery, Level 1, 131 City Walk, Civic until May 23. Gallery hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. nancysevergallery.com.au.
One or Two Paintings
This exhibition of one or two recent works by each of the ANCA studio residents Peter Alwast, Joel Arthur, Riley Beaumont, Rowan Kane and Dionisia Salas reveals formal similarities among the works because of the artists' close proximity. On at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson, from May 5 to May 23. anca.net.au.
Music for Voices and Brass
Canberra Choral Society commences its 2021 season with music of Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli and the Canberra premiere of Dan Walker's Mass of Deliverance. Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Sunday, May 2 at 5pm. Tickets: $25, $25, $20, book via Ticketek.
A practical acting course at the Hedley Beare Centre in Stirling on May 11, 7pm to 9pm. $150/$100. Call 0408 034 373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until 5pm on Sunday, May 16 are the following exhibitions: Liam Fallon's Transmission, exploring the construction of narrative through often-overlooked remnants of suburban life; Gerald Jones's From there to here, in-between places, I am many thoughts employs colour and form as vehicles to express gender and identity; Ellen Shields's Still explores the recent altering of society's behaviours and perspectives; and finally Invader by Tom Buckland. Until May 16. m16artspace.com.au.
Homebound, an exhibition of works produced in isolation by Joel Arthur, Emma Beer, Rory Gillen, Aidan Hartshorne, Robbie Karmel, Rosalind Lemoh and Natalie Mather. Curated by David Broker, it references two major thematics in the year that almost wasn't: to be confined to home and to return home, to find shelter in a storm. It finishes at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 44 Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes, on Sunday, May 2. Open 11am to 5pm. ccas.com.au.
The Song Club
Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham (The Waifs) have made an album, The Song Club (out May 7 via ABC Music) and they are touring it nationally - playing the Harmonie German Club on May 14. Doors open 7pm. Tickets: felicityurquhart.com/tour-dates/.
International Music Festival
Concerts coming up from May 1-9 include Hand to Earth, a celebration of First Nations artists: women's culture from Lightning Ridge followed by Yolgnu Songmen from Arnhem Land. It will be on May 2 at 1.30pm and 3.30pm at the Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia. Another is Night and Dreams at the Fitter's Workshop on May 5 at 6.30pm and 8.30pm, featuring a transcription for Arnold Schoenberg's Transfigured Night op 4 and H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!! - a 'pan-demonium'. See cimf.org.au.
Shake & stir's adaptation of George Orwell's allegory about the Russian Revolution, set on a farm where the animals take over, is on at the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre from May 6 to 8, (various times). canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
Two old school friends come back together 40 years after playing the twins in Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, to rework it as a two-hander in this play about trust, remembering, loss, regret, love and pain. Stars Greg Fleet and Ian Darling. The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, May 3 to 6. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
The Chaser and The Shovel
At the Canberra Theatre on May 4 at 7.30pm, Charles Firth (from The Chaser) and James Schloeffel (from The Shovel) will perform their comedy show The Anti-Expert's Guide to Everything. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
At the Canberra Theatre on May 5 and May 6 at 6.30pm, the Australian comedian will perform his show, Shoes Half Full. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.