Bringing you Don's plugged-in guide to what is happening around Canberra...
Tues. 16 May: 4.30-5.45 p.m. Humanities Research Centre, Seminar Rm 1, 3rd floor, Sir Roland Wilson Building, ANU, seminar with Assoc. Prof. Elena Isayev, University of Exeter, UK: "Between Hospitality and Asylum: Stranger as victim and agent, suppliant and guest". http://hrc.anu.edu.au/events/seminar-between-hospitality-and-asylum-stranger-victim-and-agent-%E2%80%93-suppliant-and-guest.
Tues. 16 to Sun. 28 May: Palace cinema, "American Essentials" film festival. Includes The Graduate (1967) and Annie Hall (1977).
Wed. 17 & Thurs. 18 May: 7.30, Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Canberra Symphony Orchestra with Umberto Clerici, Cello. Pre-concert talk, 6.45 p.m. Tickets in three price ranges from $51 (under 30) up to $91.80 (adult).
Sat. 20 May: 7.30 p.m., Llewellyn Hall, ANU, the Llewellyn Choir & Sinfonia present Verdi's Requiem. Rowan Harvey-Martin, conductor. With Sonia Anfiloff (sop.), Christina Wilson (mezzo), Christopher Lincoln Bogg (tenor) and Jeremy Tatchell (bass). Tickets $45 (adult); $40 (pensioners and students); youth and family tickets available.
Wed. 24 May: 6 p.m., National Library of Australia Theatre, "Who Shafted Les Darcy?", lecture by Roger Ley. Free. Bookings 6262 1111.
Wed. 24 May: 6 p.m., National Film & Sound Archive, Arc Cinema, The Killing Fields (1984, R18+) & The Odd Angry Shot (1979, M). $20 double feature.
Fri. 26 May: 6 p.m., National Film & Sound Archive, Arc Cinema, Don's Party (1976, R) & The Club (1980, PG). $20 double feature.
Wed. 31 May: 6 p.m., National Library Conference Room, book launch by Frank Bongiorno of Australian Lives: An intimate history, by Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson. Free; refreshments; book signing. Bookings: nla.gov.au/bookings or 6262 1424.
Sat. 3 June: 7.30 p.m., Llewellyn Hall, ANU, the Canberra Choral Society with the National Capital Orchestra present "Wonder. A Celebration of Contemporary Australian Music". With Penelope Mills and Christopher Hillier; conductor Leonard Weiss. Pre-concert talk by Carl Vine. Tickets from $32.50 (pensioner) to $46.75 (adult). Youth and family tickets available.
Sun. 11 June: 7.30 p.m. at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda, Colin Hay, Deborah Conway and Mental as Anything. Tickets $99 at https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/apia-good-times-tour/
Tues. 13 June: 4.30-5.45 p.m. Humanities Research Centre, Seminar Rm 1, 3rd floor, Sir Roland Wilson Building, ANU, seminar with Prof. Dean Kotlowski, Salisbury University, USA, "The Road to Self-Determination: Indigenous Policy in the US and Australia, 1960-1993". Enquiries email@example.com.
Thurs. 29 & Fri. 30 June: Australasian Association for Communist & Post-communist Studies, biennial conference, "A Century of Revolutionary Change: 1917-2017". To be held at the ANU. $50 or $40 concession. Contact the convenors on +61 2 6125 5410; firstname.lastname@example.org; or www.cais.anu.edu.au/aacaps2017.