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1 Australian punk rockers
The Living End will play
ANU Bar and Refectory on
Thursday. One of the
country's hardest touring
bands is back on the road for
the first time since their huge
Retrospective Tour in 2012.
Get along to catch them from
8pm. Tickets $51 at
2 Hilltop Hoods are on their
way around Australia on
their largest domestic tour to
date. Joined by Blue
Thundamentals, the Cosby
Sweater Tour will be the first
headline tour for the Hilltop
Hoods since 2012. Get along
to catch the best of their new
chart topping album Walking
Under Stars along with other
hits. Tickets $67.29 plus
booking fees at
3 Uncover spine-tingling
truths about how fear can
be conjured in the mind and
felt powerfully throughout
the body. Adrenaline-
pumping activities are on
offer at the National Museum
of Australia's Night at the
Museum: Fear. It runs from
6pm-9.30pm on Friday. Tickets
$10 at the door on online via
4 Comedian Hannah Gadsby
will share her astute eye
for detail and sense of hilarity
in an hour-long talk about the
art of faces. Gadsby has
delivered her comedy lectures
at New York's Guggenheim
museum, London's Kings
gallery and Toowoomba
regional art gallery. Now she
is turning her attention to the
National Portrait Gallery and
all its most loved faces. Friday
from 6pm-7pm. Tickets $30,
members $26. Book at
portrait.gov.au or 6102 7000.
5 Dissect and discuss after a
screening at Sunday's
Canberra International Film
Follow the screening of Love
Marriage in Kabul on Sunday
at 6.45pm and join the film's
director Amin Palangi and
producer Pat Fiske in
conversation with award-
winning ABC journalist
MAN OF THE SKINS
Jeff ''Tain'' Watts shows off his jazz drumming skills, ahead of his first Canberra gig at The Street Theatre on Friday at 8pm.
Photo: John Rogers
Citizen Tain unleashed on Australia
Five-time Grammy award winning
drummer and composer Jeff Tain''
Watts is making his Canberra debut, as
part of his inaugural Australian tour,
While Watts is no stranger to
playing Down Under, he said it would
be a thrill to tour under his own name
for the first time.
Hailing from Pittsburg, Watts
trained in classical percussion at
Duquesne University before following
his passion for jazz drumming at the
Berklee School of Music.
Years of formal instruction and
teaching, he said, weighed heavily on
The drum set is like a group of
instruments to use independently to
sound like many people,'' Watts said.
"I think of African patterns
sometimes that inspire a dance feeling,
but there is also a classical influence
that I have gotten to by performing in
timpani and thinking orchestrally."
He will be joined on his Australian
tour by Osmany Parades (piano), Troy
Roberts (saxophone) and Chris Smith
Acknowledged internationally for
his explosive sound and mastery of
fast, complex rhythms, Watts said it
was vital the musicians he played with
had a cool and engaging presence.
"A lot of my music is egghead'
stuff', in the wrong hands it's kind of
nerdy stuff," he said. "I need people
that are earthy and can humanise it.
That needs to be in there because
we are trying to be cool."
Watts said he would run the full
gamut of styles in his show.
"There will be traditional jazz,
world music to things that remind
people of fusion," he said.
The quartet transition from known
start and ending points through the
compositions but Watts said fluidity
was a requisite part -- a uniquely
captivating ingredient in every
"Probably 70 per cent is improvised,"
he said. "We just want to take audiences
on a kind of a trip. I like having the
sound of a traditional jazz quartet but it's
like a jam band at the same time."
See The Jeff ''Tain'' Watts
Quartet at the Street Theatre on
Friday at 8pm. Tickets $35. Call
6247 1223 or visit
www.thestreet.org.au for ticket
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