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40 years of brush­work

Ac­claimed Cen­tral Otago artist Gra­hame Syd­ney launches his new book ‘‘Gra­hame Syd­ney: 1974-2014’’ over a three-course din­ner at Bistro Gen­til in Wanaka to­mor­row. The book is ama­jor ret­ro­spec­tive of Syd­ney’s paint­ings over the last 40 years. The event is part of restau­ra­teur Luc Bo­hyn’s ‘‘An Artist At My Ta­ble’’ se­ries. A per­cent­age of book sales will be do­nated to the Out­spo­ken Fes­ti­val, of which Syd­ney is a pa­tron. The book in­cludes Syd­ney’s own ac­count of his for­ma­tive years. New Zealand Poet Lau­re­ate Vincent O’Sul­li­van of Dunedin has con­trib­uted an es­say on the paint­ings.

Dose of sun­shine

Begged for, bor­rowed and stolen beats will be the back­drop of a per­for­mance by Sun­shine Sounds Sys­tem in Queen­stown on Fri­day. Sys­tem mem­ber Si­mon Hendl, aka DJ Down­town Brown, said he was look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to his old stomp­ing ground for a show at Prime. Hendl, a for­mer owner of Sub­cul­ture, moved to Auck­land in 2012 after sell­ing the night­club. Doors open at 9.30pm to the show at Prime.

Bri­tish tro­phies for Two Sis­ters

Two Sis­ters Vine­yard Cen­tral Otago Ries­ling 2009 has won two top awards at the pres­ti­gious UK-based In­ter­na­tional Wine and Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion. ‘‘Hav­ing a New Zealand Ries­ling win two ma­jor tro­phies pro­vides in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion that the qual­ity of wines be­ing made from the va­ri­ety in the coun­try is truly world class,’’ com­mented New Zealand wine writer, Jo Burzyn­ska, who was in the UK to judge the New Zealand classes at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Gold medals were awarded Terra Sancta Shin­gle Beach Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir 2012 and Yealands Es­tate Wine­maker Re­serve Gibb­ston Val­ley Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir 2013.

Hope­fuls at X Fac­tor

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