THE LOW­DOWN

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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: green­spring­gig@gmail.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.

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