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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

The no­tion that a por­trait purely de­picts a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject and their per­son­al­ity is turned on its head in the se­ries of works by artist Lori­belle Spirovski. The re­cur­ring sub­ject (Spirovski’s part­ner, ac­claimed con­cert pianist Si­mon Tedeschi) takes on dif­fer­ent guises, poses and ex­pres­sions so as to con­vey dif­fer­ent states, ideas and moods in the artist’s own life. Tedeschi is ef­fec­tively her proxy. Each por­trait is dif­fer­ent — some haunted and drawn, some ap­pro­pri­at­ing lit­er­ary char­ac­ters, some ab­stract — but they all pin­point stages of her artis­tic ca­reer and life. Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Syd­ney. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 9283 4273 or on­line. Un­til Mon­day. Danc­ing with the Or­ches­tra: Alina in the Spot­light Syd­ney Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and vi­olin soloist Alina Ibrag­i­mova present a Hun­gar­ian-Rus­sian dan­cein­spired pro­gram. Ko­daly’s Dances of Galanta was in­spired by tra­di­tional Hun­gar­ian folk mu­sic and will open the con­cert. Rach­mani­noff’s Sym­phonic Dances is a darkly glam­orous piece that will cap­ti­vate with its brass al­leluias. Con­ducted by James Gaf­fi­gan. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, To­day, 2pm. Tick­ets: $39$99. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 2hr, in­clud­ing in­ter­val. Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany, Wharf I The­atre, 4 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $45-$99. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777. Un­til Au­gust 12. Hello, Good­bye & Happy Birth­day Roslyn Oades’s Hello, Good­bye & Happy Birth­day ex­plores two ma­jor tran­si­tional points in adult life — the cel­e­bra­tion of an 18th and an 80th birth­day. While one presents op­por­tu­ni­ties for un­fath­omable po­ten­tial, the other seems eerily like a farewell party with a life­time’s worth of ac­cu­mu­lated ex­pe­ri­ence. The pro­duc­tion is scripted from real-life con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple ei­ther side of these mile­stones, giv­ing au­di­ences a chance to eaves­drop on the con­ver­sa­tions of those strug­gling with how to say good­bye, and those un­sure about where to be­gin. River­side The­atre, Lennox The­atre, cor­ner of Mar­ket and Church streets, Par­ra­matta. Tick­ets: $28-$42. Book­ings: (02) 8839 3399 or on­line. July 27-29. Kinky Boots Cyndi Lau­per’s Kinky Boots is a big-hearted story about prej­u­dice, self-ac­cep­tance and ac­cep­tance of out­siders. Kinky

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