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By MARK PRICE The name gives it away. The Arrowtown Creative Arts Society is hosting ‘‘A Conversation with Steve Braunias’’ at Arrowtown on May 9, featuring none other than (insert drum roll) satirical newspaper scribe and author Steve Braunias. Most readers have laughed out...

Bold as brass

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Picture this. It’s 2017 and 40,000 hyped-up rugby fans are waiting for the All Blacks to run on to Auckland’s Eden Park and perform the haka. The warm-up act? A chamber music group. ACE Brass — which sounds nothing like a...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Introducing preschooolers and kids up to seven to orchestral music is the aim of three fun, interactive shows in Arrowtown today. ‘Rozzie and the Orchestra’, postponed a year ago due to the Covid lockdown, features Dunedin children’s music...

Doors thrown open

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Exclusive access is being granted to some of the Whakatipu’s most impressive and interesting homes this coming Sunday, fundraising for Shotover Primary School. Organiser Jane Hamilton says the Shotover Primary Friends of the School’s house tour is no ‘‘cookie-cutter’’...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Tickets are on sale for another round, or rather several rounds, of pro wrestling entertainment in Queenstown. Billed as the resort’s rowdiest show of the year, Queenstown WrestleFest takes place on the Saturday of Easter, April 3, at...

All that jazz

By GUY WILLIAMS The Queenstown Jazz Orchestra’s concert in the resort this Saturday will showcase the skills of both New Zealand’s biggest jazz star and one of its rising talents. The 16-piece big band, which already features the region's best jazz...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A renowned Kiwi singer-songwriter, currently stranded in Queenstown, is giving young local songwriting talent a stage tomorrow. As part of her ‘Valentine’s Day Show’ at Queenstown’s Thomas Brown Gallery, Jackie Bristow’s introducing ‘Jackie B and the Mini Band’. They’re...

Burlesque and more

By PHILIP CHANDLER It's Queenstown’s sauciest annual show. The Valentine’s Burlesque Ball’s on again this Saturday night at Queenstown Memorial Centre. Organiser and burlesque dancer, Queenstowner Oblivion Westwood (left), says this year ‘‘it’s more variety show than just burlesque’’.             ‘‘We’ve also got comedy, drag,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Closed borders are providing an extra boost for next month’s Twilight Opera, the stage for which is a recently-designated ‘garden of national interest’ at Dalefield. Produced by the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society (ACAS), with Auckland’s Opera Studio, it’ll...

Exploring floral fantasies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Owners of some of the most beautiful and award-winning local gardens are throwing open their gates for this month’s popular Wakatipu Plunket Garden Tour. The November 29 self-drive tour allows ticket-holders to leisurely check out eight local gardens, including old...
By MATTHEW MCKEW You wait for one and three come along at once. No, not a bus, but a music tour in its third year celebrating and exploring New Zealand’s on-and-off love affair with public transport. Anthonie Tonnon’s bringing Rail Land to Arrowtown,...

Arrowtown’s operatic coup

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Berlin's loss is Arrowtown’s gain. Right now Simon O’Neill — known as the ‘‘best Wagnerian tenor of his generation’’ — should be in Germany getting ready to perform the lead role in Tristan and Isolde at the Berlin...
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