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March 23, 2009

There is a large mural painted on a wall which runs alongside Wallace Street in Mount Cook. This mural pays tribute to Ian Curtis, the troubled singer of Joy Division. Graeme Downes (of The Verlaines) once told an interviewer that Joy Division’s albums weren’t available in New Zealand stores until two years after Ian’s suicide. […]

March 23, 2009

Unfortunately, by the time this issue of Salient has come to print, the DocNZ festival will have just concluded in Wellington, and will be on its way to Christchurch. Though it is a bit late to plug the festival, it’s still worth noting the programme operates as a useful guide for seeking out some great […]

March 23, 2009

Strange Resting Places is a collection of stories based around the exploits of the Maori battalion in Italy during World War II. Centering around and spinning off from the core story of an unlikely meeting between a solder from the battalion and a deserter from the Italian fascist army. These stories are about communication across […]

March 23, 2009

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 […]

March 23, 2009

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 […]

March 23, 2009

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 […]

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 […]

March 23, 2009

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 […]

March 23, 2009

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 […]