Take Five: Including Cat Power and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

by Guy Somerset / 14 February, 2013
Cat Power; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis; and Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

My, what a fortnight for live music lies before us – and that’s not even taking into account the Fleetwood Mac tribute show at the Mangawhai Tavern. Don’t – unless you’re Gareth Morgan (unwelcome for obvious reasons) – miss the chance to bask in the voice of CAT POWER, aka Chan Marshall (Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland, February 22; Wellington Town Hall, February 23). This, meanwhile, “is f---ing awesome” (although you’ll need more than $20 in your pocket): Thrift Shop and Same Love hip-hop duo MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, February 21; Vector Arena, Auckland, February 22; Opera House, Wellington, February 23), supported by simpatico New Zealanders Home Brew. Those of a more retro mind can head back to the 90s for the pop grunge of GARBAGE (Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, February 19; Vector Arena, Auckland, February 20) and Mancunian magnificence of the STONE ROSES (Vector Arena, Auckland, February 26), the 80s for the droll indie wit of the WEDDING PRESENT (Kings Arms, Auckland, February 21; San Francisco Bath House, Wellington, February 23) or the 70s for – air guitars at the ready – DEEP PURPLE (Vector Arena, Auckland, February 24). For the really retro-minded, there’s MANHATTAN TRANSFER – altogether now, “Chanson d’amour, ra da da da da …” (Civic, Auckland, February 22; Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, February 23).


A Fiona Pardington photograph of one of French phrenologist Pierre- Marie Dumoutier’s early 19th-century Samoan busts next to an actual bust by artist Sofia Tekela-Smith is just one of the juxtapositions in EVERYONE TALKS TO EVERYONE, an exhibition where works’ relationship with each other is to the fore. The debut show of curatorial intern Ane Tonga, it also includes Vaimaila Urale and Johann Nortje’s Typeface, where interactive technology and keyboard characters are used to create contemporary Pacific markings, and a Sean Kerr lamp that plays Madonna’s Material Girl. There really is no escaping the music this week. Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, February 16-June 9.


Garbage, photo/supplied

That Roger Hall, he knows his audience so well. YOU CAN ALWAYS HAND THEM BACK premiered at Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre last year and explores the lot of today’s grandparents. George Henare and Lynda Milligan reprise their roles – and their singing voices, with music and lyrics by Britain’s Peter Skellern. Circa One, Wellington, February 23-March 30. Over in Circa Two, Catherine Downes is getting all meta-Mansfield with TALK ING OF KATHERINE MANSFIELD, a new solo show that revisits and discusses highlights from her 1978 solo show The Case of Katherine Mansfield, as well as offering new insights into its themes and extracts from Mansfield’s writing. February 27-March 16. No talking at all in the “silent theatre” of ONE BY ONE, a Stamp presentation of “the tragi-comic love story of modern-day clowns Bonnie and Marty”. Herald Theatre, Auckland, February 26-March 2.


A seven-screen installation in which slow-motion technology shows a succession of apples being blown apart by a bullet travelling from one monitor to the next is a new work in X, a solo exhibition by Steve Carr that marks both the 10th anniversary of his first solo show and of the gallery it inaugurated, Michael Lett in Auckland. The exhibition also includes highlights from Carr’s career (some reconfigured) alongside other new pieces. Until March 2. More weapons, this time brought to a standstill, feature in one of the two works that make up Gabrielle Amodeo’s AN UNKINDESS OF RAVENS installation at the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington. The weapons are those in the penultimate gunfight of Sergio Leone’s 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, whose protagonists Amodeo has frozen in an endless standoff, with you in between them, as part of a show that contemplates ideas of the “pause”. February 15-April 13.


We started with music and we’ll end with music – although I’ve kept the UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN apart from the others because I know how some of you feel about ukes. The joke with this band probably wears thin after you’ve seen them once, but they are nonetheless well worth seeing that once. Touring, February 22-March 3.
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