Friday, November 19, 2004

The No. 8 Wire - Issue 18

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau

An Electronic Alert for 467  of Wellington's Creative People


Can I get an Amen?
Somebody, can I get an Amen?



New Zealand composer/percussionist Gareth Farr will join Strike and the NZ Army Band in performing a showcase of Farr’s most explosive and dramatic works. Blitz will premiere in Wellington 22 November at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa. The all-Farr program will feature two Wellington premieres: Onslaught, a newly commissioned concerto for percussion and brass, which marks the upcoming 90th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli, and the massive percussion ensemble Pukul.

Also on the program are the brass works Waipiro and Tawhirimatea, the signature percussion ensemble Volume Pig, and the new brass and percussion edition of the concerto Warriors From Pluto. Blitz promises to be an exhilarating experience. The high energy of Strike and the power and finesse of the NZAB combine with the thrilling talent of Gareth Farr to provide a stunning event that will inspire all who hear it...

Early ticket sales and interest indicate Blitz WILL SELL OUT - so book early to avoid disappointment.

“Farr strikes right note with show of brilliance”  wrote Patrick Shepard of Blitz, in The Christchurch Press, 01 Nov 04

Performance Date: 6.30pm Monday 22 November @ Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
Tickets from Ticketek - (04) 384 3840
Adults $25 / Concessions $15 – booking fee may apply

For further information contact: Murray Hickman (Strike) 021 129 2465 or Graham Hickman (NZAB) 021 189 5756



Masterclass Graduate Exhibition
Opens: 6pm, 24 Nov 04
Closes: 30 Nov 04
Exhibition Hours: 11am-5pm
The Learning Connexion, Erskine College, 31 Avon St, Island Bay, Wellington
Eight Masterclass Graduate Students exhibiting their year's work. Who said painting was dead?  The Masterclass Graduate Students have spent the year engaging with paint, focussing on art as a process in itself.  What are the inherent properties of paint?  How will that influence the outcome?  The challenge has been to allow materials to find their own voice, where the artist facilitates inherent qualities of particular materials into their artwork.  The results will challenge the viewer, offer them fresh 'art eyes', and fully operate the senses.



Wellington's Footnote Dance is seeking dancers for 2005...
We would like to hear from dancers with tertiary qualification, passion and performance experience who are interested in being part of the company for 2005/6.  You need to be articulate and keen to work with different choreographers and their processes as well as perform in theatres, schools and communities. If this is you please send us:
·        A brief statement telling us why you want to dance with Footnote Dance
·        current curriculum vitae,
·        current photograph,
·        the names and contact details for two referees who have relevant knowledge of your work.

At this stage it is looking unlikely that any positions will be available but please either confirm your interest if you have already applied or send the above information to us. Applications close on 19th Nov 2004 and the final decision as to the company dancers for 2005 will be made by 3rd December  2004. The proposed contract run for 2005 will be 24th January 2004 - September … 2005 with a possible extended contract to October 23rd 2005.
Please contact us on Ph: 64 4 384 7285 
Send application to  Footnote Dance, PO Box 3387, Wellington, New Zealand
or  Attention: Company Director Web:



"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt...If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."

Thomas Jefferson, 1798, after the passage of the Sedition Act



A $600,000 sequel to last year’s successful pilot of a Smash Palace Collaboration Fund will give more New Zealand artists and scientists the opportunity to work together on projects that bring their two disciplines together.

The Smash Palace Fund, the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST) and Creative New Zealand, was announced at Futurability, a workshop looking at the future of skills development for research, science and technology, hosted by MoRST on 1 November.

Building connections across different disciplines is seen by the Government as an important part of fostering New Zealand’s innovative and dynamic culture.

“Connections, collisions and other surprises can happen when science and art meet,” said Chief Executive of Creative New Zealand, Elizabeth Kerr.
Creative New Zealand will manage the fund on behalf of MoRST.

“Innovation thrives in a climate that supports risk-taking, encourages true experimentation and allows for the possibility of failure – or magnificent success! That’s what Smash Palace provides,” said Dr Helen Anderson, MoRST Chief Executive.

The Smash Palace collaboration between MoRST and Creative New Zealand was recently recognised as a leading initiative in the public sector, winning the State Sector Category at the 2004 BearingPoint Innovation Awards. Last year’s pilot fund supported three projects, which involved a virtual reality children’s picture book, a web-based performance venue and a work portraying social and environmental interconnections in the Motueka River catchment. Applications for this year’s fund close on 18 February 2005.  For application details please contact John McDavitt, Creative New Zealand, 04 498 0736.

The term “Smash Palace” refers to the panelbeater’s shop in the New Zealand film of the same name. MoRST and Creative New Zealand chose the title because they wanted to convey the fact that both artists and scientists are passionate people, who bring their own dreams and expectations to the collaborative process. This process can involve creative collisions that ignite ideas to achieve extraordinary and unexpected results.

Funding for the extension to the collaboration fund was provided through the Growth and Innovation Framework component of the Government’s Budget, announced in May this year.

For application details contact John McDavitt



Vincents Art Workshophas just moved to a new site on the4th Floor, Old Press House, Willis St, Wellington. Their new space has a wonderfully light and airy atmosphere.

With an open door policy and a supportive, relaxed, family atmosphere, Vincents welcomes everyone, responding especially to the needs of mental health consumers and others who seek a creative environment. A women only day every Thursday encourages women and their children to participate.

There is a wide choice of activities. The studio is fully stocked with ceramics and pottery spaces, a wood workshop, printmaking equipment, painting and drawing facilities, sewing machine and darkroom. People can attend structured workshops such as bone carving or batik, or a life drawing class.

Vincents are open 11am-4pm (Monday), 1.30pm-7pm (Tuesday), 11am-5pm (Wednesday), 11am-4pm (Thursday - women only) and 10am-4pm (Friday). Free workshops are run each Tuesday from 10.30am until 1.30pm, on various themes. You will need to book for the workshops on (04) 499 1030. Life drawing classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm until 9pm ($8 waged, $5 unwaged) - you can just turn up for these classes with your materials, there is no need to book.

