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Dylan Haley – Far Out! Film Night

Who: Dylan Haley
What: Far Out Film Night
Where: Dome Cinema
When: Last Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm
Cost: $10 on the door, bookings essential 027 590 2117

Meet Dylan Haley, a guy with an infectious laugh and the organiser of the monthly Far Out Film Nights at the Dome Cinema.

Dylan grew up in Berkeley, California, a city well-known for its liberalism. An epicentre of the anti-Vietnam war and Free Speech movements of the 60’s in the US, Berkeley has kept that tradition of radical politics and challenging the status quo to this day. “It’s a pretty groovy place” says Dylan and he reckons that most people born there never leave. But Dylan did leave, initially to go to art school in New York and then to Los Angeles to “surround himself with artists”. 

It was while he was living in L.A. that Dylan met Sarah, a Kiwi lass who had ended up immersed in the music industry, starting out DJing in bars and moving into music licencing, with a role placing music in film and Television.

Whilst Dylan still sometimes feels as if being here in Gisborne is some kind of happy accident, the pair made a conscious decision to ditch the rat race and find a place to raise a family of their own. With Sarah’s family all living here, Gisborne was that perfect place and Dylan reckons that Gisborne and Berkeley share a similar vibe in some ways; a special kind of soul that you don’t just find anywhere.

Since moving to Gisborne five years ago Dylan says he’s been educated on all sorts of things from beekeeping to growing vegetables to fence building, and he’s enjoyed growing friendships built upon shared interests in music and art. However he’d been here for a while when he started to realise how much he was missing chewing the fat about film with other people who were as excited about it as he was.

For Dylan it was time living next to some excellent video stores, first in NY and then LA that really got him into watching movies. It was always something of a solitary endeavour until the company Dylan did graphic design for opened a film distribution wing; restoring old films, repackaging them and redistributing them. Dylan started doing the poster design for the films – something he continues doing to this day – and finding himself surrounded by film nerds, his appreciation for film and talking about it with others, was thoroughly entrenched.

In his early days of Gisborne living Dylan would wander over to the Ballance Street Village to grab some lunch from the bakery. He’d often stop by at Retro, to yarn with Ro Darrall. When Sally from the Dome Cinema also showed up at the shop on one of those occasions, Ro prompted Dylan to share his idea for a regular film night showing classic films with her. Sally was sold, and in true Gizzy-styles, Far Out Film Night was born.

So what is Far Out Film Night? Each month Dylan chooses a film from his own personal catalogue of favourites. He goes for films that have stood the test of time but that are also somehow a little fringe-y, left of centre, usually with some kind of anti-hero theme, and always with substance.

Getting the rights to screen any particular film is an exercise which can have Dylan communicating directly with the family of deceased filmmakers or the original film producers and it’s a part of the process he enjoys. 

On the night Dylan introduces the film, touching on anything from the social or political history which may have shaped the film, to the backgrounds of particular actors, fun facts about the director or the likes. He is passionate about the films he shows, as an intentional curation of some of the best films that have ever been made. He especially relishes seeing old films on the big screen, likening the experience to time machine travel into the past. 

For Dylan the Far Out Film Nights have achieved his own personal goal in finding people to talk film with, with some of the regulars soon becoming firm friends, and for Gisborne people, it’s an opportunity to enrich both our cultural and social lives; an opportunity to step out of our own lives for a couple of hours to experience someone else’s reality, in another time and place.

Far Out Film Night is on the last Tuesday of the month (that’s tonight!) at the Dome Bar and Cinema. The doors open for pizza and toasty hang outs from 5pm and the film starts at 6:30pm. Bookings are essential because these nights are pretty popular!

Tonight’s film is a documentary about the life of pianist and jazz great, Thelonious Sphere Monk. Featuring live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius, Dylan reckons this is another banger of a film!

Bonus Hot Tips from Dylan: 

#1 If you are searching for something quality to watch on Netflix right now, look for the film Crip Camp. Not only does it prominently feature Dylan’s hometown, he reckons it will have you remembering what we are all here for. 

