The guide: What's on this week

Gigs
Carey's Bay Historic Hotel, 17 Macandrew Rd.
 •January 29, 7.30pm: Irish folk singer Anthony John Clarke. $12 entry.

Crown Hotel, Rattray St.
 •Tonight, 9pm: DJ D-FormTomorrow, 9pm: The Repressed, Reiterator, OCB, Jodin.

Dunedin Musicians Club, 12 Manse St.
 •Saturday: public gig ''Nobody Likes You When You're 23'', Aquatic Apes, Russian Blue, Toy Destruction and Bottle. Doors open 8pm. Members $5, public $10.

Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell.
 •Saturday, 9pm: Basketcase.

Long Beach Hall, Long Beach.
 •January 31, 8pm: Long Beach Blues Ball with King Leo and Both Sides of the Line. $20.

Speargrass Inn, 1300 Fruitlands-Roxburgh Rd (SH8), Alexandra.
 •Sunday: Summertime Event. Matt Lahood plays melodic acoustic with a rock edge. Market noon to 2.30pm.

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

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
 •Daily until Sunday, 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.
 •Daily until Sunday, 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.
 •Daily until January 31: The Five Heroic Tasks of Otago Museum, summer reading trail. Learn about heroes as you battle blazing monsters and go into the draw to win prizes. Free. Borrow your backpack from the Discovery Desk on atrium level 1. Tomorrow, 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.
 •Today and tomorrow: 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.
 •Today and Saturday, 2.30pm: Insectomania adventure tour. Join entomologist Ethel to meet some of Otago Museum's impressive insects.

Port Chalmers Library, 20 Beach St.
 •First Monday of the month (excluding school holidays), 3.30pm: children's after-school book club. Book discussions, games, puzzles, art and nibbles. Free.

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.

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

Music and performance
48 Brinkburn St, Oamaru.
 •Wednesday, 8pm: Christopher Hill, classical guitarist, house concert. $20

Cromwell Racecourse.
 •Saturday, 11.30am: Bannockburn Music Festival. Twelve bands, food, fully licensed (R18 unless accompanied by parent or guardian). Entry $5.

Dunedin City Library, Moray Pl.
 •Sunday, 12.30pm-1.30pm: For He's A Jolly Good Fellow! A celebration of Robert Burns' birthday. Readings of the winning poems from the 2015 Robert Burns Poetry Competition and presentation of awards. Ground floor, free.

St Paul's Cathedral, the Octagon.
 •Tuesday, 12.50pm-1.10pm: George Chittenden plays organ works for royal occasions. Free/donations.

St Peter's Church hall, Hillside Rd.
 •Sunday, 2.30pm: Friends of the Opera. Ex-Dunedin opera singer Donald Rutherford shares his experiences and plays some recordings of his performances. All welcome. Tea and coffee 2.30pm, programme 3pm.

Plays
Dunedin City Library, Moray Pl.
 •January 29, 12.30pm: Lunchtime Bites: Outside Mullingar. Sample the Fortune Theatre's latest play over a hot cuppa and go into the draw to win tickets to the show. Ground floor, free.

Talks and films
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
 •Saturday, 3pm: guided gallery tour. Free.
 •Sunday, 3pm: Art: 21 Art in the Twenty-First Century season five, Systems (M, 60min). Includes John Baldessari, Kimsooja and Julie Mehretu. Today and tomorrow, 2pm: animated films. Today, Rango; tomorrow, 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.

Bellamys Gallery, 495 Portobello Rd, Macandrew Bay.
 •Sunday until February 8: `'Look Both Ways'', Guy Garey forged iron, Beth Garey works on paper.

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

Dunedin International Airport.
 •January and February: ''Silent Observations'', John Caswell, photographer.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
 •Until March 1: ''The Crystal Line'', Peter Trevelyan.
 •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.

Hullabaloo Art Space, Melmore Tce, Old Cromwell Historic Precinct.
 •Luke Anthony and Marion Vialade, graphic drawings and wood carvings. Opens Sunday: ''New Fibres'', Andi Regan. Thousands of hand-tied cable ties create a new textile.
 •Gallery open 10am-4pm daily.

Inge Doesburg Studio and Gallery, 6 Castle St.
Until February 15: ''Summer Show''. Thursday-Saturday noon-2pm and by arrangement.

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

Mint Gallery, 32 Moray Pl.
 •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.

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 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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