Learn more



Wellington City Council has Band Subsidies available to local Pipe and Brass bands who support community events by giving free performances. The fund has $16,000 total - to be divided between participating groups based on level of activity and approval by the grants team. These Band Subsidies recognise the contribution local Pipe and Brass bands make to the community.

Applicants mustbe based in the Wellington City rate paying area and participate in free community events.

Interested? Go to

or contact
Grants Team Leader
801 3127



Wellington Music Week is a chance to celebrate the talent and success of Wellington music. This year the Music Seminar Series is aimed at growing knowledge and networking within the local music industry to increase success and employment in the local music industry.

Experts from Wellington and beyond will provide practical advice and valuable insight about different aspects of the music industry - perfect for anyone involved or interested in the business of music. Hear from successful musicians, managers, directors, publicists, studio owners and business advisors talk about what you need to know. Thanks to generous support from fudners and sponsors, the Music Seminar Series is free!

So, c'mon! Get along and get on down to the sound of Wellington.
Jed Thian
Chairperson Midi Trust


Wellington Music Week

Wellington Music Week is a reminder of how lucky we are to be living in a city overflowing with creative and musical talent. Music Week 2004 promises to be a week of valuable industry gatherings and useful information.

Wellington Music Week returns November 22-26 and provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our musicians' efforts, strengthen the

community that supports it and celebrate the diversity and success of our local sounds.

The focus for Music Week this year is a Music Seminar Series covering important aspects of the music industry. Throughout the week, guest speakers will discuss:

Setting Up Your Band, Recording Your Demo, Marketing and Money and Music Video Production.

Wellington City Council and Mayor Kerry Prendergast will host a function on Wednesday 24 November where key industry players will outline current developments.

Programmes for the Music Seminar Series are out now, or check out the

Get along and get on down to the sound of Wellington.



Annual St Cecilia-tide Concert Fundraising Concert for the Cathedral Choral Foundation Monday 22 November 2004, 7.30pm
Jennifer Little (soprano) Megan Hurnard (mezzo soprano) Alastair Carey (tenor) Roger Wilson (bass) Collegium Esterhazy Salzburgiensis Richard Apperley (chamber organ) The Choir of Wellington Cathedral, conducted by Michael Fulcher.

Door sales: $15, $10 (concessions), $5 (children/students). Tickets are also available from Ticketek.
The Cathedral is well known for the quality of its choirs, but, like every arts organisation, the music programme functions in a precarious financial situation. For this reason, a capital endowment fund ‘The Choral Foundation’ has been established to underwrite and support our ever-expanding music programme. Central to this programme is our commitment to ‘Singing for Life’ and our investment in young people through our Children’s Choir and world-class Treble Chorister programme.

On St Cecilia’s day (the Patron Saint of Music) the cathedral is presenting a programme of one of the most popular works by the Viennese Classical composer Josef Haydn. The Nelson Mass is regularly at the top of the best-sellers list of classical CDs. The mass features some of Wellington’s top soloists, and will be accompanied by the Collegium Esterhazy Salzburgiensis, an orchestra formed especially for this concert. The concert will also include Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate featuring soprano soloist Lisette Wesseling.



Former buddhist monk Stephen Batchelor will speak on the theme of his latest book, Living With The Devil: a Meditation on Good and Evil, a work on humankind's greatest struggle -- to become good -- at the National Library Auditorium, cnr Aitken & Molesworth Streets, Wellington, on Thursday 2 December at 7:30pm.

This talk will take place during Batchelor's visit to New Zealand to lead a 4-day residential retreat for Wellington's insight meditation community at Riverslea Lodge, Otaki. He will be leading the retreat alongside his wife Martine Batchelor, a former buddhist nun who is also a buddhist teacher and writer. The focus of the retreat is 'Deep Agnosticism'.

In this talk and in his book, Batchelor traces the trajectory -- from the words of Buddha and Christ, through the writings of Shantideva, Milton and Pascal, to the poetry of Baudelaire and the fiction of Kafka -- of those obstacles that keep us from doing what's in our own and others' best interest. He shows us the myriad forms those obstacles take: a wandering farmer, a caring friend, a devout religious believer, a powerful king, even a frustrated old man who doodles in the sand when he cannot snare the Buddha.

The devil need not appear with horns and a forked tail; it stands for everything that paralyses one's innate wisdom, freedom and empathy, thereby blocking one's path in life. In a world of black and white, Stephen Batchelor paints in shades of grey, showing what it means to live in an ambiguous and precarious environment that constantly tempts us away from what we hold to be good.

Drawing on classic religious texts from east and west as well as the findings of modern physics and evolutionary biology, he asks us to examine who we really are, and to rest in the uncertainty that we may never know. For the alternative to this creative unknowing is to freeze ourselves inside rigid definitions of self -- the very work of Mara, the demonic figure that appeared to Buddha -- and blindly follow the feeling that we are "self-begot" (Milton), independent and permanent. To be free from such diabolic constriction entails creating a path that imbues one's life with purpose, freedom and compassion.

This is a hopeful book about living with life's contradictions. Stephen Batchelor argues that freedom from the demonic is not achieved by suppressing it or projecting it onto others, but by calmly and clearly recognising and understanding those inhibiting and destructive powers as they well up from within us and assail us from without. Such an approach not only releases the grip in which the devil holds us, it opens up the world as an astonishing play of endless flux and contingency. This leads to a perspective of vigilant care from which we can respond to the cries of the world rather than reacting to them out of habitual self-interest and fear.

Living With The Devil: a Meditation on Good and Evil was published by Riverhead Books (a Penguin Group USA imprint) in July 2004.

Stephen Batchelor was a buddhist monk for ten years, first in the Tibetan gelugpa tradition and then in the Korean zen tradition. He disrobed in 1985 and returned to England where he became co-ordinator of the Sharpham Trust and then co-founder of the Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry in 1996. He also worked as a buddhist chaplain at a nearby prison. From 1990 he has been a guiding teacher at Gaia House meditation centre in Devon and since 1992 a contributing editor of Tricycle: the buddhist review. He works as a writer and photographer and travels worldwide to lead meditation retreats and teach buddhism.

He is the translator and author of numerous books and articles on buddhism including The Faith to Doubt, Alone with Others and the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs. He has recently published sixty colour and black and white photographs in Martine Batchelor's Meditation for Life. Living With the Devil: a Meditation on Good and Evil is Stephen's latest book. He lives in southwest France with his wife Martine.



