Last week was crazy busy with The Nutcracker on Ice, Melissa Etheridge and a variety of celebrations (baby, birthday and dissertation). I also headed along to my first LATE at The Museum of 2012 – thie theme for this year is The Seven Deadly Sins and I thought the discussion on PRIDE was awesome – the next one is all about GLUTTONY. Naturally I’m super keen to head along, probably after eating some cake.
Live Below The Line launch
Speaking of gluttony, I’m heading to the launch of Live Below the Line on Tuesday night – the event itself is in September, challenging people to experience life on $2.25 a day for five days. At the launch Ross Birch, chef at Snapdragon is taking up the challenge to prepare a meal for $2.25 a head – the equivalent of the international poverty line. It’s a clever idea to get us thinking…
Orcon Great Blend
When I went to my first Orcon Great Blend a couple of years ago, I discovered that I was a geek. Apparently this was obvious to others, but a fresh revelation of self for me (how pretentious can one sentence sound?) It was so much fun, and this year’s promises to be just as good with a discussion on Creativity in the Internet Age featuring some people who I think are super awesome like Sarah E Laing (you may have seen her cartoons in Metro), Hugh Sundae, Hayden East and Andy Pickering. Then we’ll get impressed by Cut Collective and Home Brew’s Tom Scott and there’ll be a party. Wanna go? Too late, it’s booked out! Sorry to be a tease. You really should keep up with Public Address so that you don’t miss out on future coolness.
I LOVE Shaun Tan’s graphic novels and his art (I recently saw a stunning exhibition of his paintings at the Freemantle Arts Centre) and I have heard nothing but glowingly positive reports about The Arrival, which is pretty rare when it comes down to it!
The show is returning to Auckland for three performances and I’m heading along on Friday night and I cannot wait. The sets, costumes and puppets all seem magical – but it also features two of my favourite kiwi actors – Jarod Rawiri and Jared Turner, in a really great cast.
Ticket prices are very reasonable for what is an award winning and internationally successful production. If you like stories, graphic novels or just experiencing new things, make seeing this a priority. We’re really lucky to get a second chance to see it. Take a peek at The Arrival promo and a Q&A with the producer.