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Controlling the High Ground

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 1:48 pm | Howard Davis

“Perhaps it is impossible to understand anything unless it happened to you yourself.” - Martha Gellhorn. More >>

Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's 'The Dry'

Saturday, 9 January 2021, 11:25 pm | Howard Davis

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different ... More >>

Benjamin Ree's 'The Painter and The Thief'

Friday, 8 January 2021, 4:44 am | Howard Davis

Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin Ree had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. The Czech hyperrealist painter Barbora Kysilkova had just ... More >>

Anna Coddington Beams

Wednesday, 30 December 2020, 11:10 am | Howard Davis

Anna Coddington Beams; Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album latest deceptively soft and insubstantial album. More >>

Hit The Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's 'Nomadland'

Wednesday, 30 December 2020, 9:35 am | Howard Davis

Winner of both the Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award and the Venice Golden Lion, 'Nomadland' is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised domestic refugees after the economic recession of 2008 ... More >>

Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's 'American Utopia'

Monday, 7 December 2020, 3:48 pm | Howard Davis

In 1990, I was fortunate enough to see David Byrne perform songs from 'Rei Momo' at London's sweaty Brixton Academy with a twenty-two piece band of superb Latin American musicians. Two decades ... More >>

The Phoenix Foundation 'Friend Ship' Tour Docks At Wellington's Opera House

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 9:12 am | Howard Davis

It's impossible to dislike The Phoenix Foundation - they're just such affable chaps with an enviable talent for finding a crisp hook and sticking to it. It's hard to spend much time in Wellington without someone letting you know they grew up with ... More >>

Concert Review: Kevin Field Quintet

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 4:55 pm | Howard Davis

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls - St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin ... More >>

Avantdale Bowling Club

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 4:53 pm | Howard Davis

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club , to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. The highly articulate Scott proved he is hardly ... More >>

Three New Art Books for Xmas

Friday, 13 November 2020, 4:30 pm | Howard Davis

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three gorgeous new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art , a quick art history lesson from one of Aotearoa's most provocative artists; The Railways ... More >>

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' On Stage

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 3:38 pm | Howard Davis

“In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many ... More >>

Imperfect Offering Perform the Songs of Leonard Cohen

Sunday, 8 November 2020, 6:40 pm | Howard Davis

"Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen, Anthem . More >>

Inside The King's Head - Katherine Wyeth's Girl in the Loft

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 8:49 am | Howard Davis

A one-woman show, written and performed by Katherine Wyeth under the direction of Fingal Pollock, this is the story of growing up at The King’s Head Theatre in London, observing its nightly transformation from the chaos of sawdust and sequins into a ... More >>

Fiddling While America Burns - Wellington's T-Bone Cut A Rug

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 11:03 am | Howard Davis

“Noam Chomsky has described the contemporary Republican Party as 'the most dangerous organization in human history'.” - Joseph O'Neill, 'Save the Party, Save the World', New York Review of Books, August 20, 2020. More >>

The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 12:59 pm | Howard Davis

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation may be forgiven for sounding as though they have recently inhaled. Their hallmark sound generally includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting ... More >>

Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 12:34 pm | Howard Davis

The award-winning Northland musician mostly performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More >>

Howard Davis: Estère At San Fran

Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 12:04 pm | Howard Davis

Appearing at the San Fran on Cuba St to promote her new single, “Calculated Risk,” the local musician sutured together a truly impressive set of syncopated soul beats to form a variegated... More >>

Roddy Doyle's Grim and Gritty 'Rosie'

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:56 pm | Howard Davis

Although Rosie was completed over two years ago, it has only just arrived in New Zealand, but it's been well worth the wait. A grim and gritty fable that covers thirty-six hours in the life of one unfortunate Northern Irish family, it was funded by the ... More >>

Naming Names - 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 1:50 pm | Howard Davis

Fresh from staking his claim to unearthing a rich vein of humour in the historical horror of The Death of Stalin , Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Armando Iannucci has re-imagined Charles Dickens’ tribute to grit and perseverance through the comedic ... More >>

Charlotte Yates' 'Mansfield' Project

Friday, 21 February 2020, 10:23 am | Howard Davis

“I believe her to be a dangerous WOMAN … She is simply one of the most persistent and thickskinned toadies … one of the vulgarest women … and a sentimental crank.” - T.S. Eliot, Letters , Vol. 1. More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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