What’s on in the region this weekend
There are several exhibitions opening this weekend and a weekend of concerts from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. NZSO Song of Destiny Michael Fowler Centre, Nov 26, 6.30pm, Nov 27, 2.30pm & 7.30pm James Judd conducts the NZSO and Voices New Zealand performing Verdi’s Nabucco Overture, Brahms’ Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) and Dvoˇra´k’s Symphony No. 8. Tickets: ticketmaster To view live stream on November 27, 7.30pm performance, nzso.co.nz Bek Coogan – The Original Homeless 115 Manners St, next to Opera House, until Nov 30, 10am-4pm daily, free For her performance-based project, Bek Coogan rescued hundreds of shards of sarking destined for landfill in what she calls a ‘‘raged response’’ to the current housing and economic situation. Passers-by are welcome to become part of the work and part of the story. Bob Zuur exhibition St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki, Nov 27-28, 10am-2pm, koha During the last week of the 2021 lockdown, Bob Zuur photographed groups of people walking their dogs on Paekākāriki Beach. All the dogs were leashed and Bob followed the social distancing/ masking rules at the time. Voix de Femmes turns 10 St Teresa’s Church, 301 Karori Rd, Nov 28, 2.30pm $20 (ph Kerry 476 9062) or at the door Flutist Rebecca Steele is joined by Madeleine Dean, whose marvellous reading of French poetry will also provide much listening pleasure at this historic occasion. The concert will be recorded live for a commemorative CD. Mischief Makers Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, Nov 27-Feb 6 Celebrating the playful and disruptive side of Māori and Moana arts practices and countering stereotypes, Mischief Makers explores works of humour and absurdity to suggest that mischievous and cheeky strategies have a long Indigenous history. Tanya Ruka – Rongo-marae-roaa-rangi: He moemoeā shared within The Forest Rongoā Teahouse. Readings Cinema Complex, Nov 27-Dec 11, 10am-1pm (Wed to Sat after Nov 27 opening), free Artist Tanya Ruka encourages Wellingtonians to come together over a two-week period to question, learn, discuss and korero over a cup of Rongoā tea at The Forest Rongoā teahouse. Melvin Day: A Modernist Perspective Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, Nov 27-Feb 6 A key figure in mid-20th century New Zealand art, Wellington artist Melvin Day produced some of the most intellectually astute paintings in New Zealand art history. A Modernist Perspective explores Day’s art practice over seven decades. The Ohariu Valley Garden Ramble Ohariu Valley, (just a few minutes drive from Johnsonville), Nov 28, rain or shine, 10am-4pm. $40pp Meander through 11 gorgeous country gardens plus a genuine country farmers market and refreshments at the historic Ohariu Valley Hall. This is a fundraiser for the upkeep of the 115-year-old community hall. Tickets at the hall or from email@example.com Anne Noble, In a forest dark . . . Bartley & Company Art, Garrett St, until Dec 18, free Ratanui, a 500-year Northern Rata in the Tarapuruhi bush sanctuary north of Whanganui where Anne Noble grew up, provides the starting point for this new exhibition. Noble first photographed the tree in 1978 and last summer revisited the sanctuary to create In a forest dark . . . Events to include? If you want your event listed on this page, please send an outline to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘‘what’s on’’ in the subject line.