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A look at what's happening in Dunedin this week.
Alibi, the Octagon. Fridays, from 10.30pm: Hemi and Bede.
Circadian Rhythm, 72 St Andrew St. Every Friday: Philtre jazz trio, 5.30pm onwards. Dunedin Musicians Club, 12 Manse St. Every Thursday: open mike night.
Isis Lounge, 68 Princes St. Every Thursday: Oxo Cubans jam night, from 8.30pm. Every Friday, 9pm: Oxo Cubans.
Lake Hawea Hotel, Hawea. Thursday, December 30: Steriogram "Moving On" tour, featuring special guests Shotgun Alley and Pistol Youth.
Robbie Burns Pub, 374 George St. Thursdays: Calder Prescott Jazz Quartet, 8.30pm.
Rosie's Bar, Victoria Hotel, 137 St Andrew St. Thursdays, 9pm: open mike night. Gear provided.
Swell, St Clair Esplanade. Every Saturday, 2.30pm-5.30pm: live jazz from Trevor Coleman and Nick Cornish.
Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Pl. Every Wednesday 10.30am, story time. Until Monday, January 10: 2011 Robert Burns poetry competition. Write a poem in English or Scots, inspired by the life or works of Robert Burns. Your chance to be published by the Otago Daily Times. Free entry. Categories: published poet, unpublished poet and young poet. Entry forms and information from Dunedin public libraries or download at dunedinlibraries.govt.nz
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon. From December 27 until January 30: "A World with Chocolate - Summer Chocolate Hunt". Free, bookings not required and suitable for all ages. Children 7 years and under will require assistance and must be supervised. Wednesday January 12, 11.15am: Tours for Tots. Parents and caregivers: take part in a free baby-friendly half-hour tour of an exhibition at the gallery followed by a chat and a cup of tea on the mezzanine floor. Nappy-changing facilities.
Otago Museum, 419 Great King St. Explorer backpacks for children aged 7 to 12, free. Guided tours daily at 11.30am and 3.30pm. Meet at the information desk. Daily during the school holidays: "The Great Face Farce Detective Trail". A dastardly hoax has occurred and there are some pretty guilty-looking faces around. Pick up a Detective Conan's trail and follow the clues to figure out whodunnit. Collect your trail from the search centre desk. Free. Daily during the school holidays, 3.30pm, atrium level 1: "Survival of the Fittest". Find out what makes the stoat such an efficient killing machine and what anti-predator adaptations rabbits possess to aid their survival. Daily until Christmas Eve, 10am-4pm: "Christmas Comes To Animal Attic" - face-painting, stories, activities and Santa.
Visitor Information Centre, Octagon. Daily, 11am: Walk Dunedin, inner-city walking tours. Meet at the visitor centre.
Music and performance
Cromwell Country Music Club, Town & Country Club, Melmore Tce, Cromwell. January 2, noon-6pm: annual gala and talent quest on the lawn. Guest artist: Cromwell's Craig Adams. Reg McTaggart and his Kawarau Country band will provide backing. Free. Bring a chair.
Olssens Garden Vineyard, Bannockburn January 6, 6pm: Topp Twins Summer Hoe-Down tour, With the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, fiddler Marian Burns, Tami Neilson and Cameron Luxton.
Otago Museum, 419 Great King St. Today, 1pm: Jonny Dyas. Tomorrow, 1pm: Linda Munro.
Talks and films
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon. Sundays, 1.30pm, and Wednesdays, 12.30pm: free guided tours of "Beloved: Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery". Sunday 9 January 3pm: Graffiti movie season DVD Style Wars (1984 69min PG). Soundbites for this movie include: Breakdance/Subway/Graffiti/Hip Hop/New York City. In association with the Cut Collective exhibition. Courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment.
Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
Free daily talks, 2pm. For December: Mondays, "Goldrush Days"; Tuesdays, "The Plesiosaur"; Wednesdays, "Intriguing Greek Vases"; Thursdays, "Rapa Nui"; Fridays, "Akan Goldweights"; Saturdays, "The Monowai"; Sundays, "Aboriginal Bark Art". Daily, 4pm: Exhibition Gallery Talk: "Finely Furnished". Meet at the information desk, free.
Aigantighe Art Gallery, 49 Wai-iti Rd, Timaru. Until February 27: Lynne Kerr, "Blue". Until February 27: Hannah Kidd, "Beastly Delights".
Bannockburn Cafe and Store, Bannockburn.
Until December 31: Bannockburn artists Jenny Barker, Anna Clark, Gail de Jong, Amber McGrath, Maurice Middleditch, Odelle Morshuis and Alan Waters each display one piece of their work.
Bellamys Gallery, Macandrew Bay. Works by Manu Berry, Pauline Bellamy, Max Bellamy. Open every day noon-5pm.
Blue Oyster Project Art Space, 24b Moray Pl, Dunedin. Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday noon-3pm. Until December 24: "Museum of Obsessions".
Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, 21 Centennial Ave, Alexandra. Until January 30: "Images", photography by Sue Noble Adams and Barry Wills.
Desert Heart Winery, Felton Rd: Until December 31: "Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits", works by Bannockburn artist Jenni Barker.
Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Pl, Reed Gallery, third floor. Until February 20: "Let There Be Light", celebrating the Bible in English.
Dunedin International Airport. Until January 26: "A Summer Show", featuring Peter Cleverley, Sam Foley, Greg Lewis and Anya Sinclair.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon. Until April 17: Simon Morris, "Black Watercolour". Until April 2011: Frances Hodgkins' portraits. Until January 30: "Don Driver: '71-'75". Until January 23: Cut Collective, "Illegal Tender". Until February 20: John Ward Knox: A wall carving activated by shifting natural light levels. Until March 7: "Pretty Vacant" - includes collection favourites by Saskia Leek, Peter Peryer, Ronnie van Hout and Mark Braunias. Until January 30: "Pieces of Eight". Until February 27: Eugene Hansen and Andy Thomson, "Fieldwork". Ongoing: "Beloved: Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery".
Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore. Until February 4: Lowell Nesbitt, "Made in the USA".
Fix Cafe, Frederick St. During December: "Hereweka/Harbour Cone - Seven years", by Tudor Caradoc-Davies.
Gallery at Glenfalloch, Glenfalloch Gardens. Contemporary works by Otago Peninsula artists.
Gallery De Novo, 101 Stuart St. "Christmas Exhibition", including works by Kelvin Mann, Weston Frizzell, Janet de Wagt, Ivan Hill, Phillip Edwards and more. "A Round Christmas": round works by more than 40 artists.
Gallery on Blueskin, 1 Harvey St, Waitati. Every Thursday and Friday: Karan Snow will be working on her puppets and dolls and new creations at the gallery, 10.30am-4pm.
The Gateway Gallery, 27 Ross Pl, Lawrence. "Later Ron", new works by Ron Esplin. Jewellery by Bob Wyber, James Stewart (village chair-maker).
Hocken Gallery, cnr Anzac Ave and Parry St. Until January 21: "100 Up: a snapshot of Dunedin life, 1910 and 2010".
Holy Family School, Aubrey Rd, Wanaka. January 11-15: Aspiring Art Prize exhibition, 10am-4pm daily.
Inge Doesburg Studio and Gallery, 6 Castle St. Until December 24: new work by Kathryn Madill.
Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown. Until February 6: Graham Brinsley, "30 Years of Painting, Retrospective and New Works".
Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling St. Ends tomorrow: Stanley Palmer: "New Prints and Paintings". Until February 2: "Summer Show". Gallery closed December 25-January 5.
Milford Galleries, Queenstown, 9A Earl St. Until February 8: "The Earl Street Journal", a group show.
Modaks Cafe, George St. Until January 14: "Ladies" by Gina Berry.
Monumental, 7 Anzac Ave. Until February 24: "Einstein's Pylons revisited", sculpture by Stuart Griffiths.
Mountfort Gallery, 7 Earl St, Queenstown. Until February 25: Jonathan R White, "Heart in the Wilderness".
North Otago Museum, 60 Thames St, Oamaru. Permanent exhibition: "Waitaki Landscapes".
Otago Art Society, in the OAS gallery at Dunedin Railway Station, first floor. Until December 24: Christmas affordable art exhibition. Nothing over $300.
Otago Museum, 419 Great King St. Ongoing: "Sir Edmund Hillary: New Zealander". Ongoing: "Finely Furnished". Ongoing: "Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition". Ongoing: "Mo Tatou", presenting the journey of Ngai Tahu Whanui. Added to the exhibition for the Otago Museum showing, "Aukaha kia kaha - Strengthen the bindings" is dedicated to the local runaka: Waihao, Moeraki, Puketeraki, Otakou and Hokonui. Ongoing: Special Exhibitions Gallery, Level 1: "Your Face Here". Featuring a diverse mix of collection items and hands-on exhibits, "Your Face Here" lets you come face-to-face with creatures from the natural world, merge your face into famous portraits and even become part of the exhibition.
Owaka Museum, 10 Campbell St, Owaka. Until February 27: "Primal Threads", a combined exhibition of works on paper by Gordon Thompson and textiles by Janine Thompson. Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-1pm, 1.30pm-4.30pm. Weekends: 10am-4pm.
Scapes Gallery, 324 South Rd, Caversham. Until December 24: ceramics by Riki Julin.
Stuart Street Potters Co-operative, 14 Lower Stuart St. Until 3 January: Christmas bonanza exhibition. January 3-9: Judy Ringland Stewart and Paddy Carr. January 10-16: Ro McQueen and Louise Thompson Parker
Taieri Gallery, 123 Gordon Rd, Mosgiel. Until January 26: oils by local artist Deirdre Bruce.
Temple Gallery, 29 Moray Pl, Dunedin. Until January 20: "Are we there yet ..." , group show.
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This is the last guide for 2010.
The first guide next year will run on January 13.