Life in counterpoint

Life in counterpoint

I like art,” Robert Leonard says, “that plays coun­ter­point with me.” Partly this is the love of con­trasts, of hav­ing two melod­ic lines that play at once, but fit togeth­er: “I want to put things into dia­logue. I like it when works argue with one anoth­er or jostle for pos­i­tion.” Partly it’s an open­ness to […]

New dogs, old tricks

New dogs, old tricks

The south­ern Cali­for­nia of Gia Coppola’s debut fea­ture Palo Alto seems idyll­ic on the sur­face. Long hot sum­mer days, teen­age free­dom and lim­it­less pos­sib­il­ity, but it soon becomes appar­ent that this world of sex, drugs, parties and (occa­sion­ally) high school is more night­mare than dream. Teen­age Teddy (Jack Kilmer) crashes his car while drunk and […]

Arts and Sciences

Arts and Sciences

One of the least pro­duct­ive things going on in the cur­rent cul­tur­al con­ver­sa­tion is the idea that the arts and the sci­ences need to be sep­ar­ate. A lot of this seems to be rooted in the belief that arts solely exist to enter­tain (or at the very least dis­tract), and the sci­ences solely exist to […]

Rattle and No Hum

Rattle and No Hum

 Jonath­an Cray­ford Dark Light (Rattle Records) Recor­ded in New York City last year, Dark Light sees nomad­ic New Zea­l­and pian­ist Jonath­an Cray­ford play­ing along­side Ben Street (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums), two of the most tal­en­ted and in-demand mem­bers of the new gen­er­a­tion of jazz musi­cians oper­at­ing in the Big Apple. Riddled with dark, brood­ing mystery, […]

Touchy feely

Touchy feely

I first encountered Seung Yul Oh’s work at Te Papa six years ago. Four Oddooki 2008 pieces were installed in the sculp­ture court on the rooftop. Seung describes these large egg birds as per­form­ance sculp­tures — they rock back­wards and for­wards when pushed, like some toy from child­hood writ large. Their wit and joy­ful­ness are […]

Abigail’s allegro

Abigail’s allegro

When the lights go up, and the cur­tain lifts, Abi­gail Boyle takes centre stage with full makeup, slicked hair and tutu as a dan­cer in the Roy­al New Zea­l­and Bal­let. Yet des­pite the stress of con­stantly apply­ing and remov­ing makeup — not to men­tion the dan­cing in between — her skin pos­it­ively glows. The dan­cer, who’s […]

A stitch in time…

A stitch in time…

As we edge ever closer to pos­it­ive sea­son­al changes, we may wish to shed a few lay­ers of bulky cloth­ing. How­ever, most Wel­ling­to­ni­ans will under­stand that the ele­ments won’t allow this for a few months yet! Make the best of both worlds by keep­ing cosy and covered in these light­er knit­wear options while main­tain­ing a […]

Fish, Chips, Beer: The answer

Fish, Chips, Beer: The answer

It star­ted, as these things often do, over beers. At a recent gath­er­ing hos­ted by the Brit­ish High Com­mis­sion­er, I had a dis­cus­sion with Sean Gold­ing, own­er of Golding’s Free Dive, about which beer goes best with fish and chips. I was on the side of light pils­ners and lagers, while Sean sided with sour beers […]

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand

Why does wine go so well with food? Wine is essen­tially an acid, which cleanses the pal­ate. More import­antly, wine provides an array of aromas, fla­vours and tex­tures that, when com­bined with food, cre­ates the epi­phan­ic exper­i­ence in which the sum of the two parts topples the indi­vidu­al com­pon­ents. It takes a bit of practice, […]

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