Friday, February 16, 2007

The No 8 Wire - Issue 90

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau

An Electronic Alert for 1645 of Wellington's Creative People
ENDNOTE: Fringe Mistress Karen Blythe. She’s Grouse!


To submit your news, project details, call for participation, or cultural item of any sort, please send your description/text as email to
or find me,
Eric Vaughn Holowacz
Arts Programmes & Services Manager
Wellington City Council - Wellington Arts Centre
61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington
And to get off the No 8 Wire email list, just let me know at the same email address.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
-Theodore Roosevelt


Gallery Installation opens tonight, Friday 16 February, with 5pm reception
Wellington Arts Centre

An installation by artists Gabby O'Connor and Michael Hawkins, the Rock Show will combine elements of sculpture, painting, music and performance.
Gabby will create a sculptural installation entitled extreme pressure: avalanche(2), and Michael plans to feed off Wellington indie-rock band The Resistance's live-musical energy to produce a series of painted works.
Gabby's installation will include hundreds of rough geometric rocks made out of collected and recycled envelopes. As artist in residency at Island Bay School, she will encourage pupils to make their own personal geometric rock which they will be able to take home at the end of the exhibition.
Gabby will also run free Saturday workshops for members of the public at the Gallery on 17 and 24 February from 11am-3pm.
"I like the idea that anyone can take part in an artistic project," she says. "I want to challenge the traditional idea that art is exclusive to an elite group."
Michael is initially producing three painted works while rehearsing with The Resistance, which will be on display throughout the exhibition. However, for three consecutive Fridays, beginning with the opening night (16 February), audiences can watch Michael paint directly onto the gallery walls during the band's live set.
The focus of Michael's work will be his immediate response to the music. The Resistance in turn are expected to capture his energy in their performance, either by erratic time signatures or augmented melodies.
"The ideal situation is for us to bounce off each other creatively and to give visitors to Toi Pōneke a unique gallery experience," says Michael.
The Rock Show (Rocks that Roll & Rock n' Roll) opens on Friday 16 February at 5pm at Toi Pōneke Gallery, Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street and runs until Friday 2 March.

The ROCK Show - Public Performances:
Featuring Wellington Band: The Resistance and artist Michael Hawkins
Wellington based artists Michael and Gabby have come together because their latest and diverse art practice shares a commonality: the word ROCK. Gabby explores rocks as objects and Michael analyses rock music and its influence on painting style.

Opening celebration Friday 16 February
Mid-way through exhibition Friday 23 Feb
Closing performance Friday 2 March

The ROCk Show - Public Art Workshops
Make a rock with Gabby O’Connor (suitable for any age group)
Saturday 17 Feb anytime time between 10.00am and 4.00pm
Saturday 24 Feb anytime time between 10.00am and 4.00pm
The ROCK Show will close on Saturday 3 March.

And take your best shot, photographically


The Amazing Orange Tricycle Presents….
Porcelain Grin
Directed by Sally Richards
BATS Theatre
Monday 26th February - Thursday 1st March
6.30pm, $15/12/10
Bookings: 04 802 4175
The surreal world of our private verses public persona, the masks we wear . . . and the tooth fairy
Porcelain Grin probes beyond the fake smiles. What lie’s just a scratch beneath the enamel? Luminescent social veneers are flossed to expose a decaying world of loneliness, and something as rare as hen’s teeth . . . the truth.
Using a transformative dentist’s chair, Porcelain Grin draws on the magic of story telling, as the characters reveal what lies beneath their porcelain grins – sometimes funny, sometimes fearful, dark or surreal.
Rising talent Brooke Williams (Toi Whakaari graduate 2006) has made a mark in Christchurch playing leads in productions such as 'Great Expectations' and 'The Cherry Orchard' before arriving in Wellington. After her acclaimed solo production Flash Trash as part of the Go Solo season, Williams is set to prove she’s a name to watch.
Director Sally Richards has a fascination with the art of solo performance. "The compulsion for a character to confess its darkest secrets to a voyeuristic audience appeals to me." Richards has just completed her Master of Theatre Arts at Toi Whakaari and is currently doing preliminary performance research for her PhD in Theatre on solo performance.
So why do we continue to smile in the face of adversity?
Brooke Williams' solo, Flash Trash, stood out for its excellence in concept, writing and performance. Weird and wonderful – Lynn Freeman, Capital Times
Versatile character actress Brooke Williams proves she is also a witty writer with a surreal imagination. Inspired! – John Smythe, Theatreview
Sally Richards directs in a way that compels our attention without allowing us the comforts of sentiment or sanctimony- intelligently directed and designed by Sally Richards – John Smythe, Theatreview

Colin Webster-Watson: A retrospective exhibition
Opening celebration: Tuesday 20 February, 5.00 - 7.00pm.
Shed 11, Queens Wharf, Wellington Waterfront

Renowned sculptor exhibits 40 years of art
New Zealand sculptor Colin Webster-Watson has just shipped his life’s work of more than 100 items to Wellington for a free retrospective exhibition that will open on Tuesday 20 February at Shed 11.
Having spent more than 50 years living in London, Rome, New York and Palm Springs, Colin, now 80, has decided to exhibit his work in the place that he has always called home.
"I wanted to return to New Zealand to re-connect with my roots and give something back to this great country that has always been on my mind and in my heart during my travels," says Colin.
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s elimination of unnecessary lines and forms, and French sculptor August Rodin’s sense of spirituality and sensuality have been Colin’s major influences throughout his career.
"My love for animals, birds, the sea and mythology are also evident in my work," says Colin. "Using these themes, I wanted to explore the nuances of light and shadow and create sensuous sculptures of shimmering bronze."
One of the pieces that will be on display is a 14ft bronze sculpture of a fish, entitled Frenzy.
Signing his work simply as "Colin", he produces limited-edition sculptures that are predominantly in bronze but some are also in marble. One of his sculptures, The Tail of the Whale was gifted to Wellington City Council last year and is installed on Oriental Parade.
In this retrospective exhibition, Colin will also display tapestries, pottery, paintings, sketches, collages out of his own home-made paper, shadow boxes and film. At the opening, Colin will recite some of his poetry.
Colin Webster-Watson: a retrospective exhibition opens on Tuesday 20 February at 5pm at Shed 11, Queens Wharf, Jervois Quay and runs until Wednesday 28 February, from 10am-5pm each day.
Media are invited to attend.
For further details please contact:
Colin Webster-Watson, tel 562 8070, fax 562 8079

Colin Webster-Watson has recently returned to NZ after spending more than 40 years overseas living in London, Italy, Japan and California among other places. He is now 80 years old and wishes to re-connect with his roots and give back to the country he has always called home.
When in Europe Colin developed a great admiration for early Egyptian, Greek and Roman art. He studied Picasso's paintings and was particularly interested in the way that artist eliminated unnecessary lines and forms to reveal only the essence of creation. While visiting Paris he discovered the work of nineteenth-century sculptor Rodin, whose spirituality and sensuality have been a major influence on the development of the New Zealander's work.
It was while living in Rome that Webster-Watson focused on being a sculptor. His talent blossomed and took form, like the clay in his hands and in the words of his reviewer, "his sculptures are a marrying of movement and metal." Whether large or small, his pieces are sensuous flows of shimmering bronze and explorations of light and shadow. The artist's love for animals and birds, mythology and the sea is visible in many of his sculptures.
Webster-Watson, who signs his work simply "Colin", works in stone, predominantly marble and produces limited-edition bronzes. One of his sculptures 'The Tail of a Whale' was gifted to the Wellington City Council in 2006. It is now installed permanently on Oriental Parade, one-hundred metres east of Freyberg Pool, for Wellingtonians to enjoy.
In this retrospective exhibition Colin displays not just the sculpture which he is renowned for but tapestries, drawings and film. At the opening celebration Colin will bring to life a poem through performance that he has recently written.
Colin Webster-Watson is proudly supported by Ferner Gallery and the Wellington Sculpture Trust.
"Home and Away!
An exhibition of ceramics by Palmerston North potter Frank Light ; and paintings of NZ and Australia by Jan Thomson(Ngaio). The exhibition runs from March1st-March 15th at Gallery Frames, Ganges Rd, Khandallah.
It will feature Frank's ceramic dishes which are oven/microwave/dishwasher proof, as well as being beautiful pieces of art. Jan is showing a collection of both oil and watercolour paintings recording her painting journeys in Australia and NZ, comparing and contrasting elements of both countries.
Take a trip down Hysteria Lane! A musical spoof of popular TV show "Desperate Housewives" is on stage at Victoria University's Memorial Theatre on Saturday February 17. "Desperate Divas" is an original production by award winning Wellington women's barbershop chorus, Faultline Chorus.
There are two performances only - a matinee at 2.00pm and an evening performance at 7.30pm.
Desperate Divas follows four housewives' quest to lift their lives out of the ordinary. Each has a secret desire to sing. A publicity drive by the Seismic Singers chorus presents an unexpected opportunity to realise their dreams and the rest is "herstory".
The original script is written and performed by members of Faultline Chorus.
The witty story line is studded by songs by Faultline in four part harmony.
Wellington men's barbershop chorus Harbour Capital Chorus, 2003 national champions, also perform in the show.
To book telephone 973 5111. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 children/students/senior citizens. Door sales available
The show is a fundraiser for Faultline Chorus with proceeds going towards coaching and ongoing chorus education.
For more information, go to
Hey all,
If your in Wellington this weekend come out to the New Dowse launch open day and check out BOUNCE a day long multimedia installation with live visuals, music and wall made of ten massive weather balloons!
Robert Appierdo
designer / vj
T: 021 663 339
skype: robertappierdo
Public Announcement
Eyes up! PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT is a five-day comic event, unfolding one page at a time on a Wellington wall near you. From jaw dropping Monday to climactic Friday, keep your eyes peeled for heart thumping thrills from the Pacific past! Don’t miss your daily installment!
19th - 23rd Feb. All day and night
Wilson Carpark - Cuba Street Wellington Train Station
Are you interested in leasing an artist studio in Wellington’s hub of cultural enterprise and creativity?
Toi Pōneke, Wellington's Arts Centre, located at 61 Abel Smith Street, has been established as a creative production and development facility for emerging artists of all disciplines. Since opening in July 2005, the centre has become a thriving home to many Wellington-based artists, cultural projects, and organisations. A number of studios will become available from May 2007, and we now seek applications from interested local artists.
Studio artists have access to their studios 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Studios are located over two floors of the Arts Centre and vary in size, from 12sqm to 35sqm. Rental is dependent upon the studio size, location and the number of artists working in the space, but typically ranges from $55 to $120 per week for a studio with one artist (GST and utilities inclusive). Where studios are shared by more than one person, there is an additional charge of $10 per week per artist. Studio artists have the opportunity to exhibit at Toi Pōneke Gallery and have free access to our experimental project space, Studio 29.
Other facilities at Toi Pōneke include sound-proofed music studios, project rooms and multi-purpose rooms suitable for rehearsals, dance, teaching and meetings. Arts organisations based at Toi Pōneke include Sticky Pictures, Arts Access, DANZ, Fringe N.Z. Cuba Street Carnival, Blue Room Studio, Shakespeare Globe NZ Centre and Empress Stiltdance as well as a number of independent film producers and writers.
For further information about studios and creative spaces, or to arrange a visit to Toi Pōneke, give me a call. If you know of an artist in need of creative space, feel free to pass along these details.
Studio application forms can be obtained from the website, via email or picked up from Toi Pōneke, Wellington Arts Centre.
Address: 61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Phone: 04 385 1929
Applications close 28 February 2007.
Hello People
Spartacus R live in Octophonic Sound! Surround sound joystick madness!
75 min of new music.
Amazing visual material.
Followed by full version of the 4cd Flaming Lips Zaireeka Experience.
This is going to be one of the best shows you've seen! Prepare to be amazed......
$16, $12 and $10 (cheap as)
The front room, Mt Vic
15th, 16th and 17th Feb. (next week)
Door sales will be more expensive, so buy your tickets early from Cosmic Corner.
Don't miss out, seriously.......
17 and 18 February
An exploration of metaphysical and psychological journeys in oils by Wellington artist Trish Stevenson Level One, Turnbull House, 11 Bowen St, Wellington 10am-4pm
Find out what that means here
Read the draft here
and comment here

The Arts Centre has announced a call for proposals, and is seeking public art work for the façade of Toi Poneke. Artists will be able to download a copy of the brief and application forms from the Arts Centre's webpage, or collect them from reception at Toi Poneke. Call 385-1929 for details.
Applications are now open for the Council’s general grants and for Creative Communities Wellington Local Funding Scheme grants. Applications for both rounds close at 5pm on 30 March 2007.
General grants applications can be made to any of our four grant pools; Social, Cultural, Economic and Environmental. Only legally constituted groups can apply for these grants. (Or groups under the umbrella of a legally constituted group)
Creative Communities is for smaller grassroots arts projects aimed at increasing participation in the arts. Individuals as well as groups can apply for these grants.
Applications forms and guides and are available at We will be running grants advice seminars for each scheme – details of these are on the website.
Seminars will be held on:
26 February, 1-3pm or 6-8pm – General Grants
2 March 2007, 1-3pm – Creative Communities
6 March 2007, 1-3pm – Creative Communities
To book a place in a seminar use the form on the website or call Barbara Franklin on 801 3595.
If you can’t make it to a seminar but would like to discuss a possible application, or would like forms to be emailed to you please let me know.
Please feel free to pass this around your networks. You have received this because you are on one of my mailing lists for WCC grant rounds or work for WCC. Please let me know if you would like to stop receiving these reminders.

