Ac­tor and di­rec­tor Kip Chap­man shares his picks for the Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val

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I’m in­trigued by... The En­counter. I’m start­ing to see quite a bit of au­dio-led work and this, I have heard, is the best in the world. ——— How to choose... Some shows jump straight out at you. My hus­band and I im­me­di­ately knew we wanted to see Ru­fus Wain­wright. But then oth­ers ap­pear the more times you read the pro­gramme. The Bone Feeder only caught my eye re­cently, but the story and artists in­volved in the pro­duc­tion have made it a must-see for me. ——— Best lo­cal pick... I’m most in­ter­ested in what moves me. I’ve been to mil­lion-dol­lar pro­duc­tions that have left me cold and shows in dingy base­ments that have made my heart soar. That’s why I’m see­ing Poro­piti: Prophet as part of the RAW pro­gramme. It feels su­per-ex­cit­ing to be part of a crowd see­ing some­thing de­velop be­fore your eyes.† ——— Top tip... Choose at least two things. Some­thing you know you’ll like and some­thing that seems a bit weird. And take along a friend who is more in­tel­li­gent than you be­cause they’ll have in­ter­est­ing things to say about it.

Girl power

An ex­plo­ration of women’s voices and bod­ies

Artist Luisa Tora says all-women ex­hi­bi­tion When Can I See You Again? is a first for Auck­land Pride. Her work, along with six oth­ers, ex­plores fe­male sex­u­al­ity and safe spa­ces through weav­ing, col­lage, pho­tog­ra­phy and sound­scapes. Fresh Gallery Oˉ­tara, 5/46 Fair Mall, un­til Sat 25 Mar

What do you like about ebikes? They’re just fun. Some­times you just want to en­joy cruis­ing on a bike without hav­ing to break a sweat. They’re a great so­lu­tion for com­mut­ing. Bat­tery tech­nol­ogy is now at a stage where daily range re­ally isn’t an is­sue. ——— How bike-friendly is Auck­land? It’s be­com­ing re­ally bike-friendly. The new cy­cle­ways, which are con­stantly be­ing added to, are world-class and have greatly im­proved the ease and safety of get­ting around. I gen­uinely be­lieve that Auck­land can be­come a great cy­cling city. ——— What’s your favourite cycleway? The Grafton Gully cycleway is my cur­rent favourite. ——— Are ebikes ex­pen­sive? As a rule of thumb, you should be able to get some­thing de­cent and re­li­able for around $2,500. Any­thing less and you’re likely to be com­pro­mis­ing on qual­ity and dura­bil­ity. Ob­vi­ously that’s still a rea­son­able amount of money to spend but you make on­go­ing sav­ings on park­ing and petrol. ———

Do you think ebikes will be­come pop­u­lar?

I think they al­ready are! I’m get­ting plenty of cus­tomers at Power to the Pedal, I’m see­ing more and more out on the road and on fer­ries.

Where do you work?

I’m the store man­ager at Good as Gold (86 Pon­sonby Road). ———

Do you have a typ­i­cal cus­tomer in store?

That’s what I love about Good as Gold – there doesn’t seem to be a typ­i­cal cus­tomer. We see any­one from a young teen lad com­ing through learn­ing about new brands and prod­ucts, to an older es­tab­lished lady search­ing out that next beau­ti­ful dress, or ac­ces­sory for the house. ———

What’s your favourite piece in store?

Any­thing by Stan Ray at the mo­ment. ———

Do you have to stop your­self buy­ing up large at work?

It gets a bit ridicu­lous when new drops come through, my re­straint lev­els have to be so high! ———

What fash­ion trends are you em­brac­ing at the mo­ment?

I’ve been a sneaker lover and col­lec­tor for longer than I can re­mem­ber, so as the sneaker world con­tin­ues to grow and en­com­pass more and more peo­ple into it, the more I love it. In the store, there’s noth­ing more that I like than help­ing cus­tomers with as many shoes as pos­si­ble! ———

Is there any­thing you would never wear?

There’s an oc­ca­sion for ev­ery­thing, right? ———

What’s an ac­ces­sory that every­one needs?

A se­ri­ously badass pair of sneak­ers to ex. ———

What’s your most mem­o­rable sale?

A re­peat cus­tomer of our Pon­sonby store is al­ways in a crazy rush, so they come to me and ex­plain very quickly who they need a present for, and they have three min­utes be­fore they have to go. So I ask for a pic­ture of the per­son, a vague bud­get and then get to pick what­ever seems per­fect for the in­di­vid­ual. The cus­tomer al­ways loves what I choose and man­ages to leave in the crazy short time­frame ev­ery time. It’s de‰nitely good fun hav­ing the added pres­sure! ———

How would you de‰ne good style?

Gum­boots, stub­bies and a beer-re­lated sin­glet.

Well equipped

Shoes to prove that the nineties still rule

We’re crush­ing on this Adi­das cam­paign, shot in Ber­lin to cel­e­brate a new chap­ter of the Adi­das Equip­ment se­ries, which orig­i­nally launched in the 1990s. The Europe spring/sum­mer 2017 ‘EQT’ range has a new sig­na­ture colour – Turbo Red, as well as de­signs that will carry you from the gym to the street, no sweat.

What Auck­land fash­ion-lovers are cur­rently cov­et­ing

This week: Court­ney Joe, head of fash­ion at Lily & Louis

“I’m for­ever in search of the per­fect pair of black boots. I think that’s why I’ve ended up with a good half-dozen pairs… and to any­one else but my­self, they all look iden­ti­cal! Th­ese suede LOQ boots ($375 USD) are next on my list. They’ve got this ar­chi­tec­tural-block-heel-thing so very right.” Ru­n­away fra­grance, 60ml, $159, from Karen Walker. Olympia Lashes bikini bot­toms, $64.95, from Heidi Klum. Lim­ited edi­tion Red Roses soap, $64.95, from Jo Malone. Sum­mit shorts in Splice, $175, from Gubb & Mackie. No.3 sun­glasses, $399, from Juli­ette Ho­gan.

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