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Email: editor@ kmananews. co. nz. For the lowdown: kapimananews.co.nz On today BEVERLY RHODES, Blackbird Fly is the latest series of works by this artist of Ngai Tahu and Scottish descent Rhodes’ pictures are informed by psychological themes: childhood memories and trauma and loss. At Pataka until October 9.
CLOWN PAINTINGS, In 1965, aged 16, Bunmei Okabe was involved in a rugby scrum mishap which left him paralysed from the waist down, with some upper body movement. Okabe has since become a successful artist in Japan, specialising in clown paintings. At Pataka until November 6.
GRAHAME SYDNEY, Down South - Recent Paintings. One of New Zealand’s major artists, Sydney is best known for his luminous, transcendent paintings of Central Otago. At Pataka until February 6. Wednesday to Friday, September 28 to 30 NETBALL, Lion Foundation tournament at Te Rauparaha Arena. Gold coin entry. Thursday, September 29 GREEN TUNES, The Green Party’s spring fundraiser features Hula Hope, Sophie and the Realistic Expectations, Niko Ne Zna and Groove Assembly, San Francisco Bath House, 8pm, $ 15/$ 10. Email: email@example.com.
AOTEA COLLEGE school production OE concerns a trio of Samoan lads who embark on an international adventure. Shows at 7pm, with 12.30pm matinees on the Thursday and Saturday. Until October 1, entry by koha. Thursday to Sunday, October 6 to 9 MAORI ART MARKET, View and buy the works of 200 contemporary Maori artists Te Rauparaha Arena, 9.30am till 6.30pm daily. Tickets: ticketdirect.co.nz. Saturday, October 8 PATAKA CRAFT MARKET, A range of handmade crafts on sale from $5 to $100. From 10am till 4pm. Tuesday, October 11 BATTERIE 100 percussion concert, Strike has partnered with the Ministry of Education and local schools for this drumming showcase at Te Rauparaha Arena, from 7pm. Tickets through ticketdirect.co.nz. Moday to Wednesday, October 10-12 HOLIDAY PROGRAMME, Got creative kids aged 7-10? Enrol them in workshops with Holly Gooch. Each session involves a storytelling followed by four activities covering craft, creative writing, inventing and drawing. $15 per child, held at Paremata School. Visit hollygooch.co.nz or phone 021 422 543. Thursday, October 13 LADIES DIY, Bunnings Warehouse Porirua is hosting an evening of workshops for women.Bookings essential – to register contact Bunnings Warehouse Porirua on 978 1300. Saturday and Sunday, October 15 to 16 FAMILY FARE, Canopy Connection host two days of fun, food, face paint and fluorescence. There will be rugby challenge games, vertical bungee and bouncy castles. After dark the area will feature a futuristic fluorescent light show. 3pm till 7.30pm. Saturday, October 29 PAREMATA SCHOOL GALA, The Retro Divas pop trio will be centre-stage, supported by gala staples including: a mobile petting zoo, seven-metre inflatable slide, sweets, jewellery, plants, books, clothes and toys. The gala runs from 11am to 3pm. Saturday, November 5 LAMB & CALF DAY, Pauatahanui School’s annual gala.
full Back in the old days rom-coms were the perfect date movie – they told uplifting stories of hopeless cases who managed to find each other, fall in love and live happily ever after. What better way to start a relationship than by sitting in the dark with your someone special, watching two people who don’t have a clue, get it together against all the odds?
The hopelessness of the protagonists back then, say, when Harry was off meeting Sally, was relative to their attractiveness. Harry, a bit of an ass, had a face like one too. Sally, mawkish and annoying looking, was both mawkish and annoying.
But somehow, through the magic of Rob Reiner, you were rooting for these two absolute losers to get their acts together and fall in love already so you could get on with the touchy feely part of your own date after the film.
Watching Friends with Benefits, Hollywood’s latest attempt to put a $16.50 tax on our hopes and dreams, one can’t help yearning for that more simple time.
In a desperate bid to tap into the postmodern, post-rom-com malaise, Friends with Benefits, a film in which no-one is unattractive, tells the cliche busting story of Jamie (Mila Kunis, the angry squirrel) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake, the disappointed puppy).
Both are disillusioned with romance, the dating whirlwind, and carrying all the emotional Louis Vuitton from one bitter breakup to the next.
When Jamie’s job as a talent headhunter requires her to show Dylan a good time in the Big Apple they fall in like.