The Guide: What's on this week

Alibi, the Octagon.

• Fridays, from 10.30pm: Hemi and Bede. The Church, 50 Dundas St.
• Tonight, 7pm: Robbie Ellis' last gig. $5 to commission a new song.

Crown Hotel, Rattray St.
• Tomorrow, doors open 8pm: Hatred (reunion), Innominatus and Human Dust. $10 cover charge.
• Saturday, 8pm: Alex Tucker and Wolf Skull.

Isis Lounge, 68 Princes St.
• Thursdays, from 8.30pm: jam night. Fridays, from 9pm: Oxo Cubans.

Robbie Burns Pub, 374 George St.
• Thursdays, from 8.30pm: Calder Prescott Jazz Quartet.
• Saturdays, 4pm: afternoon jazz sessions.

Rosie's Bar, Victoria Hotel, 137 St Andrew St.
• Thursdays, 9pm: open mike night.

Family fun
Blueskin Bay Library.

• Fridays,10.30am: story time.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
• From Monday until December 24: Make your own Christmas decorations using the gallery's fabulous 3-D shapes, coloured foils and other materials. Free. Bookings not required.

King George VI Memorial Playground, Roxburgh.
• Saturday, 3-7pm: Christmas in the Park.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
• Saturday and Sunday: ''Superstition Secrets'', explore this curious side of human nature as we discover the intriguing origins and history of superstitions.
• Explorer backpacks for children aged 7-12, free. Guided tours daily at 11.30am and 3.30pm. Meet at information desk.

Port Chalmers Library.
• Wednesdays, 11am: story time.
• Saturday, noon: Once Upon a Christmas - storyteller Kaitrin McMullan and friends spin magical tales.

Port Chalmers Town Hall, 1 Grey St.
• From Monday until December 23, 6-9pm: Port Chalmers Christmas Cave. Gold coin entry.

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

Music and performance
The Church, Dundas St.
• Tomorrow, 9pm: Salsa music and dancing. All welcome, free.
• Sunday, 7.30pm: The New Edinburgh Folk Club. Last club night of the year.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
• Saturday, 1pm: Dunedin a cappella gospel choir Sunny Side Up will sing a variety of uplifting tunes for your pleasure.

Glue Gallery Hall, 26 Stafford St.
• Friday and Saturday, 8.30-9.30pm: Ecosophy - collaborative project by AHA Dance Collective, Thursday Trio and Gala Hesson. $5 door sales.

Knox Church, 449 George St.
• Today, 12.15pm: lunchtime recital, Sunday, 7pm: Christmas Celebration Down Under - Poetry and Music by New Zealanders. Featuring music by Anthony Ritchie, Karen Knudson, Christopher Marshall, Cheryl Camm, Colin Gibson, Richard Madden. Poetry by Joy Cowley, Shirley Murray and others. Conductors David Burchell/City of Dunedin Organist, Karen Knudson/Knox Church, Prof Colin Gibson. Performers include: ''Mandate''/The Otago Boys' High School Choir, Knox Church Choir, All Saints Choir, Pacifica Dance group.

Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell, Church St, Port Chalmers.
• Sunday, 2.30pm: Christmas Carols - Salvation Army Band and Dunedin Harmony Chorus.

Maori Hill Coronation Hall, 1 Balmacewen Rd.
• Friday, show starts 8pm: Little Christmas Cabaret. Bookings:

The Old Swimming Pool Grounds, Thompson St, Alexandra.
• Sunday, from 7pm: Carols in the Park.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
• Saturday, 1pm: ''Wind of the Andes'' - duo Miguel and Sophia re-create melodies from half a world away on traditional instruments including the quena, charango, tarkas, ronroco and zamponas.

St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin.
• Tuesday, 12.50pm: ''101'' organ music, George Chittenden plays organ music by Jehan Alain, to include his famous Litanies.

Dunedin Ice Stadium, 101 Victoria Rd, St Kilda.
• Saturday, 4.30pm and Sunday 1pm and 5pm: Beauty and the Beast on ice. Globe Theatre, 104 London St.
• Until Sunday: Songbird written by Richard Huber. $20 general, $15 concession, cash only. Talks and films

Glenfalloch Gardens, Macandrew Bay.
• Monday and Tuesday: end of five-day sculpture event. Ceramic workshop, $208 (materials included).

