Wellington Region Cultural Calendar: September 16-18

TAHI-Festival

Title and act by Will Eno

Circa Theatre, September 14-24, 7:30 p.m., (Tuesday – Saturday) / 4:30 p.m. (Sunday) $15 – $35

Title and Deed is a provocative and engaging piece by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Horton Foote Prize winner Will Eno, who The New York Times has dubbed “Samuel Beckett” to the Jon Stewart generation. Tickets: circa.co.nz

He Maori by Isaac Martyn

BATS Theater, September 16-17, 6 p.m., $18-$22

What does it mean to recover Māoritanga from a Pākehā education? Isaac Martyn will take audiences on a journey from complete confusion to partial understanding – exploring doubt, celebration, comedy and the complicated nature of identity. Tickets: bats.co.nz

The First Body Buzzard by Elliot Vaughan

BATS Theater, September 16-17, 6:30 p.m., $18-$22

This experimental solo vocal performance is loosely hung on the theme of bird life. A list of poetic texts are subjected to transformative compositional processes, emptying them of meaning or stumbling through the mundane to the sublime. Tickets: bats.co.nz

Jacob Rajan in Krishnan's Dairy, at the Soundings Theater in Te Papa, as part of the TAHI Festival.

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Jacob Rajan in Krishnan’s Dairy, at the Soundings Theater in Te Papa, as part of the TAHI Festival.

Gag Reflex: A Scandalous Solo Show by Rachel Atlas

BATS Theater, September 16-17, 8:30 p.m., $18-$22

In this tumultuous and revealing first solo show, expect to be thrilled with world-class stunts, raw humor and the heartwarming journey of a dangerous woman finally finding safety. Tickets: bats.co.nz

The Shit Kid by Sarah Harpur

BATS Theater, Sept. 16-17, 9 p.m., $18-$22

sibling rivalry. Olympic ambition. Mark Todd has a fever dream. A very sexy horse. A solo piece about a mediocre person. Shortlisted for the 2022 Adam NZ Play Award, The Shit Kid explores the collision between parenthood and ambition, with a $600 workhorse. Tickets: bats.co.nz

Krishnan’s Dairy by Jacob Rajan

Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, September 17-21, various times, $30-$60

Krishnan’s Dairy is a cultural phenomenon that sells out every time. Jacob Rajan is utterly captivating as he juggles multiple characters in a career-defining performance that shows why he’s won numerous Best Actor awards. Tickets: tahifestivalnz.com

Title and Deed is a monologue by Will Eno, performed by Steven Ray at the Circa Theatre.

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Title and Deed is a monologue by Will Eno, performed by Steven Ray at the Circa Theatre.

Other events

Thank you Grafia, it’s Friday

Madisons on First St, Masterton, September 16, 5:30 p.m.

Grafia plays original, danceable blues and folk rock covers with guests Coral Griffis and Matt Hudson known as the Two Thirds Trio.

Te Pae: Exploring the Realms

Pipitea Marae and Function Center, September 16, 7 p.m., $19-$79

Te Pae brings together top artists Troy Kingi, Ria Hall, Kurahapainga Te Ua, Dr. Jeremy Mayall, Horomona Horo and Regan Balzer, to explore the energies in the spaces of Nuku, Rangi and Ātea. Te Pae will take you on a multi-sensory journey through life, connectedness, creation, resilience, healing and growth. Tickets: tereofest.nz

Ngā Tamatoa: 50 years since the Maori language petition

Rongomaraeroa, level 4, Te Papa, September 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m., free

A special roundtable to commemorate 50 years since the presentation of the Maori language petition to Parliament.

Te Ara Reo is an audio-filled lane on Wellington's waterfront, part of Ahi Kā, a larger audio-visual art installation created in collaboration by mana whenua and Pōneke-based creatives and cultural practitioners to celebrate Maori Language Week.

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Te Ara Reo is an audio-filled lane on Wellington’s waterfront, part of Ahi Kā, a larger audio-visual art installation created in collaboration by mana whenua and Pōneke-based creatives and cultural practitioners to celebrate Maori Language Week.

Ahi Ka

Wellington Waterfront, until September 25, free

A stunning audio-visual art installation created in collaboration by mana whenua and Pōneke-based creatives and cultural practitioners.

Wāhine Māori: Te Toi o Te atetenga: The art of resistance

Wellington Museum, until October 9, free

Wāhine activist art is a platform to protest and showcase te tino rangatiratanga. It provides an opportunity to educate, visualize and create dialogue through art. One element of the work of this wāhine alliance deals with the trauma created in response to the ongoing effects of colonization.