Katharine Macann Acting Grants Team LeaderWellington City Council DDI: 04 801-3158 Fax: 04 801-3635 Email:

Enclosed is some information on "The Babel Project", a youth driven, and creative arts exhibition for youth of all ethnicities between the ages of 15-30. It is a six-month collaboration that examines the living realities of people on different sides of a current international crisis and how they can build bridges to transform the situation. Focusing on Wellington and its future as a viable multicultural community, the project endeavors to enhance a connectedness and relationship between youth and their community, environment, heritage, peers, society and each other.

We are holding three forums as part of the six-month process and are interested in the possibility of organizations providing information or written material to the participants. We would also be open to the option of having speakers at the forums to fully engage our youth.

We would appreciate your cooperation in passing on the information to your networks. Deadlines for applications close on the 5th March.

We can be contacted at the address provided and are happy to answer any questions you might have at a time suitable to you. If you would like to become involved in any way with the project please let us know.

Thank you so much for considering this project.
Yours sincerely,
Katrina Baylis Tal Rogoff

Babel: Crossing Cultural Boundaries is a youth driven, creative arts exhibition for youth of all ethnicities between the ages of 15-30.
It is a six-month collaboration that examines the living realities of people on different sides of a current international crisis and how they can build bridges to transform the situation. It culminates in an exhibition created over the six-month process.
Babel encourages participants and audiences to consider Wellington's future as a peaceful, tolerant, diverse and multi-cultural society. It endeavors to enhance a connectedness and relationship between youth and their community, environment, heritage, peers, society and each other.
Babel supports the expression of arts in multicultural Wellington, encouraging fresh and original artistic perspectives emanating from our unique environment.

Aged between 15-30
Artist in creative arts (graphic design, pottery, fine art, collage, music, documentary/
film, sculpture etc)
Able to commit to a project that will take six months part time to complete.
Interest in Global issues
Interested in Wellington as a multicultural city and it's future.
Can use the project as part of a university component or school project.
Be able to supply a portfolio for our viewing.
Show a willingness and ability to work well both as a team and individually on the project.
Committed to creating a piece of artwork for the exhibition.
Be able to attend three forums over three months on Sunday 25th March, Saturday
April 21st, Saturday 26th May, from 9-5pm.
The project begins at the middle of March 2007 and culminates in an exhibition
in September 2007. 10 participants will be chosen.

Applications close March 5th, 2007
For details, contact
Paekakariki Fringe comedy special from the R30 team. Performing at Paekakariki Hall on 24 Feb at 7.30pm will be Alex Hawley, Fifi Colston, Lorraine Ward and Matt Elliott, MC'd by the lovely Mike Bodnar.

Laughter aplenty can be booked with Lorraine on 385 6085 or or from Paekakariki Grocery Store and Cafe. Tell your friends and make it a night out at the Coast.
R30 is back for 2007 at Katipo Cafe 76 Willis Street. Wednesday 21st February 7.30pm. Kicking off the year will be Lorraine Ward, Alex Hawley, Cathie Sheat, Mike Elliott and MC Mike Bodnar fresh from their Fringe activities...

Bookings with Lorraine on or call 385 6085.

New 6 month Meisner Acting Class starting 6th March 2007
Tuesday 6pm-9pm @ The Film School
Level 2, 4-8 Oxford Terrace, Newtown.
Sandford Meisner's Acting Technique taught at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York, promotes individuality and confidence while giving students practical and effective tools to build character and performance. This once-a-week-only class will focus on the improvisational and instinctive exercises from the technique in the search for emotional truth and realistic behaviour. It is not only popular with those wanting to pursue acting seriously but also people interested in exploring their creativity and genuine, unpretentious and pragmatic self-development. Fees for the 6 month course:
Term 1 – 8 classes in March & April… $240 incl. gst (Only $30 per class)
Term 2 – 9 classes in May & June…$270 incl. gst (Only $30 per class)
Term 3 – 9 classes in July & August… $270 incl. gst (Only $30 per class)
Warning: The technique and these classes are challenging and fun. Only call if you have courage and a sense of humour. Your commitment to the entire 6 month course is a must.
Here are what some of the former students say about the course:
"Having done some pretty intensive acting courses in London and New York, I was kind of disappointed about returning home to Wellington, thinking there was really nothing of that calibre in NZ. I’m so grateful and excited that this new resource is available here." Antonia Bale
"The energy in the class is electrifying."
Samara McDowell
"The ground that I’ve been making in these first few weeks is challenging, exciting and rewarding. I’m constantly looking forward to where it’s going to take me."
Erroll Shand
"It makes you live more consciously."
Becca Graue
"It’s kind of amazing, in today’s fast way of life and instant forms of communication, like the internet etc, that we go back to something honest and true here in this class. I love working that way with other actors."
Carrie Mclaughlin
Contact Barbara Woods at or phone (027)548 7053
Stuart Bailey
Party H.Q.
15 February - 3 March
Artist talk Saturday 17th February 2pm

Please join Enjoy to welcome Melbourne-based artist Stuart Bailey to Wellington in the opening week of the City Gallery’s survey of contemporary New Zealand art.

Employing tragicomic humour, Stuart Bailey raises questions about the levels of an individual’s responsibility, both socially and politically. His installations attempt to create parallels between socially and politically unconscious publics and some of the often-suppressed images of death, destruction and humiliation from the continually degrading war on terror.

Images of stoned and drunk people sourced from party websites are used to create flat sculptural works in polystyrene. These images are used to examine a kind of wilful ignorance, a sub-conscious disabling of the mind.

The subjects of Bailey’s installation are not exactly dead, just extremely self-medicated. Party gags such as writing in marker pen on passed-out partiers are used to further degrade these already pathetic figures. In addition to these figures, banners and collage depict a badge of apathy - an ode to partying and forgetting above all else. Pot icons and beer mascots are frivolously combined with indiscreet images of military power and support.
Enjoy Public Art GalleryLevel One, 147 Cuba StreetWellington
P: +64 4 384 0174

by SOUNDNERDS, part of The Wellington FRINGE '07Broadcast on ACTIVE 89FM, Feb 9th to March 2nd Every weekday morning of the Fringe at 8.45am. MARKS IN SOUNDWellington sound editors Dayton Lekner and Stephen Gallagher are the Sound Nerds. Their new project for this year's Fringe Festival isSOUND MARKS: every day sounds of the capital city recorded by the duoand broadcast over the airwaves every weekday morning at 8.45am onActive89FM. " A Sound Mark can be thought of as the aural equivalent to a landmark," says Stephen " Dayton and I travel through Wellington andrecord sound events that are unique to the capital. These sounds are then broadcast on Active89FM at 8.45am for one minute every weekdaymorning. It's like the two of us are sending you sound 'postcards' aswe travel and explore the city. A new Wellington 'Sound Of The Day' every weekday morning."Lekner and Gallagher came together last year with the desire to createa project using the unique sounds of the capital city. The two of thembegan to poll their friends about what their most favourite and least favourite Wellington sounds were."The responses were amazing," Dayton enthuses, " from the huge amountof answers we received it was possible, even on paper, to recognisethat Wellington is a unique sounding city. We wanted to create a project that took these every day sounds of our city and presentedthem in a different context. We love the idea of someone tuning intothe radio and hearing these 'sound landmarks' broadcast over theairwaves. It's like we're telling a story of Wellington using thecity's own unique voices. We're listening to our town."SOUND MARKS begins on the 9th of February at 8.45am on Radio Active 89FM. Tune in to hear the Sound Nerds present their sound of the day.


Well, the missus is driving me crazy and I'm going stir crazy from all this sleep, so I figured…why not once more around the block, and figured while I was at it, why not a second time around the block.
I wasn't kidding when I said no more monthly A LOW HUM tours, try two tours in three weeks, and each, a little special. A LOW HUM presents for the first time, a DOUBLE HEADER
There's a band everyone in Australia is talking about and it's not Wolfmother. A band who have spent the past coupla years touring all around the World – North, South, East, West…, playing shows with Mogwai, Deerhoof, Weird War etc..etc..yup, you got it. They rule. Point made.
Everbody, Seriously… EVERYBODY I talk to in Australia has reprimanded me for not taking them on tour already…so I'm dusting off the gaffer tape and checking the oil and water in the van, cause something's gonna blow up on this tour…and it ain't gonna be my van! (How about that for some flash hyperbole eh? – eat it up media!!)
This isn't the first time My Disco have come to New Zealand . They played a couple of amazing shows back in 2005 but this time they have an awesome new album "Cancer" in tow.
I thought to myself… This could possibly be the very last time I go on a multi-band tour as my (un)faithful 12-seater van is being sold end of the month, so I figured I'd put together a lineup of my favourite people and bands to tour with as well.
They're heading off in a couple of weeks to do shows in Europe and the US including a spot at the SXSW festival, but before they do so they're doing what they do best and playing kick ass live shows up and down the country. See their last few shows in NZ before they show the World what we know…that live bands don't come much better then So So Modern , and if you haven't seen them yet, odds are everybody is telling you should do so.
A Low Hum tour just wouldn't feel right with Disasteradio at the controls. At camp A LOW HUM last weekend he set the next Low Hum stage invasion record with 46 people getting their robot on beside him on stage. There ain't much better the Disasteradio . He's putting the finishing touches on his fifth record and boy the new songs are amazing.
This will be the third time I've taken them on tour in the past 6 months and if I had my way I'd never leave home without them. They make me dance, they make the whole World smile. If you have an old commodore 64 at home, bring it along…cause odds are one of Frase's will break down. Frase+Bri are the dance party. They are the trance party. They are the party. Party. Part.
My Disco (Aus), So So Modern, Disasteradio, Frase+Bri Feb 22nd – Kings Arms, Auckland Feb 23rd – Ward Lane , Hamilton (MEGA SHOW in association with Mole Music). With guests: The New Caledonia, Mega Hero's and Ministry of Hypocrisy. Shows starts at 8pm SHARP! $2 Waikato 's between 8-9pm .Feb 27th – SFBH, Wellington - VUW Orientation in association with the VBC Feb 28th – Phat Club, NelsonMar 1st – Wunderbar, Lyttelton Mar 2nd – MCR, Dunedin Orientation Mar 3rd – Jetset Lounge, Christchurch . AA show from 6pm. R18 show from 10pm
My Disco side shows Feb 24th – Bar Mode, Palmerston North with guests Black Chrome, The Necstretchers, The Hunk Mothers and Disasteradio Feb 25th – The Eye of Night, Wanganui with guests Disasteradio and The Hunk Mothers Mar 2nd – Canterbury University Lunchtime show with So So Modern
Mystery Girl and A LOW HUM presents:
The Evens are a duo from Washington DC . Ian Mackaye plays the baritone guitar. Amy Farina plays the drums. Both sing. They have two releases on Dischord Records: 2005's self-titled debut and last year's 'Get Evens'. Ian's other bands include The Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Embrace, and Fugazi. Amy's other bands include Mr.Candyeater, The Pharmacists, and The Warmers. Over the past three years, The Evens have toured throughout the U.S.A. , Europe , and Japan . They only play all-ages shows as they believe that music is for all people. This is The Evens' first visit to the southern hemisphere and they are grateful for the opportunity to come play music. Thanks.
New Zealand Shows : (All shows All Ages & $15) March 2007 4th - Auckland - Freemans Bay Community Centre - Presented by Mystery Girl 5th - Hamilton - Upsett Records (333 Victoria Street) 6th - Palmerston North - The Stomach (76 Lombard Street) 7th - Wellington – OS9 (Edward Street) 9th - Christchurch – Fuse (25 Wakefield Ave, Sumner) 10th - Dunedin - Circadian Rhythm (St. Andrew Street, Dunedin)
Tickets for all shows other then Auckland will be on sale from Mar 1 st . For ticket agents visit
Click on this link to view a short, sweet preview clip from Taika Waititi’s upcoming feature, Eagle vs. Shark…
NZ Stilt group perform in Hong Kong Chinese New Year
Kiwis can view the live simulcast on on Feb 19th at 01:00 am. (8pm Hong Kong time)

Empress Stiltdance, a Wellington based stilt company has been invited to perform in the Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong on February 18th. The group will also perform two large scale stage shows during the celebrations which run from Feb 18th – 20th.
The professional stilt team is collaborating with The Beat Squad, a Wellington based Samba band, and involves the full NZ and Australian branches of EMPRESS; 14 stiltwalkers, 8 drummers, + 2 ground crew in total.
For the Parade EMPRESS will present the image of a sunrise in costumes of red, gold yellow and white using wings and different height stilts.
Images of the parade will be shown on TVB Jade Channel (the largest HK TV channel) with satellite broadcasts to Europe, Asia and North America.
Other countries that may be covered are;
Canada, UK, Malasia, Singapore, Australia, China and Macau.

