September 30, 2008

Rainmakers Perform in Lepperton Today


THE Rainmakers perform today at 8pm at Lepperton Bowling Club. This group comprises Jane Thompson and James Rigby (from acclaimed Australian folk group Blackwood) with their three daughters, Maggie, 15, Elsie, 13, and Naomi, 11. The Rainmakers' repertoire crosses many genres, from acapella originals and close harmony songs from the Pacific to songs of peace and justice from here and abroad. They play various instruments, from marimba and ukulele, to guitar, fiddle, melodica and accordion.

* Whisper the Wind - The Music and Life of John Denver plays at the TSB Showplace on Thursday and Friday.

This show is much more than some talented entertainers performing Denver's popular songs. In recent performances it has brought tears to the audience's eyes as they relive the high and sad times of Denver's life. Complete with footage of Denver and his family it shows his success in the musical world, but also reveals how he was sidetracked by his antiwar campaign, his passion to end child poverty and his environmental concerns.

Tickets are through Ticketek.

* ON Sunday at 2pm at The Theatre Royal of the TSB Showplace, the New Plymouth Orchestra presents Masterworks. It features Rolf Gjelsten, cellist of the New Zealand String Quartet, who will perform Dvorak's Cello Concerto. The programme also includes Beethoven's Fidelio Overture and Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony. The conductor is Adam Jasinski. Tickets are through Ticketek.

* THE Opunake Players musical production of Garbo of the Sky opens at the Lakeside Playhouse in Opunake on Saturday, October 11. Opening night will be a red carpet affair.

The show tells the story of Jean Batten using a combination of original music and dialogue written by locals Rebekah Hornblow and Paul Andersen- Gardiner. It is directed by Mike and Wendy Smith.

The story is presented with a minimal set as lots of short scenes show snapshots of Jean's life, both personal and public. They shed light on the relationships she had with her parents and acquaintances as well as her ruthless determination to equal if not beat the men at their own game.

The main characters are Jean, played by Rebekah Hornblow; her dominating mother Ellen, played by Lee-Anne Shegedin, and a procession of male romantic (and financial) interests played variously by Tom Hopwood, Ian Hitch, Steve Ackerman and Tim Lawn. Helen Duff on piano is leading the musical team. Raeleen Luckin is the choreographer.

The season runs until October 25. Tickets are on sale from Morris and Ockhuysen Ltd, Opunake.

* THE Magic of Christmas, a show by Hawera Repertory, includes re- written versions of the Nativity and A Christmas Carol, Little Red Riding Hood and the Christmas Pudding, New Zealand Jingle Bells, Christmas Crackers, The Fruitcake and the Real Night Before Christmas, along with plenty of Christmas songs and carols. It is directed by Richard Kennedy- Moffat and Samantha Turner.

The show will run from November 25 to 29 at the Hawera Memorial Theatre. Evening performances start at 7.30 and there will be a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday, November 29. Tickets will be available from the South Taranaki iSite in Hawera from Monday, October 6.

* WITH the arrival of Sue at Puke Ariki, dinosaurs are a big topic at the moment. Puke Ariki and the district libraries have lots of fun dinosaur activities for children aged five to 12 these school holidays. Then on Tuesday, October 7, at 6pm at the New Plymouth Council Chambers, Hamish Campbell, from GNS Science in Wellington, will explore what is known about dinosaur fossils in New Zealand. This event is free but registration is essential - phone 759-6060.

* THE current exhibition at Hawera's Stage Gallery Mind Fields. It showcases a wide range of talent by 16 artists from throughout Taranaki who are members of PACE Taranaki. (An arts employment programme, Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment)

The artists are Carl Fairweather, Robyn Challis, Bronwen Fordham, Rebecca White, Anne-Marie Clegg, Jaun Pepperell, Waru Wharehoka, Mark Bloomfield, Marlene Noble, Anne Holloway, Matthew Scott, Christopher Herbert, Phillip Pittwood, Brendan Haslip, Paul Jensen and Chanelle Topliss.

The media includes oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media collages, garden sculpture, T-shirts, stone and wood carvings, comic book drawings, prints, felting and textile art. Curated by Carl Fairweather, Mind Fields will run until October 25.

* THE North Taranaki Community Arts Council recently approved the following funding grants:

$300 went to the Saturday Art Group to help with an exhibition at the Plymouth International Hotel on November 29.

