Monday, January 30, 2017

Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only for 01/29/2017

Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.
Full programme details are available on the Standing Room Only webpage

The Distance Plan - climate art

The new President of the United States, Donald Trump, might not believe in climate change, but a Kiwi artist now based there is working with climate scientists to persuade the public that it's happening. Amy Howden-Chapman is an environmental artist who's been on a residency at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. She's looking at what art and science can do to raise public awareness about the need for urgent action on climate change. Amy also runs an arts project called The Distance Plan, which involves arts events and publications focussing on the environment.
Jan 29, 2017 02:50 pm

Raggedy Anne and Mr. Piths

Actor and writer Ella Hope-Higginson is a shining example of what it takes to make a living on stage and screen. The Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School graduate is in the recent film The Rehearsal and will appear soon in The Stolen. She's also about to premiere her play Raggedy Anne and Mr. Piths at Wellington's BATS Theatre. Ella describes it as a melancholic, darkly humorous and surrealist story that will take us through bafflement, realisation & remorse.
Jan 29, 2017 02:30 pm

The Laugh Track - Josie Long

On The Laugh Track is English comedian, cartoonist, standup, actor, writer, presenter, and social justice activist Josie Long. She’s returning to New Zealand in April as part of Cosmic Shambles; a science focused extension of her Book Shambles podcast with standup comic Robin Ince.
Jan 29, 2017 02:06 pm

Water/Art at Common Ground festival

Whakapapa and science go hand in hand in a new art collaboration for a festival all about water. The Common Ground Hutt Public Art Festival has commissioned five projects that relate to water. Central to Johanna Mechen and Angela Kilford's Wairua project are conversations with Te Ati Awa iwi, community members in the Hutt Valley and scientists.
Jan 29, 2017 01:45 pm

New York/Barcelona/Nelson - Ed Ware

In 1990, percussionist Edward Ware took a punt - leaving New Zealand to make his name in New York as a musician. Unlike many thousands of keen young musos before him, who tried and failed, Ed's established himself as a composer, performer, and teacher. These days he divides his time between the Big Apple and Barcelona....with the occasional jaunt home. He's about to head home to perform at the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson.
Jan 29, 2017 01:30 pm

Film review with Dan Slevin

Simon Morris is having a cup of tea and a lie down after Matinee Idle's summer season so filling in is Dan Slevin. He reviews Hidden Figures, Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight and The Country Doctor. Dan also discusses filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's inability to attend the Oscars due to the Trump administration's new policies, and the career of the recently departed Sir John Hurt.
Jan 29, 2017 01:10 pm

Goodbye Pork Pie revived

Remaking the 1981 comedy classic Goodbye Pork Pie - inspired or unnecessary? A yellow mini is once again being chased the length of the country by police. Lynn Freeman talks to actors Tom Hern and Ashleigh Cummings, who are part of the 2017 cast of Pork Pie.
Jan 29, 2017 12:45 pm

Majic and Robbie Pāora - music and mentoring

Majic Pāora is an award winning reggae singer who has toured around the world, recorded at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studios and is now mentoring her younger brother Robbie. They're playing the Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival over Auckland Anniversary Weekend. The festival is having a range of established musicians performing with acts who they mentoring and working towards making music a bigger part of their life.
Jan 29, 2017 12:30 pm

Aurora Australis- the first polar printed book

A curator at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington is asking for your help to find out the fate of book presses taken to Antarctica by explorer Earnest Shackleton. The first book ever printed in the Polar regions - Aurora Australis - was Shackleton's brainchild. He encouraged his team of to spend their downtime in creative ways, including producing a book on the Antarctic ice. They produced a limited edition of around 100 copies, though not all exact copies by any means and are in big demand whenever they come up at auctions. About a third of the books were bound by Bernard Day using wooden boards from packing cases.
Jan 29, 2017 12:15 pm


Older stories

Tiffany Singh and the stories of refugees
Deborah Challinor's new novel The Cloud Leopard's Daughter
Remembering Featherston Military Training Camp
The rebirth of Dulcie Castree's Surfeit of Sunsets
The Charles Brasch Studio - no more kitchen table art!
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions

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