A whistlestop Take Five this week, for which apologies, but I am here reporting on this for next week’s print edition of the magazine and the clock is ticking.
1. The death of Doors keyboardist and so much more besides Ray Manzarek comes after the recent release of the all singing, all dancing DOORS iPAD APP. For the more traditionally minded keen to refresh their memories of the band or discover them for the first time, there is the DVD of the excellent documentary WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS (Madman).
2. Hurry and you can catch the tail-end of MUTE … MUTTER … MUM, an exhibtion by the exceptional portrait painter Colin Luxton at Auckland’s Black Asterick Gallery (until May 29). Also recommended is Arie Hellendoorn’s PSEUDO ANATOMICAL at Hamilton’s Waikato Museum (until June 30).
3. Wellington’s version of the Dean Parker play MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW in nearing the end of its run at Circa Theatre (until June 8). As is director Sarah Delahunty’s production of Sharman MacDonald’s AFTER JULIET (also until June 8). More buggering with the Bard – by this account profitably so – with director Benjamin Henson’s 90-minute, breakneck-speed, all-male production of TITUS “reimagined for Generation X”. Q Theatre, Auckland, May 29-June 8.
4. To mark the 60th anniversary of you know what, Wellington’s Film Archive is screening the 1953 offfical documentary THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST (May 29-June 1).
5. Jazz heads (and maybe even jazz hands) can ready themselves for the imminent Wellington Jazz Festival on Cuba with the 10th anniversary tour of Australia’s JAZZGROOVE MOTHERSHIP ORCHESTRA, joined for the occasion by composer and “steampunk big band” leader Darcy James Argue and composer and pianist Sean Wayland, familiar figures on the New York jazz circuit. Kenneth Myers Centre, Auckland, May 27; Auckland Jazz and Blues Club, May 28; Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall, May 30. Nothing to do with jazz whatsoever, but worthy of a mention nonetheless and this is the only we can give it one: the WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL (May 30-June 2).