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A Musical Axis - Brahms, Mahler, & Sibelius

Monday, 13 November 2017, 8:30 am | Howard Davis

Dutch violinist Janine Jensen and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performed a fascinating programme of complementary pieces at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on Friday night - Johannes Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in ... More >>

Bic Runga Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of 'Drive'

Monday, 6 November 2017, 8:15 am | Howard Davis

Blessed with a delicate yet broad vocal range that possesses a wispy, gossamer quality, and an uncanny ability to compose both haunting and catchy melodies, Bic Runga is a naturalised New Zealand treasure. "You say it Bec, rather than Bic," ... More >>

Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's 'Rules of Engagement'

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:52 am | Howard Davis

The Tauranga Campaign was a six-month-long armed conflict in the Bay of Plenty in early 1864, part of the New Zealand Wars that were fought over issues of land ownership and sovereignty. The campaign was a sequel to the invasion of Waikato aimed at crushing ... More >>

'Another Time, Another Place' - David Friesen Trio Live

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:22 am | Howard Davis

"It has been said of David Friesen that he does for the art of bass playing what Pythagoras did for the triangle." - Patrick Hinley, Jazz Times. More >>

'The Father' - Descending Into the Depths of Dementia

Monday, 16 October 2017, 8:36 am | Howard Davis

“The world as it stands is no narrow illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it, forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it.” - Henry James. More >>

Howard Davis Review: 'Blade Runner' Redivivus

Monday, 9 October 2017, 8:41 am | Howard Davis

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. Reissued in a Director's Cut format a decade later, it was rated as one of the greatest movies ... More >>

Rob McLeod - 'Beyond Fashion'

Monday, 2 October 2017, 8:16 am | Howard Davis

'Colourful' doesn't even begin to do justice to Rob McLeod's oeuvre . While his garish, sclerotic aesthetic owes much to the sixties' countercultural propensity to shock and awe, above all there's a resilient strain of humor that has remained ... More >>

Imani Winds Blow Across Aotearoa

Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 9:36 am | Howard Davis

"There's a big, vivacious, steel-belt of a sound Imani gets when playing at the top of its lungs that is most appealing" - Peter Dobrin, The Philadelphia Inquirer. More >>

Sonic Textiles – The Black Seeds' 'Fabric'

Monday, 25 September 2017, 8:47 am | Howard Davis

By now a national institution, The Black Seeds have just embarked on a release tour to promote their sixth studio album, Fabric . Formed in Wellington in 1998 when founder, guitarist, and lead singer Barnaby Weir was working at Radio Active, their music ... More >>

Mixed & Very Messy Metaphors - Darren Aronofsky's 'mother!'

Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 8:45 am | Howard Davis

Paramount probably suspected mother! would provoke a strong response, but the studio surely never imagined this elevated psychological horror-thriller would receive an F CinemaScore from US moviegoers. Only a dozen or so movies have been slapped with ... More >>

Sofia Coppola's Captivating & Confined 'The Beguiled'

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 8:48 am | Howard Davis

Why did Sofia Coppola decide to remake Don Siegel's chilling 1971 cult movie? Apparently, it was co-producer and production designer Anne Ross who first suggested she check out Thomas Cullinan's 1966 novel A Painted Devil for a potential adaptation. Although ... More >>

Howard Davis: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Monday, 21 August 2017, 8:47 am | Howard Davis

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures - existential crises, mordant neuroses, and career insecurities, plus the usual spate of sardonic ... More >>

A Doll's House at Circa Theatre

Monday, 7 August 2017, 8:52 am | Howard Davis

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is considered to be one of the founders of theatrical Modernism and is often referred to as "the father of realism" in the European tradition. Richard Hornby described him as "a profound poetic dramatist - the best since ... More >>

The Takács Quartet Play Haydn, Ritchie, Webern, & Dvorak.

Monday, 7 August 2017, 8:42 am | Howard Davis

With a repertoire that spans three centuries of classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions, the Takács Quartet has an international reputation for its delicate artistry and technical virtuosity. Now in its forty-third season, it was formed in ... More >>

Redmer Yska's A Strange Beautiful Excitement

Friday, 4 August 2017, 9:16 am | Howard Davis

"It’s not enough to say I immensely enjoyed A Strange Beautiful Excitement … it’s simply splendid." – Dame Fiona Kidman. More >>

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki: Colonial Gothic to Māori Renaissance

Monday, 31 July 2017, 8:59 am | Howard Davis

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki was an eminent New Zealand art historian, academic, and curator. The scope of his work was as far-ranging as its scale, ranging from the art and architectural history of Europe and Christianity to Maori and Pacific Island culture. Born in1943 ... More >>

Sitting Ducks - Christopher Nolan's Dizzying 'Dunkirk'

Friday, 21 July 2017, 9:28 am | Howard Davis

The British have an extraordinary penchant for celebrating catastrophic military defeats. It is not only the Battle of Hastings, the Charge of the Light Brigade, and Gallipoli that have become immortalized in prose, poetry, and movies. There have ... More >>

(Almost) A Family Affair - The Kuijken String Quartet

Monday, 17 July 2017, 9:05 am | Howard Davis

Chamber Music New Zealand has scored another coup with the Kuijken String Quartet's current tour of New Zealand. As the co-founder of both La Petite Bande in 1972 and the Kuijken String Quartet in 1986, Sigiswald Kuijken is internationally recognized ... More >>

Christopher Marlowe & 'The Tragedy of Dr. Faustus'

Monday, 26 June 2017, 11:04 am | Howard Davis

Director Devon Nuku has taken a risk by setting his abridged production of Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus in the 1920s, and casting a woman as the learned academic who makes a pact with the devil to gain twenty-four years of granted wishes. More >>

A Gothic Melodrama - ’My Cousin Rachel’

Friday, 23 June 2017, 9:52 am | Howard Davis

A remake of the 1952 psychological melodrama (first adapted from Daphne du Maurier's 1951 novel by Nunnally Johnson and starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton), this new version of My Cousin Rachel was written by director Roger Michell. Beautifully ... More >>



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