I’m visiting Auckland at present. LOVING eating out.
Went to a dear friend’s (whom i met playing the piano when we were both 12 years young) record launch at Audio Foundation. I heard her improvise with a drummer and a feedback player slash guitarist. Dizzying; transportational; delicate; agitating; virtuoso-istic; sound. Was like a melange of visual art and theatre also, with the physical poetry between the musicians, and hermione’s faux velvet (or was it ‘vrai’?) black dress falling off her lovely shoulder as she emphatically stomped the doctored-baby-grande with the inside of her naked forearms. Friday night was date night which saw a cell-call to a bf for a ‘where to go distress call’? Husband questioned is she an aficionado? I ‘stamped back’ when a gal has known me since Mr Eddy’s standard 2 class, her opinion counts more than one from eat here now, Cuisine magazine, or all those other more hotly current or currently hot reviewers i’m out of the loop with now. We went to Odettes (instead of Gemmayze for Lebanese in St Kevin’s Arcade). And followed it up by walking in the rain without rainwear or umbrella but with the lights of the night city, to laugh and sometimes frown at The Comedy Club. The highlight might i add a humanistic, good-looking, fresh back from London, gently political comic by the name of James Nokise. I’m attempting to squeeze two more occasions out of an obliging other half. Tuesday night – The Mockingbird (a play featuring masks and exploration of Depression and Suicide). Wednesday night – Al Brown’s ‘The Depot’. Will i succeed with such ambition during this second week of the school holidays. Or will you?
But to the Bay we go.
It’s a great month for kids theatre…
AND it’s ‘all on’ at BAYCOURT theatre this month. Touring dance and theatre shows from Welly and Aucks…AND synchronicity with the red black and white posters for October 2016…AND sooooo many great things to do on SUNDAY 9th OCTOBER.
Saturday 8 October 9.00am until 2pm – MARKETS – Little Big Markets. NEW Venue: Coronation Park Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui.
Sunday 9 October 10.30pm until 2. 30pm – BUSKING – Busking Festival. Venue: 137 Maunganui Rd (Mount Mainstreet).
Sunday 9 October 10am until 4pm – WELLNESS – Creative visioning, Soul Sound & Dance of Awakening. There are 3 things that our bodies need the most BREATH, SOUND AND MOVEMENT and what our heart and soul love is to dive into our imagination and our creativity.So we have come up with an experience for you that will allow for it all .
Through using breath, sound and movement as your tool to release the old patterns and conditioning to manifestation we can then create from a blank canvas and create from SOURCE energy. Price: $75 LIMITED to 15 spaces. Facilitators: Soreya James and Talia Brand. Venue: Banks Hall, May Street Reserve, Mt Maunganui.
Sunday 9 October 8pm until 9.30pm – DANCE – Triumphs and other alternatives.Presented by: Muscle Mouth & Tour-Makers Triumphs and Other Alternatives, collides sculpture with gutsy performance to create an original and visceral new style of dance theatre. Combining dance, visual art, clowning, design, theatrical elements and theatre craft, Ross McCormack produces an exemplary piece of contemporary work. Innovative and progressive, producing a new way of presenting dance, design and storytelling. Set within a very literal world onstage – the artist’s workshop, the show opens up the curiosity surrounding the artistic process, how artists make their work and what drives them. The design is incredibly powerful and the movement highly virtuosic, complete with a real set, body paint, no reliance on technology such as audio visual. The world premiere took place in April 2015 at the Hannah Playhouse, Wellington and has since enjoyed sell out shows and standing ovations everywhere it has been performed. Price: $49-$15. Venue: Baycourt theatre.
Sunday 9 October 7.00pm until 10pm– WELLNESS/VISUAL ART – Cosmic Contemplations with the Digital Shamans.’Cosmic C⎊ntemplations’ is a beautifully interactive meditation inviting participants to attune to the subtle energies in the universes around them, and within. Guiding you through this blindfolded practice, The Digital Shamans create sonic soundscapes bathing you in cymatic mandalas, indulging senses of the heart, mind, body and soul in a totally immersive ‘digital ayahuasca’ experience! Price: $42 Venue: House of Yoga Mt Maunganui.
Thursday 13 October 8pm – FILM – Embrace – body image movement. Body confidence does not come from trying to achieve “Body Image Movement is a “movement” to recognise and value real beauty from the inside out. Our role is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism, this includes encouraging woman to be more accepting of who they are, to talk a positive body language (about their own bodies and others) and to prioritise their health before beauty. To book your ticket :
https://tickets.demand.film/event/1067 Venue: Rialto Cinema
Friday 14 October 9pm until 11pm – MUSIC – Ken Nicol. Guitarist. Former member of legendary Steeleye Span, Ken Nicol brings his exceptional musicianship to Tauranga. This is your chance to come and be beguiled by one of the best guitarist you’ll ever see. Free entry. Bar will be open. Spread the word!Venue: La Mexica Cantina 109 The Strand.
