21 Things to do in June
Even though it’s cold outside, there’s plenty to feast your eyes on indoors
1. Auckland Festival of Photography
Artists, academics, curators, amateurs and professionals are part of this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography. The programme includes the works of two artists, Peter Evans (above) and Murray Lloyd, who are highlighting the issue of available natural resources with two independent suites of work at the Depot Artspace.
— Until June 20, at locations around the city
2. The Collection of Dame Judith Te Tomairangi o Te Aroha Binney and Sebastian Black
Possessions from the estate of distinguished couple Dame Judith Te Tomairangi o Te Aroha Binney and Sebastian Black are going under the hammer, including art, sculptures and books.
— Art + Object, June 4, 6.30pm
3. Himalayan Trust Art Auction
More than 40 leading New Zealand artists are auctioning off their works to raise money for those devastated by the recent earthquake in Nepal. The pieces include a photograph from Marie Shannon, a sculpture by Judy Darragh and paintings from Karl Maughan and Sarah Hillary, the daughter of Sir Ed, which have been donated to raise funds to rebuild schools and hospitals in the Solu Khumbu region.
— Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland St, June 5, 5.30pm
4. Rock Divas
Musician Anika Moa and former Fur Patrol singer Julia Deans are performing new and old songs together accompanied by the sounds of an orchestra.
— Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch, June 6
5. Mishearings by Jo Burzynska
Christchurch-based sound artist and Viva wine editor Jo Burzynska is hosting a series of multisensory events this month, including wine and music matching workshops.
— The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery, Christchurch, June 4-27
6. Finding Vivian Maier
This critically acclaimed documentary is about a nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs, discovered decades later in storage lockers, and became one of the 20th century’s most notable photographers.
— Auckland Art Gallery, June 7, 3pm, free admission
7. Dust Pilgrim - A Tale of Freedom
Set in a world of magic-realism, this Red Leap Theatre production is about a young woman who burns her world to the ground in a bid for freedom.
— Q Theatre, June 4-13
This missing-persons drama written by Shelagh Stephenson and directed by Andrew Foster is about a husband and wife’s grief over the disappearance of their son.
— Maidment Theatre, Auckland, until June 20
9. The Genius of Road Dahl
Best-selling children’s author David Walliams is delving into the world of one of his own favourite authors, Road Dahl. In this hour-long special, Walliams visits the writer’s birthplace and old school and speaks to friends and family to find out more about what influenced his work.
— Sky Arts, June 6, 9.20pm
This acclaimed Spanish film is based on two homicide detectives investigating the disappearance of two young teenagers.
— In cinemas from June 11
11. Tourmente by Jean Dubois
Diversity is at the forefront of Canadian artist Jean Dubois’ latest video installation, which includes a series of portraits from residents of central Montreal. The interactive exhibition encourages passersby to change the faces of the displayed people by blowing into the microphone of their mobile phones, which will either emit a gentle breeze or a gust of wind depending on the intensity of breath.
— Until August 21, Digital Art Live Screen, Level 2, Aotea Centre
12. Flight of the Cocktail
Auckland restaurant Orleans is hosting a series of events dedicated to learning about and celebrating cocktails through seminars and tastings over four days, including a modern degustation and a tiki cocktail workshop.
— Flight of the Cocktail, Britomart’s Roukai Lane, June 10-14
Inspired by contentious play A Doll’s House, Christopher Hampton’s Treats explores the plight of women trapped in violent relationships. Director Alistair Brown is tackling the play 30 years on, with the hope of influencing the present.
— Treats is playing at Te Pou theatre from June 4-6, and at the Basement Theatre from June 9-13
14. No Town
Wellington artist Caroline McQuarrie’s new solo exhibition looks at the deserted towns of the West Coast, photographing sites combined with her trademark craft works.
— Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Titirangi, June 5-August 23
15. Ballet Revolucion
Featuring some of the world’s best dancers, this performance from Havana includes ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and street dance to the music of Latin-America, as well as hits by Sia, Lorde, Beyonce and Rihanna.
— The Civic, June 17-21
16. Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)
This light-hearted comedy about an English teacher’s quest to meet his idol, John Lennon, has won six Spanish Academy Awards and was part of the official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
— In Auckland and Wellington cinemas from June 18
17. Nga Aho Whakaari Matariki Shorts
As part of the 2015 Matariki Festival, a series of short films are being shown including Taika Waititi’s famous Two Cars, One Night. For other events, visit matarikifestival.org.nz
— Mangere Arts Centre, June 20-21, and Auckland University of Technology, June 22
18. True Detective
The second season of True Detective starts this month, featuring a new ensemble cast including Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams.
— Soho, Mondays from June 22
19. The Pantograph Punch Presents: I’m Feeling Lucky
Perlina Lau, Yvonne Ryan, Francis McWhannell and Rose Matafeo tell stories about the good, bad and ugly of going online in this one-night only comedy show.
— Q Theatre Loft, June 24, 8.30pm
To mark the Anzac centenary this year, The Royal New Zealand Ballet has collaborated with the New Zealand Army Band to bring us Salute, a programme of works including two world premieres.
— Dunedin’s Regent Theatre, June 3, Hamilton’s Founders Theatre, June 10, Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Theatre, June 13-14, Auckland’s ASB Theatre, June 17-20, and Napier’s Municipal Theatre, June 24-25
21. Bic Runga and Tiny Ruins
Famed New Zealand musician Bic Runga is getting back on the road again this month with singer Hollie Fullbrook, better known as her stage name Tiny Ruins.
— Dunedin’s Mayfair Theatre, June 25, Oamaru’s Opera House, June 26 and Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral, June 27
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