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Sydney Morning Herald

Friday April 1, 2011

BOTANICAL PRIZEIn the world of botanical illustrations, the Margaret Flockton Award is a big deal. It encourages artists who focus on the scientific detail of plants, producing intricate black-and-white works of art. "Even in our high-tech society, black-and-white scientific botanical illustration remains essential for scientists because an artist can capture detail impossible to photograph and present it all in a single illustration," says Dr Tim Entwistle, the former executive director of the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. The winner this year of the world's only international competition for scientific botanical illustration is Edmundo Saavedra Vidal, from Mexico, for a drawing of a cycad, pictured. He took the $5000 in prizemoney in a field of 20 artists from eight countries.The exhibition runs from today until July 29(closed at Easter) at Red Box Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens. Free. Information on 9231 8134 orwww.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au.POETRY SLAMThe American Mike Simms makes poetry out of having his car towed. Slam poetry, that is. He is one of those stepping up to the microphone at The Rumble tomorrow night, with the Australian slammers Miles Merrill, Bravo Child and Candy Royalle. After a recent Melbourne debut, the latter was described as "a dreadlocked, rapping, crooning poet ... like a lesbian blend of Tim Minchin and Eminem". Join in yourself and you could win a prize.Tomorrow, 6pm to 8pm, Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown. Free, but bookings required on 9839 6079, or emailliterature@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.EXHIBITIONAlan Healy's latest show draws on a wide range of influences and ideas, some literary and philosophical, others closer to home - such as cows roaming the fields in the Southern Highlands. His exhibition of new works, Cow Happy Values, seeks to reveal the extraordinary in the most ordinary of subjects. Healy says his maternal grandmother taught him to sing in English and think in Irish, and to remember that people do not think in words. "This has served me well in so far that I have been able to express myself through music and the visual arts," Healy says.From tomorrow until May 2, Milk Factory Gallery, 33 Station Street, Bowral. The musician and composer Jim Moginie opens the exhibition at 2.30pm.CONCERTThe SBS Youth Orchestra will be guided through a program of Shostakovich, Grieg and Mahler by the rising star conductor Carolyn Watson. Last year she was an assistant to Sir Charles Mackerras in England, and recently completed a residency at the Staatsoper Berlin with Daniel Barenboim. The program, Theatre of Life and Legend, includes Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Grieg's Peer Gynt, and Mahler's Blumine.Sunday, 3pm, Riverside Theatres, corner ofChurch and Market streets, Parramatta.Tickets $22 to $39 from 8839 3399 orwww.riversideparramatta.com.au.

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