Take Five: Including The Motor Camp and Who Shot Rock & Roll

by Guy Somerset / 10 November, 2012
The Motor Camp; Who Shot Rock & Roll; and Naked Light.
Dave Armstrong’s comedy 'The Motor Camp'

Did someone say populist? Hush your mouth and don’t be so snooty. Art, like love, is in the eye of the beholder and if our public galleries want to mount exhibitions of rock photo graphy and video games I am sure a more than credible case can be made. WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY, 1955-PRESENT is the first appearance outside the US of a show developed by Brooklyn Museum in New York. It features 173 images from over 100 photographers, including Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, Albert Watson and Linda McCartney, not to mention Albert Wertheimer and his pictures of the young Elvis. Auckland Art Gallery, from November 10. I don’t know what it says about the capital region that it is hosting not one but two exhibitions of video games. The galleries presumably know their audience. This must be the explanation for our political leaders looking so tired; there we were thinking it was because of the demands of government. ARCADE: HOME GROWN VIDEO GAMES celebrates the fact New Zealanders aren’t just players but are increasingly creators of games. Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, November 10-March 3. Arriving a little later, GAME MASTERS is an Australian Centre for the Moving Image show that takes a more global look at the past 40 years of gaming, be it Pacman or Angry Birds. If you want a look at The Sims, though, you’ll have to tear Gerry Brownlee away. Te Papa, Wellington, December 15-April 28.


The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s BEETHOVEN tour has music director Pietari Inkinen conducting Ludvig van B’s Seventh Symphony and Mozart’s Symphony No 29, but he will also join NZSO concertmaster and fellow Finn Vesa-Matti Lappänen on the other side of the podium for JS Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins. Municipal Theatre, Napier, November 14; Founders Theatre, Hamilton, November 16; Regent Theatre, Dunedin, November 21. It’s the violin’s less heralded cousin to the fore when Maxim Rysanov performs Schnittke’s Viola Concerto as part of RUSSIAN DRAMA with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Auckland Town Hall, November 8. Elsewhere in the city, Auckland Opera Studio’s annual production featuring young singers it is nurturing is Mozart’s COSÌ FAN TUTTE. This year’s up-and-coming performers will be joined by the Pierard sisters, Madeleine and Anna – playing those other sisters, Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Mercury Theatre, November 11.


A perennial since its premiere at Wellington’s Circa Theatre in 2011, Dave Armstrong’s comedy THE MOTOR CAMP parks itself in Palmy for a pre-Christmas season at Centrepoint. November 3-December 15. Also popular on the circuit, the clothes-shedding WI members of Tim Firth’s CALENDAR GIRLS are at the Fortune Theatre. November 10 December 8. Jacqueline Coats’s HOME – from the Single Malt Cooperative (and a company with a name like that is surely to be encouraged) – is a mix of dialogue and traditional songs that tells the story of Scottish immigrants Maggie and Johnnie before and during World War I. Touring, November 4-25. Visit www.aotnz.co.nz for details. Those seeking an edgier theatrical experience should check out Mike Bartlett’s 13, a boldly conceived dystopian vision of a contemporary Britain mired in economic and political malaise and heading towards war with Iran. The Basement, Auckland, November 6-10.


NAKED LIGHT is an exhibition of photograms and other camera-less photographs, featuring images by Andrew Beck, Joyce Campbell and Gavin Hipkins, among others. Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, until December 2; McNamara Gallery, Whanganui, December 7-January 25.


Having just watched all nine episodes of the second season of BBC TV comedy EPISODES in one greedy go on a return flight from Europe, I can vouch for both its all-round brilliance and the benefits of a unified viewing. Since you may not be heading off on a longhaul Air New Zealand flight anytime soon, I point you in the direction of the recently released DVD box set.
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