Archive for March, 2009

02/03/09

Tuesday 10 February, Penthouse Cinema. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. The Wrestler follows Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson, a famous professional wrestler whose 80’s golden days are well behind him. Inside the ring, he still holds on to the glory of his past, though his audiences have dwindled. [...]

02/03/09

The National Party promised their first 100 days in government would feature a spurt of activity, and spurt they did, introducing a swathe of new bills, besides breaking some arms and deparmental heads. December Last December, as soon as the new Government came into being, it passed under urgency two justice and two money-related acts. [...]

02/03/09

The calibre of art displayed on university premises is generally accepted as a prime indicator of the cultural sensitivity of that institution. Victoria University of Wellington follows such a mindset, with a collection of predominantly New Zealand art, with a growing focus on pacific art. There are works by key artists, including Colin McCahon, Ralph [...]

02/03/09

There is a mistake often made in modern productions of Shakespeare. The directors always seem to confuse making something relatable with making something cool. Clear expression of the text is forsaken for leather and guns, yelling and lasers. It’s all Baz Luhrmann’s fault. Henry V director David Lawrence has never been one to make this [...]

02/03/09

The SEEyD theatre company have, over the past few years, carved out a nice little niche for themselves as the makers of a very personal kind of political theatre. They take very intimate and human looks at the small scale repercussions of the otherwise huge impersonal issues they analyse. With Turbine, they turn their eye [...]

02/03/09

I heard Bridget give a reading from her novel at the Jimmy Bar, during a Summer Books Alive event for Writers & Readers, and laughed out loud so much that I had to get my hands on a copy. Van der Zijpp is a graduate of the VUW Institute of Modern Letters (IML) programme, and [...]

02/03/09

Lots of musicians played lots of concerts, or ‘gigs’, over the last summer. Many of them were abominable. Many more were okay…ish. Some were pretty sweet, though. These were some of the latter and neither of the former. Tom Cosm Tom Cosm’s set at Canaan Downs proved once again his standing as Aotearoa’s greatest trance [...]

02/03/09

How better to begin a series about the art we pass every day in Wellington than with an artwork whose surroundings are as much a part of it as its physical formation? Suspended above Civic Square, the ball itself is an emblem of New Zealand, while the placement, to me, is a metaphor for Wellington. [...]

02/03/09

You probably already have your week planned, but just in case you’d forgotten a few things, here’s a selection for your orientating pleasure… Competition Orientation Super Pass Winners Natalie Barton and Amy Scott, come into VUWSA and collect your prizes… ArteNomade: Dis-Orientation ’09 From 6pm to midnight on Friday the 13th at the VUW Student [...]