The Guide: What's on this week

Alibi, the Octagon.

• Fridays, from 10.30pm: Hemi and Bede.

Carousel Bar, 141 Stuart St.
• Every Friday 8.30pm-10.30pm, live jazz with The Bill Martin Trio.

City Impact, 59 Clyde St, Balclutha.
• Sunday, 6.30pm: Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Bremnes performs for Tear fund. Free.

Chick's Hotel, 2 Mount St, Port Chalmers.
• Saturday 8pm: Bond Street Bridge Explorers Club with Matt Langley.

The Church, 50 Dundas St.
• Wednesdays, 7.30pm: Open Mic. All performers and artists welcome. Free.

Crown Hotel, 179 Rattray St.
• Saturday, noon-4pm: bands, Girls P****** on Girls, Beiamin (Aust), Opposite Sex, Astro Children. Doors open 11am.

George Street Normal Primary School hall, 989 George St.
• Tuesday, 7.30pm: Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Bremnes performs for Tear fund. Free.

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. Waitati Hall, Waitati.
• Tomorrow, 8pm: Bond Street Bridge Explorers Club.

Family fun
Blueskin Bay Library, 26 Harvey St, Waitati.
• Fridays,10.30am: story time.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
• Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12-1pm: Lunchtime snooker. Play snooker on the grand billiard table. During February.
• Wednesday, 11.15am: ''Tours for Tots'' - Parents and caregivers: a free baby-friendly half-hour tour of an exhibition at the gallery.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
• Every Saturday and Sunday of February, 3.30pm: ''Liquefy This!'' - see some real earthquake liquefaction from Christchurch and liquefy some soil for yourself.
• Explorer backpacks for children aged 7-12, free. Guided tours daily at 11.30am and 3.30pm. Meet at information desk.

Toitu, 31 Queen's Gardens.
• Tomorrow, 10-11am: Toitu Toddler Time - Join our storyteller in discovering a museum full of stories and songs. This month we will be dressing up as pioneers and discovering how Dunedin families lived in the 1840s.

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

Music and performance
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
• Tomorrow, 7.30pm: Performance by visiting US alternative/experimental musician Mount Eerie. Support Alastair Galbraith. $20 (cash only) on the door.
• Saturday, 4.30pm: Lion dance in conjunction with Chinese New Year, in the foyer of the gallery. Then stroll down to the Chinese Garden, which is open for the evening. For further information go to the garden website:

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
• Tuesday, 6pm: ''All's Well: a cycle of songs to mark the Scott centenary'' - British musician Jake Wilson performs in conjunction with the centenary of • Captain Robert Falcon Scott's mission to the South Pole.

St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin.
• Tuesday, 12.50-1.10pm: 1021 - George Chittenden plays organ works to celebrate the first birthday of 101 Organ Music. The organ music will be chosen by popular vote. A ballot box is available in St Paul's Cathedral until noon on Monday.

Fortune Theatre, Stuart St.
• Until February 16: Michael James Manaia, written by John Broughton.

Talks and films
The Artist's Room, 2 Dowling St, Dunedin.
• Opens Saturday, 12-2pm: Claire Beynon, Olav Nielsen and Kate Alterio ''In Dialogue''.

Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Pl.
• Today, 12.30pm: ''Lunchtime Bites: Michael James Manaia'' - a sample of the latest play from the Fortune Theatre and the chance to win tickets to the show.
• Today, 10am-8pm: China Revealed: Great Wall - Follow the Great Wall as it rises out of the Western Desert. (Duration 1 hour). Teen Space, City Library. Repeat screenings. Free.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
• Saturdays during February, 2pm: ''Tours at Two''.
• Free guided tours of the collection exhibition ''The Pleasure Principle: Collecting and Collectors'', and the exhibition ''Sir Frank Brangwyn: Captain Winterbottom and the Billiard Room of Horton House''.
• Sunday, 3pm: Pina - A Film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders (DVD 99min PG). Tuesday, 12.30pm: ''Tennyson Anyone? - Alfred Tennyson: Myth, Image and Romanticism''. John Batchelor, visiting author from the UK, talks about the poet in the context of his new biography Tennyson: to strive, to seek, to find.

Otago Access Radio, Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Pl.
• Saturday, 11-3pm: OAR FM Open Day - Take a look at the studio facilities, and talk to programme makers and staff about making your own radio show.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King St.
• Today, 7pm: ''Bob Parker: Managing A City Through Disaster'' - Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker shares his experience of leading Christchurch through the earthquakes and their aftermath.
• Daily talks at 2pm through February: Monday; Rakiriri, the Dunedin volcano. Tuesday; Akan gold weights. Wednesday; The mysterious rat king. Thursday; Kakapo. Friday; Osiris. Saturday; Northern royal albatross. Sunday; The carved gateway. Free.
• Daily, 4pm: special exhibitions talk ''Canterbury Quakes''. Meet at the information desk. Free with exhibition admission.

Otago University, Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 547 Castle St.
• Today, 4pm: ''Knowledge, values and trust in the Danish organic food market''. Danish PhD student Martin Thorsoe discussses the historical development and recent trends in the Danish organic food market. Toitu, Queen's Gardens.
• Sunday, 2pm: Film Last Train Home - Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. Chinese-Canadian film-maker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.