Arriving back just in time to perform in the Cuba Street Carnival, February 24th, EMPRESS Stiltdance will be bringing some of that sunrise energy back to Wellington.
EMPRESS Stiltdance is an international stilt dance company run by Emily Buttle (NZ). Since starting out in Amsterdam in 1996 EMPRESS has grown into a spectacular company running acts full time in New Zealand, Australia and The Netherlands.
Emily is the founder, director, designer and also full time performer in the acts. Her unique large-scale characters have performed at hundreds of events and appeared in magazines, newspapers and web-sites all over the world.
Whilst performing on the European circut EMPRESS developed a distinctive style of colourful, graceful walkabout acts with particular skills in improvisational dance and exciting balance work.
EMPRESS appearances have ranged from the most simple walkabout acts, through club dancing, television appearances, choreographed openings acts, commissioned works and full-scale theatre collaborations.
You are warmly invited to the opening of an exhibition of works By Colin Korovin at Vincents Art Workshop Gallery at 5.30pn on Wednesday 21 February.

Glen McDonald
Vincents Art Workshop (Inc)
level 4, 84 Willis Street
PO Box 11 706
ph/fax: (04) 499 1030
027 407 5706
Two New Zealand artists have had a project accepted for the world’s most prestigious art event, the Venice Art Biennale.
Sculptor Brett Graham and digital artist Rachael Rakena have had their collaborative work Aniwaniwa accepted for the collateral events section and a fund-raising campaign is being launched in Auckland tonight to allow them to accept the invitation to participate in the event, often seen as the Olympics of the art world.
Aniwaniwa is a sculptural and video installation exploring the idea of submersion as a metaphor for cultural loss. It tells the story of Horahora, a village on the Waikato River where Brett Graham’s father was born, which was flooded to create a new dam at Lake Karapiro.
The drive to get the project shown in Venice is the initiative of curator Alice Hutchison who curated the work for Te Manawa Museums Trust in Palmerston North, where it was exhibited from September last year until earlier this month. Ms Hutchison, who has worked extensively overseas, says she knew the work would be well received in an international context.
"Aniwaniwa is perfect for Venice. The notion of submersion is highly pertinent to the slowly sinking city of Venice and our Italian colleagues are really excited about this work. While it tells a very specific and local story, its references are very international both in terms of environmental issues, with rising sea levels and global warming, and concerns about cultural loss in an era of globalization," she said.
Ms Hutchison worked with two prominent Italian curators Camilla Seibezzi, based in Venice (Director of Non-Profit space ‘Plug,’ and curator of a number of previous Biennale exhibitions and events), and Milan-based Milovan Farronato, one of Italy’s leading contemporary art curators, to submit the project for inclusion in the collateral exhibitions. This is a section of the Biennale which shows public museum quality projects chosen by Robert Storr, the Artistic Director of the Venice Biennale. Selected from over hundreds of submissions from around the world, the project will receive official promotion in all Venice Biennale marketing with four pages dedicated to the project in the official exhibition catalogue. The project will also feature on the Biennale website, in materials supplied to Italian and international press, and the Biennale will install a map of Venice with the venues of the collateral events.
The world’s oldest art exposition founded in 1895, the Venice Biennale has three components: a curated exhibition, national pavilions and collateral events. New Zealand has participated in the last three biennales and will return in 2009 but is not participating as a country this year. The selection of these artists for the collateral events programme will give New Zealand a significant presence at the 2007 event.
The two artists are thrilled and excited to have their work selected. "It is a dream come true," Ms Rakena said. "Venice is the apex of the art world. It is a fantastic opportunity to have your work seen at an event which attracts the most important art audience in the world.
"It is amazing that such a local story can have such resonance elsewhere," Dr Graham said. "I am very pleased that these wakahuia (vessels containing precious things), our taonga can be seen and understood by an international audience.
Ensuring that the artists will be able to participate in the Biennale which runs from June to November, does not come cheaply and is even more prohibitive for New Zealand because of our distance. Hence the fundraising drive. Funds are needed to cover venue rental, freight, travel, promotion and communications.
Already support has come from Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, the National Institute of Research Excellence for Maori Development and Advancement, Massey Univerisity and Te Wananga o Aotearoa who made possible the development of the project. In Italy, the two Italian curators have worked tirelessly to secure a venue and sponsorship for the project.
In New Zealand an organising committee has been established, comprising the artists, curator Alice Hutchison and gallerists Jenny Todd, director of Two Rooms Gallery who represents Graham in Auckland and Alison Bartley director of Bartley and Company Art who represents Graham and Rakena in Wellington.
A media conference and campaign launch with an official announcement will be held in Wellington in the next couple of weeks (date and venue to be advised) and more details about the fundraising campaign and the structure to support the project will be announced.
Dr Brett Graham, born 1967, is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and accomplished sculptors, highly regarded for his ability to abstract complex historical, political and cultural ideas (and transform them) into powerful artistic statements. Of Ngati Koroki Kahukura and Pakeha (European) descent, Graham’s work embraces Maori and other indigenous peoples’ histories, critiquing and exploring issues relating to cultural inequities of the past and present within New Zealand and the wider Pacific.
Graham was awarded his Doctorate in Fine Arts in 2005 from the University of Auckland and in the last decade has exhibited extensively, locally and internationally, as well as being regarded as a leading authority on contemporary Maori art.
Rachael Rakena, born in 1969, is one of New Zealand’s prominent digital and moving image artists. She is known for her unique collaborative approach to the visual arts, working with singers, musicians, dancers and kapa haka groups. Her ability to use a variety of media to explore time, space, motion, energy, sound and light has received both national and international exposure and acclaim. Her video, installation and digital stills incorporate many aspects of the performing arts to explore ideas about Maori identity today. Her work contemporises traditional means of communication by comparing the realm of ocean to cyber space. The collaborative nature of her work has allowed her to produce moving image pieces that feature the performances of artists such as opera soprano Deborah Wai Kapohe, leading Maori vocalist Whirimako Black, Maori musical instrument expert Richard Nunns, Dancer/choreographers Louise Bryant and Merenia Gray and performance artists Fez Fa’anana and Brian Fuata. As well as exhibiting locally and internationally, Rachael has lectured at various leading New Zealand educational institutes in Digital and Moving Image and Maori Visual Arts. She is currently the course coordinator for the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts at Massey University in Palmerston North.
Steampunk Folktronica
Friday 16th & Saturday 17th of February 2007, 7pm
At the NZ Film Archive, 84 Taranaki Street
Steampunk Folktronica takes an alternative look at events in New Zealand history from the 1860s through to the Great War, using multimedia and live music.
Steampunk Folktronica is a new work that actively engages with the culture of 21st century New Zealand, by examining its origins in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
We are out to entertain, educate and inform the audience and ourselves through the process of creating and presenting this show – but be warned that not all events happen according to historical fact.
Steampunk evokes the feel of steampunk science fiction – Jules Verne, HG Wells, William Gibson - and punk rock. Folktronica suggests the blend of the past and public domain material with the new technology available in the 21st century.
The story will be told through the use of spoken interludes and visuals - material from sources including the Alexander Turnbull Library, the NZ Film Archive, the Department of Conservation and our own footage, writing and animations. Visuals are projected on a screen above and behind the performers.
The music includes period songs – but the style of the music will be thoroughly modern, incorporating elements of rock, folk, heavy metal, electronic music, acoustic and electric improvisation and the avant garde. The instrumental lineup includes guitars, banjo, saxophone and clarinet, bass, drums and live computer.
There's something for everyone, and a bit of humour thrown in.
The show is created by writer/musician Dave Edwards, former Wellington resident and creator of the award-winning Ascension Band. Dave spent much of 2005 in Australia and 2006 in the South Island, studying at the Nelson School of Music.
He performed as an international artist at the Liquid Architecture festival in Brisbane in July 2006, and at Lines of Flight festival in Dunedin in October.
Ascension Band 2005 and Lines of Flight 2006 both won best music awards in their respective Fringe Festivals.
This will be Dave's only Wellington show for 2007 as he plans to travel to Asia and Europe afterwards.
Information with tongue firmly in cheek
Pan-arts a feature of Vector Wellington Orchestra's 2007 programme
Vector Wellington Orchestra, conducted by its new musical director Mark Taddei, will present "An Afternoon in Vienna" in the former Vegetable Garden at Government House on 3 March.
The event will also feature Footnote Dance along with soloists Andrea Creighton, Helen Medlyn and Matthew Ross. Taddei is keen to take a more pan-arts approach in programming the 2007 concerts of Vector Wellington Orchestra.
Last year, Taddei was conductor for a season of the Royal New Zealand Ballet along with his position as Music Director of the Christchurch Symphony. American-born, Taddei is known for the passion and flair in his conducting.
"Wellington will have its first opportunity to hear John Psathas' world-renowned work, ‘View from Olympus', in April," Taddei says. This programme, which will be presented in the Wellington Town Hall, also contains Beethoven's "Symphony No 7" and "Grosse Fugue".
The Baby Proms concert, now an annual favourite, is a chance for two to six-year-olds to stand up and bounce, conduct and sing. Titled "Fairies and Scaries", this concert will be presented in Palmerston North, Wellington and Masterton in May.
Also in May, older children will be able to experience music through a different medium from the usual school concerts. The New Zealand premiere of "The Ring" tells the story of Wagner's greatest work, the operatic "Ring Cycle", through a 30-minute animated film, accompanied by the Vector Wellington Orchestra and conducted by Marc Taddei. Commissioned by Channel 4 in Britain, the film has won countless awards in Europe.
In July, the orchestra will be accompanied by Footnote Dance, which will help convey the falling leaves, crackling ice, sparkling spring and summer storm of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". This programme, "Music that Moves", will be presented in Masterton, Wanganui and Wellington. It will also feature Stravinsky's popular full-length ballet, "Pulcinella", based on an eighteenth-century play.
John Psathas will feature again in August when the orchestra will play his Piano Concerto "Three Psalms", with soloist Michael Houston. This will be followed by Beethoven's giant "Symphony No 9 Choral".
In a quirky new collaboration, the orchestra will be joined by Wellington's circus troupes in October to present "Circus Proms'. Heaps of the fun and flair of the big top will be there from breathtaking aerial performers, sensational stilt walkers, jugglers, tumblers, unicyclists and clowns.
The year wraps up with the second in the "Music that Moves" series in which John Chen will play Ravel's "Piano Concerto in G Major". Java Dance Company will perform with the orchestra and soloist Jenny Wollerman, in Mozart's "Exsultate, jubilate K 165". Mozart's "Symphony No 31, K 297" ‘Paris' and the fairytale delights of Ravel's "Mother Goose Ballet" complete the programme.
In its important role of partnering, Vector Wellington Orchestra will perform with the Orpheus Choir playing Handel's "Messiah" in April at the Wellington Town Hall; the NBR Opera, including for "Turandot"; the Royal New Zealand Ballet to accompany "Swan Lake" in May/June; and at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
"The eclectic, exciting and stimulating nature of the works will move and inspire all who attend," Marc Taddei says.
"Introduction to Michael Chekhov's Acting Technique"

In this 1-day workshop Bert van Dijk will introduce participants to some of the principles of Michael Chekhov’s approach to acting that eloquently connects the body with our imagination.

It is suitable for singers, dancers, actors, directors and acting, dance & voice teachers.

The total of physical and vocal actions of the performer can be seen as the vessel of a performance. It is the performer’s secret how to fill this vessel with feeling, intention and imagination.

Participants will find out how to work with Archetypal Gesture to create intention and how to work with Atmosphere to create feeling.

Date: Saturday March 30, 2007 (10.00 - 16.00)

Venue: TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB, Moncrioeff St., Mt Vic, Wellington

Cost: $35 Early Bird (If paid by March 15) / $50 Full Fee

Booking: Ph 04 233 2090 / 021 1857956

"Singing from the Souls of our Feet"

Singing is an essential part of the experience and celebration of life itself. It fulfils the human need for self-expression and belonging: to be unique and to be part of a collective. After the thundering success of last years Singing workshop Bert returns to teach a brand new collection of exciting polyphonic songs from around the world, each capturing a unique rhythm and mood!

