Arts snippets: Coming up in Taranaki's arts and entertainment scene

Poet Grace Taylor will demonstrate her passion for the spoken word at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Library on National ...
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Poet Grace Taylor will demonstrate her passion for the spoken word at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Library on National Poetry Day,

Spoken Word

Celebrate National Poetry Day with an open mic night at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Library. Award-winning poet Grace Taylor, who is bringing her theatre show My Own Darling to the region this month as part of the Taranaki Arts Festival, will demonstrate her skills and passion for the spoken word, alongside local artists. The stage will open for any poets wanting to share their work, favourite works, or team efforts. The event will be held on Level 1 at the library on Friday, August 25 at 6.30pm. Entry is by gold coin, sign up in advance or on the night.

New Exhibition

Three South Taranaki hobbyists are putting their treasures on display at a new exhibition in Hawera. Collections, at Lysaght Watt Gallery, shows five different collections including artworks by well known English painter Bernard Aris who spent most of his life in Taranaki. One finder is sharing a selection of paintings, predominantly landscape and portrait, from the 100 or more which cover the walls of her home, while another collector will put on show the mid-century fabric and papers she has amassed. The exhibition, curated by South Taranaki District Council arts coordinator Michaela Stoneman, runs until September 2. A curator talk at 5pm on Wednesday, August 23 will offer some insight into the work.

Take Two

The second instalment of Taranaki band The Slack's five-part music series will see Auckland's Miller Yule perform in New Plymouth next weekend. The local lads' latest project, Slacks Presents, is a run of five New Plymouth gigs, each staging themselves and two guest bands, one being an out-of-town established act and the other an upcoming local musician. Miller Yule, a singer songwriter who embodies the sounds of rock, pop and folk, will play at The Mayfair on Saturday, August 26. New Plymouth's Emily Riordan will also take the stage. The event kicks off at 8pm.

89 Years On

Billed as New Zealand's first big modern drama, the 1928 silent film The Bush Cinderella will screen in South Taranaki this month, with live piano accompaniment by Cameron Curd. The film had its world premiere at the Strand Theatre in Auckland on August 24 in 1928 and 89 years to the day Hawera Memorial Theatre will play pioneer filmmaker Rudall Hayward's last silent film, in conjunction with Aotea Utanganui Museum. The event starts at 7pm, entry is free.

Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Backstage View

The new three week exhibition Work in Progress brings behind the scenes conservation work into one of the gallery spaces. From Saturday, August 19 gallery-goers will see the registrars, art handlers, curators, photographers and conservators working to prepare large artworks for exhibition and long term care.

Rare Wares

Art books, postcards and posters designed by and unique to New Zealand's contemporary art museum Govett-Brewster Art Gallery are on sale Saturday and Sunday August 19 and 20. Most items were published before the opening of the Len Lye Centre, including exhibition catalogues. Everything's under $20, eftpos available, in Gallery 3.

Powerful Music

The Len Lye Centre Cinema will screen a documentary tracing the story of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles fought by young African-American activists, with an emphasis on the power of music. Soundtrack for a Revolution will screen on Sunday, August 20 at 4pm. Entry is free, booking essential.

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 - Stuff

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