All that glitters

Cant wait to see Glitterscapes, the latest series of sculptural nudes from local photographic artist Nathan J. Lester, at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Nathan J Lester, Glitterscapes, 2017

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Lester uses the human body as a canvas to create fantastic landscapes accentuated by light reflecting off coloured glitter. The images in Glitterscapes vary from easily recognisable body parts to others where the part of the body photographed resembles a surreal, otherworldly landscape.

And while youre at the centre, check out the exhibition from the NSW group Untethered Fibre Artists who explore the paradox of discovery through fibre in inTransit. The group is comprised of 20 artists whose individual works – created from textiles and natural fibres – respond to the relative significances of journey and destination, places, memories, time and states of being.

At TAC, until June 2.


Elementary, my dear Watson

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle book Ive ever read. I think because it scared me senseless when I read it as an impressionable youth, I never dared venture near another Sherlock Holmes story again. Its a menacing tale, all that lurking about in the darkness on the moors.

Philip Meddows and Peter Fock as Holmes and Dr Watson in Tempo Theatre's production of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Lets hope that Tempo Theatres version, adapted by F. Andrew Leslie, doesnt have the same effect on you. Starring Philip Meddows as Sherlock Holmes and Peter Fock as Dr Watson, Tempo promises the play will have you on the edge of your seat.

At the Belconnen Community Theatre from May 25 to June 2. For bookings, tickets $35, head to

Craft by design

Two new exhibitions at the Craft ACT craft + design centre. In these hands: Mara nyangangka celebrates the collaboration between Australia's two oldest centres for craft and design, Sturt Gallery & Studios (1941) and Ernabella arts (1948). The exhibition will feature historical content and work by a new generation of Indigenous artists from Ernabella arts.

Two new exhibitions open at the Craft ACT craft + design centre: In these hands: Mara nyangangka and Engram.

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In Engram, jewellery designer Sabine Pagan will show her most recent work, where she delves into her research on architectural environments, place, materiality and memories through a new series of rings exhibited together with prints and videos.

Craft ACT, North Building, London Circuit, City, until June 30.

Youth works

More than 2500 young musicians will gather in Canberra from May 17-22 for the Australian National Eisteddfod, which kicks off with the bands and orchestras event. Local community bands taking part include Canberra City Band, Ginninderra Wind Orchestra, Canberra Brass bands, John Agnew Band, Tuggeranong Valley Band and South Canberra Youth Wind Orchestra as well as many school bands and orchestras.

The eisteddfod's mission is to promote participation in the performing arts and it actively encourages an inclusive environment that fosters the growth of confidence and self-esteem in performers of all levels and ages.

Bands and orchestras is the first event to be run this year – others for choirs, singing, piano, speech and drama will take place in August and September. Performances will take place in Llewellyn Hall and the Lyneham High School Performing Arts Centre.

Mourn no more

A few people might remember the band Steve Grieve and the Mourners who were kicking around Canberra more than 20 years ago in places such as Mannys Tavern and the Boot and Flogger.

Steve Grieve and Dan Myles are heading back to Canberra with Steve Grieve and the Mourners.

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The two main characters, Grieve himself and vocalist Dan Myles, are Canberra born and bred but after the band played its last gig, Myles headed to the United States for 14 years and recorded a solo album. Grieve went on to work with some notable Australian musicians including Margaret Urlich and Christine Anu. The band released a new album, Caterpillar Maze, in late 2017 and are now backing it up with a short tour, Back on Top Down Under, which includes a date in Canberra on June 9 at the Polish White Eagle Club in Turner. Relive some old memories or create some new ones.

Winter escape

If youre looking for a winter escape to warm you up, schedule in a visit to Four Winds, Bermagui in June for the first in the Windsong Series.

Simon Tedeschi (piano) and Andrew Haveron (violin) were two of 2017s best received performances at the lovely pavillion and the prospect of them performing together should be well worth the coast trip. They will be performing a program of romantic music – sweeping melodies and beautiful harmonies. Tedeschi last performed at Four Winds with actor John Bell, co-creating an epic, narrative performance of Enoch Arden.

Sunday, June 17, 2.30-4.30pm. Bookings at

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Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy is a reporter at The Canberra Times.

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