Date: Sunday April 1, 2007 (10.00 - 16.00)

Venue: TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB, Moncrioeff St., Mt Vic, Wellington

Cost: $35 Early Bird (If paid by March 15) / $50 Full Fee

Booking: Ph 04 233 2090 / 021 1857956

The Singers’ Club: live acoustic music
At the Roxy Cafe 203-205 Cuba St. Wellington
Tuesday 27th Feb 2007, $5 Door Charge from 7.30

Open for dinner, tasty nibbles and drinks from 6.00 pm
Live, acoustic music from 7.30 pm until 10pm (approx)

It’s Opening Night for The Singers’ Club in Wellington , on Tuesday 27th February! For regular news about who’s playing at the Singers’ Club on the Last Tuesday of every month, go here:

If you’re interested in playing at the Singers’ Club contact Tony Hillyard: 021 253 8996; or:

The opening night will feature:
Bob McNeill
Bob McNeill is one of NZ ’s foremost folk artists and songwriters. His songs have been covered by top folk artists in New Zealand, Scotland and Ireland. Three times winner of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand "Tui" award for Best Folk Album, including his acclaimed 2004 album Turn the Diesels.
Carol Bean: debut album: Read The Road Signs
Wellingtonian Carol Bean is sassy and seductive - rock'n'country blues at its very best.

Pat Higgins: Traditional songs with that captivating, soft Irish lilt

and the Singers’ Club Residents: Catriona Stuart; Alistair Cuthill; Tracey Haskell; Tony Hillyard

Good food, good company & great live acoustic music!

The Singers’ Club is a new Wellington acoustic music venue. Run by musicians, for musicians; providing a showcase for their music and talents, with an appreciative audience in a relaxed, comfortable and intimate environment.

The Singers’ Club aims to provide a cross section of great, live acoustic music, selected from the ever-growing pool of talent in the Wellington region with the occasional visiting artist from out of town.

People ask us what kind of a music venue is this? In truth, it’s easier to tell you what it isn’t. It isn’t a formal concert; it isn’t a cabaret and it certainly isn’t background dinner music. It is definitely a place for people who enjoy listening to and playing, good live acoustic music in surroundings geared to having a fun evening with friends.

Expect to hear everything from blues to bluegrass, Cajun to contemporary singer/songwriter and anything and everything in between. You’ll find the performers like to have a good time too and will really enjoy themselves playing in this informal ‘club’ format. However, even though we do have a good sound reinforcement system, you are unlikely to hear the latest rock band pumping out the decibels.

Although if Eric Clapton did happen to drop by to play an unplugged set ……

A few decades ago, Wellington city had several café acoustic music venues of its own. Now, with Wellington ’s excellent coffee bar culture firmly in place, the time seems right to re-create that same informal musical magic in the centre of town.

Our chosen venue, the Roxy Café at 203-205 Cuba Street, is fully licensed and offers excellent food and drink at very reasonable prices in a central location. Parking is easy. The café’s interior is simple and plain; heavy on natural materials like wood and brick, with subdued and intimate lighting in the evening to provide the perfect setting for everyone to relax with friends over some food and drinks, have fun and listen to a variety of great live acoustic music.

You’ll be made to feel welcome from the moment you arrive, so come and join us on the last Tuesday of every month for a great evening’s entertainment. Each month we will feature several artists as well as music from our resident singers and musicians and many of the performers will have cd’s for sale so you can take the good times home with you.

The Singers’ Club is supported by Alistair’s Music Shop and

Paekakariki Satellite Fringe Festival
This inaugural event shows Paekakariki off at its best as the seaside town comes alive with theatre, music, visual arts and an eclectic mix of other creative action.
Just some events…
Thirteen Percent Punk
Klare Lanson, Emilie Zoey Baker and Alicia sometimes are Thirteen Percent Punk - three spoken word artists from Melbourne, Australia - with just a little bit of punk in them. Working with sound, music, flash and words, these three love their poetry with a dash of wit and caramel.
Back Seat of a Car
Five-minute theatre in the back seat of a car! By local playwright Amanda Hanan.
Groove Assembly
Fresh summer sounds of ambient world music inspired by the Kapiti landscape.
Play Readings of new NZ Plays
Play readings of new plays – Mastermind by Clare Ashton, and Somewhere Near Munich by Janie Walker.
Malice in Wonderland
San Francesco Bath House
Friday 16th February, 11pm
Door Sales from 9pm $15/10
FREAK by Name, FREAK by Nature
Welcome to FREAK! – fearless fashion at its most magnificent alternative.
Vibrant, diverse Wellingtonian subcultures – punk to transgender, live music with DEKLINE, 55 models, 6 designers and a 90 minute fashion spectacular.
Join MALICE on her journey and transformation in the Matrix of fashion. As MALICE travels to wardrobe of FREAK she meets each of the six freakishly fantastic designers she becomes a part of them all.
The underworld of fashion this year includes designers Miss Misdeamour, TRASHE, NativeSista, SHAY EVNS, ERICA HACKELL DESIGN & MINNIE DEAN
FREAK is motivated by David Roil’s (Mr FREAK) pursuit of justice on the death/murder of his biological mother in 1972. As the death was ruled accidental by Police the case can not be re-examined and in David’s view there is more to this case. In his own investigations he has come across evidence he believes proves this in no way accidental.
Come judge for yourself.
FREAK will be exhibiting a History of FREAK at the Aaron Lawrence Art Gallery 9 -16 February, koha entry.
Get your FREAK on!

History of FREAK! Exhibition
9 -16 February
Aaron Lawrence Art Gallery
326 Lambton Quay, BASEMENT, Contemporary Gallery
Footnote Perforum at the Fringe
Once again Footnote Dance brings its unique Perforum Programme to the fantastic Fringe festival. Share the insights and ideas that form the process of making new New Zealand dance and visit the studio where the imagination takes flight..... The choreographers are Julia Sadler, young up and coming innovation from Christchurch making MATCH to music by Ben Brady and working with the energies of Erynne Gleeson, Andrew Rusk and new Footnoter Jesse Wikiriwhi. Tim Fletcher has been visiting home over the summer and is returning to Berlin to dance with Volksballett Kollectiv.
While here he has been working on a new choreography The Chicken or the Lamb? -How do people deal with long haul flights? Confinement in a specific and bizarre social environment....where do people internally fly to? Dancing are Anita Hunziker,Andrew,Erynne and Jesse and the music is being commissioned by Wellington's own Sam Scott. Around the World in Wellington, a look at stories in dance and song from the many cultures that make this city is being developed by Deirdre Tarrant for the Capital E National Youth Festival at Circa in March.Dancers Sarah Knox and Hannah Stannard join children of Wellington as the full company prepares for this project. Last, but by no means least! Michael Parmenter is working towards a new work to be seen in October and is rehearsing Bhakti,a touchstone piece from his earlier choreographies for Footnote and the beginning of a process that will result in this outstanding choreographer making a new dance statement in Aotearoa.
At 125 Cuba St. Footnote Dance Studios.
6pm Thurs Feb 15 and Fri Feb 16 - work in progress by Julia Sadler and Tim Fletcher 6pm Thurs Feb 22 and Fri Feb. 23 - work in progress by Deirdre Tarrant and Michael Parmenter
Andy Irvine
Tuesday 20 February, The Back Room, Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith St, 8pm, Admission $25 ($20 Acoustic Routes members)

Andy Irvine is back in NZ for the first time since 2002. Andy is a true folk legend and master of the Irish guitar-bouzouki. His performance includes Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes, and his own truly memorable original material.

"The concert was an unqualified success, Irvine delivering a wonderfully diverse set that included traditional and contemporary Irish songs, American songs and Bulgarian dance tunes." Toronto Star

"Andy Irvine's live solo performance was informative, witty, intense, full of a love for the music, which he transmitted to the audience with an honesty that only the truly committed can attain." Auckland Folk Festival

"His forte, his genius is playing his mandolin, mandola and bouzouki. I have never heard such clarity of sound, such perfect and precise rhythmic variations or such brilliant melodic figures from this family of instruments." San Francisco Examiner

Acoustic Routes Jam Session
Sunday 18 Feb, The Back Room, Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith, 7.00pm, Admission $5

Our new but regular 3rd Sunday session. The emphasis is on making music together as a group – joining in and having the opportunity to lead or add your own flavour to the mix. Murray Kilpatrick will facilitate but everyone will have the opportunity to lead a song or tune.

As many of you may know, we are crazily booked up until the end of the year. It's not a great system, but we are changing it.
From 2008 all gallery shows will be 7 days maximum. You will have the space from Monday morning until Sunday night. We would hope that your opening’s would be on Monday or Tuesday. This gives you the full week and weekend to build up and capitalise on word of mouth.
We will be opening up booking for 2008 one month at a time from August this year. I will be using this list as the main method for communication. So if you know anyone who is interested, please have them contact me to be added to this list.
Some basic rules for gallery hire:
• Bond is payable to secure the space - you'll need to sign a contract at the same time.
• Hire fee is payable on entering the gallery when you get your key.

• Commission is payable after the show, i8n exchange for receiving your bond back. Please pay bond by cheque wherever possible, so I can hold them in my office.
• Your show will be advertised via our website, Radio Active and the package, plus I send out weekly listings to media, all other advertising is to be handled by you. Let me know if you need some help, I am happy to point you in the right direction.

Email for a copy of our gallery hire contract, the map of the gallery and some pointers and tips on how to make the most of your show.
I hope this helps. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions.
Lily Chalmers
Thistle Hall Community Venue
PH: 04 384 3088 / 021 0220 4635

Blast Theory's adventurous use of new technology has seen them gain international recognition crossing from the world of gaming; (2005 winners of the Maverick Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards), to film making; (four BAFTA nods) to fine art (guesting at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Artfutura, Barcelona and Basel Art Fair amongst much more).
British Council is delighted to be bringing Matt Adams, co-founder of Blast Theory, to Wellington this February to start his investigations into a New Zealand Blast Theory event.
Please come along and meet Matt, hear about what Blast Theory are doing, ask any questions and help us plan for New Zealand. You can read Blast Theory's bio here.
When: 3pm - 5pm, Sunday 25 February Where: TheNewDowse, Laings Road, Lower HuttHow: It's free: just email to book a place.
Who knew the Seattle Channel offered programming that's anything but City Council-briefing dull?
For instance: a well-told, engaging feature about the Royal Esquire Club, a longtime social fixture of black Seattle. A look at Taproot Theater's production of "The God Committee," with the artistic director comparing it to "ER." And Nancy Guppy (of "Almost Live" fame) yukking it up with the owner of a Pioneer Square pottery shop. Even if she hadn't sent a yellow bowl to smithereens, her chirpy, zany reporting in an episode of "City A Go-Go" is anything but bor-ring. (And we're talking pottery, of all things. Props go to the catchy opening tune.)
Now, there's even more programming whose quality, if it stands up to what's already been shown, shouldn't disappoint.
Today marks the premiere of the channel's "Art Zone," 12 hours of arts-related programming airing (and live-streaming) from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
On the schedule are 14 mostly new programs, including Guppy's "Gallery Hop" in which she visits, well, local art galleries.
"Big Night Out," with Kevin Joyce, will be a monthly variety show performed in front of a live audience at the Columbia City Theater. "Cinema 21" will present full-length feature films. "Verve" profiles artists. "A Guide to Visitors," also filmed before a live audience at West Seattle's Skylark Café, showcases local storytellers. And John Richards, KEXP's "The Morning Show" DJ, salutes Seattle music with a half-hour local music-video program.
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To Whom It May Concern:
I am producing a play in August at BATS theatre and am looking for ethnic actors. If you have any contacts that you could pass this information onto, I would be very grateful.
Attached is an overview of the proposed project. If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact me on the address and numbers provided.

Thank you kindly for your help,
Best wishes
Katrina Baylis
(Assistant Director).