Nathan Haines Collaborates For First Time With A Symphony Orchestra

It's A Family Affair New Zealand's Biggest Selling Jazz Artist In His First Collaboration With The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Finale Series 2004

A classically trained flutist, graduating to the saxophone at 14, Nathan Haines attributes much of his success to his father - Kevin Haines, who taught him jazz from the age of four - in a recent interview, Haines says, "I'm a jazz musician at heart, my father's a jazz musician, I love playing jazz - but it doesn't really matter to me in what setting or style."

Fast forward to the 2004 Finale Series with the NZSO this December and New Zealand's own Nathan Haines showcases his eclectic fusion of jazz, soul and funk in his first collaboration with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

A new mix of music with arrangements by Grammy award winning arranger/pianist Alan Broadbent, that includes tracks from his highly acclaimed albums Squire For Hire and Sound Travels, conducted by NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich. Other musicians will include his father, Kevin on Double bass and brother, Joel Haines (who will also be contributing material) on guitar. The concert will also include favourites 'Look of Love' by Burt Bacharach and Cole Porter's classic 'Everytime we say Goodbye' as well as Haines' own tracks - 'Oblivion' and 'Impossible Beauty'

Nathan Haines is one of the most talented jazz musicians to step onto a stage or into a recording studio in New Zealand. A sensation around Auckland in his teens with the now legendary, 'Jazz Committee', including brother Joel on guitar, Nathan defined his position with unbelievably cool jazz with substance, and pure untouched style.

His first album 'Shift Left' (1995) remains the biggest selling New Zealand jazz album to date, a record and a period that still inspires aspiring New Zealand jazz/dance producers. It was picked up by Verve, the legendary US jazz label and released in 15 countries. Now based in London, he has since gone on to release three more albums culminating in 'Squire for Hire' (2003).

NZSO Associate Conductor, Hamish McKeich has forged an enviable reputation as one of New Zealand's leading contemporary music specialists. An extremely versatile performer, he has conducted a large variety of mediums including symphonic, contemporary, opera, chamber ensemble and big band. A founding member of contemporary ensemble 'Stroma', McKeich also regularly returns to Holland to direct the EX Orkest, exponents of semi-improvised punk jazz and in 2002 embarked on a third European tour with them.


Finale Series featuring New Zealand's own Nathan Haines with his eclectic fusion of jazz, soul and funk in his first collaboration with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. A new mix of music with arrangements by Alan Broadbent, includes tracks from his highly acclaimed new album Squire For Hire, conducted by NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich.

Tickets from $20 Book at Ticketek



Hi from James at Photospace gallery,
You are invited to the opening of two new exhibitions at Photospace gallery, both with a Wellington theme:
Andrew Ross, in his sixth solo show at Photospace, presents approximately 50 photographs taken in the area to be destroyed by the impending motorway extension, the bypass.
Graeme Borthwick shows, in Room 2, a series of images of the Wellington Writers Walk plaques. Taken on large format black & white negative, these photographs elegantly depict the plaques in relation to the landscape and ambience that they describe.
Both exhibitions open on Tuesday, November 23rd, 5pm to 7pm.
These exhibitions run until 22 January 2005. details.
Also please note the Photospace gallery holiday hours,
If you are planning to visit the gallery with a view to purchasing artworks, the gallery will be open by appointment during this period.

Also, due to demand, Mark Marriott and I are running a very basic photography workshop on Saturday December 4th, all day. Have a look

The workshop costs $95.00 incl. gst (introductory price, including materials), and is designed as a kind of 'get to know your camera and start thinking photographically' day. As usual, numbers are limited.
Christmas ideas:
Available at Photospace gallery:

·       Wellington's South Coast 2005 Calendar, $20.00 (Funds from sales go to help with the preservation of TeRaekaihau Point)

·       Gift vouchers to any value, which can be used to purchase artworks, books, or any photographic services. See

·       A range of locally-prduced books by NZ photographers.
·       Something for the person who has everything: an original artwork from our stockroom. See

·       Family Portrait: Mark Marriott is available to do special black and white group or individual portrait photography. Finished works are hand-printed on fibre-based paper and provided framed, gallery style. No gold trim, no canvas texturing ... Ring or email for more info.

James Gilberd
Photospace studio/gallery
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place
Wellington, New Zealand
(postal address: as above)
ph/fax: 64-4-382 9502
cell: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: 10-4.30 Monday-Friday
11-3 Saturdays, closed public holidays



With acts like "The bright scarves of danger" and "Hoopla hurrah!", a frenetic flamenco dancer and a smattering of magic, Suitcase Circus II from Women's Circus Aotearoa is full of fun and surprises. The show opens at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, Cnr Rintoul & Colombo Streets, on the 26th November 2004 at 7pm and entry is by koha.

"Top priority is to amuse and amaze people and extend their ideas of what's possible," says circus member Aileen Davidson.

"Women's Circus Aotearoa was set up so women could challenge themselves by learning circus skills and to share our imagination, courage, strength and humour with our community through performing these".

"We've come up with some diverse and dynamic acts which will be getting their world premiere in Newtown," says Aileen. "In line with our commitment to our community and with support from Wellington City Council, we are delighted to offer the show for free, just asking for a koha to cover costs."

There are 9 women working on the show. 'Suitcase' in the title refers to the show's portability - and Women's Circus Aotearoa hope to take elements of the performance further into the community in the next months.

WHERE: Newtown Community & Cultural Centre, Cnr Rintoul & Colombo Sts
WHEN: 26th/28th November at 7pm and a 2pm Matinee on the 27th!
For more information or photographs please contact either Desiree Cheer on 463 8787 or Sarah Taylor on 970 7696



Dear Sir or Madam Director,

We would be honoured if you would encourage the Asia/Pacific-resident artists of your survey to enter the Sovereign Contemporary Asian Art Award 2005 competition. This annual regional award is endowed with a cash prize of US$25,000. The Sovereign Art Foundation supports art development through the agency of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). Based in Hong Kong, the Sovereign Art Foundation Limited is a registered charity dedicated to raising awareness of Asian art and Asian artists. All funds raised by the charity finances grants and scholarships for worthy Asian artists.

