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by stapletonm
posted 30/10/2019

Don’t be spooked! 31 October 2019

There are so many arts events around town, that Halloween takes a back stage during this Arts Thursday, with Maisy Stapleton.

The only connection with Halloween is some ethereal and out-of-this-world music which accompanies the interviews.

I Kicked A Stone In Metaphor

The intriguing photos of Jens Lichtenberger are showcased in I Kicked A Stone In Metaphor at Sydney’s Gaffa Gallery.

Curated by Lisa Sharkey in collaboration with Jens’ widow Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger, this exhibition is a commemoration of Jens’ creative pursuits after a successful life as a barrister.

Coinciding with the third anniversary of his untimely death, this retrospective introduces the unique way Jens viewed the world through his lens. A book of the same title has also been produced which includes over 200 of his short stories, vignettes, haiku and poems.

An artist in her own right, Lea examines the impact of consumerism and Climate Change on islands and isolated environments. She works across a variety of mediums such as drawing, print media and painting, as well as installations including sound and film, and uses various materials including glass and ceramics.

One of her works was chosen to feature in the current Sculptures by the Sea exhibition being held at Bondi, which runs until November 10.

Join me in conversation with Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger, from 10:30 onwards.

Time and Place is the Sydney Chamber Choir’s forthcoming performance traversing different seasons, eras and locations.

After 11:00 we’re joined by the choir’s Artistic Director Sam Allchurch, who will reveal the vision for this final concert for the year.

Sam Allchurch

Music includes the seasonal cycle The Passing of the Years by Britain’s Jonathon Dove, which was the staring point for Sam’s focus on music evoking time and place. Dove’s song cycle is performed by a double choir, backed by piano virtuoso Luke Byrne.

The choir also explores the work of Paul Stanhope who pays tribute to Oodgeroo Noonuccal in I Have Not Your Dreaming; Australian composer Ella Macens draws on the music of her Latvian heritage and former choir member Clare Maclean takes us, with longing, to her birthplace in A West Irish Ballad.

The performance moves across continents to America with Morten Laurisden and Rene Clausen and to Canada with Healey Willan , finishing with Jonathon Dove’s Invocation and Dance to the poetry of Walt Whitman.

The performance will be staged at the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Sunday 10 November at 3pm.

The choir’s 2020 program will be launched following the program.

Sydney Open

Every year, over one weekend, Sydney Living Museums provides public access to a choice of modern and historic buildings and spaces.

On this Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3, Sydney Open celebrates the city’s architectural variety, allowing the public to view over 80 of the most significant and inspiring sites. A Sydney Open pass also allows exploration of historic harbourside sites and the viewing of architecturally-designed private residences. For a more personal experience, an exclusive range of talks is offered as well as focus tours for small groups for behind-the-scenes access with expert guides.

Newly curated trails allow you to plan self-guided tours showcasing Sydney’s past, present or future, or buildings with Best Views.

SLM (Sydney Living Museums ) Coordinator, Architecture and Design programs, Joni Taylor is coming in to elaborate on this exciting annual event which this year features the biggest program in its 22-year history, allowing an insider’s view of Sydney’s secret and most intriguing places from historically significant buildings to recent architectural additions.

Join me in conversation with Joni Taylor, from 11:30 onwards on Arts Thursday.

For further information:

Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger: https://www.leakannar.com

Sculpture By The Sea exhibition: https://sculpturebythesea.com/

Jens Lichtenberger exhibition and book:


This exhibition opened on October 24 and runs until November 4.

Sydney Chamber Choir Time and Place: https://www.sydneychamberchoir.org/2019-time-place

Sydney Open: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/sydneyopen


If you miss the program you can listen again by going to http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ and clicking on the date 31 October 2019.

And watch out for podcasts at later dates.

Tune into Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton every fortnight from 10:30 to noon for in-depth conversations on the arts.

This program has been produced by Maisy Stapleton and Paula Towers.