The Peace Foundation
PO Box 23-257, Cable Car Lane, Wellington.
Tel: 04 969629 Fax: 04 4969599 Mobile 021607676

"Nuclear Zephyr"
Nuclear Zephyr will run for five nights from August 7th-11th @ 6.30pm, with the possibility of afternoon school performances in 2007 at BATS Theatre. It is a pre-booking event with an audience capacity of 85. These dates also coincide with Peace week, (6-12th August) commemorating the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII. With several other public events already being planned to mark the anniversary of the nuclear free legislation, the project is sure to attract significant media attention
This proposal involves 8 actors from different ethnicities co-devising a theatre piece. The piece is driven by the exploration of issues that are pertinent to our global community in the areas of nuclear weaponry, nuclear deterrence and war. Our piece is set in a nuclear-missile silo, a restricted government area housing nuclear weapons with the capacity to end all life on the planet.
A missile silo is an underground vertical cylindrical container for the storage and launching of intercontinental ballistic missiles. They typically have the missile some distance under the surface, protected by a large "blast door" on top.
Within these compounds, nuclear missile technicians wait for the launch order. Manned 365 days a year, the men that work together function under the extreme pressures of knowing that it may one day be their responsibility to push the button, resulting in the gruesome deaths of millions, perhaps billions of innocent people.
Furthermore, as a security measure to ‘safeguard’ the integrity of the nuclear launch procedure, each missile technician is licensed to kill his colleagues, should any of them refuse to obey incoming launch orders. This licence to kill extends to a situation where one of the launch crew loses sanity and control of himself, and his companions are forced to eliminate the threat, which he now causes to national security.
The psychological impact of such a position, the responsibility it holds, the wider global implications and the moral issues which it gives rise to are enormous. The myriad of questions and topics this psychological minefield inspires, ranging from personal issues of guilt, fear and paranoia to issues of nation, human rights and crimes against humanity, create the foundation for the theatre piece. It examines the living realities of people on different sides of a current international crisis and how they can build bridges to transform the situation. This will provide a base from which the participants will explore, elucidate, understand and link themes and common threads in our own multicultural community
This piece continues the tradition of political theatre, passing on our history and learning’s to our youth for the sake of our shared future. Using a creative medium, we can encourage the discussion of important messages of peace that arise when discussing International Relations and War.

Toi Whakaari Farewells Miranda Harcourt
It is with great regret that Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School announces the resignation of our inspirational Head of Acting, Miranda Harcourt ONZM. Miranda is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her third child. Her resignation will be effective from 3 May 2007.
Miranda came to Toi Whakaari in 1999 widely celebrated as one of NZ’s leading practitioners in theatre and screen. Her experience from long, active involvement in TV, film and professional theatre in this country, and as an internationally recognised pioneer of new work, has made a fundamental contribution to the evolution of Toi Whakaari.
Miranda’s vision as Head of Acting has been to graduate students with practical and diverse skills who are actively sought by employers; as well as empowering students to create their own work in an increasingly dynamic performing arts industry.
The success of Miranda’s vision is reflected in the outstanding achievements of her graduates throughout the industry.
Miranda has raised the visibility of Toi Whakaari through her public profile, her national and international networks and her passionate advocacy of students. The 10 part TV2 documentary series Tough Act (currently being repeated on TV2 on Saturday mornings) gives an insight into the Acting Department under her leadership.
Miranda now wishes to take on different challenges. She has her own new theatre and screen projects underway and plans to extend the consultancy she has established to develop executive communication and presentation skills.
Annie Ruth, Director of Toi Whakaari, said, "We are keen to continue our relationship with Miranda and draw on her skills in any way we can in the future. Her contribution has been immense."
The Head of Acting position at Toi Whakaari will temporarily be filled by experienced film maker and theatre professional Aileen O’Sullivan, who will join the seven-strong acting department team. A national and international recruitment campaign will begin shortly to fill the Head of Acting position.
For more information please contact Annie Ruth, Director of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School on 021 298 0754.
Friday Feb 16th - The Plastic No Band, This CIty Sunrise, The Henderson
Saturday Feb 17th - Goldenhorse
Sunday Feb 18th - Gracious Deviants
Tuesday Feb 20th - Audio Circus sponsored by Jagermiester and Sol
Wednesday Feb 21st - FPC student party: Heads or Tails CRAZY drink specials
Thursday Feb 22nd - Damo Suzuki
Room 101: Slave Trader with Voodoo Savage and his Savages
Friday 23rd - Charlie ASH and Tri/Master/Bate
Room 101: Elektro - Free Entry
Saturday 24th - The Sprouts Album Release Party
Room 101: An African Dance Party
All NZ charities must register no later than 1 July 2008 (that’s next year), otherwise they risk losing income tax exemption and charitable gift duty-free status along with tax rebates for donors. Registration is now officially open (this month onwards).
The website for the Charities Commission is and locate the forms and contacts there. Now go, do it.
Meet Airside and Woof Wan Bau
British Council is bringing UK designers Woof Wan Bau and Airside to Wellington in February.
Alex McLean (Airside) and Joji Koyama (Woof Wan Bau) will talk about their work, show their latest visuals and field questions at a public event. You can also see Joji at a screening of Antenna - the latest music videos from the UK.
Events are:
Sunday 18 February
Hear Alex and Joji talk about their work and present their latest visuals.
Time: 2-4pm
Location: The NewDowse, Laings Road, Lower Hutt Free Bookings are essential email to register
Tuesday 20 February
Screening of the latest edition of Antenna featuring the newest, left-field music videos coming out of the UK. The screening will be followed by Q&A with Joji (Woof Wan Bau).
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Paramount Theatre
Cost: $10
Bookings: Ph 04 384 4080 or from the box office.
For more information on any of these events contact visit or and stay tuned for visits from Blast Theory and Shynola coming up soon.
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Actors/performers wanted ‘The corner of 4am and Cuba’ performing at BATS from 12-21 April.
Director Ronald Nelson (Onion,) joined by designers Brian King (Henry VI) and Rob Larson (Lucid, Wheelers Luck) dramaturge Ahi Karunaharan (Whose Afraid of the Working Class) and performer Jean Copland (Onion, Shifting) are looking for actors to join them in creating ‘The corner of 4am and Cuba’ for a two week season at BATS.]
‘The corner of 4am and Cuba’ will examine the events surrounding the murder of Jeff Whittington, Wellington teenager in 1999.
Led by director Ronald Nelson the company will devise the work using research material - much of which has already been gathered. Through this research we will explore the sensibilities and perspectives of those involved.
We are looking for committed actors who are willing approach this material with honesty and courage. Musical ability and some experience in devising/writing would also be helpful.
Rehearsals evenings and weekends from the 6th March
Casting will be determined through a workshop audition
Sunday 18 February
Wellington High School Marae
(please reserve evening for callbacks)
For more information e-mail
Fringe @ the Gryphon Baggage Celebrates 10 years Thurs 15th - Sun 18th Feb Gryphon Theatre 22 Ghuznee Street. Multi fringe award winners Baggage Co-op celebrates a 10 year association with the Fringe by taking over the Gryphon Theatre for it's biggest ever Fringe production.
Two main shows, an art exhibit, one off poetry and storytelling events, plus special children's matinees featuring Maori legends of the Wellington area, will be jam-packed into four days of Fringe magic and mayhem.
Every night 15th -18th Feb
6.30 pm Letteracy $15/12/10 Featuring Tanya Batt)
8pm Sacred Streets. $15/12/10 (Featuring Moira Wairama and Tony Hopkins) Special offer 2 shows for 1 $20 ticket
11am Matinees
Thur 15th -Sun 17th Feb Legends of Te Whanganui a Tara / Wellington $5(Pre bookings only Thursday and Friday) Sun 18th Feb Stories of the Ancestors $10/8/6Beowulf told by Ralph Johnson, The Mothers told by Pamela Meekings- Stewart, Ranginui and Papatuanuku , Music by Radha.
Friday 16th Feb Poets: Sacred or Profane? $5
9.30pm Craig Ireson, Lewis Scott, Dra McKay, Tony Chad ,Kahu Hotere, Simon and Joseph Hirini. Musicians: Eli Wairama, Rawiri Hirini.
Daily Exhibit Artists Sacred or Profane (1-4pm artist on site)Brett Whincup, Austin Whincup, Johanna Mechen, Saul Wairama, Dra McKay, Trish Stevenson, Rhada
Bookings ; Michelle 385-4974
Door sales at Theatre except matinees Thurs-Fri must be pre booked.
Full details all shows on
Sacred Streets, by Baggage Co-op founders Moira Wairama and Tony Hopkins, looks at the connection between the 7 sacraments of the Catholic Church and the life experiences of a black hustler on the streets of San Francisco.
Letteracy, marks the fringe debut of Waiheke based storyteller, writer and frockoholic, Tanya Batt. and was created around family letters kept in an old trunk
Legends of Te Whanganui a Tara is a telling of local Maori legends, suitable for school and family groups. [. Thurs-Fri tickets must be pre-booked.. Special school group rates ]

Please send this email on to other friends who may be interested.
Don't forget to book NOW! Bookings ; Michelle 385- 4974
Magdalena Aotearoa National Gathering
5-10 April, Wellington
Early bird deadline extended
There has been a great response to our call for works-in-progress to be presented at the National Gathering. The eight selected works involve 23 practitioners from "emerging" to "experienced" and represent a diverse range of styles, themes and stages of development. Together with the workshops, discussions and evening events, these work-in-progress presentations will make the Gathering a rich and inspiring event. The selected works and presenting artists will be announced shortly.
As there are still a few participant places left, and we appreciate that even a small fee is difficult for many theatre artists to find, the early bird discounted registration period has been extended up to February 20th. For unwaged/students, the early bird fee is just $150 - that's for 5 days packed with workshops, discussions and work-in-progress presentations with some of the country's most interesting contemporary women theatre makers.
Participation is open to both men and women, and there is also the option to register for single days if you are not able to attend the whole event.
Participant registration forms, the full programme and further information is available at or email
Magdalena Aotearoa TrustPO Box 27 300WellingtonAotearoa New
Kahutography (A fresh look at Pacific branding)
South Coast Gallery – Island Bay
We are very proud to present Kahu Scott. An imaginative young artist with a promising future.
Live music will be played throughout the show by some of Kahu’s mates, the Brownlight Ensembles.
Exhibition runs from 10th February to 4th March. (10.30am – 6pm WED – SUN)
See you there,
Cameron Drawbridge
South Coast Gallery
302 The Esplanade
Island Bay
971 8151
by Paul Rothwell
February 27 – March 3 2007 at BATS
The Bovine University co-operative, in association with PlayMarket,
are proud to present a terrifying new play from PAUL ROTHWELL, the controversial author of Golden Boys (BATS 2004, Circa 2006) and Hate Crimes (BATS 2005).
Cherie and Merrick are a successful suburban couple who’ve tried to give everything to their two ungrateful teenage children. Cherie hopes her daughter’s unplanned pregnancy will finally create their own mummy-daughter bond. But the moment the blue-tinged baby enters her home, Cherie's life changes completely. Thoughts of the baby consume her mind night and day, and enthusiasm for her premature granddaughter is soon overcome by morbid dread. Despite her family's fear she is losing her mind, Cherie knows maternal instinct never lies. Someone sinister grows in the nursery.
Combining the usual Rothwellian ingredients of malevolent horror, absurd comedy, incredible cruelty, and controversial insights into the heart of New Zealand society, Deliver Us guarantees to be the most terrifying play in the 2007 Fringe.
Its final outcome will haunt you forever.
With a stellar, award-winning cast including Erin Banks, Alex Greig, Salesi Le’ota and Jodie Hillock, Deliver Us is directed by David Lawrence and produced by Zelda Edwards.
Deliver Us ● BATS Theatre ● February 27 – March 3 2007 ● 9.30pm ● $15/$12 ● Bookings (04) 802-4175 or
HOTEL is a devised work of theatre at The Fringe Festival. It has been developed by and features Paul McLaughlin, Martyn Roberts, Lucy Briant, Carol Smith, Gavin Rutherford & Gabrielle Anwen. It has a 100% NZ music soundtrack courtesy of LOOP recordings. It plays to audiences of only 12 per show in a luxury suite at The Museum Hotel. Book online now at :

HOTEL - Premieres @ Wellington Fringe Festival9 Feb - 4 Mar 2007. Only 12 audience members per show,Book now on

