The National Portrait Gallery and The Curatoreum in partnership with Penguin Books will host the official Canberra launch of Omar Musa's Killernova. Musa charts a journey through the colonial history of South-East Asia, environmental destruction, race in Australia, and the isolation and addiction of COVID lockdown. Saturday, from 1pm and 3pm. National Portrait Gallery. Tickets from portrait.gov.au.
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. Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday at 6.30pm. Canberra Theatre Centre. 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 Saturday at noon via Zoom. Register at belcoarts.com.au.
Un-titled: Elizabeth Newman is at Drill Hall Gallery. This exhibition surveys the work of Melbourne artist Elizabeth Newman. Newman's body of work, be it collage, installation, text-based, textile or found object, is infused with painterly notions of re-presentation. Hovering around the edges of signification, embracing affect and the act of becoming, her art pivots around reversals of positive and negative, challenging the limitations of language while paradoxically affirming the plasticity of our systems of understanding. Friday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Drill Hall. Free event. Continues until January 23.
Twilight Tunes is back at Corin Forest. Pack your picnic blanket and enjoy music in the mountains this summer. There is live music by Key Grip Duo, as well as some food options accompanied by local wines and craft beer, or bring a few nibblies of your own. Sunday, from 5pm to 7pm. Corin Forest. Tickets from corinforest.connectintouch.com.
Major Darren Cole and the Royal Military College Band will return to Canberra Theatre Centre on Tuesday for their fourth live Music at Midday concert for the year, featuring a mix of big band hits and musical surprises and with all donations benefiting Soldier On. The Royal Military College Band is one of Australia's premier military bands, performing at historic occasions including the Centenary of Federation celebration in London in 2000 and ceremonial duties at Gallipoli on Anzac Day. Tuesday, 12pm. Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
After initially opening in July - when the artist Stephen Dupont was unable to attend due to being in lockdown in Sydney - aMBUSH Gallery Canberra has announced the re-launch of Are We Dead Yet? This in-depth artistic documentation of the effects of climate change on Australia is part of a long-term project by renowned photographer and intrepid world traveller Stephen Dupont. Thursday and Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Continues until January 23.
Internationally successful Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi is teaming up with another longtime international success, jazz vocalist and violinist George Washingmachine. They will perform Gershwin favourites and classic jazz standards by Cole Porter, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller and others. Summertime is on at the Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall, Friday at 8pm. See theq.net.au.
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