#2 If you’re wanting to break free of Netflix you might want to check out streaming platform mubi.com – comparable in price to other platforms, available in NZ and good for films in particular.

You can follow the Far Out Film Night on Instagram @far.out.film.night

NZ Music Month in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa

It’s May, so it’s NZ Music Month! NZ Music Month is all about music from Aotearoa, and the people who make it. Radio stations play more local tunes, and we celebrate homegrown talent across the length and breadth of the country. So what’s happening locally? What does NZ Music Month mean to our local musicians and how can we support our local talent?

The NZ Music Commission kicked off NZ Music Month in 2000. There was plenty of great music being made but not enough people got to hear it, see it, or have it on their shelves. It’s marvellous to see how far things have come.

My music month started brilliantly with friends over for a birthday celebration, so out came the CDs and vinyl. I’ve got some great early NZ compilations on vinyl, being rather partial to Flying Nun bands and NZ punk. I was lucky enough to be given the book “From AK79 to The Class Of 81” as a prezzy, with great photos of the era by Andrew Phelps. What could be better? Maybe more music? Oh yeah, a gift voucher for Spellbound Wax, our very own local vinyl store. So I went in and got the classic Straitjacket Fits album Hail.

I asked some local musos for their thoughts on NZ Music Month and the local scene (follow the link to our website below for links to these band’s tracks and playlist links on Spotify):

Gana Goldsmith of UNI-FI thinks “the local music scene has really boosted in the last few years since Darryl took over Smash Palace and has live music every weekend. NZ Music Month for me is celebrating awesome kiwi musicians and their creative works but I reckon it should be celebrated all year around and not just for one month!”

SuperFly Killa started the month writing songs for their second EP. Kevin Pewhairangi gave us his local music recommendations: Tuari Brothers, Supreme Brother Sound, UNI-FI, Clown’s Kiss , Strobe & Kwick.

As an artist songwriter ErnieJ says that being involved in NZ Music Month makes him feel like he is contributing to a bigger kiwi vibe “Following Covid lockdown, Kiwi acts stepped up and demonstrated we have the talent. If local original music is given opportunity in front of an audience then chances are, we grow together”.

The man behind Spellbound Radio and The Spellbound Wax Company Deane Craw says he always tries to get anything from New Zealand on vinyl for the shop, “the local music scene has really ramped up after Covid, with more local bands touring, and commercial stations finally coming to the party”.

New Zealand music airplay on commercial stations was 21% in 2020. The industry began a voluntary Music Code back in 2002, when they played less than 10% local music. Their target was for commercial radio stations to play 20% New Zealand music. Not bad, but I reckon they can do better and follow in the footsteps of public, student and iwi radio stations, which are strong supporters of local content.

OK, I know, it’s getting a bit nippy out so you might not make it to all of the live shows. Luckily, there are a couple of other ways to hear our local talent. You may have heard local music playing at a cafe, restaurant, bar or shop lately. That’s because Lazy Fifty band manager Kerry Taggart put together a Gisborne Musicians Spotify playlist and got it out to local hospitality businesses.  You’ll know if they have the playlist from the poster displayed in their window. Your ears can feast on tracks from locals, including The Crumb Factory, The Karuthers Brothers and Tama Waipara.

Another playlist, heavy on music from Tairāwhiti and 100% NZ made is the NZ Music Scene playlist. You’ll hear locals UNI-FI, Superfly Killa, Sit Down in Front, amongst others.

I could go on forever and don’t claim to have covered the whole spectrum of local music. But if you’re keen to find a new favourite NZ band, Bandcamp is a great place to start if you’re keen to support local artists. Check out Bandcamp here.

Enjoy your NZ Music Month and keep an ear out for a new project brewing at Gizzy Local that’s all about shining a light on local music – Gizzy Local music. Coming soon!

By Leah McAneney

Photographs by John Flatt – Lightseeker Photography

The Poetry of Objects #1

The Poetry of Objects #1: Thirty seven piece Branksome Dinner set

Cold mornings are to lift me to your smile,
This bird boned tableware, so thin, light weight,
Your gracious, timely action, full of style.