The New Zealand Book Council has announced an extensive season of events in Auckland and Wellington from February to June. It features local and international authors including Marina Lewycka (A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian), Conn Iggulden (The Dangerous Book for Boys), Bill Bryson, Lloyd Jones, Damien Wilkins, Carrie Tiffany and many more. For the full programme visit
A new international competition aims to raise the profile of the sonnet in contemporary poetry. The judging panel of the International Sonnet Competition comprises Susan Bassnett (UK academic & poet), Jacqueline Osherow (USA poet) and Don Paterson (Scottish poet). They are looking for innovation and creative use of the medium, while recognising that a well-crafted poem will always stand out. ‘The aim of the competition is to see what can be done with, to, by and for the sonnet in the 21st century. That’s why the only formal stipulation for entries is 14 lines. After that '"rule" it's a free for all; new ideas are most welcome.’ First prize is £1400, and entries close on 31 October 2007. Full details and on-line entry form can be found at
Imagining Reality
By BabyshadS
Directed by Hannah Clarke
BATS Theatre
Sunday 18th - Thursday 22nd February, 9.30pm
Bookings: 04 802 4175
The Absurd meets Surrealism. Cause meets Effect. Everything meets Everything.
Confused yet? Good. Welcome to Imagining Reality, the shadowy, brilliant world of BabyshadS.
Perception of Reality is the theme of this round of Commedia del Arte-esque theatrical song and dance. The audience will find themselves transported to a world where the characters ebb and flow in their respective journeys throughout both their mundane and imagined lives. Expect a pastiche of performative mediums that culminates in a chaotic yet ultimately welcoming exploration of "reality".
BabyshadS Milo Haigh, Sherilee Kahui and Jake Preval are joined on stage by musicians Hummel and SstimulusS' Emile de la Rey and accompanied artistically by David Randall Peters (pon), lit by Jimmy Sutcliffe and with Yetimon on AV, it's a team of Wellington's sexiest artists. Nice.
Fresh-ish from their sold out debut Watch This Space at BATS Theatre (Dance Your Socks Off - 2006), BabyshadS brings you another fantastic night of insight, bold entertainment and buffoonery!
"This is the stand out success and surprise of the festival. Humour, clarity, imaginative choreographically and with tight direction by Hannah Clarke, the three performers simply take the stage and the audience on an episodic adventure of their own ideas and responses." - Deidre Tarrant, Capital Times
Coming next from Stagecraft :
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
By Christopher Hampton
Directed by Meredith Dooley
Hampton's masterly adaptation , the basis for both the 1988 film "Dangerous Liaisons" ( staring John Malkovich, Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer) as well as the hugely successful stage play, is at once daring and delicate, exhilarating and intimate....
The notorious Vicomte de Valmont is determined to seduce virtuous Madame de Tourvel, whos' husband is absent. At the same time, the Marquise de Merteuil is determined to corrupt the young Cecille de Volanges, recently brought out of a convent to be married.
Crackling with wit and wickedness, Les Liaisons Dangereuses depicts the decadence of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution, as ex-loversValmont and Merteuil play their cruel games and pervert pure innocents - with tragic results.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses is on at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street and runs as follows:
21 – 24 March – 8 pm
25 March - 4 pm
27, 28 March – 6.30 pm
29 – 31 March – 8 pm
Tickets are $18 waged, and $15 unwaged, members or groups of 10 or more. Remember our two for one night on Thursday 22 March.
Bookings, ph 385 0532 or book online at
As the Financial Times put it Les Liaisons Dangereuses "bristles with tart, funny and exquisitely moulded lines – supple and addictive contemporary playwriting at its very best"
STRIKE percussion: IN THE CUBE
An 85min non-stop night of powerful and imaginative performance.
Date: 22 Februrary, Thursday
Time: 8pm
Venue: Michael Fowler Centre
Bookings: Book now at Ticketek 384 3840
Seen in festivals around the world, this is its first and only performance in Wellington.
Combining elements of theatre, dance, invention and rhythmic intricacy, the five performers create a powerful and imaginative production that has wowed critics and audiences alike.
IN THE CUBE is based around Strike's trademark 'cubes,' an imposing scaffolding set adorned with a myriad of traditional and non traditional percussion instruments from cymbals and drums to dippaphones and hubcaps.
is starting a CD-R "singles club"
Members of the club receive in the mail each month a brand new hand made, hand packaged, numbered, extremely limited edition split single by two awesome New Zealand bands. The tracks might be old, new, exclusive...anything I want. I might occasionally stick other stuff on the discs, like remixes...extra tracks etc...
Joining the club costs $30 per 6 months or $60 for 12 months. Do it now. See below.
A LOW HUM Singles Club:
Series 1. Jan 1st 2007 - June 30th 2007
Series 2. July 1st 2007 - Dec 31st 2007
You can join at any stage and you will receive any CDs you missed any coming in this period. As soon as June finishes the Series 1 catalogue will be deleted and will NEVER be available again. So don't muck around
This price is for sending within New Zealand only. If you live outside of New Zealand, please email: alowhum (at) for shipping options.
DIRECT CREDIT: Email - alhshop (at) and we'll give you information about how to make bank payment
CHEQUE: Send a Cheque for $30 or $60 to Blink, 55 Hall Street, Newtown, Wellington. Make sure to include your name, mailing address and email address on the back of cheque.
TRADEME: Click the following link -
Sculpture in the Country
Having seen the success of Sculpture in the Garden in Christchurch, which is now the most successful outdoor sculpture event in New Zealand, a group of local Carterton art enthusiasts identified a great opportunity to promote local sculptors and artists in the Wairarapa.
The six acres at Awaiti Garden in Chester Road, Carterton provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy quality pieces of art created from cast bronze, carved stone, wood, ceramic, steel, wire and anything else you can think of, while enjoying wine, food and music.
Sculpture in the Country is open on the 10th & 11th March and coincides with the celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the Carterton area. This is an inaugural event and is envisaged for it to be held every two years. Sculpture in the Country will showcase the works of over 50 sculptors from all over New Zealand including such well-known artists as Jeff Thomson, Paul Deans, Phil Newberry, Dave Roy, Allan Coleman, Jenny McLeod, plus many more.
Wine, beer and speciality food stalls will be selling local produce with refreshments available in the garden tearooms run by Katrina Jordan. Music will be played in the gardens by local musicians.
The beneficiary of the sale of art works will be Ronald McDonald House, which will receive the net proceeds of the sale of the artist’s works. Ronald McDonald House provides temporary accommodation for families of seriously ill children.
Fundraising mainly takes place in Wellington so this presents a great opportunity for the Wairarapa region to do its bit to support a charity it derives direct benefits from.
The Italian Film festival Scholarship sponsors a New Zealand filmmaker on an experience-laden visit to Italy. The Scholarship includes internship at the Italian film production house of Due A working on a film production, internship at the National Museum of Cinema in Turin plus possible attendance at the Venice, Rome and/or Turin Film festivals, dependant on their period of residence in Italy. Due A is the production company of Pupi and Antonio Avati, and is one of the most prestigious Italian film production companies.
The inaugural scholarship winner was Paolo Rotondo. Paolo travels to Italy in the second half of 2007.
A form of resistance
A call out for notices of disappointments, rejections, limitations, restraints, refusals, etc. Have you ever applied for something but were turned down?
Have you received a letter which said, "After careful review of your application, we are sorry to inform you but…", "As of today your monthly bill has been increased to…", "Your power has been turned off effective immediately", "You have been fined…", "We think your ideas is utter crap…", "Ah, like, ..yeah, right!"… ? Has a notice, letter, or form of any size or shape ever had the power to make put you in a bad mood or ruined your life as you know it?
I’m collecting all notices like these from the trivial to the paramount (from the mosquito-bite notice to the crocodile-clencher).
The purpose:
To liberate you from these forms that you could otherwise trash. Trashing them is too easy of a fate.
They are another form of hurdle/ border/wall/ "anti-cruise" that we have to face, jump over, and move passed but there’s no harm in laughing at their flimsy paper form of existence.
These forms will eventually be plastered on the wall of a new artist space in the Lower Haight for defacing. You all will be invited to draw, doodle, scribble, or write your response on them at the opening.
Originals preferable, but photocopies ok.
Black out (or tape over) any personal information except for your first name.
I’ll keep everyone posted about the opening (I need to collect piles of forms first!)
Send them to:
Melissa Wyman
721 Wisconsin St. Apt # 2
San Francisco, Ca 94107
For artists of all kinds.
The Wellington Arts Centre has studios coming available from May/June, and the call for applications is now on. Emerging and early-career artists of all kinds and disciplines are encouraged to apply; deadline is 28 February.
To arrange a site visit, or get more details, call 385 1929 or stop by Wellington Arts Centre at 61 Abel Smith Street.
A Gallery in the Gardens
Wellington based photographer, Paul Thompson, will be showing his new series of photo-works in the Begonia House this coming February. Standing on slender metal stilts that are reminders of the steel structures that make up conservatories, the photographs explore the ideas that ancient Greek philosophers debated in their gardens.
Rising like mutant monsters from the green depths of the lily pond in the Botanic Garden’s Begonia House are the ten pieces of Wellington photographer Paul Thompson’s latest work entitled ‘The Philosopher’s Garden’.
Paul says, "I was fascinated by the ways the Greeks structured the world through the idea of the basic elements of Earth, Air, Water, Fire and the stuff the stars are made of. They also discovered many of our ideas of geometry and rationality so their gardens were places pivotal to the development of Western and indeed modern thinking. That’s why the gardens are perhaps a more appropriate venue for this exhibition than a conventional gallery".
Wellington Botanic Garden’s Manager, David Sole, picks up on this approach. "We have always considered that gardens are places of education , enjoyment and research, as well as for recreation which is why we encourage art and other programmes. We are pleased to work with Paul on this exhibition especially as it celebrates and comments on the historical role of gardens – naturally a subject of great interest to us".
Paul has exhibited widely in NZ and also overseas. He is the author of five books and his photographs are in many public and private collections. He can be contacted on 472 6111 or emailed at:
‘The Philosopher’s Garden’ will be on show in the Begonia house from 21st Feb to March. The Begonia House is open daily between 10.00am and 5 pm.
The Sovereign Season of
By Stuart HoarDirected by Rachel More3 February – 3 March
Circa Two
Dancing is dangerous: it has the power to disturb, subvert and confront, and it puts us in touch with the very rhythms of life.
Holly and Jonathan are intelligent, successful, charming and approaching a comfortable middle age – almost too comfortable for words.The night Holly brings home the sexy and disturbing Marta they are introduced to the animal world of Tango, which challenges everything they thought about each other and the nature of love.
Backwards in High Heels (Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did but backwards and in high heels...) is a witty comedy of manners for the 21st century. Proudly sponsored by Sovereign.
Current Exhibition
"Two Into One" 23 January – 11 February
Our first exhibition of 2007 opens the year with some fantastic work by local Hutt Valley artists Neville Ware and Sheryl Gallagher. The exhibition features stunning Oamaru stone carvings by Neville Ware, complemented with beautiful mosaic works by Sheryl Gallagher.
The works are all for sale and have been selling very well, come in and check out the exhibition. The gallery will remain open until 8pm for the Jackson Street Fiesta.
Coming Next
"As I See It" 13 – 28 February
"As I See It" is an exhibition of artworks by Hutt Valley artist Kathleen Burt. Kathleen has been painting and exhibiting for a number of years and works in both oils and acrylics producing wonderful, vivid images of everyday life. Having exhibited at Farsite Gallery before and at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts it is a pleasure to welcome Kathleen back for "As I See It".

"Fresh to the Valley" 1 –25 March
"Fresh to the Valley" is an exhibition of artworks by new Settlers to the Hutt Valley.
Complementing the Petone Settlers "Fusion" festival, "Fresh to the Valley" will feature a wide range of artworks, mediums and styles all created by people who have lived in the Hutt Valley for two years or less.
The Petone Settlers will be running taste tents on Saturday 3 & 10 March as part of the "Fusion" Festival. If you are visiting "Fusion" pop in to Farsite and view "Fresh to the Valley" while your there.
Artist’s Alley
We will again be running the Artist’s Alley as part of the Jackson Street Fiesta. There are still spaces available to anyone wishing to exhibit their artworks to a potential audience of thousands. It’s a great night out and an excellent chance to display and sell artworks. For further information go to or call Farsite Gallery on 04 5683488.

