Murray Burns vividly remembers the night in 1980 when then-prime minister Rob Muldoon attended a Mi-Sex gig in Wellington. At the time there was a bid to have tax taken off local products and it was argued that records by local artists should be included
The American activist author of The Color Purple has been added to the line-up confirmed for this year’s Auckland Writers’ Festival. Alice Walker will appear in one event only, The Color Purple, named after her Pulitzer-prize winning 1982 novel.
Michelle Menzies, curator of the New Zealand Festival exhibition Cinema & Painting at Wellington’s Adam Art Gallery, wants to make one thing clear – it isn’t some kind of self-referential show. “This exhibition is not about paintings about films, or movies which represent paintings
Jamie Fitzgerald is one half of the intrepid duo retracing the steps of some famous Kiwi explorers in First Crossings.
Ian Vincent, the New Zealand Stomp tour will mean some long overdue home cooking. “Mum will probably come to every show and hopefully bring some baking backstage like she did last time.
Ben Campbell’s nascent Christchurch creative co- operative Fledge is showing a bit of muscle. The former member of Zed and Atlas, who now channels his music into House of Mountain, is a mentor for the New Zealand Music Commission and a director of Fledge Records – and now he has found chart success with Jed and Hera’s debut album, Live At York St
Art prize judge Heather Galbraith was looking for a drawing with “an intensity and an energy that gripped the viewer and would not let you out of its clutches until you surrendered yourself to giving it time”. The one she chose is a piece of folded paper – for which Auckland artist Monique Jansen wins $20,000
With no immediate career prospects or any idea of what she wanted to do with her life, Jackie Thomas was ”just going with it”. Now the 22-year-old former meatworker has a record deal, a new car and a future in the spotlight.
CLAWHAMMER Bannerman (Rhythmthod) Three albums into a solo career under the guise of Bannerman, but better known to his mum and friends as Richie Setford, one of New Zealand’s most invigorating and satisfying artists has produced an album that you want to righteously declare belongs in every music collection. Clawhammer features an eclectic cast of characters including Hollie Fullbrook and Alice Crowe and right from the get-go on Another Light lyrics – “these are uncertain times, I have left my courage behind” – that leave you gasping for air.