July 30, 2008

Dame Malvina Major to Perform in August at TSB Showplace


THE Taranaki Regional Committee of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, KCL Property and Pukekura Breakfast Rotary Club combine to present the 2008 Youth Performing Artists Showcase. Following last year's sell-out success, the event this year will run over two days with an evening show on Saturday, August 16, followed by a matinee on Sunday, August 17, both at the TSB Showplace Theatre Royal.

Special guests are Dame Malvina Major and the Michael Taylor Jazz Combo. Michael is currently studying jazz trumpet in New York at the Manhattan School of Jazz and will be returning to Taranaki to take part in the show and will be joined by his jazz combo from Wellington.

This event celebrates Taranaki's exceptional young talent, so Dame Malvina and Taylor will be joined by a selection of 2007 and 2008 foundation grants recipients, including Bryony Williams, Joseph Gardner, Rachel Helms, Daniel Hayles, Lena Hesselgrave, Jonathan Folwell, Nick Price, Alannah Matthews and the Taranaki Youth Choir.

Tickets are on sale through Ticketek and patrons are advised to get in early. Adults are $30 and children under 18 are $15 plus service fees.

The committee is also now inviting applications, which close on September 30, for the next funding round. Categories include secondary, elite/ tertiary levels and groups. For application forms and more information contact Katie Elstone on 758-0956, or email [email protected] taranaki.co.nz or see the website: www.damemalvinamajorfoundation.org.

* SPOTSWOOD College performs the musical Footloose tonight and tomorrow at the school while Hawera Repertory continues its season of Fur Coat and No Knickers at the Hawera Memorial Theatre until Friday.

On August 9 at 7pm, Norfolk Home and School is presenting two one- act plays performed by the Pahiatua Repertory Society and the Napier Repertory Society at Inglewood's Cue Theatre. Tickets are available at the Inglewood Book Centre or Norfolk School and cost $10.

The Pahiatua Repertory will perform The Donahue Sisters. This play begins as an innocent meeting of three sisters who have returned to their old home when their father is admitted to hospital. As they talk about their lives and reminisce about their childhood, you begin to see that all is not as it may seem. This presentation of the play has won at the Theatre in the Bush one-act play festival, the Central District round of the NZ Theatre Federation One Act Play Festival 2008 and was runner-up in the NZ Theatre Federation final.

The Napier Repertory Society will present War Letters, which tells of Jack, who is posted on a six-month peacekeeping mission. He leaves behind his mother, wife and daughter.

* ON August 18 and 19, auditions are to be held at the New Plymouth Operatic Society's Complex in King Street for a compilation show called Shake, Rhythm and Blues which will play in December. Sheryl Davison and Mark Leuthard are working together as a team to present this show, with Sheryl as the director and Mark as the musical director.

A small cast of four men and three women is required. Each must have the ability to take lead vocals for various numbers and provide backing vocals for others. They must also all be able to move well.

Audition material will be available from August 1 at the Operatic office, which is open 11am to 2pm Tuesday to Friday. Auditions will be held from 7pm on Monday and Tuesday, August 18-19. Appointment times for auditions can be arranged by phoning Sheryl at the office on 758-4958 or e-mailing [email protected]

* THE reviews rave about the comedy from the Umbilical Brothers, who are touring New Zealand this September with their show Don't Explain. They will be in New Plymouth for one show only at 8pm on Saturday, September 27, at the Theatre Royal of the TSB Showplace.

The show played off Broadway in New York for a year. These two brothers have faced off against George Negus, played charades with Harry Shearer, have multiplatinum, award-winning DVDs, supported Take That just before Robbie left and N'Sync just before JT left (if you'd like Human Nature to break up, just give them a call), performed for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance, served a ball into Pat Rafter's backside in front of thousands, appeared on Jay Leno with fan Robin Williams, and are regularly stalked by American mothers after the success of their kids' TV show in the United States.

The appeal of the show goes across generations. Tickets are through Ticketek. Adults are $34.90 and students, seniors, children and groups of 10 or more at $31.90 plus service fees.

* ARTIST Peter Robinson will present his most recent and expansive project, commissioned by and presented only at the Govett- Brewster Art Gallery from September 13 to November 23. For only the second time since the opening exhibition by Leon Narbey in 1970, the entire Govett-Brewster Art Gallery will be given over to a single commissioned artwork.

