Archive for March, 2009

Mel Parsons – Over My Shoulder

Mel Parsons – Over My Shoulder

by / March 23, 2009 / [ 3 Comments ]

There is something about autumn that breeds stoicism. I don’t know about you, but on these cold March days, I feel pleased with myself just for leaving the house. “Gosh!” I say to myself, “You’re standing up. How very impressive.” Then I go about the rest of my day feeling that I’ve been hard done [...]

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Serendipity

Serendipity

by / March 23, 2009 / No Comments

Sugu Pillay’s play Serendipity raises some interesting questions about cultural identity, freedom fighting and our attitudes toward people of different cultures. However, its premiere production does little to express or even acknowledge these ideas in any really identifiable way. Overall, the production felt underworked and unfinished. Some clear decisions had been made, seemingly with no [...]

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

by / March 23, 2009 / No Comments

The question isn’t “why haven’t you seen Hedwig and the Angry Inch”? No, the real question is why haven’t you bought the DVD, watched the doco, bought the soundtrack, memorised every song on it and staged an amateur performance? Seriously, I’m about halfway through that list, you’d better get cracking. Hedwig is the tale of [...]

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Ngai Tauira

Ngai Tauira

by / March 23, 2009 / 1 Comment

Three years ago I was welcomed on to Te Herenga Waka Marae. I was a red headed girl, from the deep south who had heard the karanga of her mountain and decided it was time to pick up the piece of delicate manuka that lay before me. I don’t remember arriving at the gate, nor [...]

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Bier! Tui IPA

Bier! Tui IPA

by / March 23, 2009 / [ 2 Comments ]

Before I get into my thoughts on Tui “East India Pale Ale”, here is a history lesson about how the term ‘India Pale Ale’ originated. In the 1840s, the pale ale was a popular style of beer in both England and the British colonies alike. It was particularly popular among East India Company traders, and [...]

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Kia Ora Khalid

Kia Ora Khalid

by / March 23, 2009

Kia Ora Khalid was an opera. A children’s opera, actually. I had a foreboding feeling I was going to be told that a big purple dinosaur loved me. When the curtains rose, it was clear I was in no such luck. There is a great unspoken irony in Kia Ora Khalid. A play about racial [...]

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Vivan Girls -Surf’s up 7″

Vivan Girls -Surf’s up 7″

by / March 23, 2009 / No Comments

Released as a 7-inch but deserving of wider distribution, Vivian Girls have channelled this latest effort into some weird limbo state between the old-school surf pop and new-school fuzz. I mean, they’re still hanging out with the noisy bros from No Age et al, but are kinda looking over at the 60s pop circle more [...]

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Fresh Meat: Raw Comedy Quest 2009

Fresh Meat: Raw Comedy Quest 2009

by / March 23, 2009 / No Comments

We all know you can’t be well-done before you become medium-rare, but before you become medium-rare? Well, then of course, you have to be Raw. Raw is a nationwide comedy search for the newest face of New Zealand comedy. It runs annually, with the final held as a New Zealand International Comedy Festival Show at [...]

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What’s a VUWSA?

What’s a VUWSA?

by / March 23, 2009 / No Comments

In these pages you will see many acronyms. Acronyms like VUWSA, which make little sense no matter how many times you try to say them out loud. You will also see references to late budgets, deficits, moving into committee and constitutional motions. To the uninitiated this may seem daunting. But never fear, Salient is here [...]

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The Wong View

by / March 23, 2009 / No Comments

Picking the perfect guy isn’t easy, let alone choosing the right species. It seems that in the 21st century, us girls are faced with tough questions and equally tough choices. And with the Twilight craze hitting the cinemas, life just got a little more complicated. So I decided to hit the streets, asking that age-old [...]

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