The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra presents Piaf to Mouskouri – An Afternoon of Cabaret Music. Multilingual chanteuse Theodora Volti,will take us on a journey through some classic cabaret tunes made famous by stars such as Edith Piaf and Nana Mouskouri. The performance will be on Sunday 23rd June from 2pm at the Polish White Eagle Club, David St Turner. For further information visit the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra Facebook page.

The next Lakeside at 5 live music series will be Canberra’s very own Two Blondes and A Bloke present their entertaining show of iconic hits stirred with jazz, blues and pizzazz. Featuring the talents of Blues mama Gaye Reid, songstress Lisa McClelland with pianoman John Black. The concert will be at Tuggeranong Arts Centre from 5:30pm on Friday 28th June. For information on the event and upcoming Lakeside at 5 sessions visit the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s website.

At the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space Manuka, A Sense of Fragility by early-career artist Allison Barnes’s aims to convey her personal response to the existential threat of climate change by juxtaposing contrasting materials and methods including wood, glass, and printed paper in freestanding spatial constructions, wall-mounted structures, and 2D works. A Sense of Fragility will be on display from Thursday 20th until Sunday 30th June. The Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka is at Furneaux Street, Forrest. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

At the Australian National Capital Artists Gallery Relinquishing control by Jacklyn Peters and Tamsin McLure explores the relinquishing of control in the creative process through paintings and drawings that build on the Process Art movement of the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition runs until Sunday 23rd June. The Australian National Capital Artists Gallery is at Rosevear Place, Dickson. Gallery hours Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm.

The next ANU Meet the Authors event will be Michael Brissenden in conversation with Mike Bowers on his new novel Smoke. After a brutal wildfire tears through the town of Jasper in the Californian sierras, a body is discovered in a shed. It looks like an open-and-shut case of accidental death – until further investigation reveals that the victim was locked in from the outside. The event will take place at Harry Hartog Booksellers in Kambri Cultural Center at ANU on Tuesday 25th June from 6pm.To find out more information visit the events section of the ANU website.

At the Q Theatre there’s the energy-fuelled rock opera American Idiot. Johnny, Tunny, and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged. American Idiot will be performed from Thursday 20th until Saturday 29th June. For further information and performance times visit the Q theatre website.

At the Wesley Music Centre, the Lunchtime Concert series presents Mozart in Winter: featuring soprano Madeline Anderson and pianist Hilda Visser-Scott. The concert will take place on Wednesday 26th June from 12.40pm. For further information visit the Wesley Music Centre’s website.

Canberra Potters will be hosting its annual Student – Teacher Exhibition: an opportunity to celebrate the skills and creativity of the many students who attend classes at Canberra Potters. The exhibition will run from Thursday 6th June until Sunday 7th July. Canberra Potters is at Aspinall St Watson. Gallery hours are 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 3pm Sunday.

The Spanish Film Festival is coming to Canberra. The festival programme features new and classic films from Spain and Latin America. Highlights will be a focus on female led films exploring the themes of ‘Liberation, Sexuality and Empowerment’, films showcasing Salvador Dalí, a spotlight on director Isabel Coixet, as well as new Spanish cinema and box office hits. The festival will screen at the Palace Electric cinema from Tuesday 11 June – 10 July. Further information and screening times are available from the Palace cinemas website.

At Photo Access’s Huw Davies Gallery the Canberra Contemporary Photographic Prize is an exhibition and competition celebrating both emerging and established talents in photo media. The exhibition will be on display from Thursday 13th until Saturday 29th June. Photo Access is at Manuka Circuit, Griffith. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am-4pm

At the Megalo print studio Wood engravings and drypoints is a solo exhibition by Quinbean/Queanbeyan artist Tanya Myshkin. The exhibition brings together works across the breadth of Myshkin’s practice, including her large figurative wood engravings and intaglio prints. Wood engravings and drypoints will run until Saturday June 29. The Megalo print studio is at Wentworth St, Kingston. Opening hours 9.30am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday.

At Australian Parliament House the Napier Waller Art Prize exhibition. The prize is open to all current and former service personnel in the Australian Defence Force. A panel of art experts and professionals will select the winning work from the shortlist of 17 highly commended entries displayed in this exhibition, which will run at Parliament House until October 13. For more information and to vote for the People’s Choice Award visit the Australian War Memorial’s website.

At the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space, Lakeside Places and Spaces brings together artists who explore the places and spaces around them through installation, sculpture, painting and augmented reality. The exhibition unfolds as a dynamic dialogue between the tangible and intangible spaces we inhabit: our homes, our online realities, as well as the metaphorical spaces we occupy. Places and Spaces will be on display from Friday 20 April – 22 June. The Canberra Contemporary Art Space Lakeside is at Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm.

At the Canberra Museum and Gallery Sydney Nolan; The Foundation Collection. This permanent exhibition of iconic images includes some of Nolan’s earliest paintings from the Kelly, Burke and Wills and St Kilda series; alongside fine examples of the artist’s central Australian landscape and carcass works. The Canberra Museum and Gallery Cnr London Circuit and City Square, Canberra City. Opening hours are Monday-Friday: 10am-4pm & 12-4pm Saturday-Sunday: 12-4pm.