Music: Five- piece Wellington band the Strangers wind up their first Australian tour, playing music from their debut album Weight . The Strangers’ dramatic live performances are described as ferocious, intense and dark. Enjoy! They head a program featuring Space Bong, Laser Death Ray, Prisonbitch and God God Dammit Dammit. Worldsend, tonight. Inquiries: ( 08) 8231 9137.
Visual art: The inaugural Wilson HTM National Art Prize Finalist Exhibition includes the work of 12 emerging artists working in digital animation, painting, photography, sculpture and new media. Sam Smith won the $ 10,000 first prize for Street Shift , his video work with science fiction undertones. Jan Manton Art, until April 25. Inquiries: ( 07) 3844 0043.
Comedy: Mature audiences 15 years and over only please for television funny men’s live show The Chaser’s Age of Terror Variety Hour , with Andrew Hansen, Chas Licciardello, Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel. Just as on TV, the boys present satirical sketches, songs and political gags, some of which will be kind of OK. His Majesty’s Theatre, April 15- 19. Bookings: ( 08) 9484 1133.
Theatre: Hey there, Little Red Riding Hood, you sure are looking good in Big, Bad Fairy Tales , directed by Ewan Cameron. This absurdist fantasy is redolent of vaudeville and early film, with a twist. An armoury of make- up and props enables the creation of living puppets. Warning: audience participation is encouraged. Brightspace, tonight . Bookings: ( 03) 9593 9366. Visual art: Murray Cod: The Biggest Fish in the River is an exhibition of works inspired by Australia’s largest freshwater fish. It features more than 40 works by 27 artists, from colonial- era naturalist Ludwig Becker to photographer Narelle Autio, as well as indigenous grass- weavings, linocuts and carvings. Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum, April 18 to July 27. Inquiries: 131 102.
Music: Norwegian guitarist Bjorn Solli is now based in New York City, where he works with jazz and rock artists from Will Vinson to Alicia Keys. He is joined by the New York- based, Sydney- reared rhythm section of Jasper Leak and Adam Pache, highlighting Solli’s debut album Solid! . The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, April 12. Bookings: ( 02) 9351 7940.
Deft: Richard Maurovic’s Sydney vision Visual art: South Australian painter Richard Maurovic’s A Brush with Sydney is his take on the inner city and environs. He uses saturated colour, merging architectural detail and industrial design with everyday life. A meticulous technique belies the fact that he is a quadriplegic, after an accident in his former life as a drover, and paints by strapping the paintbrush to his hand. Paddington Contemporary Fine Art, until April 20. Inquiries: ( 02) 9331 1195.