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Best of the week: What to see, hear and do from October 11-17

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

ART Peter Rush’s show Drawing Blacktown (until October 31) is the culmination of a residency last year with Blacktown Arts. The charming illustrations bring to life the hustle and bustle of the western Sydney suburb. 10am-5pm, The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, free, blacktownarts.com.au

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

FILM The public are welcome to check out free screenings of six works longlisted for the 2020 Walkley Documentary Award, with docos about Victoria Cross recipient Keith Payne and artist Leon Pericles among contenders. Various times, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, city, free (bookings essential), walkleys.com

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

STAGE Emerging theatremakers have worked in collaboration on The Big Blue (until October 17), which invites audiences to journey into deep space and to the bottom of the sea as they consider the unknown. 7.30pm, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith, $22, thejoan.com.au

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

STAGE Watch Harriet Gillies’ solo show The Power of the Holy Spirit (until October 17), a subversive, shocking and postmodern riff on the TED talk that picked up the award for Best Experimental Performance at Melbourne Fringe 2019. 8pm and 9.30pm, East Sydney Community Arts Centre, 34-40 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, $25, brandx.org.au/tickets

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

MUSIC Pop collective Shining Bird play a gig to launch their new single Strange Land from their forthcoming album Deadlands. 6.30pm and 9.30pm, Lansdowne Hotel, cnr City and Broadway roads, city, $24.85, thelansdownepub.com.au

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