but in fact this is a fascinating exhibition of architecturally ambitious dwellings that are the antithesis of the McMansion of suburbia. These are remarkable structures designed to be in and commune with the equally remarkable natural settings in which most of them are constructed. Ultimately these are homes designed to help us be more balanced and serene, but we may wonder whether we have to be this rich to have a harmonious environment; and design alone will not make us happy without a willingness to change our lives. Museum of Sydney, corner of Bridge and Phillip streets, Sydney. Admission: $5-$10. Inquiries: (02) 9251 5988 or online. Until November 29. Ochre, Spinifex & Foil Three materials are used as symbolic representations of larger sociological ideas about Australia design and the ideas of authenticity, preservation and cultural capital. The gallery space will be filled by large panels of light, drawing and imagery, displays of spinifex and foil, and darkened tableaus of ochres. Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, 148 City Road, Darlington. Tues-Fri, 11am-5pm. Inquiries: (02) 9351 3115 or online. Ends Friday.
Analogy artists have been chosen by John Bell to create a series of works inspired by the Bard. Wendy Sharpe, Nicholas Harding, Ann Thompson, Ken Done and Tamara Dean, among others, take Shakespeare’s most famous plays as inspiration for their works. Western foyers, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Opens Monday. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Until November 15. Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet Line for line, phrase for phrase, Damien Ryan’s production of Hamlet for Bell Shakespeare is one of the most playful and smart readings of the play in recent years. It’s up there with John Bell’s 2003 production. The great feature of this production is its intimacy. How wonderful it is to see this play (performed by a cast of 10) in a studio-sized theatre. Combined with Ryan’s fresh and often surprising staging, it makes this a production for Shakespeare gurus, too. Ragtime have seen the 45-yearold become a stalwart of the US stage. She appears alongside the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing show tunes. Ophelia, with guest soprano Allison Bell. The quartet also performs Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga’s String Quartet No 3. Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra. Sunday, 2pm. Tickets: $30-$65. Bookings: (02) 6240 6701.