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

Arrowtown Gallery, 8 Berkshire St.
• Caryl Watts paintings.

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

Artist's Room, 2 Dowling St.
• Opens Saturday: Claire Beynon. Olav Nielson and Kate Alterio.

Bannockburn Country Store, Bannockburn.
• Until February 28: Arrowtown Artist Pat Jones exhibiting.

Brett McDowell Gallery, 5 Dowling St.
• Martin Thompson, ''New Works''.

Cafe Rue , 368 Moray Pl.
• Opens today: Local artist Fay Mitchell is having a exhibit of her 2012 works. Fay drives for the Southern District Hospital Board and painting is her passion.

Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, 21 Centennial Ave, Alexandra.
• Until Sunday: ''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.
• Opens Monday until March 15: ''Natural Disasters'' - New Zealand's natural environment is beautiful, but it can also be deadly. Discover the strength of mother nature in this powerful display by the Earthquake Commission. Ground floor.
• Until March 10: Mai i Rangiatea: the portrayal of Maori myth and legend in print.

Dunedin International Airport.
• February: Anya Sinclair is ''Artist in the Terminal''.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Octagon.
• Until February 24: Jeffrey Harris, ''The Melbourne Drawings''.
• Until March 3: ''True stories. Scripted Realities''.
• Until March 10: Philip James Frost, ''Forkboy''.
• Until March 10: Yvonne Todd, ''Wall of Seahorses''.
• Until March 17: ''Gericault to Gauguin: Printmaking in France 1820-1900''.
• Until April 7: ''Elsewhere'', contemporary work.
• Ongoing: Marco Fusinato, ''Reproduction of Double Infinitive 2''.
• Ongoing: Frances Hodgkins, ''Kaleidoscope''.
• Ongoing: ''The Pleasure Principle - Collecting and Collectors''.
• Ongoing: ''Sir Frank Brangwyn: Captain Winterbottom and the billiard room of Horton House''.

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

Gallery on Blueskin, 1 Harvey St, Waitati.
• Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm, (03) 482-2080 and (03) 425-0475.

Gallery Thirty Three, 33 Helwick St, Wanaka.
• Until February 22: ''Nether Regions - Souvenirs of the South'', Madeleine Child and Philip Jarvis.

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

Hullabaloo Art Space, Melmore Tce, Old Cromwell historic precinct.
• Until February 17: Ro Bradshaw as solo artist in a variety of materials.

Inge Doesburg Studio and Gallery, 6 Castle St.
• Various artists. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, noon-2pm or by appointment.

Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown.
• Until Sunday: ''Gold is where you find it'', 150 years of gold in Central Otago. Artefacts, paintings and photographs.
• Sunday-March 10: ''Old and New''. Paintings by Gore artist Margaret Palmer McKenzie.

McAtamney Gallery, upstairs at old post office building, 47-49 Talbot St, Geraldine.
• Ongoing: new artists and work by Sarah Harper, John Badcock, Sarah Blackler (ceramics) and Douglas Badcock.

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

Milford Galleries Queenstown, 9A Earl St.
• Saturday-March 6: Mike Crawford ''The Bird Collector'' and Sally Smith ''No Boundaries''.

Mint Gallery, 32 Moray Pl.
• Until February 28: Artists James Bellaney ''The recent violence he represents, come to be emotional simplicity'' and Murray Eskdale ''Place''. Noon-5.30pm weekdays and noon-4pm Saturdays.

Nadene Milne Gallery, 16 Buckingham St, Arrowtown.
• Until March 1: new works.

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

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, 600 Blueskin Rd, Waitati.
• Until February 17: ''Worlds Within'', by Jenny Longstaff. 9.30am to 4.30pm daily. Artist talks: ''Artistic inspiration from nature'', February 9, 10, 16 and 17, 1pm.

Otago Art Society, OAS Gallery, Dunedin Railway Station, first floor.
• Until February 24: ''Crème de la Crème'' 25 recognised, invited OAS artists have submitted more than 100 two-dimensional works and jewellery. Daily 10am-4pm.

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

Owaka Museum, 10 Campbell St, Owaka.
• Until March 10: ''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 roads, Otago Peninsula.
• Monday-Sunday,10am-4pm. Various artists.

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

Port Royal Cafe, Port Chalmers.
• February: ''Hope Machines'', new works by Ross Davidson.

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

South Seas Gallery, 1088 Brighton Rd, Brighton.
• Open Friday-Sunday, 1-5pm, or by appointment,(03) 481-1805.

Stuart Street Potters Co-operative, 14 Lower Stuart St.
• Until Sunday: Peter Gregory and Jo Howard.

Taieri Gallery, 123 Gordon Rd, Mosgiel.
• Until March 5: Oils by the late Kenneth Nelson, past president of the Otago Art Society.

Tony Williams Workshop and Gallery, Carnegie Centre, Moray Pl.
• Tuesday-Friday 11am-5.30pm, Saturday 11am-2pm.

Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, 4 Helwick St.
• Open 10.30am-4pm daily.

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