The Guide: What's on this week

Gigs
Crown Hotel, Rattray St.
 •Friday 9pm: Heka and Kahu.

Fitzpatrick's Irish Pub, 59 Helwick St, Wanaka.
 •Tomorrow, 10pm: singer/songwriter Erin & Co.

Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell.
 •Saturday, 9pm: Forbidden Fruit.

New Orleans Hotel, 27 Buckingham St, Arrowtown.
 •Saturday, 9pm: singer/songwriter Erin & Co.

Speargrass Inn, 1300 Fruitlands-Roxburgh Rd (SH8), Alexandra.
 •Sunday, midday: Vanuatu Boys.

Waikerikeri Valley Rd, Central Otago.
 •Tomorrow to Sunday: Waikerifest 2015 music festival.

Family fun
Dunedin Botanic Garden, Lower Garden Information Centre.
 •Daily 10am-4pm: duck food free from information centre.
 •Tuesday to Sunday, 11.30am-3pm: train rides depart near duck pond.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
 •Daily until January 25, 10am-4.30pm: ''The Great Gallery Game''. Bring your detective skills to the exhibitions on display and follow the instructions in our foldout activities sheet. Young children will need to be accompanied by an adult.
 •Today and tomorrow, 10am-4.30pm: cool wool Playspace activity. Create a collage or wool embroidery.
 •From Saturday, 10am-4.30pm: Pottery Pet. Create a clay critter using Jovi air-dry clay in Playspace.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, 600 Blueskin Rd, Waitati.
 •Daily 11am: Takahe feeding.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
 •Monday and Friday until January 23, 2.30pm: Extreme Beings Freaky Science Show. How do insects live in a scorching desert or on the frozen polar caps? Could an insect survive in space? Meet the extremophiles of the insect world. Atrium level 1.
 •Weekdays until January 23: Discovery Squad school holiday programme. Whole day sessions $52 per child 8.30am-5.30pm, half-day sessions $29 per child 8.30am-1pm or 1pm-5.30pm. Ages 5-12. Bookings essential.
 •Until February 8: Dung Beetle Derby school holiday gallery trail. Meet awesome insects who will help you guide Doug the dung beetle and his dung ball home. Free.
 •Every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday until January 24, 2.30pm: Insectomania adventure tour. Join entomologist Ethel to meet some of Otago Museum's impressive insects.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens.
 •Daily: Toitu Treasure Island. Collect treasure map from reception.

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

Valance Cottage, Samson St, Alexandra.
 •Sunday, 11.30am: Vallance Cottage Community Picnic, guided tours of the cottage.

Visitor Information Centre, 26 Princes St.
 •Daily, 10am: Walk Dunedin, inner-city walking tours. Meet at visitor centre. Talks and filmsDunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
 •Saturday, 3pm: Art: 21 Art in the Twenty-First Century season three, Play (M, 60min). Includes artists Jessica Stockholder, Arturo Herrera and Oliver Herring.
 •Sunday, 3pm: Art: 21 Art in the Twenty-First Century season three: Structure. (M, 60min) Includes Richard Tuttle, Matthew Ritchie and Roni Horn.
 •Monday to Friday, 2pm: animation week. Monday, The Lorax; Tuesday, Surf's Up; Wednesday, The Pirates: Band of Misfits; Thursday, Rango; Friday, Despicable Me.

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

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.
 •Daily, 1pm: ''Bugs: the Mega World of Minibeasts'' exhibition talk.

Exhibitions

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.
 •This month: January group show.

Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, 21 Centennial Ave, Alexandra.
 •Until Sunday: ''Southernness'', landscape paintings by Jane Whitaker.
 •Until Sunday: ''A window of Nature'', photographic drawings by Annemarie Hope-Cross.

Cloakroom Gallery, cnr Ballarat and Stanley Sts, Queenstown.
 •Tomorrow until February 18: ''Solo Artists Wall''.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
 •Until March 1: ''The Crystal Line'', Peter Trevelyan.
 •Until Sunday: ''The Euclid Set'', Peter Trevelyan Rear Window project.
 •Until March 1: ''His Own Steam'', ceramics by Barry Brickell.
 •Until March 15: ''Dogwood Days'', Erica Van Zon. Until March 15: ''Visible Structures'', Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano.
 •Until March 15: ''Floating Studio'', Fiona Connor and Alicia Frankovich.
 •Until March 31: ''Belonging'', works from the gallery.
 •Until 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.
 •Until February 15: ''New Urban Realists'', Ruth Cleland, Gary McMillan and David Woodings.

The Fix, Frederick St.
 •January: ''Yellow Ochre'', by Anna Reid.

Forrester Gallery, Thames St, Oamaru.
 •Until February 15: ''The Wreck of Hope'', sculpture by Michele Beevors.
 •Until February 8: ''Ben Ohau'', paintings by Belinda Weir; Until March 1: ''Look Again'' featuring works by Colin Wheeler.
 •Until April 30: ''Memorial Oaks''.

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

Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling St.
 •Until 11 February: ''Summer Show'': paintings, glass and ceramics, sculpture and works on paper.

Milford Galleries Queenstown, 9a Earl St.
 •Until March 4: ''The Earl Street Journal''.

Mint Gallery, 32 Moray Pl.
 •From Tuesday: work by Murray Eskdale.

Moray Gallery, 55 Princes St.
 •Until January 30: Around Mt Cargill, paintings by Rodney Hamel.
 •Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4.30pm; Saturday, 11am-2pm.

Nadene Milne Gallery, 16 Buckingham St, Arrowtown.
 •Group show featuring John Pule, Shane Cotton, Russell Moses, Stephen Bambury, Gretchen Albrecht, Michael Parekowhai and Elizabeth Thomson.
 •Banksy print Barcode, 2004.

North Otago Museum, 60 Thames St, Oamaru.
 •''From Little Towns in a Far Land'', World War 1 centennial exhibition.

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.
 •Until January 31: ''Affordable Art''. Open daily 10am-4pm.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
 •Until May 10: ''Bugs: The Mega World of Minibeasts'', in the Special Exhibitions gallery.
 •Until 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.
 •Until February 14: ''The Summer Show'', works by Bob Wyber, Jane Downes and Bob Steiner.

St Andrew's Church hall, 43 Blyth St, Cromwell.
 •Until Monday: work by seven Central Otago artists. Open 10am-5pm daily. South Seas Gallery, 1088 Brighton Rd, Brighton.
 •Until March 14: ''A Room of St Clairs'', by Lindsay Crooks.
 •Open 1pm-5pm, Friday-Sunday.

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

Stuart St Potters Co-operative, 14 Lower Stuart St.
 •Until Saturday: summer exhibition.
 •From Sunday to January 31: Dawn Palmer and Kate Springfield.

Studio Red Gallery, 12 Miners Tce, Bannockburn.
 •Until January 31: ''Flourish''.
 •Gallery open 10am-5pm daily.

Toi O Tahuna Fine Art Gallery, 29 Rees St, Queenstown.
 •Until January 31: ''Summer Group Show''.

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

University of Otago de Beer Gallery, first floor, central library.
 •Until March 5: ''The World of Joseph W. Mellor (1869-1938) Chemist, Ceramicist & Cartoonist''.

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

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