The Guide: What's on this week

Gigs
Circadian Rhythm, St Andrew St.
 •Fridays, 5.30pm: Duo jazz: Phil Lyons and Trevor Coleman.

Crown Hotel, Rattray St.
 •Thursday, 8pm: Diploid (Australia), Scum Hammer, Machina-Rex, Rot.

Embers, 2 Manor Pl.
 •Sunday, 7.30pm: New Edinburgh Folk Club presents Joseph Balfe.

Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell.
 •Saturday 9pm: Idol Frets.

None Gallery, 24 Stafford St.
 •Saturday, 8pm: Eves, Birdation, William Henry Meung, Nick Graham, Grvdggr. Visuals by Ted Black.

Oamaru Opera House main foyer, 190 Thames St.
 •Today, 8pm: French For Rabbits, Spirits album release tour, with support from Grawlixes.

Ombrellos Kitchen and Bar, 10 Clarendon St, Dunedin.
 •Today, 5.30pm: Jazz Duo.

Robbie Burns Pub, 374 George St.
 •Saturday, 9pm: The Johnnys with Bulletproof Convertible.
 •Sunday, 4pm: The Johnnys with Silas Waring.

Sports Central Brewhouse, Oamaru.
 •Thursdays, 7.30pm: JBE Karaoke.
 •Sundays, 2pm: JBE open mike/jam session.

Taste Merchants, 36 Stuart St.
 •Tomorrow: Violet-Ohs' single release party.
 •Saturday: Paul Ubana Jones.

Family fun
Cromwell Racecourse, Ord Rd.
 •Saturday, 10am-4pm: ''The Festive Fete''; shopping, live music, wine, food stalls. Dunedin Botanic Garden, Lower Garden Information Centre.
 •Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-2.45pm: 15min tractor-train rides around the lower Botanic Garden (weather dependent).

Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Pl.
 •Sunday, 2pm: ''Signs of Santa'', storytelling with Kat Anna Fiddle, also performed in NZ sign language by Brydee Jenkin Strang.

King George Memorial Park, Roxburgh.
 •Saturday, 3.30pm-7pm: ''Party in the Park''; Santa, live music, crafts and gifts, food stall, children's games. If weather is bad will be held on Sunday.

Mosgiel Library, Hartstonge Ave.
 •Tuesday, 11am: ''Santa is coming ...'', meet Santa and listen to some stories.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
 •Saturday, 11am: ''Mush!'', live demonstration by the Southern Regions Sled Dog Club on the Museum Reserve.
 •Saturday and Sunday, 11am and 3pm: ''Frozen Discoveries'' Discovery World science show. Free with Discovery World admission.
 Daily: Discovery backpacks. Pick up from Discovery desk. Daily, 10.30am: ''First-flight butterfly release''. Free with Tropical Forest admission.

Pembroke Park, Wanaka.
 •Sunday, 10am: Wanaka Sunday craft market.

Port Chalmers Library, 20 Beach St.
 •Today, 10am: preschool story time.

Queenstown Recreation Ground, Memorial St.
 •Saturday, 7pm-10pm: ''Christmas Cracker'' variety concert.

Terrace Kindergarten, 74 Russell St, Alexandra.
 •Sunday, 10am-2pm: ''Christmas Spectacular''; face painting, cupcake decorating, raffles, stalls, BBQ, coffee and cake, photos with Santa.

University Book Shop, 378 Great King St.
 •Fridays, Saturdays, 10.30am: story time.

Visitor Information Centre, 26 Princes St.
 •Daily, 10am: Walk Dunedin, inner-city walking tours. Meet at visitor centre.

Music and performance
Alexandra Community House,14-20 Centennial Ave.
 •Saturday, 10.30am: ''Singing for your Enjoyment'', Central Singers performance.

Carey's Bay Historic Hotel, 17 Macandrew Rd.
 •Tuesday, 7pm: Open mike poetry night with guest poets Kay McKenzie Cooke and Jenny Powell.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
 •Saturday, 1.30pm: Christmas tunes by the Mosgiel Brass Ensemble.
 •Sunday, 1pm: Christmas music by the Melrose Singers.

