Here’s HELEN MUSA’s collection of art news for this week’s “Arts in the City.”
“THE Sleeping Beauty” tells the story of a beautiful princess who has to sleep for 100 years until she is awakened by true love’s kiss. This narrated version of the Australian Ballet’s ‘Storytime’ program aims to get children dancing in their seats to Tchaikovsky’s score, and they are encouraged to dress up. The Playhouse, January 13 – 15.
CANBERRA Comedy Festival has now announced its March 2023 schedule and a new comedy hub at ANU’s Kambri. Will Anderson makes his festival debut, there’s a show from The Umbilical Brothers, a solo debut in Canberra from TV star Melanie Bracewell, foreign favorites like Larry Dean from Scotland and Paul Foot and Mark Watson from the UK, alongside Australian comedy stars like Dave Hughes , Claire Hooper, Sh!t-faced Shakespeare, Nazeem Hussain and Chris Ryan of Canberra. Information at canberracomedyfestival.com.au
SUMMERTIME visitors to Sydney can expect Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and Toad as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s “Wind In The Willows” to life – young spectators are even transformed into rabbits. Harborside of the Main Pond Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, several times, January 5-22. Full details at willowslive.com.au
PERFORM Australia was coming to the end of its five-year lease in Fyshwick and was looking for new premises to stage year-end productions and daily classes. Good news is they have a new home at 2A Barker St, Griffith. Full details at perform.edu.au
YOU Are Here Indy arts organization tells “CityNews” it has funded 12 events this year through the “Good Company” grant program: “Lulu & The Tantrums play Inflatable World;” ” One for all;” Ben Marston & Chris Thwaite; “The landing;” Afrobeat, Ska and Jazz in Strathnairn; “Roar!;” Canberra Cryptid Ball; “Jammin’ the Parking Lot;” “The gentleman’s companion;” American mafia writing workshop; “Ethical Non-Comedy: Introduction to Sketching;” and ‘Emotional Repair Café’.
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Ian Meikle, editor