News in Brief

The Contemporary Arts Awards 2018 finalists are now online, including local artist Amber Countryman's piece What's The Cost?.  We've covered Amber's finalist-selected work before here.

Tickets to the Taroom B&S Ball are on sale on Jan 19.  And we don't mean Jan 19, 1978 either - the ball is back and here's what the organisers have to say:

Get ready to cut a rug in your glad rags because we’re breathing new life into the old girl from head to hoof. Stay tuned folks, this is not a stitch up.
— Taroom B&S Ball crew

  Suss it out here.

Young Rockhampton singer-songwriter Denvah Baker-Moller is one of six finalists in the fRETfEST Regional Song Contest, and has been invited to play at the Tamworth Country Music Festival later this month.  But... to take up the invitation, Denvah has to raise $4500 to cover transport and accommodation.  She's started a GoFundMe, which you can tip a few coins in to help her on her way.

Speaking of Tamworth, Gracemere country singer-songwriter Rachel Duggan has been selected for the Country Music Academy.  More from the Morning Bulletin.

Rocky music duo Mason & Hayes have released quite a bit of experimental new work on SoundCloud lately, with a mix of distorted low fi sounds, dreamlike vocals and dark-tinged spoken word.  The most recent is Electric Mistress.

The Friends of the Rockhampton Art Gallery are running an art collectors' raffle with a pretty nifty first prize - your own commissioned, framed artwork by Erin Dunne, valued at nearly a grand.  Tickets are $10 each or five for $40, from the Art Gallery on Victoria Parade or a handful of CBD businesses: Catwalk Pink Shoes, Phil Peel Jewellers, Shanahan Swaffield Partners and Miart.

Kilburnie Homestead, a historic cattle property in the Banana Shire that's also a) a hub for local arts and music and b) inches from nearby coal mining, is bringing some of their local history archives to Rocky in March.  From March 9-16 they'll have a photo exhibition at InspirexArt (formerly the Art House Gallery) in East St near The Workshop.

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