So curl your hands ‘neath powder blue, and wile,
And cup a cloud of steam against your face,
Cold mornings are to lift me to your smile.

We teacups wear no halos, sure, but I’ll
Reglaze the blue of Mary’s baked in grace
Her timeless gesture, classy, full of style,

As families grow more stories pile up, while
Boards groan with hued ceramics song ‘till late,
When summer nights are to lift me to your smile.

The gravy tide, it lifts all boats on high
So raise a toast to bread and butter plates,
Sunday roasts are to lift me to your smile,
A timeless set. So classy. Full of style.

By Tampa O’Connor for Gizzy Local

* The Poetry of Objects is a creative marketing collaboration between local business ‘Retro’ and writer Tampa O’Connor.
Each month we will be provided with a photograph of an object or collection of objects from Ro Darrall’s shop Retro and our in-house poet will provide a poetic response to it.

** This poem is a Villanelle, an old form of poetry defined by its structure. The most famous example is by Dylan Thomas, “do not go gentle into that good night.”

** Ekphrastic poetry is a form of poetry that emerged in ancient Greece whereby writers aspired to transform the visual into the verbal especially to describe Art. Today, the word ekphrastic refers to any literary response to a non-literary work.

*** Special thanks to Ro Darrall from Retro for supporting local creatives through Gizzy Local.

You can follow Ro on Instagram @retro.ro.gisborne or find her on Facebook.

THE TAIRĀWHITI MUSEUM COLLECTION GOES ONLINE

Last week the Tairāwhiti Museum launched their collection online. 

At any one time, only about one percent of a museum’s collection can be on physical display for the public to access. Creating an online portal to the collection enables people to access more of the collection and from the comfort of their own home or device, where ever they might be.

The museum team have been working toward the launch for a number of years and over 6000 objects of the more than 40,000 physical items in the museum to the website are now available to view online.

Museum Director Eloise Wallace is quick to point out that the museum collection is our community’s collection. Many of the items are family taonga and treasures that have been donated by people in our community.

Bringing these objects onto a public platform will likewise allow for our community to have input on what is known about the pieces in the collection. If you recognise a person or location in a photograph for example, you can add these details into the comments section for that object.

Mr Silk – a black and white photograph from the Tairāwhiti Museum’s collection

Museum staff are also looking forward to seeing how the community uses the resource and in particular which areas people are most interested in, which will help them prioritise which areas of the collection to focus on uploading.

The collection includes fine art, archives, taonga Māori, photography, and social and natural history. It’s a pretty exciting new research resource for our community so check it out and don’t forget to keep doing so as they continue to add to it!

Story by Sarah Cleave

Images from the Museum’s online Portal

Find the online portal here: https://collection.tairawhitimuseum.org.nz

Hoea!

Late  December 2020 a certain section of Gladstone Road received a visionary splash of colour and energy with the arrival of Hoea! Gallery and Project Space.

A thick orange rope of paint winds and wheels across the aquamarine street frontage, and through the glass, neon lights, stray objects such as a solitary door frame and blocks of bold colour form a visual feast that beckons you inside.

You’ll find those doors wide open from Thursday to Saturday, 11am – 3pm when Hoea! operates as a Gallery for the public.

The kaupapa behind this, one of the latest art galleries to grace our CBD, is encapsulated perfectly in its name, Hoea! which means to paddle and implies dynamism and forward movement.

The three wahine Māori paddling this waka are Melanie Tangaere Baldwin (Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine), Nikora Te Kahu (Ngai Tamaterangi, Ngāti Makoro, Ngā Puhi, Ngai Tuhoe) and Rangimarie Makowharemahihi Pahi (Ngati Hinetu, Ngāti Kurukuru, Moriori). 

They wanted to create a space in which to continue the national conversation about contemporary Toi Māori and to champion indigenous mahi. A space in which for fellow artists to experiment and move their own waka forward; a place in which for people to experience contemporary Toi Māori in all of its dynamism and different forms.