DEADLINE: 31 December 2004


Jeffrey du Vallier d'Aragon Aranita - French/Japanese Artist Chan Yuk Keung - Dept of Fine Art, Chinese University, Hong Kong

Dr Christina Chu - Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art
Jane Debevoise - Consultant, ex-Deputy Director of Guggenheim Museum
Claire Hsu - Executive Director, Asia Art Archive

Entrants must be a resident of the Asia-Pacific region
All entries must be an original work, copyright to work resides with the artist.
Only one painting per entrant may be submitted (via JPEG file under 1MB)
Entries should be 2-D paint or mixed media on canvas or on board
Dimensions of the entry (including any frame) should not exceed 175cm when measured diagonally.
All entries must be available for sale and remain so until the end of the competition.
Telephone: +852 2542 1177 (Tiffany Pinkstone)
Fax: +852 2545 0550
Address: Suites 1601-1603, Kinwick Centre
32 Hollywood Road
Central, Hong Kong



Call for Submissions - Unseen City

The internet and it's attachment, the email system, is an unmonitored space that does not appear at ease with the notions of art and curating.   I am calling for the submission for entries of digital images sent through the email system for a show, titled 'Unseen City'.  There is no specific theme to the show, but some artists are responding to the title.  The title is a referent to the internet and that massive communicating city of people, ideas and anonymity that exists there.  There is no requirement that the images be photographs.

The idea for this show was generated out of my interest in the web and the way that information is disseminated and distributed through this medium.  My original intention was to send a call for entries to all the artists in my email address book, but the email system somehow sent the call for entries to everyone in my address book, which generated a range of interesting responses.  This is one of the random things that we know can happen within these systems and with the subsequent generation and distribution of material over the internet, we are able to think about the nature of the information we receive.  How do we filter it and how do we attach value to it?  It is a last frontier where anything goes, un-policed and rabid.  I have images from artists from around the world as well as images from non-artist staff working within the institution who have taken photos on their cell phones and emailed them to me.

The images will be printed on A4 or A3 colour laser printer and initially exhibited in one of our galleries on campus.

The deadline for entries is extended ( date  to be announced) and the show will be held next year.  More information will be sent to those participating artists at that time.

Janice Abo Ganis
Lecturer in Photography
Media Arts Department
Waikato Institute of Technology
Private Bag
New Zealand
07 834 8875 ext 8309



Wellington children of all ages have a new date for their calendars – Sunday 21 November for the annual New Zealand Community Trust Wellington Christmas Parade. 

Heralding the start of the city’s festive season, the parade will feature more than 1,000 people from Wellington arts, cultural and community groups, businesses and clubs, divided into 80 floats and acts.  Santa and his helpers will wind their way through central city streets joined by a host of traditional and modern children’s characters.

Starting at 2.00pm, the parade will follow the same route as the last two years beginning at the corner of Lambton Quay and Ballance St and travelling down Willis, Mercer and Wakefield Streets, finishing at Cuba Street.  

So ‘make a day of it’ and arrive in the city early for a picnic or café lunch before the pre-parade entertainment starts along the route at 1.00pm.   Please take public transport into town to avoid traffic delays and congestion.

The postponement date in case of bad weather is Sunday 28 November.



Wear ART on your heart this summer!

Refreshing, raw and honest art, demanding exposure, has been transferred onto T-shirts. You can bring original art into your daily life, and take it wherever life takes you this summer.

The art and designs have been created by artists who have the amazing gift to let art flow straight from the heart. This unique ability is the result of the artists ‘perceived’ intellectual impairments. An intellectual impairment is generally seen as a disadvantage in life, but is a valuable asset in this studio environment. This has the distinct advantage that the inner critic is not present, making way for uninhibited creativity. Who can resist this!

Art Compass is featuring the arty T-shirts in a ‘cash-and-carry’ group exhibition that also features fabulous non-wearable art. The exhibition opens Thursday 18 November 5:30 pm, and will be open between 10-4:30 on workdays till 17 December at 132 Tory Street.

Please extend this invitation to anyone interested!


Art Compass Studio-Gallery
Compassion Centre
132 Tory Street
Opening: Thursday 18 November 5:30 pm
Open:10-4:30 on workdays till 17 December.

Contact person: Marcel Baaijens (Programme Director)



Hi guys,
just letting everyone know that next week's Colourful Connections meeting (Wed 24th) is going to be held not at Capital E as usual, but at Vincent's Art Workshop, Level 4, 84 Willis St.  Note, a different time as well: 6-8pm.

The reason for this is so as to host a presentation by representatives from Creative NZ and other agencies on the creative scene in Wellington - which galleries are friendly, how to present your work to galleries and exhibitions, some info on funding and pricing your work etc etc.  There will also be an opportunity to ask any more questions about the CrossOver exhibition, and to meet some of the 100+ other artists who have registered interest in doing work for this show! It's also a good chance to check out Vincents as a great workshop space for doing your art - it's open (and mostly free!) to the public and has great facilities as you will see. If this works we may well use Vincents ongoingly as our meeting and work space for Colourful Connections.

Those of you who have registered for CrossOver will see an email coming through about this in the next few days, but if anyone has any queries you are welcome to phone me on 027 221 3791.

Again: see you next Wednesday, November 24, 6-8pm at Vincents Art Workshop, Level 4, 84 Willis St, central Wellington.



We have a very special announcement at Happy – on the 12th of December we’re hosting an exciting guest – Damo Suzuki from the legendary German outfit, Can. See below this week’s listings for more info.

Friday November 19th
Human Beat Box Championships – Wellington Heat
Globally, Hiphop Culture has its roots entrenched in 'battles' be it b-boys / dj's or emcee's. Battling is the way to find out who’s the best, for others to get better, and to get your name out there, and to just get out there with others in Hiphop and show your stuff and have fun competing. Aotearoa is no different with some of our biggest selling artists ( the likes of p-money , dj raw , mareko , quick n eazy ) making a name for themselves by dominating in the battle arenas. Friday sees the Wellington heat of the National Human Beatbox Battles.