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
• Daily, 2pm, talks through December. Today: New Zealand's native kingfisher. Tomorrow: Lapita. Saturday: the Kiribati warrior. Sunday: Piopio. Monday: Mapoutahi pa. Tuesday: wreck of the Penguin. Wednesday: Rabbits.
• Daily, 4pm: special exhibitions talk ''The Moriori of Rekohu: T'chakat henu - People of the Land''. Meet at the information desk. Free with exhibition admission.

Owaka Museum, 10 Campbell St.
• Friday, 7.30pm: ''The Cape Horn Road'' talk by Chris Roche, on sailing aboard the square-rigged sailing ship Soren Larsen. $5 entry.

Aigantighe Art Gallery, 49 Wai-iti Rd, Timaru.
• Until March 3, 2013: Sue Pearson, Barbara Pen, Kryssi Staikidis, Kate Walker and Melanie Yazzie, ''Animal Sign/Animal Mind''.

The Anteroom, 29 Wickliffe Tce, Port Chalmers.
• Opens Friday 5.30pm: ''Magnetic Field Data'' is activated sculpture by Ali Bramwell and Charlotte Parallel. Saturday and Sunday, 12-4pm.

Amisfield Winery, 10 Lake Hayes Rd, Arrowtown.
• Until December 21: exhibition by Rachael Hirabyashi.

Arrowtown Gallery, 8 Berkshire St.
• Collection of early New Zealand paintings by a variety of New Zealand artists.

Art-cut Gallery, 71 Melmore Tce, Old Cromwell Historic Precinct.
• Contemporary art and design, open daily 10am-4pm.

Artist's Room, 2 Dowling St. New works by Inge Doesburg and Greg Lewis.
• New works by Karen Baddock and Jane Crisp.

Blue Oyster Gallery, basement, Moray Chambers, 30 Moray Pl.
• ''The Land Show'', Max Bellamy, Kate Belton, Mark Bolland, Sophie Jerram, Mizuho Nishioka, Karim Sahal, Johnathon Titheridge, Sebastian Warne, Jane Zusters.

Brett McDowell Gallery, 5 Dowling St.
• Jason Greig, ''The Abyss''.

Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, 21 Centennial Ave, Alexandra.
• Until February 10: ''Gold is where you find it'', 150 years of gold in Central Otago. Artefacts, paintings and photographs.

Clyde Station Museum, Fraser St, Clyde.
• Sunday: open day 10am-4pm.

Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Pl.
• Until Sunday: Exhibition: Dunedin Chinese Garden Photography Competition. Opens tomorrow until March 10, 2013: Mai i Rangiatea: The Portrayal of Maori Myth and Legend in Print.

Dunedin Community Gallery, 20 Princes St.
• Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 11am-3pm.

Dunedin International Airport.
• December: Ruby Anderson, Rosemary Richards and Susan Videler.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon. Until March 3, 2013: ''True stories. Scripted Realities''.
• Until March 10, 2013: Yvonne Todd, ''Wall of Seahorses''.
• Until May 26, 2013: Frances Hodgkins, ''Kaleidoscope''.
• Ongoing: Philip James Frost, ''Forkboy''.
• Ongoing: ''Elsewhere'', contemporary work.
• Ongoing: ''The Pleasure Principle - Collecting and Collectors''.
• Ongoing: Sir Frank Brangwyn, ''Captain Winterbottom and the billiard room of Horton House''.

Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore.
• Until January 25, 2013: Gail de Jong's exhibition ''From this Broken Hill''.

The Fix, 15 Frederick St.
• Anna Reid ''Intaglio'', drypoints and collagraphs on paper.

The Gallery, Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens.
• Open daily 10.30am-4pm.

Gallery on Blueskin, 1 Harvey St, Waitati.
• ''The Corner Dairy Sculpture'', by Paul Cardno.
• ''New oil paintings and canvas prints by Charles Barrington''. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm, (03) 482-2080 and (03) 425-0475.

Gallery De Novo, 101 Stuart St.
• ''A Round Christmas'' - wall of small circular paintings by a variety of artists.

Gallery Thirty Three, 33 Helwick St, Wanaka.
• Until December 27: ''In Colour'' featuring artists Richard Adams, Dave Gibbons, Lukeke, Louise McRae and Ian Scott.