Mel, Nikora and Rangi first met at Toihoukura, Gisborne’s School of Māori Art and Design. Mel was tutoring a contextual studies paper as she worked on her own Masters in 2019. Nikora and Rangi were amongst her students. Mel recalls Rangi and Nikora buzzing out on the artists they were learning about: Marcel du champ. Rebecca Beomore, Yayoi Kusama, Edgar Heap of Birds, they always seemed to be hanging out for more..

Mel watched as Nikora and Rangi got excited about expressing themselves in ways that were wholly Māori, yet experimental and when it came time for the pair to graduate, she offered to mentor them, hoping they would continue with their art practice. A forward motion, which in turn led to them opening Hoea! with the help of fellow contemporary artist, Sjionel Timu, Ruth Quirk on the business end of things and weavers Kaa Te Mihi Puketapu and Michelle Kerr.

Hoea! opened on January 30 with ‘Wahine Toi’, an exhibition which celebrated the opening of a wahine Māori-run space. A nod to Robyn Kahukiwa’s seminal book of the same name, the exhibition was a karanga to welcome people into the space as well as an acknowledgement of those wāhine Māori who have paved the path before them, making a space like this possible.

The trio plan to install a new show every six weeks. Group shows will be favoured over solos, and according to the guiding principal of tuakana-teina, upon which the space has been founded, you will always find the works of emerging artists alongside those of the established artist. Hoea! will feature artists from both here and away with the intention of enabling people to experience new artists and practices as much as possible.

It will however be rare to find a room filled with paintings in Hoea! as the collective continue to stretch people’s ideas as to what Toi Māori is. Therefore you will always find installation, sound and video work, and pieces that don’t necessarily fit with peoples’ ideas of what indigenous art should look like. And while it’s a space in which the conversation about indigenous mahi is front and centre, non-Māori are welcome to contribute to that conversation.

The gallery will be open from Thursday to Saturday, with the space available for the rest of the week for wānanga and other artist-run projects. Ron te Kawa will be visiting in March for a wānanga and life drawing classes will begin soon.

The collective are working with two kura kaupapa Māori to provide weekly mahi toi workshops and with Turanga health to provide programmes for hapu and new mums.

Story by Sarah Cleave
Photographs by Tom Teutenberg.

 

Building Bands, One Night at a Time

It’s sorta obvious the current owner of Smash Palace Bar Gisborne, Darryl Monteith is a musician. As I walk in, he’s already on stage cranking out “History Never Repeats” by Split Enz, accompanied by his mate Mo. A young fulla and his dad have arrived at the same time, guitar case in hand, obviously here to play. Others, like me, are here to listen, to support budding musicians gaining their confidence, and perhaps experience a seasoned talent bust out something special.

Build-a-Band started about 2 years ago, and used to be on Fridays. The instruments are all on loan from local musicians, but bringing your own is pretty standard too. Electric guitars (including left hand), acoustic guitar, bass, drums, bongos, various percussion instruments…. all there. If you’re a bit shy there’s a post to stand behind, but that spot can get a bit crowded.

The original concept was that individual musicians get up and jam, some would gel as a group and go on to start a band. Darryl reckons there’s loads of musical talent in Gisborne and sees Build-a-Band as a way of helping to nurture and develop that talent. Mostly folks are happy to just come along and jam. Try out a song they’ve written. See what sort of reaction they get, or have that one time a week they are totally in the zone. It’s building bonds between local musicians who probably wouldn’t otherwise have known each other existed.

As we know, Gisborne attracts a few travellers, and even though our borders are closed we still have interesting folks from far off places passing through or basing themselves here. Some of them have proved to be accomplished musicians and thrilled to have a chance to play. On nights like that, Smash patrons get to experience something they may have to pay big bucks for in another setting. But this is Build-a-Band. Everyone’s welcome. The ages vary, the styles of music vary, the levels of experience vary, but everyone’s all about the music. As I head out the door there’s a call from the stage, “We need a blues guitarist!”

What: Build-a-band
Where: Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, Awapuni
When: Every Thursday night, 7 – 11pm
Cost: Free – wouldn’t hurt to buy a beer while you’re there though!
Story by Leah McAneney
Photographs by John Flatt

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