In Canberra writer-director David Atfield's new play, Chiaroscuro, the artist Caravaggio picks a young man to pose for a religious painting. Soon their relationship becomes much more than just that of artist and model. The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, from Wednesday to Saturday. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
Belco Arts has free artist-led, relaxed making sessions to connect with your community and your creativity. Make some music with Ruth O'Brien in her Songwriting and Improv session on November 27 at noon via Zoom. The series continues on at noon on December 18 when you can enjoy some creative festive spirit with Michelle Day's Illumination making session via Zoom. Free, but bookings essential from belcoarts.com.au.
The National Gallery of Australia is running a Digital Collage workshop with Simon Ward via Zoom for people aged from 13 to 25 to create their own CG animation collages. Saturday, 10am. Free, registration required at nga.gov.au.
Art and dementia
On Monday, from 10.30am to 11.45am, people living with dementia and their care partners are invited to engage through discussion and art-making in an online event at the National Gallery of Australia. Works of art from the gallery's collection inspire social interaction and creativity. It's free but bookings are essential at nga.gov.au.
Now on at Beaver
Tom Moore's studio glass exhibition Glassorama-BioDrama! Diorama all the ding-dong-day! contains hybrid sculptures that balance whimsy with profound questions about the exploitation of the environment. Combining plant and animal forms with mechanical elements, the creations exist in an imagined future where the natural world has evolved to keep pace with human-induced climate change.
Michael Schlitz's woodcut show Pictures from the mindfield represents a transition between reality and a dream-like space. The creatures in it are inhabitants of the liminal zone, on the threshold of another psychological state.
Both exhibitions are on at Beaver Galleries until Sunday. For more information go to beavergalleries.com.au.
A Christmas Carol
Canberra Repertory Society will be reopening with an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is taken through past, present and future one Christmas Eve by three ghosts. He is given the opportunity to learn and to mend the error of his ways because Christmas Day dawns. The festive classic is on from Thursday until December 5 at Canberra Rep Theatre (Theatre 3). Tickets from canberrarep.org.au, or call weekdays from 10am to 4pm on 6275 1950.
Canberra Short Film Festival
The Canberra Short Film Festival with 169 films from 20 countries with theme-based strands including The Politics of Sexuality and Gender, Future worlds, First Nations Stories and Iranian nights and Experimental Film is on until Thursday. There will be post-film panel discussions with filmmakers and other special guests. Screenings are on at a few venues with COVID restrictions on audiences in some cases. For more information on films and venues and for bookings go to csff.com.au.
Tickets are now on sale for National Opera's production of Puccini's love story La Rondine at the Canberra Theatre on March 16, 18 and 20, 2022. Gale Edwards will direct the performance and Stephen Mould will conduct the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for the performances. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
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