CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS
Dec 7: ‘‘There Was a Star: Beautiful songs for the festive season’’, Southern Consort of Voices concert, 7.30pm, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Octagon.
Dec 8: Sunny Side Up a capella gospel choir Christmas performance, 1pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Dec 8: Dunedin Star Singers Christmas concert, 2.30pm, St Mary’s Catholic Church, Mosgiel.
Dec 8: Opera Here presents Lois Johnston (soprano), Margot Button (mezzo) and Mark Bevin (piano), performing arias by Purcell, Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, 3pm, The Galley Restaurant and Bar, Port Chalmers.
Dec 10: City Choir Dunedin presents Handel’s Messiah, with Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and soloists Rebecca Ryan (soprano), Tessa Romano (alto), Andrew Grenon (tenor), and Joel Amosa (bass), 7.30pm at Dunedin Town Hall.
Dec 13 and 14: Opera Otago presents ‘‘The Telephone and other Christmas cheer’’, 7.30pm, New Atheneum Theatre, lower Octagon.
Dec 14: Cantores choir Christmas concert, 1pm, Otago Museum atrium.
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.
GIGS AND COMEDY
Tomorrow: The Feel Good Fridays play jazz, pop and soul classics, 8pm, Carousel Bar, upstairs at 141 Stuart St.
Dec 7: Ayamvoid, EP fundraiser show, with Goats Az and Night Lunch, The Crown Hotel, Rattray St.
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.
Today: Aliens (M, 2h34m), science fiction film screening, 7pm, Otago Museum planetarium. Tickets from museum shop or at otagomuseum.nz/whats-on
Dec 10: Voice for Life Dunedin presents Unplanned, 8pm, Rialto Cinema. Tickets via fan-force.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 14: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, family film screening, 4.30pm, Otago Museum planetarium. Tickets at otagomuseum.nz/whats-on
Until Dec 8: ‘‘The Daring’’, Di Wales, Joy Heazlewood, Marian Dawson, Murray Hanan, at Otago Art Society, Dunedin Railway Station.
Dec 9-24: 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 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 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
Today: ‘‘Eavesdropping Underwater: The Sounds of Whales and Dolphins’’, talk by NIWA scientists Dr Giacomo Giorli and Olivia Price, 5.30pm, Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum.
Dec 10: ‘‘Inside the Nobel’’, six short talks by university academics on the 2019 Nobel prizes in their fields of expertise, 5.30pm, Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum.
Dec 11: ‘‘Tour for Tots’’, baby-friendly half-hour tour of an exhibition, 11.15am, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
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 5 and 12: Taieri Age Connect 500 card game group, 1.30pm, Senior Citizens’ Hall, opposite New World Mosgiel. All welcome. Contact: Tony Robinson 489-2197.
Dec 7: Capoeira (Brazilian martial art form) demonstration and workshop, 3pm-4pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Booking essential: (03) 474-3249.
Dec 8: Watercolour painting workshop with Inge Doesburg, 2pm-4pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Limited spaces, booking essential: (03) 474-3249.
Dec 9: Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class, 5.30-6.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, 15 Park St. Info: 021-122-1421.
Dec 10: Seniors’ Tuesday Club Christmas lunch, noon, the Home of St Barnabas. Inquires: Jan (03) 484-7223.
Dec 11 and 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 7 and 8: ‘‘Celebration of Roses’’, 10am-5pm, Northern Cemetery, Lovelock Ave. Talks, tours, Devonshire tea, information. All welcome.
Dec 7, 8, 14, 15, 21: Flea market, Saturdays 11am-3pm, Sundays 10am-3pm, 22A Bridgman St, WTS headquarters facility. Info: email@example.com
Dec 8: Dunedin Gasworks Museum Christmas open day, 20 Braemar St. Blacksmithing, steam engine and fibre arts demonstrations, food, crafts, lolly scramble.
Dec 8: Community Christmas party, noon-3pm, Bathgate Park School, Macandrew Rd. Food, bouncy castles, pony rides, craft making and more.
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 7 and 14: Otago Farmers Market, 8am to 12.30pm every Saturday, rain or shine, Dunedin Railway Station.
Dec 8 and 15: Family fun rollerskating, 4.30pm-6pm, Caledonian Gymnasium. Follow Southern Skating on Facebook for details.
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 14-20: ‘‘Elves’ workshop and makerspace’’, self-guided Christmas craft activities at Otago Museum.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.