Opening in September, Snow Ball Blind Time will snake through the converted cinema, devouring the internal spaces of the building with formal wit and critical bite. Curated by gallery director Rhana Devenport, Snow Ball Blind Time will occupy the entire 574 square metres of the gallery. The installation will respond to and engage with the gallery internal spaces to form a vast spatial drawing. Robinson works with the definitive material of disposable culture: polystyrene.

Robinson is associate professor at the Elam School of Fine Arts, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries.

Snow Ball Blind Time will be complemented by a significant publication that includes new texts by Allan Smith (contemporary curator, critic and senior lecturer at the Elam School of Fine Arts) and Devenport.

* THE third Artists Film Festival is due to arrive at the Govett- Brewster Art Gallery next month following its successful run at The New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington earlier this year. As all film festivals should be, the Artists Film Festival is sprawling and diverse. The show features some compelling works, such as a film noir adventure shot at Artspace in Auckland, and a feminist mockumentary about local artists, a picturesque video that engages with traditional landscape painting and an Antiques Road Show spoof.

The films will be available for viewing in the gallery's Film Archive Vaccess area for the month of August.

Curator Paula Brooker gives an introductory talk to this festival on Sunday at 11.30am at the gallery. Entry is free.

* THE ever-popular Govett- Brewster Babes is back this Friday, starting at 10am. The half-hour baby-friendly tour will take in the gallery's new exhibition Don Driver: Banners, which showcases one of Taranaki's most celebrated artists.

* RUNNING alongside the Frances Hodgkins exhibition at the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford is an exhibition of watercolour works including pieces by Susan Harrison- Tustain, Marianne Muggeridge, Joan Fitzpatrick, Margaret Scott, Colyn Nicholls, Alby Carter, Paul Hutchinson, Rebecca Mooney, Sunset, Bill Whipp, Joanne Wilkes, Judith White, Mavis Standish, Stanton Perrott, Michelle Rowland, Alice Mason, Sue Morton, Betty-Marie Crockett and Michael Smither. The works are on display in the Community Gallery.

* HIGHLIGHTS from the Joseph Swainson Collection will be shown in the Lane and Wall Galleries of Puke Ariki from this Saturday through to October 12. This is an exhibition showcasing a selection of studio portraiture and historical photography from the 1920s to the 1950s taken by New Plymouth's famous Swainson Studios. Entrance is free.

Starting on Monday on Puke Ariki's mezzanine floor and running until September 7 is a show focusing on future scientific, business, economic and environmental issues about food. This travelling road show from the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology focuses on food issues New Zealanders might one day face. Entry is free.

* WAYNE Morris of Future Edge says that there are still some opportunities for subsidised places on the Creativity Retreat at the Oraukawa Lodge at Oakura's Ahu Ahu Villas. It runs from Friday, August 15, until Sunday, August 17. The retreat, run by Wayne, gives participants the opportunity to put some creativity into their life or put some life into their creativity. It can help people get their imaginations back and break through blocks that may inhibit creativity. Contact Wayne on 753-5914 or e-mail [email protected] edge.co.nz.

* THE Pukeiti Gardens Winter Series features New Zealand songwriter Warren Love on Saturday.

Love is a New Zealand musician who learnt his craft in Taranaki. He returns this week as a New Zealand Music Awards Tui finalist to play at Pukeiti Gardens.

Love says that the Tahora Music Festival was crucial to his development as a performer. Run by Kerry Turner on his farm near Whangamomona, the Tahora Festival, he says, "provided the peace and inspiration to take those first steps. It's nice to bring some of the songs back to their birthplace."

The show starts at 2pm at the Pukeiti Gardens Cafe. Door sales are $15 and tickets for both lunch and the show, which are $40, can be purchased at the gardens or at Music Works in New Plymouth. Reservations can be made by phoning the trust on 752-4141. The cafe will be open for a buffet lunch before the concert.

* THE Pukeiti Explorer Club continues to offer opportunities for children to "explore, experience and be entertained" and on Sunday a variety of activities are been offered. Included will be a photography contest, a plant-it- yourself lesson with the curator, a chance to play on the bouncy castle, the Explorer orienteering course sheets (not the same as last time, for those who were thinking it would be easy) and of course, the cafe will be open. If it is wet, all activities can be done under cover. The kids are free and it is a gold-coin donation for the adults to enter the gardens. There is no need to pre book.

* THOSE wanting to include information in this column can contact Jo Hills at [email protected] Please make sure you include where and when your event will be, as well as any other relevant details. Incomplete listings cannot be run. Deadline is noon on the Friday before publication.


