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The Unmissables: Three Exhibitions to see in February
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Like a river in flood, Auckland Fringe has burst its banks, with a whole spill-over season of pre-Fringe ‘Soft Launch’ shows already underway, and the Fringe proper launching 25 February 2020. There’s a LOT to get excited about in this year’s programme, but no need to get swept away... here’s our top picks.

Lust Island (3 – 7 March)

The Salem Bitch Trials was the funniest thing I saw at Fringe 2019,...

Art

A monthly round-up of artworks in Tāmaki Makaurau that we keep returning to.

This month’s Unmissables takes us off the beaten track and into some fun, innovative and politically charged spaces.

February’s team of art critics, Lucinda Bennett, Lana Lopesi and Natasha Matila-Smith, have searched the city to find the best art on show in the parks, homes and galleries of Tāmaki Makaurau.

 

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Literature

Everything is sad and funny and nothing is anything else. Eamonn Marra’s debut novel, 2000ft Above Worry Level, sold out of copies at its launch at Unity Books on Thursday. Equal parts neurotic and numb, it is a series of stories about a young man who is trying so hard to be better.

 

Content warning: descriptions of self-harm

 

I read an article online about how people who read fiction are more...

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Pantograph Picks for Auckland Fringe 2020
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The Unmissables: Three Exhibitions to see in February
Literature
The Wart
Caught in the thirst trap: White gaze on black bodies
Read Time: 12 mins
Lana Lopesi outlines the politics of sexual fantasies...
Society
Caught in the thirst trap: White gaze on black bodies
By Lana Lopesi
Speaking Power to the Truth: The Political Assassination of Metiria Turei
Read Time: 11 mins
Giovanni Tiso on New Zealand media and the swimming...
Society
Speaking Power to the Truth: The Political Assassination of Metiria Turei
By Giovanni Tiso
Finding Songs For Parents: The Good, The Bad and the Sappy
Read Time: 26 mins
Why aren't there more songs about the experience of...
Music
Finding Songs For Parents: The Good, The Bad and the Sappy
By Gareth Shute
Towards Variations on a Theme: Considering 'Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show'
Read Time: 29 mins
Francis McWhannell on Auckland Art Gallery's 'Necessary...
Art
Towards Variations on a Theme: Considering 'Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show'
By Francis McWhannell
Tauranga: Where Racism Has Reared Its Ugly Head
Read Time: 13 mins
After experiencing racism in Tauranga firsthand, Shilo...
Society
Tauranga: Where Racism Has Reared Its Ugly Head
By Shilo Kino
Submerging Artist
Read Time: 20 mins
Megan Dunn on the gradual and torturous process of...
Art
Submerging Artist
By Megan Dunn
Outside Looking In: Remembering James K Baxter and Jerusalem
Read Time: 28 mins
Elizabeth Beattie follows the radical NZ poet's steps...
Literature
Outside Looking In: Remembering James K Baxter and Jerusalem
By Elizabeth Beattie
The Life and Death of the Political Author
Read Time: 8 mins
Giovanni Tiso on the democratic importance of Hager...
Society
The Life and Death of the Political Author
By Giovanni Tiso