What's on this weekend: October 5 -7

Last updated 15:48 05/10/2012
The Vienna Boys' Choir.
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The Vienna Boys' Choir.

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One of the world's greatest choirs is in Hamilton next week for a concert sure to be enjoyed by everyone who makes it along. c in their first New Zealand tour since 2005, perform at the Founders Theatre on October 7. The concert will see 24 choristers aged between 10 and 14 performing a wide range of the choir's repertoire, from the Renaissance to works by composers such as Mozart, Johann Strauss and Schubert.  The choir is one of the world's most active musical ensembles and performs over 300 concerts a year, a staggering number considering it has been around for more than 500 years. Tickets for the Hamilton concert are available from Ticketek.

It's one of our favourite exhibitions of the year and it starts again this weekend. Re:Fraction at the Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru features loads of stunning glass sculptures - such as Di Tocker and Melanie Southworth's 2010 entry, pictured - in the equally stunning setting of a disused quarry. The sculptures are installed around the Rock Garden and Asian Garden of the park. Re:Fraction opens on October 6 and runs until November 18. This year it's being curated by Tim Walker, former director of the NewDowse and now a freelance curator and consultant.  The park is in Scotsman Valley Rd, Tauwhare, and it's open from 10am daily.

Wellington's Poneke Trio are in Te Awamutu on tonight performing at the Woolshed in Mahoe St at 7.30pm. The trio, pictured, consists of pianist Richard Mapp, violinist Anna van der Zee and cellist Paul Mitchell, with all three pretty well-known in their own right, as well as for their work together.
On Friday they'll perform Dvorak's Dumky trio, with its gorgeous folk song melodies, one of Kodaly's best-loved works - the violin and cello duo - and Shostakovich's deeply felt masterpiece, written in 1944 and dedicated to one of his closest friends. Tickets for Friday night's concert are $25 or $22 for seniors, $10 for students and under 16s are free.

Only a few days left to throw yourself into the mayhem that is the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Aside from all the goodies that have been on for the past couple of weeks, on today is Six Bad Arthouse Plays at the Meteor at 9pm and I'm Fine Thanks, also at the Meteor, at 6pm. Burlesque Divas are on Friday at Altitude and the big drawcard of the festival, Don McGlashan, pictured, is on at the Meteor at 10.30pm. Saturday has the Wonderland Olympics in Garden Place at 11am, Miho's Jazz Orchestra at the Meteor at 7.30pm, The Life and Times of Dog, also at the Meteor at 6.30pm, Finding Forgotten Faces: The Art of the Mask at noon, and In a Flaming Nutshell at 10.30am. Check out hamiltonfringe.co.nz for full details.

Todayis the last day for entries into Cut! - the short film competition for secondary school students so if you haven't started filming yet, you're probably going to be too late. Films should be between four to six  minutes in duration and can be documentary or fiction, on any topic. Cut! is one of New Zealand's biggest film-making competitions for the secondary school age group and co-ordinator Dawn Tuffery says the competition provides a great opportunity for students to get experience, show off their skills and get personal feedback from judges.  Ten finalists will   have their films shown at Wintec's Gallagher Hub on October 28, when the awards will be presented.

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Waikato Home & Garden Show, Claudelands Arena, Brooklyn Rd, Hamilton, October 4 - 7.
Ticktets: Adults, $15, children under 16 free.

Blacklisted (USA), October 6 at Void, 651 Victoria St. Tickets: $20. Door sales only, 7.30pm - 1.30am.

Hamilton Half Marathon, 7 October, 9am, Flagstaff Park, Commodore Avenue. For more information, visit the website.

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