Saturday November 20th
The Scribes of Ra
The Afrobeat big band – performing the music Fela Kuti and featuring some of Wellington’s hottest musicians.
Tuesday November 23rd
The Dodecahedrons
Aotearoa’s finest new music ensemble
Wednesday November 24th
New Music Trios
Feat. Nigel Patterson, Alphabethead and guests
Coming up at Happy:
The Pink Tuna Big Band Project (Dec 1st); Limited Express from Japan (30th Nov); Odessa (Dec 4th); Tessa Rain (Dec 8th); Damo Suzuki with the Flower Orphans (12th Dec); Gerard Masters (14th-15th Dec) . . . and next year, The New Zealand Fringe Festival, Nights of the Flaming Anvil 2 and more and more music. Music makes us Happy.

This email goes out every week to each special person on the list. If you know anyone who would like to be on the list or who you think should be on the list to receive Happy’s weekly email, please email me, if you would like to be removed from this list, please let me know.

DAMO SUZUKI with the FLOWER ORPHANS – December 12th

In December the legendary Damo Suzuki is bringing his Eternal Tour back to New Zealand, this time joined by Wellington group, The Flower Orphans. Suzuki, since leaving Can, has carved a career in music unlike any other. In recent years he has engaged in his Eternal Tour, a constant series of concert dates across the world. In each country he performs with local musicians who have been inspired by his music, both with and without Can. The Eternal Tour is a unique project that unites musicians across boundaries and borders. In Wellington, New Zealand, The Flower Orphans, lead by Anthony Donaldson, are performing with Suzuki at Happy.


Formed in 1968, still active and always at least three steps ahead of contemporary popular music, Can was the leading avant-garde rock group of the 70s. From their very beginning, their music didn't conform to any commonly-held notions about rock & roll -- not even those of the counter-culture. Inspired more by 20th century classical music than Chuck Berry, their closest contemporaries were Frank Zappa or possibly the Velvet Underground. Yet their music was more serious and inaccessible than either of those artists. Instead of recording tight pop songs or satire, Can experimented with noise, synthesizers, non-traditional music, cut-and-paste techniques, and, most importantly, electronic music; each album marked a significant step forward than the previous album, investigating new territories that other rock bands weren't interested in exploring.

In May 1970, Japanese singer Kenji "Damo" Suzuki joined Can after having been spotted by Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit in Munich's Leopoldstrasse; a globetrotter making money for his return trip as a street musician, Damo had also been a cast member of the musical 'Hair' . The same evening of his discovery by Czukay and Liebezeit, he performed with Can in Munich at the Blow Up club. The chaotic performance, a pandemonium of feedback and ingenious noise, is one of the most notable shows in Can's history.

The Flower Orphans

Led by legendary drummer, Anthony Donaldson, the Flower Orphans are the culmination of many years’ musical work and experience in both avant-garde and popular music fields by Donaldson. Inspired by the likes of jazz luminaries Sun Ra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago as well as German legends, Can, The Flower Orphans bring together the rock, jazz, improvised music and experimental music to create a driving mix of songform and improvisation unlike anything else currently in New Zealand.

Anthony Donaldson has a long and full history in New Zealand music. Former member of Don McGlashin’s classic group, The Front Lawn as well as former Six Volt, and member of the seminal Primitive Art Group, Donaldson has over the last three decades performed in groups creating music for the mainstream and the avant-garde. In recent years his close association with Wellington’s avant-garde jazz and improvised music scene has inspired and created many musical groups and projects, including The Village Idiots, the Labcoats and the Flower Orphans.

Plus with Damo Suzuki – David Long

David Long is another New Zealand music legend. From his beginnings with the Front Lawn, the Six Volts and the Muttonbirds he has constantly pushed New Zealand music, working as a composer, musicians and producer. Long won Best Producer of the Year for his work on Fur Patrol’s debut album, has composed music for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as Baxter at the New Zealand Arts Festival, and is an integral member of Plan 9 and the Labcoats.

Anthony Donaldson – drums, percussion
Jonny Marks – vocals, percussion
Maree Thom – electric bass
Nigel Patterson – organ
Dean Hunter – guitar
Alphabethead – turntables

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To celebrate the Third anniversary of the National Tattoo Museum and 5 years of BodyFX,  We are very pleased to present a first in Wellington…


A unique and dynamic Art festival held at Wigan Street and the National Tattoo Museum…

The first National Body-painting competition, by BodyFX Wellington Ltd…

Saturday 27 November 2004 from noon on…

Here are some details…on the Body Painting Contest…

The contest is open for paintbrush and airbrush contestants. There will be a wide range of body paint products available, free to use by the contestants. Judging will be done by Oscar winner Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop Ltd. Nicole from BodyFX and others. A total of $1000 worth of prizes and trophies to be won. Entrée fee $25. Every contestant will receive a signed certificate and a CD with photos. Since there are only limited places available for contestants, selection will take place on pictures of previous work and design drawings. For artists not familiar with body painting there are pre-competition workshops available.

Here are some details…on the Tattoo-drawing Contest…

Design your own body art, on paper, using the special Bodysuit programme. Use any medium to create an original body art prototype. The designs will be exhibited in the National Tattoo Museum and are judged during the festival by well-known tattoo artists Steve Maddock and Inia Taylor. Body Art Rocks 2004 will also include demonstrations, live music and street performances, temporary tattoos, belly dancing, percussion, face-painting and more.  If you would like to participate, in any way, please contact 0800 022555 to receive registration forms and details.

The festival is open for public Saturday 27 November from 12noonBody Art Rocks street festival is free – indoor Body-paint competition and museum admission is $5

Want to learn more? Call the Tattoo Museum for all the scoop:


Somewhere Over the Rainbow, someone's been working Night and Day, and from The Way You Look Tonight, and All the Things You Are, I reckoned that It Had to Be You... Well, I Got Rhythm, and so have Malcolm McNeill, the entire Orpheus Choir of Wellington (the biggest jazz vocal group you'll probably ever hear) and the hot jazz combo playing with us at the old Wellington Town Hall next Saturday. So get In the Mood and come and join us – it’s wonderful what a bit of swing can do - be there, or be like Miss Otis (you'll have Regrets)!

