Waikato gig guide

Last updated 14:07 06/10/2011

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Today

Swing covers band Blue Tuxedo hit the streets of Hamilton for a little gig at Riff Raff at 6pm. And it comes with a free swing dance lesson with Cats Corner Swing Dance.

Noisy Scottish visitors The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are at House Bar on Hood St in Hamilton with a bit of help from comedian Des McLean.

Friday

Heat Four of the York St Band Experiments is on tonight and features Fly By Wire, National Standards, Twisted Timber, Zifire and Frankie. It's at Flow Bar for a fiver.

Brits and beaches don't usually go together but, at Tairua, they see things differently. The Coromandel town hosts Brits at the Beach this weekend with loads of themed events including a British Car and Bike Parade, a British Trade Fair, a classic British Drive-In Movie, British Sound-A-Like Bands, stand-up comics, a fashion parade based on British designers from the 60s onward, British-themed nights at local restaurants and British food on the menu at local cafes. For full details check out britsatthebeach.co.nz.

8Forty8 and Jealous Itch are at Axcess Bar tonight from 9pm for a tenner.

Sue Nicholson (Sensing Murder) is at The Plaza in Putaruru with her Answers From The Other Side show from 7pm.

Dr Sketchy – a Night At the Moulin Rouge – is at Altitude tonight from 7pm for a tenner.

Malice in Wonderland is billed as the biggest theatrical street, contemporary and hip hop dance show and it's at the Founders Theatre tonight, presented by Fuzion Dance. It starts at 7pm with tickets from Ticketek.

Saturday

Muka Youth Prints is a cool idea, encouraging young people to buy art for no other reason than that they like it. Top artists produce small works which are offered to young people only for just $65. Only those aged under 18 are allowed into the exhibition, negating any undue parental influence, and the works have the name of the artists covered so young people look at the art, not the name on it. Muka Prints comes to Hamilton this weekend, at the Waikato Museum today and tomorrow from noon to 4.30pm each day.

Interactive art can be fun and this sounds like it will be. Noted installation artist Judy Darragh wants people to head to Grantham St on Saturday from 10am to 10pm and help plant thousands of multi-coloured, skewered ping pong balls on a rolling section of the river park in a one-day art work titled The Plantm which marks the end of Hamilton's River Festival.

A free trout fishing workshop is on at the Ngaruawahia RSA today from 1pm to help entrants in the Lower Waikato River Trout Contest brush up on their skills. The workshop covers contest information, tackle and fishing methods including softbaits, a fly-tying demonstration, ecology of the river, research results from Waikato trout specimens, trout cuisine and a practical casting lesson. The contest itself kicks off on Monday.

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Funding applications for the Thames Coromandel District Council's Creative Communities scheme open on Saturday. Funding is awarded to projects, rather than people, and applications must meet one or more of the scheme's criteria. Application forms are available on the council website or council offices and applications close on Friday, October 28.

Independence Day at Flow features Redial (Australia/Tuff Em Up Records) with support from Tronik DJs vs Ric Rush, Reservoir Dogs, Piece and Bones. A fiver before 11pm, a tenner after 11pm.

Johnny Depp stars in the first and best of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, on TV2 at 7.30pm.

Sunday

Kumeu musician Paul Symons plays at Biddy Mulligan's tonight to promote his new album Shooting Stars. The gig kicks off at 7.30pm.

It's been a couple of years since Sir Howard Morrison died but his boy Howie is a pretty good entertainer in his own right and he's formed the Howard Morrison Trio – with former Lotto presenter and entertainer Russell Harrison and singer Chris Powley – to pay tribute to the memory of his father. The trio are in Hamilton on Sunday at the Clarence St Theatre performing songs that made the Howard Morrison Quartet and Sir Howard household names during the 60s and beyond.

New Zealand Condition: framing of the nation opens at the Waikato Museum today. Curated by Karl Chitham, the exhibition draws from the Trust Waikato Collection, which is based upon the indigenous and historical interface that occurred within Waikato.

The United Youth Orchestra's Spring Concert with Taranaki Youth is at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the uni this afternoon from 2pm.

- Waikato Times

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