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This latest production of the Anthony Harper Summer Theatre is full of fun.  The young cast bring great energy as they portray a female Robin Hood and her circle of Merry Women in Burwood Forest.  Lots of literary allusions, parodies of well-known songs (I shot the Sheriff), and topical references.  It’s an excellent evening’s entertainment, and the setting amid the trees of Riccarton House is ideal.  Be sure to dress warmly – the weather was cool when we were there last night.

“This story with a female Robin
had songs that kept our heads a-bobbin’.”

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Perfect weather today for me to enjoy the World Buskers Festival.   Daytime shows start at 11.20am, in three different venues.  I was glad I’d chosen the North Quad at the Arts Centre, because they had plenty of chairs, and some shade.  At the other venues you have to sit on the ground or take your own chair.  First up was Wacky Chad.

He soared above the crowd on a pogo stick

He soared above the crowd on a pogo stick

 

then juggled while balancing on a tall unicycle

then juggled while balancing on a tall unicycle

Chad was followed by CircOz.  This trio also performs at night as FlameOz.  Their act would be more spectacular in the dark.

Dimitri juggling with fire

Dimitri juggling with fire

 

Gracie with fiery hoops, supported by Dave

Gracie with fiery hoops, supported by Dave

These shows are definitely worth seeing, and all for a voluntary donation.  Great entertainment for any age.  The festival finishes on Sunday.

“In daytime some great people busk
some even better after dusk.”

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‘Diverse Women is the current show at the Eastside Gallery in Linwood.  There are works from 18 women artists, ranging in age from 10 to over 70 years.  The exhibition is intended as a tribute to the many facets of women’s art: perfect, imperfect, and everything in between!  No photos allowed, but you approach the show through these lovely old glass library doors – a work of art in themselves.

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I enjoyed many of the works.  Rae Tiernan had mosaiced shapes.  Tune Kriel, had birds at reasonable prices.  Linda James showed portraits, and Robyn Kilty has drawn real women.  Ilya Kriel‘s digital paintings added another dimension, as did the contrast photographs from Rita Thornley, a year 11 student.  Nicky Taylor’s mixed media worked well, but I found her acrylics less appealing.  There’s something for everyone in this exhibition, which finishes on Saturday 29 January.

The Gallery is just 1.5 km from home, so good walking distance.  On the way back I felt thirsty, wished I’d bought a drink bottle, and wondered whether I’d need to detour to buy an iceblock.  Serendipitously I found a little park in Worcester Street, between Stanmore Road and Fitzgerald Avenue, which has a drinking fountain.  It doesn’t seem to be listed on the CCC website.  Maybe it’s new?

“It’s good to see this show of art
where diverse women can take part.”

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This annual pop-up concert, organised by Izzy Miller Bell was scheduled for yesterday afternoon at Beverley Park.  A relaxed crowd enjoyed an opening Celtic number by Izzy.

 

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Tess Stephen and Penny Black followed.  Unfortunately so did the rain!  We retreated to our car, and many others did too.  I don’t imagine the concert would have gone on for long after that.  This was true blues in summertime.

“It’s sad there was a sudden shower
which meant we stayed less than an hour.”

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This is the true 1947 story of an African king, educated in England, who fell in love with a white woman and married her.  Neither country or family approved.  The British went to considerable lengths to protect their colonial interests, and the African situation was fraught, especially as apartheid was being introduced in South Africa.  The story is compelling, and the scenes in Botswana (Bechuanaland) help to make this a captivating slice of African history.  I thought it was wonderful, and would thoroughly recommend it.  Have a look at the trailer, then watch out for it at your local cinema.

“This love that grew outside their race
caused conflict all around the place.”

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What a great evening’s entertainment it was at the Christchurch Folk Music Club’s celebration of NZ Women First in the World.  Such a treat to hear women’s music, and all in aid of the Women’s Centre.  First Judi Smitheram sang, then Sue Galvin and Jane Edmed.

Judi Smitheram accompanied by Mary & Melanie

Judi Smitheram accompanied by Mary & Melanie

 

Sue Galvin & Jane Edmed

Sue Galvin & Jane Edmed

Sue and Jane encouraged the audience to join in with ‘Bread and Roses’, having first tossed Roses (chocolates) at the audience. I enjoyed the performance poetry by Trish Waters – must look out for her again.

All Girl Big Band

All Girl Big Band

A highlight was the wonderful All Girl Big Band with some jazzy numbers.  As a finale all the artists joined in singing Helen Reddy’s ‘I am Woman’, a fitting ending to a wonderful evening.

“Women’s music – we need more
of the tunes that we adore.”

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A clever exhibition Carpe Librum ‘Seize the Book’ was part of the Word Festival.  It’s on show at Ara Institute (formerly CPIT) Artbox in Madras Street until Friday.  Some of the works by Ara students and staff were made from decommissioned books from Ara’s library.

By Deborah Marshall

By Deborah Marshall

Deborah Marshall, photography tutor, sent her book out and asked those who picked it up to take a photo of themselves with it, then pass it on.

Dinner is served by Bruce Aitken

Dinner is served by Bruce Aitken

 

by Penny Jamieson

by Penny Jamieson

Penny Jamieson made a beautiful new book in a clamshell box.

by Carol King

by Carol King

Carol King’s offering used a book called ‘The Utilisation of Wood Waste’ and included a toilet roll holder.

'Bang Bang Bang' by Henry Sunderland

‘Bang Bang Bang’ by Henry Sunderland

The bullets in Henry Sunderland’s work were labelled Google, Facebook, and YouTube.

“It’s good to go and have a look
see what they can do with a book.”

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