Volunteers needed
With a busy couple of months ahead we are looking for volunteers to be involved in some fun community activities.
Jackson Street Fiesta - Saturday 10th February, Gallery minders
New Dowse Opening – Saturday 17th February Helpers for a Children’s Mural
Sausage Sizzle volunteers. If you are planning to pop down to either event, and can spare an hour or two, please call Tony or Rachel
Poets Pub
Poets Pub, is blasting off for 2007. As a free community activity, sponsored by Creative New Zealand and the Hutt City Council through Hutt Valley Community Arts, we invite you all to come along on Monday, February 5th @ 7.30pm at the
Angus Inn Hotel. Stephen Douglas, has convened Poets Pub for a couple of years and notes, "as their first get-together we'll have an extended 'open mic' (ie. poetry from the floor on the night) session and time to mix and mingle. If
you have never been before, then, don't be shy come on by and check us out."
Meals are available at the bar, complimentary coffee and tea provided.
We welcome new and past readers to our monthly readings. Each month Poets Pub's hosts a guest poet as the main reader and provides an opportunity for you to be creative; read/perform your poetry, short story, or song with others. We plan to have at least one workshop type gathering during the year. The well known landmark, Angus Inn Hotel, is our venue, and is kindly sponsoring us by giving us the use of one of their bars again.
Monthly readings, first Monday (February 5th) at 7.30pm, venue Angus Inn's,
Murphy or Conservatory Bar, (Waterloo Rd entrance). For more, contact Convenor Stephen Douglas 569 9904
Petone Fair Day
If there are artists or craftspeople wishing to display their works during the Petone fair day (Saturday 17th February) we have a select number of stall spaces available outside the gallery for $10.00 per space, please contact Farsite Gallery to register interest.
Gallery Space available for hire
We still have a select number of spaces for exhibitions at Farsite Gallery later in the year. If you are interested in holding an exhibition of your artworks or know someone who would like to have an exhibition, we have exhibition spaces available at very reasonable rates. For further information or an application form please contact Tony @ Farsite.
That’s about all for now, look forward to seeing you all soon
Tony Yates
Ph. (04) 5683488
fax.(04) 5686553
It is now just a months until ‘Sculpture in the Country’. There has been tremendous response to our initial enquiries and the event is destined to become a significant addition to the sculptural calendar in the lower North Island.
Our venue "Awaiti Gardens" offers six acres of excellent backdrop for the exhibition of sculpture and has been appointed as a garden of regional significance by NZ Gardening Trust – if you wish to view please visit:
The proceeds from this event will go to Wellington’s Ronald McDonald House, which provides family accommodation and support to many families with seriously ill children from the lower North Island. This is a great opportunity for you to support a charity we may all directly benefit from.
Commission of 25% for sculptures sold will be donated to Ronald McDonald House
Cheques for works sold will be paid out within 2 weeks
Invitations to the opening night preview, Friday 9th March
Security at the location of the event, however insurance for the work is the artist’s responsibility
Last date for delivery, Saturday 3rd March
To help make this a great weekend we will have live music and local wines and foods to sample.
We would greatly appreciate you completing the registration and sending it back by the 20th November 2006.
For details and registration material:
Dance-a-thon Sat 17 Feb 1pm to 1am We attempt to dance for 12 hours. Can we do it? Kick off Fricnic at 1pm Frank Kitts Park. Why don't you sponsor a b!tch? How about being our support crew?
Then, come and dance at our special club session 4pm at Dowse Gallery in Lower Hutt. Later Sat 17 Feb 10pm Dance floor emergency
RHB and you team up with Too Many She-Jays for dance floor mayhem.
San Francisco bathouse Cuba StreetDoorsales $5/$4.50/$4 World record breaking attempt Sat 24 Feb We need you. Dance with us and become part of world history. Dress up in your lycra - or not - we don't care; just be there. Come early and register.
We also need some support bs on the registration desk during the day.7 pm outside The Establishment Courtenay Place Rapping on the Fringe Saturday 10 Feb 10.30pm San Franciso Bath House in Cuba Street.Free gig - come on up.
Club b!tching every Saturday 3.30 Island Bay Surf club $5. Email Jane if you wanna be on our support crew
Candy Le Coque
Real Hot B!tches Dance Troupe
hook up with us in myspace!tches (change ! for i)
Paul Forrest – Open Studio
Artist: Paul Forrest
Venue: The Studio, 146 Riddiford Street, Newtown
When: Friday 9th February – Sunday 11th March.
Open daily 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Admission is Free
Exhibition opening celebration 5 - 9pm Friday 9th Feb
with Champagne, table tennis, and live jazz from the Issac Smith Quartet
If you’re curious by nature then you won’t be able to resist taking
advantage of this rare opportunity to visit one of the most vibrant and light
filled artist’s studios in Wellington. To top that off the artist will be working
away at the easel and available to answer any questions or test your table
tennis skills.
The Studio has a long history of cutting edge creativity and resident Newtown
artist Paul Forrest continues this tradition with an exhibition entitled ‘Scratchings
from beneath a Brazilian waterfall’. It showcases his latest works in a series of
what he calls contemporary Icon Paintings which explore the meeting points between
this world and the divine.
Forrest draws on his 20 years of experience as a professional artist to constantly
push into new ways of using paint.
"An appreciation of raw mark making has brought me to a point where I build up
several layers of paint then attack the canvas with sharp objects, carving out
drawings in an impulsive free jazz kind of way. I like to think of these works as a
sort of calligraphy channeled from the divine." says Paul.
He sold 27 paintings from his last exhibition at the Michael Fowler Centre during
Fringe 2006. A visit to his exhibition at The Studio during Fringe 07 is a must!!!!!
"All are works which celebrate life as a dance full of richness and sensuality. His
paintings are both reverent in their spiritual opulence and free in their
abandonment" Mark Amery Dominion Post 25/2/2005
Visit for a 360 degree preview.
An art exhibition with a difference – Paul Forrest Open Studio
The Studio 146 Riddiford Street Newtown – Fringe 07
Contact 0274 477 254, 04 934 3409,
Wonderful World of the Carnivalesque!"
Fringe 2007 15th February – 3rd March 2007
This Fringe, it’s not just theatre which is getting all the glory…….ROAR! gallery has tempted all those shy and retiring artists out of their corners to express their secret love of all things carnival and circus.
Let us set the scene. It is February 2007 in Wellington. It hasn’t been the best summer and you are wondering if life could possibly be a little more exciting, exotic, strange……………. But at ROAR! gallery, we are challenging the drab everyday…………squeezy box music floats down the stairs, reminding you of those long nights wandering in the back streets of Paris. You climb the stairs through streamers which hang from the ceiling to enter a world which is old and new, familiar and strange…………
A cavalcade of artistes!!
Val Sutherland creating papier mache bearded ladies and lizard women, Michele Irving’s Amazing Balancing Dogs, brand new hot off the press prints from the inimitable Sam Broad, Vegas girls from Meta Assink exploring her bedazzling and bemusing trip to Las Vegas, new Daredevil Acrobats from Carmel McSherry, and puppets from the locked and mutating cupboard by Mary Laine………
Come see work made before your very eyes!!!
In the Portal we are proud to present our first artist in residence, Vanessa Crowe. Accomplished in many media including drawing, painting and textile works, Crowe will be building an installation for the three weeks of the show, and will be available for visits during the exhibition.
Come and join the circus!!!
February 24th – Be glammed up for the Carnival in an all day free make up session by make-up artiste Leila Torrington. Or, come make your own mask with Sharyn Young from 1pm – 3pm, all welcome, and all materials provided.

For more information please contact Sian Torrington at
Sian Torrington
Gallery Manager
ROAR! gallery
55 Abel Smith St
1st Floor
Above Real Groovy
PO Box 9720
P - 04 3857602
F - 04 3828632
E -
Wed 11-5 Thur 11-6 Fri 11-5 Sat 11-5
ROAR! gallery - Promoting Outsider Art
Owhiro Bay Summer Arts Market
3 Happy Valley Road
Creative/studio space available. The two warehouses in Owhiro Bay are expanding, and new spaces are available for all kinds of creative people. Spaces vary in size, and there’s a DIY ethic to customise your work area. If interested, contact Alicia on 027 358 9192 or
"Trouble in Tahiti" by Leonard Bernstein Part of the Wellington Fringe Festival 2007 February 10-18 2007 Wesley Methodist Community Church, 75 Taranaki St
If you've never been to the opera before, now's your chance. "Trouble in Tahiti", by Leonard Bernstein, is a jazzy, operatic satire on Suburbia, combining swinging tunes with soaring arias. From the composer of "West Side Story", "Trouble in Tahiti" is a an alternately comedic and moving story of a young couple who have fallen out of love without realising it.
Featuring Wellington's top up-and-coming opera talent, a Chapman Tripp award-winning director (Ryan Hartigan), PriceWaterhouseCooper Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist accompanist (Catherine Norton), "Trouble in Tahiti"
promises to be an entertaining night out for Wellington music fans of all genres.
Ticket bookings through the website at or by calling
04 971 7678.
Over 1000 people are expected to descend on the Edward Street precinct to party the night away after the Cuba Street Carnival Parade on Saturday 24th Feb. Four venues in the funky Edward St Precinct will join forces to stir up an unprecedented night of colourful, high energy and all-night monster party melt-down in the best traditions of Carnival in Brazil and around the world.
There will be something for everyone, with each venue hosting a different musical style including 'Brazilian Carnival ' (Subnine), 'Worldbeat/Balkan Fusions' (Curve Bar), 'Hip Funky Jazz Soul' (Tupelo Bar) and 'Latin Lounge' (Vivo Wine Bar). To get that great variety the event organisers are delighted to have secured the highest calibre carnival acts in the country. Acts confirmed include:
- Batucada Sound Machine (Akld)
- The Beat Squad
- AK Samba (Akld)
- Wellington Batucada
- Carlos Navarete (Mexico)
- Niko Ne Zna
- Onomatopoeia
- DJ Bobby Brazuka (Brazil)
- DJ Topknot
- DJ Azucar
- Mi Tierra Dance Group
- Dance Brasil
- Plus hordes of amped-up Carnival Parade participants
Event Promoter, Greig Wilson says "There has been a host of smaller Carnival after-party events in the past, but our vision was to pull together the amazing talent of performers and musicians to create one hell of a memorable after-party - all focussed in one area - a bit like its a street in Rio. We really want to transform that area into something great. And even better, no matter if its rain, wind, hail or snow, this event will be immune to the worst that Wellington's weather can throw at us.
With four venues practically side-by-side in the precinct, it's just a step or two between the different zones. The support we have received has been amazing; we have been inundated with interest from many artists keen to be involved .
This is an after-party of a scale never seen before in Wellington, and you can get all of this for only $20 - thats got to be a good deal!"
Only 600 pre-sales will be available from Cosmic Corner and Real Groovy. Door sales from 11pm . Main acts from 1am till 6am
This high energy event brings together the best of Brazilian infused, Latin flavoured, jazzy performances for one hell of an after-party of a kind never seen before in the Capital!
o Date: Saturday Night 24th Feb.
o Time: 11.00pm til 6am
o Place: Edwards St Precinct (entry on the corner of Manners and Victoria Sts)
o Huge thanks to our Sponsors: Shotngo, 91ZM, Cosmic Corner, Phantom Billboards and Carlsberg
More information visit
2007 is the twelfth year of the STAB Commission and Season
at BATS Theatre.
Creative New Zealand funds BATS to commission 1, 2 or 3 boundary-shattering performance works every year from some of the country’s most exciting creative minds. Here’s your opportunity to dream up a cutting edge performance experience. Pitch your vision to BATS, and potentially be commissioned to turn it into an astounding reality.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 16 March. All STAB 2007 seasons will be performed on-site at BATS Theatre.
Contact BATS Theatre for more information: 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington; (04) 802 4176 or
'The Leaning Tower of Penchant' by Back Lit Productions'The Ruins' 69-70 Tasman St, next to YMCA, Wellington CentralOutdoor venue, come prepared! Dates 22-24th February 2007 Start time: 8pmKoha'Penchants' Exposed in a Vibrant Outdoor Performance by Ten Auckland Choreographers and Dancers.'Contemporary Dance Company Back-Lit Productions will present an unusual outdoors performance as part of Wellington Fringe Festival 2007. The show is an experimental collaboration between the ten members of the company, combining their varied skills as choreographers, dancers and artists to create an explosive contemporary dance/performance art show, taking an in-depth look at human 'penchants' and desires. The Leaning Tower of Penchant is presented within a derelict building, 'The Ruins' on Tasman St, where intimate performance vignettes culminate in an unforeseen and extraordinary finish. Assistant Director of the project, Rosey Feltham, describes the show: 'Penchant' is a tower of indulgence and desire. The inhabitants of Penchant are entranced by their desires. As you are immersed in this illusory maze, you realize that nothing is as it appeared from the outside. Will the tower continue to accumulate desires and hold fast, or will it topple under the strain?' Exploring new grounds in dance performance by using an alternative venue and 'found' lighting sources, Ambrose, artistic director of the show, aims to take contemporary dance away from the traditions of the proscenium theatre and to explore the possibilities created where dance meets performance art. Recent TEMPO Festival Awards winners, Back-Lit Productions are a dedicated group of ten choreographers and dancers who reside in Auckland. Members of the company admit that there could be some challenge involved in truly collaborating with so many artists together, but say that this is what will make the show have vibrancy and depth. The company has worked together since graduating from Unitec's Dance program in 2005 and they feel the bond they share will overcome any creative tensions arising from this intensive collaboration. 'Back-Lit Productions created a stir with their polished, confident works that shifted between poignant, darkly Butoh and entertaining themes.' Francesca Horsley, Listener Review of Fuzzy Reception.'……………extremely professional production and performance' Julia Milsom, Danz Quarterly Dec 2006
New York University’s Film School, the Tisch, is about to open a complete campus in Singapore, making this its first off-shore expansion.
Is there a reason why Wellington can’t go for a similar partnership with the UCLA Film School
or the USC School of Cinematic Arts
or how about a Sundance Institute Aotearoa at Shelly Bay
or why not let’s invite the Art Institute of Chicago, for a critical and museum studies campus next to Te Papa
or the Courtauld Institute
or maybe we try for a 6-week graduate programme in literature with the acclaimed Bread Loaf School of English
or, or, or…
Make the vision. Invite the partners. Cosmopolitanise this Southernmost world capital. See what happens…
Directed by Alison Quigan
Written by Alison Quigan & Ross Gumbley
Downstage Theatre
Mon -Thu 6.30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm
Bookings: 04 801 6946 or
Saturday night. 1965. Wellington, New Zealand. The place to be is down the hall.
This is Alison Quigan and Ross Gumbley’s sixth collaboration and their best. The story hits a personal note with everyone, the jokes will have you rolling in the isles and you won’t be able to help but tap you feet to the beat of the Archie Moore Trio.
Sid Jenkins has been running the local Dance Hall for years – with a bit of help from Aunty Ina, who runs the local switchboard and provides the legendary curried eggs – but tonight will be unlike any other! Revelations and surprises unfold in an evening of fun, laughter and rampant hormones.
Archie Moore has big dreams of stardom and it looks like tonight may be his lucky break. He has two obstacles: his hormone-ravaged brother Pinkie and the fact that Sid won’t even let them play!
Throw in Jack and Jillian's rocky romance, Rita's pulse-racing twist lessons, a few sneaky pints out the back and sooner or later someone's bound to step on someone else's toes …
Director and Co-writer Alison Quigan has worked as an actor, writer and director nationwide and was Artistic Director of Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North for eight years. Her plays have been performed around the country and recently Mum's Choir was performed at Downstage and in Christchurch and Auckland. Flagons and Foxtrots, a play that Alison co-wrote with Ross Gumbley in 1999, under the name of The Newbury Hall Dances, was last performed at the Court Theatre, Christchurch in 2006.
Alison has the distinguished honour of being New Zealand's second most popular playwright after Roger Hall and Downstage is thrilled that she is able to take time out of her busy schedule to direct her own creation. Alison is a familiar face to most New Zealand households as she is currently playing the role of receptionist Yvonne Jeffries on Shortland Street.
So join us for a nostalgic celebration as we head down to the hall for a night of music, dance and hilarity.
‘Kiwi comedy at its joyous best … this outstanding production saw the audience rise to its feet at the end to offer a richly deserved ovation.’ – The Press
‘On opening night the audience was hysterical… enough to send them into paroxysms of delight.’ - The Listener
We have assembled a cast of established actors and fresh new talent for this foot tapping new production including . . . Peter Hambleton, Geraldine Brophy, Jamie McCaskill, Kane Parsons, Kip Chapman, Kali Kopae and Laurel Devenie.
DesignersLesley Burkes-HardingMartyn Roberts
1st MarchAs part of the TACT Theatre Symposium being organised by Circa Theatre (March 1 – 4) Playmarket has organised a workshop (at Circa) on Thursday 1st March, 10 – 6, with Chris Mead, Artistic Director of Playwriting Australia (see brief bio below) entitled :- "Damned Writers and Literary Police; lies, traps, anecdotes and crowded houses; a full day to vent, rethink, rebuild & change the world".Sounds lively – and so does he! (For a mere $50 for the day for Playmarket clients and Playwright members; $80 everyone else.) This will be of particular interest to writers and directors interested in new work. There will be a limit of 20 people, and there has been a lot of interest, so get in fast.Please reply asap with your details and your cheque (Playmarket, P.O. Box 9767, Wellington)- OR if you prefer direct credit , send email notification to Details to include for direct credit payment are:- Bank: BNZ - Courtenay Place, Wellington; 02 0568 0020573 00Account name: Playmarket IncorporatedPlease use as a Reference your initial and part surname.)Deadline for payment is 22nd February.CheersJeanScript Development Coordinator, New Zealand's playscript advisory service and playwrights' agencyTel: +64 4 382 8462Fax: +64 4 382 8461CHRIS MEADChris was Literary Manager of Company B Belvoir St Theatre from 2000-2003, the Literary Manager and Wharf 2LOUD Producer at the Sydney Theatre Company from 2005-2007, and he has just been appointed the Artistic Director of the new national playwriting advocacy body, Playwriting Australia. Chris has been directing for theatre since 1987 when he wrote and directed his first play while at SUDS (Sydney University Dramatic Society). For Kicking and Screaming, directorial credits include Close to Home, Been So Long and Turnstiler (SBW Stables); Imago and Pussy Boy (B Sharp at Downstairs Belvoir St); and three hundred and sixty positions in a one night stand, (2002 Sydney Festival). Chris was the Curator of the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference in 2004 and 2005 and the Festival Director of World Interplay, the International Festival for Young Playwrights in 2003 and 2005. For independent companies he directed Cross Sections at the Old Fitzroy, and Howie the Rookie in Auckland and Wellington – the latter was later awarded Best Production for the small stage for 2003 by the New Zealand Herald and the former transferred to the Opera House. He has a PhD in Australian history from the University of Sydney, and was nominated by the Sun Herald as one of 2001’s best directors. Chris specializes in directing and dramaturging new work. He was awarded an inaugural Dramaturgy Fellowship by the Australia Council in 2004. In 2004 and 2005 he lectured at the University of Wollongong in the Faculty of Creative Arts.
Artists can register now for the 2007 show, planned for August 2-5 in Wellington. Get all the details, and begin the registration process, here
The New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2007 International Poetry Competition is under way, and closes on 30th May. There are 4 sections: Open Verse and Haiku, in adult and junior categories. The junior sections are open to young people below the age of 17 at the date of closing.
There are cash prizes, and place-winners and other selected poems will be published in The New Zealand Poetry Society’s annual Anthology, to be launched in November 2007.
This year’s judges are: James Norcliffe (Open Verse), Ernest Berry (Haiku), Bernard Gadd (Junior Open), and Patricia Prime (Junior Haiku).
Full competition details and entry forms can be obtained from the website: Last year’s results and judges’ comments are also on the website.
Further enquiries and requests for hard copies of the entry forms can be directed to:
The Competition Secretary, PO Box 5283, Wellington 6145 (enclosing a SSAE) or from:
Wellington’s first soundwalk mixes historical narrative, music, and the sound of the streets…
Wellington’s Taxi Drivers
You are Invited by artist Alison Jones
To participate in Thanks Driver a unique community arts project
happening in early 2007

