Arts

March 10, 2008

A little bit of this, a little bit of that! I believe these words sum up Tiki Live to a T. Tiki Live is the product of Tiki Tane’s sweet song writing skills and a powerful live performance of multi genre tendencies. Tiki has definitely shaken off the dub image that most people would identify […]

March 10, 2008

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog Opera by Matthew Suttor New Zealand International Arts Festival Opera House, March 2, 4, 5 Captain Cook, the Kupe of the Pakeha, was a more complex character than his iconic image would suggest. This was revealed in Anne Salmond’s book The Trial of the Cannibal Dog, and explored (quirkily, […]

March 10, 2008

The MC/Chairperson/Salient hater was Greg Ellis, a NZ comedian of some description who throughout the night kept proceedings going in a leisurely and humorous way. On the affirmative team we had: Nandor Tanczos, some dude called Ian from Tui, and Wellington comedian Jerome Chandrahasen, and on the negating team, Darren Hughes, some dude called Hamish […]

March 10, 2008

World In Conflict Review World in Conflict is a good game. There I said it — I’m finally reviewing a game that I’m superficially happy with. World in Conflict is Red Alert on methamphetamine. The game is set in the late 1980s. Instead of Communism falling apart and entering its death throes, it has undertaken […]

March 10, 2008

In 1938 Hollywood was thriving, James Cagney was the quintessential gangster and the Hays Code (a set of morality guide lines forced on the industry due to pressure from the Christian right) was in full effect. So when Michael Curtiz, Cagney and an up-til-then unknown Humphrey Bogart came together to make a film about an […]

March 10, 2008

Saturday 23rd February, Pacific Blue Festival Club It’s great when musicians take the time and effort to mix a bit of humour into a performance. So when Jeremy Barnes (accordion, drums, other) and Heather Trost (violin), acclaimed traditional folk duo A Hawk & a Hacksaw, entered the Pacific Blue festival tent from an obscured rear […]

March 10, 2008

One of the bad things about living in the southern hemisphere is that all the good movies come out in February, which happens to be the best month of the year weather-wise. This phenomenon can be attributed to it being winter in the North, where nearly all movies come from. In turn, the fact that […]

March 10, 2008

I’m often surprised at the paucity of films about South Africa given that it is a rich mine of not just gold and diamonds but also cinematic subject matter. As the setting of one of the most abhorrent yet enduring social experiments of this century, South Africa’s past is as compelling as its present is […]

March 10, 2008

Abashed I Stood is the first novel by Dunedin writer Fet Milner (who, after some years spent writing for Salient’s southern counterpart Critic, has gone off to the grey lights of Britain). His novel tells the tale of narrator David Pollux Martin, a precocious queer rich-boy who lives half in contemporary Aotearoa and New York […]

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