Holy Cross Church Hall, Ajax St, St Kilda.
 •Saturday, 4pm: Concert featuring soprano Jenny Whitaker, mezzo Jan Harrington-Versteeg, pianist Alison Paterson and The Southern Coastal Deanery Choir.

Musical Theatre Dunedin rooms, 1 Sullivan Ave.
 •Till Saturday: ''We Need A Little Christmas'' theatre restaurant. Bookings essential.

Oamaru Opera House, 190 Thames St.
 •Saturday, 8pm: ''The Great Gatsby Christmas Party Revue'', bookings essential.

St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin.
 •Tuesday, 12.50pm: George Chittenden plays organ works by New Zealand composers, to include music by Lilburn and Madden. Thomas L Brown Gallery, 568 Speargrass Flat Rd, Lake Hayes.
 •Sunday, 5pm-6.30pm: ''A Merry Little Christmas'', choral music by the Remarkable Vocals ensemble.

Plays
Fortune Theatre, Stuart St.
 •Until December 13: Ladies Night. Talks and filmsDunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
 •Sunday, 3pm: Artist's talk by Peter Trevelyan, in association with his exhibition ''The Crystal Line''.
 •Wednesday, 11.15am: ''Tour for Tots'', baby-friendly half-hour tour of an exhibition.

Fletcher House, 727 Portobello Rd, Broad Bay.
 •Open daily 11am-4pm: guided tours.

Hocken Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Ave.
 •Wednesday, 6pm: ''The first Christmas'', tour of the ''Whakapono: faith and foundations'' exhibition. Olveston, 42 Royal Tce, Dunedin.
 •Thursdays, 4.30pm: Theomin art collection tours. Bookings essential.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
 •Daily, 2pm: ''Highlights of the Museum'' guided tour, meet at information desk.

Exhibitions
Acorn Gallery, 72 Albany St.
 •Ongoing: Angela Burns paintings. Open weekdays 8am-5pm or weekends by appointment.

Archives New Zealand Dunedin Regional Office, 556 George St.
 •Till December 24: ''Readiness and Sacrifice'', an exhibition of World War 1 archives.

Arrowtown Gallery, 8 Berkshire St.
 •Works by various artists.

ARTICA, 26B George St, Port Chalmers.
 •Ongoing: decorative artworks by Kirsten Andreae, paintings by James Cordery.

The Artist's Room, 2 Dowling St.
 •''Harbour'', by Sam Foley.
 •''Through the Eyes of the Traveller'', by Leila Ataya.

Atelier Jeux d'esprit, 2nd floor, 109 Princes St.
 •Till December 21: Handmade and vintage Christmas decorations.
 •Open Wednesday-Friday 11am-6.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm.

Bellamys Gallery, 495 Portobello Rd, Macandrew Bay.
 •Till Sunday: ''Tempest'', by Max Bellamy and James Robinson.
 •Gallery open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5pm.

Brett McDowell Gallery, 5 Dowling St.
 •Opens tomorrow, 5.30pm: ''Blessed are the Sick'', Jason Greig.

Cloakroom Gallery, cnr Ballarat and Stanley Sts, Queenstown.
 •Till December 11: ''The Jewellery Box'', works by local jewellers.

Community Gallery, Princes St, Dunedin.
 •Closes tomorrow: 2014 Artsenta exhibition, various artists.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
 •Opens Saturday: ''The Crystal Line'', Peter Trevelyan.
 •Till March 1: ''His Own Steam'', ceramics by Barry Brickell.
 •Till March 15: ''Dogwood Days'', Erica Van Zon. Till March 15: ''Visible Structures'', Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano.
 •Till March 15: ''Floating Studio'', Fiona Connor and Alicia Frankovich.
 •Till March 31: ''Belonging'', works from the gallery.
 •Till April 12: ''Parallel Play'', works by Frances Hodgkins and her European contemporaries.
 •Ongoing: ''Mythos'', curated by Aaron Kreisler.
 