Wellington Town Hall
Saturday, 20 November 2004
Orpheus Choir, Malcolm McNeill, Johnny Lippiett, Nick van Dijk, Paul Dyne, Roger Sellers
Tickets: A reserve $32    B reserve $ 26    Students $10  from Mandy
 or A reserve $38 & B reserve $28 plus booking fee from Ticketek


Saturday 20 November
1. Make cool badges that you draw yourself! 1-3pm
2. Chat with curator/author Gregory O’Brien who has just written a contemporary NZ art book for young people: Welcome to the South Seas. Get your own autographed copy! 2pm

3. Visit the Muka Youth Print Exhibition in the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery. Exclusively for 5 to 18 year olds, a collection of forty original lithographs from twenty prominent artists from New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Korea are available for sale at $55 (unframed) 12-5pm

For more information, contact Robyn Walker, City Gallery Wellington Public Programmes Co-ordinator
Phone: ext 3987



Last Salsadrome 2004
Top Latin Djs from 9pm studio 1 till late....DJs Fiesta, Zebrita, Salvaje!
Top Tango Djs from 8:30 studio 2 till late ....DJ Jazzy Geoff and  DJ Frió
Latest and greatest : salsa dura, salsa timba, merengue and more...
The Salsadrome: room to move and groove.....back in February 2005
From 7:30-Late Friday 19 November @ WPAC 36 Vivian St
with Tango Lesson from 7:30-8:00, Salsa lesson 8:30-9pm
Don't forget the Christmas Salsa Ball
at the Jimmy, Sat December 18th from 8:30pm.....
more info to follow.
"Orquesta Salvaje".....
Say a great big thanx to everybody.

Interested? Email



An exhibition of fresh works at Wellington’s Art Base (the former NZ Air Force compound at Shelly Bay) on November 20 and 21 (10am till 5pm). Opening reception in the Officers’ Mess Building, on Friday 19 November from 7-9pm. Artists include Jane Brimblecombe, Matt Gauldie, Ellen Coup, Michael Browne, Janet Dunn Fashions, Christine Gibson, Jennifer Griffin, James Harcourt, Gail Higgs-West, Theo Janssens, Jeanne Macaskill, Leigh Malcolm, John Mills, Carlos Wedde, and Stephanie Woodman. Be there. See new art. Meet local creative people. Buy their work! For details, phone 380-6113.



Whitireia Polytechnic Faculty of Art & Communications presents

Creative Truths & Showing Off [a creative careers expo]

On the weekend of 27 / 28 November at Pataka Museum, Art & Communications presents the best of student work, the flavour of the area, in DJing, jazz & rock bands, graphic design, photography, visual arts, theatre production & acting and cultural dance from our international touring 'Performing Arts' programme.

It's a full programme with exhibitions, performances, professional seminars and also industry workshops for those interested in careers as well as graduate and tutor floor talks running from 11 - 4 both days. It has 14 live bands, art portfolio workshops, performing arts industry seminar, graduate exhibitions of Design / Multimedia and Visual Arts, Graduate floortalks / industry advice, cultural tourism seminar, free digital modeling & photoshop workshop, acting for stage and screen workshop, writing and journalism industry seminars. [A full programme is attached.]

With awards for cultural performance, jewellery and photography graduates, this weekend is a one-off presentation of the mix of creative styles from Porirua.

Almost All free, all weekend 27 & 28 November
At Pataka Museum of Art & Culture, Norrie Street Porirua. Free parking

With industry workshops for developing careers, you can get an insight into training and working in the arts. There are prizes for college students attending industry seminars: $300 of CDs, digital camera, $300 of book vouchers, $300 of Theatre tickets, $300 towards software, $300 of magazine subscriptions, $300 towards air travel, $300 artwork. To enter, let us know you are coming by : texting to 0275 944 847,

phoning   0800 944 847

Learn more



A Christmas Story
Tim Armstrong
Opening November 23 6pm
Artist talk December 1 6pm
November 24 - December 10

He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake,
he knows if you've been bad or good , so be good for goodness sake......

A Christmas Story is an exhibition exploring the sinister side of Santa Claus and the mythology surrounding him. Referencing the cheap production and tacky aesthetic common to big department stores, Tim brings to life the mythical man in red in full fibreglass glory. This show will reveal and ridicule the frequently celebrated but rarely questioned hero of western culture that is Father Christmas. Reminiscent of the famously creepy figurines of shop displays, albeit carrying a scythe instead of the usual sack of toys, the Santa of A Christmas Story is more frightening than friendly.

Tim's research into the ancient Roman mythological figure of Saturnalia, the ancestor of the modern day Santa, has led him to also focus on the more contemporary issues of commercialism and the consumer frenzy that develops around Christmas time. Shoppers at THE WAREHOUSE were the inspiration for some of Tim's mutant statues, completing a collection of figures which give the gallery an almost temple-like feel. A Christmas Story is a darkly humourous examination of popular culture and the traditions it has created in our society around this time of year.

AND coming up this Saturday...... Full Chrome Logic

There are no mistakes in Full Chrome Logic, only variations on the basic theme of the unfamiliar. This is music to be enjoyed by everyone!

Full Chrome Logic, Chris Wilson and Thomas Liggett, is a musical collaboration which aims to take the sounds of the everyday and make them strange as part of an ongoing experiment in rendering the universe of ideas into sound.

Chris enjoys making mistakes with his cheap guitar and amp. While he offers the assurance that he can play the cornet, baritone and tuba properly, the creation of electro-acoustic music has been his main focus for over a decade. Thomas plays classical viola, Irish fiddle and electric violin, and is learning the basic tenets of analogue synthesis.

Full Chrome Logic have previously played as part of the Late night sessions series of performances at the City Gallery and we are pleased to have them play at Enjoy in between exhibitions. Performance starts 6pm Saturday 20th November. Entry is free. All are welcome.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level one, 174 Cuba Street
P: 04 384 0174


DANZ, also known as Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, is your first stop for information about dance cocnert, sevents, happenings, new works, and opportunities. Check out the organisation's website and pay attention, often, to the extensive calendar listings.



We are now calling for submissions for parade floats for the 2005 Cuba St Carnival Parade.  The Parade is taking place on Saturday February 26th at 8.30pm.

We are seeking awe-inspiring creative pieces of art to send down the street to wow our audience!

