CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS
Tomorrow and Dec 14: Opera Otago presents ‘‘The Telephone and other Christmas cheer’’, 7.30pm, New Atheneum Theatre, lower Octagon.
Dec 14: Dunedin Rock Choir pre-Christmas performance, noon, Dunedin Hospital foyer.
Dec 14: Cantores choir Christmas concert, 1pm, Otago Museum atrium.
Dec 14: Christmas concert by Jenny Whitaker, Jan Harrington-Versteeg, Alison Paterson and harpist Marsa Dodson-Stokman, 2.30pm, Holy Cross Church Hall, 5 Bellona St, St Kilda.
Dec 14: St Kilda Tongan Methodist Choir and Youth Choir Christmas concert, 2.30pm, Otago Museum atrium.
Dec 15: Dunedin Harmony Chorus and Highland Harmony Christmas concert, noon, Otago Museum atrium.
Dec 15: The Foxy Tones Christmas performance, 2pm, Otago Museum atrium.
Dec 15: Lions Christmas Carols, 2.30pm, Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell, Church St, Port Chalmers.
Dec 15: Cantores Choir (OUSA) sings Christmas carols, 6.30pm, Dunedin Railway Station foyer.
Dec 20: Alexander Pianos presents Polish and Hungarian music performed by Sydney Manowitz (violin), Sylvia Alicia Manowitz (cello) and Donald Cullington (piano), 5.30pm, Room 21, King Edward Court, Upper Stuart St.
Dec 21: City Choir Dunedin Christmas concert, 1pm, Otago Museum.
Dec 22: ‘‘Baroque Christmas’’, concert by the Choir of Newman College and the Affetto Players, 2pm, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Octagon.
GIGS AND COMEDY
Dec 13: Ronny Stash and the Resistance, 12.30-1pm, the Octagon.
Dec 13: Foxtrots, with Soulsista Aotearoa, 7.30pm, Bellamys Gallery, Macandrew Bay. Tickets from Undertheradar.
Dec 13: The Maes, with Holly Arrowsmith, 7pm, 50Dundas, 50 Dundas St.
Dec 14: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (G, 105 mins), family film screening, 4.30pm, Otago Museum planetarium. Tickets at otagomuseum.nz/whats-on
Dec 21: Love Actually (M, 136 mins), Christmas film screening, 6.30pm, Otago Museum planetarium. Tickets at otagomuseum.nz/whats-on
Until Dec 16: ‘‘Dig and Delve No. 12’’, paintings by Robert Scott and
Dallas Henley, Pea Sea Art, 6 George St, Port Chalmers.
Until Dec 21: Kathryn Madill and Valerie Hammond, RDS Gallery, 6 Castle St. Open Thursday-Friday 11am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, and by appointment.
Until Dec 21: ‘‘Console Whispers’’, Nick Austin, Campbell Patterson and Ed Ritchie, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 16 Dowling St.
Until Dec 24: Otago Woodturners Guild Inc. woodcraft sale at the Community Gallery, Princes St. Bowls, plates, clocks, pens, children’s toys. Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm.
Until Jan 11: ‘‘Tuia — Southern Encounters’’, Hocken Collections, 90 Anzac Ave.
Until Jan 21: ‘‘Samoa no uta — a song about Samoa’’, Yuki Kihara, Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling St.
Until Jan 26: ‘‘European Journeys’’, Frances Hodgkins, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Until Jan 31: ‘‘1869: The Year That Was’’, Special Collections exhibition, De Beer Gallery, Otago University Central Library.
Until Feb 8: ‘‘Love, Buy, Take’’ Otago Art Society affordable art exhibition, Dunedin Railway Station.
Until Feb 9: ‘‘James Cameron — Challenging the Deep’’, ocean exploration exhibition, Otago Museum Special Exhibition Gallery.
Until Feb 23: ‘‘Opavivavra!’’, International Visiting Artist Project, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Until Feb 23: ‘‘The Circle’’, collection show, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Until Feb 29: Tribal warrior exhibition, life-size warriors of the 1800s sculpted by Frank Varsanyi, 23 Princes St (beside Subway). Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm.
