The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Guru (Ja­cob Ra­jan) is a buck­toothed chameleon, chan­nelling 17 char­ac­ters and leap­ing to mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, de­liv­er­ing a ser­pen­tine ro­man­tic thriller while dis­pens­ing du­bi­ous spir­i­tual wis­dom. He is by turns charm­ing, loath­some and ab­surdly pro­found. Laugh­ter, heart­break and en­light­en­ment abound. Loosely based on the In­dian fairy­tale Punchkin, Guru of Chai tells the story of a tea seller whose life is changed for­ever when an aban­doned girl stops a busy train sta­tion with the beauty of her singing. Pre­sented by New Zealand’s In­dian Ink Theatre Com­pany. Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. Tick­ets: $48. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444 or on­line. Opens May 16, un­til June 4. Signs of Life Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary re­al­ist artist Scott McDougall will ex­hibit new paint­ings that are a col­lec­tion of small sto­ries of com­ings and go­ings and new di­rec­tions — mov­ing on in life and the tak­ing of new paths to­wards the un­known. They ex­plore the Eu­ro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture to for­eign lands, such as Cuba. There is a dis­tinct con­trast be­tween the grand fa­cades of the build­ings and the hum­ble na­ture of the peo­ple who live within. Ex­hi­bi­tion launch with the artist is to­day. Art Atrium, 181 Old South Head Road, Bondi. In­quiries: (02) 9388 9908 or on­line. Un­til May 6. Jorna New­berry Jorna New­berry is a Pit­jan­t­jat­jara artist who di­vides her time be­tween Warakurna, Ir­run­ytju and Alice Springs, where she has fam­ily, liv­ing be­tween the tra­di­tional cul­ture of her in­dige­nous back­ground and a con­tem­po­rary one. New­berry favours ab­strac­tion as a stylis­tic mode to en­sure se­crecy of im­por­tant cul­tural mat­ters, rather than tak­ing the more fig­u­ra­tive ap­proach From Rus­sia With Love The Metropoli­tan Orches­tra, along­side Aus­tralian soloists Ben­jamin Kopp and An­thony Hein­richs, per­forms in an evening steeped in Rus­sian flavour. The pro­gram will open with the Rus­lan and Lud­milla Over­ture by Mikhail Glinka fol­lowed by Rach­mani­nov’s Pi­ano Con­certo No 2. The sec­ond half of the per­for­mance will be­gin with the world pre­miere per­for­mance of The Bright Seraphim from Aus­tralian com­poser Jim Coyle. Fin­ish­ing the pro­gram will be Shostakovich’s de­light­ful Ninth Sym­phony.

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