Brave the winter conditions and head to some of the many artistic events this week – from author talks and exhibitions to festivals.
CHILDREN: RNZB dance workshops
Te Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, 10:30 am-11:20 am, 12 pm-12.50pm & 2 pm-2.50pm, $ 5 reservation fee
These dance workshops for schoolchildren offer a special insight into ballet, introducing some basics such as foot and arm positions in a relaxed and fun environment. Course led by dancer Leonora Voigtlander. Reservations: mynzballet.org.nz
Matariki: Beacon Lighting Festival
Several locations, until July 24.
Lighting the Beacons features music, arts and theater as well as multiple community events for the enjoyment of Kāpiti whānau. Info and tickets: matariki.maorilandfilm.co.nz
Greytown until July 31
Experience the magic of a wintery Christmas – for 31 days – at the Greytown Christmas Festival. The Festival has all the hallmarks of a comfortable winter getaway to the Northern Hemisphere. There are over 30 events and 40 workshops to choose from. Full details greytownvillage.com
CHILDREN: Zappo the magician
Te Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, 10:30 am-11:15am, free
Enter the wonderful world of magic with Zappo. This circus-themed magic show is sure to delight tamariki of all ages.
Presentation of the author: Anne Kayes on “In Our Own Backyard”
Unity Books, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., free
Join author Anne Kayes as she discusses and reads her new young adult novel, In our own backyard.
Ray ahipene mercer
Mayfair Cafe, Main St, Upper Hutt, 7:30 p.m., koha
The predominantly acoustic music club presents an evening of “Gab a spot” singers from 15 local artists. Wellington Orchestra President Ray Ahipene Mercer will play a guitar he probably made himself – see a real luthier in action.
CHILDREN: cigarette butts in the sand
Soundings Theater, Level 2, Te Papa, Wed 7-8 p.m., Thu 2 p.m.-3 p.m. & 7 p.m.-8 p.m., free
Science and art come together in this dance-theater performance that responds to the global crisis of climate change through the eyes of a child. Suitable for all ages.
The Aroha String Quartet
St Andrew’s on the Terrace, 12:15 p.m., koha
The Aroha String Quartet performs with guest professors from the ASQ 2021 International Academy of Music, including Donald Armstrong – violin, Manshan Yang – violin, Brian Shillito – viola, Michael Cuncannon – viola, David Chickering – cello, Oleksandr Gunchenko – double bass, Tom McGrath – piano. Music by Strauss, Rossini, Dvorak and Stravinsky.
The most naked
BATS Theater, July 15-24, 8 p.m., $ 25
Starring Hannah Tasker-Poland, The Most Naked fearlessly delves into cultural mores around nudity, striptease and skin flash. It is a living art experience that strips nudity to the bone. Tickets: bats.co.nz
Come together, goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Opera, 7 p.m., from $ 92
Come Together supergroup of Kiwi artists and musicians to perform Goodbye yellow brick road live in concert with a bonus set of classic hits and deep cuts from Elton John’s 1970s golden era. Tickets: ticketmaster
CHILDREN: Surrealist art. He Toi Pohewa Whānau Day: Expect the unexpected!
Wellington Foyer, Level 2, Te Papa, 10 am-3pm, free
Bring the whānau for a surreal day of activities and shows. Be surprised, delighted, confused and excited. This event does not include entry to the exhibition at Surrealist art | Il Toi Pohewa.
Author’s conference: Julie Zarifeh on “Grief on the Run”
Unity Books, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., free
Hear clinical psychologist and author Julie Zarifeh in conversation with Dr. Shaystah Dean discuss Julie’s new book Mourning on the run and the five strategies she used to help him cope with a devastating loss.
Book launch: The Commercial Hotel – John Summers
Unity Books, 6-7:30 p.m., free
The Commercial Hotel is a sharp, poignant but often hilarious visit to Aotearoa: a place in which Arcoroc cups and dog-eared political biographies are as much a part of the landscape as the ill-equipped hills we roam.
The Kiwi Art House, Cuba St, Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wellington surrealist Bruce Luxford’s exhibition has included his work since 2004.
Ngā Manu – Birds
Mahara Gallery, until July 17, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free
This is our 10th annual children’s art and environment collaboration with local schools and Ngā Manu Nature Reserve. The Mahara Gallery is full of color and liveliness from over 90 birds.
Where does it hurt?
Galerie Toi Pōneke, until July 21, 10 am-8pm weekdays, 10 am-4pm weekends
Born in Waihōpai / Invercargill, self-taught Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington artist Maisie Chilton actively treats and heals psychological and physical tension through her artistic practice.
Creative Kāpiti Gallery, Mon-Fri, 9 am-4:30pm
As part of the Matariki, Lighting the Beacons Festival, Tiaho Mai is an exhibition of authentic Maori art featuring renowned artists who “have acquired their knowledge and skills in mātauranga Māori over the years,” says the curator of the Maakarita Paku project.
Surrealist art: Masterpieces from the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum
Te Papa, Toi Art, Level 4, until October 31 $ 23.50
Enter the wonderful world of surrealism. Discover extraordinary works of art by Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, Leonora Carrington, Man Ray and more. Tepapa.govt.nz Tickets
Break the bronze ceiling
The Dowse Art Museum, until November 7, free
From bronze and ceramics to duct tape and wool, this exhibition celebrates five decades of female sculptural practice in Aotearoa. More information: dowse.org.nz
Feathermania: Fashion to die for.
Te Papa, level 3, until April 22, free
The feather mania includes feathered coats, fans, matching muffs and necklaces and even jewelry from the National Collection.