Death Cafe in the Bay

21 June 2017, Wardini Bookshop, Havelock North If you haven’t heard of a Death Cafe you could be mistaken in thinking it’s some kind of morbidly themed eatery, but even though there was an abundance of tea and cake, last night’s event was not that sort of cafe and there wasn’t a coffin-shaped panini in…

See What I Can See: Discovering New Zealand Photography

Until 13 August 2017 at Hastings City Art Gallery Photography is everywhere, the keystone of most social media platforms, the finger-tip tool of almost all of us. The evolution from time consuming to immediate, from carefully crafted and curated to carefree and constant, from labour intensive to instant means it’s everywhere and that everything is…

Imagine the Journey

19 May -1 June 2017, Creative Arts Napier Napier’s CAN offers exhibition access to a wide remit of exhibitors, and the Imagine the Journey Red Cross exhibition was no exception to the increasing convergence of different social industries. Contemporary life is intensely marketed these days; we live in a constant visually saturated society. Like many,…

East Side Story

15 June 2017, Community Arts Napier At Community Arts Napier (CAN) until the 22nd of June is the entertaining and varied show of print works, East Side Story. Print groups from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay (The Hawke’s Bay Inkers) have joined forces in an exhibition which underlines the continued vitality, attractiveness and handmade physicality of…

Tami Neilson

 11 June 2017, Napier Conference Centre Her backing band, the Hot Rockin’ Rhythm Band, shuffles into rhythmic formation with the studied deference and sharp matching suits of “authenticity” we’ve come to expect of the Mark Ronson, Dap-Kings school of Nu Soul. The playing is effortless. People are clapping the beat already and they’ve barely started….

What’s Hooked Us?

Previews We’re looking forward to the photographic shows coming up. See What I Can See has already opened at HCAG and Keep on Kimi Ora is coming soon to the same. Photography is prevalent in the day-to-day with social media sucking up as much content as we can collectively create, but there is still space…

SKETCH n the MIND & Creative Connection

Until 17 June, Hastings Community Art Centre, John Boyd-Dunlop, Mary Jesse Sullivan and Kathleen Pickering Two exhibitions with three varying artistic practices in an impressive gallery space in the historic Harvey’s Building in Hastings. Before looking closely at the work on show, the building itself deserves some credit as an impressive backdrop. An example of…

The Rebel Pink

20 April 2017, Arts Inc., Hastings Footnote New Zealand Dance has had long-standing influence on the maturing of New Zealand’s excellent and well-established contemporary dance scene, so it gave me great pleasure to welcome them to Hastings for a one-off performance of their recent 2017 touring season, The Rebel Pink. This body of work by…

70th Annual Bird Show and Poultry&Pigeon Show

3 June, Army Drill Hall, Napier and A&P Showgrounds, Hastings You can buy a Roller Cock for $25 if you know where to go. Army Drill Hall in Napier; wet weekend. You know it’s a canary, right? There’s hundreds of them in this place. Lined up, behind bars, standing at attention. The ‘best-in-show’s gets rosettes…

Skinny Hobos

19 May 2017, the Cabana, Napier Walking into the Cabana on a Friday night, I was confronted by a bunch of teenagers going hard to the Twisted Zips, a group of local school lads playing covers of their idols (and a tribute to the late Chris Cornell). This young band – really together, good stage…

Reconnection

25 May – 7 June, Katie Mouat, Muse Gallery, Havelock North A harried messenger is pounding up towards the Village precariously balancing an outsized display of white orchids: big heads on thin green threads. She in her domestic best; they arrogant and outrageously out of scale, a flock of seagulls signalling shore. It’s a poignant…

Tiki Taane Mahuta

22 May 2017, Napier Municipal Theatre Created by Taki Rua artistic director Tānemahuta Gray, the production Tiki Taane Mahuta is set to live music from iconic musicians Tiki Taane and Shapeshifter’s Sam Trevethick, and combines theatre, audiovisual projection, aerial performance, contemporary dance, kapa haka, mau rākau and hip hop. Both the narrative and sound track…