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Arts

May 25, 2009

Utopia / Dystopia is quite possibly the best exhibition I’ve seen so far this year. Each work displayed shows a remarkable subtle wit; a creativity that is complemented with a high level of technical skill and finish. The exhibition displayed at Toi Poneke Gallery is the work of 12 art teachers from Wellington, who have […]

May 25, 2009

The Burn is a comedy show about dramas at Colin’s Rentals, a DVD store in Hell. Written by Nic Sampson and Joseph Moores, the play depicts the characters of Colin, the demon owner of the DVD shop (played by Julian Wilson), Marty (Joseph Moores) the employee from Otaki who has to hold down the fort, […]

May 18, 2009

Didn’t expect Auckland 4-grrrl group Moron Says What (MSW) to change their high school pop aesthetic from demo to EP, and I was pretty unsurprised when their toastie-wielding new disc arrived in the mail a few days ago. Everything about this group of minors squeals authentic love for Jonas Brothers, a subscription to Cosmo and […]

May 18, 2009

When a Canadian Inuit recently pointed out how an Eskimo lolly caused offence by reverting back to archaic and indignifying stereotypes of her culture, her concerns were mostly met with hostility. The political weight the issue of misrepresentation carries was disregarded. New Zealand has seen plenty of controversy surrounding the use, misuse and abuse of […]

May 18, 2009

Interview with Professor Gary Taylor and actors Paul Waggott, Jonny Potts, Kate Clarkin and George Hirst This week Victoria University will host the World Premiere of William Shakespeare and John Fletcher’s ‘lost’ play, The History of Cardenio. “It’s a brand new Shakespeare play!” says Paul Waggott, who plays the title role of Cardenio. Shakespeare and […]

May 18, 2009

If there is one thing I love more than comedy, it’s theatre. If there’s one thing I love more than theatre, it’s the middle minute or so of Radiohead’s ‘Let Down’. If there’s one thing I love more than the middle minute or so of Radiohead’s ‘Let Down’, it’s Doctor Who. This means four things. […]

May 18, 2009

This isn’t a proper Top 5 per say. There are definitely better songs dealing with issues of depression than some of the ones I’ve chosen, but if I’d included them this list would probably have ended up being pretty damn predictable. I still couldn’t quite bring myself to leave out a couple of the usual […]

May 18, 2009

It’s easy to prejudge A Night With Beau Tyler. A show if not directly spun off from then very directly associated with a series of television advertisements, it’s not hard to write it off as a lazy cash-in made to make moolah off the back of some simmering public knowledge. The slight but pervasive handing […]

May 18, 2009

One man. One forest. Fourteen puppets. Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams exploded onto the stage with an incredible opening number, Fuck you Disney, in which Sammy J berates Disney for his deluded childhood. The show keeps this pace throughout, racing through an epic story in just one hour. Sammy J comes across a […]