Archive for February, 2005

Mihi

Mihi

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While its heavy political subject matter and polemical feel would lead me to fall short of calling Mihi enjoyable, it is nevertheless an important, intense and beautiful spoken-word performance. It is a product of the mind of Mathew Simcock, a Wellington-based poet, and is a series of speeches and poetic performance in English but based [...]

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Confessions of a Chocaholic

Confessions of a Chocaholic

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Confessions of a Chocaholic is a one-woman show that tells the very personal story of the two obsessions in one woman’s life: Chocolate, and the baby she gave up for adoption twenty-eight years ago. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Bad Manor

Bad Manor

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Although Bad Manor is highly amusing, it is little more than a bitter attack on the rampant homophobia of Destiny Church. It intersects the lives of the members of the Wellington flat ‘Bad Manor’ with those of Pastors Dwayne and Marlene Zealot of the Brotherhood of the Imaginary Friend. It opens with Pastor Dwayne marching [...]

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The Shins w/ Julia Deans

The Shins w/ Julia Deans

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When James Mercer, singer for the US pop-rock quartet the Shins, stretched his weary vocal chords one last time to sing, “Shut out, pimpled and angry / I quietly tied all my guts into knots” – the opening lines to ‘Know Your Onion!’ – I could visualise all the spotty first-years outside, in tears because [...]

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Mr Sterile Assembly, Hulagu

Mr Sterile Assembly, Hulagu

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Mr Sterile Assembly’s latest release Hulagu has been in the pipeline since March 2004 and kicks off a fundraising project to the get the band to the Czech Republic for an Eastern European tour in April of this year. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Lederhosen Lucil

Lederhosen Lucil

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When you combine a woman in suspenders, a blond braided wig, and a Swiss style hat with a fairly impressive Yamaha keyboard, and amazing vocals, anything could happen. And considering that there were leap frog contests, conducted by the small but enthusiastic crowd of eccentrics down the front at Lucil’s request, it seems that anything [...]

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Kronos Quartet, Mugam Sayagi: Music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

Kronos Quartet, Mugam Sayagi: Music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

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Nearly everyone, regardless of their opinion on classical music and string quartets, has heard of the Kronos Quartet. Even if the name doesn’t ring any bells, the sound will; think Requiem for a Dream. Almost everyone has seen this film and felt like they have been punched in the stomach at its conclusion. A big [...]

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VUWSA Welfare Services 2005:

VUWSA Welfare Services 2005:

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VUWSA (Victoria University of Wellington Students association) is your students’ association. One of the main things that your students’ association does for you at university is offer Welfare services. Since the introduction of fees and cuts to the student allowance in the 1980s and 1990s many students have found it harder going to study. Most [...]

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Socialist Chardonnay

Socialist Chardonnay

by / February 28, 2005 / 1 Comment

The term ‘Chardonnay Socialist’ has been, for far too long, a pejorative term for those who espouse socialist values and denounce those of modern western capitalism, while consuming the products they so vocally denounce. OK, so ‘Chardonnay Socialists’ are hypocrites. Well, no longer. Now is the time of postmodernity, of recontextualisation, and of reclaiming derogatory [...]

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The Chaos of China

The Chaos of China

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When I was a boy and I used to dig in our backyard, half mimicking my dog and half pretending to be an explorer, I used to say I was digging to China. I don’t really know why, except that “China” had a certain ring to it; it seemed to be the farthest and most [...]

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