The Cuba St Carnival is one of the creative highlights of Wellington's social calendar.  A showcase for local musicians and artists, with a strong Latin theme, the 2005 Carnival will be an opportunity to revel in the street.  The  04 Parade was a great hit, with a wide range of diverse and fascinating entries.  The 05 Parade will be bigger and brighter with a greater emphasis on the creative components of the entries.

The theme for this year’s parade is ‘The Body Electric’

This theme is an expression of dynamic movement, a celebration of the body, dance, impulse, momentum, percussion, spontaneity, magnetism, a fusion of the body and technology.  

And, as a way of acknowledging the energy and effort put in by all parade entrants, the 2005 Parade will be judged in three categories by celebrity judges, and the winners will receive highly coveted prizes.  This is the first year that competition has been introduced into the Parade.

Larissa Marno
Parade Supremo
Cuba St Carnival Parade 2005

Mob: 021 480 140
Fax: 04 473 8873

PO Box 24 173
Manners St



Mezzo-space: Wellington Offers Temporary Gallery for Artists to Exhibit New Work

Wellington City Council's Community Arts Office is pleased to announce an innovative, creative service for local artists wanting to show their work. The former BAM Bookstore space, managed by the Council’s property office and currently un-tenanted, is now being programmed as a temporary exhibition space for Wellington-based artists. The room, located on the main library mezzanine level, already has several exhibitions planned for the end of 2004, and more may be on the way in the new year. Council is still reviewing the long term use for this site, and until a decision is made the space is available for Community Arts programming.

“While the space is vacant and empty, we can be programme it with exhibitions of new work by local artists and groups,” said Community Arts Co-ordinator Eric Holowacz.  “We’ve named this short-term public gallery effort the ‘Mezzo-space’, because it is in the middle of town, the middle of the library, and in between official tenants.” 

Holowacz’s office has established a proposal process and a few ground rules, with a heavy emphasis on providing exposure for Wellington’s creative people.  Participating artists will be responsible for preparing and installing the exhibitions, sitting in the gallery during open hours, and talking casually with the public about their work. None of the exhibited work will be for sale on-site. People interested in buying art will be referred to the artist’s studio to learn more about available works and commissioned pieces.

The first exhibition, by painters Giles Whitaker and Anne Hutton is on view from November 17 to 30, and is entitled “The Passionate Palette – Landscapes of the Body and Mind.” Following that, from December 2 to 10, will be an exhibition of 20 new paintings by Andrei Overweel.

“My work comprises images of people in their environment,” said Overweel, “but largely deals with their relationships to one another. It also deals with human emotions and the symbolic use of colour, and the result often presents questions rather than answers.”

Besides middle, half or medium, the Italian word “mezzo” can also be used to denote a means of doing something, or the method involved in making something happen.

“We hope the Mezzo-space, for as long as we can use it, will help show off Wellington’s practicing and emerging artists, and make something happen for them,” said Holowacz.   

Local artists, collectives, or visual arts groups interested in learning more about the temporary Mezzo-space should contact the Community Arts office on 385-1929



The Theatre Revolution Continues. BATS Theatre is proud to present STAB 2004 : cutting edge performance experiences for those with an appetite for the new, the innovative, and the visionary. The annual STAB season, funded by Creative New Zealand, enables BATS Theatre to commission boundary-shattering performance works from some of the country's most exciting creative minds. You don't need to wait until the next International Festival of the Arts to experience world-class performance which will startle you with its cutting edge innovation.

STAB 2004 continues, with Certainty.
Certainty is a contemporary dance multi-media collaboration, directed by Kristian Larsen for THROW disposable choreography (Fringe NZ 2003 award winner). Four male dancers improvise in relation to projected visuals, lights, set, sound design and each other. Over fifteen nights, fifteen new dance works will be created. The company will have developed a highly refined rapport through weeks of rehearsal, making them adept at crafting each choreographic composition. 'Improvising choreography is like sculpting smoke' according to Kristian. 'It can be felt but not grasped. What can be expressed is how it felt when the smoke was inside your body.' This is performance improvisation as it has never before been seen in Wellington. Certainty : Tuesday 9 – Saturday 27 November, 7.30pm (no performances Sunday/Monday). All performances are at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace.

Tickets are $16 waged and $12 concession. Book at BATS on (04) 802 4175 or and contact for details.

Certainty Season: Tuesday 9 – Saturday 27 November (no show Sundays/Mondays) Time: 7.30pm Tickets: $16 full / $12 concession / $22 STAB season ticket



The New Zealand Film Archive presents SoundTracks 5: A Night of Live Music and Images on Wednesday 24th November at 8pm. Shed 11 again hosts a unique fusion of cinematic imagery and musical ideas. This years musicians include country-folk group The Timeless Sounds, guitarist Brian Crook, noise merchant Birchville Cat Motel and the classic 80's computer beats of Disasteradio. They will be performing live soundtracks to films from the collection of the New Zealand Film Archive including The Gangsters Come To Christchurch, a film made by pioneer film maker Roger Mirams when he was just 13, a collection of home movies shot by Te Kuiti surgeon Dr Leo De Castro in the 30's and 40's, plus dramatic footage from the days of whaling in Cook Strait.

On November 24th the weird and wonderful sounds of Wellington’s underground will accompany some of the quirkier footage from The New Zealand Film Archive. Now in it’s fifth year and attracting huge numbers, this event asks the performers select films from the many thousands of options on archive.

This year’s fusion includes The Timeless Sounds in all their surreal glory scoring the teenage directing debut of film legend Roger Mirams, The Gangsters come to Christchurch. Those of you who fondly recall 80’s afternoons on the commodore 64 will warm to the sounds of Disasteradio’s Luke Rowell as he creates a new soundtrack for a bizarre rugby instructional film from 1930 entitled Control 0:01:01. The event will also feature a much-awaited performance from the prolific Campbell Kneale as Birchville Cat Motel and experimental hero Brian Crook. If you happen to be one of the unfortunate few who has missed past performances from such luminaries as Rosy Parlane and Cortina’s Rebekah Coogan you can stop by the Film Archive’s new Mediaplex (Corner of Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets) for SoundTracks Redux, an exhibition featuring footage from SoundTracks 1-4.

