1. Listener music writer Jim Pinckney is too much of a gentleman to mention it himself, but in his other life he is head honcho of the record label Round Trip Mars, whose longtime artist SJD won this year’s Taite Music Prize for his Electric Wasteland album and has just released the video above for the song MAKE LOVE ASK QUESTIONS LATER. Actually, I say “other life” but Pinckney is a man of many lives, and some of you will know him better as the DJ Stinky Jim, in which guise you can see and hear him alongside Dubhead and Mr Big Stuff every Friday at MAGIC ROUNDABOUT at Auckland’s Verona. A less frequent residency, but one of interest to those of the mohair-minded Fred Perry persuasion, is THE UNDERGROUND mod night at Wellington Miaow (June 22). It has the best poster, don’t you think?
2. Enjoy it while you can – after nearly nine years of daily opening for all-comers, from the end of June the SCULPTURE PARK @ WAITAKARURU ARBORETUM is going to be open by appointment only and to annual pass holders alone. Blame the financial climate and a fundraising shortfall. If you happen to have $75,000 a year to spare, you could do worse.
3. Premiered at last year’s New Zealand International Arts Festival and acclaimed by everyone from Listener theatre reviewer Elspeth Sandys to Sir Ian McKellen (and he was at everything at the festival so should know whereof he speaks), Hone Kouka’s adaptation of Patricia Grace’s novel TU is back. Circa One, Wellington, June 15-29. Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre is the latest to stage a production of Nina Raine’s TRIBES (June 15-July 13). Chocolate, barbiturates, fairytales and homoerotica against a backdrop of a dystopian apocalyptic wasteland – what’s not to like about the Moving Theatre Company’s production of Philip Ridley’s 1991 play THE PITCHFORK DISNEY? Loft, Q Theatre, Auckland, June 20-29.
4. Wellingtonians will have to be quick off the mark to catch the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s THE PLANETS: MUSIC FOR MATARIKI – featuring, yes, Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and also New Zealand composer Eve de Castro-Robinson’s The glittering hosts of heaven – but Aucklanders can be a bit more leisurely about it. Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, June 14; Auckland Town Hall, June 21. Look out, too, for the NZSO’s tour of bicentenary boy Giussepe Verdi’s REQUIEM, which we will be reviewing in a forthcoming Listener. Auckland Town Hall, June 22; CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch, June 26; Dunedin Town Hall, June 27; Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, June 29. It’s a mere centenary boy the Tudor Concert is celebrating with BRITTEN: AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM. Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, June 22. Finally, let the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra put a spring in your step with its DANCE! programme. Auckland Town Hall, June 20.
5. The GLAISTER ENNOR GRADUATE ART AWARD 2013 exhibition features work by masters graduates from Auckland’s art schools. Orexart, Auckland, June 19-29. DELEGATE, meanwhile, is an exhibition of work produced by students of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts as part of an artistic exchange with students at its Christchurch counterpart, Ilam. The latter delegation’s work will be shown in Auckland in due course. Ilam Campus Gallery, June 19-July 5.
With all that talk of mohair and Fred Perry, I just couldn’t resist …