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'Charlie Parker With Strings' - Live!

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 9:03 am | Howard Davis

“[Charlie Parker] always filled me with a kind of despair, because he played the way I would have liked to write, and this wasn't possible for me or anyone else. He made poetry seem word-bound.” - P.J. Kavanaugh, The Perfect Stranger . More >>

A Story About Ruin & Gold - 'The Royal Hunt of the Sun'

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 9:53 am | Howard Davis

“Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle, Rough quarries, rocks and hills whose heads touch heaven, It was my hint to speak ...” - Shakespeare, Othello. More >>

Entre-Deux-Guerres - Aldous Huxley's 'Crome Yellow' - Pt II

Friday, 29 March 2019, 4:55 pm | Howard Davis

'Most of one's life is an entr'acte ,' said Gumbril, whose present mood of hilarious depression seemed favourable to the enunciation of apophthegms. More >>

'Entre-Deux-Guerres' - Aldous Huxley's 'Crome Yellow' - Pt I

Friday, 22 March 2019, 7:49 pm | Howard Davis

"Before the 'great war' of 1914-18 was over it altered the face of our civilisation. It left the European nations impoverished, shell-shocked, discouraged and unsettled … In seeking to understand the reasons for this great decay, we have of course ... More >>

The Puzzling Poetic Praxis of J.H. Prynne - Part II

Friday, 15 March 2019, 4:18 pm | Howard Davis

“The need to lend a voice to suffering is a condition of all truth.” - Theodor Adorno, Negative Dialects . More >>

A Dynamic Folk Duo - Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan

Monday, 11 March 2019, 2:45 pm | Howard Davis

Having already performed in Hamilton, New Plymouth, and Wellington, Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan put in another welcome appearance over the weekend at Simon Burt's intimate series of Canon Heath House concerts. With their distinctly Hibernian flavour, ... More >>

The Puzzling Poetic Praxis of J.H. Prynne - Part I

Friday, 8 March 2019, 5:23 pm | Howard Davis

“Anyone who takes up this book will, we expect, have done so because at the back of his mind he has a half-formed belief that there is something in it.” - J.H. Prynne, epigraph to Down Where Changed (ostensibly quoted from Practical Crystal ... More >>

Lydia Cole Lays Bare Her Soul

Saturday, 2 March 2019, 9:31 am | Howard Davis

Lydia Cole is a little wisp of a woman, with a little wispy voice. At a recent intimate performance at Simon Burt's Cannon Heath House Concert, she showcased her considerable songwriting skills with compositions that verged toward the soporific before fading ... More >>

Jay Rodriguez Performs at Wellington's Third Eye

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 5:54 pm | Howard Davis

Jay Rodriguez  is one of the busiest men in jazz, and one of the few playing most all the reeds as a leader and sideman with wildly diverse musicians, synthesizing these experiences within his own projects. Jay picked up the clarinet in grade school ... More >>

The Helicopter View From Space Yoga Studio

Friday, 22 February 2019, 10:14 am | Howard Davis

Written in Sanskrit at some point between the second century BCE and the fourth century CE, Patanjali's classic definition of the purpose of yoga has been translated in a number of different ways, but they all boil down to essentially the same message ... More >>

Voulez-Vous Couchez Avec Moi? - C'est Chic, Ça 'Colette'!

Friday, 15 February 2019, 9:34 am | Howard Davis

Starring the ravishingly vibrant Keira Knightley in the title role, Colette is a fairly pedestrian paint-by numbers biopic - which is a little disappointing, given that its cross-dressing and pansexual protagonist lead anything but a dull life. ... More >>

The Theak-Tet Perform at Wellington's Third Eye

Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 12:12 pm | Howard Davis

The Wellington Jazz Cooperative proudly presents one of Australia’s most distinguished bandleaders and tenor sax players, David Theak, who will be debuting his exciting new project at The Third Eye on Friday night. More >>

The Revenants - Peter Jackson's 'They Shall Not Grow Old'

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 11:42 am | Howard Davis

Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old is a ground-breaking recreation of popular history told from the point of view of the average infantryman which manages to revive a beating pulse in otherwise forgotten archival footage that had been given up for ... More >>

Pretty Maids All In A Row - 'Mary Queen of Scots'

Saturday, 19 January 2019, 10:46 am | Howard Davis

The melodramatic, bodice-ripping elements of Mary’s brief tenure on the Scottish throne and her beheading at the hands of her English cousin Queen Elizabeth have imbued her reputation with inordinate historical importance. The mythical embellishments ... More >>

Wild at Heart - 'The Happy Prince' and 'At Eternity's Gate'

Monday, 31 December 2018, 7:53 pm | Howard Davis

Ambition, love, and all the thoughts that burn We lose too soon, and only find delight In withered husks of some dead memory. - Oscar Wilde, Désespoir . More >>

Playing Court Politics - 'The Favourite' and 'Vice'

Thursday, 27 December 2018, 7:06 am | Howard Davis

“The past is never dead. It's not even past.” - William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun. More >>

Three Reasons for Film Fans to Get Netflix

Friday, 14 December 2018, 7:30 pm | Howard Davis

The past two months have finally seen Netflix come into its own, providing the financing for three films for its streaming service that will warm the hearts of cinephiles everywhere - Orson Welles' The Other Side of The Wind , The Coen Brothers' The Ballad ... More >>

A Brief History of Handel's 'Messiah'

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 6:42 am | Howard Davis

Handel's Messiah has become an overworked Christmas tradition as hoary as chestnuts roasting on an open fire, gorging on mince pies and eggnog, and trying to avoid shopping mall Santas like so many spectral inhabitants of Dante's Seventh Circle of Hell. ... More >>

An Embarrassment of Riches - 'New Zealand Art at Te Papa'

Friday, 30 November 2018, 10:17 am | Howard Davis

It is perhaps unavoidable in any broad survey of the history of artistic development to reconsider the value of a few well-worn sayings. “There's no accounting for taste” and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” may spring immediately to ... More >>

Rogues & Vagabonds: The Cinematic Universe of Nicolas Roeg

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 11:02 am | Howard Davis

Into my heart on air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went And cannot come again. - ... More >>

 

 

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