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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.

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