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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
The Friction in the Collection / Or, Ruth Buchanan Rubs up Against the Govett-Brewster
Read Time: 22 mins
Ruth Buchanan’s 'The scene in which I find myself /...
Art
The Friction in the Collection / Or, Ruth Buchanan Rubs up Against the Govett-Brewster
By Lucinda Bennett
Saving Palmerston North’s Art Gallery...From What Exactly?
Read Time: 13 mins
Does Palmy’s art gallery really need saving? India...
Art
Saving Palmerston North’s Art Gallery...From What Exactly?
By India Essuah
Finding Feminism with Fabio: How Romance Novels are Unlikely Testaments to Female Power
Read Time: 16 mins
Romance novels are more than cringey sex and shirtless...
Literature
Finding Feminism with Fabio: How Romance Novels are Unlikely Testaments to Female Power
By Alie Benge
Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”
Read Time: 10 mins
Veteran of Auckland’s spoken word scene Tim Heath...
Literature
Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”
By Tim Heath
Write First, Apologise Later?
Read Time: 18 mins
Whose intimacy and whose pain can we write, and still...
Literature
Write First, Apologise Later?
By Joan Fleming
The Dark Intimacies of Online Romance in Natasha Matila-Smith’s Artwork
Read Time: 18 mins
Huni Mancini delves into obsession, intimacy and loneliness...
Art
The Dark Intimacies of Online Romance in Natasha Matila-Smith’s Artwork
By Huni Mancini
Living, or Just Surviving?
Read Time: 12 mins
A personal essay by Lana Lopesi on busyness and burnout...
Society
Living, or Just Surviving?
By Lana Lopesi
6 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Christmas, With Drawings
Read Time: 9 mins
Top therapist-recommended and personally-attempted...
Society
6 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Christmas, With Drawings
By Vanessa Crofskey