Film: The Audi Festival of German Films opens with The Wave. This year’s guests are Jurgen Vogel, one of Germany’s most popular actors, who stars in six festival films, and director Martin Gypkens, who will discuss his second feature Nothing But Ghosts , a multi- layered drama about young travellers, on April 27. Palace Centro, Fortitude Valley. Brisbane, April 23 to 27. www. goethe. de/ ins/ au. Opera: Opera Australia presents Verdi’s A Masked Ball , a story of love and death, as the knives come out in the court of Swedish King Gustav. Nobles dress as fishermen, fortune tellers prophesy, lovers sing wonderful duets, and on his deathbed the king forgives them all. Andrea Licata conducts. With Nicole Youl and Julian Gavin. The Arts Centre, April 19, 22, 24 and May 2 and 7. Bookings: 1300 136 166.
Design: Eighteen designers from 21 universities show work in Object Gallery’s annual national graduate exhibition, Design Now. This year the exhibition includes design for the built environment, the body, communication, the home and industry. Object Gallery, Surry Hills, until June 15. Inquiries: ( 02) 9361 4555. Music: Lebanese virtuoso oud player Marcel Khalife is a celebrated composer, improviser, singer and musician. Throughout his 30- year career, Khalife deftly infuses modern Arabic classical music with flamenco, jazz and traditional folk music, expanding the techniques of oud playing. He performs with the Al Mayadine Ensemble. Sydney Opera House, April 24. Bookings: ( 02) 9250 7777.
Music: The trio Chase the Sun — Jan Rynsaardt, Ryan Vann Gennip and Jon Howler Howell — formed in Sydney two years ago and since then have made a mark on the national blues and roots scene, as a powerhouse live act and with their first, self- titled album. They took home best group and best song ( You Gotta Go) from the Australian Blues Awards. The Loft, April 25. Bookings: ( 03) 5561 0995. Theatre: The money or the game? In The Club , David Williamson’s comedy about Australian football, players cope with the evolution of their sport into a big business. It has been 19 years since the club won a premiership. With John Wood, directed by Bruce Myles. Playhouse Theatre, April 23 to May 6. Bookings: ( 08) 9484 1133.
Photography: Ten new photomontages from Anne Zahalka are part of her Wild Life series in which she melds images from dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The manipulated images are overlaid with artificial, actual and imagined realities, as in Performing Seal , below. Arc One Gallery, until May 3. Inquiries: ( 03) 9650 0589.
Melded images: Zahalka’s Performing Seal