Picks of the Week

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra violinist Cathy Irons reunites with Queenstown pianist Mark Wilson for the recital Spirit of the Violin in the Thomas Brown Gallery tonight. Photo supplied.
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra violinist Cathy Irons reunites with Queenstown pianist Mark Wilson for the recital Spirit of the Violin in the Thomas Brown Gallery tonight. Photo supplied.
Today

7pm: Christchurch artist Heather Straka delivers her art talk, "Lost in Translation: Cultural Appropriation in the Arts" in Dorothy Brown's Cinema, Arrowtown, then attends the opening of her exhibition, "Heather Straka: Playdate" in the Nadene Milne Gallery next door at 7.45pm. Cinema seat booking recommended; places are limited. Cost $8.

7.30pm: Arts on Tour New Zealand presents the stage show Home, starring soprano Rowena Simpson and baritone Stuart Coats as two Scottish immigrants to New Zealand who meet and marry just before World War 1. Dialogue blends with traditional songs from the 1890s in the acclaimed drama in the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall. Tickets $20 from Lakes District Museum and on the door.

7.30pm: Spirit of the Violin features Cathy Irons, of Christchurch, on violin and Mark Wilson, of Queenstown, on piano, for a virtuoso performance of "classics to gypsy and jazz" in the Thomas Brown Gallery, Speargrass Flat Rd. The programme includes Bach E major Partita no 3 and Kreisler Prelude and Allegro, plus All the Things You Are and Sweet Georgia Brown. Tickets, including refreshments, $25 from Event Finder online and the door.

Tomorrow

9pm: Laugh Club Queenstown presents headliner Brendhan Lovegrove, the 2011 NZ Comedy Guild Awards Best Male Comedian and star of his own sitcom TV1's A Night at the Classic, along with Cohen Holloway of Eagle vs Shark, Boy and Good For Nothing, and master of ceremonies Tarun Mohanbhai, star of TV3's A Thousand Apologies, in SkyCity Queenstown Casino. Tickets $25 from the cashier's desk.