Symphony Orchestra at last year’s Dark Mofo festival in Hobart. Offbeat humour and social critique permeate MillerHeidke’s oeuvre. Possessing neither the biting lyrical flair of a Tim Minchin nor the articulate sting of a Sara Bareilles, she nonetheless shines prosaic light on contemporary phenomena, making use of an autobiographical tone, both scathing and self-effacing.On offer are uncomplicated orchestrations by Iain Grandage, visuals by Amy Gebhardt and selections from Miller-Heidke’s new album as well as from her decade-long back catalogue. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Tonight only, 8pm. Tickets: $63-$129. Bookings: (02) 9520 7777 or online. Sticks and Stones The Song Company presents the Australian debut of Oday alKhatib in Sticks & Stones, a collaborative revoicing of tales of exile in the Levant. The program is linked with the Jericho Project in Britain and the Middle East and delivers a culturally discordant yet aurally delightful display of both Western and non-Western musical repertoire. Sticks & Stones features melodies reminiscent of Ramallah and Passiontide polyphony, including Thomas Tallis’s The Lamentations of Jeremiah and Allegri’s Miserere. Wollongong Art Gallery, 46 Burelli Street, Wollongong. Today, 3pm. Tickets: $30-$60. Bookings: (02) 8272 9500 or online. Escape from Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue The Australian National Maritime Museum brings the story of Pompeii and Herculaneum to Australian shores in the international exhibition Escape from Pompeii. It features more than 100 objects from the ancient cities devastated by the Mount Vesuvius eruption in AD79. These famous ancient relics are displayed in an innovative way, with interactive multimedia and 3-D animation allowing viewers to re-create everyday life in the Roman world and the damaging effects of the volcano. Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street Darling Harbour, Sydney. Opens March 31. Daily, 9.30am-5pm. Tickets: $16$32. Bookings: (02) 9298 3777 or online. Kader Attia French-Algerian artist Kader Attia comes to the Museum of Contemporary Art with his first solo exhibition in the southern hemisphere. His work deals with the clashes of East and West, politics and war. This new survey exhibition encompasses more than a decade of the artist’s practice, focusing on key installations that are humorous production of Two sees that the audience is treated to a lively night at the local as various members of the community pull up a stool and let us into their lives. Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli. Today, 4.30pm, 8.15pm and tomorrow, 5pm. Tickets: $37-$71 Bookings: (02) 9929 0644 or online. Until May 6. Shen Yun Shen Yun combines technological innovations, historically authentic costumes and animated backdrops to recreate diverse ethnic and folk traditions through classical Chinese dance. National Folk Festival Celebrate traditional and contemporary folk life at the National Folk Festival with entertainment and a program to inspire, enliven and entertain. There are over 200 acts involved, representing blues, roots, acoustic, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country music, dance, spoken world, film and circus cabaret. Exhibition Park, Corner Flemington Road and Federal Hwy, Mitchell, Canberra.Opens April 13. Inquiries: (02) 6262 4792 or online.