This week’s guide to the arts

EXHIBITIONS Fred Smith tells of his time in Afghanistan through stories and songs.
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THE WORLD IS AS YOU ARE: Hamilton Gallery, until October 30. Collection of William Mackinnon works, including landscapes inspired by the Grampians.

LEXICON: The Artery, Warrnambool, until October 30. Claire Macrae Drylie and Matthew Stewart collaborate through their shared love of ‘kitschanalia’.

CAN’T YOU SEE WE’RE BUSY?: TAFE Centre For Creative Arts, Warrnambool, until November 2. Exhibition by advanced diploma of visual arts students.

CULTURE SPIRIT IDENTITY: WAG, until November 13. Latest exhibition from international photographer Claudia Terstappen.

WAR PICTURES: WAG, until November 13. Collection of silent films, newsreels and advertisements from the Australian War Memorial and the National Film and Sound Archive.

DREAMHOUSE: WAG, until November 20. Fashions of the Western District from 1900 to 1960 from Lismore’s Dorothy Nicol’s Collection.

BETWEEN US & THE HORIZON: The Artery, Warrnambool, November 2-27. Collection of paintings by award-winning Warrnambool artist Caroline Healey.

WARRNAMBOOL & DISTRICT ARTISTS’ SOCIETY: Merri View Gallery, Warrnambool, until December 1. Society members display, including feature artist Maureen Healey, open weekends.

EVENTSCLOUDS OF SILS MARIA: Mozart Hall, Warrnambool, October 26, 7.30pm. Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart stars in this drama about an ageing actress, screened by F Project Cinema.

DUST OF URUZGAN: Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, October 28, 8pm. Fred Smith tells stories and sings songs inspired by his time as a tribal and political advisor with the Australian army in Afghanistan.

UPWELLING FESTIVAL: Portland foreshore, October 29. Arts and culture festival celebrating the local marine environment.

WORKSHOP: Julia Street Creative Space, Portland, October 29 & 30, 1pm. Join Lucy Stocks for two sessions on felt work.

WORKSHOP: The Artery, Warrnambool, October 29, 1pm. Join Koroit artist Ricky Schembri for a pastel art class.

AUTHOR TALK: Blarney Books & Art, Port Fairy, October 29, 4.30pm. Writers Will Kostakis and Shivaun Plozza discuss their new books and writing for young adults.

BOREDOM PROTECTION POLICY: Hamilton PAC, October 29, 7.30pm. Comedian Rod Quantock reprises his political comedy from over a decade ago to compare it with today’s headlines.

THE GIZMO: Portland Arts Centre, October 31, 7.30pm. Play based on the short story from popular children’s authorPaul Jennings.

STORY CLUB: The Artery, Warrnambool, November 3, 6pm. Monthly writer’s group led by top local authors, featuring feedback sessions and exercises.

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT: Killara Centre, Camperdown, November 3, 7.30pm. Corangamite Film Society screens this drama about a woman (Marion Cotillard) trying to convince her co-workers to reject a pay bonus so she can keep her job.

HAMILTON DANCE COMPANY: Hamilton PAC, November 4 & 5, 7pm, & November 6, 2pm. Local dance troupe’s annual year-end performance.

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