Glue Gallery, 26 Stafford St, Dunedin.
• Until December 23: ''Dirt'', a national collection of experimental works by women artists.
Until December 30: ''ISO12 - Double Vision''.

Green Island Gallery, 194 Main South Rd, Green Island.
• Until December 24: Works by Rennell Chivers and other artists.

Hocken Gallery, cnr Anzac Ave and Parry St.
• Until February 9, 2013: ''Art in the service of science'', Dunedin's John Buchanan.

Hotel St Clair, 24 the Esplanade.
• ''Oceans of Inspiration'', Derek Morrison.

Inge Doesburg Studio and Gallery, 6 Castle St.
• Tomorrow until January 5, 2013: Christmas show , various artists.
• Various artists. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, noon-2pm or by appointment.

Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown.
• Until February 10, 2013: ''Gold is where you find it'', 150 years of gold in Central Otago. Artefacts, paintings and photographs.

McAtamney Gallery, upstairs at old post office building, 47-49 Talbot St, Geraldine.
• Until December 20: Rosemary Campbell ''Contemplation''.
• Ongoing: new artists and work by Sarah Harper, John Badcock, Sarah Backler (ceramics) and Douglas Badcock.

Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling St.
• Until February 13, 2013: ''Summer Show'' (2012-2013).

Mint Gallery, 32 Moray Pl.
• Until December 20: Kate van der Drift ''They Could Have Stayed Forever''.
• Noon-5.30pm weekdays and noon-4pm Saturdays.

Nadene Milne Gallery, 16 Buckingham St, Arrowtown.
• Saturday until January 5: Martin Poppelwell ''Kiss the Moon''.

None Gallery, 24 Stafford St.
• Opens today: ''House of Many Mansions'' featuring work by: Danny Brady, Esta de Jong, Andrew Glennie, Kelly O'Shea, Brendan Jon Philip, Jessie-Lee Robertson, Justin Spiers, Tokerau Wilson.

North Otago Museum, 60 Thames St, Oamaru.
• Permanent exhibition: ''Waitaki Landscapes''.

Otago Art Society, OAS Gallery, Dunedin Railway Station, first floor.
• Until Sunday: Otago Art Society presents Dunedin International Airport Awards, more than 100 selected works from Otago artists, jewellers and ceramicists.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
• Until March 5, 2013: ''Canterbury Quakes''.
• ''The Moriori Of Rekohu, T'chakat henu - People of the Land''.

Owaka Museum, 10 Campbell St, Owaka. Until March 10, 2013: ''Mementos of the South''.
• Open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-1pm, 1.30pm-4.30pm. Weekends: 10am-4pm.

The Picture Lounge, 48 Helwick St, Wanaka.
• New Zealand's Photographers' Gallery:a continuously updated exhibition.

Portobello Gallery, cnr Highcliff and Portobello Rds, Otago Peninsula.
• Until January 31, 2013: ''Our Place'' celebrating Harbour Cone.
• Monday-Sunday,10am-4pm. Various artists.

Quadrant Gallery, Bracken Court, 480 Moray Pl.
• Gallery open Monday-Friday, noon-5.30pm, Saturday, 10am-2pm.

Southland Museum and Art Gallery, 108 Gala St, Invercargill.
• Ongoing: ''Southland 150''.

South Seas Gallery, 1088 Brighton Rd, Brighton.
• Until February 1, 2013: new works by Lorraine Marlow, ''The girls and more''. Exhibition by J. K. Weir, ''Southern Trees''. Open Friday-Sunday, 1-5pm, or by appointment, (03) 481-1805.

Speargrass Inn Gallery, 1300
• Fruitlands-Roxburgh road (State Highway 8), Alexandra.
• Until January 17, 2013: exhibition by Esther Dexter.

Taieri Gallery, 123 Gordon Rd, Mosgiel.
• Until February 5, 2013: Unique Landscape photography by local photographer Murray Crawford.

Temple Gallery, 29 Moray Pl, Dunedin.
• Opens tomorrow until December 31: ''Finale'', a selection of work.

Toi O Tahuna Fine Art Gallery, 29 Rees St, Queenstown.
• Until Wednesday: Paratene Matchitt, ''Ten Guitars''.

Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, 4 Helwick St.
• Open 10.30am-4pm daily. New works by Jane Sinclair, ''Slices of Lindis'', also curvilinear bronze sculptures by Trevor Askin, ''Smooth me down Kiwi''.

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