The Fringe signs off with a flourish this weekend, before
packing up its box of tricks for another year.
The internationally renowned ''Lines of Flight'' takes off
twice today, with performances at the Port Chalmers Masonic
Lodge and Chicks Hotel.
The longest-running experimental music festival in New
Zealand was established by the Metonymic Trust in 2000 to
provide a sonic showcase in Dunedin. ''It started as part of
the Fringe. We do it with the Fringe for the funding, most of
which we use on airfares to bring the artists here,''
co-organiser Peter Porteous told me yesterday.
The masonic lodge concert at 1pm features Arts Foundation
awardee Alastair Galbraith on glass harmonium, Eye (Porteous
and Peter Stapleton), Christchurch band Memory Burn and
Magnetic Field Data (Charlotte Parallel and Ali Bramwell).
The Chicks Hotel gig at 8pm lines up Black Yoghurt,
Wellington act Foxtrot, Gate (Michael Morley), Murderbike and
Enjoyed seeing the Yellow Men (Clarke Hegan and Jed McCammon)
last night reprise Christchurch artist Audrey Baldwin's hit
performance Canker, from last year's Fringe, at the
Blue Oyster Gallery.
Baldwin was in the crowd last night to see the pair lick
their way through a sheet of toffee in homage to her feat
last year of escaping from a toffee box using only her
''I'm stoked to be back for this. It's really flattering that
they're redoing it,'' she told me.
Check out Poetry While You Wait on your way to the
Otago Farmers Market at the Dunedin Railway Station from 8am
today, while it's the final Fringe Picks cameo in the Octagon
There is still plenty of drama left in the Fringe. In
Absentia at the Globe Theatre at 7pm is a puppetry look
at Alzheimer's disease, which is followed at 9pm by the
entertaining and imaginative low-budget exploration of outer
space with paper aeroplanes, A Play About Space.
Wellington street circus troupe In and Out of Context will be
in the Octagon at 8.30pm, before the final Festival Club at
9pm at Queens, where Manthyng and Sexy Animals will be making
mayhem on the dance floor.
Pretty Gay Productions does an adults-only take on gay
cruising culture in Queer Deportment at 10pm at the
Otago Museum Reserve, before a final family-friendly fling at
St Clair Esplanade at 11am tomorrow. Artist James Bellaney
concludes his Reduction of the Deity from 2pm to 6pm
at the Community Gallery.
''It's a narration of Maori cosmology,'' Bellaney said
''I'm breaking down the semantics into an entity. It travels
from Te Kore, or 'The Void', to the modern day.''
Textile artist Desi Liversage and ceramicist Blue Black's
stunning multimedia art exhibition, ''Hurry Up and Wait'', is
also on from noon till 6pm at the Dowling St Project Space.
The 2013 Fringe wraps up with the Festival Awards Night at
7pm tomorrow at Queens.