Until Mar 8: ‘‘Civic Pride’’, curated by Milly Mitchell-Anyon, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Dec 12: ‘‘A History of Fashion in Art’, guest talk by Professor Christopher Breward, 6.30pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Dec 14-Jan 26: ‘‘No Rain, No Rainforest’’, tropical forest demonstration, 2.30pm, Otago Museum. Included with Tuhura admission.
Dec 14- Jan 26: ‘‘Fantastic Fire’’, school holiday science demonstration, 11.30am and 3.30pm, Otago Museum. Included with Tuhura admission.
Dec 15: Talk by Raphael Richter-Gravier, on Pacific Island stories about New Zealand native birds, 3pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS
Dec 12 and 19: Taieri Age Connect 500 card game group, 1.30pm, Senior Citizens’ Hall, opposite New World Mosgiel. All welcome. Contact: Tony Robinson 489-2197.
Dec 13: Taieri Age Connect community singing group, 9.30-10.30am every second Friday, Senior Citizens’ Hall, opposite Mosgiel New World. All welcome, very relaxed and informal.
Dec 16 and 17: ‘‘DIY Keep Cups’’ workshop, 10.30am, Otago Museum atrium. Limited numbers — first come, first served.
Dec 18: Taieri Age Connect, information and social hub, 10am-1pm Wednesdays, Mosgiel Senior Citizens Rooms, 5A Harstonge Ave. All over 55s welcome. Inquiries: 021-254-3232.
Dec 18: Drawing workshop with Anita De Soto, in the ‘‘Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys’’ exhibition, 12.30pm-1.30pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Limited spaces, booking essential: (03)474-3249.
Dec 11 and 18: Taieri Community Garden, 12.30-2.30pm Wednesdays, Cemetery Rd, East Taieri (in paddock behind school car park). Next: Planting asparagus and building a compost. First meeting next year Jan 8.
Today: The Hanging of the Greens and Blessing of the Christmas Tree, 6pm, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Octagon. Donations appreciated for Anglican Family Care — unwrapped pjs, nightlights, storybooks, etc.
Dec 14: Bumper December market, 9am-11am, Caversham Presbyterian Church, 61 Thorn St. Stall inquiries: 487-7177 or 487-6367.
Dec 14 and 15: Christmas trees for sale, $15, all day outside Dunedin Botanic Garden, opposite Gardens New World car park, Opoho Rd. All funds to Oxfam. Contact: John 027-246-3918.
Dec 14, 15, 21: Flea market, Saturdays 11am-3pm, Sundays 10am-3pm, 22A Bridgman St, WTS headquarters facility. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 14 and 21: Otago Farmers Market, 8am to 12.30pm every Saturday, rain or shine, Dunedin Railway Station.
Dec 14 to Jan 26: ‘‘No Rain, No Rainforest’’, tropical forest demonstration, 2.30pm, Otago Museum. Included with Tuhura admission.
Dec 14 to Jan 26: ‘‘Fantastic Fire’’, science demonstration, 11.30am and 3.30pm, Otago Museum. Included with Tuhura admission.
Dec 15 and 22: Family fun rollerskating, 4.30pm-6pm, Caledonian Gymnasium. Follow Southern Skating on Facebook for details.
Dec 14-20: ‘‘Elves’ workshop and makerspace’’, self-guided Christmas craft activities at Otago Museum.
Dec 21 to 24: ‘‘Christmas in Playspace’’, self-guided paper craft activities at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Canned food donation for food bank appreciated.
Dec 21 to Jan 26: Playspace picture competition, Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Use the sheets provided and go in the draw to win a prize. Also collect your free sunflower seeds for planting.
Dec 21 to Jan 26: ‘‘Detail Detective’’ school holiday activity at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Ongoing: ‘‘First Flight’’ tropical forest demonstration, 11am weekdays, 11am and 1.30pm weekends/holidays at Otago Museum. Included with Tuhura science centre admission.
Ongoing: SPACE for you and your baby, delivered by Playcentre. Mosgiel/Outram and Mornington info and registration: email@example.com
Ongoing: Former ice skaters are invited to share their stories: www.nzskatinghistory.weebly.com
Ongoing: Taieri Historical Museum and Park, Outram, open Sunday, 2-4pm, October to May. Turn off SH87 at Outram Bridge. Otago Vintage Machinery Club is on site, open Sunday and Wednesday, 2-4pm.