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Christine Anu celebrates 20 years since her debut album at The Street Theatre on Friday, August 28.
Pressure cooker gets results
Reworking the hits she laid down for her
first album was a whirlwind experiment
for acclaimed Australian musician
After an enviable 20-year career in
music, dance, theatre, film and television,
the acclaimed Indigenous artist jetted
back into the studio to create ReStylin' Up
20 years-- a live album celebrating the
iconic album that launched her into the
Anu will perform the songs that drew in
fans from around the globe as part of her
national 20th anniversary tour which
arrives at Canberra's Street Theatre on
Restylin' Up 20 years features the body
of the original album released by
Mushroom Music in 1995 plus two songs,
Ocean of Regret and Kubla Yaday, that did
not appear on the 1995 album.
In her two-hour show Anu puts a
modern twist on the hits that defined her
career, My Island Home, Party and
Taking the plunge with producer Steve
Balbi to record the souvenir 20th
anniversary album live in one take was
I have never done that old style of
recording before,'' she said.
When I was signed to record
companies years back, it was a drawn-out
I liked with this that we didn't bugger
around. You don't have the time so there
is no option to do it over and over again.''
It was a manic jumping back and forth
from the studio booth to the editing suite
but within a day it was done.
It was a marathon but my god it was
so much fun,'' she said.
We went in at 10am and finished at
12pm that night. It's amazing when you
put pressure on yourself to produce
something in a limited amount of time
what it is you are able to pull out.''
Plenty of experimentation and jamming
was involved in creating new
arrangements for each of her hits.
If it is live and 20 years on it is going
to sound different and you want it to,'' she
You need to bring that freshness and
the only way to do that was in that live
Catch Christine Anu's Restylin' Up
20 Years show at The Street Theatre
on Friday, August 28, from 8pm.
Tickets $45 at thestreet.org.au.
1 Warm yourself up at the
Honkytonks Winter Night
Market in Garema Place on
Wednesday. The all-ages event
kicks off from 5pm and boasts
an evening of arts, crafts and
sumptuous tacos created by
Chef Israel. There are no stall
holder fees or commissions so
all the money you spend on the
evening goes straight to the
hands of local makers.
2 Join in on Friday night as Mt
Stromlo Observatory leads
Australia in attempting two
Guinness World Records -- Most
People Stargazing at a Single
Site (Fellows Oval, ANU) and
Most People Stargazing Across
Multiple Sites in a Country
(Australia). It's free to take
part. Bring your own telescope
and enjoy live Latin music at
the stargazing party at ANU.
3 The Big Boys Toys Expo is
coming to Canberra for the
first time this weekend.
Exhibition Park will be
transformed into the ultimate
playground and boys and girls
of all ages are invited to check
out everything from pinball
machines and electric
skateboards to hot-rod cars
and flight simulators. Tickets
$15 or $10 online at
4 The 11th annual Latin
American Film Festival
begins on Thursday and will
showcase a selection of 12 films
until September 1. The films
will be screened at 2.30pm and
6.30pm daily at the James O
Fairfax Theatre in the National
Gallery of Australia. Entry to
the screenings is free and all
films are subtitled in English.
The films are unclassified so
entry is classed as Restricted
(R18+) as organisers cannot
guarantee films are suitable for
under 18s. Program at
5 Rotary Club of Canberra City's
Springtime Antique and
Collectables Fair is on this
weekend. Fine items and quality
antiques will be exhibited by 22
dealers from around Australia.
Proceeds from the fair will help
the Snowy Hydro SouthCare
rescue helicopter service. Tickets
$7, concession $5, free for
children 14 years and under.
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