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The Chronicle Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Christmas cracker a comedy primer
Sammy J and Randy on TV; and right, on stage at the 2015 Canberra
With all the shopping and planning for
the festive season it's easy to get
rushed off your feet and forget to be
Get along to A Very Canberra
Comedy Festival Christmas and join a
sleigh full of comedians for "a Santa-
sack full of laughs''.
Tom Ballard will host the jolly night
of cheer on Saturday from 7.30pm
where crowds can see some of
Australia's festival best.
The ACT's own Andrew Bensley
and Chris Ryan will join Nazeem
Hussain, Sammy J, Nikki Britton,
Luke Heggie and David Quirk in a
Like the seasonal lotto that is Kris
Kringle, you're sure to go home with
something you'd never expected.
However, just like a typical
Christmas spread this full bill of
comedians offer a bit of everything.
Gorge on ridiculous rhyming and a
bit of musical comedy flair from
acclaimed comedic duo, SammyJ--a
human -- and Randy, a purple puppet.
Expect perfectly timed pre-
punchline pauses from Australian Raw
Comedy winner Luke Heggie and
something a bit wicked from the deftly
deadpan David Quirk.
More than a Christmas special, the
showcase gives audiences an inside
look at some of the very best acts
months ahead of next March's
Canberra Comedy Festival.
Saturday, December 5. Tickets
$39 and concession $37 plus
booking fees at
ARTIST: ADELE/ALBUM: 25
Exciting talent's latest offering a compelling album
When she first started, it seemed Adele
just wanted to be loved.
In the process she was loved,
adored, smothered by critical praise
and slightly, and if not obviously,
following a roots and soul template.
Still in her teens and even with that
booming voice she was more gravel-
etched Duffy than pint-sized Amy
While potential shone through a
voice filled to the brim with power, her
debut suggested she needed to find
more in the tank, live a little, break
some hearts, hit the bottle and
resurface thinly worn, but a hell of a
Her second album 21 helped her to
do that and carries through on her third
We are literally witnessing the
maturity of a gifted singer and her
music is again defiant, carrying with it
real heartfelt tragedy and emotional
It's as if Adele got the advice she
needed: strip it back, discover some
raw soul from the dirty south and
unleash hell (all neatly through
wondrous production values).
It makes for a compelling album.
Opener Hello is one of the most
emotional songs Adele has ever
released, sung with a hollow heart and
air of despair.
There are also plenty of lively songs
and less of Adele's interpretation of
what Aretha Franklin did so well in her
heyday: smack you between the eyes
with a vocal ferocity and clear disdain
for that rotten fellow who broke her
On 21, Adele never over reached but
on 25 she does a little.
She could find a bit more subtlety
but she's an exciting talent and she's
gonna be hard to ignore for the next six
BARBERSHOP VOICES TO
RECREATE GOLDEN ERA
Leading male barbershop chorus
Canberra Chordsmen have lined up a
musical showcase for this Saturday
(December 5) at Wesley Uniting
Church. At 2pm, the group is
presenting A Very Merry Concert",
featuring famous Broadway numbers,
soft rock and traditional barbershop
tunes, topped off with seasonal carols.
The event includes performances by
medallist youth quartet, The Crunch,
and seniors quartet Corduroys.
on big screen
Whether you're a film buff from way
back or a newcomer to the golden
years of Hollywood, Dendy
Canberra's Hollywood Retro Film
Festival has plenty to offer.
Curated by film critic Margaret
Pomeranz, the festival running until
December 13 is an excellent
introduction to a range of movies,
genres, directors and stars from the
1930s to the 1960s.
There are plenty of omissions, but
that only goes to show the breadth and
depth of Hollywood moviemaking at
Humphrey Bogart is one of the stars
of Hollywood's Golden Era whose
appeal has endured to this day and as
well as Sabrina he's seen in two
classics, the private eye tale The
Maltese Falcon (1941), in which an
assortment of colourful, ruthless types
hunt for the title object, and one of the
all-time classics, Casablanca (1942), a
movie that has just about everything --
comedy, melodrama, politics,
romance, and, of course, Dooley
Wilson singing As Time Goes By.
There's also romance with Greta
Garbo in Camille (1936), song and
dance with Gene Kelly in Singin' in
the Rain (1952), drama with the
returned-soldiers tale The Best Years
of Our Lives (1946), the union-
corruption expose On the Waterfront
(1954) and the spiritual-awakening
story The Razor's Edge (1946) and
two of the iconic Hollywood movies,
Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941)
and Gone with the Wind (1939).
While these movies are available on
DVD, it's also an opportunity to see
them on a big screen, digitally
remastered, the way they were
originally intended to be viewed, even
if the multiplexes of today are a long
way from the picture palaces in which
they were often originally screened.
It's that time of
Reserve a table at the
Statesman for your staff
at the Statesman
Throughout November and December come and
enjoy the end of year festivities at the Terrace Bar.
Local entertainer "Tony Haley " will be
serenading the diners from 6pm on
So grab some good
company, enjoy a bottle of
wine, a delicious A la carte
meal and take a trip down
memory lane with music
from Sinatra, Johnny cash,
Elvis and Neil Diamond just
to mention a few.
Contact us on 6281 1777
to find out what we have to offer
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