1. Two of the newer and better British dance acts are playing on the same bill at Auckland Town Hall: DISCLOSURE (that’s them above) and ALUNAGEORGE (that’s them below). Disclosure’s debut album, Settle, is one of the 12 finalists for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize; AlunaGeorge’s debut, Body Music, isn’t. Not trying to start something, just saying. September 27.
Meanwhile, rapper DAVID DALLAS has a mini-tour to preview forthcoming album Falling into Place. Ballroom Billiards, Whangarei, September 27; Brewers Bar, Mount Maunganui, September 28; Bodega, Wellington, October 4; Powerstation, Auckland, October 5; Altitude, Hamilton, October 12.
For those after a more laid-back vibe, there’s Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan’s ACOUSTIC CHURCH TOUR, although getting in may not be so relaxed in some cases, with various of the concerts already sold out. Chapel of Christ the King, Hamilton, September 26; Holy Trinity, Tauranga, September 27; Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, September 28; St John’s Cathedral, Napier, September 30; Old St Paul’s, Wellington, October 1 and 2; Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch, October 3 and 4; Knox Church, Dunedin, October 5.
2. All materials are covered in the winners of this year’s Wallace Art Awards: digital photography for Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award winner Jae Hoon Lee’s The Dry Valley; oil on canvas with digital projection for Kaipara Foundation Wallace Arts Trust Award winner Sam Foley’s Tilting at the Heart of the Beast; DVD for Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award winner Steve Rood’s Stump, Maungakiekie. However, Take Five‘s cold black heart has been won by the use of a taxidermy kitten – along with garnet beads, sterling silver, pear-shaped sapphire, egret feathers, wood and glass – in Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award winner Julia deVille’s Kitten Drawn Hearse. We’ve doubled checked – what with the kitten and all – and it’s definitely Julia deVille, not Cruella de Vil. WALLACE ART AWARD WINNERS & TRAVELLING FINALISTS, Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, until November 3; Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, November 25-February 9; Wallace Gallery Morrinsville, February 27-April 20. The show includes 49 of the 92 finalists and winners; the remainder can be viewed in SALON DES REFUSES at the Pah Homestead (until November 10).
3. Welcome back, Catherine Chidgey. It’s been a while – Chidgey’s last novel was The Transformation in 2003 – but there are few more stylish ways of returning to the fray than winning the Katherine Mansfield Award, the biggie in the annual BNZ LITERARY AWARDS. The short-story awards are judged blind and Chidgey won for Reverse Living. The winner of the Novice Writer Award was no novice when it comes to other forms of writing, Deborah Hill Cone, for Utterly Depressing but Incredibly Beautiful (the title, rather than any verdict on our part). Elizabeth Ray, a 15-year-old year 11 student, won the Young Writer Award for Don’t Look Away and newcomer Debra Youthed won the Short Short Story Award (150 words maximum, submitted by Facebook) for The Morning Rush.
4. The Orpheus Choir’s performance of Mozart’s GREAT MASS IN C MINOR (Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, September 28) should provide a nice hors d’oeuvre ahead of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s touring programme MAGNIFICENT MOZART (Forum North, Whangarei, October 12; Turner Centre, Kerikeri, October 13; Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga, October 16; Great Lake Centre, Taupo, October 17; Muncipal Theatre, Napier, October 18; Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North, October 19) – although given the latter isn’t going to Wellington and the former isn’t going anywhere else, you will have to be prepared to travel for either your starter or main course. The Orpheus will be joined by the Wellington Youth Choir, Orchestra Wellington and soloists Kieran Rayner, Oliver Sewell, Emma Fraser and Anna Leese (the latter also singing Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate). The NZSO will be playing Serenade in G major K525 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Concerto for Flute and Harp, the ballet music Chaconne from the opera Idomeneo and Symphony No 41 Jupiter.
5. Classical music and dance combine in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s TAKARANGI, for which Atamira Dance Company artistic director Moss Patterson has choregraphed 100 students from Tangaroa College, Balmoral School and Waitakere College. The music is provided by APO members led by principal percussionist Eric Renik, who has had to call on a variety of unusual instruments for the project, including tea cups and flower pots (the latter necessitating some strange suitability tests in hardware stores). Takarangi follows previous APO Auckland Dance Project productions Sacre (2011) and Fireworks (2012) – with one of Patterson’s assistants this year from Unitec Institute of Technology’s dance studies programme bitten by the bug when she took part in Sacre while a Tangaroa College senior. Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, September 30. Can’t get enough of that young blood? In a completely non-creepy way, that is. Check out the Auckland leg of the YOUNG AND HUNGRY FESTIVAL OF NEW THEATRE. The Basement, September 27-October 12. She’s neither young nor hungry, but actress Ali Harper does get to play a tearaway teenager as one of the six women (including a beleagured mother and a 64-year-old widow) in a touring version of the Court Theatre’s production of Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s solo show BOMBSHELLS. Coasters Theatre, Paraparaumu, October 1-4; Hawke’s Bay Opera House, Hastings, October 5; CHB Municipal Theatre, Waipawa, October 6; Rotorua Convention Centre, October 9; Howick Little Theatre, October 11 and 12; Victoria Theatre, Devonport, October 13; Turner Centre, Keri Keri, October 14; Forum North, Whangarei, October 15; Playhouse, Hamilton, October 17; Wanganui Repertory Theatre, October 18; Expressions Theatre, Upper Hutt, October 19; Picton Little Theatre, October 20; Rangi Ruru Theatre, Christchurch, October 22-25; Ashburton Events Centre, October 26; Inbox Theatre, Oamaru, October 27; Repertory House, Invercargill, October 29 and 30; Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, October 31-November 2; Gore Repertory Little Theatre, November 3; Arrowtown Atheneum Hall, November 4.