the fourth novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. He wrote the first three, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The Breeders Singer-guitarist Kim Deal leads alternative rock legends the Breeders — guitarist Kelley Deal, drummer Jim MacPherson and bassist Josephine Wiggs — in a show featuring music from their recent album All Nerve. Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall, Bennelong Point. Friday, 8pm. Tickets: $20-$99. Inquiries: (02) 9250 7111 or online. Olafur Arnalds BAFTA award-winning producer and instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds tours with music from his recent album re:member. an uplifting night at the theatre as Do combines stand-up comedy with real-life tales, photographs and filmed pieces to retell his story. Seymour Centre, York Theatre, corner of Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale. Friday, 8pm. Tickets: $59.90-$64.90. Inquiries: (02) 9351 7940 or online. The Betoota Advocate Roadshow The creators of satirical news website The Betoota Advocate, Clancy Overell and Errol Parker, discuss the newspaper’s history. Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall, Bennelong Point. December 1, 8pm. Tickets: $68.70-$186. Inquiries: (02) 9250 7111 or online. exhibition takes us back to the decade or two preceding that conflict, a period of unprecedented dynamism in the history of modernism. Within a short time, an extraordinary range of new movements and styles sprang up, including fauvism, intimism, analytical cubism, expressionism, abstraction and futurism. One of the virtues of this exhibition is that it deals with a relatively small number of artists and that the most important individuals and movements are represented by several pieces. This allows us to form some idea of their development and reminds us that by no means are all of these works masterpieces. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney. Thurs-Tues, 10am-5pm; Wed, 10am-10pm. Tickets: $16-$28. Bookings: 136 246 or online. Until March 3. The Art of Giving In death as in life, James Fairfax, scion of the newspaper dynasty, remains a committed benefactor. On his death, Fairfax bequeathed his magnificent $18 million Victorian Italianate property near Bowral to the National Trust to be open to the public as a house museum. Which is why it is fitting, says Scott Pollock, National Trust manager of Retford Park, that the first art exhibition to be held at Retford Park is titled The Art of Giving. The show includes 18 print reproductions of important paintings by artists including Fred Williams, Russell Drysdale, Keith Looby, Tony Tuckson, Frederick McCubbin, John Olsen and Ian Fairweather that Fairfax donated to the National Gallery of Australia. Retford Park, 1325 Old South Road, Bowral. Daily, 10am-4pm. Tickets: $15-$25. Bookings: (02) 4861 1933 or online. Until December 2. says the preacher to the interfering busybody. It is one of the climactic moments in Patrick White’s complex script and it is played superbly by Sarah Peirse in this new production by Kip Williams. Peirse is extraordinary: an initially monstrous figure about whom we finally come to care. Williams’s production and Elizabeth Gadsby’s design, with a great score by Clemence Williams, smooth over abrupt stylistic shifts. Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre, Bennelong Point. Today, 2pm and 8pm. Tickets: $65-$108. Bookings: (02) 9250 1777 or online. Until December 15. The Dance of Death gives a performance that is more comically abject than one may want in a 21st-century production of a play written in 1900, but she is very funny and mischievous in her scenes with Kurt. Toby Schmitz as Kurt, the poor bastard who is sucked into this situation, has an initial strength that starts to crumble in the hands of this terrible couple. Hills. Today, 2pm and 8pm. Tickets: $37-$77. Bookings: (02) 9699 3444 or online. Until December 23. Julius Caesar The workers in Julius Caesar are “blocks … stones … worse than senseless things”, but they are also powerful, volatile and easily roused. It is this populist theme — and the breakdown of social order in the play — that speaks to us in the Trump era. This Bell Shakespeare production is lopsided and ungainly. Theatre is supposed to be alchemical. This is gold dust made a bit leaden. Sydney Opera House, Playhouse, Bennelong Point. Today, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $35-$95. Inquiries: (02) 9250 7111 or online. Ends Sunday.