What's on in Christchurch this week

Cyndi Lauper  plays Horncastle Arena on Saturday alongside the legendary Blondie.
Chapman Baehler

Cyndi Lauper plays Horncastle Arena on Saturday alongside the legendary Blondie.

Riot girls 

On Saturday, Christchurch hosts two of the most important women in rock music: Cyndi Lauper and Blondie's Debbie Harry.

With 13 Top 10 hits in New Zealand between them, Lauper and Blondie have both enjoyed great success here for four decades.

Blondie, featuring founding members Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke, will deliver hits like The Tide Is High and Union City Blues.

Fans of Lauper can look forward to the likes of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and All Through the Night.

Both acts are still releasing music and will mix the hits with some of their new material.

Tickets are still available to the Horncastle Arena show, starting at $90.

The gig kicks off at 7.45pm on Saturday.

A grave affair  

See veteran Court Theatre actor Tom Trevella in one-man, one-act play 2Graves.

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The show is billed as a "gripping piece of contemporary verse", exploring themes of violence and revenge.

Written by Paul Sellar and directed by Mike Friend, the play tells the story of Jack Tops, who in seeking revenge for the death of his dart champion father Bobby turns from adoring son to hard-bitten criminal.

It's on at the Lyttelton Arts Factory (LAF) on Oxford Street, opening on Tuesday, April 18.

Classical luminaries 

Lovers of classical music are in for a treat next Thursday, with two rising international stars in town.

Amalia Hall is one of New Zealand's top young violinists, while Christopher Park is a German/Korean pianist who has been endorsed by some big names.

The pair met through the Arte Musica Foundation in Frankfurt, Germany, and have been described as having a "rare musical chemistry".

They will be performing classic works by Mozart, Brahms and Chopin at The Piano on Armagh St.

The event also offers a chance to mingle and meet the musicians after the concert, with a cash bar available. 

Tickets are $25, or $10 if you're a full-time student. Door sales are cash only.

An intimate performance

Community theatre group the Elmwood Players is taking on an edgy adult comedy.

Rajiv Joseph's All This Intimacy tells the story of poetry professor Ty Clarke who gets three women pregnant in a week.

It's a fast-paced comedic drama about relationships.

The play opens on at 7.30pm on Wednesday and runs until Saturday night, with another run the following week.

Tickets are $20 waged, or $17 unwaged.

Join the circus

Saturday is World Circus Day and, to celebrate, the Christchurch Circus Trust is giving kids the chance to try their hands at the tricks of the trade.

They're holding a free community circus day where allcomers can have a crack at juggling, balancing, hula hoops, aerial gymnastics and other circus acts.

There will be professionals on hand to show everyone how it's done and to show off some tricks of their own.

It's on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm at Roy Stokes Community Hall in New Brighton. Entry is free for all.

Sacred music on Good Friday

All Souls Anglican Church are teaming up with Risingholme Singers for a concert of sacred music on Good Friday.

The programme will include a selection of sacred anthems by the church choir, an organ solo by Knox Church organist Daniel Cooper, and two pieces performed by the Apollo String Quartet.

It will also feature a piece written by All Souls Musical Director Murray Lennox, Requiem 9/11.

First performed in 2005, the piece was written as a tribute to the victims of the September 11 US terror attacks and the 2005 London tube bombings.

The concert kicks off at 2pm at Knox Presbyterian Church on Bealey Avenue. Admission is $10 on the door.

The joy of music

StarJam is a weekly workshop programme for young people with disabilities who love singing, dancing and making music.

On Saturday, the programme is running a fundraising concert to help fund its workshops and community events.

The show will see "jammers" strut their stuff alongside talented local and international musicians.

It promises a diverse range of music, including Mozart, tracks from West Side Story and "lots of bright toe tapping numbers".

It's on at The Piano on Armagh Street at 5pm Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and are available online, or on the door.

Folk festival    

The Canterbury Folk Festival has been going for a whopping 41 years, and this year's line-up promises not to disappoint.

Visiting Canadian act All Day Breakfast Stringband are the main attraction, but there's plenty of local talent on offer too, including 18-year-old Southland Entertainer of the Year Jenny Mitchell and Phil Doublet whose track Prayin' for Rain recently reached No. 1 in the New Zealand iTunes rock chart.

Festival organisers say the programme honours folk music by embracing its evolution, while also staying true to the festival's traditions.

The festival runs at Waipara Adventure Centre for three days from April 14, with a range of accommodation options including camping available – although you can just get a day pass as well.

There's a family-friendly atmosphere and a range of activities to keep everyone busy. You can join in with the festival choir, bush poetry, workshops (including four taught by the All Day Breakfast Stringband), jam sessions, yoga, dance parties and blind dates.

Online bookings have closed, but day and weekend passes can be bought with cash at the gate. An adult weekend pass costs $140.

A whale of a tail

Two Productions are using some pretty unconventional methods to bring the classic tale of Moby Dick to life.

Their performance, which opens on Saturday at the Arts Centre, will use puppetry, live music and clowns, as well as plenty of audience participation.

Clever use of props will transform the Arts Centre's Great Hall from a town to a church and then into a whaling ship.

"It's a show about four clowns trying to wrestle with how to tell such an epic story – mirroring how many in Christchurch are wrestling with the massive task of rebuilding a culture, a city and dealing with the huge feelings that come along with that," says co-director Holly Chappell.

"We want to take that wrestle and deal with it in a way that is fun, raucous and epic."

The show runs every night from Tuesday to Friday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

 - Stuff

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