Capital life January 22: Cabaret, art and everyone’s favorite Magic Beach | Canberra time


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Congratulations to Canberrans Emma Rani Hodges and Akil Ahamat, both among the 65 shortlisted finalists for the 67th Blake Prize. The biannual event has a prize pool of $42,000. Hodges’ work Close to the Sound of Your Heart, Beating Waves in the Ocean, 2021, is about spirituality and a return to lost culture, reimagining and nurturing his story as a person of mixed heritage. Ahamat’s Unchained Melody, 2020 is an experiential installation comprising a suite of sound works and a speculative therapeutic technique, the Sonic Shower, imitating the private and therapeutic space of the domestic shower. Selected finalists will display their work at the 67th Blake Prize Exhibition at Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula, NSW from 12 March to 22 May. See: The Shane & The Cathryn Brennan Award for Playwriting was created to discover and celebrate the best new screenplays among Australian playwrights. With a cash prize of $60,000, the prize invites playwrights to submit unproduced plays in two categories: stage and theater for young audiences. It will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022 (AEDT). Jonathon Zalakos is a jewelry and contemporary designer based in Canberra, Ngunnawal and Ngambri lands. Jonathon seeks to integrate traditional silversmithing materials and techniques with contemporary practices and philosophical thought. Jonathon is particularly interested in how meaning is co-produced through the processes of expression and perception. Her exhibition Human, Jewellery, Human is on view at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson until January 30. Upcoming screenings for those who enjoy their films under the stars include 1950s musical Grease (Sing-a-Long, PG, Jan. 22), dark drama The Card Counter (MA15+, Jan. 27) and new Steven Spielberg’s version of the musical West Side Story (M, Jan. 28). Australian National Botanic Gardens, Eucalyptus Lawn. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., film starts at 8:20 p.m. Finegan Kruckemeyer’s adaptation of Alison Lester’s book tells the story of a family who travel each year to Magic Beach where everything you can imagine becomes real. But this year is different. As the eldest begins to grow, should she leave the magic behind? It’s aimed at kids ages 3-12 and comes from the team behind the stage versions of The Gruffalo and the Treehouse series. Canberra Theater Center on January 22 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. and January 23 at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Fake French Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge and their band will launch their third album, aptly titled Album Trois, at the Street Theater on Saturday, February 5 at noon. See: The National Gallery of Australia has a lot to offer, including the exhibition Jeffrey Smart, Know My Name: Australian Women Artists from 1900 to Now, Project 1: Sarah Lucas and Ever Present: First Peoples Are of Australia. See:,au. Enjoy contemporary Canberra cabaret from Jazida Productions with a story showcasing the region’s burlesque, circus, comedy, belly dancing and drag. This 18+ show is presented at the Belconnen Arts Center on Saturday January 29 at 8 p.m. See: Dramatic Productions has announced that due to COVID cases in its cast and production team, their production of the musical Dogfight has been postponed until May. See:



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