Tuesday July 29:

Footloose, a musical, 7.30pm. Spotswood College, NP.

Fur Coat and No Knickers, 7.30pm. Hawera Memorial Theatre.

Singer Songwriters. 7 30pm. Basement Bar.

Wednesday July 30:

Footloose, 7.30pm. Spotswood College, NP.

Fur Coat and No Knickers, 7.30pm. Hawera Memorial Theatre.

Thursday July 31:

Fur Coat and No Knickers, 7.30pm. Hawera Memorial Theatre.

Friday August 1:

Fur Coat and No Knickers, 7.30pm. Hawera Memorial Theatre.

Govett-Brewster Babes tour of Don Driver: Banners. 10am. Govett- Brewster Art Gallery. $5.

Saturday August 2:

Fur Coat and No Knickers, 7.30pm. Hawera Memorial Theatre.

Warren Love, 2007 NZ Music Award Finalist. 2pm. Pukeiti.

Sunday August 3:

The Pukeiti Explorer Club. 10am to 2pm. Pukeiti.

Artist's Film Launch. Curator Paula Brooker introduces the film festival. 11.30am. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

EXHIBITIONS YouthFest: Motion and Moments: Photography and works fromYouthFest. Esquires Coffee House. One week only.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery: Open Window exhibition: Joanna Langford's Twilight Falls. Until Aug 31; Dateline Return until Aug 24; Don Driver: Banners. until Aug 31; Amar Kanwar, until Aug 31.

Puke Ariki: A T-Rex Named Sue - Main Exhibitions Gallery. Until Nov 2; Joseph Swainson Collection, Lane and Wall Galleries, until Oct 12; A roadshow focusing on future scientific, business, economical and environmental issues about food, Mezzanine Floor, until Sept 7.

Real TArt Gallery: Exhibition of mixed media paintings by Sherryl Kiely; Mini Exhibitions by Michelle Dykstra, Bette Gilmore and Ryan Cowley; Local jewellery artist Mill Purpil has a collection of her work on display; NP Potters group exhibition featuring work by Pat Close, Cathy Campbell-Smart, Christina Rutherford, Margaret Foley and more.

Percy Thomson, Stratford: Frances Hodgkins: The Link With Kapiti. Taranaki's first exhibition of Frances Hodgkins' paintings, until Aug 21.

Community Gallery: Watercolours.

Kina Gallery: Photographer Sue Maxwell, until Aug 12.

Bookstop Gallery: Works by Mary and Carole Tipler - a mix of pieces in oil on canvas and pastels. Throughout July.

The Gables: A new exhibition showcasing local artists, until Aug 3. 1-4pm weekends and holidays.

Stage Gallery, Union St, Hawera: Hawera Camera Club, until Aug 2.

Whitecube Artspace: Fitzroy Village Arcade, 10.30am-4pm Tues- Thur, 10.3am- 3pm Fri-Sat; visit www.whitecube.co.nz or ph 759- 6860.

Zinkat Gallery, 44 Currie St, NP: 10.30am-4pm Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat.

Fritz Reuter Gallery, 25 Rata St, Inglewood: 10am-4pm daily.

The Village Gallery, 166 High St, Eltham: 10am-3pm Mon-Sat.

Stumble Inn Cafe, Merrilands: Exhibition by Saturday Art Group.

The Vicarage, 288 Courtenay St, NP: New Plymouth Potters. 1-4pm weekends, holidays.

Fishbowl: 10am-3pm weekends or by appointment; ph Paula on 759- 0907.

http://virtual.tart.co.nz: The Wall of Diminishing Returns features Dale Copeland's work. An exhibition of assemblage artworks.

http://outofsight.co.nz: Tenth International Collage Exhibition/ Exchange.

http://paulhutchinson.co.nz: New paintings recently added from a selection of his Painting-a-Day project. At the bottom there's a small video, the act of making a complete painting reduced to 4 minutes.

www.taranakivista.co.nz: Continuous 24 hour webcam imagery of Mount Taranaki by Fiona Clark.

http://www.vanthof.co.nz: Taranaki landscape and flower paintings by Rae van't Hof.

http://YourDocumentsPlease.com: Three Taranaki Artists ( Dale Copeland, Anne Holliday and Carl Fairweather) are part of this online exhibition. The real show is travelling now in Japan, then to Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Mexico.

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