For further information contact
Mark Williams
New Zealand Film Archive
Ph 04 384 7647
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Don't miss the
Te Whaea Theatre
17 – 27 November

The New Zealand School of Dance presents world premieres by Sue Healey (New Zealand) and David Massingham (UK)
Plus the New Zealand premiere of works by Val Caniparoli (USA), Jeffrey Tan (Singapore), Garry Stewart (Australia) and Natalie Weir (Australia)

 And celebrates the anniversaries of two master choreographers – George Balanchine (USA) and August Bournonville (Denmark)

Love, laughter, triumph and tragedy highlight the New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2004.
Within a programme of unparalleled range and diversity will be breathtaking creations from New Zealand choreographer Sue Healey and Britain’s David Massingham. 

Season highlights include -
·       Street Songs, by San Francisco Ballet choreographer Val Caniparoli, was originally created for America’s Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1980 and is set to a charming score by Carl Orff.   Hailed as a choreographer of uncommon ability, Caniparoli’s choreography features in the repertory of many of the world’s leading ballet companies.  

·       From the Resident Choreographer of Singapore Dance Theatre, Jeffrey Tan, comes a sculptural duet of mesmerising beauty, Façade.  Performed to Samuel Barber’s haunting Adagio for Strings, the dancers seem to float, suspended by air, as we share a journey of mystery, urgency and discovery.

·       Danced with a pulsating force that will energise any audience is Currently Under Investigation from Australian Dance Theatre Artistic Director, Garry Stewart.  Hailed as a ‘hot ticket’ on the international stage, Stewart is a choreographer whose workis immediately recognisable for its extreme physical presence – his style embraces martial arts, hip hop, gymnastics and dance.

·       Natalie Weir’s gripping and powerful solo, Nessun Dorma, is the second of her works to enter the School’s repertoire following the enormously popular Jabula in 2002.  Danced to the famous tenor aria by Giacomo Puccini, this work for a male dancer originates from Weir’s full-length ballet Turandot, which received its world premiere by the Hong Kong Ballet in 2003.

·       George Balanchine, whose centenary is celebrated this year, is represented by ‘The Man I Love – Pas de Deux’ from Who Cares? staged by Victoria Simon. This Balanchine-meets-Broadway lyrical favourite gives us sensual Gershwin on pointe.

·      In 2005 the dance world will honour the great Danish choreographer August Bournonville in his 200th anniversary year. The School pays homage to him with the captivatingPas de Deux and Grand Divertissement from Act II of the full-length ballet, La Sylphide.  A jewel in the crown of Romantic ballets, La Sylphide is the tale of a young Scottish farmer who deserts his future bride to follow a beautiful, elusive sprite into the forest.  Danced to a tuneful score by Norwegian, Herman Løvenskiold, La Sylphide contains some of Bournonville’s most impressive and enjoyable choreography.

The New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2004 is generously sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America, Asia 2000 Foundation, Smokefree Arts, Qantas Airways Limited and Village Apartments. 

New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2004
Te Whaea Theatre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown
Wednesday 17 November – Saturday 27 November (No show Mon 22 Nov)
Times: All evening shows at 7.30pm. 2.00pm matinee only on 21 November
Tickets: $15 waged / $12 unwaged
Bookings: 04 389 9056 (automated line)



You asked for it so here it is!!! Back by popular demand the sell out success ‘The Return of the Drag Kings’ graces the Big Kumara stage for TWO NIGHTS ONLY on November 25 and 26.

Welcome back Wellingtons favourite 'sons' from the mists of Miramar, the valley of the Hutt and the Melbourne Midsumma festival.With their clever comedic cabaret style of gender-bending the 'bois' & "grrls’ will have you laughing, leaping and loving every minute of their pizazz, punch and piss-takes.

Get your 70's flares on, adjust your 80's mullets and get a little bit country and a little bit rock'n'roll. There’s clever bits, rude bits, sexy bits, silly bits, funny bits, live bits, thoughtful bits and of course bits of bits.

Come along and have a ball (or two!).
Warning: some content designed to offend!
Comedy, music and dance for anyone who is a man or a woman or thinking of becoming one.
DETAILS: The Big Kumara, Dixon Street, Wellington 25 (Thurs) & 26 (Fri) November @ 8pm
DOOR SALES ONLY: (On the night from 6:30pm) $20 / $15 (concession with ID)
SEE YOU THERE! with love, hair and affection
The Drag Kings



Converge & Collect, a new and growing group of local creative people has set out on a mission to find cheap, good working spaces for Wellington artists, musicians, dancers, and Independent Creative Types

They are calling for your help, interest and support to bring in to reality a centre where all disciplines can unite, discuss, inform and make new

creative work today.

Engage and give voice. Unify and strengthen existing portals and
people. Build upon combined resources and talents. more info or contact Rob on 021 475 182
And get involved with Converge & Collect now!



The Greatest Band On Earth are back! For the first time since 2002 TENACIOUS D are back on tour and heading to New Zealand for shows in Auckland and Wellington.

According to Rolling Stone, "Tenacious D are more than rock stars, much more: They're the Thor and Zeus of a new rock religion, prophets of blood and honour, overlords from the land of the ice and snow. They ask no quarter. They give no quarter. They are the D."

Actors turned rockers Jack Black and Kyle Gass exploded onto the mainstream music scene in 2002 with their single Tribute. The single mainstream music scene in 2002 with their single Tribute. The single achieved platinum sales in Australia while the self titled debut album sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Their DVD The Complete Masterworks has sold 5 x platinum in the US and platinum in the UK.

Entertainment Weekly declared; "they're profane, bursting with rage and lust, and they deliver more laughs than anyone since Richard Pryor," and audiences concur, with the proof of their popularity substantiated by their latest DVD The Complete Masterworks (through Sony Music Australia - in store now). Witness a 4,700-strong audience singing in harmony at their concert at Brixton Academy in London and you begin to grasp just how relevant this band is to their fans. Jack Black and Kyle Gass will perform in the usually concert-barren period between Christmas and New Year (and they will kick ass). So if you're bored stiff hanging out with the relatives these Christmas holidays, then The Frontier Touring Company are giving you the perfect excuse to get out of the house! Don't miss out: tickets now on sale from Ticketek.



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