Art events in the Wellington area this weekend – June 11-13
Festivals continue in Wellington, and if jazz is your thing, the weekends have plenty of goodies in store. The 11-day Lōemis Mid-Winter Festival, which heralds the solstice, also opens today.
St Peter’s on Willis, June 11, 8 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m., $ 29- $ 59
Through four performances, during a special one-day event, composer and double bass player Umar Zakaria presents Sun Song Suites, an extensive suite of compositions for combined jazz and string trio. jazzfestival.nz
Opera, June 11, 8 p.m., $ 69
Multi-award-winning Whirimako Black brings his rich and versatile sound to the festival, accompanied by a special team of musicians for this exclusive performance. Tickets: jazzfestival.nz
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, June 11, 7 p.m., tickets $ 25
An all-female jazz quintet will play tunes that inspire and excite them – an exciting selection of original, reinvented and traditional jazz. Tickets: jazzfestival.nz
Opera, June 12, 2 p.m., $ 59
Pianist Michael Houstoun and jazz trombonist and big band conductor Rodger Fox present their concert series at the festival with supreme blues singer Erna Ferry. Tickets: jazzfestival.nz
St Peter’s on Willis, June 12, 6 p.m., $ 39
In this new work, composer, poet, cellist and taonga pūoro practitioner Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe) will convert the frequencies emitted by the stars into musical notes. Tickets: jazzfestival.nz
Opera, June 12, 8 p.m., $ 59
Nathan Haines combines his love of dance music with the harmony of jazz, voice, and saxophone and flute work in this flagship two-hour festival performance. Tickets: jazzfestival.nz
Royal New Zealand Air Force Jazz Orchestra
Soundings Theater, Level 2, Te Papa, June 13, 12 pm-1pm & 1.30pm-2.30pm, free
Enjoy one of the country’s most electrifying Big Bands, featuring a selection of the best jazz professionals from Wellington’s music scene. The set is centered on the 1955 album Count Basie swings, Joe Williams sings.
Begonia House, Paekākā (Botanical Garden) daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free
Ērthe, is an elemental effigy designed and constructed from discarded materials. You can visit Ērthe and write notes there. These will ignite (not the sculpture) on the night of the winter solstice, June 21.
St Peter’s Village Hall, Paekākāriki, June 11-12, 8 p.m., from $ 25
Performance pioneers Binge Culture present a new immersive theatrical experience. Werewolf almost looks like a game in the light of day – but takes on a whole new life when immersed in the night. Tickets: loemis.nz
Wellington East Girls’ College, June 12-13, 7 p.m. $ 15 – $ 25
The Movement is a quadruple program of all new dance works from Footnote New Zealand Dance that amplifies important conversations about our world. Tickets: event
St Paul’s Lutheran, 12 King Street, Mount Cook, 7 p.m., from $ 25
Guillaume de Machaut was a 14th century colossus whose influence is still felt today. We present a selection of his choral works, culminating with Messe de Nostre Dame. Tickets: humanitix.com
Michael Fowler Center, June 11, 7 p.m.
One of New Zealand’s most compelling modern soul voices, TEEKS (Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi) shares their long-awaited debut album “Something To Feel”. Tickets: ticketmaster.fr
Gryphon Theater, until June 19, $ 15- $ 25
Popcorn tells the story of a fictional Hollywood producer whose reality catches up with his favorite style of guns and chaos movie. In the midst of the chaos mingle themes of love, the impacts of violence on society, and a modern aversion to accepting responsibility. Tickets: wellingtonrepertory.org.nz
Before going home (Kia Mau Festival)
Food court books, June 12, 6:30 p.m., free
Organized by Wellington poets Khadro Mohamed and Ronia Ibrahim, Before going home features popular and emerging Pōneke poets with an immigrant background, including Chris Tse and Adriana Che Ismail.
Orchestra Wellington presents Virtuoso Violin
Michael Fowler Center, June 12, 7:30 p.m., $ 12- $ 25
Vrtuoso Amalia Hall adopts Paganini’s bravery style, when she performs Paganin’s Second Dramatic Violin Concerto ‘La Campanella’ with Orchestra Wellington. Tickets: ticketmaster.fr
Them Fatale and their Bawdy Bordello,
The Fringe Bar, June 12, 8 p.m., from $ 25
Stepping out of the shadows of the weird kids corner, James Hilary Penwarden drags their trendy gender identity crisis onto the stand-up scene. Tickets: eventfinda.co.nz
The jazz of art
Bluebelle Café, Island Bay, until June 28
Pianist, artist and curator Ian Logan has assembled a group of artists who perform jazz in their own way. The results span the spectrum from abstract to realistic and in a range of different media.