Cairns Choral Society presents the world’s longest-running musical January 13-28. features music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones. It has had more than 17,000 performances off-Broadway. The Fantastiks tells a simple love story, simply staged, about two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud, then hiring actors to stage a mock abduction, so the boy can heroically seem to save the girl, ending the supposed feud. Visit cairnschoralsociety.com.au o As a Cairns-born artist, Ian Smith has consistently returned to the city of his childhood through the subject matter of his paintings. Home Grown Images examines the impact of the Far North on Smith’s artistic career, through a survey of works from the 1980s to today. Imagery of family sits comfortably among landscapes of the region from the Reef to the rainforest and the highways that intersect. Through this Smith constructs a narrative that explores the dynamic evolution of the region he still calls home. Joanna Roberts is an artist and designer whose work embraces the colour and sculptural possibilities of contemporary materials and industrial processes. The artificial biota in this exhibition is inspired by the beauty and colour of the plants and creatures unique to Far North Queensland. Her works closely resemble, in shape, form and colour, naturally occurring flora and fauna. The artist’s use of size and scale is an important artistic device and means of engaging the audience.