Jan Huijbers and Alby Carter received $500 to assist with their "Sea Land 2" exhibition of their work at the Hauraki House Gallery in Coromandel from November 20 to 29.

The Institute of Registered Music Teachers received $300 towards a Young Musicians Award evening at the Alexander Room in the TSB Showplace on October 18.

$400 was granted to Dale Copeland for assistance with Prime, an online exhibition of work by artists from around the world who are over 65.

Caitlin McKee received $500 to help with attendance at a modern dance scholarship weekend.

$400 was granted to Simon James to make a four-track EP of original music sung and played by himself, which he will use to promote Taranaki music and his own work.

* FOR three months last summer, 27 of New Zealand's leading sculptors were selected to exhibit in the inaugural Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens hosted by the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Over those three months, 300,000 people walked the 1.8km sculpture trail to experience and enjoy excellent sculpture in the gardens' splendid varied settings.

The Percy Thomson Gallery will now show a series of work underlining the event.

Called After the Event, it aims to spread awareness of this major biennial sculpture initiative.

The exhibition is in three parts - the concept drawings, a 15- minute DVD of the Event with artist interviews and a show of medium- sized sculpture and maquettes by the Sculpture in the Gardens participating artists, all of whom are nationally known. A quality A5 Sculpture in the Gardens catalogue with text by writer/curator Alexa Johnston will accompany the exhibition.

Participating sculptors include Tanya Ashken, Chiara Corbelletto, Bing Dawe, Paul Dibble, Charlotte Fisher, Fiona Garlick, Fred Graham, David Guerin, Christine Hellyar, John Ioane, Virginia King, Peter Lange, Barry Lett, Samantha Lissette, David McCracken, Neill Miller, Phil Neary, Matt Pine, Terry Stringer, Llew Summers, Marte Szirmay, Filipe Tohi, Jeff Thomson, Greer Twiss, Warren Viscoe, Jim Wheeler and Steve Woodward.

A few of the sculptors will be at the opening and be available to discuss their work. It will run from October 4 to November 1.

* NORTH Taranaki District Artists Co-operative's latest exhibition at the Wings of Waitara Cafe in Waitara will run until October 14.

First-time exhibitor Hedi Davis from the Kohatu Rest Home has three framed intricate hand-made lace pictures on show created from bobbin lace. This talented octogenarian learnt her craft at 79.

There is a series of paintings by Waitara artist Bette Rowe- Kircher. There are collages by Robyn Jacob, water colour paintings by Phyllis Gibson and prints by Joanne Wilkes.

In mid-November, Waitara will host a two-day mosaic workshop with tutor Robyn Jacob making mosaic candle holders that make great Christmas presents. All materials will be provided and the cost will be $50 per person. Spaces are limited so register by phoning 752- 3287.

* THIS weekend, the Govett- Brewster Art Gallery presents Sound Sketch - a weekend festival of sound performances. It brings together New Zealand artists Phil Dadson, James McCarthy, Sam Morrison and Andy Hummell and United States artist Brandon LaBelle.

Wellington-based musician Andy Hummell kicks off the event on Saturday from 10am. Hummell offers a sonic journey through the gallery's latest exhibition - Peter Robinson: Snow Ball Blind Time. Then at 2pm, the Sound Sketch artists discuss sound, space and the peculiarities of polystyrene.

At 6pm, sound artists Phil Dadson, James McCarthy and Sam Morison are joined by LaBelle to create an evening of sound sketches in response to Snow Ball Blind Time working with polystyrene as a material. Tickets will be sold at the door.

The festival continues on Sunday with an electronic and acoustic sound workshop. Beginning at 11.30am, Hummell and Morison will teach participants how to manipulate electronic and acoustic sound. No experience is necessary. Phone 769 6060 for more information and to reserve your place. Numbers are limited.

* THE Govett-Brewster expects local artists will be interested in its art-handling workshop. Registrar Amanda Ward will teach how to package, crate, handle and store artwork this Thursday from noon to 1pm.

* GOVETT-BREWSTER Babes is back this Friday. The programme will follow its usual format starting at 10am with a half hour baby- friendly tour of the gallery's new exhibition, Peter Robinson: Snow Ball Blind Time. This will be followed by coffee and cake in the Gallery cafe. The usual entry price of $5 includes morning tea.

* THE Spanish language film screening at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery at 2.30pm this Saturday is Calle 54. This 2000 documentary film, by Spanish director Fernando Trueba, is about Latin jazz. All films are subtitled. Entry is free. View for details.

* 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.


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