This weekend's events in the capital will take you to the depths of the universe and into the spiritual world.
Stage and theatre
BATS Theatre, August 11 to 20, 7pm, $20-$40
Over the past six years, a feature length documentary has been in production following Adam Rohe's transition. Now – you are invited behind-the-scenes. A visually stunning, live expose adventure into an already intimate and earnest film.
BATS Theatre, until August 13, 7.30pm, $18-$22
Celestial Nobodies written by Evangelina Telfar is a witty and comical play that follows the 'personified planets' in our universe. Combining astronomical science, theatrical monologues and a hint of musical theatre, Celestial Nobodies is a fresh take on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) with a healthy dash of queer cosmic sparkle.
Gryphon Theatre, until August 13, various times, $27.50 – $22.50
The play is written by local Wellington playwright Tama Smith. It is set in Wellington, during the Covid-19 lock-downs of 2020, and highlights the different experiences of a range of characters throughout that difficult period.
The Ghost Train
Muritai School Hall, until August 13, 7:30pm, $15-$18
This old-fashioned ghost thriller promises shocks, plot twists and laughs as a group of passengers stuck in a railway station waiting room face the threat of a spectral train passing in the night and bringing death to all who see it.
Dave Murphy and Janet Muggeridge
Days Bay Pavilion, August 14, 6pm, free
Dave and Janet are excited to be back at the Pavilion, playing old favourites and some new tunes, originals, Americana, blues, driving guitar, mandolin, two unique voices, lots of fun. Free parking, harbour views, great food and service.
Sunday concert: Ensemble Gö (violin/marimba)
St Andrew's on The Terrace, 3pm, August 14, $40 ($10 if under 26)
Wellington’s Ensemble Gö brings together NZ String Quartet's violinist Monique Lapins and Japanese percussionist Naoto Segawa, in their pursuit and discovery of new music. Lapins and Segawa present an eclectic programme of compositions from across the globe and the premiere of a work by New Zealand composer Linda Dallimore and others by JS Bach, Koppel, Harris, Klatzow and ter Veldhuis.
Tickets: [email protected] Door sales from 2.30pm. Cash only.
Mulled wine concert: Pianist Lorelle McNaughton
August 12 in Featherston's Anzac Hall, August 14 In Paekākāriki's Memorial Hall
A piano recital of French and Spanish composers Debussy, Granadon, De Falla and Albeniz.
Tickets: [email protected]
Tūmanako exhibition of children’s art
Waitohi Library, until August 21, free
Wellington City's Johnsonville Library at Waitohi is hosting the Tūmanako annual exhibition of children’s art, supporting a nuclear-free world and an inclusive Aotearoa where all lives are celebrated. The exhibition includes 280 pieces of work from participating schools around the Wellington region.
Jack Trolove: Thresholding
Pātaka, until October 30, free
Northland-based artist Jack Trolove use swathes of oil paint, in thick lumps and thin stretches, to create enormous faces that appear and recede simultaneously. Described as a virtuoso manipulator of paint, Jack is showing his works with the gallery lights off. Successive lux levels will rise and fall to offer visitors a new experience – the artworks will be 'felt' before they are seen.
Star Gossage: Kia tau te Rangimārie – Let Peace be Among Us
Pātaka, until October 30
A survey exhibition of two decades of Star Gossage's painting practice. Gossage (Ngāti Wai/Ngāti Ruanui) draws her inspiration from the ancestral land in Pākiri, north of Auckland, where she lives surrounded by whānau. She paints enigmatic figures in shifting landscapes that explore emotion and memory, journeys of loss and endurance, and relationships with immediate whānau and tūpuna.
Pātaka, until Sept 11, free
An exhibition of sustainable and ethically-produced fashion apato (accessories) that showcase traditional Māori weaving techniques in a contemporary style. Hayes primarily works with harakeke (New Zealand native flax) and muka (harakeke fibre), as well as pīngao (NZ native sand sedge), possum fur, deer hide, ribbon and ti kouka (NZ cabbage tree).
COMING UP NEXT WEEK
The Trojan War
BATS Theatre, August 16 to 20, 7:30pm, $20-$40
Five flirtatious "French" performers meet you at the door. They bring you in, they show you to your seat, they flirt with you. Maybe they fall a little in love with you. Then they tell the story – with you. Starring Cherie Moore, Jack Buchanan, Jonathan Price, Susie Berry and Andrew Paterson with sound design from Sam Clavis and direction from Leo Gene Peters.
The Boatshed, August 16, 10am, $75
Twist and shout to hits by The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys and more. The Boatshed will be dressed up 60s style and the concert will have a pulsating 60s feel with hits such as I'm a Believer, I heard it through the Grapevine, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Bridge over Troubled Water, The Sound of Silence, The Twist, Hey Jude, Good Vibrations and so many more.
Greg Crayford’s Jazz Night
The Realm Bar & Bistro, August 17, 7pm, free
The Realm hosts Wellington's longest-running jazz residency, hosting quality jazz regularly since 2005, presented by Wellington-based musician, Greg Crayford. Next week's jazz night sees the return of class act ‘Eugene’s Gentlemen’ – an ensemble made up of saxophone virtuoso, Oscar Laven, hot young crooner, Eugene Wolfin and a very able backing band of Ayrton Foote (piano), Rob Henderson (double bass) and Greg Crayford (drums & MC).
Actor in Conversation: Annie Ruth & Rachel McAlpine
Unity Books Wellington, August 16, 12.30pm-1.15pm, free
If you want to get a sneak peek at The Book Addict, check out this event at Unity Books where Annie Ruth will be interviewed by Rachel McAlpine and give a glimpse of some stories in the show.
Author Talk: Chris Finlayson – Yes, Minister
Unity Books Wellington, August 18, 12.30pm-1.15pm, free
Join in hearing Finlayson talk about what really made the John Key government one of the most successful conservative governments New Zealand has ever seen. Told with Finlayson’s trademark good humour and wit, this is a thoroughly entertaining and perceptive book, as well as a substantial record of one of the most successful conservative governments in New Zealand.
Live Podcast: The Allusionist Presents Your Name Here
The Embassy Theatre, August 18, 6pm, $30 – $39
The show's linguistic pincers get stuck into words that come from people's names: eponyms. Eponyms find themselves all over menus, hats, exercise manoeuvres, streets, towns, measurements, flowers, space, guns, diseases… Sometimes they're an honour, sometimes they're an insult, but they're always a good story. Join host Helen Zaltzman and musician Martin Austwick for a fun, fascinating and irreverent adventure into the chaotic world of words.
Talk: Pacific Pen Pals – an artist and her art dealer
Te Papa, August 18, 6.30pm, free but booking required
See the exhibition Robin White: Something is Happening Here and hear Olivia McLeavey and Courtney Johnston discuss the relationship between artist and art dealer.
Digging In: Great Comedians, New Jokes
The Pow Wow Room, 74 Courtenay Place, August 17, 8pm, tickets $15 online $20 door
Great comedians of Wellington are bringing absolutely fresh and new material for your cringe/pleasure. Featuring: Daniel John Smith, Anya Rzhevitskaya, Todd Hopkins, Laura Bruceand more. Brought to you by Neil D’Bear Thornton and the Drug of Choice Productions team.
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