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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.

SYD­NEY

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.

WAR­RNAM­BOOL, VIC­TO­RIA

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.

BRIS­BANE

PERTH

MEL­BOURNE

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

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