What it is: A photographic exhibition that seeks to reveal the range and diversity of Wellington’s taxi driving community. To many, the driver is the often anonymous person who gets them from A to B safely and quickly: not particularly remembered or acknowledged after the ride is over. Thanks Driver will showcase about 25 drivers, through a series of documentary photographs by Alison Jones. The project hopes to show each taxi driver in three different situations: a portrait of the driver with his/her cab; the driver in his/her home setting, lunge, or domestic life; and the driver doing an activity or hobby that he/she is passionate about. With a series of three-fold images, Thanks Driver seeks to reveal the subjects as a unique and diverse aspect of the Wellington’s community.

What’s in it for the drivers: This project will provide an opportunity to have photography represent your life and identity to the wider community. We are inviting all of Wellington’s drivers to take part. Those who participate will help depict the multi-faceted people who drive our local taxis (musician, student, diver, dog trainer, radio presenter, artist, scientist, etc). Thanks Driver will also provide an opportunity for the subjects to present their views on life, Wellington City, and their jobs. The final images will be exhibited in late 2007, with everyone involved invited to see the photographs. The artist, Alison Jones, will also present each driver will be presented with a photographic print of their three images.

Where is it: Thanks Driver will be exhibited at the Toi Poneke/ Wellington Arts Centre gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street, in October 2007. The images collected for the project will be used for this project only. After the exhibition, the prints will be gifted to the National Library of New Zealand collection as documentary archives for the nation (if the drivers/subjects have given their permission).

Who’s involved: Alison Jones is a keen and committed Wellington artist with 16 years experience in photographing people and documentary subjects that interest her. She has a suite of work in the Wellington Museum of City and Sea collection, featuring early 1990’s railway workers and passengers on Wellington’s train platforms and suburban units. Alison would like Thanks Driver to be a collaboration between her and the participating subjects, and wants to develop the project and final images in consultation with the taxi drivers who are keen to be part of this art and community project. Initial portrait shooting will begin in January 2007.
If you are interested in being part of the Thanks Driver project
please contact Alison Jones on 021 58 4554 or 04 976 4391
March 3rd 10.00-4PM AND 4TH 10.00 - 3PM
Waged $120/Unwaged $80.
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The Big Idea Talks to The Fringe Boss Lady…

This is the second year at the helm of the Fringe Festival for Karen Blyth aka The Boss. Thanks to what she and her team do behind the scenes, the Fringe is geared up to offer Wellingtonians more than 100 shows and events over the next three weeks. If she could choose an alternative career, however, it might well be Karen taking the stage: "Wouldn’t you just love to know what it feels like to stand in front of a crowd of 30,000+ people and have them all screaming at you for more?"
During what hours of the day do you feel most inspired?
Morning shower – whenever that takes place! And also between 8pm and 11pm.
How would a good friend describe your aesthetic or style?
A bit of a mess… occasionally ‘50s inspired but usually a mish-mash of op-shop, old t-shirts and my fave pair of jeans.
What aspect of your job gives you the biggest thrill?
Festival time! Going out every night and seeing everything I possibly can. Trying to sleep in past 8am (I have a very strict body clock that won’t let me sleep in – arrrgh!) and then getting up and doing it all over again for 24 days in a row.
How do you think your environment affects the way you work?
My work environment is great and makes me want to go to work. I have the best painting EVER hanging above my desk (it was painted for me especially by Reece at Vincent’s Art Workshop), my radio is always on and the sun shines all the time through my window. It’s a great place to roll into every morning. I couldn’t handle a little grey cubicle with no natural light.
What’s the biggest challenge you face as the director of an open access festival?
Trying to find a programme printer that can print a programme big enough to fit all the acts in! This year’s programme was originally planned to be only 80 pages in size – it ended up being 96 pages!
Do you like to look at the big picture or focus on the details?
I like to look at the big picture for the six months leading up to the festival, and then about a month out (for better or for worse) I find myself in the details...both are fun.
Describe the ways in which your childhood play has influenced how you work as an adult.
I was a tree in the chorus, but I was the lead tree in that chorus – I like working in a group, but I like leading the group. I also lead the singing/dancing section of a Rocky Horror Picture Show production – I like dancing around the office and singing.
Being the director of a festival is a challenging and varied role – how have the jobs you’ve done in the past prepared you for it?
Retail: Taught me how to sell it.
BATS Theatre: Introduced me to pretty much everyone I need to know.
TV: Taught me how to work from dusk till dawn.
Work on other festivals: Taught me how to prepare funding applications and make sure all sponsors’ needs are covered.
Touring with bands: Taught me how to keep up with the artists and keep a cool head at times of high pressure.
Promoting bands: Taught me how to manage the moolah and calculate the risks.
The whole lot all together taught me how to enjoy my work and not take life too seriously. Having a job that’s fun is the best part.
What shows in this year’s Fringe would you suggest to the following people, and why?
A 19-year-old girl who dreams about being a rockstar but works a 9-5 at her father’s accounting firm.
Chance, which is in the Dance section. Because a 'Chance' is what she needs to take if that’s what she wants to do! Hot dancers too – maybe she can employ them to be her back-up dancers once she makes it?!
A 33-year-old male graphic designer who will watch three DVDs in a night but "doesn’t have time for theatre".
Little Shop of Horrors – Redubbed, in the Theatre section. It will help ease him out of his La-Z-boy but it still keeps the movie element in there, so he feels safe. This show introduces the element of live foley on stage while the movie rolls on. A CLASSIC!
A 39-year-old mother of two who’s on a tight budget and wants to bring the kids along.
Fricnic – brought to you by Cadbury Picnic! Frank Kitts Park, Wellington Waterfront, 17 Feb. Fringe Made section. The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra want her and the kids to come along and play some tunes with them – plus there’s face painting, Spartacus R (local Welli jazzy sounds), contortionists and Bollywood dancers. Chalk the Walk (another free event) is just next door. Bring a picnic to save cash.
If you could go back and choose a completely different career path to the one you've chosen, what would it be?
Lead singer in an ‘80s hair band at the height of their fame. Wouldn’t you just love to know what it feels like to stand in front of a crowd of 30,000+ people and have them all screaming at you for more? Either that or a high country sheep farmer.
What place is always with you, wherever you go?
My parents’ house in Clevedon, South Auckland. It overlooks the Clevedon/Ardmore valley, Ardmore aerodrome, also taking in the Coromandel Peninsula to the west, Auckland City to the north and Manukau Heads to the east. The BEST view EVER.
What's the best way to listen to music, and why?
LOUD. I don’t need to tell you why.
You are given a piece of string, a stick and some fabric. What do you make?
A makeshift fishing rod out of the stick and string and a mat to sit on from the fabric, while I attempt to catch my dinner, soaking in the sun on a riverbank somewhere near Lake Taupo.
What’s the best stress relief advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t sweat the small stuff – and it’s all small stuff. Thanks to Dad!
What's your favourite word?
What’s great about today?
It’s grey and windy and I feel safe in my office.
dare mighty things