Friday, April 29, 2011

Redwood & Rhythm in CHCH!

Redwood returns to her roots! Aka Rebecca Reider is a previous winner of Catalyst's Poetry Idol and was a regular face at the open mic nights. See her perform works from her recently released album Poetree. More info below:

Poetry & music duo Redwood & Rhythm are coming to Lyttelton and Christchurch to culminate their tour of the South Island with a performance at The Loons in Lyttelton on Sat., April 30th and a community workshop/open mic/performance evening at Sand Dance Cafe in New Brighton on Sun., May 1st.
Redwood & Rhythm is the fusion of performance poet Redwood Reider and guitarist/mandolin player Rhythm Raniera.

Sat., April 30th, 8pm
The Loons, Lyttelton.
$10 donation requested,
but all welcome regardless of ability to pay

Optional poetry writing workshop with Redwood:
Sun, May 1st
Sandancer Cafe,
New Brighton Mall (formerly Space of Love; across from Paper Plus).
Bring notebook at 7pm, followed by open mic poetry night at 8pm,
with a shorter performance by Redwood & Rhythm.
$5-10 donation requested / all welcome

Redwood (aka Rebecca Reider) is a spoken word poet known for inspiring audiences with her energetic performances set to live music. Born of the California slam poetry scene, this is poetry for the stage, not the page, ranging from the intimate to the political (and sometimes both at the same time). Rhymes of inner & outer revolution, of the individual's quest to achieve peace in a sometimes maddening world. Redwood has performed at festivals and venues across Aotearoa and has just released her first studio album, Poetree, featuring collaborations with a dozen musicians from NZ and beyond, ranging from meditative compositions set to flute and string trio, to live rapping and electric guitar loops. (Hear the album on She also teaches poetic creation workshops.

The nimble-fingered traveling musician Rhythm Raniera creates musical landscapes using string instruments, voice, and a loop pedal, voyaging across the genres from folk to reggae grooves. Together Redwood & Rhythm cocreate lively flows and spontaneous improvisations -- the words riding on Rhythm's melodies -- aiming from the heart to the heart. Audiences have found themselves listening deeply, singing along and dancing in the rain; it's always a varied and dynamic show.

For more info:

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Let us rise! Gap Filler #3

Good morning!

You are warmly invited to come to Gap Filler #3 at 276 Colombo Street, Beckenham from tomorrow (Friday)! I dare say it shall be rather far from warm, so rug up, bring a cushion/chair, an extra blanket and come and watch a film. There will also be live music from 5pm each night. The Eastern, Run Around Sue, Blues Professor, The Cracks in Everything, Darren Tatom, Lupis Luna, Plasticine Heroes, I Gave These Guys 5 Bucks, Sebastian Warren and Dr Sanchez confirmed thus far! Think of the site being a place to socialise, catch up and enjoy offerings from ChCh's creative community.

Films are free, but we would gratefully appreciate it if you drop a little something in our koha box on your way out to help us cover our costs. Here is what's on offer:

Friday, April 1, 8pm: Gordonia, (Tom Reilly, NZ, 2010, 80mins).

"One of the most extraordinary NZ documentaries in recent times, or perhaps ever" -Marcus Lush.
A community of wild West Auckland men fight for their right to live rough in a "designated scenic area" in the Waitakere Ranges. Gordonia featured in the 2010 International Film Festival.

Saturday April 2, 8pm: Four Houses from Four Decades (Zoë Roland, NZ, 2008, 28mins).

Features abodes designed by Paul Pascoe, Don Donnithorne, Don Cowey and Warren and Mahoney. This screening will feature a talk by Dr Jessica Halliday, architectural historian and researcher for the film.

Sunday, April 3, 8pm: A programme of Len Lye's films followed by Roger Horrocks' Len Lye documentary Art That Moves

A celebration of the radically endearing work of New Zealand renaissance man Len Lye, famous for his kinetic sculptures and "direct film": films made by scratching, drawing and painting directly onto the celluloid film strip. We'll show a fair few of Lye's short films and a doco about him. Introduced by Len Lye Foundation director Evan Webb.

More films will screen from Wednesday April 6 to Sunday April 10 from approximately 7pm (end of daylight savings). These will feature Gerard Smyth's film Barefoot Cinema about legendary NZ cinematographer Alun Bollinger; Candyman, a documentary by Costa Botes (NZ/USA) on the man who lost the Jelly Belly jelly bean empire; NZ short films by Taika Waititi (director of Boy and Eagle v Shark) and others; and classic heritage films of Christchurch and Canterbury in the early days accompanied by live music - Daughter of Christchurch (1928) and Cars to Carrington (1935-40). Plus much more.

Check our website for more information as we will update is regularly.

The site will open each night from 5pm with live music until dusk. Come early to get a good spot and bring a picnic. There is a Fish and Chip/Chinese take-away next door as well as businesses further along on Colombo Street where food can be purchased.

Next door to Smiths Mitre 10
276 Colombo Street

Getting there
We encourage you to walk, ride or bus to the site or at least share a car with friends. Parking will be limited. There is some parking in the King St Mitre 10 car park. Please be thoughtful of local residents when you park in nearby streets.

Events will be canceled in the event of wet weather - check the website and Facebook page for notification. Please dress for chilly weather. You need to bring your own chairs and cushions as no seating will be provided this time. Site capacity is limited and Gap Filler will close the gate if it gets too full.

See you there!

x Gap Filler

PS: A very, very big thank you to land owner Murray Smith of Smith's Mitre 10, Beckenham for the use of the gap.