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Last updated 07:59 26/02/2013

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Company makes theatrical magic look easy Musical talent is generational gift Don't fret the small stuff Pottery - respite from life's stress Monkeying about but it's a true story Cornerstone Roots worthy of Womad Word pictures are bread and butter Black dogs help beat dark days Window on the world of shadows Art becomes more recondite

Just a single from the Stones

Only one arthouse movie is showing at Butler's Reef in Oakura this week. Rolling Stones-Crossfire Hurricane, which screens tonight at 8.30, examines the Rolling Stones' status as the anti-Beatles. The film features historical footage of interviews, news reels and concerts (much of it previously unseen) and commentary from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. For more information visit arthousecinema.co.nz

Get revved up for music and motors

Hot cars, bikes, music, food and drink, games, unrivalled attractions and exhibitors are all part of Bikes, Blues and Hot Cars running from Thursday to Sunday in New Plymouth. The events, including concerts that have headliner acts such as Girls with Guitars, take place at TSB Stadium, with organised day trips through Taranaki. Some top Kiwi blues bands play both Friday night and all day Saturday. Friday kicks off with exhibitors opening to the public at 4pm. You can also see and rent RC car racing; view feature cars, such as the Mini that broke the land speed record, and bikes on display; and enjoy Prestigio/Star Insurance Concerts, which include the Most FM DJ from 5pm, Green Room from 6pm, Blue Monkey Racket from 7.30pm, and Girls With Guitars from 9.15pm. Buy tickets for the Friday night concert at TSB Stadium, Vinyl Countdown (109 Devon St West, New Plymouth), Crowded House in New Plymouth and the i-Site locations in New Plymouth and Hawera. On Saturday, the Motor Carnival Concert, presented by Prestigio/Star Insurance, starts with a Most FM DJ at 11am, followed by the Dirty Kings at midday, One Eyed Jacks at 2.30pm, and Green Room at 5pm. General public tickets are on sale at the gate for the whole day at the BBHC Motor Carnival.

Kaleidoscope of global flavour

Join the Performing Arts Collective at the New Plymouth Club on Saturday from 7pm for Kaleidoscope. Local performers will entertain with song, dance and fashion from around the world. Expect a colourful array of traditional and contemporary acts. Tickets - $10 for adults and $5 for students - are available at the door or from Rainbow Reflections, India Today and Pankawalla. This is an opportunity to support the local not-for- profit collective that supports local talent.

Date for Calendar Girls auditions

Ten women and four men are required for New Plymouth Repertory's stage production of Calendar Girls, written by Tim Firth. Director Heather Harrison will hold auditions on Sunday at 11am at Repertory Theatre, Broadmore St, New Plymouth. The show, based on the true story of 11 Women's Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, will run from July 6 to 20. The 10 women's roles include some doubling of character parts and range in age from 20 to late 70. The men's parts also include some doubling. One man needs to be in his late 20s and two about 50. Staging Calendar Girls will place extra backstage demands and the group would like to hear from anyone interested in working behind the scenes. For further information or scripts, contact Heather Harrison on 758 7939 or email at haharrison@clear.net.nz

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NZ's place in the world

Green Party MP Dr Kennedy Graham is in New Plymouth to share a new discourse for foreign affairs that considers global themes, including climate change, disarmament, peace and security, and international law, as primary focus rather than bilateral state relations. This is about finding New Zealand's voice on the international stage, as a globally responsible citizen of the 21st century. You are invited to his public meeting on Tuesday, March 5, at 7.30pm at Community House, 32 Leach St, New Plymouth (behind YMCA). Questions and answers will follow. Free admission.

Give Scottish dancing a fling

The New Plymouth Scottish Country Dance Club starts dancing for 2013 on March 12 at Welbourn School Hall (off Coronation Ave) at 7.30pm. Partners are not required but soft shoes are. All ages welcome. Contact Frances 758 4514 or Flora 753 3569.

Little Theatre's big performers

The results of New Plymouth Little Theatre's Awards are: Most promising performer, Phoebe Hall for Hot Stuff; best set, Hot Stuff; best supporting actress, Trudie Ashford for Hot Stuff; best supporting actor, David Hadley for The 39 Steps; best actress, Charlotte Ward, The 39 Steps; best actor, Morris West, The Weir; best production, The 39 Steps; President's Trophy, Nick Hopkins; backstage excellence, Derek Baker, all shows; technical excellence, Max Thorpe, The 39 Steps; and best club member, Nicci Smith.

- Taranaki Daily News

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