The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Ea­monn Kelly

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.

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