Don’s guide to Canberra in autumn

After a much too long break, we bring you Don’s recommendations for your leisure time.


4 to 18 March: “Cold Light” at the Street Theatre. Adapted by Alana Valentine from the Frank Moorhouse novel. “How far can a woman of vision go?” Tickets $39-$55.

9 March to 4 April: French Film Festival at the Palace Cinema, where you can find your little booklet of films; also available to download or peruse online.

Wed. 15 March: Martha Wainwright at the Canberra Theatre. “Oh Pep” are the support act, Melbourne duo Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs. Worth listening to.

Sat. 18 March: Vince Jones & the Astral Orchestra present the music of Van Morrison, at the Playhouse, 8 p.m.

20 to 26 March: Canberra Comedy Festival. Find them at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Street Theatre, and the Uni Pub: “weird, absurd and wonderful”. And there are even events at the Novotel and the Civic Pub (8 Lonsdale St).

27 March to 2 April: “Ladies in Black”, from Madeleine St John’s fabulous novel, tunes by Tim Finn, a Queensland Theatre Production. The Melbourne Age says: “The best Aussie musical since Priscilla went global.” Canberra Theatre, tickets $89-$99.


Sat. 8 April: Bonnie Raitt, the Dig in Deep Tour, at the Canberra Theatre.

Thurs. 13 April to Mon. 17 April: National Folk Festival at Exhibition Park. You can buy tickets at the gate, or book online at Pricey, but a wonderful event. You can also download each day’s program. Ph. 6242 5944.

Thurs. 20 April: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry at the Playhouse, “Shine a Light Tour“. Classic railroad songs and songs from their back catalogues.

27 April to 7 May: Canberra International Music Festival, “Revolution – A Music Adventure from the Barricades of Time“. This is going to be amazing but will clean you out at $850 for a season pass. Some events are free! Some are $25; most are $57 and $67.