Nga Kapa Haka or Te Matatini

Opera, September 17, 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m., $23

In collaboration with Te Matatini, featuring Aotearoa’s two best kapa haka, reigning Te Matatini champion Ngā Tūmanako (Auckland) and Te Pikikōtuku o Ngāti Rongomai (Rotorua). Hosted by local kapa haka Te Ahi a Tahurangi and performed at the Opera. Tickets: tereofest.nz

THINGS

Commuters on Wellington’s waterfront enjoy the sights and sounds of Te Ara Reo, an audio-visual art installation for Te Hui Ahurei Reo Māori, on September 15.

Interpretation: Te Kahureremoa

Wellington Foyer, Te Papa, September 17, 1 p.m., free

Celebrate Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori at Te Papa Tongarewa with a performance by taonga pūoro artist and practitioner Te Kahureremoa.

Michael Endres – Piano Recital

Waikanae Memorial Hall, September 18, 2:30 p.m., $5 to $40, door-to-door sales

German pianist Michael Endres, winner of international prizes and competitions, returns by popular demand to perform Schubert, Liszt and Schumann for the Waikanae Music Society.

German pianist Michael Endres will perform at Waikanae this weekend.

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German pianist Michael Endres will perform at Waikanae this weekend.

Love song

Old St Paul’s, September 18, 2 p.m., free

Douglas Mews and Chris van der Zee will perform a selection of music for organ and viola at the opening event of the Organ Plus+ festival, which runs until October 16. Set out for some splendid music, from two accomplished Wellington artists.

Opera screening

Te Auaha Cinema Shop, September 19, 7 p.m.

The New Zealand Opera Society screens A Double Bill Francesca from Rimini -Rachmaninoff & Bluebeard’s Castle – Bartock. Two challenging but very interesting opera productions with English subtitles, cash sales: $18 to $25

Exhibitions

2022 Toi Pōneke Residents Exhibition

Toi Pōneke Gallery, September 17 to October 14, weekdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bringing this unique arts community together to recognize their creative contributions to Wellington’s art scene. Residents have chosen work that exemplifies their current practice, so come explore a range of media from jewelry to neon.

Marian Maguire – The Enlightenment Project

Bowen Galleries, until October 2, free

In an attempt to understand Western history and its global impact, Marian Maguire has produced a new series of prints that map philosophical ideas, politics, scientific discoveries, inventions and historical events.

Pianist Dr Jian Liu will perform with the Wellington Orchestra in East/West A Symphonic Celebration.

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Pianist Dr Jian Liu will perform with the Wellington Orchestra in East/West A Symphonic Celebration.

Coming

Pattern: Anti Slam

BATS Theater, September 19, 6 p.m., $10 to $25,

New Zealanders, poets, actors and comedians around Wellington are preparing to do the worst! Tickets: bats.co.nz

Image China – East/West A symphonic celebration

Orchestra Wellington, The Opera House, September 19-20, 7:30 p.m., $19+

Be transported to China in all its vibrancy as Maestro Brent Stewart and the Wellington Orchestra perform evocative works by major contemporary Chinese composers. Tickets: ticketmaster

Drop Dead Gorgeous – Miss-Tery Pick Up Murder

BATS Theater, Sept. 20-24, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $20-$40

The Queens The Women are back and this time they serve up some big drama in this extended murder mystery game. Tickets: bats.co.nz

NZSM Cello Ensemble

St Andrew’s on The Terrace, September 21, 12:15 p.m., koha

Variations on a New World by Blaise Dejardin, Suite for Two Cellos by David Popper, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Bach Suites.

Les Femmes perform Drop Dead Gorgeous - a Drag Murder Miss-Tery, at the BATS Theater from September 20-24.

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Les Femmes perform Drop Dead Gorgeous – a Drag Murder Miss-Tery, at the BATS Theater from September 20-24.

Pohl-Gjelsten family with Beth Chen, piano

St Andrew’s on The Terrace, September 22, 12:15 p.m., koha.

Solo Bach selections, Bartok violin duo selections, Mozart’s Violin Concerto Allegro in D, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Halvorsen Variations on a theme by Handel.

Fresh off the page

BATS Theatre, September 22, 9 p.m., free

Fresh Asian plays fresh off the press, performed in a series of play readings by local artists. Written, read and directed by Asian practitioners. Presentation: “Soul Sister” by Caryl Loria Illana.

Dope As Hour with Daniel and Anya

Fringe Bar, September 22, 8 p.m., $15

Join multi-nominated Dope As Sunday Comedy hosts Anya Rzhevitskaya and Daniel John Smith for an hour of laughs, banter, problem-solving and enlightenment. Tickets: kiwiticket.co.nz