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Sum­mer movies kick off

The Arts Cen­tre’s sum­mer sea­son of out­door cin­ema kicks off for an­other year this evening with a dou­ble bill of The Po­lar Ex­press (6pm) and Love Ac­tu­ally (8pm). The event will be held in the cen­tre’s re­stored North Quad. Food and bev­er­ages will be avail­able for pur­chase, and au­di­ences are ad­vised to come early and bring some­thing com­fort­able to sit on. A gold coin do­na­tion – which will go di­rectly to­wards the Arts Cen­tre restora­tion pro­gramme – would be ap­pre­ci­ated. For more in­for­ma­tion, see arts­cen­

Sea­side Santa

The New Brighton Sea­side Mar­ket’s an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade and con­cert will take place to­mor­row morn­ing. Santa will ar­rive by boat on New Brighton Beach at 10.15am, be­fore join­ing the pa­rade, which starts on the cor­ner of Ma­rine Pa­rade and Hawke St at 10.30am. Then, on Sun­day, the Santa ac­tion shifts to Ran­giora with a Christ­mas party in Vic­to­ria Park from mid­day un­til 6pm and a Santa pa­rade along High St from 2pm.

Live in the Park

Shapeshifter, Shi­had, Kora, Dub FX, Drax Project and Sun­shine Sound Sys­tem are all set to per­form at the Live in the Park!gig in Ha­gley Park to­mor­row. Gates open at 2pm, and or­gan­is­ers are promis­ing at least eight-and-a-half hours of mu­sic. For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets, see dashtick­

From Bach to The Bea­tles

The Gar­den City Or­ches­tra’s Christ­mas con­cert will take place at Ox­ford Tce’s St Michael’s and All An­gels Church to­mor­row night. Fea­tur­ing the Can­ter­bury Cel­lists, Jaz­za­matazz Choir and harpist Ning Chi­ang, the show will in­clude works by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Dvo­rak, Bach, Bar­ber and The Bea­tles. Tick­ets for the 7pm con­cert are avail­able at the door.

Han­del two Mes­si­ahs?

A Christ­mas tra­di­tion re­turns to the St Mar­garet’s Col­lege’s Charles Luney Au­di­to­rium to­mor­row night. Now in its 26th year, the Christchurch City Choir’s pre­sen­ta­tion of Han­del’s Mes­siah will take place from 7.30pm. This time around, they will be joined by the Christchurch Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, with John Linker as con­duc­tor. Soloists in­clude Madeleine Pier­ard, James Clay­ton, John Long­muir and Cas­san­dra Sei­de­mann. Tick­ets from Mean­while, Manch­ester St’s St Mary’s Pro- Cathe­dral will host CBS (Cathe­dral of the Blessed Sacra­ment) Mu­sic’s per­for­mance of Mes­siah on Sun­day at 2pm. Natalia Lomeiko will lead the Cathe­dral Or­ches­tra, while the choir will be joined by soloists El­iz­a­beth Emeleus, Louisa Pilk­ing­ton, Theo Moole­naar, Wally En­right, Ken Joblin and Chris Whe­lan. Ad­mis­sion is by pro­gramme do­na­tion of $20 (adult) or $15 (con­ces­sion) at the door.

A cel­e­bra­tion of dance

DJ Tril­lion re­turns to Christchurch for a con­cert at the Opawa Church community hall to­mor­row night. Billed as a drug and al­co­hol-free event, Ec­static Dance en­cour­ages par­tic­i­pants to ‘‘re­lease stress, for­get your wor­ries, get out of your head and into the mo­ment’’ while lis­ten­ing to elec­tronic and world mu­sic beats and rhythms. En­try to the 7pm event is $10 (un­der-14s free).

Dou­ble bill

West Mel­ton’s Nut Point Cen­tre will cel­e­brate Christ­mas with a spe­cial dou­ble bill of Blues Ma­mas and Molly’s Rem­edy on Sun­day from 2pm. Tick­ets in­clude wine and af­ter­noon tea. For book­ings, see nut­

Win­ners in con­cert

Still buzzing from their vic­tory on this year’s The Naked Choir TV show, Christchurch a capella group Voice Co will per­form a Christ­mas fundrais­ing con­cert at The Arts Cen­tre’s Great Hall on Sun­day. The 2pm show will fea­ture a mix of fes­tive clas­sics and other favourites. For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets, see arts­cen­

Bold as Brass

Wool­ston Brass will be joined by their Acad­emy play­ers for their Christ­mas Won­der­land con­cert at St Mar­garet’s Col­lege’s Charles Luney Au­di­to­rium on Sun­day. Tick­ets for the 3pm show are avail­able from dashtick­ or at the door.

Char­ity cricket

The Cru­saders’ an­nual switch of codes will take place at Christchurch Boys’ High School on Sun­day. Now in its 35th year, the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Char­ity Cricket match this time sees the red-and-black rugby rep­re­sen­ta­tives take on a team of Olympians and stars from other sport­ing codes in a Twenty20 game. The first de­liv­ery is sched­uled for 11am. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a char­ity auction, bouncy cas­tle and chil­dren’s cricket acad­emy.

Densem’s de­but al­bum

Jonathan Densem will cel­e­brate the re­lease of his de­but al­bum I’m Say­ing It Now at St Mar­garet’s Col­lege’s Charles Luney Au­di­to­rium. Twenty-five years in the mak­ing and one year in record­ing, it was put to­gether thanks to those who gave to a Givealit­tle cam­paign after Densem was di­ag­nosed with an in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour. Tick­ets for the 7pm con­cert are avail­able from

Nerd Wars

Live com­edy panel show The Nerd De­gree will present a Star Wars & Christ­mas Spe­cial at Fer­rymead’s Orange Stu­dios on Wed­nes­day from 7.30pm. Two teams of co­me­di­ans will an­swer im­pos­si­ble ques­tions about pop cul­ture and geeky trivia and the show is recorded for a pod­cast. In­for­ma­tion and tick­ets,


The Naked Choir win­ners Voices Co will per­form a fundrais­ing con­cert for The Arts Cen­tre on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The an­nual Cru­saders char­ity cricket match has now been run­ning for more than three decades.

Love Ac­tu­ally is one of two films screen­ing at The Arts Cen­tre’s North Quad tonight.

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