What’s Hooked Us?

Previews We’re looking forward to erupting out of our winter cocoons and hanging with friends as the season moves towards a lighter, brighter self. Live music makes for a satisfying transition from inside to out, from self to others. Big sounds light up dark skies. Musicians, taken over by their instruments, interrupt the quiet of…

Jan FitzGerald & Beneath the Static

3-15 July 2017 – Arts Inc. Heretaunga Arts Inc. Heretaunga has two exhibitions running at their airy and bright gallery on Russell Street South, Hastings. Downstairs holds Jan FitzGerald’s untitled exhibition featuring mixed media illustrations of birds and wildlife. FitzGerald’s work seems to live at two ends of a spectrum – at one end her…

Chop Chop Hiyaaa!

11 July 2017, St Paul’s Church, Napier At this concert of Anika Moa’s the children outnumber the adults, the audience participation is high, and the bar is non-existent. It is 10am, and the cold hall is being warmed up by ancient heaters hanging from the walls. I am reminded of primary-school years attending pantomimes. I…

Kuijken Quartet

8 July 2017, MTG, Napier Mozart String Quartet No 18 in A K.464, Haydn String Quartet No  30 in E flat Op 32 No 2 (The Joke) and Mozart String Quartet No 21 in D K575 (“Prussian  No 1”).   Sigiswald and Sara Kuijken (violins), Marlee Thiers (viola) and Michel Boulanger (cello). The Flemish Kuijken family…

Blood Brothers

7 July 2017, Tabard Theatre, Napier If the combination of a heart-wrenching story of twins, separated at birth and raised on opposite sides of Liverpool in the 1960s, set to music, sounds like your cup of tea then get along to the Tabard Theatre’s production of Willy Russell’s cult musical, Blood Brothers. The story centres…

Oliver!

4-7 July, Hastings Girls’ High School Hall Oliver! must be one of the favourite musicals of all time. It’s certainly mine. I had the score as a child and read it like it was a novel. I knew all the words to all the songs and loved all the ins and outs of the story….

Over the Top

30 June 2017, Playhouse Theatre, Hastings Tailing the Gallipoli centennial commemorations, I must admit, I felt weary at the thought of Hawke’s Bay’s youth theatre troupe, HaBYT, staging true-life World War One stories and the risk of a glorifying ANZAC legend.  But the guiding hands of director Peter Cottrell, dramaturge Amanda Jackson and choreographer Champa…

Mid-Year Concerts

30 June and 1 July, Old Mill and Karamu High School While bars are jumping and theatres humming, I spent this Friday and Saturday at a talent-a-thon of a slightly fresher, greener hue. The Napier Music Academy first, then the Hawke’s Bay Orchestral Society, with the Training, Youth and Community Orchestras all doing a turn….

Messines

19 June – 1 July 2017, Arts Inc Heretaunga I went to the Hastings Community Arts Centre on Tuesday to see ‘Messines’ an exhibition by David Guerin. It is a sculptural investigation inspired by letters sent home to Dunedin by New Zealand Artilleryman Alfred Owen Wilkinson over a six week period in 1917 during the…

Keep on Kimi Ora

Edith Amituanai 17 June – 3 September 2017, Hastings City Art Gallery To learn to trust children, we must first learn to trust ourselves – John Holt I’m sitting in a cardboard box fort, set as square as it can be in the main foyer of the Hastings City Art Gallery. From the outside, the…

What’s Hooked Us?

Previews We’re looking forward to the communal hearth and introspective pleasures of story this midwinter in all the myriad forms on offer, from live theatre, poetry readings, art exhibitions, song, to the humble book: Ahead of sold-out shows in Christchurch and Brisbane, HaBYT’s theatre piece Over the Top opens tonight (29 June – 1 July),…

Tiny Ruins

18 June 2017, Haumoana Hall It’s been over a week since Tiny Ruins played the Haumoana Hall and I know, I know, this review should have been long done and dusted… but I’ve been trying to pin the gig down as it slips under the Dream Wave, holding to that liminal moment created by songs…