14 October until 15 October – THEATRE – The White Guitar. Go see this. I drove to Auckland a few months ago and sat in Auckland traffic, desperate to see it, and on the way up found out it was touring to our Bay. It’s an unbelievable true story, ‘re-enacted’ by the three men the story is about, one father and two sons. It’s funny, moving, entertaining and told with great heart. It sells out wherever it goes so BOOK now, to avoid missing out. Venue: Baycourt theatre.
18 October 7pm until 9pm – FOOD – Mother’s on a Mission. Come along to our live event! Buy your tickets today to be in to win awesome prizes like $100 Bostocks Free Range Chicken Pack and a cool Yumbox Bento Lunchbox. Be inspired with practical tips and tricks for making delicious, nutritious real food kids lunches that won’t break the bank, take forever to put together or leave you feeling stressed out! Plus hear some awesome well-being tips for busy mothers. TICKETS ARE LIMITED and will sell out, so grab your friends and book now to secure your spot! Venue: Tauranga Rowing Club.
Thursday 20 October 8pm til 1am – MUSIC – Bad Manners with their 40th anniversary tour. Price: ? Venue: Totara Street.
Saturday 22 October 7pm – FILM – International Youth Silent Film Festival. The International Youth Silent Film Festival is an initiative for students aged 20 years and under, invited to create a three-minute silent film – set to a musical score the filmmakers choose from a list of ten original compositions composed for the festival.Screenings of the top films from around New Zealand will be held at Baycourt on Saturday 22 October 2016, with Nathan Avakian, the festival’s composer, playing the Wurlitzer and Jon JP Palanuk, presenting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The three winning films will compete in the international competition held in Portland, Oregon, USA in June 2017. Price: General Admission $10. Kids and students FREE. Venue: Baycourt Theatre.
Saturday 22 October until Wednesday 26 October – RETREAT – 5 day workshop retreat with Erin. Satsang with Erin presents Ipu Hana Aloha. Come join us for 5 days of love magic in the beautiful Raglan bush. Ipu Hana Aloha means the bag that carries love medicine. This workshop is conceived as an Ipu – a medicine bag that is full of elements for you to work with, share and expand your knowledge in. This Ipu contains Ka ‘alele au – the Kahuna navigational art of Flying, La’au lapa’au – plant medicine, Romi Kapa Lele – Hawaiian Kahuna Bodywork, Walking Meditations and Satsang, Kuhi Kuhi Pu’oneone – The art of aligning yourself with your environment and Alchemy in the Kitchen. You will make a physical Ipu Hana Aloha to contain those objects that represent what you learn from the land, the ocean, the plants, and your teachers. Erin Kawaihululani offers this treasure of time and experience for you to deepen your experience of all that you are. This in turn will bring harmony and joy in your relationships, your health, your finances, and all the situations of your life. She draws upon the teachings and time spent with Masters in Nagual, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American and Hawaiian lineages. Her experience as a teacher spans 30 years. Price: $1500 Venue: Raglan.
Tuesday 25 October 11.30am show and 1.30pm show – KIDS THEATRE – The Gruffalo.Based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler published by Macmillan Children’s BooksA mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood …After sell-out seasons throughout the world, including the West End and Broadway, and throughout New Zealand in 2010 – 11,The Gruffalo returns in 2016! Price: $28 Venue: ASB Baypark.
Saturday 29 October 6pm until 11pm – FILM – A Dark Night Out with The Incubator and Night Owl Cinema. Price: $15. Venue: The Incubator (The Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga).
Saturday 29 October 7.30pm until 9.30pm – MUSIC – Lloyd Spiegel, blues player. “His incredible command of the guitar, powerful voice and high energy performance captivates any audience. Spiegel is all presence, authority, rhythm and drive. He epitomizes control, soul and passion with white hot ferocity and blazing instrumental mastery, dangerous enough to spark a destructive inferno.” Terry Riley, The Age, Melbourne.
Tickets are on sale from the Gallery 07 578 7933. $25 general admission/$20 Friends of the Gallery/students. Venue: Toi Tauranga Art Gallery.
Sunday 30 October (2 shows) and Monday 31 October (2 shows) – KIDS THEATRE – The lion in the meadow. Celebrating 25 years (1991 – 2016).A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories by Margaret Mahy adapted for the stage by Tim Bray, songs by Christine White. “Mother, there is a big, roaring, yellow, whiskery lion in the meadow!”Join in the fun as some of Margaret Mahy’s best-loved stories are together into one enjoyable and imaginative show. Magical Mahy comes to life on stage. Price: Adults $17. Kids $14. Venue: Baycourt Theatre.
Great venues, organisations to check out are:
Arataki Community Centre, Yoga Collective, House of Yoga, The Arty House, The Incubator, Craft Collective, Totara Street, Tauranga Art Gallery * Toi Tauranga.
Wild Earth Organics also has an epic noticeboard informing the people about stuff going on.
Here’s to sharing what’s going on in our beautiful Bay.