Eastern Southland Gallery, 14 Hokonui Dr, Gore.
 •Till Sunday: ''Close to Home'', photographs by Grahame Sydney.

Fresh n Fruity Gallery, Level 3, 140 George St.
 •Today, 7.30pm: ''Give me ur attention'', a night of selected video works, curated by Hana Aoake and Katherine Botten.

Gallery on Blueskin, 1 Harvey St, Waitati.
 •Throughout December: Work by Charles Barrington, Liz Abbott and Rudie Verhoef.

Green Island Gallery, 194 Main South Rd, Green Island.
 •Works by John White.

Hocken Collections, University of Otago.
 •Till February 7: ''Whakapono: faith and foundations'', exhibition celebrating the Marsden Bicentennial 1814-2014.

Hullabaloo Art Space, Melmore Tce, Old Cromwell Historic Precinct.
 •Till Saturday: ''Dream City'', by Liz Rowe.
 •From Sunday till January 3: ''A Round Christmas'', various artists.

Inge Doesburg Studio and Gallery, 6 Castle St.
 •Closes tomorrow: ''From Bamiyan to Puketapu'', by Peter Cleverley.
 •From Saturday till January 10: Christmas show featuring various artists.
 •Gallery open Thursday-Saturday noon-2pm and by appointment.

Koru Gallery, 2 Castle St.
 •Till Sunday: ''Eco Artists''.

Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling St.
 •Till December 17: New works by Michael Hight.

Milford Galleries Queenstown, 9a Earl St.
 •Till Wednesday: ''Parison Pacific'', by Luke Jacomb; new works by Mike Petre.

Mint Gallery, 32 Moray Pl.
 •Closes today: New work by Odelle Morshuis.

Opens tomorrow, 5pm: ''Feedback Loops'', by Becky Cameron.
 •Gallery open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.

Nadene Milne Gallery, 16 Buckingham St, Arrowtown.
 •Works by Denis O'Connor.

Old Creamery Gallery, 230 Harington Point Rd, Lower Portobello.
 •Oil and acrylic landscapes by Douglas Williams, Henry Lowen-Smith and Geoff Williams.

Otago Art Society, Dunedin Railway Station.
 •Till January 31: ''Affordable Art''. Open daily 10am-4pm.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
 •From Saturday till March 1: ''Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica''.
 •Ongoing: ''Sir Edmund Hillary: New Zealander''. Stairwell display.

Owaka Museum Community Gallery, 10 Campbell St, Owaka.
 •Till February 15, 2015: contemporary jewellery by Bob Wyber.

Reed Gallery, Dunedin City Library.
 •Till January 11: ''European Treasure'', letters in French and Italian from the Reed Autograph Letters Collection.

Steampunk HQ, 1 Itchen St, Oamaru.
 •''Mythos'', works by Donald Paterson and Kano.

Stuart St Potters Co-operative, 14 Lower Stuart St.
 •Till Saturday: works by Lisa Simpson and Riki Julin.

Taieri Gallery, 123 Gordon Rd, Mosgiel.
 •Till January 7: works by photographer Murray Crawford.

Toi O Tahuna Fine Art Gallery, 29 Rees St, Queenstown.
 •''The Remarkables'', by Simon Lardelli and Drew Hill.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Queens Gardens.
 •Ongoing: ''Dunedin's Great War 1914-1918'', World War 1 commemorative exhibition.

Tony Williams Goldsmith Workshop and Gallery, Carnegie Centre, 110 Moray Pl.
 •Till December 24: spring exhibition.

Waikouaiti Old Post Office Gallery, 152 Main Rd, Waikouaiti.
 •Open 1pm-5pm, Wednesday-Friday and Sunday: paintings by Laura Gregory. Pottery and paintings by Peter Gregory.

Warbirds and Wheels, Wanaka Airport.
 •Ongoing: ''Come Up and See My Etchings'', Grahame Sydney.

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