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Arts

July 14, 2008

Gina Jones opened at Page Blackie on 24 June, with a body of work displaying a strong architectural and fine arts feel utilising abstractionism as its base. This invariably lends itself to reflection or in Jones’ words contemplation – a reflection that brings a sense of tranquility within some.

July 14, 2008

After three enormously successful albums (at least commercially), Coldplay were in the familiar position occupied by many pop supergroups of having shifted millions of albums but lacking the full-bodied respect and appreciation of critics and music fans alike.

July 14, 2008

Elemental by Strike Percussion Downstage theatre, 5 July It’s hard to know where to start when evaluating a performance such as the one the Strike percussion group gave at Downstage last Saturday night. I enjoyed it for sure, and I couldn’t really ask for more out of a show – yet I would hesitate to […]

July 14, 2008

When that fateful hour comes this little gem will either be something to scare you shitless, cuddle and comfort you, or rock out apocalypse-core. Either way, there are no finer tunes to listen to when mother-nature (or super intelligent aliens) finally packs a sad for the last fucking time.

July 14, 2008

For those of us who were starting to wonder why the hell all of these skateboards, hoodies and loud laughter have materialised on Cuba St during the daytimes this past week, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that it is school holidays.

July 14, 2008

Directed by Tomas Alfredson Let the Right One In is about the crust of blood on a 12-year-old boy’s lip after kissing his vampire girlfriend, while outside snow blankets a neighbourhood of achingly dull brick housing units. A pack of boys at a Swedish junior high taunt pasty blonde Oskar to squeal like a pig.

July 14, 2008

226–256 Lambton Quay Borders is Wellington’s biggest bookshop, and one of the newest. Prior to its opening there was apprehension that the 800-pound gorilla of chain bookstores would gobble up all the competition in town and replace it with 52-week Dan Brown festivals and sundry other tributes to the mediocre and blandly commercial.

July 14, 2008

Trust a British soap star to brilliantly encapsulate the fuckedness of Aotearoa’s gang culture, while simultaneously getting our national history completely wrong. Ross Kemp, former East Enders star, manages to draw out a series of amazing terrifying interviews from members of the Mongrel Mob.

July 7, 2008

Charles Ross tours the globe as the official Star Wars one-man show, performing all three original Star Wars films in one hour with no sets, props, costumes or assistance (apart from his trusty glass of water), and at the end of May he touched down to Soundings Theatre, Te Papa. Surprisingly, Ross is not a […]